PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM
GRATIOT COUNTY, MICHIGAN
CHAPMAN BROTHERS, 1884
John Kipp, farmer, section 35, Pine River Township, was born July 26, 1807, in Cayuga County, New York. His parents were Barnabas and Mary (McKillip) Kipp, the father a native of the State of New York, the mother of Pennsylvania. They first settled in Adams County, near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and went afterwards to Cayuga County, when it was in its pioneer days. Later in life they went to Erie County, New York, where the father died. The mother died in Michigan.
Mr. Kipp grew to man's estate after the manner common to the sons of farmers of the period and place where he was brought up. He lived at home until he was 22 years old and was reared to the vocation of agriculture. In 1831 he went to Maryland, where he engaged in teaching three years, and afterward became interested in mercantile pursuits, which he followed about 12 years, meeting with moderate success. In 1853 he sold his interests and came to Wyandot County, Ohio, where he engaged in the hardware business and also in farming. He thus operated seven years and in 1860 came to Genesee County, Michigan. He purchased 50 acres of land, which he continued to cultivate until 1871, when he sold out and came to Gratiot County. He bought 60 acres of partly improved land, which has since been his residence and field of agricultural operations: has 35 acres of his farm under improvements. He belongs to the national Greenback party in political connection.
He was married May 4, 1834, in Maryland, to Elizabeth A. Leaming. She was born in that State, May 12, 1812. Of her marriage to Mr. Kipp, several children have been born three of whom survive-William J., Mary E. and Charles A. The parents are members of the Presbyterian Church.