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Descendants of Johann Philip Klinger, Immigrant

Posted By on June 26, 2011

Johann Philip Klinger (1723-1811)

Johann Philip Klinger (1723-1811) is buried in Zion (Klinger’s) Church Cemetery, Erdman, Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  Johann Philip was an immigrant and Revolutionary War soldier, and one of his sons, Johann Peter Klinger (1773-1858) married Catharine Steinbruch (1774-1845), the granddaughter of Johann Peter Hoffman (1709-1797), and was the subject of a post this past Tuesday.  His “Klinger” descendants who served in the Civil War were listed and identified by the numbering system used by Max Klinger in his book, The Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger and Catharina Steinbruch.  Mentioned in that post was that Johann Peter Klinger (1773-1858)  also had two brothers and an uncle who settled in the Lykens Valley area and for each of them, Klinger descendants who were Civil War soldiers will now be named.  This post will focus specifically on Johann Peter’s brothers Johann Alexander Klinger (1767-1839) and Squire Johann George Klinger (1761-1840).

The table below shows the genealogical relationships of those Klinger veterans who were descendants of the two brothers of Johann Peter Klinger (1773-1858).  The Civil War soldiers are noted in light blue.  The brother of Johann Philip Klinger (1723-1811), Alexander Klinger (1726-1802) was also an immigrant and is shown in light green.  He will be the subject of the post tomorrow.

Click on table to enlarge.

William R. Klinger (1843-1912).  Records indicate service in the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company F, Private.  Married to Elizabeth Updegrove and Justina Zerbe.

Alexander Klinger (1832-1912).  Name appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument indicating service as a Private, but no record of a Pennsylvania regiment has been located; perhaps he served in a regiment in a different state or as a U.S. Soldier.  Married to Sarah Bixler.

Reuben Klinger (1845-1912).  Records indicate service in Stewart’s Infantry Regiment or Independent Battery, Company H, Private.  Married to Angeline Shiley.

George S. Klinger (1844-1906).  Records indicate service in the 173rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F, Private.  No record found that he ever married.

One helpful resource for the line of one of the brothers, that of Squire Johann George Klinger (1761-1840), is the Klinger Monument which is found in the Zion (Klinger’s) Cemetery in Erdman.  The monument is shown below and although it does not contain the names of any known Civil War soldiers, it does show one of the male Klinger lines of descent from Johann Philip Klinger (1723-1811).

Klinger Monument. Click on picture to enlarge.

Another resource on members of the Klinger family and the Civil War is the Klingerstown Bicentennial Album, 1807-2007, shown below.  Proceeds from the sale of this book benefit the Klingerstown Fire Company.

Some of the information for this post was obtained from the files of the Civil War Research Project which maintains digital resources on over 2000 Civil War veterans who have been identified as part of the Civil War Research Project. Additional information is always welcome as a contribution to the project.


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