Chapmans appear in Mobberley throughout all eight census decades, although the name in Mobberley today descends from a police officer, William, born in 1870 in Salford who married Caroline Eden from Mobberley presumably having met her while she was working as a servant there in 1891. Sadly William died in 1904 and Caroline in 1908 so in 1911 their three children, Norman, Thomas Eden and Margery Dunlop were living with their grandparents Thomas and Ann Eden in Beech Hill. Norman married Ada Annette Hewitt in 1924. Thomas married Mary Shrieves in 1923. Margery didn't marry and died in 1969 in Chapel en le Frith. Norman and Thomas both served in the Great War. Norman was a keen cricketer and heavily involved in Mobberley Cricket Club as is his son today.
Norman Chapman served with the 15th (1st City of Edinburgh) Battalion, Royal Scots but was invalided out after contracting meningitis.
Another William Chapman was born in 1845 to John and Sarah Chapman of Tipping Brow (later moving to Mobberley Mill, Mount Pleasant, Old Hall Farm and Slade Brow). William lived in Spout Lane married Jane Brookes in 1862 and remarried Alice Jane in 1901. he died in 1914 and this obituary was printed in the Knutsford Guardian:
- Sep 18th
DEATH OF MR. W. CHAPMAN
The death occurred on the 8th inst at his residence at Mobberley, of Mr. W. Chapman, one of the most widely known of the parishioners. The deceased who was seventy one, held numerous important positions in the village. He was the oldest assistant overseer in the Bucklow Union, having been appointed as far back as 1874. He was also the collector of taxes and tithes for a considerable period. He was a man of all round interests and there was scarcely an organisation in the township which did not find in him a constant and zealous friend. For fifty-one years he was member of the Court “Plough and Flail”of the Ancient Order of Foresters. He was also the secretary of the committee of the now defunct Mobberley Ploughing Society. A keen horticulturalist, he was greatly interested in the Flower and Vegetable Society, and was always a successful exhibitor at the annual shows. In cricket and football there were attractions for him, and in connection with these he held office being for many years the respected umpire for the Cricket Club for quite a long period never missing a match. He was a sidesman at the church and regularly attended the Sunday Library for the past thirty years. In various other ways Mr Chapman was a useful man and for a long time to come his genial disposition and generous support will be missed and remembered.
The funeral took place on Saturday, the Rev. G. C. Dicker officiating. He was carried to the grave by his brother Foresters. The mourners were Mrs. Chapman, Master William Chapman Wright, grandson; Mr. Wright, son-in-law; Mrs. Daniels, niece; Mr. Daniels, Mrs Stook.
The Flower and Vegetable Society were represented by Mr. Law, secretary; the Knutsford District Foresters: Messrs Job Clayton, W. Hough; the overseers: Messrs J. Norbury, W. Leech; the Cricket Club: Mr. W. Jackson; the Parish Council: Messrs Tom Bradbury (vice-chairman), R. Garside, P. Gradwell, John Holt, J. Clarkson, J. Hewitt, Joshua Walkden.
Others present were Messrs W. Jackson, C. Simcock, T. Spencer, R. Hulme and Mr Trye.
Floral tributes were sent by Mrs. Payne, Mr. and Mrs. Unsworth, Mrs Whitelegg, Mr. And Mrs. True, Mr. A. Whitelegg, Mr. and Mrs. W. Jackson, Mr and Mrs. J. Hewitt, the Parish Council, the Flower Show Society, the churchwardens, the Mobberley Foresters and the Knutsford District Foresters.