F. E. Kellogg farmer and stock-raiser near Anaheim, was born in Morgan County, Illinois, April 31, 1822. His parents, Elisha and Elizabeth (Derrick) Kellogg, were natives respectively of Massachusetts and Connecticut, and of Scotch descent. They settled first in western New York, where most of the children were born. They emigrated to Morgan County, Illinois, in pioneer times, where Mr. Kellogg built the first house in the county. Elisha Kellogg was a prominent politician in his day, serving as county judge and sheriff of Genesee County, New York. He died in Jo Daviess County, Illinois, in 1844. The subject of this sketch left Independence, Missouri, in May, 1846, and came overland with teams to California, arriving in Napa County in November, before gold was discovered.
His journey was a very tedious and troublesome one. He enlisted in Fremont’s army and served six months, being discharged at Mission San Gabriel, in April, 1848. He still receives a pension of $8 per month as a veteran of the Mexican war. He is able to relate many thrilling anecdotes of hardship and adventure. He and three brothers came in ’44 to the Rocky mountains in search of a silver mine, and not finding it they built Fort Laramie by contract. Once he and a brother were attacked by Pawnee Indians, stripped of then clothes and robbed. They had to eat walnuts and raw frogs, and once he scorched the hair off his buffalo robe and ate the hide! He became sick and exhausted; his brother got lost from him, but afterward they met and were twenty-six days in reaching the borders of civilization.
Mr. Kellogg followed mining for several years after coming to this State, and afterward engaged in other pursuits. He first pitched his tent at Anaheim, May 21, 1869, and about that time he purchased 640 acres of land two and a half miles southwest of that point. He at once built a house and began improving the place; and ever since then he has been one of the most successful farmers and stockmen in the valley. Politically he affiliates with the Republican party. While in Napa, he was coroner of the city for a number of years, and he has held other positions of trust and honor.
He was married September 5, 1854, in Napa County, California, to Miss Mary O. Lillie, a native of Illinois, and a daughter of Luther and Orilla (Morgan) Lillie, natives of Connecticut, who had eight children. Mr. Kellogg came to California across the plains with her brother, L. G. Lillie, in 1853, stopping in the Napa valley August 25. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Kellogg are: Henry Clay, Elizabeth, wife of B. O. Clark; Erwin, Leonard, Jane, wife of M. Evans; Edward, Lillie, Effie and Carrie.