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The Knapp family of Mount Bures

Nicholas Knapp emigrated to the New World on the MayFlower Fleet in 1630,
together with William Knapp.

Where did they live and were they related ?


Background Information
"The Mayflower" set sail from Plymouth in 1620, taking the Pilgrim Fathers to America.

The Mayflower 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
This should be read in conjunction with the Bures Mayflower page and the Knapp family


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.

Will of Katherine Cnope of Mount Bures, widow

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

No3
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 ..................................

If you can be of any assistance in identifying the birthplace of Nicholas Knapp. plese use the Contact page

27/03/2017