Archive | November 2014

Who was Mrs. E.L. Chapman?

chapman envelope

I found this letter at a flea market in Lancaster, Massachusetts. When I got it home I discovered that there were two newspaper clippings inside. (More on those in a later blog post.) The letter was sent from Mrs. E.L. Chapman in Brooklyn, New York and addressed to her son William Chapman in Bridgeport, Connecticut, thanking him for his birthday gift. Here is the letter:

Chapman letter front

Chapman letter


Having trouble reading the letter? Here’s my transcription (it took me a little while to figure out where she started, what page went next and where she ended!):

[Envelope postmarked 11 Jan 1919 12:30 pm Brooklyn, N.Y.]


Mrs. E.L. Chapman

149 Willow Street

Brooklyn – N.Y.

[Addressed to:]

Mr. Wm. W. Chapman

#446 Park Place

Bridgeport Conn

[Letter] Saturday A.M.

My Dear William

My birthday is ended and it was a bright sunshiny day, and I enjoyed every moment. The day was full of surprises. In the morning, when we were at breakfast our bell rang, and I went to the door, and the “Special Delivery” Postman handed me a letter and I recognized the hand writing as Horatio’s a Birthday greeting, and a check for ten dollars. At nine oclock our regular postman came, and filled my two hands with letters. There was a Birthday card from Jennie Bander, Mary Winslow, Eliza Ferris, Emma Clark, Eliza Ferris Jr, Maria Kimball, Betty and your letter and when I opened I was surprised and pleased, and I felt like a millionaire. I thank you very much, and I am going to keep it for my vacation next summer. I enjoy traveling and seeing my dear ones more than anything else, and I know you would enjoy my getting all the happiness I can out of your gift. Cannot go about many years longer. Enclosed find two clippings which I thought would interest you. Glad to hear of Wards returning home safe, and sound. Charles Wicks lost his son and they feel deeply his loss. Only one son left. Elizabeth has a cold. Our steam heat is not sufficient here. I think the plant is worn out. Cannot get it above 60⁰ in the living room, and large bedroom off of it. The dining room bath & two bedrooms comfortable and I remain in dining room most of the time. Cannot get ill. Thanking you again and trust you are gaining all the time & with love to each one.



But who was Mrs. E.L. Chapman?

She was Eliza Lincoln (Dickinson) Chapman born 10 Jan 1838 in Connecticut, the daughter of Nancy Lincoln who was born between 1808 and 1810 in Massachusetts and Rufus Wells Dickinson who was originally from Hadley, Massachusetts. She married William Hiscox Chapman, on 21 November 1857. He later served and was wounded in the Civil War in Spotsylvania, PA. He died 3 October 1879 at the age of 46 (she later received a Civil War pension for his service). Eliza and William had three children: Eliza Lincoln born 7 Feb 1861, William Wells born 11 July 1863 (to whom the letter was addressed) and Horatio Campbell born 23 November 1867.

Eliza never remarried. She died 19 December 1928 and is buried with her husband in River Bend Cemetery in Westerly, Rhode Island.

Adventures in Photoshop Continued

Some of you have been asking how I made out editing this photograph of my Dad from World War II.

dad army pic light

Here are two edits – still a work in progress. I’d be interested to hear which one you think is better.

dad army pic light_edited-1

dad army pic light_edited-2

Honor Roll Project

I am excited to participate in the Honor Roll Project spearheaded by Heather Wilkinson Rojo who writes the blog Nutfield Genealogy on Blogspot. The idea is to photograph local veterans memorials/monuments and transcribe them so that they are searchable on the web. Here is my offering for this Veterans Day November 11, 2014:

There are four monuments in Memorial Circle in Leominster, Massachusetts with the names of the fallen inscribed on them.

2014-11-08 Memorial Circle

2014-11-08  Memorial Circle monument

Here is the monument dedicated to those from Leominster who lost their lives during World War Two:

World War II Monument

Quite honestly, I was shocked at how many soldiers died in World War II  just from one small city.

Here is the transcription of that monument:

World War II

1941 – 1946

Alton A. Cousins MMC USN

Joseph R. Martineau PVT USA

Malcolm C. Reed 2ndLT USMC

Leo M. Gagnon PFC USMC

Edmond O. Lachapelle CPL USA

Julian K. Dobson PFC USMC

Alphonse J. Richard PFC USA

Robert L. White SC2 USN

Pasquale O. Rocca, Jr. PVT USA

Lloyd A. Elwell PFC USA

Mark K. O’Toole 2LT USA

Harrison C. Richardson WT1 USN

Robert W. Barker SSG USA

Richard C. Nicholas 1LT USA

Lawrence L. Mitchell OS USMM

John W. Fortune, Jr. WT2 USN

Adrien Savalliere PVT USA

John G. Hising 2LT USA

Francis E. Moquin PFC USA

Arthur A. Morin TSG USA

Arthr J. Simpson 2LT UDS

Gerard J. Mitchell SC USMM

Alfred J. Gravelle PFC USA

Charles M. Perry ENS USN

Frank J. Montagna PVT USA

Kent R. Collins MOMM3 USN

Philip W. Newman ENS USN

Frank M. Foster 2LT USA

Edmund Melanson PVT USA

Henry F. Bosley 2LT USA

Walter M. Boland 1LT USA

James J. Boyle SGT USA

Matteo Turano GM3 USN

Samuel E. Bailey PFC USA

Paul A. Prince SF3 USN

Fred Gordon 2LT USA

Frank J. Petricca GM3 USN

Mario J. Lanza PFC USA

Everett E. Grimes PVT USA

Leon L. Gionet PVT USA

Frank W. Sawyer CPL USMC

Albert F. Duval 2LT USA

John J. McGillen PFC USA

Ralph E. Sherwin PFC USA

William D. Scully SSG USA

Leo J. H. Brideau PFC USMC

Lawrence A. Cravedi GM2 USN

Isoac Hawkins SGT USA

Pasquale A. Petrucci PVT USA

Harold L. Lord PVT USA

Victor Devarney SIC USN

Edmund F. Potter, Jr. PVT USA

Kenneth S. Hastings 1LT USA

Darius J. Parrott MM3 USN

Martin B. Love SGT USA

John F. Supple, Jr. PFC USA

Rene R. Gariepy PFC USA

Samuel A. Spadafore PVT USA

Michael J. Digeromino SGT USA

Harry J. Peterson SSG USA

Nicholas Dipace PVT USA

Arthur O. Gopfert PFC USA

Francis C. Quinn PFC USA

William C. Lavoie S2C USN

Gerard J. Cormier PFC USMC

Romeo M. Capasso PVT USA

Albert P. Demazure PFC USA

Bernard W. Joslin SIC USN

Delmarzio J. Franciosi PFC USA

Mario B. Fini QM3 USN

Rodrigo G. Caffoni SM3 USN

Lester R. King PFC USA

Arthur R. Marcoux SIC USN

George J. Blanchette AB USAT

Stefan R. Kucharski PO RCAF

Nelson E. Simmons SSG USA

Walter E. Kurasowicz SGT USA

Eddie Cormier PVT USA

Lyman M. Bates, Jr. 2LT USA

Ernest I. Rehor PFC USMC

Angelo J. Tata PFC USA

Peter R. Dandini S1C USM

Horace R. Falk CAPT USA

Romeo J. Charron T/C USA

Donald P. Reynolds PFC USA

Everett M. Woodward, Jr. LT USN

Clyde W. Albee, Jr. SN1 USN

Charles J. Gai PVT USA

Wyott T. Ordung QMC USN

Frank N. Decarolis FO USA

This is an ongoing project for me.  Stayed tuned for future memorial photos and transcriptions.