William Kann, of the township Jefferson, is the son of
Godfrey Kann, who emigrated from the valley of Rhine, in
Prussia to the United States with his family, in 1847.
Godfrey Kann was born in August, 1796. He is still living
in the town of Jefferson, at the advanced age of
eighty-six years. His children, all of whom were born in
Germany, are William, John H., John, Mary, Fred,
Anne and Hobart. Hobart, his youngest son, was killed by
a threshing machine in 189?; his age was twenty years.
William, the oldest son, was born in 1822. He came to
this country with his parents, and settled where he now
lives, in 1850. His wife was born in Germany; they have
five children Fred W., Joseph, Katherine, Anna E.
and Hobert. Mr. Kann resides on section 11; his farm
contains 440 acres. He is one of the most prominent and
successful farmers of the township of Jefferson. His
brothers are also successful farmers.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 869-870