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There are 667 names in this family tree. The earliest recorded event is the birth of Klein, Stephan in 1784. The most recent event is the death of Klein, Tommy Thomas Ferdinand in 2007.The webmaster of this site is Sarah. Please click here if you have any comments or feedback.

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About The Klein Family
The Klein Family History involves many German families who settled in Texas  and California in the 1800s, including Dreyers, Neddenrieps, and Heimsoths.

Stephan Klein and his family were among the First Founders of New Braunfels,  arriving  with Prince Solms and the first wave of German settlers in 1844 to  the Republic of Texas.  The Kleins were from the village of Hattenheim,  Germany on the Rhine River, famous for its wines.
  
 Stephan was born in 1785 in Roxheim, Bad-Kreuznach, Germany, the son of Jacobi  and Margaretha Klein. He married Margaretha Hoffmann,  and they had a large  family of 12 children.

Stephan's request to be considered for immigration is displayed  in the  Sophienburg Museum:
 "The request of the carpenter and vine-dresser, Stephan Klein, from  Hattenheim, at the office of the Duchy at Eltville, for the release from the  present trade for reasons of immigration to Texas, is granted for the asked  for immigration for the petitioner and his wife and five children which shall  emigrate with him and comprise his family. Request granted in' Wiesbaden on  the 9th of September, 1844, by the Government of the Duchy of Nassau."  
 The five children who emigrated  were Joseph, Anna Maria, Jacob, Peter  Valentin and Elisabethe. The family came to America on the brig Herschel in  1844. They spent the winter on the Texas coast and then made the trek inland  to the site that would become New Braunfels.  Daughter Katharina had already  married Heinrich Schumann in Hattenheim, and they arrived later on the B.  Bohlen brig in 1847.

Stephan received Town Lot # 41 and a 10 acre farm lot, # 107. The house is  there today, next to the Naegelin Bakery on Seguin St.   Soon after Comal  County was established as separate from Bexar County, Stephan Klein was  elected one of the four County Commissioners.

The settlers traded with the friendly Waco Indians, and one family story  relates how young Elizabeth took one of her father's guns and aimed it at an  Indian with whom her father was trading, nearly causing a riot and a  stampede.  Stephan explained it was only a prank, all was fine, and she almost  got a spanking.
  
 The Klein daughters were mothers to pioneer families. Katharina was the  grandmother of a large Schumann family. Anna Marie first married politician  Carl Bellmer, and then married Johann Jahn, who became famous in the area for  his furniture. Barbara married Andreas Eikel, a prominent citizen. Elizabethe  married Dietrich Voges and also raised a large family.

The Kleins moved to the banks of the Santa Clara Creek, with several other  families, near the  present town of Marion.  Stephan's wife, Margareta, died  in 1855, and Stephan died in 1857.  Both were buried on the Klein farm along  with their son Peter Valentin.

Joseph raised a large family, as did his son Rudolph. Rudolph's wife was  Sophie Dreyer. Sophie's mother was Margaretha Heimsoth, and the Dreyers and  Heimsoth families were from Hanover and settled in Texas and California.

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There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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