Caroline Chapman (1818?-1876)

Caroline Chapman was born in London and raised by her father to become an actress and entertainer. The child made her juvenile acting debut in 1829 at the American Opera House. In 1831 William Chapman installed his family on a riverboat on the Mississippi which became "Chapman's Floating Palace." The young girl acted primarily in soubrette roles, performing as comedienne, dancer, and singer. Caroline Chapman returned east in 1846 and played from 1848 to 1852 with Burton's Theatre in New York, then pursued a career in California, where she performed in San Francisco and the Gold Coast for five years. Famed as an itinerant trouper, she was admired for her versatility in tragic, comic, and romantic roles. Chapman was beloved for her boisterous stage manner, but after 1857 her style grew dated and she began to lose her following.

1860 circa 5 years
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A. S. Feinberg
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