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Johann Jost (Clapp) Klapp (1669)

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Johann Jost Klapp formerly Clapp aka Clapp, Clopp
Born in Istha, Kassel, Hessen, HREmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died [date unknown] in Oley Township, Berks, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Categories: German Immigrants to Pennsylvania | Palatine Migrants.



Johann Jost Clapp was born on 9 August 1669 in Istha, Hesse, Germany. He was baptized on 29 August 1669 in Istha, Hesse, Germany, German Reformed Church. He was confirmed in 1682 in Istha, Hesse, Germany. Johann died about 1727 at the age of 58 in Berks Co., PA. Jost Klapp and family spent the last eleven years (1716-May 1727) in Weisenheim am Berg in the Palatinate just prior to their migration from Germany.


Name: Johann Jost /Clapp/[1]


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Date: 17 APR 2013
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Johann (Clapp) Klapp was a Palatine Migrant.
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Johann Jost Klapp or Clapp

Further research is required to establish further the LNAB. The merge was completed because they were the same person even with the variation in surname spelling. I believe his LNAB is Klapp. He might have changed his surname to Clapp later. JSGB 2016


for Johann Jost Klapp:


The Clapp family, consisting of 14 people, arrived in Philadelphia aboard the ship "James Goodwill" on September 27, 1727.

The following family members came to America:

Margaret Elizabeth Clapp b. 1705 Weisenheim, Am Berg, Germany m. John Adam Vopel 1726 Weisenheim, Am Berg, Germany

Anna Catherina Clapp b. 1707 Weisenheim, Am Berg, Germany m. Heinrich Schuchardt Berks, PA

Female Clapp b. Weisenheim, Am Berg, Germany

Female Clapp b. Weisenheim, Am Berg, Germany

Anna Margaretha Clapp b, 1712 Weisenheim, Am Berg, Germany

Maria Veronica Clapp b. 1716 Weisenheim, Am Berg, Germany m. Philip Carl Jaeger 1732

Jaeger is Hunter in German. Mr. Hunter and his wife was with the Clapp brothers that stayed in Beaver Creek. He and his wife went on to the Yadkin River.

An alternate Death year, 1716 in Berks County, Pennsylvania, was found in several GEDCOM files, but this Death year is impossible if he arrived in Philadelphia in 1727.


Name: Johann Jost "Joseph" /Klapp/
Given Name: Johann Jost "Joseph"
Surname: Klapp


Date: 9 AUG 1669
State: Hesse
Country: Germany


From Strausstown Root Website they gather family info in Berks and Schuylkill Counties in Pennsylvania

"Aug 1669 Istha, Hessen-Nassau, Germany

Gender Male

Baptism 09 Aug 1669 Istha, Hessen-Nassau, Germany

Immigration 27 Sep 1727 Port of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania

ship James Goodwill. About 90 Palatines,

David Crockatt, Master, from Rotterdam, last from Deal, whence she sailed June 15th.

Died Berks County, Pennsylvania Person ID I007783 Strausstown Roots | KaMaMaBaHe Last Modified 25 Dec 2013

Father Nicholas Klapp, b. estimated 1645

Mother Elizabeth Potter, b. estimated 1650

Family ID F02190 Group Sheet

Family Anna Margaretha Stauder, b. estimated 1680


1. George Valentine Klapp, b. 24 May 1702, Weisenheim, Hessen, Germany d. 12 Oct 1773, Guilford County, North Carolina

2. Anna Margaretha Klapp, b. about 1704, Weisenheim, Hessen, Germany

3. Maria Elisabeth Klapp, b. 25 Dec 1706, Weisenheim am Berg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

4. Anna Catherine Klapp, b. about 1707, Weisenheim, Hessen, Germany

5. Johann Ludwig Klapp, b. about 1704, Weisenheim, Hessen, Germany d. Jan 1778, Guilford County, North Carolina

6. Maria Veronica Klapp, b. 25 Dec 1716, Weisenheim am Berg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

Family ID F02189 Group Sheet "[2]

Researched Biography Variation

" Note: (Research):BIOGRAPHY:

Source of Notes: [3]

BIOGRAPHY: First German Clapp Generation in America:

BIOGRAPHY: Joseph ("Jost") Clapp, was baptized August 29, 1669, in Istha (aka: Iste), west of Kassel, in Hesse, Germany.

For lack of other records, this date has been used as his birth date. He is also known by other variations of his name which include Johann Jost Klapp.

He used an initial when he signed his name "Joseph K. Clap" in Philadelphia in 1727. This is a guess, but the use of the initial "K" could have been the result of some variation old style naming which would have been his given name, then the surname of his father, and then the name of the clan or neighborhood of his family heritage.

In his case, his heritage was the neighborhood of Bingen and the Klopp castle (Schloss Klopp). He apparently spent his early years in Istha and he was confirmed in the German Reformed faith in Istha in 1682, at about age 13.

Sometime before the birth of his children, Jost moved to Weisenheim (aka: Weistheim) am Berg, in Pfalz, Bavaria. The area's name became Rheinland-Pfalz in 1948, at the close of World War II when Germany was reorganized.

Jost married Anna Margaretha, last name unknown, and the marriage was definitely not in Istha, but it could have been either before or at the time he moved to Weisenheim.

All of the births of Jost's children were in Weisenheim. In 1704, in Weisenheim, the church recorded the birth of Jost's son Jurg (George Valentine) and the municipality noted Jost paid a new resident registration fee in the fiscal year 1704-1705. Until then it's possible he was a resident of the area without the rights of citizenship, but the facts are not known.

In the fiscal year 1707-08, the municipality bought corn from Jost, reimbursed him for food and drink expenses when they had him dispatch a wagon to Kallstadt, and noted Jost's sale of barley to the schoolmaster.

In 1708-09, Jost sold oats to the clergyman, and in 1710-11, he sold 200 liters of wine.

Jost was charged for his share of the watchman fee in 1715-16, and in then 1716-17, Jost paid the municipality for the value of fruit instead of delivering it.

In 1721-22, Jost received compenstaion and reimbursement because the master baker died in his house.

Throughout Jost's life, the Thirty Years War was in progress. The country was devastated and over the years many, many thousands of Jost's fellow Palatinates left Germany.

At the time when his oldest children began to marry, and the next oldest were apparently betrothed, Jost transported them all to America.

Except when Jost's younger son, Ludwig, was in nearby Dackenheim, noted in the church entry, "for the first time to the Lord's table: Nr. 1, Johann Ludwig Klapp von Weisenheim am Berg", on June 5, 1726, persons of the name were in Weisenheim as late as April 6, 1727, when the last Klapp entry was placed in the church record.

The family group of fourteen persons made their way to Rotterdam, and from there took passage on the ship James Goodwill with David Crockett as ship's master. The captain made a stop in Falmouth, England before continuing across the Atlantic and landing in Philadelphia. On Sept 27, 1727, a total of 53 Palatine men, age 16 or over, took the Oath and signed their names signifying their subscription to The Declaration of Freedom.

Six of those who swore were men from our family group, and they were: Joseph Clap, Johan Adam Philple, Jorg Valentin Clap, Johann Ludowigh Clap, Christian Miller, and Jurg Coch.

The other passengers would have been Joseph's wife, his four daughters, George's wife and infant daughter, and probably an infant child of the Miller couple.

After leaving Philadelphia, the family settled in the Oley Valley of Pennsylvania, in what is now Berks County. [4]

The Passenger List Determines the First Family Group A total of 14 persons were on the James Goodwill, with David Crockett as ship's master, which sailed out of Rotterdam then landed in Philadelphia on Sep. 27, 1727. The names designated with "Signer" are the males 16 and over who took the Oath and signed the Declaration of Freedom.

1. Signer: Jost Klapp (John Joseph Clapp), age abt 58, and

2. his wife Anna Margaretha Unknown, age abt 54.

3. Signer: son Jurg Klapp (George Valentine), age 23, and

4. his wife, m- Aug 24, 1723, Anna Barbara Stiess, age 21; and

5. their daughter Maria Elizabeth, age 1 (godchild of Maria Eliz. and Adam Volpel).

6. daughter Maria Elizabeth , abt age 21 and her husband, whom she married Oct 29, 1726.

7. Signer: Johann Adam Philple (aka: Volpel) age abt 26. Their family wasn't started yet.

8. daughter Anna Catherina, abt age 19, and her husband whomshe married abt 1726,

9. Signer: Christian Miller, and

10. probably a child, (see later), suspected by Elmo Clapp. Christian Miller died (along with the child?) soon after arrival and Anna m2- in 1728, in Oley, Berks, PA , Heinrich Schucardt (aka: Shucker), a recent widower with children. 11. daughter Anna Margaretha, age abt 17, and her husband or betrothed�

12. Signer: Hans George Coch (aka: Cook).

13. Signer: son Ludwigh Klapp (John Ludwig Clapp, Sr.), age 16, single. He later married, abt 1734, Anna Margaret Strader in Oley Valley, PA.��BIOGRAPHY: 14. daughter Maria Veronica, age 11, single. She later married Philip Carl Jaeger (aka: Hunter) in Oley, went south with George Valentine, and moved on toward the Yadkin.

The total number in the group was 14. All but one are named. That one has to be an infant born after April, 1727, when the last church entry was made in Weisenheim.

The church records have been thoroughly checked for data everywhere they lived. Jost and Margaretha were too old to have more children in Pennsylvania, so this has to be all of their children. Ludwig (John Ludwig Clapp, Sr.) and Valentine (George Valentine Clapp) are, then, the only sons to procreate the next generation of Clapp. Confirmed in the German Reformed Faith" [5]


  • Source: S4 Title: Passenger manifest for the ship "James Goodwill" 1727 Object: Format: jpg File: photos\Ship.manifests.James.Goodwill.jpg Title: Note: Scrapbook: N Primary or Preferred: N Type: PHOTO Slideshow: Y Object: Format: jpg File: photos\ Title: The Clapp church - "Der Klapp Kirche" also known as "Brick Church" Note: Scrapbook: N Primary or Preferred: N Type: PHOTO Slideshow: Y
  • Strausstown Roots
  1. Source: #S102 Page: Ancestry Family Tree
  2. [(Strausstown Root Website they gather family info in Berks and Schuylkill Counties in Pennsylvania)]
  3. [(Family of German Immigrant Johann Jost Klapp (John Joseph Clapp)Entries: 2623 Updated: Sat Sep 14 03:31:01 2002 Contact: Claudia Cameron Home Page: German Clapp Genealogy, Family of Johann Jost Clapp)]
  4. [(BIOGRAPHY: Fact Source: Clapp Family Association Newsletter, Vol. III.Note: (Research):Clapp Generations 1 & 2 in America)]
  5. [(]


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On 17 Aug 2018 at 00:15 GMT David Hughey Ph.D. wrote:

Klopp or Clupp-1 and Clapp-761 are not ready to be merged because: Dates on Johanni have to be wrong if he is Johann Jost as the listed dates are in the 19th Century and his Johann Jost died in the early 18th Century.

On 30 Aug 2017 at 18:01 GMT M Cole wrote:

Clapp-1148 and Clapp-761 appear to represent the same person because: Appear to be the same person - but some location descriptions need to be verified (Kasel v Hesse).

On 12 May 2016 at 17:00 GMT A (Morgan) M wrote:

Klapp-11 and Clapp-1148 appear to represent the same person because: I have been working on this branch of my family and found this. Both spellings were and are still used for the family and both are still in Berks County. Dates should be reviewed as 1727 was date of immigration. I have not found a date of death myself but the family got settled in Berks County Pa.

Thanks Art Morgan

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