Biography of William Chappell
Howard County, IN Biographies





WILLIAM CHAPPELL was born in Henry County, Ind., January 14, 1832, and the son of Joshua and Sarah (Carter) Chappell, natives of North Carolina; his parents had eleven children, two of whom, Mary and Malin da, were born in North Carolina; his father removed to Oxford, Butler County, Ohio, where he worked as a farm hand; he was a brick mason by trade, and assisted in building the first brick house erected in Oxford. In 1820, he removed to Henry County, Ind., locating on a rented farm, but in 1823 he purchased a farm of eighty acres on which he lived five years; he then sold his farm and removed to New Castle, where he engaged in the grocery business seven years, when he sold his stock and engaged in the hotel business for ten years. During this time, he was Deputy Sheriff under Tabor McKee, after which he was elected Sheriff and served two successive terms. He was a prominent Republican. After his second term expired, he located on a farm in the same county and remained until 1863, when he sold out and purchased 290 acres of land in Madison County, and there lived until his death in 1872; his wife died the following year. While they lived in Henry County they had nine children - William, John E., Anna, Joshua, Matilda, Clement, Elizabeth, Harriet and Charles D. Mr. and Mrs. Chappell were among the most active members of the New Light Church. The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm, and received a common school education. He was married, in 1852, to Helen Carter, daughter of John and Hannah (Quick) Carter. Mr. Chappell, after his marriage, remained on the farm with his father until 1858, when he removed to Howard County, locating on forty acres of land on the banks of the Wild Cat, in Union Township; here he began to clear the land and prepare a home for his family'; he endured many of the privations of pioneer life, and by economy and industry he has been able to add to his home fifteen acres more, and now has a fine farm of fifty five acres, well improved, making a beautiful home. Mr. Chappell was a prominent member of the Union League during the war. He is an active member of the I. O. O. F., and was Secretary of the Grange organization. He is an active worker in the Republican party and has held offices of honor and trust; he is now serving his second term as Justice of of Peace of Union Township. Mrs. Ellen Chappell is identified with the U. B. Church, and is one of its most active members. While not blessed with children of their own, they have reared many children, giving them good homes.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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