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Samuel Chapman
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Birth: Dec. 5, 1797
Kent, England
Death: Feb. 20, 1893
Van Buren County
Iowa, USA


Sam'l Chapman d. 1893

An Aged Man Gone.

Mr. Sam'l Chapman, residing 1 1/2 miles east of Bonaparte, died Monday night and was buried yesterday on the home farm beside his wife who preceded him four years ago.

He had reached an exceptional age of 95 years; his wife was just six weeks his senior. He was an eccentric character and was laid away in a coffin made from lumber cut for the purpose fifteen years ago.

[hand written on obit. was "2-20-93"]

Source: Entler Scrapbook, vol. 6, Iowa Historical Library, Iowa City,IA



Samuel Chapman was born at Teynham near Feversham, in county of Kent, England, December 15, 1797. He was an only child of Daniel and Sarah Chapman of the same county in England. His father was in early life a builder and afterward a miller, and later on in life a stock dealer of no little note, and in Samuel's early life he was his father's superintendent and clerk, doing all the writing and keeping of accounts of the business from the time he (Samuel) was ten or twelve years of age. He was engaged for some time prior to the battle of Waterloo (which was fought June 18, 1815, between the French, commanded by Napoleon Bonaparte on one side, and the English army and allies on the other commanded by the Duke of Wellington.) (at which battle he was present, having in charge horses for the officers) in company with his father in dealing in stock, buying, selling and handling negotiable notes, etc., and had amassed considerable fortune, but owing to reverse action in business soon after this battle, they were entirely broken up. He being of an energetic and business turn, soon entered into and carried on for some time a considerable traffic with Holland, Belgium and Wales, which gave him occasion to travel to those countries and visit their cities when just entering upon manhood.

He was married to Sarah Smead, of Feversham, of county of Kent, July 21, 1821. He lived in England one year after marriage, when he moved to Scotland and engaged to Captain Barclay, of the estate of Ury (the distinguished pedestrian and marksman) as a game keeper, and afterward to Lord Brody, and later to two other gentlemen, in all about eight years in the same business. When about six years in Scotland, he received an accidental shot while reaching for his gun to shoot some bird of prey which was bothering the game under his care. The shot passed through his breast tearing away part of the lobe to that lung and cut the lining around the heart, from which wound he lay at the point of death for many weeks, given up by the physician. But as a last and only means of saving life (urged strenuously by himself upon the attending physicians as they ever after acknowledged) it was at his own urgent request by bleeding. This misfortune having unfitted him for the great responsibility of his work here, he at the end of eight years returned to England and engaged in the butcher business at Shearness for a year or so.

Feeling rather unsettled and of some inclination to see America, he left his family here and sailed for America in 1831, landing at New York City, where he carried on a bakery for a time and and [sic] was also engaged in the microscopic and telescopic business (in all about 18 months). But in the meantime he returned to England for his family, who arrived in New York City in 1832. In the early part of 1833, he engaged to a Mr. Jackson of New York, to take on foot, a drove of fine Durham Cattle from New York to Congressman Chambers, of Washington, Mason county, Kentucky, and right here it was that he had a tussle with the cholera, but survived it, and liking the country, brought his family here where he was engaged in the fine stock and butcher business for about ten years, at the end of which time, and through the influence of his friend, ex-Congressman of Kentucky, now Governor Chambers of the territory of Iowa, he again came west and bought land in Des Moines county, about ten miles west of Burlington, Iowa, near the present site of Middleton, what is now known as the Wm. Carden (deceased) farm, after which he returned to Kentucky for his family, landing them at Burlington, September 1, 1843.

Here for two and one-half years he engaged in farming, for the first [time] in his life of forty-five years. The tide in emigration had become so strong and land had advanced so in price, that he sold his quarter section at a high figure, as it then seemed, and moved with his family in the spring of 1845 into Van Buren county, where he had purchased his late home near Bonaparte, Iowa. He and his son at or near the same time entered 320 acres in Lee county near Big Mound.

He died at his late home, Monday, February 20th, at 10 p.m., at the great age of 95 years, 2 months and 5 days, and was buried Wednesday, the 22nd, at 2 p.m. (at the old home on a spot selected by himself many years ago) by the side of his wife who preceded him to that long home 4 years, 3 months and ten days, she having died November 10, 1888, at the age of 90 or 91 years. At her death they had traveled life together for over 67 years.

Of the family of thirteen children eleven are still living; Alfred Chapman and Mrs. B. F. Whitmore, of Bonaparte, Wm. Chapman, Mrs. C. P. Young and Mrs. Julia Haberman, near Bonaparte; Mrs. Wm. D. Crawford, of Middletown, Mrs. Samuel Hillman, of Beloit, Kansas, Samuel Chapman of Medford, Oregon; Daniel and Henry Chapman and Mrs. M. M. Mickelson [Mickleson], of Ashland, Oregon. Two are deceased, Mrs. Washington Crawford, Big Mound, and the eldest child, a daughte[r], died in infancy in England. Of the eleven living children Alfred Chapman, the eldest, will be 70 years in April, 1893, and Mrs. Julia Haberman, the youngest, will be 49 the same month.

Of their 78 grand-children, 59 are living; 19 are not. Of great grand-children, there has been 100, of these 84 are still living, 16 are not, and of great-great-grandchildren, 6 are living and 1 is not.

And thus it is, although he had lived more than a quarter of a century over the allotted time to man, he was more vigorous and active in mind and body than many persons who have not yet attained their three score and ten years. He could read without glasses, knew all the family present, and seemed to be conscious of all about him up to the time of his death. He was a self educated, active, energetic man, of a wonderful business turn of mind, wide awake to all around him, strictly accurate, exact and precise in all his undertakings. Well versed in all the sciences, a good physician and surgeon, being almost all times his own family physician with the best of success.

He was one of the most efficient school and township officers that the county offorded, of which one or both places he generally filled. He was in conversation a source of interest and instruction to grown people, and of interest and delight to children.

A few weeks before his death paralysis seemed to set in in his lower limbs and gradually worked upward until calmly and peacefully a noble life was gone to return no more forever.

F. P. Crawford

Bonaparte, Iowa, Feb. 28, 1893.

Source: Mt. Pleasant Free Press, Thursday, 16 Mar 1893, page 2,columns 5 & 6.
Family links: 
  Sarah Smeed Chapman (1798 - 1887)
  Alfred Thomas Chapman (1823 - 1908)*
  Margaret Barclay Allardyce Chapman Crawford (1824 - 1918)*
  Sarah Amy Chapman Crawford (1826 - 1860)*
  Mary Ann Chapman Hillman (1827 - 1916)*
  Samuel Chapman (1829 - 1903)*
  Daniel Chapman (1831 - 1917)*
  Henry Hawker Chapman (1833 - 1903)*
  William Phillip Chapman (1835 - 1923)*
  Amy Chapman Whitmore (1837 - 1920)*
  Josephine Harriet Chapman Young (1839 - 1909)*
  Victoria Elizabeth Chapman Mickelson (1841 - 1928)*
  Julia Amelia Chapman Haberman (1844 - 1902)*
*Calculated relationship
Chapman Cemetery
Van Buren County
Iowa, USA
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