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Jacob Knoller

Male 1887 - Yes - date unknown


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  • Name Jacob Knoller 
    Born 27 May 1887  Berlin, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biography Wrote an autobiography called "Mein Leben" (My Life), copyright 1949. Book is a two volume work written in German and can be found at the Lincoln Center Branch of the NY Public Library under the call letters *MEC (Knoller).

    Translation of excerpts (by Deb): "Born to salesman Julius Knoller of Berlin, Germany, Schonhauser Allee 186A, and Amalie Knoller, a son on May 27, 1887 at 8:30 AM, named Jakob." "Father was the youngest of three brothers who had a wholesale business of brushes and hair accessories in Crefeld in Rheinland. Carl was the oldest, and founded the business 'C. Knoller, Crefeld' which he, as he'll tell you himself, started by himself by selling suspenders, and peddling on foot. Later, he took his next younger brother, Moritz, into the business, and lastly my father, Julius, came into the firm." "Although Father was the youngest he was very successful, so that his brother, Carl, soon sent him to Berlin, Germany, and from there to Prussia and Pomerania to find new customers there; Morris went to Rheinland and Netherlands, and Carl himself toured Hamburg and Denmark."

    "Father was a large, imposing man with a blond goatee that gave the appearance of age, but at the time he was only thirty. The high brow with thinning hair (?) was as heirloom in the Knoller family. His motto was, 'The pan is almost clean' (ie - The head is almost bald?)." "On the origins of the Knoller name, my mother told me the following story: Long ago there were no family names until a decree was published and then by a certain time every- one must have a family name. The head of the family was a potato field worker. He took a lump of soil (called a knolle) and said 'Now from today on we will be called Knoller'."

    Jacob was a professor in NYC in the 1940's. P.S.--nolle in German means potato tuber. So does that make us all 'Spuds'? When Mark (#755) saw this, he said he was sure that the name Knoller came from the word "Knell" which in Yiddish means 'to teach'. His Aunt Rifka Kahanaman agreed in our conference conversation of 11/28/91. Immigrated October 25, 1938. 
    Hebrew Birth 4 Siv 5647 
    Residence 1887-1938  Berlin, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1938  New York, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Immigration 25 Oct 1938  New York, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Naturalization 4 Jan 1951  New York, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation Professor Arts 
    Died Yes - date unknown   New York, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3906  Blank Family
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2009 

    Father Julius Knoller,   b. Yes - date unknown , Krefeld, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1895 
    Mother Amalie Asch,   b. Yes - date unknown ,   d. Yes - date unknown  
    Married Yes - date unknown  
    Family ID F1365  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 May 1887 - Berlin, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1887-1938 - Berlin, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1938 - New York, NY, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 25 Oct 1938 - New York, NY, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNaturalization - 4 Jan 1951 - New York, NY, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Yes - date unknown - New York, NY, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Jacob Knoller naturalization
    Jacob Knoller naturalization

    Military Records
    US Army Registration Card for Knoller Jacob
    US Army Registration Card for Knoller Jacob

  • Sources 
    1. [S303] New York Petiitions for Naturalizations., Ancestry.


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