The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 697, Harrison Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"DAVID KESSI, a native of Switzerland, was born July 27, 1830. He attended school until sixteen, then worked in a vinyard till 1850, when he emigrated to America, landing in New York May 16, and soon commenced to work in a machine shop in Jersey City, where he remained two years. He then changed to Pickaway County, Ohio, where he learned the carpenter's trade. He was married February 12, 1857, to MISS MARY A. ZORN, also a native of Switzerland, and born June 11, 1837. To this marriage there were eleven children born, ten now living - ELBERT M., MARY ELLEN, LETTA, ZEBULON A., SARAH A., BERTHA C., JOSEPHINE G., GEORGE E., STELLA M., and CATHARINE G. In 1874, MR. KESSI brought his family to Tippecanoe County, this state, where he purchased a small unimproved farm, on which he lived until the spring of 1878, when he sold out and then bought his present place of eighty acres in this township, which is now well planted with a variety of fruit trees. MR. KESSI still works at his trade, his sons taking charge of the farm. He was elected to the office of Township Trustee in the spring of 1880. He is an upright and energetic business man, and he and wife are members of the Lutheran Church. The parents of MR. KESSI are JACOB and ANNA M. BORN."