by Kenneth T. Marquette    9/20/1979
Generously transcribed & submitted by Nancy Bray, thanks Nancy!


The Marquardts, some later changing the name to Marquet, Margnet, Marquett, and finally Marquette came to America from Germany in the 1850's and 1860's.  First to arrive were John Julius Marquette, my grandfather, who came with his mother Christine, his stepfather John F. Klinger, the name later to become Clingner,and a half brother Harmon Frederick Theodore Clingner.  John Julius' father John Marquardt Sr. had died in Germany in 1846 and his mother was remarried to Mr. Klinger.

The Marquardts and the Klingers were farm laborers working for large land owners for pay as low as 12 cents a day.  One account is that one of the Marquardts worked as a laborer for $20 a year and a new suit of clothes.  According to Fannie Gulick, a granddaughter of John F. Klinger, now nearing ninety years of age, Mr. Klinger was a very high tempered man and got into a fight with one of his supervisors.  As punishment he was offered a choice of leaving the country and going to America or serve a prison term.  He chose immigration to America, so with his wife Christine, his stepson John Julius Marquardt, and his son Harmon Klinger they embarked from Hamburg, Germany about 1855 or 1856. Their passage was by cattle boat, and they debarked at Baltimore and stayed in the east for awhile.  A story is told of John Julius seeing a boy find a purse and traded him a picket knife for it before he opened it.  It contained $25 in money and the family used that to come to Cincinnati, Ohio, then to Hog Ridge in Pendleton County.  From my best sources of information this should have been in 1856 as my grandfather John Julius was then twelve years old.  Some accounts say he was younger than that but I accept the twelve year old figure as being nearest correct.  They crossed the Ohio River over into Covington in mid winter, and my father told me that John Julius said there was a saloon doing business in the middle of the river on the solidly frozen stream.  While in Covington Harmon Clingner fell in to a canal and was rescued by a colored man.

Christine Foss Marquardt Klinger was born 8/27/1811 and died 10/11/1879.  She is buried in the Short Creek Cemetery.  Her second husband, John F.Klinger, father of Harmon Clingner is buried in the old Gulick Cemetery on the Fishing Creek pike.


John Julius Marquette must have been a strong character.  He worked by the day and saved enough money to send back to Germany and pay passage for his brother Charles Sr., and sisters Mary and Henrietta.  Charles was anxious to come to America to avoid service in the German Army.  After he was here awhile he wanted to go back to Germany, but was unable to raise the money. Later he managed to send money to Lena Dahns, his sweetheart, for her passage to America and they were married upon her arrival.  This was sometime just before the Civil War.  Her brothers, William F. and August Dahms came to America later.

John Julius Marquette served in the Civil War on the Union side as a bugler and a teamster, enlisting at the age of eighteen.  He was in the Battle of Missionary Ridge at Lookout Mountain and other campaigns as shown in his war record appearing later in this account.  Although his education was very limited, he eventually became a large landowner, raised a big family, and served in the State Legislature as Representative from Pendleton County.  Even though I do not remember him, as he died in 1910 the same year I was born, I feel  he displayed qualities of a nature that makes me proud to have been one of his descendants.  Hard work, honesty, leadership, and integrity were his trademarks.  Against great odds he was successful as an immigrant in the new world.

My grandmother, Nancy White Stephenson was the ninth child of John Randolph Stephenson and Anna Marie Ball.  John Julius and Nancy were sweethearts before he went to war and she waited for his return when they were married. It was said that she hired herself out to work by the day and saved the money to help them get started.  I remember my grandmother quite well as she died when I was eight years old.  Especially I remember when we used to sit in the twilight waiting for my father and the hired hands to come in from the fields at the end of the day and she would tell me stories.  She was very thin and of small stature.  After grandfather died an additional room was built on the old homestead and she lived in that as my father rented the farm and worked it until I was six years of age.  He then purchased a farm of his own.  She continued to stay at the home place with my Uncle Lewis who had rented the place and died there 9/1/1918.

Some time in the early 1900's my grandparents moved to Frankfort and operated a country store at Fox Gap on the Lawrenceburg Road.  This was in the same community where his daughters Minnie and Tina lived while another daughter, Julia, lived in Frankfort.  My father worked for them in the store for a short time, but they sold out and moved back to Pendleton County.  John Julius served in the State Legislature in 1899.

There are conflicting records relative to the Marquards and I can only interpret it in my own best judgment.  This information came from the Barton Films. I may be in error on some of it, but this is my conclusion.  Apparently there was another John Marquardt who came to America because my great grandfather John Marquardt Sr. died in Germany in 1846.  This second John Marquardt apparently was married twice.  By his first wife he had two children; 1.  Augusta who married a Fiebodie or a Seibodie and lived in Walnut Hills, Cincinnati; and 2.  William who lived in Wyoming, Cincinnati, Ohio.  By his second wife Frederica Foss, Voss, or Foxx who was a widow ofa Brandt and a sister of my great grandmother Christine, he had these children: 1.  Charles who married Anna Straub; 2.  Minnie Wilhelmus who married Harmon Trost; 3.  Tilda who married George Haegle; and 4.  Augustus who married Bertha Dahms.


John Marquardt Sr., father of my grandfather John Julius Marquette, died in Germany in 1846.  John Sr.'s wife Christinia born August 11, 1811 came to America with her second husband John Frederick Klinger.  She died October11, 1879 and is buried in the Short Creek Cemetery.  Her second husband, John F. Klinger is buried in the old Gulick Cemetery on the Fishing Creek Pike.

The children of John Marquardt Sr. and Christinia were:
1.  Charles who married Lena Dahms and after she died married a widow, Margaret Koch.
2.  Henrietta (Retty) who married Henry Dahlenburg.
3.  Mary, who married Fred Demene.
4.  John Julius who married Nancy White Stephenson, daughter of John Randolph Stephenson and Anna Maria Ball.

John Julius Marquette, b. 7/9/1844, d. 4/15/1910 was married on 10/29/1866 to Nancy W. Stephenson, b. 9/23/1848, d. 9/1/1918.  The Rev. M. M. Arnold performed the marriage ceremony at Goforth, Kentucky and it was witnessed by Jack Lovelace and Isaac Middleton.

 Their children were:

1.  Fannie Elizabeth, b. 9/6/1867, d. 8/16/1869.  She is buried at the Knoxville cemetery in Pendleton County.
2.  Julia Ann, b. 2/6/1869, d. 1963 and is buried at Frankfort.  She was married to Lewis Caldwell 1/30/1890.
3.  Christinia Bell (Tina), b. 3/3/1871, d. 4/8/1916 was married to Henry Moore 12/24/1885.  They are buried in Frankfort.
4.  Lina (Linola) Mariah, b. 1/5/1873, d. 6/16/1964 was married to William Fletcher 2/20/1889.  He was b. in 1863 anddied in 1921.  He was the son of John Fletcher, Clermont County, Ohio.  They are buried at Short Creek.
5.  Charles Randolph, b. 2/12/1875, d. 2/23/1875 and is buried at Short Creek.
6.  Minnie Alice, b. 3/8/1876, d. 3/6/1934, was married to Price Moore5/11/1898.  He was a brother of Henry Moore, Tina's husband. After he died Minnie married John Collins, a widower with three children.  My family and this family visited frequently.
7.  John William, b. 5/22/1878, d. 1961 was married to Elizabeth Stevenson,  b. 1878 who was a daughter of William C. Stevenson and Sally Ann Gulick. They are buried at Short Creek.
8.  Mamie Ethel, b. 5/25/1880, d. 8/6/1923 was married to Nathan Ashcraft. They are buried at Williamstown.
9.  Louis Ransom, b. 9/30/1882, d. 2/7/1975 married Mary Lee Gulick, daughter of Fred Gulick and Cora Arnold.  She was b. 9/12/1891 and d. 4/14/1971.  They are buried at Short Creek.
10.  Thomas B. Still born 10/12/1883, buried at Short Creek.
11.  Frank Gilbert, b. 10/19/1885, d. 10/13/1962 married Margaret Conrad, daughter of Frank W. Conrad 5/12/1909.  She was born 9/14/1883 and d. 10/11/1930.  They are buried at Short Creek.
12.  Howard Filmore, b. 8/22/1887, d. 9/28/1965.  He was first married to a "King", a sister of Mrs. Alonzo Buckley.  They were divorced and later he married Laura Minor of Frankfort. Howard buried at Short Creek, Laura at Frankfort.
13.  Randall Harrison, b. 7/7/1889, d._____.  Was married to Rosa Galloway, b. 1889, d._______.  The marriage took place on 10/5/1906.  They are buried at Short Creek.
14.  Columbus, b. 6/13/1892, d. 1938.  He married Effie Ewing on5/28/1914.  He is buried at Short Creek.  He and his wife separated and he spent a great deal
      of time in the home of his brother Frank during the 1930's.  He was a cripple, having a deformed breast.
15.  John Lewis, b. 9/24/1865, d. 4/1943.  This was an illegitimate son of John Julius Marquette born to Anna Slater, daughter of Samuel Slater and Elizab
eth Story.  She later married Henry Nunnemaker and had other children.  She lived to be over 100 years old. The suit against the estate went to the Court
      of Appeals but the claim of John Lewis for a share of the estate was denied.  From talking to older members of the family I find that John Lewis visited the home of John Julius and was considered a son of his, but he was never legally recognized as such.  It is noted that John Lewis was born before Nancy Stephenson and John Julius were married.  He married Rosemary Collier of Grant County and they had a daughter, Olga who married a James E. Duncan.  When I was very young man, I remember that my father introduced me to John Lewis Marquette as his brother.  I think he then lived at Walton, Kentucky.

Margaret Ann's family:  She was married to Frank Gilbert Marquette, son of John Julius Marquette and Nancy Stephenson on May 12, 1909 at the Conrad home by Rev. Marksberry.  Margaret was a school teacher and Frank was a farmer. He served two terms in the Kentucky State Legislature (1946-1948), was Vice President  of Owen County RECC, a director of the Federal Land Bank, President of Pendleton County Farm Bureau, and active in various civic  causes. He was a sportsman, a good hunter and an excellent shot.  Frank and Margaret had three children:     Kenneth Thorne, b. 2/27/1910; Audrey Frances, b. 8/13/1911; and Fay Evelyn, b. 1/29/1915.  Fay died of cancer 4/5/1961.