My Kalin/Kaelin ancestors also imigrated from Einsiedeln, Switzerland.My grandfather was Meinrad Franz Kalin, born May 18, 1860 and died July 28, 1934.My grandmother was Anna Rosalie Jenni, who was born in Ostermundigen, Switzerland September 17, 1857 and died June 3, 1916.Swiss ancestors were:
Johann Martinus Kalin & Barbara Eberle
Meinrad Kalin 1637 - ? married Anna Maria Meinradin
Johann Petrus Kalin1660 - ? married Catharina Ochsner
Joseph Kalin 1698 - ? married Maria Catherine Lienhardt
Johann Petrus Kalin 1731 - ? married Mary Elizabeth ------
Josef Stephan Meinrad Frid Kalin 1755 - 1816 married Maria Anna Eberle 1755 - 1816
Joseph Leodegar Kalin 1798 - 1859 married Maria Theresia Gyr 1798 - 1838
Meinrad Franz Kalin 1826 - 1890 married Josefa Meinrada 1844 - 1871
Meinrad Franz Kalin Married Anna Rosalie Jenni
My "Kalin" ancestors have always spelled the surname without an "e".I was told as a child that the Swiss name had an "e" and that it was dropped during the immigration process.However, Dee Kaelin Maialetti says the opposite.Curious descrepancy.Maybe some of you know the answer to this.
NOTES FROM MY FAMILY: "Meinrad Franz Kalin (Grandfather Frank) was born in 1860 in Einsiedeln, Switzerland.Letters from a younger brother, Albert, who had left for America in 1876, gave Frank the desire to come over here.He spent several months in New York visiting relatives and friends and then realized his dream to 'go west' when he met another young man from Einsiedeln who wanted to see the Dakotas and Montana.Hunting buffalo, driving cattle and working on the cattle trains finally got them to Brassy, Montana in 1884."
This is just a short excerpt from a detailed journal compiled by one of my Kalin Kousins.