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Isaac Chapline

Birthdate: (44)
Birthplace: Danby Wiske, North Yorkshire, England, (Present UK)
Death: December 8, 1628 (44)
North Atlantic Ocean (Died at sea.)
Immediate Family:

Husband of Mary Chapline (Calvert)
Father of John Chapline; William Chapline; Isaac Chapline and Mary Wyatt

Occupation: Ensign in the Royal Navy, early settler of Virginia Colony, founder of Chapline's Choice
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About Ensign Isaac Chapline

Isaac was a Captain in the Royal Navy.

From Chaplines from Maryland and Virginia by Maria E. Liggett Dare, Pg 13.


Isaac Chapline, Ensign in English Royal Navy, to America with Lord Delaware in 1610. Settled in "Chaplaine's Choyce" in 1622.

Isaac Chapline, Ensign Royal Navy, came to America in the "Starr" in 1610 as King's Council under Lord Delaware. He was granted large tracts of land on the south side of the James River in the Parish of Jordan's and on Bicker's Creek, which land he named "Chapline's Choice" - Hotten's Original Lists.

In 1622, Isaac Chapline was joined by his wife Mary Chapline and their son John Chapline, who came to America in the "James" accompanied by four servants. - Colonial Records of Virginia Land Book, Vol VII, p. 531, Richmond, VA, Henning's, etc.

In "Original Lists of Persons of Quality Arrived in Virginia from 1600 to 1700" by John Campden Hotten, published in New York in 1874, p. 213:

  • Muster of Inhabitants of Chaplain's Choyse, taken Jan. 21, 1624.
    • Muster of Ensigne Isack Chaplaine. Isack Chaplaine arrived in the "Star" in 1610 and took up 250 acres of land south of James River from the falls, and named it Chaplain's Choyse. Mary, his wife, and John ,aged 15 years, arrived in the James in 1622.
    • Servants Robert Hudson, age 30, John Duffield, age 14, Henry Thorn, age 18, and Ivie Banton, who was Mrs. Chapline's maid.

Pg. 267. Patent of 50 Acres of Land to Isacke Chapline in 1626. Corporacion of Charles Cittie. 100 in Worsqueacke, later.

Pg. 269. Territory of Great Wyanoke. Isacke Chapline 200 acres planted.

By Patent.

See also "History of First Settlements of Virginia" by John Burk, Vol I, also "virginia Colony of London, 1606-1692," Vol I, pg. 84.

Isaac Chapline probably made visits to England during this period. I do not imagine he was separated from his wife for 12 years. The word "kinsman" often occurs in Hotten's Original Lists where child is meant.

It is said that when Isaac Chapline called the attenion of the ship's captain to the spelling of his name "Chaplain," the captain replied, "We will then add an 'e'" and so it stood in the quaint spelling of that day, Isacke Chaplaine." In a second place Hotten spells the name Chaplin. It is sometimes spelled Chapline, and in this generation so prevails.

John Smith's History of Virginai p. 269, says: "Chapline's Choice" lay on south side of James River in Parish of Jordan's and on Blicker's Creek.



  • 1. Isaac Chapline, b. in England about 1584.
  • 2. Mary (Unknown) b. in England about 1586, m. about 1606.
    • 1. John, b. in England in 1607.
    • 2. Mary, b. 1623 in Chapline's Choice. Supposed to have married Anthony Wyatt (burgess in 1645). Son Nicholas Wyatt secured deed to Chapline's Choice in 1686. Records lost by fire.
    • 3. William, b. 1635, and settled in Talbot County.
      • 3a. Son Francis, born 1656, m. to Martha (Unknown), b. 1659. Died Aug. 27, 1707. Martha died Feb. 9, 1700.
        • 3a1. Son James Chapline, b. about 1678. Possible other children names not recorded or who died. Records imperfectly kept at that day. If there was a Rector, then they were recorded. James Chapline married Elizabeth (Unknown) Feb. 20, 1704. (1) James and Elizabeth Chapline had 2 sons. (2) James Chapline, b. Nov. 17, 1706. (3) Francis Chapline b. Dec. 10, 1708. James Chapline died Feb. 17, 1708 (old style) leaving a young widow and two infant sons (see Will 1708). His widow married again, viz. "William Aires and Elizabeth Chapline married Oct. 16, 1710)
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Ensign Isaac Chapline's Timeline

Danby Wiske, North Yorkshire, England, (Present UK)
Age 23
Age 39
Virginia Colony
Age 41
Charles Cittie Borough, Virginia Colony
December 8, 1628
Age 44
North Atlantic Ocean