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"The Knecht Family of Maryland"

Updated March 20, 2006

Sharon Couch Knecht

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This is primarily the work of Joseph M."Mickey" Knecht, Sr. and his wife Sharon Emilyne Couch Knecht. We started the adventure in 1987 and have spent many hours searching for those who came before us. A very special thanks to Helmut Knecht of Darmstadt Germany who helped complete the the Knecht family lineage in Bavaria and to Francis Knecht who started the Baltimore Knechts' family tree in the 1960's. Thanks also to Colleen Flannery for her help with the Irish side, Monica Millikin for the Kaisers, Melvin Bradley for the Bedsworths and countless other unselfish genealogists who have helped us through out the years. Here's hoping that you will find someone you recognize on our family tree. Much like life itself, this page and our continuing research will always be a "work in progress."

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Family Photos

  • The John A. Knecht, Sr. Family (408 KB)
    This is a photo taken about 1908 behind the family home at 940 Harlem Ave. Baltimore, Md. John A. Knecht, Sr. is a first generation American and the oldest son of Johann Anton Knecht and Mary Huber. Johann was born in Wenigumstadt Bavaria and emigrated with his father Peter Balthasar, mother Elisabet Deboy and two sisters in 1837.
  • Children of Martin J. and Rita C. Shanahan Knecht (350 KB)
    Evidence of a good Catholic family. Picture of the Knecht children taken at 1614 Knecht Ave., Arbutus, Md. This picture was taken either the summer before or after Mickey was born in December of 1934. His picture was added to the original. L to R: Joseph M. (Mickey), John, Daniel, Henry (Harry), Rita, Martin Jr., Alice, Anne DeSales.
  • Heinrich and Theresa Seiler Kaiser (233 KB)
    They are Mickey's GreatGrandparents.Heinrich and Theresa were married in Germany and immigrated to Baltimore, Md. Heinrich was a stone mason. They had two daughters-Bernadine and Mary. Bernadine married John Regler and Mary (Mickey's Grandmother) married John A. Knecht, Sr.
  • Joseph Henry and Alicia Pearson Knecht (40 KB)
    This is a picture of the couple on their wedding day February 14, 2003. The beginning of a new Knecht family
  • Orlando Washington Taylor Family (73 KB)
    This photograph was taken about 1910 on the front steps of the family home "Farrington Hall" located on Cherry Walk Road outside of the Quantico, Md. My grandfather Clifford Augustus Taylor, Sr. is standing at far left. Seated next to him is Nell Taylor, Pauline T.Hughes, Rosalee T. Acworth, Bernice T. Anderson, Jessie T. George, Nan T. Cooper, Agnes T. Crawford, Ernest Byrd Taylor. Front Row L to R: W. Rich Conway, Kate T. Conway, Annie Byrd Patrick Taylor, Unk, Orlando W. Taylor, Anna T. Cooper, Clifford Cooper. I have used the married names of the Taylor women, although most were not married at the time of the picture.
  • Charles Bird and Margaret Coulbourne Holt (16 KB)
    A portrait photograph of the greatgrandparents of Sharon Couch Knecht taken about 1940.
  • William Thomas Couch, Sr. Family (38 KB)
    This photograph was taken about 1925 in front of the house which is located to the right of St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Quantico, Md. From left to right is Elmanda (Ellen) Hambury Couch, William T. Couch, Jr., William T. Couch, Sr., Elizabeth Jane Horseman Couch. She is holding in her arms Joseph Milton Couch - father of Sharon Couch Knecht. The youngest son Daniel Edward Couch is not pictured since he wasn't born until 1927.
  • Daniel Stephen and Johanna Feely Shanahan (55 KB)
    This is a picture of Mickey Knecht's grandparents taken about 1895. Johanna Feely Shanahan died in 1897, ten days after giving birth to Rita Cecelia Shanahan. Daniel married Mary Ellen Liberty five years later. She was a cousin of Johanna and godmother to Rita.

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