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My great-great grandmother

Wife of Edward Bryant Cooper

Mother of Edward Lee Cooper

                              THE LIFE OF OLIVE C. CHANDLER                                 

© 2018 by Caroline Cooper Olson

Phoenix, Arizona

OUR CHANDLER ancestors speak to us through the mists of time by their names, their faces in old faded photographs, and fascinating stories about their lives ~ uniting us across the generations as a very special family.

I’m pleased to share a story about my paternal great-grandmother, who was Olive C. Chandler, born 9 May 1859 in Cambridge, Story County, Iowa, the daughter of Sereno Chandler and his wife Laura Tillotson. Olive is a direct descendant of Ichabod Chandler.

Lineage: Ichabod Chandler (1762-1838) had a son named Josiah “Little” Chandler (1792-1868) whose son was Sereno Chandler (1826-1898), whose daughter was Olive C. Chandler (1859-1928).

Olive C. Chandler was named in honor of her paternal great-grandmother Olive Fish who was married to Ichabod Chandler. Olive’s middle initial C. probably is for Catherine, the name of her paternal grandmother, Catherine Prior, who was the wife of Josiah “Little” Chandler.

It was Josiah Chandler who persuaded relatives and several friends to travel across country in 1855 to settle in the wilderness of Iowa. Josiah Chandler founded a new township that he named Cambridge in the center of the state. Early settlers included Josiah’s son Sereno Chandler and his wife Laura, who traveled from Maine in a covered wagon to make a new home in Cambridge.

Olive’s father Sereno Chandler was a landowner, farmer and served as a Private in the Iowa militia during the Civil War. Of special interest is that Olive is a direct descendant through her Chandler ancestors to Mayflower passengers John Alden, William and Alice Mullins and their daughter Priscilla Mullins who arrived in America in A.D. 1620 from England and founded Plymouth Colony.

Olive’s mother, Laura Tillotson, was a true pioneer woman who faced many hardships and challenges as she raised eight children while also caring for her three younger siblings. I traced Laura Tillotson’s ancestry back to Richard de Tilston, born circa A.D. 1040 in either Normandy, France or England. Laura Tillotson was also a direct descendant of kings in England and royalty in Wales, a distinction passed on to her daughter Olive Chandler and Olive’s descendants.

Olive has been described by relatives as very pretty, with warm blue eyes, a gentle nature, kind, with a sweet sunny disposition, and bright. She was well educated, knew the important social graces, and learned how to cook, entertain, manage a household and large family by helping her mother.

When Olive was 14 years old, she met her future husband. He was Edward Bayne Cooper, age 23, tall, handsome, and already a successful businessman. Edward was born in the village of Freethorpe in Norfolk, England on 13 October 1850. At age 5 he sailed with his parents, siblings and their servant girl across the treacherous Atlantic Ocean, a dangerous voyage with icebergs floating in the shipping lanes between England and North America.
Edward grew up on a large farm near Lake Ontario in New York. He was taught a strong work ethic, Protestant values, and was very intelligent. He received an academic education in New York, then journeyed west to seek his fortune, settling first in Cambridge, Iowa. There, he established a lumber business and livery stable and became acquainted with the Chandlers, who were the most prominent family in Cambridge.

A few years later, when Olive was 17, Edward Cooper was impressed that she was the young lady he wanted to marry. He asked her father for her hand in marriage and Sereno Chandler approved of their engagement, but insisted Olive should wait until she was 20 to marry.

Land opened to early settlers in the new village of Adrian, Nobles County, Minnesota, about 400 miles north of Cambridge, and Edward Cooper saw the opportunity. While his fiancé Olive taught school in Cambridge, he moved to Adrian where he prospered by raising livestock. Edward often returned to visit the Chandler family in Cambridge, and on New Year’s Day ~ January 1, 1880, he and Olive were married in a beautiful ceremony.

The happy newlyweds settled in Adrian, Minnesota. Nineteen days after their wedding, Edward and his bride received 80,000 acres of land in Nobles County, Minnesota. The land purchase was documented in the History of Nobles County, Minnesota, page 220.

Edward also owned the Olive Branch Stock Farm, named to honor his beloved wife Olive, that consisted of 160 acres, situated a quarter mile south of Adrian. It was fully stocked with purebred Galloway cattle, Shire and Standardbred horses, and Shropshire sheep. I saw an ad on the front page in the Homestead newspaper dated March 6, 1891 that described Edward Cooper’s Olive Branch Stock Farm as “Importers and breeders of pure bred stallions and mares – Percheron, Clyde, Shire and French coach stallions and mares from the best families in Europe. They are also winners of twenty-three First prizes in Europe and America, which is a guarantee of individual merit and soundness.”

Percheron, Clydesdale and Shire horses are enormous, powerful animals, used as war horses and for pulling heavy loads, much in demand at the time.

Olive’s husband Edward provided well for his wife and family. He bought a section of land at Adrian “on which he built a beautiful home which occupies one of the most prominent and picturesque sites in the city,” to quote the description in the Biographical History: Nobles County, Minnesota. Edward, a very strong, energetic man, also planted shade trees, a fruit orchard and large vegetable garden to provide for his family. It was an ideal place for Edward and Olive to raise their eight children, out in the fresh country air, close to nature. Old black and white photos show the family in front of their Victorian three-story mansion.

Olive Chandler Cooper was proud of her husband’s ability to prosper in their family businesses. History books recorded that, “Edward Cooper, one of the most extensive stockmen of Nobles County …. is one of the largest horse, cattle and hog buyers and shippers in southwestern Minnesota.” His family also owned several hundred acres of land for grain farming, and stores in Minneapolis.

Olive created a comfortable, cozy home for her husband and family of four sons and four daughters. She was talented with needlework, and known for her charity work helping others in the community and was active at church. She decorated her home with beautiful furnishings, including original Tiffany stained glass lamps that have been passed down in the family for decades, along with other antiques.

As the wife of a powerful businessman, Olive Chandler Cooper was a gracious hostess who entertained important dignitaries, relatives and friends with elaborate dinners in their formal dining room. The 1900 Census shows that Olive and Edward had a live-in servant girl who helped Olive with household chores.

Olive was 47 years old when she gave birth to her eighth child. She and Edward brought up their sons and daughters to “not boast about themselves, to not talk about private family matters to others, to be humble and always do the right thing, to be clean and neat, and to show generosity to others.” They and their children were described as “bright, with a witty sense of humor, intelligent, strong-minded, enthusiastic, friendly, and their sons were tall with blue or gray eyes, and handsome. Their daughters were very pretty, with gentle eyes and light hair, and were aristocratic, elegant, well-mannered, and knew the social graces,” like their mother, Olive.

Edward and Olive, always ready for new opportunities, moved the family to the boomtown of Great Falls, Montana by 1915. He built a spacious two-story home with six bedrooms in town, and claimed homestead land for a cattle ranch. Eventually, Edward’s family owned thousands of acres of land in Montana for wheat farming and grazing cattle and real estate investments that benefitted their sons and daughters and descendants.

Olive Chandler became acquainted with the famous Western artist, Charles Marion Russell, whose home and art studio were four blocks north of the Cooper home. Olive purchased several of his oil paintings showing the frontier life in the Wild West. I recall four of Charles Russell’s paintings hanging in our home when I was a child that were passed down in the family.

Edward Bryant Cooper owned several properties in Great Falls, including a tavern where he and his friends sometimes met for a friendly game of poker. One evening in 1921, the stakes were very high and Edward won 9,600 acres of land near Amarillo, Texas. Two years later, he discovered oil on that land which greatly increased the wealth for himself, Olive and their eight children and their descendants. The Cooper oil wells continue to pump “black gold” today – 95 years later – and many members of the family receive monthly royalty checks.

My family’s lineage includes Olive’s and Edward’s son named Edward Lee Cooper, who is my grandfather. He was born 22 May 1884 in Adrian, Nobles County, Minnesota and died December 1972 in Dallas, Texas. He married Mabel Corrine Stenson, born 27 August 1891 in Spring Valley, Minnesota and died 27 December 1970 in Great Falls, Montana. Their son Lee Edward Cooper II is my father, born 29 March 1916 in Great Falls, Montana and died 5 April 2004 in Arkansas. Lee Edward Cooper II married Emma Rose Jones, born 7 November 1921 in Denver, Colorado and died 18 October 1994 in Phoenix, Arizona. I am their daughter – Caroline Cooper, born in January 1941 in Denver, Colorado and was married to Dr. Dennis Olson. We have two sons, Stephen and Darren Olson and a grandson, Brennan Christianson.

My great-grandmother Olive C. Chandler Cooper passed away quietly on 26 August, 1928 at the age of 69. She was gently laid to rest in Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana. Olive is remembered as a lovely, gracious, kind, gentle, elegant, spirited and aristocratic lady who loved God and her family. She remains highly regarded by all who knew her.

Edward Bryant Cooper died at age 90 on 27 January, 1941 and lies buried beside his beloved wife, Olive in Great Falls, Montana. Their legacy of love and devotion to their family lives on.

Thanks to Caroline Cooper  who sent me this story. Its nice to get stories about our Chandler ancestors. If you have a story about your ancestor and would like me to publish it please contact me:


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If you would like to share something about your Chandler ancestors or would like to see a specific topic related to genealogy appear in the Courier please write to Barb.

I was not aware of this bit of Christmas trivia and thought you all might enjoy it.


Christmas  was banned in Boston from 1658 to 1681. The puritans  believed it was an insult to God to observe a day associated with ancient paganism.

Christmas trees, decorations, and traditional Christmas foods such as mince pies and puddings were  banned traditional Christmas foods such as mince pies and pudding. Stores remained open all day on Christmas, and town criers walked through the streets on Christmas Eve calling out “No Christmas, no Christmas!”

Christmas did not become a legal holiday until 1856





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Edmund’s Community Courier Fall 2017

Edmund’s Community Courier Fall 2017


Carol May

Yes, it has been a long time since a Courier was last posted, but a lot has been going on and my computer, actually AOL, did eat my homework! Fortunately, they were only e-mails, but they were about a thousand e-mails that I was saving and some pertained to Chandlers. I am also replacing my failing, old computer.

The Courier has been accessed world wide and now I get e-mails from all over. I am also finding bits of our research on family trees and also on the big Family Tree at This is a good thing except the posters often annoyingly do not post the updates and corrections that we make. We started out, and continue to be, a research group, so updates and corrections are part of the game.

I have more stories backlogged for future issues. If any of you are computer savvy, I need help posting the Courier so pictures and maps can be included.

If you have not signed up for the Courier, you can sign up on the right hand side of the page as it is getting too complicated to also send out individual e-mail notifications.

If you have a change of address and are a Chandler Family Association member, make sure to contact Helen at:


Hale news, news and queries about Maine Chandlers, a great link to an English Daily News story on research about how the English are not all English, a summary of the different kinds of DNA tests and more.



Did you know that the English don’t DNA test as all English? That in some areas of England 45% test as French and in other areas 25% test as German? That the Welsh are the most “English?” That there is little DNA trace of Scandinavians or Romans?

In the future there may be more studies updating these findings. However, if you have participated in an autosomal DNA test, this story may help explain, or further confuse you, about your own results.

Here is the link:

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English genomes share German and French DNA while Romans and Vikings left no trace | Daily Mail Online also has an interpretation of how English or British the English are. Here is the link:

The British Are Less British Than We Think – Ancestry Blog

For a short summary of the different kinds of DNA tests see the last story in this issue.


Out of the blue came an e-mail from Robyn and Paul of Australia seeking contact with our member, Angela, as Robyn shared the same ancestor, William Hale (1858-1926) as Angela. William Hale was the former Mayor of Botany, New South Wales.

For those of you who are new, we had a match between Angela’s father, an Australian with Northern Irish roots, surnamed Hale and our Y-DNA Chandler testees. That was a big surprise to all. We figure the common ancestor probably lived in the 1500s which was the century when Edmund was born.

We still don’t know if Hales were once Chandlers or vice versa centuries ago.

Angela updated me with what is going on with the Hale research. She hired genealogist in Northern Ireland who found Thomas Hale’s baptismal record in Tandragree in the Parish Church which was the Church of Ireland. The Church of Ireland is the Irish equivalent of the Church of England. Both are Protestant. He was baptized April 1, 1831. His parents were William and Euphemia Hale of Lisbane Townland. That is where the research hit a brick wall.

On the DNA front, Angela is still waiting for the results of he Full Genome Y-elite 2 test. That test is more detailed and it is done by a different company than our regular Y-DNA tests. The results should available in December. Hopefully, it will help focus in on how close Edmund was to Angela’s Hale ancestors.


We had an inquiry from Julie about Esther Ann Chandler. Her lineage is, starting with Edmund, the immigrant:

Edmund > Joseph Chandler+Mercy > Edmund Chandler+Elizabeth Alden > Capt. John Chandler + Bethiah Rickard > Jonathan Chandler +Rebecca Packard > Ichabod Chandler+Olive Fish > Freeman Chandler+Esther Austin > Esther Ann Chandler.

Julie is searching for Esther Ann’s birth record. Esther Ann was recorded in the US 1850 census in the household of Freeman and Esther, but that might not be enough for the DAR as proof of her lineage. Julie’s goal is to have Esther Ann Chandler’s lineage recognized.

Julie has searched the big genealogy library in Allen County, Indiana, the Indiana DAR, records in Iowa and Oklahoma where Esther Ann Chandler, now Bratcher, ultimately settled to no avail.

Most of Esther Ann’s siblings’ births were recorded in Foxcroft, Maine. Esther Ann and Freeman Chandler, Jr. were also born in Maine, but no record of their birth has been found nor has the birth of youngest sibling Olive Chandler, who was born in Ohio, been found.

I found a birth date in three My Heritage family trees for Esther Ann of March 6, 1831 in Poland, Maine, but no source for the information.

It was not unusual for Foxcroft Chandlers to also be recorded in Poland, Maine as that area was were they first settled before moving to Foxcroft.

If one of you has the source, let me know!


We had a story in the Courier about the Bible that belonged to Julia F. Chandler a while back. The Bible is now in the possession of the CFA.

Since then I came across a letter for sale on eBay authored by Julia’s mother, Almira (Webster) Chandler which probably was once in the same collection of memorabilia as the Bible. I bid $16.04 cents and lost to an antiquarian dealer. I did get to see bits and pieces of the letter when it was for sale on eBay.

Much to my surprise as a result of the story on the Julia F. Chandler Bible, I got an e-mail from Ginny Gross, a research assistant who works for the Oshkosh Public Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, who transcribed Nancy (Chandler) Derby’s diary – 309 single spaced pages! She is editing the diary and plans to send me a copy of the project in 2018 if all goes well. Many relatives are mentioned so we may be able to fill in more Maine Chandler blanks.

Nancy was Julia’s cousin. Technically, first half cousin. Their common ancestor was Rufus Chandler, but different grandmothers. In color are their common ancestors. See lineages below.

Nancy (Chandler) Derby’s lineage starting with Edmund, the immigrant is:

Edmund Chandler > Joseph Chandler+Mercy > Joseph Chandler+ Martha Hunt > Jonathan Chandler+Rachel Mitchell > Rufus Chandler+Nancy Cushing > Joel Chandler+ Eliza Stackpole > Nancy Chandler Derby.

Julia F. Chandler Allan’s lineage starting with Edmund, the immigrant is:

Edmund > Joseph Chandler+Mercy > Joseph Chandler+ Martha Hunt > Jonathan Chandler+Rachel Mitchell > Rufus Chandler+Abigail Dennison > Edward Chandler + Almira Webster > Julia Chandler

Surprisingly, Nancy mentions a letter telling the death of Capt. Edward Chandler. The news may have come from the same letter that was on eBay. Capt. Edward Chandler was a sea captain based out of New York, although his home was in Maine. According to both the diary and letter, “He died at sea, with the yellow fever”.

Nancy was born in 1830 in Freeport, Maine. Her birth was recorded in August 30, 1830 of the vital records of Phillips, Franklin County Maine and August 31, 1830 in Alexander, Washington County, Maine. In those days births were often recorded in several towns which leads to confusion today as to where that person was actually born. In the 1850 US census she was enumerated in Alexander, Washington County Maine.

According to Ginny Gross, Nancy married George Derby in Massachusetts. They moved to Oshkosh in 1854. In 1859 she and her husband moved temporarily to Sumter County Alabama where he worked for the North East and South West Railroad making bricks for the bridge trestles. They returned to Oshkosh in 1861. the diary covers 1857 to may of 1869. She probably continued to write in her diary, but those diary books are missing and probably were lost or destroyed over the years.

Nancy tells of visits by relatives including Julia’s brother, Augustine W. Chandler. He went back to Maine to get his wife and he worked in the pinery for at least a year. Lumber was a big industry in Oshkosh at that time.

Hopefully, we will have more about Nancy’s life and those of her relatives when the editing project is complete.


Our former Edmund Chandler Association treasury has finally made the move over to the Chandler Family Association where we are now Chapter 13. Bob, our former treasurer when we were the Edmund Chandler Family Association, has handed over our treasury to Helen Chandler, the treasurer of the CFA. Our money will be kept in a separate account for dedicated to research related to Edmund Chandler.


DNA tests are additional tools, often essential tools, in the genealogy toolbox, but you have to find the right tool for the right job. Below is a short summary of the tests.


Our Chandler Family Association sponsors the Y-DNA Chandler project which has over 500 participants. Go to the CFA main page and click DNA for more information about the project. It is for men only and follows the male line. Most of our Chandler testees have found matches among the many genetically different Chandler families. There is usually no fuzzy, gray area. Either you match and belong to that family or you don’t. It is an excellent tool to confirm or find your family.

There is also a Big Y-DNA test which is much more expensive and tests a different kind of marker. We do not use that test for our project. At this point, it is more for anthropological use rather genealogical and places testees on the phylogenetic family tree. It literally starts with “Adam” and moves forward in time, hopefully one day into genealogical time.


This is the test that you hear about on TV so frequently – Put away the lederhosen and bring out the kilt!

Test results are for both the male and female side of the family. It is also the least expensive DNA test. It is called Family Finder at FTDNA and AncestryDNA at Ancestry.

At this point those not familiar DNA testing are jumping out of their seats ready to sign up — genealogy made easy with one test and relatively cheap, too!

Not so fast. It really is only useful for about maybe 5 generations. Also, autosomal testing does not tell you which side of the family the match came from which is one of the reasons why it can get technical and require testing many people. It can help solve adoption and orphan mysteries, but it usually takes a lot of testing and help by experts to do that.

I met a couple of cousins through autosomal testing. One was from my Polish side who is doing extensive research in Polish records. We are still trying to figure out who the common ancestor was. The other was of New England colonial descent. We we know which ancestors we share, although more people would have to be tested to figure exactly which markers came from which ancestor. We did share pictures of our ancestors and family stories which ended up being the best part.

Then there is the part that most people get excited over – ethnicity! How much English, German, or French, etc. am I? Am I part Irish or Native American? This is what people want to know. Ancestry, FTDNA, and 23 and Me all give ethnic breakdowns.

Autosomal testing is accurate on a continental level, but not accurate for individual countries. Test accuracy may improve in the future, but it won’t change the fact that people migrated and boundaries changed over the centuries. Click the news item at the beginning of this issue for the link about the English not being all English which explains some the reasons why.

Ethnic breakdowns are a lot of fun, but should be taken with a grain of salt, maybe a pinch of salt.

I took the autosomal test at Ancestry, called AncestryDNA, and transferred a copy of the test results to FTDNA for a small fee (it may be free now) and also a copy to for free. That way I got access to three different databases and the tools at Gedmatch and FTDNA.

My ethnicity results varied widely between the different companies. For me, between Family Finder and AncestryDNA, Ancestry was closer.

Ethnic amounts can vary among siblings. Only exact twins have exact matches.

The other big surprise for many people is finding out that they are not Irish or Native American, or another ethnicity as was told in the family story. They might still have Irish or Native American ancestors, but it was far back enough so they might not have gotten any of their DNA, but the parent or sibling may have!


The MtDNA test test follows the mother’s line. It is more broad than the Y-DNA test for men. I will confess that I know very little about it, but it can be a useful tool in some cases following the mother’s line. Study up on it to see if it can help you.

Until next time, happy ancestor hunting!

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left to right  young man sitting on the ground is Raymond Chandler (1893- 1971) man standing is Howard Chandler (1869-unknown) and the older man sitting is Alphonse Chandler (1841-1908)

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young man sitting on the ground is Raymond Chandler (1893- 1971) man standing is Howard Chandler (1869-unknown) and the older man sitting is Alphonse Chandler (1841-1908)

Happy 2017. Our member, Mike McDonough, shared this picture along with his lineage to Ichabod. If any member would like me to post their lineage information. Please send it to me along with any pictures you have. Thanks, Barb

PEASE NOTE–The information regarding Raymond Chandler I initially had written was incorrect. The correct information is below.  Thanks


Mike McDonough> Marqaret Chandler (mother)> Raymond Chandler (grandfather)>Howard Chandler (great grandfather)>Alphonse Chandler (great great grandfather)> Jarius Chandler (great great great grandfather)>Josiah Little Chandler (great great great great grandfather>Ichabod Chandler (great great great great great grandfather)


Josiah “Little” Chandler was born 18 July 1792 in Poland, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Maine was part of Massachusetts till it became a state in 1820) to Ichabod and Olive Fish Chandler. (1) His siblings were; Elihu  Elnathan (1795-1884), Ruth (185-?), Ichabod Jr. (1786-1856), John “Fish” (1789-1826), Judith (1791-1878, Abel (1796-1881), Sylvanus (1799-1882) and, Freeman (1801-?). (2)

It is not known if Josiah and Catherine were married. According to Vermont Vital Records Catherine’s last name was Prior.(3)

Both Josiah and Catherine are listed as living in Bonus, Boone, Illinois and Union, Story, Iowa in the 1850 and 1860 census. (4)

The children born to Josiah and Catherine were; James (1815-?), Amanda (1817-?), Olive (1819-?), Josiah L. (1822-?), Sereno (1826-1898), William (1830-1900), and Jarius (1815-1862), (5)

Josiah played a large part in the history of Cambridge Iowa. An excerpt from a town hisory reads; “In 1851 a Maine man, who had spent some years as superintendent in the Lake Superior copper-mines, and afterward located in Illinois, came to Story County site prospecting. This was Josiah Chandler. He looked over the Skunk bottoms, then water covered, and selected an elevated site, which was then surrounded by water, but above high-water mark, as that on which he should settle. This is now owned by J. Lee. He went back and persuaded Sylvanus and Jairus Chandler and others with families to come with him, and work a saw-mill in the midst of the valuable timber that lined the bottoms. Within a couple years after his first arrival, a log store and inn was built by Jairus Chandler. It is not known just when Josiah and Jairus, with Mr. Alexander, secured the site of the present town as above entered, but it may have been as late as 1854. Josiah concluded he would plat a town of about square dimensions, with its streets running parallel to the river instead of in cardinal directions. He did so, and named the new town Cambridge, and, of course, the plat is like the old French surveys. The center is near the school building in the park. The plat was not recorded, however, until November, 1856, although it is Dr. Grafton’s opinion, that it was laid out probably three years before. The saw-mill, built in 1854, did a good business, with J. Batterson as sawyer, and in August, 1855, the house now used by McKee’s meat market was built on the plat. The first store was built not far from the site of Baldwin & Maxwell’s.

In the winter of 1855-56 thirty-one persons were led to the new town by Mr. Chandler, and the entire company wintered in the McKee house, with curtains for partitions. Among these were Wallace Williams, G. A. Macy (a blacksmith), Isaac Mitchell, Esq., Joseph Jones, Esq., John Cook, Sebastian Rubar and others. On one of his trips that winter Mr. Chandler met in stage coach to Des Moines a young Baltimore physician, Dr. W. H. Grafton, and persuaded him to come to Cambridge and look over the site.” (6)

Josiah built a saw mill on Skunk River in 1853, which was the nucleus of the town of Cambridge. (7)

He died in 1868 and is buried in Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, Story, Iowa. Catherine died in 1863 and is buried in Cambridge Cemetery.  (8)

An outdoor recreation area in Cambridge is named after Josiah Chandler. An excerpt from an article about the area reads: “The recreation area is named after Josiah Chandler, one of the first settlers in the Cambridge area. Chandler came to the area looking for minerals to mine, but instead found an unlimited supply of timber. After scouting the area, Chandler went back to Illinois and convinced his brothers to settle here with him and build a sawmill.” The full story is online at;

  1. Ancestry
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  6. 1890 Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Story County, Iowa Page 207
  7. History of Story County, p. 52
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Jarius was born 14 April, 1815 in Minot, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Maine didn’t become a state until 1820) his parents were Josiah and Catherine Prior Chandler, (1) His siblings were; James (1815-?), Amanda (1817-?), Olive (1819-?), Josiah L. (1822-?), Serno (1826-1898), and William (1830-1900). (2)

He married Julia Blake about 1840 in Maine. (3) Their children were; Alphonse (1841-1909), Wallace Washington (1846-?), and Alice (1858-1944). (4)

Julia and Jarius are listed as living in Foxcroft, Piscataquis, Maine and Union, Story, Iowa in the 1850 and 1860 census. (5)

Jarius played an instrumental role in the early history of Cambridge, Iowa as these excerpts show;

The first resident of the town of Cambridge was Jarius Chandler, building his house near the saw mill. (6)

“CHANDLER’S SAW MILL” was on Skunk River in, or at, the northeast corner of Cambridge, and was built in early times, 1853 or 1854, by Mr. Jairus Chandler. it was a water power saw-mill, and was built before the Grafton & Chandler flouring mill.  (7)

Within a few years after he arrived Jairus Chandler built a log store and inn. (8)

A (post office was also established at Cambridge, of which Jairus Chandler was the first postmaster. For a time, this office supplied mail to an office in Ballard Grove, but there was no regular carrier. (9)

He died about 1862 in Story county. It is not known where he is buried. (10) Julia remarried and died in  1878. (11)

  1. Ancestry
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  3. Ancestry
  4. Nevada Historical Society
  5. Ancestry
  6. The History of Story County 1887 Page 52
  7. The History of Story County 1887 Page 52
  8. The History of Story County 1887 page 386
  9. 1890 Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Story County, Iowa page 126
  10. Nevada Historical Society
  11. Nevada Historical Society


Alphonse was born 28 March, 1841 in Newport, Penobscot, Maine to Jarius and Julia Blake Chandler. (1) His siblings were; Wallace Washington (1846-?), and Alice (1858-1944). (2)

In 1862 he married Ellen J. Banks. (3) Their children were; Howard (1869-1913) and Edward (1864-?) (4)

Alphonse were listed in the 1870 census as living in Union, Story, Iowa, in 1885 Cambridge, Story, Iowa and in 1900 lived in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa. (5) Their children were; Howard (1869-1913), and Edward (1864-?).

He died 12 July, 1909 in Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa and is buried in Murdoch-Linwood Cemetery in Cedar Rapids. Ellen died 17 Feb, 1930 in Oak Park, Cook, Illinois and is buried in Murdoch-Linwood Cemetery Cedar Rapids. (6)

  1. Ancestry
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  6. Find A Grave


Howard was born April 1869 in Story county, Iowa to Alphonse and Ellen J. Banks Chandler. (1) His sibling was Edward (1864-?). (2)

In 1891 he married Geraldine Guthrie in Nevada, Story, Iowa. (3)  Their children were; Raymond (1892-1971), Ellen (1895-1904). (4)

Geraldine and Howard are listed as living in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota in the 1900 census and in 1910 as living in Schenectady, Schenectady, New York. (5)

Howard died 14 July, 1913 in Bloomfield, Oakland, Michigan his place of burial is unknown. Geraldine died after 1940. (6)

  1. Ancestry
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Raymond was born in Iowa to Howard and Geraldine Guthrie Chandler. (1) His sibling was Ellen (1895-1904) (2).

He married Mary Welliver. (3) Their child was: Margaret (?) who married Mr. McDonough, Mary Ellen (1915-1990), and Raymond Jr.(1922-1989)  (4) Raymond and Mary Welliver divorced. In 1938 Raymond married Mary White.(5)

Raymond and Mary moved to Levering Michigan and  buy a house, motel and bar called the Log Cabin.” (6)

He died 4 March, 1971 in Cheboygan, Cheboygan, Michigan, and is buried in Saint Clement Catholic Cemetery in Pellston, Emmet, Michigan.Mary died 15 Sept, 1982 and is buried in Saint Clement Catholic Cemetery.(7)

  1. Ancestry
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  3. Ancestry
  4. Lineage given by Mike McDonough
  5.  Information by Mike McDonough
  6. Information by Mike McDonough
  7. Find A Grave.

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Happy holidays; I thought it would be interesting to make a list of all Ichabod’s descendants and their children. If you have stories, pictures, etc. could you send them to me (along with sources) and I will post them in the Courier. Also, please include your lineage to Ichabod; for example mine is; Barb Chandler>Paul Chandler( father)>Everett Chandler(grandfather)James Chandler Sr.(great grandfather)Elihu Chandler(great great grandfather) Ichabod Chandler(great great great grandfather).

I’m putting up the information I have on Ichabod and his son Elihu since they are two of my ancestors, if you have anything on these men that I have not included please let me know so I can post it.

By sharing our genealogical information we can get to know other members of CFA, and their ancestors a bit better


Ichabod the son of Jonathan and Rebecca Packard Chandler was born 19 September, 1762 in Duxbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony. When Ichabod was born Duxbury was part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony since Massachusetts was not a state until 1788.  (1) His siblings were: Hannah 1769-? John A. 1758-1858, John 1756-1756, Nathaniel 1762-1854, Reuben 1765-? and Avira 1767-1860. (2)

He married Olive Fish 29 Jan, 1784 in Pembroke, Massachusetts Bay Colony. (3)

The children of Ichabod and Olive were; Elihu Elnathan (1795-1884), Ruth (185-?), Ichabod Jr. (1786-1856), John “Fish” (1789-1826), Judith (1791-1878), Josiah “Little” (1792-1868), Abel (1796-1881), Sylvanus (1799-1882) and, Freeman (1801-?). (4)

Ichabod fought in the Revolutionary War twice.  Once, when he was 13 years old he and his father served in the Lexington Alarms n 1775. (5) Two years later, in 1778, he spent 2 months and 4 days at Castle Island. (6)

Between 1783 and 1785 Ichabod followed his father and brothers to Bakerstown. Massachusetts Bay Colony. When Jonathan brought his sons to Bakerstown, Maine or Massachusetts had not become states yet. Maine was part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony until 1820.  Even though there was no mention of Ichabod’s mother or his sister traveling to Bakerstown at the same time. Perhaps the men came to Maine before Rebecca and Hannah so they could get everything ready.  (7)

In 1806 Ichabod and Olive were received into the second Congregational Church in Minot, Massachusetts Bay Colony. (8)

Olive died in Maine 1832. Her place of burial is unknown.

Ichabod died in Maine in 1838. He is buried in Lee Cemetery, Dover-Foxcroft, Piscataquis, Maine (9)

  1.  Ancestry
  2.  Ancestry
  3.  Ancestry
  4.  Database of names in the library of Edmund Chandler Family Association (no longer available)
  5.  Database of names in the library of Edmund Chandler Family Association (no longer available)
  6.  F.W. Cook, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, May 11, 1929.
  7.   The History of Androscoggin County Maine by Georgia Drew Merrill, editor 1891
  8.  The History of Androscoggin County Maine by Georgia Drew Merrill, editor 1891
  9.  Find A Grave


“Elihu, was a man of sterling habits and absolute integrity deeply religious and true to his convictions in every sense of the word. He had very limited education, yet he could repeat many quotations from the Bible, letter perfect, and clothed his prayers with beautiful language.” (1)

He was the son of Ichabod and Olive Fish Chandler was born 27 January, 1795 in Poland, Commonwealth of Massachusetts. When Elihu was born, Maine was part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since it didn’t become a state until 1820. (2) His siblings were; Ruth (185-?), Ichabod Jr. (1786-1856), John “Fish” (1789-1826), Judith (1791-1878), Josiah “Little” (1792-1868), Abel (1796-1881), Sylvanus (1799-1882) and, Freeman (1801-?). (3)

In 1832 Elihu came west to Henderson county Illinois. Where he helped build and guard the forts during the Blackhawk War. (4)

“In 1834 he crossed the Mississippi, and came to the little town of Burlington (known then as Flint Hills) and helped lay out Jefferson Street (the main thoroughfare in Burlington). At that time, there were only a few log houses. Late in 1834 he purchased 320 acres of rough hilly land 18 miles west of Burlington for $1.25 an acre. He chose the site so he could have wood to burn and wild game for food.” (5)

He married Jemima Mathis Dobson June 1835 at Augusta Township, Henry, Iowa, When Elihu married Iowa was part of the Wisconsin Territory since it didn’t become a state until 1846. (6)

Jemima came to Augusta Township with her mother, sister and brother-in-law from Green county Kentucky, and articles of religion from Bush Baptist church. They wanted to organize a community church, and invited a minister from Illinois to help them organize a Baptist Church. In 1834 people begin holding meetings in a cabin in Augusta 10 miles south of Burlington. In 1838 Elihu became one of the first members of the new church. The church, known as Long Creek Baptist, was the first Baptist Church in the State of Iowa now known as Danville Baptist Church. (7)

The children of Elihu and Jemima were; James (1836-1908), Elihu Jr. (1838-1843), Sophronia Jane (1841-1864), and Ruth Olive (1843-1887). (8) They both were on the 1850 and 1870 census as living in Baltimore Township, Henry, Iowa. (9)

Elihu died 1884 in Baltimore Township, and was originally buried on a farm in Henry county. His body was re-buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Pleasant Grove Henry, Iowa. (10)

Jemima died 1888 in Baltimore Township, and is buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Pleasant Grove, Henry, Iowa. (11)

  1. Everett Chandler’s letter to his son Paul.
  2. Ancestry
  3. Ancestry
  4. Obituary
  5. Everett Chandler’s letter to his son Paul.
  6. Ancestry
  7. History of Danville Community
  8. Family History
  9. Ancestry
  10. Find a Grave and Obituary
  11. Find a Grave

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More DNA news this issue which includes an update on the Australian-Northern Irish match with the Edmund Chandler family.  So much going on behind the scenes both with the Edmund Chandler family and the CFA, it is hard to find the time to write the newsletter. Sorry, no pictures yet as Barb took care of that.


Watch for the excellent and award winning CFA newsletter which will be coming out in July.  It will feature interesting English travel tips and insights.  In addition there is a story on the Plymouth and Jamestown colonies compared and contrasted plus more. Make sure that you are a paid up CFA member to receive the CFA newsletter. There will also be an upcoming anniversary CFA edition with lots of pictures and diary excerpts of the just completed Chandler tour of England. This was described by many as a “trip of a lifetime” as it featured an elaborate formal dinner at the Wax Chandlers’ Guild, special tours, being announced by the Town Crier in full regalia and more.


I am looking for a descendant of Edmund’s son, Joseph, who has taken the 37 marker DNA test to upgrade to 111 markers. If money is an issue the test can be subsidized from our Edmund Chandler research treasury.  Prefer a member of Edmund Chandler chapter of the CFA.  This test is for research into the entire Edmund Chandler family so would not be solely for the benefit of the testee. Read more about it in “The Chandler Project and the U198 Project” below.


If some of the DNA stuff sounds confusing, you are not alone!  Ask, and I will try to get answers.


In this issue:






















First, a quick summary, last issue we reported a Y-DNA match with our Edmund Chandler genetic Group 13 and Roger Hale of Australia who has Northern Irish roots.  This was a BIG surprise as we thought that when we got a DNA match with our Edmund Chandler group it would be with someone in England with the surname of Chandler.


Since the last issue, the Y-DNA results have come back from the other Australian Hale who was tested.  He does match our new member, Angela’s father, Roger and thus also our Edmund Chandler group.


This match, plus their paper trail, confirms that the common ancestor for the two Hales was William Hale of Northern Ireland who was born c. 1800. We don’t know if he was born there or elsewhere. So now we have moved out of Australia and into Northern Ireland with our Hale matches.


That still leaves an over 200 year gap between Edmund Chandler’s birth and William Hale’s birth plus two different surnames.


John Chandler, our DNA expert, wrote that William Hale is theoretically close enough to have descended from Edmund Chandler. However, the scenario of Edmund having an illegitimate son with the surname Hale is pretty farfetched considering how religious he was. John was not saying that this happened only he is that close genetically.   More likely, the common ancestor between Edmund and the Hales is farther back than when Edmund was born, although how far back we don’t know.


We can do further testing to try to see if the Hales and Chandlers can be separated into two groups, right now they are one group. We don’t know which one would be the off-shoot group which means who came first the Chandlers or the Hales.


We have traced the Hales through DNA to Northern Ireland, now the issue is to try to figure out where the Chandler/Hale connection is.  Very broadly we know that Edmund was a Protestant as was Angela’s, ancestor William Hale. More specifically Edmund was a Separatist. William Hale’s family was a combination of Church of Ireland and Presbyterian according to the analysis that Angela did.


I did a crash course on the history of religion of Northern Ireland to try to figure out through religious affiliations where the Hales came from before they migrated to Northern Ireland. I found that the Church of Ireland was the Irish version of the Church of England. The Presbyterians were mainly Scottish. We already ruled out the likelihood of William Hale being Irish because he wasn’t Catholic and Hale is considered mostly an English name.


There were more Presbyterians amongst the Hale wives. People do convert and their descendants may convert back, but there was no unified affiliation in the family with the Presbyterians who were mostly of Scottish origins. So that leads us back to the likelihood of the Hales being of English origins rather than Lowland Scottish.


We don’t know when the Hales migrated to Northern Ireland. Records are few and sketchy. The earliest Hale that we could find so far was John Hale who was murdered in the Irish Massacres of 1641/42.  We don’t know if he was an ancestor of  William Hale or not.


The religious conflicts of Northern Ireland are well known to the world. In the 1600s, the English king drove many of the Irish out of their own lands and created plantations settled by Scot Presbyterians (who later became known as the Scots-Irish), English and a few others to quell, to him, the troublesome Irish.


Then the Presbyterian Scots began being a problem to the English with their quest to be independent. As a result there was a crackdown on the Northern Irish Presbyterians with England wanting them to leave Presbyterianism and join the Church of Ireland which was affiliated with the Church of England.  Politics and religion were tightly intertwined.


All the while, both the Scots-Irish and the English were having trouble with the Irish Catholics some of whom became “woodkerns.” “Woodkerns” were marauding bandits who made life difficult for the Scottish and English Protestant migrants, or invaders, depending on whose side one was on.


Many of the Scots were already experienced fighters as some them came from the borderland region between Scotland and England which was filled with “reivers.” Reivers consisted of both Scottish and English raiders. Northern Ireland was a volatile place with clashing religions and peoples.






Ireland in the seventeenth century, or, The Irish massacres of 1641-2 [ed … – Google Books


Dissenters in Ireland

BBC – Legacies – Immigration and Emigration – Northern Ireland – Irish Stew – Irish Stew – Article Page 1

Irish Ancestors

Researching Covenanter Ancestors : Return to the Cradle of Irish Presbyterianism

Free Irish genealogy websites. The 10 best free sites for Irish family history.

Hale | Irish Origenes: Use Family Tree DNA to Discover Your Genetic Origins | Clans of Ireland | Irish Surnames Map









A few of our members are also involved in the U198 project in addition to our Chandler DNA project. For anyone looking to find out which Chandler family that they belong to, our Chandler DNA project, of which the Edmund Chandler family is a participant, is the place to go. Our Chandler DNA project is the clearing house, so to speak, for all Chandlers and most have found matches. Here is the CFA link: Chandler Family Association – The Chandler DNA Project

While the Chandler DNA project traces back through genealogical time (that’s when surnames began being used) the U198 project is more anthropological going forward in time starting from the first man.  Naturally no one knows the names of these early individuals, so it is really anthropology rather than genealogy.


Several million people have the U198 genetic marker and the project is working on dividing them into smaller and smaller groups. The Hales and Edmund Chandler descendants have the U198 marker. The Edmund Chandler family is the only Chandler family that I know of that has the U198 marker. The U198 project is trying to work its way forward into genealogical time.


Both of our projects are trying to figure out where the Hales split off from the Chandlers or vice versa.  Two Hales and one Edmund Chandler descendant of Edmund’s son, Benjamin, have upgraded their Chandler DNA project tests from 67 markers to 111 markers.  We need to upgrade a descendant of Edmund’s son Joseph for comparison.  The available male descendants of Edmund’s son, Joseph, have only taken the 37 marker test so upgrading one of those tests will be more expensive.


So, if you descend from Edmund’s son, Joseph, and wish to upgrade your test to 111markers, let me know. Upgrading is just a matter of telling the FTDNA and paying the additional money.  You don’t have to send in another sample. As we have a fund for research, if money is an issue we can subsidize or partially subsidize the upgrade from our treasury.  This upgrade is more for the benefit of the whole group rather than just an individual as we hope to find out if the descendants of the Hales, Benjamin or Joseph Chandler can be separately identified by markers. The project discount price for the upgrade from 37 markers to 111 markers is $220.00. Preference will be given to Edmund Chandler chapter members of the CFA.


We are presently waiting for more test results to come back, and hope to have the results next time from both the Chandler DNA project and the U198 project.





The last financial report from Bob shows the same amount of money that we have now as we have not had expenditures.  As a reminder, we did not merge our treasury with the Chandler Family Association when we merged with them.  The money is still set aside for Edmund Chandler family research.  Some of which we plan to use for DNA research.   Our English CFA members are out there scouting for Chandlers in general. If anything promising shows up, we can consider sponsoring a DNA test.


Also, there is nothing so far on finding a place for the plaque in Duxbury.  Billie has been contacted by the new owners of Joseph (Edmund’s son) Chandler’s home as they are very interested in the history of the house.  They are in luck, as Billie was able to research the house and both go further back in time and correct the mistakes of past research.  It is a big deal in Duxbury to have one’s house history researched with an accurate chain of title that goes back to colonial times. It’s like “genealogy” for houses!





Most New Englanders who have pre-1800 Chandlers in their family tree descend from one (or in some cases more) of four genetically unrelated Chandler families.  They are our Edmund Chandler of Duxbury, Mass, William and Annis Chandler of Roxbury, Mass, William Chandler of Newbury, Mass, and Roger Chandler of Concord, Mass. There are also a few other early smaller, but not as well-known Chandler families.


Questions have abounded over the years over whether some of the families are related and where they came from.


Just recently and surprisingly, William Chandler of Newbury, Mass descendants matched the descendants of John Chandler of 1610 Jamestown, Virginia and not another New England family in our Chandler DNA project. It is a close enough match for them to have shared a common ancestor in the past.


Both William of Newbury and John of 1610 Jamestown are part of genetic Group 7 which is divided into several sub-groups. The origins of Group 7 appear to be in Hampshire and Wiltshire, England.


Just previous to the discovery that William of Newbury and John of Jamestown share a common ancestor, it was discovered through Chandler DNA project testing that descendants of Roger of Concord matched Chandlers in England with Yorkshire roots. So now it seems quite likely that Roger Chandler came from Yorkshire as his wife’s family also came from Yorkshire which is in northern England.


For years it was speculated that Roger of Concord was the son of Roger Chandler of Duxbury, Mass, but the evidence gathered so far does not support that. Also, because we think that Roger of Duxbury and Edmund of Duxbury were related, Roger of Concord descendants should match Edmund, but they do not.


We know or at least have strong clues where all of the “Big Four” Chandlers came from with the exception of our Edmund.


The discovery of a match between the Edmund Chandler descendants and a Hale with Northern Irish roots has only deepened the mystery as the Hales do not appear to have come from Northern Ireland originally as they were not Catholic and Hale is an English derived name.





Most folks understand that Y-DNA testing is for males only. Men have the Y chromosome and women don’t. Our Y-DNA Chandler project is for Chandler surnamed males. Exceptions are name changes, adoptions and events outside the marriage.


The Y-DNA test follows the paternal line.  This is where confusion can set in. What is the paternal line?


First, look at the chart from International Society of Genetic Genealogists (ISOGG). It is a classic pedigree chart with the paternal line shown in blue.

Paths of DNA inheritance – ISOGG Wiki

Now imagine that chart filled in as far as you can with your ancestors. The very top line in blue is your paternal line which is your father, his father, his father and so on. It is also a line. It doesn’t zigzag between males and females.


Sometimes folks figure that if they are male, but their surname is “Smith”, for example, and their mother or grandmother was a Chandler that would qualify them for the Chandler DNA project. It would not because their paternal line is “Smith” and not Chandler. The line that would be followed would be “Smith.”


All is not lost if you are not a Chandler surnamed male and wish to utilize the Y-DNA test.  Find a Chandler surnamed brother, father, grandfather, uncle, male cousin or nephew to take the test as the results would also apply to you.





April, our new Edmund Chandler CFA chapter member, sent in her Chandler line and lo and behold, we have another Chandler family in Maine that we didn’t know existed. Her husband’s Chandler line beginning with Edmund (this is the preferred CFA way) and working back to her husband’s grandfather is:


Edmund Chandler>Joseph Chandler>Philip Chandler>Perez Chandler>Perez Chandler>Benjamin Chandler>Benjamin Chandler>Chauncey Chandler>Horace Chandler


The tricky part of her research was the first Benjamin Chandler.  He was born in 1804 in Duxbury, but moved to Somerset, Maine. In his death record it was mistakenly recorded that he was born in Roxbury, Mass which is not Edmund Chandler territory, but William and Annis Chandler territory. He was also the only Edmund Chandler descendant in that area of Maine.


For those interested in her ancestor Perez Chandler, I did a story on the first Perez, the meaning of his name and his Revolutionary War service as part of the Committee of Correspondence of Duxbury in a past issue of Edmund’s Community Courier which you can access by either scrolling back or using the search function.





In the Summer 2015 issue I wrote a story on Irving W. Chandler, but his mother’s maiden name was very mysterious until now.




Edmund Chandler>Benjamin Chandler>Joseph Chandler> Capt. Jonathan Chandler>Jonathan A. Chandler>William L. Chandler>George W. Chandler>Irving Chandler.)


Our member, Beth, had written the Chandler Genealogy Panel at the CFA to figure out her Chandler lineage. She knew that her ancestor, Irving Chandler, was from Ellenburg, Clinton County, New York. He was our only New York born Chandler that I have come across so far. After some sleuthing, I hit a roadblock with “Weller” Chandler.  More sleuthing revealed that “Weller” was actually William L. Chandler.


However, Irving’s mother’s maiden name was spelled in so many unique ways that it seemed impossible to figure out what it was originally. Beth wrote that Irving’s mother was Victoria Robertoh.  Robertoh seemed like a very unusual name as there were no other “Robertohs” that I could find. Census and vital records only added to the mystery. She was “Victra” Robardo on Irving’s first marriage record and “Victoria Roberts” on his second marriage record. Vermont vital records showed Irving’s father marrying “Victorine Robertold.”


I thought if I went back a little farther, her name might be revealed. I found “Victoria Doe” daughter of “Robert Doe” in the 1850 US census for Ellenburg, Clinton New York. There may have been a couple of other variations.


Instead of further research helping, it made it even more confusing. Finally, a light bulb moment when I stumbled onto the French the name Clyde Melvin Rabideau who wrote “Headstone Inscriptions of Clinton County, Vol. 3.


Most likely “Robertoh” and variations were from the name Rabideau or a similar French name. Clinton County, New York is very close to French speaking Quebec, Canada. There was also an Antoine Robider in the area. While I have come across phonetically spelled names now and again and in regional accents, it never occurred to me to think French!





I transcribed Julia’s Bible entries. The Chandler entries begin in the mid 1700s with Rufus Chandler, Julia’s grandfather, his wives, Nancy Cushing and Abigail Dennison and continue through to the mid 1800s with their children. I didn’t transcribe the Websters or the Waites. The Bible, transcription and pictures of the pertinent pages were displayed at the CFA annual meeting in September of last year.


The plan is to put the transcription and pictures of the Bible into the CFA library. We hope to find a descendant of Julia’s siblings, as it appears that she had no children, who would love to reclaim this piece of family history.




More news next time.  Until then happy ancestor hunting!













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