William N. Clapp was born 15 August 1834 in Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, United States to Benjamin Lynn Clapp (1814-1865) and Mary Rachael Shultz (1815-1874) and died 3 June 1888 Pixley, Tulare County, California, United States of unspecified causes. He married Melissa Sylvia Brooks (1843-1927) 1 February 1857 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah.

1850 Hunter Wagon Company


Numbered amoung the participants in the Edward Hunter 1850 Pioneer Company, a early Mormon pioneer wagon train traveling from to Salt Lake City in the early summer. 261 individuals and 67 wagons were in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Kanesville, Iowa (present day Council Bluffs). This company was organized at 12-mile creek near the Missouri River. It was the first Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company of LDS Church. Its leader, Edward Hunter would go to become the 3rd presiding bishop of the church the following year. Several diary/biographical accounts exist for this group.

Elder Clapp traveled with his 2 wives, his mother and 9 children. They would settle for a length of time in Salt Lake City before moving to Sanpete County, Utah in about 1857.

Marriage and Family


Offspring of William N. Clapp and Melissa Sylvia Brooks (1843-1927)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Franklin Clapp (1857-1888)
Ida F Clapp (1860-1872)
Nellie J Clapp (1863-1896)
William Henry Clapp (1867-1934)
Minnettie Clapp (1870-1939)
Benjamin Clapp (1872-1872)
Joseph Clapp (1875-)
Frederick Robert Clapp (1878-1962)
Charles Rollin Clapp (1882-1949)




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