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Page 55 THE CLAPPERS IN AMERICA (ORIGINAL IN BLAIR CO PA HISORICAL CENTER)
Henry Clapper (1750-1813)
1st Fronica (probably died between 1790-1800...6 children)
2d m. Eve Nicewonger (7 children)
1 Herman m. Susan;
5 Henry m. Mary Smith 1789-1873
6. Henry Clapper m. Mary Smith
2 Jacob m. Amanda Kemmer
3 Rachel m. John Diskey
5 Henry m. 5 times
7 Christopher m. Catherine Hall
8 Mary m. Jas. Williams
2d Marriage Eve Nicewonger (7 children) Henry & Eve's family:
7. Catherine and Hoover-Ulrich (1799-1860)
1 Sarah m. Chris. Heaston
2 Cath. m. John Hardman
3 Mary A. m. John Ulrich
4 Nancy m. Jacob Acker
6 David Ulrich m. Cath. Houser
7 Martin m. Magd. Wright
8 Daniel C.
9 Anna C. m. Alex Ditch
10 Rosina m. Peter Deardorf
11 Eliz. m. Alex Ditch
8. John and Barbara Nicewonger
1 Henry N. m. Julia A. Brown
2 Mary m. John Ford
3 Susan m. Sam. L. Brown
4 John N. m. Cora Myer
5 May Eliz. d. young
9. Susanna and Geo. Nicodemus (1802-1843)
1 Alex m. Jane Morrow
2 Henry m. Harriet Wishart
10. Abraham and Mary Cashman (1804-1884)
1 John C. Unm.
2 Susan m. Andrew Biddle
3 Henry C. Unm.
4 Jacob C. m. Eliz Block
5 Eve m. David Koons
6 Mary C. Unm.
7 Eliz. m. Eli G. Strayer
11. Eliz. and John Clapper 1805-1845 (See Herman & Amelia Clapper p. 120 (THE CLAPPERS IN AMERICA)
12. Joseph N. & Barbara Strayer 1808-1877
1 Jacob S. Unm.
2 Sam. S. m. Maria Metzker
3 Esther m. David Kline
5 Eve m. Jos. Garber
6 Jos. S. m. Nancy Burget
7 John S. Unm
8 Henry S. m. Kath. Burget
9 Barbara m. Henry Frederick
10 Peter S. m. Barbara Miller
13 Jacob m. Elizabeth Stiffler 1812-1878
1 Samuel m. Susan Garber
MANFORD M. CLAPPER, M. D. The medical profession in Blackford county has a specially able and popular representative in the person of Dr. Clapper, who maintains his residence and headquarters in Hartford City, the judicial center of the county, and who controls a large and exacting practice. He has a clear realization of concentration of effort and thus gives special attention to the treatment of the diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat, in which he is a recognized authority, as his study and investigation have been directed closely along these lines. The Doctor was graduated in the Chicago Medical College as a member of the cases of 1890, and received from this admirable institution the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He has been engaged in practice in Hartford City since 1891, and since 1898 has devoted his attention almost entirely to the special lines just noted.
Dr. Clapper is a native of Blackford county, where he was born on the 11th of July, 1863, and after duly availing himself of the advantages of the public schools he continued his studies in turn in the National Normal University at Lebanon, Ohio, and in what is now Valparaiso University, at Valparaiso, Indiana. He devoted five years to teaching in the public schools and then began the study of medicine, in which domain he has fortified himself by constant study since his graduation in the Chicago Medical College as well as by effective post-graduate work. The Doctor traces his lineage back to sturdy German origin and the original orthography of the name was Clappe. His great grandfather, Henry Clapper, or Clappe, emigrated with his family from Prussia to America prior to the war of the Revolution, and his first wife died after his home had been established' in Bedford county, Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania he contracted a second marriage, and there were children from each union. Henry Clapper became a successful farmer of the type that has made the German agriculturist of Pennsylvania nationally famous for thrift, and as his descendants became scattered one of its branches changed the spelling of the name to Clapper, while another branch dropped the final "e," the Clapp families, of this genealogical line having been prominent in both Michigan and Wisconsin, which latter State 'has at the present time a representative of the name in the United States Senate.
Henry Clapper, Jr., grandfather of Dr. Clapper, was born in Bedford county, Pennsylvania, in 1787, and he represented his native commonwealth as a valiant soldier in the war of 1812, as did he also in the Mexican war. After the close of the latter conflict he established his home in Stark county, Ohio, where he built up a prosperous business as a cooper and where he died at the venerable age of eighty-four years. In that county he wedded Mary Smith, who died in 1869, at the age of seventy two years. They were folk of steadfast character, true to duty in its every presentation, and both were devout Christians. The early representatives of the Clapper family in America held the faith of the German Lutheran church. In later generations a number of them became members of the Dunkard denomination, three cousins of Henry Clapper, Jr., having become clergymen of that church in Bedford county, Pennsylvania. The early political allegiance of the Clapper family was with the whig party, but later members were found aligned with both the republican and democratic parties, intrinsic loyalty and patriotism having been distinctly in evidence as one generation has followed another onto the stage of life. Henry and Mary ( Smith ) Clapper became the parents of nine children,-Ann, Jacob, Rachel, Henry, Christopher, John, Mary and two who died in infancy. Of the seven designated by name all attained maturity and married, and all but Ann and Mary reared children. Rachel, who was born in 1824, is now ninety years of age, and is a resident of Hartford City, her husband having died a number of years ago. Henry was born in 1827, and now resides in Grant county, this State.
Christopher Clapper, father of him whose name introduces this sketch, was born in Stark county, Ohio, in 1832, and was there reared to manhood. He received good educational advantages and became a successful teacher and farmer in his native county. There was solemnized his marriage to Miss Catherine Hall, who was born in that county in 1832, and who is a daughter of Daniel and Susan (Swagert) Hall, the former of whom was born in Stark county, Ohio, in 1802, and the latter of whom was born in Pennsylvania about 1805 ; their marriage was contracted in Stark county, and there they passed the remainder of their lives, Mr. Hall, who was a farmer by occupation, having attained to the age of eighty-four years and his wife having been somewhat past the age of seventy at the time of her demise. Both were earnest members of the Presbyterian church. 'Mr. Hall was a son of David Hall, who emigrated to America from Durham, England, and who was a son of James Hastings Hall, the mother of the latter having been a kinswoman of Warren Hastings, a prominent character in English history.
In 1854, soon after his marriage, Christopher Clapper came from Ohio to Blackford county, Indiana, and he settled on a tract of virtually unreclaimed land in the southeastern part of the county. There he gave his time and attention to the development and cultivation of his farm until he responded, in 1861, to the call of patriotism and tendered his services in defense of the Union. He enlisted in Company K, Fifty-first Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and he continued in service until he was attacked with double pneumonia, his death having occurred at Huntsville, Alabama, on the 22d of January, 1865. He was a private and as such participated in a number of important engagements marking the progress of the Civil war, in which he sacrificed his life. His widow still survives him and retains remarkable mental and physical vigor, she being now a cherished member of the household of her son, Dr. Clapper, of this review. She is a member of the German Dunkard church and her husband held membership in the Presbyterian church. Of the children the eldest is Theodore, who is a representative farmer in Meigs county, Ohio; Alice is the wife of George Marley, of New Castle, Indiana; and Dr. Manford M. is the youngest of the three, he having been about two years of age at the time of his father's death.
The tenets of the democratic party have received the unequivocal approval of Dr. Clapper, but he has had no desire to enter the arena of practical politics. He is identified with the American Medical Association, the Indiana State Medical Society and the Blackford County Medical Society. In a fraternal way he is affiliated with the Knights of the Modern Maccabees.
In 1893 was solemnized the marriage of Dr. Clapper to Mliss Auretta Kleefisch, who was born and reared in Blackford county, and who is a daughter of Philip and Matilda (Cline) Kleefisch, the latter of whom died in 1912, when sixty-seven years of age. Mr. Kleefisch was born in Germany, whence he emigrated to America in 1865, becoming a resident of Blackford county, and where he still resides, his home being now at Hartford City, and he having reached the age of seventy-nine years, in 1914. Dr. and Mrs. Clapper have two children,-Erskine Marion, who is a member of the class of 1915 in the high school; and Louretta Gertrude, who was born in 1900 and graduated from the parochial school of the Catholic church in Hartford City this spring, and who will enter first year high school in the fall. The Doctor and his family hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal church.
Since this sketch was written, Dr. Clapper has closed his office in Hartford City and in February entered the New York Post Graduate Medical School, from which he graduated in June. June 12th he sailed for Europe, and is at present doing Post Graduate work in The Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital and also in the Royal Central London Nose, Throat and Ear Hospital. After graduating there he expects to enter school in both Edinburgh, Scotland, and Vienna, Austria.
Blackford and Grant Counties, Indiana A Chronicle of their People Past and Present with Family Lineage and Personal Memoirs Compiled Under the Editorial Supervision of Benjamin G. Shinn
Volume I Illustrated
The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1914
Submitted by Peggy Karol
Eunice A. Handley;; born 22 Jul 1856 at Blackford County, Indiana; married THEODORE CLAPPER, son of Christopher Clapper and Catharine Hall, 23 Jan 1879 at Blackford County, Indiana; died 31 Mar 1910 at Blackford County, Indiana, at age 53; buried 2 Apr 1910 at IOOF Cemetery, Hartford City, Blackford County, Indiana.
MANFORD M. CLAPPER
Captain, Medical Corps
Entered service Sept. 25, 1917. Received his commission as first lieutenant, July 10, 1917, in the medical reserve corps. Stationed at Ft. Harrison, Ind., and was ordered into service at Camp Travis, Tex. Assigned to the Field and Base Hospital, alternately, and was promoted to captain, Dec. 6, 1917, and sent to Camp Greenleaf, Va., for a special course in Otolarygology. Later assigned to service at Camp Forest, in the the 213th engineers and later to eye, ear, nose and throat service in the Development Battaltion. Born in Blackford County, July 11, 1863, son of Christopher and Catherine Clapper. Graduate of Northwestern University, Medical Dept. Home is West Lafayette, Ind.
Tippecanoe County, Indiana
World War I Honor Roll
Son of Captain and Mrs. Manford Marion Clapper
ERSKINE MARION CLAPPER
Sergeant, Field Artillery
Entered service June 25, 1917, and made sergeant of a section of Battery C, having served as recruiting officer to bring the battery up to war strength. Stationed at Ft. Harrison, Ind., and Camp Mills, N.Y. Saw service in France. Was a charter member of Battery C. Born at Hartford City, Ind., Dec. 6, 1897, son of Captain and Mrs. Manford Marion Clapper. Graduate of Jefferson high school. Home is Lafayette, Ind.
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