I saw your pictures on flickr - did you read my comment? My grandfather was very interested in Gettysburg and did a lot of research on it. Unfortunately my brother got his things so I never got to look at it. I have not been to Gettysburg since I was a kid. I will have to go again someday. Jim Thorpe is close to me so I could take some pictures there.
Moulton Kleckner was the son of Peter Kleckner and Caroline George. Peter's father was John (Johan) Nickolas Kleckner who was my ggggg grandfather. Peter was a half brother to my gggg grandfather Casper.
I found more info on Moulton A Kleckner from Bethlehem at
The text is as follows and there is also a photograph:
M.A. Kleckner was a prolific stereophotographer operating in Mauch Chunk from around 1869 until around 1875.� A Moravian and born in Bethlehem, PA, Kleckner began his career by taking photographs and stereoviews in and around the Bethlehem area, later branching out to other neighboring locales, including Mauch Chunk and Panther Valley.� Prior to moving to Mauch Chunk, Kleckner was working out of Allentown. By 1879, Kleckner moved to Atchison, Kansas, continuing to pursue his photography career. Kleckner died circa 1930 in Kansas.
Notice tax stamp required during the 1861-65 period on reverse with initials 'MAK'. One cannot be certain that Kleckner was actually in Bethlehem during this period or whether he was only usually older card stock.
While in Mauch Chunk, his studios were in the Mansion House on Susquehanna Steet. Kleckner photographed a number of very important scenes in and around Mauch Chunk during a pivotal time in the town's transition from a coal terminus to a more tourist oriented location. For example, he chronicled the coal schutes at Mauch Chunk prior, during and after their removal (1872). Kleckner produced several series of stereoviews while in Mauch Chunk and Bethlehem:
Lehigh Valley Views - Mauch Chunk and Vicinity
Views on the Line of the Lehigh Valley RR - A Trip Around the Switch-Back RR
Kleckner's Stereoscopic Gems of the Lehigh and Wyoming Valleys.
Kleckner stereoviews were most often on yellow card mounts, in either regular or cabinet card size. Occasionally, one finds Kleckner using light green card stock popular with photographers in the late 1860s. The quality of his photographs is excellent, showing great clarity and depth.
For a listing of some Kleckner stereoviews (from series listings from card reverses) and examples of his work, click here.
I did not know that. What is his name? I took a photography course in college and love to take pics too. I would be interested in seeing some of his. My genealogy research all began because of a Kleckner relative, Henry, who was married to Sarah Brocklehurst. The family story was that she was Irish or her mother was and I have been trying for 3 years to find out her mother's maiden name. Her father was Levi Brocklehurst. Have you come across any of those names?
My Kleckner (originally Gloeckner from Switzerland) goes back to Jacob Gloeckner in 1665. Your names are not fimiliar to me but I have not yet charted all the descendents in the Kleckner line. My family is from Lehigh Valley PA, specifically Catasauqua, Northampton and Klecknersville. I will do some more research and let you know if I find your family.
Hi Jim---Sorry it took me so long to respond---still not used to getting around this site. I have a Matthias Snook in my line, but my direct line comes via John who I've tracked to Vinton Co., Ohio in the early 1800 tax rolls. But I still haven't determined which Snook line he came from. I'm pretty sure they were in New Jersey and then Allegany Co., MD before moving west to Ohio and then Iowa in the 1830s.
Sorry I'm just now responding. I haven't been on here in a while. I'm not familiar with a Chris Spangler/Spengler in my particular line. But most of my Spanglers are from PA and NC. I'll double check my records to see if I can find him anywhere in there and get back to you.
Jim.... I'm so sorry that I haven't been back to you soon. I had computer problems this summer and lost my messages and my list of contacts. I also couldn't recall the name of this site until this morning when I decided to do a serious search and found it. I will take a look at our Avery connection and get back to you.
I went to the site (about the Kimmel family) you posted in the PA Chat tonight; I have bookmarked it, so that I can recheck the information for use in my genealogy/family history.
Thank you for the tip.
Sorry I was called away from the Chat before I could say bye. My bad. I do know about Bro Angonius he is mentioned frequently in Sangmeisters diaries. He sounds like one of the truly pious monks. I spent this afternoon with Annette K. Burgert who wrote "Palatine origions of some Pennsylvania pioneers" and a book about the Ephrata Cloister.
Long story short; wife and I shopping, she meets an old classmate and introduces me. Friend stares at me and said "Gee, that is convenient," Never have figured out what she was talking about ???????????????? :-)
Hi Jim....Let me know the details of the Steinmetz's you are looking for and I'll see if I can help. Please note that I am recently digging up my genealogy work after a bit of a break so my memory is fuzzy! I'm getting back into the swing of it though so would love to see if we can help each other with Steinmetz info! Thanks!
Hi Jim, Thanks for the ancestry.com offer. I have used familysearch.com quite extensively. We are headed out of town, to NW Pennsylvania (Elk County) for a couple weeks starting tomorrow. Only communication is via cell phone so this discussion will have to be suspended for awhile. I am certainly interested in continuing Snook research and your inputs. Thanks again. -Ted