born about 1762 in Whitehall, Northampton (now North Whitehall, Lehigh),
Pennsylvania; died 29 January 1832(30)
in Macungie, Lehigh, Pennsylvania;
married probably 1799-1800 to Catherine Scherrig
[probably the Catherine Scherrig (daughter of George and Catherine Scherrig) who
was born or christened 05 April 1772 (recorded at Jerusalem Lutheran and
Reformed Church in Salisbury, Northampton (now Lehigh), Pennsylvania).]
On 25 November
1798, apparently still
single, he was a baptismal sponsor for David, son of Johannes and Elisabetha
Hainli [recorded at The Lehigh Church
in Macungie, Northampton (now Lower Macungie,
He is probably the Johannes Arner who was a
communicant at Trexlertown Union
Church in Upper Macungie in 1815 [NOTE: however,
there don’t appear to be any other Arner/Orner/Ahner records at that church].
On 02 November 1823, they
were baptismal sponsors for Wilebea Lang, daughter of Johannes and Maria Lang
[location not noted](42).
Census: John Anner, page 165, Macungie, Lehigh,
Pennsylvania [also see Worksheet].
Census: John Orner, page 065, Macungie, Lehigh,
In a deed dated 26 October 1866 (Lehigh Deed Book 35,
page 759), acting for the estate of “John Ahner of Lower Macungie”, Solomon
Ahner of Lower Macungie “eldest son of John…who died intestate on or about
February 1832” sold land that John had purchased on 04 August 1827.
Known children [also see Worksheet]:
Anna Nancy4 Arner,
born 18 July 1801(39)[although gravestone says 11
July(14)] and christened [date not recorded] at The Lehigh Church
(Sponsor: Maria Schaffer, widow)(39); died 11 October 1880(14) in Mercer
County, Pennsylvania; married 29 October
1820 (Witness: John Ahner [presumably her father] )(39) to Solomon Diefenderfer (son of Henry
Diefenderfer and Susanna Jarrett) who was born
09 September 1801(14) in Macungie and died 25 March 1884(14)
in Mercer County. A Diefenderfer family
biography is in Lehigh County
History(E). [A Diefenderfer genealogy is in John
David Wilson’s GEDCOM.] He was a farmer. 1850 Census: Sol Diffendaffer,
page 426, visit 2502/2543, West Salem, Mercer, Pennsylvania.
They are buried at Reichart Cemetery
in Pymatuning, Mercer, Pennsylvania.
Children, born in Macungie: Lavina Diefenderfer, born 01 April 1821, married Joseph Kamerer; George Washington Diefenderfer, born 19 March 1823, married Christina Fatzinger;
Anna Carolina Diefenderfer, born 08 January
1825, married Samuel Kamerer; Amelia Diefenderfer,
born 14 April 1827, married George Keifer; (Infant), died
young; Rose Anna
Diefenderfer, born 30 May 1830, married Edward Wasser; Helen Diefenderfer,
born 05 September 1832, married Henry Polley; John Henry Diefenderfer,
born 11 February 1835, married Louisa Merkel; Solomon Harrison
Diefenderfer, born 08 December 1836, married first Sarah
Ann Richert, married second Lydia George; Charles Alfred Diefenderfer,
born 31 December 1838, married Elizabeth Christman; Emeline Diefenderfer,
born 17 February 1841, married Henry Mertz; David Franklin Diefenderfer,
born 06 September 1844, married first August 1873 to Elizabeth
Rosebaugh who died February 1879 at Erie, Erie, Pennsylvania, married
second to Frances J. Giddings, biography from Biographical Dictionary and Historical Reference Book of Erie County,
Pennsylvania, published by S. B. Nelson, Erie, Pennsylvania, 1896.
+ SOLOMON4 AHNER, born 02 August 1803(39)(but
gravestone says 10 August(14)) and christened 09 October 1803 (Sponsors: Salomon Heynle and
married Esther Ochs.
Elizabeth4 Arner, born
03 August 1805(14)(39) and christened 06 October 1805 (Sponsors:
Andreas Weiler and Maria)(39);
died 03 April 1848 aged 42 years, 08 months(14) in Lower
Macungie (gravestone); married 27 May 1827(30)(Witnesses:
Johann Ahner and Catharine Ahner [her parents] )(39)
to Jonathan (aka Jonas) Knappenberger (son of Johann Philip Knappenberger and Maria
Barbara Stettler) who was born 11 February 1801 in Northampton County
and died 22 June 1884 in Lower Macungie. [Jonathan’s ancestry, and a genealogy
of this family, is on the Knappenberger Family
website.] She was confirmed 29
April 1821 at The Lehigh Church(39). On 15 May 1825, Elizabeth,
still single, was a baptismal sponsor (along with Peter Lang) for Caroline
Lang, daughter of Johannes and Maria Lang(42).
Jonathan was a farmer. 1850 Census: Jonathan Knoppenberger, page 156, visit 296/317, Lower Macungie, Lehigh,
Pennsylvania. She is buried at The Lehigh
Church at Alburtis, Lehigh, Pennsylvania.
Known children: Henry
Knappenberger, born about 1828; Henrietta Knappenberger, born 17 September 1830, died 03
March 1913 in Lehigh County, married 27 January 1852 to Peter
Knappenberger, born about 1832; Caroline Knappenberger, born 03 August 1834, died 27 January
1865, married August 1852 to James Jacob Miller who
was born 07 June 1832 in Pennsylvania and died 30 March 1905; Jonathan Knappenberger,
born 25 August 1836, died 15 October 1872 in Lehigh County, married to Elvina ______ who was born about 1840 in Pennsylvania,
great-grandson Alton W. Knappenberger was a WWII veteran (U.S. Army) and was
awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor;
Eliza Knappenberger, born about 1839, married
to Henry Schaeffer who was born about June 1840 in
Knappenberger (aka Knapp), born about 1842,
died possibly 19 June 1924 in Trumbull County, Ohio, married in Ohio to Martha ______; James Knappenberger, born 07 March 1845, died 28 December
1858; Maria A.
Knappenberger, born 22 July 1846, died 08 August 1853.
Johannes4 Ahner, born 26 July 1807(14); died 19 December 1834(30) aged 27
years, 04 months, 21 days(14) (gravestone). He was confirmed 26 April 1823 at The Lehigh Church(39). He is buried at The Lehigh Church.
Jetta4 Arner, born 29 June and
christened 03 September 1809
(Sponsors: Georg Trein and wife)(39).
born about 1820. 1870 Census: Phaon
Ahner (with Amandus? Rick?), page 317, visit 827/965, Lower Macungie, Lehigh, Pennsylvania.
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