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Key:1.“+” preceding a child’s name indicates the child has their own paragraph in the next generation.
 2.“born xxxx” indicates the child is under 18 years of age and the birth date is known but withheld.
This family history features Robert Elwood Chapel and 16 of his descendants down to the fourth generation.


First Generation
1. Robert Elwood Chapel,1 born 13 April 1917 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut, the son of Robert William Chapel and Rose Anna Garrett;1 died 25 May 1980 in New London, New London County, Connecticut.1 Robert married, 14 September 1940 in Uncasville, New London County, Connecticut, Helen Teresa Krupowski4 (born 14 July 1920 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut, the daughter of Alexander Krupowski and Marcella ‘Mary’ Zacharowa;2 Helen died 26 May 2010 in New London, New London County, Connecticut3). Robert and Helen are buried in Comstock Cemetery, Montville, New London County, Connecticut.5

Robert is a WWII Army veteran serving at the Battle of the Bulge and spending time wounded in Stalag 4B POW camp in Muhlberg, Germany. Prior to the war he worked at Robert Gair Mill and afterward he worked for 30 years at Robertson Paper Box in Montville where he was a box machine operator.6


+2i. Robert Elwood ‘Red’ Chapel, Jr., born 1 December 1942 in New London, New London County, Connecticut; died 2 December 2010 in Quaker Hill, Connecticut. Married Dale Mae Strickland.
+3ii. Raymond Edward Chapel, born 17 March 1951; died 21 November 2009 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. Married Patricia Lynn Hatch.
+4iii. Shirley Ellen Chapel, born 8 May 1954 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. Married Peter Ramsay Smith.

  1. Death Certificate, Connecticut, Montville, Certificate No. 10 (1980), Robert E. Chapel. Copy in possession of Shirley (Chapel) Smith.
  2. Birth Certificate, Connecticut, Yetovinia Krupowski. Certified copy in possession of Shirley (Chapel) Smith. The name ‘Helen Teresa’ was added to the certificate on 9/11/72.
  3. Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Rootsweb (website). Helen T. Chapel, no. 041-07-1997
  4. Marriage Certificate, State of Connecticut, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Town of Montville: Robert Elwood Chapel and Helen Teresa Krupowski. Certified copy in possession of Shirley (Chapel) Smith.
  5. Email from Shirley (Chapel) Smith to Lee Gazlay 14 November 2010.
  6. Information provided from personal knowledge by Shirley Ellen (Chapel) Smith
Second Generation
2. Robert Elwood ‘Red’ Chapel, Jr.2 (Robert1), born 1 December 1942 in New London, New London County, Connecticut;1 died 2 December 2010 in Quaker Hill, Connecticut.2 Red married, 9 June 1962 in Waterford, New London County, Connecticut, Dale Mae Strickland4 (born 12 November 1942 in New London, New London County, Connecticut, the daughter of Tryon Strickland and Ethel Hubert3). Red is buried in Union Cemetery, Waterford, New London County, Connecticut.2

Red graduated in 1960 from Norwich Technical School. He was a member of the Quaker Hill Fire House. Red owned Chapel Painting Co., which he operated along with his son Kenneth. He also owned and operated Bob’s Rod and Tackle shop in Quaker Hill after he retired from his painting business.2


+5i. Kenneth Wayne Chapel, born 4 June 1963. Married Dana S. (née Nygren) Pierce.
+6ii. Diane Marie Chapel, born 16 August 1969 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. Married (1) Donald Dale Ross Married (2) Carl Joseph Zacchara (born Dustin John Wilson).

3. Raymond Edward Chapel2 (Robert1), born 17 March 1951;5 died 21 November 2009 in New London, New London County, Connecticut.6 Raymond married, 11 May 1974 in New London, New London County, Connecticut, Patricia Lynn Hatch8 (born 29 November 1954, the daughter of Raymond Chester Hatch and Clara E. Waite7). Their marriage ended in divorce December 1991.5

Raymond worked for Pfizer in Groton, Connecticut for about 20 years. He later worked for Rand Whitney in Montville, Connecticut.5


+7i. Michael Kyle Chapel, born 26 March 1977. Married Michelle Lyn Matney.
+8ii. Gregory Peter Chapel, born 21 March 1979 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. Married Jennifer Lynn Sturgeon.

4. Shirley Ellen Chapel2 (Robert1), born 8 May 1954 in New London, New London County, Connecticut.9 Shirley married, 16 November 1974 in Quaker Hill, Connecticut, Peter Ramsay Smith (born 19 August 1953 in Glen Ridge, Essex County, New Jersey, the son of Kenneth Alesbury Smith and Eleanor Randle).

+9i. Stephen Lawrence Smith, born 21 August 1977 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. Married Dayna Marie Shoemaker.
+10ii. Timothy Robert Smith, born 1 February 1981 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. Partnered with (1) Amber Renee Stiles Partnered with (2) Dody Lynn (née Bush) Retherford Partnered with (3) Amanda Michelle Sanders.

  1. Birth Certificate, Connecticut, Robert Elwood Chapel, Jr. Copy in possession of Shirley Ellen (Chapel) Smith
  2. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Robert E. Chapel, 4 December 2010.
  3. Information provided from personal knowledge by Shirley Ellen (Chapel) Smith and Dale (Strickland) Chapel
  4. Information provided from personal knowledge by Shirley Ellen (Chapel) Smith and Robert Elwood Chapel, Jr.
  5. Information provided from personal knowledge by Shirley Ellen (Chapel) Smith and Raymond Edward Chapel
  6. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Raymond Edward Chapel, 23 November, 2009.
  7. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Clara Waite Hatch, 28 December 2006.
  8. Information provided from personal knowledge by Shirley Ellen (Chapel) Smith and Patricia Lynn (Hatch) Grudier
  9. Information provided from personal knowledge by Shirley Ellen (Chapel) Smith
Third and Fourth Generations
5. Kenneth Wayne Chapel3 (Robert ‘Red’,2 Robert1), born 4 June 1963. Kenneth married, 23 August 1992 in Waterford, New London County, Connecticut, Dana S. (née Nygren) Pierce1 (born 11 January 1962, parents not determined).

6. Diane Marie Chapel3 (Robert ‘Red’,2 Robert1), born 16 August 1969 in New London, New London County, Connecticut.2 Diane married, first, 14 October 1989 in Quaker Hill, Connecticut, Donald Dale Ross3 (born 1 August 1967 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the son of Dennis Ross and Janet Turpel3, 4). Their marriage ended in divorce ca. 1994.5 Diane married, second, 24 December 2009, Carl Joseph Zacchara (born Dustin John Wilson) (born 26 March 1968 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, the son of Joseph Anthony St. Marie and Ann Dustin Wilson6, 7, 8).

Diane worked for several years in the personnel office at Foxwoods Casino.


+11i. Kyle Robert Ross, born 13 July 1990. Partnered with Constance ‘Connie’ Moyer.

7. Michael Kyle Chapel3 (Raymond,2 Robert1), born 26 March 1977. Michael married, 23 September 2000 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut, Michelle Lyn Matney9 (born 11 May 1977, the daughter of Larry F. Matney and Barbara Jane Sikorski).

 12i. Dylan Michael Chapel, born xxxx.
 13ii. Griffin Kyle Chapel, born xxxx.

8. Gregory Peter Chapel3 (Raymond,2 Robert1), born 21 March 1979 in New London, New London County, Connecticut.5 Gregory married, 18 September 2004 in Waterford, New London County, Connecticut, Jennifer Lynn Sturgeon (born 18 July 1979, the daughter of Gary L. Sturgeon and Karen Morrison4).

 14i. Evan Chad Chapel, born xxxx.

9. Stephen Lawrence Smith3 (Shirley,2 Robert1), born 21 August 1977 in New London, New London County, Connecticut.5 Stephen married, 21 May 2006 in New London, New London County, Connecticut, Dayna Marie Shoemaker5 (born 23 June 1978, the daughter of John David Shoemaker and Phyllis Ann Mathewson5).

10. Timothy Robert Smith3 (Shirley,2 Robert1), born 1 February 1981 in New London, New London County, Connecticut.5 Timothy partnered with, first, ca. 1998, Amber Renee Stiles5 (born 13 February 1984, the daughter of Matthew Lelwyn Stiles and Donna Franklin10). Timothy partnered with, second, ca. 1999, Dody Lynn (née Bush) Retherford5 (born 1 February 1980, parents not determined5). Timothy partnered with, third, ca. 2000, Amanda Michelle Sanders5 (born 26 December 1981 in New London, New London County, Connecticut, the daughter of William Sanders and Cheryl Nunes5).

 15i. Julliette Renee Stiles, born 29 December 1998 in New London, New London County, Connecticut.5, 10
 16i. Danilla Retherford, born xxxx.
 17i. Breanna Alexis Smith, born xxxx.

  1. Connecticut Marriage Index, 1959-2001, available at Ancestry.com. Groom: Kenneth W. Chapel, age 29. Bride: Dana S. Pierce, age 30. Marriage Date: 23 Aug 1992. Marriage Place: Waterford, New London, Connecticut.
  2. Information provided from personal knowledge by Shirley Ellen (Chapel) Smith and Diane Marie (Chapel) Ross
  3. Wedding Announcement, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Weddings, 18 March 1990
  4. This is publicly viewable information found in various public information repositories, people finding websites, and/or social media.
  5. Information provided from personal knowledge by Shirley Ellen (Chapel) Smith
  6. Birth Certificate, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Certificate No. 97949, File No. 42169-68, Carl Joseph St. Marie, born 26 March 1968 in the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; father: Joseph Anthony St. Marie; mother: Elizabeth Anne Sprafke; date filed: 3 April 1968; date issued; 22 July 1968.
  7. Record of conversation between Carl and Diane (Chapel) Zaccara, Lee and Peggy (Krupowski) Gazlay, and Shirley (Chapel) Smith, 13 August 2012. The discussion summarized information shared among these individuals over several years, both from Carl’s personal knowledge and information provided to him by his paternal grandmother.
  8. According to Carl, he was known as Carl Joseph St. Marie (the name shown on his birth certificate) until his early teens, when he started using the name Carl Zacchara, that being an ancestral surname on his (step) mother’s side of the family. His legal name change was finalized on 9 December 2009. Carl’s birth father, Joseph Anthony St. Marie, married Elizabeth Ann (Sprafke) St. Marie in 1967, and Carl was raised with the belief that Elizabeth was his mother. A few years before her death in November 2011, Carl’s paternal grandmother, Ann (Casserly) St. Marie, wanted Carl to know that his birth mother is Ann Dustin Wilson, and that his birth name was Dustin John Wilson. Presuming this as fact, then Elizabeth is actually his step-mother and she apparently adopted Carl shortly after his birth; his birth certificate is likely a post-adoption certificate since it names Elizabeth as the mother. Other information on the certificate, including his birth date and place, may also be incorrect. Carl grew up with the understanding that he and his brother, Joseph Carl St. Marie, were twins; both celebrated 26 March 1968 as their birthday during their childhood. However, it appears that Carl and Joseph were half-brothers, sharing a common father and having different mothers, and it is unlikely that they were actually born on the same day.
  9. Connecticut Marriage Index, 1959-2001, available at Ancestry.com. Groom: Michael K. Chapel, age 23. Bride: Michelle L. Matney, age 23. Marriage Date: 23 Sep 2000. Marriage Place: Montville, New London, Connecticut.
  10. Birth Certificate, Connecticut, Juliette Renee Stiles, born 29 December 1998 in New London, Connecticut. The certificate lists her mother as Amber Renee Stiles, born 13 February 1984. Copy viewed at Montville Town Hall, Connecticut.