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Re: KNEIFEL
Posted by: Judy Kneifl Date: January 19, 2000 at 15:20:46
In Reply to: Re: KNEIFEL by Ronda Kneifl of 44

Dear Ronda: I apologize for not responding to you sooner. I found out before Christmas vacation that I was to have surgery for a full hysterectomy on Jan. 4th, and I ran around like crazy getting substitute materials ready (I teach high school English) etc. We were going to the Fiesta Bowl, so there were those preparations as well. I am able to sit at the computer now and found your response and that is why I am so late in writing back to you. I would love to have pictures of the Martin Kneifl families, and I will be happy to give you the information I have about Jacob and Theresa once I dig it out of my genealogy box. I cannot do any lifting for a while, so I must wait until my daughter gets my notebooks out for me. I will try to use the time of my enforced recuperation to get any of that information to you. I do so wish that we still had your grandfather Pete around to talk to. I visited with him a long time ago and he regaled me with ever so many stories concerning the Kneifls. I loved it. I wish I had known then what mysteries I wanted to clear up, because he no doubt could have been a great help. My dad and Pete were double cousins since my dad's grandfather was Peter Dreesen, younger brother to Agnes (Dreesen) Lux...or something like that. I am going by memory here since my Kneifl notebook is in the inaccessible box just now. Do you have any information on Frank Kneifl, oldest son of Martin and father to Martin Joseph, or Joe as he was called? I cannot find any burial place for the elder Frank, and nobody seems to know where he ended up. There is some mention that he did not end up very well, but that is just rumor. I have pieced the story of his family together pretty well. This FRank would have been your great-great uncle, I think. I am doing all lines of these Kneifls and it bugs me to have these mysteries sitting in the family tree. This Frank's first wife (Mary Casey?) died. She was the mother of Martin Joseph (Joe). Frank married a Catherine Marron, then...how she is related to the other Catherine Marron, wife of my great-uncle, Michael Kneifl, I do not know. At any rate she is listed in later censuses as the stepmother of Martin Joseph (Joe), and the adoptive mother of a Marron boy and an Edith. Frank had disappeared from records by 1910, and he is the one I'd like to know more about. Catherine, his wife, is buried in the Southcreek cemetery,along with Frank's first wife, Mary, his son Martin Joseph (Joe), Joe's first wife (Gertrude Kayl who died apparently from the Spanish flu), and a baby girl of Joe's from his second wife. Joe's second wife married again and is buried with the second husband in St. John's cemetery in Jackson. The two children by Joe and his second wife are Helen and Frank. Frank died a few years back. I'm sorry for going on so much about this family, but they have always interested me for some reason. I communicate every once in a while with Frank's wife, Mary, and I've talked on the phone with Helen. My dad was quite close to John Kneifl's family. John was a brother to Joseph, your great-grandfather, wasn't he? Well, I am babbling. Let's continue to correspond. I will dig out my Kneifl notebook and send along to you what I have on Jacob and Theresa. I am corresponding with a Helmut Kneifel who lives in Cologne, Germany, and I hope that he can help with research of the Kneifls in Bohemia and Austria. Are you able to E-mail pictures of the Martin Kneifl families? Let me know. I hope to hear from you. Sincerely, Judy Kneifl Schrader.


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