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The Ken Klamm Home Page

Updated September 30, 2014

Kenneth Robert Klamm
7116 NW Country Club Lane
Kansas City, MO 64152
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I am researching the following families:

* KLAMM - Descendants of Simon, Christopher, Peter, and John Klamm. They settled in the area just north of Kansas City, MO, and in eastern Kansas in the 1840's and 1850's. They came from the area near Mannheim, Germany.

* KELLER - Descendants of Eugene Keller, who was born in Monchborg, Germany, and immigrated to America in 1853. He worked as a cobbler in Parkville, Mo., and later farmed several hundred acres in Clay and Platte Counties, along the Missouri River. He was also noted for his apple orchards and cider and vinegar mill.

* HORSTMAN/BRUNE/VONBEHREN - Descendants of Christoph Wilhelm Horstman and his wife, Anna Marie Elizabeth VonBehren, who left Nordhemmern, Germany in 1854, eventually settling in Wyandotte Co., KS in 1870. Their daughter, Christina, married John Henry Brune about 1856 in Ohio and they also moved on to Kansas.

* KILE - Settled in and around Monroe and Loudon Counties in Tennessee. Many descendants moved to Texas.

* CRUMLEY/CRUMLY - Descendants of James Crumley (Cromley, Crumly) who was born in Yorkshire, England, and later lived in Berkley County, Virginia. His descendants settled first in Greene County, TN, and later many moved into Arkansas and Texas.

* JUSTIS/JUSTICE - Descendants of Thomas Justis, born 1775 in North Carolina, and who settled in Greene County, TN. Thomas married Margaret GASS in 1810, and their son John Justis married Mary MALONE in 1836 in Greene County.

* DuVAL (DUVALL) - Descendants of Daniel DuVal, a French Huguenot who immigrated to Virginia in 1701; many of whom settled in Spotsylvania Co., VA, and some later moved to Texas. Daniel DuVal married Philadelphia DuBois. According to Margaret Buchanan, a DuVal descendant, Philadelphia married Daniel DuVal in France and under the protection of her uncle, Abbe' DuBois, she was advised to disguise herself as a courier of the King and escaped to England where she joined her husband who had been compelled by his convictions to give up his native home and sought refuge in friendly England before immigrating to the colonies.

* WOOLDRIDGE - Descendants of John Wooldridge, a native of England who apparently came to America as an indentured servant. Many of his descendants lived in Chesterfield County, VA and from there moved west.

* HUGHES - Descendants of Rees Hughes, Sr., an English immigrant to Virginia; his son Rees Hughes, Jr.; grandson, William Hughes; and great-grandson Blackmore Hughes, born in New Kent County, VA, died in Henry County, VA, who had several children that settled in Eastern Tennessee.

* GAMBILL AND REYNOLDS - Lived in Middle Tennessee - My branch, descendants of John Gambill, born 1818, moved to Independence Co., AR, and some family members went to Texas. John Gambill married Candes Reynolds, a daughter of Martin Reynolds, who settled in Marion County, Ark., after moving from Lawrence County, Tennessee.

* MAYO - Descendants of Valentine Mayo who settled in Virginia in the 1600s. A great-grandson of the orignal Valentine Mayo, also named Valentine Mayo, was born in 1767, and later settled in Monroe County, Tennessee. He had many descendants who later moved to Arkansas and Texas.

* KELSO - Descendants of John & Polly Kelso, who left their native Scotland and settled in Augusta County, VA in the 1700s with their three sons, Alexander, Joseph and Hugh.



GEDCOM Trees (viewing trees requires 4.0 or later)

  • My Family Tree file (711 KB)
    This tree contains most of the individuals that I have found in my family research. It is in GEDCOM format.

Family Photos

  • Daniel DuVal, French immigrant, my ancestor (2 KB)
    Image of Daniel DuVal I, who immigrated to America from France in 1701 with his wife Philadelphia DuBois, whose uncle the Abbe DuBois was well known in the French royal court.
  • Simon Klamm (31 KB)
    Simon Klamm, pictured here, came to America in the early 1850's from near Mannheim, Germany. He settled in Platte County, MO
  • Eugene Keller house (335 KB)
    This photo taken about 1978 shows the house where Eugene Keller, my great-grandfather, and his family lived, on the cliffs overlooking the Missouri River near the current Briarcliff development in KC North. The house has since been demolished.
  • Klamm Coat of Arms (112 KB)
    Here is one version of a Klamm Coat of Arms
  • Carl Klamm and Billie Kile (29 KB)
    This is a photo of my parents, Carl Klamm and his new wife, Billie Kile. The picture was taken on their wedding trip to Kansas City from Tulsa in December 1944.
  • George Kile 1830 Monroe Co TN Census entry (159 KB)
    This page from the 1830 Monroe County, TN census shows the George Kile family, living next door to the Tipton family. A decade later (1840), George had passed away but a Mary Koile (Kile) is living next to the Tiptons. This is one indication that my G-G-Grandfather, William W. Kile (son of Mary) is connected to the other Kiles of Monroe County. William is first named in the 1850 census with mother, Mary, but no father is listed, which has made connecting him to other Kiles very difficult.
  • Percy Kile, my grandfather (36 KB)
    This picture was taken of Percy Kile, my maternal grandfather, around 1960. He was born in Texas in 1890 and died in 1987.
  • Kile Chair Factory at Kile Town, Tennessee (495 KB)
    This photo shows the Kile Chair Factory when it was first established at Kile Town, located at the head of Dancing Branch just below the Big Kile Spring in Monroe County, TN. I believe the Kile's in my mother's line were among this larger Kile family who descended from brothers George, Henry and Jacob Kile who settled in Monroe Co., in the early 1800s. They had come originally from Pennsylvania.
  • A mugshot of me (43 KB)
    This is a photo of me taken in October 1995
  • Death Certificate for William W Kile's sister (92 KB)
    This 1915 death certificate for Margarett Catherine Robinson, sister of William Watson Kile, lists her father as a William Kyle. It is not known, however, who provided this information or if it is accurate.
  • Page from Bible Record for Valentine Mayo Jr. (854 KB)
    Photocopy of a page from the Bible Record of Valentine Mayo (1767-1859) and his wife Martha Hughes, my g-g-g-g-grandparents, who settled in Monroe County, Tenn. The page also shows an entry for their son, B. H. Mayo, born 1793.
  • John M. Crumly (30 KB)
    This is a photo of John M. Crumly, my maternal great-grandfather. He was born in 1859 in Greene Co., TN and later moved, first to Arkansas and then to Texas.
  • Fred Klamm family--1948, Platte County farm (206 KB)
    Fred and Nellie Klamm, center, pose on Fred's farm in 1948 north of Parkville, Mo. Dad & Mom are on left holding Tom; Hubert & Teletha with daughters; Irwin and Viola Klamm on right.
  • Receiving my doctorate from KU in 1990 (139 KB)
    Here I am receiving my PhD from the University of Kansas in May 1990.
  • Paternal Grandparents, Fred & Nellie Keller Klamm (137 KB)
    Fred and Nellie Klamm are shown in this undated photo. They lived on a farm in what is now Kansas City North. Fred sold his farm in 1962 and the acreage was developed into the Klamm Woodlands and Park Plaza subdivisions and Park Plaza shopping center at 64th & I-29.
  • Horstmans and VonBehrens ship list 1854 (523 KB)
    My g-g-grandmother, Louise Horstman,of Nordhemmern, Germany, married John Brune in 1856 in Cincinnati, Ohio. This log of the emigrant ship Ernestine, dated June 1854, shows the arrival of Louise Horstman (top of page) and her siblings. Her parents were shown on previous page. Her grandparents, the von Behrens, are shown about halfway down the page. Bound for Cincinnati, their ship arrived at New Orleans. Louisa and her husband John Brune in 1870 moved to Wyandotte County, KS.
  • My Grandparents Riding in a Horse-Drawn Carriage (260 KB)
    My grandfather, Percy Kile, married Lucy Crumly in 1910. In this photo the couple enjoys a ride in a horse-drawn carriage around the time of their marriage in Cooke County, Texas.
  • Klamm Castle in Austria (253 KB)
    This castle is one of the many interesting cultural attractions to be seen around the province of Linz in Upper Austria. Built in the 1100's, it is located near the village of Klamm.
  • Klamm Family Photo in The Kansas City Times (291 KB)
    The first time my picture appeared in a newspaper was at age 12, in this Kansas City Times (morning edition of the Star) article about my Dad, district state highway engineer for the Kansas City district at that time. I got to know many of my Klamm relatives and became interested in my famiy heritage for the first time while living in the KC area at that time.
  • 1843 Passenger Ship List (1330 KB)
    Relatives of Christopher Klamm, including his widowed mother Suzanna, are listed on this 1843 log of a ship that landed in New Orleans. They came from Rheingonheim, Germany, where Simon and John Klamm were also from, and made their way up to Platte and Clay Counties in Missouri.
  • Billie Kile as a child with her mother and brother (100 KB)
    The little girl on the right is my mother, Billie Kile, posing with her mother, Lucille (Crumly) Kile and her older brother, John P. Kile. This photo was taken in the early 1920's.
  • With Mom in San Francisco 1961 (393 KB)
    This photo shows me at age nine with my mother in 1961 on a hill overlooking the San Francisco Bay.
  • Training to Become a Genealogist? (182 KB)
    Between 1969 and 1990 I graduated 6 times. Top row, left to right, high school 1969; MS Ed, CMSU, 1978; PhD, Kansas Univ., 1990. Bottom row, left to right, BS from CMSU, 1973; BS in Ed, CMSU, 1976; Educ. Specialist, CMSU, 1983.
  • Will of John Wooldridge, Blacksmith (56 KB)
    Copy of the Last Will and Testament for John Wooldridge, immigrant ancestor, dated 1757, with his signature at bottom. Photo became somewhat blurred when saving to jpg format.
  • G-Grandfather John M. Crumly Store, Gainesville TX (336 KB)
    This very old photo was taken in front of a general store owned & operated by my great-grandfather John M. Crumly & sons in Gainesville, TX
  • Citizenship Form, 1860, of my ancestor John Brune (193 KB)
    This is the U.S. citizenship form for John Henry Brune (Bruene) my great-great-grandfather, dated Feb. 8, 1860 in Hamilton Co., Ohio. He came to America with his brother in 1854 from Hanover, Germany. He first settled in Hamilton County, Ohio where he officially declared his interest in becoming a US citizen on November 1, 1856. He and his wife Christina Horstman later settled with her parents in Wyandotte County, Kansas, about 1870. This was shared with me by Tina Brune, a distant cousin.
  • At the Royal Gorge, October 2006 (69 KB)
    Dad and I at the Royal Gorge bridge in Colorado, during a visit with relatives, Columbus Day Weekend, October 9, 2006
  • Dad's 90th Birthday Celebration June 2012 (522 KB)
    Gathering for Carl E. Klamm's 90th birthday were his three sons, daughters in law, two of his five grandchildren, and four of his seven great-grandchildren. Dad is second from left; Katie Wrinkle (Kris' mom) is far right.
  • Northmoor Founded on Jacob Klamm Estate (207 KB)
    The village of Northmoor in southeast Platte County, Mo., was founded on land owned by the Klamm Family, as seen in this page found among 1912 Platte County land records.
  • Simon Klamm Ship Log from June 1852 (274 KB)
    This ship log record shows the family of my g-g-grandfather, Simon Klamm, among passengers aboard the ship Germania on their trip to the New World in June 1852. The ship left Havre, France and arrived in New York. Simon & family, from near Mannheim, Germany, made their way to western Missouri where he later had a farm in southern Platte County.
  • Every Family Tree Has a Few........... (1182 KB)
    This undated newspaper clipping from Platte County, Mo., describes an apparent "bad day" a century or so ago for Benjamin Klamm, my grandfather's first cousin. Born in 1885, Benjamin survived this fiasco and went on to live until 1960, ending up in Miami, Oklahoma. Note the subjectiveness of these early newspaper articles.
  • Louisa Gambill Crumly with Twins, Early 1890s (138 KB)
    This photo from the early 1890's shows Louisa Wood Gambill, my maternal great-grandmother, with twins Luther and Lucille (my gandmother). Louisa lived in Independence Co, AR, and later in northeast Texas. She married John M. Crumly. Lucille also had twins Billie (my mom) and brother Bobby, who died as an infant.
  • Tree Dedicated to Mom (1057 KB)
    This sugar maple tree at Memorial Park in Jefferson City is dedicated to the honor and memory of Billie Kile Klamm by the Klamm Family. through a program offered by the city's parks department (photo taken October 2012).
  • Grandfather with kids in Kansas City, about 1920 (135 KB)
    P.M. Kile poses with his kids, my mom and her brother, John P., in front of their home on Forest Avenue in Kansas City about 1920. They lived in KC several years before returning to Oklahoma.
  • War of 1812, Aaron M.Crumley, my 3rd g-grandfather (1500 KB)
    This is a copy of a bounty land application from Greene County, Tenn., for Moses Crumley documenting the service in the War of 1812 for Aaron M. Crumley, my third great-grandfather
  • John Gambill & Candes Reynolds, gr-gr-grandparents (213 KB)
    Here is an undated photo of my great-great-grandparents John Gambill and Candes Reynolds. This couple lived first in Marion Co. Ark and later in Independence Co., Ark and then Texas.
  • Here I am with Rocky! (119 KB)
    This is me with my dog, Rocky. Photo was taken June 21, 2002.
  • Parents' 62nd Anniversary in 2006 (575 KB)
    My Mom and Dad with some of their children and grandchildren at their 62nd Anniversary late fall 2006. Even 2 month old Kylie, their great-granddaughter, was there.
  • Family of John and Louisa Gambill Crumly (235 KB)
    In this photo, taken about 1895-1900, John Crumly poses with his wife Louisa and children. In the back are sons Ulysses and Cleburne. In front are Lucille (my grandmother) and her twin brother Luther.
  • Here I am as a happy child (117 KB)
    I'm not sure where or when this photo of me was taken. It must have been about 1960 during a family outing in the country.
  • Grave of my Major Hugh Kelso, my Rev. War ancestor (52 KB)
    This stone marks the restored grave site of Major Hugh Kelso (1758-1829). I was accepted into Sons of the American Revolution in 1981 based on this ancestor's proven service in the Revolutionary War. After the war he operated a grist mill and ferry, and helped establish the town of Morganton, Tennessee.
  • Klamm - Kile Family Reunion May 2010 (40 KB)
    Amazingly, I was able to meet a long-lost first cousin, John P. Kile, Jr., at a Kile family reunion in Tulsa, Okla., May 16, 2010. How I found a previously unknown first cousin, John P. Kile Jr., of Discovery Bay, CA, is an amazing story. The son of my Uncle John Kile, Sr., John, Jr. overcame early adversities to become a successful enterpreneur and father of a wonderful family. We met for the first time at a Kile reunion in Tulsa, Okla., in May 2010. My dad, myself, and brother Richard, shown at left, posed for pictures after the reunion with John, his wife Ann and two daughters, Kirsti and Kim. Kim found my website in 2007, and this led to our eventual meeting for the first time.
  • Grave Site of my GGG-Grandfather, Rev. B.H. Mayo (290 KB)
    This is the grave of Blackmore Hughes Mayo, a Cumberland Presbyterian minister, in Monroe County, TN. He died in 1845. He was the son of Valentine Mayo and Martha Hughes.
  • Klamm Park in northeast Kansas City, Kansas (189 KB)
    This 32-acre park, at 22nd and Cleveland in Kansas City, Kansas, is located on land that was part of the farm of Christopher Klamm, who moved from Platte County, Mo to Wyandotte County, Ks in 1869. His descendants donated the land for use as a city park in 1912.
  • Estate Inventory for Valentine Mayo, died 1716 (182 KB)
    This is a copy of the inventory of estate for the "original" Valentine Mayo, who died in Virginia in 1716. He is my 7th generation great-grandfather. He married Ann Jordan, a rich widow, and they had a son, James Mayo, who fathered a number of sons who served in the American Revolution. I'm descended from James' first wife, Ruth, who died 4 days after giving birth to the couple's only child, Valentine.
  • Photo taken by Dad During World War II (877 KB)
    My dad, Carl Klamm, served as Battery Executive for the First Cavalry Divisionís Artillery Battery occupational unit, and claimed to have fired the first shot during the occupation of Japan. This photo was taken by him during that time period with a camera Dad had purchased while in the south Pacific in the Army.
  • A recent mugshot of me (203 KB)
    This picture was taken Dec. 7, 2010.
  • Minnie M. DuVal Kile (1871-1956) (188 KB)
    This is the only photo I have of my great-grandmother, Minnie DuVal Kile, by herself. Minnie lived in Cooke County, Texas much of her adult life. She was born a year after her family moved to Fairfield, Texas from Virginia.
  • Simon Klamm's 1817 Birth Certificate from Germany (128 KB)
    This is a copy and translation of the birth certificate of Simon Klamm, immigrant ancestor, found in church records in Rheingonheim, Germany, and sent to me by relatives.
  • Uncle Irwin & wife, a relative of Roald Amundsen (797 KB)
    The red-headed lady to the left is Doris (Amundsen) Klamm sitting next to Uncle Irwin and my Dad, circa 1990. Aunt Doris was born in Norway and her father was a cousin of Roald Amundsen, who led the first known expedition to discover the South Pole in 1911 and was the first expedition leader to reach the North Pole in 1926. Doris and Irwin returned to Norway to visit the ship that Amundsen used in his historic journey.
  • Here's me with Rocky April 2011 (91 KB)
    This photo of me with my cocker spaniel, Rocky, was taken at Petco on April 2, 2011
  • John Peyton Kile (1864-1949) and his sons (264 KB)
    My great-grandfather John Peyton Kile is on the far left. My grandfather Percy M. Kile is third from left. They are standing with the other sons of John Peyton Kile. They resided in Cooke County, Texas.
  • Kelso Family Chart Link to British Royal Family (98 KB)
    This chart, prepared by Donald Raymond Kelso of Lakeland, Florida, appears to tie the Kelso Family in with the British Royal Family. It appears in the book by Virginia Naylor Smith, "Kelso Kin" in which I found my Kelso connection information.
  • Will of Blackmore Hughes 1786 (1470 KB)
    Will of my ancestor, Blackmore Hughes, from Henry County VA Will Book I, 1779-1799, vol.1, pp 133-135
  • Original signatures-Sons of Huguenot Daniel DuVal (48 KB)
    These appear on a page in the book "The DuVal Family of Virginia" - a 1931 book by Bessie Berry Grabowskii.
  • My Descent from Adam? (790 KB)
    Every genealogist wants to trace their family history back as far as possible, although this chart takes that dream to its extremes. IF British Israelism was true, and IF the Kelso family ties into the British royal family as research suggests, this is an imaginary chart tracing my lineage back to Adam. Royal lineage taken from the book "Judah's Sceptre and Joseph's Birthright."
  • Phillip Klamm, early Platte County MO resident (98 KB)
    Phillip Klamm, brother of my great-grandfather, steers a horse-drawn cart in this early undated photo. Phillip owned 250 acres that was later sold and developed into the village of Platte Woods north of Parkville, MO.
  • Fred Klamm with his 3 sons (57 KB)
    This photo shows Fred Klamm, second from right, standing with his sons Carl (my father), Irwin and Hubert in front of Fred's house on Hilldale Drive in Kansas City North, about 1971
  • Receiving MoSGA Award of Merit, July 2012 (309 KB)
    Here I am--Missouri State Genealogical Association 2012 Award of Merit recipient at the MoSGA annual convention, Stoney Creek Inn, Columbia, Mo.
  • Billie Kile Klamm (1917-2007) (167 KB)
    This collage includes some favorite pictures of my mother, Billie (Kile) Klamm, as a young woman. She was stunningly beautiful throughout her long life - not just physically, but mentally and spiritually. She won first place in a Baby Beauty Contest in Oklahoma City as an infant.
  • Photo of me taken Feb 18 2014 (75 KB)
    This photo taken at church
  • Christina Horstman. my g-g-grandmother with family (48 KB)
    Christina Hortsman Brune (seated) next to brother K. Hortsman. John, Minnie, George & Henry Brune (all standing). Christina was b 1838 in Nordhemmern Germany and came with her parents Christoph W Horstman and Anna Marie Von Berhren to America. She married Henry Brune 1856 in Ohio. They settled in Wyandotte County, KS ca 1870.
  • Platte Co Land Grant to Susanna Klamm 1843 (405 KB)
    This copy of a court document from 1843 records a land grant to Susannah Klamm and her heirs for a parcel that later included the land on which St. Matthews Church was built in Riverside, Mo.
  • Klamm Drive, Named after Grandfather (523 KB)
    This is the intersection of Klamm Drive and Tom Watson Parkway in Kansas City North, near I-29. The land to the left was part of the Fred Klamm farm land over 50 years ago.

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