Chapman Family History, Part III
Reuben CHAPMAN (1783-1839)
112A. Reuben Chapman was born in 1783 in Amelia County, Virginia. When he was about eight years old his family moved into Virginia Blue Ridge country, settling for a few years in Amherst County through at least 1794. In the late 1790s, they moved across Virginia (and modern-day West Virginia) into Kentucky, just a few years after Kentucky became the 15th state in 1792. There they settled in Greenup County along the Ohio River, up-river from Cincinnati. Reuben married Nancy Fuqua on July 28, 1809, in Greenup County, and had eight children:
|112A1.||James Chapman||3 Jul 1811||6 Jan 1870||(58)|
|112A3.||Obediah Chapman||16 Apr 1815||23 Jan 1891||(75)|
|112A4.||Melvina Chapman||12 Mar 1819||27 Oct 1892||(73)|
|112A5.||Morton Chapman||29 Oct 1820||--||--|
|112A6.||Cynthia Chapman||23 Jan 1824||--||--|
|112A7.||Mary J. Chapman||(1829-1830)||--||--|
|112A8.||Ann Adelaida Chapman||(1831-1832)||5 Aug 1881||(50)|
The Chapmans lived near Reuben's younger brother Josiah in Greenup County in 1820.[Cen 1820]
By 1830, the Chapmans crossed the river and moved about 15 miles down river to Vernon Township, Scioto County, Ohio, east of Wheelersburg. There they lived next to William Montgomery, Sr., the future father-in-law of daughter Melvina.[Cen 1830] Ten years later, they had either moved west or the area in which they settled was included in neighboring Porter Township. There they lived near nephew Henry Littlejohn.[Cen 1840] Another ten years later they lived next to son James and near nephew James Littlejohn. A 14-year-old Rebecca Stover, lived with them in 1850.[Cen 1850]
Reuben Chapman died on April 6, 1860, in Porter Township, after an 11-day bout with inflammation of the lungs.[Cen 1860] He is buried at the Wheelersburg Cemetery in Scioto County. He was 78 years old.
Nancy (Fuqua) Chapman lived on another 12 years and died in Porter Township on January 1, 1872. She was 83 years old and is also buried at the Wheelersburg Cemetery.
Most of the older children remained in Scioto, but the four younger daughters all moved west: Melvina (Montgomery) Young moved west to Iowa and Missouri; Cynthia Stewart and Mary J. Stewart (married to brothers William M. and Manly Stewart) moved to Illinois; and Ann Adelaida Slimp moved to Illinois.
- Cen 1820: 1820 Census, Greenup County, Kentucky
- Cen 1830: 1830 Census, Vernon Township, Scioto County, Ohio
- Cen 1840: 1840 Census, Porter Township, Scioto County, Ohio
- Cen 1850: 19 Sep 1850 Census, Porter Township, Scioto County, Ohio
- Cen 1860: 1860 Census Mortality Schedule, Porter Township, Scioto County, Ohio
Lucy (CHAPMAN) LITTLEJOHN (1788-1824)
112B. Lucy Chapman was born on March 15, 1788, in Amelia County, Virginia. When she was about three years old her family moved into Virginia Blue Ridge country, settling for a few years in Amherst County through at least 1794. In the late 1790's, they moved across Virginia (and modern-day West Virginia) into Kentucky, just a few years after Kentucky became the 15th state in 1792, and settled in Greenup County along the Ohio River, up-river from Cincinnati. Lucy married John Littlejohn on November 17, 1806, in Greenup County, and started a family of six children:
|112B1.||Phoebe Littlejohn||11 Sep 1807||31 Jul 1871||(63)|
|112B2.||Mary Littlejohn||17 Aug 1809||26 Dec 1877||(68)|
|112B3.||Nancy Littlejohn||17 Apr 1811||15 May 1844||(33)|
|112B4.||Henry Littlejohn||21 Jun 1813||8 Apr 1864||(50)|
|112B5.||Lucinda Littlejohn||23 Jan 1817||1851||(34)|
|112B6.||James Littlejohn||8 Sep 1820||27 Nov 1884||(64)|
The first three children were born in Greenup County and then, by 1813, Littlejohn family moved north across the Ohio River and down-river to Scioto County, Ohio.
Lucy (Chapman) Littlejohn died on May 23, 1824, in Scioto County. She was only 36 years old. Lucy is reportedly buried near Lick Run in Porter Township, south of Wheelersburg.
John Littlejohn died six years later on March 11, 1830, in Scioto County. He was only 41 years old and is reportedly buried with Lucy near Lick Run.
Josiah CHAPMAN (1789-1837)
112C. Josiah Chapman was born on May 18, 1789, in Amelia County, Virginia. When he was about two years old his family moved into Virginia Blue Ridge country, settling for a few years in Amherst County through at least 1794. In the late 1790's, they moved across Virginia (and modern-day West Virginia) into Kentucky, just a few years after Kentucky became the 15th state in 1792, and settled in Greenup County along the Ohio River, up-river from Cincinnati. They crossed the river and moved about 15 miles down river to Scioto County, Ohio, perhaps as early as 1815, where Josiah married Isabella Hitchcock on November 26, 1815. Josiah and Isabella had six children:
|112C1.||Selena Chapman||24 Mar 1817||--||--|
|112C2.||Nelson Chapman||16 Apr 1819||--||--|
|112C3.||Marcus DeLafayette Chapman||4 Dec 1822||21 Oct 1892||(69)|
|112C4.||Washington Chapman||28 Mar 1825||2 Apr 1903||(78)|
|112C5.||Julia Ann Chapman||13 Dec 1827||--||--|
|112C6.||Lydia Ann Chapman||21 May 1832||--||--|
After their marriage, they started their family back in Greenup County, Kentucky, where the first three children were born and elder brother Reuben lived nearby.[Cen 1820] By 1825 they moved to Scioto County where son Washington was born at Portsmouth. Finally, the Chapmans moved west to Waldron, Shelby County, Indiana, by 1832.
Josiah Chapman died on October 20, 1837, in Waldron. He was 48 years old.
Isabella (Hitchcock) Chapman died 41 years later in 1879 in Waldron. She was about 88 years old.
- Cen 1820: 1820 Census, Greenup County, Kentucky
John CHAPMAN (1791-1876)
112D. John Chapman4 was born on February 11, 1791, in Amherst County, Virginia. As a child he moved to Kentucky and later Ohio. He married Mary "Polly" Reeve(s), a native of New York, in August 13, 1815, in Scioto County, Ohio, and fathered 13 children:
|112DA.||Pheby Jane Chapman||4 Sep 1816||--|
|112DB.||John Reeve Chapman||4 Mar 1818||2 Jul 1902||(84)|
|112DC.||Allen Chapman5||6 Nov 1819||13 Apr 1890||(70)|
|112DD.||Albert Chapman||6 Nov 1819||(1855-1860)||(36-41)|
|112DE.||Malissa Chapman||12 Sep 1821||24 Apr 1824||(2½)|
|112DF.||Alfred Chapman||26 Jun 1824||13 Oct 1908||(84)|
|112DG.||Sarah Ann Chapman||20 Jan 1826||2 Jun 1828||(2)|
|112DH.||Hannah Evaline Chapman||20 Aug 1828||1907||(79)|
|112DI.||Benjamin Franklin Chapman||1 Sep 1830||7 May 1912||(81)|
|112DJ.||Henry Young Chapman||14 Oct 1832||1921||(88)|
|112DK.||Laken Jefferson Chapman||18 Nov 1834||26 Oct 1841||(6)|
|112DL.||Madison Green Chapman||16 Nov 1836||5 Feb 1868||(31)|
|112DM.||Charles Wesley Chapman||17 Sep 1839||24 Dec 1916||(77)|
Soon after John and Polly were married they started their large family with a brief stay in Greenup County, Kentucky, where John and Polly were compelled to forfeit their homestead under the disputed lands acts. This homestead may have been that which John purchased from his father in the 1810s. As a result they moved down river to Porter Township in Scioto County, Ohio, by 1819.
The next seven children were born in Porter Township in Scioto County and by 1834 they moved northwest into Indiana, resettling in Green Township, Madison County, by 1836. After about 20 years and the children mostly grown and with families of their own, the clan moved further west into southeastern Iowa, settling in Grandview Township, Louisa County, just across the Mississippi River by 1855.
When the Civil War broke out in 1861, son Benjamin was the first to enlist in October. Eight months later, youngest sons Madison and Charles both joined the same company in August 1862, followed a month later by Allen. The three youngers sons all served in Grant's Vicksburg Campaign and afterward Madison and Charles may have been taken prisoner in Louisiana during the Battle of Stirling's Plantation (September 29, 1863). Son Allen, age 43, was assigned to "the Graybeard Regiment" and only deployed as far south as Tennessee.
After the war, John and Polly were living with their youngest son Charles in Grandview Township, where John was noted as a retired physician.[Cen 1870]
Mary "Polly" (Reeves) Chapman died on December 30, 1870, in Louisa County, Iowa, at the age of 74.
John Chapman died six years later in Louisa County on January 23, 1876. He was 84 years old. Both John and Polly are buried at Grandview Cemetery.
- Cen 1820: 1820 Census, Porter Township, Scioto County, Ohio
- Cen 1830: 1830 Census, Porter Township, Scioto County, Ohio
- Cen 1850: 9 Aug 1850 Census, Green Township, Madison County, Indiana
- Cen 1860: 3 Jul 1860 Census, Grandview Post Office, Grandview Township, Louisa County, Iowa
- Cen 1870: 2 Jun 1870 Census, Grandview Post Office, Grandview Township, Louisa County, Iowa
Anderson CHAPMAN (~1793-~1843)
112E. Anderson Chapman was born about 1793, likely in Amherst County, Virginia. He married twice, the second time to Mary Pulliam, likely the sister of his younger brother Henry's wife, Fannie, on October 13, 1830, in Gallatin County, Kentucky. They likely settled at that time in Prestonville, where the Kentucky River flows into the Ohio River, which was in Gallatin County before Carroll County was formed in 1838. Family oral history records that Anderson and Mary had no children of their own after three years of marriage so they arranged with brother Henry and wife Fannie, who had two children at the time, to raise their next two children. It was not an official adoption, rather young Anderson and Alice grew up calling them "Uncle Anderson" and "Aunt Mary":
|(112I4)||Anderson Chapman||1 Nov 1833||1 Oct 1902||(68)|
|(112I5)||Sarah Alice Chapman||(1835-1836)||--||--|
In 1830, probably before Anderson and Mary wed, Anderson was recorded with three family members: an adult man, young teenaged boy, and older teenaged girl. He also owned three slaves: a male and female between 10 and 24 years old, and a young boy.[Cen 1830]
In 1840 Anderson and Mary were recorded with two girls and a boy between the ages of 5 and 10 years of age as well as a teenage boy, between 10 and 15 years old. They also had four slaves at the time: one man between 24 and 36 years of age, two males between 10 and 24 years of age, and a girl under the age of 10.[Cen 1840]
Anderson Chapman died about 1843 in Prestonville, Carroll County, Kentucky. He was about 50 years of age.
Mary remarried to the widower Edward E. Lindsay on January 21, 1847, in Carroll County. He had two young children from his previous marriage: Kitty, about age 6, and Mary E., about age 4 at the time. The 1850 census also records that G. W. Pulliam (perhaps Mary's father) and the Henry Chapman family lived with them in Carroll County.[Cen 1850] Mary and Edward had two daughters.
|--||Martha F. Lindsay||(1854-1855)||--||--|
Young Anderson, Mary's nephew, is said to have not got along with Edward. One day around 1855, Edward ordered Anderson to go work with the slaves so he packed up and left home. After Anderson married, Mary tried to make amends by offering to help the newlyweds set up housekeeping but Anderson refused. He later regretted his treatment of his aunt.
Edward and Mary moved west to Missouri before daughter Martha was born.[Cen 1870]
Mary (Pulliam Chapman) Lindsay likely died in Missouri in the late 1850s. Edward went on to remarry to Sarah Margaret (Marsh) Whitsett on June 5, 1860, in Clay County, Missouri, northeast of Kansas City.
- Cen 1830: 1830 Census, Gallatin County, Kentucky
- Cen 1840: 1840 Census, Carroll County, Kentucky
- Cen 1850: 7 Sep 1850 Census, District 2, Carroll County, Kentucky
- Cen 1870: 15 Jul 1870 Census, Lathrop Post Office, Township 54, Range 31, Clinton County, Missouri
Martin CHAPMAN (1794-1874)
112F. Martin Chapman (Sr.) was born on December 28, 1794, in Amherst County, Virginia. In the late 1790's, his family moved across Virginia (and modern-day West Virginia) into Kentucky, just a few years after Kentucky became the 15th state in 1792, and settled in Greenup County along the Ohio River, up-river from Cincinnati. Martin married Nancy Ulin on March 26, 1817, in Greenup County. They had 10 children:
|112FA.||Martin Chapman (Jr.)||10 May 1821||--||--|
|112FB.||Erastus Otis Chapman||17 Mar 1823||15 Apr 1897||(74)|
|112FC.||Melsena Chapman||Dec 1824||14 Aug 1827||(2)|
|112FD.||Dorinda Chapman||14 Nov 1826||14 Jan 1870||(43)|
|112FE.||Martha Chapman||28 Sep 1828||--||--|
|112FF.||Harriett Chapman||22 Feb 1831||25 Nov 1874||--|
|112FG.||Evaline Chapman||29 Mar 1833||14 Sep 1865||(32)|
|112FX.||Mary Ann Chapman||--||--||--|
The Chapman moved across the Ohio River and just a little way up-river to Lawrence County, Ohio, around 1820. They stayed through 1830 and then moved west to Madison County, Indiana, about 1834.
Martin Chapman (Sr.) died on December 18, 1874, in Pendleton, Madison County, Indiana. He was 79 years old.
Nancy (Ulin) Chapman died 10 years later on April 18, 1885. She was 89 years old.
Sarah G. (CHAPMAN) RAGSDALE (1799-1864)
112G. Sarah G. Chapman was born in 1799 in Kentucky, likely in Greenup County. In her teens, her family crossed the river and moved about 15 miles down river to Scioto County, Ohio, perhaps as early as 1815. There she married Berryman Ragsdale on June 30, 1815. They settled in Kentucky and had 15 children:
The Ragsdales first settled in Mason County, Kentucky, along Lawrence Creek near Maysville and down-river from Greenup County. They lived there through at least 1818 and perhaps as late as 1823. Berryman then purchased 50 acres on the waters of Gunpowder Creek in Boone County, Kentucky, southwest of Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 1, 1824, from the Bank of Kentucky. Over the years he added on to his properties, including a tract that was adjacent to that of his younger brother Charles Ragsdale.
In 1840, 13 of their children were still living at home with them.[Cen 1840]
Berryman Ragsdale died in 1842 in either Boone or nearby Carroll County. He was only about 47 years old.
At least 8 the younger children, between the ages of 2 and 15 at the time of their father's death, were placed under the guardianship of Samuel Rosengarten, husband of eldest daughter Mary Ann, according to court records from 1847. Five of these moved in with brother Darius by 1850.
Sarah went on to remarry in 1852 to John Glass, who had 10 children of his own, and moved to his farm in Johnson County, Indiana.
Sarah G. (Chapman Ragsdale) Glass died 14 years after her marriage to John Glass on May 1, 1864, in Johnson County, Indiana. She was 65 years old.
John Glass died four yeas later on November 29, 1868, in Johnson County.
- Cen 1840: 1840 Census, Boone County, Kentucky
Henry CHAPMAN (1802-1880)
112I. Henry Chapman was born on June 8, 1802, in Kentucky. He married Frances "Fannie" Pulliam on October 3, 1827, in Gallatin County, Kentucky. They had eight children:
|112I1.||George W. Chapman||(1828-1829)||--||--|
|112I4.||Anderson Chapman||1 Nov 1833||1 Oct 1902||(68)|
|112I5.||Sarah Alice Chapman||(1835-1836)||--||--|
|112I6.||Phoebe Cassandra Chapman||3 Dec 1837||5 Jan 1911||(73)|
The family likely lived near Prestonville the whole time, which was in Gallatin County before Carroll County was formed in 1838.
Family tradition states that Henry and Frances made an agreement with his childless brother Anderson and his wife (believed to be Frances' sister) to "adopt" their third and fourth children. Although the 1840 census shows children living with Anderson's family, all of Henry and Frances' children seem to be accounted for in the 1840 census. Henry and Frances also owned one slave, between the age of 10 and 24, in 1840.[Cen 1840]
Frances "Fannie" (Pulliam) Chapman died in 1843 in Prestonville, Carroll County, Kentucky. She was about 33 years old.
After Frances' death, Henry stayed on in Carroll County through at least the 1850 census, when he and his children were living with the E[dward] E. Lindsay and G. W. Pulliam families.[Cen 1850] Henry's widowed sister-in-law, Mary (Pulliam) Chapman, remarried to Lindsay in 1847. G. W. Pulliam, age 60 in 1850, may have been Frances' and Mary's father and therefore Henry's father-in-law.
During the early 1850s, Henry, children Mary Humphrey, Elizabeth Conaway, Anderson, and Sarah, their families, and the Lindsay family all moved west to Schuyler County in northern Missouri on the Iowa border. There Henry and daughter Sarah lived on the farm of eldest daughter Mary and her husband William H. Humphrey and family in Liberty Township. Henry worked as a farm hand.[Cen 1860] Daughter Pheobe and her husband Josiah C. Hitchcock had already moved north to Lake Township, Muscatine County, Iowa, by 1859. Eldest son George W. remained back in Prestonville.
Later Henry is noted in the 1870 and 1880 censuses living with his daughter Phoebe (Chapman) Hitchcock in Lake Township, Muscatine County, Iowa.[Cen 1870,1880]
Henry Chapman died on August 10, 1880, in Muscatine County, Iowa. He is buried at the High Prairie Cemetery in Lake Township, Muscatine County. He was 78 years old.
- Cen 1830: 1830 Census, Gallatin County, Kentucky
- Cen 1840: 1840 Census, Carroll County, Kentucky
- Cen 1850: 7 Sep 1850 Census, District 2, Carroll County, Kentucky
- Cen 1860: 7 Jun 1860 Census, Lancaster Post Office, Liberty Township, Schuyler County, Missouri
- Cen 1870: 24 Jun 1870 Census, Atalissa Post Office, Lake Township, Muscatine County, Iowa
William P. CHAPMAN (1804-1869)
112J. William P. Chapman was born on August 25, 1804, in Greenup County, Kentucky. He married Joanna Baker Hitchcock on October 16, 1825, in Scioto County, Ohio. They do not appear to have had any children.
The Chapmans moved to Fall Creek Township, Madison County, Indiana, by the 1850 census. They continued west and settled in Seventy-Six Township, Muscatine County, Iowa, around 1854[Cen 1856] where they lived out the rest of their days.
Having no children of their own, William and Joanna's relatives and young men and women from the area apparently streamed through over the years to help out. William's widower nephew Benjamin Franklin Chapman and niece Cassandra Chapman lived with them in 1856, as did Joanna's 74-year-old, widowed mother, Sarah (Keller) Hitchcock.[Cen 1856] (Joanna's mother died the following year.) A 12-year-old William C. Banker/Banen was also living with them in 1856 and through 1860.[Cen 1856,1860] Nephew Willam Chapman (Cassandra's younger brother) also came to live with them by 1860.[Cen 1860]
William P. Chapman died on February 27, 1869, in Muscatine County. He was 64 years old and is buried at the Greenwood Cemetery in Muscatine.
Joanna lived on in Seventy-Six Township and by 1870 nephew William A. Chapman and a black domestic servant named Martha A. Jones lived with her.[Cen 1870] That year Joanna was recorded to have a farm valued at $12,000 with 210 improved acres and livestock valued at $500, including two horses, three milch cows, one other head of cattle, and ten swine. Her farm produced 600 bushels of Indian corn and 300 bushels of oats, and she paid $100 in wages over the year. Her farm was matched in value only three times, but not exceeded, on the page of 40 area farms.[Agr 1870]
By 1880, Joanna was living with 15-year-old laborer Clayton Thornton and 17-year-old servant Mary Weggen.[Cen 1880] But over the next couple years, Joanna moved into Muscative town to 405 West 4th Street by 1885, where 21-year-old Josie L. Snyder, her grand-niece, lived with her.[Cen 1885]
16 years after William's death, Joanna remarried to Appollos Cone on March 26, 1885, in Muscatine County. Appollos was 13 years Joanna's junior--she was 80 years old, he 67 years old.
Joanna (Hitchcock) Chapman died on April 3, 1892, and is buried with William at Greenwood Cemetery. She was 87 years old.
Appollos Cone died eight years later on September 25, 1900, and was buried in Conesville, Orono Township, Muscatine County. He was 82 years old.
- Cen 1850: 30 Aug 1850 Census, Fall Creek Township, Madison County, Indiana
- Cen 1856: 1856 Iowa State Census, Seventy-Six Township, Muscatine County, Iowa
- Cen 1860: 15 Jun 1860 Census, Muscatine Post Office, Seventy-Six Township, Muscatine County, Iowa
- Agr 1870: 1 Jun 1870 Federal Productions of Agriculture Schedule, Atalissa Post Office, Seventy-Six Township, Muscatine County, Iowa
- Cen 1870: 2 Jul 1870 Census, Atalissa Post Office, Seventy-Six Township, Muscatine County, Iowa
- Cen 1880: 15 Jun 1880 Census, Seventy-Six Township, Muscatine County, Iowa
- Cen 1885: 1885 Iowa State Census, 405 West 4th Street, Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa
Greenup CHAPMAN (1806-1885)
112K. Greenup Chapman was born in Greenup County (his namesake), Kentucky, on August 10, 1806. When he was about 10 years old, his family moved across the Ohio River near Wheelersburg, Scioto County, Ohio, There he later married Minerva Lawson on October 17, 1833. He was 27 years old and she 17 years old. They had 11 children:
Soon after their marriage, Greenup and Minerva appear to have briefly moved to Iowa[Cen 1850, 1860] or Indiana[Cen 1880] where their first daughter Rebecca was born. They returned to Scioto County by the time of daughter Levina's birth and, according to family historian Ira Allen Chapman, lived with his parents in one side of their large house. The Chapmans settled in Clay Township in an area first served by Portmouth Post Office and then by Pond Run Post Office after it was established in 1861.[Cen 1840-1880]
Sons William Anderson and Marion both enlisted as privates on November 21, 1862, in the Ohio 8th Independent Sharpshooters. William Anderson was promoted to Corporal during the war.
Greenup and Minerva lived out the rest of their days in Scioto County while several of Greenup's siblings and at least two of his sons, William Anderson and Marion, moved west to Muscatine County, Iowa.
Greenup Chapman died on December 13, 1885, in Scioto County. He was 79 years old and is buried at Wheelersburg Cemetery.
Minerva (Lawson) Chapman died less than three years later on August 31, 1888, in Scioto County at the age of 72. She is also buried at Wheelersburg Cemetery, along with at least three of her children.
- Cen 1840: 1840 Census, Clay Township, Scioto County, Ohio
- Cen 1850: 14 Aug 1850 Census, Clay Township, Scioto County, Ohio
- Cen 1860: 1 Jun 1860 Census, Portsmouth Post Office, Clay Township, Scioto County, Ohio
- Cen 1870: 29 Jul 1870 Census, Pond Run Post Office, Clay Township, Scioto County, Ohio
- Cen 1880: 19 Jun 1880 Census, Clay Township, Scioto County, Ohio
Mary (CHAPMAN) HITCHOCK (1811-1875)
112L. Mary Chapman was born on December 11, 1811, in Greenup County, Kentucky. When she was about six years old her family moved across the Ohio River near Wheelersburg, Scioto County, Ohio. There she married Elias Keller Hitchcock on January 16, 1831. They had at least three children:
|112L1.||Sarah A. Hitchcock||--||--||--|
|112L2.||Mary Frances Hitchcock||1839||1878||(39)|
|112L3.||Eli C. Hitchcock||Mar 1850||--||--|
The Hitchcocks moved west to Hancock County, Indiana, by 1839, perhaps as early as 1836 when Mary's elder brother John Chapman4 moved there.
Later they continued west to Muscatine County, Iowa, where Mary's elder brother William P. Chapman had settled around 1854.
Mary (Chapman) Hitchcock died on August 14, 1875, in Muscatine County, Iowa. She was 63 years old and was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Muscatine.
Elias Keller Hitchcock died three years later on August 5, 1878, at the age of 72. He is also buried at Greenwood Cemetery.