Peter J. Trares – 1st photo of a Trares ancestor!

I ran across a family tree on the other day that featured the first photo of a TRARES that I have run across during my research.

I showed it to Mark and he saw the same thing I did – this gentleman’s face reminds me of Mark’s – mostly around the eyes…

The photo is of Peter J. TRARES, born 24 Aug 1859 in Suffield Twp., Portage County, Ohio to John Lewis TRARES and Nancy Maryann KNAPP. You can click on the photo to view a larger version of this image.

He married Susan KNAPP, daughter of John R. KNAPP and Margaret M. ENGLEHART, on 31 Aug 1857 in Portage County, Ohio.

If you’re wondering where he fits into the KNAPP family tree, you can click this link to view a family tree, which will give you some perspective on where he “fits” into the big picture.

TRARES_Peter_J_Family Tree

Peter and Susan TRARES had the following children:

  • Augusta TRARES: She was born in 1883 in Portage Co., Ohio and died 9 Dec 1966 in Akron, Summit, Ohio. She married Austin Francis JACOBS. Francis and Augusta had 8 children. I won’t list all of them here, but I do have their names.
  • Victor John TRARES: He was born 10 Jul 1886 in Suffield Twp., Portage Co., Ohio and died 12 Jan 1959 in Alton, Madison County, Illinois. On 14 Jan 1908, he married (1) Bertha Johanna Hildegard STOLZE in Illinois. Bertha was born 14 Jan 1885 in Edwardsville, Madison County, Illinois and died 2 Jan 1978 in Alton, Madison, Illinois. I believe they must have divorced, because Victor married (2) Carmen COURTNEY on 28 Nov 1935, location unknown.  Note: Edwardsville, IL should ring a bell because that is where John Sebastian TRARES moved to establish his pharmacy. [Read more about him in some of my older posts.] In doing some additional research, I located Victor’s WWII draft registration card, which lists a Jerome TRARES as a contact. Jerome TRARES is Victor’s son and died in 1995.You can view a larger image of his WWII draft registration card by clicking on the image below.

Victor also had a daughter named Helen TRARES. It is also interesting to note that Victor’s uncle, Henry TRARES, migrated to Edwardsville, IL to work with HIS uncle, John Sebastian TRARES, in his pharmacy. So we have a whole western branch of the TRARES clan!

  • Alphonse Henry TRARES: He was born 19 Dec 1889 in Portage County, Ohio and died 2o May 1961 in a long-term care facility in Holmes County, Ohio. He married Grace A. BOOSINGER. Note: And a big thanks to Clare Myers, a granddaughter of Alphonse TRARES and Grace A. BOOSINGER, for confirming Grace’s maiden name in a comment sent Feb. 25, 2010. Thanks, Clare!
  • Joseph P. TRARES: He was born 22 May 1892 in Suffield Twp., Portage Co., Ohio and died in 1957.
  • Clara TRARES: She was born in 1895 in Suffield Twp., Portage Co., Ohio.
  • Mary A. TRARES: She was born in 1897 in Suffield Twp., Portage Co., Ohio.
  • Florence TRARES: She was born in 1898 in Suffield Twp., Portage Co., Ohio.
  • Hilda TRARES: She was born 3 Aug 1883 in Suffield Twp., Portage Co., Ohio and died 9 Dec 1966 in Cuyahoga Falls, Summit County, Ohio.

If any of the western branch of the TRARES family wishes to share more information, please feel free to comment on this post – or send me an email via Knapp Notes.

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9 Responses to Peter J. Trares – 1st photo of a Trares ancestor!

  1. Paige A Reilly says:

    Victor John Trares was my great grandfather. Is nice to see a picture of him. Thank you for posting!

    Paige A Reilly


  2. ash says:

    This is so awesome. I just started doing some family research and to come across “the Trares saga continues…” is hilarious. Joan is my Great Aunt, and JJ Trares is my great grandfather. Thanks so much for all the research you have been doing. Its really cool to find!



    • knappnotes says:

      Glad this you found the information on this blog helpful. That has always been one reason why I do this – to help descendants reconnect and help each other to fill in some of the gaps in our respective family trees. Please feel free to email me directly. See the About page for more information.


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  4. Joannie Genne(Trares) says:

    Hi To all Trares/Knapp family members
    I just ran across so much info on the “trares saga” I am about to burst…and Edwardsville Il. is the jumping off point for all the Ohio Trares as far back as I can see…I also have articles from a newspaper showing the Trares of Edwardsville and their store…
    First of all I am a Trares….Joan Louise Trares Genne’
    The picture shown is my great grandfather Peter J grandfather is Victor J Trares…my father is Jerome J. Trares…I have been putting together many pieces of the puzzle and recently was contacted by Edward Trares to find out where he fits into the “trares saga”. we have been corresponding by email recently
    I found out his grandfather was Henry Trares 1855-1935 and my great grandfather Peter J Trares 1859-1916 were brothers born to John L Trares 1825-1904 and Nancy Maryann Knapp..
    I have the only copy of Peter J. Trares and family photo 1905..showing my grandfather and his wife Susan Knapp Trares 1860-1937 and all of the siblings
    I would like to continue the “search” and connect the dots.
    Thanks to all ….Joannie Trares Genne’


  5. Clare Myers says:

    I am a great granddaughter of Peter Trares. Yes, they look very much alike! For the record, the wife of Alphonse Trares was my grandmother, Grace Boosinger. Bartlett was a mistake.


  6. Sue Mather says:

    Wow…..that’s cool….they look so much alike!


    • knappnotes says:

      I know…it’s kind of scary how much alike they look. When I found the picture, I thought so, too. Then I showed it to Mark – and didn’t mention to him that I thought there was a striking resemblance. I didn’t have to say a word – he saw it right away himself. It will be interesting to see what everyone else thinks…



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