Friday, February 3, 2017

Update on Capt. John Strother Chapman

This is an update on the death of Capt. John S. Chapman, who served under Col. Adam Rankin Johnson during the Civil War.  Even though it is nice to have some information on his burial, we still do not know for sure where he is buried. Tradition says he is buried at St. Ann's Cemetery in Morganfield, but no tombstone has been found there or any other cemetery..

The son of Thomas Strother Chapman and Prudence Huston of Morganfield,  John S. Chapman enlisted in 1861 in Co. B, 4th Kentucky Regt. Infantry, CSA.  During the battle of Fort Donelson, he was taken prisoner and sent to Camp Chase. After escaping, he served in Gen. William Preston's Brigade and later in Co. H. (later Co. F) of the 10th Kentucky  under Col. Adam Rankin Johnson.

After the war, John S. Strother returned to Union County, where he married Hettie Hite and five children were born to them. Hettie died in 1882 and John S. died in 1885. Below is the article[1] published after his death.

"The obsequies of Capt. John S. Chapman attracted a large crowd to town to-day, and his funeral is said to have been the largest seen in Morganfield for years. He was a son of one of the old pioneers of the county. He served in the Confederate army, first as a lieutenant of Company B, Fourth Kentucky infantry, and afterward, raising a company, he entered the Tenth Kentucky cavalry, under the command of Col. Adam Johnson. He went through Indiana with Morgan, and was present in many of the engagements in which that commander participated. His remains were followed to the grave by a large number of his former comrades in arms."

[1] "Death of Capt. Chapman," Evansville Daily Courier, Thurs., 27 August 1885, p. 1

Published 3 Feb 2017, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

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