NameSgt. Daniel Knapp 573,574
Birth6 May 1753, Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts
Census1800, Unadilla, Otsego, New York575 Age: 46
Census1810, Unadilla, Otsego, New York576 Age: 56
Census1820, Unadilla, Otsego, New York577 Age: 66
Death21 Apr 1836, Otego, Otsego, New York578 Age: 82
BurialPresbyterian Cemetery, Otego, Otsego, New York578
ReligionCongregational, Presbyterian
FatherNathaniel Knapp (-1766)
MotherMehitable Briggs (-1766)
BirthApr 1757, Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut
Christening17 Apr 1757, Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut Age: <1
Death15 Dec 1838, Otego, Otsego, New York578 Age: 81
BurialPresbyterian Cemetery, Otego, Otsego, New York578
FatherEbenezer Savage (1718-1767)
MotherRebecca Ranney (1726-)
Marriage17 Jun 1778, Lanesborough, Berkshire, Massachusetts
ChildrenAaron (1778-)
 Ebenezer W. (1781-1865)
 Betsey (1783-)
 Daniel Jr. (1787->1870)
 Laura (1789-1855)
 Hannah (1790-1853)
 Mehitable W. (1796-1859)
Notes for Sgt. Daniel Knapp
He stated that he was born in Taunton, Massachusetts, 6 May 1753, but has no record of it. He was living in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, at the start of the Revolution and stayed there for about twenty years after the war. He has lived in Otego, Otsego Co., New York, for the thirty-five years prior to 1832. [Thus arriving about 1797].

Samuel Merriman made an affadavit on 14 April 1818 that he had known Daniel Knapp for more than 40 years and that he served with the latter outside the walls of Quebec and that Knapp had previously served at Cambridge.

Looking at the vital records for Taunton, the birth records seem to be very incomplete, with only two Knapp births as early as the 1760s. In contrast, there are Knapp marraiges as far back as 1673. Potential Knapp parents for Daniel (i.e. marraiges within about 1732-1752 interval): Benjamin Knap & Mehetable Edde on 17 Feb 1731/2, Benjamin Knap and Sarah Baker on 15 Jan 1735, Joseph Knap & Mehetable Stacy on 30 Dec. 1736, Moses Knap & Patience Pratt on 2 Jan 1734, Nathaniel Knap & Bethia Briggs on 4 Mar 1735. The adjacent town of Norton also has many Knapp families, including several Daniels (not ours), but who may be uncles/cousins. Also check the Bristol County probate files.

Patricia Knapp has provided some data on the Knapps of the Taunton area which may well represent this Daniel. This does require additional verification as she initially had this Daniel marrying Hannah Lyon in 1763, an association which has been reported in several sources. That does not stand up to the light of day as it would first have him marrying at age ten, and this just did not happen in New England. Secondly, we have rather firm evidence from the pension application and supporting data in the pension file that he married Hannah Savage, originally of Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut.579

Daniel was one of the nine founding members of the Congregational Church, Otego, Otsego County, New York, on 17 September 1805. Daniel was chosen as deacon for the church.580

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Revolutionary War veteran (pension file W.15784). He was living at Stockbridge, MA, when he enlisted in the Massachusetts line. Enlisted April 1775 for 12 months service as private in Capt. Thomas Williams' Company, Col. Patterson's Regiment. They served at Cambridge, MA, and helped build Forts 1 and 3. They were dismissed at Cambridge on 1 January 1776, but stayed on an additional month at the particular request of Gen. Washington. Enlisted at Stockbridge April 1776 for 9 months service as corporal in Capt.William Bacon's Company, Col. Porter's Regiment, General Arnold's Brigade. They went to Quebec and were in the retreat on the 6th of May to Crown Point and Fort Independence. He was hospitalized in June and Fort George and was subsequently transported to Albany and discharged 1 January 1777. Enlisted for 3 months service about 1 June 1777 as sergeant in Capt. Isaac Marsh's Company, Gen. Nixon's Brigade. He was first sergeant for the company. They served at Fort Ann, Fort Gleason, and at Stillwater, including participating in the Batle of Kingsury, where several from their company were killed. He later served about six months in the Massachusetts militia under various officers. He had discharges signed by Gen. Washington and by Gen. Gates, but they had been lost at some point in the intervening 55 years. He signed his affadavit on 15 October 1832.

Evidence was found for 10 months service as private and 3 months service as sergeant. He was awarded a pension of $33.63 per year, paid semi-annually.
Notes for Hannah (Spouse 1)
She was living in Oxford, Chenango Co., New York, when she applied for a pension on 8 Dec. 1838. She signed an affadavit at that time but was too ill to attend court. Her brother Daniel Savage of Guilford, New York, was aged 74 at the time. He brother made an affadavit that he had attended their wedding. The town clerk of Lanesborough was unable to find a record of their marriage in the town or Presbyterian Church records, but did state that Rev. David Collins was the minister at that time.

Savage, J.F., 1894,574 has a death date of about 15 December 1838 but it is likely that he is mis-reading the the Revolutionary War pension records. They show a pension issued through 4 September 1839 at least.581

White, V.D., v. 2, p. 1970, 1991
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