William Chapin

William Chapin (1729 - 1777)

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William Chapin
Born in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusettsmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Springfield, Massachusettsmap
Husband of — married in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusettsmap
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Contents

Biography

1776
William Chapin participated in the American Revolution.
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William Chapin is an NSSAR Patriot Ancestor.
NSSAR Ancestor #: P131421
Rank: Private

Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed May 25, 2017), "Record of William Chapin ", Ancestor # A020817.

Revolutionary War Service

William is listed in the Massachusetts soldiers and sailors of the Revolutionary War with the following entry:
Chapin, William, Chickopee (also given Springfield 3d. Parish). Private, Captain Reuben Munn's Company, Colonel Nicholas Dike's Regiment; return for travel allowance, etc., dated Roxbury, Sept. 17, 1776; also same co. and regt.; Pay abstract for travel allowance, etc., dated Boston, Nov. 26, 1776. [1]

Origins

William and his first wife Martha both descend from the Puritan immigrant Deacon Samuel Chapin. They were related to each other as second cousins once removed.

Birth

William was born to Henry Chapin and Esther Bliss on the April 12, 1729 in Springfield, Massachusetts Bay Colony[2]

Marriages

1) William and Martha Chapin married on 24 Jan 1754 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.[3]
2) After his wife Martha passed away in 1775, William married a second time to Abigail Montague on 17 Dec 1776 in Hadley, Massachusetts.[4][5]

Children of William and Martha

Children: [6]
1 Martha b. May 8, 1755. d. 1756.[7][8]
2 William b. Apr. 26, 1758. d. May 9, 1826.[9]
3 Japhet b. Aug. 8, 1760. d. Oct. 6, 1822.[10]
4 Henry b. July 22, 1762. d. Dec. 22, 1825, age 64.[11]
5 Martha b. Aug. 29, 1764. d. m. Int. Jan. 3, 1785, Ezra Sexton.[12]
6 Tabitha b. Oct. 19, 1765. d. Dec. 11, 1769.[13][14]
7 Tabitha b. Aug. 13, 1770. d. m. Int. Jan. 5, 1799, Arty Allen[15]
8 Philena b. Dec. 15, 1772. d. m. Buckingham.[16]

Death

William died on 30 Nov 1777 at the age of 49 in Springfield, Massachusetts.[17]

Burial

William and his first wife Martha are buried at Chicopee Street Burying Ground, Chicopee, Hampden County Massachusetts, USA Plot: Row 11.[18]
William's headstone has the following inscription:
"In Memory of Mr. William Chapin who died Nov 30 AD 1777 in the 48th Year of his Age also Mr, Martha his Wife who died May 10 AD 1775 Aged 41 Years."[19]

Probate

William Chapin died intestate. [20]
After the death of William's widow, Abigail on April 29, 1810[5] we find in the probate records on November 3, 1810 that Silas Chapin, Moses Chapin and Joseph Pease were sworn to execute the warrant to value the estate of William Chapin.[20] The probate record include the 1778 and the 1812 inventories, guardianships and distributions to heirs. The pages are summarized below.
Page 2
William Chapin Division - July 24 1812
Pages 3 - 4
Estate Inventory completed on July 24 1812. William's estate was valued at $988.74. The share due each of his six heirs was evaluated to be $164.79. The inventory named eldest son William, Japhet, Henry, Tabitha (Allen), the heirs of Martha (Sexton) (Martha died in 1807 before the death of Abigail) and Philena (Buckingham). Signed by Silas Chapin, Moses Chapin and Joseph Pease on March 2, 1812 in Springfield. Over 30 acres of land was recorded with the following distribution:
Dwelling house and land to William
8 acres and 130 rods Henry
5 acres 110 rods of wood to Japhet
4 aces 33 rods plus 3/4 acres heirs of Martha Sexton
5 acres to Tabitha
9 acres to Philena
Pages 5 - 6
Warrant to William Pynchon, Jr., Thomas Stebbins and Edward Chapin for the inventory of the estate of William dated February 3, 1778. The title of the printed portion of the court paper was modified at the time if was written to strike the word "Colony" and replace it with the word "State" to read "State of the Massachusetts-Bay". The warrant was signed by Sam Mather, Judge Probate.
Pages 7 - 9
Hampshire Nov 13 1810 Warrant for Silas Chapin, Moses Chapin and Joseph Pease to evaluate the estate of William Chapin. Moses Chapin was approved to represent the interest of the Sexton children; Rebecca, Ezra and Martha as well as Philena Buckingham and Tabitha Allen. The warrant was signed October 24, 1810 by J. Lyman.
Pages 10 - 11
Inventory of William's estate that was completed in 1778. Estate valued at 742 pounds 6 shilling and 5 pence. His widow Abigail's share was one third part of his personal estate and one third part of his real estate for her natural life. The remainder of the estate was to be divided among William, Japhet, Henry, Martha, Tabitha and Philena. Except that his eldest son William was to receive two seventh parts or a double portion.
Pages 12 - 13
List of debts against William's estate.
Pages 14 - 22
Guardianship papers for the minor children of William. Affidavit of February 28, 1778 where Henry chose his guardian to be his step-mother "my honored mother Abigail Chapin of Springfield". Guardianship of Henry, Japhet, Martha, Tabitha and Philena was granted to Abigail Chapin. Guardianship of Philena Chapin date June 16, 1787 at age 14 chose Seth Chapin of Springfield to act as her guardian. Seth Chapin was likely the brother of William Chapin that was born in Springfield in 1724.[21]
Pages 23 - 32
March 3, 1778 itemized inventory of William's estate.
Page 33 - 36
Division of property between his heirs March 20, 1778.
Pages 37 - 41
Distribution of the real estate of April 13, 1778.
Pages 42 - 43
Guardianship for Japhet Chapin named Abigail Chapin as his guardian on 28 February 1778.

Sources

  1. Massachusetts. Office of the Secretary of State. Massachusetts soldiers and sailors of the Revolutionary War: a compilation from the archives. Vol. 3. Boston, MA: Wright & Potter, 1896. Citing pg. 320 for William Chapin of Chickopee. archive.org
  2. "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FC31-TPP : 4 December 2014), William Chapin, 12 Apr 1729; citing , SPRINGFIELD, HAMPDEN, MASSACHUSETTS, 2:178B7KF; FHL microfilm 185,416.
  3. "Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, 1638-1887," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XPNR-8ZG : 26 September 2017), William Chapin and Martha Chapin, 24 Jan 1754; citing p 78 r 70, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, Springfield City Hall; FHL microfilm 185,416.
  4. "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FCSR-RB3 : 4 November 2017), William Chapin and Abigail Montague, 17 Dec 1776; citing Marriage, Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 186,152.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Montague, George Wm., and W. L. Montague. History and genealogy of the Montague family of America: descended from Richard Montague of Hadley, Mass., and Peter Montague of Lancaster Co., Va.: with genealogical notes of other families by name of Montague. Amherst, Mass., : Press of J. E. Williams, 1886. Citing pg. 73 for Abigail Montague marriage to William Chapin of Springfield Jan. 30, 1777. archive.org
  6. Chapin, Gilbert Warren. The Chapin book of genealogical data: with brief biographical sketches of the descendants of Deacon Samuel Chapin. Pawtucket, RI: Quintin Publications, 2001. Citing pgs. 58-59 for William and Martha Chapin. hathitrust.org
  7. "Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, 1638-1887," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XPJJ-VZG : 26 September 2017), Martha Chapin, 08 May 1755; citing , Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, Springfield City Hall; FHL microfilm 185,414.
  8. "Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, 1638-1887," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XPNJ-1ZT : 12 December 2014), Martha Chapin, 07 Apr 1756; citing v 2 p 36, Hampden, Massachusetts, Springfield City Hall; FHL microfilm 185,417.
  9. "Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, 1638-1887," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XPJQ-99B : 26 September 2017), William Chapin, 26 Apr 1758; citing p 149, SPRINGFIELD, HAMPDEN, MASSACHUSETTS, Springfield City Hall; FHL microfilm 185,414.
  10. "Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, 1638-1887," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XPJQ-H4C : 26 September 2017), Japhet Chapin, 08 Aug 1760; citing p 170, SPRINGFIELD, HAMPDEN, MASSACHUSETTS, Springfield City Hall; FHL microfilm 185,414.
  11. "Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, 1638-1887," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XPJQ-XHL : 26 September 2017), Henry Chapin, 22 Jul 1762; citing p 191, SPRINGFIELD, HAMPDEN, MASSACHUSETTS, Springfield City Hall; FHL microfilm 185,414.
  12. "Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, 1638-1887," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XPJQ-K52 : 12 December 2014), Martha Chapin, 29 Aug 1764; citing p 208, SPRINGFIELD, HAMPDEN, MASSACHUSETTS, Springfield City Hall; FHL microfilm 185,414.
  13. "Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, 1638-1887," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XPJQ-T2N : 12 December 2014), Tabitha Chapin, 19 Oct 1765; citing p 226, SPRINGFIELD, HAMPDEN, MASSACHUSETTS, Springfield City Hall; FHL microfilm 185,414.
  14. "Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, 1638-1887," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XPN6-6MC : 12 December 2014), Tabitha Chapin, 11 Dec 1769; citing v 2 p 62, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, Springfield City Hall; FHL microfilm 185,417.
  15. "Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, 1638-1887," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XPJ7-ST5 : 26 September 2017), Tabitha Chapin, 18 Aug 1770; citing p 257, SPRINGFIELD, HAMPDEN, MASSACHUSETTS, Springfield City Hall; FHL microfilm 185,414.
  16. "Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, 1638-1887," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XPJ7-4LR : 26 September 2017), Philana Chapin, 15 Dec 1772; citing p 3, SPRINGFIELD, HAMPDEN, MASSACHUSETTS, Springfield City Hall; FHL microfilm 185,414.
  17. Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1621-1850 (Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2016). Citing pg. 2232 for William Chapin death 30 Nov. 1777 in Springfield, MA. AmericanAncestors.org $
  18. "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV2W-6G82 : 13 December 2015), William Chapin, 1777; Burial, Chicopee, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States of America, Chicopee Street Burying Ground; citing record ID 63343923, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.
  19. William and Martha Chapin headstone
  20. 20.0 20.1 Hampshire County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1660-1889. Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2016, 2017. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives and the Hampshire County Court. Digitized mages provided by FamilySearch.org) Hampshire Box 27. AmericanAncestors.org $
  21. "Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, 1638-1887," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XPJX-GX1 : 26 September 2017), Seth Chapin, 20 Apr 1724 father Henry and mother Esther; citing , Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, Springfield City Hall; FHL microfilm 185,414.

see also:

  • Chapin, Orange. The Chapin genealogy: containing a very large proportion of the descendants of Dea. Samuel Chapin, who settled in Springfield, Mass. in 1642. Northampton: Metcalf, 1862 archive.org


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