The Jacob Kessler you are looking for is my gggrandfather. Me, Charles J. Bonifazi-My father, Marie Kessler( grandmother )-William Kessler-Jacob Kessler
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Jacob Kessler & Ellen McDonald Pieced together through Google Books Search: -- BOOK:The Ancestors of Patrick Meehan Pfiffner of Wisconsin: The Krug, Meehan ... - Page 99 by Patrick Meehan Pfiffner - Wisconsin - 2002 - 251 pages In 1882 he moved to Dubuque and in 1888 he was engaged in mercantile pursuits.
She was born 1833 in Duchess County, New York, and died 10 January 1923 in Dubuque, Iowa.Jacob Kessler learned the bakers trade in Germany before coming to the U.S. in 1852 at the age of 22.He came through New Orleans and Galena, Illinois with his ...
BOOK:History of Dubuque County, Iowa: Being a General Survey of Dubuque County
By Franklin T. Oldt, Patrick Joseph Quigley, Kenneth Cornell Goodspeed , Goodspeed Historical Association (Chicago). Published 1911 Goodspeed Historical Association Dubuque County (Iowa) 938 pages
Page 634 JACOB KESSLER is deserving of more than passing notice because of his long, , useful and honorable life of more than half a century in Dubuque county. the family came up the Mississippi river to Galena, Illinois, ...
Page 635 During this time Mr. Kessler took an active interest in the growth and welfare ... On August 7, 1860, he married Ellen McDonald, daughter of John and Jennie ...
------------------------ JACOB KESSLER, farmer, Sec. 6; P. '0. Sherrill's Mount; born Nov.13, 1830, in Bavaria; in 1850, he came to Galena, 111.; in 1859, he came to Dubuque Co.; owns 120 acres land; he has been President of the School Board and Director and Assessor ; he is now County Superintendent, having been elected in 1875. Be married Ellen McDonald in October, 1860 ; she was born in Dutchess Co., N. Y.; they had eight children, six living — Mary A., John, Ellen A., William < '. Elizabeth M. and Jacob J.; Jane and Edward died in infancy. Catholic.
JACOB KESSLER, farmer, Sec. 6; P.O. Sherrill's Mount; born Nov. 13, 1830 in Bavaria; in 1850 he came to Galena, Ill.; in 1859, he came to Dubuque Co.; owns 120 acres land; he has been President of the School Board and Director and Assessor; he is now County Superintendent, having been elected in 1875.
He married Ellen McDonald in October 1860; Ellen McDonald was born in Dutchess Co., N.Y.; they had eight children, six living- Mary A., John, Ellen A., William C., Elizabeth M. and Jacob J., Jane died in infancy. Edward died in infancy.