Orange Chapin compiled the book--
The Chapin genealogy : containing a very large proportion of the descendants of Dea. Samuel Chapin, who settled in Springfield,
In the introduction of this book page vi, Mr Orange writes:
As to Josiah Chapin, another son of Dea. Samuel, I have not found any of his descendants who could make it convenient to furnish me with but a small portion of the names, &c. of his numerous posterity.....and may be of some use to some persons who may hereafter collect a genealogy of his descendants.
Written in the 1860s, could he be talking about me???
The descendants of Josiah Chapin continue to not be able to make it convenient to depart of much data. Yet, in the last 150 years there has been a small sprinkle of us "die-hards" that have pieced together data on the descendants of Josiah Chapin.
I honor those ladies (yes, so far they have all been ladies that I have found) and Mr Orange that recorded, compiled, and recorded family history. I find myself borrowing from each of their styles.
Helen Cox was methodical, she was the one in the 1940/1950s sent letters to all family requesting data from each branch of the John Arnett Chapin family. She meticulously typed out a self published book of some 700 pages complete with book references and photographs collected from different family members.
And sweet Molly Chapin wrote long laborious stories of her family, their current occupations, and funny anecdotes.
Of late Helen Roberta Reed has spent much of her 72 years writing and compiling genealogy data.
Jeanette Reed provided long letters to Helen Reed that continue to be a wealth of information.
Late at night (it is now 2:10 am) Orange, the two Helens, Molly, my mom, and at times others keep me company, keep me typing, keeps me trying to continue this work of love. This is just a thank you to them ------we are the some persons referred to in the 1860s by Orange Chapin. And so the journey continues......