Biography of John J. Knapen
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Knapen, John J., born in Herkimer county, N. Y., May 15, 1841, is the son of Josiah and Phebe (Smith) Knapen, he a native of Stephentown, born April 7, 1801, she of Chatham. born January 21, 1805. The grandparents were Asa and Sally (Fuller) Knapen; he was born in Columbia county. The great grandfather of John J., Samuel Knapen, was a cooper at Chatham where he died. The Knapen family are of Welsh extraction. The maternal grandparents were Seth and Eunice (Aldrich) Smith, who were married in 1795; he died 1858 and she in 1846; he was a farmer and butcher. Asa Knapen was an early settler of Stephentown and a shoemaker by trade. The father of John J. was reared in Stephentown. married and removed to Herkimer county, thence in 1852 to Chatham and finally settled on the farm now owned by John J., where he died in 1863. Mrs. Knapen died in 1889. John J. was reared on the farm and was fourteen years in the butcher business in Stephentown; then he went on the farm in South Stephentown where he carries on general farming and buying and selling butter, eggs, and poultry. He has 128 acres, in 1871 Mr. Knapen was married to Maggie, daughter of Dyer and Margaret (Chatman) Arnold of Berlin, by whom he has one daughter, Alice M., wife of William G. Costine; they have one son, Harold E.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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