Peter KNAPP

Male 1701 - Aft 1764  (63 years)


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  • Name Peter KNAPP  [1, 2, 3, 4
    • "Connecticut Ancestry": Peter married first at Stamford on 30 June 1726, Elizabeth Slason, daughter of John and Mary (Holmes) Slason, born at Stamford on 18 April 1703. She died on 12 Mary 1733 at Stamford, about a week after her fourth child, Mary, was born. On 24 April 1746, after the death of "my honored father John Slason late of Stamford deceased," John Slason (Jr.) referred to "my sister Elizabeth Knap deceased who was the former wife of Peter Knap" and her heirs Elizabeth, Hannah, Sarah and Mary Knapp. Her identity is further confirmed in a deed made by her daughter Sarah (Knapp) Smith with husband Austin Smith on 28 Mar 1753, n which they conveyed their right in Southern Common or Sequest Land in Stamford that "came down to us from the sd Sarah's grand father and grand mother John and Mary Slason late of sd tamford deceased & ye right was originally part of Old Mr. John Slason & George Slason & Old Mr. Stephen Holmes right a part of each of their lists in the year 1687."

      He married second at Stamford on 21 March 1734, Mary Slason, daughter of Jonathan and Mary Waterbury Slason, born at Stamford on 20 June 1704. the Stamford record of this marriage is deficient in the original, spelling her surname "Sl_on". The recorder, probably town clerk Lt. Samuel Weed, left out the letter 's' in the middle of her name, and this recording peculiarity has spawned a series of misinterpretations of her identity. First, the Rev. Elijah Baldwin Huntington copied her name as "Mary Sloon," and left it at that, with no interpretation or suggestions as to her identity. The transcription used for the Barbour Collection gave her name as Mary "sloan," and cross-referenced the spelling "Sloon" given by Huntington. but except for this one instance no persons at all by the name of Slaon, Sloan, or Sloon are found in any other early Stamford records.

      The author of the "Slason Genealogy" correctly detected that the bride was named Mary Sla(s)on, but picked the wrong Mary. The authors of "Stamford's Soldiers" called her Mary Slason, but without further information.

      Fortunately a Stamford land record clarified the identity of Peter Knapp's second wife. On 9 January 1740/41 Peter Knapp and Mary his wife, Samuel Bishop and rebecca his wife, and David Scofied and Sarah his wife, all of Stamford, sold to "our loving brother David Slason of said Stamford" rights in the sequestered lands of Stamford that "formerly belonged unto our honored father Jonathan Slason late of Stamford deceased." Also on this same date, Peter Knapp and Mary his wife sold their rights in the estate of "our 'Brother' Jonathan Slason late of said Stamford" to Samuel Bishop.

      the "Slason Geneaology" stated ERRONEOUSLY that this Mary Slason (the daughter of Jonathan Slason and Mary Waterbury) had "married Peter King," without giving a date or any other citation, and gives a date for her death as "15 Mar 1724/25 at Stamford". There is no such Peter King marriage or Mary King death, in the Stamford records. This error probably stemmed from S.P. Mead's earlier transcription of the distribution of the estate of Jonathan Slason (Junior) in 1750 to "his brothers and sisters viz: George, Silas, Nathan, Abigail Webb, alias Goolsbery, Mary, wife of Peter King (sic), Sarah Wife of David Scofield, and Rebecca wife of Samuel Bishop." This error has also been perpetuated in the Slason section of the Bedford genealogies, probably because of the same transcription problem.

      Mary, wife of Peter Knapp, was admitted to full communion at the Stamford Congregational Church on 31 December 1746.

      Peter Knapp apparently built his first home on his father's property, since on 5 February 1730/31, Capt. John Knapp gave his loving son Peter Knapp for good will and affection "ye new Dweling house and home Lot of about Eight acres be ye same more of Less where he my ad son now Lives." The father, now calling himself "John Knap Senr," also gave his loving son Peter a tract of land (size not mentioned) between the Mill River and the Mianus River on 31 January 1739/40.

      At a town Meeting of 16 December 1736, the Town of Stamford voted that "ye town gives liberty to john Knap Junr, Peter Knap, and John Penoyre theirs heirs etc. all of Stamford for to build a grit mill, on ye mill river, so called, at ye upper end of ye Still water, neare Peter Knaps home lott, provided they build sd mill in tow years after this time, and also provided they damnify no one perticuler persons land by daming sd river and also that ye said John Knap etc. be hereby obliged when sd mill be build as aforesd to grind first for ye people of this town and befoer any person of any other town or place and for their service in grinding of any graine they shall take ye sixteenth part and no more. voted in ye afirmitive."

      In a record not yet explained, Thankful Bullard of Stamford chose "her uncle Peter Knapp" to be her guardian on 6 december 1748.

      Peter Knapp and his wife Mary sold 4 acres in the Roxbury district of Stamford to their son in law, Samuel Buxton Junior on 18 January 1757. the deed was witnessed by Abraham Davenport and the couple's daughter, still single, "Daborah Knap."

      On 8 September 1764, Peter Knapp and mary his wife sold their 5 acre farm in the Roxbury district, with buildings and fruit trees thereon, to "our son Peter Knapp Junior of Stamford," for L40 New York money, reserving the use and improvement of the property for themselves during their lifetimes. This was the last mention of Peter Knapp in the land records, and he may have died not long afterwards. With his real estate disposed, and no other sons or unmarried daughters to provide for by this time, there were no probate proceedings recorded for him in Stamford.




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    Born 15 Aug 1701  Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft Sep 1764  Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I34178  Main Tree
    Last Modified 10 Aug 2012 

    Father John KNAPP,   b. 25 Jul 1664, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Apr 1749, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Hannah FERRIS,   b. 1666, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1724, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 10 Jun 1692  Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Family ID F09057  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elizabeth SLASON,   b. 18 Apr 1703, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1733, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 30 years) 
    Married 30 Jun 1726  Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 7
    Pastor Col. Jonathan Hoit, J.P. Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Children 
     1. Hannah KNAPP,   b. 21 Apr 1727, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Mar 1756  (Age 28 years)
     2. Elizabeth KNAPP,   b. 14 Jun 1728, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Sarah KNAPP,   b. 5 Jun 1730, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1817  (Age 86 years)
     4. Mary KNAPP,   b. 4 May 1733, Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 10 Aug 2012 
    Family ID F05999  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary SLASON,   b. 20 Jun 1704, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 15 Mar 1724 and 1725, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years) 
    Married 21 Mar 1734  Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Abigail KNAPP,   b. Between 04 Feb 1734 and 1735, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Deborah KNAPP,   b. 2 Sep 1739, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1826  (Age 87 years)
     3. Peter KNAPP,   b. Abt 1741, Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1811  (Age ~ 70 years)
    Last Modified 10 Aug 2012 
    Family ID F27807  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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

    2. [S00025] "Descendants of George Slawson" Fairfield Co., Connecticut by Rootsweb.

    3. [S00043] "Descendants of Richard Slawson from familytreemaker".

    4. [S03336] Slason-Slauson-Slawson-Slosson Family by George C. Slawson dated 1946.

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

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

    7. [S03337] Slawson Barbour Index @ Rootsweb.