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The Hutchins/Chapman Family Home Page

Updated November 18, 2007

Christopher Foresman Hutchins
Chicago, IL A-United States

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Welcome to my home page. I am currently researching the following surnames: Brockenbrough, Hutchins, Sellers, Shippen, Stillwell, Chapman, Hutchins, Foresman, Peale, Taggart and Brown.
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Christopher Foresman Hutchins

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  • John Morris 1782-1856 (21 KB)
    portrait of John Morris painted by James Peale in 1814
  • Theron Taggart Chapman (15 KB)
    Young Theron Chapman
  • Morris Sellers 1832-1917 (18 KB)
    Morris Sellers was in the railroad supply business. At one time he was associated with George Westinghouse in the development of the airbrake.
  • Olivia Simes Morris: Art Institute of Chicago (404 KB)
    Art Institute of Chicago Room 169
  • Charles Wilson Peale 1741-1827 (22 KB)
    Charles Wilson Peale became one of America's most famous portrait artists, mainly for his portraiture of George Washington, the first of which was painted in 1772 at Mt. Vernon. 13 portraits more followed before Washington's death.
  • Austin Brockenbrough (1803-1842) (70 KB)
    Austin was born in Port Royal Virginia and Baptized on March 13, 1803. Entering West Point on July 01, 1814, graduated July 01, 1819 he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant of Artillery. In Garrison on recruiting duty at Norfolk Harbor in 1819, he served on topographical duty at Fort Nelson from 1819 to 1820. With the reorganization of the Army in 1821, her served with he 3rd Artillery until 1828. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant, 3rd Artillery, October 01, 1826 he was on garrison duty at Fort Constitution, New Hampshire from 1828 10 1833. He resigned his commission on June 30, 1833, and moved to Jacksonville, Illinois. Austin's civilian Career started in the law profession, became Counselor at Law in Virginia, 1835-1840. On government duty, he died and was buried in Key West, Florida, on September 06, 1842.
  • Gen. Jacob Brown's Home (357 KB)
    Picture taken in 1916. The Brown Brockenbrough family visits the Brown home, now a Library
  • John Hutchins 1812-1891 (16 KB)
    Born in Ohio. Mayor of Cleveland; member of Ohio state legislature; U.S. Representative from Ohio, 1859-63. Elected Congressman in 1858. Served in Congress until 1863 when he organized 2 regiments of Calvery, 2nd and 6th Ohio Volunteers, in the Civil War.
  • Col. John M. Brockenbrough (1830-1892) (163 KB)
    At about 4:30 p.m., as the Union line began to break, Lee and Hill stood atop Seminary Ridge and watched the Federals retreating through Gettysburg and up Cemetery Hill. While they were thrilled by the Rebel success, they were also stunned by the cost of that victory. Hill had thrown seven brigades into the battle and suffered terrible losses. Archer and Davis, who opened the fray, had taken about 1,400 casualties, one-third of their original number. Their troops lay exhausted on Herr Ridge. Brockenbrough and Pettigrew had lost 648 men, 20 percent of the force that had charged the Union troops on McPherson's Ridge. Their brigades were strewn along the dearly bought ground. Brigadier Generals Abner Perrin, James H. Lane and Alfred Scales, who had pushed the attack against the Federals on Seminary Ridge, had seen more than 1,000 of their men, one-fourth of their commands, fall in the fight. Only Perrin had continued the pursuit of the enemy troops into Gettysburg.
  • Robert R McCormick (12 KB)
  • John Brockenbrough, Dr. (1775-1852) (189 KB)
    Dr. John, of Richmond city, long a prominent citizen and President of the Bank of Virginia. He received his M.D. from the University of Edinburgh in 1795, and returned to Virginia where, on 18 April 1797, he married Gabriella Harvie Randolph, the young and wealthy widow of Thomas Mann Randolph. Brockenbrough did not actively practice medicine but was involved in civic and business enterprises. A Contributor toward the building of Monumental Church after the Richmond theater fire of 1811, he at one time owned the Warm Springs in Bath County. His home he built on Shockoe Hill in Richmond, at the corner of 12th and Clay Streets, was designed by Robert Mills of South Carolina. Built in 1818, it was later enlarged in 1844. The Brockenbrough house was later the residence of President Jefferson Davis, and the "White House of the Confederacy" during the Civil War, which is now occupied as the Confederate Museum.
  • Rudolph Ortman (26 KB)
    portrait located at Blue Ridge Farm
  • Jacob Jennings Brown, General 1775-1828 (24 KB)
    Major General Jacob Brown won the Congressional Medal of Honor during the War of 1812. Later General-in-Chief of the U.S. Army. He was the original settler of the town now named for him, Brownville, Jefferson Co., N.Y.( near Watertown)
  • Brockenbrough Children 1850's (69 KB)
    top row from the left: Eleanor, Kirby, Franklin bottom row from the left Willard, Brown
  • Blue Ridge Farm (69 KB)
  • Robert Foresman 1822-1899 (31 KB)
    In 1854 Robert Foresman accepted a call from the Mount Bethel Presbyterian Church near Martin;s Creek, Pa. in 1853. This was a church attended by his great-grandfather, Robert Forsman (1) and his family. Robert Brown was Pastor there until 1873. In 1873 he accepted a call to the Yellow Frame Presbyterian Church near Hackettstown, New Jersey.
  • Brockenbrough Letters 1803-1842 (371 KB)
    Austin Brockenbrough, Lieut. (1803-1842) Mary Skinner Brown (1805-1861)
  • Blue Ridge Farm (81 KB)
    Gardens Pre: Gillette
  • Hugh Austin Foresman 1867-1960 (33 KB)
    Co-Founder of Scott-Foresman Publishers
  • Blue Ridge Farm (22 KB)
    Front 1902
  • John Corydon Hutchins 1840-1932 (13 KB)
    Elected Judge of the Police Court, 1883, and was appointed Postmaster of Cleveland in 1895.
  • Inside Blue Ridge Farm (18 KB)
  • Blue Ridge Farm (79 KB)
    Mrs. Ortman walking in the Gardens 1902
  • Horace Campbell Hutchins 1869-1930 (14 KB)
    Married Elizabeth Morris Sellers in 1901
  • Nathan Sellers 1751-1830 (13 KB)
    Nathan signed many Continental bills during the Revolution. He was thrown out of the Quaker meeting (later reinstated) for fighting in the Revolution. He had a wire and paper mold making business from 1779-1817 with his brother David; from this he became both wealthy and renowned.
  • Coleman Sellers 1781-1834 (12 KB)
    He was a Quaker but was temporarily put out of the meeting for his engineer and inventor, he worked on old Ironside during the War of 1812. An engineer and inventor, he worked on the Transatlantic Cable and a Niagara Falls project; he was also involved in developing machines to manufacture paper.
  • Mrs. Ortman cutting the grass (24 KB)
    Blue Ridge Farm 1902
  • Charles Sellers 1806-1898 (5 KB)
  • Blue Ridge Farm (43 KB)
    Wide shot BRF 1902
  • George Alfred Chapman 1871-1943 (33 KB)
    Worked for Quaker Oats
  • Ortman BRF (15 KB)
    Randolph Ortman at Blue Ridge Farm - horse barn
  • John McCartney Taggart 1852-1927 (36 KB)
    Born and died in Wooster, Ohio
  • Ortman downtown (18 KB)
    Blue Ridge Farm Owner - Randolph Ortman
  • Theron Taggart Chapman 1902-1964 (32 KB)
    Served the Navy during World War II and was president of Scott Foresman Co. in 1964
  • Blue Ridge Farm Horse (15 KB)
    Randolph Ortman
  • Olivia Simes 1790-1838 (22 KB)
    Olivia married John Morris both portraits were painted by James Peale.
  • Patty Foresman Pond (83 KB)
    Patty Foresman Pond at Mckee Jungle Garden in Vero Beach Florida.
  • Horace Andrews Hutchins 1839-1914 (20 KB)
    Enlisting in the Federal army on the outbreak of the Civil war, he became paymaster, with the rank of major and for his services in that capacity was given the brevet rank of colonel BV Secretary of War Stanton. After the war he entered the petroleum refining business in Cleveland in partnership with George Westlake, under the firm name of Westlake, Hutchins & Co. The firm was successful and in 1876 it sold out to the -Standard Oil Co., in which Hutchins became a substantial stockholder and head of the domestic trade department, Which position until he retired from business in 1904. He was a member of the Standard Oil Trust, formed in 1882, an incorporator and director of the Standard Oil Co
  • Charles Peale Polk (5 KB)
    Charles Peale Polk married Lucy Hipkins Brockenbrough. Charles' uncle was the famous portrait painter Charles Wilson Peale.
  • 1930 Packard (56 KB)
    Theron Chapman's 1930 Packard convertable coupe
  • John Brockenbrough: Antietum battle field marker (43 KB)
    John Brockenbrough: Known as "Beau" att. Washington College. Graduated at the University of Virginia. Lawyer, lived in Lexington, Virginia. Lt., Rockbridge Artillery, April 1861. Wounded at 1st Manassas. Capt., Baltimore Light Artillery (Maryland), March 02, 1862. Major - March 02, 1863. Chief of Artillery of Taliaferros' Division (as a captain), fall 1862. Second in command of Hilary P. Jones' Battalion. Suffered disabling wound, that crippled him for life, at Fredericksburg. Retired March 23, 1864. Married Lucy Alice Murrell, 1864. Married 2nd time and went West to Oregon, California and Wyoming, where he was a federal land inspector. Died November 15, 1901 buried in Loundon Park Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Austin Brockenbrough, Col. (1738-1810) (53 KB)
    Colonel Austin Brockenbrough, of "Bloomsbury," Westmoreland County, and Richmond county. Austin was a Colonel in the First Virginia Regiment with Washington during the French Indian Wars, he served under General Braddock. He owned a estate called "Crowley's" and Mulberry Island. It was said that the name of his home, "Bloomsbury," came from his grandmother's family which at one time, lived at Queen's square, Bloomsbury, in London.

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