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Transcribed biography of William H. Knapp

WILLIAM H. KNAPP was born in Denmark, Ashtabula Co., Ohio, July 2, 1824, and is one of the nine children of Elihu and Nancy (Huntley) Knapp, the former born in New York, the latter in Washington, Mass. His father was a farmer, and held offices of Justice of the Peace and Postmaster of Denmark. He started to the war of 1812, but peace was proclaimed, and in 1833 moved his family to Ashtabula, where he purchased a farm, and there lived until his death. William worked for his father until of age, when he went to Hamilton, N. Y., for eighteen months, then returned to Ashtabula and purchased twenty-five acres. In 1855, he came to Porter County. On October 1, 1851, he was married, in Ashtabula, to Mary Booth, born January 17, 1828, whose father was a sailor and lost on Lake Erie. To this union were born nine children - Mary Kieffer, Maria Herrick, Herbert, Frank, Lincoln and Merton, living; the deceased are Emma, Fred and Ella. Mr. and Mrs. Knapp are members of the Baptist Church, he having been an officer thereof since 1857. He resided on his farm of 137 acres, all of which he cleared and improved; he also owns eighty acres two miles north of his residence.

Source: Goodspeed, Weston A., and Charles Blanchard. 1882. Counties of Porter and Lake, Indiana: Historical and Biographical, Illustrated. Chicago, Illinois: F. A. Battey & Company. 771 p.
Page(s) in Source: 186

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