Nicholas KNAPP

Male 1592 - 1670  (77 years)


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  • Name Nicholas KNAPP  [2, 3
    • "Connecticut Ancestry": Nicholas Knapp was in Watertown, Massachusetts by 1 March 1630/31, when he was fined for sellin some "water of noe worth nor value" as a cure for scurvy. Since this was wintertime when no ships made the Atlantic voyage, it is likely that he had arrived well before this time, perhaps during the summer of 1630. Anderson estimates that he was born by about 1606, based on the estimated date of his marriage. He died at Stamford between 15 and 27 April 1669/70, the dates of his will and his inventory. The family name was generally spelled KNAP until about 1800....

      His first wife and mother of his children, who died in Stamford on 16th day, 6th month (16 August) 1658, was named Eleanor (?). He married (2) at Stamford on 9 March 1658/59 Unica (?) (Buxton) (Brown), widow of Clement Buxton and Peter Brown. Since she was not mentioned in his will, she is presumed to have died before 1670.

      The standard 'KNAPP GENEALOGY" is full of error and must be used with caution. It does, however, contain some interesting historical and biographical information, including a list of the lands of Nicholas Knapp in Watertown, and a complete transcription of his will. He appears to have left Watertown about May 1646, since he sold all the land he had received from the town there to Bryan Pendleton on the 6th day 3rd month 1646, and another acre of meadow (purchased separately in 1645) to Edward Garfield on the same date. According to one Stamford historian, he was briefly in Rye, New York, and nearby Greenwich before arriving in Stamford about 1649.

      For some unknown reason, the Stamford Town Records do not contain a complete listing of the lands of Nicholas Knapp as they do for many other early residents. He is, however, mentioned regularly as an adjoining landholder in many of the other residents' summaries. the Town Records do contain an interesting purchase on 26 September 1651 by "nickels Knape" of Elias Bailey's house and home lot of 1 1/2 acre, purchased earlier by Bailey from John Coe, and adjacent to land already in Knapp's possession. Both Bailey and Coe left Stamford for Long Island, along with many other Stamford people.

      Nicholas Knapp and his stepson Clement Buxton, son of his second wife Eunice, "the aforesayd Nichlas Knap haveing by and with the mariage of ye Widdow Busxton administrered upon ye estate of Clement Buxton, deceased" made an agreement on 8 March 1666/67 and recorded 31 January 1667/68, the young man having reached his majority, that he (Buxton) would receive title to his father's house and property in return for granting Knapp and his wife the life use of the house and 1/2 of the barn and home lot. On the following day (March 1666/67) Nicholas Knapp added an additional detail to the agreement in which he gave "unto Clement Buxton a beding in ye house wch I now am resedent in and what conveniancy I can conveniantly acommodate him with all for stoedge (storage) of what necisary things he have to put in so that it may be understood I grant him this priveledge as long as I shall live in the house. This my agreement made 9th March 1666.

      Then, within a year on 19 October 1668, Nicholas Knap purchased the house and 1 1/2 acre homelot of Daniel Simpkins of Stamford for the price of "two oxen and one cow in hand resived & for full satisfaction." This homelot was between the homelots of Richard Scofield on the south and Thomas Lawrence on the north and bounded by the highway on the east and the mill lot on the west.

      His will was dated at Stamford on 15 April (2nd Month) 1670, probated 21 October 1670, and named his children Moses, Timothy, Caleb, Joshua, Sarah Disbrowe, Hanna, Lidea, and Ruth. Sarah Buxton and Eunice Buxton are called daughters in law, and are left property out of the effects of their father Clement Buxton. His son Joshua Knapp was named executor and the will was witnessed by John Weed and Eleazer Slason. The inventory was taken 27 April 1669/70 by John Holly and Clement Buxton, and filed 31 October 1670.

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    Born 16 May 1592  Wells-Next-Sea, Wells, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Apr 1670  Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I34176  Main Tree
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2017 

    Father John KNAPP,   b. 1560, Stokes, Ipswich, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1604, Ipswich, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Mother Martha BLOIS,   b. 1565, Grundisburgh, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F35909  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elinor LOCKWOOD,   b. Oct 1609, St. Mary Parish-Bures, Co. Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1658, Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connnecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years) 
    Children 
     1. Jonathan KNAPP,   b. Nov 1631, Watertown, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1631, Watertown, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
    +2. Timothy KNAPP,   b. 14 Dec 1632, Watertown, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1685, Rye, Westchester Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 52 years)
     3. Joshua KNAPP,   b. 05 Jan 1634/35, Watertown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 27 Oct 1684, Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 49 years)
     4. Caleb KNAPP,   b. 20 Jan 1636/37, Watertown, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1674, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
     5. Sarah KNAPP,   b. 05 Jan 1638/39, Watertown, Middlesex Co., Massachsutts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1681, Rye, Westchester Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
     6. Ruth KNAPP,   b. 06 Jan 1640/41, Watertown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1702, Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 62 years)  [Birth]
     7. Hannah KNAPP,   b. 06 Mar 1642/43, Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1694, Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
     8. Moses KNAPP,   b. 6 Aug 1645, Watertown, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1756, Peekskill, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 110 years)
    +9. Lydia KNAPP,   b. 08 Jun 1647, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Dec 1716, Stratford, Fairfield Co.,Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    Last Modified 8 Aug 2012 
    Family ID F09060  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Unica ?,   b. Abt 1613,   d. Bef 15 Apr 1670, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years) 
    Married 9 Jan 1659  Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Last Modified 8 Aug 2012 
    Family ID F27337  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S4918] Connecticut Ancestry 2008 May Vol. 50 No. 4.

    2. [S02484] Information from Bill Thompson.

    3. [S4730] Lockwood Family.com: Descendants of Elinor Lockwood.

    4. [S03428] The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records: Stamford.