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  • ID: I306
  • Name: Samuel Chapin
  • Surname: Chapin
  • Given Name: Samuel
  • Prefix: Deacon
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 8 Oct 1598 in , Paignton, Devonshire, England
  • Christening: 8 Oct 1598 St. John Bapt., Paignton, Devonshire, Eng.
  • Death: 11 Nov 1675 in , Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts
  • Burial: 15 Nov 1675 Chicopee Cemetar, Springfield, Hampden, MA
  • Ancestral File #: 2ND4-4W
  • _UID: 4A484CBC75C4594EA81E238D83B19229DFBD
  • Note:

    Baptized Oct. 8, 1598 at Church of St. John the Baptist, Paignton, Devonshire, England: Die d Nov 11, 1675, Springfield, Ma. Member of Rev. John Eliot's First Church of Roxbury, MA. R emoved to Springfield by 1643, where he was a Deacon, constable, Selectman, and commisioner . The statue of The Puritian by Augustus Saint-Gaudens in Springfield memorializes Deacon Sa muel Chapin. Additional information found in The Book Springfield Families by Thomas B. Warr en, Conn State Library, page 686.
    LDS PAF. Book: The Chapin Family in England. Springfield Library.
    Decon Samuel Chapin and Ciseley brought with them Sarah, Henry b. 1630 m Bethiah Cooley, Josi ah lived in Braintree,David m. Linda Crump and lived in Boston. Catherine m. Nathaniel Bliss , Thomas Guilbert and Samuel Marshfield. Sarah Married Roland Thomas and Japhet was baptize d at Roxbury, 15 Oct 1742. He married Abelenah Cooley and Dorothy Root.The children born a t Springfield: Hannah born 1644 and married John Hitchcock. This family sailed to America i n 1635 and settled in Roxbury, Mass before moving to Springfield in 1642. They had seven chi ldren
    Book: Springfield Families by Thomas B. Warren
    Conn. State Library, page 686
    Book: The Chapin Family in England
    Springfield, Mass Library
    One major book is: "The Chapin book of Genealogical Data with Brief Biographical sketches o f the Decendants of Deacon Samuel Chapin" compiled by Gilbert Warren Chapin Published: Hartf ord, Conn: The Chapin Family Association. Includes first to twelth generations. (Over 2000 p ages) Available at FHL on microfilm. Volume 1: 907412, Volume 2: 907413. The FHL di d another filming in 1980 and it contained Volume 1-2. The number is: FHL US/CAN Film 10335 17..
    Memorial to Samuel Chapin by Longfellow:
    Lives of great men, all remind us, We can make our lives sublime, And departing leave behin d us, Foot prints on the sands of time.

    Deacon Samuel Chapin was a forceful and dynamic man. A man with Puritan faith, he brought hi s family to New England about 1638. Living first in Roxbury, Mass. then moving to Springfiel d in 1642 as one of the founders of that city then called Agawam. He served his town in man y capacities including Selectman, Auditor and Magistrate and he was Deacon of the church fo r some 25 years. Next to the Public Library in Springfield there is a bronze statue, "The Pur itan", placed there 24 Nov 1887 which honors him. It is the sculptor's idea of how such a ma n as Deacon Chapin, a man of his moral standing and spiritual qualities ought to have looked.

    A chronology of Samuel Chapin's activities:

    1638: Samuel Chapin and wife Cicely were at Roxbury. Came to Springfield, MA from Roxbury, MA .
    1641, 2 Jun: Samuel Chapin of Springfield, MA, admitted Freeman.
    1643: Town officer. He took a prominent part in all the affairs of the town, both religious a nd civil.
    1644: Freeman
    1648: A member of the Board of Selectmen on which Benjamin Cooley first served. A member of t he first Board of Selectmen and
    served 9 consecutive years.
    1649: Deacon.
    1651: Commissioner.
    1652: John Pynchon, Elizur Holyoke and Samuel Chapin were appointed Commissioners, or Magistr ates, to hear and determine all cases and offences, both civil and criminal, "that reach no t to life, limbe and banishment."
    1653: The General Court appointed him and John Pynchon to lay out Northampton and its bounds , and they made purchase of the lands from the Indians.
    1664: He petitioned the General Court for some land for services done.
    1669: The General Court granted him 200 acres as laid out 4 miles from Mendon, bounded as i n the platt which is on file, provided it did not exceed 200 acres and that it did not take i n any of the meadows now granted to Mendon.
    1674, 4 Mar (1st mo.): Samuel Chapin wrote his will. Bequeathed to wife, son Henry, grandso n Thomas Gilbert.
    1676, 24 Mar: Will probated. Son Japhet Chapin with his wife Abilene deposed.

    Notes for Cicely Penny:
    In her will, Cecily CHAPIN bequeathed to sons Henry CHAPIN of Springfield, MA and Josia h CHA PIN of Braintree, MA; to Sarah THOMAS and Hannah HITCHCOCK; to Henry GILBERT, apprentice to J ohn HITCHCOCK. Named son Japhet executor.

    Page X11 of Chapin Book: Deacon Samuel Chapin's Place in the Community:
    Samuel Chapin came to New Englan probably with his father and family in 1635 or earlier. A r ecord at Roxbury, of early but unknown dates shows that he possessed 24 acres of land there , and had eight persons in his family, himself, wife, father, and five children. (The presen ce of his father John Chapin, at this time is in conformity with records already quoted). I n 1641 he bought a house and lot of James Howe and became a Freeman, which implied he was a c hurch member and gave him the right to vote and hold office under the Colonial Government.
    He was evidently an acquaintance of William Pynchon in England and a neighbor, for a short ti me, in Roxbury. Pynchon, in 1636, led about a dozen families westward to the Connecticut Riv er, where he founded the settlement first known as Agawam, later named Springfield. The Chap ins apparently migrated to the new settlement during the winter of 1642-3. This change was d oubtless largely due to Pynchon's influence.
    William Pynchon apponted five men of standing in Springfield, called Selectman, to warch ove r morals, health, and public measures. Deacon Samuel was one of these. One of their most de licate duties was that of assigning the seats in the meeting house. The place of Mrs. Cissil y C. is there recorded: "Goodwife Chapin is to sitt in the Seate alonge with Mrs. Glover an d Mrs. Hollyock." Mrs. Grover was the minister's wife and was therefore the leading lady, an d Mrs. Hollyock was the daughter of William Pynchon.
    Samuel was engaged in town business and held continuously office of selectman 1644 to 1652 an d again in 1661 and 1664, and later as auditor. He was first called deacon in the records o n Feb. 21 1650. Besides the regular duties assigned to this office, he conducted the Sabbat h service, including preaching, for several years when the church lacked a pastor.
    In 1651, William Pynchon was convicted of heresy, by the General Court, and returned to Engla nd. His son-in-law, Henry Smith then became chief magistrate. The next year he too returne d to England and Capt. John Pynchon, Lieut. Elizer Holyoke and Samuel Chapin were by the Gene ral Court commissioned magistrates for the administration of justice, "allowing them the powe r of a County Court." He held the office until 1664, and in addition performed important dut ies, laying out land grants and the plantations that became Northampton and Hadley.
    His first home lot was at the corner of the present Main and Pynchon Streets, but by 1664 h e appears to have been living in Chicopee, with his son Japhet. His holding in Springfield w ere large, but he gave all to his sons in his life time, reserving a life interest for himsel f and his wife, his will disposing of personal estate only.
    In October, 1675, Springfield was attacked by Indians and burned. Deacon Chapin did not se e the town rebuilt, for in about a month, as he wrote his son Japhet, "My father was taken ou t of this troublesome world the 11 day of November about eleven of the clock in the eve, 1675 ."
    Deacon Samuel Chapin "conscientiously and wisely discharged important trusts for the maintena nce of religion and good order and left an abiding impress of his character and life on the c ity." To judge from the private acts of the amn, and from the firm hand he wrote, he was a m an of some education, strong will, inflexible integrity, abundant charity and real piety.
    See: LIFE OF DEACON SAMUEL CHAPIN OF SPRINGFIELD by Howard Millar Chapin, Providence, R I 19 08, the fullist account, based upon original documents and records.
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  • Change Date: 12 May 2004 at 08:16:05

    Father: John Chapin b: 30 Jun 1566 in Paignton, Devonshire, England c: 25 Sep 1566 in , Totnes, Devonshire, England
    Mother: Phillipe (Or Phillipa) Easton b: 1569/1570 in , Paignton, Devonshire, England

    Marriage 1 Cicelly Penny b: 21 Feb 1601 in Paignton, Or Berry Pomeroy, Devon, Engl c: 21 Feb 1601 in , Paignton, Devonshire, England
    • Married: 9 Feb 1623 in , Paignton, Devonshire, England
    1. Has Children David Chapin b: 4 Jan 1624 in Paignton, Devon, England c: 4 Jan 1624 in Paighton, Devon, Shire, England
    2. Has Children Catherine Chapin b: 1627 in Berry Pomeroy, Devonshire, England
    3. Has Children Sarah Chapin b: 9 Oct 1628 in Berry Pomeroy, Devon, England c: 6 Apr 1630 in Berry, Pomeroy, Devonshire, England
    4. Has Children Henry Chapin b: 25 Jan 1631 in Berry, Pomery, Devon, Shire, England c: in Berry, Pomeroy, Devon, England
    5. Has Children Josiah Chapin b: 29 Oct 1637 in Berry, Pomeroy, Devon, Shire, England c: 29 Oct 1637 in Berry, Pomeroy, Devonshire, England
    6. Has Children Japhet Chapin b: 15 Aug 1642 in Roxbury, Massachusetts c: 15 Oct 1642 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts
    7. Has Children Hannah Chapin b: 2 Dec 1644 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts c: 2 Dec 1644 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts
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