Chipman, Daniel Webster
Age: 0, credited to Essex, VT
Service: enl 12/63, LNDS, USN, m/o 7/65, Vessels: Proteus
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Birth: 07/10/1836, Essex, VT
Burial: Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI
Marker/Plot: Section 20
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Nadeen Sobottka
Findagrave Memorial #: 114071495
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Helen, ../../....
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: Brother of Alonzo and John QA
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DANIEL WEBSTER CHIPMAN
(10 JULY 1836 - AFT 1930) BROTHER OF ALONZO, ABOVE, WAS BORN IN ESSEX, THE SON OF HIRAM AND LEVONIA (SEARLES) CHIPMAN.
He removed with his parents to Milwaukee, WI, in 1846. After five years of schooling, in 1851, he gained employment with a Milwaukee dredging firm as an engineer. Over the next ten years he gained experience by fitting out and serving on riverboats on the Wisconsin, Mississippi, and Niagara rivers. He also spent some time in California, having been bitten, like many others, by the gold bug.
Returning east, he served on a number of steam and propeller ships until mid-1863, when he passed an examination for naval service, and was appointed Second Assistant Engineer onboard USS Proteus, commanded by Captain Robert Shufeldt.
At the end of a year, having passed another examination, he was appointed first assistant Engineer onboard the Proteus, and remained on the ship until the spring of 1865, when he was honorably discharged.
"During the time he was in the Proteus she cruised in the waters made doubly historic by the events of our war with Spain. While on the blockade, Proteus captured the blockade-running steamers Ruby and Jupiter and several small schooners, and Mr. Chipman, as engineer of the prize crew, took the Ruby into Key West.
A small, dilapidated, schooner captured in the Gulf of Mexico had on board a barrel of blue mass and other valuable medical stores. Among the trophies falling to the lot of Mr. Chipman was a copper stencil plate bearing the name of Miss Ruby Mallory, daughter of the secretary of the Confederate navy, used to print visiting cards, and a box containing Parisian finery for the young lady."
Chipman returned to the Great Lakes area in 1865 and returned to plying his trade on riverine steamers. He joined in several business ventures, building tugs and other ships, serving as chief engineer on several vessels. In 1875 he engaged in the wood and lumber commission business, continuing until 1890, when he was appointed Chief Inspector of boilers for the Milwaukee district, a position he held until at least 1899. In order to avoid a conflict of interest, he sold his shipping holdings, and invested much of his money in real estate in Milwaukee.
He was a Mason, a member of the Old Settlers Club, a member of the E. B. Wolcott Post, G.A.R., and first president of the Milwaukee Lodge No. 9, Marine Engineers Beneficial Association.
Chipman married Miss Susan M. Consaul, of Milwaukee, in January 1861. She died in 1878. He married, second, Helen Tutkin, of Milwaukee, on 23 December 1891,. They were living in Milwaukee until at least 1930.
Source: Ledoux, Tom, Green Mountain Mariners Of The Civil War, self-published, 2014.