Biography of John W. Kennedy
Marseilles Township, Wyandot County, OH Biographies





JOHN W. KENNEDY, Postmaster at Marseilles, was born in Adams County, Penn., October 6, 1809. He is the son of John and Margaret (Wolf) Kennedy, natives of Pennsylvania, and of irish and German ancestry respectively. His grandfather was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. His father came to Marion County (now part of Wyandot), in 1836. He was the father of nine children, six of whom are still living: John W., Samuel, Moses and Aaron. The girls living are Christina and Mary A. The deceased are Frederick, Henry and an infant. The father and mother both died in Marseilles, the former seventy and one half years of age. and the latter seventy. Our subject was given but six months in school. At the age of twenty one years he began work for himself, serving an apprenticeship as millwright two years, and afterward following his trade two years in Adams County, Penn. In 1835, he came to Marseilles, bought a lot and erected a dwelling thereon, being one of the first settlers of the village. Here he plied his trade for twenty years, building over fifty mills in various places, part of the time operating a manufacturing shop at Upper Sandusky. In company with Maj. Long, he sold dry goods in Marseilles, from 1845 to 1852, under the firm name of Long & Kennedy. serving as Deputy Postmaster during that time. He then returned to his trade, at which he was engaged at intervals until 1870; was then employed to manage his son' a store in Marseilles, for three and one half years, and has since been engaged in various employments. April 17, 1883, he was appointed Postmaster of Marseil]es, which situation he still retains. Mr. Kennedy was married July 29, 1834, to Mary Junkins, daughter of James Junkins, by whom he had twelve children; eight living: Howard, Cordelia, Susan, Oliver, Mary E., Sarah J., Emma and Vilroy. The deceased are Ella G. and Harriet, James K. and Olive K. Mr. Kennedy assisted in organizing the first company at Marseilles for the late war, and offered his own services, but was refused on account of disability. His son Howard was engaged in the service. Mr. Kennedy is Republican in politics, and is identified with the Presbyterian Church, though not a full member. He was member of the I. O. O. F. till the time of the war. He is one of the oldest settlers in the township, himseif, wife and Maj. Long being the only ones remaining of the settlers of forty eight years ago.

From:
The History of Wyandot County, Ohio
Liggett, Canaway & Co.,
Chicago 1884


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