Andreas Knerr Jr.
Elisabetha Kocher
Johan Heinrich Muehlhausen
(Abt 1790-)
Anna Kunigunda
(Abt 1784-Bef 1860)
Jonas Knerr
Susanna Muehlhausen
Catharine Ann Knerr


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1. Jacob B. Heller

2. Charles Benner

Catharine Ann Knerr 1 2

  • Born: 22 Aug 1841, Lowhill Twp., Lehigh, PA 2
  • Marriage (1): Jacob B. Heller
  • Marriage (2): Charles Benner
  • Died: 25 Jan 1914, Heidelberg Twp., Lehigh, PA at age 72 2 3 4 5
  • Buried: 29 Jan 1914, Leather Corner Post: Morgenland Church Cemetery, Lehigh, PA 2 3 4 5

   Other names for Catharine were Catharina Ann Knerr,6 7 8 Catherine Knerr,5 9 Katie Knerr 10 and Kitty Knerr.4

  Birth Notes:

Event Description: Her tombstone bears brithdate 22 Aug 1841 while her death certiificate and obituary have 23 Aug 1841.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. She has conflicting birth information of Her tombstone bears brithdate 22 Aug 1841 while her death certiificate and obituary have 23 Aug 1841., 23 Aug 1841 and Lowhill Twp., Lehigh, PA. 3 4 5 8

2. Census in 1850 in Lowhill Twp., Lehigh, PA. 8 The 1850 census recorded Jonas Knorr, shoemaker, 36, living with wife Susannah, 31; Catherine Ann, 9; Willoughby, 5; and Henry, 5 months when the census was recorded on 9 Aug 1850. Jonas' real estate was valued at $1000.

3. Census in 1860 in Lowhill Twp., Lehigh, PA. 11 The 1860 census recorded 3 Knerr families living as neighbors.

Andrew Knerr, 73, is living with his wife Elizabeth, 73. His real estate is valued at $8700 and personal estate $1350.

Next door is his son, Owen Knerr, 40, tenant farmer, with his wife Mary A., 29; William, 15; James, 13; Elizabeth, 11; Adda, 9; Asa, 5. Also in Owen's home is Alice Beck, 6, and Elizabeth Gedes, 65. Owen has no real estate and his personal estate is worth $1429.

Next to Owen is his older brother, Jonas Knerr, shoemaker, 45, living with wife Susan, 40; Catherine A., 19; Willoughby, 15; and Henry, 10. Jonas' real estate was valued at $1400 and personal estate at $305.

Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. The post office was Schnecksville.

4. Newspaper: Allentown Democrat: Surprise Party, 24 Aug 1909, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 12 Mrs. Kate Heller, of Walberts, was agreeably surprised by the following friends and relatives in honor of her sixty-eighth birthday anniversary on Sunday:
Rev. H. E. Samuel, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Kocher, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Cavanaugh, Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Achey, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Mohr, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Miller, Messrs. Sol Wisser, Willoughby Knerr, Sydney Achey, Hans Brunner, John Gackenbach, William Sotzing, Ray Moyer, Allen Stauffer, henry Muthart, Mrs. E. Henry Knerr, Mrs. James Delong, Mrs. O. P. Balliet, Miss Rebecca Diebert, Miss Sadie Achey, and the Misses Carrie, Katie, Minnie, Grace, Lizzie and Mary Knerr, and Fred Delong and Kermit and Russell Miller.
Mrs. Heller was the recipient of many presents, and her guests, after spending the day in the grove at Walberts, partook of dinner and supper in the open, and left in the evening, wishing her many happy returns of the day.

5. Cause of Death: general debility, neuralgia, 25 Jan 1914, Heidelberg Twp., Lehigh, PA. 5

6. Obituary: Allentown Leader: obituary of Mrs. Catherine Knerr on 26 Jan 1914 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 9 Mrs. Catherine Knerr
On Sunday afternoon Mrs. Catherine Knerr died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Semmel, near Schecksville, at the age of 72 years, 5 months and 2 days, of complication of diseases.
The deceased was born in Lowhill Township and was the daughter of the late Jonas and Susan Knerr. She was a life long member of the Reformed wing of the Morgenland Church. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Oliver Balliet of this city, and Mrs. Henry Semmel, with whom she resided near Schnecksville. One brother, Willoughby Knerr also survives.
The funeral will be held from the home of her daughter, on Thursday morning at 9.30 o'clock. Regular funeral services will be held in Morgenland Church by the Rev. F. A. Guth and the remains will be interred in the adjoining cemetery.

Catharine married Jacob B. Heller. (Jacob B. Heller was born on 18 Dec 1833 in , Lehigh, PA and died on 31 Mar 1865 in , Lehigh, PA 6.)

Catharine next married Charles Benner.


1 I324.

2 Find A Grave,

3 Morganland Church Cemetery Listing (

4 Knerr, Katie Isabelle, Notes of Katie Isabelle Knerr (Handwritten notes of her family history, in possession of her daughter, Isabel Beacher.).

5, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 6240. Caherine Knerr. Father Jonas Knerr. Mother Susan Muehlhauss.

6 History of the counties of Lehigh and Carbon, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia: Everts & Richards, 1884, 934 pgs.), Lowhill Township, Chapter XXV, written with E. H. Knerr, Esq., pages 288-289.

7 Roberts, Charles Rhodes, History Of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, Volume II (Allentown, Pa., Lehigh Valley Pub. Co., 1914. 3 volumes, illustrated, maps. Prepared by a committee appointed by the Lehigh County Historical Society; chapters contributed by various writers.), Pages 704-711. Knerr Family genealogy.

8 1850 United States Census, Jonas Knorr, Lowhill, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States; citing family 120, NARA microfilm publication M432.

9 The Allentown Leader (Allentown, PA) (Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania), 26 Jan 1914, page 9. Obituary of Mrs. Catherine Knerr.

10 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 9 Jan 1895, page 1.

11 1860 United States Census, Year: 1860; Census Place: Lowhill, Lehigh, Pennsylvania; Roll: M653_1130; Page: 151; Image: 156; Family History Library Film: 805130.

12 Allentown Democrat (Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania), 24 Aug 1909, page 5.

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