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Wilhelm Graf Kleiman (1831-1895)

Wilhelm Kleiman

BORN: 1831 at Stollhoffe, Baden Baden, Germany
DIED: January 1st, 1895 at Cincinnati, Ohio
PARENTS: Unknown
SPOUSE: Josephine M. Thill (1836/7-1915), married May 4, 1856 at Cincinnati, Ohio
CHILDREN: George Kleiman (1857-1864), Josephine Elizabeth Kleiman (1859-1961!), Nicholas Kleiman (1862), Maria Josephine Kleiman (I) (1864), Wilhelmina Kleiman (1866-1960), William Kleiman Jr. (1868), Elizabeth Barbara Kleinman (1869-????), Maria Josephine Kleinman (II) (1872-1876), Rose Mary (Rosa Maria) Kleiman (1876-1958)

Biography

Little is known about Wilhelm Graf Kleiman (as he appears in our family records) or William Kleiman (as he appears in American records). He was apparently born in Baden Baden, Germany in 1831 and emigrated to America before 1856 when he married Josephine M. Thill (1836/7-1915) at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Cincinnati, Ohio (Restored Hamilton Co., OH Marriages 1850-9). He was employed for many years as a shoe maker, and German was the main language spoken in his home (family legend). Interestingly, all the Kleimans in Ohio in the 19th century are clustered in Hamilton County. In the 1860 census Wilhelm is living in Springfield, Hamilton Co., Ohio. At that time he owned $40 worth of personal goods and is working as a shoe maker. By 1869 he is working as a porter and living on Fountain St. in the city of Cincinnati proper (Cincinnati Directory). In 1890 he appears to be living with his two daughters "Lizzie" (Elizabeth Barbara Kleiman (1869-????) and "Minnie" (Wilhelmina Kleiman (1866-1960)) at 38 Winkler St. (Fountain St. was renamed Winkler) and is still working as a porter (1890-1 Cincinnati Directory). He seems to have had too-good of a time on New Years' Eve 1894 because he died the next day. There are death notices in the Cincinnati German newspaper "Volksfreund" run on January 2 and 3, 1895 and on January 4 in the Cincinnati Free Press (p.8), but none of these mention a cause of death. Also on January 9, 1895, it seems his will was the subject of Probate Court Case #41908 (Box 103), possibly because all of the original witnesses to his will were deceased.


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Josephine M. Thill (1836/7-1915)

Josephine Thill

BORN: June 29, 1836/7 (family record) or July 28 1836 (death certificate), in Alsace-Lorraine, France
DIED: January 18, 1915 at Cincinnati, Ohio
PARENTS: Nicholas Thill and Barbara Matz of Germany/Alsace-Lorraine (death certificate)
SPOUSE: Wilhelm Graf Kleiman (1831-1895), married May 4th, 1856 in Cincinnati, Ohio
CHILDREN: George Kleiman (1857-1864), Josephine Elizabeth Kleiman (1859-1961!), Nicholas Kleiman (1862), Maria Josephine Kleiman (I) (1864), Wilhelmina Kleiman (1866-1960), William Kleiman Jr. (1868), Elizabeth Barbara Kleinman (1869-????), Maria Josephine Kleinman (II) (1872-1876), Rose Mary (Rosa Maria) Kleiman (1876-1958)

Biography

Josephine Thill was born in the later 1830s in Alsace-Lorraine, part of France at that time but home to a large German population. She came to America before 1856 when she was married to Wilhelm Graf Kleiman (1831-1895) at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Cincinnati, Ohio (Restored Hamilton Co., OH Marriages 1850-9). Shortly after their marriage she and her husband moved to Springfield, a suburb of Cincinnati (1860 census), although by 1869 they are living in Cincinnati itself (1869 Cincinnati directory). In 1879 she is working as a seemstress (1879 Cincinnati Directory). Although she bore at least nine live children, only four daughters survived to adulthood. She appears to have had a network of several extended family members living in the Cincinnati: both Celestine Matz (d. before 1895) and Joseph Thill appeared as witnesses in her husbands' will. By the time of her death in 1915 she was living at 1814 East 81st St. in Cleveland with her blind daughter Wilhelmina Kleiman (1866-1960) and her blind husband Sam Shaner (1869-1965). She is buried at John's Cemetery, Cincinnati (death certificate).


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Josephine Elisabeth "Lizzie" Kleiman (1859-1961)

Josephine Elisabeth Kleiman

BORN: July 18, 1859 in Cincinnati, Ohio
DIED: June, 1961(!) (family record)
PARENTS: Wilhelm Graf Kleiman (1831-1895) and Josephine Thill (1836/7-1915)
SPOUSE: ________ Lenser
CHILDREN: Leo Lenser, William Lenser, Edward Lenser, Lilly Lenser

Biography

Josephine Elisabeth Kleiman was born in 1859 in Cincinnati and grew up there and in Springfield (a suburb). She spoke German at home and forever after conversed in German with her sisters. At the age of 30 she was still living with her father and her blind sister Wilhelmina Kleiman (1866-1960) at 38 Winkler St. and was working as a tailoress (1890-1 Cincinnati Directory). We know she married a Lenser, but we don't know his first name or where or when this happened. Their son Leo Lenser became a painter, their son William was deaf and their son Edward did something with women's clothing (family legend). Lilly married a Marga/Merga. According to our family records (which are by no means official) Josephine lived to be 101 years old.


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Whilhemina "Minnie" Kleiman (1866-1960)

Minnie and Sam Shaner

BORN: December 24, 1866 in Cincinnati
DIED: July 8, 1960
PARENTS: Wilhelm Graf Kleiman (1831-1895) and Josephine Thill (1836/7-1915)
SPOUSE: Sam Shaner (Schoernherr?) (c.1869-1965), married 1890
CHILDREN: Helen Shaner

Wilhelmina "Minnie" Kleiman and her husband Sam Shaner in their later years.

Biography

Minnie Kleiman seems to have been blinded as a young child. She went to the Columbus School for the Blind to learn how to function in life and while there met her future husband Sam Shaner who was also blind. They were married in 1890. They had moved to 1814 East 81st street in Cleveland by 1915 and her mother Josephine Thill (1836/7-1915) lived with them before she died. Sam seems to have supported the family by working as a piano tuner and salesman for the A.D. Coe Company, while Minnie knitted for servicemen in both world wars (Cleveland Necrology File). Minnie and Sam lived to celebrate their 70th marriage anniversary. At the end of their life they lived with their daughter and son-in-law at 3880 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland Heights.


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Rose Mary Kleiman (1876-1958)

Rose Mary Kleiman

BORN: June 7, 1876 at Cincinnati, Ohio
DIED: May 31st, 1958 at Cleveland, Ohio
PARENTS: Wilhelm Graf Kleiman (1831-1895) and Josephine Thill (1836/7-1915)
SPOUSE: Charles William Vanderwyst (1877-1952), married June 19, 1901 in Brooklyn/Cleveland
CHILDREN: William Albert Vanderwyst (1902-1967), Lillian Rose Vanderwyst (1904-1961) and Carl Joseph Vanderwyst (1910-2002)

Biography

Rose Mary Kleiman was born "Rosa Maria" in Cincinnati, where she spoke only German in the home. She met her future husband Charles William Vanderwyst (1877-1952) when visiting her blind sister Wilhelmina Kleiman (1866-1960) at the Columbus School for the Blind. They were married at Sacred Heart in Brooklyn/Brighton, Cleveland on June 19, 1901 and honeymooned in Buffalo at the World's Fair where President McKinnley was shot. She and her husband lived at 9235 Birchdale from at least 1915 until after his death in 1952. Her residence when she died was 15717 Brewster Rd. and she is buried at Calvary Cemetery, Cleveland (Cleveland Necrology File).


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