Thanks very much to those who have replied to my request for information about Richard Clapp (1780 - ?) I appreciate your interest.
The puzzle of his life after 1814 still needs to be resolved but I thought I’d provide an update of my research and theories to date.
Regarding Richard and Fanny Clapp’s children:
Richard Clapp b 1811 - ?? — I have found a passenger list for the ship Cosmo that sailed from Bristol and arrived in New York on 6 November 1840. Passengers includes a Richard Clapp and his wife Harriet and their children Isaac, Fanny, Jane, Julia and John. Their ages as recorded are inline with those expected.
Fanny Clapp b 1813 — died in 1813 in Stone Allerton and buried in Chapel Allerton.
William Clapp b 1814 — died in 1814, buried in Chapel Allerton.
Regarding Richard Clapp (1780 - ?.) —
Upon the death of his wife Fanny (nee Tucker) in 1814, he would have been left with two children, Charles (1804 - 1885) my 3rd great grandfather, who would have been 10. And, Richard (1811 - ?) who would have been 3.
There is a marriage record for a Richard Clapp and a Mary Tucker (possibly Fanny’s sister) for 21 November 1814 at St Mary, Redcliffe, Bristol. The witnesses were Jenny Tucker, possibly Mary’s elder unmarried sister (1730 - 1760) and James King possibly Richard’s cousin (1791 - 1850) by his aunt Jane Clapp.
The assumption that Richard married his wife’s sister seems reasonable to me at the moment but I would really be interested if anyone can shine some light on this for me. Also, as I haven’t found any records so far for Richard and his suggested wife Mary so maybe they also went to America.
Hoping for some clues.