|Our homepage is devoted to one branch of the KNARR-KNERR family -- the descendants and ancestry of Abraham KNERR (KNOERR) and Maria Eva FAESS (FAHS).Abraham and Maria Eva arrived in Philadelphia on the Ship Lydia, Sept 29, 1741 and later settled in what is today Lehigh County, PA. They had married the previous year in 1740 in Europe; their nuptial record is in the Burbach Reformed Churchbook, Alsace. Maria Eva's family lived in Berg, Alsace. The document of her mother's estate settlement is very revealing concerning inheritance, family members, vocation, emigration, land, and their possessions. The parish records and legal documents in both the Alsace and Switzerland have been studied to trace Abraham's ancestry.Abraham was confirmed at Diedendorf Reformed in 1733 and married in 1740 at Burbach, German-speaking villages in the Lower Alsace. The pastor performing the marriage came from Asswiller, another small village in the immediate area about forty miles northwest of Strasbourg, France. We have uncovered legal documents at the archives in Solothurn, Switzerland, indicating that Abraham, along with his aunt Margret KNOERR, migrated from the village of Gossliwil inCanton Solothurn, Switzerland, to Adamswiller inthe Alsace in 1726. Abraham's mother Elsbeth Knoerr was deceased at that time. While researching during June 1998 at the archives in Strasbourg, Solothurn and Bern, we uncovered additional information on the KNOERR families in Switzerland. My wife and I also had the opportunity to visit with KNOERR families in Luesslingen, a village just outside of Solothurn. I summarize our findings in my on-line book project. The oldest legal Swiss documents that we found on the KNOERR clan mentioned (in 1510) two brothers Turs (Durs) and Hans Knor of Bibern. Bibern is just down the road from Gossliwil. Swiss parish records (Oberwil) begin in 1579. Oldest parish record showing a KNOERR baptism was Feb 23, 1584. The infant was Durs and father Benedicht Knoerr from Bibern. Benedicht also fathered Hans, bp Jan 23, 1586; Ulie bp April 14, 1588; Anna bp. Oct 4, 1590 and Benedicht bp Dec 31, 1592. The first Abraham Knoerr I found was bp Dec 1594 whose father was Albrecht Knoerr. First recorded marriage of a KNOERR found was in 1590 between Albrecht Knoerr & BarbliElsasser. I am compiling a listing of the very early KNOERR records from the 1500s and 1600s. Hundreds of records have been unearthed, and will be included in chapters or appendices of the on-line book project. For additional detail and narrative, please go to that link. To summarize: Our 1998 research found that Abraham's wife was a Faess, and both the Faess and Knoerr family ancestral lines can now definitely be traced back to specific Swiss villages. Recently found information on siblings,confirmation, marriage, emigration, ancestry, and KNOERR family history are being documented.|
Besides viewing my on-line book project with more than twenty chapters of narrative and historical information, you are invited to check out (1) the Database Table; (2) Kinship Reports; (3) Genealogy Report on descendants of Abraham KNERR and Maria Eva FAESS; (4) the InterneTree; (5) an Ahnentafel of our children; (6) the Knarr-Knerr-Knorr DNA project website.
We invite additions or corrections to our posted information. We greatly appreciate any such assistance. We have not had time recently to update the database as we would like, but we are always wanting to improve our information!
The KNARR-KNERR-KNORR Y-DNA project is underway with six participants. We invite representatives from different branches and family trees that may be related to our surname to participate in this research. Please use the link below to find out more information and status of any findings. We fully expect to advance our genealogical knowledge by giving careful attention to the possibilities and results of comparative Y-DNA testing for the paternal side and mtDNA testing for the maternal side.