William D Klingensmith

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WILLIAM D. KLINGENSMITH has been a lifelong resident of Bethel township, Armstrong county, where he is a successful farmer. He was born there May 21, 1852, son of Henry Klingensmith, who also passed his entire life in Bethel township. The Klingensmiths are of German extraction.

Henry Klingensmith, born Feb. 12, 1811, married Martha Davis, who was of Scotch descent, born Jan. 31, 1815, and to them was born a family of seven children, five sons and two daughters, those besides William D. being: Peter, who is deceased; James, who died while serving in the army during the Civil war; Daniel, deceased; John, who is a railroad man; Sarah, who married Isaac Miller and died leaving four children, three of her sons still surviving; and Susanna, who married L. Chriswell, and died leaving one child. The father died March 25, 1871, the mother April 2, 1887, and they are buried at Bethel Lutheran Church. They were Lutherans in religious connection.

On April , 1880, William D. Klingensmith married Mary Keeler, of Armstrong county, who was born March 12, 1850, in Kittanning township, daughter of Anthony Keeler, and six of the seven children both to this union survive: Effie, born April 3, 1881, married Eli Boyd, of Bethel township, and has had two children, Rosa and Guy; Dora born March 20, 1883, married James A. Heggley, and lives in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Guy, born March 16, 1885, who lives in Steubenville, Ohio, married Anna Blaum, and they have one child, Dora; Clifford was born dead, May 22, 1887; Roy, born Oct. 4, 1888, who lives in Steubenville, Ohio, married Malissa Reufner, and they have one child, Wilson; Beatrice, born Oct, 21, 1890, married Charles Grender, at Toledo, Ohio, and they have two children, Walter and Alberta; Lebeous was born April 25, 1892. Mr. Klingensmith is a member of the Homewood Baptist Church, to which his wife also belonged. She died Jan. 21, 1913, and is buried at Bethel. He is one of the substantial and respected residents of his township, his industrious and useful life commanding the esteem of all who know him. Politically he is a Democrat.

Source: Page 701, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 1998 by Carl Waltenbaugh for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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