November 6, 2021

John Wesley Kline, Jr.



Daniel F. -  (1872 - 1948)
Caroline Elizabeth - (1874 - 1955)
Mary Jane - (1876 - 1955)
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)

The youngest son of Wesley and Dora Kline was a son, John Wesley, Jr., born April 18, 1890, in Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio. In his early years, he worked with his father on the farm.  

In April, 1915, he married Anna Stacia (Anna, Stacie, Anastasia) Beiter, daughter of John and Mary Schmelzer Beiter and they eventually settled in Pleasant Township, Fairfield County, Ohio. On September 8, 1915, their first child, Mary Ellen, was born, followed by Susan on September 2, 1917, and Lenus Franklin on June 14, 1920. 

On June 5, 1917, he registered for the World War I draft with an address of Rt. 2, Rockbridge, Hocking County  At that point, he was a self-employed farmer of medium height and slender build with brown eyes and dark brown hair.  No evidence could be found that he ever joined the military.  

The census enumerator found the Kline family living on Clearcreek Road in Madison Township, Fairfield County, when he came calling in 1920.  Anna would have been very pregnant with Lenus at the time.  

What happened to John's health is not known, but he was in the County Infirmary census of 1930.  Referred to as an "inmate," John, 38, noted that he was married.  In the meantime, Anna was enumerated separately with the children on the Pleasant Valley Road farm.  She was married, 37, owned the home and farmed the ground.  Mary Ellen, 13, Susan, 12, and Leonous, 9 were with her.  A newspaper article published in February, 1935, noted that she had been appointed guardian to her husband, John W.

John Wesley died when he was only 46 in his own home.  The obituary appeared in the Lancaster Eagle on July 21, 1936:

John W. Kline, 46, died today at 7 a.m. in his Pleasant Twp. home.  He is survived by his widow, Anna, two daughters, Mrs. Carl Lane and Miss Sue Kline, one son, Leonard ( Lenus) , four sisters, one brother and a granddaughter.  Funeral services will be held Thursday at 8 a.m. in St. Mary's church with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery. Friends may view the body at his residence, 437 East Walnut Street..."

After the death of her husband in 1936, Anna remained in her home and obtained work as a cook in a restaurant.  The 1940 Federal Census reported that Anna, a widow, 47, owned her home worth $3500 and worked 48 hours a week as a cook in a restaurant.  Daughter Sue was still at home at the time, and, at 21, she worked as a housekeeper in a private home.  Lenus, 19, worked at the glass factory.  Anna lived on until 1983.

Anna Kline, 89, of 1598 Marietta Road, died Sunday in Crestview Manor Nursing Home.  A retired cook for the Country Club, she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Raymone (Sue) Smith and Mrs. Mary Ellen Lane, both of Lancaster; one son, Lenus, of Lancaster; two sisters, Mrs Genevieve Malone and Mrs Susan Lamb, both of Columbus; seven grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, John W.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. at St. Bernadette Church, burial in St. Mary Cemetery."

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