Jane Wicks Family History

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             George Chapman & Harriet Collins

                              The Hundred, Romsey


    George Chapman was born on 11th August 1846 in The Hundred, Romsey, Hampshire, the seventh child of twelve born to John Chapman, a boot and shoe maker, and his wife Elizabeth, formerly East. He was baptized on 19th February 1847 in Romsey. As a child he lived in Industry Row, an area off Mill Lane in Romsey. On 17th February 1865 George joined the Army, becoming a private in the King's Royal Rifle Corps (later the Royal Green Jackets) based at the Rifle Depot in Winchester. He is described in his army records as being "5' 4 3/4" tall, of dark complexion, with black eyes, and dark brown hair. He served 2 years 1 month in Canada before returning to Winchester. In 1868 George suddenly developed Epilepsy and was recommended for discharge in 1869 on the grounds that he was no longer fit for service. His condition was describes as;


         "disease, not injury, progressive - will seriously interfere with his earning a livlihood, probably due to a ____ affection of the head in childhood, not aggravated by indulgence or other vice"

 

   He does not appear however, to have been discharged at that time as he was still in the same regiment in 1871. George married Harriet Collins in St Peter's Church, West Tytherley, Hampshire, on 25th December 1875, by which time he had left the army and his occupation is recorded as a "labourer" the witnesses to the marriage were Albert Pragnell and Ellen Pragnell. 

                                                           Harriet Collins was born on 24th December 1846 in Frenchmoor, West Tytherley, the daughter of George Collins and Rachel Waterman. George and Harriet had three children, George William, b. 1880, Frances Mary, b. 1882 and John (Jack) b. 1893. They also raised Harriet's niece, Julia, the illegitimate and orphaned daughter of her younger sister Eliza. George continued to work as a bricklayer's or general labourer at least until 1901, by this time he had become the caretaker of the Liberal Club House in Bell Street where he lived. He later became a county court bailiff. Harriet died in 1918 in Romsey and George died on 28th March 1924, aged 77, at 3 Latimer Street, Romsey, cause of death - carcinoma of the stomach, the informant was his son George, who was present at the death.



Frenchmoor Lane, 

West Tytherley, where Harriet was born in 1846

Children


George William Chapman (1880 - 1951) married Mabel Ann Blanchard (Direct ancestors see separate profile)


Frances Mary Chapman was born in 1882 and was baptized on 6th October 1882 in Romsey. She was a witness to the marriage of her brother George to Mabel Ann Blanchard in 1901. She married Harry James White in 1902 in Romsey. They had three children, Alfred Harry White (1904 - 1929) Frances Harriet White (1905 - 1999) and Dorothy Christina White (1909 - 1997). Frances died in 1956 in Romsey, aged 74.


John Chapman (known as Jack) was born on 25th July in Banning Street, Romsey. His occupation is given as "Baker" on the 1911 census. Some time after this he joined the 3rd Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment and on 17th November 1911 transferred to the Army Service Corps. His description on enlistment is recorded as "height - 5' 6, 1/8", weight - 115 lbs, chest measurement - 34" with 2" expansion, fresh complexion, brown eyes, brown hair, tattoo inside right forearm of a nude female and on left forearm a horses head and shoe with "good luck", pronounced "fit" for the Army, service no. 30839. His next of kin is recorded as his father, George and mother, Harriet of 113 Middlebridge Street, Romsey and his brother, George of 32 Shirley Road, Shirley, Southampton. On 18th August 1912 he was absent without leave from his regiment and arrested and detained on 26th August. On 6th September 1912 he was transferred to the civil authorities and spent 28 days in custody. He was discharged from the Army on 3rd October 1912 for "having been convicted by the civil power of a felony" the nature of his crime is not recorded. This should have debarred him from rejoining the Army or any other armed service, however he later joined the Royal Marine Light Infantry (without disclosing his former service). He married Eva Ellen Lillian Knight on 27th September 1919 in St Andrews Church, Deal, Kent, his occupation is recorded as "Private, RMLI". Jack and Eva had six children, George, Alfred, Harry, Ronald, Evelyn and Silvia. They lived in Romsey and later in Braishfield, Hampshire. Jack died on 20th January 1961, aged 67, at The Chest Hospital, Southampton, from Pneumonia.

George Chapman Timeline


Birth

 1846 11th August,  The Hundred, Romsey, Hampshire 

           Father, John Chapman, Shoemaker, Mother, Elizabeth Chapman, formerly East.

           Registered 16th September by Elizabeth Chapman, mother, The Hundred Romsey

Baptism

1847 19th February, Romsey, 

          Father, John Chapman, Shoemaker, Mother, Elizabeth Chapman

Residence

1851  Age: 5  Industry Row, Romsey Infra, Hampshire

Residence 

1861  Age: 15 Industry Row, Romsey Infra, Hampshire 

Military

1865  17 February Age: 18

Private 1651 4th battalion, 60th Regiment of Royal Rifles (Kings Royal Rifle Corps)


Residence

1871  Age: 25  St Thomas Barracks, Winchester Hampshire

Barracks where George was stationed in 1871

Marriage To HARRIET COLLINS
1875  25th December 
Age: 29, St Peters Church, West Tytherley, Hampshire

St Peters, West Tytherley

Residence 

1881  Age: 35   

Newton Lane, Romsey


Residence 

1891   Age: 45    

Cherville Street, Romsey 


Residence

1901    Age: 55

32 Bell Street, Romsey

Liberal Club House, Bell Street

George was caretaker here in 1901

Residence

1911   Age: 65

113 Middlebridge Street, Romsey


Death

1924  28th March   Age: 77 

3 Latimer Street, Romsey

Cause of death - Carcinoma of the stomach. Informant, George W Chapman, son, present at the death. 22 Firgrove Road, Freemantle, Southampton. 


Harriet Collins Timeline


Birth 

1846 24th December 

Frenchmoor, West Tytherley, Hampshire


Baptism

 1847 7th March, West Tytherly, Hampshire

Father, George, Mother, Rachel


Residence

1851 

Frenchmoor, West Tytherley, Hampshire

Frenchmoor

Residence 

1861  Age: 15 

Frenchmoor, West Tytherley, Hampshire


Residence

1871  Age:25  

Frenchmoor, West Tytherley, Hampshire


Marriage to GEORGE CHAPMAN

1875  25th December

Age: 29 St Peters Church, West Tytherley, Hampshire

Residence

1881  Age 35

Newton Lane, Romsey


Residence

1891  Age:45

Cherville Street, Romsey


Residence

1901   Age: 55

32 Bell Street Romsey


Residence

1911   Age: 65

113 Middlebridge Street, Romsey 


Death

1918  Age: 72

Romsey, Hampshire