Chapman Memorial Cemetery is located on the original homestead of Ned Chapman, the founder of Chapmanville. Descendants of the Chapman family are interned in the cemetery among many other residents.
Chapmanville is a small town located in southern West
Virginia. According to the 2010 Census the population was 1,256. The town
of Chapmanville was founded in 1800 and is named after Ned Chapman, an
early settler. There are four schools located in
the city limits: Chapmanville Regional High School, Chapmanville Middle School, East
Chapmanville Elementary School, and West Chapmanville Elementary School.
The old Chapman homestead was located in the middle of what is
now Chapmanville and remained in the Chapman family until the 1980s. The Chapman Cemetery was located across from the old
home place and was part of the front yard. Chapmanville, like many other
surrounding towns, grew rapidly after its founding but has experienced little growth in recent decades.
Descendants of Ned Chapman recall that his home was
used as a hospital during the Civil War following a small battle that occurred alongside present-day Kanawha Branch Rd. Following the battle, wounded men were treated at the Chapman
home. The home reputedly included a tunnel that went from the basement to the
river. Although it had historic value to area residents, the Chapman home was never placed on the National Register of Historic
Places and was demolished. The former Chapman homestead is now occupied by several homes and a restaurant.
There cemetery includes a variety of headstones that range
from primitive rocks with no engraving to more elaborate detailed
headstones. There are several members of the Chapman family
buried at the cemetery along with local veterans. A brick
wall runs along the front of the cemetery that has a plaque that reads
Chapman Memorial Cemetery. The brick wall is anchored because
it leans outward from the cemetery. It is evident as you look at the
cemetery that the wall has moved from its original position.