1st Generation

1 JOHANN HENRICH WILHELM KLEIMENHAGEN[1] b 14 Dec 1758 at Ober-Waroldern,[2] Waldeck, Germany [3][4] d Jun 1805[5] at Black Creek, Bertie Twp., Lincoln Co.,Upper Canada,[6] son of Johann Christof Kleimenhagen[7] and Anna Maria Göel,[8] m abt 1792[9] BARBARY[10] b <abt 1770> d abt 1825.[11][12] Henrich Kleimenhagen came to America in April of 1789[13] from Germany.[14] To pay for his ocean passage he sold himself as an indentured servant for 3 years[15] to Abraham Keagy of Martic Twp., Lancaster Co., PA.[16] It is believed that during his indenture Henry met his wife Barbary who may have been the daughter of a neighbor. Using the Anglicized form of his name, Henry Climenhagen[17] emigrated from Pennsylvania[18] to Bertie Township, Lincoln County in Upper Canada in June of 1797 with his wife and two children.[19] Henry’s last will and testament was dated 15 December 1804 in which he wrote he was “…in perfect health and of perfect mind and memory…” —six months later he was dead, the will probate dated 7 Jun 1805.[20] It is unknown how Henry died but his father Christof also died at a relatively young age.[21] Henry is laid to rest at Black Creek Pioneer Cemetery, Stevensville, Ontario.[22]

  • – 11 Anna Climenhaga b 1793
  • – 12 Martin Climenhaga b 1794
  • – 13 Henry Climenhaga b 1798
  • – 14 Abraham Climenhegg b 1800
  • – 15 Moses Glimanhaga b 1802

Updated 4 May 2014


Footnotes    ((↵) returns to text)

  1. Climenhage, James. “Finding Henrich: The story of the Climenhag* ancestor.” Climenhaga Climenhage Climenhegg Glimanhaga. Accessed May 04, 2014. http://www.jamesclimenhage.com/2013/01/18/finding-henrich-the-story-of-the-climenhag-ancestor, 2013.(↵)
  2. William Kleimenhagen Ad/Classified, Maryland Journal, 10 Apr 1789, , News; digital images, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com: 30 March 2012), citing original. [In his classified ad William states he is “…late from Germany, Country of Waldeck, Upper-Waroldern…”](↵)
  3. Tomalla, Rosemarie, Günter Lorenz, and Friedrich L. Hübel. 2008. Waldecksche Ortssippenbücher Bd. 83. Ober-Waroldern. Arolsen: Waldeckischer Geschichtsverein, 277.(↵)
  4. Günter Kleimenhagen, Hamburg, Germany, “Church Book of Ober-Waroldern,” Email message to author, 11 February 2011 [This message cites pages from the church book of Ober-Waroldern and states that he has personally seen and transcribed the dates of birth–14 Dec 1758, and baptism–17 Dec 1758, for Johann Henrich Wilhelm Kleimenhagen](↵)
  5. Estate file for Henry Climenhagen, probated June 7, 1805, Lincoln County Surrogate Court estate files, RG 22-A35, Microfilm MS 8408, Archives of Ontario.(↵)
  6. “Welland County, Ontario.” Wikipedia. April 18, 2014. Accessed May 04, 2014. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welland_County,_Ontario. [Welland County was formed in 1851 from Lincoln County](↵)
  7. Tomalla Ober-Waroldern, 277.(↵)
  8. Günter Kleimenhagen, Hamburg, Germany, “Simon Kleimenhagen line,” Email message to author, 9 January 2009 [This message cites pages from the church book of Ober-Waroldern and states that he has personally seen and transcribed the name Anna Maria Göel as Christof Kleimenhagen’s wife.](↵)
  9. Calculated from birth year of first born child.(↵)
  10. Estate file for Henry Climenhagen, probated June 7, 1805, Lincoln County Surrogate Court estate files, RG 22-A35, Microfilm MS 8408, Archives of Ontario.(↵)
  11. Ibid. [In his will Henry states, “…I give and bequeath unto Barbery my beloved wife all my lands that I now possess and all my movables goods and chattels as long as she remains my wife…” As Henry’s lands were not divided amongst his children until 1825 it is assumed that Barbary either died or remarried at this time—see note below](↵)
  12. “Lincoln County Surrogate Court Records.” Microfilm Interloan Service -. Accessed May 05, 2014. http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/microfilm/surrogate_court_lincoln_t.aspx. [The page for the Lincoln County Surrogate Court records states that “…many estates were not dispersed until the spouse had died.”](↵)
  13. William Kleimenhagen Ad/Classified, Maryland Journal, 10 April 1789. [The Classified/Ad is dated 9 April 1789].(↵)
  14. Henry Clymenhager petition, 1797, Upper Canada Land Petitions, RG 1, L3, vol. 91, C Bundle 3, petition 80; microfilm C-1648, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa. [His land petition states that he is a native of Germany](↵)
  15. Climenhaga, David E. From Model Ts to modems. Unpublished, 1994. [In his memoir he states, “There is a family tradition that the first Climenhaga came to the “New World” …[and] paid his transportation as an indentured servant. He, it was stated, worked for…three years to pay off his indebtedness“](↵)
  16. William Kleimenhagen Ad/Classified, Maryland Journal, 10 April 1789. [In his classified ad William states that, “…I now live with Mr. ABRAHAM KEGY, of Lancaster County, Martick Township…”](↵)
  17. Climenhage, James. “What Was the Original Family Name?” Climenhaga Climenhage Climenhegg Glimanhaga. Accessed May 04, 2014. http://www.jamesclimenhage.com/2012/12/23/original-family-name, 2012.(↵)
  18. Ancestry.com, Ontario, Canada Deaths, 1869-1934 (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.Original data – Archives of Ontario. Registrations of Deaths, 1869-1934. MS 935, 496 reels. Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Archives of Ontario. Registrations of Ontario O), Ancestry.com, http:/www.Ancestry.com, Roll: MS935_3. [Daughter Anna (Climenhaga) Sider’s death registration states her place of birth as “Pennsylvania”](↵)
  19. Henry Clymenhager petition, 1797, Upper Canada Land Petitions, RG 1, L3, vol. 91, C Bundle 3, petition 80; microfilm C-1648, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa.(↵)
  20. Estate file for Henry Climenhagen, probated June 7, 1805, Lincoln County Surrogate Court estate files, RG 22-A35, Microfilm MS 8408, Archives of Ontario.(↵)
  21. Tomalla Ober-Waroldern, 277.(↵)
  22. Trevor Climenhage, Niagara Falls, Ontario, “Climenhage nostalgia,” Email message to author, 16 August 2009 [This message states that Trevor’s father Louis Climenhage, who maintained and repaired the Black Creek Pioneer Cemetery, always told him that Henry was buried to the left of his son Martin near to Black Creek.](↵)

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