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This collection contains correspondence, deeds, marriage licenses, citizenship applications, legal documents, news clippings, and other miscellaneous documents that relate to the Chapple family of Little Rock.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Chapple was born January 20, 1840, to John and Harriet (Gosden) Chapple in Walton-on-Thames, England. James and his brothers William and Henry emigrated to the United States in 1855, and James settled in Little Rock, Arkansas. He served as a private in the 1st Nebraska Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. On May 29, 1864, he married Jane "Jennie" Reed, daughter of J. Harris and Frederika A. Reed. Jennie was born March 4, 1841, in Jacksonville, Arkansas, and died July 30, 1917. James was a businessman for forty years and opened Allsopp and Chapple, a books and stationery shop in Little Rock. James also served as treasurer for Retail Grocers' Ice Company and the Mercantile Building Association and as Director of Exchange National Bank and Gazette Publishing Company. He was also a 33rd Degree Mason. He died on August 10, 1910, at Huntington, Long Island, New York, where he was visiting his son Earl. James and Jennie had five children. Alexis H. married Carrie J.R. Simpson on October 17, 1894. Mary F. married Fred Allsopp, the editor of the Arkansas Gazette and business partner of her father. Parma E. remained unmarried. James E. married the daughter of William J. Watson, a Scottish immigrant, and Isabelle Taylor. Earl W. worked as general manager of Electric Light and Power Company in Huntington, New York.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Chapple family papers, SMC.003.002a


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Chapple family papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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