I saw your post of 23 Jul 2003, I have the Knipple name in my family. My Friederika "Ricka" Knipple was born 17 Dec 1838, possibly Mecklenberg, and died 13 Mar 1907 in Kellner, WI. Married to Christian Brandt about 1858. One of her daughters named Minnie Knipple Brandt. Does any of this sound familiar to you?