Samuel Knapp

1 June 1821–12 December 1883 (Age 62)
Randolph, West Virginia, United States

The Life of Samuel

When Samuel Knapp was born on 1 June 1821, in Randolph, West Virginia, United States, his father, Henry Knapp, was 23 and his mother, Anna Jenkins, was 24. He married Mary Catherine DeLawder on 14 November 1847, in Barbour, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in West Virginia, United States in 1870 and Philippi, Barbour, West Virginia, United States in 1880. He died on 12 December 1883, in Barbour, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 62, and was buried in Barbour, West Virginia, United States.

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Samuel Knapp
Mary Catherine DeLawder
Marriage: 14 November 1847
John Williamson Knapp
Marietta America Knapp
America Knapp
George Weldon Knapp
Stephen Hezekiah Knapp
Edith Elizabeth Knapp
Lucy Adeline Knapp
Cornelia Indiana Knapp
Samuel Wiley Knapp
David Festus Knapp

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14 November 1847
Barbour, West Virginia, United States


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World Events (8)

1824 · """Mary Randolph Publishes """"The Virginia Housewife"""""""

Age 3

“The Virginia Housewife” was published by Mary Randolph. It was the first cookbook published in America. 
1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 4

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

Age 23

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.

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)

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

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