It’s the very first “Chapman” post for the CrumKin – Family History Facebook page! I thought it would be fitting to start with Thomas Chapman, as he was the individual who first brought the Chapman’s to Michigan; though he later moved back to Canada.
Thomas was born on November 27, 1855 in Quebec, Canada to William and Henriette (Tessier Dit Lavigne) Chapman.
When Thomas was 26 years old he married Ms. Marguerite Coombs on September 21, 1881 in Grand Rapids, MI. Thomas was living in Grand Rapids and Marguerite was living in Detroit at the time of the marriage. How and when they met is still a mystery to me. Thomas and Marguerite made their home in Grand Rapids, MI on Valley Street. For his entire life Thomas would make his living as a Barber. The Chapman’s had three children that were born in the Grand Rapids, MI – Henry, Frank and Claude (Claude is my Paternal Great Grandfather).
In the year 1896, Marguerite died. Her body was taken back to Canada to be laid to rest and Thomas would never again return to the United States. In 1898 Thomas married a Ms. Roseanna Ladouceur and on July 8, 1901 they would have one daughter who they named Florence Bertha. In 1919 Thomas and Roseanna would have their granddaughter, Teresa – a daughter of Claude, live with them until Thomas’ death in 1934 when she would be returned to Detroit, MI (more on this in another post).
Thomas would continue to work and live in the town of Cyrville, Ontario, Canada until his death on November 19th, 1934. Thomas along with both of his wives are buried in Notre Dame Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.