Dear Cathy, Your entry is old. I discovered this site today, May 30, 2006.
I may be able to help you. I have investigated the Knecht family in Bessarabia as my grandfather was a Knecht from there. I have checked my files and found one Johann Knecht born in Benkendorf. However, I would need further info, his birthdate, to see if they correspond. In that case I have info about his siblings and his ancestors. Take care, Karl