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“Over the course of the millennia, all these ancestors in your tree, generation upon generation, have come down to this moment in time—to give birth to you. There has never been, nor will ever be, another like you. You have been given a tremendous responsibility. You carry the hopes and dreams of all those who have gone before. Hopes and dreams for a better world. What will you do with your time on this Earth? How will you contribute to the ongoing story of humankind?” ~ Laurence Overmire

Christina Sapp, Stanley Macon,Sr.,Vivian Sapp Macon, Roscoe Sapp, Unknown, Jennielee Sapp Davis, Irene Sapp Keitt,,Emerson Sapp, Wardeen Sapp Miller, Judson Sapp, Jr.

The Sapp Surname


According to the "New Dictionary of American Names" by E. C. Smith, the Sapp name is German in origin and means "descendant of Sabbe, a short form of names beginning with Sache - legal action." Names are usually of patron origin and are derived from the first name of a father. In this instance, the name is traceable to the old Germanic personal name Sabbe, the letters "B" and "P" being interchangeable in German. The surname came to denote a son of Sabbe. This personal name was literally translated from German as legal adviser and an early bearer of this name may have been a magistrate or Sheriff.

Some descendants say that the family, originally in Germany, left Germany for Holland, and left Holland for different parts of the United Kingdom (Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England). This premise is in keeping with every tradition passed down by the various lines.

Early Sapps in America

A history of the Sapp family, published in 1910 by J. Gooden Sapp and H.W. Stanley asserted John Sapp was brought to America by Lord Calvert in the second or third load of immigrants in 1650 and settled in Maryland. John had three sons: Frederick who went to New York.; William who went down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans; and John who remained in Maryland. Grants have been found in Kent Co., Delaware for Henry Sapp in 1733-43; John Sapp in 1739-58. Bibb and Twiggs Cos., Georgia

The earliest Sapp in the line was Henry Sapp, who was born about 1746 and served in the Revolutionary War [1,2]. The Sapps were closely allied with the Spears family. Sarah Spears, who administered the estate of her husband Archibald Spears in Twiggs County, Georgia about 1812, was listed in the 1818 Tax Digest of Twiggs Co. directly after Henry Sapp. Presumably Archibald and Sarah Spears were the parents of Archibald C. Spears, Sr, who married Elizabeth Remillicent Sapp, Henry Sapp's daughter.

My Connection:
 My great great grandfather George Washington Sapp was born May 1834, but I am not sure where he was born nor the identity of his parents, but I have a theory.  Because of many of Sapp stories I have read, I believe that it is possible that his father was a white man by the name of George Dennis Sapp, but I am a long way from proving that.
George Washington Sapp and Mary Perkins Sapp  were from Millen,Jenkins County,Georgia: and this is the beginnings as I know it.  They had 16 children as was stated by the census data and as well as what was told to us.  However, I have 17 children listed in the family tree.  I am inclined to believe that William J., father of Walter Emmerson and Jenny Sapp, was another son, but I am not sure.  I  was always told that Jenny was a cousin, and she too lived in California.  Jenny and her brother Emmerson attended the funeral of Street Sapp, my great grandfather.

The census would often times list the nicknames or the family name of a child as oppose to their legal name, this could be how the extra child was added in the research.

I was told that George, born 1834 or 1844 was Caucasian, but often in the census he was listed as Mulatto.  Is that because he was of mixed blood or because his wife and children were. If he was Mulatto then his father, who I believe is George Dennis Sapp and he was Caucasian.

George's parents are said to be both from Georgia and they were land owners, George and all of his children were land owner, even his two daughters.  As early as the 1880 census it shows George as a land owner.  There were all farmers and were self-sustaining.
His wife was Mary Perkins(b.1851), as per the census her father, Virgie or Dave Perkins, was from Georgia but her mother, maiden name Reese, was from Virginia.  It was told to me that Perkins, Georgia was named after her father, which leads me to believe that he was Caucasian, since she was Mulatto.

There is still a great deal to learn about George and Mary and their respective families, and I am working really hard to weed out the bad information, scrutinizing the possible information, and getting at the true information.

Links to Sapp Post

George Washington Sapp 1834-1914

Infant Sapp in McCoy Cemetery-George

Sapps - Pioneer Memorial Cemetery

Emerson and Hortense Sapp of Los Angeles

Mungeon C. Sapp, Sr. - Minnie Lee Sapp

Irene Sapp Keitt

Two Sapp Brothers Crossing Over