Horatio C. Chapin

16 June 1803–13 May 1871 (Age 67)
Bernardston, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Horatio C.

When Horatio C. Chapin was born on 16 June 1803, in Bernardston, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Dr Caleb Chapin, was 43 and his mother, Mary Wright, was 38. He married Martha Emeline Strong on 1 December 1835, in South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He lived in Portage Township, St. Joseph, Indiana, United States in 1850 and Indiana, United States in 1870. He died on 13 May 1871, in South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana, United States, at the age of 67, and was buried in South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana, United States.

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Horatio C. Chapin
Martha Emeline Strong
Marriage: 1 December 1835
Mary Elizabeth Chapin
Martha Bascom Chapin
Edward Payson Chapin
Sarah Chapin

Spouse and Children


    Martha Emeline Strong


1 December 1835
South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana, United States


    Mary Elizabeth Chapin


    Martha Bascom Chapin



    Sarah Chapin


Parents and Siblings



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World Events (8)


Age 1

Lewis and Clark set out from St. Louis, MO to explore the West.

Age 13

Indiana is the 19th state.
1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

Age 18

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.

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)

  • Horatio Chapin, "United States Census, 1840"
  • Horatio Chapin, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Horatio Chapin in household of Jacob Alexander, "United States Census, 1860"

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