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John Randolph Knapp
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Birth: Sep. 18, 1826
Ontario, Canada
Death: Aug. 14, 1910
Pierce County
Washington, USA

John served in the Civil War with California 6th Infantry, Company A.

Published: Kelsonian, August 17, 1910, pg 1.

John R Knapp was born in Davidtown, county of Kent, 36 miles from Toronto, Canada, September 18, 1826. In 1836 he removed with his parents to Fremont Ohio and from there to Laporte County, Indiana, his family settling on a farm 40 miles east of Chicago. At the age of 17 he went to Chicago, where he learned the ship carpenter's trade and later was employed in building canal boats for the canal between Chicago and Joliet. In the spring of 1852 with his brother Cornelius, he started for the gold mines on the Pacific Coast, making the trip with ox teams, arriving at The Dalles, Portland and Vancouver in the fall of that year. He soon moved on to southern Oregon, working in the placer mines at Althouse creek. After about a year he traveled on the Crescent City, Scotts Bar and Yreka, sometimes mining and sometimes working at his trade until, after serving in the Rogue River Indian war of 1855 he removed to Humboldt, Nevada, and from there to Sacramento, where he was employed at the Central Pacific shops making patterns for two years. From Sacramento Mr Knapp went to Virginia City, where he was employed as millwright on some of the largest mining properties on the Comstock Lode.

After four years at Virginia City he returned to the Middle West, visiting relatives in several states and later buying a farm four miles south of Wichita and another on the Walnut river near Douglas, where he remained for ten years, studying law a portion of the time. Most of his fortune was lost during these years dealing in wheat, so in 1883 he sold his farms and bought a saw mill in southern Missouri, later moving it to Tironza, Arkansas. The mill was another losing proposition, causing its owner to conclude to return to the Pacific Coast.

Mr Knapp arrived in Kelso in the spring of 1888 and took up a homestead on Brayion mountain, four miles northeast of this place. Throughout each summer he would remain on the place, spending the winters with his brother P.J. Knapp in Kelso. Having become quite feeble, he concluded in 1904 to go to the hospital at the soldiers home at Orting, where he spent most of his times until he passed away of valvular affection of the heart and general breakdown at 6:25 p.m. last Sunday, age 83 years, 10 months and 27 days. Early last winter Mr Knapp fell and wrenched his hip severely, the accident confining him to his bed and hastening his departure from this life.

In his later years, Mr Knapp was a familiar figure in Kelso, as he visited his brother here frequently. He was loved and respected by all, and "Uncle John," as he was familiarly call will be missed. Peace to his ashes.

According to written directions which he had left, his body was cremated at Tacoma Tuesday, August 16, 1910.

Published: Orting Oracle 19 Aug 1910, pg 4

M.R. Knapp
was born in Fremont, O., in 1826. He served in California during the Indian war of 1855, and was honorably discharged at the end of hostilities. He died in the Home hospital August 14, 1910. His brother arrived from Kelso and conveyed the remains to Tacoma August 17, for cremation.

Brother of James Murphy Knapp; Issac W Knapp; Elizabeth Knapp; Henrietta (Knapp) Patton; Nancy Morgan; Hiram Knapp; William Henry Norris Knapp; Susanna E Knapp; Cornelius Knapp and Peter Jones Knapp

John's body was cremated at the Oak Wood Cemetery in Tacoma, Washington. His remains were given to his brother Peter Jones Knapp. It is unknown what his brother did with his remains.
Family links: 
  John Knapp (1796 - 1852)
  Margaret Jones Knapp (1797 - 1868)
  James Murphy Knapp (1818 - 1892)*
  Isaac Walter Knapp (1821 - 1873)*
  Henrietta Knapp Patton (1824 - 1860)*
  John Randolph Knapp (1826 - 1910)
  Cornelius Knapp (1832 - 1900)*
  William Henry Norris Knapp (1838 - 1919)*
  Peter Jones Knapp (1842 - 1924)*
*Calculated relationship
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Peter Jones Knapp
Created by: Owlisnapp
Record added: Mar 21, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 87186626


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