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Robert Chapman

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Perhaps, Yorkshire , England
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk County, Dominion of New England
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Chapman's father and Robert Chapman's mother
Husband of Ann Chapman
Father of John Chapman; Robert Chapman, Jr; Anna Bull; Hannah Bull; Deacon Nathaniel Chapman and 2 others

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About Robert Chapman, of Boston & Saybrook

Biography

Robert Chapman died 10/13/1687 in Saybrook, CT. Family tradition states that he originated in Yorkshire, England.

He married Ann Bliss 4/29/1642 in Saybrook, CT.

Disputed Parents

His parents and date of birth are unknown according to the latest peer reviewed research by Dorothy Chapman Saunders, The American Genealogist: The Origin of Robert Chapman of Saybrook, Connecticut, A Theory Nipped in the Bud (New Haven, Conn.: D.L. Jacobus, 1991) Vol 66 p 30 – 32 Quote:

"As attractive as the theory is, Robert Chapman of Saybrook, Conn., was not the son of Robert and Alice (Robinson) Chapman who was baptized in Kingston upon Hull in January 1616/7."

He could not be the son of Robert Chapman and his wife Alice Robinson, baptized 1/1/1617 at Holy Trinity Parish, Kingston on Hull, Yorkshire, England because that Alice was deceased before 22 Oct 1633. Yet in 1651 in court testimony it stated that his mother was very much alive and influential (Heritage Books reprint of Records of tlie Particular Court of Connecticut, 1639-1663 (originally published Hartford 1928) and discovered the following under the court held 14 May 1651 (pp. 99, 100)).

Anderson in 2015 and NEHGR 2005 Vol 159 p 316 both confirm this is the latest information we have on his parents.

Children

Children of Robert CHAPMAN and Ann BLISS were as follows:

  1. John CHAPMAN, born 16 Jul 1644 in SayBrook, ivfiddlesex Co., CT; died 1712 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT. He married (1) on 7 Jun 1670 Elizabeth HAWLEY, born 17 Dec 1651 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT; died 10 May 1676 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT; (2) on 26 Mar 1677 in Saybrook, Middlesex, CT Elzabeth BEAMENT-BEAMON-BEAUMONT, died 30 Oct 1694, daughter of William BEAMENT and Lydia GILBERT.
  2. Robert CHAPMAN, born 16 Sep 1646 in SayBrook, ivfiddlesex Co., CT; died 10 Nov 1711 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT; buried in Old Burial Ground, Hartford, CT. He married (1) on 27 Jul 1671 in SayBrook, ivfiddlesex Co., CT Sarah GRISWOLD, born 28 Mar 1653 in Windsor, Hartford Ancestors of John C. CHAPMAN III page 4 Co., CT; died 7 Apr 1692 in Notwich, New London, CT, daughter of Francis GRISWOLD and Mary TRACY; (2) on 29 Oct 1694 in Kennellworth Mary DURANT -SHEATHER.
  3. Anna CHAPMAN, born 12 Sep 1648 in SayBrook, Middlesex Co., CT; died SEP_ 1649 in SayBrook, Middlesex Co., CT.
  4. Hannah CHAPMAN, born 4 Oct 1650 in SayBrook, Middlesex Co., CT. She married on 27 Dec 1677 David BULL, born 1650.
  5. Nathaniel CHAPMAN, born 16 Feb 1653 in SayBrook, Middlesex Co., CT; died 5 Apr 1726 in Say Brook, Middlesex Co., CT. He married (1) on 29 Jun 1681 in Guilford, New Haven Co., CT Mary COLLINS, born ABT_ 1660 in Guilford, New Haven Co., CT; died ABT __ 1697 in SayBrook, Middlesex Co., CT, daughter of John COLLINS Jr. and Mary(---); (2) on 26 Jul 1698 in Middlesex Co., CT Hannah BATES, born 7 Sep 1668 in Haddam, Middlesex Co., CT; died 5 Dec 17 50 in Say Brook, Middlesex Co., CT, daughter of James BATES Jr. and Anne WITHINGTON.
  6. Mary CHAPMAN, born 15 Apr 1655 in SayBrook, Middlesex Co., CT; died 5 Apr 1726 in CT. She married on 2 May 1676 Samuel BATES, born Jun 1648 in Dorchester, MA; died Dec 1699 in Saybrook, Middlesex, CT, son of Samuell BATES.
  7. Sarah CHAPMAN, born 25 Sep 1657. She married SEP __ 1686 Joseph PRATT, born 1 Aug 1648 in Saybrook, Middlesex, CT; died 12 Aug 1703, son of William PRATT and Not NAMED.

notes

Left York, England at age 18 and arrived at Boston in August, 1635.Sailed with 20 other men under Lion Gardner and sent by Sir Richard Saltonstall to found Saybrook, CT.He was a soldier in the Pequot War n 1637.He was Town Clerk, a Judge, a Commissioner, and served many terms to the Connecticut legislature.Made Captain of the training band in 1675.Given task to make improvemants to the fort at Saybrook in 1676.Owned considerable land at Saybrook, Haddam, East Haddam, and Hebron.House was at Saybrook Point near Oyster River.Left 1500 acres each to sons John, Robert, and Nathaniel at Hebron.

Historical Events for 1616:

  • January 24th - Jacques Le Maire discovers Street Lemaire/Cape Receiver
  • Febuary 26th - Spanish Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo
  • March 5th - Copernicus' "de Revolutionibus" placed on Catholic Forbidden index
  • March 20th - Walter Raleigh released from Tower of London to seek gold in Guyana
  • April 23rd - Netherlands buys De Briel/Vlissingen/Fort Rammekens from England
  • April 30th - English King Jacob I leaves Brielle/Vlissingen
  • May 3rd - Treaty of Loudun kills French civil war
  • July 11th - Samuel de Champlain returns to Quebec.
  • September 15th - The first non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe is opened in Frascati, Italy.
  • October 25th - VOC-ship "The Eendracht" discovers Dirk-Hartogeiland, Australia
  • November 20th - Bishop Richelieu becomes French minister of Foreign affairs/War

Quote

COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF HARTFORD COUNTY, CONNECTICUT, Pages 12 -13:

"Robert Chapman, one of the first settlers of Saybrook, CT, in 1635-36, or in the succeeding spring, according to family tradition was born in 1616, and came from Hull, England, to Boston in 1635. He was for many years commissioner for Saybrook, CT. and was elected as their deputy to the General Court forty-three times, and assistant nine times. He settled on a tract of land some two miles west of Saybrook. He was a man of exemplary piety. His parents were Pruitans. He married, in 1642, Ann Bliss. He died in 1687, and his wife in 1685. Their children were: John, Robert, Hannah, Nathaniel, Mary and Sarah."

Sources

  • Judith H Halseth, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register: Autobiographical letter of Robert Chapman of Saybrook, Connecticut (Boston, MA: NEHGS, 2005) Vol 159 p 316
  • Dorothy Chapman Saunders, The American Genealogist: The Origin of Robert Chapman of Saybrook, Connecticut, A Theory Nipped in the Bud (New Haven, Conn.: D.L. Jacobus, 1991) Vol 66 p 30 – 32
  • Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, (1833). Series 3, Volume 3 and p 143 link
  • COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF HARTFORD COUNTY, CONNECTICUT, Pages 12 -13.
  • SAYBROOK, CT.- Vital Records VITAL RECORDS CONNECTICUT (Connecticut: The Connecticut Historical Society and The Connecticut Society of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America Hartford, Connecticut, 1948) SERIES 1--TOWNS VOLUME NINE SEVENTH TOWN VITAL RECORDS of SAYBROOK 1647-1834
  • Chapman Family Association
  • VITAL RECORDS of SAYBROOK, CT 1647-1834 Chapman Family Association
  • COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF HARTFORD COUNTY, CONNECTICUT, CONTAINING BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS, AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES. ILLUSTRATED. CHICAGO: J. H. BEERS & CO. 1901. Classifications Library of Congress F102.H3 C7 ; The Physical Object, Pagination 2 p. l., 1591 p. port. Number of pages 1591. ID Numbers Open Library OL24543467M Internet Archive ommemorativebio03chic LC Control Number 02019053 [https://openlibrary.org/books/OL24543467M/Commemorative_biographical_record_of_Hartford_county] [http://www.archive.org/details/commemorativebio03chic
  • Bodge, George Madison, "Soldiers in King Philips War, being A Critical Account of that War with a Concise History of the Indian Wars of New England from 1620 - 1677." (printed for the author, Leominster, Mass) 1896 p. 468 see at archive.org
  • Ferris, Mary Walton, “’’Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines, A Memorial Volume Containing the American Ancestry of Mary Beman (Gates) Dawes.’’” Volume II. (privately printed) 1931. p. 185 - 190see at hathitrust
  • F. W. Chapman, “’’The Chapman Family: or the Descendants of Robert Chapman one of the First Settlers of Say-Brook, Conn., with Genealogical Notes on William Chapman who settled in New London, Conn.’ Edward Chapman who settled at Windsor, Conn,; John Chapman of Stonington, Conn.; and Rev. Benjamin Chapman of Southington, Conn. p. (printed by Case, Tiffany and Company, Hartford)1854. pp 26 - 36.see at archive.org
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Robert Chapman, of Boston & Saybrook's Timeline

1617
1617
Yorkshire , England
1644
July 1, 1644
Age 27
Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
1646
September 16, 1646
Age 29
Old Saybrook, Middlesex, CT, USA
1648
September 12, 1648
Age 31
Old Saybrook, Middlesex, CT, USA
1650
October 4, 1650
Age 33
Old Saybrook, Middlesex, CT, USA
1653
February 16, 1653
Age 36
Old Saybrook, (Present Middlesex County), Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
1655
April 15, 1655
Age 38
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1657
September 25, 1657
Age 40
Deep River, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA
1687
October 13, 1687
Age 70
Boston, Suffolk County, Dominion of New England