Then out of the blue, I came across the marriage record for Joseph and Mary Snyder. There it was, plain as day! Married on January 5, 1828, Joseph Knopsnyder and Mary Jacobi, both of Lower Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania. Imagine that, Knopsnyder, not Snyder! Their marriage is recorded in the Record of First Presbyterian Church of Easton, Pennsylvania, 1811-1887 located at the Northampton County Genealogical and Historical Society in Easton. Further research for the Knopsnyder, Knappschneider name (with a name like this, there are many variations for the spelling) revealed a plethora of documents for this family and lead me to the subject of this entry, the Revolutionary War soldier and immigrant ancestor of this family, Johannes Knappschneider.
Johannes Knappschneider was born in Germany. He immigrated here in 1753 at the age of 25. A passenger on the ship Richard & Mary, Joh. Knabschneider arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 17, 1753. http://www.galliagenealogy.org/Immigration/passenger_kin-kob.htm
He eventually made his way to Moore Township in Northampton County. The earliest reference I found lists him as having attended communion at Emmanuel Petersville Church in 1766. He was married to Catherine. Her name is noted in the record of the birth and baptism of their son, Conrad. Conrad was born on August 8, 1767 and baptised on August 23, 1767. A daughter, Maria Catherina, was baptised on August 18, 1776. The birth records of other children were not found, but they had at least six children: three boys -- Johannes or John, George and Conrad; three girls -- Sybilla, Regina and Catharina. No telling when Johannes and Catherine were married. They may have had children born before Conrad in 1767.
John Knapshneider took out a warrent for 54 acres of land in Moore Township on Nov. 14, 1771. By the time things were heating up for the Revolutionary War, John must have been an established farmer. He enlisted in the company of Captain Philip Shawder as a Ranger in the Pennsylvania Line. In some counties, special troops called Rangers were recruited. The Rangers served long enlistments on the frontier protecting the settlements against attacks from the Indians.
RANGERS RAISED &STATIONED IN THE COUNTY OF NORTHAMPTON
FROM lOTH FEB'Y 1781 TO THE FIRST JUNE 1782.
Private John Knapsnider.
One of his sons was John George Knapschneider who came to live in Lower Mount Bethel Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. John George Knapschneider married Anna Rosina Vogel and they became the parents of a son, Joseph born February 10, 1806. The entry in the Parish records of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Easton, Pa (This is volume G of the church records also know as the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church records) states: George and Rosina Knapfschnaider, Joseph b 10 Feb 1806 bp 21 Nov. sp: parents. The birth date is an exact match for the calculated birth date of Joseph Snyder from his gravestone in the Three Church Hill Cemetery in Lower Mount Bethel. Knapfschnaider? No wonder I had such a tough time finding a birth record for Joseph Snyder!
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