Knapp, David Benjamin[1]

Male Abt 1813 - 1897  (~ 84 years)


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  • Name Knapp, David Benjamin   [2, 3, 4
    • Full name is given in his Death Record.
    Born Abt 1813  New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • David's birth date is uncertain. His Wisconsin Death Record gives his birthday as Jan 1, 1812 and age at death as 84 years 9 months. The Knapp gravestone (obelisk) says he was 85 when he died. His ages given in four US Censuses are consistent with a birth year of 1813 or 1814.
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1840  Mayfield, Fulton, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    David was living next door to to his father-in-law Isaac Orsborn. In David's household were 2 males under 5, 1 male 20-30 and 1 female 20-30 y.o. In Isaac's household were 1 male 10-15, 1 male 40-50, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 15-20, and 1 female 40-50 y.o. 
    Property 2 Apr 1840  Mayfield, Fulton, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    David B. Knapp and his wife Hannah sold three parcels acres of land in the eastern allotment of the Kingsborough Patent to William Barrett for $2700; (1) 100 acres in lot 229, (2) 53 acres in lot 246 (3) 52.5 acres in lot 229 but reserving out of the last piece 20 acres previously sold by Solomon Knapp to John Miller. [Recorded 19 Aug 1844]
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    • I have not yet found a record of David purchasing this land. The deed is unclear but sounds as if Solomon had once owned the entire 52.5 acre parcel in lot 229.
    Property 13 Aug 1840  Mayfield, Fulton, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    David bought 1 acre of land in Lot 246 in of the eastern allotment of the Kingsborough Patent from Isaac Orsborn and Mille his wife for $800. [Recorded 13 Aug 1842]
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    Relocation Aft 1840  Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 8
    Property 2 Apr 1841  Mayfield, Fulton, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    David B. Knapp and Hannah his wife sold 1 acre of land in lot 246 of the eastern allotment of the Kingsborough Patent to David Van Olinda for $500. [Recorded 1 Jan 1842]
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    Residence 1845  Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Relocation 1847  [8
    Moved to Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. Lived in Manitowoc Rapids.  
    Residence 1850  Manitowoc Rapids, Manitowoc, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Household Members: (Name, Age) David B Knapp, 37; Hannah Knapp, 30; Esron Knapp, 19; Arthur Knapp, 10; Harriet Knapp, 8; Flora Knapp, 7; Angeline Knapp, 5; Angelica Knapp, 5; David Knapp, 1; Achsa Hoolbrook, 25; Mark Hoolbrook, 7; George Hoolbrook, 5 
    • Indexed under the name Nenapp.
      The family moved to Rockland Township at some time after the 1850 Census; although the biosketch of David's son Arthur says that the family moved in 1849.
    Property 10 Apr 1856  Rockland, Manitowoc, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Purchased 40 acres of land from US government (NE 1/4 of NW 1/4 of Sec 21 Twp 19 R21). 
    • This land was sold at Sheriff's auction on 15 Sep 1860 as the result of a legal action brought against David B Knapp, James Fenlason and James McNulty by F. Henry Damon. [12]
    Property Bef 1878  Rockland, Manitowoc, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [14, 15
    By 1878 David had acquired two parcels of land totaling 200 acres. He still held these two parcels in 1893 as shown on the plat map below. 
    Residence 1860 - 1880  Rockland, Manitowoc, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 16, 17
    Households:
    1860 US Census: (Name, Age) David B Knapp, 47; Hannah Knapp, 40; Aaron Knapp, 22; Harriet J Knapp, 19; Flora Knapp, 16; Angeline Knapp, 14; David Knapp, 11; Mary Knapp, 8; Ellen Knapp, 5; Achra Holbrock, 36; Mark Holbrock, 17; George Holbrock, 14; Lewis Fowow, 12

    1870 Census: David Knapp, 56; Hannah Knapp, 50; Arthur Knapp, 22; Mary Knapp, 18; Georgia Knapp, 5; Any Holbruck, 45; George Bergley, 20; Jerry Baldin, 15

    1880 US Census: David B. Knapp, 67; Hannah Knapp, 60; Arthur D. Knapp, 31;
    Georgie Knapp, 14;  
    Died 1 Oct 1897  Rockland, Manitowoc, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried Clarks Mills Cemetery, Clarks Mills, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Who were David Benjamin Knapp's parents?
      There is no birth record for David Benjamin Knapp. I have included David Benjamin as a child of Solomon Knapp, because he had a relationship to Solomon and Sarah, although it is unclear what that relationship was.

      A. A. Knapp's Nicholas Knapp Genealogy says that Solomon's brother David (G-428, p. 274) and his wife Abiah Hall had a son David (no birth date) who married Hannah Osborne about 1840. However, the evidence is not consistent with this relationship, as David Benjamin was not named in David's (G-428) will and there was no male child of the correct age in David's(G-428) household in either the 1820 or 1830 US Censuses for Mayfield.

      In contrast, David Knapp and Axey Holbrook of Wisconsin were named among the heirs and next of kin in Solomon Knapp's probate papers, although neither was mentioned in Solomon's will itself. (Achsa Holbrook, who was the daughter of Sarah Knapp Holbrook, lived with David Benjamin and Hannah Osborn Knapp for many years in Rockland, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.) Also, the 1820 and 1830 US Censuses show that Solomon Knapp's household included a male child of the correct age to be David Benjamin. The 1830 census also lists Isaac Orsborn, David B.'s future father-in-law, just three households away from Solomon, and property records confirm that Solomon and Isaac were neighbors. After he was married, David B. Knapp owned land in the same lots in Mayfield where Solomon owned land, and at least one of those parcels (in lot 229) appears to have been owned previously by Solomon.

      The fact that David Benjamin was not mentioned in Solomon’s will per se suggests that he was not Solomon’s son. This idea is supported by the obituary of Solomon’s daughter Harriet, which says that she was “the youngest of a family of seven” [children], which is the number of children named by Solomon in his will. It is possible that David Benjamin was Solomon’s grandson or that he was adopted, by Solomon and Sarah.

      A. A. Knapp's book and its supplement say that Solomon had a son David, born 1793, who married Amy (or Hannah or Ruth) Holbrook and had a son (Douw?). If true, this David could have been David Benjamin's father, and Solomon could have been David B.'s grandfather. I have found no evidence of a David and Amy (or Ruth). There was an unrelated David Knapp and wife Hannah living in Johnston, Fulton, New York in 1850 - 1870. Their Massachusetts origin separates them from Solomon and his siblings who came from what is now Rockland County, New York. [1, 18, 19, 20, 21]
    • There was no will on file for David B. Knapp in the probate court of Manitowoc County. We did find probate papers for Arthur D. Knapp, but they told us nothing about his father.

    Person ID I305  Martin-Bloom
    Last Modified 18 Apr 2018 

    Father Knapp, Solomon,   b. Abt 1767, Haverstraw, Rockland, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1848  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Mother Mills, Sarah,   b. 6 Sep 1772, Bloomfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1858  (Age 86 years) 
    Notes 
    • No record of the marriage of Solomon and Sarah has been found.
    Family ID F203  Group Sheet

    Family Orsborn (Osborn), Hannah,   b. 29 May 1820, Mayfield, Fulton, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Dec 1882, Rockland, Manitowoc, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 1836  Mayfield, Montgomery, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Wedding date from biosketch of Arthur D. Knapp.
    Children 
     1. Knapp, Esrom,   b. Abt 1838, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1890  (Age ~ 52 years)
     2. Knapp, Harriet J.,   b. Abt 1841, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +3. Knapp, Flora Frances,   b. 7 Jul 1843, Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1918, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    +4. Knapp, Angeline,   b. 25 Mar 1845, Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1923, Becker County, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     5. Knapp, Angelica,   b. 25 Mar 1845, Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +6. Knapp, Arthur D.,   b. 19 Sep 1848, Manitowoc Rapids, Manitowoc, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Knapp, David,   b. Abt 1849, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Knapp, Mary A.,   b. Abt 1852, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1881  (Age ~ 29 years)
     9. Knapp, Ellen,   b. Abt 1855, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. Knapp, Georgia H.,   b. Abt 1866, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1882  (Age ~ 16 years)
    Last Modified 18 Apr 2018 
    Family ID F31  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    Knapp, Solomon -- will (pdf)
    Knapp, Solomon -- will (pdf)
    Solomon Knapp's will transcribed by David and Sandra Martin
    1893 plat map showing the location of David's properties in the south east corner of Rockland Township, Manitowoc County.
    1893 plat map showing the location of David's properties in the south east corner of Rockland Township, Manitowoc County.
    David owned 2 parcels of land totaling 200 acres. An 1878 plat map showed that he owned the same properties at that time. By 1878 he no longer owned the land in section 21 that he bought from the US Government in 1856.

    Headstones
    Knapp, David B and Hannah Osborn.
    Knapp, David B and Hannah Osborn.
    Family obelisk.
    David's and Hannah's inscriptions are on the front.
    Georgia B. Knapp's inscription is on the right side.
    George Holbrook's, Esrom Knapp's, Mary A's, and Georgia H's inscriptions are on the left side.
    Knapp, David B, and Hannah Osborn
    Knapp, David B, and Hannah Osborn
    Their inscriptions on the family obelisk read:
    D. B. Knapp / died / Oct. 1, 1897 / Aged 85 y'rs/
    His Wife / Hannah / Died / Dec. 4. 1882 / Aged 71 y's, 6 m's

  • Sources 
    1. [S97] Fulton County, New York, Surrogate's Court, Book 4, p 44. Will of Solomon Knapp.

    2. [S29] L. Frederick Martin's papers, p. 6.

    3. [S69] 1860 US Census, Rockland, Manitowoc, Wisconsin; Roll: M653_1418; Page: 808; Image: 486; Family History Library Film: 805418.

    4. [S154] Death Record, Wisconsin (in file).

    5. [S134] 1840 US Census, National Archives and Records Administration, (ancestry.com), Mayfield, Fulton, New York, image 14.

    6. [S164] Deed, Fulton County, New York. Bk 5 p 201.

    7. [S164] Deed, Fulton County, New York. Bk 3 p 523.

    8. [S36] History of Manitowoc County Wisconsin, Dr. L. Falge, (Chicago, Goodspeed Historical Association, 1911-1912), pp. 459-460.

    9. [S164] Deed, Fulton County, New York. Bk 3 p 290.

    10. [S79] Rockwell, Keeler Genealogy, James Boughton, (Brooklyn, NY: William F. Jones, 1903.).

    11. [S93] 1850 US Census, (National Archives and Records Administration), Manitowoc Rapids, Manitowoc, Wisconsin; Roll: M432_1002; Page: 36A; Image: 74.

    12. [S6] Manitowoc Herald, 5 Jan 1860, p. 116.

    13. [S51] Federal Land Patent or Warrant, (U.S. Federal Bureau of Land Management web site http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/), Accession/Serial #: WI1480__.172 BLM Serial #: WI NO S/N.
      Search on David Knapp

    14. [S1] Historical Atlas of Manitowoc County, (G. V. Nash, Manitowoc, Wisconsin 1878), p. 35.

    15. [S3] Plat Book of Manitowoc and Calumet Counties, C. M. Foote and J. W. Henson, (C. M. Foote and Co., Minneapolis, 1893), p. 14.

    16. [S60] 1870 US Census, Rockland, Manitowoc, Wisconsin; Roll: M593_1723; Page: 357A; Image: 717; Family History Library Film: 553222.

    17. [S61] 1880 US Census, Rockland, Manitowoc, Wisconsin; Roll: 1434; Family History Film: 1255434; Page: 333A; Enumeration District: 076.

    18. [S96] Nicholas Knapp Genealogy, Alfred Averill Knapp M.D., (Ann Arbor, Michigan: Edwards Brothers, Inc, 1953.), 929.2 qK6752an., pp. 134, 273, 274.

    19. [S13] Supplement to Nicholas Knapp Genealogy, Alfred Averill Knapp, 929.2 qK6752anb., p. 39.

    20. [S132] 1820 US Census, National Archives and Records Administration, n.d., (ancestry.com), Mayfield, Montgomery, New York; Page: 391; NARA Roll: M33_63; Image: 303.
      Image quality and indexing were poor, but names were grouped by first letter of last name and it was possible to find David and Solomon manually.

    21. [S133] 1830 US Census, National Archives and Records Administration, (ancestry.com), Mayfield, Montgomery, New York; Page: 276; NARA Series: M19; Roll Number: 95; Family History Film: 0017155.
      David Knapp indexed as Ruapp.


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