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.
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).