JAMES CHAPMAN
(1747-1800)



James Chapman was born 2 November 1747 in Bucks County Pennsylvania. His father was Philip Chapman I, his mother's name is not known. He died near King's Station, about two miles south of Gallatin, Sumner County, Tennessee and was buried there on the King Land. This is also near Desha's Fork of Bledsoe's Creek.

"James was a soldier and officer in the American army during the Revolutionary War...The tassel was shot from the hilt of his sword at the Battle of Long Island. He was long a member and ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church." 
(This quotation was taken from the book, "The Life of Reverend Alexander Chapman" from a historical sketch by Benjamin Chapman, son of James Chapman.)

James Chapman married Miss Martha Kirkpatrick; and his brother, Benjamin, married a Miss Acers; when, we are not informed. James must have been married long before his younger brother. He, principally, raised and educated Benjamin, who was quite young when his father died. James must have been married about the year 1772 or 1773. He was a soldier and officer of some prominence in the American army during the Revolutionary War. He was entitled to a sword from the Government. The tassel was shot from the hilt of his sword at the battle of Long Island. He served several campaigns during the war. In 1783, he removed to Prince Edward County, Virginia. Here he was called into service again; but Mrs. Chapman was near confinement, and Benjamin being about the age to serve his country in arms, took his brother's place. Here James Chapman continued to live, until he removed to Sumner County, Tennessee. He arrived December 24, 1797 at King's Station, about two miles south of where Gallatin now stands...

In 1799, Mr. Chapman lived on Desha's Fork of Bledsoe Creek. In 1800 he bought a tract of land near King's Station. The same year, he died of consumption, and was buried on the King Land near the station. This disease seems to have been hereditary. While living in Virginia, he was flat-boating, and in endeavoring to land at Richmond, encountered a very violent storm. It was with great difficulty he could make landing. Through over-exertion, he took cold; it settled on his lungs and finally resulted in his death. James Chapman had a family of nine children: Philip, the eldest, Alexander, John, Martha, Samuel, James, Benjamin, William and Mary. The latter, unfortunately, came to her death by falling into a vessel of boiling water. James Chapman was long a member and ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church. He worshipped God in his family, and kept up daily religious exercises.

On page 21 in his book,  "The Life of Alexander Chapman", published in Nashville, Tennessee 1872, the Rev. Milton Bird, D.D. says, "Benjamin's older brother, James, principally raised and educated Benjamin, who was quite young when their father died..... James served in several campaigns during the war (Revolutionary). In 1783 he removed to Prince Edward County, Virginia. Here he was called into the service again but Mrs. Chapman was near confinement and Benjamin being about the age to serve his country in arms, took his brother's place...In these two brothers we have a practical illustration of the great utility, the inestimable benefit of ever keeping up religion in the family."

 

Sources:
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"Autobiography of pioneer John Brown, 1820-1896"
(genealogy at end of book - "Pioneer John Brown's genealogy, prepared for publication by his daughter, Rose B. Hayes" p. 431-468)
-"The Life of Alexander Chapman" 1872

 

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