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 Nancy Jane <I>Larrison</I> Chapman

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Nancy Jane Larrison Chapman

  • Birth 25 Oct 1845 Richmond, Ray County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 27 Feb 1934 Stockton, San Joaquin County, California, USA
  • Burial Concord, Contra Costa County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 27925617

Nancy was born to Martha Jane(Auberry)Larrison and Archibald Larrison. Archibald died when Nancy was very young. Martha later married Gabriel Tarwater, and he raised her as his own. Nancy married George O. Chapman 6-2-1861 in Pacheco, Contra Costa Co, CA. They had nine children.
Nancy was a pioneer woman who came West by covered wagon over the Old Oregon Trail in 1852 when she was 7 yrs old.
She is survived by her children and burial at the Clayton Cemetery which is now called Live Oak Cemetery.

Stockton Record, Tuesday February 27 1934

Nancy Jane Chapman, who came by ox team and covered wagon over the Old Oregon Trail in 1852 when she was seven years of age and who vividly remembered the journey from the time the 200 wagon train left her home state of Missouri, until it arrived in Weaverville, Calif, died this morning at Dameron Hospital.

She had been ill since Thanksgiving, suffering a heart ailment, but it was only a week ago last Sunday that her condition made necessary her removal to the hospital. She resided with her son, George B. Chapman, deputy county clerk and exalted ruler of Stockton Lodge of Elks, at his home, 2639 Crafton Way. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 o'clock from Guy's Undertaking Parlors in ConCord, Contra Costa County.

Mrs. Chapman's death marks the passing of another of those hardy pioneers, whose heritage of strength and health was the chief factor in their survival of the many hardships they encountered on the long journey west.

"They had to be strong and courageous to surmount the physical difficulties they faced in those days", said Mrs. George B. Chapman, who has been the daughter and chum to the pioneer mother in her later years. "Her hardihood and indomitable courage held to the last. She was not only remarkable spiritually, having lead a beautiful life, but she was extraordinary physically. Although she had passed her eighty-eighth milestone last October, her eyesight and her hearing were above those of the average person half her years. She used glasses only to read. Her hearing was good. Although she had never been in the dentist chair, she was just beginning, in these past few years, to lose her teeth."

Mrs. Chapman's maiden name was Lorrison(Larrison), but her father died whwen she was a baby and she was reared by her stepfather, Mr. Tarwater. Her mother, Mrs. Martha Tarwater, passed away eight years ago at the age of 98 years. Mrs. Chapman's sister, Mrs. Nancy Ann Hellyer of Los Gatos, died four years ago at the age of over 100 years. One of several remarkable photographs of different branches of the family in which there are five generations is that which shows Mrs. Martha Tarwater with her daughter, Mrs. Nancy Jane Chapman; her grandson, William W. Chapman of Stockton; her great grandson, William Chapman of San Francisco, and her great great grandson, George Chapman of San Francisco.

Last summer Mrs. Chapman renewed a childhood friendship with County Clerk Eugene Graham's sister, Mrs. Hale of Volcano. The two had not see one another in 80 years, and their recollections of early days, as they sat and visited, were the rarest treat to those who had the privilege of listening to them.

Mrs. Chapman was the grandmother of Dr. H.S. Chapman and George H. Chapman, both of Stockton. Besides her son, George B. Chapman, she was the mother of William W. Chapman, and S.R. Chapman of Stockton, Charles E. Chapman of Clayton, J.O. Chapman of Nutbeiber, P.A. Chapman of Yerington, NV and Mrs. Lillian Christian of Port Chicago.

She had 18 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

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  • Created by: Jennifer Holte Kerr
  • Added: 30 Jun 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 27925617
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nancy Jane Larrison Chapman (25 Oct 1845–27 Feb 1934), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27925617, citing Live Oak Cemetery, Concord, Contra Costa County, California, USA ; Maintained by Jennifer Holte Kerr (contributor 46576264) .