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John Chapman (1819...1897)

John Chapman's Last Will
Property Map Euroka
John Chapman's Freedom Certificate
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  • Born : 1819
  • Where Born : Middlesex England
  • Occupation: Groom / Farmer
  • Died : 1/11/1897. John Chapman's Death Certificate cert # N.S.W.12144 / 34
  • Where Died/Buried : Euroka N.S.W. / On their property at Euroka Beside His Wife Sarah
  • Parents Names : . John Chapman : This John was a Marine in the Royal Navy :( b.....d ) m (b.........d) unknown at present
  • Spouse's Name : H . Sarah . Emma . Gallagher . (b1821..d. 26/10/1894..)
  • Date Married : 1847
  • Where Married :. Maitland N.S.W
  • Spouse's Parents : James . Gallagher . (b......d.) m unknown at present
  • Children : According to extract of his will

    1 H . George . Chapman (.b.27/11/1857....d.) .H . Ella . Fredreka Griffiths (nee) Trench (b....d.)
    2 H . Mary Jane Chapman (b.19/7/1862..d.) m 1879 H . John . Turnbull . (....)
    3 H . Frances Ann Chapman (b.4/11/1848.d.20/4/1919.) m 5/3/1866 H . Phillip . (.......) . Borger .
    H . Frances . Ann Chapman (b.11/11/1848.d.20/4/1919.) 2nd m 1894 Walter Patrick . Burns . (.......)
    4 H . John William . Chapman . (.b17/12/1851..d.26/4/1930)m 21/10/ 1871 H . Mary . Ann . Durrington . (.b.1844...d.16/9/1930)
    5 H . Frederick . Patrick . Chapman . (b.1852....1934.) m .H . Elizabeth . Ann . Woods . (b.1860..d.1936)
    6 H . James . Chapman (b.29/6/1860.....) m Lidia Chapman (nee) ? (.......)

    History & Achievements

    John Chapman was transported to Australia as a convict of England aged 19 He arrived in Australia on board the ship "JAMES PATTISON " The Ship sailed on the 16th July 1837 from Sheerness England, arriving in Sydney on the 25th October 1837,a trip of 101 days . The ship was Captained by James Cromarty with the ships Surgeon being Thomas Robertson . A total of 270 male convicts were on board .
    John married Sarah Emma Gallagher in 1847. He worked at a property owned by William Henry Chapman son of William Chapman & Ann Marsh , this property was called "Ravenswood", he eventually managed this property . He later became a Stockman and Groom at another property called " Yanabandinni ". John and Sarah bought their own small farm at Euroka . Both John and Sarah are buried on this property .
     
    John Chapmans Conviction was recorded as below.
    Standing Number of Convict ......................................37/2414
    Indent Number ............................................................80
    Convict Name .............................................................Chapman, John
    Age ..............................................................................19
    Read ........................................................................... No
    Write ........................................................................... No
    Religion....................................................................... Protestant
    Married, Single , Widowed ....................................... Single
    Children...................................................................... None
    Native Place .............................................................. Middlesex
    Trade or Calling ........................................................ Groom
    Offence ...................................................................... Stealing Lead
    Trial Where ............................................................... Hertford (St Alburn) Quarter Sessions
    Trial Date .................................................................. 30. June ,1836
    Sentence .................................................................... 7 Years Transportation
    Former Convictions ................................................... None
    Height Feet ................................................................ 5
    Height Inches ............................................................ 3.3/4
    Complexion ............................................................... Ruddy
    Color Of Hair ............................................................ Light Brown
    Color of Eyes ............................................................ Dark Grey
    Particular Marks or Scars , Comments
    Eyebrows meeting, mark of a burn below left side of mouth, similar mark inside right elbow, seven scars, Tattoos Half moon, 1837 , man, FJH , woman , P, and girl, lower right arm, scar back of right hand near knuckle of third finger , scar on fore finger of same . M I J H M . H-A H F . H and heart inside lower left arm , scar on knuckle of fore finger of left hand .
    Extract from his Freedom Certificate .
    The Certificate states the following .
    No.43/1949
    Date ..........................................................................15 November 1843
    Prisoner's No ...................................................... .....37/2414
    Name ....................................................................... John Chapman
    Ship ......................................................................... James Pattison
    Master ................................................................... .Cromarty
    Year.......................................................................... 1837
    Native Place .............................................................Middlesex
    Trade or Calling .......................................................Groom
    Offence .....................................................................Stealing Lead
    Place of Trial ............................................................Hertford
    Date of Trial ........................................................... 30 June 1836
    Sentence....................................................................Seven Years
    Year of Birth ............................................................1818
    Height....................................................................... 5 feet 4 1/4 inches
    Complexion ..............................................................Ruddy
    Hair ..........................................................................Brown
    Large burnt mark inside right elbow
    Severe Scars
    He has several Tattoos
    John Chapmans Obituary
    As it appered in the Macleay Argus November 6th 1897
    One of the oldest settlers in this district in the person of Mr. John Chapman, of
    Euroka, died on Monday last. It is said the deceased came to the Macleay about the year 1836 or 1837, and was, perhaps one of the first white men who settled in these parts. Mr Chapman was 78 years of age and died of senile decay. Little is known except rumor of his early history, and his own children do not know where he was born. He leaves a family of two daughters and four sons. The funeral took place on Wednesday last. ends
    Sub Notes
    John Chapman was buried beside his wife Sarah on their property at Euroka.
    Reading his obituary, it is evident that he never discussed his early history. As a convict and transported to Australia it would have been, in those times an embarresment to be such. He was buried in an un marked grave and we gather from family conversations and other information it was how he wanted it to be. This man is a good example of the pain the convicts would have felt, to have children and never telling their family roots.
    To find the place where John and Sarah were buried was no mean task. We asked
    many officials in the Kempsey area and no one could tell us where the property was, or where it was located . We were directed to a road (Ravenswood Road) about 10 klms south of Kempsey ,this turned out to be of no value at all. Returning to Kempsey, we visited the Macleay Historical Society in search of information regarding Chapman's in the area. We were given quite a lot of information by one of it members. In this information was a small piece of paper dated 1960 which gave a description of John and Sarah's grave along with sketchy directions on how to locate the grave site.
    This piece of parper reads as such
    You follow the road till its end, upon turning right and going to the last house on this road is where it is located. The grave is 50 feet behind the house as it stands now. The headstone of Sarah is still evident on the hill behind the house under three trees , a fig , a gum, and a melalooka, The old house was pulled down by Robinson may years earlier and a new one built in it place. The lagoon is to the right of the headstone I you can still see some of the timbers from Johns house that was washed away in the flood of 1870.
    With the kind permission of the present owners we were able to photograph the site as it is . This day 11th November 1999
     
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    Last revised: November 13, 2000.