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William Kregel
Garnavillo Twp.

William Kregel, son of G. Kregel who was born in Hanover, Germany, in October, 1789, and was a soldier under Napoleon I., accompanying him on his celebrated campaign to Moscow. On the retreat of Napoleon, he remained in Russia five years, then returned to his native country. Ten years later he emigrated to America, landing in New York City, and from there went to Albany, from Albany to Chillicothe, O., thence to Florence, Ala., thence to Cincinnati, O., and three years later to the northern part of that State, where he entered land and resided many years. He came to Clayton County with the settlers of 1846, and can justly be called one of its pioneers. He still resides in the town of Garnavillo at the advanced age of ninety-three years. His wife died in 1881, aged eighty-seven. Their union had been blessed with six children, five living -- Henry who came here in 1844; John D., who came in 1845; D. and William (twins), and Mrs. D. H. Meyer. The subject of this memoir was born in Chilicothe, O., in 1832, and emigrated to Clayton with his parents in 1846. He has been twice married; his first wife, Catherine Beunaman, died July 16, 1873, leaving two children, and he was again married to his present wife, Margaret Howe. Mr. Kregel's early educational advantages were very meager, but by self- application and observation has obtained a good practical education.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 804-805


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