Mrs. Esther Kline
The subject of this sketch is the most extensive land owner in
Liberty township. His father, Abram Kline, removed from
Northampton county, Pennsylvania, to Ohio and settled in Youngstown
township in the year 1806, on a farm opposite the mouth of Mill
creek, on the Mahoning river. He was of German descent and a
member of the Lutheran church. He was stern, generous, and
enterprising, persevering in business, but always kind and social in
his dealings. His death occurred in the year 1816, from a
rupture of a blood vessel. He had accumulated a large estate,
having farmed extensively and dealt successfully in live stock.
The public sale of property after his death lasted three days.
He had a love of blooded horses and one named Messenger was
purchased by General Wadsworth, of Canfield, at the sum of
$1,000. Mr. Kline was at the time of his death about
forty-six years old. His family consisted of six children.
Jonathan, the oldest son, settled at Canfield, where he died
at the age of seventy-five years. He was small of stature, his
weight being only one hundred and twenty-five pounds, but his frame
was strong and his muscles wiry, being able to stand in a half
bushel measure and shoulder three bushels of wheat without
assistance. He left each of his four sons, who are all living,
a good farm.
Solomon the second son of Abram Kline,
resides in Cortland, Trumbull county, and is extensively known as a
man of large accumulations of money, and sagacious business talent.
He has no children.
The three oldest children of Abram Kline were
daughters - Polly married Conrad Neff and settled in
Portage county, Sally married Daniel Everett and
settled in Hubbard, Betsey married John Neff and
settled in Canfield; all three are dead.
Peter Kline, the youngest son and subject of an
illustration, was born in Northampton county, Pennsylvania, Feb. 7,
1803. His early life was spent on his father's farm, and later
in general farm labor for other people. In 1835 he purchased
sixty-six acres of land in Liberty township, on which he settled.
Having inherited a strong liking for stock, particularly cattle, and
the kind of talent required for stock speculation, he turned his
attention in that direction. He has been the most extensive
cattle dealer in the southern part of Trumbull county, and his
success is shown by the continued increase of his farm, which now
embraces over seven hundred acres.
Mr. Kline was married in 1822 to
Esther Brown, daughter of Rodger Brown, who with his
family removed from Connecticut and settled in Coitsville township.
Mrs. Kline was born in 1804 and died Jan. 20, 1877. Their
family consists of four children - Sarah, Zenas, Abram, and
Jane. Sarah was born in 1823; she was married to John
Lynch who died at Meadville, Pennsylvania, leaving four children
- Lucy, Lois, John, and Charles. Lois was
married to John McMullen, and has one child living named
Lois, a granddaughter of Peter Kline; Lucy is
married to Lyman Lease. Sarah married for her
second husband Joseph Wilson, of Weathersfield, where she
Zenas, second child of Peter Kline, was
born Mar. 28, 1828; was married to Malinda Hooks and lives in
Abram Kline was born May 5, 1831; was married to
Lucy McCartney, of Coitsville, and lives at Church Hill, in
Jane Kline was born Aug. 27, 1836; was married
to Rev. Charles W. Reeves, and resides in Warren.
Mr. Kline was married Aug. 1, 1877, to
Elizabeth Tayler, widow of George Tayler, of Warren, and
daughter of Elliott Woodbridge of Youngstown, and a great
granddaughter of President Jonathan Edwards, the illustrious
New England preacher and Philosopher. She was born Apr. 9,
1819, and married to George Tayler, a sketch of whom will be
found elsewhere in this volume. After his death, in 1864, she
continued to reside in Warren until her marriage with Mr. Kline.
An excellent bed of coal was found on Mr. Kline's
farm at Church Hill, in 1867, and a mine was opened the following
year by Tod, Stambaugh & Co, lessees. It has been
successfully and extensively operated ever since, bringing to its
owner large revenues.
Mr. Kline is healthy, active, and strong.
Though eighty years of age he has the promise of several years of
life yet. His physical powers have never been impaired by
strong drink, and was too frequently the case with men of his
business and period of early life. He has made total
abstinence of life principle, and has rigidly adhered to that
principle. His whole family in this respect have made him
their example. He is using his large fortune liberally in the
support of charities and for the benefit of his family.
Source: History of Trumbull &
Mahoning Counties - Cleveland: H. Z. Williams & Bro. - 1882 -
Page 441 ok