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Daniel Kinney "D.K." Belknap
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Birth: Mar. 17, 1828
Bethany
Wayne County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Sep. 3, 1896
Hornell
Steuben County
New York, USA

Daniel's namesake is his uncle, Daniel K Skinner; his middle name is thought to be Kinney, after his grandmother, Mercy Kinney. His obituary summarizes his life:

"DEATH OF MR. BELKNAP
_____________________

Our Worthy Citizen Passes Away After a Weary Illness

Daniel K. Belknap died at his residence late Thursday afternoon, after a long and lingering illness,

The event had been hourly anticipated for some time. The reports in the Tribune from time to time had prepared his many friends in the community for the inevitable for several days past, as it was well known that his life was hanging by a thread. He has been wearing out for years. Of a highly nervous organization, burdened with heavy responsibilities which his conscientious make-up would not allow him to slight in any way, he practically laid down his life upon the altar of duty. He met faithfully every obligation to his employers with energy, tact and discretion. His courtesy and spirit of accommodation with the patrons of the road kept them in the most cordial relations with that great corporation, and added to its popularity with the business community. His invariable cordiality and good sound common sense and energy fitted him well for his important duties.

Daniel K. Belknap was born in Bethany, Wayne Co., Pa., March 17, 1828, and was consequently past 68 years of age. He was the son of Horace Belknap who died in Tioga Co., Pa., in 1843. He was the third child of a family of five sons and three daughters.

Deceased received but a limited early education and for the first five years after he was 18, was with a company of Civil Engineers on the Pennsylvania coal roads. Following this he entered the employ of the Erie railroad [sic] Company and from that time until his resignation a few weeks ago, he was one of the most faithful, efficient and best known employees of that company, his service covering a period of over 40 years.

He was for 11 years agent at Deposit and from there he was promoted to the position of agent at this station. From that time until decling [sic] health forced him to retire from all business and his resignation was handed in July 18 last, he had performed faithfully, ably and energetically the many duties of that position. His energy growing with the increasing duties of the office. D. K. Belknap was known more widely and favorably than any other official in a like position on the Erie. In October 1857 he was married to Elvira Blizzard of Sullivan county.

Mr. Belknap was prominent in the business and social circles of our community and regarded by all as a man of more than ordinary executive ability.

He is survived by his wife, a son, Walter H., and by his daughter, Mrs. Charles H. Hartshorn [Laura]."

Hornellsville Weekly Tribune
Hornellsville, Steuben County, New York, USA,
Friday 11 Sep 1896,
Page 8.


Daniel is referred to as "Kinney Belknap" by Wahl in her book and her research journals. Nearly all adult records, including newspaper articles, refer to him as "D.K. Belknap", apparently his preferred sobriquet. His mother, Susan Skinner, is the grand-daughter of the Delaware rafter, Daniel Skinner.

Known siblings:

* Unknown child (possibly "Jesse") dates unknown.
* Joseph Belknap, (1825 - by 1877).
* Calista Belknap, (by 1835 - by 1894) m. Caleb Schenck.
* Charles Y, (abt 1834 - ?) m. Harriet Unknown.
* Mary C Belknap, (abt 1837 - 1899) m. 1860 James D Frantz.
* Benjamin Belknap (abt 1842 - by 1877).
* Laura / Laurel Belknap (abt 1845 - by 1899) m. William Quick.


The Descendants of Joseph and Martha Kinne Skinner of Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania,
Doris Seymour Wahl (with Cynthia Walker Rummel),
Niagara Falls, New York : [s.n., 1958?].

The Doris Wahl Collection,
Niagara County Historical Society
215 Niagara Street
Lockport, NY 14094

Rural Cemetery, Town of Hornellsville (Hornell)
Rural & Hope Cemetery Association,
Hornell, NY 14843,
http://www.paintedhills.org/STEUBEN/HornellRural/HornellRuralCemAD.html
Accessed 27 Oct 2010.

History of Steuben County, New York: with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers,
W. Woodford Clayton
Philadelphia: Lewis, Peck & Co., 1879
Page 325.
 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Horace D Belknap (____ - 1854)
  Susan S Skinner Belknap (1801 - 1877)
 
 Spouse:
  Elvira Blizzard Belknap (1838 - 1909)
 
 Children:
  Laura Josephine Belknap Hartshorn (1861 - 1936)*
  Walter H Belknap (1867 - 1901)*
 
 Siblings:
  Daniel Kinney Belknap (1828 - 1896)
  Mary C Belknap Frantz (1838 - 1899)*
  Laura M. Belknap Quick (1841 - 1897)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Note: Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice website has more information on this branch of the Belknap family.
 
Burial:
Rural Cemetery
Hornell
Steuben County
New York, USA
 
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Record added: Oct 27, 2010
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