Emma Amelia Knapp

Brief Life History of Emma Amelia

When Emma Amelia Knapp was born on 18 January 1843, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States, her father, Silas Knapp, was 44 and her mother, Lydia Ackerman, was 37. She married Henry Harvey Elmer on 10 March 1858, in California, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Superior Township, McPherson, Kansas, United States in 1880 and Union, Oregon, United States in 1900. She died on 2 June 1926, in Halfway, Baker, Oregon, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Summerville, Union, Oregon, United States.

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Family Time Line

Henry Harvey Elmer
Emma Amelia Knapp
Marriage: 10 March 1858
Lydia Elmer
Edward Elmer
William Albert Elmer
Eli Elmer
Ida Elmer
George Harvey Elmer
Amelia Elmer
Millie Elmer

Sources (12)

  • Amelia Carlson in household of George Carlson, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Emma Amelia Knapp Elmer, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Emma Amelia Knapp, "Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847-1868"

World Events (8)

1845 · Oh My Father

"In October 1845, the newspaper Times and Seasons published a poem written by Eliza R. Snow entitled ""My Father in Heaven."" It has become the well known hymn, ""Oh My Father."" The song is only one in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hymnbook that referrs to a Heavenly Mother."


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


Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

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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Albert Knapp

Albert Knapp (1825-1864) Rozina Shepard Knapp Francis Hyer (1829-1882) Albert Knapp was born July 10, 1825 in Antworp, Jefferson, New York to Silas and Lydia Knapp. As a young man he joined the fron …

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