Hi Dennis, did you go to Whitewater back in 1968? If you did, I talked to you several times. I used to go to the Fenske/Knaack family reunions in Princeton around 1953-1960 time frame. My Great Grandmother was Emilie (Amelia) Ponto who married Edward Fenske in April 6, 1874. They had 6 children, one of them being my Grandmother Mary Theresa Fenske who married Paul Kelm. After Edward died, Amelia married Gottlieb Knaack, on January 8, 1890, they had three children: Albert, William and Lydia. I can remember going to Aunt Liddy's house, it was kiddy corner to St John's church it was next to a scool. She married Ernest PRIEBE and they had
one daughter Neoma. I remember they ran the backery in Princeton. I remember she was a funny fat lady and she loved to eat and always had sweets for us kids. I have no information on William and don't know if he ever got married. Albert Knaack married Minna BUCHHOLZ and they had three children: Wilbert, Karl and Milderd. I don't have any more information about them.
Amelia Knaach is buried in St John's cemetery in the Knaack family plot. I have more iformation about her and the Fenske and Ponto families if you want it.
The only information about Gottlieb Knaack is that he died in 1940. I hope you can fill me in on more information about him and his parents and brothers and children etc. As I would like to extend the information in my family tree maker software.
I did get some information last summer going through old church records at St John's in Princeton.
William Adolph Knnack b. May 27, 1881 baptised 6/26/81 (was this your Grandfather?)
Father Michael and Mother Carolin, sponsors Gottlieb Knnack
Birth of Ida Amanda Knaack December 14, 1883 baptised Jan 20, 1887 parents Michael and Caroline
Emma Clara Knaack 4/12/1871 not sure what event this was.
Marriage of Edward Fenske to Emilie Ponto April 6, 1874 (my great grand parents)
witnesses Arnt and Knaach
I was also lucky to get a message from a second cousin Sonya Fenske last month from the Fenske
Genealogy Forum. She also went to the family reunions in Princeton. Her grandfather was Gustav Fenske my
Grandmother's brother. So she was a big help in filling in much information. She will be excited to see your reply message. I will tell her about this forum. You can also email me at email@example.com.
Your long lost distant cousin
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