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I am researching the descendants of Thomas Chapman who was born in 1781 from Ireland. It is said that young Thomas was a stowaway aboard a ship enroute to the United States. By the time he was discovered by crew members, the ship was too far out to sea to turn back. This left the Captain no other recourse but to bring him the rest of the way. Thomas had no identification on him; only a single piece of cheese. The Captain declared him a "free white". I found no documentation to back this up as yet. However, there are records showing that Thomas settled in Virginia, married and raised his family. He married a woman named Mary. They had the following children: Edward, Thomas, Andrew J. and James B. Somewhere around 1850, Thomas and Mary moved their family to Pike County, Kentucky where they made their home. It is said that Thomas may be buried in the Chapman Cemetary in Pike County, Kentucky; but I have no proof of that either. I would like to find out more about the Chapman's who lived or still live in Pike County, Kentucky and the related families which are the Maynards, Blackburns, Gooslins and the Hunts. I would be happy to share any and all information I have on any of these lines. All information will be greatly appreciated. "Happy Hunting" and hope to hear from you soon.
The Kinship of Betty Chapman Gebard
Updated September 5, 2000

Betty Ann Gebard
Camp Street
Sandusky, OH 44870
United States

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