There were several separate Chapple families living in Devon during the 16th to 19th centuries. Our interest is in the east Devon family originally from the Dalwood & Colyton areas - the descendants of John and Elizabeth Chapple who over the centuries found their way to London, Leeds, Glamorgan, Canada and New Zealand.
Variations in the spelling of the surname abound in the records - one of them as late as the 1901 England & Wales census. For consistency, the most common useage - Chapple - has been quoted throughout the 19 pages of information about them on the site. If you have a connection to any individual or family featured on these pages, or if you want to leave us your feedback contact us.
Dalwood was a chapelry of Stockland, in the liberty of Fordington in the county of Dorset until 1842. In that year, together with Stockland, it was transferred to Devon in exchange for Thorncombe. Anciently, it was located within the old Dorset Hundred of Whitway. Use the map to see the area where the Chapple family originated. Colyton was described in 1868 as "a parish in the hundred of Colyton in the county of Devon, 7 miles W. of Lyme Regis, 7 S. of Honiton, and 20 E. of Exeter. It is situated in a fertile valley near where the river Coly joins the Axe.”