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Posted by: Judy Schrader Date: July 29, 1999 at 09:52:54
In Reply to: Re: KNEIFEL by Jennifer Kneifel of 44

Dear Jennifer: I am so sorry about not responding sooner. I didn't think the Kneifl line was on GenForum. You asked if there was some connection between your Nebraska Kneifl's and mine, and I can only say that there must be. We spell the name Kneifl, but as far as I know there are only the descendants of Jacob Kneifl in Nebraska. There are no people in the state with a name even close to ours that is not a relative. My great-great grandfather was Jacob Kneifl. He had six children: Thomas, who stayed in Wisconsin; Martin, who came to Nebraska; Philip, who also came to Nebraska and is my great-grandfather; Frank, who stayed in Wisconsin;Agnes, who came with her husband Caspar Schieffer, to Nebraska; and Maria who must have died in Wisconsin. The family is listed in a book of Czech Immigrants as coming to America in 1856. Apparently two of the boys (either Martin and Thomas or Martin and Philip)had come to the U.S. earlier, but must have gone back for the family. Martin came over in 1854, separately from the rest of the fmily. They actually came from Baden, Austria, but the roots of the family were probably in Czechoslovakia, not too far from Baden. The family settled first in Wisconsin, near LaCrosse, but then some of the families migrated to Newcastle, Nebraska in the 1860's and 1870's. I have a lot of information on the Nebrasska Kneifl's and some on the Wisconsin relatives. I am so glad to find someone requesting information here. Please write back and tell me how you are connected to the Nebraska Kneifl's, and we can begin toshare information. I am so excited!...Judy (Kneifl) Schrader, Lincoln, Nebraska.

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