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Reuben CHAPMAN was born in Middlesex Co., Conn., July 24, 1810, and was one of a family of four children born to Oren and Penelope Chapman, who were also native of Connecticut, where they were married and remained until their death. Their family were named Reuben, Julia, Samuel and Robert, our subject being the eldest. Reuben remained at home until he was twenty-one, and the following fall went to Cuyahoga County, Ohio, the next year to Cook County Ill., and thence to Kankakee County, near the town called Momence, where he assisted in building the first mill. In 1834, he came to Lake County, Ind., where he has remained since; he was married in June, 1837, to Mrs. Matilda Bailey, who was born in Virginia September 25, 1812, a daughter of Josiah Brant. They have one son, Oren. Shortly after his marriage he purchased and moved on a farm in West Creek Township, Section 7, and after about two years he sold it and purchased and moved on the farm where he now lives, in Section 12.
Source: "Counties of Porter and Lake", 1882Sumbitted by: Kathy Huish - anolelady@aol.com