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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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JOSIAH G. KLINE has for over a quarter of a century made his home in Allen Township, Northampton County, his farm being situated in this township. He has been actively engaged in agricultural pursuits for many years, and was also an extensive buyer and shipper of stock. He is one of the esteemed and leading citizens of the township with which he has been so long identified. His birth occurred April 9, 1837, in this county, his parents being Jesse and Henrietta (Grim) Kline. They had the following-named children: Catherine, wife of John Adams, of this county; Deborah, the wife of Milton Gordan, of Lehigh County; Sarah, Mrs. Franklin Jordon, also of Lehigh County; Josiah G., next in order of birth; and Henrietta, the wife of Dr. William Hassler, a practicing physician of Allentown. The father, Jesse Kline, was a native of Berks County, and is a descendant of a sturdy native of Germany, who became one of the early settlers of Berks County. When a boy, Jesse Kline removed with his parents to this county, the family settling on the old homestead, which our subject now occupies. With the exception of perhaps some twenty years spent in Lehigh County, he resided on this farm, where his death occurred in February, 1879. In church affairs he took an active part, being a member of the Lutheran denomination, and in politics voted for Republican nominees.

When about five years old the subject of this sketch removed with his parents to Lehigh County, where he grew to manhood. His education was obtained in the public schools of Lehigh County, though he is largely self-educated. His father for many years carried on a small farm near the present site of Emmons. At this place he also engaged in running a hotel for some years.

December 24, 1864, Josiah G. Kline and Arrabesta Laubach were married. Mrs. Kline was born in Allen Township, January 20, 1844, being a daughter of Peter and Amelia (Becker) Laubach, both of whom were born in Northampton County. The brothers and sisters of Mrs. Kline who are yet living are Melissa, wife of George Bear, a resident of this township; Mary, wife of William Landis, of Bath; Amanda, Mrs. Luther Seward, of Delaware; Thomas, a resident of Syracuse, N. Y.; Peter, of Delaware; and Addie, who is the wife of Dr. McCauley, also of Delaware. The father of this family, if he survives until November, 1894, will be seventy-seven years of age, while his wife is also past seventy.

The children by the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Kline were ten in number: Ella, the wife of Harvey Landis; Emma, Edgar, Lizzie, Henry, Hattie, Clarence, Flora, Jesse and Annie, of whom eight are now living. Three years after his marriage Mr. Kline brought his family to Northampton County, and has since lived on the farm where he then located, in Allen Township. He has been successful as a business man, and is relied upon in matters pertaining to the public good. With his wife he holds membership with the Lutheran Church at Howertown, in which he has served as Deacon.

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This family biography is one of 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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