- Notes for JOHN JOSEPH CLAPP:
(Research):Clapp Generations 1 & 2 in America
The Passenger List Determines the First Family Group
A total of 14 persons were on the James Goodwill , with DavidCrockett as ship's master, which sailed out o f Rotterdam then landed inPhiladelphia on Sep. 27, 1727. T he names designated with "Signer" arethe males 16 and ove r who took the Oath and signed the Declaration ofFreedom.
1. Signer: Jost Klapp (John Joseph Clapp), age abt 58, and
2. his wife Anna Margaretha Unknown, age abt 54.
3. Signer: son Jurg Klapp (George Valentine), age 23, and
4. his wife, m- Aug 24, 1723, Anna Barbara Stiess, age 21 ; and
5. their daughter Maria Elizabeth, age 1 (godchild of Mar ia Eliz. andAdam Volpel).
6. daughter Maria Elizabeth , abt age 21 and her husband , whom shemarried Oct 29, 1726.
7. Signer: Johann Adam Philple (aka: Volpel) age abt 26 . Their familywasn't started yet.
8. daughter Anna Catherina, abt age 19, and her husband wh omshe marriedabt 1726,
9. Signer: Christian Miller, and
10. probably a child, (see later), suspected by Elmo Clapp . ChristianMiller died (along with the child?) soon afte r arrival and Anna m2- in1728, in Oley, Berks, PA , Heinri ch Schucardt (aka: Shucker), a recentwidower with childre n.
11. daughter Anna Margaretha, age abt 17, and her husband o r betrothed
12. Signer: Hans George Coch (aka: Cook).
13. Signer: son Ludwigh Klapp (John Ludwig Clapp, Sr.), ag e 16, single.He later married, abt 1734, Anna Margaret Str ader in Oley Valley, PA.
14. daughter Maria Veronica, age 11, single. She later marr ied PhilipCarl Jaeger (aka: Hunter) in Oley, went south w ith George Valentine,and moved on toward the Yadkin.
*The total number in the group was 14. All but one are nam ed. That onehas to be an infant born after April, 1727, wh en the last church entrywas made in Weisenheim. The churc h records have been thoroughly checkedfor data everywher e they liveed. Jost and Margaretha were too old to havemor e children in Pennsylvania, so this has to be all of thei r children.Ludwig (John Ludwig Clapp, Sr.) and Valentine ( George Valentine Clapp)are, then, the only sons to procrea te the next generation of Clapp.
Our First German Clapp Generation in America:
Joseph ("Jost") Clapp, was baptized August 29, 16 69, in Istha(aka: Iste), west of Kassel, in Hesse, Germany . For lack of otherrecords, this date has been used as hi s birth date. He is also known byother variations of hi s name which include J Johann Jost Klapp. He used aninitia l when he signed his name "Joseph K. Clap" in Philadelphi a in1727. This is a guess, but the use of the initial "K " could have beenthe result of some variation old style na ming which would have been hisgiveven name, then the surnam e of his father, and then the name of theclan or neighborh ood of his family heritage. In his case, his heritagewas t he neighborhood of Bingen and the Klopp castle (Schloss Klo pp). Heapparently spent his early years in Istha and he wa s confirmed in theGerman Reformed faith in Istha in 1682 , at about age 13.
Sometime before the birth of his children, Jost m oved toWeisenheim (aka: Weistheim) am Berg, in Pfalz, Bava ria. The area's namebecame Rheinland-Pfalz in 1948, at th e close of World War II whenGermany was reorganized. Jos t married Anna Margaretha, last nameunknown, and the marri age was definitely not in Istha, but it could havebeen eit her before or at the time he moved to Weisenheim. All of th ebirths of Jost's children were in Weisenheim.
In 1704, in Weisenheim, the church recorded the b irth ofJost's son Jurg (George Valentine) and the municipa lity noted Jost paida new resident registration fee in th e fiscal year 1704-1705. Until thenit's possible he wa s a resident of the area without the rights ofcitizenship , but the facts are not known. In the fiscal year 1707-08 ,the municipality bought corn from Jost, reimbursed him fo r food anddrink expenses when they had him dispatch a wago n to Kallstadt, andnoted Jost's sale of barley to the scho olmaster. In 1708-09, Jost soldoats to the clergyman, an d in 1710-11, he sold 200 liters of wine. Jostwas charge d for his share of the watchman fee in 1715-16, and in the n1716-17, Jost paid the municipality for the value of frui t instead ofdelivering it. In 1721-22, Jost received compe nstaion and reimbursementbecause the master baker died i n his house.
Throughout Jost's life, the Thirty Years War wa s in progress.The country was devastated and over the year s many, many thousands ofJost's fellow Palatinates left Ge rmany. At the time when his oldestchildren began to marry , and the next oldessst were apparently betrothed,Jost trans ported them all to America. Except when Jost's younger son ,Ludwig, was in nearby Dackenheim, noted in the church ent ry, "for thefirst time to the Lord's table: Nr. 1, Johan n Ludwig Klapp vonWeisenheim am Berg", on June 5, 1726, pe rsons of the name were inWeisenheim as late as April 6, 17 27, when the last Klapp entry wasplaced in the church reco rd.
The family group of fourteen persons made their w ay toRotterdam, and from there took passage on the ship Ja mes Goodwill withDavid Crockett as ship's master. The capt ain made a stop in Falmouth,England before continuing acro ss the Atlantic and landing inPhiladelphia. On Sept 27, 17 27, a total of 53 Palatine men, age 16 orover, took the Oa th and signed their names signifying their subscriptiont o The Declaration of Freedom. Six of those who swore wer e men fromour family group, anand they were: Joseph Clap, Jo han Adam Philple, JorgValentin Clap, Johann Ludowigh Clap , Christian Miller, and Jurg Coch.The other passengers wou ld have been Joseph's wife, his four daughters,George's wi fe and infant daughter, and probably an infant child of th eMiller couple. After leaving Philadelphia, the family set tled in theOley Valley of Pennsylvania, in what is now Ber ks County.
Fact Source: Clapp Family Association Newsletter, Vol. III.
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