December 12, 2021

Mariah Walters Kline, Wife of Michael, and Their Children


Mariah Walters Kline - Finding information on great-great grandmother, Mariah Walters was difficult. A few clues appeared in various Federal censuses, namely, that her parents were foreign born and lived in Virginia. The early censuses do not give more than surnames, so the identify of her parents is not clear. In the 1840 Hocking County census, a L.W/W. L. Walters was mentioned, but it cannot be said for certain if this was her father, although many researchers have assigned him to her. If Mariah's birthday was February 1, 1817, and she was born in Hocking County, it meant her family came very early into Ohio from Virginia. So...lots of work to do on Mariah.

Some notes on their children:

Sarah Kline Blosser
Her obituary: "Sarah Kline was born on the 13th day of September, 1844, in Hocking County, Ohio.  Departed this life on the 19th day of November, 1921, being at her death, 77 years, 1 month and 27 days old.  She grew to womanhood in her native state and on the 20th day of February, 1868, was married to George W. Blosser.  To this union three children were born: Mariah J, now Mrs. B. F. Woodward, Mary F. (Mrs. C. J. Simons) and Louisa (Mrs. L. C. Lenty).  This subject at the age of twenty four years, put her trust in her Savior, gave her heart to God and lived a devout and exemplary Christian life.

Mrs. Blosser, with her family, moved from Ohio to Jefferson County, Illinois, in the year 1878, ever since residing here.  She leaves to mourn their loss, a husband, three daughters, two sons-in-law, fourteen grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. 'Grandma,' as she was called, died as she had lived, peacefully."

George W. Blosser, born September 13, 1843, died ten years after his wife on December 27, 1931.  Both are buried in the Panther Fork Cemetery in Jefferson County, Illinois.

Elizabeth "Eliza" Kline -Born December 9, 1845, in Hocking County, Elizabeth never married and died and the age of 19, just a month before her birthday.  She died on November 3, 1865, and was buried in the Fairview Methodist Cemetery.

John Wesley Kline
 - Our direct ancestor was born February 2, 1849.  His biography was given in a previous post.

Margaret "Maggie" Kline -
Born March 30, 1850, in Hocking County, she married Solomon David Yantes on December 5, 1869.  The family lived their whole lives in Hocking County.  She died on January 24, 1913, and was buried in McBroom Cemetery, Laurel Township, Hocking County, Ohio.   Solomon and Margaret Yantes had thirteen children, some of whom died at birth or in early childhood.
Their children included Jane Clara (1870), Mary Maria (1871-1949), Eliza J. (1873), John Wesley (1875- 1924), Sarah Elizabeth (1877), Charles Michael (1879 - 1954), Levi H. (1881 - 1899), Flora M. (1885 - 1885), Samuel (1886 - 1886), Martha Favory (1888 - 1892), George Washington (1889 - 1959) and Clifford Lesson (1894 - 1897).  

Amos Austin Kline - His obituary appeared in the Logan Daily News on February 19, 1917, p. 7:

"Another life has ended.  The curtain is drawn, the drama of life is closed, and we can add nothing but the last tribute of honor and respect for one we have known and loved as relative, neighbor and friend.
Amos Austin Kline, son of Michael and Maria Kline, was born September 28, 1851, and departed this life at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. E. Dupler of Rockbridge, O., February 3, 1937, aged 85 years, 4 months and 6 days.

He was one of a family of nine children, 7 of whom have preceded him in death.  He was united in marriage to Miss Caroline Meyer, February 8, 1883.  To this union were born two children, Mrs. Florence Dupler and Clifford Kline of Rockbridge, Ohio.  He and his wife also took into their home a nephew, Charlie Meyer, and a niece, Oora Hildebrant, making a home for them until they went out into the world to make a home for themselves.  His wife preceded him in death almost two years ago, May 16, 1935.

He was converted to the Christian faith at the West Pleasant Hill Church at the age of 35 years under the preaching of Rev. Ephraim Blosser and united with the church at West Pleasant Hill, class of 1891, and lived as a faithful member and an exemplary life up to the time of his death.  He was one of the most faithful members through more than 50 years of attendance and service.  During his membership in the church, he filled all the various offices of the church, enjoyed upon him by his brethren.

During the past year, because of infirmities, he was deprived of attending services at his home church but kept in touch with God.  His gentle spirit, for he was never known to complain, left the worn, tired body and peacefully and triumphantly winged his way through the gates of the Eternal City to be at rest with his Master, and await the resurrection.  His home was ever open to the ministers of the Logan circuit.  He will be sadly missed. So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
He leaves to mourn his departure: a daughter, Mrs. Florence Dupler; a son, Cliff Kline of Rockbridge; Mrs. Cora Shull and family, Mrs. Cora Shull and family, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Jane Edwards of Columbus and a host of relatives and friends."

Another short obituary indicated that Amos had died of pneumonia.
Caroline Meyer Kline's obituary appeared in the Democratic Logan Sentinel on May 23, 1935:

"MRS. KLINE DIES.  Ages Rockbridge Woman Succumbs Thursday Night.
A victim of arteriosclerosis, Mrs. Catherine Kline, 83, wife of Amos Kline, died Thursday night at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ed Dupler, of Rockbridge.  Mrs. Kline, the last of her family, also leaves one son, Clifford Kline of Rockbridge.

Funeral services were held at Fairview Church Sunday afternoon at 1:30 with Rev. Amos L. Heyde of Logan, assisted by Rev. J.R. Love, of Rockbridge, in charge.  Burial was made in the nearby cemetery by Heilein Bros."

Mary Ann Kline Bailey - Born April 23, 1853, in Hocking County, Ohio, Mary Ann married William Bailey at about age 32, and they had three sons: Charles Franklin, George Washington, and Edward Wesley Bailey.  They remained in Good Hope Township after their marriage on March 12, 1885, by the Justice of the Peace in Logan.  Mary Ann died at the age of 47 on August 19, 1900, leaving William to raise their sons, then ages 14, 11, and 6.  William lived twenty years more, passing away on October 20, 1920, at age 58 of prostate cancer.  They were buried in the Union Church Cemetery in Good Hope Township, Hocking County.

Jacob Kline - Born also in Hocking County was brother, Jacob Kline, on April 21, 1855.  On February 27, 1878, he married Mary Ellen Stuart and they spent their entire lives near Rockbridge in Hocking County, Ohio.  Six children completed their family: Carrie M. Kline (Pearl Franklin Dupler) 1879 - 1951, Cora Lillian "Lillie" Kline Sharp Mason (Thomas Mason) 1886 - 1927, Isia Kline (Emery Souder) 1893 - 1949), Forest Rose Kline Watts (Lester Watts) 1898 - 1956), Samuel Stuart Kline (1884 - c 1885) and Thomas Michael Kline (1883-1912). 
Jacob died of chronic valvular heart disease, passing away on February 26, 1926.

His obituary appeared in the Logan Democratic Sentinel on April 15, 1926.  

"Jacob Kline, son of Michael and Maria Kline, died February 26, 1926, aged 71 years, 8 months and 5 days.  He married Mary Elizabeth Stuart February 27, 1878.  They journeyed together on life's pathways for 48 years.  
There remains of his family, his wife, Mary E. Kline; his daughters, Mrs. Carrie Dupler and Mrs. Lillie Sharp of Rockbridge; Mrs. Ida Sowders and Mrs. Forest Watts of Lancaster; also ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  Two sons preceded him in death, Samuel Stuart Kline, who died in infancy, and Thomas Michael Kline who grew to manhood and died about 14 years ago.
In this sad death, the wife has lost a faithful husband and daughters, a kind and indulgent father, and the community, a respected neighbor and citizen.

He was immersed by Elder David Black when a young man and united with the Christian church near Gibisonville; in later years he united with the Advent Christian Church at Rockbridge.
He made known to his family that he was ready to meet his Savior if his illness should be unto death.  Then he quietly and peacefully went down into death, awaiting the coming of Christ and the resurrection."

Mary Ellen lived on until June, 1931 when she also was buried in the Sugar Grove Cemetery.  Her obituary appeared in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette on June 26, 1931:

"BURIED AT SUGAR GROVE - Following funeral services at Rockbridge, the remains of Mrs. Mary Ellen Kline, 72, who was found dead on the front porch of her home on Buck Run, near Rockbridge, were buried this week in the Sugar Grove Cemetery.  Death was due to heart trouble.  The body lay on the porch all night and was discovered early the following morning by a neighbor passing by.  Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Ida Souders, Logan; Mrs. Carrie Dupler, near Rockbridge, and Mrs. Forest Watts of Laurelville, and one sister, Mrs. Anna Davidson of 1112 Eighth Ave., Lancaster."

ISAIAH KLINE - The youngest Kline son was Isaiah Kline, born April 2, 1858.  When he married Emma Trout, she was not yet 18 years old, and she required her father's permission.  They married on October 12, 1881, in Hocking County when Isaiah was 23 and Emma, 16.  Together they had one daughter, Mary E. Trout, who eventually married Howard McBroom.

Isaiah died when he was just 48 years old; an obituary could not be located for him.  Emma died on December 8, 1924, and her obituary appeared in the Logan Daily News on December 10, 1924:

"Death has again visited our midst and took from us Mrs. Emma Kline, daughter of Isaac and Rebecca Trout.  Born March 1st, 1865, in Hocking County, Ohio.  Departed this life, Dec. 8, 1924, at her home which she made with her daughter, Mrs. H. W. McBroom and family.

She was united in marriage to Isaiah Kline, Oct. 12, 1881, who preceded her in death October 20th, 1906.  To this union was born one daughter.  She also reared her nephew, Clifford Trout, from the age of two years to manhood.  He enlisted in Company G, 148th Regiment Infantry at Logan, O. at the beginning of the World War and died in service overseas.

She leaves to mourn one daughter: Mrs. H. W. McBroom; three grandchildren, Mrs. Marie Reynolds of Lancaster, O.; Winnie and Wayne, at home; two brothers, Charles W. Trout of Akron, O. and Isaac Trout of Barberton, Ohio.  Besides a host of relatives and friends.  

She was united with the U.B. church in early life and remained a faithful member until her death."  Funeral services conducted at Pleasant Hill Church by Mrs. J. A. Storer of Junction City, Ohio.  Interment in cemetery nearby.

*A note on Clifford Trout who was in the Army infantry and died of bronchial pneumonia on October 17, 1918.  Mary was the Army contact, and they did not contact her until December 9, 1918, that he was buried and his cross and tags were buried with him.  In July of 1922, the body was disinterred and moved to the St. Michel American Cemetery in Thiaucourt, France.

The youngest Kline child was daughter, Jane Matilda born on July 10, 1862.  She married Benjamin R. Edwards in Hocking County on March 16, 1882.

Ben and Jennie Kline Edwards

Benjamin farmed in Hocking County in Good Hope Township.  Together they had five children: William Wesley (1883-1976), Bertha Marie (1885 - 1976) George Franklin (1886-1965), Albert Maywood (1889-1946), Herbert Clifford (1898 -1987).  

Benjamin, born in 1859, died in 1935 at the age of 75.  The Logan Daily News of November 4, 1935, reported:

"AGED FARMER STRICKEN - Funeral services for Benjamin R. Edwards, 75, veteran farmer, died at his home in Good Hope Township at 7:00 Saturday morning.  He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Jane Edwards one daughter, Bertha Huffman of Columbus, and three sons, Alfred of Laurelville RFD, Frank of Laurelville RFD, and Herbert of Columbus.  Twenty grandchildren and five great-grandchildren."  Funeral 2 p.m. at Fairview church and burial in adjoining cemetery.  

Jane Kline Edwards, sometimes called "Jennie," died October 4, 1947.  From the Logan Daily News of October 6:                                                         "MRS. JANE EDWARDS SERVICES ARRANGED.             Funeral arrangements have been completed for Mrs. Jane Edwards, 85, who died Saturday morning in Columbus at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Pearl Huffman, 138 Northridge Road.  A native of the Rockbridge area, Mrs. Edwards had made her home with her daughter for 12 years.  She had been ill for nine years.  In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Edwards is survived by two sons, Frank Edwards of Rockbridge and Herbert Edwards of Columbs, 25 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren."  Services in Fairview Evang. U.B. church, burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

December 2, 2021

Michael and Mariah Walters Kline of Hocking County, Ohio


Michael Kline

Born on June 3, 1815, in Hocking County, Ohio, to Solomon Kline, Sr. and Barbara Fought Kline, Michael was a resident of Hocking County his entire life.  He married Mariah Walters on March 24, 1842 in Hocking County.  Mariah was also a native of Hocking County, born there on February 1, 1817. Michael and Mariah had twelve children together.  I can account for nine of them; the others may have died in childbirth or infancy.

The children of Michael and Mariah Walters Kline included: 

Sarah Kline - (m. George W. Blosser) 13 Sept 1844 - 10 Nov 1921  

Elizabeth "Eliza" Kline - 9 Dec 1845 - 3 Nov 1865

* John Wesley Kline (m. Dora Tena Myers) - 2 February 1849 - 6 July 1923

Margaret "Maggie" Kline (m. Solomon David Yantes) 30 March 1850- 24 Jan 1913

Amos Austin Kline (m. Caroline Meyer) - 28 Sept 1851 - 3 Feb 1937

Mary Ann Kline (m. William Bailey) 23 Apr. 1853- 14 Aug. 1900

Jacob Kline (m. Mary Ellen Stewart) - 21 Apr 1855 - 26 Feb 1926

Isaiah Kline (m. Emma Trout) - 2 Apr 1858 - 20 Oct 1906

Jane Malinda "Jennie" Kline (m. Benjamin R. Edwards) - 10 July 1861 - 4 Oct 1947

Mariah Walters Kline

The first Federal Census after their marriage was on July 31,1850, when they were settled in Good Hope Township.  Michael was 33, farming real estate worth $900.  These children were there: Sarah, 6 - Eliza, 4 - John, 1 - and Margaret, 2 months. 

By the 1860 enumeration, their land value had grown to $1,000 and their personal estate was $170.  Four more children were added to the Good Hope Township Michael Kline family: Amos, 8 -Mary, 7 - Jacob- 5 and Isaiah, 3.  Sarah and Eliza were now teenagers and John (now called Wesley) was 11.  Margaret was also called Mary.

On September 9, 1861, Michael, at the age of 46, enlisted in the 5th Ohio Cavalry, Company B which formed in Cincinnati at Camp Dick Corwin.  By February 1862, the group was on the move into Kentucky and Mississippi, and by March,1863, they played an active role in the battle at Shiloh.  Later in 1863, they joined Sherman and his march to Chattanooga, and later Atlanta. By this time, the company had lost most of their horses to hard battle, and so they had become essentially an infantry unit.  Is this OUR Michael Kline?  I wondered just because of the age he enlisted, but a Graves Registration Card for the Civil War entitled Kline, Andrew (alias) Kline, Michael with the same birth and death date for Michael seems to seal the fact that this is great-great-grandfather, Michael.  The whole unit was mustered out on October 30, 1865, but he was discharged November 29, 1864.  However, I cannot find him on the Ohio roster for the 5th Cavalry, so this is a mystery to be solved.

 Elizabeth, the second oldest daughter, died a year after his return, on November 3, 1865, at the age of 19.

"Gone Home" - Eliza Ann Kline, buried at the Fairview Methodist Church Cemetery, Good Hope Twp.

So, in the 1870 Federal Census of Good Hope Township, Michael, 55, and Maria, 53, had real estate worth $2500.  Neither Michael nor Maria could read or write.  John Wesley, 21, was still home, working as a farmhand.  Margaret/ Mary, 18, worked as a private maid and Amos, 16, worked on the farm.  Jacob, 15, and Isaiah, 12, were at school and Malinda was 6. (Her tombstone said she was born in 1862, but this would indicate a later birth.)

The last census for Michael Kline was in 1880 when he was 65 and still farming, and Mariah was 62.  Amos, 28, Mary, 26, and Jane/Jennie, 18, were all single and helping their parents. The 1876 atlas of Good Hope Township indicated that Michael owned 120 acres in Section 33, divided by a road with a school at the north end of the property and a church at the south end.  In Section 34, he owned 106 acres and there sat his residence.

Nothing much is known of Michael's life until he wrote his will on January 5, 1894. On June 3, 1897, the Logan Journal Gazette reported that "Michael Kline is lying at the point of death."  That very day, he died.  His obituary appeared in the same newspaper on June 10, 1897:

"CANTWELL CLIFF, June 7 - Michael Kline passed from among the living June 3, that being his 82nd birthday.  He was buried at Fairview cemetery June 5th, funeral sermon by Rev. Wright of Logan.  He was the father of 12 children, eight of whom are still living.  He was a member of the Lutheran church all his life."

His will was probated on July 17, 1897, with Amos Kline, Wesley Kline and Henry Miller as executors. His wife, Mariah, had preceded him in death on April 26, 1890, so his estate, per the will, was to be divided equally among his eight children, named Wesley Kline, Amos Kline, Jacob Kline, Isaiah Kline, Mary A. Bailey, Jane/Jennie Edwards, Sarah Blosser and Margaret Yantes. He also ordered his executors to accept a wagon road which would go through his property running east from the church.  Then he made his mark... x 

At the time, all of his children lived in Hocking County, except Sarah who lived in Jefferson County, Illinois.  Amos held a public sale of home and farm goods, and the farm was divided and sold to Isaiah Kline, 91 acres in Section 5, for $875.00, and 229 acres in Section 33 & 34 to Carrie Kline for $1655.00.  Each of the siblings was awarded their share, $159.00.

Notice the small military star marker on the left front corner of the stone base, another confirmation of military service in the Civil War.

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."

Eliza Catherine Kline

Eliza Catherine Kline


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)

Eliza Catherine Kline, sometimes called "Lizzie," was the youngest daughter who lived into adulthood.  She lived on the homestead her entire life, never marrying.  Born April 3, 1886, she was a faithful member of the Fairview Methodist Church in Good Hope Township, Hocking County.

When Daniel, her oldest brother was divorced and moved from Indiana back to the Hocking Hills homestead, it was Eliza who cared for him.  Daniel became ill, probably sometime in the early 1940s, and he always told Eliza that she would be compensated for her nursing and attention, but it didn't work out that way after Carl inherited Daniel's estate.

The Athens Sunday Messenger, September 11, 1949, p. 2 -


LOGAN - Suit for $11,180 has been filed in Hocking County common pleas court by Eliza Kline against Carl G. Kline as executor of the estate of Daniel F. Kline, deceased.
The petition states that Eliza cared for the late Mr. Kline for the last five years of his life and that she furnished his meals and did his laundry during which time he became increasingly more helpless.

Continuing, the petition states that the plaintiff made request for allowance of her claim to the executor who rejected it on July 14.  The petition declares that plaintiff cared for Mr. Kline at his request and in reliance upon his promise that should would be compensated by him in his will, provisions of which declare that the person or persons caring for him and providing for him during his last illness be reasonably compensated out of his estate, if not paid during his lifetime, the petition states.

Declaring that she performed such services and was not compensated, she asks a judgment of $11,180 plus interest from Dec. 21, 1948."  The case was apparently settled out of court and Eliza was awarded about $3,000.

The newspapers of the day noted that many family members visited her and supported her after Daniel's death.  They picked her up for revival services, repaired her summer kitchen, and cultivated her garden.  She spent her time housecleaning, papering and gardening, and invited family to dinner quite often.

In 1957 - 1958, she was often found on the newspaper's sick list and it came to the point where she could not walk without help.  Finally, in 1965, she was hospitalized .  Her family had the Christmas gathering that year at the homestead without her.  Her niece, Ethel Goss, arranged it.  

On June 11, 1967, she succumbed to her weakness and died at her niece, Ethel's, home.  Her obituary appeared in the Logan paper -

"Eliza C. Kline
Miss Eliza Catherine Kline, 81, died Sunday at the residence of Ralph Goss, Rockbridge, Route 2, where she had made her home with relatives.  She was born in Hocking County, a daughter of Wesley and Dora Myers Kline.  She was a member of West Pleasant EUB Church.  She is survived by nieces and nephews.  Her parents, four brothers and five sisters preceded her in death.
Services will be Wednesday, 10 a.m. at the Leonard Funeral Home with the Rev. I.N Burnworth of Bremen, officiating  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery."

Minnie Ellen Kline

Minnie Ellen Kline


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 - 1955)
Eliza Catherine - (1886 - 1967)
Emma Favority - (1888 - 1889)
John Wesley Jr. - (1890 - 1936)

The seventh child of John Wesley and Dora Kline, Minnie was born on the day after Christmas, December 26, 1883, in Good Hope Township, Hocking County.  At age 24, she married Perry A. Schaffner, who was four years younger, born January 30, 1887, in Baltimore, Fairfield County, Ohio.  

After their marriage, Perry, the son of Edwin and Mariah Urbin Schaffner, enlisted in the army on September 4, 1918 in Basil, Fairfield County, Ohio, their residence.  He served first in the 4th Company Training Battalion, 158th Depo Brigade until November 11, 1918 when he was called to Company H, 319th Infantry where he served until his discharge as a private on December 12, 1918.

The couple had no children and lived on the Main Street of Liberty, Fairfield County until 1940 when they were once again enumerated in Basil.  Perry died first in November, 1951.  His obituary appeared in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette on November 23, 1951:

  " PERRY A. SCHAFFNER, 64, Basil, died early this morning in Doctors Hospital Columbus, where he was rushed Wednesday afternoon after suffering a stroke in his home. 
Members of the Basil Fire Department's emergency squad administered oxygen to Mr. Schaffner enroute to the hospital  The deceased was an employee of Fairfield Paper and Container Company
Surviving are his widow, Minnie E.; his stepmother, Mrs Ed Schaffner, Lancaster, several nieces and nephews..."

Services were in the Harold F. Weaver funeral home in Basil with interment in St. Michael's Cemetery.  According to his death certificate, Perry died at age 64 of a cerebral hemorrhage caused by vascular arteriosclerosis.  Minnie was the informant for the certificate.

Not much could be found of Minnie's life after Perry's death, except that she stayed in her home in Basil until she fell ill in 1967 and had to be taken to the hospital.  The Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, August 8, 1955, page 2:

"MRS. PERRY SCHAFFNER, 71, Basil, widow of Perry Schaffner, died Sunday at 1:30 in Doctors Hospital, Columbus, after a short illness.  She is survived by two sisters: Mrs. Caroline Nutter of Gore and Miss Eliza Kline Rockbridge; a number of nieces and nephews  The funeral is arranged for 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Harold F. Weaver funeral home, Basil, with Rev. Waldo J. Bartels of Trinity Evangelical and Reformed Church presiding.  Burial will take place in St. Michael's Reformed Cemetery."

November 4, 2021

Barney Albert Kline

Barnhart Albert "Barney" Kline


Daniel F. -  (1872 - 1948)
Caroline Elizabeth - (1874 - 1955)
Mary Jane - (1876 - 1955)
Christ William - (1878 - 1928)
Mariah Margaret - (1880 - 1899)
Barnhart Albert - (1882 - 1927)
Minnie Ellen - (1883 - 1967)
Eliza Catherine - (1886 - 1967)
Emma Favority - (1888 - 1889)
John Wesley Jr. - (1890 - 1936)

Barnhart (Barney) A. Kline

Born on January 12, 1882, in Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Barney A. Kline was blessed with the name of several past Kline "Barneys and Barnharts" who had gone before him back to at least the Revolutionary War.   

Barney lived with his parents, even after his marriage on December 30, 1908, to Christena Etta ("Ettie") Beougher, daughter of Benjamin and Catharine (Warthman) Beougher.  In the 1910 census, Barney, 30, married for one year, lived at home with his parents, working on the home farm.  Eliza, 22; John, 20; and Daniel's son/Barney's nephew, Carl, 12, lived at the homestead, too.  Etta Kline, 31, and daughter, Jeanette C. 2/12, were with her parents on the Logan Road nearby.  

In September, 1918, Barney filled out his World War I draft registration form.  He was 36 years old and he lived in Rockbridge, Hocking County, working for his father on the home farm.  He described himself as of medium height and build, with brown eyes and black hair.  He reported no disabilities.

By the 1920 census taken on January 28, he was on his own farm and at 37, lived with his immediate family together. Barney and Ettie had children: Janet (Jeanette Kathryn/Catharine), 10; Johnny (John Wesley after his grandfather), 8; and Perry Alfred, 4The last child, Joseph Franklin W.,  was born on April 20, 1920, when Etta was 42.

On July 15, 1927, Barney died at the young age of 46, leaving Etta with four minor children.  He was buried near his home at the Fairview Methodist Church Cemetery in Good Hope Township.
Barney A. and Etta Kline at

His obituary appeared in the Logan Democrat-Sentinel on July 28, 1927, p. 7:

"Barney Albert Kline, son of Wesley and Dora Kline, was born in Good Hope township January 11, 1882, died at his home in Rockbridge, Ohio, July 15, 1927, at the age of 45 years, 6 months and 3 days.
He was one of a family of ten children, and is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Daniel Kline of Hicksville, Ohio, Johan and Christ of Lancaster, Ohio, Mrs. Mollie Bailey of Rockbridge, Ohio, Mrs. Callie Nutter of near Logan, Ohio, Mrs. Millie Shaufer of Lancaster and Miss Eliza Kline, who still lives in the home.  His parents and two sisters have preceded him to the spirit world.

December 30, 1908, he was united in marriage to Miss Etta Beougher.  Four children were born to this union; one daughter, Jane, and three sons, John, Perry, and Joseph.

He loved his home and family devotedly, and his greatest pleasure was found in their companionship, and toiling that they might be comfortable and happy.
He was a good neighbor and friend, doing many deeds of helpfulness for those who needed his aid.

He is survived by his loving wife, his children, brothers and sisters and other near and dear relatives and friends, who ministered untiringly to him until he breathed his last.  He will be sorely missed, but in their fancy, his friends may think of him, saying with the poet, 'Say not good night, But in some brighter clime, Bid me good morning.'

Funeral services were conducted by the writer of this sketch in the Fairview M. E. church, assisted by Rev. Mann of the U.B. Church, Rev. Boyce of the M. E. church and Rev. I. W. Purdin of the U.B. church.  A large audience present - J. W. Purvis.
Diffenbaugh's from Tarlton, Ohio, funeral directors."

Three years later, Etta and her children were still in Rockbridge, probably in the same home, worth $2000, according to the census. John W., 18, worked as a house carpenter, while Perry, 14, and Joseph, 10, were still in school.  Living with them was the older daughter, Jeanette K. Karr, 21, married one year, and her son, Eugene, 11/12.  
As, in what seems to be tradition, her husband, Freddie, 21, lived with his parents, Charles and Myrtle.  He was working odd jobs.  Maybe it was understood that the couple had to have some steady work and some cash before they actually began their married life together.  Or perhaps they were separated? 

By 1940, it was just Etta, 52, and Joseph, 19, at home.  Joseph supported them by driving truck.  Right next door to them were Perry and John, both W.P.A. workers.  John, 28, and wife, Vera, 21, had two children: Dora and Benny, while Perry and his wife, Edith, just had daughter, Marlene.

Etta Kline lived on until February 28, 1966, when she died at about 89 years in Fairfield county.  She was buried with Barney in Good Hope Township.