Nathaniel Chapman was a minute man at the battle of Concord, served with Israel Putnam at Bunker Hill and was with George Washington at Valley Forge. His service with the Continental Army was from 1777 until 1780, at which time he was honorably discharged at Springfield, having attained the rank of Captain early in the colonial struggle.
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Capt. Nathaniel Chapman was born September 13, 1746 in Tewksbury, Essex Co., Massachusetts, the son of Jonathan Chapman and Martha Perley. He married Elizabeth Symonds on February 8, 1770 in Leominster, Massachusetts. Elizabeth died July 18, 1776 in Leominster, Massachusetts. He subsequently married Lucy Cooley on July 24, 1780 in Longmeadow, Hampden Co., Massachusetts. He is the father of Elizabeth Chapman, Perley Chapman, and John Chapman, who became known as Johnny Appleseed.Nathaniel was a wheelwright by trade.
Nathaniel Chapman was a Minuteman at the Battle of Concord. He served with Israel Putnam at Bunker Hill and was with George Washington at Valley Forge. His service with the Continental Army was from 1777 until 1780, at which time he was honorably discharged at Springfield, having attained the rank of Captain early in the colonial struggle. He served under General George Washington and fought at Bunker Hill. Nathaniel remained in the Army until 1780.
Nathaniel Chapman, Leominster. Private, Capt. John Joslin's co. of Minute-men, Col. John Whetcomb's regt., which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775, to Cambridge; service, 11 days; reported enlisted into the army; also, Capt. David Wilder's co., Col. Asa Whitcomb's regt.; muster roll dated Aug. 1, 1775; enlisted April 26, 1775; service, 3 mos. 13 days; also, receipts for wages for Aug. and Sept., 1775, dated Prospect Hill; also, company return [probably Oct., 1775].
Nathaniel Chapman, Captain of wheelwrights, Maj. Joseph Eayrs's co., Col. Flower's regt. of Artillery artificers; Continental Army pay accounts for service from March 19, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779; also, Captain, Maj. Eyres's corps at Springfield; Continental Army pay accounts from Jan. 1, 1780, to Sept. 30, 1780.
In 1805, Nathaniel purchased 160 acres of land on Duck Creek, about 15 miles from Marietta, Ohio, from the Ohio Company. He died February 18, 1807 in Salem, Washington Co., He is buried in unknown location in Duck Creek Valley, along with other family members, including Nathaniel Sr. and his wife Lucy Cooley.  A Memorial Marker was erected by the Marietta Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution at Mound Cemetery, Marietta, Washington County, Ohio. The Inscription reads:
TO THE MEMORY OF THE SOLDIERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION BURIED IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, OHIO WHOSE GRAVES ARE UNKNOWN.
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