This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893. Excerpt: ... ETHAN SAMUEL CHAPIN. Ethan Samuel Chapin, the son of Samuel Chapin, Jr., and of Mary Pease, was born at Somers, Conn., on the 14th of July, 1814. He "was a direct descendant in the seventh generation of Deacon Samuel Chapin, one of the earliest settlers of Springfield, Mass., who came to this city with his family in 1642, and who, after serving as magistrate and in other important offices, died here in 1675. The bronze statue representing a Puritan settler of New England, which stands in Stearns Park, was erected as a memorial to this Deacon Samuel Chapin. He was one of the committee that laid out the towns of Northampton and Hadley, which, with Springfield as the shire town, were formed into the county of Hampshire in 1662. The descendants of this Deacon Chapin have been, like himself, "useful and highly esteemed" men. Samuel Chapin, Sr., the grandfather of Mr. Ethan Chapin, died in 1833, at the age of ninety-one. He had served as an ensign during the Revolutionary War, and in consequence was always called "Ensign Chapin." Also, Mr. Ethan Chapin's maternal grandfather, Stephen Pease, was an officer in the War for Independence, and was present at the battle of Stillwater, and at the surrender of Burgoyne. Thus, on both his father's and his mother's side, Mr. Ethan Chapin came of honorable and Revolutionary stock. Some time before his death Samuel Chapin, Father's r., jus mentioned, mortgaged his faUure. farm at Somers. His son, Samuel Chapin, Jr., who took charge of it at too high a valuation, soon found himself seriously involved, and had to give up the entire estate. The gentle spirit of Mr. Chapin was almost overwhelmed by this sore calamity. He was sustained and the family character preserved chiefly by the Christian courage of his strongminded wife, ...
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