My 2nd Great-Grandfather

Tracy DeVore

Danville, United States

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*_My 2nd-great-grandfather, Isaac Chapman. His wife, my 2nd great-grandmother, Mary Alice Cooksey, was a cousin to Virginia Cooksey, the mother of famous lawman, Wyatt Earp. Isaac was digging sewers for the City when he was trapped in a cave-in._
Newspaper account of Isaac Chapman’s death:

Connersville (Indiana) Daily Examiner, Wednesday, October 19, 1910.

Met Death Almost Instantly In Cave-In


Fellow workers Extricated Body From Debris … Andy Wissel, Employed With Him, Received Severe Bruises.

Isaac Chapman, aged about sixty-two years, met death about five o’clock last evening while laying tile in a ditch just below the lower foundry.

The bank of the ditch, which was about six feet deep, caved in, catching Mr. Chapman in the avalanche of dirt and pinning him to the ground. Three other men who were working with him at the time rushed to his assistance and found him entirely covered, excepting his head, which protruded from the pile of debris. Some of the foundry employees and some tile drivers just below also hurried to the scene and in a very short time succeeded in extricating his body, death having occurred before he could be gotten out.

Andy Wissel, who was working near Mr. Chapman, was slightly bruised on one shoulder by the fall of debris. Although able to be out today his injuries are causing him pain.

After the coroner’s examination the body of Mr. Chapman was taken to the undertaking rooms of Charles Thompson and later to the residence on west Ninth street.

Mr. Chapman was born at Cedar Grove, Ind., sixty-one years ago last February.

About twelve years ago he came to this city where has since resided and made himself known to a large circle of friends.

He is survived by a widow and seven children. They are Mrs. John Siebert, Mrs. Norman Shaw, Floyd, Earl and Clyde of this city, Howard of Indianapolis and Roy of Youngstown, O.

The funeral will be held at the residence at 2:30 o’clock tomorrow afternoon. Rev. L.O. Newcomer officiating.

The men were in the employ of Neal & Stoll, the plumbers and the ditch they were digging was for the city sewer system.

Coroner Spicely has not yet completed his investigation and inquest and will probably not render a verdict before Friday.


The Daily Examiner, Connersville, Ind., Thursday October 20, 1910, Page 1.


The funeral of Isaac Chapman, who was killed Tuesday evening in a cave-in near the foundry, was held at 2:30 o’clock this afternoon at the late residence on west Ninth street.

Rev. L.O. Newcomer of the Central Christian church officiated. Mrs. V.J. Barker and Mrs. Frank Runyan sang some beautiful and impressive selections.

The cortege then moved to the city cemetery where interment was made.

The pallbearers were Charles Ray, George Gregg, William Hubbell, Mike Redman, William Goodwin and Albert Buckley.*

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