Second Generation

2. Robert2 Chapman (William1) was born in Sadbergh?, Yorkshire about 1813. 1881 Census says he is aged 68, giving us 1813 as an approximate birth year. Robert died 31 December 1900 in Felixkirk, North Yorkshire, at 87 years of age. Copy certificate issued 30 October 2007. Aged 88, a retired gentleman' s servant coachman. The informant is Robert Dick, son-in-law. The Monum ental Inscription record shows his date of death, athough it says he wa s 80 rather than the correct age of 88. This may be due to the eroded state of the gravestone. His body was interred 4 January 1901 in Heighington churchyard, Co. Durham. Burial Register seen on 18 October 2007 at Durham Records Office. Entry 1284 on page 159. In the abode column it says "formerly of Heighington".

He married Mary Leadbitter in St George, Hanover Square, London, 13 June 1839. Copy certificate issued 25 October 2007. Both of full age, he is a ser vant. There is a wiggly line for her occupation which may mean 'ditto'. T he address for both of them is Maddox Street. His father is William a farmer and hers is Ralph also a farmer. Were they in London w ith their employer?

Mary was born in Mout Hill, Northumberland 1815. Place of birth and approximate year of birth taken from 1881 Census. Mary was the daughter of Ralph Leadbitter and Jane ?.

Mary died 24 February 1885 in Heighington, Co. Durham, at 69 years of age. Copy certificate issued 6 November 2007. Aged 69. Described as 'wife o f Robert Chapman Annuitant'. Informant was John Sowerby son-in-law. On a visit to Durham Records Office I recorded the death as 28 February 1 884 but iti s possible that I saw 1884 at the top of the page and did n ot notice the year change lower down. Burial Register 159 Page 1051.

Her body was interred 28 February 1885 in Heighington churchyard, Co. Durham. Burial Register seen on 18 October 2007 at Durham Records Office. Entr y 1051 on page 128. Aged 69.

She was christened in Simonburn, Northumberland, 9 July 1815. Mormons have an entry for a Mary Leadbeater with parents Ralph and Jan e. Batch No.P004361, Source Call No.0252551, Printout Call No.6905607.

She was listed as head of household in the 1841 census in Redworth, Co. Durham. HO 107 shows Robert and Mary both aged 25 and Jane.

She was listed as head of household in the 1851 census in Heighington, Co. Durham. HO 107 Piece 2382, Volume 28, Page 613 shows Robert a groom aged 36, Mary 34, Jane 9, William 8, George 6, Fanny 4, James 2 and visitors Christopher Kay 34 a cabinet maker, Ellen Kay 36 and John Kay 6.

She was listed as head of household in the 1861 census in Heighington, Co. Durham. RG09, Piece 3684, Folio 40, Page 16, Robert is a groom aged 47, his wife Mary a laundress aged 46. Fanny is aged 13, James 10, Elizabeth 7, Emma 3 and Mary Ellen 1.

She was listed as head of household in the 1871 census in Settlebeck, Sedbergh, Yorkshire. RG10 Piece 4248, Folio 45, Page 6 shows Mary 56 born Moat Hill, Northumberland visitor at home of Richard & Betty Cragg. Because of software constraints she is shown in error as head of houdehold. Richard 69 is a grocer born Whinfell, Westmorland and Betty 68 grocer's wife born Dent, Yorkshire. It is not known what the relationship, if any, there is between Mr & Mrs Cragg and Mary.

She was listed as head of household in the 1881 census in Heighington, Co. Durham. RG11 Piece 4891 Piece 93 Page 11. Robert aged 68 a Retired Servant Groom, his wife Mary aged 66. Also present were daughter Jane Clarke aged 40, a visitor, granddaughter Ethel Bell Clarke aged 4, grandson Ernest F Clarke aged 2 and granddaughter Mary E Sowerby aged 2.

He was listed as head of household in the 1841 census in Redworth, Co. Durham. HO 107 shows Robert and Mary both aged 25 and Jane.

He was listed as head of household in the 1851 census in Heighington, Co. Durham. HO 107 Piece 2382, Volume 28, Page 613 shows Robert a groom aged 36, Mary 34, Jane 9, William 8, George 6, Fanny 4, James 2 and visitors Christopher Kay 34 a cabinet maker, Ellen Kay 36 and John Kay 6.

He was listed as head of household in the 1861 census in Heighington, Co. Durham. RG09, Piece 3684, Folio 40, Page 16, Robert is a groom aged 47, his wife Mary a laundress aged 46. Fanny is aged 13, James 10, Elizabeth 7, Emma 3 and Mary Ellen 1.

He was listed as head of household in the 1871 census. No trace can be found of Robert either at Heighington (all 30 pages checked) or elsewhere in England. His wife Mary is a visitor in Sedbergh, Yorkshire.

He was listed as head of household in the 1881 census in Heighington, Co. Durham. RG11 Piece 4891 Piece 93 Page 11. Robert aged 68 a Retired Servant Groom, his wife Mary aged 66. Also present were daughter Jane Clarke aged 40, a visitor, granddaughter Ethel Bell Clarke aged 4, grandson Ernest F Clarke aged 2 and granddaughter Mary E Sowerby aged 2.

He was listed as head of household in the 1891 census in Heighington, Co. Durham. RG12 Piece 4046 Folio 127 Page 2. Described as a widower, aged 78 retired coachman, lodger with William and Mary Lax (incorrectly shown on transcription as Laser).

Robert Chapman and Mary Leadbitter had the following children:

child + 3 i. Jane3 Chapman was born SEP Q 1840.

child + 4 ii. William Leadbitter Chapman was born 9 October 1842.

child + 5 iii. George Chapman was born December 1844.

child + 6 iv. Fanny Chapman was born June 1847.

child + 7 v. James Chapman was born 17 July 1849.

child 8 vi. Elizabeth Chapman was born in Heighington, Co. Durham December 1852. Birthplace taken from 1861 Census. Free BMD has an entry Darlington 10A Page 1. Elizabeth died about 14 July 1863 at approximately 10 years of age. See remarks re burial. Her body was interred 14 July 1863 in Heighington churchyard, Co. Durham. Burial Register seen on 18 October 2007 at Durham Records Office. Entry 462 on page 56. Aged 10.

She was baptized in Heighington Church, Co. Durham, 26 December 1852. Religion: religion unknown. Information from Baptism Register.

She was listed as head of household in the 1861 census in Heighington, Co. Durham. RG09, Piece 3684, Folio 40, Page 16, Robert is a groom aged 47, his wife Mary a laundress aged 46. Fanny is aged 13, James 10, Elizabeth 7, Emma 3 and Mary Ellen 1.

child + 9 vii. Emma Bell Chapman was born 26 October 1856.

child 10 viii. Mary Ellen Chapman was born in Heighington, Co. Durham September 1859. Birthplace taken from 1861 Census. Free BMD has an entry showing both f orenames Ref. Darlington 10a 27. Mary died March 1870 in Darlington district, Co. Durham, at 10 years of age. Free BMD has an entry Ref. Volume 10A Page 27 showing Mary Ellen aged 9 . Her body was interred 29 May 1870 in Heighington churchyard, Co. Durham. Burial Register seen on 18 October 2007 at Durham Records Office. Entr y 642 on page 78. I recorded the date as 29 May 1869. It is possible th at I saw 1869 on the heading of the page but did not notice a year chan ge lower down the page.

She was christened in Heighington Church, Co. Durham, 1 January 1860. Information from Baptism Register. Robert described as a servant.

She was listed as head of household in the 1861 census in Heighington, Co. Durham. RG09, Piece 3684, Folio 40, Page 16, Robert is a groom aged 47, his wi fe Mary a laundress aged 46. Fanny is aged 13, James 10, Elizabeth 7, E mma 3 and Mary Ellen 1.

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