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Johann(es) Michael Klinefelter, the son of Johann Hans Peter Klinefelter and Eva Elizabeth Kunkel.   Johann(es) Michael  married first Appolonia Gerberich, a native of Germany.  Together they had nine children: Anna Barabara [m Johannes Kunkel], Margaretha, Jacob, Eva Elisabetha [m. Johannes Seitz], Elizabeth Cristina [m. Johannes Heinrich Kumkel], Catherina [m. George Jacob Stabler], Johannes Michael [m. Barbara Hollinger, Maria Magdalena Garman], Margaret, and Jean.


After Appolonia died, Johann(es) Michael married Maria Elizabeth (last name unknown).  Their children were: Joseph W. [m. Margaret Albright], Benhamin, Peter, George, Henry, Adam, Daniel, and Susanna.


Jacob Klinefelter was, son of Johannes Michael Klinefelter and Appolonia Gerberich, was the first of our Klinefelter ancestors to be born on this side of the ocean.  He lived his entire life in Pennsylvania.  He married  Susan Miller, daughter of John Miller and Elizabeth Welty. They  became the parents of 7 children: Joseph, Jacob [m. Margaret Anderson], Michael [m. married Kesiah], Eve Ann [m. John Anderson], John Simpson [m. Mary Spears], Jesse, and Thomas [m. Louisa Overbeck]. Five of their six sons became steamboat captains.


Jesse Klinefelter was the son of Jacob Klinefelter and Susan Miller. In 1840 he married Ann Rue Brooks, daughter of Joshua Brooks and Elizabeth Mason Stackhouse.  They had five children: Suzette, Mary Elizabeth, Judge Sharpless [m. Emma Glenn], George Jesse [m Orpthalma Soles] and Joseph Gazzan before Jesse died  age 34 atof cholera as the ship Hibernia was docking at Pittsburgh.  Ann was left with three sons under the age of 10 to raise as both her daughters had died.

Note: The name Klinefelter can be found in records with the spelling of Klinefelter, Kleinfelter, Clinefelter, and Klinefelder.

Johann Hans Peter Klinefelter's ancestory is believed to be through Hans Jorg Klinefelter and before him Michael Klinefelter. Johann Hans Peter married Eva Elizabeth Kunkel in 1724 in Germany.  They are believed to be the parents of at least 9 children, all of whom immigrated to America in the mid-1700's with their parents except two that died young.  The Klinefelter families settled in eastern Pennsylvania and became stronger supporters of the movement for independence.


Joseph and Caroline (Stetler) Klinefelter

Joseph Gazzan Klinefelter , the oldest son of Jessie Klinefelter and Ann Rue Brooks, was born in 1842, making him the perfect age to serve in the Civil War, which he did along with both of his brothers.  During the Civil War, Joseph married Caroline Stetler and they had one son Judge Sharpless, which they named after Joseph's brother.

Joseph Gazzan Klinefelter

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Judge Sharpless Klinefelter, the only son of Joseph Gazzan Klinefelter  and Caroline Stetler,  was a carpenter learning the trade from his father.  Judge Sharpless first married  Emma Ackermann, daughter of Michael and Elizabeth (Wittmer) Ackermann.  They had a daughter Blanche Mabel in 1887.  The following year, Emma died giving birth to their son Daniel, who also died.


Several years later Judge Sharpless married Lois Bethia Campbell.  They had two daughters Carolyn Emma [m. Elbert Shelton] and Hortense Lucile [m. Henry Dalson]. They later divorced.


In 1920, Judge Sharpless married Martha Edwards in Florida.  They had no children. After Martha died, Judge never remarried although he lived another 28 years living to 100 years of age.

Brooks Family History

Joshua Brooks is the earliest confirmed ancestor in the Brooks family line.  He is thought to have been born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, however, no records confirming his birth location have been found.  It is speculated that Joshua may be the son of William Brooks and Elizabeth Hibbs, who had ties to Bucks County; however, this relationship is also unproven.


 One of the earliest records of Joshua is from 1822 when he married Elizabeth Mason Stackhouse, daughter of Stephen and Amy (Van Dycke) Stackhouse. Joshua and Elizabeth became the parents of Ann Rue, Emma Vandyke [m. Wiliam White, Gustavus Holmes, James McDonald] , Stephen S. [moved to Georgia and married Nancy Henley], Henry G, Sarah C. [m. Ralph Cuthberson], and Samuel S. [m. Elizabeth Petty] with the oldest children being born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and the younger ones being born in Pittsburgh after the family moved west.  The move seems to be in conjunction with Mark Stackhouse, Elizabeth's uncle who had moved to Pittsburgh several years earlier and had and engine building company.


Ann Rue Brooks,  the oldest of Joshua and Elizabeth Mason Stackhouse's six children, married Jesse Klinefelter.


Stackhouse Family History

John Stackhouse immigrated to America with an "uncle" or at least the uncle referred to John and Thomas, who were believed to be brothers, as his nephews.  At times, Thomas was referred to as Thomas Jr., but that may have simply been to make a distinctions between the older and younger Thomas Stackhouse rather than to imply a father/son relationship.


Thomas Stackhouse, son of John Stackhouse and Elizabeth Veepon Pearson, was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1706.  He married Rachel Brown of unknown heritage and they had eleven children: Joseph, William, John, George, James, Rachel, Margaret, Elizabeth, Esther, Ruth, and Mary.  Thomas and Rachel lived out their lives in Bucks County.


John Stackhouse, the son of Thomas and Rachel (Brown) Stackhouse, was born raised, and lived his life out in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  John and Rachel were the parents of at least five children: Stephen, Amy, Ebenezer, Thomas, and Mark.


Stephen Stackhouse, son of John and Elizabeth Hedricks (Buckingham) Stackhouse was born in 1761 in Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He married Amy Van Dycke (various possible spellings).  Although there were Van Dycke families in Bucks County, Amy's parents have not been identified.  Stephen and Amy were the parents of nine children: Sarah [m. James Goheen], John Vanzant [m. Cassandra "Anna" Cooper], Mary, James R. [m. Martha Watson],  Stephen [m. Mary Bunting], Samuel P.[m. Nancy Ann Hamilton], Ann [m. Lewis Rue], Amy [m. Joel Wright], and Elizabeth Mason.


Elizabeth Mason Stackhouse, daughter of Stephen and Amy (Van Dycke) Stackhouse, was born in 1802 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  In 1822, she married Joshua Brooks.



Stetler Family History

Heinrich A. "Henry" Stetler was born in 1806 in Switzerland.  About 1727, he immigrated to America. His wife is believed to be Ann Mary Mayer or Moyer.  They had a large family.


Christian Stetler, son of Heinrich A. "Henry" and Ann Mary (Mayer/Moyer) Stetler, was born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania where his parents settled after their arrival in America. He married Catharina Elizabetha Kurtz, whose ancestry is undoubtedly tied to Germanic.  They had seven knowne children: Hannah, Heinrich "Henry" [m. Elizabeth Bickel], Phillip, Christian, Abraham [m. Elizabeth Fegley], Salome [m. George Schwenk], and Adam [m. Esther Schwenk, Elizabeth Hester].


Christian Stetler, son of Christian and Catharina (Kurtz) Stetler, was born a hop, skip, and a jump from Philadelphia only a few months before the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  The year following his birth, his father served in the Revolutionary War.  In 1800, he married Sarah Ann McGinley, daughter of John and Margaret (Hurry) McGinley.  They were the parents of seven children: Sarah Ann [m. John Norris], Margaret M. [m. James Devine], Abner, William, Michael M. [m. Eliza Regnauel], John McGinley [m. Maria Sulger], and Maria Meeker.  Sarah died at only age 35 and Christian followed only three years later while several of  their children were still quite young.

John McGinley Stetler(Brother to Abner Stetler)

Abner Stetler Abner Stetler, son of Christian and Sarah Ann (McGinley) Stetler was a coppersmith and a boilermaker.  He married Caroline Garrison, daughter of Miles and Mary "Polly" (Shivler) Garrison. In 1835, with two small children in tow, Abner and Caroline made their way west to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where Abner practiced his trade for many years.  Abner and Caroline were the parents of 10 children: Joseph Garrison [m.Katherine Schaffer], William S, Miles G, Caroline, Margarett "Maggie", Charlotte "Lottie" [m. William Mawhinney], Abner [m. Johanna, Catherine McElduffy], Norris, Henrietta [m. William Inglis] and another daughter. Abner lived to be nearly 90 years old before dying of pneumonia.


Caroline Stetler, daughter of Abner and Caroline (Garrison) Stetler, was born after the family moved to Pittsburgh.  She married Joseph Gazzan Klinefelter

McGinley Family History

John Patrick McGinley's parentage is unknown.  It is, however, known that he was well established as a marine blacksmith prior to the Revolutionary War.  He closed his shop on Dockstreet and raised a company of soldiers to fight for freedom.  All of this coming within a few years of his marriage to Margaret Hurry at the Presbyterian Church on Pine Street, which was the chosen church of many prominent men in the Revolution. John and Margaret were the parents to Sarah (Ann), William, and Christina.  John died shortly after the turn of the century.


Sarah (Ann) McGinley, daughter of John Patrick and Margaret (Hurry) McGinley, was born in Philadelphia during the formative years of this country.  She married Christain Stetler, who 12 years her senior.  They made their home only a short distance from Philadelphia. Sarah died at  young age.


Hurry Family History

William Hurry/Hurrie was born in Scotland and his parents are unknown.  He immigrated to America before 1750 settling in Philadelphia.  He and his wife Mary lived in Southwark just south of Independence Hall.  William is believed by historians to have been the person who rang the Liberty Bell in 1776 signifying the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  At the time, he was not the keeper of the building; however, it is believed that the person in that official capacity was not present on the given day and that William Hurry rang the Liberty Bell.  William later was the official keeper of the building.


William and Mary had at least three children Margaret, Arthur, and Martha.  However, their marriage soured and he publicly stated in the newspaper that he would not be responsible for any of her debts.  It is unknown if they divorced.


Margaret Hurry, daughter of William and Mary Hurry, was born in Philadelphia and was married at the Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church, which was only blocks from Independence Hall.

Garrison Family History

David Garrison lived in New Jersey and is believed to have married a woman named Johanna/ Hanna.  They were the parents to at least four children.


Miles Garrison, son of David and Johanna/Hanna Garrison was born at Raccoon Island in Gloucester County, New Jersey.  He married Mary "Polly" Shivler at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Swedesboro, New Jersey.  They were the parents of at least three children: Caroline, Joseph S. [m/ Eliza], and Elizabeth Vanleer [m. William Denney].


Caroline Garrison, daughter of Miles and Mary "Polly" (Shivler) Garrison  was born in 1809 and married Abner Stetler in 1832 in Philiadelphia.

Ackermann Family History

Michael Ackermann was born in Germany in 1832.  When almost 30 years of age, he united in marriage with  Elizabeth "Eliza" Wittmer, daughter of Franz Xavier Wittmer, at Smithfield  Lutheran Church, which was a German Church in Pittsburgh.


Emma Ackermann was


Emma was the daughter of Michael and Eliza (Wittmer) Ackerman.


Both Michael and Eliza were born in Germany and married at Smithfield Lutheran Church, a German church, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1862.  The only thing that is known of Michael’s lineage is that his father’s name was Adam. It is not known if Adam came to America or remained in the homeland.

Shivler Family History

Henry Shivler was born in Switzerland about 1710.  It is believed that he married Anna Barbara Dech about 1755.  They are believed to have had at least 7 children with the last being born only two years before Henry died.


Henry Shivler Jr., son of Henry and Barbara Shivler was born in Switzerland.  He united in marriage with Maraba/Mirabe Hoffman.  Noting is yet know of her heritage.  They were the parents of at least 9 children: Joseph [m. Rebecca], William, Ann [m. David Brown], Mary "Polly", Sarah [m. James Madara], Charles [m. Ruth Lock], Samuel [m. Charlotte Archer], Henry [m. Bathsheba Aborn], and Elizabeth [m. Enyard].


Mary "Polly" Shivler, daughter of Henry and Maraba/Mirabe (Hoffman) Shivler united in marriage with Miles Garrision in 1806.

Wittmer Family History

The Wittmers belong to a very old clan.  They have a long history.  However, research is needed to verify the many generations in the family.  Therefore, this description starts with the first Wittmer ancestor to come to America.


Franz Xavier Wittmer, believed to be the son of Sebastian and Magdalena Wittmer, was born in Germany in 1795.  He married a woman named Anna Hilbert. He is believed to have had as many as eight children with five of them surviving to adulthood.  In 1857, he requested to immigrate to America.  At the time, three of his five  children were already in America.  He   settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania bringing his youngest two children with him.


Elizabeth "Eliza" Wittmer, daughter of Franz (Xavier) and Anna (Hilbert) Wittmer, married Michael Acermann at the Smithfield Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1962.




Elizabeth "Eliza" Wittmer


Wittmer Family

Blanche (Klinefelter) Thomson



Blanche Mabel Klinefelter, daughter of Judge Sharpless and Emma (Ackermann) Klinefelter, met Herbert James Thomson when they both traveled to Colorado.  They later married in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she was born and raised.


When Blanche’s mother, Emma (Ackermann) Klinefelter died in childbirth when Blanche was only a little over a year old, she went to live with her grandparents Joseph G. and Caroline (Stetler) Klinefelter.  Although her father, Judge S. Klinefelter, later remarried and he had additional daughters, Blanche remained in the care of his parents.  Nonetheless, when he was elderly, it was Blanche that saw that he had everything he needed.


Five-generation Photograph

Judge Sharpless Klinefelter (Seated), Blanche M. (Klinefelter) Thomson, Alexander J. Thomson, James V. Thomson, and James' children

Klinefelter Photo Album


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