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Collected and Compiled by


To which is added h " Centennial Discourse, delivered before the First Congre-
gational Society in Chicopee, September 26, 1852, by E. B. Clark,
Pastor of the Church, which was organized Sept. 27, 1752."


An Address, delivered at the opening of the Town Hall in Springfield, March 24,

1828, containing Sketches of the Early History of that Town, and those

in that vicinity — with an Appendix — by George Bliss.



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Introduction, v


Genealogy of Males by the name of Chapin and of their
Descendants, and also a portion of the Females and those
with whom they are connected by marriage and their
Descendants, 1


Containing those Allied by marriage and their descendants, not
included in Part I., 73


Containing a part of the Descendants of Josiah Chapin, son of
Dea. Samuel Chapin, of Springfield, Mass 223

Rev. E. B. Clark's Centennial Discourse, . . . 235


Hon, George Bliss, Sen.r's Address, at the Opening of the
Town Hall in Springfield, March 24, 1828, with an Appendix, 257

Index to Part I., 329

Index to Part II., 351

Index to Part III 362

Appendix " . ^ . 364

Errata, 367


The compiler of the following work engaged in a kind of business
with which he was entirely unacquainted, and has pursued it to a
much greater length than he expected when he commenced. It is
well known to many persons, that the late Hon. Charles Stearns, of
Springfield, Mass., collected a large "mass of facts" for the purpose
of publishing a history of the original town of Springfield, and as it
was his intention to publish some genealogies in the history, I
undertook to collect some of the genealogies of the descendants of
Dea. Samuel Chapin, and had collected quite a large number pre-
vious to his death. His history of Springfield remains unpublished.
Many friends were desirous that I should continue the work of col-
lecting, and I have, with the assistance of friends, continued it until
the present time. It was the original intention to collect only those
"who bore the name of Chapin, but in sending in genealogies, several
sent in the marriages and descendants of females. I could not
therefore reject them, and they were accordingly arranged with oth-
ers. But courtesy to those who had returned genealogies of males
only, required that the descendants of the females of their families
should be included, as some were very anxious that it should be
done. I accordingly received and entered such as friends chose to
send in, with some which I collected myself. But the arrangements
were so made that they could not be altered without great incon-
venience. I havt therefore appropriated a particular part to such
as are not included in Part I. of the work, and I think the arrange-
ment a very judicious one, under the circumstances, although I
should have made a different arrangement if I could have had the
whole work before me at the commencement of the arrangement.
The name and number of the female is given, and it is stated to
what family she belongs ; then follows the name of hei* husband,
and the names of her descendants in succession, so that the descend-
ants are in one body, and the different generations distinctly shown.
The work is largely composed of the descendants of Japhet and
Henry Chapin, sons of Dea. Samuel Chapin. The descendants of
David Chapin, son of Dea. Samuel, have been included so far as


any record of them has l)eeu found ; and I have not found any per-
son who can give any farther account of his descendants, and per-
haps they have become extinct. As to Josiah Chapin, another son
of Dea. Samuel, I have not found any of his descendants who could
make it convenient to furnish mo with but a small portion of the
names, &c. of his numerous posterity. A few have sent in partial
genealogies which are published in a body together,' and may be of
some use to some persons who may hereafter collect a genealogy of
his descendants. As the life of Dea. Samuel Chapin is considera-
bly connected with the early history of Springfield, it is proper that
some sketches of the early history of that town should appear in the
work. I had early determined to publish Rev. E. B. Clark's cen-
tennial discourse. But that did not appear sufficient. I commenced
writing some sketches, but finally concluded to publish the Address
of the Hon. G-eorge Bliss, Sen., at the opening of the Town Hall
in Springfield, March 24, 1828, with the appendix, and it is believed
that those two publications contain the most complete early history
of the ancient town of Springfield, ever published.

I have received assistance from several persons in collecting the
genealogies, for which they will please receive my thanks. I find
that if I begin to name those who have rendered valuable services
in the prosecution of the work, I should not know where to stop.
Many persons to whom I have written, have readily answered and
given such information as they possessed ; while others have made
no return. The greater part of the few first generations have been
copied from manuscripts, although the ancient records have been a
guide in part. Later generations have been obtained by the most
available means, and great care has been taken to have them cor-
rect ; but it is not expected but that some errors will be found, and
I should deem it next to impossible for the first edition of a large
genealogy to be perfectly correct. The town of Springfield was
divided in 1848, but the north part, which is now Chicopee, has
been known by that name from time immemorial, and wherever
Chicopee is mentioned, it is merely to show the part of the town,
withbut being at the trouble of every time mentioning Springfield.
The spirit of emigration seized early upon the descendants of
Japhet and Henry, although there was plenty of good land at home.
But farmers in those days were not confined to a few acres. But
mind ye, they did not emigrate to the State of New York, nor to the
rich lands of the then unknown West, but they went as far as Wil-


brabam, Ludlow, South Hadley, Granby, and one grandson of Dea.
Samuel Chapin ventured as far as " Cold Spring," now Belcher-
town. But the fifth generation heard of the rich lands in the State
of Xew York, and 'several families removed to what was then called,
" Whites Town," and some to other places in the State "of New
York ; and now many of those families and their descendants are
scattered over the Western States.

As the work will probably fall into the hands of many persons
whose knowledge of genealogies is not very extensive, I have con-
sidered it of great importance that the work should be as free from
intricacies as possible. It has therefore been my endeavor to make
the arrangements such that the work may be readily understood by
all classes of readers. As to the arrangements. The number of
the generations is placed at the top of the page. The number of
the head of a family precedes the name of the head. Then the
names of the heads of the families ; then follow the remarks if any,
on the head of the family. Next the names of the children, who
will of course be the next generation after the one named at the top
of the page. Then the remarks, if any, (in this place) respecting
the children. On the left hand of the names of the children, are
placed their family number in small Arabic figures, (although some
of them may not be exactly in the order of their births) ; and still
on the left hand, and at a greater distance, in larger figures, the gen-
eral number of the persons who are numbered. As several were
received after the numbering was completed, they are of course
without numbers, and in the Index are paged. The whole of Parts
II. and III. are paged in the Index. The children have the family
numbers. In regard to orthography, the original or family records
have generally been followed, though in some instances it has led to
a variation in spelling the same name. It was thought best to
adhere to the copy, and leave the reader to judge of the correctness.
In regard to dates, family records have generally been followed, in
preference to public records. Some abbreviations have been adopt-
ed. Single figures in parenthesis, thus, (1) (2) (3), indicate the dif-
ferent marriages of the same individual. Abbreviations are used
for words of most frequent occurrence, as b. for born ; d. for died ;
m. for married ; unm. for unmarried ; int. ent., for intention of mar-
riage entered ; pub. for publishment for marriage ; res. for resides or
residence ; ae. for age.


In tho following work I have said but little respecting the history
of the church in Chicopee, or of its religious institutions, or tho
religious character of the people, as tho llev. E. B. Clark has done
that in his centennial discourse. Persons who have had no experi-
ence on the work of a genealogy, can form but a faint idea of the
labor of collecting, arranging, and carrying through the press a gen-
ealogical work. But if the following work shall meet the approba-
tion of the compiler's numerous friends, he will feel highly gratified,
and will not regret the labor he has bestowed upon it.


Chicopee, (Willimansett,) August, 1862.

Note. — In Allen's Biographical Dictionary, page 210, it is stated that " Cha-
pin Seth Dea., an ofScer of the Eevolutionaiy war, died at Mendon, Nov. 15,
1833. His grandfather, Joshua, came from Lancanshire with a brother Gershom ,
who settled in Springfield. From these have sprung many ministers."'

I am of the opinion that the foregoing is an error. For 1st, Dea. Seth Chapin
mentioned above, descended from Dea. Samuel Chapin, (who settled in Spring-
field, Mass., in 1G42,) through liis son Josiah Chapin. 2d, I have not been able
to learn that any Chapin bearing the christian name of Gershom, ever settled
in Springfield.


The Opinion of Rev. Samcel Chapin, D.D. of Rockyhill, Ct.
as to the native place of Dea. Samuel Chapin.

" Samuel Chapin is believed to be the progenitor of all who
bear the name in this country. Eespecting the history of the family
previous to his landing here, or the precise time of his arrival,
nothing is definitely known.

The family is probably of Welsh origin.

His opinion is founded on some obscure traditions recollected by
Calvin Chapin as current in Chicopee and the prevalence of some
Welsh phrases and terms among the people of Chicopee, the greater
part of whom bear this name. Calvin Chapin recollects on one
occasion a man who was severely run by his mother, retorted by
calling her Welsh, in the way of reproach.

On a map of England, in the possession of C. Chapin, there is in
Derbyshire, the name of Chapin frith, (frith meaning a rough,
mountainous region of country.) This on another map is written
Chapelin or Chapalin, and he thinks perhaps, as they were always
a very religious, conscientious people, they may have been so termed
from Chapel, and this name with a little modification became

Samuel Chapin took the freeman's oath in Boston, in the year
(June 2,) 1641. He lived probably in Dorchester, and was a Deacon
in the Church, a man much esteemed and employed in public
business. He removed to Springfield in 1642." — By Rev. A. L.
Chapin, D. D., President of Beloit College, Wis.



1. Dea. Samuel Chapin came with bis iamily to reside in
Springfield in 1642. It would rather appear that he resided in this
country considerable time, perhaps eight or ten years before he came
to Springfield, and perhaps the greater part of his children were
born in this country, but no record has been found of the birth of
but one — the youngest, and we do not find any record of but one of
his sons taking the freeman's oath. David, his son, was made a
freeman in Springfield, 5th day 2d month, 1649. He is supposed
to be the progenitor of all who bear the name in this country, and
I have not found one of the name who could trace their lineage to
any other source. In 1652, 10th of October, Samuel Chapin was
appointed one of the magistrates of Springfield, and in 1654 his
commission was extended indefinitely. He was also much employed
in other public business — a useful and highly esteemed man. In
the records of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay in New England,"
the name John Chapin is mentioned in connection with the building
of a movable fort, March 4, 1633-4, and in July, 1634, mention
is made of a meadow a part of which " John Chapin hath mown."
That is all the information I have found respecting him. Whether
he is a brother of Samuel or not is a matter of mere conjecture.
Dea. Samuel Chapin died Nov. 11, 1675, age not known. His
wife's name was Cisily, maiden name not known. Mrs. Cisily Chapin
died Feb. 8, 1683, age not known. Children —

2. iJaphet, b. 1642 ; d. Feb. 20, 1712, ae. 70.

3. ^Henry, d. Aug. 15, 1718.
- 4. *3Catharine, d. Feb. 4, 1712.

5. 4David.

6. sjosiah, d. Sept. 10, 1726.

7. egarah, d. Aug. 5, 1684.

8. 'Hannah, b. in Springfield, Dec. 2, 1644.

It is not supposed that the children of Samuel Chapin are placed
here exactly in the order of their births.

The Boston City Records show that Jane, daughter of Shem
Chapin and Deborah his wife, was born Sept. 16, 1665. He might
have been a son of Dea. Samuel, and died without leaving any male

*Hon. Oliver B. Morris, Ex- Judge of Probate, is one of Catharine's descendants.


Japhet and Henry had families in the north part of Springfield
(now Chicopee.)

David resided for a few years near the centre of the town of
Springfield, and afterwards removed to Boston.

Josiah settled in Mendon, Worcester county. He was one of the
original grantees of said town ; it is said he was from Braintree and
built the first saw-mill in Mendon. .

Probably he did not reside for any great length of time in Spring-
field. Josiah m. Mary. Son Samuel b. Nov. 11, 1659. Spr.
records, vol. iii., p. 71. For further particulars, see under the head
of Josiah Chapin's Descendants. /K - '

Sarah m. April 14, 1647, Eowland Thomas, and had 13 children.

Hannah m. Sept. 27, 1666, to Dea. John Hitchcock, and had 9 chil.

Deacon Samuel Chapin lived on the home lot next south of the
Ministry lot in the centre of the then village of Springfield. His
son Japhet owned one half of said premises, but sold his right
therein (by deed bearing date November 19, 1667) to Deacon John
Hitchcock, who had married said Japhet's sister Hannah.



II. Japhet Chapin, of Chicopee, son of Dea. Samuel Chapin,
b. 1642; m. (1) July 22, 1664, Abileuah Cooley. Mrs. Abilenah
Chapin d. Nov. 17, 1710. And a small stone in the old burying
ground in Springfield marks the spot where she was buried, m. (2)
May 31, 1711, Dorothy Root of Eifield, Ct. He d. Feb. 20, 1712,
and was buried by the side of his first wife Abilenah. Their remains
and the stones whi'ch mark their resting places have (probably) been
removed to the new cemetery in Springfield.

Japhet probably resided for a time in Milford, Connecticut-
As the Worshipful Capt. John Pyncheon of Springfield conveyed to
Japhet Chapin of Milford, in Connecticut Colony, a small strip of
land near Connecticut River in Springfield, Bounds east on Deacon
Chapin's land. Deed dated 16th of November, 1669.

By Deed bearing date March 9th, 1666, John Pyncheon conveyed
to Samuel Chapin the greater part of the land lying in the Valley
between Chicopee River and Willimansett Bro(^. And by Deed
bearing date April 16th, 1673, Samuel conveye^the same premises
to his son Japhet Chapin. The said Japhet built him a house at
the upper end of Chicopee street, north-westerly of where the
dwelling house of Henry Sherman now (1862) stands.


Japhet was at the great fight at Turner's fulls, May iSth, 1676,
and on the outside leaf of an old account book belonging to said
Japhet, I find the following, supposed to be in his hand-writing.
" I went out Volenteare against ingens the 17th of May, 1676 and
we ingaged batel the 19th of May in the moaning before sunrise
and made great Spoil upon the enemy and came off the same day
with the, Los of 37 men and the*Captin Turner, and came home the
20th^ of May." Tliomas Cbapin, son of Japhet, was one of the
original grantees of the large tract of land which was granted to
the officers and soldiers and their descendants in the Falls fight.
And on another leaf of the same book, I find the following, " my
father was taken out of this troubelsom world the 11 day of Novem-
ber about eleven of the clock in the eve, 1675." After the death of
Japhet Cbapin, the Rev. Mr. Williams of Deerfield wrote a lengthy
letter to his children, instructing them concerning the improvement
which they should make of his death, and speaking of him as having
been a man of great piety. This letter is now (1859) probably in
the care of Mr. Dormer Chapin.

Their children found on record are as follows —

9. ^Samuel, b. July 4, 1665 ; d. Oct. 19, 1729.

10. 2Sarah, b. March 16, 1668 ; m. March 24, 1690, to Nathan-
iel Munn. '

11. ^Thomas, b. May 10, 1671 ; d. Aug. 27, 1755.

12. ^John, b. May 14, 1674 j d. June 1, 1759.

13. ^Ebenezer, b. June 26, 1677; d. Dec. 13, 1772.

14. ^Hannah, b. June 21, 1679 ; d. July 7, 1679.

15. 'Hannah, b. July 18, 16^0.

16. "David, b. Nov. 16, 1682 ; d. July 7, 1772.

17. ^Jonathan, b. Feb. 20, 1685 ; d. March 1, 1686.

18. i»Jonathan, b. Sept. 23, 1688; d. Feb. 23, 1761.

*Hannah was married Dec. 3, 1703, to John Sheldon of Deer-
field. The town of Deerfield was attacked by the Indians about
three months after her marriage, and she was taken captive with
many others, and marched to Canada, and after about two years
many of the captives were redeemed and, returned home. I have
reasons for believing that Hannah's husband went to Canada and
obtained her release before the release of the other prisoners. John,
son of John and Hannah Sheldon of Deerfield, born in Springfield,
April 12, 1706.

* Hannah's friends felt some anxiety in regard to her settling in a frontier town, and aa she
was making a dress previous to her leaving the paternal home, her mother told her she must
make the dress so it would do to wear into captivity.


1720-21, Obadiah Miller and Widow Dorothy Chapin of Enfield
were joined in marriage. (Probably she was the widow of Japhet.)


Henry Chapin, son of Samuel and Cisily, was m. Dec. 5, 1664,
to Bethia Cooley, daughter of Benjamin and Sarah Cooley of Long-
meadow. He d. Aug. 15, 1718. Mrs. Bethia Chapin d. Dec. 11, 1711.

It appears that Henry Chapin did not reside in Springfield in the
early part of his manhood, but took up his residence there about the
year 1659. He, as well as his father, was a prominent man in town
affairs, as appears by the ancient records of the town, and was a
Representative to the General Court in the year 1689. Tradition
says of Henry, that he was impressed on board a British man of war
and served seven years, during which time he was in a severe
engagement with the Dutch. He afterwards commanded a mer-
chant ship and made several voyages between London and Boston,
but at length, tired of a seafaring life, took up his residence in
Boston, and afterwards in Springfield, where his father and family
resided. Henry came to the northerly part of Springfield (now
Chicopee) to reside, built him a house south side of Chicopee River,
in what is now the village of Chicopee, on Ferry street, facing south
on West street, near the large elm tree and a few feet east of the
house formerly owned and occupied by William Chapin, one of his
descendants. The house took fire and was burned, 1762. He also
made a contract with John Pyncheon for 200 acres of land on the
north side of Chicopee River. The following is said to be a copy
of the contract.

March 9th, 1659. Sold to Henry Chapin 200 acres of land on
ye north side of Chickkuppy River to run fro ye hills on ye east
side, to the Great river on ve West, and on the south it is to be
boucded by, and to join to Chickkuppy river, onley one 25 acres or
thirty being by Chickkuppy river about the place which shall be
judged best for a warehouse is to be taken out and excepted, out of
the parcel yet so as ye 200 acres is to be made up there together.
Also Henry is to have half of ye upper Island which is to be as
equally divided as it can be. and also he is to have five acres of
mowable meadow at the lower end of the muxy meadow. For all
which he is to pay and allow me the sum of twenty pounds in Wheat
at current prices at four several payments, viz., five pounds by the
first of March next, which will be anno 1660, and five pounds by
the first of March 1661, and another five pounds in March 1662, and
ye last five pounds ye first of March 1663. All the payments to be


in Wheat at price current at the several times of payment, this is
the joint agreement betwixt us this 9th day of March 1659 as wit-
ness our hands.

Signed Henry Chapin.

John Pyncheon.

Memorandum. I promised Henry that if I did part with the 25
acres or 30 acres or with the Islands, he should have the offer of
them. (Said premises have been, and tlie greater part are still in
the possession of the descendants of said Henry.)

Their children found on record are —

19. iHenry, b. June 1, 1666; d. April 29, 1667.

20. ^Sarah, b. March 3, 1670 ; record says Sarah, single woman,
d. Nov. 6, 1732.

21. ^Bethia, b. Feb. 19, 1672.

22. ^Henry, b. March 19, 1679 ; d. Sept. 15, 1754.

23. ^Benjamin, b. Feb. 2, 1682 ; d. March 27, 1756.

Catharine Chapin, daughter of Samuel and Cisily, m. (1)
Nov. 20, 1646, to Nathaniel Bliss ; he d. Nov. 8, 1654 : m. (2)
'June 30, 1655, to Thomas Gilbert; he d. June 5, 1662: m. (3)
Dec. 8, 1664, to Samuel Marshfield ; he d. May 12, 1692. Catharine
d. Feb. 4, 1712. Children as follows—

24. ^Samuel Bliss, b. Nov. 7, 1647 ; lived to be 102 years old.
Residence, Longmeadow.

25. 2Margaret, b.Nov.l2, 1649. 26. ^Mary Bliss, b.Sept.24,1651.

27. -sNathaniel Bliss, b. March 27, 1653.

28. ^Sarah Gilbert, b. Feb. 19, 1655-6.

29. *5John Gilbert, b. Oct. 18, 1657.

30. "Thomas Gilbert, b. March 15, 1658-9.

31. «Henry Gilbert, b. March 1, 1661.

32. "Josias Marshfield, b. Sept. 29, 1665.

33. i"Hester Marshfield, b. Sept. 6, 1667.

34. ^'Stillborn child, Nov. 17,1669. 35. i^Margaret, b.Dec. 3,1670.

David Chapin, son of Samuel and Cisily, the Springfield records
say was m. to Lydia Crump, the 29th day of the 6th month, 1654.
5th day 2d month, 1649, made a freeman in Springfield. Children
found on record in Springfield are —

36. 'Lydia, b. 19th day of the 4th month, 1655.

37. 2Caleb, b. 2d day of the 2d month, 1657.


And the following from the Boston records —

38. sgarah, b. March 3, 1658. 39. "^Hannah, b. Oct. 23, 1662.
40. ^Ebenezer, b. April 6, 1664. 41. ^Jouathau, b.reb.12,1665.
42. ^Union, b. Dec. 23, 1669.



III. Samuel CnAPm, son of Japhet and Abilene, b. July 4,
1665 ; m. Dec. 24, 1690, to Hannah Sheldon. He d. Oct. 19, 1729.

His place of residence was at the upper end of Chicopee street,
on the west side and near the residence of his father Japhet. His
house stood not far from the place where Ephraim Chapin in after
years built a house and where he resided and where his grandson
Briant Chapin now (1862) resides. It was afterwards owned and
occupied by his son Elisha, and after he was killed by the Indians,
it passed into the possession of Abel, son of Thomas, and afterwards
to Ephraim, son of Benjamin, who married Jemima, daughter of Abel,
and after Ephraim's death to his son Frederick, and after his death

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