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William S. Chapman

William S. Chapman

Male Abt 1806 - 1899  (~ 93 years)

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  • Name William S. Chapman 
    Born Abt 1806  Plymouth, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Census
    • 1861/56
    Occupation Blacksmith  [3, 4
    Occupation farmer  [5
    Occupation machinist  [6
    Religion Baptist  [4, 5, 6
    Residence 1861  Canning Parish, Newcastle, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1871  Canning Parish, Newcastle, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence 1881  Canning Parish, Newcastle, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence 30 Apr 1891  Canning Parish, Newcastle, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 20 Apr 1899  Newcastle Creek, Canning Parish, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Newcastle Creek Baptist Cemetery, Newcastle Creek, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 1871 census form is noted “Family wrongly numbered, added at end of book”

      Grave stone shows age 81 at time of death.

      Family was Baptist

      William listed in 1881 Census as machinest.

      Came from Plymouth, England

      William listed as Blacksmith in 1891 census

      New Brunswick Courier on October 17, 1829 reported marriage on Tuesday morning by Rev. Dr. Burns, both of Saint John.

      March 15, 2003. Email from Lorna Burke (a Chapman descendant) states that William and his brother were both blacksmiths by trade. William would never shoe a horse because his brother had been killed in that way. William migrated to Saint John as a young man. He found plenty of work because many things were made of iron by hand back then, hinges, latches, nails etc. He was evidently skilled and in a short time became head smith in a large foundry. Several of the children were born in Saint John before the family moved to Grand Lake to make iron work for the vessels being built there. His shop was located in the shipyard and he directed the work of thirty-nine men. He oversaw the making of the tools to manufacture chains, anchors and all the orther iron fittings required. It is said that he did things with iron considered impossible today without cranes and electric welding.

      Contrary to our vision of "Under the spreading chestnut tree the village smithy stands. The smith, a mighty man is he with large and sinewy hands". William Chapman was a small man. He had a wonderful memory, excellent eyesight and hearing. He loved reading, and retained his keen faculties all this life. He died aged 94 in the autumn of 1898 or spring of 1899. William's wife, Frances, was a very pleasant woman despite a photograph which shows her with a sour look. This had been termed "The Chapman look", but it came from her rather than William. She responded often to calls for help in cases of illness and at birthings. Frances evidently had her say in family matters. On one occasion William received word that he had been left a legacy in England but would have to journey there to claim it. A trip across the Atlantic at that time was time-consuming and occasionally hazardous so Frances refused to let him go.
    Person ID I2477  Reed
    Last Modified 4 Mar 2017 

    Family Frances March,   b. Abt 1808, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1892  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Married 13 Oct 1829  Saint John, Saint John County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Notes 
    • Date October 17 1829
      County Saint John
      Place Saint John
      Newspaper New Brunswick Courier

      m. Tuesday morn., by Rev. Dr. Burns, William CHAPMAN (or William CHIPMAN) / Miss Frances MARCH both of (St. John) city.
    Children 
     1. Mary Jane Chapman,   b. 31 Jul 1830, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1912  (Age 81 years)
     2. Margaret A. Chapman,   b. 15 Nov 1832, Canning Parish, Newcastle, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1913, Mars Hill, Aroostook County, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     3. William Henry Chapman,   b. 10 Oct 1831, Saint John County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1914, Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     4. Frances Aurelia Chapman,   b. 16 May 1837, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1919, Newcastle, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     5. John Chapman,   b. 11 Jul 1835,   d. Aft Mar 1901  (Age > 66 years)
     6. Harriet Chapman,   b. 10 Jun 1839, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1910  (Age 70 years)
     7. Charles Sams Chapman,   b. 1840, Newcastle Creek, Canning Parish, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1901, Newcastle Creek, Canning Parish, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     8. Sarah Chapman,   b. 1843,   d. 1910  (Age 67 years)
     9. Rachel Chapman,   b. Apr 1844, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1894  (Age ~ 50 years)
     10. Joseph Carson Chapman,   b. 13 Dec 1846, Newcastle Creek, Canning Parish, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1924, Saint John, Saint John County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     11. Deacon James March Chapman,   b. 10 Mar 1848, Newcastle Creek, Canning Parish, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1925, Newcastle Creek, Canning Parish, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 22 Nov 2014 
    Family ID F1521  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1806 - Plymouth, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 13 Oct 1829 - Saint John, Saint John County, New Brunswick, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1861 - Canning Parish, Newcastle, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1871 - Canning Parish, Newcastle, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1881 - Canning Parish, Newcastle, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 30 Apr 1891 - Canning Parish, Newcastle, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Apr 1899 - Newcastle Creek, Canning Parish, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Newcastle Creek Baptist Cemetery, Newcastle Creek, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    William S. Chapman
    William S. Chapman
    death record

  • Sources 
    1. [S639] Provincial Returns of Deaths, New Brunswick Provincial Archives, Code 1439-Volume -Reference C4/1899-Microfilm F18702.

    2. [S121] 1891 Census of Canada, Page 30, Family 139, - Chapman.

    3. [S993] 1861 Census of Canada, William Chapman household.

    4. [S121] 1891 Census of Canada, Page 30, Family 139, Chapman household.

    5. [S610] 1871 Census of Canada, Sheet 33, Dwelling 94, Family 115, William Chapman household.

    6. [S609] 1881 Census of Canada, Sheet 31, Dwelling 121, Family 140, William Chapman household.

    7. [S36] Daniel F. Johnson's New Brunswick Newspaper Statistics, Daniel F. Johnson : Volume 4 Number 344.