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These are my research notes on preparing a list of the 7 generations of descendantsof Captain Benjamin Chapman upto the time of the 1880 US Census.
Benjamin Chapman was a captain in the armies of Cromwell that fought in the English Civil War. He was awared with the estate of Killua Castle in Ireland. One line of his family were barons of Killua Castle. One very prominent descendant here was T.E. Lawrence, AKA Lawrence of Arabia.
But his second son, Thomas Chapman (1649-1687), immigrated to New England and started a great posterity there. Several of these descendants fought against the British in the American Revolutionary War.
Legends and Myths Edit
It had been rumored that Johnny Appleseed (Chapman) was of this American family line, but that is not true. He is a descendant of early New England immigrant Edward Chapman.
Killua Castle - Westmeath County, Ireland Edit
Killua Castle is the ancestral home of the Chapman Family who were granted the lands around Killua in 1667 as payment for services during the Cromwellian invasion of Ireland. The Chapman Family can count many distinguished members of both the Irish and British Parliaments among its members and has important historical connections with Sir Walter Raleigh and Lawrence of Arabia, who was the illegitimate son of Thomas Chapman of South Hill (near Delvin). The original castle/house at Killua was probably demolished when the present edifice was constructed c.1780 by Sir Benjamin Chapman. It is believed that the renowned architect Thomas Cooley (1740-1784) may have been responsible for the design of the new classical residence at Killua, c.1780.
Killua Castle was originally the property of the Knights Hospitalliers of St. John before its confiscation of Sir Oliver Cromwell in the English Civil Wars.
200 Meters from the castle is the Raleigh Obelisk - The obelisk marks the position where Sir Walter Raleigh planted some of the first potatoes that he imported to Ireland in the early 1600s. Antoine Parmentier who promoted the cultivation of potatoes for human consumption and the Spanish conquistadores who first imported them from South America. The obelisk erected by Sir Thomas Chapman in 1810, marks the Raleigh contribution to Ireland in providing stable nourishment to the farming/working class land tenants and is the supposed spot where the first potatoes were planted.
- Building of Ireland
- Killua Castle
- - 2009-Oct-31 : Irish Times reports update on Killua Castle, which has quite the local reputation as a haunted house.
- - TE Lawrence Studies Website - Much family history here.
If anyone can remember or have records of Counciller Alfred Chapman in the early 1900's, I would greatly be in your debt
if you have any information regarding his family and his father. Thank you. John Chapman, email@example.com, USA
Early Chapman Family History Edit
This family appears to have been of ancient extraction and to have long resided in and near the town of Hinckley, Leicestershire, England. The first Chapmans to remove to Ireland (in the days of the Irish Rebellion), were two brothers, John and William Chapman. They were supported by Sir Walter Raleigh (who was their cousin maternal-german and early resident of Killua Castle) in procuring a sizeable tract of land in the County of Kerry. After the fall of their patron, the Chapmans were olbiged to sell the property for a noteworthy sum of 26,400 pounds to the first Earl of Cork. John died 8 years after that alienation and William died twelve years after that. William was survived by the one son, Captain Benjamin Chapman.
Barons of Killia Edit
- Sir Benjamin Chapman (d1810) - 1st Chapman Baronet ( BChapman, WChapman, BChapman1) - a practicing Barrister in 1768. He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Law (LL.D.) by Dublin University.
- Sir Thomas Chapman (1756-1837) - 2nd Chapman Baronet - Brother of 1st Baronet,
- Montagu Lowther Chapman (1808-1853) - 3rd Chapman Baronet - Member of Parliament for Westmeath Co, Ireland (1830-1841), Sheriff of Westmeath Co (1841), Died at Sea near Australia. No issue.
- Sir Benjamin James Chapman (1810-1888) - 4th Chapman Baronet - Brother of 3rd Baronet, He was a practising Barrister in 1835. Member of Parliament (M.P.) for County Westmeath between 1841 and 1847.
- Sir Montagu Richard Chapman (1853-1907) - 5th Chapman Baronet - He gained the rank of Captain in the service of the 9th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (Militia). He held the office of Sheriff of County Westmeath in 1889.
- Sir Benjamin Rupert Chapman (1865-1914) - 6th Chapman Baronet - brother of Montagu, but no issue. title passes to nephew.
- Thomas R.T. Chapman (1846-1919) - 7th Chapman Baronet -
- Blanchard, Mervin S, Pvt (1824-1847) - ( SBlanchard, TBlanchard, MChapman, TChapman3, TChapman2, TChapman1, BChapman, BChapman1) - a Private in the Mormon Battalion. He died during their famous march with the Sick Detachment in Pueblo CO.
- Chapman, John, Capt (1718-1765) - (Son of TChapmanII) sea captain that died in Surinam in 1765 - m. Jemima Stone
- Chapman, Mary Ann (1872-1973) - ( WChapman2, WChapman1, BChapman, TChapman4, TChapman3, TChapman2, TChapman1, BChapman, BChapman1) - Arizona Mormon Pioneer lived to age 101.
- Chapman, Throope (1734-1794) - (Father of Benjamin) - Co-Founder of Reedsboro VT and Veteran of the 1st Conn. Reg in French-Indian Wars Campaign of 1757.
- Chapman, Welcome (1805-1893) - (Son of Benjamin) - Mormon pioneer, Salt Lake Stake President
- Chapman, William (1811-1889) - ( son of 2nd Chapman Baronet) - High Sheriff of Westmouth County in Ireland. (Research - Inlaws were Large famous Vansittart Family of Shottesbrook Park. See 1800 U.K. Census.)
The Tighe Family are in Hartstown Clonmellon for many generations and most likely are the Descendants of the the above named....Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
6th Generation Edit
|GEN#||Family - America||Spouse||Parent||Children||Comments||RES||NFS|
||Benjamin Chapman (1741-1843)||Sybil Amidon||5001||..||Did not convert to Mormon Church - His son Welcome Chapman Converted to Mormonism and Welcome's son Benjamin Isaac Chapman Died in Nauvoo IL|
|GEN#||Family of William Chapman - Killua Castle||Spouse||Parent||Children||Comments||RES||NFS|
||Caroline Margaret Chapman (1851-1920)||Montagu Chapman (#6813)||5203||none||Married her cousin - the 5th Chapman Baronet of Killua Castle. When she died in 1920 it led to breakup of family estate at Killua Castle and end of the Chapman baronacy.|
||Major William Eden Chapman (1844-1870)||5203||none||Office in 15th Hussars - Died at age 25 - never married|
||Thomas Robert Tighe Chapman (1846-1919) AKA: Thomas Robert Lawrence 7th Chapman Baronet of Killua Castle||1) Boyd 2) Lawrence||5203||77001-77014 T.E. Lawrence Line||Sir Thomas adopted the surname of his unmarried partner. Passed name to all children. Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for County Westmeath. Title of Baronet became extinct when he died.|
||Francis Vansittart Chapman (1850-1915)||5203||none||RES: South Hill, Delvin, Westmeath, Ireland (1913) High Sheriff of County Westmeath in 1891. He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for County Westmeath. He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.) of County Westmeath. He died unmarried.|
|GEN#||Family of Benjamin James Chapman - Killua Castle||Spouse||Parent||Children||Comments||RES||NFS|
||Dora Marguerite Chapman (1850-1921)||5202||..|
||Maria Chapman (1852-1898)||5202||?||Possible Duplication of Dora|
||Sir Montagu Richard Chapman (1853-1907)|
5th Baronet of Killua Castle
|Caroline Chapman (#6801)||5202||none||Married to Cousin - #6801 above. Died without children.|
||Sir Benjamin Rupert Chapman (1865-1914)|
6th Baronet of Killua Castle
|5202||none||No known marriage or descendants|
7th Generation Edit
|GEN#||Family - Manti, Utah||Spouse||Parent||Children||Comments||RES||NFS|
||Welcome Chapman (1805-1893)||Susan Amelia Risley||6001||..||1st President of Manti Stake - LDS Church. Wife of de Risley Family Royal Lineage/|
|GEN#||Family - Westmeath, Ireland||Spouse||Parent||Children||Comments||RES||NFS|
||Mabel Cecile Chapman (b1881)||?||6803-1||..|
||Evan Jane Louisa Chapman (b1874)||?||6803-1||..|
||Rose Isabel Chapman (b1878)||?||6803-1||..|
||Florence Lina Chapman (b1880)||?||6803-1||..|
||Montague Robert Lawrence (1885-1971)||wife||6803-2||..||physician and medical missionary to China|
||Lt.Col. Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888-1935) AKA: Lawrence of Arabia||6803-2||None||Never Married|
||William George Lawrence (1889-1915)||6803-2||none||Died in First World War|
||Frank Helier Lawrence (1893-1915)||6803-2||none||Died in First World War|
||Arnold Walter Lawrence (1900-1991)||Barbara Thompson||6803-2||..||Archealogist and Art Historian|
Featherstone Family Edit
At Killua Castle was also the Fetherstonhaugh Family, a well-to-do family that included a Maj-Gen Richard Featherstonhaugh, who was a prominent figure in the Boer Wars, and possibly a major influence for younger generation of Chapman's to do military service. The Featherstonhaugh's intermarry with the Chapmans.
- Wikipedia - Benjamin Chapman
- http://yagitani.jpn.cx/tel/tpc_en11.htm - The Family Tree of T.E. Lawrence
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapman_Baronets - Chapman Baronets of Killua Castle
- http://thepeerage.com/p21789.htm#i217889 - Peerage Listings for Capt Benjamin Chapman
Notable Descendants Edit
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