William T Chappell b 1821 S Carolina m Allelia
I see some trees on Ancestry that show William T. Chappell born 1821 S. Carolina, living in Laurens South Carolina, died and buried in Laurens SC in 1894, as the son of John Chappell (1795 - 1855) and Elizabeth "Betsy" Brooks.
Then I see other trees showing him as the son of John Chappell's brother Charles, and Charles' wife Mary Simpson Brooks (who is also the sister of Elizabeth “Betsy” Brooks).
None of these trees show any sources, and none of the local histories I can find mention William.
I would very much like to know if anyone has any definitive documentation (Bible records?Family remembrances?) showing the true parentage of William T. Chappell.
Just as an interesting note, William, a slave owner, and Civil War veteran of the 3rd South Carolina infantry regiment, had a small family, 2 children, with his white wife Allelia, who died in 1865.He also had a very large family with his African-American partner Elizabet - 8 children, 5 of whom were born while Allelia was still alive, and 3 after.