Biography of Joseph Knapp



Berrien County

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JOSEPH KNAPP, son of Nathan Knapp, is one of a family of ten children, and was born in Tioga Co., Pa., July 18, 1835. His parents were natives of New York, and his father was a soldier in the war of 1812. The son remained at home until he was twenty seven years of age, acquiring a fair education. In 1853 his father removed to Michigan and located at Berrien Springs, and two years later changed his residence to Watervliet township, and purchased land on section 17. He died Sept. 12, 1877, his wife's death having occurred April 12, 1874; both are buried in the Coloma Cemetery, and a fine monument to their memory has been erected by their son, Joseph Knapp. Joseph was married March 19, 1862, to Mrs. Maria Clark, of this township, and by her is the father of three children, Edward, born April 30, 1863; Hiram, born July 6, 1865; Annette, born Oct. 20, 1867. After his marriage, Mr. Knapp settled on forty acres on section 17, where he still resides, having since added to it ninety six acres. Mrs. Knapp had three children by her first husband, and Elisha, the oldest, is now living with Mr. Knapp. In 1871, Mr. Knapp engaged in the manufacture of fruit baskets, and has been very successful in that business. In 1874 his building, with all its machinery, was destroyed by fire, but was rebuilt within sixty days, and he now gives employment to a number of persons, varying from twentyfive to thirty five. In April, 1875, he was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife. Feb. 27, 1876, he was married to Mrs. Josephine Warner, a native of Vermont, from which State her parentsalso natives thereof removed to Michigan in 1856, after having spent a few years in Massachusetts. By her first husband she had one child, Olive H. Warner, who was born in Williams Co., Ohio, Nov. 26, 1863.

In political matters, Mr. Knapp is a Republican, although he claims the privilege of voting for the persons who seem to him best fitted for office. He is a member of the Christian Church, and donates liberally to all religious denominations.

History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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