William Burgess Chapman

13 July 1805–15 February 1877 (Age 71)
Pearisburg, Giles, Virginia, United States

The Life of William Burgess

When William Burgess Chapman was born on 13 July 1805, in Pearisburg, Giles, Virginia, United States, his father, William Chapman, was 37 and his mother, Elizabeth Jane Burgess, was 39. He married Mary Hester Polly McClure on 16 December 1821, in Lawrence, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 5 daughters. He died on 15 February 1877, in Lawrence, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 71, 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 1821
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

Spouse and Children

16 December 1821
Lawrence, Kentucky, United States


+7 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+11 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 chapman, Old English cēapmann, a compound of cēap ‘barter’, ‘bargain’, ‘price’, ‘property’ + mann ‘man’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Wm Chapman, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William Chapman, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
  • William Chapman in entry for Mary Jane Wooten, "Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965"

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