Biography of Joseph Kimmel
Richland Township, Wyandot County, OH Biographies

JOSEPH KIMMEL, a well known pioneer of this county, was born in Westmoreland County, Penn., May 5, 1819. His parents, David and Susanna (Welker) Kimmel, were of German descent and came to Ohio in 1819, settling in Stark County, where they both died. Mr. Kimmel is the eldest of seven children. He grew up a farmer by occupation and was married, March 21, 1844, to Miss Sarah Silver, who died October 9, 1879, leaving four living children, Alpheus, David, Leroy and Andrew. William (soldier in the late war) and Martha J. are deceased. Mr. Kimmel was married, June 30, 1881, to Miss Margaret Park, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Norris) Park, who came to Hancock County from Pennsylvania in 1840. The former died in 1876, aged seventy six; the latter residing with Mr. Kimmel, in her eighty sixth year. Mr. Kimmel moved to this county in 1844, and purchased forty acres of his present farm. He now owns one hundred and. sixty acres well improved, with good buildings, fences, etc., valued at $100 per acre. For eight years Mr. Kimmel manufactured sorghum, doing a good business. He was formerly a Whig but now a Republican; he served as Trustee one term; is a member of the Wharton Grange and Building Association, and also of the M. P. Church, with which he was formerly officially connected.

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

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