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Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with your family names-- I actually only have my direct ancestry. I've gotten as far back as Henry KANIPE/KNEIP, who's son Henry CANIPE was my g-g-g-grandfather. It is my understanding that all the CANIPEs and KANIPEs from Western NC are related, descended from Christian KNEIP who came from Germany aboard the ship Ranier in 1749. The surname was variously spelled KNEIP, KNIPE, KANIPE, CANIPE, and
KEN(N)IPE in NC. The usage of KANIPE and CANIPE appears around the time of the Civil War. My great-grandfather, Clarence CANIPE, spoke fluent German. I don't know if this was handed down through the CANIPEs, learned in school, or came from other ancestors (most of my father's family are of German descent).