Steve Clapp


places of interest for the Clapp family

Bingen on the Rhine

Klopp Castle

Trip to America 1727

Oley Twp. Berks Co., PA

The Brick Church

Battle of Clapp's Mill

Sharp's Fort in TN



Just added some pictures of Klopp Castle taken in 2014 by Cheri Yoesting.

2015 Reunion

The descendants of William Alexander Clapp and Phoebe Merritt Clapp family reunion will be held on Sunday, 28 June 2015 at the Decatur Co., IN Park in Greensburg, Indiana.  Shelter # 2.

Check the pictures from past reunions here.

Please send updates and corrections so I can keep up to date.  If you have any questions please ask...

 Thanks to all the people that are sending updates.  I am working on adding them to the database and will try to upload them as soon as I can.

Quotes I like.

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 way,
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 hole."

So Alice was a genealogist.
Who knew?
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.

Our 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 mid-1700’s.

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 Koch).

 A 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.



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