Biography of Samuel Chapin, Jr.
Madison County, NY Biographies





Chapin, Samuel, jr., who has been in the jewelry trade in Oneida nearly fifty years, was born in Vernon, Oneida county, N.Y., May 18, 1831, the oldest son of Samuel and Fannie (Sage) Chapin. His education was limited to the common schools, and at an early age he entered his father's jewelry store in Vernon to learn the trade, which he has always followed. His father had previously been a wagon maker, but gradually took up the jewelry business, at which he finally became expert, having learned the trade from the various watchmakers he had employed. He came to Oneida in December, 1848, and started the first jewelry store in the village, still continuing his store in Vernon. In 1850 he disposed of this business and brought his family to Oneida, where he is still living at the advanced age of ninety three years. The subject of this notice purchased his father's business in company with Ephraim Beck, forming the firm of Chapin & Beck. Mr. Beck retired after one year and Mr. Chapin continued alone. His father had meantime decided to engage in business and for a time they were in friendly competition, later combining their stocks and forming the present well known firm of S. Chapin & Son. Mr. Chapin is a well known and valued citizen of Oneida. He has never sought nor held public office of any kind. He married in 1891 Miss Carrie De Pledge of Oneida and one son has been born to them, Stewart Lyle Chapin.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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