Two Kloburg-brothers emigrated from Aabenraa (Denmark)
WORK IN PROGRESS!
My grandmother, Elise Margarethe Kloburg (1880-1945), is the
proband on the Kloburg-branch of my family tree. She was married to a
German, Karl Julius Walter (1872-1946) from Schlesien (now part
of Poland), although her family had clearly identified themselves as
Danish-minded, and her sister Sophie Marie was married to one of
the leaders, Christian Lageri, who was elected into the Danish
“Folketing” (parliament), as Northern Schleswig was reunified with
Denmark in 1920.
One of their sons (nephew of the Kloburg-siblings), Hans Peter Lageri (born 1902 at Aabenraa), emigrated with his Danish wife Margrethe Christine Nielsen (born 1904 at Seest near Kolding) to Rose Valley, Saskatchewan, Canada - assumably 1927. He died 1975 at Vancouver, but neither her death nor excact knowledge of their children etc. could be revealed, so far. Nevertheless, this family must be included in future research concerning migrants of the Kloburg-lineage.
Starting point is, however, that two of my grandmother's brothers ”disappeared” from the city of Aabenraa (German:
Apenrade) respectively about 1880 and about 1900.
The first (and oldest) one, Niels Christensen Kloborg (born December 6th
1860), was officially reported missing, as he didn’t appear for
military service 1883-1884. Emigration to the US was assumed.
The younger brother, Johann Hinrich Christesen Kloburg (born November
27th 1871), reported (officially) his departure for
Copenhagen in 1901, but, obviously, he never arrived there or elsewhere
in Denmark (Aabenraa was part of Germany by then)
Niels Christensen Kloborg
is likely to be identical to Danish-born “Niels Kloberg” by the
1900-Census at Tacoma, Pierce County in Washington (state), US, although
he was registered as born in February 1861 – a couple of months later
as the “real” person, but – on Danish soil – this surname was
only used in the duchy of Schleswig, derived from “Klaaborg” by
German-minded clerical staffs. Another Danish surname, “Klovborg”,
could be the original one for Niels in Tacoma, of course, but emigrants
from the “kingdom” were, in general, legal and hence accurately
registered, and equivalent entries were not found, neither here nor
among US immigrants.
Schleswig was lost in war 1864 (regarding the future status of the duchy)
and became German until 1920, when the northern part was reunited with
the “kingdom” as 4 ordinary Danish counties.
Niels immigrated to the US about 1880 and was married (abt. 1890) to
Swedish-born “Rika” or “Reka” (born abt. 1860, immigrated abt.
1880), and they lived in Tacoma already in 1890, as the birth of a son (name
not listed) was registered. 1900 they had a 6 years old son, named
Stanley N., within the household, although he isn’t found in the
equivalent Washington Birth Records. Neither of these – nor any other
– children seems to have survived childhood. Niels and Reka appeared
in Tacoma by the 1892 Washington Census, too, (with surname “Klowberg”).
Already 1890 Niels’ given name was recorded as “Nicklaus” which is
used most of the time (as “Nicholas”) and is, in fact, the
“long” version of Scandinavian “Niels”.
He died (in Tacoma) October 12th 1946 as “Nicholas
About 1924 Niels married the Danish-born Agnes Henriksen (born in April
1888 and immigrated together with the entire family to Tacoma 1899), so
Reka must have passed away shortly after 1920. The death of Agnes
isn’t found, either, but the Washington Death Index is only accessible
from 1940 on, and the Social Security Death Index doesn’t cover
everyone this early, so she may have passed away in the 1930es.
Niels was educated as a plumber before his departure from Aabenraa, and
in Tacoma he was recognized as “Engineer”, in 1930 even as “Chief
Engineer” at a school.
Johann Hinrich Christesen Kloburg
is identified twice arriving at New Orleans coming from Honduras.
First arrival – as “John Klober”, 36 years old fireman, single, not
able to read or write (!), carrying 4,05 $, last time in US in June
1906, living 603 Decatur St., N.O. (New Orleans) – was November 14th
1906 on the SS Joseph Vaccaro from La Ceiba, Honduras. His registered
birthplace was (although in rather confused spelling) Apenrade, Germany.
Second arrival – as “John Klopor”, 37 years old fireman, single,
able to read and write (!), last permanent residence Salado, Honduras,
nearest friend J. N. Ricks, Salado, Hond., final destination New
Orleans, LA – was October 13th 1907 on the SS Joseph
Vaccaro from La Ceiba, Honduras. His registered birthplace was (in
perfect spelling) Apenrade, Germany.
By the 1920 Census he was registered at Mondovi Precinct, Lincoln County,
Washington (state) as John Kloburg, living as boarder in the household
of Ida and William Rogers, 49 years old, single, immigrated 1901, alien
(not naturalized), born Danish and working as farm labourer by the
In 1930 he still lived at Mondovi Precinct, now as John Kloborg, living
on his own farm as disabled farmer, 58 years old, married (abt. 1923) to
US-born Ida (his – in the mean time – widowed former employer),
immigrated 1901, still alien and born German which describe the
confusing national situation for people of this origin.