Family History of Knopfs in Michigan

William Knopf

born: January 6, 1867, Gub. Plotsch, Russia
died: January 1946, Wayne county, Detroit, Michigan

father: Gottlieb Knopf
mother: Henrietta Rossol
spouse: Pauline Schmidt
marriage: 1887
siblings:
Emily Knopf (Theodore Hefke)
Charles / Carl Knopf
Adolph Knopf
Gustav Knopf
Alexander Knopf (unconfirmed)
Edward Knopf (unconfirmed)
Martha Knopf (unconfirmed)
children:
Benjamin Knopf Sr.
Hermann / Harry Knopf
Oswald Knopf

notes:
In addition to Baby Boy Knopf, William and Pauline had one other child that did not survive, as indicated on the 1900 census data.

In the 1910 U.S. Census, one of William's sons is enumerated with the name "Bernard". Living knowledge says that this is a mistake, as we have no ancestor named Bernard. In this case, Bernard refers to son Benjamin, who is otherwise not listed there.

William and brother Gustav are both enumerated on the 1920 and 1930 census pages, since they only lives a few doors down from each other.

William, Pauline, and Oswald took a trip in 1911 to Poland to get their relatives, Julius and Christine Netz, whom they sponsored for immigration to America. Christine Netz was a sister to William's wife, Pauline. Other pages of that ship's manifest show the Netz family. Also included in that voyage is Anna Rossol, whose destination is listed as visiting her "uncle" William Knopf. How can William be Anna's uncle? This is a mystery I have found no explanation for.

sources:
Ship Manifest of William's 1911 trip
Ship Manifest p. 1 of the Netz family
Ship Manifest p. 2 of the Netz family
Ship Manifest of Anna Rossol
Passport application for William
1900 census
1910 census
1920 census
1930 census, page 1
1930 census, page 2

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