William Chapman


WILLIAM CHAPMAN, a prominent citizen of New Cumberland, was born at that town, January 8, 1836. He is a son of William Chapman, born in this county about 1778-9, a millwright by trade, who followed the business of building and running mills until his death, which occurred about 1840-42. He was of French descent. His wife, a daughter of Thomas Campbell, one of the pioneers of this county, was born in 1801, and died at New Cumberland in 1886. Mr. Chapman, who now resides in New Cumberland, had two brothers and one sister, Eliza, who now resides in Kansas City, Mo.; William, subject of this mention; Samuel, now residing in Portland, Ore., and Gambell, who died in October, 1856. Mr. Chapman found his first occupation in brick manufacture, in which he was engaged for several years, and then he spent eleven years in steamboating. On September 8, 1861, he enlisted as a private in Company F, First West Virginia Infantry, with which he served until November, 1864, when he was mustered out at Wheeling. During this service he participated in the following battles: Winchester, Slaughter Mountain, Va., the second battle of Bull Run, Gettysburg. In a skirmish at Moorefield, Va., he was severly wounded, receiving a bullet through his left wrist, another through his right breast, and another through his right kneww. Being wholly disabled, this ended his service, and for a year and a half after the close of the war he was scarcely able to walk. FOr his injuries he receives a pension of $30 per month. Since the close of the war he has been variously employed, mostly in an official capacity, his fidelity to trusts and his sacrifices to the country having been recognized by the community. He held the office of deputy sheriff for four years; was constable of Clay district for seven years, and is now filling the latter positions, and is also marshal of New Cumberland. In March, 1857, he was married to Anna, daughter of Hugh and Ann Porter, natives of Ireland, who died in this country, the father in 1883, and the mother in 1865. She was born in Ireland in 1837, and came to this country when about eleven years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Chapman are the parents of two children, Gambell P., and Minerva A., who died June 16, 1877. Mr. Chapman and family are members of the Disciples church, and he is a member of Stella lodge, No. 47, I. O. O. F., and of W. A. Atkinson post, No. 18, G. A. R.

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