Alexander County

Biography - Francis Kline

FRANCIS KLINE, butcher, Cairo, Ill., was born in Bavaria, Germany, January 30, 1831. His parents, Ferdinand and Catherine (Greg) Kline, with three children, Catherine, Elizabeth and Francis, emigrated to the United States in 1840, and that year settled in Cincinnati, Ohio. Catherine Kline was married to Jacob Strieker of Cincinnati, and is now deceased. Elizabeth is the wife of George Smith and is a resident of Cincinnati, Ohio. Francis, at an early age, went to the trade of butchering, and later to that of carpentering. He continued a resident of Cincinnati until coming to Cairo, Ill., in 1864, which time was occupied variously at his trades and in the capacity of cook on steamboats. In 1847, he enlisted in the United States military service, and participated in the closing campaign of the Mexican war, serving as musician. Since 1864, he has been a resident of Cairo, and constantly employed in the management of a meat market. His wife, Anna B. (Collet) Kline, to whom he was married in Cincinnati, was born December 11, 1831, in Prussia. She came to this country in 1847, in company with a brother, her parents having died while she was quite young. Mrs. Catherine Kline, mother of Francis, was born in 1808 and died in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1856. His father was born in 1800 and died in 1863 in Cincinnati. Annie Kline, who was married to John Kent, is a daughter of Francis and Catherine Kline, and was born on the 9th of July, 1858. He has one son, John Kent, born October 1, 1874. Lena Kline was born October 4, 1863, in Cincinnati; Theresa Kline, born in Cairo, Ill., April 6, 1867.

Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 23-24.

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