Isaac Walter Knapp was the son of John Knapp and Margaret Jones. John Knapp was born in 1796 in Essex County, Ontario, Canada. Margaret Jones was born on April 10, 1797 in Canada. Some say she was born in Wales. Isaac was born in 1821 in Essex County, Ontario, Canada.
Isaac Walter Knapp was married to Jane Whitmore on August 14, 1842 in Fremont, Sandusky County, Ohio. Jane was born in 1826 in Genesee County, New York State. Isaac was a farmer all of his life. When the Civil War broke out, he volunteered as soon as he could. He mustered in on August 16, 1862. He was a member of the 73rd Indiana Infantry Regiment, Company E, which was organized in South Bend. First they were ordered to Lexington, Kentucky. The unit evacuated Lexington on August 31, 1862. Then they were attached to the 20th Brigade, 6th Division, 2nd Corps, Army of the Ohio, in September 1862. They fought in the Battle of Perryville, the Advance on Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Battle of Stones River, Streight’s Raid to Rome, Georgia. Isaac was in many more battles.
Isaac Walter Knapp and Jane Whitmore had nine children. The first of those was Mark Knapp. He was born on September 5, 1844 in Michigan City, La Porte County, Indiana. He married Lijanna Medora Sharp on April 18, 1871. Lijanna went by the name Anna. Mark died on March 14, 1937 in Wheatfield, Jasper County, Indiana. He was buried at Wheatfield Cemetery, in Wheatfield, Jasper County, Indiana.
The second child of Isaac Walter Knapp and Jane Whitmore. He was born in 1846, in Porter County, Indiana. Walter first married Mary Forbes in 1879. She also went by Polly. Mary was born in 1859. She died in 1881. They were married in Porter County, Indiana. Walter’s second marriage was to Ella Castleman, the widow of Andrew, Walter’s brother. Ella was born in 1861. Walter and Ella were married in Porter County, Indiana. He died on November 4, 1915 in Porter County, Indiana. Walter was buried in Chesterton Cemetery, Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana.
Andrew J. Knapp was the third child of Isaac Walter Knapp and Jane Whitmore. He was born in 1848 in Porter County, Indiana. Andrew married Ella Castleman in Porter County, Indiana. After Andrew died, Ella married his brother, Walter. Andrew was in the 147th Illinois, during the Civil War. Later, he contracted tuberculosis and died on February 18, 1883 in Porter County, Indiana. Andrew was buried at Chesterton Cemetery, in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana.
Isaac Walter Knapp and Jane Whitmore’s fourth child was Franklin Knapp. His entire life he was known as frank. Frank was born in 1851 in Porter County, Indiana. Frank did get married; but we have no other details. The date of his death is 1950. That date is in question.
The fifth child of Isaac Walter Knapp and Jane Whitmore was Cornelius Knapp. His nickname was either Corny or Cory. Cornelius was born in 1853 in Illinois. We know nothing of his marriage, death or burial.
Orville Joseph Knapp was the sixth child of Isaac Walter Knapp and Jane Whitmore. Orville was sometimes called Joe. He was born on April 26, 1857 in Illinois. Orville married Sarah Sabrina Starkey on August 21, 1886 in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri. Sarah was known as Sally in her youth. When Orville was young he worked for the railroad and traveled. It was a hard and dangerous job. He was also a butcher and a home builder. Orville could play a number of musical instruments. He died on April 2, 1916 in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri. Orville was buried at Hazelwood Cemetery, in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri.
Isaac Walter Knapp and Jane Whitmore’s seventh child was Lorenzo Knapp. He went by Loren, Lorn or Lon. Lorenzo was born in 1860 in Illinois. We believe that Lorenzo was married. But, we have no further knowledge of his life.
The eighth child of Isaac Walter Knapp and Jane Whitmore was Emily Knapp. She was called Em or Emmie for short. Emily was born in 1864 in Illinois. Nothing else of Emily’s life, marriage or death is known.
Elfie was the ninth child of Isaac Walter Knapp and Jane Whitmore. He was born in 1864 or 1865 in Westchester, Porter County, Indiana. We don’t know anything else of the life of Elfie Knapp.
Isaac Walter Knapp suffered from the injuries, that he received in the Civil War, for the rest of his life. He died on May 27, 1873 in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana. Issac was buried at Chesterton Cemetery in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana. He was 51 years old.