John William Chapin

Born: Apr 8, 1806
Loc: Cazenovia, NY
Died: July 8, 1876
Loc: Mill Village, LeBoeuf Twp. Erie Co. PA
Bur: Chapinville Cemetery,
Rockdale Twp. Crawford Co. PA
Gravestone Photo

Occupation: Farmer
Father: Jusin Chapin
Mother: Mehitable Webber
Married: Dec 7, 1828 at Madison Co. NY
Spouse: Permelia Holmes,
daughter of Edward Holmes and Abigail Brooks
1850 Census: Bloomfield Twp. Crawford Co. PA
1860 Census: Bloomfield Twp. Crawford Co. PA
1870 Census: LeBoeuf Twp. Crawford Co. PA
Children:  Clement Webber/Samuel Ritner/Exania Generva/Oliver Artemus/David Brooks/
Percy Lucinda/Rufus Holmes/John William/Ezra Walter/Annis Amelia/Climena Ophelia
History of Bloomfield Township:
When John Chapin came to the western part of the township from Smyrna, NY, in 1839,
the country was yet thinly settled . The roads were few and in bad condition.
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A Methodist Society was organized as early as 1840, near the western line. John Chapin, Hiram Drake, Lewis Larkin, Abraham Bennett and Asahel Hamilton were among the earliest members. The first meetings were held in a log schoolhouse, in Rockdale Township, close to the line; then in John Chapin’s house, this township until 1858, when meetings were commenced and continued in a schoolhouse until 1868 . In that year a frame church 28 x 33, was built at a cost of $1,500 on Tract 113 in the northwest part of the township. The lot, the donation of Mark Wilkins, was deeded in 1868, to John Chapin, Lewis Larkin, and W. B. Taylor, Trustees. The society was known as Chapin’s was attached to Mill Village Circuit, and ceased holding meetings in 1876
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Death Notice: John Chapin
In Mill Village, July 8, 1876
John Chapin, aged 70 years
Erie Gazette – Sunday 7/30/1876
Erie Observer – 7/27/1876
Source: Erie Historical Society