Mahala Knapp

1796–1879 (Age 83)
Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Mahala

When Mahala Knapp was born in 1796, in Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, John Knapp, was 39 and her mother, Eunice Wilcox, was 31. She married Talmon D. Beardsley about 1816, in Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 11 daughters. She lived in Berlin Township, Delaware, Ohio, United States in 1850. She died on 5 March 1879, at the age of 83.

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Family Time Line

Talmon D. Beardsley
Mahala Knapp
Marriage: about 1816
Talmon D. Beardsley
Daniel Beardslee
Philo Beardsley
Mary Beardsley
Louisa Beardsley
Elizabeth Beardsley
Louise Beardslee
Mary Beardslee
Elizabeth Beardslee
Pauline Beardslee
Philo Tolman Beardslee
William Beardslee
Elvira Beardsley
Alvinia Beardslee
Mason S. Beardsley
Emma Beardslee
Delilah Beardsley

Spouse and Children

about 1816
Pennsylvania, United States


+12 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+8 More Children

World Events (7)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 4

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
1812 · Harrisburg Becomes the State Capital

Age 16

Harrisburg had important parts with migration, the Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution. 
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 23

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Name Meaning

1 German: occupational name 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’, or ‘miner’.2 German: in Franconia, a nickname for a dexterous or skillful person.3 English: topographic name for someone who lived by a hillock, Middle English knappe, Old English cnæpp, or habitational name from any of the several minor places named with the word, in particular Knapp in Hampshire and Knepp in Sussex.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mahala Beardsley, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Mahala Beardsley in entry for Paul W Bervis and Unknown, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013"
  • Mahala Beardsley in entry for Paul W. Berois and Unknown, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013"

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