This page will contain information pertaining to Knapps and some allied families that I've come across while researching and will be placed in this single convenient location for other Knapp Family researchers. I'll try to keep it in roughly alphabetical order by given name. I'll update as I find items of interest so you may want to check back once in a while to see if something may have been added.KNAPP
George H. Knapp - From the Vevay Reveille of Switzerland County, Indiana, October 14, 1871:
A man falls nearly a mile from a balloon - He is crushed into a shapeless mass -
An editor falls forty feet from same balloon - He receives severe but not fatal injuries - A thrilling and horrifying scene.
Late Saturday evening we received a telegram from our correspondent at Orleans announcing a terrible accident, which occurred at the Fair Grounds of the Orange County (Indiana) Agricultural Association, near Paoli, on Saturday afternoon last, and since that time have received by passengers, who came in on the train over the Louisville, New Albany, and Chicago Railroad, additional particulars. Prof. Wilbur, who visited our city a few weeks since, and made a balloon ascension at the old Fair Grounds, was announced to take an aerial flight on the last day of the Fair at Paoli. In order to witness the novel sight a crowd had gathered at the grounds from all parts of the country.
It appears that all necessary arrangements had been made for the inflation of the balloon, and Mr. George H. Knapp, editor of the Orange County Union, had agreed to accompany the Professor. The balloon, about four o'clock in the afternoon, was prepared for inflation, and in a very short time it was distended to its utmost capacity, and just as the adventurous voyagers were about to step into the basket, the cords by which the balloon was fastened gave way, when Prof. Wilbur and Mr. Knapp made a spring for the purpose of getting into the car, but only succeeded in grasping the ropes by which the balloon had been anchored. Up went the balloon until it reached about thirty or forty feet in the air, when Mr. Knapp loosened his hold and came tumbling to the ground, and we are glad to learn sustained no serious injury. Not so with Prof. Wilbur. He clung tenaciously to the ropes, and endeavored to climb into the basket, but being unable to do so, he was carried rapidly upward with the rapidity of an arrow until it reached the height of between three quarters and a mile. The aeronaut hanging beneath the basket looked like a mere speck in the air, hardly distinguishable to the naked eye. Here Prof. Wilbur's strength failed and he was compelled to loosen his hold upon the rope and he came down, whirling through the air with almost lightening velocity. The crowd from the moment of starting were horror stricken at the terrible sight before them, while they were unable to render the least assistance, and many of them, when they saw the peril of the daring aeronaut, closed their eyes from the doom which they knew to be inevitable.
The Professor struck the earth with great force ... He fell upon his head and back and the concussion was so great ... his body made an indenture in the ground eight inches deep. His agony commenced when he found himself unable to enter the basket and he must have been insensible for exhaustion when he let go the rope. A number of spectators rushed to the spot where the Professor had fallen but life was entirely extinct.
... The remains of the unfortunate man were properly cared for by parties in attendance and were interred at Paoli on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
Seymore & Calvin Knapp - From the Litchfield Monitor, January 30, 1805:
FOR SALE - A VALUABLE FARM
Lying in the town and County of Onondagua, State of New York, two miles from the Court House. Said farm contains 250 acres of excellent land, 18 of which are under good improvement, is well fenced, and on which is a good new framed house, a log house and shop, and good well of water. Said farm is well timbered and is watered with a number of live springs, and through which runs a small creek which waters the whole farm in the driest season. There is also on said farm an excellent nursery of 8 or 900 Apple-trees.
The whole or half will be sold, as best suits the purchaser, and an indisputable title given. For further particulars, enquire of Calvin Knapp, living on the premises, or
SEYMORE KNAPP, in Litchfield.
Litchfield, S. Farms, Jan. 14, 1805 xiv/xvi
Susannah Knapp (& Titus Knapp) - From the Connecticut Courant, Sept. 1st, 1800:
Whereas Susannah Knapp of Greenwich in Fairfield County, brought her
petition to the Superior Court, holden at Danbury, on the 2d Tuesday of
August last, praying for a Bill of Divorce from her husband, Titus
Knapp, on account of his wilful desertion and absence from her, with
total neglect for more than three years ... said Titus being out of
this state, said pettion was continued by said court, to the superior
court to be holden at Fairfield, within and for said county, on the 3d
Tuesday of January next, that notification may be made according to the
law. These are therefore to give notice to all concerned of the
pendency of said petition.
DAVID BURR, clerk
Fairfield, Sept. 1st, 1800
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