|Birth: ||Oct., 1847|
by Cora Lee "Doll" Middlebrooks Moore
The Chapman (Chatman) Family best as I can. remember began in Jeffersonville, Georgia and as far back as we can trace, it began with our great grandfather, Louis Chatman due to the fact that he was a (white) Yankee who chose to marry great grandmother, Sallie, who was part negro (black) looking much white and very attractive she was chosen by great grandfather while the other brothers chose white wives. Some of the family (grandchildren) knew great grandfather, but great-grandmother died before grandfather [Mark] married. Of course there were two wives of great grandfather, but none of the grandchildren ever saw them. They had died before the three oldest children of Grandfather's Mark's children were old enough to remember them. And due to different locations the visits were limited. The family knew of some of grandfather's white relatives, he often talked with his first cousins, one, former Sheriff of Perry, GA. and prison boss Homer Chapman. They acknowledged being a part of our family and would stop by once in a while and chat with grandfather and with us when we meet and call us cousins.
The name Chatman was spelled with a T instead of a P until in there 1930's. The family did research and found it was spelled with a P and informed us of this correct spelling. Grandfather didn't ever change and some in Jeffersonville didn't either. But Chapman was the correct spelling, beginning 1930. According to our white relatives.
- End of Cora's Account
According to the census, Louis' mother is from North Carolina.
Louis passed away between 1900 and 1910 given that he did not show up in the census record in 1910.
Louis married a second time to a woman named Cherry
Andrew Chapman was a nephew of the family as shown in the 1910 Census. He was 50 at the time; father/mother unknown.
Mark Chapman (1868 - 1956)*
Mattie C. Walker (1900 - 1979)*
Created by: Jackson Zeigler
Record added: Apr 04, 2014
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