9/5/2011 at 11:07 AM
I am looking for Fredrick (or Frederick) C Knoff, my great great grandfather.
Birth 31 Jul 1820 in Hannover, Germany
To be exact, I only have Hannover as placeholder. From a Canadian census of 1851 through his death, only two entries are ever given for POB: Germany or Kingdom of Hannover. Only once is there something else and it is hard to read/decipher but it could be Braunschweig but I cannot verify this.
He traveled to Canada in 1845 (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) however I have found zero ship logs, port logs, manifests etc to verify passage and ports. His religion is listed as Lutheran. Here FC had 4 children and married but there are no records of this nor of any occupation there.
I spoke with the Canadian Lutheran church and the records during his time are gone/missing/never collected, et al. Apparently, being a Lutheran preacher had a high turnover rate and records disappeared.
The main records HQ for that area of Canada is in Kitchener, although some lookups have found no records. In 1855-1857, Frederick moved to Kansas City, MO, St. Louis, MO, and even had a short stint in Leavenworth, KS all before settling in Shawnee, KS for the rest of his life.
I have copies of the wills for both Fred and Mary as well as the land deed for their 80 acres. Zero help on origin though.
What I am looking for directly is the following:
Records in Canada other than the 1852 Census.
If you're related, please let me know especially if you're in Germany. Thank you for looking and helping.