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Moses Knapp (abt. 1645)

Moses Knapp
Born about in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusettsmap
Husband of — married 1 Oct 1668 in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticutmap
Descendants descendants
Died [date unknown] in Peeksill, Putman, New Yorkmap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 31 Aug 2011
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Biography

Moses Knapp was a son of Nicholas Knapp, born possibly about 1645 at Stamford, Connecticut. He married Abigail Westcott about 1669.[1][2] The date of Moses and Abigail's marriage is uncertain, but it was before January 4, 1669/70 when he receipted in the name of his wife, her share in her father's estate.[3]

According to one source, Moses and Abigail had the following known children.[2] (Other sources have a different set of children and will be discussed separately.)

  1. Lydia, b about 1670; m Thomas Pennoyer; d Feb 9, 1710
  2. Abigail, b about 1672; m John Crissy Dec 1, 1692
  3. Sarah, b about 1674; m Samuel Husted
  4. Hannah, b about 1676; m 1) Nathaniel Cross Nov 6, 1696; m 2) Samuel Palmer Mar 31, 1715

Research Notes

There are so many problems with this profile. I cannot find any evidence that Moses married Elizabeth (Unknown). My research indicates there were four daughters from the marriage with Abigail: Lydia, Abigail, Hannah, and Sarah. [4]

Children of Moses Knapp and Abigail Westcott are: Lydia Knapp, born 1670 in Stamford, CT; died 09 February 1709/10 in Stamford, CT.; Abigail Knapp, born Abt. 1671 in Stamford, CT; died 08 February 1706/07 in Stamford, CT.,. Hannah Knapp, born Abt. 1672 in Stamford, CT; died Aft. 1720 in Greenwich, CT, Sarah Knapp, born Abt. 1674 in Stamford, CT; died 20 November 1717 in Stamford, CT.

Also from [4]: Early Genealogies claim that Moses and Abigail had three additional sons and a daughter, e.g., Israel, Jonas & Moses, and Mary. Current research indicates that Moses & Abigail had daughters only as shown in this report, based on a 14 Feb 1712/13 Deed [Stamford, CT - Deeds, Vol "B":185], in which Moses bonds his sons-in-law, Thomas Pennoyer, Nathaniel Cross and Samuel Husted "to maintain their father & mother-in-law for their lifetime". John Crissey was not considered in this Deed as his wife, Abigail, had died prior to this time and he had remarried. There are no records that would indicate a male in this family and is further proven by the fact that, had there been (a) male offspring living in 1712/13, by law, he would have established a "heir of right" to the estate of Moses & Abigail. There are no records extant that would prove otherwise. Simply put, Moses, no doubt, would have bonded (a) son in lieu of his sons-in-law, were he to have had such (a) son. Samuel Husted, the remaining son-in-law, requested relief from the 1712/13 Deed in 1725/26, thus indicating that Moses and Abigail were both deceased at that time. That Moses lived to be 110 years old as stated in earlier writings on this family can be labeled nothing more than an "atrocious genealogical blunder" including the claim that he died at Peekskill, NY!!

There is an interesting citation called "Supplement to Nicholas Knapp Genealogy" that states there was a Moses Knapp who was the son of Moses and Abigail (born at Stamford or Greenwich about 1655, died about 1756). This Moses married Elizabeth Ogden. He moved to White Plains to be with his father in 1738.[5]


In the Knap-Knapp Family Genealogy, compiled by Charles Ruggles Knapp, he shows that Moses, son of Nicholas Knapp, married Abigail Westcott and had children: Abigail, Israel, Jonah, Mary, Moses, Lydia. The author provides no source citations for the children's information. [6]Of the children, Abigail and Lydia are shown with the same spouses as stated by Spencer Mead. The author also shows Moses (son of Nicholas) born in 1645, dying in 1756 (death date is obviously incorrect, but is often found in unsourced genealogies.)

Sources

  1. Knapp, Alfred Averill, Nicholas Knapp genealogy, published 1953. Reference pages 7-8
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mead, Spencer P., Ye Historie of Ye Town of Greenwich, County of Fairfield and State of Connecticut: With Genealogical Notes, published 1911. Reference page 606
  3. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (Originally Published as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995). Reference page 1137. $Subscription
  4. 4.0 4.1 CTGenWeb Descendants of Nicholas Knapp
  5. Knapp, Alfred Averill, Supplement to Nicholas Knapp genealogy, published 1956. Reference page 1
  6. Knapp, Charles Ruggles, Knap-Knapp Family Genealogy, published 1905(?), accessed via Ancestry April 4, 2020]
  • Scharf, J. Thomas, History of Westchester county : New York, including Morrisania, Kings Bridge, and West Farms, which have been annexed to New York City, published 1886. Reference page 441
  • Huntington, E. B., History of Stamford, Connecticut : from its settlement in 1641, to the present time, including Darien, which was one of its parishes until 1820; published 1868. Reference page 162
  • "Genealogical Gleanings from Land and Probate Records from White Plains and Rye, New York" The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. New York, NY: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1870-. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011.) Reference Volume 49 (1918) page 174. $Subscription. Discusses a Moses Knapp, and Moses Knapp Jr. in White Plains NY in 1720, 1737, respectively. Also mentions a Moses Knapp, Sr. Says parentage uncertain. Reference Volume 49 (1918), pages 301-2 $Subscription. Says that most likely the Moses Knapp mentioned in White Plains in 1720 is the son of Timothy Knapp.
  • Connecticut, Town Marriage Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection) Author: Ancestry.com Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com
  • New England Marriages to 1700. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. Reference Volume 2, page 904 $Subscription
  • Last will & Testament of Nichola Knapp Title: The Last Will and Testament of Nicholas Knapp Publication: Fairfield Probate Records Fairfield, Fairfield co., Connecticut Page: Vol 1665-1675, page 55-56
  • Source: Email dated 7 Oct 1998 to the KNAPP-L@rootsweb.com mail list David Phelps

Acknowledgments

  • Thank you to Rena Donze for creating WikiTree profile Knapp-1088 through the import of Bocock Family Tree.ged on Apr 20, 2013.
  • WikiTree profile Knapp-547 created through the import of Maltby master 08282011.GED on Aug 30, 2011 by Harry Maltby.
  • WikiTree profile Knapp-709 created through the import of PaulAncestry.ged on Jan 26, 2012 by Joyce Rosnel.
  • WikiTree profile Knapp-768 created through the import of meland2012.ged on Feb 6, 2012 by Greg Meland.


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Removed Elizabeth ( ) Knapp as spouse for which no sources were found, and other sources showed he had only 1 wife.
posted by S (Hill) Willson
Your comment says you removed Elizabeth () Knapp but I see Elizabeth (Crissey) Knapp listed as one of his wives. Elizabeth (Crissey) Knapp (Crissey-5) was the wife of Moses Knapp (Knapp-262) and is shown as his wife on his profile. She should be removed from Knapp-547. Also, will the children be straightened out? It should be just the four daughters.
posted by [Living Cole]
Elizabeth Crissey has been removed as his spouse.

It will be a bit more work to handle the non-children properly. They shouldn’t just be removed without noting on their profiles their disputed parents. I also want to give the PM a chance to respond to my marking their parents uncertain on their individual children’s profiles

posted by S (Hill) Willson
edited by S (Hill) Willson
In my research, found several Moses Knapp(s). It was a popular name within the family. On Ancestry, had a very hard time convincing folk to make sure of the profile's documentation. I have this will, but thank you for the information. Moses was long lived, but 110 is a bit much. In my parent's family there were many that lived to be close to 100.
posted by Rena (Bocock) Donze
Legacy from Father

Will of Nicholas Knapp

" On May 6, 1646 he sold Bryon Pendleton all his land, ... His will can be found in Fairfield, Connecticut Probate Records, Vol. 1665-1675, page 55, as follows: (Many of the "ss") are written like a "g" in script.)"In Stamford, ye 15th 2 mo. Anno 1670.The last will and Testament of Nicholas Knapp of Stamford concerning the disposal of his worldly estate.1. I give to my son Moses Knapp <0135.html> my house and land in Stamford with all the meadows and upland belonginge to me. Also, I give to my said sone 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.

posted by Jimmy M. Sisson
CT Genweb.org, Fairfield County.

Current research indicates that Moses & Abigail had daughters only as shown in this report, based on a 14 Feb 1712/13 Deed [Stamford, CT - Deeds, Vol "B":185], in which Moses bonds his sons-in-law, Thomas Pennoyer, Nathaniel Cross and Samuel Husted "to maintain their father & mother-in-law for their lifetime". John Crissey was not considered in this Deed as his wife, Abigail, had died prior to this time and he had remarried. There are no records that would indicate a male in this family and is further proven by the fact that, had there been (a) male offspring living in 1712/13, by law, he would have established a "heir of right" to the estate of Moses & Abigail. There are no records extant that would prove otherwise.

posted by Jimmy M. Sisson
Moses Knapp from the CT Genweb.org:

Internet

From CT Genweb.org, Fairfield County.

9. Moses Knapp (Nicholas)99,100 was born Abt. 1645 in [prob] Watertown, Middlesex Co, MA, and died Bef. 1726 in Stamford, CT. He married Abigail Westcott101,102 01 October 1668 in Stamford, CT103, daughter of Richard Westcott and Joanna.

That Moses lived to be 110 years old as stated in earlier writings on this family can be labeled nothing more than an "atrocious genealogical blunder" including the claim that he died at Peekskill, NY!!

[JMS- This story also named four daughters born between 1670 and 1674, so a second marriage in 1670 seems unlikely.]

posted by Jimmy M. Sisson
Knapp-709 and Knapp-547 appear to represent the same person because: both seem to be the same Moses KNAPP who married Abigail WESTCOTT.
posted by Jimmy M. Sisson
There were many Moses Knapps, but probably none of them lived to be over 100 yrs old. Let's see what we can fine in the way of primary (or reliable) sources.

http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Jillaine's_Dream_Source_Help_Page

posted by Cynthia (Billups) B

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