Samuel Chapman

 Lawyer, Judge

Born:1793, Bowling Green, Caroline County, Va.
Died:October 11, 1863, Cahaba, AL
Brother of:Reuben Chapman - Reuben was the 13th Governor of Alabama


•  "Was the elder brother of Gov. Reuben Chapman; and son of Reuben and Ann (Reynolds) Chapman, who lived near Bowling Green, Va. His paternal grandfather, Reuben Chapman, came to this country from Scotland and settled in Virginia. Ann Reynolds was a granddaughter of Col. Richard Miller." - Alabama Biography

•  "Judge Chapman was graduated from Washington College and read law under the direction of Chapman Johnston at Staunton. After his admission to the bar in 1815, he removed to Clarksville, Tenn., and was soon afterward elected solicitor of the district, which office he resigned in 1818 and removed to Huntsville, Ala." - Alabama Biography

•  "He represented Madison County in the first state legislature and was judge of the county court from 1820 to 1832: in the latter year was chosen judge of the circuit court for the district which embraced Sumter County and in 1834 removed to Livingston. By successive elections he was continued on the bench for eighteen years." - Alabama Biography

•  "On his retirement, he moved to Lauderdale County, Miss., and subsequently to Cahaba, Ala., where he made his home until his death, his last days being spent at the residence of his son-in-law, Gen. E. W. Pettus." - Alabama Biography

•  "Judge Chapman was large and fine looking, with a dark complexion; and had the reputation of a dignified and impartial judge, and of an honorable and useful citizen." - Alabama Biography

•  Married: "(1) to a daughter of Col. John Shelby, of Tennessee; (2) then to Mary Lucinda Newell, a niece of Hon. Eppes Moody, of Franklin; (3) again to a sister of Gen. Pettus, of Dallas; and (4) lastly to a lady of Mobile." - Alabama Biography

•  "Of his sons, one was killed while serving with the C. S. Army; another was an officer on the cruiser Sumter and became a planter living near Galveston, Tex.; and Capt. Reuben Chapman, who died at Livingston. Of his daughters, one married Gen. E. W. Pettus, of Dallas; and others married Capt. R. Thom and Judge G. C. Saunders, citizens at one time of Sumter County." - Alabama Biography

•  His younger brother, Reuben, moved to Huntsville from Virginia in 1824 to study law Samuel's office. Reuben eventually became a Governor of Alabama. - USGWarchives

Related Links:

•  Alabama Biography - History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume 3, by Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, © 1921, p. 318.

•  USGWarchives - Bio of his brother, Reuben, where Samuel is mentioned. File contributed to USGen Web Archives by Joy Fisher © 2011.

The Following Pages Link to this Page:
•  Alabama Biography
•  Reuben Chapman