Biography of William H. McKeel
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Wm. H McKeel was born in Philips, Putnam Co., N. Y., Jan. 31, 1831. His parents, Peter and Amy (Ferris) McKeel, were natives of Connecticut. The former was born Feb. 15, 1804, and the latter March 20, 1811. They reside in Putnam Co., N. Y. Mr. M.'s great grandfather, Uriah MeKeel, served in the French and English war of 1754. Mr. M. is the third son and child of a family of eight children. When 21 be engaged in cutting ship timber in New York State. He has followed that business most of his life. In 1854 he came to Kent county. In 1857 he made a second trip here and bought a farm of 100 acres on sec. 29, Ada tp.. and lived two years, then returned to N. Y. In 1860 he removed here the second time and has since made it his home. In 1871 he went to Louisiana as agent for cutting ship timber for the U. S. Navy. He remained there winters till 1875, and has since been at Ada except the winter of 1876-'7 he spent in Florida.

March 1, 1862, he was married to Elsie C. Powell, daughter of Edward and Hannah Powell, born in Brant Co., Ontario, Sept. 5, 1842. They have two children, viz.: Powell P. and Phenie E.

Mr. and Mrs. M. are members of the M. E. Church. Mr. P. was elected Justice of the Peace for one term. Politically he is a Democrat.


From:
History of Kent County, Michigan
Chas C. Chapman & Company
Chicago 1881.

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