John - aka JAJ Chapman was born in Kansas City, Kansas to George Washington Chapman and Sarah Ann Jones.
John grew up and taught himself to survey and he became a master at it. (see map) During the formative years he did work for the Kansas City and Topeka layouts. He Later married Harriet Dempsey in 1851 and they had two children Lewis Jones "Lute" and Sara Edna (Garrett).
JAJ was not pleased with the Confederate fight and resisted the enemy, the League captured and beat him, burned 16,000 railroad ties, and all the survey equipment during a construction contract for Kansas and Neosho Valley RR., shortly thereafter he moved to Colorado.
He followed his son Lewis to stay with friends in Nathrop, Colorado and got the gold bug in the later part of the 1860's . He surveyed several districts including the Gunnison and Cottonwood Creek drainage areas in south central Colorado. He and his Partner Mr. B.L Riggins owned the Mary Murphy mine for a short time, then sold it according to family records for 80k to pay the Kansas City investors. Later the Black Hawk, and the Riggins mine which he owned with his partner B.L Riggins.
It was known he also built a smelting operation in Alpine which was shuttered due to the lack of tonnage and adequate flux to extract the metals. He was instrumental in the development of the entire area around Alpine, and St. Elmo. In March of 1888 his home in Alpine was burned to the ground by some shady character, he later moved down the hill to Salida, and shuttered another mill there, then to his ranch in La Jara.
Land surveyor, Mine owner, and general developer now rests in Denver with Harriet.
Sources: data supplied by C. Chapman Kleindorfer, GP Curtis and records from Katherine Chapman (Rassmussen)
George Washington Chapman (1776 - 1860)
Sarah Jones Chapman (1783 - 1869)
Harriet E Dempsey Chapman (1825 - 1917)*
Lewis Jones Chapman (1859 - 1941)*
Plot: Plot: Blk 55
Created by: G P Curtis
Record added: Mar 30, 2013
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