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were among the pioneer residents of the county,
and, like the brave and true men and women of
that day, were called upon to endure many hard-
ships and privations. Many dangers beset their
path, but they patiently suffered in order that they
might make a home for themselves and their
families. The land was entirely uncultivated, and
for the most part covered with large forest trees
and a dense undergrowth of brush and trailing
vines. It was therefore no easy matter to clear
and prepare the soil for improvement and hew out
the logs to build cabins for the family. They
weut to work with a determined will, however,
and soon had cleared a space large enough to erect
the little hut which was to shelter their loved
ones and the few earthly possessions which they
liad brought with them. Then the struggle for
existence began, but every obstacle was met and
overcome with cheerfulness, and by much hard
work and perseverence the wilderness was soon
made to blossom as the rose.

Mr. Kees was reared on this frontier farm, as-
sisting his father, as soon as old enough, with the
various duties falling to the lot of a pioneer far-
mer. During the long winter months young Dan-
iel attended the schools taught in the neighbor-
hood, and thus acquired a good common-school
education. This, combined with the many useful
lessons learned from the book of nature, ably
fitted him for the chosen occupation of his life.

November 23, 1845, Daniel Kees and Miss Me-
lissa A., daughter of John W. and Sydney (Mer-
cei') Murphy, were united in marriage. Mrs. Kees
was born in Belmont County, May 6, 1828, of
which section her parents were early settlers, and
where they still reside. Their union has resulted
in the birth of ten children, two of whom died in
infancy. Those living are: Louisa E.,the wife of
M. Castle; Mary E., the widow of A. J. Miller;
Elidia, now Mrs. George W. John; Maria E., who
married John W. Gross; Sydney E., the wife of
M. Stewart; Lucinda A., Mrs. T. Edwards; Philip
P.; and Daniel. Both sons are married, and make
their home with their father on the old homestead.

Mr. Kees and his family are all members of the
Methodist Protestant Church, and are highly es-

teemed in the community in which they live. Our
subject began life as a poor boy, but by indus-
try, hotiesty and perseverance has accumulated a
goodly share of this world's goods; in fact, he is
considered to be wealthy. He is the possessor of
one of the finest farms in the county, consisting
of nine hundred acres, most of which is under a
high state of cultivation. Now in the twilight of
his usefulness, and surrounded by his thirty-six
grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren,
all of whom are living in the vicinity, adding
much to the quiet comfort of his maturer years,
he is enabled to rest from his labors and en-
joy to the fullest extent the fruits of his early life
of toil. He is in no sense of the word a politi-
cian, but always supports the nominees of the
Democratic party with his influence and ballot.


ISRAEL A. CORRELL, City Clerk of New
Philadelphia, and one of its oldest native cit-
izens, was born in Goshen Township, thiscoun-
ty, September 18, 1829. His parents were Pliilip
and Anna (Miller) Correll, the former of whom
was born in York, Pa., March 4, 1796. He made
the journey to Tuscarawas County with his father
and mother in 1811, and followed farm pursuits
and worked as a laborer until his death. He was
first a Whig, and later a Republican, in politics,
and was active in all movements set on foot for
the public good. His wife was born in Cumber-
land County, Md., and when quite young was
brought by her parents to this county, where she
passed the remainder of her daj'S, dying firm in
the faith of the Lutheran Church.

The parental family of our subject included
eleven children, of whom he and his sister, Rosa-
bella E., n'ow the wife of Zachariah Stickmaker,
are the only survivors. The early life of Mr. Cor-
rell was spent under the parental roof, attending
school and assisting in the work on the farm; but
on the outbreak of the war, he enlisted, Septem-



ber 7, 1861, in New Philadelphia, as a member of
Company A, Fifty-first Oliio Infantry, and was
mustered into service at Camp Meigs ten days
later. November 3, in company wif,h his regi-
ment, he was ordered to the front, and, going to
Camp Dennison, remained there until making the
trip to Louisville, Ky., and later into the interior
of the state, where they went into winter quarters.

In February, 1862, Mr. Correll went with his
company and regiment to Ft. Donelson, and
although arriving too late to participate in that
engagement, they continued up the river, and
were the first to enter the city of Nashville, where
they were on duty until July 10 of that year.
They were then ordered into eastern Tennessee,
and after remaining there for a time returned to
the Blue Grass State and aided in warding oflf the
rebel. General Bragg, whom they followed and
fought in the battle of Porryville. Our subject's
regiment at that time formed a part of the Twenty-
first Army Corps. Their next engagement was at
Murfreesboro, or Stone River. December 31, 1862,
and January 1 and 2, 1863, after which they went
in camp, and remained until June, 1863, when they
moved against Bragg. The succeeding battle of
that command was September 19 and 20, when
occurred the fight at Chickamauga, following
which was tluit at Chattanooga. November 3,
1863, they moved to Shell Mound, on the banks
of the Tennessee River, where they remained until
November 23, when they were ordered to, and
took part in the battle of, Lookout Mountain, No-
vember 24, 1863, thence returning to Shell Mound,
Tenn., December 2, 1863.

On the expiration of his term of enlistment, Mr.
Correll re-enlisted, January 1, 1864, while at Shell
Mound, and, being granted a furlough with the
regiment, started for home, arriving there Febru-
ary 10. He remained four weeks, when he again
started to the front, joining his command at Blue
Springs, Tenn. His regiment was .stationed there
until the Atlanta campaign. May 2, 1864, when
they moved south and joined Sherman on his
march to the sea. He participated in the engage-
ments at Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, New Hope
Church, Big Shantj', Kenesaw Mountain, Smyrna
Camp, Peach Tree Creek and the fall of Atlanta.

After capturing that city the regiment to which
Mr. Correll belonged fought at Jonesboro and
Lovejoy Station, whence lliey returned to Atlanta
and went into quarters, where they remained until
ordered out to pursue Hood, whom they followed
intoTennesiee, where occurred the battles of Frank-
lin and Nashville. They next moved to Hunts-
ville, Ala., and remaining there until March 15,
1865, broke camp and started for eastern Tennes-
see. While at Shield's Mills, in the above state, they
received the sad news of President Lincoln's as-
sassination. They were then ordered back to Nash-
ville, and remained in camp there until June 17,
when the regiment was ordered to Johnsonville,
on the Tennessee River, where they took trans-
ports for New Orleans. From that citj' they went
around the Gulf to Indianola, Tex., thence to Vic-
toria, that state, and remained there until muster-
ed out, October 3, 1865. The faithful soldiers
were then sent to Camp Chase, where they were
paid off and honorably discharged, November 2 of
the same year. Mr. Correll passed through all the
grades of promotion from private to Second Lieu-
tenant, receiving his commission June 6, 1865, and
being assigned to Company F, Fifty-first Ohio In-
fantry. ,

On his return to this state after the close of the
war our subject took up his residence in New Phila-
delphia, and obtained employment in the machine-
shops of English

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