John Wesley Kitterman

12 March 1854–14 May 1918 (Age 64)
Elizabeth, Posey Township, Harrison, Indiana, United States

The Life of John Wesley

When John Wesley Kitterman was born on 12 March 1854, in Elizabeth, Posey Township, Harrison, Indiana, United States, his father, John Kitterman Jr, was 31 and his mother, Mary E Shreck, was 27. He married Margaret Elizabeth Myers on 2 July 1882, in Corydon, Harrison Township, Harrison, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Salina, Saline, Kansas, United States in 1875 and Gypsum, Saline, Kansas, United States for about 10 years. He died on 14 May 1918, at the age of 64, and was buried in Gypsum, Saline, Kansas, United States.

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John Wesley Kitterman
Margaret Elizabeth Myers
Marriage: 2 July 1882
John Andrew Kitterman
William Lee Kitterman
Gertrude A Kitterman
Mable Ella Kitterman
Wesley Kitterman
Frank Kitterman
Nellie Kitterman

Spouse and Children

2 July 1882
Corydon, Harrison Township, Harrison, Indiana, United States


    John Andrew Kitterman


    William Lee Kitterman


    Gertrude A Kitterman




+2 More Children

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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 2

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Age 9

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Age 17

In 1871, a cow kicked over a lantern, causing a fire that burned down half of Chicago. Today this city is the third largest in the US.

Name Meaning

German: altered spelling of Kettermann, in the south a metronymic from Ketter, a short form of Katharina; in the north a nickname for a heretic or godless person, from Middle Low German ketter (modern German Ketzer) ‘heretic’ + man ‘man’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • John Ketterman, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Jno W Kitterman in household of J R Kilterman, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John W Kitterman in household of John Kitterman, "United States Census, 1860"

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