m. 09 Jun 1630
Facts and Events
Inventory: 27 Apr 1670 - Estate valued at 166lb; 13shillings; 11 1/2 d.
Church affiliation: Watertown Church, Watertown MA; Stamford Church, Stamford, CT
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Title: Nicholas Knapp Genealogy
FIRST RESIDENCE: Watertown
REMOVES: Stamford 1646
EDUCATION: Signed will by mark. His inventory included books valued at 6s. 6d.
ESTATE: Granted thirty acres in the Great Dividend in Watertown, 25 July 1636 granted six acres in Beaverbrook Plowlands, 28 February 1636/7; granted seven acres in Remote Meadows, 26 June 1637; granted a farm of 117 acres, 10 May 1642.In the Watertown Inventory of Grants "Nicholas Knap" held seven parcels of land: sixteen acre homestall; two acres in Pine Marsh; one acre of meadow; thirty acres of upland in Great Dividend; six acres of plowland in the Hither Plain [Beaverbrook Plowlands]; seven acres in Remote Meadows; and thirteen acres of upland beyond the Farther Plain; in the Composite Inventory he held eight parcels, comprising the seven parcels of the Inventory of Grants plus the 117 acre farm .On 29 September 1645 "Nicholas Knap of Watertowne" sold to Edward Garfield one acre of meadow .On 6 May 1646 "Nicholas Knapp of Watertowne" sold to Bryan Pendleton "all his land in Watertowne granted by the town as by the transcript may appear with all the housing thereupon (only one acre in Pond Meadow formerly being sold excepted) with all the privileges thereunto belonging" .In his will, dated 15 April 1670 (date of probate not shown), "Nicolas Knap of Standford" bequeathed to son Moses Knap "my house and land in Standford with all the meadows and upland belonging unto me," with some moveables; to son Timothy money due to Nicholas; to son Caleb "the loom and half the gears"; to son "Josuah" the other "half of the gears"; to "daughter Sarah Disbrowe the money due to me from her husband"; to "daughter Hanna" one mare; to daughter "Lidea the mare that was Mr. Bishop's with the increase she hath"; to daughter Ruth 20s.; to "my two daughters-in-law viz: Sarah & Uneca Buxton" clothes, a Bible, and their share of the estate of their father Clement Buxton; son Joshua to be executor .The inventory of "Nicolas Knap" was taken 27 April 1670 and totalled £166 13s. 11½d., of which the "house and lands" totalled £50 .
BIRTH: By about 1606 based on estimated date of marriage.
DEATH: Stamford between 15 April 1670 (date of will) and 27 April 1670 (date of inventory).
MARRIAGE: (1) By 1631 Elinor _____; she d. Stamford 16 August 1658 .(2) Stamford 9 March 165[8/]9 Unica (_____) (Buxton) Brown . She was widow of Clement Buxton and Peter Brown , and had apparently died by 15 April 1670, as she is not mentioned in her third husband's will.
ASSOCIATIONS: Many researchers have claimed that William Knopp and NICHOLAS KNAPP of Watertown were brothers, but there is no evidence for this connection, and much against. The most recent investigation of William Knopp shows no evidence of Nicholas Knapp in the family, or even in Bures St. Mary, Suffolk [ NEHGR 147:327-28]. The two differ in age by about twenty-five years, a full generation. William and Nicholas, despite residing in the same town for fifteen years, are never seen interacting in any way. Finally, although this would not normally be an important consideration, the town clerks at Watertown were consistent in spelling William's surname as Knopp and Nicholas's as Knapp, suggesting that in Watertown the surnames were seen as distinct.
COMMENTS: 1 March 1630/1: "Nich: Knopp is fined £5 for taking upon him to cure the scurvy by a water of no worth nor value, which he sold at a very dear rate, to be imprisoned till he pay his fine, or give security for it, or else to be whipped, & shall be liable to any man's action of whom he hath received money for the said water" ; on 7 August 1632 "£3 of Knop's fine of £5 remitted" ; at the general amnesty of 6 September 1638 it was noted that part of this fine "was paid, & the rest was remitted" .In the Beaverbrook Plowlands Nicholas Knapp received six acres, and in the Remote Meadows seven acres. Since these lands were granted in part on household size, this would suggest a birth in the interval between the two grants; the birth of Caleb fell exactly one month before the Beaverbrook Plowlands grant, and it may be that this was not taken into account for the Beaverbrook Plowlands grant, but was for the Remote Meadows grant.At the date of the Remote Meadows grant of seven acres, the Nicholas Knapp family was known to have five members: Nicholas, wife Elinor, and sons Timothy, Joshua and Caleb. This permits the possibility that there were one or two more persons in the household, not necessarily children; but the difference might also be explained if Nicholas had sufficient wealth in cattle, the other criterion for the size of these grants.
NOTES: FROM: NOTES OF FRED KNAPP Nicholas Knapp (immigrant 1630 Winthrop Fleet) - SHIP: Arbella, Peter Milb ourne, Capt. and Master. He resided at England; Massachusetts; Connecticut - a weaver and farmer by trade - was a member of the Puritan Congregational Church. FROM: NOTES OF HAL YOUNG Much has been written about Nicholas Knapp and yet to this day we are still searching for proof of his ancestors. Was he related to William Knapp that sailed with Nicholas and did he have a first wife that he married in England? If we had proof that Nicholas and William Knapp were related, we would be able to establish ancestors as William's line is found highly probable. We find that a Nicholas Knapp has been associated with Susan Mitterson, of Wells-By-The-Sea and were married in 1617, Co Norfolk, Eng and that she died in Eng prior to 1630, which would make Nicholas not from Co Sulfolk. Again, we must await until better data is available to confirm this theory. We do know that Nicholas and his wife, Elinor were passengers with the Winthrop Fleet and set sail 8 Apr 1630 at six in the morning bound for New Foundland. Also aboard was William Knapp and his wife with seven children. The Knapps settled in Watertown, Middlesex Co, MA, which was settled mainly by immigrants from Counties Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk, ENG. The pastor of the church at Watertown was Reverend George Phillips, from Boxted, Co Essex. The church was organized on 30 Jul 1630, with some forty men, headed by Sir Richard Saltonstall, signing the membership list. The church remained the only church for sixty-six years. Only church members could become Freeman and vote. On 1 Mar 1630/31, Nicholas was fined five pounds for selling "water" which he claimed would cure scurvey knowing that it had no worth. William Pelham and Edmond Lockwood promised they would pay the fine. Children were by Nicholas and Elinor. On 9 Mar 1659 Nicholas married Unica (Unity) Brown, widow of Peter Brown, who married Unity 22 Jul 1658 and he died soon after. Unity's first marriage was to Clement Buston who died 2 Aug 1657 in Stamford, CT of which three children, Sarah, Unity and Clement Buxton were born. Nicholas wrote his will in Fairfield, Fairfield Co, CT on 15 Apr 1670 and where he died the next day on 16 Apr 1670. Notes from Gordon Hamilton (PA): Re: Elinor Lockwood - Some have indicated that Elinor's maiden name was Disbrow (Disbrough). Evidence that it was Lockwood comes from the manuscript compiled by Alfred Averill Knapp on Nicholas Knapp Genealogy (1953). On page 3 of that book is the follo wing quote from the Hartford Times, Oct 23, 1943, genealogical paaage, Query A-2695: "The late Judge H. Stanley Finch, long Surrogate Judge at Stamford and a keen student of Lockwood, Finch and allied families, gave his opinion that Elinor, wife of Nicholas Knapp, was daughter of Edmund Lockwood of Combs, Suffolk, England and sister of Edmund Lockwood (1594-163 5) of Cambridge, Mass. and of Robert Lockwood (1600-1658) of Watertown, Mass. and Fairfield, Conn. This seems probable though documentary proof is lacking.")