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John M. Clapp    

Clapp, John M., Tidioute P.P., Glade, was born in Mercer in 1835. He is a son of Rev. Ralph and Sally (Hubbard) Clapp. Ralph Clapp was born in Martinsburg, N.Y., in 1801 and died at President, Venango county, in 1846. He was a Methodist minister of great ability and considerable celebrity. Sally Hubbard was born in Champion, N.Y., and died in Asbury Park, N.J., in 1886. They were married in Champion, N.Y., in 1824 and settled in Venango county in 1846. They had a family of six children— Edwin E., Charles C., Emeline F., Caroline, John M., and Ellen G. Edwin E. Clapp now resides near the old homestead in Venango county. Charles C. Clapp died in 1843 aged sixteen years. Emeline F. Clapp was married to E. R. Shankland, and died in 1865 leaving a family of four children, three of whom are now living— Edward C., Ralph M., and Emeline F. Caroline Clapp was married to J. L. P. McAllaster and has a family of five children— Ralph C., Eugene L., Clinton P., Edwin E., and Emma G., and now resides at Ann Arbor, Mich. Ellen G. Clapp was married to James McLain and had a family of five children— Mary, Charles J., Margaret S. (died in 1873), Ralph, and Effie (died in 1878), and now resides in New York city. John M. Clapp was married in 1865 to Anna M. Pearson, of New Castle. Their children were Ralph M. (born in 1866, died in 1878), Frances P., born in 1869, Alice J., born in 1873; and John H., born in 1880. John M. Clapp commenced business with his father at a very early age, and in 1860 purchased his father’s property and continued the business in his own name. In 1862 he recruited a company for the army and went out as captain in Colonel Chapman Biddle’s regiment— 121st P.V. In August, 1863, he was discharged from the army on surgeon’s certificate of disability, and returned home. Soon after his marriage he located in New Castle, and was for some time in the milling business. In 1871 he went to Tidioute, engaging in the production of petroleum, in which occupation he has proved a success. He has for some years taken an active part in Freemasonry, and has taken all its degrees; is also a member of the G.A.R., A.O.U.W., and other societies of a similar nature. These organizations have been pleased to award him their highest honors. He has contributed largely to schools, churches and charitable societies, and is highly respected by all his neighbors and acquaintances. A strictly temperate man, and a man of undoubted integrity, his success is a bright example to our young men.

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