Sunday, September 23, 2012
N is for Nana, Salome Knecht
It is difficult to think of someone who died at the young age of 22 years as a grandmother! Yet she was the mother of three children before she died.
Salome's grave stone is located at the Moorestown Cemetery, Moore Twp., Northampton Co., Pennsylvania in the old yard at Salem Church. It is a flat white stone with her name clearly and easily readable. It stood as a beacon among a field of beautiful pink flowers on the spring day when I located the grave. Salome was only 22 and 1/2 years old when she died December 16, 1825, just three weeks after the birth of her son Charles. Her stone is in the same row as those of her parents. It is visible from a distance and is in the lower center of the graveyard. The stone is inscribed in German.
Salome Gunkel ehetran van George Gunkel
Geboren den 28th Mertz 1803
Gestorben den 16 December 1825
Alt 22 Yaren 6 Monat und 18 Tagen.
Which translates Salome Kunkle, wife of George Kunkle, born March 28, 1803, died Dec. 16, 1825. 22 years, 6 months and 18 days.
The birth record for Salome Knecht is located in the Moorestown Church records. The record states; Knecht, Salome, born May 28, 1803, baptised July 3, 1803. Parents are Leonhard Knecht and his wife Christina. Sponsors are Peter Stekkel and wife Maria.
When she was 19 years old, Salome married George Kunkel on April 7, 1822. She soon became the mother of three children born very close together. They were: Lea who was born Dec. 17, 1822, Katherine who was born Oct. 8, 1824, and Charles who was born Nov. 24, 1825. Salome died soon after the birth of Charles, most likely from complications of child birth. "The KNECHT Family History, 1702-1987," by Linda Klosek, provides proof that Charles is the son of George & Salome (Knecht) Kunkel. Charles was baptised on December 18, 1825 by Rev. Mendsen at the Salem Lutheran / Reformed Church, Moore Twp., Northampton Co., Pennsylvania. His mother died on Dec. 16, 1825. It is likely that he was baptised the day she was buried.
Salome's father provided for these children in his will, 1836. In the will, Leonard Knecht states, "Salome who had been intermarried with George Kunkle who since departed her life, her share I give and bequeath unto her two children Charles and Catherine." Lea had since died.
It is amazing that the infant Charles survived after the death of his mother! Some unknown woman had to have nurtured and fed him. Whomever she was we are thankful to her for providing Charles with life sustaining nutrition. Salome's son Charles was the grandfather of Estella, whom you met earlier.