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JACOB KNAPPENBERGER FAMILY
OF LEHIGH COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

UPDATED  24 March 2013

 

Johan Michael
(1709-1751)
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Johan Henrich
(1744-1818)
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Johan Philip
(1776-1851)
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Jacob
(1808-1884)
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William W.
(1836-1904)
Harrison
(1838-1886)
Benjamin K.
(1842-?)
Joseph K.
(1844-?)
Alexander
(1846-1928)
Susan
(1848-?)
Joshua
(1853-1862)
George W. 
(?)
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1 Child 8 Children 11 Children 10 Children 9 Children

 


GENERAL INFORMATION

Jacob was born 6 October 1808 in Northampton County, PA (later to become Lehigh County in 1812) and died 15 August 1884 in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County, PA.  Jacob married Catherine Gertrude WENDLING known as "Charity" on 28 May 1835.  Charity, the daughter of Henry Wendling and Catherine Heimbach, was born 25 October 1815 in Hereford Township, Berks County, PA and died 9 May 1888 in Lehigh County, PA.  This couple is buried at St. Peter Union Church, Upper Milford Township, Lehigh County, PA.  They had eight children. 


Centennial Quilt constructed by G. Knappenberger -who was probably Gertrude Wendling Knappenberger- 
 about 1876 in Pennsylvania -commemorating our nation's 100th birthday.
It was exhibited at The Quilt Gallery [19 East 80 Street, New York City], published in a calendar
for the 1976 US Bicentennial, and remains in the Quilt collection at the Folk Art Museum of New York City.


CHILDREN

WILLIAM WENDLING KNAPPENBERGER (1836-1904)

William was born 24 June 1836 in Lehigh County, PA and died 30 September 1904 in Lehigh County, PA.  He married Isabella S. BREISCH, daughter of Benjamin Breisch and Cassie Susanna Breisch, on 7 February 1885.   Isabella was born 28 July 1846 and died 20 September 1930 in Lehigh County, PA.  This couple is buried at St. Peter Union Church Cemetery.  William married late in life at the age of 49, and he and his wife had one daughter.

1. Maria Susanna Knappenberger known as "Mary" was born 20 April 1887 in Alburtis, Macungie Township, Lehigh County, PA. and died 16 December 1975 in Lehigh County, PA.    She married Charles Peter FOLK on 3 December 1904.  Charles, the son of Carolus Judicus Folk and Emmeleine Conrad,  was born 12 May 1886 in Kutztown, PA and died 14  October 1946 in Lehigh County, PA.  Mary and Charles had three children:  

a.  William Daniel Folk was born 25 June 1905 in Lehigh County, PA and died 4 Nov 1993 in North Dakota.  William married Mildred Louise QUAIFE, dughter of William Jerome Quaife and Lillian Leona Crosiar, on 28 May 1927 in Cass County, North Dakota.  They are buried in Hunter Cemetery, Cass County, North Dakota.    They had 5 children:  Donald George Folk, Patricia Mae Folk, Wilma Joyce Folk, Charles William Folk, and James Niel Folk (16 Dec 1939-27 Dec 1939).

b. Isabel Viola Folk was born 14 March 1907 and died 8 March 1992 in Lehigh County, PA.  She married Malcolm Miles MACKES on 28 March 1929.  Malcolm was born 7 Feb 1907 and died March 1972 in Lehigh County, PA.  They had two children:  Norma Mae Mackes and Arlan Mackes.

c.  Eva Mae Folk was born 30 October 1909 and died July 1991.  She first married Robert REINHART and had four children:  Geneva Reinhart, Roberta Reinhart (died at birth), Barbara Reinhart and Judith Ann Reinhart.  She later married Elmund Miller who was born 23 Dec 1905 and died July 1982.  They had four children:  Elmund Gene Miller (6 Feb 1927-11 Sept 1978), Virginia Miller (died at birth) Mary Miller and Donald Miller.

Mary Knappenberger Folk married later in widowhood to James SALLADE.  

Isabella Breisch had a daughter with her employer, Mr. Anderson, named Lucy (born in 1876).  We believe Lucy had a son named Leroy William Hartzell.  Leroy was raised by his grandmother, Isabella Knappenberger, and was living with her in the 1900 census as a 4 years old and the 1910 census at the age of 14.

Leroy William HARTZELL who was born 27 May 1895 in Lehigh County, PA.  He married Mabel REHM.  This couple had two sons: Charles Ellsworth Hartzell (born 27 June 1915 in Lehigh County, PA) and William Benjamen Hartzell (19 March 1917-1988).  These two young boys were put into an orphanage and eventually adopted.  William Benjamen was adopted by the GEBHARDT family and his last name was changed accordingly.  We do not know who adopted Charles Ellsworth.  We would like to learn more about the circumstances of these adoptions as well as the name of Leroy's father.


HARRISON KNAPPENBERGER (1838-1886)

Harrison was born 9 July 1838 in Lehigh County, PA and died 5 September 1886 in Allentown, Lehigh County, PA.  He married Hannah WEIDNER about 1860.  Hannah was born 8 October 1837 and died 23 October 1895 in Lehigh County, PA.  Hannah is buried at Union/West End Cemetery in Allentown, PA with a number of her children.  Harrison and Hannah had eight children.

1. Oliver C. Knappenberger was born 8 March 1861 in Lehigh County, PA and died January 1930 in Allentown, Lehigh County, PA.   Oliver was listed as living in his grandparent's household in the 1870 and 1880 censuses.  Between 1887 and 1890, Oliver was listed as a carpenter living as a boarder at 420 North 7th Street in Allentown, PA.  He married Mary E. BOSSERT, daughter of Adam Bossert and Adeline Huff.   She was born 13 December 1863 in Berks County, PA and died 16 May 1946 in Lehigh County, PA.  This couple is buried in Union/West End Cemetery in Allentown, PA.  Oliver and Mary had three children.

a. Herbert Adam Knappenberger was born 27 January 1888 and died 3 Nov Nov 1918 in Bethlehem, PA.   He married Annie "Edith" LORD, daughter of Henry R. Lord and Emma Sara Rebecca Berger of Reading, PA in 1910.  Edith was born 11 Sept 1890 in Reading, Berks Co., PA  and died 3 Sept 1945.   After the death of Herbert, she remarried to Clarence Earle BINGAMAN (4 June 1889-Oct 1966)  in 1921. Herbert Adam is buried in Union/West End Cemetery in Allentown, PA.   Herbert and Annie had two children:  

Rollin Herbert Knappenberger (30 July 1911-13 June 1961) who married Viola H. SNYDER, daughter of Henry H. Snyder and Katie Hoffman on 3 Sept 1931.  Viola was born 12 Oct 1908 in Berks Co, PA and died April 1994 in Sebring, FL. They had 3 children:  Herbert Allan Knappenberger , Hazel E. Knappenberger and Robert Rollin Knappenberger (28 Aug 1935-14 October 2001).

Geraldine Lord Knappenberger known as Gertie (22 June 1914-4 March 1992) married Harold Arlington KLINE (20 Dec 1911-25 Nov 1996), son of Frank F. Kline and Mary E. Spencer on 19 Sept 1931.  They had a son: William L. Kline.  

Herbert Adam Knappenberger's Wife
Annie Edith [Lord] Knappenberger
Reading, Pennsylvania
Circa 1910

b.  Adeline May  Knappenberger known as "Addie" was born 15 May 1892 in Lehigh County, PA and died February 1971 there.   She attended her brother's (Herbert Adam's) wedding in Reading, PA in 1910.  Addie was married to Lloyd Abraham STEWARD, son of Reuben H. and Sarah E. Steward about 1912.  This marriage ended in divorce.  Lloyd was born 3 Aug 1890 in Lehigh County, PA and died March 1979 in Florida.   They had two children:

Miriam A. Steward was born about 1913 in Allentown, Lehigh County, PA.  In the 1940 census she is 27 years of age and single.

Dalton Steward was born 18 June 1916 in Allentown, PA and died Dec 1982 there.   Dalton married Catherine (maiden name unknown) and had a son, Kenneth Steward.

Adeline Knappenberger Steward remarried to a Mr. Doherty but was divorced from him by the 1930 census when she and her two children are living with her parents.    She seems to not have remarried after that.

c.  Minnie Elizabeth Knappenberger was born 17 Sept 1896 in Lehigh County, PA and died prior to 1900 census. 

2. Rebecca Knappenberger was born November 1862 in Lehigh County, PA and died sometime after the 1930 census. She worked as a knitter and a weaver.  In the later 1880s, Rebecca was living in a boarding house with her sisters, Emma and Laura, and her brother, Oliver.  She married Charles J. PLANK in 1891.  Charles was the son of Peter S. and Lydia Plank.  He was born about 1863 in Berks County, PA and died between 1920 and 1930.  They had one son:  Claude H. Plank who was born 26 April 1890 and died Nov 1964.  He married sometime in the 1920's but was divorced by 1930 when he was living with his widowed mother in Allentown, PA.

3. Ellen Amanda Knappenberger was born 23 December 1864 in Allentown, PA and died before 1870 in Lehigh County, PA.

4. Alfred Knappenberger was born 11 October 1866 and died 12 January 1870 in Lehigh County, PA of scarlet fever.  His older brother, Oliver, was living with his grandparents in 1870 most likely due to this illness.

5. Emalinda Knappenberger known as "Emma" was born about 1869 in Lehigh County, PA and died January 1927 in Allentown, PA.  She was listed as 1 year old in the 1870 census and 11 years old in the 1880 census.  Emma was still single in the 1920 census and living with her younger sister, Laura, in Allentown, PA.  She is buried in Union/West End Cemetery with her mother and several siblings.  She never married.

6. Laura Knappenberger was born August 1871 in Lehigh County, PA.  She first married William S. LEEDS, son of George Leeds, about 1892.  According to the 1900 census where she is listed as Laura Leeds, age 28 and widowed, that she had given birth to one child who did not live.  Laura was married a second time to John W. HALL about 1908 who was born about 1871 in PA.   In the 1910 and 1920, this family was living in Allentown, PA.  Her sister, Emalinda, was living with her and her husband, John Hall, at the time.   

7.  Edwin known as "Eddie" was born 9 Feb 1874 and died December 1920 in Allentown, PA.   Eddie married Maggie J. GENSLER who was born Dec 1875 and died May 1953.    Edwin, Maggie, and their son, Claude,  were listed in the 1910 census for Allentown, PA, but by the 1920 census, Maggie is head of the household with her son at the age of 26.   Edwin and Maggie are buried in Union/West End Cemetery in Allentown, PA.

a. Claude Harrison Knappenberger was born 20 June 1893 in Lehigh County, PA and died June 1972 in Allentown, Lehigh County, PA.  Claude was married briefly to Estella Bleaus about 1928 but divorced by the 1930 census.  No children.   In the 1940's he was married to Elsie (maiden name unknown).

8. Robert Knappenberger was born 10 July 1876 and died 12 October 1887 in Lehigh County, PA at the age of 11.


BENJAMIN K. KNAPPENBERGER (1842-?)

Benjamin K. was born October 1842 in Upper Milford Township, Lehigh County, PA and died sometime after 1900.   He was listed as a laborer in Macungie Township, Lehigh County, PA in 1887.  He married Anna Maria NUSS who was born June 1846 in Pennsylvania and died sometime after the 1900 census.  They had ten children though many did not reach adulthood.

1. Ellamanda Knappenberger was born 1868 in Lehigh County, PA.

2. Alvin Knappenberger was born Dec 1869 in Lehigh County, PA and died 1907 in Lehigh County, PA.   He married Cora Mary WETZEL, daughter of Jonas and Caroline WETZEL,  Cora was Aug 1873 in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County, PA and died 1945 in Lehigh County, PA.   They are buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Allentown, PA.   They had three children.

a. Eva Knappenberger was born about 1893 in Lehigh County, PA and died sometime after the 1940 census.  She married Arthur Franklin LUCK, son of James Frank Fluck and Clara L. Cassier, abuot 1911.  Arthur was born 30 Dec 1888 in Bethlehem, PA and died 2 jan 1938 in Bethlehem, PA.  He is buried in Nisky Hill Cemetery.  It seems that Eva and Arthur had no children.

b. Ralph Martin Knappenberger was born 19 April 1894 in Lehigh County, PA and died 22 February 1987 in Allentown, Lehigh County, PA.

Ralph had a daughter with Matilda L. MARSTELLER.  In the 1920 census for Allentown, PA Matilda L. Marsteller was listed as 24 years of age and single living with her mother and stepfather, Elizabeth and Harvey Aldrtiz.  Also in the household was Marie E. Knappenberger, 3 years and 10 months.   In the 1930 census for Allentown, Lehigh County, PA Matilda is married to Robert Fahringer, and is listed as 34 years of age, married for 8 years and their daughter, Alice Fahringer, age 7.  Also in the household is Marie Knappenberger listed as 14 years of age.  Marie E. Knappenberger is listed in the 1940 census as 24 years of age and single in the same household.

Marie E. Knappenberger was born 8 Feb 1916 in Allentown, Lehigh County, PA and died there on 30 Oct 1993.  She married a Mr. OSWALD sometime after the 1940 census..

Ralph Martin married Estella K. BUCK on 31 December 1928 in Reading, Berks County, PA.  Ralph Martin served in the Army during World War I.  Estella was the daughter of Benjamin F. Buck and Emma WOLFE.  She was born about 1893 in Shimersville, PA and died prior to her husband.  At the time of Ralph's passing, there were no listed survivors.

c. Prynton Edison Knappenberger was born 22 August 1902 in Lehigh County, PA and died January 1972 in Allentown, Lehigh County, PA.  He married Naomi MOHR, daughter of Wilson G. Mohr and Minnie J. STURM.   Naomi was born 23 October 1912 and died 23 June 1999 in Allentown, Lehigh County, PA.   It seems that this couple did not have any children.

3. Harrison N. Knappenberger known as "Harry" or "Harvey" was born 12 July 1871 in Lehigh County, PA and died 3 August 1944 in Lehigh County, PA.  
It seems likely that Harrison had a daughter with Carrie PAULES, daughter of Daniel D. Paules and Leanna Walp, named Clara Rebecca Leanna Knappenberger who was born 11 October 1897 in Lehigh County, PA and died April 1981 in Lehigh County, PA.  Carrie Paules seemingly later married Edwin Laudenslager.  Clara was raised by her maternal grandparents.  Clara married Robert I. HONTZ on 23 June 1934.

In 1910, Harry N. Knappenberger and his wife, Jennie M., were living in Allentown, PA with no children according to the census.  Harry was 38 years old and his wife was 29 at this time.  Harry married Jennie M. FEGLEY, daughter of Charles H. Fegley and Emma J. Guth.  She was born 30 July 1880 in Salisbury Township, Lehigh County, PA and died 7 February 1931 in Lehigh County, PA.  This couple is buried at Cedar Union Church in Cetronia, Lehigh County, PA.  Jennie's grandmother was ANNA ANGELINE nee KNAPPENBERGER GUTH.

4. Jacob N. Knappenberger was born 1 Dec 1872 in Lehigh County, PA and died 1951.  He married Anna Estella EISENHARD(T), daughter of Jeremiah Eisenhart and Sarah Emma Fox.  Stella was born 10 November 1880 in Lehigh County, PA and died 1941.  This couple was living in Emmaus, Lehigh County, PA in the 1930 census.  They had two children.

a. Warren Webster Knappenberger was born 21 January 1899 and died April 1966 in Emmaus, Lehigh County, PA.  He married Elda Mae LEVAN, daughter of Jacob Daniel Levan and Nora Wolfe.  Elda was born 13 April 1900 in Lehigh County, PA and died March 1964.  The had two sons:  

Kenneth Lincoln Knappenberger born 12 February 1918 

 LaVerne Jacob Knappenberger born 1925 in Emmaus, Lehigh County, PA and died 19 Jan 2007 in Allentown, Lehigh County, PA and is buried at Northwood Cemetery.    Laverne served in World War II.

b. Helen Knappenberger was born 16 August 1903 in Lehigh County, PA and died 23 November 1988 in Gwinnett County, GA.  She married Raymond T. STEPHEN, son of Wilson Stephen and Andora Kehm, who was born 1900 and died 21 November 1985 in Georgia.  They had a daughter named Betty.

5. Emma Knappenberger was born 1875 in Lehigh County, PA.

6. Lucy A. Knappenberger was born 14 June 1877 and died 21 September 1878 in Lehigh County, PA at the age of 1 year and 3 months.

7. Charles Knappenberger was born 18 August 1879 and died 14 February 1891 in Lehigh County, PA at 11 years and 6 months of age.  He and two other younger siblings all died in February of 1891 most likely due to an epidemic of some nature.

8.  Cora Jane Knappenberger was born 1 September 1881 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County, PA and died December 1974 in Lehigh County, PA.  She married Isaac Henry FEATHER, son of Aaron Feather and Edna R. Schick, about 1911.  Isaac was born 24 about 1881 in Berks County, PA and died 14 July 1951.  They are buried in Northwood Cemetery, Emmaus, Lehigh County, PA. This couple had five children:

a. Earl B. Feather was born 28 January 1901 in Lehigh Co., PA and died 15 March 1997 in Emmaus, Lehigh County, PA.  He married Estella P. STOUDT, daughter of Howard Stoudt and Mabel Delong,  in August 1949.  Estella was born 15 February 1914 and died 18 April 1998 in Emmaus, Lehigh County, PA.

b. Raymond H. Feather (known as Ray) was born 11 Feb 1902 in Emmause, PA and died May 1967 in PA.  He married Stella I. AMIG, daughter of Edwin D. Amig and Anne C. Luckenbach.  Stella was born 30 Sept 1906 in Emmaus, PA and died 4 march 1996 in Lehigh County, PA.  They are buried in Northwood Cemetery, Emmaus, PA.  They had 5 children.

c. Lila I. Feather was born 1 June 1904 in Lehigh County, PA and died 28 March 1986 in Emmaus, Lehigh County, PA.  She married Claude D. RAUCH who was born 11 February 1896 and died May 1968 in Lehigh County, PA.  They had two children:  Claude F. Rauch (6 June 1922-7 Jan 2008) and Betty Rauch who married a Mr. Markle.

d. Merial A. Feather was born 24 November 1908 in Lehigh County, PA and died 7 May 1992 in Northampton County, PA.  She married a Mr. GERHART and had a son, Daniel C. Gerhart and a daughter, Dolores Gerhart.   Merial also married a Mr. YENSER.

e.  Myles S. Feather was born 24 Sept 1916 in Emmaus, Lehigh Co., PA and died 27 Dec 2001 in Lehigh County, PA.

9.  Annie S. Knappenberger was born 3 October 1883 and died 4 February 1891 in Lehigh County, PA at the age of 7 years and 4 months.

10. Franklin Knappenberger was born 24 November 1885 and died 11 February 1891 in Lehigh County, PA at the age of 5 years and 2 months.


JOSEPH K. KNAPPENBERGER (1844-?)

Joseph K. Knappenberger was born about 1844 in Lehigh County, PA.  
Nothing further is known about him at this time.


ALEXANDER KNAPPENBERGER (1846-1928)

 


Mary Ellen Elizabeth 
[Weidner] Knappenberger
(Wife Of Alexander)
Allentown, Pennsylvania


Alma G. Knappenberger
(Ninth Child Of Alexander)


Mabel Corrine Knappenberger
(7th Child Of Alexander)
29 May 1906

[photos graciously provided by Donna M. Gilbert]

Alexander was born 13 April 1846 in Upper Milford Township, Lehigh County, PA and died November 1928 in Northampton Co., PA.  Alexander and his wife, Mary, were listed in the 1910 census for Northampton County, PA.  Alexander married Mary Ellen Elizabeth WEIDNER on 24 August 1872.  Mary was born August 1851 in Longswamp Township, Berks County, PA and died November 1936 in Northampton Co., PA.  Alexander played an important part in the development of the cement industry and aided in building large cement plants throughout the eastern part of the US as well as Canada.  They had nine children.

1. Katharine A. Knappenberger (known as Katie) was born December 1872 in Northampton Co., PA and died sometime after 1930.  She married  John J. KOCHER about 1898 who was born May 1869 in PA and died sometime after 1930.  They owned Kocher Bakery in Allentown, PA.  Kate and John had two children.  In the 1920 and 1930 census, Kate's sister, Mabel C. Knappenberger [single], was living with them and working as a saleslady in the bakery.

a  John "Daniel" Kocher was born 2 December 1898 in Northampton Co., PA and died January 1974 in Johnson County, Indiana.  He married Pauline (maiden name unknown) about 1925.  Pauline was born about 1901 in PA.  They had no children in the 1930 census. 

b. Elizabeth Kocher was born 16 September 1901 and died 10 August 1902 in Northampton County, PA.

2. Annie Elizabeth Knappenberger was born January 1875 in Northampton Co., PA.  She married Herbert Epriam Samuel SMITH who was born 14 April 1873 in PA.  This couple is listed in both the 1910 and 1920 censuses for Northampton County, PA where Herbert is listed as a blacksmith.  Annie and Herbert had two children.

a. Walter D. Smith was born 12 July 1910 in Northampton County, PA and died 29 August 1993 in Allentown, PA.  Walter was an Army veteran of World War II serving with the Third Army.  Walter married Violet M. HERZOG who was born 1 Sept 1905 and died 27 Aug 2001 in Lehigh County, PA.

b.  Elizabeth M. Smith was born 1913 in Northampton County, PA.

3. Alexander Knappenberger, Jr. was born 7 December 1877 in Northampton County, PA and died 29 October  1903 in Lehigh County, PA from typhoid malaria.  He had lived and worked in Hannibal, Missouri up until six weeks before his death when he returned home to Alliance, PA.  He seems to have not married.

4.  Ellen May Knappenberger was born 15 August 1879 and baptized 18 Dec 1879.  However, she died prior to the 1880 census. 

5. John Jacob Knappenberger was born 4 Dec 1880 in Northampton County, PA and died in 1932 in Berks County, PA.  John married Kathryn May BROWN, daughter of Albert J. and Amanda BROWN.  Kathryn was born June 1882 in Berks County, PA and died in 1928 Berks County, PA.  They are buried in Sinking Springs Cemetery in Berks County, PA.   John Jacob was a Justice of the Peace in West Lawn Boro, Berks County, PA.  John Jacob and Kathryn had five children.

a. Stewart Ellsworth Knappenberger was born 5 March 1905 in Berks County, PA and died September 1986 in Berks County, PA.  He married Mariam M. MADEIRA, daughter of Ambrose B. Madeira and Laura M. Becker on 27 June 1931 in Philadelphia, PA.  Mariam was born 5 May 1909 in Berks County, PA and died Dec 1977 in Berks County, PA. 

b. Thelma E. Knappenberger was born 11 Feb 1906 in Nazareth, Northampton County PA and died 31 March 2003 in Berks County, PA. She married twice.  Her first marriage was to an unknown spouse and ended in divorce.  Her second marriage was to Paul W. MENGEL on 27 May 1939.  Paul was born 24 May 1908 in Berks County, PA and died there 31 May 1988.   Thelma is buried in Laureldale Cemetery.  It seems that they had no children.

c. John "Kenneth" Knappenberger, Sr. was born 8 August 1907 and died 9 Dec 1972 in Berks Co., PA.  He married Annie Catherine SEITZINGER, daughter of William A. Seitzinger and Sallie E. Gerhard, on 2 September 1933.  Annie was born 29 July 1909 in Montello, PA and died 13 Dec 1997 in Berks County, PA.  They are buried in St. Johns UCC Cemetery, Berks Co., PA.   They had two children:  John Kenneth Knappenberger, Jr. (17 Feb 1934-4 July 1989) and Joan Kathleen Knappenberger.  

d. Harvey A. Knappenberger was born about 1909 and died 17 August 1958 in Berks County, PA.   He married Catherine M. JONES, daughter of Samuel E. Jones and Catherine M. Koch, on 30 March 1934.  Catherine was born 9 July 1912 in Berks County, PA and died January 1992 in Berks County, PA.   They had a daughter, Bonnie Larue Knappenberger.

e. Kathryn M. Knappenberger was born 11 Feb 1911 in Northampton County, PA and died October 1986 in Berks County, PA.  She married Carl J. PRIEBE, son of Otto J. Priebe, Sr. and Kathrina Fink,  on 28 September 1929.  Carl was born  about 1904 in Berks County, PA.

6. Maggie Rachel Knappenberger was born 19 March 1884 in Northampton County, PA.  She married Henry B. REED about 1907.  Henry was born about 1879 in Pennsylvania.  They were living in North Catasauqua, Northampton County, PA in the 1930 census.  They had one daughter.

a.  Arlene I. Reed was born about 1909 in Northampton County, PA.  In 1930, Arlene was single and living with her parents.

7. Harvey Lester Knappenberger was born 7 October 1886 in Northampton County, PA and died 15 January 1948 in Portland, Oregon.  He married Kathryn Marie DOYLE in 1912.  Kathryn was born 27 January 1885 in LaSalle, Illinois and died 18 March 1964 in Multnomah County, Oregon.  Harvey was associated with the cement industry in northwest US.  They had three children.  All three of his sons served in World War II.

a.  John Doyle Knappenberger (known as Jack) was born 1 October 1913 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and died 7 May 1971 in Portland, Oregon. He married Ruth Annette CHATTERTON on 6 Jan 1945 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Ruth was born 1924 in Kalispell, Montana.

b.  Robert Thomas Knappenberger (known as Bob) was born 8 August 1917 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and died 18 April 2001 in Portland, Oregon.  He married Jeanne Yvonne Headlee in 1941 in San Francisco, CA.  Jeanne was born 31 May 1918 in Everett, Washington and died August 2001 in Portland, Oregon.

c. Allan Francis Knappenberger was born 12 Sept 1924 in Portland, Oregon and died 5 July 1944 near Periers, France.  He is buried in Normandy American Cemetery, France during World War II.

8. Mabel Corrine Knappenberger was born 16 August 1889 in Northampton County, PA and died April 1972 in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana.  In 1936, she was single and working for Kocher's Bakery in Allentown, PA. 

9. Clayton Harold Knappenberger was born 13 February 1892 in Northampton County, PA and died 31 January 1944 in Bethlehem, Lehigh County, PA.  Clayton married Bertha E. LONG, daughter of Henry S. Long and Louisa Carolina Sensinger.  Bertha was born 9 July 1893 in Lehigh County, PA and died 26 December 1985 in Allentown, Lehigh County, PA. This family is buried in Fairview Cemetery, Northampton, PA.   They had five children.

a. Dorothy Ellen Knappenberger was born 8 October 1916 in Northampton Co., PA and died there on 2 March 1923.
b. Miriam L. Knappenberger was born 14 July 1918 in Northampton Co., PA and died 6 February 2011 in Lehigh County, PA.  She never married.
c. Myrtle I. Knappenberger was born 21 May 1920 in Northampton Co., PA and died 1` Dec 2011 in Lehigh County, PA.  She never married.
d. Clayton "Harold" Knappenberger, Jr. was born 2 Sept 1926 in Northampton Co., PA and died 30 November 2009 in Lehigh County, PA.  He married Alma H. PEEBLES in 1970.  He served in both World War II and the Korean War.    No children. 
e. Isobel Mae Knappenberger was born 1928.   She married Anthony L. GUZIE on 14 July 1956.  Anthony was born 10 Nov 1928 in Lehigh County, PA and died 31 Dec 1990 there.  He is buried in Fairview Cemetery.   Isobel and Anthony had two sons and one daughter.

Circa 1917
Clayton H. Knappenberger with his daughter Dorothy Ellen Knappenberger

[photo graciously provided by Donna M. Gilbert]

10. Alma G. Knappenberger was born 10 June 1894 in Cementon, Lehigh County, PA and died 9 July 1965 in Northampton County, PA.  She married Clarence Fehr HARDING about 1942 in Richmond, Virginia.  Clarence was born 17 November 1896 in Northampton County, PA and died 19 February 1980 in Northampton County, PA.  Clarence was in the US Army Ambulance Corp and was a railroad station manager.


SUSANNA KNAPPENBERGER (1848-?)

Susan was born July 1848 in Lehigh County, PA and died sometime after the 1910 census in Reading, Berks County, PA.  She married David P. GREISS, son of John C. and Elizabeth Greis.  David was born November 1837 and died sometime after the 1910 census in Berks County, PA.  In the 1870 and 1880 census they wree living in Lower Macungie Twp., Lehigh County, PA but by the 1880 census they were living in Reading, Berks County, PA.   The 1900 and 1910 census indicated that Susanna had given birth to 9 children of which 7 were alive in 1900 and 5 were alive in 1910.  We have some information on the following 8 children:

1. Tevillia Greiss was born about 1864 most likely in Lehigh County, PA.

2. Oswin Greiss was born about 1866 most likely in Lehigh County, PA and died 8 March 1904.  He married Gertrude TYSON in 1900 in Berks County, PA.  Gertrude was born 20 Nov 1885.  They had one son Wilmer Tyson Greiss who was born 25 Feb 1903 in PA.  Oswin served for three years during the Spanish-American War.

3. Isabella Greiss was born about 1869 most likely in Lehigh County, PA.

4. Seth Greiss was born 7 Aug 1877 and seemingly died prior to 1900.

5.  Noah P. Greiss was born 7 August 1877 in PA.  He first married Sarah "Alice" (maiden name unknown) in 1897 in Berks County, PA.  Alice was born in May 1877 in PA and died 1902 in Berks County, PA.  They had at least one daughter named Mable Greiss born July 1899 in Berks County, PA.  Noah remarried in 1904 in Berks County, PA but at this time we do not have a spouse's name.  He married for a third time in 1909 in Berks County, PA to Lizzie (maiden name unknown) who was born about 1891 in PA.  they had a daughter named Phyllis E. Greiss born about 1917 in Reading, Berks County, PA. 

6.  David Greiss, Jr. was born 20 Oct 1879 in Lower Macungie Twp., Lehigh County, PA.  He married Katherine (sometimes spelled Catherine and Kathryn) on 27 July 1912 in Berks County, PA.  Katherine was born about 1877 in PA.  They had no children.

7.  George F. Greiss was bon June 1882 in Lehigh County, PA.  He married Martha M. (maiden name unknown) in 1910 in Berks County, PA.  Martha was born about 1880 in PA.  It seems that they had no children.

8.  Bertha Greiss was born Feb 1886.  She got married in 1901 in Berks County, PA  to unknown spouse at this time.  

If you have any further information on this GREISS family, we would love to hear from you at jsappleton@windstream.net     Thank you!!


JOSHUA KNAPPENBERGER (1853-1862)

Joshua was born about 1853 in Lehigh County, PA and died 29 August 1862 
in Upper Milford Township, Lehigh County, PA at about the age of 9.


GEORGE W. KNAPPENBERGER

George W. died in Upper Milford Township, Lehigh County, PA probably as a young child.  He is buried in a cemetery plot for the Wendling family [his mother's family] in St. Peter Union Church Cemetery.

 

There are still many "holes" in this family that we would like to fill.  
If you have any information related to this branch, 
please contact us at jsappleton@windstream.net


 A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO

  • Tom Knappenberger of Vancouver, Washington and  Ruth Knappenberger of Oregon 
    for their assistance with the 
    Alexander Knappenberger Family

  • Linda Folk for her help with the
    William W. Knappenberger 
    and Isabel Breisch family

  • Donna M. Gilbert of Enola, PA
    for sharing her family history and photographs of the Alexander Knappenberger Family

  • Dave Neimeyer for providing us with
    information about Harrison Knappenberger 

  • Allan and Gloria Knappenberger of Michigan for their information and pictures of Herbert Adam and Annie Edith Lord Knappenberger family.

  • Renee and Suzan Knappenberger for their help with Oliver Knappenberger family.