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Charles Clapp


Transcription contributed by Martie Callihan 27 November 2004

The History of Warren County Ohio
Part V. Biographical Sketches
Turtlecreek Township
(Chicago, IL: W. H. Beers Co, 1882; reprint, Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1992)
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Union Village and the Shakers of Warren County, Ohio


CHARLES CLAPP, Shaker business agent. This amiable and polished .gentleman is -a member of the Shaker Community at Union Village, Warren Co., Ohio, where he has been since 1846. His parents, Ezra and Grace (Mathers) Clapp, were of English descent, but natives of Massachusetts, where they kept a hotel until 1800 when they moved to Lewis County, N. Y., and located on a large tract of land where Charles was born June 2, 1807. He received a liberal education in the common schools and then attended the Westfield and Leicester Academies, where his education was completed. In 1827, when 20

years of age, he emigrated to Ohio and embarked in a mercantile enterprise, keeping what is known as a general store in Ravenna, where he remained thirteen years. He subsequently moved to Summit County and engaged in the same business. He was married in September, 1831, to Miss Harriet Kent, daughter of Zenith Kent, a wealthy merchant and banker of Kent, Ohio. Their union was blest with six children, as follows: Harriet L., deceased; Charles H., deceased; Charles K., Cashier First National Bank, Kent, Ohio; Ella M., wife of John M. Southwick, a wholesale leather dealer of New York; George A., doing business in New York; and Edward Lewis, a citizen of San Francisco Mr. and Mrs. Clapp were, previous to 1846, members of the Presbyterian Church, but in the above year he became converted to the Shaker faith and joined that society with which he has since continued.

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