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The Chipman Family

Alden B Chipman born in Poland June 12, 1814 is therefore now eighty-one years of age. He is in good health and able to walk several miles each day for pleasure and quite frequently attends the meeting of the Grange, in which his is more interested. Mr. Chipman is a descendant of Benjamin Chipman who settled in Poland in 1779. The earliest knowledge we have of the Chipman family is of one Jon Chipman, who was born in Dorchester England in 1614, and was the first one of that name to seek a home in America. He emigrated to this country in 1630 and settled in Barnstable Mass. Of his children we have been unable to find any record but his grandson Seth Chipman was a resident of Kingston Mass. When that town was incorporated in 1726 and for fifteen years thereafter he served it as one of the municipal officers. On September 17, 1721 he married a daughter of Major John Bradford. They had four children. Benjamin the youngest born May 23, 1729 resided in Kingston, Mass where on May 9, 1751 he married Hannah Wadsworth a sister of General Peleg Wadsworth and aunt to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s mother. In 1774 he moved to Bakerstown and taking up a claim in what is now South Poland near the New Gloucester line on land now owned by the Shakers was the first settler of South Poland and one of the pioneer settlers of the town. He had several sons and daughters all born in Kingston. He died in Poland in May 1787 age fifty-eight years.

His wife died in Poland in Dec 1821 age ninety-three years. They’re eldest sons Benjamin JR born in Kingston Mass February 4, 1752 resided in Taunton, Mass where in 1776 he married Abigail Miliken. They had several children, all but the two oldest born in Poland to which town they moved from Taunton in 1781 and settled on the farm now owned and occupied by there Great grandson Chester E Chipman. This farm has been owned and occupied by the Chipman family in direct line from father to son since 1781 fourteen years more than a century. Benjamin JR died in Poland June 18, 1838 aged thirty-six years old.