Nathan Knapp (son of Thomas and Martha Knapp) was born 19 July 1792 in New York and died 12 September 1877 in Watervliet, Berrien County, Michigan. He was a soldier in the War of 1812. After the War closed he married Phebe Webster in Fabius, Onondaga County, New York. Phebe was born 27 June 1797 in New York and died 12 April 1874 in Watervliet, Berrien County, Michigan.

Nathan is listed along with his mother Martha, and his brother Jacob, in an 1823 indenture where it appears that they are selling off the last of his recently deceased father's estate. Sometime after that indenture, Nathan and his family moved from Fabius. By 1835 he was in Farmington Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

In 1853 Nathan and his family made their last move when they took up residence in Watervliet, Berrien County, Michigan. Nathan and Phebe Knapp had ten children and many of them settled in Berrien County with their parents. Nathan died in 1877. His wife Phebe preceeded him in death in 1874. They are both buried in the Coloma Cemetery in Coloma, Berrien County, Michigan. A beautiful monument to their memory was purchased for them by their son Joseph Knapp.

Following are the known children of Nathan Knapp and Phebe Webster:

1. WILLIAM KNAPP, born about 1815 in Fabius, Onondaga County, New York. Died in 1874 in Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

2. ELIJAH KNAPP, born 1820 in Fabius, Onondaga County, New York

3. ELI KNAPP, born 1825 in New York. He was living in Farmington, Tioga County, Pennsylvania in 1850. He is belived to have died there after 1900.

4. PHEBE ANN KNAPP, born 1827 in New York, died 1916 in Berrien County, Michigan. Married Dennis Clark. Children: Phebe Ann, Harriet, Julia, Daniel, Mary, and Avery. (Her daughter, Phebe Ann Clark ,married Thomas B. Knapp. See #2, Elijah Knapp for more information.)

5. NATHAN KNAPP, born 1829 in New York. Married EMILY CUMMINGS, born about 1834 in New York. Known children: Mary E., born about 1852; Eliza, born about 1856; Delilah, born about 1859.

6. RUSSELL M. KNAPP, born abt. 1834.

7. JOSEPH KNAPP, born 1835 in Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

8. DANIEL KNAPP, born abt. 1837 in Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Married EMMA, born about 1843 in Vermont. Known children: a daughter born about 1864; another daughter named Jessie, born about 1870. Possible son named Nathan.

9. FANNY KNAPP, born abt. 1841. Married JOEL TURNER on 12 September 1855 in Watervliet, Berrien County, Michigan.

Clicking on any of the above highlighted names will take you to more information.


You can E-mail Wyatt R. Knapp at