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  • ID: I6476
  • Name: Hans Michael Klein
  • Surname: Klein
  • Given Name: Hans Michael
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1716 in Upper Rhine, Germany
  • Christening: 27 May 1725 Bieber Creek, Berks, Pennsylvania
  • Death: 1792
  • Burial: Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina
  • _UID: 928AFB97B42C2941846785F92631F79F4E76
  • Note:
    1 CEME Cold Water Church

    Michael Klein, b. in Germany, 1716, d. Cabarrus County, North Carolina, 1792, m. 17
    June 1750, Christ Lutheran Church, Dryville, Berks County, PA, Catherine
    Schuffert, dau. of George Schuffert b. 1689 and his wife, Gertrude, b.
    As a 22 year old man, Michael came to America onthe ship Charming Nancy,
    arriving at the port of Philadelphia on 9 Nov. 1738.With the other
    passengers from the ship, they proceeded to the Court House, where each
    of them signed the oath of allegiance to the British government. Some of
    them who were unable to pay their expenses for the trip, agreed to be
    "indentured" to the person who advanced the passage money for them, and
    to work for a certain number of years to reimburse him. Whether Michael
    had enough to pay his passage we do not know.
    Michael proceeded on his way to join other German immigrants, who had
    formed a German colony in several counties north of Philadelphia,
    including Berks and several others. Since they spoke a different
    language, the Germans segregated themselves from the English-speaking
    population. The "Pennsylvania Dutch" (or German) community grew rapidly.
    The marriage of Michael Klein is in the records of Christ Lutheran
    Church, Dryville, Berks County, Pa. It states that on 17 June 1750
    Michael Klein and Catherine Schuffert were married and "Michael is a son
    of Moriz Klein." In the records of births of that church also is the
    information that Michael's first daughter, Christina, was baptized 13
    April 1751. Since none of his other children were baptized there, it may
    be assumed that before the next child was born, Michael had decided to
    leave Pa. and seek a home in other parts of the new country, finally
    locating in Anson or Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. it is not known whether he
    stopped at other points on his journey, or had already chosen to settle
    in North Carolina before he started on the long trip.
    Catherine Schuffert, wife of Michael, came to America when about one year
    old with her parents on the ship Richard and Elizabeth, which landed at
    Philadelphia 28 September 1733. Inthe family were: George Schuffert, age
    44, Gertrude 32, John 10 and Anna Catherine 1.
    The diary of Rev. Adam Marcard, Lutheran pastor who served Saint John's
    and Cold Water Lutheran Churches, reads as follows:
    "Buried at Cold Water, 12 March 1798, Catherine Klein, born Nov. 14, 1732
    in the German part of Lorraine. Her father was George Schuffert. She
    married Michael Klein, who died in 1792. From this marriage there were 14
    children, of whom 7 are still living. Moreover there are 54 grand
    children and 8 great-grand children. The deceased expired Mar. 11, 1798
    from a prostration."
    If the graves of Michael and Catherine were ever marked, such markers no
    longer exist, but it may be stated that Cold Water Lutherian Cemetary is
    their last resting place. This church and cemetary are laoated about 2
    miles east of the present city of Concord, on the Gold Hill Road. The
    church at first was a "union church", and was used by both Lutherans and
    German Reformed congregations. The latter members about 1850 separted
    from the Lutherans and built New Gilead German Reformed Church several
    miles distant, on the Concord-Salisbury road.
    Altho the old records of Cold Water Church were destroyed, we know that
    Michael Klein and his family were members t
    here and that pastor Samuel Suther was a close friend, since he was named
    one of the executors in Michael's will.
    Michael's home was located about on mile from the church on the old Gold
    Hill Road and stood near a spring. Some ofthe stones in the foundation
    were still in place near the spring around 1900.Michael's farm was left
    in his will to his three sons and remained in the family for six
    generations, when it was sold outside the family in the 1960's.
    Neighbor's of the Michael Klein family included the pioneer Gottlieb
    Schwarzwalder (Caleb Blackwelder), who settled on the Gold
  • Change Date: 7 May 2008 at 01:00:00

    Father: Moritz Klein b: 18 Jul 1684 in Postorrf, Alsace, Germany
    Mother: Anna Catharina Martzloff b: ABT 1685 in Germany

    Marriage 1 Catherine Schuffert b: 14 Nov 1732
    • Married: 17 Jun 1750 in Dryville, Berks County, Pa
    1. Has No Children Christiana Klein b: 13 Apr 1751 in Dryville, Berks County, Pennsylania
    2. Has No Children Mary Magdalene Klein b: 1759 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina
    3. Has No Children Anna Margaret Klein b: 10 Jul 1761 in Trappe, Pennsylvania
    4. Has Children George Klein b: 1763
    5. Has No Children Daniel Klein b: 1774
    6. Has No Children John Cline b: 1776
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