Chapman, William (1819-1887)
William was born on 5 June 1819 at Salisbury, Wiltshire, to parents Valentine and Mary Ann. He was baptised, along with his older brother James, on 5 June 1820 at St Martin, Salisbury.
There is little information available about William’s ministry. Clearly something significant happened circa 1870 that resulted in him leaving the ministry. He had a large family and many of his children ‘disappear’ after the 1861 census – could family grief have impacted on his faith?
William married Frances Pye (1821-1904) at Swannington, Norfolk on 11 August 1842. Census returns identify eleven children.
- Fanny (1842-1909) – married Robert Jesty, a joiner
- Rosanna (b1844) – a dressmaker
- William Pye (b1846)
- Emma Pye (b1847)
- Selina Kate (b1849)
- Leonora Jane (b1851) – a servant in 1871
- Blanche Mary (b1853) – a domestic servant in 1871
- Charles Arthur (1855-1903) – a railway engine driver
- Henry Liftz (b1857)
- Samuel (b1859)
- Harry (b1864) – a labourer
In the 1871 census, William is living at Hempnall, Depwade, Norfolk with his occupation described as hawker. His wife, Frances, is a schoolmistress. The 1881 census finds William working as a coffee stall keeper in Willesden, London. Frances is working as a nurse.
It is likely that William died abt 1887 in London.
- 1839 Mattishall
- 1840 Upwell
- 1843 Yarmouth
- 1845 Fakenham
- 1846 Briston
- 1847 Cambridge
- 1849 Swaffham
- 1851 Lynn
- 1853 Norwich 1
- 1857 Diss
- 1859 Rockland
- 1860 Wangford
- 1864 Briston
- 1867 Watton
- 1869 Thetford
- 1870 disappears
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1867/193 (portrait)
W Leary,Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers