This is just some general questions to all those doing research on their KNAPPER roots.
As I've previously posted, my Knapper family came from Staffordshire, UK and eventually settled in the PA/Ohio area of the United States. I can trace my UK Knappers quite well and noticed that there are many many Knappers in Staffordshire (I've posted some records for you all in the past). Does any one know why there are so many in one area of England and not many in other parts of England or in Europe for that matter? (Except in the Netherlands) I know families stayed together but this seems extreme. This brings me to my next question: Is it possible that our Staffordshire Knappers were once a part of the Netherland Knapper clan? Knapper appears to be Dutch, but I could be wrong. After spending the summer with my father, he remembered that his grandfather, who had been born in England (Wolstantan) said that he believed his Knappers may have spent a generation or two on the Germany/Netherland border before coming England.
But I am perplexed as some of the UK records on Knappers show them as living in the UK for many many generations. I can only go back about 1830 or so on my own line so I am just not sure.
Anyway, if anyone has any thoughts, I sure would welcome them.
Brenda Knapper Wayne
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