Chapman-Southerland Collection (MS409)
- Southerland, Arthur L. (Arthur Leigh), 1872-1950 (Author, Person)
Conditions Governing Use
.21 Linear Feet (1 box)
.23 Cubic Feet (1 box)
Biographical / Historical
Helen Pearson Chapman (1876-1951) was the daughter of Maryland Democratic congressman Andrew Grant Chapman and the granddaughter of Whig congressman John Grant Chapman. She grew up, like Arthur Southerland, in La Platt, Maryland but seems to have spent time at the Washington Home for Incurables, either as a patient or worker. Helen Pearson Chapman was first cousins with Helen Mary Chapman, and also corresponded with Arthur, prior to his relationship with her cousin.
Research discovered two Helen Pearson Chapmans living in the same area. The daughter of Andrew Grant Chapman married William J. Conlyn and died in 1951. The other married Frederick Steven Wynn and died in 1922. The conclusion that Helen Pearson Chapman Conlyn was the person referred to in the letters was based on other letters by family members mentioned.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Chapman-Southerland Collection
- Gregory Pierce
- Description rules
- Language of description