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Rev. Isaac KRETZINGER was born in Shenandoah co., Virginia in 1814. His father, George Kretzinger, was a native of Germany and was brought by his parents to America when a child. he was a soldier in the War of 1812. Isaac Kretzinger was a self-made man, never attending school but twenty one days. When a young man, he was employed in a carding mill in the summer and engaged in teaming in the winter. In 1833, he united with the Brethren Church, and in 1838 was ordained a minister. He was actively engaged in the work of a Christian minister till 1880, and twenty four years of the time was a presiding elder. He came to illinois in 1853 and was living near Carthage, Hancock County, at the time Joseph Smith was killed. In 1862, he moved to McDonough County, thence to Warren co., in 1864, to Knox Co., in 1867, and to Logan co in Mar 1873, locating where he now lives. Mr. Kretzinger was married to Mary Detrick, of Maryland who died four months after their marriage. His second wife was Elizabeth Oglesby, a relative of Governor Oglesby. Five of their six children are living - William H., George W., Sarah J., Nancy M., and Joseph T.. One son, Isaac, died in the fifth year of his age. Mrs. Kretzinger died June 11, 1883. April 1, 1884, Mr. Kretzinger married Sarah E., daughter of George Nail. his sons, George and Joseph, are prominent attorneys of Chicago, IL. The former was a soldier in the war of the Rebellion, and was taken captive at Independence, Missouri, but escaped from the hands of the rebels. Mr. Kretzinger has a good farm of 200 acres, all under cultivation in 1886.

Source: The History of Logan County, Illinois, Chicago: Interstate Publishing Co. 1886

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