Adam Klobe – Born at Sea

Paulus Klobe and his wife, Savilla (Hauson) Klobe, arrived in America in 1840 aboard the ship, Clementine, that landed in Baltimore. Here we see the Klobe family members on the passenger list for that ship.

Klobe family – Clementine passenger list 1840

It looks like there were 5 Klobe children aboard that ship, but there likely were 6. When Savilla got on that ship she was pregnant with a son that would be born on July 25, 1840, named Adam Klobe. Several census records say that Adam was born in Maryland, but one census indicates that he was born “at sea”.

Adam Klobe – born “at sea”

The Klobe family settled in Perry County, and when the 1850 census was taken, we see the following household. Adam was ten years old at the time. The Klobe family was likely one of the original families that established the congregation in Friedenberg.

1850 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Next, we find Adam in the 1860 census. Adam, at the age of 20, was working on his father’s farm.

1860 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

During the Civil War, Adam went to serve in the Union Army. Below are two documents showing his military service.

It appears to me that in the middle of his time of service, he managed to get married. Let’s take a look at the woman who would become his bride. Her name was Margaret Bienlein, who would be celebrating a very special birthday today. She was born on May 1, 1847, making today her 175th birthday. Margaret was the daughter of John and Margaretha (Billhorn) Bienlein. She was baptized at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg. Margaret is found in her first census in 1850 at the age of 4. Her father was a farmer.

1850 census – Brazeau Township, MO

The Bienlein family can then be found in the 1860 census when Margaret was a teenager.

1860 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

That leads us up to the marriage of Adam Klobe and Margaret Bienlein that took place on May 11, 1864. This wedding took place at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg. We can take a look at a civil marriage record for this couple.

Klobe/Beinlein marriage record – Perry County, MO

Our German Family Tree lists 14 children born to Adam and Margaret, but Adam’s obituary states that they had 13. A pair of twins was born in 1884, and one of them died right away. Perhaps that twin is the missing one that is not mentioned in the obituary. The 1870 census entry is the first one that displays this married couple. By then, they had 3 children. Adam’s mother had died in 1860, and his father was living with Adam’s family in 1870. Right under Adam’s household is that of John P. Klobe, Adam’s older brother, along with his family.

1870 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

A photograph that is said to be Adam and Margaret when they were fairly young can be found on The person who submitted this photo was not 100% sure that it is really Adam and Margaret, but I think there is plenty of resemblance to other photos that will be displayed later.

Adam and Margaret Klobe

In 1880, we see a much larger Klobe household.

1880 census – Central Township, MO

It is not often that I can show a type of census for 1890. The only such census records that are available for that year were ones for the veterans of the Civil War. We find Adam in one of those entries, giving his military service.

Adam Klobe – 1890 Veterans Schedule

The next Federal census we can view is the one taken in 1900.

1900 census – Central Township, MO

The last census in which we find both Adam and Margaret was the one enumerated in 1910. This is also the census that says Adam was born at sea.

1910 census – Central Township, MO

Later in their lives, Adam and Margaret had these photos taken.

Adam Klobe died in 1912 at the age of 72. Cholera is given as the cause of death on his death certificate. This document says Adam’s birthplace was New York City.

Adam Klobe death certificate

An obituary for Adam was published in the Perry County Sun. This article mentions Adam’s unique birth aboard a ship. Because of its length, I put it in 4 images. You may have to click them to enlarge.

Even though Adam had died previously, when the Perry County plat maps were produced in 1915, we find a piece of property with his name. That is likely because Margaret was still living and owned the property.

Adam Klobe land map – 1915

Margaret Klobe died in 1918 at the age of 71. Liver cancer caused her death.

Margaret Klobe death certificate

A much shorter obituary was published in the same newspaper on the occasion of her death. It gives dropsy as her cause of death.

Margaret Klobe obituary – PCS

Adam and Margaret are each buried in the Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Friedenberg with similar gravestones.

Several other photos are available for this Klobe family in family trees on I will display a few of them here in a gallery.

I particularly liked the family photo above on the left. I find the setting interesting, with Adam standing behind a fence. A few of the daughters are actively involved in reading and handiwork tasks. The young boy did not take the time to put shoes on his feet. Plus, the two dogs on the laps of the children look like regular members of the family.

Two days ago, this Klobe pair was mentioned in the post, Tombstone Trader. The girl with the unusual name of Serphinea who married Charles Boxdorfer was one of Adam and Margaret’s children.

Having so many children, this Klobe couple likely has plenty of descendants. Those folks can look at today as being a very special 175th birthday for Margaret, and also might find it interesting that Margaret managed to find a husband that was born at sea.

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