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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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SAMUEL KLEINHANS, who is proprietor of the garden and truck farm situated in the borough of South Easton, is a native of Williams Township, Northampton County, and was born February 13, 1847. The family of which he is a representative was founded in this township by his paternal grandfather, who was one of its pioneer settlers. Here his father, Jacob Kleinhans, was born and reared to manhood, and here he engaged at the trade of a tailor, meantime also carrying on agricultural pursuits. His death occurred some years ago.

Upon the home farm the boyhood and youthful years of the subject of this biography were uneventfully passed, and under the instruction of his father he gained a thorough knowledge of every department of agriculture. Meantime, he was during the winter months a student in the neighboring district schools, where he gained a practical education. Early in life he became self-supporting, and adopting for his business that of a gardener and truck farmer, he has been thus engaged for a period of more than twenty-two years, meeting with distinct success in his enterprise. In the fall of 1881 he settled upon the place where he has since resided. Previous to this he had resided for some time a short distance from tbe borough of Easton, upon a farm lying along the river banks. In addition to his property in the borough of South Easton, he is the owner of seventy-six acres of farm land in this county, all of which he has accumulated through his own prudent and energetic efforts, seconded by the assistance of his capable wife and children. On his farm land he has six good dwelling-houses and two good barns. He also has improved and unimproved property in South Easton.

For a life companion Mr. Kleinhans chose Miss Emma E., daughter of Samuel Hahn, a resident of Williams Township. Their union has resulted in the birth of nine children, as follows: Edgar H., who is in the Junior class at Lafayette College, at Easton; Hiram P., Dorothy W., Mary M., Forest J., Samuel O., Daisy F., Emma F. and Stanley H.

As a citizen Mr. Kleinhans votes the Democratic ticket, always giving his support to the men and principles for which that party stands. In religious connections he adheres to the faith of his forefathers, being a devoted Lutheran, and holds membership in St. Paul’s Church of Easton. For a number of years he has served the congregation as an Elder. He is a man who through hard work has gained a comfortable competence, and at the same time through honorable methods of transacting business has gained the confidence of the people of the county.

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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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