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Klass Family


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Klass (Formela), Jan Franciszek, Small Farmer, (1817-1899) Klobuczewo, the son of Jan Klass (1798-1877) & Maryanna Formela (1791-1841), married on 22 November 1841 at St. Jakuba, Kłodawa to Apollonia Buca (1821-1889) Postołowo, the daughter of Filip Buca (1791) & Anna Maza (1799). Family—Klępiny; Katarzyna Maryanna (1843-1845), Postołowo; Anna Katarzyna (1845-1923), Sobowidz; Julianna Albertyna (1848-1849) & Paulina (1850), Małe Turze; Jan (1854-1857), Barbara (1857-1857) & Rozalia (1858-1947), Sliwiny; Franciszka (1860-1869) & Jozef (1866). As older daughters, Anna & Paulina, had migrated to New Zealand in 1872, It was thought better for Rozalia to be with her sisters in case something happened to them both. They left Mieścin for Hamburg where they set aboard the Fritz Reuter on 16 December 1874, arriving at the Port of Napier on 18 March 1875.

Kim's photo -  I think it's Rosalia and John Black

Believed to be John Black & Rosalia (nee Klass). Originally shared by Christina Henry 15 Jun 2019, ancestry.com

Listed aboard were—Johann Klass 57, Paulina 53, & Rosalia 16. They travelled south to the settlement of Greytown where John worked as a labourer and retired. Apollonia (Paulina) died on 27 December 1889 at Greytown aged 68 & John died at the Dunedin Hospital on 22 April 1899 aged 81. Both are buried at the Allanton Cemetery.

Rosalia Black with her daughters and grandchildren

Rosalia Black (nee Klass) with her daughters and grandchildren. Originally shared by Christina Henry 15 Jun 2019, ancestry.com

Rosalia Klass married on 18 July 1876 at Church of the Immaculate Conception, East Taieri to John Black (1838-1920) Ballyglass, Mayo, Ireland. Family—Allanton; John (1877-1877), Rosalie (1878-1934), Annie Mary (1880-1949), Jane (1882), James (1884), Evangeline Mary (1884), Joseph (1888), Martha (1890), Madgalene Pollina (1892-1985), Lucy (1893) & Herbert William (1898-1971). John was postmaster and shopkeeper at Allanton and died in Dunedin on 11 October 1920. Rosalia died in Dunedin on 21 September 1947 aged 89. Both are buried at the Andersons Bay Cemetery.

Research Sources

Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973, FamilySearch.

Catholic Diocese of Dunedin, St Mary’s Church, Milton; Baptism Register.

John & Pauline Klass, Catholic Block Plot 14, Allanton Cemetery. Taken by Paul Klemick


John Black & Rose (nee Klass), Block 80 Plot 2, Andersons Bay Cemetery

Godziszewo, Kłodawa & Trąbki Wielkie Parish Records, Pelplin Diocese, Poland.

New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs Naturalisations, Births, Deaths and Marriages.


Andersons Bay Cemetery – Rose Black (1858-1947) – Dunedin City Council

Allanton Cemetery – John Klass (1817-1899) – Dunedin City Council

Allanton Cemetery – Pauline Klass (1821-1889) – Dunedin City Council


Compiled by Paul Klemick (2021)