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John Chapman 

John Chapman[1]

Male Cal 1824 - 1880

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  • Birth  CALC 29 Dec 1824  , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender  Male 
    Residence  1849  New Hope, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence  1850  New Hope, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Physical Description  1851  [6
    brown hair 5 foot 10 inches 
    Elected Office  1860  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    councillor - Preston 
    Residence  1860  Laurel St., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Occupation  1861  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Merchant 
    Religion  1861  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Roman Catholic 
    Elected Office  1864  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    councillor - Preston 
    Elected Office  1868  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Treasurer - Hespeler 
    Occupation  1871  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Postmaster and Merchant 
    Elected Office  1875  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Councillor - Waterloo County 
    Elected Office  1875  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Reeve - Hespeler 
    Elected Office  1875  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reeve of Hespeler 
    Residence  31-32 Queen St., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-118936 
    Died  20 Jul 1880  Winnipeg, , Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried  St. Marys Roman Catholic Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I118936  Generations
    Last Modified  10 Jul 2017 

    Father  Chapman,   b. Abt 1780,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  Margaret,   b. 1785, , Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F8014  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Wilhelmina Hespeler,   b. 11 Jan 1818, Ehningen, , Baden-Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1850, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Wilhelmine Charlotte Chapman,   b. 18 Oct 1850, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1854
    Family ID  F11113  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Ferdinande Hespeler,   b. 10 Jun 1823, Gernsbach, Gernsbach, , Baden-Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1901, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  14 Jun 1853  Greenbush (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Children 
     1. George Edward Chapman,   b. 25 Sep 1855, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1904, Mentone, San Bernardino, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Albert Ferdinand Chapman,   b. 23 Dec 1857, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1887, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Wilhelmina "Mina" Chapman,   b. 8 Jan 1860, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F29836  Group Sheet

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    John Chapman died 1880
    John Chapman died 1880

  • Notes 
    • John Chapman was a prominent businessman, influential in Preston and Hespeler. He was born in Toronto by 1847 he was in Hespeler working as a clerk in a general store. In the 1850 he opened stories in Ayr and in Galt. By 1868 had a store in Hespeler as well. Was on the Galt council, became treasurer of Hespeler after moving there. Also served as Hespeler reeve and was chairman of the Committee of the Houses of Industry and Refuge for Waterloo County. Served as postmaster of Hespeler and Waterloo county councillor. Died in St. Boniface, Manitoba while travelling.1a

      1aCambridge Mosiac, Jim Quantrell, 1998, City of Cambridge [abbreviated snippet from original text in book]

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      In Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Tuesday, July 20th, at 7 P.M., John Chapman, Reeve of Hespeler, Aged 55 Years, 6 Months and 21 Days. Funeral, Took place at Winnipeg on Thursday, the 22nd July, at 9 A.M. Hespeler, July 23rd, 1880.2a

      2aWaterloo Historical Society Death Notices Collection - photocopies

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      Death of John Chapman, Esq., Reeve of Hespeler
      - We deeply regret to state that the illness with which this well-known gentleman has been afflicted for the past few months has terminated fatally, and that, too, in a strange land, and under circumstances calculated to enhance the grief of his family and many friends.

      As our readers are aware from statements in the Reporter, Mr. Chapman, who had lately retired from business, intended to start in May last for Manitoba with his second son, for the purpose of taking up land there. Before the time for starting arrived, however, Mr. Chapman was seized with illness, and was unable to carry out his intention. He recovered sufficiently, however, to attend the June meeting of the County Council and it was hoped by his friends that the crisis of his disorder was passed. He shortly afterwards went to St. Catharines to take advantage of the baths? In that city; and returning somewhat improved, he believed that his strength was sufficiently recruited to permit him to carry out his cherished intention of visiting Manitoba. He accordingly started for Winnipeg about two weeks ago; and we learn that upon reaching St. Paul he felt satisfied that his health would be thoroughly recruited by the trip. This improvement did not continue his arrival in Winnipeg; but even on reaching that city he felt able to visit the land he last purchased. What occurred there is of course not known, as all the information as yet obtained has been received by telegraph; but certain it is that on Tuesday evening his family received a telegram from Mr. William Hespeler, stating that Mr. Chapman had arrived in that city dangerously ill, and that this was followed on Wednesday by another message stating that he had died at St. Boniface, opposite Winnipeg, a 7 o'clock on Tuesday evening. This is all that is known up to the time of writing.

      Mr. Chapman was probably one of the best known residents of the County of Waterloo. For many years he kept a dry goods store in Galt, afterwards removing to Hespeler, where he was appointed Postmaster and carried on a general business. About six years ago he was elected Reeve of that village, an office which he held at the time of his death. He was a valuable member of the County Council, and was universally respected by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. He would be in the neighborhood of his 60th year at the time of his death.

      It is probable, if the necessary arrangements can be made; that Mr. Chapman's remains will be brought to Hespeler for interment; but of this nothing certain is known at the time of writing.3a

      3aGalt Reporter Dec 3 1880 pg 1

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      FUNERAL OF THE LATE JOHN CHAPMAN, ESQ. - the remains of this gentleman - who died at Winnipeg, Man., in July last, while on a visit to that province - arrived at Hespeler on Friday last, and were interred in the RC Cemetery in that village on Sabbath morning. The remains were conveyed in a metal coffin, hermetically sealed, with a outside box. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Father Fleck, of Guelph, whose address was eminently suited to the occasion. The funeral was very largely attended, parties being present from all the neighboring towns, villages and townships. The Hespeler band preceded the cortege from deceased's late residence to the church, playing the "Dead March." The occasion was one of universal solemnity, and the large concourse of mourners expressed universal regret at the death of Mr. Chapman, and their sympathy for his family in their painful bereavement.4a

      4aGalt Reporter Dec 3 1880 pg 1.jpg

  • Sources 
    1. [S6] Church Records - ON, Waterloo - Bindeman, F. W. - Card Index Kitchener Public Library, pg 22.
      George Friedrich Beck, son of Jacob and Charlotte Hespeler of Preston, born 6 Aug 1849, bapt 17 nov 1849. sponsors John Chapman, merchant of New Hope and his wife Wilhelmina Hespeler

    2. [S508] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1871, Page 19.

    3. [S890] Funeral Card - - Waterloo Historical Society - photocopies, "funeral card of John Chapman," 23 Jul 1880.

    4. [S1473] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1861, Div. 1 Page 6.

    5. [S6] Church Records - ON, Waterloo - Bindeman, F. W. - Card Index Kitchener Public Library.
      Wilhelmina Chapman wife of John of New Hope, Waterloo died 28 Nov 1850 aged 31 y, 10 m, 17d. Cause : Childbett fever.

    6. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 2 Pg 95.

    7. [S1450] Waterloo County Councillors A Collective Biography.

    8. [S6] Church Records - ON, Waterloo - Bindeman, F. W. - Card Index Kitchener Public Library.
      John Chapman, merchant of Preston married 14 Jun 1853 Greenbush by license to Ferinande Mühleisen (widow) of Preston, witnesses: Wilhelm Hespeler of Brandford and Jacob A. Beck of Preston.

    9. [S91] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Maryhill - St. Boniface Roman Catholic [found cited on various sources on the internet and family histories], Rev. John B. Baumgaertner.
      John Chapman widower of Wilhelmina Hespeler married (no date) Ferdinanda Hespeler widow of Christopher Frederic Mileise

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - CALC 29 Dec 1824 - , Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Jun 1853 - Greenbush (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor - Preston - 1860 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1860 - Laurel St., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant - 1861 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Roman Catholic - 1861 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor - Preston - 1864 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Treasurer - Hespeler - 1868 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Postmaster and Merchant - 1871 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Councillor - Waterloo County - 1875 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Reeve - Hespeler - 1875 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Reeve of Hespeler - 1875 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Jul 1880 - Winnipeg, , Manitoba, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - St. Marys Roman Catholic Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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