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Abraham Knepper

Male 1734 - 1823  (89 years)


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  • Name Abraham Knepper 
    Born 10 Mar 1734  Cumberland, Franklin County, Antrim Twp., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Dec 1823  Waynesboro, Franklin County, Washington Twp., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Mt. Zion Cem., Franklin County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1659  Carl
    Last Modified 30 Mar 2014 

    Father Wilhelmus Knepper,   b. 27 Oct 1691, Unnersberg, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1766 and 1767, Ephrata Cloister, Lancaster County PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Veronica -Bloom Bloem,   b. Abt 1702, Friesland, Surhuisterveen, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1769, Ephrata Cloister, Lancaster County PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Married 17 Jan 1723  Friesland, Surhuisterveen, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F591  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Catherine Wurtz,   b. 26 Aug 1738, Coventry, Chester County PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1823, Franklin County PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 1758  Franklin County PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Samuel Knepper
     2. Catherine Knepper
     3. David Knepper,   b. 5 Jun 1759, Cumberland , Antrim Twp. Franklin County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1824, Quincy Twp, Franklin County PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     4. Abraham II Knepper,   b. 23 Apr 1766,   d. 27 Aug 1857  (Age 91 years)
     5. Joshua Knepper,   b. 23 Mar 1777,   d. 6 Apr 1839  (Age 62 years)
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2014 
    Family ID F590  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • In 1762 Abraham, brother Peter, and brother-in-law John Horn were members of the Brethren Church at Big Conewago, York Co., PA. He bought 100 acres in Cumberland Co. in 1765 with his parents. He preached in Westmoreland Co. in 1770. He served in the Revolution against his beliefs under Captain Samuel Rogers, 8th Battalion, Cumberland Militia in 1779 and 1780. In 1782 he was taxed for 400 acres. His will was dated 21 May 1811.

      Abraham built a two story home which is still standing today. It is along the road between Mont Alto and Quincy and is known as Knepper's Station. His will was written 21 May 1811 and was put on record 1 Mar 1824 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. He left all his property to Catherine. Upon her death the home was to go to Samuel who was to pay shares to the remaining children. The home remained in the Knepper family for many generations.

      Abraham married Maria Catherine WERTZ "Catherine" in 1758 in Franklin Co., Pennsylvania. Catherine was born on 26 Aug 1738 in Coventry, Chester Co., Pennsylvania. She was buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Quincy Twp., Franklin Co., Pennsylvania.

      She is the daughter of Hans Jacob & Anna Barbara (Huff) Wertz.

      They had the following children.
      +46F i Catherine KNEPPER was born about 1758. She died in 1811.+47M ii David KNEPPER was born on 5 Jun 1759. He died on 18 Nov 1824.+48M iii Abraham KNEPPER was born on 23 Apr 1766. He died on 27 Aug 1857.+49M iv Joshua KNEPPER was born on 23 Mar 1777. He died in Mar 1839.+50M v Samuel KNEPPER was born in 1780. He died in Mar 1839. 51Mvi

      Jacob KNEPPER was born in Antrim Twp., Cumberland Co., Pennsylvania.
      Antrim Twp., Cumberland Co., PA is now Quincy Twp., Franklin Co., PA.

      http://www.deffler.com/fami ly/knepper/zzzg04.htm#634


      "Pennsylvania Archives shows the following persons as tax payers in
      Cumberland County, usually with K omitted in the name: Abraham
      Knepper 1778-1787 1779 8th Battalion" (taken
      from same microfilm)
      DAR Patriot Index lists the following: Abraham Knepper b.
      1734 d.1823 m Catherine---- Pvt PA
      "AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIERS OF FRANKLIN County PA" says the
      following: ABRAHAM KNEPPER (NEPPER) Born, 1734 in
      Cumberland County,PA, Died, 1823, Franklin County Married Catherine Wertz.
      Buried in Mt. Zion Cem. between Mt. Alto and Waynesboro in Quincy Twp.
      7th Class Capt. Samuel Rodgers County of the First Batt. of Cumberland
      County Militia, 1780. 5th Ser. Vol 6, p. 80-90."

      1820 United States Federal Census
      about Abraham Nepper
      Name: Abraham Nepper
      Township: Washington
      County: Franklin
      State: Pennsylvania

      1810 United States Federal Census
      about Abraham Nepper
      Name: Abraham Nepper
      Township: Washington
      County: Franklin
      State: Pennsylvania
      Free White Males 45 and Over: 1
      Free White Females 45 and Over: 1
      Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
      Number of Household Members: 2


      From Bill Terrill (www.billterrill.com) 2006
      6. ABRAHAM4 KNEPPER (WILHELMUS3, HANS PETER2, TILMAN1)134,135,136 was born 10 Mar 1733/34 in
      Cumberland, Antrim Twp, Franklin County, Pennsylvania137,138, and died 08 Dec 1823 in Washington Twp.
      Franklin County, Pennsylvania139. He married MARIA CATHERINA WURTZ139,140 1758 in Franklin County,
      Pennsylvania141, daughter of HANS WURTZ and ANNA HOFF. She was born 26 Aug 1738 in Coventry, Chester
      County, Pennsylvania141,142, and died 17 Mar 1823 in Franklin County, Pennsylvania143,144.

      Notes for ABRAHAM KNEPPER:
      Abraham's will was written May 21, 1811 and was put on record March 01, 1824 in Chambersburg, PA.

      He was a Revolutionary War Soldier serving in the 5th Company of the 1st Battalion of Cumberland County
      militia. (PA. Archives, Fifth Series, Volume VI, pages 88-90).

      A letter (in German) written by him in 1789 is now (1936) in possession of Myrtle Knepper, Cape Girardeau,
      MO.

      From the notes of Gary Knepper:
      Abraham was a farmer who had approx. 440 acres at the time of his death. He served in the Revolutionary War
      as a private in the 8th Battalion, 5th Company of the Cumberland County Militia under Captain Samuel Rogers,
      in 1779 and 1780. Abraham builthis home, a stone 2 story home, which is still standing today, along the road
      between mont Alto and Quincy, and is known as Knepper's Station. Upon his death, he left all property to
      Catherine, according to his will. But upon her death, the home was to go to Samuel, who was to pay shares to the
      remaining children. The home remained in the Knepper family for many generation. Abraham and Catherine are
      buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery, which is a short distance west of their home.[Privatized Descendants of Tilman
      Knepper 08-08-01.FTW]

      Abraham's will was written May 21, 1811 and was put on record March 1, 1824 in Chambersburg, PA.

      He was a Revoluntionary War Soldier serving with the 5th Company of the 1st Battalion of Cumberland County
      milita. (PA. Archives,, Fifth Series, Volume VI, pages 88-90.)

      A letter (in German) written by him in 1789 is now (1936) in possession of Myrtle Knepper, Cape Girardeau,
      MO.

      From the notes of Gary Knepper:
      Abraham was a farmer who had approx. 440 acres at the time of his death. He served in the Revolutionary War as
      a private in the 8th Battalion, 5th Company of the Cumberland County Militia under Captain Samuel Rogers, in
      1779 and 1780. Abraham built his home, a stone 2 story home, which is still standing today, along the road
      between Mont Alto and Quincy, and is known as Knepper's
      Station. Upon his death, he left all property to Catherine, according to his will. But upon her death, the home was
      to go to Samuel, who was to pay shares to the remaining children. The home remained in the Knepper family for
      many generations. Abraham and Catherine are buried in Mt. Zion cemetery, which is a very short distance west of
      their home.

      More About ABRAHAM KNEPPER:
      Burial: Mt. Zion Cemetery, Quincy Twp, Franklin County, Pennsylvania

      6

      More About MARIA CATHERINA WURTZ:
      Burial: Mt. Zion Cemetery, Quincy Twp, Franklin County, Pennsylvania

      Children of ABRAHAM KNEPPER and MARIA WURTZ are:
      SAMUEL5 KNEPPER, d. Unknown.
      9. i.
      10. ii. DAVID KNEPPER, b. 05 Jun 1759, Cumberland, Antrim Twp, Franklin County, Pennsylvania; d. 18 Nov
      1824, Quincy Twp, Franklin County, Pennsylvania.
      11. iii. ABRAHAM KNEPPER, b. 23 Apr 1766; d. 27 Aug 1857.
      12. iv. JOSHUA KNEPPER, b. 23 Mar 1777; d. 06 Apr 1839.
      13. v. CATHERINE KNEPPER, d. Unknown.


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