William John Knecht, youngest son of John and Dorothea (Kurz) Knecht was born October 6, 1866 in New Haven, Connecticut. Shortly after the death of his mother William left New Haven about 1900. It was rumored that William moved out west, but it is not known where?
Found in the Civil War pension papers of John Knecht, father of William, was a letter from Merrill, Plmouth County, Iowa. This letter, from a Mrs. Frank Kowalski to the Pension Office, in Washington D.C., requested the address of John Knecht who served in the Civil War from New Haven, Connecticut.The accuracy of the data contained in this letter would suggest that it was obtained from a source who had knowledge of this Knecht family and who was familiar with this information? I believe this source to be William Knecht?
This women's husband, Frank Kowalski, worked as a carpenter, as did William Knecht. A lot of the carpenters, back in those days, traveled hundreds of miles in search of work building barns and houses. There is good reason to believe that William Knecht passed through Merrill and then moved on to another state in search of work? The reason Mrs. Kowalski wrote this letter may never be known, however, I believe it had something to do with William Knecht? Need any information on William Knecht!