Mahala Knapp

Female1796–5 March 1879

Brief Life History 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 7 sons and 13 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
Daniel Beardsley
Tolman D Beardslee
William Beardslee
Elvira Beardsley
Alvinia Beardslee
Betsey M Beardsley
Mason S. Beardsley
Emma L Beardslee
Albina Beardsley
Delila R Beardsley

Sources (10)

  • Mahala Beardsley, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Mehalak Knapp im Eintrag für G.W. Bolinger und Elvira Purvis, „Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016“
  • Mahala Beardsley in entry for Paul W Bervis and Unknown, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    about 1816Pennsylvania, United States
  • Children (20)

    +15 More Children

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (14)

    +9 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.


    Age 14

    Historical Boundaries 1810: Ontario, New Jersey, United States 1812: Bradford, New Jersey, United States

    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

    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).

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

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