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   HORATIO E. CHAPIN, a retired druggist, residing in Morrisville, was one of the patriot soldiers of the War of the Southern Rebellion, and has been since then a successful business man. He was born in the town of Eaton, Madison County, September 19, 1833. His father, Anson Chapin, was born in Massachusetts, May 1, 1802. Anson Chapin, coming to the State of New York a young man, found employment on a farm in the town of Eaton, and resided there until 1844, when he removed to Kirkland, Oneida County, living there until his death, July 30, 1847 The maiden name of his wife was Harriet Flower. She was born December 1, 1805, and died June 2, 1846. She and her husband reared nine children, of whom two, Claudius P. and the subject of this sketch, served in the army of the Union during the late war. Claudius was a member of the One Hundred and First New York Volunteer Infantry, and was killed during an active charge at the battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, by coming in contact with an unexploded shell. He was twenty-five years of age.
   Horatio E. Chapin was in his fourteenth year when left an orphan by the death of his parents. He then went to live with Deacon Elijah Williams, a farmer, residing in the town of Eaton, Attending school in the winter season, and during the summer months assisting on the farm, he remained with Deacon Williams until he arrived at his majority, w hen he began life for himself by working on the farm by the month. Continuing thus engaged until 1858, he removed to Morrisville, where he was employed in a meat market until 1862, in October of which year he enlisted in Company F, One Hundred and Seventy-sixth New York Volunteer Infantry. With this regiment he went to Louisiana, and was for a time stationed at Brashear City. While engaged in duty there, he was captured by the rebels, but at once paroled. While being escorted back to the Union lines, he and a companion were taken sick. His companion died; and he himself barely escaped the same fate, his illness being so severe that he has never fully recovered his health. On account of disability thus caused he was honorably discharged in November, 1863, when he returned to Morrisville. In the spring of 1864 he went to Honeoye Falls, Monroe County, and became a clerk in a general store, where he stayed until the following September, when he enlisted in the Fifteenth Engineer Corps, and went with that corps to Virginia, being actively engaged in that State during the remainder of the war. Immediately after the evacuation of Richmond by the army of Lee, having assisted in throwing a pontoon bridge across the James River, he with the rest of the command entered that city. After the war was over, again returning to Morrisville, he kept a grocery at Canastota for a short time. In November, 1866, he formed a partnership with M. M. Chubbuck under the firm name of Chapin & Chubbuck, and engaged in the drug business at Morrisville. In 1867 Dr. Mead bought the interest of Mr. Chubbuck. The firm of Mead & Chapin carried on the business for a period of nearly eighteen years. At the end of this time, on account of ill health, Mr. Chapin withdrew from the firm, and has since lived retired from the active pursuits of life, enjoying the society of a host of good friends and neighbors.
   On November 6, 1867, Mr. Chapin married Adeline A. Hovey, who was born in the town of Eaton, Madison County, March 2, 1845, and is a daughter of Daniel T. and Ann (Crandall) Hovey. Mr. and Mrs. Chapin have one son, who is a graduate in pharmacy, and is now in the drug business on his own account in Mechanicsville, Saratoga County. An energetic young man of good natural abilities, thoroughly educated for his calling, his success may confidently be predicted. Mrs. Chapin is a member of the Baptist church. Mr. Chapin is one of the charter members of Tillinghast Post, No. 548, Grand Army of the Republic, and has served as Quartermaster of the Post most of the time since its organization. In politics he has always been a Republican, believing in that party's principles, and taking great pride in its history and achievements. Mr. and Mrs. Horatio E. Chapin, of Morrisville, have a rightful place in this "Biographical Review," as among the worthy citizens of Madison County, patriotic, public-spirited, using their influence for good.

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