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  • 1. Ancestors of Randy ChapmanSandy Thalmann, Authentic OriginsOctober 16, 2012LYLE FRANCIS CHAPMAN AND LEONA FRANCIS—GRANDPARENTSLyle Francis Chapman was born on July 2, 1895 in Flandreau, Moody County, South Dakota. He was theoldest child of John Francis and Katherine Evelyn (Hess) Chapman. Lyle had at least six younger siblings:Cecil Richard, born July 15, 1898;George Merle (who seems to have gone by his middle name, Merle), born December 23, 1900;Harold W., born circa 1904;Lela D., born circa 1906;Mary/Marie, born circa 1908;and a half-sister, Margaret Banks, born circa 1913.Sometime between 1908–1910, Lyle’s parents divorced and his father went to McLean County, NorthDakota.Lyle’s mother, Kate, worked as a laundress out of her home in Flandreau to support herself and her sixchildren. A woman with children and no husband at that time did not have many options. It’s likely the olderboys were called upon to help support the family. This may explain why Lyle had only an eighth gradeeducation. Around 1913, Lyle’s mother remarried to Thomas Banks and gave birth to Margaret.In 1917, at age 21, Lyle filled out a draft registration card for World War I. By that time, he was living andworking in Hannibal, Missouri as a button cutter at the Hannibal Pearl Button Company. He lived at 751Bridge Street. He was a single man, tall with dark blue eyes and dark brown hair. Lyle served in World War Ifrom July 6, 1918 to December 18, 1918 as a Corporal in the U.S. Army in the 4th Company, 1st Battalion,164 Depot Brigade at Camp Funston, Kansas.By 1920, Lyle was 24 years old and had married Leona Francis. He was back in Hannibal working again as abutton cutter. His wife, Leona, was 19 years old and had been born in Missouri. Her father, Charles A.Francis was living with the couple and was a teamster in the furniture business. Charles died in June of 1927 1
  • 2. Ancestors of Randy ChapmanSandy Thalmann, Authentic OriginsOctober 16, 2012at the age of 60 and is buried in Marion County, Missouri (where Hannibal is located). Leona’s mother, Ellen(Triplett) Francis, preceded him in death sometime between 1900—1920.In 1930, Lyle and Leona were living at 507 Mulberry Avenue in Muscatine, Iowa. Lyle was still working as acutter at a button factory. Their three children had all been born in Missouri: daughter, Francis circa 1920;son Russell circa 1923; and son Robert E. circa 1927.In 1935, the family lived in Muscatine, Iowa but by 1940, they had moved to South Moline, Illinois. Lylehad a job as a machine operator at a farm implement manufacturing company (likely John Deere). Francishad left home, but the two boys, ages 17 and 12 were living with their parents and attending school. Russellhad completed two years of high school and Robert had completed 7th grade.Lyle died on November 23, 1958 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. On the daybefore Thanksgiving, November 26, 1958, he was buried at the Rock Island National Cemetery in Illinois.His second wife, Jessie died May 1, 1982 and was laid to rest beside him.Lyle’s first wife, Leona, grandmother of Randy Chapman, appears to have remarried to a man namedPeterson and moved to Davenport, Iowa. She died in June of 1966.JOHN FRANCIS CHAPMAN AND KATHERINE (KATE) HESS—GREAT GRANDPARENTSJohn Francis Chapman was born in Iowa on January 29, 1872, probably near Vinton, in Benton County,Iowa, where the family lived in 1880. John was eldest of five children born to Reuben and Mary E. (Petty)Chapman. John’s younger siblings were:George H., born December 1873;William A., born circa 1879;Marion W., born May 1887; andLeona B., born October 1891.Katherine (Kate) Hess was born in May 1872 in Minnesota—likely in Washington County where she isshown living with her parents John and Martha in 1880. Her father, John, was born in Canada in January1833 and came to the United States in 1854 at the age of 21. Her mother, Martha, was born in New Yorkcirca 1836. Katherine had at least three siblings, all born in Minnesota:Maggie, born circa 1866;George, born circa 1869; andDel. R., born in April 1875.By 1884, the Hess family had located in Moody County, South Dakota on a piece of land that John Hessobtained from the U.S. government. The Chapman family also settled in Moody County, South Dakota andthat is undoubtedly where John Francis Chapman met Kate Hess. The couple married in 1894 and theireldest son Lyle was born July 2, 1895 with five younger children to follow between 1898—1908.By 1910, John Francis and Kate Chapman had divorced and John Francis went to McLean County, NorthDakota. In April of that year, he is shown on the census as a lodger in a hotel owned by Walter Williams,working as a carpenter. His younger brother, Marion, was with him, also working as a carpenter. Alsolodging there and waiting tables in the hotel was Sarah Kittleson, who would soon become John Francis’second wife. 2
  • 3. Ancestors of Randy ChapmanSandy Thalmann, Authentic OriginsOctober 16, 2012John Francis and Sarah had two children who lived to adulthood:John Earl, born 27 March 1914, died 11 January 2003; andArlo James, born 8 June 1929, died 12 July 2010.Arlo James Chapman of St. Charles, obituary, published in the Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on July 14, 2010Arlo James Chapman, 81, passed away peacefully at his daughter Jeans home, Monday, July 12, 2010, after a long battle withAlzheimers disease. Arlo was born June 8, 1929, in Turtle Lake, N.D. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Francis andSarah Louise (Kittelson) Chapman; his older brother, John Earl Chapman and five infant siblings; and his soul mate and secondwife, Lorraine Falk Chapman. Arlo graduated, class valedictorian from Turtle Lake High School in North Dakota, Class of 1948.He was a man of many accomplishments. A supervisor at Hawley Company in St. Charles, he ran the linotype at the GenevaRepublican for many years, joined the Geneva police force, went on to join the Kane County Sheriffs Department, and ownedand ran the Purple Carriage in St. Charles. Arlo also had many black belts in karate and judo, and many sharp shooting awards.Arlo also worked for Stephen Winternitz Auction in his later years; just had to keep busy. He was an avid collector of cast ironpots and pans, and belonged to the WAGS and GRISWOLD Clubs. He loved going to flea markets and making friends witheveryone. He was a life member of the Moose in St. Charles, and the Fraternal Order of Police. Arlo is survived by his first wife,Ardith Arlene Chapman of Lugoff, S.C., and his six children, Jean (George) Haimalas of Geneva, Ill., Judy (Tim) Gallagher ofSandwich, Ill., Joan Chapman St. Charles, Ill., John (Dawn) Chapman of Dexter Mo., Jeffry Arlo Chapman of Lugoff andJennifer (Mel) McCaa of Lugoff. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Andreas and Fotis Haimalas, Gary Oxford andTiffany Gallagher, Amanda and Kristen Porter, Tyler and Hayley Chapman, Kassandra and Jeffery Arlo Jr. Chapman; and finallytwo great-grand daughters, Riley Gibson and Fotini Haimalas. The family would like to thank the CNS Hospice, Dr. Chang,Ancie, Beth Kennedy, Linda the nurses aid, and to everyone at CNS for their help and caring, someone to lean on and answerquestions, and offer suggestions, thank you all!; and to Chaplin Patrick Skinner for all of the prayers and guidance through thisdifficult time for Arlo and Jean. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 16, at Yurs Funeral Home, 1771 W. StateSt. (Route 38), Geneva. Burial will be in River Hills Memorial Park in Batavia. Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Thursday,July 15, at the funeral home. For information, 630-232-7337 or visit www.yursfuneralhomes.com.John Francis Chapman died 12 January 1952 and is buried in the Turtle Lake Cemetery, McLean County,North Dakota, with his second wife, Sarah, who died in 1984, and his son John Earl. Nearby are his brotherMarion and Marion’s wife Marie.Kate Hess Chapman Banks, (John Francis’ first wife, and mother of Lyle Chapman), stayed in Hannibal,Missouri with her children and second husband, Thomas Banks. Thomas was a button cutter at the buttonfactory, just as Lyle had been. Kate died on 15 August 1928 at age 56 years and is buried in Hannibal. 3
  • 4. Ancestors of Randy ChapmanSandy Thalmann, Authentic OriginsOctober 16, 2012REUBEN CHAPMAN AND MARY PETTY—GREAT GREAT GRANDPARENTSThese were the ancestors who brought the family west. Reuben Chapman was born in New York on October27, 1840. Mary Petty was born in Timberswamp, Warren County, New Jersey on 7 May 1840. According toher baptismal record, her parents were John Thornton and Hettie (Hester) Petty. Someone has kindly posted aphoto of John Thornton Petty in an online tree at Ancestry.com (see below). The Petty family went to Bureau County, Illinois between 1860—1870. It is unknown when Reuben Chapman arrived in Illinois but he met and married Mary Petty there on March 3, 1870. Three months later, the young couple is shown on the census farming in Walnut Township, Bureau County, Illinois. By 1872, the couple had moved to Benton County, Iowa and their first child, John Francis was born that year on January 29. Three sons and a daughter followed: George H., born December 1873; William A., born circa 1879; Marion W., born May 1887; and Leona B., born October 1891.Between 1891–1894, the family moved to a farm in Moody County, South Dakota, but by 1900, Mary wasmanaging the farm in Lone Rock Township with the help of her son, George. Her husband, Reuben, was apatient at the South Dakota State Hospital for the Insane in Yankton.Around the turn of the twentieth century, state hospitals provided care for all sorts of diverse illnesses.Mental health was not understood and there was no treatment available for any mental disorder. People weresent to state hospitals for such things as “melancholia” which we now know as depression, or for epilepsybecause seizures could not be controlled. People whose families were unable to care for them could be sentto the state hospital. Without obtaining the hospital or court commitment records, it is impossible to knowwhy Reuben Chapman was there, but it is important not to jump to conclusions based on a 2012understanding of “insanity.” A few months after the census, on August 6, 1900, Reuben died and was buriedin Union Cemetery, Flandreau, South Dakota.At the time of Reuben’s death, his youngest children were ages 13 and 8 years. Mary raised them toadulthood and moved into the town of Flandreau. In 1910, she was living with her youngest daughter, Leona,who by then was 18 years old. The local grade school teacher, 27 year oldGrace Proper, was boarding with them.Leona married Orin Kipp on February 11, 1913 and moved to St. Paul,Minnesota. Mary moved in with her son, George, and his wife Elsie. Georgewas a carpenter, just like his brothers John Francis and Marion.Mary died on June 15, 1920 and was buried next to her husband in UnionCemetery, Flandreau, South Dakota. 4
  • 5. Ancestors of Randy ChapmanSandy Thalmann, Authentic OriginsOctober 16, 2012GREAT GREAT GREAT GRANDPARENTSThere was a family headed by Jonathan Chapman and his wife Anna who were living in Newfield, TompkinsCounty, New York in 1850 with a ten year old son named Reuben. Online family tree creators haveconcluded that this is the correct family for the Reuben Chapman who married Mary Petty. There are somematching elements. Reuben Chapman of Benton County, Iowa, reported on a census in 1880 that his parentswere born in Connecticut and the parents shown in Newfield, New York, were born in Connecticut.However, more proof than this is needed to make the connection back to the previous generation and this isnot provided in the online trees.The same situation exists for Mary Petty where an online family tree traces her ancestry back six generationsthrough New Jersey to Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England. Three generations of the Petty family fromEngland supposedly immigrated to New Jersey between 1700-1704. The earliest identified progenitor,William Petty, was reportedly born in 1650 in England and died in New Jersey in 1750 at the age of 100years. While this is possible, a life span of 100 years in the 1700s was very unusual. Documentation beyondMary’s father, John Thornton Petty, is virtually non-existent in the online tree and much more evidencewould be needed before this family could rightfully be claimed to be ancestors of Randy Chapman. 5