John Peter Klingensmith, Jr. (1755 - 1818)

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Birthplace: Berks, PA, USA
Death: Died in Leechburg, Armstrong, PA, USA
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About John Peter Klingensmith, Jr.

The Klingensmith family is of German origin, settling in PA (now Armstrong Co., but then Westmoreland), in what is now known as Gilpin Township. A log cabin in Gilpin was discovered in 1982 that was determined to have been built by those early Klingensmith settlers, although it is not clear which Klingensmith family built and lived in that cabin. The cabin has now been moved to the historic Hannastown, and restored.

A reference from a historical book about Armstrong Co., PA states: "George Klingensmith, son of Peter, was born in 1779 in Westmoreland County, and in 1830 removed to Armstrong County, being one of the pioneer settlers in what is now Parks township. He built a log house in the woods and cleared his land for agricultural purposes, continuing to follow farming until his death, which occurred in 1857. (source: "Armstrong County, Pennsylvania: Her People Past and Present" by J. H. Beers & Co.

Following is a transcription of the Last Will & Testament of John Peter, Sr. (source: Find-A-Grave online): "5 Mar 1818 , Allegheny Twp, Armstrong, PA In the Name of God Amen, I Peter Klingensmith Sr. of Allegheny Township, Armstrong County and State of Penna. Farmer being very sick and weak of Body but sound of mind memory and understanding Blessed be to God for the same but considering the uncertainty of this transitory Life do make & Publish this my last Will & in manner and form following to Wit – Principally & first of all I command my Immortal Soul unto the hand of God who gave it and my Body to the Earth to be Buried in a Decent Christian like manner at the Discretion of my Executors herein after mentioned and as to such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased almighty God to Bless me in this Life I give & Dispose of in the manner following to Witt- I give and bequeath unto my Three Sons John Henry & Adam Klingensmith my Plantation I now reside on in said Township & County & State aforesaid to be equally divided among them or in the manner they so cause when Adam comes of age but not (illegible) and likewise. I give & devise unto the aforesaid three sons of mine all my Horses, Cows, Sheep Hogs, Farming Utensils Household Furniture and effects of any kind whatsoever. I give & Devise unto the rest of my children George Peter Daniel Margaret Shaffer Mary Shaffer Catherine & Christina one Hundred & Fifty Dollars of Bonds on Jacob Landas & Jacob Smith the same to be equally divided amongst them when the bond is (illegible). I likewise I likewise give & devise unto my daughter Catherine one Cow one Pot Six Pewter Plates one Pewter Dish one dozen large pewter plate six spoons one Feather Bed & Bedsteads and likewise. I give & devise unto my daughter Christina one Cow one Pot six Pewter Plates one Pewter Dish six spoons one Feather Bed and Bedsteads & one large Pewter Plate & one Spinning wheel and to my daughter Catherine one Spinning Wheel. & as touching all the rest of my Estate real & Personal of what kind or nature so ever the same may be I give & devise to my three sons John Henry & Adam or their children or their successors of the Equally divided between them. & Lastly I Nominate Constitute and appoint my two Sons George & Henry Klingensmith to be the Executors of this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all other Wills (illegible) and bequest by me heretofore made & Declaring this to be my last Will & Testament In Witness Whereof I have set my hand & seal this 5th day of march 1818. Peter (X) Klingensmith (seal) (His Mark) Signed Sealed & Published & Pronounced and declared by the said Testator as his last will & Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his bequest have subscribed as Witness Philip Bolen, Margaret Bolen"

John Peter passed away less than a month after preparing his Will, and the probate process began on March 31, 1818: "Armstrong County SS Before me Eben Smith Kelley Register for the probate of wills and granting letters of administration in and for said County, personally came the before me named Philip Bolen Esq. and Margaret Bolen who being duly sworn according to the law depose and say that they were present and saw Peter Klingensmith the before named testator sign seal publish pronounce and declare the foregoing instrument of writing as and for his last will and testament; that at the time of his doing so he the said Peter Klingensmith and at his request. Philip Bolen, Margaret Bolen Sworn and subscribed to me this 31 day of march 1818 – Eben Smith Kelley Registrar"

Family links: Parents: John Peter Klingensmith (1729 - 1790) Mary Elizabeth Kauffer Klingensmith (1729 - ____)

Spouses: Anna Margaretta Spahr (1755 - 1818) Anna Catherina Margaretha Wanamaker (1760 - 1826)*

Children: George Klingensmith (1779 - 1857)* John Peter Klingensmith (1785 - 1863)* Adam Klingensmith (1804 - 1871)*

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John Peter Klingensmith, Jr.'s Timeline

1755
April 25, 1755
Berks, PA, USA
1779
1779
Age 23
Westmoreland, PA, USA
1785
January 7, 1785
Age 29
Hempfield, Westmoreland, PA, USA
1804
1804
Age 48
1818
March 31, 1818
Age 62
Leechburg, Armstrong, PA, USA
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