The Sad Fate of Chappells

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    1. Thanks for posting this. I live in Chappells SC. The only thing I have at this time is a 1900 map of the town. I will be looking for the books you listed.

  1. I lived in Chappells, S.C. when I was a child and attended school there. I understand that the school that was used in 1940 is no longer there. I would like to know if anyone has a picture of that school. It seemed to be rather large but only two classrooms were used to house seven grades. It had a library and an auditorium and large kitchen/cafeteria which were not used. The student population was not very large, only three people in my class in the fifth grade.

    1. The school is still there. It’s a community center now. With many pictures of “Old Cgappells” lining the hall way.

      1. I’ve photographed the old school many times, but I didn’t know there were old photographs in there. I would love to visit and view them!

  2. That school is still there(LARGE BRICK STRUCTURE) and they have had some small reunions….U.S.Post Office is still operational and a nice country store is there also.
    Thomas Chappell
    Newberry, SC now residing in Greenwood,SC

    1. Mark, that’s the school I remember seeing, and it’s probably the one Thomas meant. The old two-story school is the one that’s no longer standing.

    1. My mother was a Chappell & lived there until 1928, when her family moved to Newberry. Her father, John Henry Chappell sold the family farm & whatever business concerns he had there. counsin of mine traced the Chappell line back directly from me to England & France. Our ancester was the Captain of the Speedwell, the sister ship of the Mayflower. A more distant ancester was with William the Conquerer at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. We’re French evidently. Family settled in Virginia in the 1600’s & moved to SC in the 1700’s. I wish my mother had taken me there & shown me around. She would have been 100 yrs. old this year. Thanks for all of the comments & info. It’s greatly appreciated.

      1. My sister and I are the last of the direct Chappell line. I have found some discrepancies in some of your comments and findings. Most of the geneological data that you now have access to today, is that of Robert E. Chappell and then later my father Thomas Henry Chappell son of John Henry Chappell who passed in 1973. Capt. John Chappell of the Speedwell was as far back as he got. As of late, we have finally discovered his father, Sir Robert Chappell of England who orginally came from Ireland. There were cousins in France but nothing direct. So just to set the record straight, we are not french. I am puzzled at who you are and who your mother was. So is my father your cousin?

        1. I believe that you may not be the last. Thomas Chappell may be the grandfather to my great grandfather Tom Chappell iii.

  3. My family are slave descendants from/very near Chappells. (Moon) Oddly, your research on this town and the other side of my family (Lost Towns/Atomic Towns) who are from Meyer’s Mill, have helped me trace my family history very far. If you have any information on township of “Moon” it would be awesome. I have traced it to of course Dr. Peter Moon and have seen his slave schedules but didn’t know if you had any pictures, geographical coordinates etc…

    1. Hi, I am a Moon descendent also. I am looking for information on Anderson Moon, my maternal grandfather, whom my mom never met. He was born around 1911 and spent a year working in Westfield, NJ in 1929-1930.

  4. Im from Chappell and remember some of the old structures . Seems like it use to be a very thriving community. I grew up there in the 1980s

  5. My father’s family was from Chappells. We loved the little town. We played in the cotton warehouse and roamed through the woods. In the summer we picked blackberries. We swam in Lake Greenwood. It was a great place for kids!

  6. I was raised in Chappells and truly miss the country living…There’s nothing on earth that compares to it…we lived down a dirt road not far from the post office..played in the creek behind our house and was even able to drink from it back then..I’m 50 now and really miss the good times in Chappells…

    1. I am 50 and grew up in Chappells. I lived there from 1966 to 1988.The dirt road you grew up on is Blackmon Rd. As a boy I worked at the country store beside the post office.

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