Johann Adam Knoll and Catherine Pfeifer

Johann Adam Knoll was born in October 1832 in Herzog, Samara, Russia to Johannes Knoll and Elisabetha Eckel. According to U.S. family records, his birthdate was 11 November 1832. Family records give his parents as Johannes Knoll and Margaret Schamberger. However, Russian records do not support this. The censuses show a Johann Adam, of the right age, married to a Katharina Pfeifer, in the household of Johannes and Elisabetha (Eckel) Knoll. There is no Schamberger family in Herzog, although there is a Schoenberger family.

Adam married Katharina Pfeifer in 1852. Katherine was born in September 1833 in Herzog, Samara, Russia to Adam Pfeifer and Katharine Billinger. The family records give her birthdate as 25 November1834.

The Knolls arrived at New York City aboard the Mosel on 29 July 1876, which had departed from Bremen, Germany. On 3 August of that year, they arrived by train in Victoria, Ellis, Kansas. On 16 August 1876, Adam filed a homestead application for a farm northwest of Victoria. Two weeks later, they completed a sod house on their homestead, then built a stable, dug a well, broke sod, and began raising crops. Adam also found work on the railroad.

Adam became a naturalized citizen of the United States on 10 March 1883. This allowed him to become the owner of his homestead, which was patented in his name on 20 November 1883. As Anna Knoll claims, this made “Adam Knoll the first U.S. citizen to receive title to this tract of land from the U.S. government.”

In the summer of 1897, Adam, Catherine, and their four sons and their families moved to St. Peter, Graham, Kansas.

Adam died 14 November 1901. Catherine died 31 March 1914 in St. Peter, Graham, Kansas and was buried 2 April. They are both buried at St. Peter.

Adam and Katherine's children are:


  1. Andreas Knoll, born about 1856.
  2. Michael Knoll, born 1 Feb 1861 in Herzog, Samara, Russia, married 1) Anna Maria Riedel in 1878 in Victoria, Ellis, Kansas and 2) Anna Mary Dietz, died 7 Jul 1941, buried in St. Anthony Cemetery, Graham county, Kansas. Both of his wives seem to have been recorded as Emma, Amma, and/or Ammie on censuses.
  3. John Peter Knoll, born in Nov 1861 in Herzog, Samara, Russia, married Catherine Hoffman 20 Jun 1887 at St. Fidelis Catholic Church, Victoria, Ellis, Kansas, died11 Sep 1920 in St. Peter, Graham, Kansas, buried 14 Sep 1920 at St. Anthony Cemetery, Graham county, Kansas.
  4. John A. Knoll, born Jun 1864 in Herzog, Samara, Russia, married 1) Elizabeth Dinkel 20 Oct 1885 in Victoria, Ellis, Kansas, 2) Christina Kessler 26 Aug 1895, 3) Anna Marie Azelborn, and 4) Ursula Giest, died in 1936, buried in St. Anthony Cemetery, Graham county, Kansas.
  5. According to family records, Adam Knoll, born about 1866 in Herzog, Samara, Russia, died in Herzog, Samara, Russia.
  6. According to family records, Elizabeth Knoll, born about 1868 in Herzog, Samara, Russia, died in Herzog, Samara, Russia.
  7. Peter A. Knoll, born 9 Jul 1875 in Herzog, Samara, Russia, married Rosa Von Felt 11 Feb 1896 in Victoria, Ellis, Kansas, died 14 Jan 1938 in St. Peter, Graham, Kansas, buried in St. Anthony Cemetery, Graham county, Kansas.


According to the 1900 census, Katharina was the mother of twelve children, four of whom were living at the time of the census. This means that an additional five children are unaccounted for in both family and primary records.
   

Sources: 

  1. Knoll, Anna, John Peter Knoll and His Family, account collected by Florence (Mahler) Boyd and Darryl Boyd.  
  2. Knoll, Anna, The Knoll and Pfeifer Families in Russia, account collected by Florence (Mahler) Boyd and Darryl Boyd.  
  3. Hobbs, Gertrude, St. Peter, Kansas, from "History of the St. Peter Community," The Hill City Times, 30 Aug 1979. 
  4. Leus, Pavel M. (Trans.), Rupp, Kevin D. (Comp.), and Leiker, Anthony (Comp.), Revision List (Census) of the Colony of Herzog, Russia (Susly): A Census of the Village in 1834, Hays, KS, 2002. 
  5. Leus, Pavel M. (Trans.) and Leiker, Anthony J. (Comp.), Revision List (Census) of the Colony of Herzog, Russia (Russian Name: Susly): A Census of the Village in 1834, Lubbock, TX, 2001. 
  6. Pflug, Waldemar (trans.), 1857 Census of Herzog (Susly), Russia, translated from FHL 2373592, microfilmed from the original records in the state archives of Samara province. 
  7. Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1905 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: ks1905_58. 
  8. Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1905 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: ks1915_96; Line 12. 
  9. Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1925 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: KS1925_54.   
  10. 1880 U.S. Federal Census. 
  11. 1900 U.S. Federal Census. 
  12. 1910 U.S. Federal Census. 
  13. 1920 U.S. Federal Census. 
  14. 1930 U.S. Federal Census. 
  15. 1940 U.S. Federal Census. 
  16. Prayer cards of Peter A. Knoll and Rosa (Vonfelt) Knoll, found in the collection of Florence (Mahler) Boyd. 
  17. Death certificate of Kathrine Knoll, State of Kansas. 31 Mar 1914. 
  18. Headstones of Knoll family members from St. Anthony Cemetery, Graham county, Kansas and St. Fidelis Cemetery, Victoria, Ellis, Kansas, photographs posted on Findagrave.com.



Photos

Catherine (Pfeifer), John A., and Adam Knoll:
Catherine (Pfeifer), John A., and Johann Adam Knoll

Adam Knoll:
Johann Adam Knoll

Catherine (Pfeifer) Knoll:
Catherine (Pfeifer) Knoll


Michael Knoll and Anna Maria Riedel

Michael and Anna Maria (Riedel) Knoll with child (name not known):
Michael and Anna Maria (Riedel) Knoll and child

Michael and Anna (Dietz) (Bender) Knoll:
Michael Knoll and Anna Dietz Bender

This photo was labeled, "Michael and Anna Knoll" on Ancestry. Given the time period in which it was taken and the ages of the people in the photo, Anna is probably Anna Mary Dietz.
Michael and Anna Knoll


Katherine (Hoffman) and John Peter Knoll:
Katherine (Hoffman) and John Peter Knoll

Michael, Katherine (Hoffman), and John Peter Knoll:
Michael, Katherine, and John Peter Knoll


John A. and Elizabeth (Dinkel) Knoll:
John A. Knoll and Elizabeth Dinkel

John A. and Christina (Kessler) (Meier) Knoll:
John A. Knoll and Christina Kessler Meier


Peter A. Knoll:
Peter A. Knoll

Rose (Von Feld) Knoll:
Rose (Von Feld) Knoll

Photos of Rose Von Feld and family

Peter A. Knoll and Rose Von Feld

Peter Knoll, wife Rose, sons Joe, Alex, and Adam

1928 portrait of Peter A. Knoll's family

1932 portrait of John A. Knoll's family
(bottom line cut off above: Caroline and Wendelin, and Barb and Adam.)


Joseph P. Knoll, below, is the son of Peter A. and Rosa (Von Feld) Knoll:
Joseph P. Knoll and Anna Brungardt

Wendelin Knoll (son of Peter A. and Rosa (Von Feld) Knoll) and Caroline Appelhans:
Wendelin Knoll and Caroline Appelhans


Biographies

ADAM KNOLL AND CATHERINE PFEIFER

by Anna Knoll

Adam Knoll, the son of Johannes Knoll and Margaret Schamberger, was born in Herzog, Russia on November 11, 1832. His wife, Catherine Pfeifer, the daughter of Adam Pfeifer and Katharine Billinger, was born in Herzog, Russia on November 25, 1834. Their four sons, Michael, John Peter, John, and Peter were also born in Herzog, Russia.

When the family arrived from Herzog, Russia at Victoria on August 3, 1876, Peter was one year old, John was twelve, John Peter was thirteen, and Michael was fifteen.

After their arrival, they did what other settlers did. They proceeded immediately to build a shelter in the village, and within thirteen days, Adam Knoll applied for a homestead, so he would be able to farm as he did in Russia.

On August 16, 1876, Adam Knoll filed homestead application number 344, for a farm northwest of Victoria. The farm was the W1/2, SW1/4 18-13S-16W, and consisted of 71.21 acres. Two weeks later he completed the sod house on his homestead. Five days after that, he established residence on the homestead. He improved the homestead by building a stable on it, digging a well, breaking the sod, and raising crops on the land.

After the family became settled at Victoria, Adam Knoll found employment on the railroad, because he did not make enough money from the homestead to made a satisfactory living. The older sons worked on the homestead, and elsewhere. After Peter was old enough he also helped on the farm, and when he could be spared at home he attended school.

Before Adam Knoll could become the owner of his homestead, he had to become a naturalized citizen, as he did on March 10, 1883. The farm he homesteaded was subsequently patented in his name on November 20, 1883, thus making Adam Knoll the first U.S. citizen to receive title to this tract of land from the U.S. government.

All of Adam Knoll and Catherine Pfeifer's sons married at Victoria. Michael married Anna Marie Riedel in 1878; John Peter married Catherine Hoffman on June 20, 1884; John A. married Elizabeth Dinkel in 1885; and Peter A. married Rose Von Feld on February 11, 1896.

In the summer of 1897, after having lived at Victoria for twenty-one years, Adam Knoll, his wife, their four sons and their families moved to St. Peter, Kansas. Adam Knoll died on November 14, 1901. Catherine Pfeifer died on March 31 1914. Adam Knoll, his wife, and their four sons are buried at St. Peter.

Genealogical information is summarized below about Adam Knoll, his wife, and their four sons and their spouses.

Name                                                                                       Born                                    Died

Adam Knoll                                                                            11-11-1832

            married

Catherine Pfeifer                                                                  11-25-1834

1. Michael Knoll                                                                      2-1-1861

            married

   a) Anna Marie Riedel                                                       9-8-1862

            married

   b) Anna Dietz Bender

2. John Peter Knoll

            married 6-20-1884

Catherine Hoffman

3. John A. Knoll

            married 10-20-1885

   a) Elizabeth Dinkel

            married 8-26-1895

   b) Christine Kessler Meier

            married

   a) Anna Marie Azelborn Schreiner

            married

   b) Ursula Giest Weigel

4. Peter A. Knoll

            married 2-11-1896

Rose Von Feld


THE KNOLL AND PFEIFER FAMILIES IN RUSSIA

by Anna Knoll

The Knolls and Pfeifers had ancestral roots in Germany before 1766, and in Russia from about 1766 to 1876. the famous Manifesto (invitation) of 1763 of Catherine the Great, then ruler of Russia, induced these families and many of their compatriots to accept her invitation, and migrate to Russia from their homes in and around Bavaria, Germany. This happened at the end of the Seven Year's War, when the people in Germany were weary of war, and were looking forward to a peaceful way of life.

When these colonists accepted the invitation of Catherine the Great to settle in Russia, they looked forward hopefully to a great future. The promises that induced them to migrate to Russia were free land, exemption from taxation and military service, freedom of religion, and other privileges.

After meeting Catherine the Great in Leningrad, Russia, as the first group did, the colonists' great hopes for the future were dashed when they arrived at their destination. They discovered then that their homes were not what they had been promised, and amounted to nothing more than uninhabited steppes.

About 25,000 colonists, mostly from Germany, were settled in the Volga region, near Saratov, on both sides of the Volga River, from 1764 to 1768. They were settled in 104 agricultural villages with outlying farm land. The Knoll's new home, Herzog, was founded in about 1766 near the Karaman River. It was located on the opposite side of Saratov, about 50 miles from the Volga River.

During their early sojourn in Russia, the Volga German colonists struggled mightily to conquer this frontier with its harsh winter climate, in order to eke out a living and to provide a comfortable home. The colonists encountered many adversities during the early years in Russia because of their poverty, their inadequate housing and farming equipment, and the raids by the Kirghiz on the Volga German villages. Their hardships on this frontier land lasted about 25 years, until around 1790, which was a number of years before Catherine the Great passed away.

The most peaceful time the Knolls enjoyed were probably about the time Johannes Knoll and Margaret (Schamberger) Knoll were born, and extended down through the early married life of Adam Knoll and Catherine (Pfeifer) Knoll. In about 1873, after the Knolls had lived in Russia for about a century, the Volga Germans learned that the Emperor of Russia, Alexander, would repeal the special provision - exemption from military service - that had induced their ancestors to migrate to Russia. Unsettling as this news was to them, they had already been wondering where they might find more land for farming because of the continuing increase in the Volga German population.

The mass exodus from Russia, soon after the repeal of the provision exempting the Volga Germans from military service was most likely triggered more by their need for more land than by Russia's change of policy. At that time they had already heard about the land in the United States that could be purchased from the railroads, and also the land that could be homesteaded.

About three years after the change in policy, on April 8, 1876, when Herzog, Kansas was founded, Adam Knoll, his wife, and their sons were already preparing for the three week journey from Russia to Kansas. Soon after their arrival at Herzog on August 3, 1876, Adam Knoll filed a homestead application, which meant that he had to become a naturalized citizen before he could become the owner of the homestead.

Adam and Catherine Knoll's decision to come to the United States in 1876 was a carefully considered decision. It was based on what happened from 1873 until a Volga German colony was established in Herzog (now Victoria), Kansas on April 8, 1876. Adam Knoll and his wife needed time to make this momentous decision because they were then in the prime of life, and were the parents of four minor children.

The first of the series of events that led to Adam Knoll's search for a new home was the repeal in 1873 of the special privileges that induced his ancestors to migrate from Germany to Russia. This event triggered a meeting at Herzog, Russia, in the spring of 1874, where the search for new homes began to be discussed publicly by the Volga Germans. The outcome of that meeting was that five Catholic scouts were chosen to go to the United States to find out if the land that they had heard about was suitable for Volga German agricultural colonies.

The five scouts, and scouts from other Volga German colonies sailed from Hamburg, Germany on July 1, 1874. Their reports about the United States were favorable enough to induce some Volga German families to form a colonizing expedition the following year, in the fall of 1875. Although the members of this colonizing expedition did not know where they would settle when they left Russia, they eventually founded three Volga German settlements in early 1876. One of those founded was by a group of settlers from Adam Knoll's home town, Herzog, Russia.

Although the settlers from the various Volga German villages that formed this colonizing expedition did not all leave Russia at the same time, they did leave on the same ship from Germany. They took passage in Bremen, Germany, on the steam ship Ohio on November 2, 1875, and after a rough 21 day voyage landed in Baltimore, Maryland.

Although the Volga Germans were on the verge of returning to Russia a number of times after arriving at Topeka, they decided to stay after they were shown prairie land in Ellis and Rush counties in Kansas. They decided to found agricultural colonies in early 1876 in these two counties not only because the land resembled the steppes of Russia, but also because the land was being offered to them at prices they could afford. The three Volga German colonies founded in Kansas in 1876 were Liebenthal, Catherine, and Herzog.

Herzog, Russia (now Victoria, Kansas), the place which later became the home of Adam Knoll and his family was located near the geographical center of the United States adjacent to the Kansas Pacific Railroad. It was half a mile north of Victoria, which was then settled by wealthy Englishmen, most of whom eventually pulled up stakes and left. The Volga German village named Herzog was established on April 8, 1876 by 23 families from Herzog, Russia, who named it after their hometown in Russia.

Soon after Herzog, Kansas was founded, Adam Knoll and many other families from Herzog, Russia prepared to emigrate to this newly formed village.

Adam Knoll and his family and other Volga Germans began their journey to their new home in the United States with a 50 mile wagon trip from Herzog, Russia to the seaport Pokrowsk. They traveled by boat across the might Volga River to Saratov. From there they left by train enroute to Bremen, Germany, traveling through Russia, Poland, and Germany.

After taking passage in Bremen, Germany, on the steamship Mosel, of the North German Lloyd Line, they crossed the Atlantic Ocean, and arrived in the Port of New York on July 29, 1876. From New York they traveled by train to the central part of the United States, and on August 3, 1876, reached their destination.

The families arriving and settling in Herzog, Kansas on August 3, 1876 included Adam Knoll (five family members), and Michael Pfeifer, Sr. (13 family members).



ST. PETER, KANSAS

Excerpts from "History of the St. Peter Community"

by Gertrude Hobbs

The Hill City Times, Aug. 30, 1979

The Volga-Germans people started to migrate to America via Russia in 1875 as escapees from the thickly populated country of Germany.  Many were seeking land to farm.

In 1763 and 1767, there were 28,000 Germans were lured to Russia by the lavish promises of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia.  Due to poverty and unemployment, many Germans migrated to Volga Valley in Russia only to find mistreatment, hardships, and Russianized schools.  The Volga-Germans boys were drafted into the Russian army.  The men and women were shipped to Siberia; however, 175,000 of them froze and starved to death while enroute.  Because of these devastating hardships, a scout from the Volga was sent to America to seek better living conditions.  They found vast amounts of land to be farmed and also a beckoning by the railroad companies for settlement along their right-away.  Hence, the immigration to the U.S. and location in the St. Peter community.

A list of the St. Anthony's Church families around 1909 included Hoffman and Pfeifer families.

In 1894, the first German families came to Bryant Township and concentrated around Hoganville, which was to be moved to the present site of St. Peter in 1900.  Mr. Hogan from WaKeeney promised the first settlers a building for their first church and a cemetery site if they would name the settlement "Hoganville."  It was located on the John Knoll land, Sec. 15-10-25, which is presently owned by Frank Pfeifer and was about one half-mile west of the present town of St. Peter.  In 1895, these few families built a small frame church which satisfied their needs for almost fifteen years.  In 1909-10, a new St. Anthony's Church was built.  Mr. Alex Schueler of Catherine was both architect and contractor.  The new edifice was dedicated in the fall of 1910.

The people were a rather sturdy race of people.  However, finance and the German language were handicaps in the English-speaking community.

Cheap land and a few remaining homesteads beckoned many settlers to (St. Peter).  A small village of mostly sod houses, a church, and cemetery was started.  The first church was a frame house, 20' by 40', purchased at Penokee, and donated by the Close Brothers.

In October of 1898, the site of Hoganville was abandoned and moved to the present site of St. Peter.

Entertainment was provided by having literary in the Banner school building and people rode in lumber wagons to attend.  Usually, the mother and father rode in the wagon seat which would provide a slight amount of give when the rough roads were traversed.  The children sat in the lumber wagon box on a layer of straw or hay with Grandmother's  second-best comforter spread over it.  In cold weather, another quilt was placed over their heads as a protection from the weather elements.

The first St. Peter picnic was established in 1902 by Father Charles Weber.  These gatherings were continued until the early sixties.  Friends and relatives from cities and nearby states would return for these events and visitations with local parishioners.  The picnic events were of one-day duration and a huge noon and evening meal consisting of large containers of roast beef, chicken, vegetables, fruit, homegrown cucumbers, pies, and cakes.  Tables were set up in the school basement to accommodate the multitude of participants who had come from far and near to enjoy this festive occasion.  Games, such as bingo, penny pitch, and dart throw were manned by various parishioners.  The day ended with an outdoor pavilion dance.

They came and they built
without a promise;
Not knowing what the future
encumbered;
Now as we look back, their
hearts were in earnest
They left a heritage to be
remembered.

Written by Terry Hobbs


1834 German-Russian Census

Herzog Census, 12 Dec 1834
Name:    Johannes Knoll
Birth:    1806        Herzog (Susly), Russia

Spouse:    Elisabeth ?
Birth:    1809

Children
1    M    Johannes Knoll
Birth:    1827

2    M    Johann-Adam
Knoll
Birth:    1832

3    M    Michael Knoll
Birth:    1833

4    F    Teresa Knoll
Birth:    1828

5    F    Elisabeth Knoll
Birth:    1830


Name:    Adam Pfeiffer
Birth:    1800
Father:    Pfeifer
Mother:    ?

Spouse:    Katharine
Birth:    1806

Children
1    M    Johannes Pfeiffer
Birth:    1826

2    M    Michael Pfeiffer
Birth:    1828

3    F    Maria Eva Pfeiffer

Birth:    1821

4    F    Anna Maria Pfeiffer
Birth:    1823

5    F    Magdalena Pfeiffer

Birth:    1830

6    F    Katharine Pfeiffer

Birth:    1832

Source: Leus, Pavel M. (Trans.), Rupp, Kevin D. (Comp.), and Leiker, Anthony (Comp.), Revision List (Census) of the Colony of Herzog, Russia (Susly): A Census of the Village in 1834, Hays, KS, 2002.


1850 German-Russian Census

Herzog Census, 30 Jul 1850
Name:    Johannes Knoll
Birth:    1806
Father:    Franz Knoll (1763-1827)
Mother:    Elisabeth (1768- )

Spouse:    Elisabeth
Birth:    1808

Children
1    M    Johannes Knoll
Birth:    1827        Herzog (Susly), Russia
Spouse:    Sabina ?

2    F    Elisabeth Knoll
Birth:    1830        Herzog (Susly), Russia

3    M    Johann Adam
Knoll
Birth:    1832        Herzog (Susly), Russia

4    M    Michael Knoll
Birth:    1833        Herzog (Susly), Russia
Death:    1844
        Herzog (Susly), Russia

5    M    Franz
Knoll
Birth:    1837        Herzog (Susly), Russia

6    M    Johann Peter
Knoll
Birth:    1841        Herzog (Susly), Russia

7    F    Katharine
Knoll
Birth:    1846        Herzog (Susly), Russia


Name:    Adam Pfeiffer
Birth:    1800        Herzog (Susly), Russia

Spouse:    Katharine ?
Birth:    1807

Children
1    M    Johannes Pfeiffer
Birth:    1826        Herzog (Susly), Russia
Spouse:    Margaret ?

2    M    Michael Pfeiffer
Birth:    1828        Herzog (Susly), Russia
Spouse:    Teresa ?

3    M    Andreas Pfeiffer

Note: No age was given for this child in the 1850 census.

4    F    Katharine Pfeiffer
Birth:    1833        Herzog (Susly), Russia

5    F    Barbara Pfeiffer

Birth:    1836        Herzog (Susly), Russia

6    F    Anna Maria Pfeiffer

Birth:    1841        Herzog (Susly), Russia

7    F    Katharine Pfeiffer

Birth:    1846        Herzog (Susly), Russia

Source: Leus, Pavel M. (Trans.) and Leiker, Anthony J. (Comp.), Revision List (Census) of the Colony of Herzog, Russia (Russian Name: Susly): A Census of the Village in 1834, Lubbock, TX, 2001.


1857 German-Russian Census

Census, 4 Nov 1857

Household number: 98 (119)

                                                                                                    Age in 1850        Age in 1857            Notes

Johannes Knoll                            head                                44                          51                              

Elisabetha Eckel                         spouse                                                            48                                "Geckel"

Johannes                                      son                                    23 1/2                   31

Sabina Schönberger                daughter-in-law                                          28

Johann Adam                            grandson                                                       7

Johannes                                      grandson                                                       4

Johann Adam                            son                                    18                           25

Katharina Pfeifer                        daughter-in-law                                          25                                "Peifer"

Andreas                                        grandson                                                       1

Franz                                               son                                    13                          20

Anna Katharina Hergert         daughter-in-law                                         19

Johann Peter                               son                                    9                            16

Katharina                                     daughter                        4                            11

Anna Katharina                         daughter                                                      7

Source: Pflug, Waldemar (trans.), 1857 Census of Herzog (Susly), Russia, translated from FHL 2373592, microfilmed from the original records in the state archives of Samara province.


Kansas State Censuses

1895 Census, Victoria, Ellis, Kansas

Dwelling

Family

Name

Age

Sex

Color

Place of Birth

Where from to Kansas

Profession

37

7

Adam Knoll

62

M

W

Russia

Russia

Farmer

 

 

Katy

61

F

"

"

"

 

 

Peter

19

M

"

"

"

 

 

John P.

34

"

"

"

"

 

 

Katy

30

F

"

"

"

 

 

Peter

5

M

"

Kansas

Kansas

 

 

Anna

1

F

"

"

"


Source: Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1905 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: ks1905_58.

1915 Census, Bryant, Graham, Kansas

Own or rent?

Free or mortgaged?

Farm or house?

Dwelling house

Family

Name

Age

Sex

Color

O

F

F

1

106

John A. Knoll

51

M

" [W]

 

 

Cristina

51

F

"
Adam18M"
G.15M"
John12M"
Carl10M"

Source: Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1905 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: ks1915_96; Line 12.

1925 Census, Bryant, Graham, Kansas

Family Number

Surname

Given Name

Relationship

Home Owned?

Free or Mortgaged

Sex

Color

Age

Marital Status

2

Knoll

Mike Sr.

Head

O

F

M

W

64

M

 

 

Amma

wife

F

"

65

M

Name

Birthplace

Where from to Kansas?

Immigration Date

Naturalization

Naturalixation Date

Mike Sr.

Russia

Russia

1876

Na

1879

Amma

Russia

Russia

1892

"



Name

Occupation

Industry

Attended School?

Able to Read?

Able to Write?

Mike Sr.

Farmer

Farming

no

y

y

Amma

 

no

y

y


...

Family Number

Surname

Given Name

Relationship

Home Owned?

Free or Mortgaged

Sex

Color

Age

Marital Status

10

Knoll

Peter A.

Head

O

F

M

W

49

M

 

 

Rose

wife

F

"

48 M
AlexsonM"23S
AdamsonM"21S
WentlinesonM"20S
RosedotherF"17S
MarydotherF"16S
AnnadotherF"14S
AdolvefsonM"10S
MaggiedotherF"5S

Name

Birthplace

Where from to Kansas?

Immigration Date

Naturalization

Peter A.

Russia

Russia

1876

al

Rose

Alex
Adam
Wentline
Rose
Mary
Anna
Adolfev
Maggie


Name

Occupation

Industry

Attended School?

Able to Read?

Able to Write?

Peter A.

Farmer

Farming

no

y

y

Rose

 

no

y

y
Alexnoyy
Adamnoyy
Wentlineyyy
Rosenoyy
Maryyyy
Annayyy
Adolfevyyy
Maggienonono

Source: Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1925 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: KS1925_54.  


Federal Censuses

1880 Census, Hartsook, Ellis, Kansas

Dwelling house

Family

Name

Race

Sex

Age

Birth Month (for infants)

Relationship

Single

Married

Widowed

111

119

Knoll    

Adam

W

M

47

1

 

 

Catharina

W

F

46

Wife

1

 

 

Michael

W

M

21

Son

1

 

 

 

Anna Maria

W

F

19

Wife

1

 

 

 

Barbara

W

F

6/12

Dec.

Daughter

1

 

 

 

Joh. Peter

W

M

18

Son

1

 

 

 

Johannes

W

M

16

"

1

 

Peter

W

M

5

"

1



Name

Occupation

Cannot read

Cannot write

Birthplace

Father's Birthplace

Mother'sBirthplace

Adam

 at House

1

1

Russia

Catharina

Keeping House

1

1

"

" (Russia)

" (Russia)

Michael

at House

1

1

Russia

 Russia

 Russia

Anna Maria

 Keeping House

1

1

"

 " 

 "

Barbara

 

Kansas

 "

 "

Joh. Peter

 Farmer

1

1

Russia

 "

 "

Johannes

 School

1

1

"

 "

 "

Peter

"

"

"

"

Source: Year: 1880; Census Place: Hartsook, Ellis, Kansas; Roll: 381; Family History Film: 1254381; Page: 433D; Enumeration District: 089; Image: 0109.

1900 Census, Bryant, Graham, Kansas

Visitation No.

Family No.

Name

Relation

Race

Sex

Birth Month

Birth Year

Age

Marital Status

Years Married

93

93

Knoll     Adam

Head

W

M

Oct

1832

67

M

48

 

 

Catharina

Wife

W

F

Sept

1833

66

M

48

 

 

Peter

Son

W

M

July

1876

24

M

4

 

 

Rosa

Dau in Law

W

F

Jan

1877

23

M

4

 

 

Joseph

Grandson

W

M

Feb

1900

3/12

S

 



Name

No. of Children

Children Living

Birthplace

Father’s Birthplace

Mother’s Birthplace

Immigration Year

Years in US

Naturalization

Adam

 

 

Rusia [sic]

Rusia

Rusia

1876

24

Na

Catharina

12

4

Rusia

Rusia

Rusia

1876

24

 

Peter

 

 

Rusia

Rusia

Rusia

1876

24

 Na

Rosa

 3

 1

Kansas

Rusia

Rusia

 

 

 

Joseph

 

 

Kansas

Rusia

Rusia

 

 

 

 

Name

Occupation

Months Not Employed

Read?

Write?

Speak English?

Owned or Rented

Free or Mortgaged

Farm or House

Farm Schedule

Adam

Farmer

0

Yes

Yes 

 

O

F

F

38

Catharina

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter

Merchant General Store

0

Yes

Yes

 Yes

 

 

 

 

Rosa

 

 

Yes

Yes 

Yes 

 

 

 

 

Joseph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Source: Year: 1900; Census Place: Bryant, Graham, Kansas; Roll: 481; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0036; FHL microfilm: 1240481, Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. 

1900 Census, Bryant, Graham, Kansas

Visitation No.

Family No.

Name

Relation

Race

Sex

Birth Month

Birth Year

Age

Marital Status

Years Married

127

127

Knoll     Michael

Head

W

M

Feb

1860

40

M

23

 

 

Emma

Wife

W

F

Nov

1861

38

M

23

 

 

Michael

Son

W

M

Apr

1881

19

S

 

 

Margaret

Daughter

W

F

Apr

1883

17

S

 

 

John

Son

W

M

Aug

1887

12

S

PeterSonWMMar189010S
AndrewSonWMApr18928S
ClaraDaughterWFSept18945S
BifadaDaughterWFMay18973S
CatharineDaughterWFMarch18991S


Name

No. of Children

Children Living

Birthplace

Father’s Birthplace

Mother’s Birthplace

Immigration Year

Years in US

Naturalization

Michael

 

 

Rusia [sic]

Rusia

Rusia

1876

24

Na

Emma

10

9

Rusia

Rusia

Rusia

1876

24

 

Michael

 

 

Kansas

Rusia

Rusia



 

Margaret

 

 

Kansas

Rusia

Rusia

 

 

 

John

 

 

Kansas

Rusia

Rusia

 

 

PeterKansasRusiaRusia
AndrewKansasRusiaRusia
ClaraKansasRusiaRusia
BifadaKansasRusiaRusia
CatharineKansasRusiaRusia

Name

Occupation

Months Not Employed

Months Attended School

Read?

Write?

Speak English?

Owned or Rented

Free or Mortgaged

Farm or House

Farm Schedule

Peter

Farmer

0

 

Yes

Yes

Yes 

O

F

F

71

Emma

 

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes 

 

 

 

 

Michael

 

 

0

Yes

Yes

Yes 

 

 

 

 

Margaret

 

 

0

Yes

Yes 

 

 

 

 

 

John

 

 

5

Yes Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

Peter

 

 

5

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew

 

 

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clara

5

 

Bifada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catharine

 

 

 

 

 


Source: Year: 1900; Census Place: Bryant, Graham, Kansas; Roll: 481; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0036; FHL microfilm: 1240481, Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.  

1900 Census, Bryant, Graham, Kansas

Visitation No.

Family No.

Name

Relation

Race

Sex

Birth Month

Birth Year

Age

Marital Status

Years Married

100

100

Knoll     John A

Head

W

M

June

1865

35

M

5

 

 

Christiana

Wife

W

F

Jan

1863

37

M

5

 

 

Catharine

Daughter

W

F

July

1886

13

S

 

 

Margaret

Daughter

W

F

Feb

1890

10

S

 

 

Emma M

Daughter

W

F

Dec

1892

7

S

AdamSonWMJuly18963S
GotfriedSonWMNov18996/12S
Meyer MarianStep DauWFJune188910S


Name

No. of Children

Children Living

Birthplace

Father’s Birthplace

Mother’s Birthplace

Immigration Year

Years in US

Naturalization

John A

Rusia [sic]

Rusia

Rusia

1876

24

Na

Christiana

8

3

Rusia

Rusia

Rusia

1888

12

Na

Catharine

 

Kansas

Rusia

Rusia



 

Margaret

 

Kansas

Rusia

Rusia

 

 

 

Emma M

 

 

Kansas

Rusia

Rusia

 

 

AdamKansasRusiaRusia
GotfriedKansasRusiaRusia
MarianKansasRusiaRusia

Name

Occupation

Months Not Employed

Months Attended School

Read?

Write?

Speak English?

Owned or Rented

Free or Mortgaged

Farm or House

Farm Schedule

John A

Farmer

0

 



 

O

F

F

45

Christiana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catharine

 

 

0

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret

 

 

5

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emma M

 

 

5


 

 

 

 

Adam

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Gotfried

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marian

5

 


Source: Year: 1900; Census Place: Bryant, Graham, Kansas; Roll: 481; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0036; FHL microfilm: 1240481, Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.  

1910 Census, Bryant Graham, Kansas

Visitation No.

Family No.

Name

Relation

Sex

Race

Age

Marital Status

Years Married

Children Born

Children Living

46

47

Knoll   Michael

Head

M

W

50

M2

4

 

 

 

 

Emma

Wife

F

W

50

M2

4

12

5

 

 

Andrew

Son

M

W

18

S

 

 

 

 

 

Clara

Daughter

F

W

16

S

 

 

 

 

 

Beata

Daughter

F

W

13

S

 

 

 

 

 

Kate

Daughter

F

W

11

S

 

 

 

 

 

Bender John

Stepson

M

W

24

S

 

 

 

 

 

Albert

Stepson

M

W

18

S

 

 

MathewStepsonMW12S
JosephStepsonMW9S

Name

Birthplace

Father’s Birthplace

Mother’s Birthplace

Immigration Year

Naturalization

Speaks English?

Occupation

Industry

Michael

Russ German

Russ German

Russ German

1876

Na

English

Farmer

General farm

Emma

Russ German

Russ German

Russ German

1892

 

German

None

Andrew

Kansas

Russ German

Russ German

 

 

English

Laborer in home

Farm

Clara

Kansas

Russ German

Russ German

 

 

English

None

 

Beata

Kansas

Russ German

Russ German

 

 

English

None

 

Kate

Kansas

Russ German

Russ German

 

 

English

None

 

John

Russia German

Russ German

Russ German

 1892

 Na

 

Laborer

Farm

Albert

Russia German

Russ German

Russ German

 1892

 

 

Laborer

Farm
MathewKansasRuss GermanRuss GermanEnglishNone
JosephKansasRuss GermanRuss GermanNone

Name

Employment Type

Can Read?

Can Write?

Attended School?

Owned?

Mortgaged?

Farm?

Farm Schedule

Michael

Emp

No

No

 

O

M

F

47

Emma

 

No

No

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew

W

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

Clara

 

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

Beata

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

Kate

 

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

John

 W

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

Albert

 W

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

MathewYesYesYes
JosephYesYesYes


Name

Deaf and Dumb?

Michael

Emma

 

Andrew

Clara

 

Beata

 

Kate

 

John

 Yes

Albert

 Yes

Mathew
Joseph

Source: Year: 1910; Census Place: Bryant, Graham, Kansas; Roll: T624_440; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0044; FHL microfilm: 1374453, Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.

1910 Census, Bryant, Graham, Kansas

Visitation No.

Family No.

Name

Relation

Sex

Race

Age

Marital Status

Years Married

Children Born

Children Living

46

47

Knoll   John A

Head

M

W

46

M1

14

 

 

 

 

Christine

Wife

F

W

45

M1

14

10

7

 

 

Amy

Daughter

F

W

17

S

 

 

 

 

 

Adam

Son

M

W

13

S

 

 

 

 

 

Gottfried

Son

M

W

11

S

 

 

 

 

 

John

Son

M

W

8

S

 

 

 

 

 

Karl

Son

M

W

5

S

 

 

 


Name

Birthplace

Father’s Birthplace

Mother’s Birthplace

Immigration Year

Naturalization

Speaks English?

Occupation

Industry

John A

Russ German

Russ German

Russ German

1880

Na

English

Farmer

General farm

Christine

Russ German

Russ German

Russ German

1890

 

German

None

Amy

Kansas

Russ German

Russ German

 

 

English

None

Adam

Kansas

Russ German

Russ German

 

 

English

None

 

Gottfried

Kansas

Russ German

Russ German

 

 

English

None

 

John

Kansas

Russ German

Russ German

 

 

None

 

Karl

Kansas

Russ German

Russ German

 

 

 

None



Name

Employment Type

Can Read?

Can Write?

Attended School?

Owned?

Mortgaged?

Farm?

Farm Schedule

John A

Emp

Yes

Yes

 

O

M

F

45

Christine

 

No

No

 

 

 

 

 

Amy

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

Adam

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

Gottfried

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

John

 

 

 

 

 

Karl

 


 

 

 

 

 


Source: Year: 1910; Census Place: Bryant, Graham, Kansas; Roll: T624_440; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0044; FHL microfilm: 1374453, Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.

1910 Census, Bryant, Graham, Kansas

Visitation No.

Family No.

Name

Relation

Sex

Race

Age

Marital Status

Years Married

Children Born

Children Living

114

115

Knoll   

Peter A

Head

M

W

34

M1

14

 

 

 

 

Rosa

Wife

F

W

33

M1

14

9

7

 

 

Joseph

Son

M

W

10

S

 

 

 

 

 

Alexander

Son

M

W

8

S

 

 

 

 

 

Adam

Son

M

W

7

S

 

 

 

 

 

Wendnine

Son

M

W

6

S

 

 

 

 

 

Rosa

Daughter

F

W

4

S

 

 

MaryDaughterFW2S
AnnaDaughterFW1/12S

Name

Birthplace

Father’s Birthplace

Mother’s Birthplace

Immigration Year

Naturalization

Speaks English?

Occupation

Industry

Peter A

Russ German

Russ German

Russ German

1877

Na

English

Farmer

General farm

Rosa

Kansas

Russ German

Russ German

 

English

None

Joseph

Kansas

Russ German

Kansas

 

 

English

None

Alexander

Kansas

Russ German

Kansas

 

 

None

 

Adam

Kansas

Russ German

Kansas

 

 

None

 

Wendnine

Kansas

Russ German

Kansas

 

 

None

 

Rosa

Kansas

Russ German

Kansas

 

 

 

None

MaryKansasRuss GermanKansasNone
AnnaKansasRuss GermanKansasNone

Name

Employment Type

Can Read?

Can Write?

Attended School?

Owned?

Mortgaged?

Farm?

Farm Schedule

Peter A

Emp

Yes

Yes

 

O

M

F

110

Rosa

 

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

Alexander

 

 

 

 

 

Adam

 

 

 

 

 

Wendnine

 

 

 

 

 

Rosa

 


 

 

 

 

Mary
Anna

Source: Year: 1910; Census Place: Bryant, Graham, Kansas; Roll: T624_440; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0044; FHL microfilm: 1374453, Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.


1920 Census, Bryant, Graham, Kansas

Dwelling No.

Visitation No.

Name

Relation

Home Owned?

Mortgaged?

Sex

Race

Age

Marital Status

Year Immigrated

126

129

Knoll   Michel Sr

Head

O

F

M

W

58

M

1876

 

 

Ammie

Wife

 

 

F

W

59

M

1892

 

 

Bender Mathew

Stepson

 

 

M

W

22

S

 

 

 

Joseph

Stepson

 

 

M

W

19

S

 

 

 

Billinger Joseph

Son in law

 

 

M

W

21

M

 

 

 

Kathrina

Daughter

 

 

F

W

20

M

 


Name

Naturalized

Year Naturalized

Attended School?

Can Read?

Can Write?

Birthplace

Mother Tongue

Michel Sr

Na

1885

 

No

No

Russia

German

Ammie

Na

1905

 

No

No

Russia

German

Mathew

 

 

 

Yes

Yes

Kansas

 

Joseph

 

 

No 

Yes

Yes

Kansas

 

Joseph

 

 

Yes

Yes

Kansas

 

Kathrina

 

 

No

Yes

Yes

Kansas

 


Name

Father’s Birthplace

Father’s Tongue

Mother’s Birthplace

Mother’s Tongue

Speaks English?

Occupation

Industry

Employment Type

Farm Schedule

Michel Sr

Russia

German

Russia

German

Yes

Farmer

General Farmer

Em

125

Ammie

Russia

German

Russia

German

No

None

 

 

 

Mathew

Russia

German

Russia

German

Yes

Farm Laborer

Home Farm

 

 

Joseph

Russia

German

Russia

German

Yes

Farm Laborer

Home Farm

 

 

Joseph

Russia

German

Russia

German

Yes

Farm Laborer

Home Farm

 

 

Kathrina

Russia

German

Russia

German

Yes

None

 

 

 


Source: Year: 1920; Census Place: Bryant, Graham, Kansas; Roll: T625_533; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 51; Image: 326, Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

1920 Census, Bryant, Graham, Kansas

Dwelling No.

Visitation No.

Name

Relation

Home Owned?

Mortgaged?

Sex

Race

Age

Marital Status

Year Immigrated

Fm

78

80

Knoll   John

Head

O

M

M

W

57

M

1876

 

 

Cristena

Wife

 

 

F

W

57

M

1888

 

 

Godfrid

Son

 

 

M

W

20

M

 

 

 

Barbra

Daughter in law

 

 

F

W

21

M

 

 

 

John

Son

 

 

M

W

17

S

 

 

 

Carl

Son

 

 

M

W

15

S

 


Name

Naturalized

Year Naturalized

Attended School?

Can Read?

Can Write?

Birthplace

Mother Tongue

John

Na

1882

 

Yes

Yes

Russia

German

Cristena

Na

1895

 

No

No

Russia

German

Godfrid

 

 

No

Yes

Yes

Kansas

 

Barbra

 

 

 

Yes

Yes

Kansas

 

John

 

 

No

Yes

Yes

Kansas

 

Carl

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Kansas

 


Name

Father’s Birthplace

Father’s Tongue

Mother’s Birthplace

Mother’s Tongue

Speaks English?

Occupation

Industry

Employment Type

Farm Schedule

John

Russia

German

Russia

German

Yes

Farmer

General Farm

Em

75

Cristena

Russia

German

Russia

German

No

None

 

 

 

Godfrid

Russia

German

Russia

German

Yes

Farm Laborer

Home Farm

 

 

Barbra

Russia

German

Russia

German

Yes

None

 

 

John

Russia

German

Russia

German

Yes

Farm Laborer

Home Farm

 

 

Carl

Russia

German

Russia

German

Yes

None

 

 

 


Source: Year: 1920; Census Place: Bryant, Graham, Kansas; Roll: T625_533; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 51; Image: 319, Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

1920 Census, Bryant, Graham, Kansas

Dwelling No.

Visitation No.

Name

Relation

Home Owned?

Sex

Race

Age

Marital Status

Year Immigrated

Fm

68

70

Knoll   Peter A

Head

R

M

W

44

M

1876

 

 

Rosa

Wife

 

F

W

43

M

 

 

Joseph

Son

 

M

W

19

S

 

 

 

Alexander

Son

 

M

W

18

S

 

 

 

Adam

Son

 

M

W

16

S

 

 

 

Windelin

Son

 

M

W

14

S

RosaDaughterFW13S
MareyDaughterFW11S
AmmiaDaughterFW9S
AdolphSonMW5S

Name

Naturalized

Year Naturalized

Attended School?

Can Read?

Can Write?

Birthplace

Mother Tongue

Peter A

Na

1882

 

Yes

Yes

Russia

German

Rosa

 

Yes

Yes

Kansas

Joseph

 

 

No

Yes

Yes

Kansas

 

Alexander

 

 

No

Yes

Yes

Kansas

 

Adam

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Kansas

 

Windelin

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Kansas

RosaYesYesYesKansas
MareyYesYesYesKansas
AmmiaYesKansas
AdolphNoKansas

Name

Father’s Birthplace

Father’s Tongue

Mother’s Birthplace

Mother’s Tongue

Speaks English?

Occupation

Industry

Employment Type

Farm Schedule

Peter A

Russia

German

Russia

German

Yes

Farmer

General Farm

Em

69

Rosa

Russia

German

Kansas

Yes

None

 

 

 

Joseph

Russia

German

Kansas

Yes

Farmer

Home Farm

 

 

Alexander

Russia

German

Kansas

Yes

Farmer

Home Farm

 

 

Adam

Russia

German

Kansas

Yes

Farmer

Home Farm

 

 

Windelin

Russia

German

Kansas

Yes

None

 

 

RosaRussiaGermanKansasYesNone
MareyRussiaGermanKansasYesNone
AmmiaRussiaGermanKansasYesNone
AdolphRussiaGermanKansasNone

Source: Year: 1920; Census Place: Bryant, Graham, Kansas; Roll: T625_533; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 51; Image: 318, Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

1930 Census, Bryant, Graham, Kansas

Dwelling house

Family

Name

Relationship

Home Owned?

Home Value

Farm?

Sex

Race

Age

Marital Status

19

19

Knoll     Mike

Head

O

1500

No

M

W

69

M

 

 

Emma

Wife

V

F

W

69

M



Name

Age at First Marriage

Attended School?

Reads & Writes?

Birthplace

Father's Birthplace

Mother's Birthplace

Language

A

B

C

Mike

17

No

No

Russia

Russia

Russia

German

13

19

V