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RUFUS CHAMBERLAIN. 









ONE BRANCH OF THE DESCENDANTS 



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Thomas Chamberlain 



OF WOBURN, 1644. ^ , ^ 



Compiled by 

G.EORGE W. CHAMBERLAIN, 

Member of the Maine Historical Society. 



% Printed for private distribution by 

WILLIS BROOKS CHAMBERLAIN, 

WORCESTER, MASS. 



WEYMOUTH, MASS.: 

Weymouth and Braintree Publishing Company. 

1897. 



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Introduction. 



The compiler of this pamphlet is not a descendant of Thomas 
Chamberlain, the progenitor of those herein described. He has not 
made extended genealogical studies of this family. The following 
account is brought together from incidental and collateral informa- 
tion, collected during the few leisure hours of the past six years. 
It is quite likely that some statements here made may, upon critical 
investigation, prove to be incorrect. It is earnestly hoped, however, 
that such errors will prove to be few in number ; and that this 
pamphlet published for private distribution by Willis Brooks Cham- 
berlain, a descendant of Thomas Chamberlain, of the eighth genera- 
tion, will serve to cultivate and to perpetuate a high regard for this 
honorable and distinguished New England family. 

G. W. C. 

Weymouth, Mass., April 22, 1897. 



ONE BRANCH OF THE DESCENDANTS 

OF 

THOMAS CHAMBERLAIN OF WOBURN, 

1644. 



1. Thomas Chamberlaix, the ancestor of those described in the 
following pages, first appears in New England at Woburn, Massachu- 
setts, where he was made a Freeman by the General Court on 29 
May, 1644. (New Eng. Hist. & Gen. Reg. Vol. 2, p. 190). 
He was a "planter" and lived in Woburn from 1644 to 1655. 
His name is on Woburn tax list for 1655. On 30 d of ll mo 1651 the 
" estate of Henry Sandyes [Sandys] late of Boston, Mass.," is "Dr.," 
among many others, "to Tho : Chamberlin," "Woeborn." (New 
Eng. Hist. & Gen. Reg. Vol. 8, p. 335). On 20 or 28 Feb., 1651-2, 
Thomas Chamberline, James Parker, and Isaac Learned, "all of 
Woburne," bought 1500 acres of land lying on both sides of Con- 
cord River in Shawshin (now Billerica, Mass.) of His Excellency, 
Gov. Thomas Dudley. (Middlesex County, Mass. Deeds, Liber 
1, p. 208). This grant, the first and one of the largest ever made 
in Billerica, extended from the " Two Brothers " down the river two 
and one-half miles, west to "Winning's Pond" and to "Loes Plain" 
on the north-east. (Map in Hazen's Hist of Billerica pp. 16-17). It 
was divided into twelve lots, or shares, each containing 125 acres. 
"On 6 March, 1656, Mary Chamberline of Chelmsford the wife of 
Thomas Chamberline," relinquishes "all my right and interest in the 
farme purchased of Mr. Thomas Dudley lying in the bounds of 
Billerica, unto William ffrench, Richard Champney, George ffarly, 
Benj. Butterfield, William Chamberline, Edm : Chamberline, Joseph 
Parker, Jacob Parker, John Sternes, and Henry Jeffts," which 
was entered by Thomas Danforth, Recorder, 17 March, 1664-5. 
(Middlesex Deeds, Liber 3, p. 318). 

In 1665 Thomas Chamberlain and the two other Proprietors of 
the Dudley Grant gave deeds of different parts of the grant to 
William Chamberlain, George Farley, Robert Proctor, Richard 
Champney and Henry Jeffs (Jefts). (Middlesex Deeds, Liber 3, 
pp. 152, 182, 327, 446, also Liber 7, p. 185). Thomas Chamber- 
lain probably never occupied any jpart of the Dudley Grant of which 



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he was a proprietor not less than fourteen years. On 16 d of 9 mo 1658 
"Tho: Chamberline off Chensford" is mentioned in the inventory 
of the estate of Thomas Rowell, late of Boston. (New Eng. Hist. 
& Gen. Reg. Vol. 8. p. 339). 

Thomas Chamberlain was of the first company that settled Chelms- 
ford and the Chamberlain homestead in that town was not far from 
Westford line on the farm occupied in 1883 by Charles Sheahan. 
(Hodgman's Hist, of Westford, Mass., p. 8). It must be remem- 
bered that Westford was a part of Chelmsford until 23 Sept., 1729. 

In 1663 the road to Groton through Chelmsford began at Beaver 
Brook Bridge and extended over the north side of Robbin's Hill, 
through Richard Hildreth's yard to the west end of Heart Pond, over 
the swamp to Thomas Chamberlain's meadow, and so on toward 
Groton. (Allen's Hist, of Chelmsford, 1820, p. 18.) 

Thomas Chamberlain and his "wife Mary" were witnesses in the 
case of Mrs. Sears on 9 d of 7 mo 1668. (Middlesex Court Files for 
1668). Thomas Chamberlain, "Senior," signed a petition in favor 
of one Fletcher on 15 d of 10 m0 1668. On 2 d of 6 mo 1669 he was 
a juror at a coroner's inquest. (Middlesex Court Files for 1669). 
On page 193 of the original "Returns of Births, Marriages, and 
Deaths for Middlesex County," one reads : "Chelmsford, Annah 
wife of Thomas Chamberline died Dec. 20, 1669," "entered by 
Thomas Danforth, Recorder." After a most careful study of all 
known records, I conclude that the name should have been written 
"Mary" instead of "Annah." 

On 16 April, 1674 Thomas Chamberlain, "Senior," married (2) at 
Chelmsford, Mrs. Mary Parker, widow of Serg't John Parker of 
Billerica, and also widow of "Goodman" John Poulter, Sr. of 
Rayleigh, County of Essex, near "Billericay," England. By her 
first husband she had John Poulter, Jr. , of Billerica and Elizabeth the 
wife of Jonathan Danforth of Billerica ; but none by John Parker 
or Thomas Chamberlain. She died at Chelmsford, or Billerica, 7 
Feb., 1692-3. Thomas Chamberlain's death is not recorded; his 
will, if he made one, or the settlement of his estate, is not recorded ; 
but from a deed it is inferred that he died before 21 Dec, 1700. 
Children : 

i. i. Thomas, 2 supposed to have been born in England. 

ii. Samuel, 2 b. at Woburn, Mass., 7 Oct., 1645; lived in Chelms- 
ford; m. Elizabeth who d. at Chelmsford 18 July, 1722. He d. 
at same place 8 Feb., 1721-2. (Chelmsford Town Records). 
Children born at Chelmsford : 

1. Samuel 3 Jr., b. 28 Oct., 1685; m. (1) at Groton 7 March, 
1710-1, to Anna Gilson. She d. at Chelmsford 21 April, 1720. 
He m. (2) 2 Jan., 1722-3, Rebecca Whitcomb of Lancaster and 
(3) 27 Mch., 1733, Mrs. Sibyl Roper of Marlboro', Mass., 
who was living in 1769. He lived in that part of old Chelms- 
ford incorporated as Westford 23 Sept., 1729, at "Nonesuch" 
or "Parkersville." He d. in 1769, when he was called Lieut. 
He was prominent in both the town and parish affairs of West- 
ford Children : 

(1.) Samuel,* b. 29 Dec, 1711; d. 18 April, 1719; (2) 
Joseph,* b. 27 Jan., 1713; (3) Anna,* b. 28 Dec, 1715; 



d. 14 March, 1717; (4) Eleazer,* b. 27 Dec, 1717; (5) 
Anna,* (2d) b. 15 April, 1720; ra. 14 May, 1742, Mark White 
of Acton, Mass. ; (6) Marah,* (twin to Anna 2d.) (7) 
Samuel,* b. 26 Oct., 1723; ra. 27 Feb., 1752, Sarah Tenney 
of Littleton, Mass.; lived on the homestead in Westford; 
(8) Ephraim,* b. 28 Sept., 1725; m. in 1752 Esther Boyn- 
ton and had: (a) Hannah,* b. 1752; m. in 1772 Silas 
Read; (b.) Bebecca,* b. 1754; m. (1) Rev. Elijah Fletcher 
in 1773 who was a native of Westford, Mass., a graduate 
of Harvard College in 1769 and pastor of the First Parish 
at Hopkinton, N. H. Their youngest daughter Grace, or 
Gracia, b. 16 Jan., 1782, ra. at Salisbury, N. H., 24 June, 
1808 Hon. Daniel Webster, New England's distinguished 
lawyer and statesman. Rebecca 5 m. (2) Rev. Christopher 
W. Paige, pastor at Pittsfleld and also at Hopkinton, N. 
H., (c) Ephraim,* b. 1756 ra. at Concord, Mass., 28 June, 
1786, Persis Barrett of Concord; lived in Littleton, Mass. ; 
but removed to Waterford, Maine, where he was deacon of 
the First Parish; (d.) Nathaniel,* b. 1758; student at Har- 
vard College, school teacher in Westford, in 1783 ; settled 
in Waterford, Maine; drowned off Grand Menan, N. B. ; 
(e) Abigail,* b. 1760; m. 8 Nov., 1780, Isaac Green of 
Townsend, Mass. ; removed to Cavendish, Vt. ; (f) John,* 
b. 1762; settled in Waterford, Maine; but removed to 
Canada; (g) Thomas,* b. in 1764; removed to Ashby, Mass., 
in 1800; perhaps removed later to Cavendish, Vt., (h) 
James,* b. 1767; m. Joanna daug. of David Fletcher in 
1796 ; removed in 1803 to Wallingford, Vt. ; (i) Elijah,* b. 
1770; removed to Dunstable, or Nashua, N. H., before 1814; 
(j) Sarah,* b. 1776. 

(9) Rebecca,* b. 26 Feb., 1727-8 ; m. 27 Feb., 1752, Joseph 
Kidder; removed to New Ipswich, N. H. ; (10) Mary,* 
perhaps not in order, m. 21 Mch., 1743, Joseph Bobbins ; 
was living in 1769 ; (11) Wilder,* b. 1730; removed to Hollis, 
N. H. 

2. Thomas, 3 probably son of this Samuel Sr. ; m. at Concord, 

Mass., 10 June, 1713, Abigail Hildreth (Hildrick) of Chelms- 
ford, probably daug. of Joseph Hildreth Sr. (Middlesex Deeds, 
Liber 19, p. 94). He lived in Chelmsford until about 1718. 
He sold his interest in his father's estate to Benjamin 
Chamberlain 3 May, 1717. (Middlesex Deeds, Liber 19, p. 
329). He removed to Littleton, Mass., where he purchased 
of Jonathan Prescott and others land 18 June, 1720. (Middle- 
sex Deeds, Liber 21, p. 195). He d. before 23 Jan., 1723 
when his widow Abigail was appointed administratrix of his 
estate which was divided 15 Nov., 1736. His eldest son 
Thomas,* had the homestead in Littleton, while his widow m. 
(2) 8 Mch., 1732, Nathaniel Hammond of Lower Ashuelot 
(now Swanzey, N. H.) where she and her sons John* and 
Simeon* Chamberlain were living 7 March, 1742-3 (Middlesex 
Deeds, Liber 44, p, 108) . 

3. Joseph, 3 probably son of this Samuel Sr. of Chelmsford, but 

perhaps not in order. (Middlesex Deeds, Liber 19, p. 329). 
All excepting Thomas and Joseph are recorded as children of 
Samuel and Elizabeth Chamberlain on the Chelmsford Town 
records. 

4. Benjamin, 3 b. "ye 4th of Nov., 1694 ;" lived on his father's home- 

stead in Chelmsford; called "Ensign Benjamin;" he con- 
tributed four pounds to the use of the Church in Chelmsford 
in 1754; he d. 30 April, 1763. 

5. Elizabeth 3 (twin to Benjamin) ; "dyed 13 Nov., 1694." 

6. Mary, 3 b. "May ye 29, 1699." 



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7. Elizabeth, 3 twin to Mary. 

8. Lydia, 3 b. 8, Aug., 1706. 

iii. Mary, 2 b. at Woburn 30 Jan., 1649. What became of her is 
unknown. Savage states that she married John Graves at 
Concord, 1 Dec, 1671. That Mary Chamberlain was the daugh- 
ter of Richard and Sarah (Bugby) Chamberlain, then of Sud- 
bury, Mass. ; for, Richard Chamberlain of Sudbury made his 
will 12 Feb., 1672-3 and bequeaths "to my daughter Mary Smith," 
"to my daughter Mary Graves," and "to my grandchild John 
Graves." (Middlesex Wills). Of course the word "daughter" 
in one case must mean "grand-daughter," and Mary Smith was 
probably the grand-daughter. 

2. Thomas 2 Chamberlain (Thomas 1 ) of Chelmsford was the son 
of Thomas and Mary Chamberlain, first of Woburn, afterwards of 
Chelmsford. It is supposed that he was born in England. His 
birth is not found recorded in New England. He is called Thomas 
Chamberlain, "Junior," in his deed of a meadow in Chelmsford to 
Gershom Proctor, his brother-in-law, 29 Sept., 1674 (Middlesex 
Deeds, Liber 11, p. 45). He deeded land in Chelmsford to Arthur 
Crouch (Couch) 25 April, 1678. (Middlesex Deeds, Liber 12, p. 
3.) 

He served during King Philip's war. On 30 Nov., 1675, he was 
at the garrison in Groton. On 23 Sept., 1676, he was "credited" 
i.e. enlisted under Capt. Joseph Syll (Sill). Capt. Sill's Co. 
marched to Ossipee and "Pequaket" in October following. (Bodge's 
"Soldiers in King Philip's War" pp. 260, 274, 359). 

Thomas Chamberlain, Samuel Chamberlain and Thomas Cham- 
berlain, Jr., rendered services at the garrison in Chelmsford 16 
March, 1691-2. (New Eng. Hist. & Gen. Reg. Vol. 43, p. 373.) 

On 26 Dec, 1700, he deeded land near "Huckleberry Hill" in 
Chelmsford "to Richard Stratton, late of Chelmsford, now of Bos- 
ton." (Middlesex Deeds, Liber 13, p. 439). On 4 March, 1701-2 
he deeded "to my son Samuel," "a part of the homestead which I 
had of the town." (Middlesex Deeds, Liber 14, p. 380.) On the 
same day he deeded land in Chelmsford "to my son John." (Mid- 
dlesex Deeds, Liber 14, p. 549.) "Thomas Chamberlain, Senior, 
of Chelmsford" and "Thomas Chamberlain, Junior, of Groton" 
jointly deeded land at "Stony Brook" in Chelmsford 11 Dec, 1700, 
to Joshua Fletcher, Senior, of Chelmsford. Their wives Sarah and 
Abigail sign with them. (Middlesex Deeds, Vol. 25, p. 507.) 

On 10 Aug, 1666, he married at Chelmsford Sarah daughter of 
Robert and Jane (Hildreth) Proctor who purchased a part of the 
Dudley Grant in Billerica of his father. She was born at Concord, 
Mass., 12 Oct., 1646. He died at Chelmsford 28 March, or May, 
1727. (Chelmsford Town Records.) Children: 

i. Thomas, 3 b. at Chelmsford 30 May, 1667; was a wheelwright and 
miller; m. (1) 9 Jan., 1690, Elizabeth Hall who d. at Groton 13 
June, 1699. He m. (2) at Concord 16 Aug., 1799, Abigail Nutting 
of Groton who was living in 1713. He lived in Chelmsford until 
1698 when he removed to Groton where he bought a farm and 
mill at "Baddacook" in Groton of John Codey, Senior, 10 March, 
1699, (Middlesex Deeds, Vol. 13, p. 693). On 30 Dec, 1702 he 



bought land adjoining his "lying on both sides of Badcook Mill 
Brooke." (Middlesex Deeds, Liber 13, p. 694). "Groton may 
the 8 1706 At a town Meting legaly woned thay ded by wot 
declare thay would and doe desire Thomas Chamberill [lin's] mill 
may bee up helde by a solgar or solgars for the good of the town 
by a patition to the cort or athoratie. Joseph Lakin town dark." 
(Green's Groton Town Records.) He died about 1709 intestate, 
and his estate was settled in 1713 by bis eldest son John who 
lived on the "Baddacook" homestead until 1729 when he sold it 
to Samuel Woods (Middlesex Deeds, Vol. 49, p. 207.) Children: 

1. John,* b. at Chelmsford 29 March, 1692 ; one of the thirty-three 

men under command of Capt. John Lovewell who met and re- 
sisted more than twice their number of Indians on the shore 
of Lov ell's Pond, Fryeburg, Maine, 8 May, 1725. Tradition 
ascribes to him the honor of having slain the sachem Paugus, 
chief of the Pigwacket tribe. He m. Abigail daug. of Thomas 
and Abigail Woods of Groton, and lived at "Baddacook," 
Groton, until 1729 when he removed to the "Four Acres" 
where he lived till 1741, He d. at Groton in 1756, intestate, 
leaving six children. (Maine Historical Quarterly for 1897.) 

2. Joseph,* b. at Chelmsford "Oct. ye 11th, 1693." 

3. Moses,* b. at Chelmsford 3 July, 1695. 

4. Aaron,* (twin to Moses.) 

5. Gershom, 4 b. at Chelmsford 18 Oct., 1697; d. at Groton 29 

March, 1699. 

6. Sarah,* b. at Groton 23 March or May 1699; d. 14 Oct., 1699. 

7. Elizabeth,* b. 26 May, 1700; m. 25 June, 1719 Jonathan, son of 

John Shattuck ; lived in Groton until 1724 or '5 when they re- 
moved to Pepperell, Mass., where she was living in 1738. 

8. Abigail,* b. 21 June, 1701 ; m. 13 April, 1723, Thomas son of 

Nathaniel Woods of Groton. He was one of Capt. John Love- 
well's Co. at Pigwacket (Fryeburg, Maine) where he was 
killed by the Indians 8 May, 1725. 

9. Thomas,* b. 3 Feb., 1703; he had daughters Azubah, and Abia. 

10. Jane,* b. 2 Feb., 1705-6. 

11. Mary,* m. 9 April, 1732, John Scott. 

12. Dorothy,* m. Feb., 1729, Nathaniel Lawrence son of Nathaniel 
and Anna Lawrence. 

- 13. Sarah,* b. 4 Aug., 1709; m. James Shattuck. 
14. Child, 4 (name unknown,) perhaps not in order. 

ii. Samuel, 3 b. at Chelmsford 11 Jan., 1679. Savage gives the^name 
Sarah for Samuel. (See Chelmsford Town Records.) 

iii. Jane, 3 b. at Chelmsford 19th of 11 mo. 1682; m. at same place 
10 Jan., 1706-7, John Reed. 

iv. Elizabeth, 3 b. at Chelmsford 21 July, 1685 ; m. before 27 Nov., 
1719 as second wife, Jonathan son of Samuel Butterfield of 
Chelmsford. Jonathan made his will 10 July, 1728 and it was 
probated 7 Aug., 1738. His son William, by his first wife, m. 1 
May, 1740, Mehitable daughter of John and Margaret (Gould) 
Chamberlain of Billerica. 

v. John, 3 perhaps not in order, was of Chelmsford 4 March, 1701-2. 
(Middlesex Deed6, Liber 14, p. 549.) He was a "sailor 
of Chelmsford" and deeded a meadow to Benjamin Butterfield 
16 May 1705. (Middlesex Deeds, Liber 14, p. 407.) On 30 May, 
1705 he was a "mariner of Boston" when he deeded land in 
Chelmsford to Joseph Spaulding, Senior, of Chelmsford. (Mid- 
dlesex Deeds, Liber 13, p. 715, also Liber 14, p. 549.) 



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3. Samuel 3 Chamberlain (Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ) of Chelmsford, 
was the son of Thomas and Sarah (Proctor) Chamberlain of Chelms- 
ford. He was born there 11 Jan., 1679 (Chelmsford Town Records) 
Savage has Sarah for Samuel. 

On 4 March, 1701-2 he received by deed from his father a part of 
the Chamberlain homestead in Chelmsford. (Middlesex Deeds, 
Liber 14, p. 380). He was engaged in real estate transactions and 
in probate business for many years. In his deeds of which there are 
many he is called "gentleman." On 10 Oct., 1710, he bought land 
of Jonah Richardson of Chelmsford. (Middlesex Deeds, Liber 17, 
p. 1). On 15 July, 1713, he and his wife Abigail deeded all inter- 
est "in the estate of our brother, Jonathan Hill, deceased, to John 

Hill." (Middlesex Deeds, Liber 17, p. 427). On 25 , 1720, 

he received by deed from his father, Thomas Chamberlain, all of his 
father's estate in Chelmsford. (Middlesex Deeds, Liber 21, p. 87). 
In 1726 he was a selectman of Chelmsford. (Allen's Hist, of 
Chelmsford, 1820, p. 172). On 12 May, 1737, he deeded his "son 
Jonathan Chamberlain of Chelmsford, lots No. 5 and 12 in Tyng's 
Township which lyeth on the east side of Merrimack River between 
Suncook, or Lovell's Town, [now Pembroke, N. H.] and Litch- 
field." (Middlesex Deeds, Liber 49, p. 43). He deeded to his 
youngest son Jacob 40 acres of his homestead in Chelmsford on 29 
June, 1752. 

He married about 1703 Abigail, daug. of Nathaniel and Eliza- 
beth (Holmes) Hill of Billerica, Mass. She was b. 26 Dec, 1683, 
and d. at Chelmsford 15 May, 1760. "Capt. Samuel Chamberlain 
d. 12 April, 1767." (Chelmsford Town Records.) Children born 
at Chelmsford : 

i. Benjamin, 4 b. 11 Aug., 1704; m. 27 Jan., 1732, Esther Fasset of 
Westford; was living in Chelmsford in 1767. Children born at 
Chelmsford : 

1. Esther,*, b. 8 Sept., 1732; m. 7 March, 1758, Joshua Atwood. 

2. Abigail,* b. 17 Jan., 1734-5. 

3. Benjamin, 5 b. 18 Feb., 1736-7. 

4. Lydia,* b. 27 May, 1739. 

5. Sarah* b. 12 July, 1740. 
^ 6. Joseph,* b. 24 May, 1743. 

7. Thomas,* b. 24 Sept., 1750; d. 13 Nov., 1757. 

ii. John, 4 b. 11 Feb., 1706; purchased of Jonathan Richardson of 
Chelmsford and Benjamin Adams of Nottingham, N. H., 100 
acres called the "Mill Lot" lying in Naticook Farms on the east 
side of the Merrimack River, on 13 July, 1733. (Middlesex 
Deeds, Vol. 35 p. 113). In 1734 he removed to Souhegan Falls 
in Merrimack, N. H., where he erected the first mills there. He 
was a provincial representative from Merrimack from 1756 to 
1775 inclusive. His wife was Hannah daughter of Josiah and 
Hannah (Lovewell) Farwell of old Dunstable. She was b. 27 
Jan., 1723. Her mother's brother was the intrepid Capt. John 
Lovewell who was killed at Pigwacket (Fryeburg, Maine) 8 
May, 1725, as was her father Josiah Farwell. She received 
from her grandfather Henry Farwell £300 at his death. John 
Chamberlain was commissioned Captain about 1746 and was 
known as "Capt John" and also as "Souhegan John" until his 
death in 1792. His sons were: Josiah,* Thomas,* Joseph,* 



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and Samuel* ; daughters were : Abigail,* Rachel,* Susie,* and 

iii. Abigail, 4 b. "Dec. ye 28, 1707;" m. 17 Dec, 1734, James Pollard 
of Westford — "a man of wealth and intelligence." He was the 
son of Thomas and Sarah (Farmer) Pollard of Billerica. He 
was b. 5 Oct., 1708, and was living in 1779. 

iv. Elizabeth, 4 b. 8 Jan., 1709-10; m. 24 Oct., 1734 Ezekiel Proctor 
of Westford, Mass. 
4. v. Jonathan, 4 b. 11 Feb., 1711; removed to Lyndeborough, N. H. 

vi. Samuel, 4 b. 15 July, 1714. 

vii. Joseph, 4 b. 25 July, 1716. 

viii. Thomas, 4 b. 28 July, 1718. 

ix. Jane, 4 b. 6 Aug., 1723; d. 8 Aug., 1754; unmarried. 

x. Aaron, 4 b. 23 Aug., 1725; lived in Chelmsford; administrator 
of his father's estate in 1767 ; member of committee to oppose 
the Stamp Act in 1765; deacon of the First Church of Chelms- 
ford 20 Jan., 1771, which office he resigned in 1804. He was 
chosen a member of the committee of correspondence 30 May, 
1774; was wounded in the Concord Fight 19 April, 1775. 
He enlisted in Capt. John Ford's Co. of Col. Jonathan Reed's 
Reg't. 30 Sept., 1777. He served 43 davs and was discharged 8 
Nov., 1777. (Allen's Hist. Chelmsford", 1820, p. 179). He m. 
(1) 14 Feb., 1751, Thankful Adams; and (2) Mrs. Abigail But- 
trick of Concord, Mass., 5 June, 1792. Children by wife 
Thankful born at Chelmsford : 

1. Thankful* b. 22 Nov., 1751; m. 30 Aug., 1770, Samuel Adams 

of Chelmsford, Mass. 

2. Aaron* Jr. b. 21 Sept., 1753; m. 15 Nov., 1781, Sarah Adams, 

perhaps sister to Samuel. 

3. Mary,* b. 27 Aug., 1755. 

4. Sybil,* b. 17 July, 1757. 

5. Sarah,* b. 1 June, 1759. 

6. Abigail,* b. 18 June, 1761. 

7. Joanna,* b. 22 Aug., 1764. 

8. Nathaniel* b. 30 March, 1768. 

9. Samuel,* b. 26 March, 1771. 

10. John,* b. 16 Jan., 1774. 

xi. Jacob, 4 b. 25 April, 1729; resided in Chelmsford; m. (1) Lydia 
who d. 31 May, 1775. He m. (2) Ruth Hall 8 Feb., 1780. Chil- 
dren by wife Lydia born in Chelmsford : 

1. Lydia,* b. 11 June, 1762. 

2. Abel,* b. 23 Sept., 1763. 
w-3. Joseph,* b. 8 June, 1765. 

4. Bridget,* b. 28 Oct., 1767. 

5. Jacob, Jr., b. 17 Feb., 1769. 

4. Jonathan 4 Chamberlain, Sr. {Samuel, 3 Tliomas,* 
TJiomas 1 ) was the son of Capt. Samuel and Abigail (Hill) Cham- 
berlain of Chelmsford, Mass. He was born there 11 Feb., 1711. 
On 12 May, 1737, his father deeded him "for love and natural affec- 
tion, lots Nos. 5 and 12, north of Col : Dudley's farm, in Tyng's 
Township which lyeth on the east side of Merrimack River between 
Suncook or Lovell's Town [now Pembroke, N. H.] and Litchfield." 
(Middlesex Deeds, Liber 49, p. 43). 

On 21 Aug., 1739, he sold this land, or a part of it, in Tyng's 
Township to James Anderson of Londonderry, N. H. (Middlesex 
Deeds, Liber 40, p. 383). 

In 1739 he removed to Salem-Canada, or what is now Lynde- 



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borough, New Hampshire. His wife's father, John Cram of Wilming- 
ton, Mass., was the first settler in Lyndeborough, removing there 
about 1737 or 8. Jonathan Chamberlain was a prominent settler of 
that town. On 8 April, 1768, he received from the heirs of Joseph 
Cram of Lyndeborough, a deed of the south part of lot No. 41, con- 
taining 75 acres, in Lyndeborough, for caring for, and giving a Chris- 
tian burial to, Joseph Cram. This Joseph Cram, born in 1707, was 
the son of John and Sarah Cram, first settlers of Lyndeborough. 
Jonathan Chamberlain's wife was his sister ; but his brother Jona- 
than Cram of Lyndeborough, born in 1708, married at Billerica, 
Mass., 1 Dec, 1732, Mary, daughter of Daniel and Mary Cham- 
berlain of Billerica. She was born in 1706. Rev. Henry A. Hazen, 
D. D., in his " History of Billerica, Mass.," Register p. 23, is in 
error in making her the daughter of Clement Chamberlain. 

Jonathan Chamberlain was a Revolutionary hero. He served as 
a private in Capt. Peter Clark's Co. of Militia and marched from 
Lyndeborough for Ticonderoga on 1 July, 1777, with his son of the 
same name. This company returned soon after Burgoyne's engage- 
ment at Hubbardton on 6 July, 1777. He was credited on the roll 
with having traveled 86 miles. (Rev. War Rolls of New Hamp- 
shire, Vol. 15, p. 118.) His son, being younger, was probably the 
Jonathan Chamberlain who re-inlisted from Lyndeborough on 30 
Sept., 1777, and joined the Northern Continental Army at Saratoga 
in Col : Daniel Moore's Reg't of Volunteers. Soon after Burgoyne's 
surrender, he was discharged on 25 Oct., 1777. 

Jonathan Chamberlain married about 1740 or 1741 Elizabeth, 
daughter of John and Sarah Cram who were the first settlers of Lynde- 
borough. She was born in 1721 and died 30 April, 1806, at the age 
of 85 years. 

Jonathan Chamberlain died at Lyndeborough 19 Jan., 1795, at 
the age of 86 years. They, with their daughter Sarah, are buried in 
Lot No, 3 in the cemetery at South Lyndeborough. Children re- 
corded as having been born at Chelmsford : 

i. Elizabeth, 5 b. 30 April, 1742. 

ii. Jonathan, 6 Jr., b. 26 Feb., 1743-4; was a private in Capt. Peter 
Clark's Co., with his father, Revolutionary War (See Jona- 
than 4 ) ; m. Margaret and died at Lyndeboro, 26 Apr., 1815 ae. 
72 yrs. Children : 

1. Benjamin, 6 b. 7 April, 1770; removed to Gardiner, Maine, be- 

fore 1803 ; ra. Joanna Herrick of New Hampshire. 

2. Jonathan, 6 b. 17 March, 1772. 

3. John, 6 b. 26 March, 1774; removed to Hallowell, Maine, before 
1808 ; m. Abigail Brown of New Hampshire. 

4. Elizabeth, 6 b, 3 June, 1776. 

5. David, 6 b. 3 Dec, 1778. 

6. Daniel, 6 h. 6 March, 1781; m. Hannah dang, of Daniel and 
Patience Pearsons of Lyndeborough; removed to Woburn, 
Mass., about 1835 where he died 5 May, 1874; his wife 
Hannah d. 29 July, 1873 aged 85 yrs., 3 mo., 2 da. Their son 
Daniel 7 Jr., died at Woburn, 1874. (Woburn Town Records.) 

7. Margaret, 6 b. 28 Dec, 1783. 

8. Olive, 6 b. 4 Aug. 1788, m. in 1817 Ephraim Woodward who was 
b. 25 Nov., 1792 and d. 23 Sept., 1879. She d. 25 Mch., 1865. 



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9. Nathaniel 9 , b. 3 March, 1791 ; m. in 1816 Mary Knapp who d. at 

Ypsilanti, Mich. 10 Jan., 1839. He removed to Covington, 
N. Y., and later to Hudson, Mich., but d. at Toledo, Ohio, 20 
Mch.. 1857 from a railroad accident. His son David 7 Parsons 
Chamberlain, M. D., b. at Covington, N. Y., 12 Nov. 1825, 
was living at Toledo, Ohio, 9 July, 1887. 

10. Asa, 6 b. 10 April, 1793. 

11. Joseph 6 , b. 12 Nov., 1795; removed to Mason, N. H., about 
1845, where he and his family died. 

5. iii. Samuel, 5 b. 4 April, 1745; lived in Lyndeborough, N. H. 
iv. Olive, 5 b. 16 Aug., 1750. 

v. Sarah, 5 b. 6 April, 1753; d. 5 Jan., 1797; buried with her parents, 
vi. Molly, 5 b. 10 May, 1756. 

vii. John, 5 b. 16 Sept., 1759; m. Molly by whom he had, born at 
Lyndeborough, N. H. : 

1. Molly, 6 b. 27 March, 1783. 

2. John, 6 Jr. b. 18 April, 1785; m. Lucy and had: (1) Catherine 

Mason, b. 10 Dec, 1812; (2) William 7 Bradley, b. 18 July, 
1814; (3) John 1 Ripley, b. Oct. 1, 1816; (4) Joseph 1 Mason, b. 
5 Aug., 1818. (Lyndeborough Town Records) 

3. Sarah, 6 b. 30 May, 1787. 

4. Martha, 6 b. 28 March, 1789. 

5. Abigail, 6 b. 25 June, 1791. 

6. Eliot, 6 b. 1 Feb., 1793; d. 12 Jan., 1796. 

7. Elizabeth, 6 b. 21 Feb., 1795. 

8. Jonathan, 6 b. 8 Feb., 1797; d, 25 Feb., 1797. 

9. Lydia 6 , b. 10 April, 1798. 

10. Chloe, 6 b. 5 Aug., 1800. 

11. Eliot, 6 b. 12 May, 1802; d. 10 Oct., 1802. 

viii. Abigail, 5 b. 8 July, 1763. 

5. Samuel 5 Chamberlain (Jonathan,* Samuel, 3 Thomas, 9 
Thomas, 1 ) was the son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Cram) Chamber- 
lain, early settlers of Lyndeborough, N. H. He is recorded as having 
been born at Chelmsford, Mass., 4 April, 1745. On 5 Dec., 1775, he 
enlisted in Capt. William Walker's Co. of Col° : David Gilman'a 
Reg't. He was transferred to Capt. Samuel McConnelPs Co ; 
traveled 600 miles ; served three months and eleven days. He wa3 
discharged 15 March, 1777. (Rev. War Rolls, New Hampshire, 
Vol. 1, pp. 438, 459, 527, and 539.) Some authorities state that 
he was stationed at Fishkill, N. Y. 

He m. (1) Hannah who d. at Lyndeborough, N. H., 25 Sept., 
1784, and (2) about 1785 Naomi Richardson. He d. in 1812 or 
1813 and his widow Naomi d. in 1850 or 1851. They are buried in 
Lyndeborough. Children : 

i. Hannah, 6 b. 28 April, 1775. 

ii. Elizabeth, 6 b. 8 May, 1777; d. 13 June, 1780. 

iii. Samuel, 6 Jr. b. 4 Mav, 1779 ; m. Olive ; lived in Lyndeborough. 

iv. Amy, 6 b. 14 Feb., 1781. 

v. Betsey, 6 b. 18 April, 1783. 

vi. Benjamin, 6 b. 30 Jan., 1786. 

vii. Rachel, 6 b. 6 Oct., 1787. 

6. viii. Joseph, 6 b. 12 Dec, 1789. 
ix. Peter. 6 b. 9 Nov., 1791. 

x. Naomi, 6 b. 25 Nov., 1793. 
xi. Silas, 6 b. 20 Feb., 1797. 
xii. Sarah, 6 b. 10 April, 1800. 



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xiii. Phineas 6 Appleton, b. 4 Apr., 1802; d. 10 Mch., 1803. 
xiv. Lev:, 6 b. 29 June, 1804. 
xv. Olive, 6 b. 5 Oct., 1807. 

6. Joseph 6 Chamberlain (Samuel, 6 Jonathan,* Samuel, 9 
Thomas, 2 Thomas, 1 ) was the son of Samuel and Naomi (Richardson) 
Chamberlain of Lyndeborough, N. H., where he was born 12 Dec., 
1789. Af ter serving in the War of 1812, he went to Milford,N.H. He 
was a brick-maker by trade and removed from Milford to Lynde- 
borough, N. H., about 1825. On 27 Dec, 1817, he married at 
Milford, N. H., Sarah Abbott who was born at Chelmsford, Mass., 
19 March, 1792. The marriage was performed by Rev. Humphrey 
Moore. He died at Lyndeborough 30 Aug., 1862, his wife Sarah 
having died 31 May, 1857. Children: 

7. i. Rufus, 7 b. at Milford, N. H., 5 June, 1819. 

ii. Joseph 7 Jr., b. at Milford 22 Feb., 1821; m. 31 Oct. 1844 Mary 
A. Drew, who was b. at Somersworth, N. H., 3 April, 1824. He 
settled in Lyndeborough, then removed to Milford, N. H., where 
he was overseer in a factory ; later he removed to Warren, N. H., 
where he was engaged in the lumber business. He next removed 
to Worcester, Mass., where he was a lumber-dealer, removing to 
Paxton, Mass., only a few months before his death 18 Sept., 1886. 
His widow d. at Cambridgeport, Mass., 6 Dec. 1886. Children : 

1. Horace 9 E., b. 27 Jan. 1846; lumber-dealer in Cambridgeport, 

Mass.; m. at Worcester, Mass., 1 Jan., 1868, Ellen B. Cheney 
who was b. at Sherbrooke, Canada, 12 Oct., 1846. He d. at 
Cambridgeport, 16 March, 1895. Children born in Worcester : 
(1) Ella 9 G., b, 8 May, 1869; (2) Walter 9 E., b. 18 Sept., 1872; 
(3) Mary Ann 9 , b. 28 Aug., 1874; d. 8 Sept., 1876; (4) Bertha 9 
b. 26 Dec, 1877. 

2. Ella* E., b. 2 Jan., 1848; d. 2 Aug., 1849. 

3. George 8 A., b. 18 May, 1851 ; d. 20 Aug., 1855. 

4. Fred 9 W., b. 14 April, 1854; d. 14 May, 1872 

iii. Sally, 7 b. at Milford 11 March, 1823; m. at Nashua, N. H., 15 
July, 1847 Charles Blanchard who was b. at Milford, N. H., 20 
Oct. 1813 and d. at Nashua, 29 May, 1880, leaving one son 
Charles? E. Blanchard b. 16 July, 1862. 

iv. Otis, 7 b. at Lyndeborough, 8 Jan., 1826; m. (1) at Lyndeborough 
May, 1849 Clara S. Holt who d. 10 June, 1852 ae. 23 years. He 
m. (2) at Milford, N. H., 24 Nov., 1852 Martha C. Wheeler. 
For a few years he lived at Windsor, N. H., removed to Quebec, 
Canada, where he engaged in lumbering for about twenty years ; 
then removed to Enfield, N. H., where he combined farming 
with a lumber-mill business. He now (1897) lives in Grafton, 
N. H. Children: 

1. Emery 8 0., b. 26 Oct., 1851 ; d. 4 May, 1852. 

2. Woodbury 9 O., b. Windsor, N. H. 14 Nov., 1854; m. at Charles- 

town, Mass., 27 Jan., 1886 Harriet M. Trundy who was born 
at Addison, Maine, 17 Dec, 1864. He lives in Stoneham, 
Mass. 

3. Fred 9 W., b. at Burlington, Vt., 22 Aug. 1877; d.^at Yama- 

chiche. Province of Quebec, 20 Dec. 1877, ae. 4 mos. 

v. Olive, 7 b. at Lyndeborough 20 Jan., 1828; m. 23 Sept., 1847, 
Edwin N. Patch who was b. at Hollis, N. H., 15 July 1824, and 
d. at Lyndeborough, suddenly 9 June, 1892. She is now (1897) 
at South Lyndeborough and has furnished valuable family 
records. Children : 



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1. Mildred* Patch, b. 9 Sept., and d. 18 Sept., 1848. 

2. Orlando* E. Batch, b. 11 Aug., 1851; m. at Stoneham, Mass., 

8 Nov., 1887 Augusta S. Trundy. He lives at Concord, Mass., 
i6 master of Middlesex, Co. Pomona Grange, and has one 
child: Edwin 9 O. Patch, b. 12 May, 1893. 

3. Ida* B. Patch, 28 May, 1857. 

4. Amelia* O. Patch, b. 24 April, 1860. 

vi. Susan, 7 b. at Wilton, N. H., 29 Oct., 1830; d. 17 Aug., 1832. 

vii. Harvey, 7 b. at Lyndeboro', 2 March, 1833; m. at Warren, N. H., 
21 Sept., 1862, Sarah J. Libbey who was b. at Warren 4 Feb., 
1842 ; removed to Rivere de Loup, Province of Quebec, where 
he d. 9 Sept., 1867. His widow and only son Harry* L., b. at 
Rivere de Loup, 17 April, 1865, live (1897) in Lynn, Mass. 

7. Rufus 7 Chamberlain (Joseph, 6 Samuel, 5 Jonathan 4 
Samuel, 3 Thomas, 2 Thomas 1 ) is the son of Joseph and Sarah 
(Abbott) Chamberlain of Lyndeborough, N. H. He was born at 
Milford, N. H., 5 June, 1819, and removed with his parents to 
Lyndeborough in 1824 or '25. He is a prominent citizen of Lynde- 
borough where he has served the town as selectman for nine years. 
He was a selectman for 1854, 1856, 1857, 1858, 1864, 1866, 1867, 
1868 and 1873. For about forty years he has been parish sexton. 

In early life Mr. Chamberlain worked in Lowell, Mass., where he 
m. 20 May, 1843, Martha Jane Upton. She was b. at Lyndeborough 
21 Jan., 1821, and d. there 24 May, 1892. He now (1897) resides 
on the farm that his great grandfather Jonathan Chamberlain re- 
ceived of the heirs of Joseph Cram in 1768 ; and is the only person 
of his surname now living in town. (See picture.) Children : 

i. Emily, 8 b. 3 March, 1844 ; m. 18 May, 1865, Charles F. Tarbell 
who was b. at Lyndeborough 19 Nov., 1843. He was a mer- 
chant at South Lyndeborough, where he d. 24 Feb,, 1888, leav- 
ing two sons Walter 9 S. Tarbell b. 2 Jan., 1867, and Charles 9 H. 
Tarbell b. 29 June, 1874. 

ii. Walter, 8 b. 2 Oct., 1846; enlisted as a private in Co. G Sixteenth 
Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry. He was mus 
tered 11 Nov., 1862, and d. of disease at New Orleans, La., 7 
May, 1863. (N. H. Adj : Gen. Report Vol. I,p. 545). 

iii. Eliza Ann," b. 16 Oct. 1848; m. 4 Dec , 1867, at Lyndeborough, 
Charles H. Wilson who was b. atDeering, N. H., 20 June, 1838; 
removed to Nashua, N. H. ; carpenter. Children : (1) Willis 9 
H. Wilson b. Lyndeborough 9 April, 1870 ; (2) Eugene 9 B. Wil- 
son b. at same place 15 Aug., 1878; (3) Alice 9 M. Wilson b. at 
same place 8 July, 1883 ; (4) Walter Chamberlain 9 Wilson b, at 
Nashua, N. H., 3 April, 1888. 

iv. Sarah Florence, 8 b. 23 Sept. 1850: d. 26 Feb., 1853. 

v. Frank, 8 b. 9 Oct. 1852; m. at Worcester, Mass., 23 Oct. 1873, 
Dora S. Barrett ; for several years a lumber-dealer in Worcester, 
Mass. Children : 

1. Mabel' 9 b. 5 Dec, 1874. 

2. Otis, 9 F., b. March 1876 ; m. in 1895 Mabel Newcomb of East- 

port, Me., and lives (1897) in Augusta, Maine. 

3. Alton Lee, 9 b ; d. 4 Aug., 1881. 

vi. Willis Brooks, 8 b. 25 June, 1854; m. at Worcester, Mass., 30 
April, 1879, S. Cornelia daug. of William L. and Elizabeth May- 
nard. She was b. at South Lancaster, Mass., 30 May, 1852. 
William L. Maynard, a native of Providence, R. I., was b. 2 
March, 1824. Mr. ^Chamberlain is a travelling salesman and 



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shows his interest in his family by causing to be printed a 
limited edition of this pamphlet for his kinsmen of the Chamber- 
lain family in America. Children : 

1. Emma' C. b. 14 July, 1884. 

2. Marion 9 L. b. 27 June, 1886. 

vii. Rufus Warren, 8 b. 11 May, 1856; m. at Lyndeboro' 25 Dec, 
1876, Carrie J. Wallace ; removed to Worcester, Mass., and after- 
wards to Omaha, Neb., where he serves on the police force of 
that city. Children : 

1. Fred 9 W. b. at Worcester, 2 Nov., 1877; d. 14 Sept., 1878. 

2. Walter 9 b. at same place, 7 Feb., 1879. 

3. Fannie 9 M. b. at same place 11 May and d. 29 Sept., 1880. 

4. Martha 9 F. b. at Omaha, Neb. Sept. 1892. 



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