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Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger & Catharina Steinbruch

Posted By on June 21, 2011

There are many branches of the Klinger family in the Lykens Valley area. Many persons with the Klinger surname served in the Civil War. One good attempt to sort out a major branch of the Klinger family was made by Max E. Klinger and is entitled The Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger and Catharina Steinbruch. It is now in its 3rd edition and is published by Sunbury Press.  However, the book does not clearly indicate which of the descendants fought in the war.

It will be the attempt of this post to sort out and identify those descendants of Johann Peter Klinger and Catharina Steinbruch who were war veterans.  Since the information about war service comes from other sources, guesses sometimes had to be made as to which Klinger was connected to which Klinger in the descendants as specified by Max E. Klinger in his book.  Therefore, the same numbering system is being used here to make it easier to check and cross-check the information.

First, a word about Johann Peter Klinger.  He was born on 3 Nov 1773 in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.  He married Catharina Steinbruch, daughter of Adam Steinbruch and Anna Margaretha Hoffman around 1791 in Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  Anna Margaretha Hoffman was the daughter of Johann Peter Hoffman who was discussed in a previous post on this blog.  Thus, all the descendants of Johann Peter Klinger are also descendants of Johann Peter HoffmanJohann Peter Klinger died on 10 August 1858 in Lykens Township at the age of 84.  He is buried at Zion (Klinger’s) Church Cemetery, Erdman, Lykens Township, Dauphin County.

Johann Peter Klinger‘s immigrant father was Johann Philip Klinger, who was born on 11 July 1723 in Pfaffen-Beerfurth, Hesse, Germany.  He died on 30 September 1811 and is buried at Zion (Klinger’s) Church Cemetery, Erdman.  Two brothers of Johann Philip Klinger also emigrated from Germany along with one of their cousins; Johann Peter Klinger had brothers who had descendants who settled in the Lykens Valley area, but for the purpose of this post, only the descendants of Johann Peter Klinger and Catharina Steinbruch will be considered.  They are the only ones considered by Max E. Klinger in his book.

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(1) Johann Philip Klinger (1792-1857).  The first son of Johann Peter Klinger and Catharina Steinbruch.  Five of his children were veterans of the Civil War.  They were:

(1.10) Samuel Klinger (1826-1897).  Records indicate service in the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, Private; 208th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, Private. Married to Mary Shaffer.

(1.15) Philip Klinger Jr. (1836-1935).  Records indicate service in the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, Private; 76th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H, Private.  Married to Phoebe Koch.

(1.16) Peter Klinger (1838-1915).  Records indicate service in the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, Private.  Married to Annie M. Muench.

(1.19) Jacob Klinger (1843-1899).  Records indicate service in the 172nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, Private.  Married to Sarah A. ?

(1.20) Jonas Klinger (1843-1911).  Records indicate service in the 36th Pennsylvania Infantry (Home Guards), Company C, Private; 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B, Private.  Married to Amelia Williard and Maria Wolf.

The following grandchildren of (1) Johann Philip Klinger (1792-1857) also were Civil War veterans:

(1.1.3) Philip Klinger (1840-1918).  Records indicate service in 36th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company B, Private; 190th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, Private.  Went west to hide from wife and family. He spread word that he had died.  Pension application file contains story that he changed his name to Romberger.  Was accused of being a bigamist.  Married to Ella ?, Mary Madeline Fauver, and Mandy Rusko.

(1.1.4) Daniel Klinger (1842-1863).  Records indicate service in 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, Private.  No known marriage.  Died of typhoid fever at Lexington, Kentucky.  Buried at Lexington National Cemetery

(1.1.5) Joseph Klinger (1844-1897).  Records indicate service in the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, Private; 210th Pennsylvania Infantry, Comapny H.  Married to Sarah Jane ?

(1.6.3) Elias Klinger (1844-1932).  Records indicate service in the 93rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company B, Private.  Married Emma Lina Warner.

(1.7.1) Emanuel T. Klinger (1843-1917).  Records indicate service in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B, Corporal.  Married to Lavina Radel.

(1.7.2) John Adam Klinger (1849-1902).  Records indicate service in the 208th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, Private.  Married to Ellen Amanda Hoffman.

(1.8.2) Frederick Klinger (1844-1907).  Records indicate service in 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, Musician.  Married to Elizabeth Bittikoffer.  Moved to Kosciusco County, Indiana.

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(3) Johann Peter Klinger (1796-1879).  The third child of Johann Peter Klinger and Catharina Steinbruch.  One of his sons has been identified as a war veteran:

(3.2) Israel Klinger (1826-1900).  Records indicate service in the 173rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F, Corporal.  Married to Carolyn Schwalm and Lydia ?

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(6) Alexander Klinger (1805-1876).  The sixth child of Johann Peter Klinger and Catharina Steinbruch.  Three of his sons have been identified as Civil War veterans:

(6.4) Daniel A. Klinger (1834-1908).  Records indicate service in the 26th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1863), Company K, Private.  Married to Emmaline Lebo.

(6.5) Jacob Klinger (1838-1903).  Records indicate service in the 26th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1863), Company K, Private.  Married to Maria “Mariah” Herner.

(6.6) Jonathon Klinger (1840-1922).  Records indicate service in the 26th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1863), Company K, Corporal.  Married to Hattie Hester Uhler.

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(8) Johann Adam Klinger (1810-1885).  He was the eighth child of Johann Peter Klinger and Catharina Steinbruch.  His first child was identified as a Civil War veteran:

(8.1) William H. Klinger (1840-1914).  Records indicate service in the 36th Pennsylvania Infantry (Home Guards), Company C, Private.  Married to Hannah E. Kemmeren.

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Digital files are kept by the Civil War Research Project on each of the above-named Civil War veteransInquiries are welcome.  Additional information is always sought on any Civil War veterans identified in this project.  Click “Contact” to send information or post a comment to any related article on this blog.

The book, The Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger and Catharina Steinbruch, 3rd Edition, can be ordered from Sunbury Press.

Civil War veteran descendants of the other brothers of the immigrant Johann Philip Klinger (1723-1811) as well as the brothers of Johann Peter Klinger (1773-1858) will be noted in future posts.

 


Comments

8 Responses to “Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger & Catharina Steinbruch”

  1. DORIS CLAUSER says:

    Jacob Klinger, born 1843, Hubley Twp., Schuylkill Co., was my paternal Gr. Gr. Grandfather and served in the Civil War. I have a picture of him when he was seven in 1850. He married Sarah Reed (b. 1846) in 1862 and they had seven children, one of whom was Sevilla Agnes Klinger, my Gr. Grandmother. Jabob died c. 1899 and I have a copy of his Civil War widow’s pension given to his wife Sarah in 1899. I have a picture of Sevilla c. 1882 and one of her brothers, Guerney, who was the seventh child of Jacob and Sarah.

  2. Shirley Bowman Walton says:

    I am researching the Bowman Family ancestry and looking for the Bowman line from Pa to IN, if you have any info, please respond.
    Thank you

  3. Sylvia Klinger says:

    What a great blog. I’ve researched my family over the years, even going to Klingerstown/Erdman a couple of times. My great great grandfather was Gabriel Klinger, and I’m pretty sure the Samuel Klinger you mention was his father (I have to check my notes to be sure, though – there were a few Samuels running around).

    I knew Johann Philip had been in the Revolutionary War, but I had never thought about which Klingers had been in the Civil War, so this is a trove of information for me.

  4. Jason says:

    I am doing research on my family line, I am led to believe my son is the last known klinger descending from morrow and Kirby Klinger’s bloodline, would love to know all of my family history if possible. Kinda geeking out about knowing it since we are led to be the last remaining males carrying the name; LaMar Klinger.

  5. My great grandfather was Jacob Klinger but I know nothing of the family before that. I would be interested in corresponding with other Klingers via Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008298545946

  6. Erica Klinger says:

    Thanks for posting this! So many of us Klingers out here. Elias Klinger is related to us.

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