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Vinton Eagle; June 8, 1920
Charles Knapp

Charles Knapp, a resident of this vicinity since 1853, passed away Friday morning at his home north of town. He was eighty-one years old and had been in failing health for several years. He lived with his son, S. E. Knapp and daughter, Mrs. Minnie Brigman who had cared for him during his declining years. Mrs. Knapp passed away thirteen years ago.

Funeral services were held from the late home Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. J. A. Young and interment was in the Bear Creek cemetery. There was a large attendance of old friends and comrades at the funeral, and the beautiful floral offerings testified to the esteem in which Mr. Knapp was held.

Mr. Knapp was an honored veteran of the civil war, having served nearly five years in Co. D, 8th Iowa Infantry. He enlisted August 14, 1861, at the age of twenty-two years, and was mustered into the U. S. service Sept. 16th, of that year. He was taken prisoner at Shiloh, Tenn., April 6, 1862, but later returned to his company. He was twice promoted before his enlistment run out. He re-enlisted January 11, 1864, and was third sergeant of his company when finally mustered out April 20, 1866, at Selma, Ala. The 8th Iowa participated in some of the hardest fighting of the war, and Mr. Knapp did his part.

Charles Knapp was born in Indiana, Feb. 8, 1839. In 1843 he came to Iowa with his parents. They lived in Linn county for nine years, and since that time most of Mr. Knapp's life had been spent in the vicinity of Vinton.

On November 20, 1866, Mr. Knapp was married to Miss Martha Swaim. To this union four children were born, two of whom passed away in infancy. The wife and mother passed away February 26, 1907. Two children survive, Mrs. Susan A. Brigman and S. E. Knapp, both of whom made their home with their father. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Tom Callicott, and a brother, Jack Knapp, both of Lake City, Iowa.

Mr. Knapp united with the Wesleyan Methodist denomination in 1867. He was a man who enjoyed the confidence of his fellow man and in his death the county has lost a good citizen.

Submitted on Jul 10, 2007 by
Martha Geater Long,

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Cedar Valley Times; April 1, 1933
Eugene Knapp Dies Of Paralysis; Hold Funeral on Sunday
Eugene Knapp

Stricken Friday noon with paralysis in the yard at his home on West 5th street, Eugene Knapp, 61 years old, a lifelong resident of the Vinton community, died late in the afternoon at the Vinton city hospital. He did not regain consciousness. Services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p. m. in the Hite & Alcorn funeral parlors. The Rev. W. W. Williams will conduct the rites. Burial will be in the Bear Creek cemetery.

Mr. Knapp, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Knapp, Benton county pioneers, was born Apr. 8 1872, on the Knapp farm north of Vinton. His parents and a sister preceded him in death. He was the last one of this family. Since selling his farm some years ago, Mr. Knapp had lived here alone. For years he was a familiar figure at Benton county G. A. R. reunions as a member of the fife and drum corps.

Friends wishing to see the body may call at the Hite & Alcorn parlors Sunday morning between ten and twelve o'clock.

Submitted on Jul 10, 2007 by
Martha Geater Long,

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Vinton Eagle; 1907
Estimable Woman Passes Away at Her Home North of Vinton.
Martha Knapp

A patient sufferer, noble mother and wife, a true Christian woman closed the record of a creditable life last Saturday. We write "The End" at the close of the last page. A pierced hand, pulsating with resurrection life, writes there "to be continued." Mrs. Martha Knapp, wife of Charles Knapp, is the one alluded to. Her maiden name was Swaim and she was born in Salem, North Carolina, March 3, 1846. Her parents brought her to Bartholomew county, Indiana, and then to Jasper county, ILlinois, moving to Benton county, Iowa in 1861. She was married to Charles Knapp, a soldier of the civil war, March 20, 1866, who survives her. They had four children, two of whom survive, Susan Minnie Knapp and Eugene S. Knapp, gratefully acknowledging her parental affection and fidelity. There also survives her two brothers and J. J. Swaim and Mrs. Sara Geater, a sister. Mrs. Knapp has been a great sufferer, enduring bravely and patiently the most intense pain. she joined the Wesleyan church in 1863 and remained a member of that religious society to the end of her life.

Funeral services were held at the home Monday morning under the conduct of pastors Pardee and Clinton and burial was at the Bear Creek cemetery.

Submitted on Jul 10, 2007 by
Martha Geater Long,

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Vinton Eagle; December 14, 1897
Stephen Jackson Knapp

Stephen Jackson Knapp was born in Ohio, Sept. 21, 1816, and died at his late home in West Vinton, Nov. 27, 1897. He was married to Susan Abney in 1835. She died April 15, 1889. To them were born seven children - four boys and two girls, of whom four boys and one girl survive to mourn the loss of an affectionate father. On Sept. 12, 1893, he was married to Sarah Steward who survives him. The funeral services were conducted by the writer at the Wesleyan Methodist church, Nov. 28, 1897. J. H. Meek.

Submitted on Jul 10, 2007 by
Martha Geater Long,

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