Friday, December 26, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 52: #59, Sarah (Cutter) Knapp (1785-1878)

Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post Challenge:  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  Here is my ancestor biography for week #52:

Sarah (Cutter) Knapp is #59 on my Ahnentafel list, my third great-grandmother.  She married in 1804  to #58 William Knapp (1775-1856).

Sarah Knapp (1785-1878) gravestone, Newton, N.J., 
(c) Russ Worthington (used by permission)

I am descended through:

*  their daughter, 
#29 Sarah Knapp (1818-1????), who married #28, David Auble (1817-1894), in 1844.
*  their son, #14 Charles Auble (1849-1916) who married #15 Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952) in 1898.
*  their daughter, #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977) married, #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976)in 1918. 
* their daughter, #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), who married Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) in 1942.
*  their son, #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                             Sarah Cutter[1–2]
*  Alternate Name:           Sarah Knapp[3]    
*  Alternate Name:           Sarah C. Knapp[4]
*  Sex:                                 Female   

*  Father:                           Stephen Cutter (1745-1823)   
*  Mother:                         Tabitha Randolph (1752-1841)   
2)  EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                              6 November 1785, Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States[1]    
*  Census:                         1 June 1850 (age 64); Newton, Sussex, New Jersey, United States[3]
*  Census:                         1 June 1860 (age 74), New Barbados, Bergen, New Jersey, United States[4]
*  Death:                          6 March 1878 (age 92), Newton, Sussex, New Jersey, United States[2]
*  Burial:                         after 6 March 1878 (after age 92), Old Newton Burial Ground, Newton, Sussex, New Jersey, United States[2,5]
3)  MARRIAGES AND CHILDREN (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:                    William Knapp (1775-1856)   
*  Marriage 1:                 about 1804 (about age 19), probably Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States[1]

*  Child 1:                        Joseph C. Knapp (1805-    )   
*  Child 2:                        Samuel C. Knapp (1806-1852)   
*  Child 3:                        Cyrus C. Knapp (1809-1872)   
*  Child 4:                        Catharine Knapp (1810-1894)   
*  Child 5:                        Benjamin Knapp (1811-1857)   
*  Child 6:                        Charles C. Knapp (1813-1888)   
*  Child 7:                        Hannah Maria Knapp (1816-1903)   
*  Child 8:                        Sarah G. Knapp (1818-1900)   
*  Child 9:                        William Knapp (1823-1860)   
*  Child 10:                      Manning M. Knapp (1825-1892)   
*  Child 11:                       Elsie M. Knapp (1831-1903)   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

Sarah Cutter was born 6 November 1785 in Woodbridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey, the daughter of Stephen Cutter and Tabitha Randolph.  The entry in the book History of the Cutter Family of New England on page 97 says:

"vii.  Sarah [Cutter], b. Nov. 6, 1785 ; m. William Knapp.  Mrs. Knapp is living with her son Manning, at Hackensack, N.J."  A list of her children follows. 

Her marriage to William Knapp was probably in 1804 in Woodbridge, New Jersey[1] are assumptions based on the approximate birth year of the oldest child (1805) and the birthplace and residence of Sarah Cutter, and the birthplace of the first child, Joseph C. Knapp.  They had 11 children,  born between 1805 and 1831, all of whom reached adulthood, and all but one married.  

In the 1850 US Census, this family resided in Newton township, Sussex County, New Jersey.[3]  The household included:

*  William Knapp -- age 75, male, a shoemaker, $800 in real property, born NY
*  Sarah Knapp, age 66, female, born NJ
*  Catherine Knapp, age 40, female, born NJ
*  Elsey Knapp, age 19, female, born NJ

In the 1860 US Census, Sarah Knapp resided with the Manning Knapp family in New Barbadoes township, Bergen County, New Jersey.[4]  The household included:

*  Manning M. Knapp -- age 34, male, lawyer, $7000 in real property, $4000 in personal property, born NJ
*  Anna M. Knapp - age 31, female, wife, born NJ
*  Anna M. Knapp - age 7, female, born PA, attended school
*  Sarah C. Knapp - age 78, female, lady, born NJ
*  Joseph Madison -- age 3, male, born NJ
*  Margaret M. Mann -- age 28, female, domestic, born Ballyhanna, Ireland

There is no known entry in the 1870 U.S. Census for Sarah Knapp.  Presumably, she was still living with her son Manning Knapp in the Hackensack, New Jersey area.

Sarah (Cutter) Knapp is buried in Old Newton Burial Ground in Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey next to her husband.[2]  A burial record, most likely taken from the gravestone in 1989 during a gravestone survey, is available with the name "Sarah Cutter Knapp,"[5] with a birth date of Nov. 6 1787 and a death date of Mar. 6 1878, wife of William Knapp.

The gravestone inscription says:

Born Nov. 6, 1787
Died Mar. 6, 1878

There are no probate records for Sarah (Cutter) Knapp in the Sussex County, New Jersey Estate Index, 1804-1974 (accessed on

1. Dr. Benjamin Cutter, The History of the Cutter Family of New England  (Boston, Mass. : 1871), page 97, Sarah Cutter sketch.

2. Jim Tipton, indexed database, Find A Grave (, Old Newton Burial Ground, Newton, N.J., Sarah Cutter Knapp memorial #14259590.

3. 1850 United States Federal Census, Sussex County, New Jersey, population schedule, Newton township, page 137, dwelling #454, family #486, William Knapp household; online database, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, Roll 464.

4. 1860 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Bergen County, New Jersey, New Barbadoes township, page 412, dwelling #191, family #216, Manning McKnapp household; online database, (, citing National Archives Microfilm Series M653, Roll 683.

5. A Record of the Inscriptions on the Stones in the Old Cemetery - Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey, typescript (Newton, NJ : n.p., n.d., on shelf at Sussex County Library), Sarah Cutter Knapp entry, unnumbered page.


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Unknown said...

I only recently began tracing my genealogy, picking up where my mother left off years ago. My 4th great grandfather is William Knapp 1775-1857. But that is one place I get stuck because much of the data I see online suggest that his parents were Shubel and Rebecca, the dates just don't work. I see youposted about this. Did you ever get past William?
Jim McNichol

Randy Seaver said...

Hi Jim,

Nope, I haven't a clue as to the parents of William Knapp (1775-1856). I am pretty sure that they weren't Shubel and Rebecca.