14 Jul 2005
Source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside County, IL
Originally published 1885 Chapman Bros., Chicago, IL
Transcribed by: Becky Jones
Milo Chapin is a farmer, residing on section 24, Portland Township, and is the owner of 81 acres of land. He is the son of Samuel and Hannah (Jennings) Chapin, and was born in Berkshire Co., Mass., Oct. 23, 1823. His father was a farmer, and a native of Massachusetts, and his mother was a native of Connecticut. Both are deceased. They are the parents of five children, of which Mr. Chapin, of this biographical notice, was fourth in order of birth, and the only survivor. The father died March 9, 1831, and the mother died in Tampico Township, this county, Dec. 29, 1871.
Mr. Chapin was reared on the farm in Massachusetts, and received the advantages afforded by the common schools. He remained on the farm until he attained the age of 22 years, when he came West (in 1845) to this county, and worked by the month on a farm until 1849. Previous to that time he had purchased 63 acres of his present farm, and added to it by subsequent purchase until he was the possessor of 375 acres. He gave his son, Samuel, 120 acres, and his daughter, Louisa E., 120 acres, in Prophetstown Township. In 1877 he retired from his farm, and has since continued to rent it.
Mr. Chapin was united in marriage near Lyndon, this county, Sept. 19, 1849, to Miss Sarah E. Lathe, daughter of Reuel and Sally (Robbins) Lathe. She was born in Hornby Township, Steuben Co., N.Y., Oct. 24, 1825. They were the parents of two children, born on the farm; Louisa E., Sept. 16, 1851, and was married April 4, 1877, to Andrew Stevenson, a farmer residing in Portland Township; they have one child, Charlie; Samuel R., born on the home farm, July 5, 1855; and was married Oct. 9, 1879, to Lillie D. Payne; they have three children—Milo Wallace, Alma Mabel and John.
Mr. Chapin is a member of the Order of Masonry, also is a Knight Templar.