Frederick Gardner Clapp (1879-1944) was Albert Wilson Bee III’s fourth cousin once removed as they both descended from Lemuel Clapp (1735-1819).
He was an internationally known geologist was born to Edward Blake and Mary Frances (Jones) Clapp on July 20, 1879, Boston, Massachusetts. Frederick received his degree from MIT in 1901, and worked for the United States Geological Survey. He married Helen Drew Ripley on December 28, 1908. He photographed the Southwest Harbor Water Company’s first pump and windmill on Freeman Ridge and, in 1909, wrote “Underground Waters of Southern Maine” during the time the Bee family summered in Southwest Harbor.