Biography of George Kettering
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

GEORGE, KETTERING, one of the most prominent farmers of Recovery township, owner of 200 acres of farm land located as follows, 8o acres in section 18, Recovery township, and 80 acres in section 15 and 40 acres in section 16, Washington township, was born in Washington township, Mercer County, Ohio, November 25, 1856, and is a son of Henry and Margaret F. (Fennig) Kettering.

Henry Kettering was born near Strasburg, Germany, where he was reared and married. He came to America with his wife and child and located in Holmes County, Ohio, where his wife died shortly after, leaving one child, Catherine (Mrs. Leininger), who resides in Liberty township, Mercer County, Ohio. His second marriage occurred in Holmes County, to Martha F. Fennig, born in Germany, and who came to America when four years old with her parents who located In Ashland County, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Kettering lived a number of years in Holmes County, their four oldest children being born in that county. He moved to Mercer County in 1835 and located on a farm of 8o acres in Washington township, which is now owned by our subject and is occupied by Benjamin Powell, a nephew of the subject of this sketch. Mr. Kettering was one of the most promiennt men in Washington township and at the time of his death, which occurred in 1871 at the age of 58 years, he was the owner of 193 acres of land, and had considerable other property beside. His wife died February 1, 1902, aged 77 years. Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Kettering, as follows: Henry, John, Caroline, Sarah, Jacob, George, Mary, Philip and Margaret. Henry came to Mercer County with his parents when about nine years of age, was reared in Washington township and lived here until March 1, 1906, when he sold the home farm which he then owned to his brother George, and moved to Nebraska. He divided 16o acres among his children and still owns 120 acres of land in Washington township. John resides in Black Creek township. Caroline is the widow of Henry Bobenmoyer, of Washington township. Sarah married John Smoker of Washington township, who was killed in an oil well explosion on his own farm. Jacob resides in Washington township. Mary married Jacob Becher, of Black Creek township. Philip died aged one year and seven days. Margaret married Peter W. Wright and died at the age of 26 years.

George Kettering was reared in Washington township and has spent his whole life in Mercer County with the exception of the time he has spent in traveling. In 1895, wishing to see the country where his father was born, Mr. Kettering took a trip to Europe, visiting France, Germany, Holland and many other countries. He is also interested in his own country and has Visited California on two different occasions.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
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