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Re: New Orleans Knechts -- 1850's
Posted by: Joni Leffler Date: October 14, 2001 at 07:13:29
In Reply to: New Orleans Knechts -- 1850's by John L. Griener of 345

I have a Johann Knecht (Anglicized to John Kent), who was born on June 7, 1828, possibly in Prussia or Bayern. He immigrated in the early 1840s possibly via New Orleans. His death record states that he was a veteran of the U.S. -Mexican War, 1846-1848. The story I've been told by relatives is that he was proclaimed a hero because he saved the lives of many fellow passengers after their ship sank as they were approaching America. Unfortunately, none of his own family survived. He married Mary Gokey on 12-1-1851 in Jo Daviess Co., IL. They farmed there until the 1880s when they moved to Byrd's Creek, Richland Co., WI. John and Mary had 13 children. He died in WI in 1897. I have a strong hunch that he entered the U.S. via New Orleans between 1840-1846. I have no knowledge of his parents' names nor the names of any siblings.


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