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  • Andrew Klingensmith (c.1755 - bef.1800)
    A Patriot of the American Revolution for PENNSYLVANIA with the rank of PRIVATE. DAR Ancestor # A066062 Residence : Hempfield, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States - 1790 Reference: FamilyS...
  • Christiana Klingensmith (c.1732 - d.)
    Tree info from was John Philip"Blockhouse" Klingensmith married by 1757 Berks County Church Records. George and Christopher Walthour lived next to Lancaster County Pa Christina be a sister.(see his Bio...
  • Daniel Klingensmith (1750 - bef.1822)
    Some researchers show his place of death as Cape Girardeau, MO. I have not researched to determine which is correct.* Reference: FamilySearch Genealogy - SmartCopy : Sep 9 2020, 22:46:40 UTC * Referenc...
  • Philip Klingensmith (c.1730 - 1781)
    A Patriot of the American Revolution for PENNSYLVANIA. DAR Ancestor # A066065 The Klingensmith family came to America in 1670, fleeing religious persecution in Europe. Philip Klingensmith built a f...
  • ? Klingensmith (deceased)

About the Klingensmith surname

The Klingensmiths family is traced back to Germany. They were a family of bell makers (or smiths) thus the name Klingensmith came about.

The following information comes from "Klingensmith Ancestry," written by Carmella Corcetti Shirley.

She tells us that the name of Klingensmith was given to hardworking Joseph was born in 1635, and married Elizabeth Reichart of Lorraine in 1659. They were the parents of Katherine, Elizabeth, Adlier, Mary, Andrew and Joseph Jr., born in 1662. Three of the children, Katherine, Adlier and Mary were blood victims of the religious crusade in 1670.

Joseph Jr., and his remaining family evaded soldiers, carried knives and various weapons and left behind most of their clothing and possessions, knowing they would probably never return to their homeland. Members of the Klingensmith and Reichert families along with others walked 300 miles, slept in fields, living off the land.

They made their way to Philadelphia in 1670, giving thanks to God, settling on the river's (Delaware) West bank, eventually moving to Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.