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?)
& WARREN 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 MINERVA S. KRAMER and Robert Knappenberger.  Ralph's father was supposedly ROBERT KNAPPENBERGER but no definite information has been found to prove that name. His mother was  MINERVA S. KRAMER (born 11 October 1873 in Montgomery County, PA and 9 April 1959 in Lehigh County, PA) daughter of John R. Kramer and Elizabeth Snyder.

 

Ralph's actual birth name was Warren Ralph Knappenberger and he was raised in his maternal grandparents' home (John R. and Lizzie Kramer).  In the 1900 and 1910 census Ralph Knappenberger was 6 years old living with his Kramer grandparents as well as an aunt, Ida Kramer.

 

 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 MOOSE 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.  

 

Barbara Helen BRANCHNER, daughter of Frank Branchnerand Maria Miller, was born 31 July 1892 in Allentown, PA and died there on 7 July 1942.  She is buried in Highland Park Cemetery.     Ralph then married Lillian C. LEVAN who was born 3 August 1907 and die September 1979 in Lehigh County, PA.  Ralph and Lillian are buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Allentown, PA.

 

Warren Ralph Knappenberger's mother, Minerva S. KRAMER married 

 

 

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.