July 6, 2016

Mariah Margaret Kline Bigham and Emma Favority Kline


Daniel F. -  (1872 - 1948)
Caroline Elizabeth - (1874 - 1955)
Mary Jane - (1876 - 1974)
Christ William - (1878 - 1928)
Mariah Margaret - (1880 - 1899)
Barnhart Albert - (1881 - 1927)
Minnie Ellen - (1883 - 1967)
Eliza Catherine - (1886 - 1967)
Emma Favority - (1888 - 1889)
John Wesley Jr. - (1890 - 1936)

Mariah (Maria) Margaret Kline, born October 12, 1880, lived a very brief life and passed away before the photo above was taken.  She married Noah Edison Bigham (1876 - 1964) on October 7, 1898, just a few days short of her 18th birthday.  She enjoyed just four months of married life, as she died on February 15, 1899.  The cause of her death was not recorded.  She was buried in the West Pleasant Hill Cemetery among other Kline family members.

Mariah Margaret Kline Bigham at www.findagrave.com
Noah remarried to Mable Romig and they had seven children together.
Noah moved to Nebraska where his marriage to Mable took place, and then South Dakota, according to the censuses.  At the time of his World War I draft registration in 1918, he was in Mud Butte, Mead County, South Dakota.  Information supplied on the registration indicated that he was of medium build and height with light gray eyes and black hair.  He was 42 years old at the time.  It was also noted that he was missing his right hand.

  Ultimately, they settled in Cattaraugus County, New York. Noah was buried in Delevan Cemetery there.

Noah Edison Bigham at www.findagrave.com
Emma Favoretty Kline was born on March 24, 1888 and died on May 7, 1889 as a toddler.

June 25, 2016

Christopher William Kline


Daniel F. -  (1872 - 1948)
Caroline Elizabeth - (1874 - 1955)
Mary Jane - (1876 - 1974)
Christopher William - (1878 - 1928)
Mariah Margaret - (1880 - 1899)
Barnhart Albert - (1881 - 1927)
Minnie Ellen - (1883 - 1967)
Eliza Catherine - (1886 - 1967)
Emma Favority - (1888 - 1889)
John Wesley Jr. - (1890 - 1936)



Born May 22, 1878, in Rockbridge, Hocking County, Ohio, Chris was the second son in the family. He was enumerated in the 1880 census with his parents in Good Hope Township, Hocking County, as a two year old, and again, in 1900 as a twenty-two year old.  In 1900, he was single and working as a farm laborer, probably for his father.  He was the oldest child at home, along with siblings, Barney, 18; Minnie, 14; Eliza, 14; John W. 10, and his nephew, Carl, 2, who was Daniel's son.

On October 28, 1903, he married Ida Venisha Bingham, a local girl, and for awhile, they also settled down in Good Hope Township.


Ida Bingham had a twin sister, Ettie, and they were the daughters of Samuel and Charlotte Bingham.  Ida was approximately four years older than Christopher.

In September, 1904, the first of eight daughters was born - Leota May - and her sister, Elva Ellen followed the next year, arriving in October, 1905.  Two more girls were born while the couple lived in Ohio:
Ethel Marie in April, 1907 and Gladys Virginia in May, 1909.  

Sometime between Gladys' birth in May 1909 and the time of the 1910 census, the family moved to Leigh, Amelia County, Virginia.

The reason for the move is unknown, but Chris, then 32, did purchase a farm there; the census said he owned it free and clear.  Three more daughters were born in Virginia: Gertrude Melissa in September, 1911, Dorothy Elizabeth "Dot" in January, 1914, and Eunice Viola in September, 1916.

By 1918, the family had moved back to Ohio and settled in the little village of Thurston in Fairfield County, Ohio.  There, Chris filled out his World War I Draft Application on September 12.
He reported that he was 40 years old and was farming for Ernest Lamb of Pleasantville, Ohio.  He described himself as of medium build, short, with blue eyes and brown hair.

The family's location for the 1920 census seemed to be the same, at the intersection of Thurston and Lancaster Roads.  Christopher reported his age as 40 again!  He was still working as a farm laborer.

Circa 1917 perhaps - Eunice looks about a year old and Jenny was not born.

The last daughter was born in 1922, when Ida was 47 years old.  She was named Edna Jenevieve and known as "Jenny."  

Sadly, in 1928, Christopher Kline died, leaving his widow and five daughters still at home.   
His obituary appeared in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette on February 18, 1928:


The death of Christopher W. Kline, 49, occurred at ten-thirty today at his home at 415 Harrison Avenue, following a week's illness.

Besides the wife, there survive seven (eight) daughters as follows: Mrs. Leota Crow, Wooster, O.; Mrs. Elva Underwood, Lancaster; Mrs. Ralph Goss of Logan (Ethel); Misses Gladys, Gertrude, Dorothy, Eunice and Genevieve of the home; also two brothers, Daniel Kline of Indiana and John Kline of Lancaster, four sisters, Mrs. Callie Nutter of Logan; Mrs. Fred Bailey of Rockbridge; Mrs. Harry Schaffner of Basil; and Miss Eliza Kline of Rockbridge.

Funeral will be held Tuesday morning at ten o'clock at Fairfield Church of Hocking County with Rev. Dove of Thornville officiating.  Burial in adjoining cemetery by J. V. Halteman, mortician" 

Actually the burial took place at Fairview Methodist and he was buried in the adjoining cemetery beside many other Kline relatives.


 In the 1930 census, Ida, 54, and girls were living at the same residence in Lancaster.  Ida, no doubt by necessity, had a job in a shoe factory as a tongue sewer, but she reported that she was unemployed.  Tragedy struck the family again as on May 21, Leota, the oldest daughter, died, followed in November by Ida herself.  This left Gladys, 20 (who would marry in 1932), Dorothy, 16, Eunice, 13 and Jenny, 9 to fend for themselves.  

March 7, 2016

Caroline Elizabeth Kline (Pierson, Nutter)


Daniel F. -  (1872 - 1948)
Caroline Elizabeth - (1874 - 1955)
Mary Jane - (1876 - 1974)
Christopher William - (1878 - 1928)
Mariah Margaret - (1880 - 1899)
Barnhart Albert - (1881 - 1927)
Minnie Ellen - (1883 - 1967)
Eliza Catherine - (1886 - 1967)
Emma Favority - (1888 - 1889)
John Wesley Jr. - (1890 - 1936)


 In the front right in this family photo was Caroline Kline, usually known as "Callie."  Callie was the oldest daughter in the family, born on March 31, 1874, in Rockbridge, Good Hope Township, Hocking County.  In the 1880 census, little six year old Caroline was found living with her parents and other siblings.

Caroline Kline

By the 1900 census, Callie had a job in the home of John H. and Frances R. Goss, working as a domestic.  She was twenty-six and living in their home.  Dr. Goss was a physician, then 62 years old.  It is unknown how long she worked here.

On September 16, 1906, Callie E. Kline married George W. (Washington) Pierson.  Neither had been married before and both were Hocking County natives.  George was the son of William Pierson and Lucinda Helber and a few years younger than Callie.

George Washington Pierson and Caroline Elizabeth Kline - probably their wedding photo
  The couple lived in Green Township by the 1910 census, at the corner of the Shortsville and Logan Road.  George worked as a laborer in a sawmill.  When he died in 1911 at the age of 36, the couple had been married less than five years and had no children together.  George was buried at West Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

On December 31, 1913, Caroline married again to Darius Lafayette (Laffyet, Loffeyett) Nutter.  Darius, born in 1882, was eight years younger than his wife and was a farmer on his own farm, also in Green Township.  In 1920, they resided on Clay Hill Road.  They never had children, but they seemed to be successful farmers.  At one point, oil wells were being drilled on their property with moderate success, according to the papers.

Darius filled out both the World War I and World War II Draft Registrations which revealed his birthdate of June 19, 1882.  He reported himself as 5' 4", 117 pounds, with blue eyes, gray hair and a ruddy complexion on the second registration when he was 59.  At that point, the couple lived one mile east of the Fellowship Church, Route 1, Gore.

In September, 1930, Darius and Callie were involved in a lawsuit involving the will of one of their neighbors, Gideon Lowe.  Mr. Lowe was a farmer who lived alone after the death of his elderly sister.  During his final illness, Darius and Callie cared for him and were named as inheritors of his estate at his death.  At the time, no other relatives were known.  However, as soon as the terms of the will were announced, "a large number of relatives appeared," according to an account of the trial.  After a three day jury trial, the testimonies of many neighbors and friends, and with a 10-2 vote of the jury, the terms of the will favoring the Nutters was sustained.

Caroline Nutter died on December 2, 1955 at the age of 81.  She was buried with her first husband, George Pierson at the West Pleasant Hill Cemetery where her parents were also buried.

Darius lived on until June 8, 1969, when he died in a long term care facility at the age of 86.  He was buried in the Smith Chapel Cemetery, Logan, Ohio.  His obituary was in the Athens Messenger on June 9, 1969.


February 17, 2016

Daniel F. Kline of Hocking and Defiance Counties

Daniel F. Kline

Born March 1, 1871, Daniel was the firstborn son of John Wesley Kline and Dora Tena Myers Kline.  He grew up in Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio and was enumerated in the census there in 1880 with his parents and siblings, Caroline - 6, Mary - 3, Christy (Christopher) - 2, and Maria (Mariah) - 4 months.  

Not much is know of Daniel's childhood, other than he grew up in the hills and rocks of Hocking County, near what is now Hocking County State Park.  John Wesley, his father, farmed and their homestead sat in a rather secluded area near Rockbridge.

Kline homestead, Hocking County, 1992

 One story, printed in The Logan Daily News, (unknown publication date) concerned Daniel as a young man of about 23.

"It was Wednesday, July 24, 1895.  It was about 9 a.m.  At his home in the northwestern part of Laurel Township, near Cantwell Cliffs, Joseph Bigham had been digging a well.  He was preparing to build a new house, having made the excavation for the cellar and starting work on this well.  He was being assisted by his brother-in-law, Oliver Benway.  The evening before, they fired a blast in the well in order to get fire to burn in it, but it didn't do any good.  They left the house about seven o'clock on Wednesday morning to work on the well.

Joseph went down in the well, but was overcome by carbonic acid gas, which at the time was commonly called well damp.  He called to Oliver to pull him up, but was too affected by the gas to hold the rope.  Oliver called out for help.  Mary Yantes, who was staying with the Bighams at the time, and Joseph's wife, Anna, came to assist.  Oliver lowered himself into the well, fanning Joseph for a few minutes in an attempt to revive him, but soon felt himself being overcome by the gas.  He called for the women to pull him up; they were able to get him up about 16 or 17 feet, but he was so overcome by gas, he fell back to the bottom of thewell, which at the time was about 35 feet deep. 

Mary ran to the nearest neighbors about a half mile away, and a group of men came back with her to assist.  Dan Kline went down in the well to retrieve the men, but only got about half way before the gas overcame him and he needed to be pulled out.  They pumped air into the well by means of a windmill and sheet, and a burning sheaf of wheat was lowered into it.  Dan went back down in the bucket, tied a rope around the bodies of Joseph and Oliver, and brought them up.  They had been dead for some time, it having been over an hour since Oliver first called for help.  Oliver's head was badly cut from when he'd fallen back into the well.

The funerals took place at Mt. Pisgah, with the Rev. Mather officiating.  Mather's sermon was delivered outside, as the people who'd come to attend the funerals couldn't fit in the church.  People who were there guessed the attendees numbered around one thousand." 

When Daniel was about 26, he became a father to Carl Guy Kline in May, 1898.  On Carl's records, Nellie Stoughten was named as his mother; she would have been about 20 at the time of his birth.  According to family lore, Nellie took the child to Dora and Wesley and told them to raise Carl.  Daniel and Nellie were not married. So in the 1900 census, Carl was listed with his grandparents and enumerated as a son, but he was really a grandson.  Whereas, Daniel had moved north to Hicksville, Ohio, where he was enumerated in 1900 with a cousin, William Kline, and his wife, Cora, and four children.  Daniel worked as a farm laborer on William's farm.

 While in Hicksville, Daniel met and then married Emily Meek on January 19, 1902.  Emily was about 30 at the time and had taught in several of the one room school houses in the Hicksville area.  They purchased a farm in Indiana, just across the Ohio-Indiana state line, in Dekalb County, and it was there, their first son, Boyd, was born on June 21, 1903.  Emily and Daniel were both 31.

Hocking County newspapers reported in 1906 and 1908 that Daniel took Boyd for a visit to his parents, sometimes with his cousin, William.

Daniel, Boyd and Emily Kline - circa 1903-1904

Emily and Daniel would have seven children in eleven years: Boyd - 1903, Hazel - 1904, Ethel - 1906, Mildred and Marian, twins - 1910, Maurice - 1912, and Woodrow - 1914.  Twin, Marian was stillborn in 1910 and Boyd died when he was only 16 of tuberculosis in 1919.  Ethel died in 1926, also of tuberculosis.

As we consider the deaths of his mother, Dora, in 1914, three of his children, and the loss of his father in 1923, brother Barney in 1927, and brother Christopher in 1928, it must have been overwhelming.  To add to this, the country was thrown into a Depression, and according to one source, one of the banks in Hicksville closed, taking with it all the money there, including the account of Daniel and Emily. Upon the death of his father and brother, Daniel inherited part of the homestead in Hocking County, along with sisters Callie and Eliza and descendants of his deceased siblings, a farm with more than 300 acres.  He desperately wanted to move there, according to his son, but Emily would not move.  Daniel must have been very frustrated as he considered his prospects in southern Ohio, while Emily stayed firm in her desire to stay close to her children and grandchildren in the north.

It is thought that Daniel may have moved in and out of his home with Emily, beginning about 1930.  An interview with someone who knew Daniel as a "bachelor" about that time, stated that Daniel was going back and forth from Hocking County, bringing wagon loads of fence posts to sell in Hicksville. At times, he would also bring up loads of coal, not good coal, but the kind that left "clinkers" after burning that one would use in a driveway for fill.  

Emily's resistance to moving caused a rift in the family that could not be repaired. She stated that the problems had escalated over two years.  Daniel became violent at times, argumentative, threatening, according to the divorce documents, but all to no avail.  In June, 1932, Emily filed for divorce; she and Daniel were both 61 years old and had been married 30 years. 

The Defiance Crescent-News reported on December 2, 1932:

Hicksville, Dec. 2 - In the divorce proceedings of Mrs. Emily Kline against her husband, Daniel F. Kline, residents west of Hicksville, in the Dekalb county circuit court, the plaintiff was awarded a divorce and was also given alimony of $1700.  She is also to receive an equal share of a deposit of $18,000 in the Farmers State Bank now in process of liquidation.  This, together, with other property, was divided amicably between the parties.

Mrs. Kline charged cruel and inhuman treatment both to herself and her children.  The couple were married June 19, 1902, and separated June 30, 1932.  They have five children.  Mr. Kline offered no protest in court to the divorce, but resisted his wife's alimony request."
Daniel moved permanently back to Hocking County and moved into the homestead with his sister, Eliza, and purchased land from some of the other inheritors so that the three (Daniel, Eliza, Callie) owned the land together.  Eventually, Daniel became ill and Eliza, who never married, cared for him in his last days.  The father of a current Hicksville resident and former renter of a house that Daniel owned in Hicksville, traveled to Hocking County to visit Daniel.  In an interview, he told this story of having trouble finding Daniel in the winding roads of Hocking County:

"...We drove on and on, so I stopped at a house and no one was home, so I went to another house.  There was a big pile of coal there so I thought for sure someone lived there.  I went to the door and knocked and I waited a long time and I finally heard footsteps.  An old lady came to the door.  I asked her if she'd ever heard of Dan Kline.  She said, yes.  Well, I said, 'Do you know where he lives?'  She said, 'Yes, over the ridge a piece.'  She told me how to get there.  The road was so narrow and the trees so close to the road, I had to go pretty slow and finally we went up a lane and found it.  A lady came out, his sister.  She had lived there alone all these years. Dan couldn't talk.  He was very sick...his last sickness."

Daniel died on December 21, 1948 in the hospital in Lancaster, Ohio.  Perhaps it was a surprise to his children back in Indiana that he left his entire estate to his firstborn son, Carl, who was in the Lancaster area.  

In the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette on December 22, 1948:


Daniel F. Kline, 76, retired farmer of Rockbridge, Route 2, died last night in Lancaster Hospital, where he had been a patient since Sunday.  
Survivors include three sons: Carl G. Kline, Lancaster, and Maurice and Woodrow Kline, both of St. Joe; three daughters: Gladys, of St. Joe, and Mildred and Hazel of Montpelier, O. four sisters: Mrs. Mary Bailey, Rockbridge, Mrs. Minnie Schaffner, Basil; Miss Eliza Kline of the home; and Mrs. Callie Nutter of Gore; and nine grandchildren.

The body was removed to the Frank E. Smith funeral home where friends may call after Thursday noon.
Services are to be held Friday at 2 p.m., at West Pleasant Hill EUB Church, near Rockbridge, with the Revs. H.E. Harwood, Millersport, and Clyde Gibson, Baltimore, officiating.  Burial is to be made in adjoining cemetery." 

Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hocking County



December 28, 2015

Ohio University, Athens, Ohio - 1929-1931

Maurice F. Kline

 A cache of old college photos was just discovered, once owned by the fellow on the right - Maurice Kline (Father -Daniel Kline, Grandfather -Wesley Kline).  Maurice attended Ohio University for two years with his goal to become a lawyer.  
After a couple years, money was so tight during the Depression that he was forced to quit.

The group of about ten college photos are not labeled except for two, sadly.  (Label your photos!)

 This photo was captioned -

"East Hill, Jan. 25, '31, Athens, Ohio"

Maurice Kline is on the right.  The other man is not identified.

Written on the back of this photo -
"An Exhibition by the fraternity on Homecoming Day, Nov. 1931.  Wesleyan vs. Ohio U. at Athens Stadium.  Score for the game - Ohio, 19 and Wesleyan, 0.

Sigma Delta Rho, Zeta Chapter.

Census of drunk (intoxicated) taken by Mr. X of the Sigma Delta Rho = 287
Subject to error because of recorders condition at time."

This photo was unlabeled, but Maurice Kline is on the right side, second row with a young man standing in front of him, slightly to the viewer's right.
Where was this taken?  On campus? And what is this construction of stones?