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James Fleming Chapman, Sr
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Birth: Jul. 18, 1822
Liberty County
Georgia, USA
Death: Aug. 16, 1890
Glynn County
Georgia, USA

James Fleming Chapman was born July 18, 1822 in Liberty County, Georgia, and died August 16, 1890 in Wayne County, Georgia. Grave just across Wayne County line from Thalman, Georgia. He was the seventh son of Francis John and Mary Leigh Chapman. He was a farmer in Wayne and Glynn counties and later became the first elected sheriff of Wayne County.

A letter he wrote in 1862 to his younger brother Sheldon Madison Chapman described the hard times during the Civil War. James Fleming Chapman was a private in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He was a member of Rumph's Company, Georgia Cavalry (Wayne Cavalry Guards)

The following excerpt is from the Centinel - Anniversary Edition 1965 (Name of paper not given, probably Jesup paper)

At an earlier date, the court obtained the release of James F. Chapman after receiving an affidavit that he "was not subject to military service" and was being held "in the service against his will." A year later, Chapman became the sheriff of Wayne Co. Incidently, his service in the office is the first available record noting that the sheriff was elected. (dated 1864)
James Fleming Chapman had four (or five) wives:

Mildred C. Harrington m. 29 Oct 1846 d. 13 Sep 1850 (She was 21 years old when she died.) Mildred and James had a child, Mary, in 1848. No further info is known about Mary.

Eliza Ann Burney m. 22 Apr 1853 d. 25 Dec 1856 (during childbirth of third son George.) Eliza was the daughter of William Burney and Rachel Ann Hunter. James and Eliza had the following children:
M i James Fleming CHAPMAN Jr. was born 4 Apr 1854 and died 28 Feb 1936.
M ii Miles Johnston CHAPMAN was born May 1855 and died June 17, 1923 in Agusta, GA.
M iii George Washington CHAPMAN was born 26 Dec 1856 and died 8 Dec 1929.

Ester Ann STRICKLAND Pendarvas (brought 2 children to the marriage and was married to J.F. on Sep 12, 1857).

Charlott (in the 1880 Ga census she is shown as married to James Fleming Chapman and having two children, Alonzo and Don Carlos). There is real doubt that the wife of James Fleming Chapman was a Charlott. Possibly a trascription error for Eller, his known last wife. Her birth year in the 1880 census is hard to read and subject to interpretation. Could possibly be the same as Ella's.

Ella Gertrude Burney, with nickname "Eller" was born Dec. 25, 1862. Marriage records for James Fleming Chapman and Ella Gertrude Burney have not been found. It is presumed they were married in 1876 although some confusion exists as to who the wife of James Fleming Chapman was in the 1880 GA Wayne Co. census. Family records belonging to Alonzo, their son, states that Ella was the mother.

Every Burney household in the state of Georgia and Florida listed in 1870 GA census have been searched for an Ella Gertrude Burney with no success. Ella is probably the daughter of David and Winney Burney living in Wayne county near the James Fleming Chapman houshold. Winney died before 1870 and Ella Gertrude could have taken residence with James Fleming Chapman and his third wife, Ester Ann Strickland Pendarvis. Her responsibilities would have been to help Ester with the household chores. Ester later dies and Ella stays and becomes the forth and last wife of James Fleming. If Ella was the mother of Alonzo (b. Jan 17, 1877), then she would have been 13 when married to James Fleming Chapman, forty years her senior. Ella and James had four children.

M i Alonzo Lamar CHAPMAN was born 17 Jan 1877 and died 5 Nov 1954.
M ii Don Carlos CHAPMAN was born 12 Jul 1879 and died 5 Feb 1948.
F iii Mary Etta CHAPMAN was born 14 Mar 1882 and died 7 Sep 1900.
M iv Joseph Fleming CHAPMAN was born 8 Dec 1889 and died 19 Jan 1943.
James Fleming Chapman, Sr. #69581386
I don't know if you are still active or not, but, I've been doing some research on J.F. Chapman, Sr. and wanted to share with you what I have figured out.

I've seen so many trees online suggesting his 4th wife was Ella Gertrude Burney but no sources for her name.

However, in 1870 there is an 8 year old girl named C.E. Holcomb living in his home and then in 1880 he is married to Charlotte who is 18 years old.

Her son Don's social security claim has his mother listed as Ella Holcomb. Her son Alonzo has his mother listed as Eliza Hawkins, which, with a severe southern accent could be mistaken for Holcomb, but, personally, I think the 4th wife was Charlotte Ella Holcomb and not Ella Gertrude Burney.

Just a thought; my research will reflect his because there are absolutely no sources for Ella Gertrude Burney.

Sadly, it appears that James liked young girls because every one of his wives were teenagers (except his 3rd wife, Hester).

Also, does anyone have a source for his 2nd wife, Eliza Ann Burney's parents? Yes, she fits to be the girl who lived with William & Rachel (Hunter) Burney during the 1850 census, but I don't think she was their daughter.

They had a daughter named Elizabeth Ann Burney who was born about 1828, but, she married James Stafford in 1845 and is in the census with him up until 1860 and she is in the census until 1900.

The Eliza from the 1850 census with William & Rachel Burney doesn't appear to be their daughter, in my opinion. After all, why would they have 2 daughters with the same name?

Hope this helps.

Amy Hedrick Webmaster
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  James Fleming Chapman (1854 - 1936)*
  Miles Johnston Chapman (1855 - 1923)*
  George W. Chapman (1856 - 1929)*
*Calculated relationship
James Fleming Chapman Cemetery
Wayne County
Georgia, USA
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Record added: May 09, 2011
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James Fleming Chapman, Sr
Added by: Brenda Hope
James Fleming Chapman, Sr
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James Fleming Chapman, Sr
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