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Rev. Charles Wells Clapp

Male 1817 - 1884  (67 years)


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  • Name Charles Wells Clapp  [1, 2, 3
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 22 Jan 1817  Southampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Aug 1884  [4
    Buried Godfrey Cemetery, Godfrey, Madison, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I18190  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of DDB
    Last Modified 20 Nov 2020 

    Father Russell Clapp,   b. 7 Mar 1786,   d. Dec 1854, Liberty, Montgomery, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Louisa Strong,   b. 14 May 1788,   d. 9 Apr 1855, Liberty, Montgomery, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married Oct 1811  [7, 8
    Family ID F11107  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane Pray Bassett,   b. 21 Nov 1822, Derby, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1924  (Age 101 years) 
    Married 16 Aug 1849  [7
    Children 
    +1. Edward Bull Clapp,   b. 14 Apr 1856, Cheshire, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1919, Berkeley, Alameda, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    Last Modified 26 Nov 2018 
    Family ID F11105  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Graduated from Western Reserve College in 1844; at Monroeville, Ohio 1850-55; Cheshire, Connecticut 1855-57; Rockville, Connecticut 1857-64, and from October 1864 to 1871, Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature at Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa.

      According letter from John Dyer-Bennet to his sister Miriam, 3 Dec 1975, "Grinnell" (whether this means the college's administration or its alumni association is unclear) was able to confirm that Charles W. Clapp "was professor of rhetoric in 1870-71," and that he was "summarily fired by the president of the college on commencement day" in 1871. "It isn't known for certain why, but in a speech on the history of Grinnell given some years later the president said Prof. Clapp 'hardly agreed with the college on the joint education of men and women.'"

      The president of the college would have been George Frederic Magoun, who (according to Grinnell's web site) served in that capacity from 1865 to 1884. Also according to the site, in 1865 Joanna Harris Haines was the first woman to graduate from Grinnell, so presumably what Magoun was saying was that the Rev. Charles Wells Clapp was opposed to "the joint education of men and women."

  • Sources 
    1. [S2419] Wolcott Genealogy: The Family of Henry Wolcott, One of the First Settlers of Windsor, Connecticut by Chandler Wolcott. Rochester, New York: The Genesee Press, 1912.

    2. [S2429] Yale Alumni Weekly, 18 Apr 1919, p. 807.

    3. [S2530] Diary of David McClure, Doctor of Divinity by David McClure, with notes (including a genealogy of David McClure's descendants) by Franklin B. Dexter. New York: The Knickerbocker Press, 1899.

    4. [S2427] Find a Grave page for Rev Charles Wells Clapp.

    5. [S2066] The History of the Descendants of Elder John Strong of Northampton, Mass. by Benjamin Woodbridge Dwight. Albany, New York: Joel Munsell, 1871., date only.

    6. [S1858] U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925, database on ancestry.com.

    7. [S2066] The History of the Descendants of Elder John Strong of Northampton, Mass. by Benjamin Woodbridge Dwight. Albany, New York: Joel Munsell, 1871.

    8. [S2288] The Kelloggs in the Old World and the New by Timothy Hopkins. San Francisco: Sunset Press, 1903.