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Frederic Knell

Male 1820 - 1907  (87 years)


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  • Name Frederic Knell 
    Born 1820  Roschach, Canton St. Gallen, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Honoured Founder of Zurich, Ontario  [2
    Occupation 1852  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    carpenter 
    Residence Hay Twp., Huron Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1861  Hay Twp., Huron Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-108600 
    Died 18 Apr 1907  , Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I108600  Generations
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2022 

    Father Knell,   b. Abt 1770, of, Glarus, , , Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F20991  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rosalia Bernoulli,   b. CALC 18 Nov 1817, , Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1892, Roschach, Canton St. Gallen, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Children 
     1. Rosanne Knell,   b. 1844, , Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Charles Knell,   b. 1845, , Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Frederick Knell,   b. 1848, , Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F28010  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Henry Knell, who died so suddenly, the Wednesday before last, was buried Friday afternoon, with an exceptionally large number from near and far attending. Pastor von Pirch performed the usual prayers in the residence of the deceased on Queen Street, spoke about the life of the husband and father taken so suddenly from his family. Messrs. Friedrich Schneider, W.H. Bowlby, J.A. Mackie, Geo. H. Lang, P.S. Lautenschlager and H.L. Janzen, all the directors of the Economical Fire Insurance Company were pall-bearers. Other directors, like those named, preceded the hearse in sleighs.

      The deceased was born in Glarus, in Switzerland, on February 12, 1830 and would have therefore become 73 years old, if he had lived one day longer. In 1854, at the age of 24 years, he came to America and remained for a time at first, in Pittsburg. When cholera broke out there, he came to Canada to his uncle, Friedrich Knell, who lived in the Township of Hay, Huron County, where the latter had founded the town of Zurich. Soon after, he came to Berlin and started his business as goldsmith and watchmaker in the eastern part of town. Later, he moved it to a place on Queen Street, where Breithaupt's Block now is located, and then, to Kranz's Block on King Street. In 1885, he built part of the Germania Block and carried on his business there until 1898, when he sold it to A. Chatfield.

      He was married to Henrietta Kranz, daughter of Carl Kranz since 1857. She survives him, as well as four children, namely Louise married to Chas. Kuhn in Buffalo, N.Y.; Bertha, Anna and Henry in Berlin. In addition, he is survived by a grand-daughter. Mr. Friedrich Knell is his brother.

      The deceased had been a member of Berlin City Council for 13 years, and was a long-time director of the Economical Fire Insurance Company. Because of his friendly and pleasant nature, he earned the friendship of all he met and was greatly respected far and wide.

      Berliner Journal February 19, 1903 Page 4 - Column 5 Translated by: Patricia J. Kauk for the Kitchener Public Library

  • Sources 
    1. [S134] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1851, Div 3 Pg 12.
      Frederic Knell? Carpenter Switzerland Lutheran 31
      Rosanne Knell? Switzerland Lutheran 32
      Rosanne Knell? Switzerland Lutheran 7
      Charles Knell? Switzerland Lutheran 6
      Frederic Knell? Switzerland Lutheran 3

    2. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 24 Nov 1892.
      Oct. 18, 1892 Rosalia Knell, nee Bernoulli, wife of Friedrich Knell, died in Roschach, Canton St. Gallen, Switzerland, at age of 74 years & 11 months. The deceased lived in New Hamburg & Berlin 40 years ago & then in Z├╝rich, Huron County, which was founded by her husband.

    3. [S134] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1851, Div 3 Pg 12.

    4. [S1645] Census - ON, Huron, Hay Township - 1861.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1820 - Roschach, Canton St. Gallen, Switzerland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - carpenter - 1852 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Hay Twp., Huron Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1861 - Hay Twp., Huron Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Apr 1907 - , Switzerland Link to Google Earth
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