Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sunday's Obituary: William R. Chapman

Alexandria Gazette
4 October 1826

At his residence, near Brentsville, in the county of Prince William, on Friday the 29th of Sept. William R. Chapman, Esq. - By whose death society has sustained an irreparable loss. Perhaps no man ever lived in more peace and harmony with his relations, neighbors and acquaintances generally, than the deceased. - He was a kind, amiable, and affectionate husband, father and brother- a sociable and hospitable neighbor - a highminded and honorable man - polite and fascinating in his manners and deportment, he acquired the respect and esteem of all with whom he associated. He was for a number of years before his death, sheriff of Prince William county, and was always upright and correct in his duties. A wife and three children, together with a large number of relations and friends are left to mourn his loss.

Princes and lords are but the breath of kings,
An honest man's the noblest work of God.

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