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Obituary of Isabella Enders Knouff

Posted By on May 18, 2014


The following notice appeared in an Upper Dauphin County newspaper in November 1939 announcing the death of Isabella [Enders] Knouff, which had occurred on 22 November 1939 in Harrisburg:


Mrs. Isabella E. Knouff, age 84 years, widow of Joseph W. Knouff, died at the home of her son J. Byron Knouff in Harrisburg, last Wednesday evening. She had been a resident of the Enders community most of her life, and was a member of the Enders United Brethren Church.

In addition to her son, she is survived by two grandsons, Robert P. Knouff of Harrisburg and Joseph W. Knouff, Camden, New Jersey, and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held from the C. C. Baker Funeral Home, Harrisburg, with further services in the Enders United Brethren Church, with the pastor, Rev. W. E. Sheriff, officiating.  Interment was made in Fairview Cemetery at Enders.

Mrs. Knouff was a Civil War veteran’s widow and been collecting a pension from the time of his death, 10 April 1902, some 37 years!  As is shown by the Pension Index Card (below, from Ancestry.com), the widow successfully applied for and received a pension, while her departed husband did not:


As stated in the obituary, Isabella E. Knouff is buried at the Fairview Cemetery at Enders, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  Not stated in the obituary was the fact that she was the widow of a Civil War veteran.  At graveside, there is a G.A.R. star and flagholder honoring his service and his regiment, the 130th Pennsylvania Infantry is noted on the grave marker.

Previously on this blog, Joseph W. Knouff was featured in a post on the Knouff Family Civil War veterans of Enders and Millersburg and in a later post entitled Obituary of Joseph W. Knouff.


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