Conrad Napp, born in Werlau, Prussia, was a peace-loving, Christian man who did not want to see his sons serve in the Prussian military. So he, along with his wife, nine children and son-in-law, left his homeland to establish new roots in America. The family left Antwerp, Holland on June 11, 1846 on the Brig Conte Zichi and arrived in New York on September 11, 1846.
In April 1847, Conrad purchased a 180-acre farm in Hurricane Corners, Grant County Wisconsin, for $1,500. He owned the farm until 1874 when he sold it to his youngest daughter, Maria Sophia and her husband, Lewis Gelbach.
Conrad Napp and his wife, Mary Margaretha Napp (b. December 28, 1804 in Werlau) had nine children:
Descendants of Carl (Charles) Knapp
Generation No. 1
1. CARL "CHARLES" KNAPP (CONRAD NAPP I, CASPAR) was born April 12, 1827 in Werlau, Coblenz, Prussia, and died December 18, 1882 in Cassville, Grant County, Wisconsin. He married REBECCA KAUFFMAN March 27, 1853 in Cassville, WI, daughter of JOHN KAUFFMAN and MARGARET SCHELENBERGER. She was born August 20, 1835 in Bethlehem, Star County, Ohio, and died September 13, 1921 in Beetown, Grant County, Wisconsin.
Notes for CHARLES KNAPP:
Citizenship papers for Charles were filed on November 7, 1848 under the name Karl Napp.
Excerpted from "The Knapp/Napp Family History by Myra Ellenetta Knapp, 1922, annotated and reissued for the Knapp/Napp Family Reunion 2001 by Mary Thiele Fobian":
"Charlie Knapp was born in 1827 and died in 1882. He worked in the meat market for Nathan when a young man, then went on the west prairie with a threshing crew. There he met Rebecca Kaufman, and they lived in Cassville. He burnt lime, did team work, and conducted a store. Often when he sold to customers without receiving pay, and it was suggested the account be charged, he would reply, 'Oh, no use. We won't get it anyway.' Such generosity accumulated book accounts to between one and two thousand dollars which were never collected. At the time of the war he went to Prairie du Chien to enlist but was rejected because of a physical disability. He had ten children: Henry, Ed, Eli, and Cliff went to Albany; the three last live there now. Laura (Mrs. Sam Snider) lives near, and Leon in Bloomington. John lived in Iowa and died in Washington a few years ago. Three other children died young.". Annotation by Mary Thiele Fobian: ["When the history was written in 1922, Ed (Edmund Quincy) Knapp probably lived in Oelwein, Iowa."]
Obituary (excerpted from The Grant County Herald, December 28, 1882]:
"Died in Cassville, December 18, 1882, Mr. Charles Knapp, aged 55 years. Mr. Knapp was born in Merlow [sic], Prussia, April 12, 1827. He came to America and settled in Potosi in 1846; then moved to Hurricane. The last 18 years of his life has been spent in the Village of Cassville. He was an honest, industrious citizen, and leaves a wife and seven children."
More About CHARLES KNAPP:
Burial: Cassville Cemetery, Cassville, Grant County, Wisconsin
Immigration: 1846, From Werlau, Prussia to Grant County, Wisconsin
Occupation: 1860, Farmer
Young Rebecca on left
More About REBECCA KAUFFMAN:
Burial: Cassville Cemetery, Cassville, Grant County, Wisconsin
Cliff, Eli, Laura, Leon, and Edmund
Children of CARL KNAPP and REBECCA KAUFFMAN are:
Generation No. 2
2. WILLIAM HENRY KNAPP (CARL, CONRAD NAPP I, CASPAR) was born May 16, 1854 in Grant County, Wisconsin, and died November 17, 1890 in Albany, Wisconsin. He was buried in Albany, He married DORLESHA J. BONHAM April 20, 1875 in Grant County, Wisconsin, daughter of F. J. ALTSWAGER. She was born Abt. 1858 in Grant County, Wisconsin.
Children of WILLIAM KNAPP and DORLESHA BONHAM are:
3. EDMUND QUINCY KNAPP (CARL, CONRAD NAPP I, CASPAR) was born January 20, 1858 in Cassville, Grant County, Wisconsin, and died March 04, 1937 in Oelwein, Iowa. He married ALICE ORIZINIA RAMSEY May 27, 1883 in Wilson, Kansas, daughter of ALEXANDER RAMSEY and MARY NOLAND. She was born December 29, 1866 in Wisconsin, and died August 01, 1955 in Mercy Hospital, Oelwein, Iowa.
4. LAURA ANNA KNAPP (CARL, CONRAD NAPP I, CASPAR) was born February 25, 1862 in Wisconsin, and died December 21, 1941 in Grant County, Wisconsin. She was buried at Dodge Cemetery in Grant County. She married SAMUEL SNIDER April 19, 1882 in Grant County, Wisconsin, son of FREDERICK SCHNEIDER and MARIA FEGER. He was born June 09, 1854 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, and died November 30, 1954 in Grant County, Wisconsin. He was buried at Dodge Cemetery in Grant County.
Children of LAURA KNAPP and SAMUEL SNIDER are:
5. CHARLES LEON KNAPP (CARL, CONRAD NAPP I, CASPAR) was born July 05, 1865 in Wisconsin, and died April 13, 1949. He married MARY PRIDEAUX, daughter of WILLIAM PRIDEAUX and MARY E.. She was born February 1866 in Wisocnsin.
Children of CHARLES KNAPP and MARY PRIDEAUX are:
6. ELI MORGAN KNAPP (CARL, CONRAD NAPP I, CASPAR) was born February 12, 1867 in Grant County, Wisconsin, and died May 1956 in California. He married AMELIA DUERST. She was born December 1868 in Wisconsin.
Children of ELI KNAPP and AMELIA DUERST are:
7. CLIFTON SHIRLEY KNAPP (CARL, CONRAD NAPP I, CASPAR) was born November 29, 1872 in Cassville, Grant County, Wisconsin, and died January 29, 1937 in Albany, Wisconsin. He was buried at Hillcrest Cemetery in Albany, Wisconsin. He married GERTRUDE BURNS November 13, 1892, daughter of CHARLES BURNS and MARY CONNET. She was born November 08, 1870 in Wisconsin, and died November 21, 1947 in Albany, Wisconsin.
Notes for CLIFTON SHIRLEY KNAPP:
Clifton Knapp operated a general store with his brother Eli. In 1919, they sold their store to Christopher.
Child of CLIFTON KNAPP and GERTRUDE BURNS is:
Edmund and Allie Knapp
Generation No. 1
1. EDMUND QUINCY KNAPP (CARL, CONRAD NAPP I, CASPAR) was born January 20, 1858 in Cassville, Grant County, Wisconsin, and died March 04, 1937 in Oelwein, Iowa. He married ALICE ORIZINIA RAMSEY May 27, 1883 in Wilson, Kansas, daughter of ALEXANDER RAMSEY and MARY NOLAND. She was born December 29, 1866 in Wisconsin, and died August 01, 1955 in Mercy Hospital, Oelwein, Iowa She was buried at Attica Cemetery in Attica, Wisconsin.
Obituary (excerpted from an unidentified newspaper):
Edmond Q. Knapp, third son of Charles and Rebecca [Kaufman] Knapp, was born at Cassville, Wisconsin, on January 20, 1858. Here he spent his early life and received his education.
At the age of twenty years he moved to Wilson, Kansas, where he experienced some of the pioneer tasks and hardships. While living at Wilson, he became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and for many years was active in church work.
On May 27, 1883, he was united in marriage to Miss Alice Ramsey, at Wilson, Kansas. To this union were born four children: Clyde A. of Crete, Ill.; Leon, of Oelwein, Ia.; Mrs. C.R. Bartlett of Monticello, Wisconsin; and a son Winfred, who preceded his father in death in 1926.
In 1894, Mr. Knapp moved to Attica, Wis., where he engaged in business until 1920, when he moved to Oelwein, where he has resided ever since.
Mr. Knapp began to fail in health last fall and though he was up and around the house nearly every day, he gradually grew weaker until release came to him on Thursday evening, March 4th, when he entered peacefully the immortal life.
Besides his wife, two sons and a daughter, he leaves to mourn his death two brothers: C.L. Knapp of Bloomington, Wis., and E.M. Knapp of San Diego, Calif., and one sister, Mrs. Sam Snyder of Lancaster, Wis., also fifteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
In the prime of his life, Mr. Knapp was active in church work, holding nearly every office in the local church of the community. He was a trustee, a Steward, Teacher in Sunday School and for many years, the Superintendent of the Sunday School at Attica. He united with Grace Methodist Episcopal church of Oelwein in 1922, and has lived in a deep abiding faith all these years. With a beautiful Christian confidence he awaited his "Homegoing" in a full readiness of heart and mind.
He has triumphed in the faith.
Brief services were held at the Brant funeral home Saturday, March 6, at 9:00 a.m. Rev. F. C. Wtizlgman, his pastor officiating, Mrs. G.B. Ferrel sang "Face to Face" and "The Old Rugged Cross."
Funeral services were held at the Attica Methodist church on Sunday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m., Rev. C.H. Pierstorff pastor officiating.
Miss Lona Swann and Nellie Towne sang two songs: "Whispering Hope" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" accompanied by Mrs. Ivan Kittleson.
Interment was in the Attica cemetery.
Notes for ALICE ORIZINIA RAMSEY:
Excerpted from ARLENE BARTLETT OLIVER's notes:
"Allice 'Allie' Ramsey died at Mercy Hospital in Oelewein, Iowa on July 30, 1955. The same day, her beautiful, wide-band wedding ring disappeared. She was not yet 17 when she married in May 1883. She was married in Wilson, Kansas where she remained until the spring of 1894 when she and Edmund moved to Attica, Wisconsin. In 1920, she and Edmund moved to Oelewein. At the time of her death, she had 4 children, 16 grandchildren, and 9 great- grandchildren."
Children of EDMUND KNAPP and ALICE RAMSEY are:
Generation No. 2
2. CLYDE ADELBERT KNAPP (EDMUND QUINCY, CARL, CONRAD NAPP I, CASPAR) was born June 25, 1884 in Wilson, Elsworth, Kansas, and died October 10, 1973 in Michigan City, Indiana. He married (1) FRANCES BELLWOOD September 27, 1904 in Lexington, Kentucky, daughter of GEORGE GARRETT and ELLEN HARLOW. She was born June 05, 1884 in Lexington, Kentucky, and died December 07, 1969 in Rogers Memorial Hospital, Washington, D.C. He married (2) EMILIE MARIE DEHN June 22, 1926 in Cook County, Illinois, daughter of EDWARD DEHN and MARIE CLAUS. She was born May 24, 1884 in Chicago, Polk County, Illinois, and died February 15, 1952 in Crete, Illinois.
Notes for CLYDE ADELBERT KNAPP:
EMPLOYER: Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad Co. from December 1909 - June 30, 1949
Uncles and WEEKEND
Musings on Meanings
On Friday evenings we turn to WHA-TV (a PBS station) and enjoy an hour of WEEKEND, a program designed to reflect on current issues and topics of importance to Wisconsin citizens. Lead by informed and genial hosts Dave Iverson and Patty Lowe, viewers are treated to lively discussions that include a variety of guests who often represent a variety of political viewpoints.
Although WEEKEND is indeed contemporary, the setting transports me back to the 1940's and a southern Wisconsin rural community. My parents played the role of hosts and visiting uncles were WEEKENDS Bill Dixon and Bill Krause. Both of my mother's brothers had long before left their home community to live their lives elsewhere.
Uncle Clyde was an engineer from Chicago. It was a special day when walking home from country school. I could see Uncle Clyde's shiny black bathtub Nash in our driveway, and I knew that he had come to visit.
His first stop was at the local cheese factory, and he would now be sitting at the table eating a limburger cheese sandwich on rye bread with sliced onions and drinking strong black coffee. Uncle Clyde wore matching gray pants and shirt, pressed to perfection. He always wore the silver and red circular pin that reflected his allegiance to the Technocrat movement.
After supper (the evening meal was supper then), the white tablecloth was brushed of homemade bread crumbs, and political discussions began in earnest. Uncle Clyde's forehead and furrowed above his bushy steel eyebrows as he explained how the Federal Reserve Board and the International Bankers (I visualized them as proper nouns) manipulated the economy and exerted great power with few controls.
War time issues of how diverting natural resources would be a way to gain control that might be exerted by our enemies. Uncle asserted that scrap iron needed for war efforts was being allowed to be diverted on the black market.
The discussion would continue and the national debt would be a heated topic. The national debt would be a horrible burden for children like me. (He would point to me who was being small and quiet so that I would not be noticed and reminded that it was far past bedtime. The next day he would show me now many zeros it took to make a trillion dollars of debt). Such discussions would be a nightly event until the day when goodbye was said, and the black Nash with the intense driver headed back to Chicago.
At another time, with equal anticipation, I would observe a polished light green Oldsmobile in the driveway as I came home from school. I knew that I would find another uncle finishing a limburger sandwich on rye bread with onions and drinking black coffee. Uncle Leon was a steadfast Republican businessman and mayor in a medium sized Iowa community. He always wore a shirt as white as his soft wavy hair and carried a gold Shaffer pen in his shirt pocket. As mayor he had been called upon to introduce President Roosevelt, of whom he could do a fair impression. Even a small child could sense a certain honor in that, even if his views were disagreed with.
That evening the eagerly anticipated discussion would center on the Democratic social program that would build generations of dependent citizens, according to Uncle Leon. He would state that the country must stick together because it was wartime, but economic policies were incurring debt that children like me (being small in the corner) would inherit and find their burden.
The discussions would continue nightly until, all too soon, the uncle would head west to Iowa. Much, much later I would wonder how these brothers who were born to a third generation German storekeeper father and a young Scottish/Irish mother could express such differing political viewpoints. After all, they had the same parents, had eaten at the same table, attended the same school and experienced the same community influences.
Later still, I would add my father, their schoolmate and friend before he was their brother-in-law, to the equation. He was also raised in the same community, but his family supported and expressed active participation in the Progressive movement. Long hours and hard work never prevented him from being knowledgeable of Wisconsin legislative activities. How could this small community, certainly the most parochial of places, have produce these divergent viewpoints?
Of course, the question is not that at all. The real question then, and now in the form of Mr. Dixon, Mr. Krause and WEEKEND, is what Wisconsin influences create a lifelong passion for the role of being a citizen and how is that commitment conveyed and taught? The Uncles and WEEKEND are good teachers. I hope they know they are appreciated.
OBITUARY (unknown newspaper):
Clyde A. Knapp, 89, who had lived for the past four years at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E. Knapp, 215 Northbrook Drive, Shoreland Hills, died at home yesterday at 4:30 p.m. Born in Kansas June 25, 1884, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Knapp. He had worked for a railroad for 41 years, retiring as an engineer. In 1905, he was married in Bethlehem, Ky., to Fannie Aldrich, who is deceased. In addition to his son, a daughter, Mrs. Jessie Lewis, Suitland, Md., also survives. Burial will be in Attica, Wis., Cemetery. Root Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
More About CLYDE ADELBERT KNAPP:
Cause of Death: Acute Myocardial Infarction due to Arteriosclerosis Heart Disease
Occupation: Bet. December 1909 - June 30, 1949, Fireman & Locomotive Engineer, Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad
Notes for FRANCES "FANNIE" BELLWOOD:
There is some controversy concerning Fannie's maiden name: Fannie's daughter Catherine's birth certificate states that Fannie's maiden name was Bellwood; the 1900 census shows her name as Fannie B. Garrett; her marriage certificate with Clyde Knapp and Clyde's pension records state that her last name was Eldridge. [Eldridge may have been a married name as she once told Annie Noonan Lewis, her granddaughter-in- law, that she was married before she married Clyde Knapp, but that her husband died young].
It is known that Fannie had a step-brother named Narvy Garrett, but whether they shared mother's or father's is not known for sure. Information to date indicates that both Narvy and Fannie had the same mother, a full-blood Cherokee Indian woman. If this is the case (as suspected), Narvy's father was George Garrett, and Fannie's father is unknown.
Fannie divorced Clyde Knapp after having seven children, and married Earl Reid. That marriage also ended in divorce. Her third (known) husband was Edward "Shorty" Canton whom she also divorced within months of their marriage after an argument over his treatment of a woman in her care.
Fannie ran a boarding house for a number of years. One day, shortly after Fannie married Shorty Canton, he got into an argument with one of Fannie's female borders and struck her. Fannie told Shorty, "No man will ever strike a woman in my home."
Shorty replied, "Well, then either she goes, or I go."
So Fannie showed him the door.
Fannie and Clyde outlived their parents, contemporaries, and five of their seven children (Catherine and Ray were still alive at the time of their deaths.)
Interment Card at Cedar Hill Cemetery states:
Name: Fannie B. Canton
Cause of Death: Coronary Thrombosis
Date of Death: December 7, 1969
Date of Interment: December 10, 1969
Place of Death: Rogers Memorial Hospital
Section: 19, Lot 69, Site 11
Owner of Lot: Bernard T. Bury
Undertaker: Simmons Brothers
Permit No. 69-9652
Fannie lived with Bernard "Bernie" Bury during her later years. She had taken care of Bernie's mother, Mary, and after Mary died, Bernie took care of Fannie. Bernie was a very dear friend of the Lewis family. He was born February 12, 1915, and died on September 30, 1981. He played the piano for a living at the Bassins Restaurant (Piano Bar) in Washington, D.C.
Fannie's Obituary (unknown newspaper)
On Sunday, December 7, 1969, Fannie B. Canton, beloved mother of Catherine K. Lewis and Raymond E. Knapp. Grandmother of William and Raymond Lewis. Dear friend of Bernard Bury and Norman M. Saunders. Also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Friends may call at the Simmons Bros. Funeral Home, 1661 Good Hope Road, S.E. (parking facilities) after 1 p.m. Tuesday. Mass will be offered for the repose of her soul on Wednesday, December 10 at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Interment Cedar Hill Cemetery. Visiting hours until 9 p.m.
Marriage Notes for CLYDE KNAPP and FRANCES BELLWOOD:
Register of Marriages dated February 23, 1907 from Lexington County, Kentucky states: "Rites of marriage were legally solemnized by me between Clyde Knapp and Fannie Belle Eldridge at Lexington, Ky. in the county of Fayette in the presence of Edith Whits??, H. G. Buckl??, John J. riley and Wilson Rose. Signed Be?? D. Bill."
Children of CLYDE KNAPP and FRANCES BELLWOOD are:
3. LEON CLARENCE KNAPP (EDMUND QUINCY, CARL, CONRAD NAPP I, CASPAR) was born June 02, 1887 in Wilson, Kansas, and died December 11, 1954 in Oelwein, Iowa. He married KATHYRN MURRAY. She was born November 25, 1886 in Wisconsin, and died September 02, 1943 in Oelwein, Iowa. She is buried in Oelwein..
Leon's obituary: [Extracted from the Oelwein Daily Register, Monday, December 13, 1954]
Leon Knapp Rites Tuesday
Tuesday, funeral services will be conducted for Leon C. Knapp, 67, who died Saturday night. The Rev. P. J. Maguire will officiate. Services for Mr. Knapp will be held at 2 p.m. at Brant funeral chapel. Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery. The Rosary will be recited tonight (Monday) at 8:00 at Brant chapel. The body will lie in state at the funeral home. Mr. Knapp, owner of Knapp Coal Co. and a former Oelwein Mayor, was born June 2, 1887 in Kansas, The son of Edmond and Alice Ramsey Knapp. He died at 11 p.m. of a heart attack. A resident of Oelwein for 36 years, he was a director of the First National Bank and Oelwein Federal Loan; member of the Elks and Moose and a past president of the Rotary club. He was mayor of Oelwein from 1925 - 1930. Survivors include one son, Jack, Oelwein, and three daughters, Mrs. Harry Thiele [Mildred] and Mrs. James Deyo [Kathleen], Oelwein; and Mrs. James Hartford [Leone], Gibson City, Ill. His mother Mrs. Alice Knapp, Oelwein, also survives. His wife Katherine, preceded him in death Sept. 2, 1943. Mr. Knapp resided at 448 South Frederick.
Children of LEON KNAPP and KATHYRN MURRAY are:
4. WINNEFRED ALLEN KNAPP (EDMUND QUINCY, CARL, CONRAD NAPP I, CASPAR) was born January 25, 1890 in Wilson, Kansas, and died August 01, 1926 in Belevedere, Marengo, Illinois. He married (1) ETHEL WONDRISKA . She was born 1891, and died 1911. He married (2) GERTRUDE NYE December 1912.
Notes for WINNEFRED ALLEN KNAPP:
Winnie's obituary: (Unidentified newspaper, apparently Marengo, Illinois)
Winfred Allen Knapp was born at Wilson, Kansas, January 25, 1880, and died at his late home in Marengo, Illinois, August 2, 1926. His age was 37 years, 6 months and days. He was married December 12, 1912 to Getrude L. Nye, and soon after they came to this city where they began domestic life together, and where they lived happily and prosperously, until death called him suddenly away to his eternal home. Two children were born to them: Glenn Allen, 12 years and Fay Charlotte 10. These, with their widowed mother, remain to mourn the loss of a devoted husband and a tender and affectionate father. He also leaves a mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. E. Q. Knapp, and a grandmother, Mrs. Mary Ramsey, all of Oelwein, Iowa. Two brothers and a sister survive him: Clyde of Chicago, Leon of Oelwein Iowa, and Mrs. Romayne Bartlett of Attica, Wisconsin. A host of other friends and relatives and Marengo and in his former home at Attica, Wis., and elsewhere, will sincerely mourn his sudden and unexpected departure.
He was a contractor for cement and concrete work for about 10 years and was capable and successful, winning the confidence and approval of those for whom he did his work, by his fidelity and honesty. His loss will be felt in our community. He was a good man and honored most by those who knew him best. He became ill Saturday with pneumonia complicated with heart weakness, grew rapidly worse on Sunday, and Monday night, all unexpectedly, he passed quietly away. His loved ones are dazed by the suddenness of their great loss and are deeply afflicted. They are at a loss to understand it, and find it extremely difficult to adjust themselves to the new conditions which this sudden death has brought about. But we are assured in the word of God that "What we know not now we shall know hereafter." We must wait God's time for the explanation of his providences. In the meantime "we mourn not as do others who have no hope." These friends know where their loved one has gone and they can find comfort and cheer, in their sorrow is the hope that they shall meet him again. They have the sincerest sympathy of the community where they have lived during their married life.
Brief services wee held at the home at 8:30 Wednesday morning by Dr. Gover C. Clark, a resident M.E. minister, and the body was brought to his former home at Attica where regular funeral services were held in the Attica Methodist church, Rev. T. Watters of Brodhead officiating. Interment was in the Attica cemetery.
Children of WINNEFRED KNAPP and GERTRUDE NYE are:
5. FAYE MARIE KNAPP (EDMUND QUINCY, CARL, CONRAD NAPP I, CASPAR) was born January 11, 1892 in Wilson, Kansas, and died March 01, 1971 in Attica, Wisconsin. She is buried in Attica Cemetery, Attica, Wisconsin. She married CHAUNCEY ROMAYNE BARTLETT II January 17, 1912 in Attica, Wisconsin, son of CHAUNCEY BARTLETT and ANNA. He was born July 18, 1887 in Attica, Wisconsin, and died October 01, 1962 in Attica, Wisconsin. He is buried in Attica Cemetery.
Children of FAYE KNAPP and CHAUNCEY BARTLETT are: