March 7, 2016

Caroline Elizabeth Kline (Pierson, Nutter)


Daniel F. -  (1872 - 1948)
Caroline Elizabeth - (1874 - 1955)
Mary Jane - (1876 - 1974)
Christopher 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)


 In the front right in this family photo was Caroline Kline, usually known as "Callie."  Callie was the oldest daughter in the family, born on March 31, 1874, in Rockbridge, Good Hope Township, Hocking County.  In the 1880 census, little six year old Caroline was found living with her parents and other siblings.

Caroline Kline

By the 1900 census, Callie had a job in the home of John H. and Frances R. Goss, working as a domestic.  She was twenty-six and living in their home.  Dr. Goss was a physician, then 62 years old.  It is unknown how long she worked here.


On September 16, 1906, Callie E. Kline married George W. (Washington) Pierson.  Neither had been married before and both were Hocking County natives.  George was the son of William Pierson and Lucinda Helber and a few years younger than Callie.

George Washington Pierson and Caroline Elizabeth Kline - probably their wedding photo
  The couple lived in Green Township by the 1910 census, at the corner of the Shortsville and Logan Road.  George worked as a laborer in a sawmill.  When he died in 1911 at the age of 36, the couple had been married less than five years and had no children together.  George was buried at West Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

On December 31, 1913, Caroline married again to Darius Lafayette (Laffyet, Loffeyett) Nutter.  Darius, born in 1882, was eight years younger than his wife and was a farmer on his own farm, also in Green Township.  In 1920, they resided on Clay Hill Road.  They never had children, but they seemed to be successful farmers.  At one point, oil wells were being drilled on their property with moderate success, according to the papers.

Darius filled out both the World War I and World War II Draft Registrations which revealed his birthdate of June 19, 1882.  He reported himself as 5' 4", 117 pounds, with blue eyes, gray hair and a ruddy complexion on the second registration when he was 59.  At that point, the couple lived one mile east of the Fellowship Church, Route 1, Gore.

In September, 1930, Darius and Callie were involved in a lawsuit involving the will of one of their neighbors, Gideon Lowe.  Mr. Lowe was a farmer who lived alone after the death of his elderly sister.  During his final illness, Darius and Callie cared for him and were named as inheritors of his estate at his death.  At the time, no other relatives were known.  However, as soon as the terms of the will were announced, "a large number of relatives appeared," according to an account of the trial.  After a three day jury trial, the testimonies of many neighbors and friends, and with a 10-2 vote of the jury, the terms of the will favoring the Nutters was sustained.

Caroline Nutter died on December 2, 1955 at the age of 81.  She was buried with her first husband, George Pierson at the West Pleasant Hill Cemetery where her parents were also buried.

Darius lived on until June 8, 1969, when he died in a long term care facility at the age of 86.  He was buried in the Smith Chapel Cemetery, Logan, Ohio.  His obituary was in the Athens Messenger on June 9, 1969.


February 17, 2016

Daniel F. Kline of Hocking and Defiance Counties

Daniel F. Kline

Born March 1, 1871, Daniel was the firstborn son of John Wesley Kline and Dora Tena Myers Kline.  He grew up in Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio and was enumerated in the census there in 1880 with his parents and siblings, Caroline - 6, Mary - 3, Christy (Christopher) - 2, and Maria (Mariah) - 4 months.  

Not much is know of Daniel's childhood, other than he grew up in the hills and rocks of Hocking County, near what is now Hocking County State Park.  John Wesley, his father, farmed and their homestead sat in a rather secluded area near Rockbridge.

Kline homestead, Hocking County, 1992

 One story, printed in The Logan Daily News, (unknown publication date) concerned Daniel as a young man of about 23.

"It was Wednesday, July 24, 1895.  It was about 9 a.m.  At his home in the northwestern part of Laurel Township, near Cantwell Cliffs, Joseph Bigham had been digging a well.  He was preparing to build a new house, having made the excavation for the cellar and starting work on this well.  He was being assisted by his brother-in-law, Oliver Benway.  The evening before, they fired a blast in the well in order to get fire to burn in it, but it didn't do any good.  They left the house about seven o'clock on Wednesday morning to work on the well.

Joseph went down in the well, but was overcome by carbonic acid gas, which at the time was commonly called well damp.  He called to Oliver to pull him up, but was too affected by the gas to hold the rope.  Oliver called out for help.  Mary Yantes, who was staying with the Bighams at the time, and Joseph's wife, Anna, came to assist.  Oliver lowered himself into the well, fanning Joseph for a few minutes in an attempt to revive him, but soon felt himself being overcome by the gas.  He called for the women to pull him up; they were able to get him up about 16 or 17 feet, but he was so overcome by gas, he fell back to the bottom of thewell, which at the time was about 35 feet deep. 

Mary ran to the nearest neighbors about a half mile away, and a group of men came back with her to assist.  Dan Kline went down in the well to retrieve the men, but only got about half way before the gas overcame him and he needed to be pulled out.  They pumped air into the well by means of a windmill and sheet, and a burning sheaf of wheat was lowered into it.  Dan went back down in the bucket, tied a rope around the bodies of Joseph and Oliver, and brought them up.  They had been dead for some time, it having been over an hour since Oliver first called for help.  Oliver's head was badly cut from when he'd fallen back into the well.

The funerals took place at Mt. Pisgah, with the Rev. Mather officiating.  Mather's sermon was delivered outside, as the people who'd come to attend the funerals couldn't fit in the church.  People who were there guessed the attendees numbered around one thousand." 

When Daniel was about 26, he became a father to Carl Guy Kline in May, 1898.  On Carl's records, Nellie Stoughten was named as his mother; she would have been about 20 at the time of his birth.  According to family lore, Nellie took the child to Dora and Wesley and told them to raise Carl.  Daniel and Nellie were not married. So in the 1900 census, Carl was listed with his grandparents and enumerated as a son, but he was really a grandson.  Whereas, Daniel had moved north to Hicksville, Ohio, where he was enumerated in 1900 with a cousin, William Kline, and his wife, Cora, and four children.  Daniel worked as a farm laborer on William's farm.

 While in Hicksville, Daniel met and then married Emily Meek on January 19, 1902.  Emily was about 30 at the time and had taught in several of the one room school houses in the Hicksville area.  They purchased a farm in Indiana, just across the Ohio-Indiana state line, in Dekalb County, and it was there, their first son, Boyd, was born on June 21, 1903.  Emily and Daniel were both 31.

Hocking County newspapers reported in 1906 and 1908 that Daniel took Boyd for a visit to his parents, sometimes with his cousin, William.

Daniel, Boyd and Emily Kline - circa 1903-1904

Emily and Daniel would have seven children in eleven years: Boyd - 1903, Hazel - 1904, Ethel - 1906, Mildred and Marian, twins - 1910, Maurice - 1912, and Woodrow - 1914.  Twin, Marian was stillborn in 1910 and Boyd died when he was only 16 of tuberculosis in 1919.  Ethel died in 1926, also of tuberculosis.

As we consider the deaths of his mother, Dora, in 1914, three of his children, and the loss of his father in 1923, brother Barney in 1927, and brother Christopher in 1928, it must have been overwhelming.  To add to this, the country was thrown into a Depression, and according to one source, one of the banks in Hicksville closed, taking with it all the money there, including the account of Daniel and Emily. Upon the death of his father and brother, Daniel inherited part of the homestead in Hocking County, along with sisters Callie and Eliza and descendants of his deceased siblings, a farm with more than 300 acres.  He desperately wanted to move there, according to his son, but Emily would not move.  Daniel must have been very frustrated as he considered his prospects in southern Ohio, while Emily stayed firm in her desire to stay close to her children and grandchildren in the north.

It is thought that Daniel may have moved in and out of his home with Emily, beginning about 1930.  An interview with someone who knew Daniel as a "bachelor" about that time, stated that Daniel was going back and forth from Hocking County, bringing wagon loads of fence posts to sell in Hicksville. At times, he would also bring up loads of coal, not good coal, but the kind that left "clinkers" after burning that one would use in a driveway for fill.  

Emily's resistance to moving caused a rift in the family that could not be repaired. She stated that the problems had escalated over two years.  Daniel became violent at times, argumentative, threatening, according to the divorce documents, but all to no avail.  In June, 1932, Emily filed for divorce; she and Daniel were both 61 years old and had been married 30 years. 

The Defiance Crescent-News reported on December 2, 1932:

Hicksville, Dec. 2 - In the divorce proceedings of Mrs. Emily Kline against her husband, Daniel F. Kline, residents west of Hicksville, in the Dekalb county circuit court, the plaintiff was awarded a divorce and was also given alimony of $1700.  She is also to receive an equal share of a deposit of $18,000 in the Farmers State Bank now in process of liquidation.  This, together, with other property, was divided amicably between the parties.

Mrs. Kline charged cruel and inhuman treatment both to herself and her children.  The couple were married June 19, 1902, and separated June 30, 1932.  They have five children.  Mr. Kline offered no protest in court to the divorce, but resisted his wife's alimony request."
Daniel moved permanently back to Hocking County and moved into the homestead with his sister, Eliza, and purchased land from some of the other inheritors so that the three (Daniel, Eliza, Callie) owned the land together.  Eventually, Daniel became ill and Eliza, who never married, cared for him in his last days.  The father of a current Hicksville resident and former renter of a house that Daniel owned in Hicksville, traveled to Hocking County to visit Daniel.  In an interview, he told this story of having trouble finding Daniel in the winding roads of Hocking County:

"...We drove on and on, so I stopped at a house and no one was home, so I went to another house.  There was a big pile of coal there so I thought for sure someone lived there.  I went to the door and knocked and I waited a long time and I finally heard footsteps.  An old lady came to the door.  I asked her if she'd ever heard of Dan Kline.  She said, yes.  Well, I said, 'Do you know where he lives?'  She said, 'Yes, over the ridge a piece.'  She told me how to get there.  The road was so narrow and the trees so close to the road, I had to go pretty slow and finally we went up a lane and found it.  A lady came out, his sister.  She had lived there alone all these years. Dan couldn't talk.  He was very sick...his last sickness."

Daniel died on December 21, 1948 in the hospital in Lancaster, Ohio.  Perhaps it was a surprise to his children back in Indiana that he left his entire estate to his firstborn son, Carl, who was in the Lancaster area.  

In the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette on December 22, 1948:


Daniel F. Kline, 76, retired farmer of Rockbridge, Route 2, died last night in Lancaster Hospital, where he had been a patient since Sunday.  
Survivors include three sons: Carl G. Kline, Lancaster, and Maurice and Woodrow Kline, both of St. Joe; three daughters: Gladys, of St. Joe, and Mildred and Hazel of Montpelier, O. four sisters: Mrs. Mary Bailey, Rockbridge, Mrs. Minnie Schaffner, Basil; Miss Eliza Kline of the home; and Mrs. Callie Nutter of Gore; and nine grandchildren.

The body was removed to the Frank E. Smith funeral home where friends may call after Thursday noon.
Services are to be held Friday at 2 p.m., at West Pleasant Hill EUB Church, near Rockbridge, with the Revs. H.E. Harwood, Millersport, and Clyde Gibson, Baltimore, officiating.  Burial is to be made in adjoining cemetery." 

Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hocking County



December 28, 2015

Ohio University, Athens, Ohio - 1929-1931

Maurice F. Kline

 A cache of old college photos was just discovered, once owned by the fellow on the right - Maurice Kline (Father -Daniel Kline, Grandfather -Wesley Kline).  Maurice attended Ohio University for two years with his goal to become a lawyer.  
After a couple years, money was so tight during the Depression that he was forced to quit.

The group of about ten college photos are not labeled except for two, sadly.  (Label your photos!)

 This photo was captioned -

"East Hill, Jan. 25, '31, Athens, Ohio"

Maurice Kline is on the right.  The other man is not identified.

Written on the back of this photo -
"An Exhibition by the fraternity on Homecoming Day, Nov. 1931.  Wesleyan vs. Ohio U. at Athens Stadium.  Score for the game - Ohio, 19 and Wesleyan, 0.

Sigma Delta Rho, Zeta Chapter.

Census of drunk (intoxicated) taken by Mr. X of the Sigma Delta Rho = 287
Subject to error because of recorders condition at time."

This photo was unlabeled, but Maurice Kline is on the right side, second row with a young man standing in front of him, slightly to the viewer's right.
Where was this taken?  On campus? And what is this construction of stones?

December 23, 2015

Hidden in the Closet ...

Soon, posts will be written on the Kline family of Hocking County, Ohio, but to begin, I must use these two photos which were just discovered among others in a plastic bag in the closet.  I don't recall ever having seen them! 

First, there was this:
 As you can see, this photo is in horrible shape - full of fingerprints, dirt, and the photo covering is peeling away.  I feel fairly confident that this is a photo of Wesley Kline, gg-grandfather.  Compare it to this -
 Do you agree that it is the same man with only age as the difference?  This is Wesley Kline and Dora Myers Kline from Hocking County, Ohio.

I have searched and searched for something on Eureka Photos, but have found nothing.  Any help out there?

And with Wesley's photo was this one:
 Is this a young Dora?  

 What do you think? 

April 6, 2015

James E. Meek, son of William Meek - HIs Civil War Pension

Born about 1838, James E. Meek was the son of William Meek and Elizabeth Eaton of East Palestine, Unity Township, Columbiana County, Ohio. William was a brother to great-great grandfather, James Meek.
James E. first enlisted in Company D, 19th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, at East Palestine on September 26, 1861.  He later reenlisted at Flat Creek, Tennessee, on January 1, 1864 as a Private in Company E, same regiment, commanded by Captain Mepson.

He was captured at New Hope Church, Georgia, and imprisoned at Andersonville where he eventually died of starvation and chronic diarrhea.
Photo from Wikipedia
Conditions at this camp were horrific, and over 13,000 soldiers died of disease, exposure or starvation while held there. 
James, who died on July 29, 1864, was buried at Andersonville in what is now a national cemetery.


After the war, parents of those soldiers were allowed to apply for a pension, and William Meek did so on August 23, 1887.  William Meek, however, died on September 26, 1887.  However, his widow took up the request and applied again for the pension.  Her plea was included in the pension records:

"New Waterford, O.
May 22, 1889

Mr. Tanney,
I rite you this morning as a poor Widdow my Husband having died some 2 years ago, after having applied for a pention for his son that served three years in the servises reinlisted and vary soon was taken prisoner and died from starvation in the Andersonville prison   his last words ware of home and Mother as there is a Comrad that was with him in the prison.  the soldier was James E. Meek, Co. D, 19 regiment O. V. I.  I raised him from a boy small child  the agent that had the claim in Hand rote me some time ago that the pention bureau would pay the nursing and funeral expences of my Husband and yesterday he rote me to let the case drop, steded thare was nothing in it for me.   now I think thare is something rong a bout this matter   if the pention bureau agreede to pay the nursing and funeral expences, why should they go back and if now you would only allow a little, a few hundred Dollars it would be very thankfully recieved and of a grete Blessing to a poor lone widdow, 
please answer this and, Oh, do say you can do something for me
Direct to Mrs. Elisabeth Meek, New Waterford, O., Columbiana Co."

Mrs. Meek also filed an affadavit, witnessed by a Notary Public, as to the amount she expected to be reimbursed:

"In the matter of the death of William Meek, dependant father of James Meek.  The undersigned respectfully testifies that she was at the expence of keeping the said William Meek During his last sickness, and expense of his burial.
Said sickness being Paralysis and lasting one year and eight months.  That the expense was at least eighteen dollars per month.  The burriel expens about fifty dollars more being a total of four hundred and ten dollars.
Elizabeth Meek ( her mark)
Sworn to before me this 21st day of May 1888. 
S. H. Maneval, Notary Public"

Elizabeth Meek failed to mention that she was not the biological mother of James E. and first wife of William, Elizabeth Eaton Meek.  She was William's second wife, Elizabeth Owen Meek.  Since William was the only one who was entitled to the pension as the biological father and he died just a month after filing for the pension, the money due would not even have been enough to pay the attorney, according to the pension bureau.  

In addition, James P. McGuire, wrote a letter to the pension board exposing the fraudulent claim of second wife, Elizabeth Owen Meek:

Youngstown, Ohio, August 11, 1890
Hon. ... Baum
Commissioner of Pensions
Washington D. C.
Dear Sir
The claim of Elizabeth Meek of Waterford, O. now being presented by C. F. Callehan of Youngstown, I consider a fraudalent one.  
1st she is not the mother of Jas. E. Meek. 
 2nd he was of age when he entered the army.  
3rd he had not been allowed to live at home or be sent for by his Father, Wm. Meek, for several years prior to going into the army, but made his own living in other homes, not being allowed to live at home by the woman who now seeks to get his money while he lays in an unknown grave, starved to death at Andersonville.  
4th Elizabeth Meek by will receivd all the property left by her husband Wm. Meek
5th she has 4 sons and 1 daughter who can take care of her when she has squandered what of right belonged to Wm. Meek's first children.
If you desire proof, let me know and I can get dozens of ...affidavits to the truth of my assertions.  I hope she will not be granted any pension as she is certainly not worthy of it in law or justice.
James P. McGuire.
228 East Wick St
Youngstown, Mahoning Co. O."    

What was the connection of James McGuire to Elizabeth Meek?  I don't know, but he was not happy about her attempt to trick the government into paying her, now that William was dead.  Did she think she could get away with it because she had the same name as the first wife?  

Someone else wanted to make sure the Pension Board knew that she was not the mother of James E. Meek.  L. A. Paxson, 69, a resident of East Palestine, Columbiana County, submitted an affidavit, which stated that he -
"was at the funeral of Elizabeth Meek, wife of William Meek.  Her maiden name was Eaton.  She died very suddenly, was found dead on the floor beside the wash tub where she had been washing.  She was burried at East Palestine.  Her grave is marked by a headstone (which show) the date of her death is cut showing that it was February 6, 1846.  She was the first wife of William Meek and the mother of James E. Meek who died in a Rebel Prison."  Oct 5, 1891

One final affidavit, given by James Hassen, gave an even more extensive picture of the life of William Meek and his relationship with his son, James:

"I was well acquainted with James E. Meek, the above named soldier prior to his entering the U. S. service and know that he never married and died without leaving a wife or child.
Before he entered the service, said soldier contributed largely to the support of his father.  The soldier worked at days labor and gave him money to assist him, and after entering the service, frequently sent him money.  That during the year 1864 said Wm. Meek had no income except that derived from his daily labor which did not exceed $150.00 during said year.  He was very corpulent which made it difficult for him to walk or do any heavy labor.
During said year - 1864 - and each year thereafter and at date of his death, he owned not to exceed five acres of land valued at about $500 and that his income from same and all other sources did not exceed $200.00 per year which was not sufficient to afford him and his family a comfortable support.  Said Wm. Meek died on Sep 26th, 1887.  
I make this statement from personal knowledge."

The notary public who witnessed Elizabeth's Meek prior pleas to the Pension Board took pity on her and wrote to the Pension Board himself, making a plea in Elizabeth's favor.


 Despite this last effort in 1892, the pension was denied, as it should have been.

This is not to diminish the life of Elizabeth Owen Meek, as she married William Meek, a widower with six children, one an infant, and did raise those children with four more of their own.  When William's first wife, Elizabeth Eaton, died on February 6, 1846, she had had a child every year since her marriage.  William married Elizabeth Owen then on July 26, 1846.  So she did raise all the children from their childhood, James being the oldest.  He was about 8 when they married.

On the earlier censuses, beginning in 1850, William named himself as a farmer, but from 1870 on, he listed himself as a tanner with land valued at $1000-$1500.  It would have been a hard life, with a few acres and no consistent means of employment.  It is easy to understand why James, who was single, contributed to his parents' welfare.  In 1887, William was 87 years old and sick and his wife was but five years younger.  Too old to work and living hand to mouth.  So the pension money for them could have helped immensely. 
However, thankfully, the government did look out for fraud in the system and this time, they found some.