|To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain perpetually a child. For what is the worth of a human life unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?
- Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106-43 B.C.
“The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some
and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself
before she found herself falling down what seemed to be a very deep
So Alice was a genealogist.
From Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.
This website is mainly for the genealogy work that I have been doing for
over 30 years. I am sure I will come up with a few other things to
use it for in the future.
family was established in America by Joseph Clapp (Jost Klap), his wife,
children and in-laws who arrived at the Port of Philadelphia 27 Sep 1727.
The family settled in Oley Township, Philadelphia County (now Berks
County), Pennsylvania. George Valentine Clapp and John Ludwig Clapp, sons of Joseph
Clapp moved to Orange County (now Guilford County), North Carolina in the
Clapp family arrived at the Port of Philadelphia aboard the ship “James
Goodwill”. There were about
200 people on the ship and the ship’s list gave 53 of their names.
All of them were listed as being from the Rhineland Palatinate,
Pfalz in the German language. The ship had picked up the family in Rotterdam, sailed to
Falmouth, England to pick up supplies and then left for Philadelphia.
The list given by the ship’s master, David Crockett, included 6
males from the Clapp group which was listed as containing 14 persons.
The names were Joseph Clap, Johan Adam Philpe, Jurg Clap, Ludowigh
Clap, Christian Miller and Jurg Coch. The other 8 were women and children.
From the minutes of the Provincial Council, printed in Colonial
Records, Volume II, Page 284 there is another list which had the men sign
there names. Notice the
different spellings; Joseph (K) Clap, Johann Adam Volpel, Jorg Valentin
Klap, Johann Ludwig Klap, Hans Georg Koch.
Those men signed on 27 Sep 1727.
Christian Miller signed his name 3 days later with the men that
arrived on the ship “Dolly”. All
men 16 and over had to sign that oath of allegiance.
The Clapp Family Association has information that sorts this group
into father (Joseph Klapp), 2 sons (George Valentine Klapp, John Ludwig
Klapp), and three sons-in-law (Johan Adam Volpel, Christian Muller, George
lot of the records available show that the family was from Istha, Hesse.
That is a town that is just west of the city of Kassel and
southeast of Wolfhagen. Jost
Klapp was in Weisenheim am Berg in 1704/05.
Many records show him paying watchman taxes and selling barley,
corn and wine to the municipality during the following years.