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Lorenzo ("Rollie") Knaggs

Lorenzo ("Rollie") Knaggs

Male 1871 - 1958  (87 years)

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  • Name Lorenzo ("Rollie") Knaggs 
    Born 1871 
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Oct 1958 
    Person ID I09689  Tombeau Family Tree
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2010 

    Father Isadore Knaggs,   b. 15 Feb 1829, Bedford Twp., MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1887, Bedford Twp, on the Stateline, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Mother Angeline Cousino,   b. 4 Jul 1835, Erie, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1914, Erie, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 6 Nov 1851  Erie, MI, St. Joseph Catholic Chruch Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0136  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lillian Angel 
    +1. Irene Mary Knaggs,   b. 11 Nov 1893,   d. 23 Oct 1981  (Age 87 years)
    +2. Earl Jerome Knaggs,   b. 9 Oct 1895,   d. 10 Aug 1969  (Age 73 years)
     3. Harold Joseph Knaggs,   b. 1 Dec 1897,   d. 25 March 1952  (Age 54 years)
    +4. Flossie Knaggs,   b. 29 Aug 1899,   d. 10 Oct 1980  (Age 81 years)
    +5. Iva Cornelia Knaggs,   b. 10 Nov 1901,   d. 3 Mar 1937  (Age 35 years)
     6. Leona Elizabeth Knaggs
     7. Edith Gertrude Knaggs
    Last Modified 19 Oct 2010 
    Family ID F3581  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Lorenzo 'Rollie' Knaggs
    Lorenzo "Rollie" Knaggs
    Lorenzo 'Rollie' Knaggs
    Lorenzo "Rollie" Knaggs

  • Notes 
    • Rollie was a teamster in Erie Twp., MI. Information in Rollie knaggs entry came from Robert B. Ross in "The Knaggs Family of Ohio and Michigan", p. 27. Rollie met the writer in the late 1950's and is responsible for vignettes and anecdotes on his siblings and father in this tree. At that time he stated he had been born in 1871 and baptized formally as Lorenzo Knaggs.

    • First I must tell that when my mother married my father, Rollie, her grandfather, tried to tell her that my father's father, Austin Cousino was
      her third cousin. Neither of my parents believed him now they wished they would have listen to him and all his stories.
      My father is buried in St. Joe's Cemetery with many other Knaggs and Cousino. I am trying to photograph what I can.
      Rollie grew up in a French speaking family. His mother Angeline Cousineau knew very little English. Rollie attended school on the SE
      corner of Sterns and Crab Rd. with his sisters Anne and Julia. This is where they quickly learned English. The school, still standing is
      now called Banner Oak school but was called Lord School at that time. When Rollie married Lillian Engel (pronounced Angel at that time)
      he had a pet saying, "I went the Lord's school, I married an Angel (Engel) but I've been in hell ever since."
      Rollie and Lillian had seven children and each one was born at a different house. It wasn't until 1945 then both Rollie and Lillian Knaggs where 73 years of age that bought a house on the east side of Dixie Highway about 500 feet from the home of Rollie's youth. It was the
      first time ever they had electricity. Yes, this house too has been since torn down. After Lillian death Rollie helped pay for a new boiler room
      at Clark's Greenhouse on Todd Rd off of Lewis in Temperance. Daughter Leona and Maury Clark's. He moved to the farm and enjoyed
      working there until his death.
    • Rollie was listed in the Knaggs book as Lorenzo but was known his entire life as Rollie Jerome Knaggs. He died on October 16, 1958. He was able to work at the Clark Greenhouse & farm until 2 weeks before his death. When he became ill Aunt Edith got him to a doctor for the very first time in his life. He was hospitalized but died soon after. I don't what from.
      He lived in the a little place at the end of the greenhouse where his daughter Leona lived until she had a stoke. Rollie had given my grandfather, Maurice Kendall Clark money to build the cement block building. I've heard that he enjoyed living there and being able to work.
      I was always told that his sister, Sarah, was a lot older than he. They had 5 children die of diptheria in 1892. Rollie helped dig the graves.
    • Information on Rollie Knaggs's children, grandchildren and sisters was provided by Kathy Rasey, k3rasey@yahoo.com (2010)