IAGenWeb Project - Clayton co.
updated 04/26/2020

Knapp Cemetery

aka Pleasant Ridge cemetery

Mendon twp.
Sec. 8, NW/NE

Knapp cemetery - photograph October 2011 by 'Gemini'

~Sources of the burial information:
WPA cemetery records, transcribed by Phyllis Montour
Gravestone inscriptions read & photos taken by 'Gemni' in October 2011
Clayton County Death Records (CCDR)
Information found in obituaries, census & newspapers

~The 1874 plat, 1890 Quit Claim & 1892 Land sale documents were scanned from the originals at the Clayton co. courthouse by "Gemni'

~Photos have been submitted to the Iowa Gravestone Photo Project (GPP) for Knapp cemetery. Click here to view them. A new window will open.

Obituaries have been contributed for people buried Knapp cemetery
Clayton co. Obituary Index and Allamakee co. Obituary Index


Clayton county, Plat Book 1, pg 235, 1874
Shows the Knapp school and Kanpp graveyard.
The road is now known as Pleasant Ridge.

Quit Claim, September 16, 1890
Thomas & Mary English to Eli Gardner (a JP) and his successors as Trustees of a public cemetery

Clayton co. Deed Book 64, pg 180; April 11, 1892
Thomas and Mary English sold the property around the cemetery to Joseph Gardner.
The cemetery was excluded


ssa=same stone as
GPP =Iowa Gravestone Photo Project (see link above)
CCDR=Clayton County Register of Deaths

Name Birth Death Comments
Allen, Helen Charlotte nee Timson or Tompson   01/2?/1892 61y 3m; w/o Thomas
Allen, Thomas B. 11/21/1820 09/28/1907 h/o Charotte; s/o William & Elizabeth; Co. K, 21st WI Inf.
Barth, infant 02/29/1936 02/29/1936 d/o Mr. & Mrs. Franklin Barth; Clayton co. Register, 03/11/1936, pg 6
Carleton, Christiana - 12/22/1892 Age 71y 8m; CCDR, Bk I, pg 88
Contal, Albert H. - 06/03/1865 Age 10y 4m 16d; s/o B & M.J. Contal; GPP
Contal, Arthur Louis 10/27/1887 04/20/1892 Son of Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Contal; GPP
Contal, Mary Jane - 03/12/1859 Age 36y; w/o Benjamin; GPP
Dickens, Eunice E. - 03/22/1877 Age 32y 1m 18d; w/o L.N. Dickens; GPP
Erickson, Esther 10/25/1831 02/25/1909 ssa Evan; GPP
Erickson, Evan 01/19/1827 02/17/1909 ssa Esther; GPP
Fuller, Clarice Lorraine 08/02/1933 03/05/1935 d/o Clarence
Fuller, Emery E. 1876 1960 'Father'; GPP
Fuller, Stanley 'Sam' 02/01/1915 10/29/1976 s/o Emery & Belle Singleton; GPP
Guray, E.T. - 09/08/1869 Age 22y 22d; 'Drowned'; GPP
Knapp, Abigail nee Mudge 1805 1892 w/o John; GPP
Knapp, Andrew Jackson 05/11/1844 06/07/1911 s/o John & Abigail; CCDR
Knapp, Evelyn 1850 1902 ssa Louis Ostrander & Joseph Knapp; GPP
Knapp, George W. 05/11/1843 09/09/1913 h/o Rebecca J.; GPP
Knapp, Harold Donald 06/09/1919 03/20/1920 s/o Eugene
Knapp, John - 10/12/1883 Age 84y; h/o Abigail; GPP
Knapp, Joseph 1838 1900 ssa Evelyn Knapp & Louisa Ostrander; GPP
Knapp, Mabel Nora nee Knapp 1877 1959 w/o Milo J.; d/o Mike & Katie (Anderson or Henderson); GPP
Knapp, Michael C. 11/15/1846 07/02/1912 ?h/o Kate
Knapp, Milo James 05/10/1870 03/08/1951 h/o Mabel N.; s/o George & Rebecca; GPP
Knapp, Nelson - 06/30/1889 Age 61y; GPP
Knapp, Rebecca Jane nee Mudge 05/27/1846 06/26/1928 w/o George W.; GPP
Lawson, Benjamin - 1883 Age 10y 2m 22d; GPP
Lawson, Walter - 12/26/1870 Age 21y 9m; GPP
Magee, Rupert - 10/23/1870 Age 26y; Masonic symbol on gravestone; GPP
McGowan, Belle nee Singleton 1884 1962 w/o 1st Emery Fuller, 2nd William McGowan; GPP
McGowan, Billy A. 09/14/1919 09/17/1935 GPP
McGowan, William 1868 1953 GPP
O'Conners, Harry or Harvey William 10/26/1915 03/18/1917 s/o John Wm & Rebecca (Frandtsen); obit= Pleasant Ridge cemetery, Death Cert.= Knapp cemetery
Ostrander, Louisa 1823 1905 ssa Joseph & Evelyn Knapp; GPP
Owen, Reese / Ruse - ? Age 26y; b. Anglesea, North Wales; inscription very difficult to read. The 1870 US Census, N. McGregor, Mendon twp., Clayton co IA, enumerated Ruse Owen, age 25, b. Wales, Locomotive machinist, married in Sept of the last year; his wife Ann Owen, age 23, b. England, married in Sept of the last year. Both in household of William & Jane Owen, ages 27 & 26, b. N. Wales. Reece / Ruse's gravestone says he was aged 26, so he died 1871/72
Raitt, Charles 1863 1920 ssa Caroline; a new plaque has been placed on the old gravestone; GPP
Raitt, Esther Caroline nee Adney 11/16/1865 06/25/1901 ssa Charles; a new plaque has been placed on the old gravestone; GPP
Rogers, Orrin S. - 11/29/1881 Age 17y 3m 20d; CCDR, Bk 1, pg 19
Shook, Milo - 10/19/1865 Age 5m 8d; s/o John F. & Louisa Shook; GPP
Stellefer, Mary Estella - 05/30/1861 Age 1y 3m 7d; d/o Joseph & ?Estella Stellefer; GPP
Wilson, Maud 'Maudie' May 06/08/1914 10/25/1916 d/o William & Mary (Pierce); obit= Pleasant Ridge cemetery, Death Cert.= Knapp cemetery
Woodman, Emma - see notes Age 19y 1m 5d; The inscription may read: "wife of W. H. Woodman". WPA recorded dates as 1806-1925, but they must be wrong. When the WPA did the cemetery survey in the 1930's Emma Woodman's gravestone inscription likely had already deteriorated enough that the reading was difficult. It is more likely that Emma's dates are 1856-1875; GPP


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