Third cousin Mike Mahoney (who sent me the Klenz reunion photo), got me going again on this side of my Mom’s tree. Here’s what I knew before receiving the photo:
2x great grandmother = Hannah Klenz b 7 Jul 1830 Germany; husband’s name unknown; d 11 Jun 1912 Erie, PA; parents names (from death cert) John Miller and Christiana Schultz (information provided by her son-in-law, my great grandfather, John Rohring)
children of Hannah Klenz =
1. Sophia b 1861 Germany, married John C Schultz
2. Bertha b 4 Dec 1870 Germany, married John C Rohring, d 14 Nov 1942 North East, PA
3. Frederick b 1873 Germany, married Minnie Swartzman, d 15 Sep 1943, Erie PA
Reviewing the information I already had led me to the realization that a William Klenz (b 1863 Germany) had lived beside Sophia Klenz Schultz in North East, PA for decades. It seemed likely that this William was related to the other Klenz individuals so I researched him and his family, creating a separate tree devoted to this line. When I was unable to figure out who William Klenz’s parents were, I posted a note on the Ancestry message board.
Last week, Jane Davis posted a reply. She is the 2x great grand daughter of William Klenz. Ten years ago, she did a considerable amount of research at the Erie Genealogical Society and kindly forwarded a 35 page .pdf document to me that contains obituaries, death certificates and transcribed records from St Paul’s Lutheran Church in North East, PA. This document has helped confirm that William Klenz was my great grandmother’s brother. This means that Jane Davis is my 3rd cousin 1x removed.
This shows my widowed 2x great grandmother Johanna listed with three of her children (including William) as members of the St Paul’s Lutheran Church congregation in the late 1800s.
This burial record notes that Johanna was survived by seven children … and I only had details about four of them! Jane Davis’ grandmother, Francis, is still living (aged 94) and she recalls that there were actually NINE children. I’ve been working to see if I can find them all.
Here’s what I know about the Klenz family now:
my 2x great grandparents =
Johann Daniel Christian Klenz (birth and death dates unknown; most likely died in Germany)
married Johanna Christine Dorothea (Hannah) Mueller b 7 Jul 1830 Pommern, Prussia
confirmed children =
1. Christina b 30 Oct 1853 Germany, married John Frederick Wagner, d 30 Sep 1921 Dunkirk, NY
2. Sophia b 27 Oct 1861 Alt Ungnade Pommern, married John C Schultz, d 26 Mar 1946 North East PA
3. Karl Wilhelm Hermann (William) b 16 Dec 1863 Alt Ungnade Pommern, married Johanna Maria Fredericke Sandhoff, d 4 Feb 1941 North East PA
4. Wilhelmine (Minnie) b 12 Jan 1866 Alt Ungnade Pommern, married John F Wagner, d Mar 1941 North East PA
5. Johanna b 5 Dec 1867 Alt Ungnade Pommern, married Carl Ahrens, d 25 May 1924 North East PA
6. Bertha Wilhelmine Friedericke b 4 Dec 1870 Levenhagen Greifswald Pommern, married John C Rohring, d 14 Nov 1942 North East, PA
7. Friedrich Heinrich Joachim b 7 Jul 1873 Levenhagen Greifswald Pommern, married Minnie
I have also found a Maria (Mary) Klenz who married Karl Wegner. She died in Ripley, NY in 1905 and could well be another of Johanna’s children. There’s quite a story attached to this Mary. Once I’ve done a bit more research, she’ll be the subject of a future blog post.
There’s also something curious going on with the names of two Klenz daughters’ spouses. Both Christina and her sister Wilhelmine married men named John F Wagner. Based on dates and a number of records I’ve found, they’re definitely NOT the same fellow. What are the odds, eh?