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Below is a family biography included in The History of Newton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Hon. Edwin A. Chapman was born in St. Louis Mo., August 23, 1836, son of Daniel Hudson Chapman and Lucinda (Martin) Chapman, formerly of Troy, N. Y., and grandson of Josiah Chapman of Philadelphia, Penn. The Chapmans of this branch were descendants of the early Quaker settlers of this country. Daniel Hudson Chapman was a merchant in St. Louis, and died in 1842. His son, Edwin A., secured a fair English education, and at the age of fifteen went to California, where he remained for five years. In the year 1856 he returned to St. Louis, and finished his education in the higher branches including a course of law, was admitted to the bar, but, inheriting a farm, he followed agricultural pursuits in preference to his profession. He married Miss Catharine A. Parker, daughter of James and Catharine A. (Rawlings) Parker, of Philadelphia, and to them were born Edwin C., Emeline C., Ulysses Sidney, Massena Rawlings, Wesley Browning, Catharine H., Sallie C., Adella Iona and Charles Augustine Chapman. Mr. Chapman held several commissions in the army, on the Union side, during the late war. In 1809 he came to Newton County and assisted in organizing the New County Fair Association, and served as its secretary several years. In 1873 he was elected presiding judge of time Newton County Court, and held this position until elected to the Legislature, a member of the Twenty-eighth General Assembly. He is a Democrat in politics, and is a genial, cultivated and Christian gentleman.

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