|Birth: ||Mar. 1, 1819, Germany|
|Death: ||Oct. 29, 1903|
*Geboren In Hannover
Married Darette Frederike Louise SIEBCRECHT Knoche on 7 Nov 1852 in Santa Clara County, CA. Together they had 6 children.
Johann Eduard Knoche, born on March 1st, 1819 in Salzderhelden, Germany, trained as a gold and silver smith. In 1846, he came to New Orleans, leaving in 1849 with other gold-seekers for California on the bark, "Montgomery" via Montevideo and Valparaiso. Working as a gold and silversmith on Kearney Street, he was flooded out and then opened a street coffee stand with a partner who soon left for the mines. Knoche followed but returned to S.F. shortly afterward.
During 1850 Knoche worked as a dishwasher, a waiter, and then a goldsmith. In April 1850, Knoche left with 4 other Germans for the mines via Pacheco Pass. With no success, he decided to head further south but lost his provisions in a fire. Returning to Aqua Frio with his previous partners, Knoche worked the mines of Mariposa for 4 weeks and returned to S.F. to start a beverage supply business in San Jose.
From his autobiography:
"I was born the first day of March, 1819 in Salzderhelden, on the river Leine, Kingdom of Hanover, Germany, under the reign of King George the IV, who was at the time the King of England.
"My father's name was Karl Ludwig Knoche, my mother's name was Ernestine John...
"In 1846 I emigrated to New Orleans. I had an attack of the Yellow Fever, and as during 1848-1849 the reports of the big lumps of gold in California began to be published, I resolved to leave New Orleans...
"A few years after I arrived in California, my brother, sister, and a young girl -- Louise Seibrecht -- had come around the Horn to San Jose. Soon after their arrival, the latter became my wife...
"In 1870 the death of four children drove us to Germany, where we remained four years. In 1890 our oldest son, Gustave Knoche (a life member of the Pioneer Society) died. Our youngest son, and only surviving child, is now living with us." (From the Online Archive of California)
Oak Hill Memorial Park
Santa Clara County
Plot: Roble Section
Created by: Candice xo
Record added: Apr 11, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13921342
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