Sarah or Susannah Knapp

Brief Life History of Sarah or Susannah

When Sarah or Susannah Knapp was born on 22 March 1817, in Harpersfield, Delaware, New York, United States, her father, John Knapp Jr, was 44 and her mother, Lucy Merwin, was 37. She married Jesse Morehouse on 12 December 1832, in Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Huntsburg, Geauga, Ohio, United States in 1850 and Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States for about 10 years. She died on 30 December 1899, in Mesopotamia, Trumbull, Ohio, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Windsor Township Cemetery, Windsor, Ashtabula, Ohio, United States.

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Jesse Morehouse
Sarah or Susannah Knapp
Marriage: 12 December 1832
Susan Elizabeth Morehouse
Aaron Morehouse
Emma Morehouse
Annette Morehouse
Jesse G. Morehouse
Martha Amelia Morehouse
Ella Josephine Morehouse
Daniel Jesse Morehouse
Flora Morehouse

Sources (21)

  • Susan Morehouse in household of Jesse Morehouse, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Susan Moorehouse, "Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001"
  • Susan Knapp in entry for Daniel Jerre Morehouse and Leonida Adelaide Thomas, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

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World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

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. 

1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

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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