According to family lore, John did not believe in banks and kept his holdings with him (or hidden) at all times. Upon his death in 1953, his children, led by Wesley Chapman, found the money that he had, and used it to buy his burial suit and pay his other burial expenses. John and Lucinda are buried in a stacked plot in Altare M. B. Church Cemetery, Newton County, Mississippi. John and Lucinda had the following children:
1. Fannie Chapman, born July 20, 1892, Newton County, Mississippi; died October 19, 1965, Newton County, Mississippi; married Elijah Evans
2. Annie Bell Chapman, born February 15, 1898, Newton County, Mississippi; died February 23, 1972, Newton County, Mississippi; married Jeff Evans
3. Flossy Chapman, born February 1900, Newton County, Mississippi; died at an early age in Newton County, Mississippi.
4. Cleveland Chapman, born March 15, 1902, Newton County, Mississippi; died March 31, 1943, Newton County, Mississippi; married Alice Johnson
5. Manual William Chapman, born May 05, 1903, Newton County, Mississippi; died Aug 05, 1977, Mississippi; married Annie Edison
6. Wesley (John) Chapman, born November 06, 1905, Garlandville, Jasper County, Mississippi -- died November 15, 1970, Newton Hospital, Newton, Mississippi; married Erma Ware
7. Sarah Jane Chapman, born December 23, 1909, Newton County, Mississippi -- died September
8. Walter Chapman, born August 16, 1911, Newton County, Mississippi -- died June 16, 1980, Newton County, Mississippi; married Eunice Thornton.
9. Julie Ann Chapman, born February 16, 1916, Newton County, Mississippi -- died October 06, 1979, Newton County, Mississippi; married George Wilson
10. Ernest Chapman, born April 11, 1917, Newton, Mississippi -- died July 04, 1979, Hurley Medical Center, Flint, Genesee County, Michigan; married Zeola Watkins
11. Willie Ann Chapman, born March 17, 1919, Newton County, Mississippi -- died September 20, 1993, Gulfport, Mississippi; married Frank Johnson, Jr.
12. Ora M Chapman, born 1920, Mississippi. (Nothing further known)
During the first half of the century, John and Lucinda Chapmans descendants raised their families in and around Newton County. Many descendants still reside in Newton and surrounding counties. Many other descendants have dispersed to many areas of the United States including the Mid-West, the West Coast and other Southern States but come together every two years for a family reunion.
Julia Chapman was born November 1878 in Newton County, Mississippi. She married (1) Walter Hardy June 02, 1894 in Newton County, Mississippi 7. He was born March 1868 in Mississippi. She married (2) Alfred Chapman Dec 14, 1904 in Newton County, Mississippi 8. He was born about 1859 in Mississippi. She married (3) ______ Alridge after 1920 in Jones County, Mississippi 9.
After their marriage in 1894, Julia and Walter lived and raised their family in Newton for a number of years. Sometime prior to 1904, Julia was no longer with Walter (No record of what happened to Walter), and in 1904, Julia married her second husband, Alfred Chapman. After this marriage, they moved the family to Jones County, on the East Side of the Leaf River. There is no record that this union produced any children. Three of her children by Walter Hardy (Corena, William and John) were living with them at this time. Alfred had apparently died by the time of the 1920 Federal Census and Julia still lived in Jones County with her son John who was 17 years old at the time. By 1930, it appears that Julia had married an Alridge, who was deceased by 1930, as Julia Aldridge was listed as widowed 10. There is no record that this union produced any children. Children of Julia and Walter Hardy:
1. Bertha3 Hardy, born February 1895, Newton County, Mississippi
The Family of Tom Chapman
Tom Chapman was born January 1881 in Mississippi, and died between 1900 - 1910 in Mississippi. He married Patty Lasket January 27, 1900 in Newton County, Mississippi 11. She was born May 1882 in Mississippi.
The union of Tom and Patty produced four children. He apparently died between 1900 and 1910 as his wife, Patty (listed as Patsy in the 1910 Federal Census) was listed as a widow in 1910 while living with her sister in Newton County, Mississippi. Children of Tom and Patty:
1. Andrew Chapman, born about 1901, Newton County, Mississippi.
The Family of Miles (Myers) Chapman
Miles (Myers) Chapman was born January 1884 in Mississippi, and died before 1910 in Mississippi. He married Alice Walker Dec 24, 1902 in Newton County, Mississippi 12. She was born about 1867 in Mississippi.
Apparently Miles died prior to 1910 as Alice Walker Chapman was listed in the 1910 Federal Census of Newton County as a widow. It appears that Miles and Alice did not have any children together as the children living with Alice in 1910 were all born well before Miles and Alice's married in 1902.
The Family of Mack Chapman
Mack Chapman was born 1885. He married Eliza Walker May 17, 1905 in Newton County, Mississippi 13 We have no further record of his family.
The Chapman family holds a Family Reunion every two years in various cities around the country. The next one is planned for July 2006 in California, probably in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Personal Knowledge of Various Family Members
1870-1930 Federal Censuses of Newton County, Mississippi
1900-1930 Federal Census of Jones County, Mississippi
US Social Security Card Applications
Social Security Death Index
Newton County, Mississippi Colored Marriage Records, 1872-1940
Newton County, Mississippi School Records (Educable Children, 1884-1932) Newton County Department of Education
Mississippi World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Mississippi Death Records, as abstracted by Dr. Harold Graham
Various Cemetery markers, Newton County, Mississippi
 Other family members were able to give Sarah’s maiden name
The brothers Abel Edwards Chapman and Edward Edwards Chapman were two of the more than dozen land - owners that operated plantations and owned slaves in south central Newton County prior to the Civil War.
Land records of Newton County indicate that Edward E. Chapman patented 119.94 acres in S31 T5 R12 East on May 28, 1836. He would add to his land and in 1846 paid taxes on 480 acres, this land located in Sections 9 and 10 of Township 5, Range 11 East, the earlier acquisition apparently having been sold. Abel E. Chapman held no early patents, but in 1846 paid taxes on 400 acres located in Sections 15, 22 and 23 of Township 5, Range 11 East. In 1859 and 1860, Abel was awarded two land patents in S7 T5 R12 East, the two patents totaling 100.08 acres.
Elsie Chapman Edmonds provides the following description of life on the plantation of Edward Edwards Chapman:
Their crops were cotton and corn and they had crude tools to farm with. Cotton was ginned on horse gins; they left the cotton seeds in the fields for fertilizer for the following year, as there was no market for them. They took their cotton in wagons to Mobile, Alabama to sell which took several weeks for the trip, bringing back supplies to last for a year. They also went into Louisiana yearly to the salt mines. During the War Between the States they dug up the dirt from the smokehouse and boiled it in order to have salt for food. Edward Chapman had fifty slaves and it was no small task to weave and make the cloth and then sew by hand all the clothes for those who lived on the plantation. When they could not buy buttons they made them from gourd and pumpkin seed. The hides of cows were tanned and made into shoes by the slaves. Soap was made by ashes stored in hoppers with grease and lye added, then boiled down, cooled and cut into squares. The slaves were all taught a different occupation. Some were blacksmiths, some were carpenters and others made shoes. There was a maid and cook for the big house. If a slave child was ill he was carried to the big house and nursed back to health.
The slaves lived in houses made of logs, each family was given a plot of land for a garden and was allowed to sell surplus produce and they were allowed to keep the proceeds.
At the close of the war many of the slaves stayed on the plantation and worked on halves for their (former) master.
The 1860 Federal Slave Schedule for Newton County, Mississippi, shows Edward Chapman as the owner of 6 slave houses and 29 slaves (less than reported by Edmonds), Abel Chapman as the owner of 21 slaves (slave houses not given), John E. Chapman as owner of 1 slave house and 3 slaves and Thrashley Chapman as owner of 1 slave house and 3 slaves.
With the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Civil War, the Chapman slaves were given their freedom. Most of the former slaves retained the Chapman surname. While the 1870 Federal Census substantially under-reported the actual population, we have the following Negro Chapmans shown as living in Newton County at that time:
Jackson Chapman, 48, born Alabama, wife Frances and six children.
1860 Federal Slave Schedule, Newton County, Mississippi
1870 Federal Census, Newton County, Mississippi
Elsie Chapman Edmonds, John Chapman of Spotsylvania County, Virginia, Thomas
Myrtis S. Craft, George Mason, and Melvin Tingle, Book of Original Entries, Land
1846 Tax List, Newton County, Mississippi.