Joshua Knapp

5 April 1744–23 March 1816 (Age 71)
Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Joshua

When Joshua Knapp was born on 5 April 1744, in Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States, his father, Caleb Knapp, was 35 and his mother, Abigail Bracey, was 31. He married Mary Keyes about 1770, in Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 8 daughters. He died on 23 March 1816, in Torrington, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Winchester Center, Winchester, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States.

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Joshua Knapp
Mary Keyes
Marriage: about 1770
Mary Knapp
Abigail Bracy Knapp
Elizabeth Knapp
Joshua Knapp
Elizabeth Knapp
Caleb Bushnel Knapp
Martha Knapp
Florella Knapp
Florilla Knapp
Abiah Knapp

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about 1770
Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States


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World Events (6)


Age 32

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 32

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1781 · The First Constitution

Age 37

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

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)

  • Joshua in entry for Joshua Knapp, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • Joshua in entry for Elizabeth Knapp, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • Joshua in entry for Elizabeth Knapp, "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934"

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