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Source: Benjamin KESSLER Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893) p 517
Benjamin KESSLER, an excellent citizen honest, industrious and upright in all his dealings wit his fellowmen and at one time a prominent agriculturist of Montgomery Co In passed to his rest, leaving behind him a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his loss. By the death of our estimable subject, the county was deprived of a firm supporter of its local interests and an earnest advocate of truth and justice. Training up his family to habits of industry, and guiding them into paths of self reliance and independent gained by manly toil, Mr. Kessler has given to the western country as representative tillers of the soil, a race of sturdy sons and capable daughters well versed in agricultural duties. Benjamin Kessler was a native of the sunny south and was born in Botetourt Co VA in 1802. His German ancestors left their father land in the early days of emigration to America, and found a home and honest livelihood among the sturdy colonists even then laying the broad foundation of our great republic. In the War of the Revolution the Kesslers fought bravely and well. Later, in 1812, they promptly came to the aid of the US and engaged in the final conflict with Great Britain. The parents of Benjamin Kessler were undoubtedly natives of PA and located early in Va, where they reared a family of 10 children, an only daughter and 9 stalwart sons. The father and mother of these children, Jacob and Elizabeth SHEARER Kessler, were of strong constitution and fine personal appearance and from them their daughter and sons received that inheritance of vigorous health and robust physique for which the whole family were noted. Through the various vicissitudes of childhood they each passed successfully, all living to a good old age and marrying in early life, raised up numerous descendants and worthy citizens. The son, Benjamin attaining to years of maturity, married Maria MANGUS, who was also a resident of Botetourt Co. Mr. Benjamin Kessler and wife made their home in their native state and there became the parents of two children, John M. and Elizabeth who was united in marriage with Daniel KEENY and resides in Warren Co, Iowa. The mother of these children did not long survive their birth and died in her native state, leaving to her husband's care the little ones. Mr. Kessler again married, his second wife being Miss Elizabeth GRAYBILL. By this union a family of 8 came into the home circle, all of whom are still living, and all engaged in agricultural pursuits. These children in the order of their birth are Cather, now the widow of Jacob HINES (sic - Himes); Solomon of Bates County, Mo; Nathan G, residing in Montgomery Co; Samuel P, a citizen of Scott Twp, Susan, wife of Samuel C. THOMPSON of Boone County; Mary; Nan, the wife of William MANGUS; Jacob now living in Clark Twp. In 1847 Mr. Kessler and his family removed from Va. to Indiana, and settled in Montgomery Co. Nathan G. Kessler, a prosperous farmer and progressive resident of Montgomery County, who held the official position of Town Trustee six years was also Supervisor and has occupied other public offices of trust with honor and ability. He has been a constant dweller in the county since he journeyed hither with his father about 45 long years ago. Born in the Old Dominion in 1838 he was but a boy of 9 years when he arrived in Indiana and and in the public schools of his neighborhood received his education. Surrounded by his brothers and sisters he grew to manhood and in 1866 was married to Miss Mary E. HARSHBARGER, a lady of intelligence and ability. Mr. and Mrs. Nathan G. Kessler have a family of 7 interesting young people. One died in infancy and the others have arrived at early manhood and womanhood. Their names are Louie L; Samuel Benjamin; William Harry; Sadie A; John Milton and Salome E. The homestead is pleasantly located and finely improved. Mr. Kessler has 360 acres of valuable land all in the townships of Union and Scott. This gentleman, a worthy son and descendant of his father, the subject of this sketch, votes as did his father before him the Democratic ticket and in the various position sof official trust connected with the town, has ever exhibited the sterling traits of character which distinguished his father's entire life.
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