Captain Benjamin Chapman was born 1621 in Hinckley, Leicestershire, Ireland to William Chapman (1592-) .

Captain Benjamin Chapman (b1621) - Patriarch to the Chapman Baronets of Killua Castle in County Westmeath, Ireland. His father was maternal cousin to Sir Walter Raleigh? The castle was built by the Knights Hospitallers?

Vital Statistics

Son of William Chapman (1592-) (born in Kerry, Ireland)

1621 : Birth - Hinckley, Leicestershire, Ireland

1649-53 : Cromwell Conquest of Ireland



Killua Castle, Westmeath Co, Ireland

Chapman was a Cornet in the regiment of cavalry raised by Murrough O'Brien, 1st Earl of Inchiquin. He was later promoted to Captain, and served in the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland. After the conquest, Oliver Cromwell granted Chapman an estate in the county of Westmeath, at Killua (also known as St. Lucy's), a former preceptory of the Knights Hospitallers.

Chapman married Anne, daughter of Robert Parkinson (esq. of Ardee). They had two sons, William and Thomas. William remained with his father at St. Lucy's and married Ismay, daughter of Thomas Nugent (esq. of Clonlost). Thomas emigrated to America.

Chapman's father, William, and uncle, John, had been supported by their maternal first cousin, Sir Walter Raleigh, who helped them procure land grants in the County Kerry. Due to financial troubles and their patron Raleigh's death in 1618, they were forced to sell the land to Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork, for £26,400. Benjamin was William's only son.

Marriage & Family

  1. William Chapman (1647-1734) - Res: Killua Castle Ireland, m. Ismay Nugent, daughter of the esquire of Clonhost, d. 1734.
  2. Thomas Chapman (1649-1687) - Immigrated to New England prior to Sept 1675 when he married in Charlestown, MA to Sarah Merrick.

Note evidence found to support listings for any other children


Offspring of Captain Benjamin Chapman and unknown parent
Name Birth Death Joined with
William Chapman (1647-1734)
Thomas Chapman (1649-1687) 1649 Killua Castle, County Westmeath, Republic of Ireland 22 August 1687 Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States Sarah Merrick (1657-1694)



Burke, John. A General and heraldic dictionary of the peerage and baronetage of the British Empire. London: H. Colburn and R. Bentley. pp. 229.

Namesakes of Benjamin Chapman (1621-)

 Birth placeDeath placeFatherMotherJoined with
Benjamin Chapman (1621-)Hinckley, Leicestershire, IrelandIrelandWilliam Chapman (1592-)
Thomas Chapman (1701-1793)Ashford, Windham County, Connecticut, United StatesAshford, Windham County, Connecticut, United StatesThomas Chapman (1683-1721)Ann Kettell (1679-1767)Mary Throop (1707-1795)
Thomas Chapman (1683-1721)Charlestown, Suffolk County, MassachusettsBristol, Bristol County, Rhode IslandThomas Chapman (1649-1687)Sarah Merrick (1657-1694)Ann Kettell (1679-1767)
Thomas Chapman (1649-1687)Killua Castle, County Westmeath, Republic of IrelandCharlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United StatesBenjamin Chapman (1621-)Anne Parkison (c1622-)Sarah Merrick (1657-1694)
Thomas Dark Chapman (1855-1930)St Albans, New South Wales, AustraliaChatswood, New South Wales, AustraliaWilliam George Chapman (1814-1883)Elizabeth Dark (c1821-1905)Harriett Gilbert (1861-1883)+Fannie Warburton (c1866-1942)

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