James A Clapper

Brief Life History of James A

When James A Clapper was born about 1863, in New York, United States, his father, Jacob Clapper, was 56 and his mother, Jane Chase, was 47. He lived in Cayuga, Aurelius, Cayuga, New York, United States in 1870.

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Jacob Clapper
Jane Chase
Elvira Clapper
James A Clapper
Pvt Martin B Clapper
William H Clapper
Judson T Clapper
Andrew Charles Clapper
Mary W Clapper

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  • James H Clapper, "United States Census, 1870"
  • James A Clapper in the 1870 United States Federal Census

World Events (8)


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire): topographic name from Middle English claper, generally denoting someone who lived by a rabbit warren. In southern counties, however, it often denoted a clapper bridge, a rough or natural bridge across a stream. The Devon clapper bridge, common on Dartmoor, was made of flat stones laid across stone pillars. Alternatively, a nickname for a chatterer, from Middle English claper ‘the tongue of a bell or of a noisy person’.

Americanized form of German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) Klapper ‘chatterer’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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