Out of Dudelsheim

The Knauss/Knause Family

(The Revolutionary War Patriot Family)

The Knauss/Knause family is quite fortunate to have accessible existing records throughout eastern Pennsylvania.  We owe most to the full and accurate records in the Archives of the Moravian Church at Emaus, PA, which enabled researchers to trace this family back to Germany.

Much information is available in our personal files related to the siblings of each of the following persons and the political situation in the German Palatinate prior to and during the time of the family's immigration to America.

We are also fortunate in that daughter Jennifer O'Connell was able to visit Dudelsheim, Ober Hessen, Germany, in July of 1995, where she found many Knauss gravesites and several Knauss names through the centuries on war memorials.  Katharina Krein, our German foreign exchange student, and her family have continued to look for Knauss

information since.

 For our purposes here, we will concentrate on our direct line.

Lukas Knauss 1622-1713

Lukas Knauss1 was born in 1622 and lived in Dudelsheim, Ober Hessen, Germany.  He married Anna, b. 1634, d. 12 FEB 1710, aged 76 years.  He died 12 MAR 1713, aged 80 years.  The recorded children of Lukas and Anna Knauss were nine in number, the youngest being:  Johann "Ludwig" Knauss: 1685-1707.

                                         Johann Ludwig Knauss 1685-1707

Ludwig2 was baptized 29 MAR 1685, as Johann Ludwig Knauss.  On 16 FEB 1707 he married Anna Margaretha, daughter of John Henrich Gerlach.  Anna Margaretha was baptized 23 NOV 1687.

In the year 1723, Ludwig came to America with his family and settled in Whitemarsh, Philadelphia  (now Montgomery) Co., PA.   There he became a land owner, being mentioned among 47 landholders in 1734 in a history of Montgomery Co., at which time he was the owner of 100 acres of land.

In July 1728, he was deacon in the Whitemarsh Reformed Church, his signature being attached to an appeal of the New York Classis of the Dutch Reformed Church to have the Rev. John Philip Boehm licensed and ordained.  This appeal was forwarded to the Classis at Amsterdam, in Holland, which returned a favorable reply.  Ludwig was apparently a deacon of the High Reformed Church at Whitemarsh from at least 1728 to 1739.

Ludwig is included in a list of Germans who were naturalized 1738-39 at Philadelphia.

It is probable that Ludwig's wife died in Whitemarsh township, and that after her death he took up his residence with either his son Gottfried or John George along the Jordan Creek, Lehigh Co., where he married Anna Eva (his second wife).  Ludwig Knauss died in 1746 and letters of administration were granted in Bucks Co., PA, to his son Gottfried, 26 MAR 1746.

Our direct ancestor is this son Gottfried, son of Ludwig and his first wife Anna Margaretha.

Gottfried Knauss  1707- 1777

Gottfried3 was baptized 15 NOV 1707 as "Gotho Grodus" at Dudelsheim, Germany, and came to America with his parents in 1723.  He settled in Whitehall township, Bucks (now Lehigh) Co., PA, about 1745.  In 1753, he was constable of the township and on 10 APR 1755 he was naturalized.

His first wife, Anna Eva, died about 1758.  Gottfried's will was dated 25 MAR 1763 and probated 21 MAY 1777.  Gottfried is buried in the orchard on his farm at Shererville, PA.  His estate was valued at the time of his death at 433 pounds, and included two horses, one cow and three hogs.

Gottfried and his wife Anna Eva had six sons who served in the American Revolution. Our ancestor is their fourth child:  Daniel Knauss.

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