Our information on the
Knutty family was compiled about October 1987 with consultation between
Mildred Knutty Castle, Arlene Knutty School, Ruth Trumbore Knutty and
Mary and Donald Schryver. This
data was then updated in 2008 by David J. Schryver, Sally Knutty Barkley
and Richard Ritz. Further updates are currently being made from
contributions made by Jean Castle Schug.
Michael Knutty was our
first ancestor to arrive in America. He came from Berne, Switzerland, probably in
1863, with his sons
John and Jacob. Michael
must have been born around 1810 to 1820 since John was born in 1842 and
Jacob in 1845. John and Jacob were 21
and 18, respectively. There was
also a daughter, Rose, who lived in Chicago.
Although our information doesn't support or deny it, she must have also
come to the USA with the family.
We have no details
on his life or death, but we do know that he is buried in a cemetery in
We have no information on
Michael's first wife, the mother of John, Jacob and Rose.
do know that Michael became a widower
and married again, to Jacobís wifeís
mother and had one daughter, Bertha Knutty Vredenburg of Rome NY.
According to our records, Mary Schryver says that Lena
(Hildebrand) Moore of Boonville NY used to refer to Bertha, her half-sister as a Burke.
We don't know where the Burkes fit into this. There could be another marriage or generation on which we have no
We do know that Lena Hildebrand Moore and
Elizabeth Hildebrand Knutty (Jacob's wife) were sisters. That
makes Jacob and Bertha half-siblings. Since the mother of the
Hildebrand sisters was Bertha's mother, Elizabeth and Lena were
half-sisters to Bertha as well.
We have no details
or dates on either of Michael's marriages. His four (4) children
were the second generation of the Knutty family in America, three to
immigrate, the last was born here.
Following her parents' deaths, Mary Schryver lived most
rest of her life in the old John Clinton and Elizabeth Knutty Schryver
home in Watertown NY. Following her death in 2007, an old album
labeled "Friends & Relatives 1920s" was found.
Written on the back of the picture above was "Picture taken
by Alfred Knutty on his first trip up here looking up relatives.
Taken at Uncle Fred's farm. Lucy Knutty, Steve Porter, Leslie
Knutty, Aunt Lottie, Uncle Fred, Howard Schryver". Howard is
the young boy in the front. Since Ruth
isn't pictured with Leslie, this picture pre-dates 1925. However,
Howard appears to be 8 or 10 years old here, so this photo was probably
ca 1920. We assume the handwriting to be that of
"Lizzie" Schryver, so Uncle Fred was actually her brother, the
uncle to her children. The farm was on the hill east of Watertown,
near Black River NY.
This photo identified as "Aunt Lena's house
and store Boonville Sept. 1927 Labor Day One of 1st pictures
taken with Donald's camera". Lena Hildebrand Moore was
actually a half-sister to Bertha Knutty, so she was not an aunt,
but an aunt's sister. Apparently the Schryver kids called
her Aunt Lena. Donald would have been 15 at this time.
The group photos (above and below) were also
found in the Schryver family album and were identified as
"1st Knutty Reunion - 1929". They are basically
the same pose, but taken by two different people. We suspect
that the top photo was taken by Donald Schryver since he was known
to have had a camera and to have taken pictures in those days and
he is not in the lower photo. The top photo is
identified with many abbreviations We have attempted to
elaborate and clarify: 1st row - Jr. Vredenburg, Robt.
Vredenburg, Mabel Vredenburg, Shirley Vredenburg (the Vredenburgs
would have been from the Bertha Knutty line, but we don't know how
they fit in yet), Lois ?, Edna Knutty, Beverly Dailey (younger
child on Mildred's lap), Mildred Knutty, Mary Schryver, Arlene
Knutty (looking to the side), Ruth Knutty and Lucy Porter.
2nd row - Frances Dailey (partially hidden behind boy with tie),
Alfred Knutty (wearing cap), Anna Knutty (in print dress wearing
glasses), Elizabeth Knutty Schryver, Lottie Knutty, Katherine
Vredenburg (behind Ruth and Lucy) and Charles Vredenburg.
3rd row - Barney Hubbard, Charles and Lena Moore, George Runkel,
George Runkel Jr., Ida Runkel, Mr. and Mrs. Walters, Donald
Schryver (not in upper picture, but is furthest on the right in
the third row in the photo below - wearing glasses). 4th row
- Fred Knutty, Harry Vredenburg, John Schryver, Clifford
Vredenburg, unknown, Harry Vinton, Leslie Knutty, Steve Porter,
The following pictures were taken from a page in
the photo album that was labeled "1929 First Knutty
caption on this shot reads "Donald Schryver Goose
Bay 1929" Goose Bay is a region of the St.
Lawrence River just down-river from Alexandria Bay. He is
standing in a boat that is resting on the shore. Donald
would have been 17 at this time.
caption on this picture reads "Geo. Runkel, Jr. 1st
Knutty Reunion 1929" George was the
son of Ida Knutty Runkel.
photo is identified as "Beverly Dailey + Shirley Vredenburg
at 1st Knutty Reunion" These two are in the group photo
above. We do know that Bertha Knutty married a Vredenburg
but we do not know how Shirley or this Beverly Dailey tie into the
shot is labeled "Patricia Evans, Junior Evans, Nellie
Evans, Virginia Evans, House on corner of Burdick
St. 1929" We do not know who the Evans are.
Although this picture was on the album page for the Knutty Family
Reunion, based on the fact that they lived on the corner of
Burdick Street, it could just be that they were neighbors and
friends of John and Elizabeth Schryver.