Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Peter Knechtel[1, 2]

Male Cal 1808 - 1875  (~ 67 years)


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  • Name Peter Knechtel 
    Born CALC 20 Mar 1808  , Bavaria, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Residence 1836  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Historic Building 1838  14 Church St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Built by Peter Knechtel in 1838 it is of brick construction and in 1978 was in very good condition. Existed in 2003 gone by 2006.
    Christened 1847  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1847  Mannheim, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Occupation 1852  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Weaver 
    Occupation 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Turner 
    Residence 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    New Jerusalem 
    Occupation 1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Gentleman 
    Residence 1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    New Jerusalem Church 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-35215 
    Died 5 Oct 1875  Mannheim, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 7
    Person ID I35215  Generations
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2022 

    Father Johann Valentine Knechtel,   b. 22 Jan 1776, Hütschenhausen, , Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1856, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Maria Eva Klick,   b. 1783,   d. 1873, Breslau, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 9 Apr 1799  Spesbach, Bayern, , Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage of Johann Knechtel and Maria Eva Klick
    Marriage of Johann Knechtel and Maria Eva Klick
    from Ancestry.com 2010
    Family ID F41935  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Barbara Drum,   b. 1810, , Bavaria, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Dorothea Knechtel,   b. 18 Jul 1836, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1895  (Age 58 years)
     2. Catharine Knechtel,   b. CALC 20 Dec 1837, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1918, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years)
     3. Elizabeth Knechtel,   b. Jun 1839, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1840, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
     4. Daniel D. Knechtel,   b. 1840, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1900  (Age 60 years)
     5. Jacob D. Knechtel,   b. 1 Jun 1843, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Barbara Knechtel,   b. 1845, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. John Drum Knechtel,   b. 25 Feb 1850, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1897, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
     8. Albert Knechtel,   b. 1851, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Alfred Knechtel,   b. 4 Jan 1852, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1923  (Age 71 years)
     10. Edward Knechtel,   b. 23 Nov 1854, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. Carolina Knechtel,   b. 1855, Mannheim, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2022 
    Family ID F6179  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • By Mannheim, Peter Knechtel died at almost 70 years of age. He had been struck by a tree 17 years before which had crippled him so badly that he was left completely bedridden.

      Berliner Journal 07 Oct 1875

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      QUEEN STREET SOUTH, EAST SIDE.


      On the corner of King Street Rehscher's vaulted cellar already spoken of.

      An open space.

      A two-story rough-cast building with two-story veranda along the Queen Street front built by Martin Anthes (father of John S. Anthes) in 1835 when it was considered one of the best houses in the village. Henry Stroh purchased this house from Mr. Anthes about 1837. Jacob Stroh was born in this house. Behind it there was a garden of about an acre of land. There were 31 pine stumps on the property when Mr. Stroh took possession and these stumps had to be laboriously removed as stump- pulling machines, which came later, were not then available. The well on the lot was only nine feet deep. Henry Stroh carried on a shoe shop in his house until he entered into partnership with Carl Kranz, on King Street.

      In 1857, after he had dissolved partnership with Kranz, Henry Stroh built a one and one-half story frame building next to his house and used it as a shoe store. Mr. Stroh continued in this shoe business until 1863 when he went into partnership with Mr. Reinhold Lang, the tanner. The Queen Street shoe shop was changed to a dwelling. Later Mr. Vanderhart, a tailor, had his shop in this building and after him Carl Englehart had it as photographer. Henry Stroh sold his house to George King. Later Charles Ahrens owned it and had it moved to the corner of Shanley and Braun Streets about 1880.

      A one and one-half story frame building erected about 1837 by Jacob Kraemer, later on Frederick Street, as spoken of. Later an addition was added to the front and the building used as the local post office, with William Davidson in charge. Later George Seip purchased the building and used it as a saloon, with a bowling alley in the rear, the first bowling alley in Berlin. William Jaffray lived in the house for a time and later William Knell, son-in-law of Mr. Seip.

      A one and one-half story frame building, originally a cooper shop, later the dwelling of Mr. Seip, after he sold the other building. In 1860 he built a brewery, known as Seip's brewery. Under the whole building he had a vaulted cellar built of field stone. Power for the brewery was supplied by a horse-power contained in an attached shed, shelter for the horses. Seip had a high reputation for good beer. He at first made his own malt, but later purchased it. After George Seip's death his son Louis continued the business until about 1880. The building was finally torn down to make room for the present auditorium.

      The cooper shop, a small one story building, with brick chimney such as coopers used to heat staves for their barrel making, operated by Henry Brickner who later had his shop at the corner of Young and King Streets. Later Adam Stein had the Queen Street cooper shop. The Berlin coopers were experts in the making of what was called tight-wear,that is water-tight barrels, in large tuns which they made for the brewers.

      A very early building, occupied by John Peters, a cabinet maker in Hoffman's factory, about 1860. The building had an outside stairway at the back. Peters was a bird lover and expert in trapping native song birds, mocking birds, cat birds, finches, etc., which he hung under his veranda roof in public display.

      On the corner of Church Street a frame house occupied by Mr. Knechtel, a weaver, about 1842-1850. Knechtel moved to a farm in Mannheim where later he was injured in the spine by a falling tree to such an extent that he was bedfast for fourteen or fifteen years. He lived to about 1871. Conrad Doering occupied the Queen Street house for a time. He also was a weaver and made coverlets, etc. The house was torn down to make room for the present one of brick built by Dr. Clemens and later occupied by the late Dr. Walters.

      Church Street.

      On the south side St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

      A one and one-half story unpainted frame building with gable towards the street, the dwelling, about 1860, of John Fleischauer, a laborer, a native of Hessen, Germany.

      A one and one-half story house occupied by E. Kern, cabinet maker, about 1860 and later by John Ansted.

      A vacant lot.

      George Street.

      Joseph Schneider originally owned all the land between George Street and Mill Street, mostly woods at that time, and extending to Benton and Eby Streets.


      REMINISCENCES OF BERLIN (NOW KITCHENER) By JACOB STROH Contributed by Joseph M. Snyder.

      Part I. Settlement - Early Villagers and Buildings, Waterloo Historical Society Annual Volume 1930

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, 9371-75.
      Alfred KNECHTEL, 23, farmer, Canada, Mannheim, s/o Peter & Barbara, married Elizabeth HALLMAN, 23, Wilmot, Mannheim, d/o John & Sarah, witn: David HALLMAN of Mannheim & Helena SCHMIDT of Wilmot, 19 Jan 1875 at Berlin

    2. [S3002] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, 010875-78.
      John Williams, 25, occ. Farmer, b. Wales England, res. Waterloo Twp, son of William Williams and Christina Cartwright Married Caroline Knechtel, 22, b. Canada, res. Mannheim, daughter of Peter Knechtel and Barbara Drumm, Witn Ida Turk and Catharine Amstadt both of Berlin, 24 April 1878 in Berlin.

    3. [S270] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1852, Pg 5.

    4. [S2] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Church of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian).
      Peter Knechel d. 5 Oct 1875, aged 64y, 6m, 15t, Ps. 126. 1. 2

    5. [S604] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 57.

    6. [S1946] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1861 (South Division), Div. 5 Page 35.

    7. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 7 Oct 1875.
      Died 5 Oct 1875 By Mannheim, Peter Knechtel died at almost 70 years of age. He had been struck by a tree 17 years before which had crippled him so badly that he was left completely bedridden.

    8. [S9] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Canada Museum und Allgemeine Zeitung (1835-1840), 4 Aug 1836:42.
      some weeks ago The family of Mr. Peter Knechtel of Berlin was blessed with a daughter.

    9. [S872] Book - Historic Building Inventory - Kitchener.

    10. [S2] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Church of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian), pg 3.
      by Pastor John Harbin

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - CALC 20 Mar 1808 - , Bavaria, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1836 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - 1838 - 14 Church St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 1847 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Weaver - 1852 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Turner - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - New Jerusalem - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Gentleman - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - New Jerusalem Church - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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