Giles Chapman  Genealogy


Dr. Jesse Pugh Chapman, Jr. published his copyrighted Giles Chapman of Bridlington and his Descendants in 1976. On the title page he gives special credit to Cora Lee Carroll Blease, Genevieve Broome Jones and Alma Hill Robertson.

Dr. Chapman was a subscriber to the now defunct Chapman Chatter and is member #231 of the Chapman Family Association. In a letter to Gil Alford dated August 6, 1983 he wrote: "Incidentally, please consider this my written authorization for you to use material from "Giles Chapman of Bridlington" as you wish."

At that time he provided a computer listing of all of the many contacts he had made during the compilation of his outstanding genealogy.

Over the last 20 years additional data has been received from Donald R. Chapman, Stuart P. Dowling, Gerald Ford, Betsy Chapman Harrison, Genevieve Jones, Judith E. Jefferson, Inez McCullor, Nellie Jane MacDonald, Llew McCrea, Patricia A. Thomas and Beverley J. White.

Following Dr. Chapman's front pages will be the beginning of an updated genealogy of Giles Chapman.

Copyright ©2001, Gilbert K. Alford, Jr.


The search for clues about relatives is very much like the search for clues in a mystery story. A name mentioned in an old manuscript may furnish evidence about a hitherto unknown branch of the family. The hours spent poring over dusty records in court-house archives are occasionally rewarded with documentary evidence concerning the birth, death, or marriage of a blood relative long sought.

I became interested in the genealogy of our family when I found a manuscript about the Chapman and Woodard families in the effects of my uncle, the late Reverend James Horton Chapman. Beginning with some letters in his files and employing a little detective work on my part, I was able to locate Mrs. Bobbie Blease, who had been researching the Chapman line for several years. Not only did she generously share with me the material she had acquired, but she also told me of two other ladies who were interested in our family tree: Mrs. Alma Hill Robertson of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Genevieve Broome Jones of West Point, Georgia.

In a short time, I was engaged in a brisk correspondence with all three ladies and soon found myself traveling to Newberry, South Carolina, to Clarke County, Alabama, and then to Indiana and Colorado. I have stood at the grave of our mutual ancestor, Reverend Giles Chapman; and I have held in my hands the ancient Chapman Family Bible, carried by members of our family since 1613. These incidents, to which I must now add the knowledge that this work has finally been completed, have stirred within me depths of feeling which cannot be described.

Reverend Giles Chapman was a birth-right Quaker, but he was also a participant in the Revolutionary War - a fact which will be of some importance to those who may seek membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution. Those of our line who crossed life's stage before or after him have been, for the most part, God-fearing, industrious people - a heritage not to be taken lightly in any age. Some of our kinsmen have brought honor to the family name by their unusual accomplishments. All of us can be proud of the fact that for at least twelve generations the Chapmans, and others like them, have been the back-bone of both England and America. May the qualities which helped them to survive, to overcome, and to increase be with those who follow after them.

(Signed) Jesse P. Chapman, Jr., M.D.; Asheville, North Carolina; January 1976


Chapman is a name of Saxon origin. It was originally spelled "ceapman", and its Germanic equivalent is "kaufmann". The name means "merchant" or "trader" and is among the earliest known English surnames, first appearing in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire in the thirteenth century.

Bardsley, in his book English Surnames, gives an interesting picture of a chapman in early England: "The chapman, you must know, was a great man... He was a sort of pedlar in high life, in fact; and if his position was lofty, his abilities were generally equal to the performance of its duties. 0, the sensation his arrival caused!" (sic)

The sensation created by the chapman's arrival was due to the fact that he brought, along with his wares, news of the outside world, gossip about the royal court, and the latest in fashions to villages which were otherwise virtually isolated.

Since 1216, the names of Chapman families residing in Yorkshire have been recorded on the registers and rolls of Whitby Abbey. Seaver's Chapman Family History gives a detailed record of the Chapmans of Whitby Strand. It is generally believed that most of the Chapman families who came to America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries are of Yorkshire origin, and that some of them are probably descendants of the Chapmans of Whitby.

Certainly the first information we have concerning a member of our Chapman line begins in Yorkshire. Sarah Jackson, a Quaker of Bridlington, Yorkshire, married Giles Chapman in 1728. Records in the family Bible show that Giles was born in 1702, but do not give the city of birth. Since Bridlington is only a few miles down the coast from Whitby, it is entirely possible that he may be related to the Chapmans of Whitby. However, a search of the parish records and records of dissenters churches for Bridlington and surrounding parishes in Yorkshire fail to disclose a record of his birth. While G. L. Summer states that Giles Chapman was a native of Wales, we have been unable to find documentary evidence of this fact. A Giles Chapman is listed in London parish records, but the dates of his life do not correspond.

Although this is a record of Giles Chapman and his descendants, it is important, we believe, to go back as far as we have records concerning the ancestry of this family. William Anderson was a land-holder in Bridlington in 1636. He had two sons, William and Thomas. The late Reverend J. S. Purvis, formerly Archivist of the York Diocese, has written: "It is shown beyond doubt by the records of the York Diocesan Registry that this Thomas Anderson had a wife Elizabeth and that they were both Dissenters. Thomas is entered as early as 1667 as refusing to pay his assessment or attend church; and he and his wife Elizabeth are entered together for the same offense from 1673 through 1680. Elizabeth alone is entered in 1683, suggesting that Thomas had died that year. Since neither name is entered thereafter it is assumed that both had died. The evidence that Thomas Anderson had become a Dissenter of some sort by 1667 reduces the chance that his children were baptised, married, or buried at the parish church."

A study of later records does reveal, however, that his daughter Elizabeth Anderson was baptised in the parish church in 1675.

From the Yorkshire Quarterly Meeting of the Society of Friends, we find that Thomas Anderson was not only a Dissenter, but a Quaker. These records further show that he was married to Elizabeth Fox of Bonwicke, a town affiliated with the Hull Meeting, on March 10, 1671. The records further show that he died on May 6, 1683.

In The Annals of Newberry, John Abney Chapman describes on page 598 an Ancient Family Bible. The Bible, a King James or Authorized Version, was printed in 1613, only two years after the first edition, by the same printer of the original edition, Robert Barker of London. In it are written these words: "THOMAS ANDERSON IS THE OWNER OF THIS BOOKE 1664". Further family records written in this Bible give a record up to 1840, and through it we can trace the family line through Thomas and Elizabeth Fox Anderson to Elizabeth Anderson, who married Marmaduke Jackson and became the mother of Sarah Jackson. Sarah Jackson, as we stated earlier, became the wife of Giles Chapman.

It is thrilling to know that there is in existence today and in fairly good condition this Chapman Family Bible which is now over three hundred and sixty years old. One can only imagine the stories it could tell of the persecution of the Quakers in England, the voyage to America in the hold of a wooden sailing ship, and the journeys overland through undeveloped country to Virginia and then to South Carolina. From Newberry, the Bible traveled with Lewis and Rhoda Chapman to Indiana, and with their descendants through Illinois to Missouri. When located in 1973, it was in Pueblo, Colorado.

In the middle seventeenth century, the followers of George Fox in England banded themselves together as the Society of Friends and were given the derisive name "Quaker" by their enemies. History has accorded them a special place among those who adhered to their beliefs in spite of oppression, and their life in England was never easy. When Charles II was restored to the throne in 1660, Church and State united in oppressing them; and their persecutions were not significantly diminished until after the Toleration Act of 1689. Until this Act was passed, Quakers were not permitted to hold public office or to enter any profession. The doors of Oxford and Cambridge remained closed to them until 1871.

As a result of these constrictions, Quakers were forced to seek vocations in industry and commerce, and many became leaders in the field of banking. Although a few Quakers attained financial success in England, it is small wonder that the prospects of a new life in a new world were a great attraction to most of them.

In 1790, Alexander Ross and Morgan Bryan and a few other Friends were given permission to begin negotiation for the purchase of 100,000 acres in Virginia, located along the Opeckan (Opequon) River and thereabouts. The grant was finally obtained in 1732, but it was not until 1734 that enough Quaker settlers had moved into the vicinity to establish a Meeting. In that year, the Opeckan (Hopewell) Meeting for Worship was established in Frederick County; and in 1735 the Hopewell Monthly Meeting was established, its place of meeting being located some five miles north of Winchester, Virginia, and the Harper's Ferry Railroad. Among the founders of the Hopewell Meeting were Giles and Sarah Chapman.

On the 12th of November, 1735, Giles and Sarah Jackson Chapman received patents to 400 acres of land on Yorkshireman's Branch in Frederick County, Virginia. We can only try to calculate the probable date they left England. Sarah's mother had died in 1733. Giles and Sarah's first child, Elizabeth Chapman, was born January 28, 1734. When Sarah's father, Marmaduke Jackson, died in 1735, he stipulated that the Family Bible should pass to his grand-daughter Elizabeth at her mother's death. (As a matter of fact, this request was not fulfilled). Since the Bible came to America with the family, we can deduce that either Marmaduke Jackson and the Chapmans were in America prior to April 22, 1735 (the date of his death), or that they waited until later to leave England. Certainly they could not have left England after the birth of their son Samuel in September, 1735, and made the voyage to America, then traveled by wagon train from Philadelphia to Virginia and arrive there two months later. This fact suggests that they did indeed leave England in 1734, bringing Marmaduke Jackson with them to America. In all probability, their ship brought them to Philadelphia, which was not only the largest port of entry but was also cordial to Quakers. Apparently they were among the Quakers temporarily attached to the Chester Quarterly Meeting at Concord, Pennsylvania, before traveling with a large band led by Alexander Ross to Virginia.

In 1733, a wagon road had been completed linking Philadelphia with Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Later, it was extended to York and crossed the Susquehanna River at Wright's Ferry. From York, the settlers cut a pathway southward, perhaps crossing the Potomac River at Harper's Ferry, then followed a trail down the Shenandoah Valley which eventually terminated in the Carolina Piedmont. In 1734, the land of the Shenandoah Valley was still wild and uncultivated. Settlers had to make clearings in the forest before they could build their houses and barns of the felled logs. Even so, more than 7500 people had crossed over Cumberland Gap before it had been made wide enough for a wagon to pass. When the wagons did come, they were either ox-carts or four-wheeled wagons. So scarce were materials that the horses wore rope harness, rope traces, and straw collars, and were guided with rope lines.

Giles and Sarah Chapman were not destined to remain in Frederick County, Virginia, for long. The unrest which had developed among the Quakers of Hopewell Meeting can be attributed to several factors. For one thing, the colony of Friends had grown so rapidly that a decision was made to divide the Meeting. In addition, the Virginia government was showing signs of wanting to be rid of the Quakers - a fact which probably encouraged many of them to seek new homesteads. By August, 1744, when Sarah and Giles Chapman had disposed of all their holdings in Frederick County, they had acquired two daughters (Rachel and Sarah) and son Joseph.

The Quakers kept excellent church records, and, as a general rule, the vital statistics of Quakers can be found in their records. Unfortunately, the records of the earlier years of the Hopewell Monthly Meeting were destroyed by fire, so we have no documentation in them of these births, deaths, marriages, or transfers to other Meetings. We do know that a man named Giles Chapman and another named Samuel Chapman are listed in the tax rolls of Orange County, North Carolina, for the year 1755. (Our Samuel would have been twenty years old at that time) Holsinger states, in History of the Tunkers, that Giles Chapman was in a party led by Elder Daniel Letterman and Cooper Rowland which immigrated to the Carolinas in 1760. From these records, we cannot state definitely where William Chapman was born in 1746 or Giles in 1748. O'Neall, in the Annals of Newberry, states that Giles Chapman was a native of Virginia.

Records of the land settlement accorded Giles and Sarah Chapman when they settled in Newberry County, South Carolina between 1760-62 suggest that they had three sons and three daughters in the home at that time. Each settler and his wife received 100 acres of land plus 50 additional acres for each child. Since their son Samuel was twenty-five years old by that time, he would have been entitled to his own portion of land as an adult male.

When the Chapmans did come to South Carolina (about 1760), they settled in the Newberry section of what was then the Ninety-Six District. Their land was located along Palmetto Branch, near that settled by the Tunkers (or Dunkards). Patriarch of the Tunkers was Joseph Summers, a man who dressed in the garb of all "plain folk" of that era and wore a long flowing beard. He and his wife had nine children, the youngest of whom was Mary. Young Giles Chapman, then twenty-seven years old and a saddler by trade, fell in love with Mary Summers and married her in 1775. Because of the marriage "out of unity", he was dismissed from the Quaker meeting. Oddly enough, this dismissal did not take place until June 27, 1778, presumably because of the Revolutionary War. This same Giles Chapman became Reverend Giles Chapman, and served as a Chaplain in the Regiment of Philemon Waters, Company of William F Houseal, of the Continental Army. (Stub entry 2481, Lib. X, issued April 21, 1786 for stg duty).


1. Abney Family Bible

2. Adams, Etyve, A Documented History of the Long Family (abbr. LONG)

3. Ball, Timothy H., History of Clarke County. Alabama (abbr. BALL)

4. Bardsley, --, English Surnames

5. Blease, Mrs. Cora Lee Carrol -Correspondence (abbr. CLCB)

6. Chapman Family Bible

7. Joseph Chapman Family Bible

8. Chapman, Rev. James H., Manuscript in possession of editor (JHC)

9. Chapman, John A.. History of Edgefield County, South Carolina

10. Chapman, Henry 0., Samuel D., and William F.- Military Records

11. Chapman, Rev. Giles, Will, 1819, Newberry County. S.C.

12. D.A.R. Magazine, 1913 (November)

13. Henderson, Clarence, Descendants of Joel Tolliver Henderson

14. Hinshaw, W. W., Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy

15. Holsinger, --, A History of the Tunkers

16. Hopewell Friends' History. 1734-1936

17. Indiana, Census of Heads of Families, 1840 and 1850

18. Jones, M.G, and Reynolds, L.E, The Coweta Chronicles (abbr. CHRONICLES)

19. Jones, Mrs. Genevieve Chapman Broome -Correspondence (abbr. GCBJ)

20. Lester, M.A., Southern Bible Records

21. Lutheran Church, Historical Records of Southeastern Synod, Atlanta

22. Mott, Rev. J. C., Manuscript in possession of Mrs. Genevieve Jones

23. O'Neall, John B., and Chapman, John A., The Annals of Newberry (abbr. ANNALS)

24. Pope, T. H., The History of Newberry County. South Carolina, Volume 1.

25. Pugh, Minnie May, Chapman and Pugh Family History (abbr. PUGH)

26. Robertson, Mrs. Alma Hill -Correspondence (abbr. AHR)

27. Seavers, J. W., Chapman Family History

28. Summer, George Leland, Newberry County. South Carolina: Historical and Genealogical (abbr. SUMMER)

29. Summer, G. L., The Chapman Families of South Carolina, in STATE, 1930

30. Yorkshire Quarterly Meeting Records, Society of Friends, London

Descendants of Giles Chapman born 1702 in England

1.Giles Chapman #41 born Jan 4 1702, England,(1) married Jan 24 1728, in England, Sarah Jackson #42, born Feb 27 1710, Yorkshire, Bridlington, England, (daughter of Marmaduke Jackson #44 and Elizabeth Anderson #43) died After 1789, Newberry District, South Carolina. Giles died Dec __ 1789, Newberry District, SC, (2) buried: Newberry, SC.(3)


2. i Elizabeth Chapman #45 born Jan 28 1734, Yorkshire, Bridlington, England.

+ 3. ii Samuel Chapman #46 born Sep 16 1735.

4. iii Rachel Chapman #68 born Sep 30 1737, Frederick County, Virginia.

+ 5. iv Joseph Chapman #3 born Jun 14 1740.

6. v Sarah Chapman #82 born Dec 18 1742, Frederick County, Virginia.

+ 7. vi William Chapman #83 born May 11 1746.

+ 8. vii Giles Chapman #90 born Jun 21 1748.

Dr. Jesse P. Chapman, Jr. provided information on earlier generations of Sarah Jackson as follows: She was the daughter of Marmaduke Jackson born Nov. 14, 1678, died Apr. 22, 1755 and Elizabeth Anderson b. Apr. 3, 1673, died June 15, 1733. Sarah had a brother, Nathaniel Jackson born Dec. 20, 1708 died Feb. 13, 1718.

Marmaduke Jackson was the son of Nathaniel Jackson of Hollym.

Elizabeth Anderson was the daughter of Thomas Anderson born about May 12, 1636, died about May 4, 1683. He married (1) Susanna who was the mother of Katherine Anderson born Jan. 1, 1659. He married (2) Mar. 10, 1671 Elizabeth Fox who was the mother of Elizabeth Anderson as well as Caleb Anderson born Feb. 2, 1764, died Dec. 13, 1675 and Mary Anderson born Apr. 2, 1678 and died before 1683.

Thomas Anderson was the son of William Anderson who appears on the records of the town of Bridlington, Yorkshire, England, as "the holder of a cottage and a field of pasture" in 1636. For these holdings, he was assessed the sum of one shilling per month for Poor Law Relief. Also in that same year (1636), an apprentice was bound out to him. The Church Register contains no record of his date of birth or death, nor does it contain the name of his wife. In addition to Thomas Anderson he had a son named William Anderson who was baptized Mar. 30, 1634.

Dr. Chapman's note: After the death of Thomas Anderson in 1683, Ellizabeth Fox Anderson married Charles Cannaby of North Frodingham, Yorkshire 3 June 1684. We can only imagine the fate of Katherine Anderson, whose father died when she was 18 years old and whose mother re-married a year later; or of Elizabeth Anderson, about whom we have further information, but cannot help wondering about the life of an eleven-year old child in the home of her step-father.
Source: Old Chapman Family Bible printed 1613, and Yorkshire Q.M. Marriages and Burials, Quaker Records in London.

Second Generation

3. Samuel Chapman #46 (1.Giles1) born Sep 16 1735, Frederick Co.,VA,(4) married (1) Charity _____ #47, married (2) Feb 9 1775, Nancy Hannah #48, (daughter of Robert Hannah #50 and Jenny _____ #49). Samuel died Jun 1 1790, Newberry District, SC. Dr. Chapman shows his birth as either England or Frederick Co., VA.

Children by Charity _____:

+ 9. i Giles Chapman #51 born about 1764.

10. ii William Chapman #52 born about 1766, died 1775-1818.

11. iii Samuel Chapman #53 born about 1768, died after 1775.

12. iv Rachel B. Chapman #54 born about 1770.

13. v Alse "Alsia" Chapman #55 born about 1772.

14. vi Sarah "Sallie" Chapman #56 born about 1774.

Children by Nancy Hannah:)

15. vii Marmaduke Jackson Chapman #57 born about 1776, married Ann _____ #58.

+ 16. viii Archibald Chapman #59 born Sep 21 1784.

17. ix Joseph Chapman #60 born about 1778, died before 1818.

18. x Elijah Chapman #61 born about 1780, died before 1818.

19. xi Jane Chapman #62 born about 1782, died before 1818.

20. xii Mary "Polly" Chapman #63 born about 1786, married John Wilson #64.

21. xiii Robert Hannah Chapman #65 born about 1788, died before 1818.

22. xiv Nancy Chapman #66 born about 1790, married Thomas McConnel #67.

5. Joseph Chapman #3 (1.Giles1) born Jun 14 1740, Frederick Co., VA, married (1) Catherine Anderson#4, (daughter of Bartholomew Anderson #149) married (2) Penelope Summers #5, born ___ __ 1753.(5) Joseph died about 1820, Newberry District, SC.

Children by Catherine Anderson:

+ 23. i William Joseph Chapman #13 born about 1766.

+ 24. ii Samuel Chapman #14 born about 1768.

25. iii Sarah Chapman #15 born about 1770, died before 1820.

Children by Penelope Summers:)

+ 26. iv Mary "Polly" Chapman #7 born about 1772.

+ 27. v Elizabeth Chapman #8 born Jun 17 1775.

+ 28. vi Jacob Chapman #6 born about 1780.

+ 29. vii Amos H. Chapman #245 born about 1788.

7. William Chapman #83 (1.Giles1) born May 11 1746, Probably Virginia,(6) married wife's name unknown#84. William died about 1790.


30. i Mary Chapman #85 born about 1768, married John West Grissom #86.

31. ii Lydia Chapman #87 born about 1770, married John Douglas #88.

32. iii Delila Chapman #89 born about 1772, died ___ __ 1797. She was living in Pendleton District, SC in 1797.


In reviewing three sources for the material presented in this work, there was an. obvious disparity in the names of parents and offspring. To allow the reader to decide for himself, the data is presented from the three sources, followed by my own conclusions as to the probable truth.

In The Coweta Chronicles, Jones and Reynolds state (pp. 746-747) that: "Elizabeth Chapman (Reynolds) was the daughter of William Chapman and his wife Elizabeth Martin Chapman, who were married about 1798; and the grand-daughter of Elijah Martin and Betsy Vondenburgh Martin, who were married in Newberry District, S.C. about 1760."

They further state that Elizabeth Chapman was born 23 June 1805, and that she had the following brothers and sisters: 1. Moses Chapman -who married Sarah Reynolds 2. Elijah Chapman -who married Eliza Hartsfield 3. William Chapman -who married Jane Adams 4. Joseph Chapman -who married Mary Johnson and Harriet Cowan 5. Jacob Chapman -who married Mary Nettles and Margaret McLean 6. Elizabeth Chapman -who married George W. Reynolds

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In a Suit Bill. 1821 Court of Equity. Newberry District. S.C., the following persons are listed as claimants to the estate of Joseph Chapman: 1. Jacob Chapman 2. Elijah Lynch and his wife Elizabeth (ED: nee Chapman?) 3. Children of Joseph Chapman (deceased) (ED:? William Joseph?) a. Moses Chapman b. William Chapman c. Elijah Chapman d. Elizabeth Chapman e. Joseph Chapman f. Jacob Chapman 4. Children of Samuel Chapman (deceased) a. John Chapman b. Elizabeth Chapman c. Joshua Chapman d. Stacy Chapman 5. David McCullough and his wife Polly (ED: nee Mary Chapman) 6. Penelope Chapman, widow of Joseph Chapman

(ED. NOTE (JPC): It thus appears that the deceased Joseph Chapman had the following children: Jacob, Elizabeth, Joseph (could this be William), Samuel, and Polly (or Mary). It appears that his sons Joseph and Samuel had died before him, and that their share of his estate passed to their children (his grand-children)).

George Leland Summer, on page 208 of Newberry County, gives the names of the grand-children of Joseph Chapman by his son William as follows: 1. Jacob 2. David 3. Amos 4. Elizabeth -wife of Elijah Lynch 5. Polly -wife of George McCullough 6. Moses 7. Elijah 8. William 9. Joseph 10. Giles

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EDITOR'S (JPC) COMMENT: A comparison of the names of Elizabeth Chapman Reynolds' brothers as listed in Coweta Chronicles with the children of that Joseph Chapman who pre-deceased his father in the Suit Bill of 1821 gives us an identical list in the same order-

It is the author's opinion that:

A. The father of this list of children may have been called "William" by his familiars to differentiate him from his father Joseph, even though he had been given the Christian name Joseph at the time of his birth; and that this name followed him through life. OR

B. The authors of Coweta Chronicles are in error as to the first name of Elizabeth Chapman Reynolds' father... that his name was actually Joseph Chapman.

C. That G. L. Summer, in Newberry County, corroborates the fact that Joseph Chapman had a son named William Chapman, but that he is in error in listing Elizabeth Chapman Lynch and Polly Chapman McCullough as William's children, but that they were, in fact, his sisters. That he correctly lists Moses, Elijah, William, Joseph, and Jacob. We believe that the David mentioned is actually David McCullough, husband of Polly Chapman. No other mention of Amos and Giles Chapman can be found.

COMPILER'S (GKA) COMMENT: Note that in the work of Jesse Ray Chapman submitted by Donald R. Chapman the name for the fellow born about 1766 was William Joseph Chapman.

8. Giles Chapman #90 (1.Giles1) born Jun 21 1748, Probably Virginia, perhaps Orange Co. NC, married Sep 14 1775, Mary Summers #91, born Oct 10 1758, (daughter of Joseph Summers #93 and Eleanor Clary #92) died Oct 15 1813, Newberry District, SC, buried: Old Tunker Church Cemetery. Giles died Apr 15 1819, Newberry District, SC, buried: Old Tunker Church Cemetery.


+ 33. i Joseph Chapman #94 born Sep 23 1776.

+ 34. ii Elijah Chapman #98 born Jan 19 1779.

35. iii Eleanor Chapman #102 born Mar 21 1782.

+ 36. iv Elizabeth Chapman #103 born Feb 13 1784.

+ 37. v Nancy Chapman #105 born Feb 14 1786.

+ 38. vi John Chapman #110 born Jan 7 1788.

39. vii David B. Chapman #377 born about 1790, Newberry District, SC.(7)

40. viii Giles Chapman, Jr. #114 born Feb 23 1791, Newberry, SC, died Sep 1 1831, Newberry, SC.

GILES CHAPMAN, JR. (1791-1831)

We know from his father's will that Giles Chapman, Junior, inherited a one-third interest in the "home place", the other two- thirds going to his brother Lewis. It also appears, from his father's will, that Giles needed some protection and advice when it came to financial matters. "No contract of any amount over $20.00 shall be made with my son Giles without the consent of one or more of my executors." Tradition has it that the reason for Giles' problem was that he had been deaf from early childhood. About 1822, Lewis was forced to sell his interest in the home place because of illness, and Giles became the sole proprietor. Here he lived for the remaining nine years until his death, at which time he was interred with his parents and other kin in the Old Tunker Churchyard Cemetery, which lies 4 ½ miles southwest of Newberry Court House near the Paysinger residence.

+ 41. ix William Chapman #115 born Mar 2 1793.

+ 42. x Daniel Chapman #119 born Mar 26 1795.

+ 43. xi Samuel Chapman #122 born Jun 14 1797.

+ 44. xii Lewis Chapman #126 born Mar 11 1800.

NOTE(JPC): Reverend Giles Chapman is the name given to this individual to distinguish him from the many other members of this family by the same name.

The Chapman family probably settled in the land between the forks of the Broad and Saluda Rivers in territory which was known in those days as the Dutch Fork. Since they were close to the Quakers and the Dunkards, they probably settled between Bush River and Beaverdam Creek; even though tradition has it that our first Giles Chapman (born 1702) was buried on the Crotwell place due east of Newberry Village.

There are many references which suggest that the Chapmans originally held land on Palmetto Creek, a branch of the Bush River; on which the Dunkards settled.

1 Sources for the family: Old Chapman Family Bible; Summers: NEWBERRY COUNTY, S.C.; O'Neal & Chapman: ANNALS OF NEWBERRY.

2 Political divisions in South Carolina were such that it was Newberry District until 1868 when districts were redesignated counties. An effort has been made to keep it straight - when we err please make a mental adjustment.

3 There was a Newberry town as well as district and county. When our source was not specific we were reluctant to make a guess.

4 Sources for family: Newberry County Clerk of Court, Record Book A, Court of Equity, 1818-1819, Part I , pp 17-35; Summer p 207-8; Will of Robert Hannah, 8 Jan, 1787, Box 47, Pack 1078, Newberry County.

5 Birth year and surname from Donald R. Chapman.

6 See separate article on William Chapmans.

7 David added to the family by Donald R. Chapman


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