Jacob Knapp Jr.

7 December 1799–2 March 1874 (Age 74)
Otsego, Otsego, New York, United States

The Life of Jacob

When Jacob Knapp Jr. was born on 7 December 1799, in Otsego, Otsego, New York, United States, his father, Jacob Calvin Knapp, was 27 and his mother, Lucinda Mayhew, was 23. He married Electa Payne on 1 September 1824, in Hamilton, Hamilton, Madison, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Owen Township, Winnebago, Illinois, United States in 1850 and Burritt Township, Winnebago, Illinois, United States in 1860. He died on 2 March 1874, in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Jacob Knapp Jr.
Electa Payne
Marriage: 1 September 1824
Emily Knapp
Frances M Knapp
Cecelia Electa Knapp
George Knapp
Jacob Eugene Knapp
Sarah Genevieve Knapp
Ellen G Knapp
Frederick Philip Melancthon Knapp
Henry Martin Luther Knapp

Spouse and Children

1 September 1824
Hamilton, Hamilton, Madison, New York, United States


    Emily Knapp


    Frances M Knapp



    Cecelia Electa Knapp


    Sarah Genevieve Knapp


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+3 More Children

World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 1

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.
1805 · Detroit was Destroyed by a Fire

Age 6

"During the morning of June 11, 1805, a blaze began in a barn near the local bakery and the flames spread quickly to other wooden structures. Because the city lacked a professional fire department, the citizens of the city soon were engaged in a bucket brigade. But even the proximity to the river could not save Detroit. The entire city was burnt to the ground by the days end. Today, the Great Fire of 1805 is remembered in Detroit's city flag with the city's motto, ""It will rise from the ashes,"" in Latin."
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 20

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)

  • Jacob Knapp, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Jacob Knapp, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Jacob Knapp, "United States Census, 1870"

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