Biography of George W. Kettenburg
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

GEORGE WILLIAM KETTENBURG, deceased, for many years engaged in the plumbing business in Pittsburg [sic], Pennsylvania, and who served his country faithfully and well during the Civil war, represented the second generation of his family in this country, they tracing their ancestry to the old family of Kettenburgs. in Hessen Cassel.

William D. Kettenburg, father of George William Kettenburg, was born in Hessen Cassel, Germany, during the year 1800, and emigrated to the United States in 1832. He settled in Pittsburg [sic], Pennsylvania, where he purchased a piece of property in Penn avenue near Eleventh street. He is said to have. been the first locksmith of any experience in the city, and made the locks and keys for the old courthouse and jail. His business was an extensive one for those times, and he was noted for his strict honesty and for his liberality in church and secular matters. He was of a kind and genial disposition and greatly respected in the community. In politics he was a Whig, but affiliated and was a staunch supporter of the Republican party when that body came into existence. His religious, faith was that of the Methodist church, and he was a charter, member of the First German Methodist church in Pittsburg, and a trustee for twenty years prior to his death which occurred February 16, 1870. He married Mary Hasenjaeger, of Pittsburg, born February 7, 1815, died December 11, 1865, and they were the parents of children (1) George William, See forward.; (2) Henry, born about 1842, died July, 1874. He was a soldier during the Civil war and was a prisoner at Andersonville; (3) Charles D. born . 1844, died March 14, 1889. He also served during the Civil war. Married Charlotte Myers and had children, Walter and William; (4) William, died in childhood; (5) Mary Jane, married Charles Fisher, who was killed during the railroad riots of 1877; (6) William, resides in the west; (7) Matilda, marned Henry Scheidler, deceased, (8) Emma died in childhood, (9) Edward, unmarried; (10) Emma, married Philip Steuhler, has children - Myrtle, Minnie and Mary.

George William Kettenhurg, eldest child of William P. and Mary (Hasenjaeger) Kettenburg, was born in the. Ninth ward of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, August 21, 1840. He was, educated in the public schools and supplemented his education by assiduous home study, as he was from his earliest year's an eager reader of all good literature. He was apprenticed to learn the locksmith's trade, and at the outbreak of the Civil war enlisted, on his twenty-first birthday, from Beaver county, Pennsylvania, in Company C, Sixty Third Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, Colonel Hayes commanding, First Division, Third Corps, Army of the Potomac: He served the full term of three years, was promoted to lieutenant, and received, his honorable, discharge in 1864 with the rank of captain. He took part in all the battles and engagements in which his regiment participated. Upon the completion of his military service he traveled extensively through the eastern states and then returned to Pittsburg, where Fe engaged in the plumbing busidess in 1870, in Penn avenue, near Eleventh street, and carried this on successfully until his death, which occurred March 24, 1892. In January, prior to his death, he had removed to Edgewood with his family, where he had built the comfortable and commodious home at 336 Locust street now occupied by his widow and children. Like his father, he was a stalwart Republican and an active worker in the interests of that party. He amassed a considerable fortune, which be invested very profitably in real estate holdings. He was a firm believer in the doctrines of the Methodist church, though he was not an active worker in rçligious affairs. He was a man of many sterling qualities and his death was deeply and sincerely regretted.

He married, January 10, 1866, Mary Louisa Beinecke, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Wiethorn) Beinecke, and they had children: (1) Ida Elizabeth, unmarried; (2) George W., electrical engineer. He married Amelia Eyth, and has had children: John E., deceased; George W., deceased.; John R.: George W.; Julia, and Ella. (3) William, died in infancy; (4) Ella L., died in 1906, married Harry E. Giberson.

A Century and a half of
Pittsburg and her people.
By: John Newton Boucher
The Lewis Publishing Company

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