Are you a Knappenberger or a descendant of a Knappenberger?
We are compiling
about the family's history and need your help!
your own ancestry chart? There is no charge!
Sue Knappenberger Appleton at email@example.com
Do you have old family
that you are willing to share?
For information on
send them to us, contact Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
family history website is updated regularly, so please visit often.
All pages are dated as to their revisions. Major recent additions
Maintained by: Sue Knappenberger Appleton
Proofreader and Researcher Extraordinaire: Bill Lutz (son of Mary "Sue"
Designed by: Ann Knappenberger Rowland
One of the
foundations of this family history was a book and family tree published
by Vinnie E. Knappenberger
of Greensburg, PA in 1916 entitled
History of the Johann Erhart Knappenberger Freundschaft from 1749 to 1916. Her research was based primarily on
family tradition. Much of her information was invaluable
especially relating to Conrad Knappenberger's descendants.
However, some of her history has been proven to be inaccurate based on
new information and research.
Vinnie E. Knappenberger
special thanks and recognition goes to Mrs. Dorothy Elsie Worman Swezak of Allentown,
PA who researched the family and published a book in 1990 entitled Gilbert, Knappenberger, Jarrett & Allied
Families. Her research on early German ancestors and
the original 1700s immigrants especially the descendants of J.
Michael's son, J. Henry, was an invaluable resource.
Dorothy's research and book was a wonderful foundation upon which we
have expanded. She was the researcher to determine which sons
belonged to Erhard and which ones belonged to Michael. Her genealogical skills are unrivaled and are
truly appreciated and
Elsie Worman was born 26 May 1917 and died 21 January 2007.
The catalyst for
this project was the interest and research provided by Richard Heckman
and Gertrude Keirn, descendents of Conrad Knappenberger via his
grandson, John Knappenberger of Armstrong County, PA. They were
the ones to "discover" Dorothy Worman's book and then added
further knowledge of the family through their own personal
research. They first put the family tree
information onto a computer database. These two cousins then passed on
their enthusiasm and interest to me, Sue Appleton, who expanded the
project to include all Knappenbergers.
recent years, new genealogical tools and research have come online making it
possible to further the Knappenberger family history. We feel that
many holes have been filled along with new branches
found. With the help of many "cousins" around the
country, we hope to continue our family
A very special
thanks goes to my father,
Allen J. Knappenberger of Armstrong
County PA, who instilled in me a desire to learn more about our family
and made me proud to be a Knappenberger. Thanks, Dad! Sue
One of the major purposes of this family history project and website is to
give our Knappenberger "cousins" an opportunity to make family
connections not only back to Germany but to each other as well. We have enabled a number of Knappenberger cousins around the country to make
those connections to earlier generations as well as to current
relatives. Many times we've read emails that stated, "I didn't
think that I had any relatives and now I do!" This is has perhaps been
our greatest feeling of accomplishment from this project. The stories are many including:
The Knappenberger family from Michigan who did not know any further back than 1910 in Reading, PA!|
The Hawaiian cousins who knew they had some connection to Clarion County, PA but did not know the full connection.|
The Arizona cousins who knew back to Oklahoma but did not know back to Westmoreland County, PA and earlier.|
The Texas cousin who found a new uncle!|
The California cousin who knew his roots in Iowa but had no clue anything prior to his grandparents.|
The KNUPPENBURG family who did not realize the connection to the Knappenberger family!|
The Tennessee cousins who reconnected with their cousins from