Sunday, March 11, 2012

Old Soldier in the Revolution – Jonathan Clapp

B. 2 Sep 1713 in Easthampton, Massachusetts
M. 23 Jan 1735 in Easthampton, Massachusetts
Wife: Submit Strong
D. 10 May 1782 in Easthampton, Massachusetts

Jonathan Clapp was born on September 2, 1713 to Roger Clapp and Elizabeth Bartlett in Easthampton, Massachusetts. He was one of nine children. On January 23, 1735, Jonathan married his first cousin, Submit Strong (their mothers were sisters), and between 1735 and 1755 they had 11 children.

Jonathan was said to be "a man of foresight and great energy," and was prominent in the early history of Easthampton. In his younger days, he lived with his childless uncle Joseph Bartlett (1683-1755). Joseph operated a corn mill given to him by his father Samuel Bartlett (~1639-1712), who was Jonathan's grandfather. Joseph received the mill and land in 1705 and set up a tavern there. Jonathan helped his uncle run both business and eventually they became his. The tavern was described as "a homelike, old-time tavern," and it remained with Jonathan and his descendants for 100 years. It was said that "most of the travel from Hartford and New Haven passed northward through this locality, in consequence of which there came to it very liberal patronage." The building survived until about 1876 when it was torn down.

In 1776, at the age of 63, Jonathan signed up to serve as a major in the American Revolution under Colonel Seth Pomeroy. The service must have been too strenuous for him because he resigned a year later due to his age, just before the Battle of Bennington. His son Benjamin, himself almost 40 years-old, was also in the army as a quartermaster, but Jonathan called upon him him to quit. Benjamin said he was going to Pittsfield, but Jonathan told him, "No, my son, you must stay and take care of me."

Jonathan died on May 10, 1782 in Easthampton and is buried in Main Street Cemetery. The inscription on his grave reads:

In Memory of
MAJR Jonathan CLAP,
who died May 10th, 1782, in the 69 year of his age.

The wise, the just, the pious and the brave,
Live in their death, and flourish in the grave.
Here sown in death the body lies.
Till God shall call & bid it rise.

1. Jonathan Clapp – B. 8 Oct 1735, Northampton, Massachusetts; M. (1) Mary Strong (?-~1778); (2) Margaret Roguel (?-1821), about 1778

2. Joseph Clapp – B. 23 Nov 1736; M. Hannah Lyman

3. Benjamin Clapp – B. 16 Dec 1738, Easthampton, Massachusetts; D. 8 Nov 1815, Easthampton, Massachusetts; M. Phebe Boynton (1750-1847), 1765, Easthampton, Massachusetts

4. Submit Clapp – B. 8 Oct 1741, Northampton, Massachusetts; D. 18 Jan 1818, Easthampton, Massachusetts; M. Asahel Clark (1737-1822)

5. Hannah Clapp – B. 15 Jun 1742; M. Elias Lyman

6. Lucy Clapp – B. Aug 1744; M. Samuel Kellogg, 1764

7. Rhoda Clapp – B. 19 Dec 1746, Northampton, Massachusetts; M. Daniel Whittemore

8. Lois Clapp – B. Oct 1748; M. (1) Jonathan Lyman; (2) Joesph Day

9. Phebe Clapp – B. 1749; M. Joseph White

10. Beulah Clapp – B. about Dec 1750; M. Solomon Allen

11. Merab Clapp – B. 10 Sep 1755, Northampton, Massachusetts; D. 3 May 1825, Pittsfield, Massachusetts; M. (1) Elisha Allen (1752-1796); (2) Oliver Root (?-1807), 4 Dec 1805, Conway, Massachusetts

The History of Easthampton: its settlement and growth, Payson W. Lyman, 1866
The Clapp Memorial: record of the Clapp family in America, Ebenezer Clapp, 1876
"Easthampton, Mass.," L.S. Smith, New England Magazine, 1904
Tombstone inscription of Jonathan Clapp, Main Street Cemetery, Easthampton, Massachusetts

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