The Chapin association with Paignton Parish Church 
Samuel Chapin, baptised (1598) married (1624) in this church.  
He emigrated to America in 1638  
 
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The Reredos 
 
The Reredos pictured right and situated behind the present High Altar, commemorates a Paigntonian, Samuel Chapin, baptised (1598) and married (1624) in this church. He emigrated to America in 1638 and helped to found the city of Springfield (Massachusetts), collaborating in this venture with John Pynchon of Springfield (now a suburb of Chelmsford), whose birthplace is recalled in the city's name. The Chapins are a distinguished American family, and a statue by the famous Sculptor (picture right) St. Gauden, of Paignton born Samuel known as "The Puritan" is in Springfield's municipal park. This link with America was discovered in 1913 as a result of a search by his descendants for their ancestor's birthplace. A group of them gave the reredos in 1927. His descendants include four Presidents of the U.S.A. 
 
 
Chapin Memorial, Paignton Parish Church
The two photographs above, are the inscriptions left and right, at the base of the Reredos . 
 
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