Jacob Knapp Jr.

Brief Life History 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
about 1845–about 1868
Eugene Jacob Knapp
Sarah Genevieve Knapp
Ellen G Knapp
Frederick Philip Melancthon Knapp
Henry Martin Luther Knapp

Sources (26)

  • Jacob Knapp, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Rev. Jacob Knapp, Jr. - birth-name: Jacob Knapp Elder
  • Elder Jacob Knapp, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"

World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

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.


The Territory of Michigan was organized as an incorporated territory of the United States on June 30, 1805, with Detroit as the territorial capital.

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. 

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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