Biography of William S. Kiddey
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

William S. Kiddey, retired, is one of the highly esteemed pioneer citizens of Columbiana County and a veteran of the World War. He was born in Carroll County, Ohio, May 12, 1842, the son of William and Martha (Wiseman) Kiddey.

William Kiddey was a native of England and his wife was born in Maryland. At an early age he came to the United States and settled in Ohio, where he engaged in general farming. He died in 1867 and his wife died in 1884. They were the parents of the following children: Bashby, died at the age of 103 years; Hanna, married Luther Due11, both deceased; Lizzie, married Herman Pinkerton, both deceased; George, deceased; Charles, a Civil War veteran; and William S., the subject of this sketch.

William S. Kiddey spent his boyhood in Columbiana County and received his education in the district schools. He entered the employ of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad as a fireman, but later learned the boiler maker's trade, at which he was employed for 52 years. Mr. Kiddey was identified with the J. A. Fassett Boiler Company of Wellsville for 30 years of this period and has spent practically his entire life in this section of the state. He served throughout the Civil War as a member of Company K, Third Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Mr. Kiddey was married first to Miss Wilda Goff, of Columbiana County, and to this union were born seven children, as follows: Anna M., married Deb VanDyke, lives at Wellsville; Emma, married George Morton, lives at East Liverpool; Laura, the widow of Alex Seward, lives at Elwood, Ind.; Harry H., lives at Elwood, Ind.; Frank, lives at Wellsville; William and Gertrude, both deceased. Mr. Kiddey was married the second time to Miss Virginia Sheets on April 8, 1889. She was born at Staunton, W. Va., May 4, 1862, and died June 25, 1918. To them were born five children: Otto E., lives at Wellsville; Robert Taylor, lives at Hillcrest, Ohio; Virginia, married Clyde McPeet, lives at Wellsville; Mabel Hilda, married Clarence Clark, lives at Wellsville; and Edward Carroll, deceased. On June 8, 1921, Mr. Kiddey was married to Miss Frances Clark, who was born in Pennsylvania, Oct. 16, 1858, the daughter of Reuben and Elizabeth (Buzzard) Clark, both deceased.

Mr. Kiddey is a Republican and a member of the Presbyterian Church. He has always been held in high esteem and is an excellent citizen.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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