Evidence from emigration and land records proves that Robert and Harriet Chapman arrived in Utah between 1851 and 1854. They sailed to America in 1851 on the ship Olympus. The first documentation to place them in Utah is when Robert purchased land in Salt Lake City September 13, 1854. Further research is needed to determine the year they arrived in Utah and the name of the pioneer company they traveled with.
The Salt Lake City Tax List shows him living in the Salt Lake City 8th ward in 1856. In 1866 he was paying tithing in the Weber Ward.