Nicholas Knapp came to New England from England in 1630 with the Winthrop and Saltonstall Expedition and settled in Watertown, Mass. Possibly he was a brother of William Knapp who came at the same time but that relationship has never been proved nor disproved, though it has been repeatededly affirmed without proof. Ther is no record that they ever had any dealings with each other after their arrival but when ever one of them got into trouble it was always another who cane to their aid. That fact may not prove anything.
Bonds History of Watertown, Mass. says "1636, July 25 lands, grants and possessions, Nicholas Knapp 30 acres. Second division, Feb 28,1636, Nicholas Knapp was granted 6 acres. 1642, 3rd month 10th day divison of more land. Nicholas Knapp recieved one hundred seventeen acres. In 1639 Nicholas Knapp was owner of:
1) A homestall of sixteen acres, more or less bounded on the soutwest with William Barsham on the northeast with Howard Browns, on the northwest with Robert Lockwood and the Southeast with bank lane.
2) Two acres in Pine Marsh, bounded on the south with the river and the north with John Barnard.
3) An acre in Pond Meadow, bounded on the east and north with John Page and the west with Isaac Stern.
4) Thirty acres of upland being a great dividend in the 2 division of the 17 lot.
5) Six acres of plowland in the hither Planie and the 35 Lott.
6) Seven acres of Meddow in remote Meddows and the 39 lot
7) Thirteen acres of upland beyond the further Plaine and the 59 Lott.
8) A farm of one hundred and seveteen acres of upland in the 2 Division.
In 1644 item 8 of the above was omitted from the new list
mans ac'cn of whome hee hath receaved money for s'd water. Mr. Wil'm Pelham and Mr. Edward Lockewood both promised to pay the court the sum of five pounds for Nich. Knapp before the last court of May next Aug. 7. 1632, there is 3 pounds of Knapps fine of five pounds remitted. 6th day of 7th month 1638. General court Nicholas Knapp being fined five pounds, pt was paid and the rest remitted." The water was found beneficial and suit dropped upon payment of costs.
Hungingtons History of Stamford, Conn. speaking of the Governor of Conn. says: side by side ready to the utmost of their means to sustain any measure which might aid th them in asserting the rights of the Colonies against the unjust demands of the Crown, stood the substantial citizens of the town, the Hoyts, the Hollys, the Lockwoods, the Knaps, the Scofields, the Smiths, the Seelys, the Warings, the Waterburys, the Webbs and the Weeds.
American Ancestry, Vol. 8 p. 166 says 39 names spelled Knapp was probably born at Bury St. Marys, England.
No proof. Originally the family perhaps came from Saxony, Germany.