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George Chapman b. 1755                                                                    Jul. 6, 2013

I discovered your Chapman Family Association website and am very intrigued. I descend from a Chapman whom I don't think you have yet listed on your site. He is also one of my brick walls. I'm hoping that by our communications, perhaps I can share some data with your
association and also, perhaps, one of your members might have done research on a Chapman family which might line up with me, helping me to break down my brick wall.

Here is what I know about my Chapman progenitor, George Chapman:
George Chapman was born December 25, 1755, according to the age he gave when he applied for a pension late in life. I don't know where he was born. It could have been some place in Pennsylvania. Some people have supposed Scotland but I have seen nothing that would indicate such was the case. The first trace I have of my George is on March 26, 1776, when he enlisted in Captain Peter Grubb's Company of Colonel Samuel Miles' Regiment in the Pennsylvania Line during the American Revolution. This company was raised among the people of Lancaster County, including what is now Dauphin and Lebanon, and I suspect he was living there at the time of his enlistment. I have not found any Chapman’s listed among the records there who could have been his father but, admittedly, I have not done a thorough search. I
note that, according to the published Pennsylvania Archives, a James Chapman enlisted in the same Company on April 30, 1776. After the Battle of Long Island, George was transferred to Carnhart's Company of Colonel Walter Stewart's Regiment. In addition to the Battle of Long Island, he fought at White Plains and the taking of the Hessians at Trenton, as well as the Battle of Brandywine, where he was wounded through both thighs and taken prisoner, afterwards exchanged. He was discharged at Valley Forge at the end of 1777.


I next find him on the 1779 tax assessment list of Derry Township, Lancaster [now Dauphin] County, Pennsylvania. In 1785, Dauphin County was formed from Lancaster, and I find him taxed 1785-1789 in West Hanover Township, Dauphin County. He is no longer taxed there after 1789, and in the 1790 census I find him enumerated in Northumberland County, that part which probably afterwards, in 1795, became Lycoming County. George Chapman has 1 male 16 years and upwards (himself), 2 males under 16 (a son, George Jr., and probably another young son), and 4 females (probably his wife, Mary, and 3 daughters). George applied for a warrant for 400 acres in Northumberland County on February 25, 1794, adjoining land granted to Jane Hood. In an interesting land grab, his wife Mary applied for 400 acres
adjoining his on the same day, and a warrant for 400 acres for his ten-year-old son George Jr. was also taken out the same day! He appears on the direct tax of 1798 in Washington Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, with fifty acres and one house.

 

On the 1800 septennial census of Lycoming County, George is listed in Washington Township, as is his wife, Mary Chapman. (Women's names were given in this record.)


In 1810, he is listed on the census in Washington Township, with 1 male over 45 (himself), 1 female over 45 (presumably his wife Mary) and 1 female aged 16-26 (probably one of his daughters). On the same page are the households of his son George Jr., aged 16-26
[he was 25] and Michael Chapman, also 16-26 [probably his other son as indicated by the 1790 census].


In 1820, George is still listed on the census in Washington Township. Now he has 1 male over 45 (himself) and 1 female over 45 (his wife Mary). George Jr. and his family are listed nearby.


On February 1, 1825, George applied for a pension under the Act of 1818 based upon his Revolutionary War service. He gave his age, service history, and stated that he was a weaver by occupation, but not able to follow it constant by infirmity of body. His family included his wife, who is now very infirm, himself, and a hired female whom he is obliged to keep to take care of his wife & perform the necessary duties of the house. He states that [h]e had purchased 27 acres of low rate land some time since & had erected a small house and barn but between 13 and fourteen acres of the same of the best part with the improvement has since been lost at law by a claim unknown, at the time he purchased & the remaining part is now involved at law. His son, George Jr., also gave a deposition concerning his father's service and affairs, and stated that he, George Jr., was in the fortieth year of his age. He also submitted testimony from a neighbor, Thomas Smiley, who knew him about the close of the Revolutionary War and stated what he knew concerning his service. He also submitted testimony from Michael Wheelan of White Deer, Union County, who had served with him in Capt. Grubb's Company. George Chapman Sr.'s pension was granted March 17, 1826, and made retroactive to December 13, 1825.


From an old (brief) newspaper death notice, I know that George died June 17, 1833, at his home in Clinton Township, Lycoming County. (Clinton Township was formed in 1825 from part of Washington Township.) His estate was settled the following year but gives little information.


The children of George and Mary Chapman, as far as I know them, are as follows:
1. George Chapman, Jr., born ca. 1785, died ca. 1851/52. He married Margaret Eli zabeth Shuler (17871855), a neighbor in Washington Twp., and moved to Centre County toward the close of his life, where his children settled. He is my ancestor.
2. Michael Chapman?, born ca. 1784-90, probably the son who is named in the 1790 and 1800 censuses and lived next to George Sr. in 1810.
3. Daughter born between 1784 and 1790.
4. Daughter born between 1784 and 1790.
5. Elizabeth, born 1795, died Nov. 28, 1850, in Clinton Township, married Henry Billman (1792-1872). I have a lot on their descendants. Maybe more.

Now, I want to bring up a couple of other points: A lot of people have George Chapman's wife Mary as Mariah Ann Hall, and some have her as the daughter of Richard Hall and Sarah Burroughs. The first record I have of this is the DAR application of Mrs. Helen Billman Wolfe, who also had George (incorrectly) as a Sergeant. Now, I don't think this is right. Richard and Sarah Burroughs Hall lived in Lycoming County, and I think George met and married his wife ca. 1784 while still in what is today Dauphin County. Also, the Hall genealogy shows a Maria Hall who married a George Chaplin and they lived in New York State, and were a generation younger than my George and Mary. I think someone saw the Lycoming County connection and confused George Chaplin with my George Chapman.

 

Also, there is a Richard Chapman in this area who lived in Dunnstable Township, Lycoming (now Clinton) County, at one point, and who later moved on to the Sinnemahoning area of Cameron County. I thought he might be George's son but he just doesn't seem to fit in this family at all. He is a mystery to me as well.


I hope that you might be of some help in figuring out who my George belongs to, or offering me some suggestions on where to look next. Perhaps his father was named George or Michael (based on the names of his sons) or perhaps the James mentioned in the Revolutionary War records could be a brother. I found an early George Chapman who died in Chester County, Pennsylvania, in 1757, and left a son George, but I researched this family and found that George moved to Virginia, so I ruled him out.
 

George Harold Chapman

Steve Valenta has contacted CFA looking for information on George Harold Chapman (1890-1967), and his father, Solomon Austin Chapman (1858-1909)from Tipton, Iowa. Other known information: S.A. Chapman's father was Rev. Charles Stowe Chapman (1832-1910) born Binghamton, N.Y., died in Tipton, Iowa. Charles parents are believed to have been Austin Benjamin Chapman (1809-1877) born in Connecticut, died in Tipton, Iowa

George W. Chapman

My name is McKay Coffey. I am continuing the research of my mother, Debbie Coffey, who has an inquiry on your website. I would like to know who I might contact to collaborate on Chapman research being done in the Detroit, Michigan area in the early 1800s.

My 2nd and 3rd great-grandfathers were both named George W. Chapman and were both born in the Detroit Michigan area before the family moved to Washington around 1891. George W. Sr. was born in 1840 and was a mason or plasterer as recorded in the Detroit city directory in 1861 and 1871-1891 (not sure where he went from '61-'71). I've found the family in the 1870 census, but not the 1860. In 1850 I find a George W. Ch. *1840 in the home of Francis Furton (Not sure if this is him or not).
George W. Sr. married Mary "Sauteuse" (1844- ) in 1860. This fact comes from the marriage return of their eldest son, Charles (1864- ) in Washington state. The assumption here is that George W. Sr. married a woman of the Sauteuse Indian tribe!
These are the facts I have to work with along with some other later records in Washington. Please let me know who I might contact to get help in my research of these Chapman ancestors so I can link up with the bigger family tree!

Thanks so much!

George W. Chapman

I am continuing the research of my mother, Debbie Coffey, who has an inquiry on your website. I would like to know who I might contact to collaborate on Chapman research being done in the Detroit, Michigan area in the early 1800s. 

 

My 2nd and 3rd great-grandfathers were both named George W. Chapman and were both born in the Detroit Michigan area before the family moved to Washington around 1891. George W. Sr. was born in 1840 and was a mason or plasterer as recorded in the Detroit city directory in 1861 and 1871-1891 (not sure where he went from '61-'71). I've found the family in the 1870 census, but not the 1860. In 1850 I find a George W. Ch. *1840 in the home of Francis Furton (Not sure if this is him or not). 

 

George W. Sr. married Mary "Sauteuse" (1844- ) in 1860. This fact comes from the marriage return of their eldest son, Charles (1864- ) in Washington state. The assumption here is that George W. Sr. married a woman of the Sauteuse Indian tribe! 

 

These are the facts I have to work with along with some other later records in Washington. Please let me know who I might contact to get help in my research of these Chapman ancestors so I can link up with the bigger family tree!

I am actively researching the family of Philander Chapman in Michigan. I am active on both Ancestry.com and FamilySearch. If anyone has any information on this family or would like to collaborate with me, please reach out to me by email. The real challenge is finding Philander’s origins and his parents’ names. Below is some basic information which I have compiled so far. Email me for more information.

1.Philander1Chapman b about 1804 likely in NY m about 1838 likely in Detroit, Wayne, MI MARY DES ANGES FURTON, b there 7 Mar 1821 d there 1 Jan 1906 dau of Francis Xavier Furton and Mary Des Anges Sene, res 1840 Marshall, Calhoun, MI as head of household d 1844 bur 18 Jul 1844 Albion, Calhoun, MI in Riverside Cemetery

       Children:

2.      i.    George2 W. b 3 Jan 1840

3.      ii.   Charles Frank b 18 Feb 1844  

2.George W.2Chapman (Philander1) b 3 Jan 1840 MI bap 6 Apr 1841 Ste Anne Detroit m 30 Apr 1860 Detroit, MI MARY COUTURE, b 14 Jul 1843 Detroit, MI d and bur about 1906 Mabton, Yakima, WA dau of Louis Couture and Marie Amable Bourdon, res Detroit until about 1891 moved to Seattle and then Yakima, WA d and bur about 1906 Mabton, Yakima WA

Children:

                       i.    Georgius3 Chapman bap 19 Oct 1860 Ste Anne Detroit bur there 22 Oct 1860

                       ii.   Ludovicus Chapman b Jan 1862 Ste Anne Detroit bur there 3 Sep 1862

                       iii.  Charles William Chapman b 10 Nov 1862 Macomb, MI d 11 Feb 1932 Bowling Green, FL

                       iv.  Alvin Chapman b about 1866 Detroit, MI d 15 Apr 1915 Vancouver, Canada

                       v.   Anne Chapman b 1868 Michigan d 17 Nov 1890 Detroit, MI

                       vi.  Lucia Chapman b 7 Apr 1872 Detroit, MI d about 1882

                      vii.  George W. Chapman b 1 Jan 1876 d after 1922

3.Charles Frank2Chapman (Philander1) b 18 Feb 1844 Albion, Calhoun, MI m 28 Oct 1865 Macomb, MI JANE J. LEGRAFF, b 16 May 1849 Clinton, MI d 15 Sep 1922 Mason, MI dau of Joseph LeGraff and Celia Joy, enlisted in company B, June 19, 1861, at Fort Wayne, for 3 years, age 18. Mustered Aug. 28, 1861. Re-enlisted Dec. 15, 1862, at Brandy Station, VA. Mustered Dec. 26, 1863. Promoted Corporal October 1864. Discharged on Surgeon's certificate of disability at Washington, DC, Dec. 24, 1864 d 30 Jan 1906 Chase, MI bur in Free Soil, MI

       Children:

         i.    Alice L.3 Chapman b 27 Mar 1867 Mason, MI d 26 Sep 1928 Ludington, MI

         ii.   Eva May Chapman b 19 May 1870 Sherman, MI d 10 Sep 1908 Maine

         iii.  Nellie Maud Chapman b 9 Oct 1874 Sherman, MI d 13 May 1911 Ludington MI

        iv.  Frank Howard Chapman b 28 Aug 1878 Sherman, MI d 14 Mar 1948 Venango, PA

         v.   Ida Estell Chapman b 25 Jul 1885 Sherman, MI d 22 Aug 1949 Wellston, MI

George Washington Chapman

I have doing some lineage of my family on my father’s side of the family. I hit a dead end. I will start with me. I was born in 1952 in Anderson county TX. My father was Jack Holland Chapman born July 1915 in Anderson county Texas. His father was Abijah C Chapman born about 1888 in Texas. His father was Abner N Chapman born 1863 in Texas. His father was Jasper N Chapman born 1834 in Coffee Tenn. in 1834. His father was George Washington Chapman born 1810 in South Carolina. He married a Nancy Womack around 1832 in Coffee County Tenn. He was a blacksmith owned property and I think he was a constable in the Coffee county Tenn. That is where the trail ends. I found this information on Ancestry and Family Search. This has become some sort of obsession to me and any help would be deeply appreciated.

George William Chapman

Sandra Chapman Melnychenko has contacted CFA looking for information on George William Chapman. Born 24 Dec. 1848 to Alfred Mundy Chapman and Sarah Haverfield. Came to US from UK with Brother Thomas Chapman while teenagers.

Giles Chapman

I have recently used ancestry.com for family history, and I believe I have traced my lineage all the way back to England to a Giles Chapman. That is all I can get. I have a family cemetery in S. C. They association could probably give me a little insight to the history. Chapman, ODELLGA 2/20.1923 - 6/24/1989 This was my grandfather. His son was Sherman Chapman.
 

Giles Chapman and Sarah Jackson                                             Jan. 29, 2014

My name is Tim Martin. I am trying to verify the spouse of one of my ancestors.

My ancestry In America started with George Adam Martin born in Germany 1712 and his wife was Mary Knepper also born Germany now residing in Pennsylvania.
1. George Adam Martin m Mary Knepper
    A) Elijah Martin abt 1751 m Mary Von Denburg
        1) Elijah Martin jr abt 1770 m Mary Sarah Chapman?
        2) Mary Elizabeth Martin m William Chapman* abt 1766

* William Chapman is the eldest son of Joseph Chapman whose parents were Giles Chapman and Sarah Jackson.
The Martin Family documentation for birth, marriage and death yrs not accurate.

Glennard Owen Chapman

I have recently acquired documents for my Uncle Junior – Glennard Owen Chapman b. 1-8-1922 now deceased (but I don’t have his date of death at my fingertips). I received them from his wife, who is now living in Bokeelia, Florida, when I visited her earlier this month.

 

I thought you might like to add the information to your online data records, so I have attached the scanned copy of his Enlisted Record and Report of Separation – Honorable Discharge as well as the letter sent to my grandmother advising the family of his status as missing in action.


I am also in the process of reading a booklet written by one of the men in his flight crew, Neal Lauve. It is called ZDRAVOZDRAVO.
Zdravo is a Yugoslavian word meaning friendship. It recounts their ordeal of being shot down, found by the Partisans, split up and helped in their walk across Europe to neutral territory. I have inquired if it has been computerized or if not, if I would be allowed to scan it into pdf format. This information and the Discharge paper and letter have been uploaded into the Military Section of Databases from the CFA Home page.