It seems at least part of the Klontz family came from PA through OH through IL and on to IA and MO. I have not been able to decipher kinship amoung the different heads of households, but I can type some of what I have here. I grew up in Stephenson county and now live four hours away. I have gleened from family and a few census records.
My great grandmother was Valeria Mignonette Klontz. She had one sister, Grace, and one brother, Russell (moved to Florida). Parents are John Franklin Klontz and Mary Margaret Rayhorn.
John's parents are Jacob J. Klontz and Catharine Dorleska Wattenpaugh. They had 9 children. Rosa Ann (married Wes Wagner), William W. (married 3 different ladies), James (married Julia Johnson), Jacob B. (married Mary Switz), John Franklin (married Mary Margaret Rayhorn), Elizabeth, Barbara Ann (married Cyrus Shippee), Harriett (married James Lee Shippy), and Katie.
Jacob J. was born in Berks County, PA and his parents were Jacob Klontz Sr. (of Germany) and Elizabeth K.
US Census records for Stephenson County, Illinois show the following:
1840 George Klotz, Henry Klotz
1850 Henry Klontz, Jacob Klontz, Peter Klontz
1860 J. Klonts, Peter Klonts
1870 Elizabeth Klontz age 75, Peter Klontz age 50, Jacob Klontz age 49, Adam Klontz age 39, John Klontz age 36, Isaac Klontz age 25.
1880 Census too dark to really decipher with ease. I need to obtain a copy from that county.
I was hoping someone could shed light upon these heads of households. There is also a family I went to school with that could help me if we could ever get together.
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