Benjamin Klinger

M, #313, b. 27 November 1820, d. 26 October 1904
Benjamin Klinger (1820-1904)
FatherJeremiah Klinger b. 1773, d. 1857
MotherAnna Maria Krebs b. 17 Mar 1778, d. 1 Oct 1830

Family

Magdalene Kimmel b. 19 January 1822, d. 4 June 1898
Children
Family BackgroundGrant - Klinger Ancestry and Allied Families

KEY EVENTS:

     Benjamin Klinger was born on Monday, 27 November 1820 in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.1,2 Benjamin and Magdalene Kimmel, daughter of Johannes Kimmel and Magdalene Faust, were married about 1845.2 Benjamin died at age 83 on Wednesday, 26 October 1904 at 911 Gordon St. in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan.3,2 Benjamin was buried on 28 October 1904 in Pullman, Allegan County, Michigan.4,5
     
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NARRATIVE:

     Benjamin Klinger and Magdalene Kimmel probably had at least three known children, Joel, born 13 March 1852; Lewis; and Mary, who may have been adopted.
     On 22 August 1850 Benjamin was enumerated as the head of the household in Barry Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, in the federal census of 1 June 1850. Magdalene Klinger and Lewis Klinger also lived there at the time of the enumeration. Catherine Deal, a 20-year old woman born in Pennsylvania, also lived in the home at the time of the enumeration.6 Benjamin and Magdalene Kimmel lived in Berrien County, Michigan, between 1865 and 1878.2
     On 19 July 1870 Benjamin was enumerated as the head of the household in Shamokin Borough, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, in the federal census of 1 June 1870. Magdalene Klinger, Joel Klinger, Lewis Klinger, Marta Klinger and Susan Marie Young also lived there at the time of the enumeration.7 Benjamin and Magdalene Kimmel lived in Allegan County, Michigan, between 1878 and 1899.2 On 1 June 1880 Benjamin appeared on the 1880 federal census in the household of his son, Joel Klinger, in Lake Township, Berrien County, Michigan.8
     Benjamin received a letter from Robert R. Young in March 1893. The letter was apparently written in response to a letter from Benjamin, Robert's daughter's father-in-law, who had written to Robert inquiring about work or houses that might be available in Wilkes-Barre. One should remember that during 1893, the United States was in the midst of a full blown economic depression, and certainly both families must have been affected by it to one degree or another. As M. Robert B. Klinger noted in his family history, one should also remember that both men were either near or over the age of 70 at the time of the letter, and unlike many of their descendants could not rely on federal Social Security to support them and their families. Nevertheless, despite the ongoing effects of the depression and their exchange of letters, Benjamin and his family apparently remained in Allegan County, Michigan.9 On 31 May 1897, Benjamin, along with Magdalene Kimmel, sold 40 acres of land in Lee Township, Allegan County, Michigan. Benjamin and the others had executed a mortgage on the property in 1889, but then apparently were unable to keep up with the payments. The property was seized and sold by Circuit Court Commissioner at public auction to James W. Osborn of Kalamazoo for the sum of $480.10 Benjamin lived in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, between 1899 and 1904.2 On 1 June 1900 Benjamin appeared on the 1900 federal census in the household of his son, Joel Klinger, at 911 Gordon Pl. in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan.11
Last Edited25 Sep 2016

Citations

  1. [S1891] Benjamin Klinger entry, 27 October 1904, Kalamazoo County; Michigan Death Records, 1867-1950, Ancestry.com (https://ancestry.com). Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015; citing record 750, county registration number 450, from original data archived at Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Lansing, Michigan. His death certificate lists this date as the date of his birth, and Pennsylvania as his birthplace..
  2. [S10] M. Robert B. Klinger and Ruth A. Klinger, The Klinger Family (Ann Arbor, MI: M. Robert B. Klinger, 1971). Hereinafter cited as Klinger Family.
  3. [S1891] Benjamin Klinger entry, 27 October 1904, Kalamazoo County; Michigan Death Records, 1867-1950, Ancestry.com (https://ancestry.com). Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015; citing record 750, county registration number 450, from original data archived at Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Lansing, Michigan. His son, Joel, is listed as the informant for the record.
  4. [S1891] Benjamin Klinger entry, 27 October 1904, Kalamazoo County; Michigan Death Records, 1867-1950, Ancestry.com (https://ancestry.com). Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015; citing record 750, county registration number 450, from original data archived at Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Lansing, Michigan.
  5. [S10] M. Robert B. Klinger and Ruth A. Klinger, The Klinger Family (Ann Arbor, MI: M. Robert B. Klinger, 1971). Notes that he was buried at a small cemetery about 5 or 6 miles from Scott Lake. Lee Township Cemetery is located just outside of Pullman, which is where his death certificate indicates his burial, and it would be probably between 2 and 3 miles roughly south of Upper Scott Lake (less from Lower Scott Lake).. Hereinafter cited as Klinger Family.
  6. [S1280] Benjamin Klinger household, 1850 U.S. census, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Barry Township, dwelling 431, family 431, National Archives and Records Administration micropublication M432, roll 827.
  7. [S462] Benjamin Klinger household, 1870 U.S. census, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Shamokin Borough, Shamokin post office, page 57, dwelling 395, family 403, National Archives and Records Administration micropublication M593, roll 1384.
  8. [S435] Joel Klinger household, 1880 U.S. census, Berrien County, Michigan, population schedule, Lake Township, SD 1, ED 9, page 2, dwelling 14, family 15, National Archives and Records Administration micropublication T9, roll.
  9. [S286] M. Robert B. Klinger and Ruth A. Klinger, The Klinger Family, 8th edition (Ann Arbor, MI: M. Robert B. Klinger, 30 July 1986), p. 37. Hereinafter cited as Klinger Family, 8th ed.
  10. [S941] Allegan County Deed Registrations, Liber 77: 174, Allegan County Register of Deeds, Allegan, Michigan. Hereinafter cited as Allegan Co. Deeds.
  11. [S403] Joel Klinger household, 1900 U.S. census, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, population schedule, city of Kalamazoo, SD 3, ED 110, sheet 20A, dwelling 388, family 541, National Archives and Records Administration micropublication T623, roll 720.