CHAPMAN, William C.
Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 667-668
William C. CHAPMAN, a successful pattern maker of Rockford [Winnebago County, IL], who has been in the employ of John and W. F. Barns since March 1866, is highly esteemed for his ability, enterprise and integrity. He has been a resident of that city since 1852, except about four years that he spent in Chicago, IL. He learned the trade of a cabinet maker and designer, and as in the employ of J. G. Marsh, a furniture maker in this city, for 16 years. While in Chicago he also followed his trade.
Our subject was born in Greenwich Township, Washington County, NY, 15 Nov 1830, and received his rudimentary education in the common schools of that county. He afterward attended Unionville Academy, where during the four years of his attendance, he was a schoolmate of ex-President Chester A. Arthur. Later he was under the tutelage of his father in learning to be a mechanic, and when 22 years of age, came West to Rockford, IL, and grew up with this city. His record as a citizen and business man is very good indeed, and he is a man of excellent habits, never touching whisky or tobacco in any form. He has been a member of the First Congregational Church nearly all his life, and is a strong supporter of the principles of the Republican party.
Miss Linda NEAL, whom our subject married in Winnebago County, IL, was a native of the Province of Ontario, Canada, and came to the States, and to Winnebago County, when 22 years of age. She died 27 Mar 1876, when 33 years of age, leaving the following children, all now living: Frank W., now a resident of Southern Dakota; Le Roy, a railroad man, residing in Rockford, who married Miss Hattie ANDREWS; Lucy E., engaged with the Rockford Watch Company; and Charles H., residing in MN.
Mr. CHAPMAN's second marriage occurred in Guilford Township, Winnebago County, IL, to Mis ANDREWS, who was born, reared and educated in that township. She died at her home in this city in Oct 1878, when 33 years of age, leaving one child, Albert H., who is at home.
The third marriage of our subject occurred in Rockford, and the lady of his choice was Mrs. Elizabeth WARNER, nee JUDD. She was also born, reared and educated in Guilford Township, her birth taking place on 04 May 1851. She was the daughter of old settlers of Winnebago County, IL, both of whom died here. The parents, Benjamin and Mary M. (CARMAN) JUDD, were natives of Canada, but after marriage they came to the States, settling in Cherry Valley Township, Winnebago County, IL. Later they removed to Guilford Township, located on a farm, and died when quite aged.
Mrs. CHAPMAN, the present wife of our subject, was first married in her native township to Mr. Alexander B. I. WARNER, who was a brick molder in Rockford for many years, but subsequently went to MI. He was in Antrim County, MI, until his death, on 25 Dec 1878, when 42 years of age. He was a soldier in the Civil War, enlisting in the 11th IL Infantry and serving three years, and was in many prominent engagements. He veteranized after serving the last of four years in the [p 668] 74th IL Infantry, and his discharge was covered with the battles in which he engaged. He escaped with only a slight flesh wound on the left cheek, but was the hero of many a battle. He died leaving five children: George A., in the employ of the Rockford Street Railroad; Ida P., wife of John ROBINSON, a farmer of Nelson, NE; Clara M. and Dora E., at home, both having received good educations at the Business College; and Benjamin J., at home. To the present union have been born two children: Chester A. and Darwin E.
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