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Updated July 13, 2003

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A comprehensive study of the family of Beverly Knoll. Surnames include: KNOLL, SHARPE, MCPHERSON, MOORE, MYERS AND OLNEY.

Here you will also find stories such as the complete autobiography of grandfather Charles Knoll; poems by Hattie Belle Myers Knoll (my grandmother); the saga of John D. "Jack" McPherson, who met an untimely death while "under the influence" in a fall from the "Soo" Locks in 1895 (at the time of his death, Jack was the champion shot-putter of the world); and my personal favorite -- the story of Nathan Hale Olney who, in 1843 at age 19 left the Iowa home of his parents on horseback and rode to Independence, Missouri to sign on with the Oregon Emigrating Company wagon train to the Oregon Territory. This epic journey, now known as The Great Migration, takes him to Wascopum (The Dalles, Oregon) where he marries the daughter of a
Native American chief. Alas, Nathan also meets an untimely death in a fall from his horse.

This, of course, is a work in progress! I hope you enjoy the stories and maybe find a connection or two.

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    Headstone of great grandfather Valentine Knoll, born in Bavaria in 1817, died in Homer, Hamilton County, Iowa 4 Aug 1889.
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