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son of George and Mary (Kiefer) Kalb, was the eighth child in a family of eleven, and was born in Madison township, Franklin county, Ohio, only a short distance from where he now lives, April 4, 1811. His parents, and his grandfather, John Kalb, came to Madison township from Frederick county, Maryland, in the year 1805, and made a settlement in section fourteen, on the farm now owned by George Kalb, jr. His father died there in 1836, and his mother in 1846.

The subject of this brief biography remained upon the farm until he was twenty-one years of age, when his father, giving him two hundred dollars with which to purchase land, he walked all the way to Hancock county and entered one hundred and sixty acres. He subsequently made a number of trips out to his purchase and back, and always went on foot. His father finally persuaded him to buy a farm at home. On the tenth day of April, 1836, he was united in marriage to Mahala, daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth Shoemaker, born December 18, 1809. Her parents removed to Madison township from New Jersey, in 1811, and settled on the farm where Jacob Baughman now lives. Her mother died there, but her father afterward removed to Hancock county, Ohio, and was subsequently married three times. He died in 1858.

The subject of this sketch, after his marriage, located where he has ever since resided. His wife died April 26, 1876, leaving to him two daughters, to wit: Mary Jane, born May 30, 1837, who married Thomas Begg, and now resides in Putnam county, Ohio; and Sarah Elizabeth, born August 1, 1839, who is the wife of Jacob L. Bowman, of Madison township.

Mr. Kalb is a prominent member of the Asbury Methodist Episcopal church of Madison, and contributed liberally to the erection of the new church. He has been a trustee of the church ever since his first connection with it--a period of about thirty years.


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