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Deacon Samuel Chapin

Deacon Samuel Chapin

Male 1598 - 1675  (~ 77 years)

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  • Name Deacon Samuel Chapin  [1
    Title Deacon 
    Christened 8 Oct 1598  Paignton, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Will 4 Jan 1674/5  Hampshire Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    To son Henry Chapin: 20 shillings; to grandson Thomas Gilbert: 10 at age 21; to wife (unnamed): all other estate; unnamed wife, executrix 
    Died 11 Nov 1675  Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • "Samuel Chapin Deacon of the Church at Springfield died the 11 day of November 1675" [3]
    Buried 15 Nov 1675  Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Springfield Cemetery
    Samuel Chapin (1588 - 1675) - Find A Grave Memorial
    Samuel Chapin (1588 - 1675) - Find A Grave Memorial
    Includes monument photos and biography.

    Created by: Bonnie Weller
    Record added: Feb 05, 2003
    Find A Grave Memorial# 7153097
    Probate 24 Mar 1676  Hampshire Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Will proved; estate inventory filed, 45.09.00 
    Notes 
    • CHAPIN Deacon Samuel Chapin, "The Puritan", was undoubtedly the progenitor of all in this country of the name. There is a tradition that he was of Welsh origin and another that he was of Huguenot descent. The late President A. L. Chapin, of Beloit College, after an exhaustive study of philological records abroad was of the opinion that he was of French Huguenot descent and probably fled with other persecuted Huguenots to Holland, where he associated with the English Puritans who had also fled to Holland. The coat-of-arms also points to French origin and the name of Deacon Samuel Chapin's wife, which was Cicely, or Cecile, is one found in early French families.

      Tradition says that he was born or lived in Dartmouth, England, for a time, or at least sailed from that port, about 1635, while there is reason for the belief that he came over in 1631 or 1632 in the "Lyon," if he was not of the original Pyncheon company. He was a contemporary with Pyncheon in the settlement of Roxbury, Massachusetts. He followed him to Springfield and was known as "Pyncheon's right-hand man" and one of the "founders of Springfield". He was made a freeman, June 2. 1641, and elected to town office in 1642. The Chapins of this country are all descended from him, according to the best authorities. He was a distinguished man in church and state. He was deacon of the Springfield church, elected in 1649, and employed to conduct services part of the time in 1656-57 when there was no minister in town. He was appointed commissioner to determine small causes, October 10, 1652, and his commission was indefinitely extended in 1654. His wife, Cicely (???), died February 8, 1682-83; he died November 11, 1675. Of their children five were born in Europe: Catherine, Sarah, David, Henry and Josiah. Japhet was born August 15, 1642, and Hannah, December 2, 1644. Rev. Henry Ward Beecher was a descendant of Catherine Chapin and President William H. Taft is of the Josiah Chapin line."264 He "Samuel CHAPIN - bap. Oct. 8, 1598, Church of St. John the Baptist, Paignton, Devonshire, England.; d. Nov. 11, 1675, Springfield, MA. Son of John CHAPIN and Pillipe EASTON. Member of Rev. John ELIOT's First Church of Roxbury, MA. Removed to Springfield by 1643, where he was a Deacon, constable, selectman, and commisioner. The statue of The Puritan by Augustus Saint-Gaudens in Springfield memorializes Deacon Samuel Chapin. Married in England on Feb. 9, 1623/4.

      -- William Richard Cutter, New England Families Genealogical and Memorial, v. IV
    Person ID I1224  Wm L Gann Ancestors
    Last Modified 14 Aug 2017 

    Father John Chapin,   b. Abt 25 Sep 1566, Totnes, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1675, Paignton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 109 years) 
    Mother Phillipe Easton,   b. Abt 1569, Paignton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 20 Jan 1614/15, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Married 14 Sep 1590  Paignton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F578  Group Sheet

    Family Cicely Penney,   b. 27 Feb 1600/01, Paignton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1682/83, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 9 Feb 1622/23  Paignton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. David Chapin,   c. 4 Jan 1624/25, Paignton, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1672, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years)
     2. Catherine Chapin,   c. 1626, Berry Pomroy, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 4 Feb 1711/12, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 86 years)
     3. Sarah Chapin,   b. Oct 1628, Berry Pomeroy, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1684, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years)
     4. Henry Chapin,   b. Between 1630 and 1631, Berry Pomeroy, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1630/31, Berry Pomeroy, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 1 years)
     5. Samuel Chapin,   b. 25 Jan 1630/31, Berry Pomroy, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1634, Berry Pomeroy, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     6. John Chapin,   b. Abt 16 Jan 1632/33, Totnes, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. England Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Honor Chapin,   b. Abt 8 May 1636, Berry Pomeroy, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1636, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Josiah Chapin,   c. 29 Oct 1637, Berry Pomeroy, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1726, Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years)
     9. Samuel Chapin,   b. 1638, Roxbury, Litchfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1730, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     10. Japhet Chapin,   b. 15 Aug 1642, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1711/12, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     11. Hannah Chapin,   b. 2 Dec 1644, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1719, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    Family ID F577  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Chapin, Samuel (Deacon) - Statue, 1887
    Chapin, Samuel (Deacon) - Statue, 1887
    Augustus Saint-Gaudins

  • Sources 
    1. [S21599] Genealogical Dictionary of New England Settlers, ((Boston: n.pub., 1860-1862)).

    2. [S112] Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015), Hampshire Co., Probate Record vol. 1 p. 166 (Reliability: 3), 14 Aug 2017.

    3. [S26921] Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, 1638-1887, (''FamilySearch'' (https://www.familysearch.org)), LDS film 185414, image 60, vol 1 p 49 (Reliability: 3), 16 Jun 2011.

    4. [S40191] Find a Grave, Jim Tipton, founder, (http://www.findagrave.com), Memorial# 22549904 (Reliability: 2), 26 Oct 2010.