Name: Hannah Smith
Given Name: Hannah
Birth: ABT 1640 in of Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Death: BEF 26 Jul 1691 in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Change Date: 16 May 2017 at 03:54:00
1. Parents are Dr. Henry Smith and Ann Jackson. He died after 4 Jul 1687 at Stamford, Fairfield, CT. "In his will of 4 Jul 1687 Henry Smith of Stamford bequeathed to grandson John Knapp (FOOF 1:575) per the book: "The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England 1620-1633," 1995, Robert Charles Anderson, ISBN 0-88082-043-8, published by New England Historic Genealogical Society, 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Mass. 02116.
2. Per the book "The Story of the Early Settlers of Stamford, Connecticut, 1641 - 1700," by Jeanne Majdalany (including genealogies comp. with Edith M. Wicks), p191: "Hannah Smith - bc1640, d1685?, m1 c1660 Caleb Knap, m2 c1674 Thomas Lawrence." In speaking of her father: "Henry Smith, b1619, d1687, prob. m1 Hannah___, m2 1665 Ann Andrews (d1685, wd/o Francis)...according to H. Stanley Finch, was the son of Thomas Smith of St. Mary Ademanbury, England, but no sources for this are given. He was with the first group of settlers from Wethersfield in 1641 and lived on the east side of West St. He married secondly, Ann who had 3 children, Rebecca, Ruth, and Abraham. He left his home to his son John and his grandson, John Knap."
3. Hannah Smith's brother, Daniel Smith, is married to John Caleb Knapp's niece Hannah Knapp.
4. "Nicholas Knapp Genealogy," compiled by Alfred Averill Knapp, M.D. "This Genealogy of the Descendants of Nicholas Knapp, first found mentioned at Watertown, Massachusetts in 1630, is the result of the work and research of many individuals. The four principal collectors of data were Charles Ruggles Knapp, Henry Eno Knapp, Ezra Fred Knapp and the author, Alfred Averill Knapp, but they were assisted through correspondence by a large number of individuals who furnished much valuable family and local information..." Second Generation:
"B-4. Caleb Knapp, son of A-1. Nicholas and Elinor ( ) Knapp.
B. 11-20-1636 or 1-20-1637. Watertown, Mass.
D. Before 3-4-1675, when his inventory was taken. His will dated 12-2-1674.
M. Hannah Smith at Stamford, Conn. about 1660 and lived there. She d. June, 1685, was daughter of Dr. Henry Smith, of Stamford and his 1st wife, name unknown, son of Thomas Smith of London. She m. 2nd Thomas Lawrence, b. 12-3-1648, son of Thomas Lawrence and wife Martha. Martha was b. England, 1619 d. ca. 1686, Stamford. Thomas Lawrence, Sr. d. 1648. He and wife Martha were admitted to the church at Milford, Conn. 7-4-1642. They had: 1. Martha, b. 8-9-1646. m. Elephalet Jones. 2. Thomas, b. 12-3-1648. m. Hannah, widow of Caleb Knapp. Martha Lawrence, widow of Thomas, Sr. m. 2nd John Chapman, of Stamford. She m. 3rd 12-17-1657, Francis Brown.
C-10. Caleb, b. 11-24-1661. m. 9-3- or 11-23-1694, Hannah Clements.
C-11. John, b. 7-25-1664. d. 4-5-1749. m. 1692, Hannah Ferris and Martha Weed.
C-12. Moses, b. ca. 1666. d. 1753. m. 10-30-1689, Elizabeth Crissey. [Author's later supplement includes note: "Perhaps Caleb d. 1773."]
C-13. Samuel, b. ca. 1668. d. 1739. m. ca. 1696, Hannah Bushnell.
C-14. Sarah, b. 1670, Stamford, Conn. d. at Greenwich. m. ca. 1685/91, Ebenezer Mead. He b. 1663. d. 1728, son of John Mead and his wife, Hannah or Anna Patton or Potter, of Stamford. Gen. Mead, in command at the Battle of Gettysburg, was a descendant. Sarah and Ebenezer had: -John.-Susannah, m. 9-5-1726, Moses Husted. -Abigail, m. 1724, Isaac Holmes. -Caleb, m. 1716, Mary Holmes, sister of Isaac, (Stephen-John-Francis.) -Jeremiah -Alpheus. -Sarah, m. Hobby. -Hannah, m. Hobby.
C-15. Hannah, b. ca. 1676, Stamford, Conn. m. 1st Nathaniel Cross, of Stamford, 11-6-1696. He d. 10-28-1714. She m. 2nd 3-31-1715, Samuel Palmer. She was probably a mother of Deborah Cross who m. John Knapp. (Hannah Knapp, dau. of Moses and Abigail (Westcoast) Knapp, is sometimes given identically with this Hannah. Which is correct is uncertain. As shown by their will, both had a dau. Hannah, but their future is uncertain.)
B-4. Caleb Knapp was admitted Freeman at Stamford in 1669/71. His will was made 11-10-1674 and says: "I give unto Abigail Smith, my minor sister-in-law, my wife Hannah and unto my six children, namely, Caleb-John-Moses-Samuel-Sarah-Hanna, etc., and implore my beloved friends, Joshua Knapp, John Hody, Daniel Wistell and Moses Knapp, witnesses." His inventory was taken by William Newman and Jonathan Sellick, 3-4-1774/5, amounting to 170 pounds, 16 shillings and 4 pence. (See Fairfield Probate Records, Vol. 1675-1689, p. 36.) In his father's will he is called "John Calep." He was probably a weaver by trade as his father left him his "loom and half of the geers." His wife Hannah Smith was dau. of Dr. Henry Smith of Stamford and Wethersfield who was b. in England ca. 1612/19. His 1st wife whose name is unknown was mother of all his children. He m. 2nd Ann . A Henry Smith, age 22, and Ann Jackson, age 23, came to New England, 7-27-1635, on the ship "Princess." After Caleb's death his widow m. Thomas Lawrence before 7-4-1686, of Stamford. (Fairfield Probate Records, Vol. 1675-1689, p. 239) Henry Smith, father of Hannah, made his will 7-4-1687 at Stamford. He mentions "grandson John Knap" and "dau. Hannah Lorance" etc. In Vol. 1689-1701, p. 48, Thomas Lawrence of Stamford, made his will, dated 7-26-1691, mentions "daughter-in-law, Hannah Knapp" and "son-in-law Samuel Knapp" (meaning step-dau. and step-son). The inventory of Thomas Lawrence's estate, who d. 8-16-1691, taken 9-16-1691 says: "John Knapp, having ye knowlig of this Inventory, being son-in-law to ye deceased, and having these things, most of them under his custody" (meaning step-son). Henry Smith's wife, Ann. d. June 1685."
5. "The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III (Online database: NewEnglandAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002), by Robert Charles Anderson, 1995. Note that the entry was later edited and republished in 2014 by the same author; see "The Winthrop Fleet; Massachusetts Bay Company Immigrants to New England 1629-1630" (NEHGS; Boston, 2014). The version below is the most current version:
iv. CALEB KNAPP, b. Watertown 20 January 1636[/7] [WaVR 1:4; NEHGR 7:159]; m. by 1661 Hannah Smith (eldest child b. Stamford 24 November 1661 ["The American Genealogist" 10:174); in his will of 4 July 1687 Henry Smith of Stamford bequeathed to grandson John Knapp [FOOF 1:575])..."
6. The periodical "Connecticut Ancestry," vol. 50, no. 4 (May 2008), " Ancestry of William Weed of Stamford and Darien, Connecticut (Continued), by Frederick C. Hart, Jr., CG, FASG, pp. 148-49:
"CALEB2 KNAPP (Nicholas1) was born at Watertown, Massachusetts on 20 January 1636/37, and died at Stamford between 11 October 1674 and 4 March 1674/75, the dates of his will and the taking of his inventory. 
He married HANNAH SMITH, daughter of Henry1 Smith, at Stamford say about 1660. She was born say about 1640, possibly at Stamford, the daughter of Henry Smith and an unknown first wife. After Caleb's death, say about 1676, She married (2) Thomas Lawrence, born at Milford, Connecticut 3 December 1648, son of Thomas and Martha Lawrence. She had probably died some time prior to 26 July 1691 when her second husband did not name her in his will.
In his will, made on 11 October 1674 and probated 9 March 1675 (probably 1674/75), he mentioned his wife Hannah, and children Caleb, John, Moses, Samuel, Sarah, and Hannah. He also named Abigail Smith, a sister of his wife. Overseers were to be Joshua Knapp and John Holly, Sr. (who had also taken his father's inventory). The witnesses were Daniel Westcott and (his brother) Moses Knapp. His inventory was taken on 4 March 16[74/]75 by William Newman and Jonathan Selleck.
Children of Caleb and Hannah (Smith) Knapp, all probably born at Stamford although only two recorded there:
i. CALEB3 KNAPP, b. 24 Nov 1661, m. 23 day 9th month (Nov) 1694 HANNAH CLEMENTS.
ii. JOHN KNAPP, b. 25 Jul 1664, m. (1) HANNAH FERRIS, and m. (2) Mrs. MARTHA MEAD.
iii. MOSES KNAPP, b. abt. 1666, m. ELIZABETH CRISSEY.
iv. SAMUEL KNAPP, b. abt. 1668, m. HANNAH BUSHNELL.
v. SARAH KNAPP, b. 1670, m. abt. 1691 EBENEZER MEAD.
vi. HANNAH KNAPP, b. abt. 1676, m. (1) 6 Nov 1696 NATHANIEL CROSS, m. (2) SAMUEL PALMER."
28. Fairfield Probate Records, 3: 36.
29. Robert Louer, "The Smith Families of Stamford, Connecticut," Connecticut Ancestry, 45(2002): 6.
30. Old Fairfield (note 19), 1: 376.
31. Louer, "Smith Families of Stamford" (note 29), 45: 6.
32. All information from Fairfield Probate Records, 3: 36, Mead abstracts used.
33. Spouses names from Knapp Genealogy (note 7), 6-7 except where noted.
34. Stamford Town Records, 1: 98, transcription copy, 116.
35. Stamford Town Records, 1: 104, transcription copy, 123.
36. Stamford Town Records, 1: 101 records the marriage but the date is not legible.
37. Old Fairfield (note 19), 1: 134-5.
38. Spencer P. Mead, "History and Genealogy of the Mead Family" (New York: The Knickerbocker Press), 1901), 183, 222.
39. Stamford Town Records, 1: 104, transcription copy, 123.
40. Horace Wilbur Palmer, "Palmer Families in America," Volume 1 (Neshanic, NJ: Neshanic Printing Co., 1966), 128-9, which has good additional information on both of her marriages."
7. The periodical "Connecticut Ancestry," vol. 45, no. 1 (Aug. 2002), "The Smith Families of Stamford, Connecticut," by Robert Louer, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org , pp. 3-6
Since the founding of Stamford, Connecticut, the Smith name has long been associated with its history. This history begins in 1641 when a small company of settlers set out from the new settlement at Wethersfield, in the Connecticut Colony, for the region known as Rippowam, located in the southwest corner of the New Haven Colony. Rippowam took its name from a small river that flowed through the area. In the previous year twenty-eight individuals who were tired of the division that plagued their little community purchased the right to settle at Rippowam from Nathaniel Turner, agent for the New Haven Colony. Among them was a young man by the name of Henry Smith. He received and settled on three acres of land located east of the river. The following year the new settlement was given the name of Stamford, named after the English town in Lincolnshire. Soon it was apparent that the settlement would be a success as new families began to move into the area in ever increasing numbers.
Over the years numerous accounts have been published on the various Smith families of Stamford. These accounts have generally had three things in common, they are undocumented, they are full of errors, and they have been surprisingly incomplete. The hope of this five-part series is to try to resolve some of these problems and to give those researching these families a starting place for further research. Because the Henry Smith family has had the longest and largest presence in the area, the first four parts of this article will deal with this particular family. The fifth part will cover some of the other early Smith families. Not covered are those families that merely moved through the area, or individuals who purchased land but never resided in Stamford.
Note: All locations mentioned in this article are in Connecticut unless otherwise indicated.
Henry Smith Family
Over the years researchers have made unsubstantiated claims as to Henry's origins, and to his possible ancestry. Further complicating the situation has been the confusion of information regarding Henry Smith, of Stamford, and that of the Reverend Henry Smith, of Wethersfield. Early accounts of Henry have suggested that he was a son of Lt. Samuel and Elizabeth (Smith) Smith, of Wethersfield. Recent research has now ruled out any possibility of this being the case. It is now known that Samuel and Elizabeth did not marry until 6 Oct 1624, five years after Henry's supposed birth date. More recent accounts have suggested he is the son of Thomas Smith, of St. Mary Aldermanbury, London, England. Unfortunately no evidence is given to support these claims. Presumably the basis for them is the mention in Thomas Smith's will of a son Henry:
"Thomas Smith the elder of Aldermanbury, London, Esq. 24 February 1665, proved 13 June 1666. My two younger sons, Henry and Thomas Smith. My eldest son John Smith, with my consent, did many Mary, one of the daughters of Sir Edmond Wright, knight, late Alderman of the City of London deceased. My daughter Jane was married unto William Gore Esq.; My daughter Martha was married unto Archdale Palmer Esq.; Elizabeth, Margaret and Anne Smyth, three of the daughters of my said son John Smith, not yet married. My grandchild Jane Bennett and her father, Sir Humphrey Bennett, knight. My brother in Law John Robinson Esq., and my brother William Robinson. The poor of St. Margaret Moyses parish in Friday Street, where I was born and christened. To Mr. Edmond Callamy, late minister of Aldermanbury Church, and to Dr. Walker, now minister &c. My three sons to be executors."
By the year 1665 when Thomas wrote his will, Henry (of Stamford) had a number of minor children, yet Thomas makes no mention of them, as he had with his son John. In addition Henry had been residing outside of England for over twenty-five years, but no mention of this fact was made either. For the same reason it would seem doubtful that Thomas would have named Henry (of Stamford) to be executor of his estate. These facts would seem to rule out the possibility of Thomas as Henry's father, however, further research is required before such a conclusion can be definitively drawn. A great-grandson of Thomas did arrive in the colonies in the late 1600's. Thomas Palmer, a grandson of the Archdale and Martha Palmer mentioned in the will, he married Abigail Hutchinson and resided in Boston, Massachusetts.
It has also been suggested that Henry (of Stamford) was the twenty-two year old Henry Smith listed among the passengers who sailed from London to Virginia on the Primrose on 27 Jul 1635. Once again, no facts are provided to support this conclusion, so one must assume it was due to his age, and the timing of the ships arrival being approximately correct. The presence on board the Primrose of eighteen year old Thomas Smith, and twenty-one year old Margaret Clark may also have contributed to this conclusion. It is claimed that they settled at Watertown, Massachusetts. Since there is no record of a Henry Smith in Watertown, perhaps this led some to the conclusion that he removed to the new settlement of Wethersfield, which was being established at this time. Then, with the appearance of Henry Smith (of Stamford) at about the same time the outcome was obvious -- the two men were assumed to be identical.
So it would appear that the assumption of Henry Smith, of Stamford, as the passenger on the Primrose, is based on the claim that Thomas Smith and Margaret Clark had also settled at Watertown, Massachusetts. Thomas and Margaret's appearance places the Primrose at the right place at the right time. So did the Thomas Smith and Margaret Clark listed on the passenger manifest settle at Watertown? There is plenty of evidence to indicate that they did not.
As previously mentioned the age of the Thomas Smith who sailed from London on the Primrose in 1635 was recorded on the passenger list as eighteen years old, this would make his birth date about 1617. However, the Thomas Smith who resided at Watertown, Massachusetts, died at the age of ninety-two, on the tenth of March 1692 [1692/3], which would mean he was born around 1601. With a discrepancy of seventeen years in their ages there is little possibility that the two men are the same individuals.
Regarding Margaret Clark, it is alleged that she was the wife of twenty-seven year old William Clark, who had sailed from England on 15 May 1635 on the Plain Joan. In fact there were two William Clarks who resided in Watertown, Massachusetts. The first arrived around 1630, but soon after removed to Ipswich, Massachusetts. He would sail back to England around 1635. The second William is first mentioned around 1639, and it is this William who was married to a woman named Margaret. They removed to Woburn, Massachusetts, where he died on 1 Mar 1682, and she died on 11 Oct 1694. It is now known that Margaret, the wife of William Clark, was in fact the widow of John Tomson. John Tomson, of Watertown, died on 28 Dec 1638, at the age of thirty. Thus, Margaret must have married William Clark around 1639, and therefore could not have been the Margaret Clark listed on the 1635 passenger manifest.
A cursory review of some of the other passengers on the Primrose could find no indication that any of them had resided in Watertown, or for that matter in Massachusetts. Therefore, there is no evidence that the Primrose disembarked its passengers at Watertown. Perhaps a more thorough investigation of the dozens of other passengers listed may yet confirm that the Primrose did in fact disembark its passengers in New England, but until that fact is established, there is no reason to assume that Henry (of Stamford) was on board the ship.
So when all is said and done, nothing is known of Henry prior to his arrival in Stamford. There is the possibility he may have been in Wethersfield as early as 1635, when he fought in the Pequot War. Perhaps he traveled there with the original party, however, to date no evidence has been found. For his service in the war the General Assembly of Connecticut granted him eighty acres of land on 11 May 1671.
Henry1 Smith, b. say 1619 in England, d. probably 5 Jul 1687 at Stamford. He m1) ___, b. say 1621 probably in England, d. before 21 Jan 1664 probably at Stamford. He m2) about 1664, Ann (___) Andrews, widow of Francis Andrews, of Fairfield, d. 2nd week Jun 1685 at Stamford. Henry's will dated 4 Jul 1687 was probated 6 Nov 1687. An inventory of his estate was taken 5 Jul 1687 and was filed 6 Nov 1687. Ann Andrews had ten children by her first marriage, Hannah, Elizabeth, John, Thomas, Mary, Esther, Rebecca, Jeremiah, Abraham, and Ruth.
Children of Henry Smith and his Unknown first wife:
-Hannah2 Smith, b. say 1640 possibly at Stamford, d. possibly before 1691 at Stamford. She married say 1660 probably at Stamford, Caleb Knapp, son of Nicholas and Elinor (___) Knapp; b. 20 Jan 1637 at Watertown, MA, d. before 9 Mar 1674/5 at Stamford. Caleb's will dated 11 Oct 1674 was probated 9 Mar 1674/5. She m2) before 4 Jul 1687, Thomas Lawrence, son of Thomas and Martha (___) Lawrence; bp. 3 Dec 1648 at Milford, d. 16 Aug 1691 at Stamford. Thomas' will dated 26 Jul 1691 was probated 3 Nov 1691. Issue: Her first marriage Caleb, John, Moses, Samuel, Sarah, and Hannah.
-Samuel Smith, b. say 1646 probably at Stamford, d. 16 Aug 1658 at Stamford.
-Daniel Smith, b. about 1648
-Rebecca Smith, b. say 1650 probably at Stamford, d. probably at Milford. She m. 2 Jul 1672 at Milford, Edward Wilkinson, of Milford, b. say 1648. Issue: Elizabeth, Rebecca, Edward, Ruth, Hannah, Abigail, Samuel, John, and Thankful.
-John Smith Sr., b. say 1652
-Abigail Smith, b. after 1656 probably at Stamford.
-Mary Smith, b. 3 Oct 1658 at Stamford.
-"Daughter" Smith, b. 9 Aug 1661 at Stamford.
1. Sherman W. Adams and Henry R. Stiles, "The History of Ancient Wethersfield, Connecticut...," 2 Vols., (New York: The Grafton Press, 1904), 142, hereafter Ancient Wethersfield.
2. Stamford Town Meetings 1640-1806, Book 1, Transcribed, 4-5, (Connecticut Ancestry microfilm copy used, hereafter Stamford TM).
3. Stamford TM, 7. Today this area is located south of Tresser Boulevard, near Washington Boulevard and Guernsey Street.
4. Ancient Wethersfield, 144.
5. "The American Genealogist," 32:202, hereafter TAG.
6. Edith M. Wicks and Jeanne Majdalany, "The Early Settlement of Stamford Connecticut 1641-1700" (Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1991), 191, hereafter Early Settlement.
7. Henry F. Waters, "Genealogical Gleanings in England," 2 Vols. (Boston: Rockwell and Churchill Press, 1901), 305-307, hereafter Genealogical Gleanings.
8. Genealogical Gleanings, 306.
9. "The New England Historical and Genealogical Register," 5:248, hereafter Register.
10. Watertown Historical Society, "Watertown Record...," 4 Vols. (Watertown, MA: Press of Fred G. Barker, 1894), 66, (Volume one is broken into three sections. Reference found in third section titled The First Book and Supplement of Births Deaths and Marriages), here after Watertown Record.
11. Register, 5:248.
12. Robert Charles Anderson, "The Great Migration Begins...," 3 Vols. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), 1:381-382, hereafter Great Migration.
13. Great Migration, 1:382.
14. Charles Henry Pope, "The Pioneers of Massachusetts, a descriptive List, Drawn from the Records of the Colonies, Towns and Churches, and other Contemporaneous Documents" (Boston: J. J. Aralcelyan, 1900), 104, hereafter Pioneers.
15. Great Migration, 1:382.
16. Pioneers, 451.
17. Hammond Trumbull, The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut From 1665 to 1777... , (Hartford: 1852), 149. Although the Henry Smith mentioned in the grant was not specifically identified, the author believes he was Henry, of Stamford. The only other candidate would appear to be the Rev. Henry Smith, of Wethersfield, but he did not come to the Colonies until after the war, around 1636-1637, and he died around 1648.
18. Fairfield Probate Record, 3:239, hereafter Fairfield PR.
19. The name of his first wife is unknown. It is sometimes given in secondary sources as Hannah (see Early Settlement, 191), but no evidence has been found to confirm this fact. "Hannah" is most likely speculation based on the name of his first daughter.
20. Stamford TM, 101. Henry and Ann signed a prenuptial agreement 21 Jan 1664.
21. Stamford Vital Record, 1:108, as cited in Barbour Collection of Vital Records, Connecticut State Library, hereafter Stamford VR.
22. Fairfield PR, 3:239,
23. Fairfield PR, 3:239.
24. Fairfield PR, 1:79.
25. Based on birth dates of her husband and children.
26. She is not mentioned in her husband's estate.
27. Watertown Record, 4. Date recorded as 20d 11m 1636.
28. Fairfield PR, 3:36.
29. Fairfield PR, 3:239. She was called Hannah Lawrence in her father's will.
30. Milford First Congregational Church Record, as cited in Barbour Church Records.
31. Fairfield PR, 4:48.
32. Fairfield PR, 4:48.
33. Stamford VR, 1:20.
34. Stamford Land Record A:79, hereafter Stamford LR.
35. Milford Vital Record, 1:13, as cited in Barbour Collection of Vital Records, Conn. State Library.
36. Fairfield PR, 3:36. Mentioned in Caleb Knapp's will of 1674 as "my minor sister-in-law." She may be the unnamed daughter recorded born on 9 Aug 1661.
37. Stamford VR, 1:74. (Donald L. Jacobus, "History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield," 3 Vols. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1991), 1:575, hereafter Old Fairfield. William A.D. Eardeley, Manuscript, Notes on Connecticut and Long Island Families (Long Island Historical Society), Microfilm copy, hereafter Eardeley MSS. Jacobus claims she died 3 Dec 1658. Eardeley erroneously suggests she married Joseph Brown. The first name of Joseph's wife is known to have been Mary. Presumably the basis for Eardeley's claim is that Thomas Lawrence in his will called him his brother-in-law. Because Thomas also states in his will that his sister Mary had married a Slawson, Eardeley apparently assumed the relationship mentioned must have been through Thomas' marriage to Hannah Smith. However, the reason Thomas called him his brother-in-law was that Joseph was his stepbrother. Thomas' mother Martha had married Francis Brown, father of Joseph Brown.)
38. Stamford VR, 1:98."
8. The book "The Early Settlement of Stamford, Connecticut 1641-1700?," by Jeanne Majdalany, pp. 173-75:
"KNAP, KNAPP, Nicholas - bc 1600, d1670, m1 c1630 Elinor (prob Lockwood) (d1658, sis/o Robert and Edmund), m2 1659 Unica Brown (d by 1670, wd/o Clement Buxton. wd/o Peter).
Nicolas Knap, his wife Elinor, and seven children came to America on the "Arbella" in 1630. They came from Burys St. Mary in Suffolk, probably. In 1631 Nicolas was fined in Watertown, MA for selling water for scurvy at too high a price. He was in Stamford by 1649, having been previously in Rye, NY, and Greenwich. After the death of his wife, he married Unica Brown, the recent widow of Clement Buxton, and moved into the Buxton home on the east side of West Street.
His grandson Moses was a blacksmith in the 1680s.
Descendants of KNAP, Nicolas:
A. Jonathan - b&d1631.
B. Timothy - b1632, d by 1685, mc1665 Bethia Brundage (d/o John). Rye, NY.
C. Joshua - b1634, d1684, m1657 Hannah Close (bc1632, d1696, she m2 John Bowers). Greenwich.
D. Caleb - b1637, dc1674, mc1660 Hannah Smith (d1685?, d/o Henry, she m2 167- Thomas Lawrence.
1. Caleb - b1661, d bef 1717, m1694 Hannah Clements (d/o William), of Norwalk and Goshen, CT.
a. Caleb - b1695, d1761.
b. William - b1697, d1770.
c. Sarah - b1700.
d. Abigail - b1702.
e. Joshua - b1704.
f. Joseph - b1706.
g. Hannah - b1710.
h. Jonathan - b1713.
i. Benjamin - b1717.
j. Reuben - b1717.
2. Capt John - b1664, d1749, m1 1692 Hannah Ferris (b1666, d1724, d/o Peter), m2 1727 Mrs Martha Weed.
a. Lt Samuel - b1695, d1751, m1 1720 Martha Slason (b1699, d1747, d/o John Jr), m2 1749 Mrs Marcy Bouton.
b. Lt John - b1697, d1763, m1 1723 Deborah Cross (b1702, d/o Nathaniel), m2 1736 Abigail Hoyt (d/o Samuel).
c. Hannah - b1699, d1724, m1 1716 Isaac Quintard, m2 Jessup.
d. Peter - b1701.
e. Charles - b1703, d1773.
f. Deborah - b1705.
g. Moses - b1709, d1787.
3. Moses - b1666, d1753, m1688 Elizabeth Crissy (d/o William). Reading, CT.
a. Elizabeth - b1690.
4. Samuel - b1668, d1739, mc1696 Hannah Bushnell. Greenwich and Danbury, CT.
5. Sarah - b1670, m1691 Ebenezer Mead.
6. Hannah - b1672.
E. Sarah - b1639, d1681, m1 John Disbrow, m2 1657 Peter Disbrow.
F. Ruth - b1641, m1 1657 Joseph Ferris, m2 1708 John Clapp.
G. Hannah - b1643, d1674, m1673 Zarubbabel Hoyt.
H. Moses - b1646, d aft 1713, m1669 Abigail Westcott (bc 1642, d aft 1713, d/o Richard).
1. Lydia - bc1670, d1710, m1685 Thomas Penoyer.
2. Abigail - b1672, d1706, m1692 John Crissy.
3. Sarah - b1674, d1717, m Samuel Husted.
4. Hannah - bc1676, m1 1696 Nathaniel Cross, m2 1715 Samuel Palmer.
I. Lydia - b1648, d1716, in Richard Mills.
J. Josiah? -.
References: Alfred Averill Knapp, The Nicolas Knapp Genealogy."
1. Not found in the book "Stamford Town Records, Vol. 1, 1641-1723," transcribed and annotated by Paul R. Finch, NEHGS (Boston, 2011). Stamford was started in 1641 and there were not many vital records kept in it first years.
1. Not found in the book "Stamford Town Records, Vol. 1, 1641-1723," transcribed and annotated by Paul R. Finch, NEHGS (Boston, 2011).
1. Not found in the book "Stamford Town Records, Vol. 1, 1641-1723," transcribed and annotated by Paul R. Finch, NEHGS (Boston, 2011).
Caleb Knapp b: 20 Jan 1636/1637 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
in of Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Thomas Lawrence c: 3 Dec 1648 in Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States