Biography of Seth C. Clapp of Princeton, Illinois

Seth C Clapp. deceased, was a native of Northampton, Mass., where he was born in 1812; he died May 1, 1871, in Bureau County, Ill., to which he came in 1835. Here he was a tiller of the soil and highly respected for his many good qualities of head and heart.

Mr. Clapp was married twice. His first wife was Asenath Hitchock, a native of Massachusetts; she died November 1851, in Princeton, Ill.

His second wife was Mrs. Amelia R. Steel, who survives him. She was the widow of the Rev. Calvin Steel, who was born in 1812, in Vermont; he died February 23, 1851, in Oberlin, Ohio, where he was educated and where his parents formerly resided. He preached the Gospel in the State of Michigan and in LaSalle County, Ill. He was a friend to the poor and needy and ever ready to build up the church and further the interest of his fellow men. He was the father of John M. Steele, who is now a resident of Dakota. He was born November 4, 1849, and was married to Lydia A. Gray; They have three children, viz.; Edith C., Katie D, and Crete G.

Seth C. Clapp left no posterity, but Mr. and Mrs. Clapp adopted one daughter-Stella E. Clapp-who brightened their home for many years. She died February 2, 1883, aged twenty-three years. Mrs. Clapp came to Bureau County in 1852. For a number of years she has resided in Princeton, where she is religiously connected with the Congregational Church.

Source: History of Bureau County, Illinois, H. C. Bradsby, Editor. World Publishing Company Chicago 1885

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