Jacob Clair Rapp… 1836 – 1932

Civil War Veteran

Jacob Clair RAPP 1836-1932,   2nd great grandfather

Note: In 1932, within a 10 week period, Three of my Rapp ‘Grandfathers’ died

  • Sunday 28 Aug 1932, Edward 27, my Grandfather, Jacob’s grandson, died.
  • Saturday 22 Oct 1932, Jacob 96, my 2nd Great Grandfather died.
  • Friday 4 Nov 1932, Harry 67, my Great Grandfather, Jacob’s son, died.

GAR grave marker

The Daily Republican, Phoenixville, Pa.

Obituary on 22 October 1932


Well-Known Phoenixville Indian and Civil War Soldier, Passed Away

Death marched early today with the Grand Army of the Republic and snatched another member of “the Boys in Blue”.

Jacob Rapp, 96-year-old veteran of the conflict between the North and the South and a survivor of several conflicts between the Indians and frontiersmen in pioneer days, was called at one o’clock this morning. He was conscious up to the very end, and showed the same bravery he often exhibited on the field of battle.

Although Mr. Rapp suffered a great physical handicap because of defective hearing for the past several years, he was apparently in good health until about three weeks ago. His death was the result of heart trouble and a kidney condition. His son, H. C. Rapp, the only survivor of the prominent Chester County family, said today that during the past week his father was well aware of his serious condition and expressed the desire that “he might die before winter set in.” “Father always dreaded cold weather and that is why I think he made those statements.” said his son.

At 12:30 o’clock this morning the son went to his father’s bedside. Several minutes later Dr. George W. Sharshon was called by telephone and told of Mr. Rapp’s failing condition. Shortly before the physician arrived the veteran passed away in his son’s arms. According to his son his father never lost consciousness.

The funeral will be held at the late home of the Civil War veteran, on Valley Forge Road near the East Borough Line, on Wednesday afternoon at two o’clock, with simple rites. Dr. R. S. Walker, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will be in charge. It is understood members of the G.A.R. Post and other military organizations will attend. Interment will be made in Morris Cemetery.

Mr. Rapp would have been 97 years of age on July 24, 1933, had he lived until that time. He was the son of Amos and Catherine Rapp, and was born July 24, 1836, at Rapp’s Corner. During his entire life he resided in Chester County in this vicinity.

Fought Indians in Iowa

At the age of twenty-one years. Mr. Rapp enlisted in the United States Regular Army and was sent to Northern Iowa where there was an uprising among the Indians. Although he escaped wounds, Mr. Rapp took part in several spirited engagements and in later years took great interest in telling of the time when he escaped being captured by the Indians “after a long chase.”

When the Civil War broke out he re-enlisted in the army. He joined the Union forces on 15 August 1862 at Harrisburg, as a member of Company I, 125th Regiment. Capt. Benjamin F. Bean was in charge of the company and Frederick Shunk was the vice-captain. Mr. Rapp was a sergeant in the company. In May of 1863 he was mustered out of service at Harrisburg.

Was In Major Battles

During his enlistment in the army he took part in the following encounters: skirmish at Kearneyville, 16 October 1862; battle of Fredericksburg, 13 December 1862; and the five-day battle of Chancellorsville, commencing on 1 May 1863.

After the war he married Marietta Stauffer, who passed away at the age of 88 years, just two years ago. Two children were born to the union, Harry C. Rapp, who resides at the Rapp home in Schuylkill township, and Carrie Anderson, who passed away at the age of 12 years.

A Carpenter by Trade

After the Civil War Mr. Rapp became a carpenter and worked with Jesse Jarrett, one of the leading contractors in Montgomery County. Until his retirement at the age of 82, Mr. Rapp worked day in and day out at his trade. Many of the older homes in Phoenixville are a product of Mr. Rapp’s workmanship.

No brothers or sisters survive the deceased man. There were eight sons and daughters in the family and with the passing of Jacob Rapp the family of Amos and Catherine Rapp has become extinct.

Mr. Rapp was an active member of the Josiah White Post, G.A.R, and served as its commander at one time. He was always interested in political affairs in Phoenixville and Schuylkill township, although he never aspired to office.


Obituary – Thursday October 27, 1932 Phoenixville


96-Year-Old Phoenixville Veteran Accorded Honors Yesterday;

Interment in Morris Cemetery

Impressive military services marked the burial of Jacob Rapp, 96-year-old veteran of Indian battles and the Civil War, yesterday afternoon, with Dr. R. S. Walker, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating.

The services were conducted at his late residence on Valley Forge Road near Corner Stores. Four of his Comrades, Samuel Green, Edward McDonough, Albert Butts and Isiah March, attended the services. Three other surviving members of the G.A.R. Did not attend because of illness.

Simple rites were conducted by Dr. Walker at the late residence. Two members of the Samuel A. Whitaker Post, American Legion, acted as honor guards. Relatives of the veteran were pallbearers as follows: Jacob Rapp, Harry C. Rapp, jr., George Smith, Wm. Thomas, Samuel Cox and Christ Schmidt.

The color bearers were Jesse Neuman and Forrest Trick, with John W. Shaffer as the bugler. The firing squad of the American Legion, comprised of Leroy Reber, commander; Fred Troxell, Russell Patterson, Elmer E. Schaeffer, Ralph Snyder, William Hopple, Grant L. Rapp and Arthur Wood, fired several volleys over the grave.

At Morris Cemetery where interment was made, members of the Legion conducted the G.A.R. Ritual services. Three volleys were fired and taps were sounded.


Reach out and touch your Elders,

talk to them and take many notes, even if what they say doesn’t make sense to you. Where did they, their parent, grandparents live, work, etc. Ask about customs, foods, trades, don’t forget to include the hearsay (it might come in handy). Write everything they say down, it may come into play later.

Have Fun -OmaEagle


I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,       and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle


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