Samuel W. Lape was born in Rensselaer County, NY, on February 16, 1831, the son of Samuel Lape and Polly (Worden?). Samuel was reared in Sodus, Wayne County, NY by his father Samuel Lape, who was born December 03, 1791, also in Rensselaer County, NY. Samuel Lape, the Senior, was the son of Thomas "LÃ¶we" Lape and Maria Batz, born in Churchtown, Columbia, NY, married Charlotty Van de Kar, and later lived in West Sand Lake, Rensselaer, NY. Samuel, the Senior, may have remarried to Polly Worden after the death of Charlotty on 17 Nov 1827, and then moved to Sodus, NY. Charlotty Lape is buried in West Sand Lake, Rensselaer, NY. Samuel Lape, the Senior, is listed in the August 1, 1860, Census of Sodus, Wayne County: House Number 1184, Family Number 1245, Samuel Lape, age 68, farmer, R. E. value 2500; Polly Lape, age 59; and Johnathan Lape, age 26, farmer.
In early life Samuel W. Lape was a school teacher. He married in 1854 to Julia Ann Seager, born about 1835, daughter of David J. Seager. They had Samuel W. Lape, Jr., born in 1855; Ella E. Lape, born in 1857; and Alice "Alla" E. Lape, born in 1859. Samuel W. Lape is also listed in the August 1, 1860, Census of Sodus, Wayne County: House Number 1167; Family Number 1228: Samuel W. Lape, age 28, clerk; Julia Lape, 25; Samuel Lape, 5, Ella Lape, 3; and Alice Lape, 1.
Samuel Lape, the Senior, died about 1870 in Sodus, Wayne, NY. Polly, his wife died about 1864, in Sodus, NY. The 1870 census of Rose, Wayne, NY, reveals: Samuel W. Lape, age 38, sawmill worker; Julia Lape, age 35; Samuel, age 15; Ella, age 13; Allice, age 11; Asher, age 5; and Milton, age 1.
In response to the Civil War call, Samuel W. Lape enlisted Aug 15, 1862, in Co D, 9th New York Heavy Artillery, and was promoted sergeant. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on February 17, 1864, He would see battle at Bowling Green, Cold Harbor, Frederick Junction, Monocacy, and Winchester. Lt. Samuel W. Lape was dismissed on Oct 8, 1864, possibly due the death of his mother.
After the Civil War, Samuel W. and Julia Lape had two sons born: Asher A. W. Lape, born in 1865; and Milton G. Lape, born in 1869. The 1865 Census of Rose, Wayne County, NY, lists the following: Samuel W. Lape, age 35, born Rensselaer, married once; Julia A. Lape, age 31, born Wayne, married once; Samuel Lape, age 10; Ella E. Lape, age 8; Alla E. Lape, age 6; and Samuel Lape, age 73, father, born Rensselaer, married twice, farmer. Samuel lived in South Sodus where he was a carpenter, painter and Justice of the Peace.
Samuel W. Lape filed for an Invalid Pension after the Civil War, on January 6, 1889. He claimed "that while a sergeant in said company and in the line of duty on or about December 1, 1862 he incurred Typhoid Fever followed immediately with Neuralgia in head and neck and shoulders of the left side. Said Neuralgia caused acute pain in left side of his face causing a tumor to grow upon left side and in front of the left ear. Said Tumor increased in size while in said service and continued to grow until it now measures 3 by 3 inches and 2 inches deep. At or following appearance of said tumor he became deaf to quite a degree in left ear and he believes a slight deafness in right ear. That while recovering from said fever, Rheumatic pains came on in shoulders and right ankle. That from about January 20th, 1863 said neuralgia & Rheumatism caused much suffering which continued until it became chronic. That from the spring of 1863 to this date he has suffered more or less by reason of said Neuralgia--- Tumor and Rheumatism. That he was treated in said service by Dr. Dewit of said Regiment and now of Oswego City, State of New York. Since he left service he has been treated by Dr. P. S. Roe, now of Hamlin Minnta. Said treatment was from 1866 to about 1882 as near as he remembers, since which Dr. Negus now of South Sodus, NY and Dr. R. le Barless of Rose, NY."
In "Rose Neighborhood Sketches", the chapter on School Dist. No. 12, Wayne Center, page 215: "After passing a large evaporator, we find the home of Samuel W. Lape, a native of Rensselaer county, though reared in Sodus; has been postmaster, both in Sodus and here; he was a lieutenant in the Ninth Heavy Artillery, Co. D., and is now a justice of the peace... He has twice taken the census of the town; in 1880 alone, in 1890 the 1st district." In WAYNE CENTER: 1867: "A post-office and hamlet in the west part of the town. Daily mail. Lape, Samuel W., mint grower and farmer, 55 1/2."
The obituary of Julia Seager Lape is seen in the Sodus Record, December 28, 1906, "The funeral of Mrs. Julia Lape, wife of Samuel W. Lape, who died at Wayne Centre on Friday from the effects of a stroke paralysis, was held Sunday. Surviving are a husband, Samuel W. Lape: three sons, Asher A. W. Lape of Wayne Centre, Dr. Milton Lape of Weedsport, Samuel W. Lape of Michigan; two daughters, Mrs. Walter T. White of this village and Mrs. Alta Bailey of Michigan; five brothers, Benjamin, George, Asher W., Munson, and Monroe Seager; two sisters, Mrs. Samuel Davenport and Mrs. Charles LaRock, all of this county."
The obituary of Samuel W. Lape is seen In the Sodus Record, February 11, 1910, "The death of Samuel W. Lape occurred Friday at Lyons, aged 79 years. The deceased was born in Sodus (sic), and lived here many years. He moved to Wayne Center, where he resided a long time, and finally located at Lyons. He was a justice of the peace in the town of Rose at one time. Mr. Lape was a civil war veteran, being a member of company D of the Ninth New York Heavy Artillery, of which he became a second lieutenant. He is survived by three sons, Samuel of Jonesville, Mich.; Asher Lape of Wayne Centre, and Dr. Milton G. Lape of Port Byron, and two daughters, Mrs. Nelson Bailey of Laporte, Ind., and Mrs. Walter White of Lyons. Funeral services were held Sunday." Samuel W. Lape is buried in South Sodus Cemetery, Wayne, New York.