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Homer NY Pioneer Database


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picture Betsey Knapp

      Sex: F

Individual Information
          Birth: 22 Jan 1799 2059
        Baptism: 
          Death: 22 Aug 1802 2059
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 


Parents
         Father: Aaron Knapp (1770-1848) 648,649,2055 
         Mother: Margaret "Peggy" Drake (1773-1847) 


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Betsy Knapp

      Sex: F

Individual Information
          Birth: 3 May 1803 - Homer, Cortland County, New York, USA 18
        Baptism: 
          Death: 
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 

Events
• 1820 Census: 1820, Homer, Cortland County, New York, USA. 2814 No one Betsy's age was noted on the 1820 census in her father's household. She either no longer lived at home or was deceased.


Parents
         Father: Stephen Knapp (1779-1865) 18,649,2053 
         Mother: Abigail Treat (1784-1855) 18 


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Betsy Z. Knapp

      Sex: F
AKA: Higgins 16
Individual Information
          Birth: 21 Feb 1822 18,1191
        Baptism: 
          Death: 14 Apr 1891 - Hayesville, Keokuk County, Iowa, USA 16
         Burial: in Hayesville, Keokuk County, Iowa, USA 16
 Cause of Death: 


Parents
         Father: Stephen Knapp (1779-1865) 18,649,2053 
         Mother: Abigail Treat (1784-1855) 18 

Spouses and Children
1. *Russell S. Higgins (       -       ) 16 
       Marriage: 
         Status: 

Notes
Burial Notes:
in the Pennington Cemetery next to her son Russell.
General:
From Flora T. Knapp's research: 1872 - 1878. M. Louise Bunn writes about Betsy Z: 'Aunt Betsy lived on Pine Street[Homer, NY] next to Doctor Greene--in the wing.' This is the first house down Pine Street on the left hand side and is numbered 4."

Sometime between 1854 and 1859 Russell met and married Betsy Z. Knapp. And in 1859 a son Russell O. Higgins was born. Then in 1865 the family journeyed to Homer to visit Betsy's people. On Dec. 17, 1866 a daughter, Nettie Jane, was born.

The family remained in this section until the time of Mr. Higgins' death between 1878 and 80; after which Betsy Z. took her two children and returned to St. Louis, where she and Mr. Higgins had spent some time. Russell was educated to be a doctor and graduated from Missouri Medical College, St. Louis, MO in its session 1883-4. At some point she moved back to Hayesville, Iowa.
Russell practiced medicine the summer of 1884, but died of Tuberculosis August 13, 1884. Source: Grandson [name unknown] of Betsy Z., from Flora T. Knapp's research.

When Betsy was a young woman she ran away and for a long time no one knew where she was or what had happened to her. But in about 1865 one day she appeared at the Bunn home -- Uncle John's was apparently the family meeting place -- with her husband Russell S. Higgins. They gave the impression of being quite well situated financially, but little evidence of this ever appeared. Then Mr. Higgins purchased a grist mill at South Onondaga, which he operated for several years. Some time later, they moved to the lower end of Tully Valley where they lived for some time. It was here that the business deal with Stephen D was perpertrated, which eventually ruined him. Mr. Higgins died in Tully Valley, but it is thought that Betsy made another trip out west before she died. - FTK 16

picture Daniel Knapp

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 26 Sep 1767 - Goshen, Orange County, New York, USA 16,648,649
        Baptism: 
          Death: 9 Jul 1833 - Cortland County, New York, USA 16
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 

Events
• H.P. Smith's History of Cortland County states: [1797] "The special meeting that year was held at the house of Daniel Knapp, at which the following were a portion of the proceedings, quoted verbatim: --Voted, 1st, That the inhabitants of the town build a bridge across the river at the mills. 2d, That the bridge be built by a tax on the inhabitants of the town of Homer, as filed in the secretary's office of this State. 3d, That Martin Keep, Aaron Knapp and Solomon Hubbard be a committee to report what plan said bridge be built upon. Such were the problems that engrossed the chief portion of the official attention of our forefathers.

"The town was divided into highway districts in 1797. In 1798 a wolf scalp commanded a premium of from five to ten dollars, according to size; bear's, five dollars; panther's, ten dollars, and fox's, fifty cents."
2815
• H.P. Smith's History of Cortland County states:
"Daniel Knapp, older brother of Stephen, erected a dwelling house on the north part [2_192] of the farm and near the four corners of the road at the cemetery, which he opened afterward as a tavern and kept it as such for several years. The succeeding residents of this farm were Chauncey Keep, Mr. Dickson, and General Martin Keep, who brought the property about 1824 and resided there ten years, removing to Tompkins county. The farm has since been owned by Walter Jewett, and by Paris Barber, who sold the grounds of the cemetery to the association. With the exception of twenty acres on the east side of the road, the farm is now and has been for some time owned by Henry Dennison.
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• H.P. Smith's History of Cortland County states: "Jonathan Ballard located on lot 54, adjoining the farm of Mr. Knapp. The two farms owned by Daniel Knapp, and those of Hooker and Jonathan Ballard, and those of Hooker and Jonathan Ballard, were situated in the corners of four different lots - 44, 45, 54 and 55 - one corner of each farm meeting at the same point."
2816
• Smith also wrote: "Aaron Benedict built the original gristmill on the site of the present stone mill, south of the village, having bought the site of Daniel Knapp."
2817
• 1800 Census: 1800, Homer, Onondaga County, New York, USA. 650 Free White Males 16 to 25: 2
Free White Males 26 to 44: 1
Free White Females 45 and Over : 1
Number of Household Members Over 25 : 2
Number of Household Members: 4
• 1820 Census: 1820, Homer, Cortland County, New York, USA. 2818 Daniel is listed on the same page as his brother Stephen. Individuals in Daniel's household are listed as: 2 males (10-15); 1 male (16-18); 1 male (18-25); 1 male (45 and older, probably Daniel); 1 female (26-44, probably wife); 1 person noted as being in agriculture. I only have 3 sons listed for Daniel, yet there are 4 boys listed, and their 1 daughter, who would have been about 23, is not listed. She may be living out of the household by this time, or deceased. Also listed in Homer were Stephen, Nathaniel and James.


Spouses and Children
1. *Deborah [Knapp, Daniel] (1777 -       )
       Marriage: Abt 1787 16
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Mary Knapp (After 1787-      ) 16
                2. Gardener Knapp (After 1788-      ) 16
                3. Ward Knapp (After 1789-      ) 16
                4. John Knapp (Abt 1810-      ) 16

Notes
General:
Goodwin's Pioneer History gives the following: "When Stephen Knapp brought his mother and her family here, they stopped for some time with Hon. John Ballard. During this time, Daniel Knapp purchased the farm of Captain Russell."

The location of this farm is given in the following paragraph from Smith's History of Cortland County: "John and Hooker Ballard came to Homer in 1803. John purchased a farm on the west side of Main Street, locating his first dwelling on the site of Mr. Schermerhorn's house (the Hedges).

"Hooker Ballard purchased a farm adjoining that of John on the south and extending to the south line of lot 45, which now forms the boundry line between the towns of Homer and Cortlandville. Jonathan Ballard located on lot 54, adjoining the farm of Mr. Knapp. The two farms owned by Daniel Knapp and those of Hooker and Jonathan Ballard were situated in the corners of four different lots -- 44, 45, 54, 55 -- one corner of each farm meeting at the same point.

"Daniel Knapp, older brother of Stephen Knapp erected a dwelling house on the north part of the farm and near the four corners of the road at the cemetery, which he opened afterwards as a tavern and kept it as such for several years. The succeeding residents of this farm were Chauncey Keep, Mr. Dickinson and General Martin Keep, who purhased the property about 1823 and resided there ten years. Later the farm was acquired by Paris Barber, who sold the grounds of the cemetery to the Association. With the exception of 20 acres on the east side of the road it is now (1885) and has been for some time owned by Henry Dennison.

"Aaron Benedict built the original grist mill on the site of the present stone mill, south of the village, having purchased the site from Daniel Knapp." [Down below the present Fish Line Factory-FTK]

The same history also gives an account of a special town meeting held at the home of Daniel Knapp in 1799.

Smith's History of Cortland County also gives an account of a special town meeting that is held at the home of Daniel Knapp in 1799. - FTK

The Cortland Observer gives Daniel's death notice thus: "Daniel Knapp died in Cortlandville July 9, 1833 in his 66th year." - FTK

1800 Census [FTK] Head of Household: Daniel Knapp. Males: 2 - aged 16 to 26; 1 - aged 26 - 45. Females: 1 - aged over 45.

The surviving members of Daniel's family are listed in the 1850 and 1860 census, which gives names and ages, as well as place of birth if outside of the State. This records Daniel's wife's birth place as Connecticut. - FTK

The records of Adin Webb, who taught school in Homer village for 17 years beginning 1805, contains a list of pupils who studied under him. It states this: sons of Daniel Knapp -- John, Gardener and Ward. - FTK

The following items about Daniel were taken from the Town records. Daniel was active in town affairs from 1798 through 1816. During that time he held the office of Constable and Collector for one year, and that of Pathmaster several different times. Daniel's name appeared regularly on the lists of land owners liable for highway work. The number of days assigned him varied from 9 to 15 days work. The jury list for 1798 gave Daniel's occupation as a Blacksmith. - FTK

Mr. Ezra Knapp, Secretary of Knapp Family Association, gives Daniel's wife as Deborah. The name of Daniel Knapp is listed in the records of the Religious Society. - FTK research

A jury list for 1798 gave Daniel's occupation as a Blacksmith.

The following items about Daniel were taken from the Town records. Daniel was active in town affairs from 1798 through 1816. During that time he held the office of Constable and Collector for one year, and that of Pathmaster several different times.

Daniel's name appeared regularly on the lists of landowners liable for Highway work. The number of days assigned him varied from 9 to 15 days work. 16
Marriage Notes (Deborah [Knapp, Daniel])
Mr. Ezra Knapp, Sec. of Knapp Family Association, gives Daniel's wife as Deborah.

picture Diadema Knapp

      Sex: F

Individual Information
          Birth: 27 Sep 1807 - Virgil, Cortland County, New York, USA 1191
        Baptism: 
          Death: 
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 


Parents
         Father: Nathaniel Knapp (1775-1827) 648,649,2819 
         Mother: Laura Vanderlyn (After 1780-1829) 648 


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Esther Knapp

      Sex: F

Individual Information
          Birth: 19 Oct 1802 2061
        Baptism: 
          Death: 
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 


Parents
         Father: Aaron Knapp (1770-1848) 648,649,2055 
         Mother: Margaret "Peggy" Drake (1773-1847) 


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Esther Knapp

      Sex: F

Individual Information
          Birth: 24 Aug 1814 1191
        Baptism: 
          Death: 26 Nov 1908 - Portage, Columbia County, Wisconsin, USA 1191
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 


Parents
         Father: Nathaniel Knapp (1775-1827) 648,649,2819 
         Mother: Laura Vanderlyn (After 1780-1829) 648 


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Flavilla Knapp

      Sex: F

Individual Information
          Birth: 21 Aug 1816 - Homer, Cortland County, New York, USA 18,1191
        Baptism: 
          Death: 18 Jul 1881 16,1191,2820
         Burial: in Glenwood Cemetery-Homer, Cortland County, New York, USA 16,1190
 Cause of Death: 

Events
• 1850 Census: 1850, Marcellus, Onondaga County, New York, USA. 2821 Flavilla(27) lives at 2099, 2 houses away from where brother James lives in a boardng house. No occupation is listed for Flavilla at this time. She shares a house with Mary Shaw (23).
• Miss F. Knapp & Co. is listed in the 1869 Homer business directory with Miss Abbie Bunn as milliners. 2822,2823
• 1880 Census: 1880, Homer, Cortland County, New York, USA. 2824 Flavilla (64) is listed as sister-in-law in the household of John P. Bunn (67), Lucinda (67) and dughter Ella (32). Her occupation is milliner, as is Ella. Mr. Bunn is listed as a farmer.
• Find-A-Grave: 69169213. 2825


Parents
         Father: Stephen Knapp (1779-1865) 18,649,2053 
         Mother: Abigail Treat (1784-1855) 18 

Notes
Death Notes:
or Jul 8 (Knapp Gen.)
Burial Notes:
Glenwood Cemetery. Inscription says FLAVILLA THEIR DAU DIED JULY 8 1881 AE 65 YRS. Probably meant in her 65th year, not her specific age, which was common at this time. Her marker is behind the tall Knapp monument in Glenwood Cemetery, section 11, lot 34 - picture available. Buried with father Stephen, mother Abigail, and siblings James G, Melvina and Stephen D and his wife Jane.
General:
Living with family of Mary Shaw in 1850 (Knapp Gen.).

Flavilla also went into the millinery shop. Just how long the sisters were here together records do not show. But the business card of "F. Knapp & Co. dealers in Millinery of every description, Corner of Main and Pine Street, Homer" appeared in the Homer Republican for some time during the 1870's. At one time the shop was also located in South Main Street, in some of the small stores connected with the old David Harum Hotel, which would have long since gone. Flavilla had the reputation of being a smart business woman - and a proud one, too. She made regular trips to New York to select her stock and the local paper always carried notice of her trips. In her later years, she made her home with her sister Lucinda--Mrs. John P. Bunn. 16,1191

picture Gardener Knapp

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: After 1788 - Homer, Cortland County, New York, USA 16
        Baptism: 
          Death: 
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 


Parents
         Father: Daniel Knapp (1767-1833) 648,649,650 
         Mother: Deborah [Knapp, Daniel] (1777-      ) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Almira May (       - 28 Oct 1838) 16 
       Marriage: 1829 16
         Status: 

Notes
General:
According to records, Gardener was a pupil under Adin Webb who taught in Homer Village from 1805 through 1822. Later the catalogue of the Cortland Academy in Homer, dated March 1824, lists Gardener Knapp among the students.

The Cortland Observer of June 12, 1829 gives the marriage of Gardner Knapp and Miss Almira May, daughter of Col. Ebenezer May, all of this town, married on the 3rd inst. by Rev. L. Lyons.

In 1829, letters of administration for the estate of his uncle Nathaniel Knapp were issued naming Gardener administrator. The papers were dated January 30, 1828, and gave his address as Town of Danville, County of Steuben, State of New York.

The Cortland Observer printed the next notice about Gardener. The issue dated September 16, 1831, contained the following death notice: "Knapp -- infant child of Gardener Knapp, in Cortlandville, on the 15th inst."

The Tioga County History -- "Our County and It's People" -- gives a list of lawyers having appeared in the courts of the county and the name of Gardener Knapp. This list is dated 1835. 16

picture Garradus Knapp

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 4 Jan 1804 - Virgil, Cortland County, New York, USA 1191
        Baptism: 
          Death: 23 Apr 1844 1191,2826
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 

Events
• A G.V. Knapp operated a village store in Virgil, NY in the 1800's - may be Garradus. 2827


Parents
         Father: Nathaniel Knapp (1775-1827) 648,649,2819 
         Mother: Laura Vanderlyn (After 1780-1829) 648 

Spouses and Children
1. *Almyra May (Abt 1805 -       ) 1191 
       Marriage: 
         Status: 

Notes
Birth Notes:
or Jan 8

picture George W. Knapp

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 17 Feb 1809 - Virgil, Cortland County, New York, USA 1191
        Baptism: 
          Death: by 1845 2828
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 


Parents
         Father: Nathaniel Knapp (1775-1827) 648,649,2819 
         Mother: Laura Vanderlyn (After 1780-1829) 648 


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Henry L.A. Knapp

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 13 May 1825 - Bear Creek, Pepin County, Wisconsin, USA 1191
        Baptism: 
          Death: 21 Jan 1892 - Durand, Pepin County, Wisconsin, USA 1191
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 


Parents
         Father: Nathaniel Knapp (1775-1827) 648,649,2819 
         Mother: Laura Vanderlyn (After 1780-1829) 648 


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Israel Knapp

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 
        Baptism: 
          Death: 
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 

Events
• 1830 Census: 1830, Homer, Cortland County, New York, USA. 2829 Name: Israel Knapp
Home in 1830: Homer, Cortland, New York
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 5
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 3
Total Free White Persons: 8
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 8


picture James Knapp

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 22 Feb 1777 - Goshen, Orange County, New York, USA 649,2830,2831
        Baptism: 
          Death: in Cortland County, New York, USA 16
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 

Events
• H.P. Smith's History of Cortland County states: 1799, James Knapp served as supervisor in Homer. 2815
• In 1798, James Knapp was appointed Assessor, Commissioner of Highways and Overseer of Highways of Vigil, NY. At a town meeting in 1799, held at the home of Moses Hopkins, James was appointed Supervisor. 2832
• In May, 1796, Aaron and James Knapp found a 15 year old boy who had been lost for four days on the Bridle Road, Dryden. 2833
• James Knapp relocated to Virgil, Cortland County, NY in 1798, occupying the place M.B. Mynard lived in 1853(or 78).
2832
• In Virgil writtin records, there is a reference to Capt. Knapp killing 15 wolves in one year of the early town history - no specific date given.
2832
• In 1798, James Knapp settled in what would become the town of Virgil in 1804. Early settlers had many dangers to contend with, including those that threatened their farm animals, such as sheep. Fifteen wolves were killed one year by Mr. Roe and Capt. Knapp to protect livestock. 2834
• James Knapp was Homer Town Supervisor in 1799. 156
• Virgil had a town militia, and James Knapp was a participant. 2835
• 1800 Census: 1800, Homer, Onondaga County, New York, USA. 2813 Free White Males Under 10: 1
Free White Males 26 to 44: 1
Free White Females Under 10 : 1
Free White Females 10 to 15 : 1
Free White Females 26 to 44 : 1
Number of Household Members Under 16 : 3
Number of Household Members Over 25 : 2
Number of Household Members: 5
• Bouton states: "We will, however, state that the first frame building of much size, was the large house now standing on the elevation in this Village, owned by Shubel G. Ball, erected in 1804, by James Knapp, very much astonishing the natives, and with other causes ruining the man that built it." Later in this publication, on page 78, it discusses the removal of this building, on Bunker Hill, built by General Knapp. The building was moved to the north side of the village and used as a warehouse by E. Crain for his business of wagon and carriage making. 2836
• On 2nd day of April, 1805, the town meeting was held at the home of James Knapp. 2837
• 1820 Census: 1820, Homer, Cortland County, New York, USA. 2838 James' household is listed as: 1 male (10-15); 1 male (18-25); 1 male (26-44, probably James); 3 females (0-9); 1 female (10-15); 1 female (26-44, probably wife Abigail). Two people are engaged in agriculture. These statistics do not match what I have for his family members.
• A J.H. Knapp, from Virgil, served in Congress. No date was referenced. Need to research this further to see who this was. 2839
• 1830 Census: 1830, Homer, Cortland County, New York, USA. 2840 Name: James Knapp
Home in 1830: Homer, Cortland, New York
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Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 6
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 1
Total Free White Persons: 8
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 8
• He had a residence in 1820 in Homer, Cortland County, New York, USA. 2838


Spouses and Children
1. *Abigail May (       - 29 Jul 1831) 16 
       Marriage: 28 Dec 1801 16
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Moses Knapp (1816-1831) 1191
                2. Andrew Jackson Knapp (1822-1891) 1191
                3. Nathaniel Knapp (1825-1841) 1191
                4. Lovett Knapp (1828-      ) 1191

Notes
General:
"F-217. James moved to Homer , now Virgil, N.Y. in 1788, settling opposite the meetng house. He was Ambassador and Commissioner of Highways in 1798. The first Town Meeting was held at James' house and the soldiers of Virgil trained at his place. In 1804 he built a building that was so large it was nicknamed "Bunker Hill." It ruined him. In 1885 it was in use as a wagon shop."

FTK writes:
James came to Homer when the family did. It is recorded (New History and Atlas of Cortland County) that he settled with his brother Nathaniel on lot 84 which was south of Cortland in what later became Virgil.

Goodwin gives: In the next year, '98 or '99, a number of families came, who settled in different parts of the town of Virgil (which was then still a part of Homer). Among them James Knapp who settled where M.B. Mynard so long resided on the corner opposite the west meetng house.

When first settled, Homer, Solon, Cincinnnatus, and Virgil were one town called Homer. At a town meeting in 1797, it was resolved that the township of Virgil shall constitute one highway district. In 1798, Virgil was represented and James Knapp was chosen Assessor, commissioner of highways and overseer of highways.

In 1799 the town meeting was held at the house of Moses Hopkins, Virgil was honored with the office of Supervisor in the person of James Knapp. The Town continued with Homer until 1804.

The first town meeting after Virgil was organized (1804) was held at the house of James Knapp, April 2, 1805.

Among the Revolutionary soldiers who lived in town was James Knapp [not if he was born in 1777]. The call for the performance of military duty was soon made and it was responded to by five men who went to Homer to train in town, and the first meeting for that purpose was held at the house of James Knapp. This was the condition at the commencement of the war of 1812 to 15.

A tavern was kept for a time before the last war [Civil] in the large wooden structure locally known as "Bunker Hill". This building was erected in 1804 by James Knapp. It served a double purpose, so it is said, of creating a good deal of astonishment among the inhabitants on account of its size and magnificence, and aslso of ruining its bulder It now makes a convenient wagon shop and is owned by J.C. Seamens.

In Lyme, Huron County, Ohio on the 29th ult. (July 29, 1831) Mrs. Abigail Knapp, wife of James Knapp, recently of this town aged 52. - Cortland Observer - August 19, 1831.

From the Justice of Peace Book of Justice John Keep: The name of James Knapp appears in the court records from Feb. 2, 1800 to Dec. 31[23], 1801. There are records of six judgement cases, in each case James was the defendant.

In 1798, he was Assessor in the South Division of Town, Commissioner of Highways, Overseer in the 7th Highway district, and listed for 10 days highway work.

In 1799, James was elected Supervisor. He was listed in two districts for highway work. In the following years, he held the offices of Commissioner of Public Lands, Constable, Fence viewer and Pathmaster. His name continued to appear on the records through the year of 1824.

Most of the offices were for districts in the Township of Virgil, although it would appear that James also had land in the Town of Homer. 16,1191,2841,2842
Marriage Notes (Abigail May)
James Knapp married Abigail May, daughter of Col. Elazer May of Homer, by Judge John Keep of Homer on December 23[28], 1801.

picture James Degrassett Knapp

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 6 Jul 1828 18,1191
        Baptism: 
          Death: 7 Feb 1884 16,1491
         Burial: in Homer, Cortland County, New York, USA 16,1190
 Cause of Death: 

Events
• He signed a will. 1491 Nicholas Knapp Genealogy cites that James was the administrator of Malvina Knapp's estate, a sister.
• 1850 Census: 1850, Marcellus, Onondaga County, New York, USA. 2844 Not sure if this is definitely my James, but the occupation and age fits, and location is not far from his family. Sister Flavilla lives 2 houses away - 2099. James G. (24) is living in a boarding house and works as a clerk.
• 1860 Census: 1860, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA. 2845 James G. (35) is listed with wife Ada L. (25), Mary E. Teller (54) [Ada's mother], William S. Teller (21), Julia F. Teller (15) and Margaret Davis (23) domestic. James and William are listed as dry goods merchants. Both have a value of personal property of $6,000. Perhaps James went west because Ada's father passed, and James and the brother were sharing in the business. This is just conjecture.
• 1870 Census: 1870, New York City, New York County, New York, USA. 2846 James (his name is difficult to deciphor and looks like an abbreviation of some kind) G. (44) is listed with wife Ada L. (33), Mary A. (10) [Minnie] and James L. (5). James Sr.'s occupation is clerk pin co. Value of personal estate is $250 (the same as others on the page). Mary Tiller (67) is listed with them as well. No relationship is stated, but this is probably Ada's mother.

I know this is the correct James, not just from the correct family names and ages, but because there is a letter saved from James to his sister in my possession.
• 1880 Census: 1880, Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, USA. 2847 James D. (52) is living at 14 Kellogg Street with wife Ada L. (41) and son James L. (15). They share the residence with Chauncey (26) and Minnie (18) Vanwormer. James D. is listed as related father-in-law. James L. is listed as a law student. James D.'s occupation is difficult to read and looks like Corn Traveler-which makes little sense.


Parents
         Father: Stephen Knapp (1779-1865) 18,649,2053 
         Mother: Abigail Treat (1784-1855) 18 

Spouses and Children
1. *Ada L. Tiller (31 Jan 1837 - 11 Feb 1910) 16 
       Marriage: 26 Mar 1856 16
         Status: 

Notes
Birth Notes:
or 1824 (Knapp Gen.)
Burial Notes:
Glenwood Cemetery. Inscription says JAMES G THEIR SON DIED FEB 7 1884 AE 60 YRS. Probably meant in his 60th year, not his specific age, which was common at this time. His marker is in front of the tall Knapp monument in Glenwood Cemetery, section 11, lot 34 - picture available. Buried with father Stephen, mother Abigail, and siblings Flavilla, Melvina and Stephen D and his wife Jane.
General:
Nicholas Knapp Genealogy says James married Alice Livingstone Teller, b. Jan 31, 1837; d. Feb 11, 1910, age 71, dau. ____ and Mary E. Toller.

M. Louise Bunn writes about James deG.: 'I remember when I first was in Homer about 1872. Aunt Flavilla used to go down to New York every spring and fall to shop. Uncle James Knapp clerked in one of the big dry good stores there and Aunt Flavilla used to visit them in Harlem. Possibly James Jr., was born in New York. I don't think they (the James Knapp's) lived in Homer very long, but I think I remember their living in the frame house on River Street at the head of Wall Street, No. River Street--the next house south of Mrs. Stewart.

James Jr. was in school at the Academy and in some of Nettie Higgins' classes. - FTK

"James deGrassett was the ne'er do well of the family. According to other members of the family he succeeded in having his father pay his fare and later that of his wife out west during the gold rush. And having found nothing the family supplied funds for their return."-FTK 16,1492

picture James Drake Knapp

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 3 Dec 1800 - Homer, Cortland County, New York, USA 2060
        Baptism: 
          Death: 20 Feb 1869 - Wabash County, Illinois, USA 2848
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 


Parents
         Father: Aaron Knapp (1770-1848) 648,649,2055 
         Mother: Margaret "Peggy" Drake (1773-1847) 


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John Knapp

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: Abt 1810 16
        Baptism: 
          Death: 
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 


Parents
         Father: Daniel Knapp (1767-1833) 648,649,650 
         Mother: Deborah [Knapp, Daniel] (1777-      ) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Unknown Unknown (       -       )
       Marriage: 
         Status: 

2. Mary (Abt 1830 -       ) 16 
       Marriage: Abt 1856 16
         Status: 

Notes
Birth Notes:
1860 census 50 yrs old - FTK
General:
FTK - 1850 census: John, age 47; Edward, age 9; Frances, age 3; Deborah, age 73 (b. Connecticut).

From this it would appear that John's family group consisted of his mother, Deborah, 2 children and himself. Nothing is known about his wife.

The 1860 census gives this: John, aged 50; Mary, 30; Frances, 14; Deborah, 83 and Mary, 3. Apparently John married a second time between 1850 and 1860, his wife being Mary. Mary, aged 3, was a child of the second marriage. John's son Edward is not recorded, but being about 19 at the time, he had probably left home to make his own way. 16

picture Lovett Knapp

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 1828 1191
        Baptism: 
          Death: 
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 


Parents
         Father: James Knapp (1777-      ) 648,649,2813 
         Mother: Abigail May (      -1831) 16 

Notes
General:
lived with brother Andrew, according to the 1850 census 1191

picture Lucinda Knapp

      Sex: F
AKA: Bunn 16
Individual Information
          Birth: 8 Sep 1813 - Homer, Cortland County, New York, USA 18,1191,1519
        Baptism: 
          Death: 1890 - Homer, Cortland County, New York, USA 16,1191,1518,1519
         Burial: in Glenwood Cemetery-Homer, Cortland County, New York, USA 1518,1519
 Cause of Death: 

Events
• Find-A-Grave: 69169591. 1519


Parents
         Father: Stephen Knapp (1779-1865) 18,649,2053 
         Mother: Abigail Treat (1784-1855) 18 

Spouses and Children
1. *John Prentice Bunn (Abt 1813 - 1890) 16,1516,1517 
       Marriage: 
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Ella F. Bunn (      -1927) 1515 (Father:  1515 ) (Mother:  1515 )

Notes
Death Notes:
or 1900 (Knapp Gen.)
General:
Lucinda married John Prentice Bunn January 19, 1838. They went to Skaneateles where Mr. Bunn had a small foundry. Their son, William Orestes Bunn was born in Skaneateles February 1839. Later they returned to Homer, where four more children were born: a boy who died in infancy, and three girls, Sarah, who married John Decker, Abbie and Ella. Mr. Bunn was employed in a foundry here in Homer -- owned first by Mr. Saunders, then by Mr. Stone -- on South Main almost at the corner of Copeland Ave., on the site of the present Socony Gas Station. It was John F. Bunn who built the house on River Street. He had a part of the house moved there and built the rest. Some of the Bunn family have always lived in the house. When the elder Bunns passed away, the daughters Abbie and Ella remained. When they died, the estate went to daughters of Sarah and William O. His daughter, Marie Louise, settled with the others and retained the house. In 1931 she sold it to Charles Knapp. - FTK 16

picture Mahala Knapp

      Sex: F

Individual Information
          Birth: 5 Dec 1806 2061
        Baptism: 
          Death: 
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 


Parents
         Father: Aaron Knapp (1770-1848) 648,649,2055 
         Mother: Margaret "Peggy" Drake (1773-1847) 


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Mary Knapp

      Sex: F

Individual Information
          Birth: After 1787 16
        Baptism: 
          Death: 
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 


Parents
         Father: Daniel Knapp (1767-1833) 648,649,650 
         Mother: Deborah [Knapp, Daniel] (1777-      ) 


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Melvina Knapp

      Sex: F

Individual Information
          Birth: 8 Dec 1805 - Homer, Cortland County, New York, USA 18
        Baptism: 
          Death: 16 Aug 1874 16,1191
         Burial: in Homer, Cortland County, New York, USA 1190
 Cause of Death: 

Events
• She worked as a Milliner. She taught both Polly and Flavilla her trade. She conducted business in HOmer, but later went to Cardiff where she had her shop until she died. in 1862 in Homer, Cortland County, New York, USA. 16,2823
• Find-A-Grave: 69168373. 2849


Parents
         Father: Stephen Knapp (1779-1865) 18,649,2053 
         Mother: Abigail Treat (1784-1855) 18 

Notes
Burial Notes:
Glenwood Cemetery. Inscription says MELVINA THEIR DAU DIED AUG 16 1874 AE 69 YRS. Probably meant in her 69th year, not her specific age, which was common at this time. Her marker is behind the tall Knapp monument in Glenwood Cemetery, section 11, lot 34 - picture available. Buried with father Stephen, mother Abigail, and siblings James G, Flavilla and Stephen D and his wife Jane.
General:
She was a milliner and evidently quite a good one. She taught both Polly and Flavilla her trade. She had her shop until she died. -FTK 16

picture Moses Knapp

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 1816 1191
        Baptism: 
          Death: 15 Dec 1831 1191
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 


Parents
         Father: James Knapp (1777-      ) 648,649,2813 
         Mother: Abigail May (      -1831) 16 


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Nathaniel Knapp

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 15 Jan 1775 - Goshen, Orange County, New York, USA 648,649,1191
        Baptism: 
          Death: 26 Aug 1827 - Virgil, Cortland County, New York, USA 648,1191
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 

Events
• 1800 Census: 1800, Knapp, Nath. 2819 Free White Males 16 to 25: 1
Free White Females 10 to 15 : 1
Free White Females 16 to 25 : 1
Free White Females 26 to 44 : 1
Number of Household Members Under 16 : 1
Number of Household Members Over 25 : 1
Number of Household Members: 4
• In 1805, Nathaniel operated the first grist mill with Peter Vanderlyn (built in the location of the later Tyler' mill). This was an important addition to the community. Prior to the mill, people had to travel all the way to Chenango Point and Ludlowville. 2850,2851
• 1820 Census: 1820, Homer, Cortland County, New York, USA. 2852 Nathaniel was listed with the following household members: 2 males (10-15, probably George and Garradus); 1 male (45 and over, Nathaniel); 2 females (0-9, probably Sally and Esther); 1 female (10-15, probably Diadema); 3 females (16-25, one was probably Sophiah - other names unknown); 2 females (45 and over, one would be Nathaniel's wife, Laura. The other could be his mother.). One person is listed as being engaged in agriculture. Daniel, Stephen and James Knapp are also shown in Homer.
• He had a residence in 1820 in Homer, Cortland County, New York, USA. 2852


Spouses and Children
1. *Laura Vanderlyn (After 1780 - 15 Sep 1829) 648 
       Marriage: 30 Sep 1798 2853
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Sophiah Knapp (1800-      ) 1191
                2. Unknown Knapp (1802-1802) 1191
                3. Garradus Knapp (1804-1844) 1191
                4. Diadema Knapp (1807-      ) 1191
                5. George W. Knapp (1809-1845) 1191
                6. Sally Ann Knapp (1811-      ) 1191
                7. Esther Knapp (1814-1908) 1191
                8. Saylem L. Knapp (1822-1889) 1191
                9. Henry L.A. Knapp (1825-1892) 1191

Notes
Death Notes:
From the Cortland Observer August 29, 1827: "Nathaniel Knapp, formerly of this town, died in Virgil August 26, 1827."
General:
"The first grist-mill was erected in 1805, by Peter Vanderlyn and Nathaniel Knapp [Virgil, Cortland County, New York]. The erection of this mill was regarded as a work of valuable importance. The habitants had previously been compelled to procure the grinding of their grain at Chenango Point, (now Binghamton,) or Ludlowville, near the east shore of the Cayuga lake."

Nathaniel moved to Homer, Cortland County, New York in 1798 when his mother and brother Stephen came.

From the Cortland Observer, August 29, 1827: "Nathaniel Knapp, formerly of this town, died in Virgil August 26, 1827."

"For some time Nathaniel kept a tavern at Virgil Corners" (sometime after 1820) - FTK - unknown source.

Nathaniel died intestate--letters of administration were issed to Gardiner Knapp. - FTK

Nathaniel Knapp is mentioned in the early records of Homer town meetings when Virgil Town was a part of Homer. Beginning in 1800 Nathaniel Knapp is listed as a land owner liable for highway work. He also held the office of Pathmaster fence viewer. This was over the period from 1800 to 1822. - FTK

New York State census records of 1800, County of Onondaga, Town of Homer. Nathaniel Knapp: 1 male between 16-26; 1 male between 26-45; 1 female under 10; 1 female between 10-16; 1 female between 16-26. - FTK

Goodwin's Pioneer History gives the following about Nathaniel. "Nathaniel and James Knapp settled on lot 84 of the Military Tract." This was south of Cortland.

"The first grist mill at Virgil was built in 1805 by Peter Vanderlyn and Nathaniel Knapp, near where the Tyler Mill stood. The mill on this site burned some years ago."

"For some time Nathaniel kept a tavern at Virgil Corners. [Some time after 1820.] -Goodwin

"In the call for soldiers of July 18th, 1864 is recorded the name of Nathaniel Knapp." [This could be his son-FTK.] Was there a son Nathaniel? 16,1191,2854,2855

picture Nathaniel Knapp

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 1825 1191
        Baptism: 
          Death: 28 Oct 1841 1191
         Burial: in Stewarttown, New York, USA 1191
 Cause of Death: 


Parents
         Father: James Knapp (1777-      ) 648,649,2813 
         Mother: Abigail May (      -1831) 16 

Notes
Burial Notes:
Albert Slauson's farm


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