Philander Knapp…Franklin Kasson Knapp’s Dad…was the

Postmaster of Geneva in both 1847 and also 1855 according to this research on Google old list of Post Master Office holders; in 1847 under President Polk and in 1855

So it looks like our guy was pretty politically active both in getting goverment jobs and being the center of town’s business. I wonder if the old histories 1830,40,50,60 in the Geneva,  Ashtabula area have him and or his kin popping up what with their Tavern activity and being Postmaster. ..? Worth seaching for…

Our guy looks like he had a kind of neat life, hither and yon as it were. From the notes found here ;, it looks like Philander married Louisa Beardsly in Litchfild, Co. Connecticut about 1822 and by 1824 was in Geneva, Ohio with her where they had three girls from 1824 thru 1828, Antoinette, Celestra and Mary. 

Then by the next year 1829 they were back East again, in Marlboro, Berkshire Co. Massachusetts where they had our “Gold Rush” Great Great Grandfather Franklin Kasson Knapp in 1829 and his little brother Edwin Knapp in 1830.

We can place Philander back in Geneva in 1855 as Postmaster. And finally the “freepages geneaology” shows him marrying again when he was 85 years old, God Bless him…to a lady who was in her mid Sixties. Philander lived another 3 years and died in Geneva. But I’m going to keep looking to see what caused the travels back and forth. I know there was family talk of the Knapp’s having a place called the “Eagle Tavern” near Geneva. And I know in the old days the local taverns also served at the post office. (They did on the Lloyd side too).    

The Ohio Canals were completed in 1832…so they came out here and returned before the canals were completed. Some seriously tough travel.

  • 1803 – March 1 – Ohio admitted to the Union as the 17th state. Chillicothe is named state capital.
  • 1804 – Ohio University, founded in 1804 in Athens, was the first university in Ohio and the Northwest Territory.
  • 1810 – Zanesville named state capitol.
  • 1811 – Tecumseh defeated at the Battle of Tippecanoe.
  • 1812 – Fort Meigs constructed to protect Ohio from invasion during the War of 1812
  • 1813 – British defeat in the Battle of Lake Erie
  • 1816 – Columbus named state capitol.
  • 1817 – The first abolitionist newspaper, The Philanthropist, is published in Mt. Pleasant.
  • 1825
    • The National Road reaches St. Clairsville.
    • Construction on the Miami and Erie canals begins.
  • 1832 – Ohio and Erie canals are completed.
  • 1833 – The nation’s first interracial, coeducational college, Oberlin College, was founded in Oberlin in 1833.
  • 1834 – The Ohio Anti-Slavery Society is founded in Zanesville.
  • 1835 – Boundary disputes between Michigan and Ohio cause the Toledo War
  • 1840 – William Henry Harrison, from North Bend, elected president.
  • 1842 – The Wyandottes, Ohio’s last Indian tribe, leave Ohio
  • 1845
    • The State Board of Agriculture is organized.
    • The Miami and Erie Canal was completed
  • 1849 – The first Ohio State Fair opens.
  • 1850
    • Ohio leads all states in corn, horses, sheep and wool production.
    • The second U.S. Women’s Rights Convention is held in Salem.
  • 1851 – Current Ohio Constitution adopted.
  • 1859 – John Brown, an abolitionist from Akron, leads raid on Harper’s Ferry, VA.
  • 1861-1865 – Civil War , Ohio fought for the Union but the state showed mixed feelings toward slavery. 
  • 1861 – Ohio Statehouse completed.
  • 1863 – The Battle of Buffington Island becomes the only Civil War battle in Ohio.
  • 1868 – Ulysses S. Grant, from Point Pleasant, is elected president.
  • 1869
    • Cincinnati Redstockings become the first fully professional baseball team.
    • W. F. Semple of Mount Vernon patented chewing gum
  • 1870
    • Ohio State University is founded.
    • Benjamin Goodrich opens a rubber plant in Akron
  • 1873 – Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College opens.
  • 1876 – Rutherford B. Hayes, from Delaware, is elected president.
  • 1878 – James Ritty of Dayton developed the first cash register.
  • 1879 – Cleveland became the world’s first city to be lighted
    electrically in 1879 when Charles Brush successfully demonstrated arc lights on the streets.
  • 1880 – James Garfield, from Orange, is elected president.
  • 1888 – Benjamin Harrison, from North Bend, is elected president.
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