Select Kellogg Miscellany

Here are some Kellogg stories and accounts over the years:

Joseph Kellogg and His Family

Joseph Kellogg was a selectman in Hadley, Massachusetts for many years.  He and his sons had grants of land and he was on the committee to lay out lands and for the purchase of Swampfield from the Indians.  He and his family were responsible for keeping the ferry open between Hadley and Northampton.  He was also the sergeant of the military company and was in command of the Hadley troops in the famous Turner's Falls fight on May 18, 1675.

He had married first, probably in England, to Joanna.  Their children, all born in America, numbered seven: Joseph, John, Martin, Edward, Samuel, Joanna, and Sarah.  Joanna died in 1666 and a year later he married Abigail Terry.  Abigail was before the court in 1673 for wearing silk (which was contrary to the law), but she was acquitted.  He fathered nine more children with Abigail: Stephen, Nathaniel, Abigail, Elizabeth, Prudence, Ebenezer, Jonathan, Joseph, and Daniel. 

Joseph Kellogg died in 1707.

Lucy Fletcher Kellogg in Louisiana

Like her father, Lucy Fletcher's husband farmed, turned his hand to merchandising, and ran an ashery where he bought the potash from local farmers' timber burning to process into pearl ash.  But like so many ventures at this time, his failed.

Titus Kellogg then began a search for a new frontier which took him to Louisiana and Texas.  In Louisiana, he bought soldiers' bounty land warrants for many thousands of acres, only twelve hundred of which he took possession of.   He also bought a farm in Claiborne parish.

Travelling through the month of August, the family departed from Cincinnati in a covered wagon.  Despite their northern background, the Kelloggs had six adult slaves, each with families.  Lucy made no mention of slavery as an institution in her autobiography and gave only the most oblique references to slaves, in order to distinguish them from her "white family."

In Louisiana a dear sister lived nearby and the emerging careers of her children gave her pleasure.  But bad luck struck again in the form of a cotton crop lost to the boll weevil and the death of her husband.  Having, as she said, "never been well contented in Louisiana," Lucy returned to the North, making her home in Keokuk, Iowa with her two children.

WK Kellogg and His Corn Flakes

Will Keith, who had been trained as a broom maker, worked at the Battle Creek sanitarium which his brother John had started.  Here he helped create health foods for the patients.  Through the brothers' experimentation with wheat, they happened on a method of flattening wheat berries into small thin flakes. When the flakes were baked they became crisp and light, creating an easy to prepare breakfast when milk was added. 

In 1906 he started his own producing company, the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flakes Company.  It is now the Kellogg Company.  Thus the ready-to-eat cereal industry was born.

Clay Kellogg in Orange County

The descendants of Orange county, California pioneer Hiram Clay Kellogg held a family reunion in 2008 at the historic Kellogg House in Santa Ana.  Clay Kellogg had been the Orange county surveyor between 1894 and 1899, responsible for many of its roads and bridges.

In 1898 he had designed and built a Victorian house on Orange Avenue in Santa Ana - a home for himself, his wife, Helen, and their four children.  Because of Hiram's love of all things nautical, the dining room was built oval, giving it the look and feel of a ship's wheelhouse.  Three generations of the Kelloggs were to live in the house before the family donated it to the Museum.

The house had been spared from demolition in 1980 when it was moved to its current spot to the corner of Fairview and Harvard streets.  At its new location it is the centerpiece of the Discovery Museum of Orange County.

Kelloggs in 1920

The table below show the distribution of Kelloggs in the United States, according to the 1920 US census.

Numbers (000's)
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