Samuel Chapin settled in Roxbury, 1638, and is supposed to have come from Dartmouth, England. In 1642 he removed to Springfield, Massachusetts, where he became a leader in the community, and died in 1675. An imposing statue of him by St. Gardens, entitled “The Puritan,” adorns one of the public parks in Springfield. It is
Japhet, son of Deacon Samuel and Cicely Chapin, was baptized in Roxbury, October 15, 1642, and died February 12, 1712. He. followed in his father’s footsteps as deacon, and a leader in the community, and, was also active in the military encounters of the time. He married (first) July 22, 1664, Abilenah, daughter of Samuel
Samuel (2), son of Japhet Chapin, was born July 4, 1665, and died October 19, 1729. He married, December 24, 1690, Hannah, daughter of Isaac and Mary (Woodford) Sheldon, of Northampton. He was wounded during the French and Indian wars.
Jeremiah, son of Samuel (3) and Anna (Horton) Chapin. He served as lieutenant and captain in the revolutionary war, and when the birth of a daughter was announced to him in camp, La Fayette asked the privilege of sending the name of Orpha. He married (published) May 6, 1769, Caroline Fowler, of Springfield.