Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Phebe Jane and Marquis L. Knapp Letters, 1850

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, August 2012

Summary Information
Title: Phebe Jane and Marquis L. Knapp letters
Creator: Jaquith, Benjamin F.
Inclusive dates: 1850
Extent: 4 items
Abstract:
This collection contains 4 letters that Phebe Jane and Marquis L. Knapp wrote to Benjamin Jaquith about their lives in Black Hawk County, Iowa, around 1850. They discussed the process of claiming land, local flora and fauna, a dental procedure, and other topics.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1998. M-3445.3.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Phebe Jane and Marquis L. Knapp letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically, with one undated item placed at the end.


Biography

Phebe Jane Knapp and Marquis L. Knapp were both relatives of Benjamin Jaquith of Crawford County, Ohio. Around 1850, they moved to Black Hawk County, Iowa, and settled near Cedar Falls. In 1860, Marquis L. Knapp lived in Washington Township, Iowa, with his wife Mary and four children: Martha, Cornelius, Benjamin, and Lucinda.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 4 letters that Phebe Jane and Marquis L. Knapp wrote to Benjamin Jaquith about their lives in Black Hawk County, Iowa, around 1850. They discussed the process of claiming land, local flora and fauna, a dental procedure, and other topics.

Phebe Jane Knapp wrote 2 letters, Marquis L. Knapp wrote 1 letter, and they co-authored a fourth letter. Both Phebe and Marquis Knapp addressed Benjamin F. Knapp as "brother," and both referred to family members and mutual acquaintances. The first three letters concern aspects of life on the Iowa frontier, such as the process of claiming and acquiring land along the Cedar River, local fishing, trees, farm crops, and prices of wheat and potatoes. Phebe and Marquis Knapp also discussed the local population, and anticipated a rapid influx of families, expected to arrive in the spring of 1851. In one undated letter, Phebe Jane Knapp described a tooth extraction and the resulting pain, which lasted for several days.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Black Hawk County (Iowa)
    • Cedar River (Minn. and Iowa)
    • Frontier and pioneer life--Iowa.
    • Real property--Iowa.
    • Teeth--Extraction.
    Contributors:
    • Knapp, Marquis L.
    • Knapp, Phebe Jane.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   25, Small Collections  
    Phebe Jane and Marquis L. Knapp letters [series]:
    Folder   12  
      February 16, 1850-December 27, [1850], and  undated