Joseph Carlos Clapp

Brief Life History of Joseph Carlos

When Joseph Carlos Clapp was born on 24 August 1837, in Far West, Caldwell, Missouri, United States, his father, Benjamin Lynn Clapp, was 23 and his mother, Mary Rachael Schultz, was 22. He married Sarah " Sally" Servilla Austin in 1870. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. He lived in Liberty, Linn, Oregon, United States in 1880 and Fayette Township, Decatur, Iowa, United States in 1900. He died on 31 January 1912, in Independence, Jackson, Missouri, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Independence, Jackson, Missouri, United States.

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Joseph Carlos Clapp
Sarah " Sally" Servilla Austin
Marriage: 1870
Thomas Carlos Clapp
John Hollis Clapp
George Addison Clapp

Sources (23)

  • James Clapp, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Joseph Carlos Clapp - Church record: birth-name: Joseph Carlos Clapp
  • J C Clapp, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1953"

World Events (8)


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

1848 · The California Gold Rush

On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 

1857 · 7.9 Earthquake In Fort Tejon

The Fort Tejon earthquake, on January 9, 1857, registered at 7.9, making it one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in the United States. Only two people were killed, largely due to the sparse population in the area where the earthquake occurred. As a result of the large scale shaking, the Kern River was turned upstream and fish were stranded miles from Tulare Lake as the waters were rocked so far from its banks.

Name Meaning

English (Devon and Somerset): either from Middle English clop(pe), clap(pe) ‘lump’, perhaps denoting a stocky person, or Middle English clap(pe) ‘loud noise; noisy, idle chatter’.

Americanized form of German Klapp .

In some cases also an Americanized form of Slovenian Klep: nickname from klep ‘sharpness of scythe or sickle’, also ‘sharpening with a hammer’.

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

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Joseph C. Clapp Posted 18 Feb 2014 by Jim James in

Joseph C. Clapp moved to Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, in his youth. He journeyed to Utah and then to California. He was baptized a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints o …

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