Need help locating parents of Theodore Klaus when I know who his grandparents were

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Theodore "Ted" Klaus was born in 1895 in Macoupin County, Illinois. 1900 census has him living with his grandparents, Henry & Christina Klaus, in Macoupin County.

I cannot find him ANYWHERE in the 1910 census.

I did find his WWI draft registration, as well as a record of his Army service.

I know who he married (Josephine Dillier), and in what year (1920) but not the exact date & place. I have most of the details about his 6 children. and their families.

I have found him in the 1920, 1930, & 1940 census records. I found his 1942 "Old Man's Draft" registration. I have found his obituary, and that of his wife. I have his Texas Death Index record (Harrison County, March 1985). I have his cemetery information, including photos of both of his headstones (family as well as military).

In short, I have amassed quite a lot of evidence about this guy, who is apparently my 3rd cousin twice removed if Christina (Appel) Klaus was indeed his grandmother.

But for the LIFE of me, I cannot figure out who his parents were!! Somebody on Ancestry has his mother as "Katie Klaus" but nothing further about her, and, of course, no sources other than "Ancestry Family Trees". FWIW, Henry & Christina did have a daughter named Catherine Klaus, born about 1875, about whom I have found nothing past her inclusion in the 1880 census record with her parents. It's possible she could have born him out of wedlock, but that is speculation at best.


Maybe, one of these days, I can track down Ted's marriage license; hopefully in Illinois because back then all SORTS of info was recorded on it!

And, maybe, I'll get the chance to send for a copy of his death certificate from Texas.

And, maybe, I can track down a church record of his birth, or maybe even a "delayed entry" birth certificate, but that would almost certainly entail a trip to Macoupin County, which is about a 3-hour drive each way for me.

Lots of avenues yet to follow. Someday soon, I hope.
WikiTree profile: Theodore Klaus
in Genealogy Help by Ron Johnson G2G6 Mach 2 (20.7k points)
edited by Ron Johnson

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Here is the Henry Klaus (Theodore's grandfather) family in 1880. Any of the listed children would have been old enough to be the parent of Theodore in 1895.

Mary married Clark Baker in 1887 so not her.

Emma married William Clarke in 1890 so not her

Louis married Pauline Bauer in 1899 this is possible but if there was a previous marriage for Louis I cannot find it and he was not living with Louis in 1910.

Catherine no record after 1880 so possible

Lillian (recorded as Tillie) married George Roberts in 1898 so still possible to be his mother.

Henry Klaus

United States Census, 1880

Name Henry Klaus
Event Type Census
Event Date 1880
Event Place Bunker Hill, Macoupin, Illinois, United States
Gender Male
Age 39
Marital Status Married
Race White
Race W
Occupation Day Laborer
Relationship to Head of Household Self
Relationship to Head of Household Self
Birth Year (Estimated) 1841
Birthplace Germany
Father's Birthplace Germany
Mother's Birthplace Germany
Sheet Letter A
Sheet Number 55
Person Number 0
Volume 1






Henry Klaus Self M 39 Germany
Christena Klaus Wife F 37 Illinois, United States
Mary Klaus Daughter F 12 Illinois, United States
Emma Klaus Daughter F 9 Illinois, United States
Lewis Klaus Son M 7 Illinois, United States
Catharine Klaus Daughter F 5 Illinois, United States
Tillie Klaus Daughter F 2 Illinois, United States

Citing this Record

"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch( : 15 September 2017), Henry Klaus, 1880; citing enumeration district ED 107, sheet 55A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d), roll 0232; FHL microfilm 1,254,232.


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United States Census, 1880

by Deb Durham G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
selected by Susan Laursen
I'd recommend ordering a death certificate for him. This doesn't appear to be a direct ancestor of yours but if he is the ancestor of someone close to you, you may want to see if they are willing to take a DNA test.
Thanks, Deb, but I already had the 1880 census record (from Ancestry, not FamilySearch) added to Henry's profile, and have added profiles for all his children as well. Still working on them, but do have enough to rule out some of them as Ted's parent. As you said, Louis is an outside possibility, and Catherine & Lillie are also possibles.
I've already thought about ordering a death certificate, but I'm not holding out a lot of hope; I can't help thinking that information would have been included in his obituary if it was known. I could be wrong, though!

As for the DNA, that's a problem, kinda. To begin with, I'm not in touch with any of his living descendants; his grandchildren would be my 5th cousins, and I am a horrible "skip-tracer". Also, I have not had a DNA test done, and refuse to do so because of privacy concerns. And I don't think any of my other relatives on that side of the family have been tested either, at least none that I know of.

As I mentioned in my edit to the original question, I'll probably have to make the full-day, or even overnight, trip to Macoupin County IL to track down local church records and such.

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