Dear Micki, I live in Lacey, Washington, which is right next door to our state capitol, Olympia. I retired in Jan 1996 after 30 years working for the State. Not married (divorced), no children and not much family left. I have a brother who lives close by.
In my research, have only gotten back to G-Grandfather. His name was Johann Heinrich Ludwig Kludt. He was the immigrant. Do not know yet if he had siblings, but I'm sure he did. In the data I have so far, there is no mention of any other family members. We know he was born 2 Nov 1832 in Goldenbow Mecklenburg Germany. He married a Dorothea Ahrendt (we think in Germany). Don't yet know their port of entry to America but think they came about 1850. Their first son, my grandfather, Wilhelm Edvard Kludt was born 2 Oct 1862 in West Bend, Wisconsin. They had another son, Henry Carl (b. 14 Nov 1875), and a daughter, Augusta M. (b. 11 Jan 1865). John and Dorothea moved to Fayette County, Iowa after their last child was born and had a farm there for many years. All of their children married in Fayette County, they belonged to Zion Lutheran Church. Wilhelm and Henry Carl moved to Washington State about 1905. Wilhelm bought property in what is Lewis County, WA; Henry Carl went to Kamiahi, Idaho.
Even if we can't make a connection now, I hope we can stay in touch. My neice and I have been working on our lines for a long time. We work on one for awhile till we get stumped then move on to another line. Recently have been working the Reisner line which is my dad's mother's line.
Hope to hear from you soon.
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