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Ancestors and Descendants of Sebastian Cline
of Postorff, Alsace, Germany and North Carolina
Hans Georg Cline of of Postorff, Alsace,
Germany and Monroe County, Ohio

Johann Sebastian "Boston" Cline arrived in America in 1739, one of three sons of Moritz (Mauritius) Cline to emigrate from Postorff, Alsace, Germany to America.

After arriving in Philadelphia, Sebastian owned land in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He made his way to North Carolina in 1762 via the "Great Wagon Road."

He and his descendants were a major influence in the industrial, commercial, civic and religious development of the Catawba Valley of Western North Carolina.

Many of the descendants of Sebastian's great-great grandfather, Pieter Klein, of Alsace, came to America in the 1700's. This web site is an attempt to identify the Klein/Cline families who probably represent the majority of those Cline families currently residing in the United States.

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I am deeply indebted to Mr. George B. Cline of Los Altos, CA for the excellent research he conducted in the production of his book, The Cline Families of North Carolina 1750-1860 And Their European Ancestors 1580-1760. Those seeking to contact him can reach him at <georgebcline@sbcglobal.net>

I also wish to thank Mr. Harley Dakin, who has initiated a Cline DNA project. His efforts have provided the documentation which establishes a major link between the "Southern" Clines and their "Northern" cousins. There have also been many surprising results that have dispelled long held myths, including my own Hartshorn connection to the Clines.
Those who would like to participate in the CLINE DNA project or would like to know more about the Ohio Clines can reach Harley at <hpdakin@sbcglobal.net>

It is from George Cline's book that much of the material on this site originates.

Derick S. Hartshorn, III

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