William Burgess Chapman

Male1 January 1805–15 February 1877

Brief Life History of William Burgess

When William Burgess Chapman was born on 1 January 1805, in Pearisburg, Giles, Virginia, United States, his father, William Chapman, was 41 and his mother, Elizabeth Mires Burgess, was 36. He married Mary Hester Polly McClure on 16 December 1823. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 5 daughters. He died on 15 February 1877, in Lawrence, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Chapman Cemetery, Bowling Green, Warren, Kentucky, United States.

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William Burgess Chapman
Mary Hester Polly McClure
Marriage: 16 December 1823
William D Chapman Jr.
Eleanor Chapman
John Chapman
Wilburn Chapman
James P. Chapman
Nancy Chapman
George Revel Burgess Chapman
Mary Elizabeth Chapman
Sarah J. Chapman
Mary Jane Chapman
Ezekiel G. Chapman
Thomas Chapman
John Chapman

Sources (8)

  • Wm Chapman, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William Chapman, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
  • William Chapman, "Find A Grave Index"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    16 December 1823
  • Children (13)

    +8 More Children

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (9)

    +4 More Children

    World Events (8)


    Age 3

    Atlantic slave trade abolished.

    1812 · Kentucky Bend Created

    Age 7

    During the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812, the Kentucky Bend or New Madrid Bend was created. It is located in the southwestern corner of Kentucky on the banks of the Mississippi River.

    1824 · """Mary Randolph Publishes """"The Virginia Housewife"""""""

    Age 19

    “The Virginia Housewife” was published by Mary Randolph. It was the first cookbook published in America. 

    Name Meaning

    English: occupational name for a merchant or trader, Middle English chap(pe)man, chepman, Old English cēapmann, cēpemann, a compound of cēap ‘barter, bargain, price, property’ + mann ‘man’.

    Jewish: adopted probably for a like-sounding or like-meaning name in some other European language; see for example Kaufman .

    History: This name was brought independently to North America from England by numerous different bearers from the 17th century onward. John Chapmen (sic) was one of the free planters who assented to the ‘Fundamental Agreement’ of the New Haven Colony on June 4, 1639.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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