Steve, I was fascinated with the research information you have compiled thus far.Although we are at infant stages in our inquiries, I did note your comments relative to the settlement of Canipes in the Catawba River area.I would assume you are referring to the Catawba County, North Carolina area.
I did not relate to most of the names you mentioned but my grandfather's name was Jacob L. Canipe and he married Essie Udor Settlemyre.My mother is Violet Canipe Moore and she is one of 2 children remaining from the Canipe-Settlemyre union. I thought the Settlemyre name was also close to the Settermyer name you listed on your research.
Another interesting similarity was the constant changing of the spelling of the name Canipe to Kanipe.Understandably there were changes in the old country names and the new country so we can understand how Kneip could have become Canipe; however, what amazes me is how some children in the same family changed the spelling of their surname.For example, my Uncle Lloyd and Uncle Arthur spelled their surname Kanipe; other family members used Canipe.When I questioned why they did it, the response was "I wanted to".Good answer.
Perhaps we are not in the same family line, but I would like to pursue any connection there may be between our families as we search for lineage.