John Arnett Chapin

23 April 1829–15 June 1915 (Age 86)
Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois, United States

The Life of John Arnett

When John Arnett Chapin was born on 23 April 1829, in Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois, United States, his father, Paul Stillman Chapin, was 30 and his mother, Sarah Elizabeth Harrison, was 26. He married Sarah B. Kyle about 1850, in Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Howell Township, Howell, Missouri, United States for about 20 years and West Plains, Howell, Missouri, United States in 1900. He died on 15 June 1915, in El Paso, El Paso, Texas, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Concordia Cemetery, El Paso, El Paso, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Arnett Chapin
Sarah B. Kyle
Marriage: about 1850
John Chapin
Hugh Kyle Chapin
Sarah A. Chapin
Paul Stillman Chapin
Martha Elizabeth Chapin
John Orlando Chapin
Hiram Harrison Chapin
Hannah H. Chapin
Arminta Clementine Chapin
William Arnett Chapin
Sarah Marcella Chapin

Spouse and Children

about 1850
Tennessee, United States


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World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 1

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1831 · Dedication of Jackson County

Age 2

In August 1831, Latter-day Saint Sidney Rigdon dedicated Jackson County, Missouri, for the gathering place of Zion.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 27

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Name Meaning

French and Spanish: from a reduced form of French eschapin or Spanish chapín, a term for a light (woman's) shoe; perhaps a nickname for someone who habitually wore this type of footwear or possibly a metonymic occupational name for a shoemaker.

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

Sources (3)

  • John Chapin, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John A Chapin, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John A Chapin, "United States Census, 1900"

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