Born Jorg Valentine Klap, son of Johann (Joseph) Ludwig Clap and Anna Margaretha, was born in Weisenheim-Berg, Vic. Bad Durkeim, Hesse, Germany 1 on May 24, 1702. 1 9 (page 97) After immigration to America, he went by the name of George Valentine Clapp.
Jorg's signature on the passenger list in 1727:
George Veltin Klapp became a resident of Weisenheim am Berg in 1723 and had to pay (as a new citizen) a fee of two florins. He had returned after completing his vocational training, a prerequisite for marriage. CFA Vol IV Nos 3 and 4 p 12:
"Valentine Clapp died Oct. 12, 1773 aged 71 years, 4 months, 2 weeks and 4 days. He was married 51 years and had 12 children, 7 sons and 5 daughters-- the Brick Church record page 97
Marriage - Stiess
Jorg Valentine Klap married Anna Barbara Stiess 2 (b. 1706 in Germany) on August 24, 1723 in Weisenheim am Berg, Hesse, Germany. 1
Marriage recorded Lutheran Church of Weisenheim am Berg, Georg Valentin Klapp, son of Joseph Klapp and Anna Barbara Stiess, daughter of Philipp Stiess 24 Aug 1723
Records from this period show them members of the Reformed congregation.
They were married August 27, 1723 per "Albright, Clapp, & Berk Families" by Josepph H. Vance 5
Immigration from Germany
In 1727, he immigrated with his father and family. See his father's page. Immigration Analysis Passenger Listing
Jorg Valentine Klap 3 along with his father, Johann Ludwig Klap 3 came from Germany to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the ship James Goodwill, arriving September 27, 1727 3.
Life in Pennsylvania
Per The Clapp Family Newsletters :
The original German Klaps settled in Berks county, Pennsylvania following immigration in 1727. Because land in eastern Pennsylvania was expensive, they migrated to North Carolina in 1745 6 to vacant lands to the eastward and westward of the Yadkin River. In time (17XX) , they went westward and settled also on the Catawba [in SC]. There they started their own Reformed Church, near Whitsett, North Carolina. See map
The Move to North Carolina
Around 1748, George Valentine Clapp and his son John Phillip Clapp moved to North Carolina. Joseph must have come too but shown dying in PA???
George and Joseph were co-founders of Der Klapp Kirche, the forerunner of The Brick Church, near Whitsett, North Carolina. 6