Our Kling family lived in southern Denmark and have been found in Danish counties of Åbenrå, Sønderborg, and Haderslev. In about the 1810's, our ancestor Antoni Kling moved to what is now known as Rise, Denmark and his family stayed here until the 1880's. Rise, Denmark is in the south of Denmark, close to the border with Germany. Before 1920, the jurisdiction of this area frequently changed and for many years this area was part of the German duchy of Schleswig (Slesvig in Danish). The location of Rise refers to the parish and church of the same name in the Danish county of Åbenrå. Our ancestors were largely farmers and lived in rural locations near the Rise church. Different villages/locations that they lived at include: Mjols, Brunde, Rise, Rise-Hjarup. Today, this area is still largely rural and is just northwest of the city of Åbenrå. (Note: when this land was under German rule the towns all had German spellings, Rise:Ries, Rise-Hjarup:Riesjarup, Mjols:Miöls, Åbenrå:Apenrade, etc.)
Herman Kling was born circa 1630 in Denmark.
Nothing is known of him except that he had a son, Lau Hermansen Kling.Herman married name unknown.
They had at least one child:
Lau married Mette Lauersdatter in January 1682/3 in Rovstrup, Moltrup Parish, Haderslev, Denmark. She was born circa 1661 and died after 1690 in Bramdrup, Moltrup Parish, Haderslev, Denmark.
Father: Herman KlingLau Kling was a farmer and lived in Rovstrup and Bramdrup, Denmark.
They had at least one child:
Herman married Kirsten Erichsdatter on May 26, 1717 in Rovstrup, Moltrup Parish, Haderslev, Denmark 1,2. She was born circa 1697 in Denmark and died on April 4, 1750 in Bramdrup, Moltrup Parish, Haderslev, Denmark 2.
Father: Lau Hermansen KlingAccording to one record, he was baptized (and not born) on February 2, 1690/1 in Rovstrup, Denmark 1 Herman was a farmer. He lived with his family in Bramdrup, Denmark.
Mother: Mette Lauersdatter
Kirsten and three of her children died from dysentery in the spring of 1750.They had the following children:
Herman married second Cathrine Bærents on April 10, 1754 in Moltrup Parish, Haderslev, Denmark 2. She was born circa 1706. She died on October 31, 1779 in Bramdrup, Moltrup Parish, Haderslev, Denmark 2.
1 Mette Kjerstin Kling was born on March 27, 1718 in Moltrup Parish, Haderslev, Denmark 2. 2 Erich Kling was born on January 12, 1719/20 in Moltrup Parish, Haderslev, Denmark 2. He died on March 29, 1750 in Bramdrup, Moltrup Parish, Haderslev, Denmark 2. 3 Laue Kling was born on December 10, 1722 in Moltrup Parish, Haderslev, Denmark 2. 4 Woldborg Kling was born on May 13, 1725 in Moltrup Parish, Haderslev, Denmark 2. 5 Claus Kling was born on January 11, 1728/9 in Moltrup Parish, Haderslev, Denmark 2. He died on May 23, 1750 in Bramdrup, Moltrup Parish, Haderslev, Denmark 2. 6 Maren Kling was born on October 18, 1731 in Moltrup Parish, Haderslev, Denmark 2. She died on January 28, 1756 in Bramdrup, Moltrup Parish, Haderslev, Denmark 2. 7 Anthoni Hermansen Kling 8 Per Kling was born on September 28, 1738 in Moltrup Parish, Haderslev, Denmark 2. He died on March 23, 1749/50 in Bramdrup, Moltrup Parish, Haderslev, Denmark 2.
Anthoni married Kirsten Hansdatter on February 16, 1765 in Rovstrup, Moltrup Parish, Haderslev, Denmark 1,2. She was born on January 1, 1743/4 in Rovstrup, Moltrup Parish, Haderslev, Denmark 2. She died after 1778.
Father: Herman Lauesen Kling
Mother: Kirsten Erichsdatter
They had at least the following children:
1 Hans Anthonisen Kling 2 Erik Anthonisen Kling was born on May 30, 1778 in Rovstrup, Moltrup Parish, Haderslev, Denmark 2. He died on July 12, 1841 in Over-Jerstal, Haderslev, Denmark 2. He married first Lene Marie Christensen on October 14, 1803 in Vedsted Parish, Haderslev, Denmark 2. He married second Anne Christine Jeppesdatter on May 7, 1809 in Nunstrup, Denmark 2.
He married Sara Hansen Petersen in 1791 in Denmark. She was born circa 1766 in Denmark. She died on May 18, 1822 in Denmark 1.
Father: Anthoni Hermansen KlingOther sources indicate that Hans was born on January 30, 1760 1. Early in life he moved a short distance away to the "village" of Over-Jerstal in Vedsted Parish, Haderslev, Denmark. It was probably there that he married to Sara Hansen Petersen in about 1791. They lived at Over-Jerstal Hans' death is listed as May 18, 1822 (that is also the date listed for his first wife Sara).
Mother: Kirsten Hansdatter
They had at least the following children:
Hans married second Susan Matsen after 1822. She died on August 18, 1827 1.
1 Antoni Hansen Kling 2 Peter Kling was born circa 1797 in Over-Jerstal, Haderslev, Denmark 3. 3 Kirsten Kling was born on September 11, 1815 in Over-Jerstal, Haderslev, Denmark 4.
Antoni married first to Maren Laudsdatter Damm on July 13, 1822 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 5. She was born on January 22, 1789 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 5. She died on October 21, 1845 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 1.
Father: Hans Anthonisen KlingHe was a mechanic and wagon maker by trade, and went by the names of "Anton" or "Hompa." Early in his life, he moved to the Rise Parish, in Åbenrå, Denmark. There he was married to a Maren Damm on July 13, 1822. They lived in Rise and had 4 sons: Hans, Lauritzen, Antoni and Christian (see next generation). Within Rise Parish, Antoni and his family lived primarily just north of the city of Åbenrå, probably between or in the "villages" of Rise-Hjarup and Brunde.
Mother: Sara Hansen Petersen
Sadly, Maren Kling died on October 21, 1845 in Rise Parish, Denmark. Less than a year later, on August 28, 1846, in Rise, he was married to an Ellen Margarethe Morgenster. Together they had one child: Ellen. Antoni died on June 2, 1870 in Rise Parish, Åbenrå, Denmark. His death occurred during an uncertain time for the family. In the years after his death, nearly all of Antoni's descendants moved to America to escape the German army. It is not known what happened to Antoni's widow Ellen or his daughter of the same name.
Maren was the daughter of Lauds Laudsen Damm and Christina Christensdatter Richelsen. She was baptized on February 1, 1789 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 5.They had the following children:
Antoni married second Ellen Margarethe Morgenster on August 28, 1846 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 1. She died after 1857.
1 Hans Christian Lauritsen Kling was born on October 13, 1822 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 5. He died on October 1, 1905 in New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut 1.He married Anna Maria Catharina Devantier on May 8, 1852 in Fredericia, Vejle, Denmark 1. (She was born on February 14, 1826 in Fredericia, Vejle, Denmark 1 and died on October 10, 1885 in New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut 1.They had the following children:Hans' followed in the example of his brothers and decided to move to America. His oldest son Anthony apparently migrated in the early 1870's, but the rest of the family did not come until the early 1880's (probably between 1881-1883). After his wife died in 1885, Hans apparently went back to Denmark by himself to bring back his only child remaining in Denmark: Martin. Hans emigrated with Martin and Martin's family in 1890.
Anthony Kling 1853-1916)
md. Tamar Iresoh
Hans Christian Lauritzen Kling (1854-???) Martin Jacque Kling (1856-1929)
md. Anna Marie Lorrensen
Marine Kjerstine Kling (1857-1940)
md. Peter Jensen
Hans Lauritzen Peter Kling (1859-1920)
md. Mary Clark
Christian Jacobsen Kling (1861-1930)
md. Johanna M. Busk
Anna Maria Kling (1863-c. 1863) Ellen Margarethe Kling (1863-aft. 1930)
md. John Carlsen
Peter Kling (1865-1888) Andreas Hansen Kling (1866-1919)
md. Annie Gilmore
Mathias Hansen Kling (1867-1938)
md. Christine Petersen
2 Lauritsen Petersen Kling was born on August 2, 1825 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 5. He died on August 12, 1867 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 1.He married Ellen Maria Madsen on November 17, 1854 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 5. (She was born circa 1828 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark and died in 1892 in California.)They had at least the following children:Laurits apparently died while fighting for the Prussian Army. His widow afterwards married to Mathias Hansen. Because of the manner of her first husband's death, Ellen decided to send each of her sons to America when they became 15 years old so that they would not have to serve in the Prussian army. Peter was sent in 1871, Antoni in 1873 and Lauritz in 1875. In 1879, the rest of the family (Ellen, her husband and last three children) immigrated to the United States. They first settled in Connecticut but during the 1880's, Ellen and the three youngest moved to California. She is said to have remarried to a Mr. Clark.
Peter Madsen Kling (1855-1922)
md. Dorothea Charlotte Wilhelmina Casper
female Kling (1856-1856) Maren Kling (1856-bef. 1861) Octavi Martha Kling (c. 1857-???)
(She may have been the unnamed twin daughter above who was born and died in 1856.)
Antoni Hansen Kling (1857-1923)
md. Sarah M.
Lauritz Petersen Kling (1859-1937)
md. Lina Bush
Maren Kling (1861-1932)
md. Lauritz Christian Nielsen
Hans (John) Lausen Kling (1863-aft. 1900)
md. Annie C. Petersen
Catherina Maria Kling (1865-1920)
md. John J. Nielsen
3 Antoni Hansen Kling was born on September 22, 1828 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 5. He died after 1868.He married Mette Christine Hansen on April 28, 1856 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 5. (She was born on July 1, 1831 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 5 and she died after 1868.They had at least four children:The details of Antoni's life remain unclear. He was probably the Anton H. Kling, aged 45, who arrived in New York City in 1874 on a ship from Denmark. With him was only an infant son named Lauritz. Son Antoni may have emigrated in the year 1877. Son Johann may have emigrated in 1884. There is some evidence that an Antoni H. Kling lived in Dora Twp., Otter Tail Co., Minnesota. If that is true, he may have been the JACOB Kling living at this location in 1880. There is no evidence of Antoni's wife or daughters moving to America. In fact, he and his sons may have returned to their homeland because they left no known trace here apart from the above records.
female Kling (1856-1856) Antoni Hansen Kling (1857-???) Maren Hansen Kling (1860-???)
md. Nicolay Adolph Paulsen
Mette Cathrine Kling (1863-???)
md. Jacob Davidsen Brink
Johann Hansen Kling (1865-???) Anna Kirstine Hansen Kling (1868-???) Lauritz Kling (1873-???) 4 Christian Sørensen Kling
We know nothing further of Ellen or her daughter of the same name.They had one child together:
5 Ellen Marie Kling was born on October 24, 1857 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 1.
Christian Sørensen Kling was born on August 4, 1834 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 5,6. He died on December 12, 1894 in Decoria Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 6,7. He is buried in the Decoria Cemetery, Decoria Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.
He was married to Christina Margaretha Dorothea Lilienthal on May 13, 1859 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 5.
Father: Antoni Hansen Kling
Mother: Maren Laudsdatter Damm
Christian was baptized on August 17, 1834 in Rise, Denmark 5. The Prussian military records indicate that Christian was born at Rise-Hjarup, a small village in the Rise Parish. In 1845, the family is also enumerated in a household in Rise-Hjarup. Some questionable online records also give a birthplace for Christian and his brothers at Brunde, which is another village not far from Rise-Hjarup. Christian followed in his father's footsteps in the general vocation of carpenter. In 1859, at the age of 24, Christian married a woman named Christina Lilienthal from the neighboring Duchy of Holstein (now part of Germany). The couple lived in the parish of Rise where they had six children baptized. Their exact place of residence within the Rise Parish is unknown. Their last known residence was at the village of Mjols, not far from where Rise-Hjarup and Brunde.
The 1860s and 1870s were an uncertain time for the Kling family and their contemporaries. In 1867, Christian's brother Lauds Kling died fighting for the Prussian military. In this same year the Duchy of Schleswig/Slesvig (which at that time contained the Danish County of Åbenrå) became a part of the Kingdom of Prussia. After the start of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, there was a certainty that the men of age in the area would be drafted in to the Prussian military. It was also in this year that Christian's father died, and it did not take long for Christian to decide to flee his homeland. Sometime in 1870, he apparently fled Schleswig and went to Danish territory, where on December 30, 1870, he registered to emigrate to the United States with New York City as his destination. He probably made the trip in the year 1871 by himself. Christian's wife and five surviving children made the trip in 1872 and met him in New York City in October of that year. The family immediately went out west where they settled at Webster City, Iowa and had two more children. After the move to the United States, the names of the Kling family became Anglicized. The surname Kling stuck, but Christian was usually known as "Christ" or "Chris" and his wife began to go by "Dora."
The Klings only spent a few years in Iowa. In 1878 or 1879, they moved to Blue Earth County, Minnesota, where Christian was naturalized on October 21, 1879. They settled on a farm in the eastern part of Mankato Township, several miles east of the city of Mankato. Their farm (which they probably rented), was near the Le Sueur River and also close to the Tivoli post office and community. They remained in Mankato Township until about 1889, when they purchased a farm in neighboring Decoria Township. Most likely, this was the 100-acre farm and farmhouse that in 1895 was owned by his son Hans on the Le Sueur River, in the north-central portion of the township. They had no more children in Minnesota, but they raised their illegitimate grandson Fred Kling as their own son. Christian spent the rest of his life in rural Decoria, where he died on December 12, 1894, at the age of 60. His wife lived in Blue Earth County for about six more years and in the summer of 1900, moved to Brainerd, Minnesota, to live with her daughter Elizabeth. She died there in 1921.
They had the following children:
1 Marie Elisabeth Kling was born on January 14, 1860 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 5. She died sometime between 1860 and 1872.Marie was baptized on February 6, 1860 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 5. She probably died before 1861 when a sister was born and named Maren. Although the names Marie and Maren are technically different, they are essentially different versions of the same name. She had assuredly died before 1872, when her family emigrated from Denmark without her. 2 Antoni Hansen Kling was born on January 24, 1861 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 5. He died sometime between 1861 and 1872.Antoni was baptized on February 15, 1861 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 5. 3 Maren (Mary) Kling was born on January 24, 1861 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 5. She died on December 5, 1905 in Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 8. She is buried in the Tivoli Cemetery, Mankato Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.She had a relationship with an unknown man whom she did not marry.She had one illegitimate child:She married William Miller on December 6, 1883 in Mankato Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 16. (He was born in February 1846 in Pennsylvania 9 and died sometime between 1906 and 1910.)
Fred Kling (1881-1961)
md. Bertha L. SchultzThey had the following children:Maren was baptized on February 15, 1861 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 5.
Russel Grover Miller (1885-1958)
md. Ida E. Franske
William James Miller (1898-1969)
Myrtle Irene Hynson
4 Fredericke Elisabeth Kling was born on July 7, 1863 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 10. She died on December 20, 1954 in Brainerd, Crow Wing Co., Minnesota 10. She is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, Crow Wing Co., Minnesota.She married James Calvin Alexander on April 6, 1892 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 16. (He was born on March 24, 1865 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota and died on November 9, 1949 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.)They had the following children:Fredericke was baptized on July 26, 1863 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 5. She always went by her middle name Elizabeth, even as a child in Denmark. Soon after their marriage, Elizabeth moved with her husband to Watonwan Co., Minnesota. They then moved to Brainerd, Minnesota in 1900, where they remained.
Frank Claude Alexander (1893-1962)
md. Ellen Victoria Erickson
infant female Alexander (1896-bef. 1900) Stanley Calvin Alexander (1897-1967)
md. 1st. Daisy B. Sinclair
md. 2nd. Isabelle M. Carlson
Leonard Joseph Alexander (1900-1965)
md. Mabel Elizabeth Wettrow
Clarence W. Alexander (1904-1979)
md. 1st. Myrtle E. Johnson
md. 2nd. Elizabeth A. Hanson
5 Christina Margarethe Kling 6 Hans Detlev Kling was born on July 3, 1868 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 5. He died on April 10, 1943 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 8. He is buried in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery, St. Clair, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.He married Catherine (Kate) Jane Glasgow on November 11, 1895 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 16. (She was born in September 1870 in Medo Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 9 and died on November 30, 1942 in Beltrami Co., Minnesota 8. She is buried in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery, St. Clair, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.)They had the following children:Hans rented a farm in Decoria Township until sometime during the 1910's, when he bought a house in the city of Mankato. At some point during the 1920's Hans and his wife and at least two children moved to Michigan but returned to Minnesota by 1940.
Elizabeth Marguerita Kling (1896-???)
md. Lloyd Verner Olsen
Cecelia Latisha Kling (1899-1990)
md. Clayton Harold Pengra
Andrew Christian Kling (1900-1968)
md. Grace Wagner
William Francis Kling (1903-1962)
md. Jeanette Clara Carno
Carmelletia Maria Kling (1907-???) Catherine Kling (c. 1912-???) Bernadine Veronica Kling (1913-1994)
md. ??? Johnson
7 Ellen (Ella) Margarethe Kling was born on August 14, 1870 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 11. She died on May 20, 1954 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 11. She is buried in the Minneopa Cemetery, South Bend Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.She married Charles W. Miller on March 21, 1888 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 16. (He was born in March 1865 in Minnesota 9and died on November 27, 1950 in Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 8. He is buried in the Minneopa Cemetery, South Bend Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.)They had the following children:
Harry Peter Miller (1888-1974)
md. 1st. Anna Louise Abraham
md. 2nd. Alma Field Moon
Clayton Charles Miller (1891-1963)
md. Olive Emma Romack
8 Louis P. Kling was born circa 1874 in Webster City, Hamilton Co., Iowa 9. He died on November 15, 1906 near Cross Lake in Crow Wing Co., Minnesota 12. He is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, Crow Wing Co., Minnesota.He married Rhoda L. Warrick on August 24, 1904 in Crow Wing Co., Minnesota 17. (She was born in January 1885 in West Virginia and died after 1906.)They had no children.He was most likely named Lauritz Petersen Kling after his deceased uncle, yet he always went by Louis or Lou. At an unknown point in his adulthood (between 1895 and 1904), he moved to Crow Wing County, Minnesota to work as a railroad engineer at Cross Lake. In November 1906, Louis was hunting in the woods near Cross Lake, Minnesota, when he was mistaken for a deer by his companion and shot in the stomach and died soon after. The incident created quite a sensation in the newspapers of Mankato and Brainerd. Although Louis had been married for two years at the time of his death, there was no mention of a surviving wife in any of the known obituaries, suggesting that perhaps their marriage was not approved of by his family or they were estranged or divorced. 9 Christian (Chris) Sorensen Kling was born on February 28, 1875 in Webster City, Hamilton Co. Iowa 13. He died on July 29, 1929 in Coleraine, Itasca Co., Minnesota 13. He is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, Crow Wing Co., Minnesota.
Christina Margarethe Kling was born on August 30, 1865 in Rise, Åbenrå, Denmark 5. She died on June 19, 1954 in St. Peter, Nicollet Co., Minnesota 14. She is buried in the Tivoli Cemetery, Mankato Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.
Christina married Henry Jacob Hoffman to November 13, 1888 in Mankato Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 16.
|rootdigger.de||An interesting historical and reference website on the area of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. *The part of Denmark our Klings came from was part of Germany from the 1860's to 1920.*|
|Kling genealogy||Genealogy website hosted by Chris Kling, mostly concerning the Kling family that moved from Denmark to Connecticut.|
|Klinge genealogy||Peter A. Klinge's genealogy website. Peter is a distant cousin. He was born in Denmark and now lives in England. His website includes his research on our line of Klinges/Klings.|
1. The Kling Family of Denmark and Connecticut with Data of Related Devantier, Busk and Bogh Families, Connecticut Ancestry, Nov. 1984.
2. Research of Peter Alvar Klinge, http://klinge.co.uk
3. 1803 Census, Over-Jerstal, Haderslev, Denmark
4. International Genealogical Index
5. Rise Parish Register, Aabenraa, Denmark
6. Tombstone Inscriptions, Decoria Cemetery, Decoria, Blue Earth Co., MN
7. Death Notice of Christian Kling, Mankato Free Press, December 12, 1894
8. Minnesota Death Index, Minnesota Historical Society
9. Assorted US Federal Census Records
10. Obituary of Elizabeth Alexander, Brainerd Daily Dispatch, December 20, 1954
11. Obituary of Ella Miller, Mankato Free Press, May 20, 1954
12. Evergreen Cemetery Records, Brainerd, Minnesota
13. Obituary of Chris S. Kling, Brainerd Tribune, August 1, 1929
14. Death Certificate of Christina Hoffman, 1954, Nicollet Co., MN
15. Genealogical Dates and Records, by Patricia Plymale, c. 1987
16. Original marriage certificates, Blue Earth Co., MN
17. Minnesota Marriage Index, Minnesota Official Marriage System, http://www.mncounty.com/.