Nicholas Knapp

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Nicholas Knapp, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), was born at England, before 1606.1,2 He died at Stamford, Connecticut, before 27 April 1670, the date of his inventory.1,3,2

Nicholas married (1) Elinor (---) at Massachusetts, before 1631;3,4,1,5,2 he married (2) Unica (---) at Stamford, Connecticut, 9 March 1658/59. The ancestry of both women is unknown (or not traced here.)1,6,5,2

Nicholas came to New England from England in 1630 with the Winthrop and Saltonstall Expedition and settled in Watertown, Mass. 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.

Bond's History of Watertown, Mass. says:

"1636, July 25, lands, grants and possessions. Nicholas Knapp - 30 acres.

Second division, Feb. 28, 1636, He was granted 6 acres.

1642, 3rd month 10th day Division of more land and Nicholas Knapp received one hundred seventeen acres.

In 1639 Nicholas Knapp was owner of:
1. A homestall of sixteen acres, more or less bounded on the southwest with William Barsham, on the northeast with Howard Browns, on the northwest with Robert Lockwood and the southeast with bank lane.
2. Two acres in Pine Marsh, bounded on the south with the river and the north with John Barnard.
3. An acre in Pond Meadow, bounded on the east and north with John Page and the west with Isaac Stern.
4. Thirty acres of upland being a great dividend in the 2 Division of the 17 lot.
5. Six acres of Plowland in the Hither Plaine and the 35 Lott.
6. Seven acres of Meddow in Remote Meddows and the 39 Lott.
7. Thirteen acres of upland beyond the further Plaine and the 59 Lott.
8. A Farm of one hundred and seventeen acres on upland in the 2 Division."

In 1644 another list was made and item 8 of the above list was not on the new one.

Records of the Massachusetts Bay Company in New England say: "Mch. 1, 1630/1. Nicholas Knapp is fyned five 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 five securitye for it, or else be whipped and shall be liable to any mans ac'cn of whome hee hath receaved money for the s'd water. Mr. Wil'm Pelham and Mr. Edward Lockewood both promised to pay the court the sum of five pounds for Nich. Knapp before the last court of May Next. Aug. 7, 1632. there is 3 pounds of Knapp's fine of five pounds remitted. 6th day of 7th month, 1638. Nicho Knop, being fined five pounds, pt was paid and the rest remitted." The water had been found beneficial and suit dropped upon payment of costs.

Nicholas sold land and privileges in Watertown, Mass. March. 6, 1646 and moved to Greenwich or Rye, perhaps stopping at Wethersfield and two years later moved to Stamford, Conn. but d. at Fairfield. He owned a mill at Stamford, Conn. On May 6, 1646 he sold to Byron Pendleton all his land, 8 lots, 16 acres granted to him by the town except one acre, called the "Pond Meadow" which he sold the year before to Ed Garfield under the date of 29 Sept 1645, all at Watertown, Mass.

His will can be found in Fairfield, Conn. Probate Records, Vol. 1665-1675, page 55.

American Ancestry, Vol. 8, p. 166 says Nicholas Knap was probably born at Bury St. Mary's, England. No proof.

Originally the family perhaps came from Saxony, Germany. Again, No proof given.

Anderson (Great Migration Begins) says origin is unknown.3,1

Family 1

Elinor (---) d. 16 Jun 1658
Children
  • Jonathan Knapp1,3 b. 8 Nov 1631, d. bef. 27 Dec 1631
  • Timothy Knapp1,3 b. 14 Dec 1632, d. bef. 1685
  • Joshua Knapp1,3 b. 5 Nov 1634, d. 27 Oct 1684
  • Caleb Knapp+1,3,7 b. 20 Feb 1636/37, d. bt 2 Dec 1674 - 4 Mar 1675
  • Sarah Knapp1,3 b. 5 Jan 1638/39, d. 1681
  • Ruth Knapp1,3 b. 6 Jan 1640/41
  • Hannah Knapp1,3 b. 6 Mar 1643
  • Moses Knapp+1,3,7 b. say 1645, d. 1756
  • Lydia Knapp1,3 b. 8 Jun 1648, d. Dec 1716

Family 2

Unica (---) d. bef. 15 Apr 1670

Citations

  1. [S74] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, CD-ROM (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2000), Nicholas Knapp, further cited as GMB.
  2. [S2052] Robert Charles Anderson, The Winthrop Fleet: Massachusetts Bay Company Immigrants to New England 1629-1630 (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 431, further cited as Anderson, The Winthrop Fleet.
  3. [S10] Alfred A. Knapp, Nicholas Knapp Genealogy (Ann Arbor, Michigan: Edward Brothers, 1953), 1-4, further cited as Knapp, Knapp Genealogy.
  4. [S384] Harriet Woodbury Hodge, Some Descendants of Edmund Lockwood (1594-1635) of Cambridge, Massachusetts and His Son Edmund Lockwood (c. 1625-1693) of Stamford, Connecticut (New York: Philip V. Lockwood, 1978), 82, further cited as Hodge, Descendants of Edmund Lockwood.
  5. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 904, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  6. [S1184] Lucius B. Barbour and Lorraine Cook White (editor), The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, 55 vols. (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1994-2002), 42:143-150, further cited as Barbour and White, Barbour Collection.
  7. [S2052] Anderson, The Winthrop Fleet, 432.