Chapman, Harriet (nee Goodacre) (1850-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by G.K.

Harriet Chapman, wife of Mr. James Chapman, local preacher and circuit steward of Windsor Circuit, was born at Amber Hill, Lincolnshire, in 1850. Converted at seventeen she joined the choir and became a Sunday school teacher. Her life was of the quiet order, but much of her husband’s public work has been made possible by her sympathy and encouragement. A loyal and devoted member and an ardent worker, she was also a good wife and mother. Two of her nephews are ministers of our Church, Revs. John and Albert Goodacre, whilst her daughter is the wife of Rev. James Watson, M.A., of Rapid City, U.S.A. 

A year ago Mrs. Chapman was smitten with illness, and died on December 26th. The funeral service on December 30th took place at the William Street Church, and was conducted by Rev. G. Kendall, who also read the committal in the Parish Churchyard. A memorial service was held on January 3rd. Our sympathy for the husband and family is deep and sincere.


Harriet was born in the spring of 1849 at Amber Hill, Lincolnshire, to parents John Goodacre, a farm labourer(1851), and Mary Ann Solomon.

She married John Roberts Bycraft (1850-1872), a wheelwright (1871), in late 1869 in the Boston Registration District, Lincolnshire.

She married James Chapman (1852-1923), a coke drawer (1881) and later an insurance agent (1901 & 1911), in the summer of 1874 at Barnsley, Yorkshire. Census returns identify six of eight children.

  • John William (1875-1882)        
  • Thomas Henry (1879-1943)  – a vacuum brake examiner (1911); a railway carriage examiner (1939)
  • Elizabeth Ann (b1882) – a domestic cook (1911)
  • James William (b1885) – civil service clerk – prison department (1911)      
  • Emma Louisa (b1889) – a domestic nursemaid  Islington
  • Alice (b abt1894)

Harriet died on 26 December 1914 at Slough, Buckinghamshire..


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/410

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