Samuel Chapman – Tombstone Inscription

Chapman, Samuel

Section 28.51

ID # 280163


To the Memory of

Samuel Chapman who

Died Sept. 21st/22nd 1826

Aged 70 Years


He lived and died a Christian

And in the hope of Resurrection


1908 Plat: S. Chapman Died 1826

          Section 28 Lot 72

1909 List: Lot owner Nichol

Recorded 2006 with Additions (Smith 1908 & Garrett)
Note: Samuel Chapman. Death notice in National Banner & Nashville Whig, Saturday, September 23, 1826. Death of Samuel Chapman, “an officer of the Revolution, died on Thursday last” which would have been September 21, 1826. This notice also reported “interred this morning with Masonic honors.”

          The History of Free Masonry in Tennessee stated that Samuel Chapman, a member of the Cumberland Lodge had died on September 22, 1826.
          Smith (1908) and Garrett (1971) had recorded his death date as September 25, 1826. Both were in error on the death day.
          In 2014, a re-visit to Samuel Chapman’s box tomb confirmed that the day of his death had worn away and cannot be read.

Update Report: 3-8-2015

After 2008 Restoration

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Obituary Nashville Banner and Nashville Whig Saturday, Sept. 23, 1826

The History of Free Masonry in Tennessee,
Page 309
(provided by Walter Seifert, Historian, Masonic Grand Lodge, Nashville)

“Samuel Chapman was a member of St. John’s Lodge 3, at Newbern, North Carolina, being listed in their returns for 1797-1798-1799. He was a well known stone-mason in Nashville in 1802, affiliated with Cumberland Lodge, 8 January 1819 and received the Degrees in Cumberland Chapter 1 February 1821, was Steward of that Chapter in 1822, and Grand Tyler of the Grand Lodge from 1820 to 1824. He died September 22, 1826.”