Manuscript Group 590,Josiah P. Knapp (1785-1862), Merchant Papers, 1759-1876 (Bulkdates: 1810-1848)


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Manuscript Group 590, Josiah P. Knapp (1785-1862), Merchant

Papers, 1759-1876 (Bulk dates: 1810-1848), 0.1 linear feet / 7 items

Call Number: MG 590


Certificates, an inventory, and other documents pertaining to Josiah P. Knapp, a merchant from New York City and Chester, Morris County, New Jersey.

Biographical Note:

Josiah P. Knapp (1785-1862) was a lieutenant in the 2nd Brigade of the New York City Militia.  With his partner William P. Knapp, he operated a general store at 117 Chatham Street in New York City under the firm name of J & W Knapp. Later, Josiah, his wife Hester (1789-1869), and William P. Knapp owned property in Chester (Morris County) New Jersey, where he was appointed a justice of the peace of Morris County in 1836.


Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Vol. 11 (1936), pg. 43.

Provenance Note:

The source of this collection is unknown.

Scope and Content Note:

This collection consists of seven items dating from 1785-1862, including certificates, bills of sale, a will, a pamphlet, and an index of names. Four of the items pertain to Josiah P. Knapp.

Item List:


· Certificate of Commission for Josiah P. Knapp to serve as lieutenant in the 2nd Brigade of the Militia of the City of New York, signed by Governor Daniel Tompkins (1774-1825), dated April 24, 1810.

· Certificate of appointment as justice of the peace of Morris County, New Jersey, signed by Governor Peter D. Vroom (1791-1873), dated October 28, 1836.

· Bill of Sale, Josiah P. Knapp and William P. Knapp purchase a dry goods store in New York City from William S. Lewis. This document also includes an inventory of the store at the time of the sale and is dated July 19, 1819.

· Bill of Sale, property purchased by George S. Marschalk (1801-1860) from Josiah P. Knapp, his wife Hester Knapp, and William P. Knapp, dated April 1, 1848. The property was located in Chester (Morris County) New Jersey.

Miscellaneous Documents:

· Booklet, an index of names, 54 pages, some of the names under the heading “Belleville,” not dated.

· Photostat of the will of Abraham Van Horn of Hunterdon County, signed by Cornelius Vanderbilt, dated 1759.

· Printed pamphlet entitled “The Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures,” written by C. T. Unangst, dated August 7, 1876, detailing water rights dispute between this group and the Morris Canal Company.

Processed by Luis Delfino, February 2001 as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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