Civil War Records of George W. Knapp


Co. Regiment / Ship From To Residence/ Credit Occupation Notes
2nd Mass. Vol. Sharpshooters Private; enl. and must. Aug. 30, 1861 must. out Oct. 17, 1864 South Danvers carpenter

age 32;

wounded in 1864

MASSCW, 2:715

Service Record (select pages from the National Archives): x
Service Ledger (Town of Acton): x


Co. Regiment Date Filed Type App. No. Cert. No. State Beneficiary/Remarks
2nd MV Sharpshooters Dec. 9, 1890 Invalid 9 845 67? 768 518 Mass.  

Pension File (select pages from the National Archives):  10 pages  (PDF*)

Grand Army of the Republic

Isaac Davis Post No. 138, Acton, Massachusetts (Sargent, Grand Army of the Republic: 425).


Date November 29, 1917
Place Revere, Mass.
Cause arteriosclerosis
Burial Mt. Hope Cemetery, Acton, Mass.
Survived by  

Additional Information

George W. Knapp was born August 27, 1829 in Boxborough, Mass. (pension file).

The record for his first marriage indicates that his parents were Elijah and Levina Knapp  (who were also the parents of Francis W. Knapp) (Danvers marriage register, "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910,"

George W. Knapp, age 21, married Nancy L. Norton, age 15, in Danvers, Mass. on March 22, 1851. (Danvers marriage register). In the pension file, the woman he married on this date is referred to as Rebecca P. Knapp, or Rebecca Norton.

George Washington Knapp, a 26 year old shoemaker, is recorded in the 1855 Massachusetts State Census for Acton, in household (dwelling no. 193/197) with Rebecca Page Knapp, age 21, and two children (George Francis and Alphonso Sandford) (Lainhart, 1855 and 1865 Massachusetts State Censuses for Acton: 25).  

According to records in his pension file, after the war, George W. Knapp lived in Lynn (c. 1866-1897), Salem (until 1909), and Revere (1909-).  He divorced his first wife around 1873, and married twice more.

His second wife, Alvina/Elvina Knapp (Trefethen) (m. 1873 in Lynn), died June 26, 1878 in Lynn (Lynn death register, "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910,"

His third wife, Nancy E. Knapp (Hood) (m. 1897 in Lynn), died August 3, 1909 in Salem and was buried in South Acton (Salem death record, "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910,"



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