Descendents of the families KNECHT - KNEGT - DE KNEGT etc


Aulton Jack Clyde Hardy HARDY

Columbia Basin Herald. Moses Lake, Washington.
Aulton C. (Jack) Hardy, age 74 of Moses Lake went to be with the Lord onFebruary 16th, 2005. He was born in Luka, Miss. on Sept. 18, 1930 to Clyde and Viola Hardy along with six sisters and a step-brother.
Jack was a Tennessee Walking horse trainer in his late teens before he joined the Army. He served in the army infantry in Korea as a Corporal receiving a Purple Heart, a Silver Star and a Bronze Star. When he returnedto the states he was stationed at Camp Hanford, Wash., where he met the love of his life, Evelyn Knecht, through country music they both enjoyed.Jack entertained throughout the Columbia Basin with his band, Jack Hardyand the Potato Pickers. They married on Feb. 2, 1952 and shared 53 yearstogether. They have three daughters, Sandra, Julianne and Wendy. They settle in Warden, where he help developed some of the land which was put into the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project. In a few years he became a farmer and agricultural field representative until his retirement. He then enjoyed spending time with his family, working in his yard and doing wood working in his shop. Jack loved children and stretched his helping handas far as he could. He coached Little League and always bought milkshakes when they lost and milkshakes and hamburgers when they won. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great- grandfather.
His family was very important to him, as he was to his family and he will be deeply missed. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; daughters Sandra Allred (Skip) Snohomish, Julianne Sullivan of Warden, Wendy Gilbertof Moses Lake and Bill Gilbert; grandchildren, Bart, Chad and Brandy Allred, Stephanie Reitz, Crystal Sullivan, Heather Abregana (Jason), Haliey and Brandon Gilbert; great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Jarad Parker, Sierrah Allred Benjamin Sullivan, Allison Abregana and Corban Reitz.
Services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 19 at the First Presbyterian Church, 1147 Ivy Street, Moses Lake. Viewing will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Warden. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Building and Scholarship Fund.

4834. Paul Charles KNECHT

4859. Albert William KNIGHT

WASHI - Washington D.C.

Taken from an interview on cassette tape in 1987:
Albert William Knight was born at home at 1331 N. 30th Street in Philadelphia on Nov. 19, 1922. It was a small, row house.
His parents were George Alfred Knight and Rose Lena Wolf, b. 21 May 1895and married 26 Dec 1936.
His brother, Alfred George Knight, died of scarlet fever and diptheria the previous spring to his birth.
His neighbros in Philadelphia wre the Strotbecks, Bill and Jack (John) and Marie. (John then lived in Hatboro and worked for the Gas Works); andthe Straubs, Jacob (Jake), Rich and George.
He listened to his favorite radio shows as a child which included Amos and Andy, Fibber McGee and Molly, and The Shadow.
He said the family visited the Wolfs, his mother's family, almost exclusively, especially his mother's sisters, Helen (daughter, Helen, also) andKatherine (Harry Siegel was her son).
His father was the Assistant Superintendant of the Philadelphia AquariumWaterworks. There is a newspaper clipping of a young Albert at the Acquarium that talked about him being a renouned ichthyologist in his own right.
He attended John Sartain Elementary School, 33rd and Glenwood, Phila. (it burned down); Robert Morris School at 26th and Thompson (torn down and replaced); and Central High at Broad and Green (torn down and replaced by Benjamin Franklin High School). He graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School, class of 1940.
He belonged to the Journalism Club. He got the Howard Demmert Award for Social Studies and was in an honor/scholastic society.
He delivered newspaper and also worked at a Mom & Pop grocery store whenhe was young.
He met his wife-to-be, Marion E. Dungan, in 1941 at Philadelphia Gas Works at Broad and Arch streets in downtown Philadelphia. He worked as a junior clerk in the General Accounting office. Marion was a senior clerk atthe time, and sat in the desk behind Al. She commented she thought he was a bit of a pain in the neck. Al and the other fellows in his department would send Marion on wild goose chases for things like "sky hooks" from the supply room. Marion learned, not quickly enough, that sky hooks didn't exist--and they weren't kept in the supply room!
Their first date wasn't until Al came home on leave from basic training after he joined the Army Signal Corps in 1942. Marion actually asked him out on the date after being prodded by friends. She even bought the tickets for an Ethel Mermon show, "Something for the Boys." There courtship consisted of letters written back and forth during the war.
His grandson, Alexander W. Knight, wrote an extensive paper in 2000 on his grandfather's experiences in the Asian-Pacific Theater of WWII for his high school graduation project, so I will not repeat it all here.
Briefly, he was in the 41st Infantry Division in the Signal Corps. He was sent to the Signal Corps because he and his dad raised homing pigeons. Homing pigeons were used extensively in all other areas of the war, but not so much in the Pacific where he was sent. He mainly concentratedon radio signal and repair, though he did work with some pigeons, as photographs will attest.
He served in the Asian Pacific Theater from Nov. 1942 to Dec. 1945. He was deployed overseas Apr. 1, 1943. He first went to San Franscisco and boarded a troop carrier to Australia, then to New Buinea, then Milne Bay.He then fought in the Philippines, first to Manilla, then south to Mindenawa, Zamboanga (SW peninsula). He was involved in the Leyte invasion which took about a week and was called the most perfect landing invasion ever fought.
After the bombs were dropped in Japan, and the Japanese surrendered, he was deployed to Hiro, Japan, 20 miles from Hiroshima, in October 1945. Wehave an extensive collection of his photographs taken during the war. His Signal Corps truck was turned into a dark room and all the men would bring their photos to be developed. When Al saw a good picture, he developed one for himself.
He came home after Christmas and arrived in the USA Jan. 25, 1946. His date of separation from the service was Feb. 6, 1946.
He got engaged to Marion on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 1946. (See notes for Marion E. Dungan for more on this.)
After they were married, Marion left PGW since married couples were not allowed to work in the same department.
His father's father was Peter Knecht who was born in Switzerland and emigrated to the US. They lived in Philadelphia on Thompson, off of 30th Street. His passport from canton of Berne, Switzerland lists Pierre's ageas 24 years in September 1865. The Certificate is from Berne, Switzerland, issued for one year. The original passport is in the possession of Marion Horn Morgan, 809 Shadywood Drive, #C101, Perkasie, Pa. 18944, as of 1/1/02.
His mother's family lived in Greenwood, Delaware. Rose Lena Wolf was originally from Budapest, Hungary, born and raised. Her father's name was Anthony (Anton) Wolf and her mother was Elizabeth Weizt.
Al's mother was Roman Catholic and his father was Episcopal and belongedto the Church of the Covenant at 27th and Girard, Philadelphia. There was something about Rose's family being afraid for her soul, as she probably was not a practicing Catholic, or they were upset because she was notmarried in the Catholic Church. They were married in the Church of the Covenant. There is a letter written by her husband George to her family after she died, and he tells them, essentially, her soul is fine and whereit should be, up in heaven.
His mother died in 1935 of a cancerous goiter (what we would now call thyroid cancer) when Al was only 13 years old. A short note from his journal appears below. His father retired from civil service to raise his sonafter her death.
Al switched religions as a teen and attended Zion Presbyterian with friends. Until he died, he tried to read the bible at least once a week. His favorite passage was 1 Corinthinians 13, where it talks about love.
Al worked at the Philadelphia Gas Works after the war and attended nightschool and worked his way up to vice president in charge of finance.
After their marriage on Sept. 14, 1946, Marion took up housekeeping first in Philadelphia with Al's dad, then at her own home in Roslyn, Pa., which also included George Knight. They had one son, Kenneth Alfred, born5/7/1951, and named for both Al's and Marion's siblings who died as young babies. Jerilyn Elizabeth followed on 8/15/1954.
They built a home in Willow Grove in the middle 1950s and lived there until retirement in 1987 when they moved to Marmora, N. J.
He suffered a massive heart attack after his retirement, but was miraculously spared thanks to the EMTs who worked on him in the ambulance goingto the hospital. He had to watch his health after that, but he was ableto take many trips and cruises with his wife to places like Alaska, Ireland and Germany, to name a few.
In March of 1997 and the beginning of April, he landed back in the hospital for some tests. He was released and doing fine until he had to fast for a colonoscopy. The family believes his potassium levels went down andcaused him to go into an arrest of some kind. Marion called the EMTs again and they whisked him to the hospital where he stayed for almost a week, unconscious, until his son Ken could come home from a business trip from California. He couldn't get a flight back.
He died with his wife and two children around him on April 15, 1997, taxday. He was the ultimate accountant and had the last laugh.
Some certificates and information about his life:
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Health, Vital Statistics, Certification of Birth
N. 217784
File No. 189904-22
Date Filed: 11/25/1922
Place of Birth
County: Philadelphia; City: Philadelphia
Date of Birth: 11/19/1922
Name of Child: Albert William Knight
Sex: Male
Name of Father: George Alfred Knight
Maiden Name of Mother: Rose Lena Wolf
Baptismal Certificate states: This is to Certify, That Albert William Knight, Born Nov. 19, 1922 at Philadelphia Was received into the congreagation of Christ's flock by Holy Baptism in the Church of the Covenant, Philadelphia, on the Sunday after the Epiphany, the seventh day of January inthe Year of our Lord, 1923.
Parents: George Alfred Knight; Rosalina Wolf Knight;
Sponsors: Harry Theodore Knecht; Mary Caroline Knecht; and the Mother.
Signed: Frederic O. Musser, Rector
Diocese of Pennsylvania
This is to certify that Albert William Knight received the Laying on of Hands in Church of the Covenant upon the 10th day of March in the year ofour Lord 1938.
Signed: Francis M. Tailt or Taitt (?), Bishop of Pennsylvania.
I hereby certify that the record of this Confirmation has been duly entered in the Parish Register of George W. Lamb, Rector.
Original Marriage Certificate:
I, Hilko deBeer, D. D. hereby certify that on the 14th day of September,one thousand nine hundred and 46, at Philadelphia, Albert W. Knight and Marion E. Dungan were by me United in Marriage in accordance with Licenseissued by the Clerk of the Orphans' Court of Phialdelphia County, Pennsylvania, Numbered 820683.
Signed: Rev. Hilko deBeer, D. D., Minister of the Gospel.
From the church:
This Certifies That on the 14th day of September in the year of our Lord1946 Albert W. Knight and Marion E. Dungan were by me United in Marriageat Philadelphia, Pa. according to the ordinance of God and the Laws of Pennsylvania.
Signed: Rev. H. deBeer, D.D.
Witnesses: Gertrude Mishaw and Bernard J. Wiegner
Army of the United States Honorable Discharge:
This is to certify that Albert W. Knight, 13 151 113, Technicial (sic) Sergeant, 41st Signal Company, 41st Infantry Division, Army of the United States
is hereby Honorably Discharged from the military service of the United States of America.
This certificate is awarded as a testimonial of Honest and Faithful Service to this country.
Given at Unit B Separation Center #45, Indiantown Gap Mil Res Penna.
Date: 5 February 1946
Signed: John E. Smith, Major, AC
Enlisted Record and Report of Separation Honorable Discharge:
Knight, Albert W.
Army Serial No. 13 151 113
Grade: T/Sgt
Arm or Service: SC (Signal Corps)
Component: ERC
Organization: 41st Sig Co 41st Inf Div
Date of Separation: 5 Feb 46
Place of Separation: Unit B Sep Ctr #45; GMR PA
Permanent Address for mailing purposes: 1331 N. 30th St., Philadelphia, 21, Pa.
Date of Birth: 19 Nov 22
Place of Birth: Phila., Pa.
Address from which employment will be sought: see 9
Color eyes: brn
Color hair: brn
Height: 5'6"
Weight: 145 lbs.
No. Depend.: 1
White; Single; U.S.Citizen
Civilian Occupation and No.: Clerk General 1-05.010
Military History:
Date of Enlistment: 10 Nov 42
Date of Entry into active service: 6 Sep 43
Place of entry into service: Ft. Meade, Md.
Selective Service Data: Registered: Yes; Local S.S.Board: unknown; County and State: Phila. Pa.
Home address: see 9
Military occupational specialty and no.: Radio Repairman 648
Military Qualification and date: 03 RIF MKM
Battles and Campaigns: GO 33 & 40 WD #45, New Guinea, Southern Philippines
Decorations and Citations: Good Conduct Medal; Philippines Liberation Ribbon w/1 Bronze Star; AS-PAC THR SER MED w/2 Bronze Stars; Victory Medal
Wounds recieved in action: none
Immunizations: Smallpox: 20 Oct 43; Typ[hoid: 10 Oct 44; Tetanus: 18 Dec45 Other: TY 28 Aug 45
Continental Service: 0 years, 7 months, 25 days
Foreign Service: 1 year, 9 months, 25 days
Highest Grade Held: T/SGT
Date of Departure: 1 Apr 44; Destination: APT; Date of Arrival: 27 Apr 44
Date of Departure: 10 Jan 46; Destination: USA; Date of Arrival: 25 Jan 46
Prior Service: none
Reason and authority for separation: AR 615-365 RR1-1 Demobilazation
Service Schools Attended: none
Education (Years): Grammar: 8; High School: 4; College: 0
Longevity for Pay Purposes: 3 years, 2 months, 26 days
Mustering out Pay: Total: $300; This Payment: $100; Travel Pay: $5; Total Amount: $290.65; Name of Disbursing Officer: J. J. Maher, Jr., Major,ED (or FD)
Effective Date of Allotment Discoontinuance: 28 Feb 46
Date of Next Premium due (one month after 50): 31 Mar 46
Premium due each month: $6.50
Remarks: Lapel Button Issued
ASR Score (2 Sep 45) 51
Inactive Service ERC from 10 Nov 42 to 5 Sep 43 Incl * CHOL 4 Sep 45
Personnel Officer: M. F. Emerich, lst LT WAC
Taken from a journal written by Albert W. Knight upon the death of his mother:
On Oct. 30, 1935 Mother went to the Lankenau Hospital about 3 p.m. takenby Dr. Schenberg and daddy. On Nov. 6, 1935 she was operated on and it was very unsuccessful. On Dec. 9, 1935 she was taken to the Sacred Heart Free Home for Incurable Cancer where she passed on at 10:50 a.m. on Dec. 27, 1935.Notitie bij multimedia-object:
This is a picture of Ken's father, Albert W. Knight. He served in the army's 41st infantry as a signal corpsman in the Asian Pacific Theater during WWII.~~

Marion Elizabeth DUNGAN

WASHI - Washington D.C.

Marion was born on the day of the most deaths from Spanish Influenza in Philadelphia. Four days later her brother, Kenneth, died of spinal meningitis, Oct. 9, on their mother's birthday. The next day, Oct. 10, 1918, Cora died, the day after her 29th birthday. Mother and baby were buried inthe same casket as there was a casket shortage due to the many deaths from the flu pandemic.
Marion was incubated in the oven. Susan Knight believes she must have been born prematurely because she has in her possession a picture of Cora and Kenneth at the shore in July of 1918 and Cora didn't even look pregnant. If she was due in October, she would have been six months pregnant atthe time. The picture shows she distinctly has a waist. If she was in her first trimester, Marion was probably born at six months premature. Itis probably a miracle she lived.
She was named after Cora's brother Mervin's wife, Marion. However, theydivorced.
Marion lived with and was raised by her grandparents, Harry and Elizabeth Field, on Comly Street in the Wissinoming section of Philadelphia. Harry Field was a house and sign painter. Meanwhile, her father worked on the Tacony bridge collecting nickels.
When her grandmother died of cancer of the nose and throat in about 1927, when Marion was nine years old, she was sent to live with Harry Field's first cousin, Evelyn Minter, and her husband, Pearl Rosenberg, who lived about 3/4 of a mile outside of Doylestown, Pa.
She lived with the Rosenberg's for a year and a half and attended a one room schoolhouse. She believes the name of it was Red Hill Elementary School, but Eleanor Carney, a friend, who also attended a one room schoolhouse in Doylestown, believes she must have attended Pebble Hill ElementarySchoo where Eleanor went. Eleanor's older sister believes she remembers Marion from there. It was a one-room schoolhouse.
About 1929, Marion's father remarried a widow, Viola Lillian (nee Christine) Craven. They lived at 6372 Marsden Street, in the Tacony section of Philadelphia. During high school they moved to Frankford, to a larger home, at 5424 Saul Street, Philadelphia, Pa.
Marion worked in an ice cream/candy store near Oxford Circle. Marion graduated from Frankford High School in June 1936. Then on Oct. 10, 1938, she got a job at Philadelphia Gas Works as a junior clerk in accounting. She handled discounting and coding of bills payable. She worked nine years to senior clerk. This is where she met her future husband, Albert Knight, who was a junior clerk there.
He went off to war and Marion wrote to him and they courted through the mail. He returned from the war in February 1946 and they got engaged on Valentine's Day. They planned a June 1946 wedding.
Marion's step-mother was involved in the Eastern Star and she wanted family of members who were back from the war to dress in their uniforms and sit on the dais during a dinner where they were to be feted. Albert refused to wear the uniform again, not because he didn't love his country, but because the fighting he did was something he wanted to put behind him.
When he refused to wear the uniform, Vi "uninvited him" from the dinner/celebration. After that, out of spite, she started spreading rumors that they "had" to get married. Marion and Al promptly changed their wedding date to September 1946 to prove the rumors wrong.
Marion went to live down the street from Al and his father because she didn't feel safe living at home with Vi anymore. Her step-sister and her husband had to "save" her from many a scene with Vi. One involved a gun. Marion had to put her dresser in front of her door so Vi couldn't get intoher bedroom. On the occasions she visited with Al, she was driven homeby Gert's husband (Stuart?) and he would wait outside until Marion ranup to her room, put her dresser in front of her door, and flashed her bedroom light as a signal that she was safe.
Another incident involved the wedding. Marion's father had to take Vi down to their shore home at Wildwood that weekend, then he snuck back to Philadelphia to attend the wedding. Thus they were married on the sly without Vi knowing about it.
It is unfortunate that her father did not stick up for her in these incidences, but not knowing the past, we shall never know what was on his mind at the time and why he did not defend her.
Marion and Al were married Sept. 14, 1946 at The Church of the Covenantin Philadelphia, Al's church. Her step-sister, Gertrude Mishaw, and Al'sbest friend, Barney Wiegner, were their witnesses. They honemooned in Atlantic City, N. J. One funny thing about the honeymoon-- Barney drove them down to the hotel, but on the way back his car broke down. He calledAl and he ended up spending the time down there with Al and Marion whilehis car was being fixed. Who knows how much time he spent with the couple on their honeymoon.
Marion Elizabeth Dungan Knight, 81, died from complications of diabetes on the date of her wedding anniversary, Sept. 14, 2000, in the Skilled Nursing Facility of Rockhill Mennonite Community, Sellersville, whereshe had been a resident since the first week of June.
Formerly of Willow Grove and Marmora, N. J., she was the wife of morethan 50 years of Albert W. Knight, vice president of finance for Philadelphia Gas Works, who died April 15, 1997.
Born in the Wissinoming section of Philadelphia, she was the daughterof the late John Franklin and Cora (Field) Dungan, who died giving birthto her only daughter during the Spanish influenza epidemic.
A 1936 graduate of Franklin High School, Philadelphia, she was employed at Philadelphia Gas Works, where she met her husband. He joined the army during WWII and served in the Pacific Theater in the Philippines. After the war, they were married Sept. 14, 1946 in Philadelphia.
They settled first in Roslyn, then in Willow Grove, where they resided for many years.
She was a homemaker first and foremost her whole life, and enjoyed cooking, crafts, knitting, crocheting, and sewing. Her hobbies included flower and vegetable gardening, writing, reading and bird watching. She alsoenjoyed bowling and volleyball in her younger days.
She later worked as an executive secretary for the principal of Eastern Montgomery County Vocational Technical School, Willow Grove, for overten years until her retirement in the late 1980s.
She was a longtime active member of the Roslyn Presbyterian Church, Roslyn, Pa., where she served as president of the women's group for many years. In 1987, she and her husband retired to Marmora, N. J. and joined Trinity Methodist Church, where she served as president of the Methodist women's group of the church.
In 1998 she moved to Hatifeld to reside with her daughter, and joinedThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Doylestown, where she was an active and enthusiastic member.
During WWII she was a volunteer for the American Red Cross and knitted socks, gloves, and hats for the men overseas. At that same time, she also made bandages for lepers in Africa. This was only the beginning of her long life of volunteerism and service.
She was in charge of fundraising events for missions at her churches;sewed shirts for men in the Wesleyan Home, Ocean City, N.J.; knitted andcrocheted hats for premature babies at Abington Hospital and Shore Memorial Hospital in Pleasantville, N.J.; crocheted bandages for lepers and sewed bags for school kits through the LDS Church up until her death.
She is survived by a son, Kenneth A. Knight, and his wife Susan (Tobelmann) of Perkasie; a daughter, Jerilyn E. Knight of Hatfield; and four grandchildren: Alexander, 17; Suzannah, 15; Jewel-leah, 11; and K. TimothyKnight, 9, all of Perkasie.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death bya brother, Kenneth, who died a few days after her birth. He was buriedin the same casket as his mother, due to a shortage of caskets becauseof the Spanish influenza.
A Memorial service was held Friday, Sept. 29, 2000 at 7 p.m. in the chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ferry and Chapman roads, Doylestown Township. Interment was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Doylestown Ward Missionary Fund, c/o Bishop Ronald D. Ahrens, 33 John Dyer Way, Doylestown, Pa. 18901, or The American Diabetes Associaton, 1 Plymouth Meeting, Suite 520, Plymouth Meeting, Pa. 19462-1316.
Arrangements were by the David R. Sadler Funeral Home, Telford, Pa.Notitie bij multimedia-object:
This is Ken's mother, Marion Eliz. Dungan, taken when she was about 25 years old.

4860. Harry T. KNECHT

According to Marion Horn Morgan, Harry T. Jr. and his brother, Walter, married sisters first, then they both divorced them.


Father: Rufas Lamuel King HIGGINBOTHAM & Mother: Nellie Ripley STEWART