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Christopher Kleine

15th MI Infantry, Company B(1846 – 1928)        (Also known as Klein, Kline) Christopher Kleine (indexed in military records as Klein)

Franklin Cemetery 2011

enlisted at the age of 18 in the 15thMI Infantry, Company B on March 31, 1864 in Sand Beach, MI.  He was promoted to Full Corporal on May 12, 1865 and mustered out with his regiment on Aug. 13, 1865 in Little Rock, AR.  Kleine survived the war despite a back wound from a spent ball and applied for a military pension on Oct. 23, 1886.

 
     Born in Grosse Pointe, Wayne County, MI in April 1846 the fourth of five children to Michael and Mary Kleine from Prussia (indexed as Klein in the 1850 census)by 1860 Kleine and his siblings were orphans residing with various neighboring families.  The children’s parents may have been struck down in the cholera epidemic which swept through Detroit, MI in 1854. It is likely that Kleine was working as a farm laborer when he enlisted.

     Following the war Christopher Kleine married Catherine Benoit (1856-1944) in Warren, Macomb County, MI on April 4, 1875.  By 1880 the Kleines (indexed as Klein in the 1880 census) had settled in Franklin Village, Southfield Twp., Oakland County, MI and were raising their family.  The couple had ten children:  Rosa C. (b1875), Caroline (b.1878), John M. (b.1879), Della L.(b.1889), Lizzie M.(b.1883), Nellie May (b.1885), George H. (b.1887), Charles G. (b.1889), Agnes A.(b.1892), and Oliver C.(b.1894). 

      Christopher Kleine continued to work as a farm laborer until his death in early 1928.  He is buried in Franklin Cemetery, Franklin, MI.  His wife Catherine survived him and applied for a widow’s pension on Feb. 28, 1928.  She lived in the family home with their youngest son, Oliver C. Kleine until her death in 1944.

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