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Knapp Family Correspondence

Knapp Family Correspondence

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IN, TN, MI, SC, AL, GA, MS, NH; Northern New York
1859 to 1883
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Portrait of Charlotte Knapp

Born in Pierrepont, New York, in 1839, Orlando Knapp moved to Indiana, sometime around 1859, where he met and married Armina Cordelia Edmonds. They had two children before she died in 1862. At this point Orlando enlisted in the 12th Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry. While away from home he wrote to his sister, Charlotte, who lived in Pierrepont. After the war Orlando became a traveling salesman, working in Indiana, New Hampshire eventually settling in Howard City, Michigan. In the mid 1870's he ran a grocery store with his son James. He died in Howard City in 1917.

Charlotte Knapp was born in Westport, New York, in 1831. Charlotte, her two older siblings, and their parents moved to Pierrepont, New York, in 1832 or 1834. She married Thomas Edmonds, of Angola Indiana, Charlotte and her husband returned to Pierrepont where she gave birth to four children. In 1862 her husband enlisted in the 12th Indiana Volunteers with her brother Orlando. In 1863 Charlotte lost all of her children to diphtheria. During the war she corresponded often with her brother Orlando, and also with Thomas until he died. In 1870 she married again, this time to a farmer named Richard Bell. They had two children while she was in her early forties. Then in 1875 she died and was buried in a cemetery west of Pierrepont.

Collection consists of 93 letters, 51 envelopes, 4 photographs, 3 postcards. Many letters are from Orlando Knapp to his sister Charlotte, and also some are from him to his parents. There are some from Thomas Edmonds, and Mary Olmsted to Charlotte.