||George Chappell migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).|
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Note: The definitive article about George Chappell is Gail Ion Harris's 1996 NEHGR article, Chappell of Windsor, Wethersfield, and New London, Connecticut. Changes to this profile that are inconsistent with that article should not be made without strong refuting evidence.
George Chappell was born about 1615 in England. His birth date is based on his age of 20 on a list dated March 16, 1634/5 of men who had taken the oath of allegiance in London in preparation for departing for New England on the ship Christian.
Many genealogies show George Chappell as being born in Barnstable, England and the son of Alexander Chappell and Johann Ellet of Barnstable. ("Barnstable" is a now obsolete spelling for Barnstaple, England that may have been in use in England in the 1600s and is the source of the name of Barnstable, Massachusetts.) The sources that support this place of birth and parentage are a Millennium File record, Family Data Collection records, and a baptismal record for a baptism in Barnstable on 28 April 1616. However, neither the Millennium File nor Family Data Collection are reliable sources and include data based on unsupported family trees. In addition, Barnstaple baptism records show a George Chappell as the father of a child named Mary who was baptized in Barnstaple 1650 and the English National Archives contain a will for a George Chappell of Barnstaple dated July 5, 1655, which suggests that George Chappell of Barnstable/Barnstaple and son of Alexander Chappell and Johann Ellet stayed in Barnstable/Barnstaple and is a different George Chappell. Therefore, in the absence of additional support, George Chappell's birth in Barnstable/Barnstaple and his parentage of Alexander Chappell and Johann Ellet should be considered uncertain at best.
Some family trees alternatively show George Chappell as the son of John Thomas Chappell, the captain of the Speedwell. No source providing any evidence supporting this proposition, however, has yet been found.
The "Great Migration Begins" lists George Chappell's origin as "unknown." 
George Chappell came to New England aboard the Christian as part of the "Styles party," which was a group of about 20 men assembled by Francis Styles at Sir Richard Saltonstall's expense to prepare grounds and erect houses at Windsor, Connecticut for Saltonstall and other Connecticut patentees. The ship arrived in Boston on June 6, 1635 and then sailed around Cape Cod and up the Connecticut River to Windsor.
George Chappell lived in Windsor from late 1635 until 1637, being trained as a carpenter. His training seems to have been interrupted, however, when he was among the Hartford levy to fight in the Pequot War. After the war, George was granted a house and lot in Wethersfield, Connecticut, perhaps in consideration for his service in the war.
An entry in Stiles' "History of Ancient Wethersfield" indicates that there were three different George Chappell's living at the same time in Wethersfield. George Sr, George Jr, and George Chappell, a cooper's apprentice. This proposition was analyzed and refuted in footnote 12 of Gail Ion Harris's definitive NEHGR article about George:
It should therefore be considered the better position that George Sr and George the cooper's apprentice were one and the same man.
While living in Wethersfield, George married a woman whose first name was Christian (which was a fairly common first name at the time). On the assumption that she was the mother of George's first child, their date of marriage was probably about 1642. Christian's name does not appear in the records, however, until 1644 as part of the birth record of George's second child. Christian's last name is not known, although it is speculated that she was the sister of Thomas Bell of Duxbury, Massachusetts, based on a grant by Thomas in 1671 to "all the children of my sister Christian, on her body begotten, who married one Chappell or Chapman, I give and bequeath twenty pounds apiece, &c." According to "The Great Migration Begins," a counterargument is that Thomas Bell was a very wealthy merchant and it is thought unlikely that his sister would have wed a man of such modest means as George Chappell.
George and Christian had the following children:
Court records indicate that George was far from a model citizen while in Wethersfield. He was taken to court for failure to pay his debts and fined for abusing the constable and excessive drinking.
By the early 1650's, George's first wife, Christian, appears to have died and George had married his second wife, Margaret and moved to New London, Connecticut. Like Christian, Margaret's last name is uncertain. Based on numerous connections between George Chappell and William and Mary Taylor, Gale Ion Harris, the author of a 1996 in-depth NEHGR article about George Chappell, believed that Margaret may have been a sister of either William or Mary. If she was a sister of William, her maiden name would have been Taylor. The maiden name of William's wife, Mary, is unknown, so if Margaret was a sister of Mary, her maiden name would also be unknown.
George and Margaret had the following children:
George's behavior does not seem to have improved in New London. In 1653, he was fined for being "drunk contrary to law," and in 1671 he was among the New London inhabitants involved in a "riot" over a boundary with town of Lyme.
The inventory of George Chappell's estate was taken on June 8, 1682, which means he died sometime before that date.
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