William Christopher Chappell1

#4244, (-28 December 1941)
FatherEdwin Chappell1 (14 Aug 1839-1913)
MotherHarriet Oaten1 (3 Jan 1840-)
ChartsOaten Family - descendants
Last Edited5 Mar 2019
     William Christopher Chappell was the son of Edwin Chappell and Harriet Oaten.1 NOTE: The information on this page is my research to date and is subject to change as I become better informed. I very much welcome any corrections or additional info you might have - my email address is at the bottom of this page. Whilst historical facts are not copyright, my writing about these facts are. If you wish to use any text from this site on Ancestry or on any other website, please ask me first - Tim Hill.
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William Christopher Chappell was born on 29 November 1869 at Bath.1

He was recorded as living with his parents and siblings Harriet and Edwin in the 1871 census at 2 Brook Place, Bath.2

He was recorded as living with his parents and siblings Edwin, Elizabeth, Albert and Arthur in the 1881 census at Bath.3

William Christopher Chappell began military service on Friday, 4 June 1886 with the Royal Navy. His initial engagement was for a period of 12 years, after which he started a second term.4

In the 1891 census William Christopher Chappell was single, 21 years old and listed as an able bodied seaman (AB) in a Royal Marine vessel; he was stationed at the H.M. Dockyard Devonport, Devon.1,5

William Christopher Chappell married Elizabeth Emma Farthing at St. Benedict's on Saturday, 18 June 1898 at Bonham, Stourton, Wiltshire.6 William Christopher Chappell was a petty officer in September 1900.7

In the 1901 census William, Elizabeth and their daughter were listed in Devonport, Devon.4 William Christopher Chappell was a petty officer.4 He ended military service on 24 November 1909.4

William and his wife Elizabeth emigrated from England in May 1910 on the 'Virginian.8,4' William and his wife Elizabeth arrived at Canada circa 1911.8

In the 1921 census William, Elizabeth and Rosemary were living in Niagara Falls, Ontario.8 William Christopher Chappell was a lineman with Niagara Hydro.4

William died on 28 December 1941 at Niagara Falls, Ontario.4


1886Military Start4
Note memo only CR CR1,5
1898MarriageSt. Benedict's, in Bonham, Stourton, Wiltshire6
1901Note memo only CR CRDevonport, Devon4
1921Note memo only CR CRNiagara Falls, Ontario8
1941DeathNiagara Falls, Ontario4


Elizabeth Emma Farthing (c 1870-3 Sep 1954)


  1. [S372] GEDCOM file created by Arthur Russ, 21 April 2011.
  2. [S412] National Census for England, 1871 (online image).
  3. [S393] National Census for England, 1881 (online image).
  4. [S782] E-mails from Chriss Coleman to Tim Hill, 2014- 'Re: William Christopher Chappell, documents' - 19 February 2014 20:51.
  5. [S391] National Census for England, 1891 (online image).
  6. [S782] E-mails from Chriss Coleman to Tim Hill, 2014- 'Re: William Christopher Chappell, progeny' - 19 February 2014 19:45.
  7. [S228] General Register Office, England - Birth Certificates, Certified copy of an entry in a Register of Births, Devonport Registration District, 1900, Sep Qtr., Vol.5b, p.295.
  8. [S785] 1921 Census of Canada for Canada (online image).