Will the real William Knickerbocker, please stand up.

There are a lot of people doing research on the Knickerbocker family name. Us Knickerbocker relatives even have our own web site.

One of the problems of having a relative ( or two) named William Knickerbocker was that around 1830 ish there were two William Knickerbockers and then there was one. Here’s what happened:

William Knickerbocker ( born 1801) had a son called William Knickerbocker ( we’ll call him W.R.) who was born in 1830. Everything was fine. The older William Knickerbocker died in 1838 leaving an 8 yr old W.R. Knickerbocker who went, with his Mother and siblings to go live with yet another Knickerbocker. So on the census, it looked suddenly like Prudence ( Williams widow, W.R.’s Mom) suddenly had a new husband with yet another child named William Knickerbocker.

The truth is: W.R. and mom and everyone went to go live with Williams brother and W.R. Knickerbocker is the son of William Knickerbocker born in 1801. How do I know? I have the family bible of William and Prudence Knickerbocker dated 1835. The images are not very clear as there has been water damage to the pages, but through a little computer enhancment I think you can read most of the information here:

Pg 1 of Knickerbocker family biblePg 2 of the Knickerbocker Family Bible

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5 thoughts on “Will the real William Knickerbocker, please stand up.

  1. Very interesting material. Are there any other pages? In particular I am interested in anything that can tie William Knickerbocker, W.R.’s father, to the Soloman Knickerbocker Family in Conn. My primary interest is trying to identify the father of Alvin Knickerbocker who lived in the Smithville/Lisle area in the 1840’s and 50’s.

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