"The Mayflower" set sail from
Plymouth in 1620, taking the Pilgrim Fathers to America.
was the Vessel which transported the English Separatists better known
as the Pilgrims, from Southampton, England, to Massachusetts.
With their religion oppressed by the English Church and Government,
the small party of religious separatists who comprised about half of
the passengers on the ship, desired a life where they could practice
their religion freely.
The Mayflower was built locally
in Harwich and was most probably a "Whaling ship" before being
seconded to carry passengers.
The vessel left Plymouth on September 6, 1620 and after a grueling 66-day
journey, the ship dropped anchor at Cape Cod on November 11.
It carried 102 passengers with a crew of around 130
should be read in conjunction with the Bures Mayflower page and the
One person who emigrated to the New World was a Nicholas Knapp. On the
same voyage (probably not the same vessel) was William Knapp who can
be identified as living in Bures.
Whether these two men were related, seems to be a mystery.
Researchers have decreed, they cannot see any connection between these
two and they came for quite separate families.
Personally, I find it unbelievable that two men living in the same community
with the same surname are not related.
Secondarily, they list Nicholas as living in both Bures and Mount Bures.
The object of this research is to find out whether any Knapps lived
in Mount Bures.
No1. In the Essex County Records
Office they have two pieces of vital evidence in their vaults
A Medieval cast lead seal matrix,
early 13th century. It is of pointed oval type with
a perforated lug on the reverse. The legend reads in Lombardic
lettering +:S[K]ATERIH:KNO?PT: and the design
is of two joined petals. The matrix measures 35mm long by 21mm
wide by 9mm thick. It has not been possible to locate a close
parallel for this seal design. It appears to be a variant of the
limited range of fleur-de-lis or cross-like designs used on personal
seals of this period.
Records Office Quote:- The
original owner of the seal was probably a woman named Katherine
Knope. Knope is a variant spelling of Knape, which is a surname
derived from the Old English word cnapa meaning youth or servant
No2. The records office also holds a
Will of Katherine Cnope of Mount
Date of Will,27th December 1548
A copy is currently on order
from the RO to view locally
This answer's the question - Yes there
were a family of Knapps living in the village
Researchers also list him as a
medecine man from Mount Bures.
This assumption seems to be based on this report:
Records of the Massachusetts Bay Company
say: "Mch. 1, 1630/1. Nich. Knapp is fyned 5 pounds for taking
upon him to cure the scurvy by a water of noe worth nor value which
he solde att a very deare rate, to be imprisoned till hee pay his ffine
or give secuitye it, orelse be whipped and shall be liable to any mans
ac'cn of whome hee hath receaved money for the s'd water.
Just because he was prescribing fake
potions in Mass, doesnt make him a medicine man from our community
But it still leaves the problem, where
did Nicholas really live ?
To be continued ..................................
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