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About our family tree

Welcome to our family tree!

My name is qbuster and I am the Webmaster of this Web site.

The genealogy on this site has been compiled by me, my brother John and a number of close relatives and is focused on the families of our parents, the Chapmans who were originally from Cornwall but settled mostly around Derby and the Websters who originated in Norfolk but now are largely based in Yorkshire. Through the process of marriage, many other family names have become involved and the most common in the tree are COLLISONPARKERNEALESCHOLESBURTON and we have managed to find hundreds of distant cousins in many parts of the world as a result of our continued research.

 If you wish to contribute genealogy information or send your feedback, please contact me here.
If you find you are related to us, please let us know or at least sign the guestbook. Thank you for visiting!

About our family

This tree takes root primarily from the marriage of Will Chapman (b1906) to Hilda Webster (b1910).

Will and Hilda's two sons, William (b1937) and John (b1942) who now have their own familes who in turn have their own tree branches; these are entered where known but most of the tree concerns itself with tracing the ancestral trees back in time from Will & Hilda.

Will's line, the Chapmans, orginated in Cornwall whilst Hilda's, the Websters, took root on the other side of the country in Norfolk. Fascinating in itself how quickly the two families on opposite sides of the country came together; reflecting the progress of the industrial revolution no doubt. The tree paints a story of many hardships, orphans and workhouses but also some early successes. By and large, it is encouraging to note that whilst we came from very working class roots, the current generation is largely middle class and it seems the norm now to have higher education of some form.

In the process, starting in England and Scotland, we now have cousins in many parts of the world, as far apart as Europe, Australia & New Zealand, South Africa and the USA & Canada.

At the top of the tree - which goes back 14 generations to 1410 - we have a handful of great grandparents who have spawned over 7,000 named individuals and we hope this tree will encourage other relatives to add their  details. There must be many more cousins to find.


Missing pieces
Whilst we have got back to 1410 on part of our mother's side, and 1620 on our paternal great x 3 grandmother's side, our biggest achievement in 2014 was locating parents of our 3 x great grandfather, Robert Chapman. We have been trying break down this brick wall for 20 years on the basis of the 1841 which showed his birth date 1811;  and died prematurely in Tavistock in 1843 at the age of 32.  In 2014, we noticed that the 1841 census rounded birth dates down to the nearest 5 years which meant that Robert could have been born in any year between 1807-1811, with that knowledge we quickly found Robert Chapman born 1807 to Richard & Prothecia Chapman in St Stephens, Launceston. What is more, he had brothers and sisters. We have since tracked them all down via the 1851-1891 UK censuses.