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KELLEY, THOMAS P.(Civil War) lumberman, P. O. Elmwood, Pierce county, is a son of Joseph Kelley, who was born in 1811 in Haddam, Conn., and married Lucina Pelton, of Ashtabula county, Ohio. Six children were born to them, as follows: Tryon B., who lives in Plumas county, Cal.; Sarah (Mrs. Healy), who lives in Rochester, Wis.; Walter, who lives in Greene county, Ill,; Jane A. (Mrs. Adams), who lives in River Falls, Wis.; John W., who lives in Woodbury county, Iowa, and Thomas P. The latter came to Wisconsin in 1845 from Ohio, and settled in Milwaukee, where he lived four years, then moved to Racine, November 7, 1861, enlisted in the Seventh Wisconsin battery, and was taken prisoner at Humboldt, Tenn., by General Forrest's cavalry. He was paroled and staid in the parol camp at St. Louis nine months, then was exchanged and served until the close of the war. He then came to Pierce county, Wis., and in May, 1867, took a homestead in the present township of Spring Lake, then a wilderness, where there were only a few settlers. He found Asa Curtis there, an old pioneer, who came from Oneida county, N. Y., in the early fifties and who had worked at lumbering for Carson & Rand and Ole Gardner, and who was about the first settler in the township. Several years after, when the township was organized, the last named was elected treasurer and Mr. Kelley was elected clerk. Since that time our subject has always taken an active and prominent part in all things for the benefit of the township. In 1871 he married Frances M., daughter of James and Elizabeth Webb, and she has borne him five children, namely: Isabella, who died in infancy; Milton W., Arthur H., Elizabeth L. and Alice A., the four latter living and at home. In politics Mr. Kelley has always been a republican. --Taken from the "Historical and Biographical Album of the Chippewa Valley Wisconsin.
KERR, Allen, Dr. physician and surgeon, was born at St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, October 19, 1872. He acquired the rudiments of an education in the public and grammar schools of his native place and then entered the Wisconsin College of Physicians and Surgeons of Milwaukee, graduating from that college in 1903. He at once moved to the village of Martell, and began the practice of his profession, at which he has been very successful. The doctor is a member of the Pierce county medical society and the American medical association. He has served as president of Pierce county medical society for the past three years. He is a member of Masonic Order of Baldwin Lodge, and the B. P. O. E. of Hudson, Wis., and several minor lodges. The doctor is of Scotch descent, son of John and Margaret (McNeill) Kerr. His father was born in Scotland and moved to Canada when a young man, settling at St. John, where he was engaged in the general merchandise business until his death in 1875, when our subject was three years old. The doctor's mother is now residing at Minneapolis, Minn. Dr. Kerr, before entering the medical college at Milwaukee, Wis., studied medicine with Dr. Samuel C. Johnson, of Hudson, Wis., as an intern at "The Sanitarium" of Hudson, for a period of seven years. (taken from "History of the St. Croix Valley", published in 1909)
KNORTH, Jacob resides on section 33, Ellsworth Township, where he owns 160 acres of farmland. He was born in Reading, Hamilton County, O., May 29, 1851, and remained there until he was about fifteen years old. He received his education at the place of his birth and in 1866 came to Pierce County with his parents, who settled in the township of Ellsworth. His father's name was Andrew and his mothers' name was Katherine Bowers before her marriage. The father was born in Germany, came to the United States in early manhood and settled in Hamilton County, Ohio, where he engaged in farming. Upon coming to Pierce county he bought a farm of eighty acres on section 27 and engaged in general farming until his death in 1867 at the age of about 57. His widow died November 6, 1905, at about 79 years of age, and is buried by the side of her husband in Ellsworth Township cemetery. They were both members of the German Lutheran church. Jacob Knorth remained on the homestead farm until he was bout 32 years old and helped farm the old place. He then purchased his present farm where he has resided over twenty-five years. He has the entire farm under cultivation and has erected a large brick dwelling, large and commodious barns and other buildings, and is engaged in general farming and stock raising and buying. He votes the Republican ticket. Mr. Knorth maried Mary Beier, December 18, 1882. She was born in Germany and came to the United States with her parents when she was a little girl of four years of age. Her parents settled first at Watertwon, Wis., and later moved to Pierce County and located on section 34, Ellsworth Township. Both her parents are living and reside in the village of Ellsworth. Mr. and Mrs. Knorth are the parents of the following children: Katherine died at the age of two years; Amelia is at home and was educated at the schools of Ellsworth township, and Charles Arthur is attending school. (taken from "History of the St. Croix Valley", published in 1909)