Brig. General William G. Belknap

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William Goldsmith Belknap

Birthdate: (57)
Birthplace: Newburg NY
Death: November 10, 1851 (57)
Ft. Wichita Chickasaw Nation Kansas
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Belknap and Mary Belknap
Husband of Ann Belknap
Father of Clara Belknap; Anna Mary Belknap and Maj. General William W. Belknap (USA), U.S. Secretary of War
Brother of Samuel Belknap; Fanny Belknap and Lucinda Belknap

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About Brig. General William G. Belknap

William Goldsmith Belknap (September 7, 1794 - November 10, 1851), a career soldier in the United States Army, was brevetted three times for service in three wars, served as brigadier general, and served as commandant at Fort Gibson, Fort Washita, and Fort Smith.

Belknap was born in Newburgh, New York to Samuel Belknap and Mary Goldsmith. He was a lieutenant in the War of 1812, during which he was wounded in the sortie from Fort Erie, Ontario on September 17, 1814. He became captain on February 1, 1822; brevet major on February 1, 1832; major on January 31, 1842; and was brevetted lieutenant colonel on March 15, 1842, for his services in the Second Seminole War in Florida. In 1828 Captain Belknap assisted in establishing Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.

Belknap was actively involved in many of the major battles of the Mexican-American War. He received the brevet of colonel for gallantry in General Zachary Taylor's Rio Grande campaign. He acted as inspector general at the Battle of Monterrey, became lieutenant colonel September 26, 1847, and was brevetted brigadier general on February 23, 1847 for services at the Battle of Buena Vista.

Following the Mexican-American War, General Belknap commanded his regiment and the garrison of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma from December 14, 1848 to May 7, 1850.

He died of typhoid dysentery on November 10, 1851 engaged in scouting a location for a military post to protect California-bound emigrants and settlers moving to Texas while enroute from the Brazos River to Fort Washita, Indian Territory.

William G. Belknap was the father of William W. Belknap, also brigadier general and later major general in the United States Army, who served as United States Secretary of War from 1869 to 1876 under President Ulysses S. Grant.

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Brig. General William G. Belknap's Timeline

September 7, 1794
Newburg NY
April 24, 1824
Age 29
Newburgh, Orange County, New York, United States

Name Clara B Wolcott
Event Type Census
Event Date 1905
Event Place Lee, Iowa, United States
Gender Female
Age 80
Marital Status Widowed
Birth Year (Estimated) about 1825
Birthplace New York
Father's Birthplace New York
Mother's Birthplace Connecticut
Card Number 839
Citing this Record
"Iowa State Census, 1905," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 22 August 2016), Clara B Wolcott, Lee, Iowa, United States; citing card #839, State Historical Department, Des Moines; FHL microfilm 1,430,491.
Iowa State Census, 1905
GS Film Number 001430491
Digital Folder Number 007486424
Image Number 06052

September 22, 1829
Age 35
Age 34
Newburgh, Orange County, New York, United States

Belknap's of Newburgh
gives middle name as Mary and date of birth as June 6, 1821 with last known resident Keokuk. However, "Anna Belknap" is living with William Worth Belknap in 1860 & 1880 with a reported age the same as WW.

Other listed siblings in Belknaps of Newburgh are:
Clara Belknap Wolcott b, Newburgh Apr 24, 1824 - last residence Keokuk
Frederick Augustus Belknap b. Bedloes Island, NY 1831 died in infancy.

November 10, 1851
Age 57
Ft. Wichita Chickasaw Nation Kansas