Saturday May 4, 2013

A letter to Bennington Project Independence and Visiting Nurses Association:

I would like to thank you for the wonderful care that has been given and continues to be given to my father, Lawrence Knapp, by both of your organizations. He is truly enjoying his later years because of you!

While looking through his 1944 Bennington High School yearbook, we discovered that Richard Sleeman was among the graduates of his class!

My father expressed interest in bringing his 1944 yearbook to BPI to show to all of his friends, which I thought was a wonderful idea.

Lawrence Knapp was a wonderful husband, a great father to six children and a devoted Catholic. This special man has deep roots in the Bennington/Woodford area. He is a very inspirational man whose presence brings a smile to all who know and love him! True to form, he never swayed from his mission in life. He worked hard, raised his family and served his country. Lawrence is a veteran who served between two wars, but nevertheless, he has veteran blood flowing through his veins.

His brother, Edward Knapp III (1924 - 2003), was a World War II veteran shot down behind enemy lines and was able to escape.

His uncle, Louis Knapp (1896 -1966), was a veteran of World War I.

His father, Edward L. Knapp II (1893 -1964), although not a veteran, was a great husband, father to seven children and was also a hard-working man. He built a two-story home, alongside his own father in 1914 with no power tools!

His grandfather, Edward L. Knapp, (1856 - 1915), was a hardworking father of nine children who died in the arms of his son, Edward L. Knapp II.

His great uncle, Adin Knapp (1843 -1865), brother to his grandfather, Edward L. Knapp, was a veteran of the Civil War and a POW, along with his father Lewis, at Andersonville Prison in Georgia. Adin was released and disappeared.

His great-grandfather, Lewis Knapp (1815 -1864), the father of seven children, was a Civil War veteran.

He was wounded, discharged and returned to Bennington. Upon his return to Bennington, he reenlisted, was captured in Virginia and sent to Andersonville Prison where he died a POW. He was buried in the Military Cemetery at Andersonville, Georgia.

His great-great-grandfather, Enos Knapp (1787 -1862), father of 10 children, one of whom was Lewis, entered the insane asylum at the age of 67 in Brattleboro, Vermont, where he died.

His great-great-great-grandfather, Jabez Knapp (1752 -1825), was a veteran of the Revolutionary War and father to eight children. He was at the taking of Burgoyne, retreated to the south and wintered at Valley Forge. He was also in the Battle of Monmouth and settled in Woodford by 1793 and earned his livelihood as a Collier.

FRANCIS KNAPP
(Eldest son of Lawrence Knapp)