JACOB KNAPPENBERGER FAMILY

OF OHIO AND WEST VIRGINIA

 

Johan Michael

(1709-1751)

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Conrad

(1748-1818)

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John

(1774-1863)

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Jacob

(1814-1898)
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with Hannah Walthour: Henry

with Hannah Walthour: Hannah

with Hannah Walthour: Lillian

 

with Elizabeth Gossett: Mary Ann (1852-1926) > 10 Children
with Elizabeth Gossett: Matthew Mathias (1857-1928) > 12 Children  
with Elizabeth Gossett: Solomon Holt (1859-1946) > 2 Children KNAPPENBURGER

with Elizabeth Gossett: Marie Elizabeth (1862-1900) > 5 Children
with Elizabeth Gossett: Bezilla (1864-?  
with Elizabeth Gossett: Florence Percelia (1867-1950) > 10 Children
with Elizabeth Gossett: William Scott (1869-1952) > 3 Children

with Elizabeth Gossett: Martha Eudora (1871-1921) > 7 Children    
with Elizabeth Gossett: Albert W (1874-1966  
with Elizabeth Gossett: Effie (1877-1896)

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Jacob Knappenberger, son of John Knappenberger and grandson of Conrad Knappenberger of Westmoreland County, PA, was born 1 January 1814 in Franklin Township, Westmoreland County, PA and died 9 January 1898 in Mason County, West Virginia.  He is buried in Ward-Aten Cemetery in Leon, West Virginia.  Information sent by a family member shows Jacob's middle name to be Andrew.  He first married Hannah WALTHOUR, daughter of Jacob Walthour and Maria Barbara Knappenberger, on 20 April 1837 in Westmoreland County, PA.  Hannah was born about 1815 in North Huntingdon Township, Westmoreland County, PA and died April 1850 in Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio.  Jacob and Hannah shared the same grandfather, Conrad Knappenberger, making them cousins.

 

After moving to Ohio and West Virginia, some of Jacob's family changed the spelling of their name to KNAPPENBURGER - this was not a formal change but he did use "burger" on a number of official documents including his Civil War papers.  While most of his sons reverted to the original spelling of "berger, one son -Solomon Holt- maintained the "burger" spelling.  Within the descendants of Solomon Holt, some families retained the spelling as Knappenburger while others did not.

 

Jacob and Hannah moved to Ohio and settled in Jefferson County, Ohio about 1849.  Jacob and Hannah had three children prior to her early death in April 1850.  Jacob then married Elizabeth GOSSETT, daughter of John Gossett and Nancy Crabb, on 6 June 1850 in Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio.  Elizabeth was born May 1832 in Jefferson County, Ohio and died 2 March 1916 in  Mason County, West Virginia.   Elizabeth is also buried at Ward-Aten Cemetery.  Jacob and Elizabeth with their children moved to West Virginia about 1857 where they were listed in the 1860 census for Hemlock, Jackson County, West Virginia.  Jacob and Elizabeth had ten children in all.  Elizabeth as a widow was living with her son, Matthias Knappenberger, in the 1900 and 1910 censuses in Cooper District, Mason County, WV.

 

Jacob was 43 years old when he enlisted and served three years from 1862 to 17 June 1865 with the 11th West Virginia Infantry/Company I as a Private during the Civil War.  More information on his Civil War service is available on the Veterans Page.

 

Gravemarker for Jacob Knappenberger and Elizabeth [Gossett] Knappenberger

Ward-Aten Cemetery, Leon, Mason County, West Virginia

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[photo graciously provided by Gerry Huhn]

 

 

CHILDREN OF JACOB KNAPPENBERGER AND HANNAH WALTHOUR

 

HENRY KNAPPENBERGER

 

HANNAH KNAPPENBERGER

 

LILLIAN KNAPPENBERGER

 

All were most likely born in Pennsylvania 
Nothing further is known of these three siblings at this time 
We assume that they did not survive childhood.

 

 

CHILDREN OF JACOB KNAPPENBERGER AND ELIZABETH GOSSETT

 

MARY ANN KNAPPENBERGER (1852-1926)

Mary Ann was born 18 December 1852 in Jefferson County, Ohio and died 5 December 1926 in Mingo County, West Virginia.  She married Charles W. MYERS on 28 September 1870 in Jackson County, West Virginia.  Charles was born 6 June 1839 in Orange, Essex County, New Jersey and died 22 March 1910 in Mingo County, West Virginia.  This couple had ten children.

 

1. Sylviana Myers was born 19 October 1872 in West Virginia and died before 1900.  She married Ulysses Freland FERRELL, don of Isaac Rayburn Ferrell and Cynthia Ann Conley, on 18 August 1891 in Logan County, WV.  Freland was born about 1868 in WV.  They had one child.

 

a.  Hurley Ferrell who was born February 1895 in West Virginia.

 

2. Emery J. Myers was born 15 October 1874 in West Virginia and died 5 September 1923 in West Virginia.  He was single in the 1910 census and divorced in the 1920 census.

 

3. Lillian C. Myers was born 22 January 1877 in Mason County, West Virginia and died 21 October 1961 in West Virginia.  She married Alvis MAYNARD about 1895.  He was born March 1874 in WV and died about 1920.  It seems that this couple had no children.

 

4. Charles Frederick Myers was born 23 January 1879 in West Virginia. He married Alice M. Shumate on 13 May 1899 in MIngo County, WV.  Alice was born October 1874 in West Virginia.

 

5. Ida Maude Myers was born 15 May 1881 in West Virginia and died sometime after the 1930 census.  She married Alonzo "Lon" WILEY who was born 27 June 1875 in Johnson, Kentucky and died after the 1930 census.  They had two daughters.

 

a.  Estelle "Stella" Wiley was born about 1907 in MIngo County, WV.

 

b.  Mary Wiley born about 1908 in Mingo County, WV.

 

6. Louella Mae "Lula" Myers was born 2 September 1883 in West Virginia and died 14 May 1968 in Mingo County, West Virginia.  She first married Edward S. O'NEIL, son of charles O'Neal and Sarah Catherine Harler, on 3 May 1900 in Mingo County, West Virginia.  This marriage ended in divorce.  Edward was born June 1878 in Montgomery, Virginia and died 21 June 1920 in Logan County, West Virginia.  Lula and Edward had four children. Lula married a second time to Arthur WILLIAMS on 3 November 1909 in Mercer County, West Virginia.  Arthur was born 27 March 1881 in Carroll County, Virginia and died 2 April 1962 in Mingo County, West Virginia.  Lula and Arthur had two daughters.

 

a.  Ethel Esther O'Neil was the daughter of Lula and Edward and was born 4 May 1901  She married Bryon Hughes on 25 December 1936.  This marriage ended in divorce.  She died 6 June 1996.

 

b.  Minnie Catherine O'Neil, the daughter of Lula and Edward, was born in 1903 and died 3 March 1904.

 

c.  Archie Edward O'Neil, the son of Lula and Edward, was born 22 August 1905 and died 16 January 1986.

 

d.  Herbert B. O'Neil, the son of Lula and Edward, was born 1 March 1908 and died 25 January 1910.

 

e. Thelma Williams, the daughter of Lula and Arthur, was born about 1911 in Mingo County, WV.

 

f.  Mabel Charlotte Williams, the daughter of Lula and Arthur, was born 4 September 1913 and died 19 May 1999.

 

7. Minnie Bell Myers was born 6 October 1885 in Mingo County, West Virginia and died 4 February 1954 in Mercer, West Virginia.   She married George E. GRIFFIN, Sr. on 22 December 1902.  He was born 1877 in Grayson, Virginia.   They had two sons.

 

a.  Carl E. Griffin

 

b.  George E. Griffin, Jr.

 

8. Herbert C. Myers was born 23 December 1887 in West Virginia.

 

9. Walter "Mont" Myers was born 26 April 1890 in West Virginia and died 15 November 1960 in Cabell County, WV.  He married Grace MARTIN who was born 7 October 1889 in Lawrence County, Kentucky and died 1 February 1974 in Kanawha County, WV.  They had nine children all born in Mingo County, WV.

 

a. Edward Myers was born in 1909 and died in 1909 in MIngo County, WV.

 

b. Pauline Margaret Myers was born 1910 and died 1910 in Mingo County, WV

 

c. Leonard Carl Myers was born 3 September 1911  and died  June 1940.

 

d. Raymond Archie Myers was born 1913 and died 1955.

 

e. Russell Fred Myers was born 1915 and died 1917 in MIngo County, WV.

 

f. Mary Edith Myers was born 1918 and died 1988.

 

g. Charles Fred Myers was born 1920 and died 1991.

 

h. Walter Sydney Myers was born 18 April 1922 and died 10 June 1995 in Tarrant County, Texas.

 

i. Charles Paul Myers  was born 1926 and died 1926.

 

10. Nora L. Myers was born 29 July 1893 in Mingo County, West Virginia and died 17 April 1978 in Mercer County, West Virginia.  Nora married William Lee FARLEY, son of William C. and Lutetia Farley.  Bill was born 23 December 1888 in West Virginia.

 

 

MATTHEW "MATHIAS" KNAPPENBERGER (1857-1928)

Matthew Mathias (or Matthias M.) was born 1 August 1857 in Ohio and died 24 February 1928 in Akron, Summit County, Ohio.  He is buried in Ward-Aten Cemetery in Leon, Mason County, West Virginia.  Matthias first married Euarka BARNHOUSE, daughter of William and Sarah Barnhouse.  Her first name may have been Martha but she always went by Euarka.  She was born  1862 in Vinton County, Ohio and died 1890 in Mason County, West Virginia.  She is buried in Ward-Aten Cemetery in Mason County, WV.   Mathias and Euarka had three children.  Mathias married a second time to Melissa J. SIGMAN (sometimes spelled Malissa) on 8 October 1892 in Mason County, West Virginia.  She was born 12 May 1874 in West Virginia and died 8 October 1929 in Akron, Ohio.  She is also buried in Ward-Aten Cemetery.  Mathias and Melissa had nine children.

 

1. Euarka Elizabeth Knappenberger known as "Lizzie" was the child of Mathias and Eureka and was born 4 September 1886 in Mason County, West Virginia.  She was living with her father, stepmother and grandmother in Mason County, West Virginia in the 1900 census.   We believe that she died 3 February 1908 in Mason County, WV of tuberculosis.  She was single and a school teacher at the time of her death.  She is buried in the Ward-Aten Cemetery.

 

2. Frederick M. Knappenberger was the child of Mathias and Euarka and was born 24 March 1888 in West Virginia.  Nothing further is known of this child at this time; however, there is a possibility that he did not survive childhood.  He is not listed in the 1900 census.

 

3. Grace Elizabeth Knappenberger was the child of Mathias and Euarka and was born 8 September 1890 in Mason County, West Virginia and died 11 May 1973 in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio.  She is buried in Blendon Central Cemetery, Westerville, Ohio.  She was enrolled at the WV School for the Deaf located in Romney, WV on September 14, 1898.  She attended school there until June 1909.  In the 1900 census, she is listed as a pupil at the school, 9 years of age, born in WV with a birthdate of September 1890.  Records from the school list her father's name as Mat. Knappenberger from Letart, Mason County WV.  In the 1910 census she is living in Grant, Monongalia County, West Virginia at the age of 19, single, born in WV.  She is a boarder and a cutter in a glass factory.  Grace married Cary Bryon TWYFORD, son of Thomas A. Twyford and Ella M. McCollum, on 9 July 1913 in Logan County, WV.  He, too, was deaf.  Cary was born 12 October 1882 in Tyler County, WV and died 25 February 1959 in Morgan County, Ohio.  They had two sons.

 

a.  Charles Thomas Twyford was born 18 June 1915 in Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio and died 14 December 1992 in Lake Wales, Polk County, Florida.  He married Sadie Mahala Bradley who was born 12 September 1917 and died July 1984 in Lake Wales, Polk County, Florida.  They had 4 daughters.  After the death of Sadie,  Charles remarried to Margaret T. Campbell on 1 February 1986 in Summit County, Ohio.

 

b.  Byron Grimes Twyford was born 15 April 1920 in Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio and died 23 October 1981 in Polk County, FL.  He married Marjorie Katherine Wheeler, daughter of Edward M. Wheeler and Naomi Cunion, on 31 July 1943 in Summit County, Ohio.  Marjorie was born 10 December 1923 in Zanesville, Musingum County, Ohio and died 20 December 2010 in Florida.  They had two sons and one daughter.

 

4. Albert W. "Bert" Knappenberger was the child of Mathias and Melissa and was born December 1896 in Mason County, WV and died about 20 years later (about 1915/1917).  Some family members say he died at age 19 while others say he died at age 21 or 22.  Albert was unmarried.  He was buried in Ward-Aten Cemetery, Mason County, WV.

 

5. Laura Francis Knappenberger was the child of Mathias and Melissa and was born 23 August 1898 in Mason County, West Virginia and died 16 September 1979 in Akron, Summit County, Ohio.  Laura married George Laymon COLVIN on 20 August 1921 in Pleasants County, West Virginia.  George was born 15 August 1897 in Pleasants County, West Virginia and died 28 September 1992 in Akron, Ohio.  They had four children of which three lived to adulthood.

 

a.  Beulah Jean Colvin was born 14 September 1922 in Summit County, Ohio and died 21 February 2003 in Parkersburg, WV.  She married Orran SMITH on 22 November 1941.  Orran was born 2 January 1915.

 

b. Thelma Ruth Colvin was born 28 December 1928 in Summit County, Ohio and died 25 June 2012 in Fiarlawn, Ohio.  She married Gerald Clayton HUHN, Sr. on 3 August 1946.  Gerald was born 8 January 1921 in Summit County, Ohio and died 1 June 1998.  They had three sons.

 

c.  Beverly Jane Colvin who married Arthur L. STOWE.

 

6. Jacob Waldrop Knappenberger was the child of Mathias and Melissa and was born 11 November 1900 in Mason County, West Virginia and died 19 April 1984 in Akron, Summit County, Ohio.  Jacob married Alice Valerie HARRIS 18 November 1929 in Summit County, Ohio.  Valerie was born 4 December 1913 in Holidaysburg, PA and died 17 June 1982 in Akron, Summit County, Ohio. They had four children.

 

The 1930 census for Akron, Summit County, Ohio gives two household listings for Jacob Knappenberger where he is listed in both households as 29 years of age, born in West Virginia, and working as a laborer for an ice company.  The one household has Jacob Knappenberger living with his wife of 1 year, Alice V., age 16, along with his sister, Alberta, age 13.  Also in the same city, Jacob Knappenberger is listed with a wife, Grace, age 24, stating that they had been married 9 years.  Also in this household was a son, George Knappenberger, age 4, born in Ohio.  They were  living on North Cedar Street.

 

After research, it has been determined that the Grace Knappenberger listed in the April 17, 1930 census was Jacob's sister, Grace Knappenberger, with her son, George, age 4.  Grace would marry William Botkin on May 7, 1930.  Her son, George, would become known as Billy George Botkin.

 

a. Thelma June Knappenberger was born 22 August 1930 in Summit County, Ohio and died 25 January 1993 in Loraine County, Ohio.  She married Homer Scott TINGLER (born about 1929 in West Virginia) twice but both marriages ended in divorce.  They had three children.

 

b.  Richard Knappenberger was born 10 February 1933 in Summit County, Ohio and died 14 March 1933 in Summit County, Ohio at the age of 1 month and 4 days.

 

c.  Natalie Shirley Knappenberger was born in Summit County, Ohio.  She married Charles Robert HENDRIX 23 December 1950 in Summit County, Ohio.  Charles was born 12 July 1918 in Ohio and died 24 October 1995.  They had one son.

 

d.  Earl Edward Knappenberger was born 26 February 1935 in Summit County, Ohio and died 13 April 2007 in Limestone County, Alabama.  He first married Kathryn BLAZER, daughter of George Blazer, in 1958.  Kathryn was born 11 November 1933 in Loraine County, Ohio and died in April 1986 in Morgan County, Alabama.  Earl and Kathryn are buried in Cook Cemetery in Falkville, Alabama.  Earl and Kathryn had three children.  Earl later married Ethel Faye WHITTEN, daughter of Marvin Whitten and Dona Revis, in 1993.  Ethel was born 23 April 1943 in Illinois and died 7 November 2009 in Alabama.

 

7.  Guy Dickson Knappenberger was the child of Mathias and Melissa and was born 12 April 1903 in Mason County, West Virginia and died 3 February 1968 in Ft. Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida.  Guy married Lillee May SCHIELE, daughter of Bernard P. Schiele and Tina Mable Craig.  Lillee was born 10 June 1911 and died 19 April 1968.  They had four daughters:  Viola May Knappenberger, Nola Fay Knappenberger, Lola Kay Knappenberger, and Pearl Gay Knappenberger.

 

8. Euarka "Grace" Knappenberger was the child of Mathias and Melissa and was born 29 August 1906 in Mason County, West Virginia and died 20 November 2002 in Gallia County, Ohio.  She married Clina William BOTKIN known as "Cliney" who was the son of William R. Botkin and Lucinda Botkin, on 7 May 1930.  Cliney was born 23 July 1908 in Kanawha County, West Virginia and died 20 September 1967.

 

They had eight children: Billy George Botkin (who was listed as George Knappenberger in the 1930 census), Betty Jane Botkin, Louella Mae Botkin, Leola Belle Botkin, Wanda Faye Botkin, Clyde Riley Botkin (1940-1943), Earl Ray Botkin (12 May 1942-11 April 2007) and Helena Ann Botkin.

 

9. Clyde Bowers Knappenberger was the child of Mathias and Melissa and was born 30 January 1909 in Letart, Mason County, West Virginia and died 5 May 1964 in Canton, Stark County, Ohio.  Clyde married Bessie G. BURCHETT, daughter of John Burchett and Claudia Pasley, on 4 January 1929 in Akron, Ohio.  Bessie was born 26 August 1911 in West Virginia and died 6 February 1940 in Canton, Stark County, Ohio. They are buried in North Lawn Cemetery, Stark County, Ohio.  They had five children:

 

a.  Harold Frederick "Knappy" Knappenberger was born 26 October 1929 and died 11 April 2014.  He first married Donna MELIGARI and had seven children.  This marriage ended in divorce.  He later married Dorothy Marie WALLACE who was born 14 October 1919 and died January 2002.  Harold served with the Air Force during the Korean War.

 

b. Gilbert R. Knappenberger was born 4 November 1931 in Ohio and died 26 March 2003 in Maricopa County, Arizona.  Gilbert fought in the Korean War.

 

c.  Ronald Henry Knappenberger was born 3 January 1934 in Stark County, Ohio and died 16 March 2003 in Canton, Ohio.  Ronald was a Korean War veteran.  He first married Carol Ann FIERSTOS.  This marriage ended in divorce.  He later married Dolores Jane SCHAUER who was born 7 November1935 in Ohio  and died 29 June 1991 in Stark County, Ohio.

 

d.  Joann Patricia Knappenberger.

 

e.  Richard Knappenberger.

 

10. Audrey Pearl Knappenberger was the child of Mathias and Melissa and was born 5 May 1911 in Mason County, West Virginia and died 22 June 1998 in Akron, Summit County, Ohio.  Audrey married Leroy COBB who was born 29 May 1905 and died April 1975 in Akron, Summit County, Ohio.  They had four children:  Juanita H. Cobb (3 November 1929-4 April 2008); Elnora Cobb; Faye Cobb and Jeanne Cobb.

 

11. Willard Wilbur Knappenberger known as "Johnny" was the child of Mathias and Melissa and was born 2 June 1914 in Letart, Mason County, West Virginia and died 1 September 2003 in Canton, Stark County, Ohio.  He served in the Army during World War II.  He married Ruth Virginia BOWER, daughter of Albert S. Bower and Bertha Bower, on 9 January 1946 in Canton, Ohio.  Ruth was born 25 November 1922 in Bowerston, Ohio.  They had one son: Tim Stuart.

 

12. Alberta Agnes Knappenberger was the child of Mathias and Melissa and was born 3 July 1919 in Letart, West Virginia.  In the 1930 census, she was living with her older brother, Jacob Knappenberger, in Akron, Ohio.  She was listed as 13 years of age and born in West Virginia.  Alberta married Leon Edward FOSTER who was born 4 December 1913 in Virginia and died August 1979 in Summit county, Ohio.  This marriage ended in divorce.  They had three children.  Alberta later married Harold G. RICE, son of Robert B. Rice and Edith E. Nichols on 19 May 1946 in Summit County, Ohio.  Harold was born 8 December 1917 in Akron, Summit County, Ohio.

 

 

SOLOMON HOLT KNAPPENBERGER (1859-1946)

Solomon Holt (sometimes called "Holt') was born 1 March 1859 in Jackson County, West Virginia and died 6 January 1946  in Scioto County, Ohio.  He was a farmer and sometimes spelled his last name as Knappenburger.  Solomon married Hannah Ellen "Ella" WALTER, daughter of Joseph and Hannah Ellen Walter, on 29 September 1881 in Gallia County, Ohio.  Hannah was born 6 June 1863 in Gallia County, Ohio and died 19 November 1942 in Scioto County, Ohio.  In 1920 this couple was living in Vernon Township, Scioto County, Ohio next door to their son, Lester, and his family.  They are buried in Vernon Township Cemetery, Scioto County, Ohio.  They were the parents of two sons.

 

1. Lester Thurman Knappenberger was born 10 January 1883 in Scioto County, Ohio and died 16 January 1979 in Wheelersburg, Scioto County, Ohio.  Lester married Mary BURCHAM, daughter of William Burcham and Elizabeth Zimmerman, on 2 November 1904 in Lawrence County, Ohio.  Mary was born 28 October 1886 in Lawrence County, Ohio and died 20 May 1976 in Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio.  They are buried in Vernon Township, Cemetery, Sciotao County, Ohio.  This couple had three children.

 

a. Paul Chauncey Knappenburger was born 22 October 1905 in Lawrence County, Ohio and died 31 October 1991 in Crawford County, Ohio.  He married Alma SNYDER in 1927.  Alma was born 1908 and died 4 November 1966 in Bucyrus, Crawford County, Ohio.  This marriage ended in divorce.  Paul and Alma had one son.  Paul seemingly remarried to Cora Elizabeth LEHMAN, daughter of Nina M. Pifer and Amos E. Lehman.  Cora was born 4 November 1907 in Richland County, Ohio and died 14 November 1987 in Holmes County, Ohio.  Cora was the daughter of Amos E. Lehman and Nina May Pifer.  She was married previously most likely to George Kunz.

 

Paul "Donald" Knappenburger, the son of Paul and Alma, was born 13 September 1929 in Scioto County, Ohio and died on 1 December 1996 in Richland County, Ohio.  He married Marilyn Elaine QUAINTANCE, daughter of James R. and Genevieve Quaintance.  Marilyn was born about 194? and died about 1989.  "Donald" and Marilyn had two sons: Donald Eugene Knappenburger (26 August 1951-29 August 1951) and John Paul Knappenburger.  Paul "Donald" Knappenburger remarried in 1990 to Dorothy SLOAN.  This family line spells their name KNAPPENBURGER.

 

b. Charles Irvin Knappenberger known as "Irvin" was born 25 August 1908 in Lawrence County, Ohio and died October 1982 in Scioto County, Ohio.  He married Leona Rose WALLACE on 23 February 1932 in Greenup County, Kentucky.  Leona Rose was born 18 September 1915 in Jackson County, Ohio and died 7 August 1998 in Scioto County, Ohio.  They had three children: Esther Mary Knappenberger (3 October 1932 in Scioto County, Ohio and died 3 September 2003 in Clark County, Ohio) who married Curtis MESSER (3 March 1924-24 February 1999), Robert Eugene Knappenberger (7 October 1934-28 December 1984 in Maryland), and Colin Leroy Knappenberger.

 

c. Ethel Erma Knappenberger was born 30 September 1917 in Scioto County, Ohio and died November 2006 in Hillsborough County, Florida.  She married Robert Lee BOGGS on 16 January 1935.  Robert was born 27 December 1915 in Greenup, KY and died 16 May 2006 in Hillsborough County, Florida.  They had 6 children.

 

2.   Ernest Glintworth Knappenburger was born 20 January 1889 in Gallia County, Ohio and died 9 March 1961 in Illinois.  Ernest married Flora "Beatrice" MOCK, daughter of John Elsworth Mock and Edna Jane Fleming.  Beatrice was born 26 October 1889 in Erie, Kansas and died March 1967 in Marion County, Ohio.  The 1920 census has this couple and their two youngest children living in Peoria, Illinois where Ernest was a chauffeur.  The marriage ended in divorce.  This couple had five children.   Ernest married later to Ida Mae SHEPPARD.

 

a. Edna Ellen Knappenberger (known as Ellen) was born 16 November 1909 in Illinois and died 24 November 2001 in Rock Island County, Illinois.  She married Russell BYRD on 3 November 1928.  Russell died in 1953 in Illinois.  They had six children.

 

b. Laura Mary Knappenberger (known as Mary) was born 26 June 1911 in  Illinois.  Mary first married Raymond E. CLARK on 16 March 1933.  Ray was born 24 November 1905 in Erie, Kansas and died 1950 in Kansas.  They had a daughter named Nina Marie Clark (2 November 1932-6 July 2001) who married John R. ZETTERBURG (7 May 1927-24 September 2001) on 12 September 1952.  Mary was married a second time to Harold ANDREWS on 10 April 1950.  Harold was born 21 January 1914 and died 23 January 1975.  They had a daughter named Marjorie Andrew.

 

c. William Ernest Knappenberger was born 18 April 1920 in Toulon, Henry County, Illinois and died 13 February 1940 from an automobile accident.  He is buried at Bethel Cemetery, Neosho County, Kansas.

 

d. James Edwin KNAPPENBURGER, Sr. was born 10 April 1921 in Illinois and died 18 August 1988 in Missouri.  He married Luecille Love ROACH, daughter of George William Roach and Ida Mae Sheppard, on 2 February 1942 in Kahoka, Missouri.  Lucille was born 19 January 1916 in Illinois and died 5 September 2003 in Mattoon, Illinois.  They had 5 children: William Francis Knappenburger, Sr., Patricia Ann Knappenburger, Jenny Mae Knappenburger (18 April 1943-8 April 1991), Karol Sue Knappenburger, and James Edwin Knappenburger, Jr. (5 April 1947-17 May 2004).  This family line spells their last name KNAPPENBURGER.

 

e.  Frances Knappenberger was born 10 July 1922 in Toulon, Illinois and died at birth.

 

 

MARIE "ELIZABETH" KNAPPENBERGER (1862- c1900)

Marie Elizabeth known as Elizabeth was born 27 August 1862 in Jackson County, West Virginia.  She died about 1900 in West Virginia.  Elizabeth married Andrew Lewis HUGHES on 26 September 1883 in Mason County, West Virginia.  Andrew was born 1854 in Defiance County, Ohio and died about 1900 in West Virginia.  They were the parents of five children.

 

1. Jacob Andrew Hughes known as "Jake" was born 12 August 1884 in Mason County, West Virginia.  He died 5 July 1955.  Jake married Bessie Lee SATERFIELD on 19 April 1911 in Mason County, West Virginia.  Bessie was born about 1896 in Tennessee.  They had five children:  Blaine L. Hughes, Arnold R. Hughes, Bernadine Hughes, Margaretta Hughes and Eulogene Hughes.

 

2. William Preston Hughes was born 30 January 1887 in Mason County, West Virginia and died 1 December 1956 in Bellaire, Belmont County, Ohio.  He married Margaret "Mae" ROSEBERRY, daughter of John Peter Roseberry and Martha Jane Hawkins, on 26 April 1908 in Mason County, West Virginia.  Margaret Mae was born 15 July 1887 in Mason County, West Virginia and died 7 October 1961 in Meigs County, Ohio.  They had 6 children:  Albert Eugene Hughes (1908-1909), Harlan(d) Romaine Hughes, Hubert Preston Hughes, Harold Roseberry Hughes (1915-1937), Evelyn "Chloe" Hughes, and Eileen Marie Hughes.

 

3. Charles M. Hughes was born 17 December 1889 in Mason County, West Virginia and died about 1911.  He was living with his uncle, Matthew Mathias Knappenberger in the 1900 census in Mason County, WV.

 

4. Fred Irven Hughes was born 2 November 1892 in Mason County,  West Virginia and died 21 April 1971. He married Mary Ann NORRIS on 28 April 1914.  Mary Ann was born about 1885 in Mason County, West Virginia.  They had four children: Elizabeth Hughes, Fred Hughes, William Virgil Hughes, and Bertha Hughes.

 

5. Albert Wilson Hughes was born 21 July 1897 in Mason County, West Virginia and died 18 July 1974.  He married Carrie E. MILLS on 29 April 1917.  The marriage ended in divorce.  Carrie was born about 1901 in Ohio.  They had two children: Albert Wilson Hughes, Jr. and Betty Hughes.

 

 

BEZILLA KNAPPENBERGER (1864-?)

Bezilla was born 1864 in West Virginia.  No further information is available on her at this time.

 

 

FLORENCE PERCELIA KNAPPENBERGER (1867-1950)

Florence Percelia was born April 1867 in Jackson County, West Virginia and died 26 December 1950 in Marion County, Ohio.  She married Jacob Preston NEWELL, son of Preston Newell and Rebecca Parsons, on 25 September 1884 in Mason County, West Virginia.  Jacob was born 1861 in West Virginia and died 3 December 1930 in Marion County, Ohio.  They were the parents of ten children.

 

1. Mary Elizabeth Newell was born 29 January 1890 in Mason County, West Virginia and died 9 July 1974 in Portland, Oregon.  She married Harry Augustus STURGEON, son of Lewis Kosuth Sturgeon and Nancy Jane Genevieve Mitchell, on 29 December 1904 in Gallia County, Ohio.  Harry Augustus was born 16 December 1880 in Cabell County, West Virginia and died 15 November 1969 in Beaverton, Oregon.  This couple had 7 children:  Harry (14 March 1907 in Minnesota and died 22 March 1911 in Oregon), Lillian (born about 1910 in WV), Mary E. (born about 1912 in WV), William Edwin (7 December 1913 in Washington and died 17 January 1919 in Oregon), Helen (born about 1916 in Oregon), Robert (born about 1920 in Oregon) and Opal (born about 1921 in Oregon).

 

2. Carl J. Newell was born 11 May 1892 in Mason County, West Virginia and died 11 July 1957.  Carl married Sally HARRIS, daughter of Joseph and Maggie Harris.  She was born November 1894 in Putnam County, West Virginia and is a sister to William Harris who married Pauline Newell (see below) and Frank Harris who married Dora Newell (see below).  They had 5 children:  Ida M. (born about 1913 in WV), Ruth E. (born about 1917 in Ohio), Florence F. (born about 1924 in Ohio), David (born about 1926 in Ohio) and Charles R. (about 1928 in Ohio).

 

3. Harvey P. Newell was born 6 April 1893 in West Virginia and died 20 November 1962 in Marion County, Ohio.  Harvey married May CLARK who was born about 1897.

 

4. Dora Newell was born 27 October 1894 in West Virginia and died 11 April 1970 in Ohio.  Dora married Frank HARRIS, son of Joseph and Maggie Harris.  He was born 20 January 1890 in Putnam County, West Virginia and died 15 May 1966 in Marion County, Ohio.  They had two children:  James born about 1913 in WV and Sylvia L. born about 1914 in Ohio.

 

5. Cora Rebecca Newell was born 6 January 1898 in Mason County, WV and died 14 October 1922 in Marion County, Ohio.  She married Cecil Knox MILLER, son of Samuel T. Miller and Sarah Knox.  Cecil was born 24 January 1898 in Findley, Ohio and died 14 January 1943 in Loraine County, Ohio.  This couple had no children.

 

6. Ida May Newell was born about 1898 in West Virginia and died before 1910 in West Virginia.

 

7. Millard Newell was born about 1900 in Putnam, West Virginia and died about 1905 there.

 

8. Ernest Newell was born 6 July 1902 in West Virginia and died September 1978 in Marion County, Ohio.

 

9. Orwin Newell was born 5 May 1905 in West Virginia and died 25 July 1993 in Washington County, Oregon.  Orwin married Lillia.

 

10. Pauline Newell was born 31 July 1908 in Mason County, West Virginia and died 14 March 1999 in Marion County, Ohio.  Pauline married William L. HARRIS, Sr., son of Joseph and Maggie Harris. He was born 12 April 1900 in Buffalo, Putnam County, West Virginia and died  8 July 1960 in Putnam County, West Virginia.  William is the brother of Sally Harris who married Carl Newell (see above).  This couple had 7 children:  William, Betty J., Juanita "Maxine" (1929-1995), James, Donald, Delores and Barbara.

 

 

WILLIAM SCOTT KNAPPENBERGER (1869-1952)

William Scott was born April 1869 in Jackson County, West Virginia and died April 1952 in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio.   William married Celia M. HYATT, daughter of Albert Hyatt and Eveline Gibeaut, on 18 July 1889 in Mason County, West Virginia.  Celia was born 22 June 1871 in Mason County, West Virginia and died 26 November 1935 in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio.  They are buried in Union Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio.  This couple had three children.

 

1. Myrtle M. Knappenberger (known as Myrtie) was born 29 May 1890 in West Virginia and died 14 September 1977 in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio.  She married Arthur J. LINN about 1920.  Arthur was born 18 September 1877 in Ohio and died 30 March 1982 in Franklin County, Ohio.  They had two sons:  Arthur J. LINN, Jr.  who was born 29 March 1922 and died 3 October 1993 in Franklin County, Ohio and William S. Linn born about 1925 in Ohio.

 

2. Albert Alexander Knappenberger was born 6 September 1891 in Mason County, West Virginia and died 15 August 1959 in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio.  Albert served during World War I and more information about his service can be found on the Veterans Page.  Albert was a police officer with the Columbus, Ohio police force.  He married Elsie Sarah HOLTON who was born 27 April 1905 in Licking County, Ohio and died 25 December 1992 in Brevard County, Florida.   We know of no children.  They are buried in Union Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio.

 

3. Nora A. Knappenberger was born 30 May 1898 in Gallia County, Ohio and died March 1973 in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio.  She married Russell E. BEARD, son of Eli and Lola Beard about 1920.  Russell was born 20 November 1897 in Linworth, Ohio and died September 1971 in Columbus, Ohio.  They had two daughters:  Virginia Lee Beard and Joan J. Beard.

 

 

MARTHA EUDORA KNAPPENBERGER (1871-?)

Martha Eudora known as Dora was born April 1871 in West Virginia and died 1921 in Mason County, WV.  Dora and her sister, Effie, married brothers [see below].  Dora married Welch "Dickson" STEELE who was born September 1873 in West Virginia and died 1954.  Dora and Dickson were married on 18 August 1895 in Mason County, Ohio.  They are buried in Baden Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Mason County, WV.  They had seven children.

 

1. Effie E. Steele was born August 1896 and died sometime after 1930.  She married Wilford "Earl" Rollins who was born 16 December 1893 in Mason County, WV and died March 1973 in Kanawha County, WV.  They had three children: Roy Lee Rollins (born about 1906), Bernice M. Rollins (born about 1924) and Keith E. Rollins (24 June 1928-1 January 1992).

 

2. Augustus Madison Steele was born 25 June 1899 in Mason County, WV and died 24 March 1992 in Gallia County, Ohio.  He married Ethel C. [maiden name unknown] who was born 1 February 1899 in WV and died 17 April 1982 in Gallia County, Ohio.  They had two children:  Virginia Steele (born about 1923) and Eugene Steele (born about 1925).

 

3. Merlie Steele, a daughter, born 1901 in Mason County, WV and died there 1913.  She is buried at Baden Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

 

4. Curtis Steele born about 1904 in Mason County, WV.

 

5. Hazel Agnes Steele born 15 June 1906 in Mason County and died there March 1971.  She married Jesse Eads who was born 26 May 1904 in Mason County, WV and died 7 February 1990.

 

6. Eugene Steele born 1910 in Mason County, WV and died there 1911.  He is buried in Baden Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Mason County, WV.

 

7. Infant born and died Mason County, WV and buried at Baden Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Mason County, WV.

 

 

ALBERT WILSON. KNAPPENBERGER (1874-1966)

Albert Wilson was born 20 February 1874 in Jackson County, West Virginia and died 19 November 1966 in Athens County, Ohio.  Albert and his brother, William, married sisters [see above].  Albert married Harriett "Rose" HYATT, daughter of Albert Hyatt and Eveline Gibeaut, about 1915.  Harriett was born 1874 in Mason County, West Virginia and died 1957 in Athens County, Ohio.  We have no records of any children born to this couple.  However, the 1920 census indicates that Albert had a step-daughter, Irene Hyatt, who was 24 years old, born in WV and single at that time when they were living in Athens County, Ohio.

 

 

EFFIE E. KNAPPENBERGER (1877-c1896)

Effie was born 1877 in West Virginia  and married Robert F. STEELE born  August 1875 in West Virginia.  They married on 18 August 1895 in Mason County, West Virginia.  Her sister, Dora, and his brother, Dickson, married on the same day!  Effie died shortly after her marriage and seemingly had no children.  However, her sister, Dora, named her daughter born in 1896 after her.

 

 

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SPECIAL THANKS

Gerald Huhn of Ohio who provided the foundation for this family as well as ongoing research support

Penny Maphis from the WV Schools for the Deaf & the Blind of Romney, WV for her assistance with Grace Elizabeth Knappenberger

Roxanne Boydston Allgood of Ohio

Denise Gorham Knappenberger of Alabama

Lance Hendrix of Florida
Jim Isham
Carol Cumming