Berkeley County West Virginia Biography of J.A. CHAPMAN


         J.A. CHAPMAN, the son of Jacob and Virginia Dare (Cunningham) Chapman, was born in Havre-de-Grace, Maryland, in 1832 and settled in Berkeley County, West Virginia, in 1840. In that county, in 1856, at Martinsburg, he married Ella H. Picking, who was born in Williamsport, Maryland, in 1837. She was the daughter of Jacob and Eleanor (Williams) Picking.

         J.A. and Ella Chapman had the following children: Ida May Chapman, August 15, 1857-?; Flora Bell Chapman, December 21, 1858-?, moved to Cincinnati, Ohio; and Willie Lee Chapman, May 13, 1866-?.

         The mother of J.A. Chapman was named “Virginia Dare” in honor of the first white child of English descent born on the American continent in 1583. J.A. Chapman was in the Confederate army during the Civil war, enlisting April 17, 1861 and serving through the war. He was a farmer and a teacher in the Gerrardstown district, with a post office address of Shanghai, Berkeley County, West Virginia.

    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, a reprint of Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Berkeley County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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