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John Chapman

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Bristol Parish, Dinwiddie, Virginia
Death: Died in Wilkes, North Carolina, United States
Cause of death: Murdered by Godfrey Isbell
Place of Burial: Three Forks, Swain, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Chapman and wife of John Chapman
Husband of Eurith Chapman
Father of Raleigh Chapman; Nicholas Chapman; John Chapman, Jr; Enoch Chapman; Robert Chapman and 4 others
Brother of Robert Chapman and Richard Chapman

Managed by: Philip Virl Holmes
Last Updated:

About John Chapman

From THE CHAPMAN FAMILY Revised July 17, 2004

Edward Crutchley shows line goes from Thomas (1), Thomas (2), John (1), John (2) who married Eurith.

Tom Chapman shows line as Thomas (1), Robert(2), Robert(3), Robert(4), John.

Judge Noble sent info, not proven, that line went thus: Thomas (1) 1613, Robert (2), Robert Jr. (3), John (4)

Info from Jerry Wentworth shows John (1), John (2) & Mary. John (3), .

Most seem to agree on Thomas and his line supposedly goes back from Thomas to Benjamin of Devonshire, England to William  and to an Arthur Champernowne, ca mid 1500's.  None of this is proven,   hopefully, someday we will be able to find sources and prove it one way or the other.

Notes

  • John Chapman was murdered about 1780 by a Godfrey Isbell.  Isbell fled the area and was never prosecuted.  Stories say the reason for the murder was because John Chapman was "a vocal Tory".  A very knowledgeable lady in Taylorsville, NC, a Miss Opal Harrington, writes that "tradition states it was not in any way connected to the American Revolution.  Both families were Whigs, not Tories.". [http://genforum.genealogy.com/chapman/messages/5754.html]
  • "A letter from Ethlyn Rainey in 1978 stated that she obtained this story from "a Chapman Family History" (at the S.C. state library or the Univ. of South Caroliniana Library, Univ. of S.C.) that referred to John Chapman going into the woods sometime in the 1770s "to cut a Christmas tree for his children" when he was waylaid by Godfrey and Pendleton Isbell, brothers, a brawl ensued and the tresspasser was shot and killed in cold blood. Some one else said later that this story came from original court records or newspaper articles which described Godfrey and Pendleton Isbell as brothers; that Godfrey was charged because Pendleton was "under age," but Godfrey was acquitted "when it could not be determined which of the brothers did the killing."I have never seen the Chapman family history referred to, nor any court or newspaper records referring to the incident. If true that John Chapman was cutting a christmas tree, this is one of the earliest references to a Christmas tree in America, so it would be interesting to find this information if for that reason alone. It is likely a later embellishment, however. You can't get much meaner than to kill a man for cutting a Christmas tree "for his children." Another reference just says he was cutting wood. If he was born in 1722 as some say, John Chapman was around 58 years old. "[http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/ISBELL/2002-12/1040620113)

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Sources

  1. Some of the known descendants of John Chapman (1720s - 1780s) PDF document
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John Chapman's Timeline

1722
August 26, 1722
Dinwiddie, Virginia
1748
1748
Age 25
1749
1749
Age 26
Baltimore, MD, USA
1752
1752
Age 29
Alexandria,NC
1754
1754
Age 31
Loudoun,VA
1755
1755
Age 32
Wilkes, North Carolina, United States
1758
1758
Age 35
Baltimore,MD
1760
1760
Age 37
Of,NC
1762
1762
Age 39
Of,NC
1764
1764
Age 41
Of,,MD