I am looking for information about Betsey Mead who was married to Zenas/Zerah Chapman, (b. 1811 in NY State). In the 1850 Census he was in Milton, Saratoga, NY with his wife Betsey Mead Chapman (b. April 1808 NY), and daughters Harriet (b. June 1836 NY) and Clarissa (b. June 1843 Illinois). According to Bent & Wilson, Whiteside County, Illinois biographies:(http:/genealogytrails.com/ill/whiteside/, 1877), Biographical note on Zera Chapman:
Zera Chapman with his wife and a brother named Levi, came to Whiteside County from New York State in 1837 and settled on section 29 in the present township of Coloma where he resided with the exception of a few years absence in California, until 1865, when he moved to Sterling, which has been his residence since that time. Levi went away a number of years ago. Another brother, Porter L. came in 1838, remained about ten years, and then returned to New York
Zerah and his family are in Illinois in the 1840 Census and also in 1860,70, and 80. The names and ages of the family members are the same as in the 1850 Census.
In the 1900 Census Betsey was in Des Moines, Iowa with her daughter Clara and gave her father and mother's birthplaces as Massachusetts and Connecticut respectively.