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William Knopp (abt. 1555 - bef. 1640)

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William Knopp aka Knapp
Born about in Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Bures St Mary, Suffolk, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Bures St. Mary, Suffolk, Englandmap
Knopp-24 created 1 Mar 2011 | Last modified
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Categories: Bures St. Mary, Suffolk.

NOTE: This profile is being protected by the Puritan Great Migration Project. Although this William Knopp did not emigrate to America, he is the progenitor of many Knopps/Knapps in America. His parents are not known. In order to ensure that the spelling of his name is preserved during merges, and to ensure that parents are not added without collaboration, the PPP has been added.


Mistaken Identities and Disputed Origins

This man (married in 1584 to Elizabeth Reade) has been confused with other men named William Knapp or William Knop. He should not be confused with the William Knopp, 1580-1658, son of Thomas Knopp and Alice Howlat, who married Judith Tue and Priscilla Akers.

The origins of this William Knopp are not known, but various publications have identified him as the son of a John Knapp and Martha Blois or the son of Robert Knapp and Margaret Poley.[1][2] There is no evidence for either of these sets of parents.

Also note: There is no relationship between this family and the family of Nicholas Knapp, immigrant to Watertown and Stamford.[3]


William Knopp married Elizabeth Reade on 27 September 1584.[4][5]


Five children were born to the marriage of William Knopp and Elizabeth Reade, all in Bures St. Mary, Suffolk:[6]

  • Margaret Knopp, b. Bef 22 Aug 1585
  • John Knopp, b. Bef 12 Nov 1587
  • Rose Knopp, b. Bef 22 Feb 1590, d. 03 Mar 1634, Bures St. Mary, Suffolk, England
  • Elizabeth Knopp, b. before 8 Jul 1593, d. 19 Feb 1664, Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire
  • William Knopp, b. before 16 Jan 1597, d. before 21 Apr 1627, Bures St. Mary, Suffolk, England

Death and Legacy

William died before 4 October 1640 when his widow was buried at Bures St Mary, Suffolk, England.[3]


  2. Ancestors of William Bryant Moore, Folsom Family Association, Harry Folsom.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Stott, Clifford, L., (1993) "English Origins of William and Judith (Tue) Knopp of Watertown, Massachusetts." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Vol 147, Pages 327-28).
  4. The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, 1847-2011. New England Historic Genealogical Society. Boston. Volume 108 page 256
  5. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
  6. Stott, Clifford L., "English Origins of William and Judith (Tue) Knopp of Watertown, Massachusetts," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 147, pp. 315, 327 (1993).

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On 15 Feb 2017 at 04:20 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

Knapp-1940 and Knopp-24 appear to represent the same person because: Both profiles formerly had the same parents (but there is no credible evidence for those parents).

On 15 Feb 2017 at 04:16 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

Knopp-24 and Knapp-1609 appear to represent the same person because: Same wife. Other details are compatible. Knopp is the predominant spelling.

On 14 Feb 2017 at 22:09 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

On 14 Feb 2017 at 03:59 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

No evidence that Martha Blois was his mother. See

I am removing the mother.

On 14 Feb 2017 at 03:57 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

Not the son of John Knapp and Martha Blois. I removed them as his parents.


On 8 Mar 2015 at 19:35 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

Parents identified in data section do not agree with the parents identified in biography. The cited sources are either inaccessible or about other people.

On 5 Mar 2015 at 15:30 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

Knopp-24 and Knapp-1609 are not ready to be merged because: Internal discrepancies regarding parents for Knopp-24.

On 5 Mar 2015 at 15:25 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

Knapp-1609 and Knopp-24 appear to represent the same person because: Same parents, same wife, same child. Geography is consistent. The dates don't match, but that discrepancy can be recorded in the text.

I have edited Knopp-24 so the sources will appear. I see that the parents displayed Knopp-24 do not match the text of the biography. Therefore I will change the proposed merge to an unmerged match.

On 14 Nov 2013 at 17:08 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Katherine, please respond to the outstanding merge request here; thanks.

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