The death of Sophronia 134 years ago

Updated: Feb 4, 2019


KNAPP - In Moravia, Monday, Dec. 3, 1883, Mrs. Sophronia Knapp, aged 69 years. The remains were brought to Union Springs for interment. (Union Springs Advertiser, 12/6/1883)

I can find nothing more on her death but she was found on the census three years prior, in 1880, widowed, living in Summer Hill, Cayuga County, New York, in the home of her daughter "Nellie S." who was 26 years old, and her husband Benjamin Wilson (age 37). Nellie and Benjamin had two children at the time: Ada Wilson (age 10) and Calvin Wilson (age 8). Sophronia's age was given as 67.


The following Cemeteries are found in the Findagrave database, for Union Springs and Springport, respectively:


Chamberlain Family Cemetery, Union Springs - (Link) All Chamberlain burials.

Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Union Springs - (Link) An excellent map of the grounds can be found here.

  • Joseph Knapp (___-1865) *This may have been Thomas Joseph Knapp, Jr. (see below). He is buried in Section 2, Plot 368.

  • Nancy (Ammerman) Knapp (___-1972)

  • Riley W. Knapp (1888-1911)

  • No Leonard burials on findagrave.

County House Cemetery, Sennett

  • Louis Knapp (___-1883)

  • Sarah Knapp (___-1906)

  • William Knapp (___-1909)

  • Amos Leonard (___-1882)

Lamb Family Cemetery, Union Springs - (Link) All Lamb burials.

Lowry-Stout Cemetery, Union Springs - (Link) All Lowry and Stout burials.

Quaker Cemetery, Union Springs - (Link) No Knapp or Leonard burials. There is an Old Quaker Cemetery on Levanna Road with five recorded burials on Findagrave. No town given. The earliest known burial is 1866 and there may have been other burials there.

St. Michael's Cemetery, Union Springs - (Link) No Knapp or Leonard burials.

Thompson Cemetery, Union Springs - (Link) No Knapp or Leonard burials.

Union Cemetery, Springport - (Link) No Knapp or Leonard burials.


According to paper trails, Sophronia was married first to Charles "Russell" Leonard. He disappeared in 1834 while on a trip to purchase land in Michigan Territory. Soon after, Sophronia was married to Thomas Knapp. Thomas was born abt. 1811 in Connecticut and died on 10 May 1869 in Genoa, Cayuga, New York. He was a Civil War Soldier and is buried in West Genoa Cemetery in nearby King Ferry, New York. There are several other Knapps buried there, but none familiar. There is one Leonard buried there, that being William Leonard (1827-1905), also unfamiliar.


Thomas served in the Civil War in Company A of the 16th New York Heavy Artillery, as was their son Thomas, Jr. Their son also served in Co. K, New York 3rd Light Artillery regiment and Co. K New York 19th New York Infantry.


Anyone with more information on Sophronia, please contact me or comment below. This has been a huge brick wall in the family tree and identifying her could also help find more information on her husband, Charles "Russell" Leonard. For more, see the Leonard page.


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