Obit: Chapman, Dorothy (1827 - 1921)

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Surnames: Dorothy Chapman, Joseph Chapman, James Chapman, Charlotte Meade, Violet Shelley

----Sources: James Chapman family bible

Chapman, Dorothy (1827 - 1921)


Was born Sept 3,1827 at Erie County, New York. Died at her home in the town of Unity, Oct 9,1921, aged 94 year.

Mr. and Mrs. Chapman was (were) to the best of our knowledge, among the first, if not the first settlers in the town of Unity as they settled upon the homestead in 1868 and continued to reside there until the time of her death.

Mr. and Mrs. Chapman were married in Canada in 1844 and came to Wisconsin in 1856 settling in Jefferson County, then "the Wisconsin frontier", but the lure of the north fastinated (fascinated) them and they looked into the unbroken forests of the north. When they came into Clark County their nearest trading posts were Neillsville and Stevens Point and all the necessities had to be packed in from those distant towns. Mr. Chapman passed to the great beyond in 1873.

Mrs. Chapman was the mother of fourteen children, three of who are living. James Chapman of Unity, Joseph Chapman of Lac du Flambeau, and Mrs. Charlotte Meade of Rapid City, South Dakota, seventeen grandchildren, twenty-three great grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren. Four generations survive her. Also an adopted daughter, Mrs. Violet Shelley of Owen whom she brought up.

Mrs. Chapman was a hard worker (working) Christian Mother, loved by her family and respected by all who knew her. She did her full duty at all times as she saw it through her long and useful life.

The funeral service was held Tuesday last at the M.E. Church and was largely attended. Interred at the farm where the loved ones who had gone before were buried, Rev Fleming officiating.


We desire to thank all the kind neighbors and friends for their many good actions during the last illness and funeral of our beloved mother. Mr. and Mrs. James Chapman Mr. and Mrs. Joe Chapman Mrs. Charlotte Meade



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