KNAPPENBERGER ORPHANS
Updated October 23, 2015

 

We have a number of Knappenberger Families that we have not been able to connect to the main family tree and are asking for your help in finding their proper place.  If you can assist us in determining where these families fit, please contact us at jsappleton@windstream.net.

 

 

EDITH MAY KNAPPENBERGER (born about December 1918 - died before 1984)
QUESTION  Who was the father of Edith Knappenberger?

Edith Knappenberger was 1 year and 1 month old in the 1920 census for Penn Forest Township, Carbon County, PA.  She was living in her maternal grandparent's household, STEWART and EMMA MECKES.  Her mother, JENNIE AGNES [MECKES] ANDREWS, was 23 at the time, and  married to ROBERT ANDREWS, but living with her parents.  Living just down the street were the JAMES HENRY KNAPPENBERGER and RICHARD E. KNAPPENBERGER households.  Jennie married ULYSSES SYDNEY GREEN in 1920 and, in the 1930 census, Edith is listed as EDITH GREEN living with her mother, JENNIE GREEN, and stepfather in East Mauch Chunk, Carbon County, PA.  Edith later married a Mr. WHITE.

 

 

ELIZABETH KNUPPENBERGER (KNAPPENBERGER?)

QUESTION  Who is Elizabeth Knuppenberger (Knappenberger)?

ABRAHAM PETERSON who was born on 11 May 1811 married at the age of 33 on 22 January 1845 to ELIZABETH KNUPPENBERGER.   This family is from Michigan.

 

 

JOHN KNAPPENBERGER (born about 1887)
QUESTION  Who is this John Knappenberger and who are his parents?

John Knappenberger is listed in the 1920 census for Des Moines, Washington County, Iowa as 32 years of age and born in Iowa about 1888.  It states his parents were born in Iowa as well.  He is listed as a farm laborer.  Also in the household is his wife, IDA B., who was 27 years of age and born in Iowa about 1893 - though her parents were born in Germany.  In this census they have one child listed: GLADYS, age 6, born in Iowa (so she would have been born in 1913/14).

 

 

ROBERT KNAPPENBERGER of Allentown, PA (born about 1865?)
& RALPH W. KNAPPENBERGER  of Allentown, PA (born June 1894)

QUESTIONS  Who are the parents of Robert Knappenberger? To which family do Robert and Ralph belong?

Warren Ralph Knapenberger was born 26 June 1894 in Allentown, Lehigh County, PA, to Ida Kramer and Robert Knappenberger.  Ralph's father was ROBERT KNAPPENBERGER (born in Allentown, PA) and his mother's maiden name was MARION KRAMER (born in Allentown, PA) according to his marriage license issued in 1910.  Ralph's actual birth name was W. Ralph Knappenberger and he was raised in his maternal grandparents' home (John R. and Lizzie Kramer).  In the 1900 census, Ralph was 6 years old and his mother was also in the same household listed as Ida Kramer, age 23, and single.  In the 1910 census, Ralph is listed as 16 years of age living with his grandparents as well as his 33 year old mother.  At the age of 22, he married BARBARA HELEN BRANCHNER who was 23 years old.  They were married on 25 August 1915 in Reading, Berks County, PA.  At the time of Ralph's marriage, he listed his mother's name as MARION MOORE and she lived in Allentown, PA.  Barbara Helen was born 31 July 1892 in Pennsylvania and died 7 July 1942 in Pennsylvania.  Barbara Helen's parents were FRANK BRANCHNER (born in Germany) and MARIE MILLER (born in Texas).   Ralph was a machinist by occupation.  His father, Robert, was a carpenter.

 

 

QUESTION  Who are these Knappenbergers?
This unidentified photo comes from the family photo album of Beatrice Corder Hayes.  She visited this couple in Arizona and reported that "they were very wealthy but just plain folks."  They later gave Beatrice's daughter (Helen Hayes) a wedding present of eight linen place mats and napkins.  The back of the photo is imprinted with "October 27, 1938 - Albuquerque, New Mexico".  This couple is from the same generation as Beatrice Corder Hayes.