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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published by John M. Gresham & Co. in 1891.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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CHARLES B. CHAPIN, the subject of this sketch, was born November 8, 1824, in the town of Winfield, Herkimer county, New York. His paternal grandfather and also his father were natives of Massachusetts, but emigrated to Herkimer county, New York, at an early period, where the former died at an advanced age. Subject’s father, Lorin Chapin, was brought up on his father’s farm and received a common school education. Ho has been farmer, merchant and distiller by occupation, and in early life shared in those experiences that have always been attendant upon the pioneer. He has the distinction of having hauled the first load of merchandise from Albany to Buffalo, is republican politically but without undue political aspirations. He was also a member of the State militia and an active member of the Presbyterian church at Silver Creek, in which he held the office of deacon for many years. He married Miss Sarah Brace, and had, as a result of this union, two girls and three boys. Mr. Chapin died in the county of his adoption.

Charles B. Chapin was educated in the common schools and engaged in farming, which occupation he has since followed. He married Calista A. Gage, daughter of Sullivan Gage, a native of Connecticut originally, but by adoption a citizen of Hanover Center, New York, and has a family of three boys and one girl: the eldest, James M., is married to Miss Allie Thurston, and conducts a successful lumber, contract and real estate business in Newark, N. J. He was educated at the State Normal school; Lizzie O., married to A. Morgan Harrison, a promising young lawyer of Minneapolis, Minn.; Bradley, married to Emma Mead, daughter of Edmund Mead, of Sheridan, residing at home, was engaged in cattle dealing; and Fred N., married to Miss Allie Smith, of Bradford, Pa., now located in Chicago as foreman of a large factory.

Charles B. Chapin is the owner of a good farm, which he has acquired by his industry and frugality. He is a good citizen, a supporter of all worthy educational and charitable movements and takes a lively interest in public affairs, having always been an ardent republican in politics.

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This family biography is one of 658 biographies included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published in 1891. 

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