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Nicholas Knapp

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Wells-Next-Sea,Wells,Norfolk,England
Death: Died in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Columbus Park, Stamford, Fairfield County, Ct, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Knapp, I and Martha Knapp
Husband of Elinor Knapp and Unica Knapp
Father of Timothy Knapp; Joshua Knapp, Sr.; Caleb Knapp, Sr.; Sarah Disbrow; Ruth Ferris and 5 others
Brother of John Knapp; Leonard Knapp; Ann Rookes; John Knapp, II, of Stoke-beside-Ipswitch; Abigail Knapp and 10 others

Occupation: Weaver
Managed by: Patricia Norton Chong
Last Updated:

About Nicholas Knapp

He came to New England from England in 1630 with the Winthrop and Saltonstall expedition and settled in Watertown, MA. Possibly he was a brother of William Knapp who came at the same time, but that relationship has never been proved nor disproved, though it has been repeatedly affirmed without proof. There is no record that they ever had any dealings with each other after their arrival, but whenever one of them got into trouble it was always another who came to their aid. That fact may not prove anything.

Records of the Massachusetts Bay Company say: "Mch. 1, 1630/1. Nich. Knapp is fyned 5 pounds for taking upon him to cure the scurvy by a water of noe worth nor value which he solde att a very deare rate, to be imprisoned till hee pay his ffine or give secuitye it, orelse be whipped and shall be liable to any mans ac'cn of whome hee hath receaved money for the s'd water. Mr. Will'm Pelham and Mr. Edward Lockewood both promised to pay the court the sum of five pounds for Nich. Knapp before the first court of May next."

From his last will and testament he includes the following disposition of his worldly estate. I give to my son Moses Knap my house and in Stamford with all the meadows and uplands belonginge to me. Also, I give to my said son Moses, my cart and plowe or plowes, with the furniture of Irons, yokes and Chains belonging and a small gun in the house and a sword.


He may have been born 1604 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England. Nicolas, Elinor, and seven children came to America on the Arabella in 1630. They probably came from Burys St. Mary in Suffolk. In 1631 he was fined in Watertown, Massachusetts for selling water for scurvy at too high a price. He was in Stamford by 1649 having been previously in Rye, New York, and Greenwich.

This information is from "The Early Settlement of Stamford, Connecticut 1641-1700" by Jeanne Majdalany. Page 1, Knapp Gen. (DAR Library, Washington, D.C.

Fred Knapp, 30326 HWY AB, Richland, MO65556-9520 is supposedly an authority on Knapps.


Info per genealogy at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~knappdb/nicholas/p0000015.htm#I20798

Nicholas Knap was part of the Winthrop Fleet that arrived and settled Watertown MA in 1630. There is all kind of info on him and his ancestry and the settlements his family started.


1. Immigrant 1630 - Departed England March 22, 1630. Arrived Watertown, Middlesex, Maryland June 14, 1630 probably on the ship "Arabella"

2.LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of NICHOLAS KNAPP (ca1606-1670)

Fairfield Probate Records

Vol 1665-1675, page 55 & 56

Fairfield, Fairfield Co, Connecticut

In Stamford ye 15th 2mo Anno 1670 [15 Apr 1670]:

The Last Will and Testament of Nicholas Knap of Stamford concerning the disposal of his worldly estate:

1. I give to my sonn Moses Knap my house and land in Stamford with all the meadow and upland belonging to me. Also I give to my said sonn Moses my cart and plowe or plowes--with all the furniture of Irons, yokes, and chaynes belonging and a small gun in the house and a sword.

2. I guve unto my sonn Timothy Knap the monies remayning due to me upon the bil for the house of John Bats [John Bates] lives in.

3. I give to my sonn Calep [Caleb] the loom and halfe the geers and the other halfe of the geers I give to my sonn Joshua Knap.

4. I give to my daughter Sarah Disbrowe the monies due to me from her husband about 37s - concernin the horss.

5. I give to my daughter Hannah one mare.

6. I give to my daughter Lidea [Lydia] the mare that was Mr Bishop's with the increase she hath.

7. I give to my daughter Ruth twenty shillings.

8. I give to my two daughters-in-law [step daughters], viz: Sarah and Uneca Buxton, alltheir mother's clothes as a free gift, except one hat and one new pettecote, which my will is they should have onward of their portion. Also I will and bequeath unto Uneca Buxton the new Bible as a free gift.

9. My will is that portions due my daughters-in-law [step daughters], viz: Sarah and Uneca Buston, out of the estate of their father Clement Buxton: I say that their part and portions be currently payd according to their portion of the inventorie.

10. Lastly my will is that my sonn Joshua Knap be sole executor of this my last will to receive all and pay all dues according to this my will as also debts to or for me.

If in the case that mare be not found that I have given to Lidea [Lydia] that then shee to have another mare in lue of that.

This being my last will and renouncing all other former wills made by me witness my hand.

WITNESS:

(signed) John Weed Nicholas y Knap

Eleazur Slawson (his mark)

STATE OF CONN ) > SS Probate Court

Dist of Fairfield )

SOURCE(S): a. Abstract of Probate Records of Fairfield, Connecticut 1648-1750:19

b. Nicholas Knapp Genealogy (1953), by (Dr) A.A. Knapp, :2-3

http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:3188226&id=I05668

Knapp, Nicholas, late of Stamford, will dated Feb. 15, 1670, probated Oct. 31, 1670, mentioned his children Moses, Timothy, Caleb, Joshua, Sarah Disbrow, Hannah, Lidea, and Ruth; Sarah Buxton and Unice Buxton are called daughters-in-law, and are left property out of the effects of their father Clement Buxton. Executor son Joshua. Witnesses John Weed and Eleazer Slawson, page 56. Inventory taken Feb. 27, 1670, by John Holly and Clement Buxton, and filed Oct. 31, 1670, page 56. F1-19

http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=gen1775&id=I01107

Probably married in England. Elinor was shown as Mrs. Knapp on ship'slist in 1630.

Nicholas next married Unity (Unica) ? on 9 Mar 1659/60 in Stamford, Fairfield Co, Connecticut, USA.«u»«sup»1«/u»«/sup» (Unity (Unica) ? was born about 1600 in England and died before 15 Apr 1670 in Stamford, Fairfield Co, Connecticut, USA.)

http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=russell926&id=I621

   Spouse is given as Elinor Disbrough or Eleanor Lockwood. Perhaps he married a widow. Birthplace with same date given as Wells-Next-Sea, Norfolk and as Sussex. Error in death or burial date.
   Savage-Collins. Nicholas was a weaver. Early spellings in England were Cnaep, Cnepe, Knepe or Knopp. Nicholas spelled his name Knap, the second "p" not used until the time of the American Revolution. He and his wife sailed in one of Winthrop's 11 ships in 1630. They settled in Watertown with the congregation headed by Sir Richard Saltonstall. On March 1, 1636, Nicholas was fined five pounds by the Mass Gen Court for "taking upon him to cure scurvy by a water with no worth nor value which he sold at a very dear rate." William Pelham and Edmund Lockwood paid three pounds and promised to pay the rest later. When no one who bought the water complained and some, in fact, said the water helped cure their ailments, the rest of the fine was forgiven. By 1636, Nicholas owned 30 acres. By 1639, he owned a farm of 117 acres, a home lot of 16 acres, 43 acres of upland, 7 acres of meadow, 6 acres of plowland, 2 acres in Pine Marsh, and one acre in Pond Meadow. On March 6, 1646, Nicholas sold every thing and set out for Stamford, Conn., spending two years in Wethersfield before reaching Stamford in 1648.
   Fritz Knapp. Probably the most current and reliable source of information relating to Nicholas and family is the condensed bibliographic sketches on families who arrived in America between 1620-1633, and is entitled "The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633 (1995 - in 3 Volumes), by Robert Charles Anderson, F.A.S.G.. Articles relating to the ancestry of William KNOPP [not Knapp], also appear in these volumes and in earlier articles which establish William Knopp's ancestry, etc, etc., including that of his first wife, Judith Tue. These articles give sufficient extant source references to prove and disprove the many myths and statements found in early day writings and should be adhered to by conscientious Knapp Family Researchers.

http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:99719&id=I529637258

congregational Puritan,

Nicholas was on of a growing number of Puritan weavers and artisans who not only suffered religious persecution but also suffered economically because of the long wars in Europe cut off markets for their goods. Nicholas spelled his name Knap, the second 'p' not used until the time of the American Revolution. A Saxon name, 'cnoep' meant hilltop, the word knob having the same origin.

In March 1630/31, Nicholas was fined five pounds for selling 'water' that he claimed would cure scurvey, but knowing that it did not -- William Pelham and Edmond Lockwood promised to pay the fine.

In Stamford ye 15th 2mo Anno 1670 [15 Apr 1670]

The Last Will and Testament of Nicholas Knap of Stamford concerning the disposal of his worldly estate:

1. I give to my son Moses Knap my house and land in Stamford with all the meadow and upland belonging to me. Also I give to my said son Moses my cart and plowe or plowes--with all the furniture of Irons, yokes, and chaynes belonging and a small gun in the house and a sword.

2. I give unto my sonn Timothy Knap the monies remayning due to me upon the bil for the house of John Bats [John Bates] lives in.

3.I give to my sonn Calep [Caleb] the loom and halfe the geers and the other halfe of the geers I give to my sonn Joshua Knap.

4. I give to my daughter Sarah Disbrowe the monies due to me from her husband about 37s - concerning the horss.

5. I give to my daughter Hannah one mare.

6. I give to my daughter Lidea [Lydia] the mare that was Mr Bishop's with the increase she hath.

7. I give to my daughter Ruth twenty shillings.

8. I give to my two daughters-in-law [step daughters], viz: Sarah and Uneca Buxton, all their mother's clothes as a free gift, except one hat and one new pettecote, which my will is they should have onward of their portion. Also I will and bequeath unto Uneca Buxton the new Bible as a free gift.

9. My will is that portions due my daughters-in-law [step daughters],viz: Sarah and Uneca Buston, out of the estate of their father Clement Buxton: I say that their part and portions be currently payd according to their portion of the inventorie.

10. Lastly my will is that my sonn Joshua Knap be sole executor of this my last will to receive all and pay all dues according to this my will as also debts to or for me.

If in the case that mare be not found that I have given to Lidea [Lydia] that then shee to have another mare in lue of that.

This being my last will and renouncing all other former wills made by me witness my hand.

WITNESS (signed) John Weed Nicholas y Knap

Eleazur Slawson (his mark)]

STATE OF CONN ) SS Probate Court

Dist of Fairfield )

SOURCE(S): a. Abstract of Probate Records of Fairfield, Connecticut 1648-1750:19

b. Nicholas Knapp Genealogy (1953), by (Dr) A.A. Knapp, :2-3

http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=russell926&id=I621

   Spouse is given as Elinor Disbrough or Eleanor Lockwood. Perhaps he married a widow. Birthplace with same date given as Wells-Next-Sea, Norfolk and as Sussex. Error in death or burial date.
   Savage-Collins. Nicholas was a weaver. Early spellings in England were Cnaep, Cnepe, Knepe or Knopp. Nicholas spelled his name Knap, the second "p" not used until the time of the American Revolution. He and his wife sailed in one of Winthrop's 11 ships in 1630. They settled in Watertown with the congregation headed by Sir Richard Saltonstall. On March 1, 1636, Nicholas was fined five pounds by the Mass Gen Court for "taking upon him to cure scurvy by a water with no worth nor value which he sold at a very dear rate." William Pelham and Edmund Lockwood paid three pounds and promised to pay the rest later. When no one who bought the water complained and some, in fact, said the water helped cure their ailments, the rest of the fine was forgiven. By 1636, Nicholas owned 30 acres. By 1639, he owned a farm of 117 acres, a home lot of 16 acres, 43 acres of upland, 7 acres of meadow, 6 acres of plowland, 2 acres in Pine Marsh, and one acre in Pond Meadow. On March 6, 1646, Nicholas sold every thing and set out for Stamford, Conn., spending two years in Wethersfield before reaching Stamford in 1648.
   Fritz Knapp. Probably the most current and reliable source of information relating to Nicholas and family is the condensed bibliographic sketches on families who arrived in America between 1620-1633, and is entitled "The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633 (1995 - in 3 Volumes), by Robert Charles Anderson, F.A.S.G.. Articles relating to the ancestry of William KNOPP [not Knapp], also appear in these volumes and in earlier articles which establish William Knopp's ancestry, etc, etc., including that of his first wife, Judith Tue. These articles give sufficient extant source references to prove and disprove the many myths and statements found in early day writings and should be adhered to by conscientious Knapp Family Researchers.

http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:99719&id=I529637258


Nicholas Knapp Birth: 1606, England Death: Apr. 15, 1670 Stamford Fairfield County Connecticut, USA

Born by about 1606, based on estimated date of marriage. Came to Massachusetts Bay in 1630. First settled in Watertown; moved to Stamford in 1646. Died in Stamford between 15 April 1670 (date of will) and 27 April 1670 (date of inventory). Married (1) By 1631 Elinor _____; she died in Stamford 16 August 1658. (2) Stamford 9 March 165[8/]9 Unica (_____) (Buxton) Brown. She was widow of Clement Buxton and Peter Brown, and had apparently died by 15 April 1670, as she is not mentioned in her third husband's will. Source: Anderson's Winthrop Fleet.


Family links:

Spouses:
 Elinor Knapp (____ - 1658)
 Unica Buxton Brown Knapp 
Children:
 Jonathan Knapp (1631 - 1631)*
 Timothy Knapp (1632 - ____)*
 Joshua Knapp (1635 - 1684)*
 Caleb Knapp (1636 - 1675)*
 Sarah Knapp Disborough (1638 - ____)*
 Ruth Knapp Ferris (1640 - ____)*
 Hannah Knapp (1642 - ____)*
 Moses Knapp (1645 - ____)*
 Lydia Knapp (1647 - ____)

Burial: Unknown Created by: Linda Mac Record added: Apr 07, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 35624130


Nicholas Knapp Birth: 1606, England Death: Apr. 15, 1670 Stamford Fairfield County Connecticut, USA

Born by about 1606, based on estimated date of marriage. Came to Massachusetts Bay in 1630. First settled in Watertown; moved to Stamford in 1646. Died in Stamford between 15 April 1670 (date of will) and 27 April 1670 (date of inventory). Married (1) By 1631 Elinor _____; she died in Stamford 16 August 1658. (2) Stamford 9 March 165[8/]9 Unica (_____) (Buxton) Brown. She was widow of Clement Buxton and Peter Brown, and had apparently died by 15 April 1670, as she is not mentioned in her third husband's will. Source: Anderson's Winthrop Fleet.


Family links:

Spouses:
 Elinor Knapp (____ - 1658)
 Unica Buxton Brown Knapp 
Children:
 Jonathan Knapp (1631 - 1631)*
 Timothy Knapp (1632 - ____)*
 Joshua Knapp (1635 - 1684)*
 Caleb Knapp (1636 - 1675)*
 Sarah Knapp Disborough (1638 - ____)*
 Ruth Knapp Ferris (1640 - ____)*
 Hannah Knapp (1642 - ____)*
 Moses Knapp (1645 - ____)*
 Lydia Knapp (1647 - ____)*

Burial: Unknown Created by: Linda Mac Record added: Apr 07, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 35624130


(f/g) Nicholas Knapp Birth: 1606, England Death: Apr. 15, 1670 Stamford Fairfield County Connecticut, USA

Born by about 1606, based on estimated date of marriage. Came to Massachusetts Bay in 1630. First settled in Watertown; moved to Stamford in 1646. Died in Stamford between 15 April 1670 (date of will) and 27 April 1670 (date of inventory). Married (1) By 1631 Elinor _____; she died in Stamford 16 August 1658. (2) Stamford 9 March 165[8/]9 Unica (_____) (Buxton) Brown. She was widow of Clement Buxton and Peter Brown, and had apparently died by 15 April 1670, as she is not mentioned in her third husband's will. Source: Anderson's Winthrop Fleet.


Family links:

Spouses:
 Elinor Knapp (____ - 1658)
 Unica Buxton Brown Knapp 
Children:
 Jonathan Knapp (1631 - 1631)*
 Timothy Knapp (1632 - ____)*
 Joshua Knapp (1635 - 1684)*
 Caleb Knapp (1636 - 1675)*
 Sarah Knapp Disborough (1638 - ____)*
 Ruth Knapp Ferris (1640 - ____)*
 Hannah Knapp (1642 - ____)*
 Moses Knapp (1645 - ____)*
 Lydia Knapp (1647 - ____)

Burial: Unknown Created by: Linda Mac Record added: Apr 07, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 35624130 -tcd


"Eleanor was born in 1609 in Combs, Suffolk, England, d. 16 Aug, 1658, Stamford, Fairfield County, CT. She married NICHOLAS KNAPP, abt. 1631, Watertown, Norfolk, MA. He was born 16 May, 1592, Bures St. Mary, Suffolk, England, d. unknown at this time. -by: Gwen Lockwood

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Nicholas Knapp's Timeline

1592
May 16, 1592
Wells-Next-Sea,Wells,Norfolk,England
May 16, 1592
Wells-Next-Sea, Wells, Norfolk, England
May 16, 1592
Wells-Next-Sea, Wells, Norfolk, Eng
May 16, 1592
Wells-Next-Sea, Wells, Norfolk, England
May 16, 1592
England
May 16, 1592
Wells-Next-Sea, Wells, Norfolk, England
1606
1606
Age 13
Bures, Suffolk, UK
1630
1630
Age 37
Watertown, MA
1631
November 8, 1631
Age 39
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States