I've got the text of a letter which was written by Mr. Larry Knarr, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 1976, more than 25 years ago. It was send to a relation of me. There was a query about the KLINGENBERG family which appeared in the December 1975 issue of the German-American Genealogist.
Here is the text from Mr. Knarr 1976:
... It seems that we have a common bond in this respect due to the fact that my maternal line of descent goes back to William Klingenberg who left Pennsylvania sometime after the year 1761 and ended up as one of the early settlers in Kentucky.
I am curious as to the information you have on this family. Were you aware that the family had representatives in this country over 200 years ago? The family has been avtive in the settlement of western Pennsylvania, the cutting of the Mason and Dixon line, the trans-Allegheny migration into western Virginia and Kentucky, the Watauga settlement in Tennessee, the Indian Wars that opened Ohio and Kentucky to white settlement, the early settlement of Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana and the trek westward over the Oregon Trail.
Over the past eight years I have collected every morsel of information I could get my hands on about this pioneer family and I would be glad to share what I have with any serios-minded researching bug who might be interested.
Most of the first thirteen years of my life were spent growing up in the small river town of Dayton, Kentucky (which lies just across the Ohio from Cincinnati). I remember that the largest hardware store in town was named Klingenberg's. The family now has another hardware store in Erlanger, Ky. about fifteen miles to the south. That was the first time I came into contact with the name Klingenberg and it stuck in my mind because it sounded funny to the ears of a small child. I later found out much to my surprise that some of my forefathers were probably Klingenbergs.
Today there are six listings for Klingenberg in the Cincinnati telephone directory. I have never contacted them. In the Nothern Kentucky supplement to the same directory no less then eleven Klingenberg's including one physician; Paul H. Klingenberg, offices in the Coppin Building in Covington.
I am also astonished to find that the hardware has burgeoned into six different towns. Dayton, Erlanger, Covington, Ft. Thomas, Latonia, and Newport. I have not as yet contacted any of these Kentucky Klingenbergs, but I have the feeling that they are descended from a later migration than is my William.
You probably know that there was a strong anti-German feeling among the Anglophiles who controlled the government in colonial Pennsylvania and Virginia during the latter half of the eighteenth century. In Virginia a law was passed which required all persons of German descent to Anglicize their names, customs, and patterns of speech. It was at that time that my ancestor underwent an external metamorphosis and Wilhelm Klingenberg became William Clinkinbeard. And naturally all of his descendants still spell their names in that style. That is why I believe that the Klingenbergs in this area came from a later migration.
Unfortunately, I have not yet succeeded in tracing my ancestor back to Germany. The first mention I find of him is as follows:
Tax lists (Air Township lists) of Cumberland Co. Penna. 1762 and 1763: William Clinkinbeard.
William Clinkinbeard appeared on the first tax lists of Bourbon Co., Ky. as WILLIAM CLINKENBURG. I also have found that his descendants were, for the most part, German Baptists or Dunkards as they were called at that time. In the Pennsylvania census abstract of 1800 I located a Frederick Klingenburg of Hayrock Township in Bucks County.
From what I have been able to learn, William Clinkenbeard left Pennsylvania and spent some time in Hancock and Hagerstown, Maryland and Shephardstown, Virginia (now West Virginia) before coming into Kentucky where he settled at Strode's Station in what is now Clark County, Kentucky about 1783.
Additional info: Virginia Land Grants in Kentucky: William Clinckenbeard-273 a. in 1783 in Fayette County on Brusher's Creek and an add'l 600 acres in 1783 in Fayette County on the right hand fork of Busby Creek.
Isaac Clickingbeard (son of Wm.)-1783, Fayette County, 500 acres on Stoner's Fork. This Isaac was a noted scout under General George Rogers Clark
End of the text from Mr. Knarr 1976
This is for information only. I have no details more to tell. I have kept this text because of name researching, no relations, no ancestors in this case.
I think it may find interest, that’s why I copy it here.