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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Chapman (1850-1933)

Watchmaker, farmer.

Born at Somerset, England on 6 August 1850, son of Alfred Mundy Chapman and Sarah Applefield, he apprenticed as a watchmaker then, in 1870, emigrated to Canada and settled at Toronto. A year and a half later, he moved to Lindsay, Ontario where he worked as a watchmaker for three and a half years then, in 1875, he came to Winnipeg. He followed his trade there for five years then, in 1880, he moved to the Brandon Hills where he homesteaded 640 acres and raised livestock. In February 1877, he married Mary Andrew, a sister to George Andrew. They had thirteen children, including Jennie Chapman, Jessie Chapman (b 1879), Alfred Chapman (b 1881), Edna Chapman (b 1883), George William Chapman (b 1885), Charles Edwin Chapman (b 1889), John Edward Chapman (b 1891), Bertha Chapman (b 1893), Clifford Chapman (b 1895), Edith Chapman (b 1899), Norman Chapman (b 1900), and Myrtle Chapman. He died on 17 May 1933.

Sources:

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration for T. Chapman, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 October 2008

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