Simon's Family History

SIXTH GENERATION


56. William CHAPMAN was born about 1776 (age in burial register)1. He was buried on 8 Nov 1835 in Egham, Surrey1.

His occupation has been recorded as :-
Labourer (son Edward's Baptism 1827)

Recorded addresses :-
Old Windsor, Berkshire (Marriage 1810)
Egham Parish, Surrey (children's baptisms 1811 - 1829, Burial 1835)

It is not known where William or his ancestors are from. No corresponding baptism has been found in the Egham area to date.

He was married to Sarah POCOCK on 28 Jul 1810 in Old Windsor, Berks1.

57. Sarah POCOCK was christened on 21 Feb 1790 in Sunninghill, Berks1. She died on . She was buried on 14 Aug 1861 in Virginia Water, Surrey1.

Her occupation has been recorded as :-
Laundress (1841, 1851, 1861 Census)

Recorded addresses :-
Sunninghill, Berkshire (Baptism 1790)
Old Windsor, Berkshire (Marriage 1810)
Egham Parish, Surrey (children's baptisms 1811 - 1829)
Wentworth Cottages, Christ Church Rd, Virginia Water (1841 Census)
Virginia Water, Surrey (1851, 1861 Census, Burial 1861)

Sarah was illigitimate. Her father James Vauzey was committed to paying child maintenance to her mother by the issue of a Bond of Indemnification (Bastardy Bond) by the Sunninghill Parish Officials. James' father Mathias Vauzey was also bound by the Bond, presumably as a guarantor for his son.

A report in the 'Windsor & Eton Express' newspaper on Tuesday the 15th of April 1854 reported :-
"A thatched cottage in the occupation of a laundress, of the name Chapman, situate near Christ Church Schools, Virginia Water, took fire in the afternoon of the 3d inst., owing to a spark flying from the chimney on the roof, and  was speedily burnt to the ground. By the energetic assistance of her neighbours, the poor woman was enabled to save the greater part of her little store of goods : a mangle and a bedstead, being too cumbersome to remove, were unfortunately destroyed. The Rev. Boodle was present, acting most zealously. The plantation of G. St. George Caulfield, Esq., close by, luckily escaped"

The Chapmans appear in the Virginia Water Christ Church Wardens Accounts from 1840 - 1865 being paid for laundry and washing of the Surplice. Variously recorded as Mrs Chapman, Mary Chapman & Ann Chapman or just Chapman. Obviously a family enterprise amongst the Chapman womenfolk.

They are also recorded in the Christ Church School records as doing laundry.

Children were:

child i. Mary CHAPMAN was christened on 29 Dec 1811 in Egham1. She was buried on 30 Jul 1837 in Egham1.
child ii. Sarah CHAPMAN was christened on 7 Nov 1813 in Egham1.
child iii. James CHAPMAN was christened on 19 Feb 1815 in Egham1. He was buried on 24 Feb 1839 in Egham1.
child iv. Thomas CHAPMAN was christened on 17 Nov 1816 in Egham1.
child v. John ? (no bapt) CHAPMAN was born about 1819. Although there is no baptism in the Egham Parish Register for John he is living next door to Sarah in the 1851 census. Considering that another probable sibling Hannah is also not in the baptism register but appears with her mother in the 1841 census, suggests that John & Hannah were children of William & Sarah but either not baptised or not recorded. He was buried on 18 Feb 1867 in Egham1.
child vi. Elizabeth CHAPMAN was christened on 12 Oct 1823 in Egham1. She was buried on 6 Nov 1842 in Virginia Water1.
child vii. Hannah ? (no bapt) CHAPMAN was born about 1825. Although there is no baptism in the Egham Parish Register for Hannah she is with the family in the 1841 census. She was buried on 19 Aug 1841 in Virginia Water1.
child28 viii. Edward CHAPMAN was christened on 24 Jun 1827 in Egham1. He died on 9 Mar 1868 in Knowle Hill, Egham. He was buried on 14 Mar 1868 in Virginia Water1.
child ix. George CHAPMAN was christened on 8 Nov 1829 in Egham1. He was buried on 14 Aug 1848 in Virginia Water1.
child x. Joseph CHAPMAN was christened on 8 Nov 1829 in Egham1. He was buried on 30 Dec 1832 in Egham1.

Sources :-
1. Parish Register - locations as stated in the text above.
2. Census returns :-
     1851 - HO107/1695/f.189/p.18
     1861 - RG9/758/f.121/p.1
3. Sarah's Death Certificate - 1861, Sep Q, Windsor, 2c-234.



 

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