|Birth: ||Jun. 10, 1847|
|Death: ||Mar. 20, 1916|
BIRCH CHAPIN (1871) is one of the earliest of Rock county's pioneers who still resides on the old homestead, the northeast quarter of section 22, Springwater township, taken in 1871.
The parents of our subject were Henry W. and Matilda (Stillwell) Chapin, natives of New York and Ohio, respectively. They were early day settlers of St. Joseph county, Michigan, where the birth of Birch Chapin occurred June 10, 1847. As a child he moved with his parents to Dane county, Wisconsin, and from that placed at the age of 10 years to Winneshiek county, Iowa, where he grew to manhood. In 1871 he arrived in Rock county and filed claim to the land described above. He returned to Iowa for the winter, coming back in the spring to commence improvement on the place. A year later he moved his family from Iowa, and has lived there to this date. He weathered the storms of adversity which fell to the lot of the pioneers of the seventies, and now in old age he enjoys the deserved fruits of fortune.
The year 1871 was an eventful one in the life of Birch Chapin in more ways than one, for it was on January 22, of that year, in Allamakee county, Iowa, that he was joined in the holy bonds of matrimony to Alice F, Webster. Mrs. Chapin is the daughter of George W. and Eliza (Hill) Webster and was born August 23, 1852. This venerable couple are the parents of the following named children: George H., born December 3, 1871; Ellena M., born June 5, 1873, died January 12, 1878; Franklin C., born December 15, 1875, died January 5, 1878; Samuel B., born May 31, 1879; Bertrum R., born April 11, 1882; and Ralph W., born June 9, 1884.
In his long life of service in this county Mr. Chapin has been called upon repeatedly to fill offices of trust. For a quarter of a century he was Springwater township's efficient clerk, and for two score of years he served as clerk of school district No. 2. He was also director of the same for a number of years. He owns stock in the Farmers Elevator company of Sherman, South Dakota. Mr. and Mrs. Chapin are old and faithful members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
From: An Illustrated History of the Counties of Rock and Pipestone Minnesota
By: Arthur P. Rose
Publisher: Northern History Publishing Company, Luverne, Minnesota 1911
Pages: 441 and 442
Henry Winslow Chapin (1825 - 1902)
Matilda Stillwell Chapin (1828 - 1920)
Alice F Webster Chapin (1852 - 1912)*
George Henry Chapin (1871 - 1941)*
Elena Maud Chapin (1873 - 1878)*
Franklin Clyde Chapin (1876 - 1878)*
Samuel Birch Chapin (1879 - 1966)*
Bertram Ray Chapin (1882 - 1950)*
Birch Chapin (1847 - 1916)
Zora Ledeema Chapin Peacock (1853 - 1902)*
Eva Lavina Chapin Noble (1855 - 1919)*
Southard Chapin (1859 - 1888)*
Samuel Lincoln Chapin (1861 - 1948)*
Grant Chapin (1864 - 1928)*
Minnie Chapin (1871 - 1891)*
Plot: 1st Division, North Section
Maintained by: Algal
Originally Created by: Gregory Aanenson
Record added: Aug 16, 2010
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