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9. JOHN KNAPP II2,6,7 was born on 4 May 1661 in Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He died on 2 February 1733 at the age of 71 in Newtown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

History of the Early Settlement of Newton, County of Middlesex, MA
From 1639 to 1800
With a Genealogical register of its Inhabitants
Prior to 1800
By Francis Jackson
Stacy & Richardson, Boston, 1854

The settlement of Newtown [Cambridge] began in 1631.
Knapp, John,s. of John & Sarah, g.s. of William, of Watertown. Married Sarah Park and had Isaac; Sarah, Aug 13, 1686; John, Dec. 11, 1688; James, Feb 21, 1690.

Vital Records of Newton, MA
To the Year 1850
NEHGS Boston 1905
Isaac, s. John and Sarah ______ ?b. after ch. b. Feb 21, 1690? [I suspect this was a misreading]
James, s. John and Sarah, Feb 21, 1690
John s. John & Sarah, Dec 11, 1688
Sarah, d. John & Sarah, Aug 13, 1686

John Knap Sr, Feb 2, 1733
Sarah, w. John, Dec. 19, 1726/7
Lydia Knop, 29 Apr 1734

The Old East Parish Burying Ground is the resting place for all of the founding families of Newton. In 1654, families living south of the river started holding religious meetings locally rather than making the journey to Cambridge. John Jackson provided an acre of land for a burial ground and for a meeting house, and this remained the only burying site for residents of Newton until 1781. A monument was placed in memory of Newton's founders in 1852, erected by the descendants of the first settlers. At the time inscriptions were recorded, only six headstones from the earliest inhabitants were still standing. However, their memory lives on through their descendants.

The original acre was added to three times, and the cemetery was used continuously until near the end of the 1800s. The final addition to the burying ground was made in 1834. Family members dying in Newton after 1781 may be found here in the East Parish Burying Ground, in the West Parish Burying Ground (opening 1781), or in the South Parish Burying Ground (opening 1802).

JOHN KNAPP II and SARAH PARKE were married on 4 August 1686. SARAH PARKE, daughter of THOMAS PARKE and ABIGAIL DIX, was born on 21 January 1666 in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. She died on 19 December 1727 at the age of 61 in Newtown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

JOHN KNAPP II and SARAH PARKE had the following children:



Sarah KNAPP was born on 13 August 1686 in Newtown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. She died in 1755 at the age of 69.

Sarah died unmarried.






James KNAPP.



Isaac KNAPP was born on 21 February 1692 in Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.



Jonas KNAPP was born (date unknown).

Jonas married 6 Nov 1737, Mary Wright, at Falmouth, Maine.



Jonathan KNAPP was born (date unknown).

Jonathan may have gone to Sturbridge with his brother Ebenezer and sister Hannah who married Moses Allen.

Vital Records of Sturbridge, M A
To the Year 1850
NEHGS, Boston, 1906
Lemuel, s.Jonathan & w. bp Mar 4, 1744 [Congregational Church Record]



Daniel KNAPP was born about 1708. He died on 2 September 1772 at the age of 64.

Daniel married 30 Sep 1735 to Sarah Welds. The family may have lived in Brattleboro, Vermont. He is said to have died aged about 64.

Vital Records of Newton, MA
To the Year 1850
NEHGS Boston 1905
Daniell Knapp & Sarah Wilds, Sept 30, 1735



Ebenezer KNAPP.



Lydia KNAPP died on 29 April 1734.

Lydia never married.