Genealogical and Family History
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Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D.

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[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]

[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]


The name is of Saxon origin from Ceapman - a Chapman, a merchant. As early as 1216 the name appears in Whitley Abbey, a Captain Benjamin Chapman received grants of land from Oliver Cromwell. Several persons bearing the name came early to New England and it is not certain they were related. The name is common in England as well as in the United States.
Edward was at Windsor, Conn., 1662; John at Boston 1634; Robert at Saybrook 1640; William at New London 1669.
Ralph, from Southworth, England, came to New England, in ship "Elizabeth," 1635; he was in Duxbury, 1640; married Lydia Willis, the first marriage recorded in that ancient town. His grandson John, son of Ralph Jr., died at the great age of one hundred and four.
Edward Chapman, the miller of Ipswich, and the ancestors of the following line, appears to have been of a family distinct from the other New England Chapmans. He is believed to have come from near Hull, England, and to have landed in Boston in 1642. He was an earnest Christian man, cautious, firm and very decided in his opinions. He accumulated some property which he disposed of by will proved April 30, 1678.
He married first, Mary Symonds.
Simon, Nathaniel, Mary, Samuel and _____.
She died Jan. 10, 1658.
He married second, Dorothy, daughter of Richard Swain, of Rowley.
Edward Chapman died April 18, 1678.

(I) Nathaniel Chapman, lineal descendant of Edward Chapman, resided in Ipswich, Maine. He was a revolutionary soldier, private, of Colonel James Wesson's regiment, Continental army. His pay account shows service from Jan. 1, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779. He also served in Capt. Hatfield White's company, Col. Rufus Putnam's regiment, and in Capt. Joseph Pettingill's company, Col. Wessons' regiment.
He married Sally Gott.
1. William, see forward.
2. Laodecea, twin of William, married Esther Smith.
3. John, married Lavinia Smith.
4. Moses, married Abigial Snow.
5. Aaron, married Annie Phillips.
6. Nathaniel.
7. Stephen, married Almira Smith.
8. George, veteran of the war of 1812.
9. Betsey, married Capt. Joseph Knowlton.
10. Mary, married William Knowlton.
11. Benjamin Harrison, married Almira Pease.
12. James.
Nathaniel Chapman died in Kingsfield, Maine, Jan. 3, 1819.

(II) Captain William, son of Nathaniel and Sally (Gott) Chapman, born in Kingfield, Franklin cuonty, Maine, 1800, died at Newburg, Maine, Oct. 30, 1869. He followed the occupation of farming; he removed to Newburg in 1827, residing there until his death.
He married, May 24, 1823, Elizabeth Morrill, born March 29, 1804, died Aug. 3, 1871, daughter of John and Abigail (Weeman) Morrill, of Newburg, and neice of Hon. Anson P. Morrill.
1. Thomas Morrill, born July 18, 1824, died Nov. 5, 1686; married first, Deborah A. Hodgdon; second, Mandana Wallace; children, all by 2d wife: Fred M., Alice M., Frank, Harry W and Ralph W.
2. Alfred, born Dec. 17, 1825, died Oct. 10, 1850, unmarried.
3. William Augustus, born March 25, 1827, died 1851, unmarried.
4. Charles Davis, born Feb. 20, 1828, see forward.
5. Elizabeth, born Aug. 30, 1830, living at the present time (1908); married Rufus Gilmore; married second, George C. Orne; children: William, Carrie and Charles.
6. Henry Clay, born Jan. 10, 1832, died 1873; killed by cars at Oil City, Pennsylvania; married Mary Emeline Bickford; children: Lillian, Dr. Edward M. and Bert R.
7. Augustus Peasley, born March 15, 1834, died Nov. 30, 1889; married Mary Emma Haynes, of Passadumkeag; children: Perdita L., Edith, Ellen Augusta and Mary Emma.
8. Hannah M., born Sept. 30, 1835, died Sept. 10, 1901; married Frank Glendenning, of Eureka, California; no children.
9. Adolphus J., born July 4, 1837, died Sept. 16, 1893; veteran of civil war; enlisted Third Iowa Volunteers, June 2, 1861, discharged 1863; enrolled as first lieutenant and adjutant Fourteen Maine Volunteers; married Melinda C. Doane; children: Callie, Lillian A.
10, Martha, born Sept. 2, 1839, died Oct. 15, 1871; married William Simpson, of Newbury; child: Edith E.
11. Milton C., born June 16, 1841, died Oct. 5, 1903; veteran of civil war; was sergeant of Company A, First Maine Cavalry; was a prisoner of war confined at Libby prison, Belle Isle and Salisbury; he served in the Maine legislature and held many offices; married Rosina Newcomb; children: Clarence L. and Dr. Henry M.
12. Horace C., born Jan. 28, 1845; well-known hotel proprietor of Maine; veteran of civil war, served in Company F, Fourteenth Maine Volunteers; married Lydia A. Rich; children: Harry A. and Clara A.
13. Mary Abbie, married Professor Brown and died in California, no children.

(III) Charles Davis, fourth son of Capt. William and Elizabeth (Morrill) Chapman, born in Newburg, Maine, Feb. 20, 1828, died April 12, 1887. In the early part of his business life he was proprietor of a store in Passadumkeag, Maine, abandoning this enterprise when the civil war broke out. He enlisted Jan. 2, 1864, in Company M, Second Maine Cavalry, soon rose to the rank of sergeant, and served with General Banks in the Red River campaign. At the close of the war he associated himself with his brothers, Thomas M. and Augustus P., in the steam milling business at Old Town, Maine, but sold out his interest in 1868 and purchased a farm at Orrington, Maine, which he cultivated successfully.
He was a member of the Congregational church. He was very active in the political affairs of his section, serving as sherriff of Penobscot county, postmaster an selectman of his town, and represented his district in the legislature.
He married Hannah, daughter of Isaac P. and Mary (Harthorn) Haynes.
Children, 2 (of 4) living as of 1908:
Harry J., see forward; Charles Haynes, residing at Orrington, Maine.

(IV) Harry J., son of Charles Davis and Hannah (Haynes) Chapman, was born in Passadumkeag, Penobscot county, Maine, April 12, 1856. His prelimiary education was acquired in the public schools; in 1878 he went to the Eastern Maine Conference Seminary in Bucksport, and was graduated from the law school of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1882, and admitted to the Wisconsin and U. S. circuit court bars. The following year he came to Bangor, Maine, where he was admitted to the bar, and has successfully been engaged in the practice of his chosen profession.
He was a member of the common council for ward three in 1900-01, and was appointed judge of the municipal court of Bangor by Governor Hill in 1905, a position he now holds (1908). He is a member of the Congregational church, a member of the parish committee, and a Republican in politics.
On his grandmother's side Judge Chapman is a connection of the late U. S. senator, Lot M. Morrill.
Judge Chapman mararied, May 27, 1891, Clara Louise, born Oct. 3, 1866, daughter of Albert B. and Elizabeth (Curtis) Clark, of Winterport, Maine.
Elizabeth Haynes, born Sept. 13, 1894.

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