Van Buren County
Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
ALVIN CHAPMAN is descended in a direct line from Robert Chapman, the first settler, who came from Hull, in England,
to Boston, in August, 1635. He removed in the following November to Saybrook, where some of his descendants still
Alvin Chapman was born in the town of Westbrook, May 26, 1827, and on the 22d of October, 1848, he married Laura
Wright, also a native of Westbrook, where they continued to reside until 1855. In the year last named they removed
to their present home, in Arlington, Van Buren Co., where they have since made their residence.
Mr. Chapman has been a very successful farmer; possessing a farm of great fertility, he has, by industry and good
management, brought it into a high state of cultivation, with fine improvements,—a better estimation of which can
be obtained from a view of them, which we give on another page.
History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.