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George Sapp, Biography, Maryland and Knox County Ohio


George Sapp, a member of an honored pioneer family of the Buckeye state, was born on the farm on which he now resides on the 10th of April, 1826. His grandfather, George Sapp, was a “native of Maryland, but became one of the early pioneers of Knox county. He built the first Catholic church in Union township, also donating the ground upon which it was erected and the St. Luke’s cemetery lot. The church was a small one-room log building. He reached the eighty-fifth milestone on the journey of life, and throughout his long and useful career he so lived as to win and retain the respect and esteem of his fellow men. Levi Sapp, his son and the father of our subject, also claimed Maryland as the state of his nativity, but when a babe he was brought by his parents to this state, his mother, who made the journey on horseback, carrying him in a sack, while the father walked and led the horse. He was reared to the quiet pursuits of the farm, and his marriage was celebrated in Somerset, Ohio, to which place he rode on horseback, and after his marriage he located on the farm on which his son George now resides, where he made his home for a number of years.

In 1882 he removed to Mount Vernon, and there spent his remaining days, passing away at the age of seventy-one years. He, too, was a prominent member of St. Luke’s Catholic church. The lady who became his wife bore the name of Mary Colopy. Her father, Timothy Colopy, came to this country from Ireland and her mother from Germany, and they became prominent early settlers of Knox county, their deaths occurring in Mount Vernon, where they had resided for many years. The union of Mr. and Mrs. Sapp was blessed with ten children, eight of whom still survive, the eldest child in order of birth being:
-Sarah, the wife of Dr. Bradfield, of Danville;
-another daughter, Lucinda, resides in Union township, and is the widow of John Durbin.

George Sapp, the second child and eldest son in the above family, has spent his entire life in Knox county, and during his youth he attended a log schoolhouse, which was furnished with slab seats and desks. Since his marriage he has engaged in farming the old Sapp homestead, which consists of two hundred and seventy acres of land, all of which is under an excellent state of cultivation and improved with good and substantial buildings, everything about the place indicating the supervision of a thrifty and progressive owner. In matters of national interest he gives an intelligent support to the Democracy, but at local election he votes for the men whom he regards as best qualified to fill positions of public trust and responsibility.

On July 24, 1853, Mr. Sapp was united in marriage to Miss Delia A. White, also a native of Knox county, born September 27, 1832, and a daughter of Anthony and Keziah (Wade) White, early pioneers of this portion of the Buckeye state. Seven children have been born unto this union, namely:
-Flora, the wife of John P. Breckler, a prominent farmer of Howard township;
-Mary Keziah, wife of M. P. Hammond, also a farmer of Howard township;
-Ella, the wife of Patrick Percel, of Mount Vernon;
-Julian, who married Cassie Wiggins and makes his home in Howard township;
-Jennie, wife of P. J. Matingly, of Licking county, Ohio;
-Lucy, wife of B. R. Parker, of Cleveland; and
-Bertha, who lives with her uncle, Dr. L. W. Sapp, of Cleveland.

The family were all born on the farm on which Mr. Sapp also opened his eyes to the light of day, and they are all members of St. Luke’s Catholic church at Danville, Mr. Sapp having assisted largely in the erection of the house of worship. His genial manner makes him popular in all circles, and his friends in the community are almost as many as his acquaintances.

page 114-115

The Biographical Record of Knox County Ohio, Illustrated, Lewis Publ Co, Chicago, 1902

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