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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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HIRAM KLEINHANS. One of the successful business enterprises of Northampton County is that conducted by the subject of the following paragraphs. Mr. Kleinhans is well known as the proprietor of the florist establishment and garden farm situated in the First Ward of South Easton. Here he has thirty acres of land devoted to the raising of vegetables, small fruits and flowers. In addition to this property he is the owner of a sixty-acre tract in Williams Township.

In Northampton County the subject of this sketch was born on the 30th of October, 1836, being a son of Jacob and Susan (Phiffer) Kleinhans, both of whom were natives of Williams Township, this county. Both his paternal and maternal ancestors were among the early settlers of Williams Township, where his grandfather Phiffer entered six hundred acres of land from the Government. The father was a tailor by trade, but in connection with that occupation also engaged as an agriculturist in Williams Township, where he died several years ago. In political belief he was a Democrat, and religiously held membership in the Lutheran Church.

The youthful years of our subject were passed upon the home farm, where he gained a practical idea of agriculture. From this occupation he drifted into that of a florist and gardener, in which he has since been engaged with success. His education was gained in the district schools of Williams Township, but having been a thoughtful reader he has gained thorough information concerning topics of local and national importance. He was united in marriage with Miss Isabella Fasbinder, whose father, William Fasbinder, now deceased, was for many years a resident of Lower Mt. Bethel Township, Northampton County. This union has resulted in the birth of twelve children, nine of whom are living, as follows: William H., engaged in the vegetable gardening business; Samuel H.; Thomas O.; Emma F., wife of Frank Hineline; Howard P.; Frank B., studying electric engineering; and Arthur B., James P. and Jeannette B., at home.

In 1871 Mr. Kleinhans settled upon the place where he has since resided. Politically he is a Democrat, loyal to party measures. He served for one term as School Director in Williams Township, and at present is a member of the Board of Health of South Easton Borough. For one term he held the office of Commissioner of Northampton County. In other local offices he has served with credit to himself and satisfaction to the people. Religiously he is a Lutheran, and belongs to St. Paul’s Church of Easton. As a citizen he is progressive, as a business man energetic, and in all the relations of life honorable and upright.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

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