Mary Belle Knapp

19 February 1891–5 June 1986 (Age 95)
Lake Pleasant, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life Summary of Mary Belle

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, 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.

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Family Time Line

George Lee Ottaway
Mary Belle Knapp
Marriage: 25 February 1914
Ronald Lee Ottaway

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    25 February 1914Union City, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson
    Age 5
    A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
    1905 · The Movie Theater
    Age 14
    The world’s first movie theater was located in Pittsburgh. It was referred to as a nickelodeon as at the time it only cost 5 cents to get in. 
    1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress
    Age 25
    Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

    Name Meaning

    (1997: 16951;2007: 31745; 2010: 41771)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.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (9)

    • Bell M Ottoway in household of George L Ottoway, "United States Census, 1930"
    • Belle Knapp in entry for Ronald L. Ottaway and Helen C. Stolz, "Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950"
    • Mary Ottaway, "United States Social Security Death Index"

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