When Mary Belle Knapp was born on 19 February 1891, in Lake Pleasant, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, Orlando Lorraine Knapp, was 44 and her mother, LoDema Debora Kent, was 40. She married George Lee Ottaway on 25 February 1914, in Union City, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Union Township, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States in 1930 and Union City, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States in 1940. She died on 5 June 1986, in Warren, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 95, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Union City, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States.
German: occupational or status name from the German word Knapp(e), a variant of Knabe ‘young unmarried man’. In the 15th century this spelling acquired the separate, specialized meanings ‘servant, apprentice’, and ‘miner’. This surname is also found elsewhere in central Europe, e.g. in Czechia and Slovakia, where it is more commonly spelled Knap (compare 3 below).
German: in Franconia, a nickname for a dexterous or skillful person, of the same ultimate origin as 1 above.
Germanized or Americanized form of Polish, Czech, Slovak, Rusyn, and Slovenian Knap , a surname of ultimately German origin (see 1 above).
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