Andreas Faess
(About 1668-1743)
Anna Eichenberger
(About 1690-1765)
Abraham Knerr Sr.
(1714-1793)
Maria Eva Faess
(1713-1792)
Andreas Knerr Sr.
(1758-1840)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Catharina Elisabetha Schall

Andreas Knerr Sr. 1 2 3

  • Born: 5 Jun 1758, Lowhill Twp., Lehigh, PA 3
  • Marriage (1): Catharina Elisabetha Schall on 29 Dec 1781 in Lowhill Twp., Lehigh, PA
  • Died: 13 Dec 1840, Lowhill Twp., Lehigh, PA at age 82 3
  • Buried: Neffs: Neffs Union Cemetery, Lehigh, PA 3 4

   Another name for Andreas was Andrew Knerr Sr.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. He served in the military Revolutionary War in 1792. 5 He appears on the list of veterans who are telling for pensions.

2. He served in the military Pennsylvania Cavalry in 1812 in , , PA. The notes from the National Society U.S. Daughters of 1812
1812 Ancestor Index pg 296
KNERR, Andrew b. Pa. 1758 d. Pa. 1840 Pvt. Pa. Cavalry
...m. Catherine Elizabeth Schall - daughter Catherine m. Paul Kramlich

The 1812 Ancestor Index lists approximately 20,000 established ancestors, who had military or other service during the period from the close of the American Revolution, 1784, until the close of the War of 1812 in 1815. The ancestors, men and women, are listed with the names of their spouse, and the name of the child with his or her spouse that the descendant came through.

3. He appeared on the census in 1840 in Lowhill Twp., Lehigh, PA. 6

4. Book: History of the counties of Lehigh and Carbon, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1884. 7
Abraham Knerr, the ancestor of the Knerrs of Lowhill, was born in the year 1714 (but where in not known), probably in Germany. He came to Lowhill between the years 1748 and 1750, and took up a tract of land at the Jordan Creek, about three hundred acres. He had two sons, John and Andrew. To his son John, he gave a tract of land in Weissenbert (near where Claussville now is, and at present owned by Levi Knerr), and to his son Andrew he gave the tract at the Jordan (part of it was conveyed to him on May 18, 1784). He died April 21, 1793, at the age of seventy-nine years. He lived in wedlock fifty-two years.

Andrew married Catharine Elizabeth Schall, and had thirteen children, of whom four died young. Among those who came to maturity were Abraham, born Jan. 16, 1783 (married to Gertrude Smith), who kept the hotel at Claussville between the years 1810 and 1820, and later the hotel at Hynemansville, in Weissenberg.

Catherine, born Dec 23, 1784, married Paul Kramlich, and settled in Ohio.

Andrew, born February, 1787, married Elizabeth Kocher, and bought a part of the old homestead from his father on Aug. 17, 1816, and another tract on May 13, 1822, in all about one hundred and fifty acres. He lived all his life in Lowhill, and died in Jun, 1865, at the age of seventy-eight years; his wife died four years before, and both were buried at the Union Church Cemetery.

Anna Maria, born Feb. 10, 1796, married Jacob Brobst. Two daughters are living, one a widow, Matilda Romig, living at Allentown with her children and grandchildren and her sister Abbey, the wife of Levi Knerr, merchant, at Claussville.

Elizabeth, born Aug. 27, 1798, married Peter Kuhns, of Lowhill. In the early time of Allentown they kept a hotel at the corner of Tenth and Hamilton Streets. Her only daughter, Mrs. Mary Young, widow of the later Col. E.B. Young (who was at one time mayor of the city of Allentown), is living at Allentown with her children.

Salome, born Aug. 21, 1800, married George Braveber, who left early for Union County, Pa., where her descendants are living.

David, born Sept. 29, 1803, married Sarah Horn. He took the original old home where the ancestor, Abraham, first settled, and held the same until his death, which occurred in December, 1864, at the age of sixty-one years. His widow is still living in Allentown.

Elias, born April 1, 1806, intermarried to a Miss Peiffer, went to Crawford County, Pa., where he died. His descendants are still living there.

Andrew Knerr Jr.., of the third generation, who bought a piece of the original tract, had nine children who came to maturity.

5. Book: Anniversary History of Lehigh County on page 708 published, 1914. 8
Andrew Knerr, youngest son of Abraham, Sr., was born June 5, 1758. He lived on the homestead in Lowhill Township, which he received from his father and which he farmed until his death. He served several terms of enlistment in the Revolutionary War, enlisting first as a private at the age of 19, in 1771 in Captain John Homer's company, and later as a fifer in Captain Andrew Dapper's company, in 1780, under the command of Col. Henry Geiger.

He was a member of the Reformed Congregation at Unionville, where he and his wife are buried. He died in Lowhill, Dec. 13, 1840. Rev. Joseph S. Dubs conducted the funeral services. At his death, 52 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren survived him.

He married, Dec. 29, 1781, Catharine Elizabeth Schall, daughter of George Schall and his wife, Catharine Newhard. She was born in Oley Township, Berks County, March 4, 1764, and died April 30, 1850. They had ten children: Abraham, Catharine, Andrew, John, Peter, Anna Maria, Elizabeth, Salome, David, and Elizabeth.

On May 18, 1784, Abraham Knerr Sr. and his wife sold tracts, containing respectively, 126 acres, 47 perches, 52~2 acres, and 48 acres, 32 perches, to their youngest son, Andrew, for £450. One hundred acres of this land, with the old house, is now owned by George F. Knerr, of Allentown, a great-grandson of Andrew.

Andrew Knerr purchased another tract of 44 acres in Lowhill Township from his father on March 6, 1784, for £100. This tract had been granted to Christopher Obel, by a warrant dated Nov. 30, 1750, who by deed of May 5, 1764, conveyed it to Andrew Eshbach, who sold on April 3, 1772, to Jacob Dorner, who on March 2, 1774, sold the tract to Abraham Knerr, Sr.

Page 450: Andreas, who married a Miss Schall and settled at the Jordan, and became the father of the Jordan branch of the Knerr family

Page 288: History of Lehigh County, Pa
...and to his son, Andrew, he gave the tract at the Jordan (part of it ....to him on May 18, 1784). Andrew married Catharine Elizabeth Schall and had 13 children, of whom four died young. Among those who came to maturity were Abraham, born Jan. 16, 1783 (married to Gertrude Smith), who kept the hotel at Claussville between the years 1810 and 1820, and then the hotel at Hyne.....in Weissenberg.


Andreas married Catharina Elisabetha Schall, daughter of George Schall and Catharina Neuhard, on 29 Dec 1781 in Lowhill Twp., Lehigh, PA. (Catharina Elisabetha Schall was born on 4 Mar 1764 in Pike Twp., Berks, PA 4 9 10 11, christened in Boyertown: Oley Reformed Church (Hills Church now St. Joseph's Lutheran and Reformed Church), Berks, PA,9 11 died on 30 Apr 1850 in Lowhill Twp., Lehigh, PA 4 10 and was buried in Neffs: Neffs Union Cemetery, Lehigh, PA.)


Sources


1 Ancestry.com I324.

2 Berks County Courthouse, Will of Georgia Schall, http://www.rootsweb.com/~paberks/.

3 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26779992.

4 John Richard Knarr, Ph.D, Abraham Knoerr and Maria Eva Faess: European Roots & the New Land (Copyright 1998
John Richard Knarr, Ph.D.
P.O. Box 306
N. Manchester, IN 46962
email: jknarr@hoosierlink.net
phone: 219/982-7219; 982-2678 fax: 219/982-6129
http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/k/n/a/John-Richard-Knarr).

5 Clark, Murtie June, The Pension Lists of 1792-1795 with Other Revolutionary War Pension Records (Genealogical Publishing Company), Page 114.

6 1840 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lehigh County, Roll 469 Book 1, Page 243a.

7 History of the counties of Lehigh and Carbon, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia: Everts & Richards, 1884, 934 pgs.), Page 288.

8 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.).

9 Egle, William Henry, Notes and Queries: Historical and Genealogical Chiefly Relating to Interior Pennsylvania (1895, Harrisburg Publishing Co., reprinted 1970, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore.
Editions: First and Second Series Volume I, Notes and Queries - XIX. Volume 2.), Records of the Oley Reformed Church.

10 Roberts, Charles Rhodes, History Of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, Volume III (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.).

11 Humphrey, John T, Pennsylvania Births (These records, found in 213 church, meeting, and pastoral records, were compiled by John T. Humphrey, and were originally published in a thirteen-volume set entitled Pennsylvania Births.
They are now available online as Southeastern Pennsylvania, 1680-1800 Birth Index at
http://www.genealogy.com/).



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