Horace Benjamin Chapman

25 April 1878–
Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, United States

The Life of Horace Benjamin

When Horace Benjamin Chapman was born on 25 April 1878, in Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, United States, his father, Lenville C. Chapman, was 32 and his mother, Elmira E. Ratelle, was 30. He married Sophronia Jane Allen on 19 September 1907, in Los Angeles, California, United States. He lived in Calhoun, Michigan, United States in 1900.

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Horace Benjamin Chapman
Sophronia Jane Allen
Marriage: 19 September 1907

Spouse and Children

19 September 1907
Los Angeles, California, United States

Parents and Siblings

    Lenville C. Chapman


    Elmira E. Ratelle




    Madge Chapman




    Jennie Ratell Chapman


    Georgie May Chapman


World Events (8)

1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated

Age 1

After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 3

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 31

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.

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)

  • Benjiman Chapman in household of L C Chapman, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Horace B Chapman in household of Mina Chapman, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Benjamin H Chapman in household of Mrs. Marguerite Ratell, "United States Census, 1910"

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