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Joseph & Ann Wallace Moody Kettlewell

Joseph & Ann (Nancy) Wallace Moody Kettlewell

The particulars of the early life of Joseph Kettlewell,born in 1786 to a Mary Telove and Richard Kettlewell in England, are not available in the written records, nor have they been handed down in the oral history.

However, following the trail of family lore which claims Joseph Kettlewell was a British soldier in Canada during the War of 1812, we find him listed on the muster rolls of the 41st Regiment of Foot, was captured August 2, 1813 at the Battle of Fort Stevenson, and deserted August 24, 1813.

The following spring, Joseph Kettlewell materialized in Washington County, Pennylvania and married Nancy Ann Wallace Moody Kettlewell, March 15, 1814.

Ann was born in 1784 in Ireland to Rachel Carr and George Wallace. Apparently, Moody was her married name, though she must have been widowed. I believe she immigrated to Pennsylvania with other members of the Wallace family from Ireland, and had a small son from her first marriage. In 1814, Joseph was 28, Ann 30 years.


    William Kettlewell
    b: May 30, 1815 Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
    d: September 25, 1884 St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio
    m: August 5, 1841 Belmont County, Ohio
    Nancy Jane Linder
    b: April 22, 1822 Belmont County, Ohio
    d: October 30, 1898 Belmont County, Ohio

    Mary Ellen Kettlewell
    b: May 31, 1818 Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio
    d: January 3, 1893 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
    m: July 23, 1840 St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio Joshua Cooper Wiley
    b: 1803 in Peachbottom, Pennsylvania
    d: August 11, 1863 Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia

    Katherine Kettlewell
    b: December 20, 1819 Pennsylvania
    d: November 30, 1860 Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa
    m: unknown
    Philo Haynes

    Rachel Kettlewell
    b: 1820 Washington County, Pennsylvania
    d: 1854
    m: December 27, 1846 Hamilton County, Ohio
    Hiram Davis

    George Wallace Kettlewell
    b: December 30, 1821 Washington County, Pennsylvania
    d: February 1897 Iowa City, Johnson County, Pennsylvania
    m: January 27, 1853 Warren County, Ohio
    Hannah Jackson
    b: 1832 Yorkshire, England

    Joseph R. Kettlewell
    b: May 13, 1825 Washington County, Pennsylvania
    d: July 31, 1908 St. Helena, Napa County, California
    m:April 15, 1847 Cincinatti, Hamilton County, Ohio
    Eliza Paul
    b: August 11, 1825 Allegheny City, Pennsylvania
    June 1907 California

Joseph Kettlewell

Joseph Kettlewell was enumerated in 1827 by Belmont County, Ohio and was living in St. Clairsville during the 1830 federal census. Joseph made his naturalization declaration in the September Term 1829 Belmont County, Ohio. Other than stating that he was born in England he provided no other personal information for the record. The fact that the family moved quite often is notable by where the children were born; Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Cambridge, Ohio, and Finley, Pennsylvania, Very little else is known about Joseph, other than he was a carpenter and died in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1837.

I do not know where Joseph Kettlewell was originally buried, but I discovered his name engraved on the family tombstone of his daughter Mary Ellen Kettlewell Wiley's in Stone Church Cemetery in Wheeling, West Virginia. This marker was erected almost a century later than his death, indeed, after Mary Ellen's death.

Ann (Nancy) Wallace Moody Kettlewell

Nancy Kettlewell (variant: Kittlewell) and her daughters must have remained in Wheeling after the death of her husband Joseph. The 1839 Wheeling City Directory listed them as seamstresses at 184 John Street. However, these ladies were no longer residents of Wheeling in 1840.

Nancy Kettlewell's eldest son William was living in St. Clairsville in the 1840 and the census enumerated a household composition that would account for his mother Nancy, unmarried sisters Katherine and Rachel, and his younger brother Joseph.
Nancy's daughter Mary Ellen had married Joshua C. Wiley in 1840 and lived back in Wheeling, (West) Virginia.

The 1840 Diaspara

1840 marked the beginning of the western diaspra of the Kettlewell family.

Son William married Nancy Jane Linder in St. Clairsville, Ohio in 1841. This couple remained in St. Clairsville and raised 12 children. To this day there are many many descendants of William and Nancy Linder Kettlewell living in Belmont County, Ohio.

Joseph's widow, Nancy Kettlewell, and her daughter Katherine moved to Lebanon, Warren County, Ohio with son George Wallace Kettlewell. Several years later, George took his mother, unmarried sister Katherine, and newly acquired wife Hannah Jackson to Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa to begin a blacksmith business. An extensive biography appeared in the 1893 volume of Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson, Poweshiek, and Iowa Counties, Iowa about George W. Kettlewell, from which I have gathered quite a bit of information for this family sketch.
George lived and and worked in Iowa City until his death.

Nancy Kettlewell died, and was buried in Iowa City in 1857. Her death was recorded in the local paper back in Lebanon, Ohio, which suggested that she had made an impact in that community before moving on to Iowa with her son. There are still many mysteries surrounding the early life of Nancy Wallace Kettlewell.

Katherine Kettlewell must have been close to 40 years old when she married Philo Haynes in Iowa City, Iowa. Philo Haynes was a widower with at least 3 living children, almost 13 years Katherine's senior. Philo's first wife died in childbirth in the fall of 1858. Philo had long been a resident of Iowa City, and though I have not been able to locate their marriage certificate, the 1860 census recorded Philo and Katherine as a household. The 1860 census was taken in July, and on November 13, Ida and Philo had their first child, Ida K. (later called Kate) Katherine died November 30th. Despite the fact that Ida's father Philo Haynes was alive, the baby was taken in, and raised by her uncle, George W. Kettlewell in Iowa City. Kate would carry the last name Kettlewell until she died, and spent most of her adult life as an integral part of her cousin Eva Kettlewell Neff's household in Brooklyn, Iowa. Kate never married, and died in 1932.

Mary Ellen Kettlewell, my great-great-great-great grandmother, married Joshua Cooper Wiley in St. Clairsville, Ohio, July 1840. The Wiley's raised their 8 children in Wheeling, West Virginia. Their daughter Mary Ellen Kettlewell(Ella), born 1843, was my great-great-great grandmother. Ella married Theopolis W. Richardson, a civil war veteran, and lived in Sardis, Ohio. Mary Ellen Kettlewell Wiley's husband Joshua died suddenly in 1863, leaving quite a young family for Mary Ellen to raise. Mary Ellen continued to live in Wheeling with her children, but in the 1880's she also held residence in Mansfield, Ohio and by 1893, upon her death, lived with her son Calvin in Chicago. She was buried in Stone Church Cemetery in Wheeling.

Rachel Kettlewell married Hiram Davis in 1846 in Cincinnati, Ohio. I believe Rachel must have been living with her brother Joseph R. jr., who had left the Wheeling area to work in Cincinnati. Rachel and Hiram moved to Lexington, Kentucky and had several children, but Rachel died somewhere between 1852 and 1854. I cannot find a trace of Hiram Davis after the 1850 census, and the children of his marriage to Rachel do not reappear until the 1900 census, in Lexington, Kentucky. To date I have not found a living descendant of this family.

Joseph jr. for whom I have extensive information, moved to Cincinatti, Ohio, where he worked for 10 years and married Eliza Paul of that location in 1847. Joseph and Eliza joined his brother George Kettlewell in Iowa city in 1854, but by 1863 had set off for California, by way of Nevada. Joseph jr. and Eliza had 6 children, and eventually settled in St. Helena, California. This family has numerous descendants in California.

There are lots of gaps in this family history. Thus far my information has been from courthouse documents, local history books, census data, and bits and pieces from those of you who have contributed from your family hatbox. If you have anything to add, or spot errors, please let me know. This is a work in progress.