This is a long post, but interesting.
In the process of looking for the father and mother of John Wesley Kittelle (b. Feb 1865 – d.?) a surprising amount of new information has come to light.
John Kittell was born between 1824 and 1826 in Pennsylvania to Irish immigrant parents (as noted on the 1880 U. S. Census) however their names are unknown as there has been nothing found about them. Considering that he was born in the first half of the 1820s, it would likely mean his parents were born, in Ireland, somewhere between 1780 and 1805 and came to the United States before 1824. It is not impossible that John had siblings, indeed, it is probable, however, nothing has come to light to date.
Sometime around 1854 to 1858 John Kittell met and married Sarah Catherine (or Katherine) Corbin who was born abt 1827 in either Ohio (as stated on the 1860 and 1870 U. S. Censuses1, 2) or Pennsylvania as stated on the 1880 U. S. Census3) and who went by Catherine.
The first this family has appeared that I have been able to find is in the 1860 U. S. Census1 in Swan, Noble, Indiana, with John Kittle, 27, farmer with $400.00 value real estate and $125.00 value personal estate, Catherine L., 36, domestic and Lodisca, 1. They next appear in the 1870 U. S. Census2 in Orange Township, Noble, Indiana at the same farm as David Osborn and his family. John Kittell, 45, no longer having real estate and $100.00 personal estate, is listed as a Laborer, with a foreign born mother, unable to read or write, his wife Catherine, 48, keeping house, daughter Anna L., 11, and son John W., 5. (There are two Kittell graves in Pierce-Witmer Cemetery, Witmer Manor, Lagrange, Indiana which are badly eroded this cemetery is about 23 miles from Swan, Noble, Indiana and Orange, Noble, Indiana the death dates are March 1861 and March 1864, which could be 1861 as it is almost impossible to read the headstone [Find A Grave Memorial #77019842 and #77022407]. Are these children of John and Sarah Catherine? Siblings of John? Could the loss of the two children have been enough to cause them to lose their farm? What did cause them to lose their farm? Questions with no likely answers.)
I have not been able to determine exactly when the family moved from Orange Township, Noble, Indiana to Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois and there is nothing to indicate why they left Indiana. They were there by 1875 or 1876 which will be shown below.
The 1880 U. S. Census3 finds the Kittell family in Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois, living on the “out road on River Bank” City Limits, John Kittell, 50, a laborer, unemployed 6 months, born in Pennsylvania with father born in Ireland and mother born in Ireland, Catherine, 50, keeping house, Wesley, 15, attending school. Anna Lodisca is not listed and probably married by this time.
A list of expenses for the city of Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois noted that John Kittell was paid as a street laborer, $4.37 for the time between Thursday, 01 May and Thursday,15 May18844, and again $7.00 for the time between Tuesday,15 July and Thursday, 31 July 18845. John Kittelle died Thursday, 15 July 1886 according to his obituary in the Rock Island Argus6.
John Kittelle died at his residence 1224
Sixth avenue, at 6 o’clock last evening.
He was about sixty years of age and
made his living as a street laborer.
John Kittelle died at his residence 1224
Sixth avenue, at 6 o’clock last evening.
He was about sixty years of age and
made his living as a street laborer.
The Kittelle family had some difficulties as articles from The Argus will show. The difficulties began with Anna Lodisca Kittell. These are transcriptions of the articles.
Interesting Bastardy Case7
Last week Friday, Annie Kittell, a
young woman 17 years of age, made com-
plaint before Justice Pinkley, against Har-
ry Hall, charging him with being the
father of an unborn child with which she
was pregnant. Hall was arrested by Mar-
shall Hawes, and on being taken before the
justice, gave security in the sum of $200
for his appearance on Tuesday morning at
the examination. Tuesday morning Hall
asked for a continuance until this morning,
which was granted, and the case com-
menced this forenoon by Annie taking the
stand and telling her side of the story. It
is that she first met Hall about two years
ago; that last May, and at several times
since, while out walking with Hall in the
evening, he had obtained possession of her
person in the yard of the High School
building; that the last time he had any
criminal intercourse with her was on the
7th day of last July, and that it was at
that time that he committed the deed, the
results of which is that she will soon
become a mother.
For the defense. Hall has subpœnied
between 25 and 30 witnesses who, it is
claimed, have all either had criminal con-
nection with the girl at about the time
mentioned — or knew her to be a bad char-
acter; that she has written letters to sev-
eral young men in this city charging them
with being the father of her child, in order
to obtain money from them; that she did
succeed in “scaring” $25 out of Hall,
which he paid in order to shield him from
any publicity, that she gave him a receipt
releasing him from “all claims of whatever
nature” she may have against him, which
she signed in the presence of two witnes-
ses, that she has been an inmate of a house
of ill-fame in Davenport, and that she
cannot truthfully swear that Hall is the
father of her child.
The court room is filled almost to
suffocation with a motley crowd of — from
10 year old boys up to old, gray headed
men, all appearing to have a deep interest
In the result of this case.
Wm. H. Atwood, Esp., appears for the
plaintiff and P. T. McElherne, Esq., of
McElherne & O’Mara, for the defense.
The Kittell-Hall Bastardy Case8
This case still occupies the time of Jus-
tice Pinkley’s court while the interest
manifested by the spectators does not
abate — nor does the stench in the room.
Up to 3 o’clock this afternoon the follow-
ing witnesses had been examined in the case:
Prosecution — Annie Kittell, Catherine
Kittell and Dr. Geo. M. Keller.
Defense — Frank Thornton, Frank
Woods, Chas. Patterson, George Stearns,
Frank Arrison, Charles Oswald, Henry
Rosenfield, Elizabeth Martin, Edward
Martin, Lawrence Swayne, Ben Stemple,
Robert Murdock, Thos. Crook, George
Haymaker, John Condon, Ed. Richards,
Nearly all the witnesses for the defense
testified as to their having had criminal in-
tamacy with the plaintiff, She having
testified that she contracted a loathsome
disease from Hall, the latter underwent a
professional examination by Drs. Craig and
Galt, who were also called to the witness
stand and stated that they did not think
such was the case — and gave their reasons
for so thinking.
The case will probably run into next
Notes Here and There9
— Henry Butler and Michael Quinn
were fined $1 each and costs, by Justice
Pinkley yesterday, for contempt, in creat-
In a disturbance during the examina-
tion of the Kittell-Hall case. Failing to
pay up they were sent to jail, but were re-
leased in the evening.
The Kittell-Hall Bastardy Case10
The following additional witnesses in
The Kittell-Hall bastardy case have been
examined since 3 o’clock yesterday after
noon, for the defense: Al Coyne, Dave
Ulam, Menas Exner, Harry M. Hall (the
Defendant), Chas. Brown.
Jacob R. Huber, M. J. Murphy, Jacob
Woltenhaupt, George Sayder and C. B.
Knox, were called for the prosecution,
to prove the bad character generally of
the witnesses for the defense.
Ike Haley was called by the prosecu-
tion to prove that Frank Thornton wanted
him to “help swear Harry out,” but not
much of his testimony was admitted.
Wm. Johnson was also called by the
Prosecution and swore that “Hall had a
private disease seven years ago.”
The court informed counsel that the
case would be decided at 6 o’clock this
evening — whether the evidence was all in
or not. The interest is unabated.
The Charles Patterson, named in this
paper yesterday, is not the Charles Pat-
terson employed in the Buford’s Plow Works,
but is a man of the same name from
Notes Here and There11
–Ben Stemple says he was one of the
number who testified that he did not have
criminal connection with Annie Kittell.
Charles Patterson and Frank Arrison
two other witnesses, are from Davenport.
The Kittell-Hall Bastardy Case — The
On Saturday afternoon at four o’clock,
the evidence in this disgusting case was all
in and Wm. H. Atwood, argued the mat-
ter a few minutes on behalf of the plain-
tiff. He was followed by P. O’Mara, and
- T. McElherne for the defense, and Mr.
Atwood then closed by another short
speech. Justice Pinkley reserved his de-
cision until 1 o’clock to-day — and at that
hour the court room was crowded. After
a rather lengthy opinion Hall was dis-
charged, the justice being of opinion that
the charge was not sustained by the evi-
Notes Here and There13
— Annie Kittell, the unfortunate and dis-
graced girl who recently failed to prove a
charge of bastardy against Harry Hall, has
given birth to her child, which only lived a
few minutes, and she is now lying at her
parents’ residence near Weyerhauser &
Denkman’s saw mill. Her physician does
not think she can recover. This case
should be a warning to all young women.
Notes Here and There14
— The report that Annie Kittell was
dead is not true — she is improving rapidly
and Dr. Keller says she will recover. She
appears to be heartily ashamed of her
past life and says she intends to live hon-
orable in future.
And later that year an article about Harry Hall which shows the character of the man accused by Anna Lodisca Kittell.
A Specimen Republican15
After a Fast Life of Several Years He
Secures His Wages, Borrows All
the Money He Can, and “Skips
Out,” Leaving a Young
Wife and Numerous
His name is Harry M. Hall — or, at least,
That is the name he sailed under while
here. He was, until yesterday morning,
yardmaster on the C. B. and Q. road in this
city, and for the past year and a half has
been assistant chief engineer of the fire de-
partment. He was a straight republican,
in fact, the republican candidates would
always secure him to “strike” for them at
the pools, “to catch the railroad boys.” Al-
though he was well known in this city he
flourished for about three years before his
true character became generally known.
This was when he was arrested last spring,
On complaint of Annie Kittell, charged
with bastardy. By bribing witnesses and
spending considerable money he was dis-
charged by a republican justice. After
that he took no pains to conceal his true
colors, and was looked upon by all re-
spectable people with abhorrence, and as a
man devoid of all principle. He was the
acknowledged leader of a gang of rowdies
whose business appeared to be to live a
fast life and swindle all who would trust
them. On the 18th of last September he
was married to a young girl named Mary
McCarty. He commenced house-keeping,
But openly bragged that he intended
Living with her but a few weeks. Lately
He has been saving money, and borrowing
all he could from those who trusted him.
He purchased, on credit, several suits of
clothes in this city – and Davenport. He
spent the nights in saloons, and his wife
stated this forenoon that he had been
drunk every night since they were married.
Among his numerous other crimes it is
also said he is guilty of bigamy — having
married and deserted a woman in Musca-
tine. He received his pay last Saturday,
borrowing $20 from Mr. C. P. Dana, the
station agent, smaller sums from other
parties, and, on Tuesday morning, he
“skipped out,” leaving his young wife,
who is in a delicate condition, without food
or a cent, and only with the clothing she
has when she was married. She is now
at the house of a friend. She says the
last time she saw him — Monday evening —
he had about $250 in his pocket. Ald.
Lundy was “taken in” to the tune of about
$160, and numerous saloon keepers, tailors,
Grocers, milkmen, shoemakers, and others
have been swindled — and they are the
only ones who mourn his sudden depar-
ture. Should he be captured he will be
prosecuted for obtaining money and goods
under false pretenses.
Anna Lodisca Kittell went on to marry W. R. Williams sometime between 1878 and 1880 and they moved to Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. To date I have not found a marriage record or the presence of Anna Lodisca Kittell Williams and W. R. Williams in any U. S. Census.
To be continued…
If anyone has further information please feel free to contact me.
1. “United States Census, 1860”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4FT-N8S : 13 December 2017), John Kettle, 1860.
2. “United States Census, 1870,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MX6W-K88 : accessed 26 May 2016), John Kittell in household of David Osborn, Indiana, United States; citing p. 6, family 45, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,846.
3. “United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXKZ-G2G : accessed 26 May 2016), John Kettell, Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district ED 252, sheet 471A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0246; FHL microfilm 1,254,246.
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