The Chapman Family Association is Dedicated to Helping Chappies Find Their Roots


Photo: Gil Alford and wife, Mary (Founders of Chapman Family Association)


The Chapman Family Association (CFA) is a Code 501(c)(7)non-profit corporation, which is exempt from federal income tax by the Internal Revenue Service. The Association has no paid staff or employees and depends entirely on volunteer workers.

We intend to be a catalyst for positive change, and since our beginnings in 2000, we’ve been driven by the same ideas we initially founded our Non-Profit Organization upon: support, empowerment, and progress. 

History of the CFA
Many feel that the CHAPMAN CHATTER, a newsletter created and edited by Gil Alford, was the prelude to the Association.

In April 1994, the Association received a Certificate of Incorporation, non-profit status with the IRS.  Shortly thereafter, Jim Haynsworth created the Chapman Family Association emblem.

The Chapman Family Association newsletter #1 was published September 1994 and reported 56 members.


Gil Alford was the founder of the Chapman Family Association. No, he didn’t do it all by himself, but he was the moving force that got things rolling. Gil was born 1 Jan 1926 , served in the Army Air Corp in WWII and settled in St Louis to work for McDonald Douglas. He married Mary Louise Newkirk in September 1944. After his retirement he became interested in his Alford genealogy and also began work on Mary’s Newkirk and Chapman Genealogy. He was a pioneer hobbyist with computers which helped in organizing his genealogy and doing correspondence. Gil & Mary created "Chapman Chatter," a newsletter, in 1983 as a vehicle by which to communicate with others interested in Chapman family history and genealogy. Thirty-eight issues of Chapman Chatter”were published over a period of eleven years. In about 1993 Gil believed it was time for other Chappys to begin to take part in the fun, so he talked to interested Chappies about starting an organization which became the Chapman Family Association. The first meeting was held in June 2001 in St Louis. Gil passed away  20 Aug 2013 at the age of 87. He is interred in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri.



Ray Chapman - Chair

Robert Sonfield Jr. - Executive Director

Al Chapman

Billie Chapman

Ernie Chapman (Director Emeritus)

Ray Chapman

Shelley Chapman

Val Chapman

Marilyn Foster

Amory Baril Krueger

Lennae Seevers

Corporate Office and Executive Director

Robert L. Sonfield

770 South Post Oak Lane, Suite 435

Houston, TX 77056-1913

(713) 877-8333


Ray Chapman, NC - President 
Val Chapman, OH - Vice President 
Pauline Chapman, IL - Secretary 
Kathy Crouch, CO - Treasurer

Al Chapman, MO - Corresponding Secretary