Knapp, Arthur D.

Male 1848 - Yes, date unknown

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  • Name Knapp, Arthur D.   [1
    Born 19 Sep 1848  Manitowoc Rapids, Manitowoc, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    • The following was taken from

      "This is a bio. sketch from "History of Manitowoc County Wisconsin"
      by Dr. L. Falge, 1911-1912, v.2, p.459-460.

      Arthur D. Knapp, now practically retired, but for many years active in agricultural pursuits in Manitowoc county, was born September 19, 1848, in the town of Rapids, this county. He is a son of David and Hannah (Osborn) Knapp, natives of New York state. They married in 1836, shortly thereafter moving to Battle Creek, Michigan, where they lived until 1847. In that year they came to Manitowoc county, Wisconsin, and spent a short period in Rapids. In June, 1849, they came to the farm now occupied by Arthur D. Knapp. Here they bought one hundred and sixty acres of land from the government. Their trip was made overland in the usual pioneer fashion and arriving at their new home, the father put up a small log house and began clearing his land, living upon it until his death, on October 1, 1897, when he was in his eighty-fifth year. His wife died in 1882, when in her sixty-second year, and both are buried in the Clark's Mills cemetery. They were among the very early settlers of this locality, and suffered from the privations and hardships incident to their times. Supplies had to be hauled by sled from Manitowoc, during the winter months and the journey took from two to three days. Indians were numerous, although not hostile, and Mr. Knapp remembers many interesting events connected with them. The father was a democrat, and very prominent in local affairs, serving as chairman of the town many years.

      Arthur D. Knapp was the sixth of nine children, and remained on the homestead, receiving a good common school education in the public schools, following which he attended the Manitowoc Seminary, from which he was graduated. Following this, he taught school two terms of nine months each, and then began farming, and has followed that line of work ever since. Marrying, Mr. Knapp took charge of the farm, and when his father died he inherited the homestead of one hundred and sixty acres. Later he sold all of it, but twenty-three acres, to the Quarry Company and other parties at a good price. The twenty-three acres he retained, he hires help to work for him, having retired. His frame barn, thirty-two feet by forty-two feet was built by his father, and was the first frame barn erected in that part of the county. The two-story frame residence was built in in 1893. Mr. Knapp and his father cleared and developed the land and made all of the improvements.

      On September 8, 1884 Arthur D. Knapp was married to Miss Millie Olson, a daughter of Ole and Bertha Olson, natives of Norway. They married in Norway, and came to the United States about 1853, settling in Sturgeon Bay. There the father died in 1857, but the mother survived until 1903, and both are interred at Sturgeon Bay. Mrs. Knapp was the fourth of their five children, and was born January 11, 1853. Mr. and Mrs. Knapp had a daughter, Georgia B., whom they lost by accidental drowning when she was sixteen years of age. In 1907, they adopted a child, Blanch Leona, born August 15, 1907. To her they are giving the love and devotion they would have bestowed upon a daughter of their own. Both are consistent members of the Presbyterian church of Cato. In politics Arthur D. Knapp is a democrat as was his father, and he has served on the school board since he attained to his majority. "

      According to the Presbyterian Church of Cato no longer exists and did not exist at the time the biosketch was written. Here is the history cut and pasted from that site.

      "In 1869 a Presbyterian church was established at Cato, the elders being S.D. Robinson, later succeeded by R. McNutt, N. Darling, D. Robinson and 0. Davis. No regular pastor served the church until 1893 when Rev. A. Rederus was called from Sioux City, Iowa. On May 19th two years later he revived the Eaton church at Niles, M. Johnson and W. Tyler being chosen elders. He continued to minister at both places until 1898 when he resigned, since which time the pulpits have been vacant. "
      BuyerDyumasWm.A.D. Knapp to Wm. Dyumas 1/2 acre section 36 Rockland $300The Manitowoc Citizen14 Apr. 1904
      SellerKnappA.D.A.D. Knapp to Wm. Dyumas 1/2 acre section 36 Rockland $300The Manitowoc Citizen14 Apr. 1904

      There are probate papers for Arthur D. Knapp in the Manitowoc County Probate Court.
    Person ID I317  Martin-Bloom
    Last Modified 23 Jan 2013 

    Father Knapp, David Benjamin,   b. Abt 1813, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1897, Rockland, Manitowoc, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Mother 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
    • Who married David and Hannah?
      Hannah's sister Selina was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Mayfield. Thus, it is probable that the rest of the family also attended that church, and that David and Hannah were married by one its pastors. Possibilities are (name and year of service): William Ames, '35; James H. Taylor and Henry Williams, '36; Roswell Kelley and J. P. Foster, '38; O. Emerson and H. B. Knight, '39; Jos. Eames and John Seage, '40. These men were undoubtedly circuit riders. The list was taken from Broadalbin in History by R.J. Honeywell.

      Solomon Knapp was a member of the Baptist Church of Broadalbin and Mayfield, and it is possible that the marriage was conducted by a pastor from the Baptist Church. They were Rev. Wm. Groom, 1818, Rev. James Delaney, 1837; Rev. WM. Curtis, 1838 (list from the Church website)
    Family ID F31  Group Sheet

    Family Olsen, Millie,   b. 11 Jan 1853,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 8 Sep 1884  [3
     1. Knapp, Georgia B.,   b. 28 Jul 1889,   d. 13 Jun 1905  (Age 15 years)
     2. Knapp, Blanche Leona,   b. 15 Aug 1907,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 11 Aug 2010 
    Family ID F265  Group Sheet

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  • Sources 
    1. [S69] 1860 US Census, Rockland, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

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

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

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