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John Knecht
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Birth: Sep. 19, 1835
Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death: Nov. 4, 1926
Warren County
Illinois, USA

Born in Machtolsheim, Wurttemburg, he immigrated in 1853 and worked as a wagon maker in Chicago. Acquiring much land in Deerfield, he began his own cartage shop and General Store in 1858. He became quite influential in the town.

He married Henrietta Schneider on June 7, 1859 in Chicago. They had 6 children: John, Samuel, George who died before age 2, Elizabeth, Lilly, Julia.

In 1915, during the period of violent hostility to all things German, a son changed the spelling of the family name to KNIGHT. Most later descendants have that spelling.

Obituary: Evangelical Messenger of 4 December 1926.

John Knecht, born at Machtolsheim, Wuertt., Germany, Sept. 19, 1835, died Nov. 4, 1926, at Monmouth, Ill. He came to America in 1853. He married Henrietta Schneider, a sister of Rev. John Schneider, of the Illinois Conf., in 1859.

Six children were born to this union, one of whom died in infancy. Mrs. Knecht died in 1913. Bishop R. Dubs was a frequent visitor in his home. He joined the Evangelical Church about New Year, 1859. In the Deerfield, Ill., Evangelical church he was Sunday-school superintendent and class leader for eleven years and also served as trustee. He was for many years a reader of "Der Christliche Botschafter" and always a liberal giver to the enterprises of his church. He is survived by 5 children 
Family links: 
  Henrietta Schneider Knecht (1842 - 1913)*
  John Edward Knight (1860 - 1933)*
  Samuel Edwin Knight (1862 - 1929)*
  George Newton Knecht (1865 - 1867)*
  Mary Elizabeth Knecht Warfield (1872 - 1946)*
  Julia Florence Knecht Cowell (1874 - 1940)*
*Calculated relationship
North Northfield Cemetery
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Maintained by: familypast
Originally Created by: Rosetta
Record added: Aug 03, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9262760

You didn't make many of these, but your wagons and wheels were big business.
- family researcher
 Added: Jun. 29, 2009
Your skill and hard work brought many blessings to your family. Thank you.
- Rosetta
 Added: Feb. 17, 2007

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