Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Quartermaster in the Revolutionary War – Benjamin Clapp

B. 16 Dec 1738 in Easthampton, Massachusetts
M. about 1765 in (probably) Easthampton, Massachusetts
Wife: Phebe Boynton
D. 8 Nov 1815 in Easthampton, Massachusetts

Benjamin Clapp was born on December 16, 1738 in Easthampton, Massachusetts to Jonathan Clapp and Submit Strong. He was the third oldest of 11 children. In about 1765, Benjamin married Phebe Boynton, a 15 year-old girl from Coventry, Connecticut, and between 1768 and 1794, they had 13 children.

Benjamin was in his late 30s when the American Revolution broke out. He joined the army as a "quartermaster," a distributor of supplies. A document he wrote dated July 23, 1777 survives listing officers' names, ranks and ration allowances. Benjamin's time in the service was cut short because his father became sick while also serving in the army and asked his son to care for him at home. This was said to have happened "just before the Battle of Bennington," which took place August 16, 1777.

Benjamin lived his entire life in Easthampton. He was said to have been "strong and rugged" throughout his life, and devoted to his religion. It was also said that for "some years" before his death, his "mental facilities were very much impaired." Benjamin died on November 8, 1815 and was buried at Main Street Cemetery. His wife Phebe survived him by many years and died in 1847.

Children:
1.  Rachel Clapp – B. 28 Feb 1768; D. 11 Jul 1868; M. Nathaniel Edwards, Jan 1800

2. Ocran Clapp – B. 27 Feb 1770; D. 16 Dec 1835; M. Sarah Lyman

3. Sophia Clapp – B. 9 Dec 1771, Easthampton, Massachusetts; D. 12 Sep 1840, Nelson, New Hampshire; M. Reverend Gad Newell (1764-1859)

4. Anne Clapp – B. 21 Nov 1773, Easthampton, Massachusetts; D. 13 Dec 1802, Charlotte, Vermont; M. Medad Lyman (1770-1813)

5. Clarissa Clapp – B. 22 Feb 1776; D. after 1864; M. Jonathan Lyman

6. Benjamin Clapp – B. 14 Nov 1778; D. 1 Apr 1821

7. Sally Clapp – B. 15 Nov 1780; D. 9 Jan 1844; M. Daniel Lyman, 31 Dec 1806

8. Solomon Clapp – B. 2 Sep 1782, Massachusetts; D. 25 Nov 1827, Easthampton, Massachusetts; M. Pauline Avery (1787-1864)

9. Spencer Clapp – B. 15 Aug 1784; M. Diana Phelps, 1 Jan 1805

10. Phebe Clapp – B. 6 Sep 1786, Southampton, Massachusetts; M. Levi Clapp (1784-1856)

11. Fanny Clapp – B. 24 Feb 1789; D. after 1864; Jared Clark, 5 Jan 1809

12. Caroline Clapp – B. 15 Oct 1791; D. after 1864; M. Milton Knight

13. George Clapp – B. 24 Apr 1794; D. 15 Jul 1825

Sources:
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
The American almanac and repository of useful knowledge, Charles Bowen, 1848
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History [website]
Tombstone inscriptions from Main Street Cemetery, Easthampton, Massachusetts
A History of Nelson, New Hampshire, Parke Hardy Struthers, 1968
The Lyman Family in America, Lyman Coleman, 1872

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