Edwin Chaplin was born on 23 December 1839 and was christened 26 January 1840 at St Laurence's Church, Foleshill, Warwickshire. He died on 13 January 1908 and was buried at St Laurence's Church.
Edwin married Catherine Elizabeth Hewitt , daughter of Nathaniel Hewitt and Sarah Oakes, on 22 November 1864 at St Laurence's Church. Catherine was born about 1838 and was christened 18 September 1838 at St Laurence's Church. She was buried at St Laurence's Church.
They had the following children:
Sarah Ann Chaplin was born about 1866. In 1891 she is described as "Clerk to sub-post master", presumably working for her father. Sarah married George Elias Green (son of Mark Green) in 1896 at St Laurence's Church and they moved to Coventry. She died on 9 August 1905 and was buried at St Laurence's Church. William Henry Chaplin (1867-1955) Alexander Starsley Chaplin was born about 1869 and was christened 10 October 1869 at St Laurence's Church. In 1901 he is recorded as single and living with his parents as a butcher. However, in 1911 he is described as a farmer, Church Lane, Bell Green. Edward Chaplin (b 1870) James Chaplin was born about 1871 and was christened 30 July 1871 at St Laurence's Church. He died 22 February 1888 and was buried at St Laurence's Church. Mary Jane Chaplin was born about 1873 and was christened 20 July 1873 in St Laurence's Church.She died 20 July 1874 Henry Chaplin ( b 1875). Rose Ellen Elizabeth Chaplin was born Oct 1880 and was christened 12 December 1880 at St Lawrence's Church. She died when only 1 year old and was buried at St Lawrence's on 28 December 1881.
By 1871 Edwin was recorded as running the shop in Bell Green as Postmaster, Grocer, Baker and Butcher. This was the business started by his father Edward and in which had worked as a young man.
He was also a farmer, the Foleshill Union Workhouse punishment book giving the following snippet. "14th November 1898. Joseph Cramp, Walter Gittens, Frederick Collins. For running and catching sheep belonging to Mr Edwin Chaplin, and riding upon their backs. I admonished them and gave them 4 stripes with the birch, each."
The Coventry Standard ( January 17/18th (Fri & Sat),1908, page 8) recorded Edwin's death with the following obituary.
Death of Mr Edwin Chaplin : It is with deep regret that we record today the death of Mr Edwin Chaplin, which took place at his residence, Bell Green on Monday. The late Mr Chaplin, who celebrated his 68th birthday on December 23rd last was a native of Foleshill and was well known all over the district as a public official and as an estimable man. He held the positions of Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages for the Foleshill Registration District for about 17 years. Having been appointed on April 17th 1889 and resigning on July 24th 1907. During this time he recorded 10,683 births, 5,339 deaths and 414 marriages. Besides these duties Mr Chaplin carried on the businesses of a butcher, baker, farmer and brewer's traveller and in the three former of these has been succeeded by his four sons, who survive him. In politics Mr Chaplin was a staunch Conservative and in religious matters a churchman. He was remarkable for his immense store of biblical knowledge. The deceased has been ailing for some time from diabetes and had been medically attended by Dr J. Orich
In his Will, his 4 sons, William Henry, Edward, Henry and Alex are the main beneficiaries.