Joseph Canby Kitchen
On May 5, 1839, Edward and Ann Canby Kitchen had their first child, a son Joseph C. Kitchen. According to a biographical record, Joseph "Canby" Kitchen was born near DeGraff, Ohio which is located in Southwestern Logan County, between Bellefontaine and Piqua. Another source states that his birthplace was in the north part of Jefferson Township on a road from Zanesfield to Harper in Logan County. Though I am not sure, I suspect the location is near DeGraff where the family of Dr.
Joseph Canby lived.
Joseph Canby Kitchen married Martha McCarrel on June 9, 1869. She was born on March 20, 1841 in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. Joseph was a farmer and lived for several years with his parents on the farm in Miami County, Ohio, where the family had temporarily settled. In 1845, he moved with his family to Indianapolis, Indiana and remained there with them until their return in 1855. It was during this period that his father, Edward was actively engaged in the merchandising business.
Joseph was provided with favorable school advantages and a good education. In 1859 he became a Bookkeeper for the R. S. Canby Company. When the Civil War began, Joseph enlisted in the 45th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI). He was a Quartermaster and in 1864 was commissioned as an Assistant Quartermaster with the rank of Captain. He served on General Kimball's staff where he remained until 1865 when he was reassigned to General Weitzel's staff. This reassignment took Joseph to service on the Rio Grande until 1866. He was mustered out and returned home where he became engaged in stock trading. He purchased a Logan County farm known as the "Old Patrick Farm". This transaction was referred to in the 1872 History of Logan and Champaign County, Ohio. The first person to settle on this land was Stephen Marman. Marman had settled on the farm, which is just west of Rush Lake, in 1815. His parents, Edward and Ann, were the first in the Kitchen family to live on this land. The next owner was Mr. Johnson Patrick. As stated earlier, this farm and lake are used today, as a recreational park and retreat known as Mountain Lake.
Joseph and Martha McCarrel Kitchen reared three children on their
two-hundred forty acre farm in Jefferson Township. The children were:
Harvey S. Kitchen, who was born on January 26, 1872;
Effie L. Kitchen, who was born on January 20, 1874; and
Jessie Kitchen, who was born on November 5, 1877
Darrell Brent Kitchen Family Manuscript - Preface. A History and Background of the
According to the roster Kitchen enlisted on June 17, 1863 as Quartermaster and was commissioned into the Field & Staff. On September 23, 1864 he was attached to the "1rst Corps" Co., US Army 1rst Division. On April 15, 1865 he was promoted to Captain. Method and place of discharge not given.