Biography of James Knapp
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Knapp, James. In 1630 there left England for America a colony of farmers under Winthrop and Salstonstall, and among them were William, Nicholas and Roger Knapp, brothers. William located in Watertown, Mass., in 1630. His children were William, Mary, Elizabeth, Ann, Judith, John and James. Nicholas settled at the same place. By his wife Eleanor he had seven children: Jonathan, Timothy, Joshua, Caleb, Sarah, Ruth and Hannah, In 1648 he moved to Stamford, Conn., where he had two children, Moses and Lydia, by his wife, Unity. Roger located in New Haven, and later at Fairfield, Conn., where by his will he mentions his wife Elizabeth, and children Jonathan, Josiah, Lydia, Roger, John, Nathaniel, Eliza and Mary. James Knapp came from Dutchess County to Cortland, and thence to Yates County in 1815. He served in the war of 1776 as drummer for over six years, and was in the Indian raid with General Sullivan in 1779. He married Lucy C. Ball, by whom he had four children, Anna B., Samuel C., James A., and Pamelia. The parents died in 1831, aged respectively sixty seven and sixty six years. James A. Knapp was born in 1794, and in 1816 married Margaret Heltibidal. They had nine children, George H., Marsena V. B., Aaron P., Samuel A., Mary L., Charles F., Oliver C., William C., and Franklin R. The latter was born in Penn Van, June 18, 1844, and was a soldier in the Union army during the Rebellion. October 2, 1867, he married Frances A., daughter of John and Lucy A. Shepard, of Milo. She was born at Reed's Corners, Ontario County, N. Y. Her father, John Shepard, born in Norfolk, England, came to America in 1838 and located in Gorham, Ontario County, N. Y. Mr. Shepard moved to Himrods in 1876, and was proprietor of the hotel which Mr. Knapp now conducts, for eighteen years.

From:
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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