No Halloween tricks, but we hope that you will consider reading about how Judah Chandler inadvertently contributed to scaring the daylights out of people all over the world a treat. Our member, Steve, tipped me off about this unusual connection and took the pictures for the story.
Our main research story focuses on Judah’s son the “other” Jonathan Chandler and family first of North Yarmouth and then of the Poland, Maine. Even if the “other” Jonathan Chandler isn’t your line, it is a study in how a family was reconstructed with no birth records and only tally marks in the censuses.
Actually I had planned to do a story on another recently found Chandler family, when our new member, Sharron re-joined the search to unravel the mystery of Hewett Chandler which led us back to this Jonathan Chandler, who we have touched on in the past. Please take note that this is a circumstantial reconstruction of this family. So there may be mistakes. If you spot any let us know!
Part 1 covers Jonathan Chandler and his family. Part 2 will feature one of Jonathan’s sons, Reuben Chandler and the Dickensian life that he and his family lived, and Part 3 will feature Reuben’s son, Hewett the Shaker inventor. Many contributed research to this story. Not an easy research job!
We also have a report from our member, Cynthia, about the Chandler Family Association meeting that she attended in Texas. The CFA is our sister group and with whom we sponsor the Chandler DNA project. They cover all Chandlers with the exception of Edmund. In this edition, we also have member news, a research alert (avoid this research pitfall) plus more!
Our members have been busy. Cynthia Chandler, is both a descendant of our Edmund Chandler and John Chandler of 1610 Jamestown, Virginia. Much more than a collection of names and dates, Cynthia even included stories and the history of the areas where they lived in many cases. We hope to put her Edmund line in our library so our members could read it and use it for reference. In the future we hope to spotlight some of her ancestors in the Courier.
Our intrepid researcher, Billie, spent time in Scotland researching her Scottish roots, but was also able to finish her work on Joseph Chandler and family of Duxbury, Mass before she left on her trip. That was an epic job, but she established through land records that Capt. John Chandler was Joseph’s grandson and we believe, Edmund (Joseph>Edmund, the immigrant’s grandson. She also researched Nathaniel and Mercy . Zebedee Chandler has often been named as their sibling, but there is very little information about him and that is why we would like to do a DNA test on a Zebedee descendant. That way we could at least determine if he was a member of the Edmund Chandler family.
Our new member, Jeff, who was not certain about his Chandler lineage, found out that he descends from William and Annis. I encouraged him to research the rest of his family tree as he may still descend from Edmund from another branch.
Ever find a young male in the 1820 US census that sent you on a fruitless search to find out who he was? That’s because one category is counted twice! I found this out the hard way when I was working on the Jonathan Chandler family in the 1820 US census. A young man showed up who didn’t fit in and was throwing my research into disarray. With the 1820 census you only get name of the head of household and only age and gender categories for the rest.
A careful look at the 1820 census form, which is available free online, I noticed the categories “free white males between 16 and 18” and next to it “free white males of 16 and under 26”. I thought that overlap was a typo, but I Googled it and found that males 16 and 18 are counted twice. They are counted once in the first category and again in the second category. Why?The country wanted to know how many young males were available for military service.
To read about this and other peculiarities of 1810, 1820 and 1830 US censuses, try the site below.
1820 Census Records: History and How to Use Them
THE “OTHER” JONATHAN CHANDLER FAMILY OF POLAND, MAINE
(Judah>Joseph>Joseph>Edmund, the immigrant)
A circumstantial reconstruction of a family
Research by Carol May, Steve Chandler and Sharron Ross
We have touched on this “other” Jonathan Chandler and his family previously, but we have more information and we were able to do an in depth study. This is a circumstantial study and while we have compelling circumstantial evidence for some of the children, it is much weaker for others. Children may be dropped or others added if new evidence surfaces or mistakes are found. As we are a research group, let us know if you find mistakes or new information either supporting or refuting what is presented here.
When our group first started, the focus was on the large Jonathan Chandler family which included sons, John, Reuben, Ichabod, Avira and Nathaniel and their families. They migrated from Duxbury to the Minot/Poland area of Maine in the years after the Revolutionary War Minot was part of Poland. Later we found more Edmund Chandler descendants who migrated to that area.
However, there were still a few stray Chandlers in local records that didn’t match up with any family in the Minot/Poland area. The “strays” in the early records of Minot/Poland were Reuben and his children, Anna, Jacob and possibly my Rebecca. There may be other “strays” yet undiscovered.
Buried in that cemetery were more mystery Chandlers. They were: Aunt Rachel, Rufus, Reuben, and Jonathan, Jr. Also, there were spouses and children.
Now we had seven parentless Chandlers and with wives and children. Who did they belong to?
Off to the censuses to try to find where this growing group of mystery Chandlers came from. The 1820 US census for Poland, Maine showed a Jonathan Chandler and family, but a closer look revealed that he was not the Jonathan Chandler of the 1810 US census for Poland, Maine. The Jonathan Chandler of the 1810 census was the patriarch of the Chandler clan who had come from Duxbury post- Revolutionary War and he had died in 1818.
Before moving to Poland this new Jonathan Chandler and his family appeared in the 1790, 1800 and 1810 US censuses for North Yarmouth, Maine. The early censuses showed only the name of the head of household and only a tally of males and females by age group for the rest. The Empire cemetery Chandlers and the stray Chandlers in local records fit right into the census counts for Jonathan Chandler’s household. A Eureka moment!
According to North Yarmouth, Maine birth records, Jonathan was born Dec. 14, 1750 to Judah and Rebecca (Seabury) Chandler. His lineage going back to Edmund starting with Jonathan is: Jonathan>Judah Chandler + Rebecca Seabury> Joseph Chandler + Martha Hunt> Joseph Chandler + Mercy?> Edmund, the immigrant. His father, Judah was a coaster, sawmill operator, timber surveyor, Revolutionary War veteran and according to contemporary accounts, an industrious fellow.
As a coaster he sailed up and down the coast collecting raw material, especially pine for ship building, and delivering finished goods and supplies to the coastal towns. (See story about Runaround Pond in this issue for more about Judah).
Judah’s children settled the length of the Maine coast, which also makes researching them difficult. That independence had a downside for them as well because they didn’t have a large nearby extended family to count on for help as most early settlers had.
We have only the North Yarmouth record of Judah’s son Jonathan Chandler and Zeruiah Brown’s marriage intentions, but not the marriage record. Unless Zeruiah died and he married someone else, which is not likely, he probably married Zeruiah Brown sometime after intentions were filed in North Yarmouth, Maine on Nov. 21, 1778.
We know from the censuses that Jonathan and Zeruiah had a lot of children, but because many North Yarmouth records are missing, we don’t know their names.
By studying the grave stones, a contemporary written newspaper article, and number of children in the census records we can reassemble this family at least circumstantially. From our research it appears that not many of his several descendants survived past a couple of generations which could also explain the lack of information about this family. Jonathan survived his wife who died in 1826, but he was not enumerated in the 1830 census so he probably died before then.
From the “The Age” newspaper, this news item appeared:
CHANDLER Mrs 68y w/o Jonathan C, mother of 11ch, 7 of whom with husband survive at Poland ME on 29 Aug sermon by Elder JONES of Minot [19 Sept 1826]
We think that the surviving children of Jonathan and Zeruiah (Brown) Chandler as of Zeruiah’s death on August 29, 1826 were: Rachel, Rebecca, Jacob, Anna, Reuben and Jonathan, Jr. and possibly a “mystery girl”. That makes seven children. Rufus died a few months before his mother’s death, which would make eight children. There were two boys and two girls from the censuses that appeared to have died young. We do not know their names. That would make 12 children, one more than the newspaper story. One of the unknown children may have been a visitor, or an error in the census, or the newspaper story may have been in error.
The children in order of birth appear to be:
One unknown male who probably died young because he could only be found in the 1790 US census.
Rachel Chandler born Feb. 1781, calculated from gravestone.
Anna (Chandler) Bailey born before 1787, calculated from the 1820 census.
Rebecca (Chandler) Snow born 1787, calculated from gravestone.
Jacob Chandler born, either Feb. 20 1787 (Rebecca’s twin?), or March 1788 calculated from gravestone.
Rufus Chandler born abt. July 16, 1789, calculated from gravestone.
Reuben Chandler born April 1794, calculated from gravestone
One unknown male Chandler who died young before the 1810 census.
Three unknown Chandler girls Two who appeared to have to have been born after the 1790 census and who died before the 1810 census. The third, and our “mystery girl”, was also born between 1790 and 1800. The mystery girl probably survived, at least until 1826 when her mother died, and was one of the seven surviving children. Mystery girl probably died or married before the 1830 census because she does not appear with the Chandlers in that census.
Jonathan Chandler, Jr. born 1803, calculated from gravestone.
Below is a summary of the children by group:
JONATHAN, JR., REUBEN, RUFUS AND AUNT RACHEL
This is the group buried in the Empire Cemetery (see detailed list in the reference section at the end) and whose circumstantial link to Jonathan and Zeruiah seems the strongest. The only other Chandler family living in Poland, Maine and who also had members buried in the Empire cemetery was Alden Chandler and family and we have already identified them.
So by process of elimination, Jonathan, Jr., his wife, Reuben, and Aunt Rachel, all buried in a row next to each other, and by other evidence, appear to be siblings and the children of Jonathan Chandler.
There were only two Jonathan Chandlers in Poland, Maine during that era so it seems logical that Jonathan, Jr. was the son of Jonathan and Zeruiah. If there were more Jonathan Chandlers, questions could be raised because in the old days “junior” could mean just a younger person of the same name and not necessarily related. Jonathan, Jr. may have also been following the more modern custom of retaining he suffix, junior even if his father had already passed away.
We know that Jonathan, Jr. married Cynthia because of the grave stone, but haven’t found a record of the marriage. She was Cynthia Lane daughter of Josiah Lane and Abigail Rowe Cleaves of Poland, Maine, according to Royal River families, a collection of vital records from the Androscoggin Historical Society.
Jonathan, Jr. and Cynthia had children, Cyrus and Mary J. Chandler. Neither ever married and they are buried in the same row as their parents and both of their death certificates name Jonathan as their father. Jonathan, Jr. and Cynthia may have had another daughter, but either she died before the 1850 census or married. Jonathan, Jr. died at only 37 years old and his widow, Cynthia, died at 44 years old.
Reuben was our member, Sharron’s, brick wall for about 20 years. Her old post on one of the boards prompted me to contact her. Our member, Steve, and also Brother Arnold of the New Gloucester Shaker Colony had also wondered about Hewett and his father, Reuben’s, origins. Reuben didn’t fit into any of the local known Chandler families of Minot/Poland or of New Gloucester, Maine. Reuben is buried between the grave of Jonathan, Jr.’s wife, Cynthia, and the grave of Jonathan, Jr.’s son, Cyrus, in the Empire cemetery. Reuben’s name also appears in Minot records as the father of several children. Next issue we will feature Reuben and Mary (Parcher) Chandler and their family including census records and vital records for their children.
Rachel Chandler’s grave stone actually says “Aunt Rachel Chandler.” It appears from the census that she lived with Jonathan, Jr. and his family. Later on she lived with Jonathan, Jr.’s children, nephew Cyrus and niece Mary J. and her sister-in-law, Sarah (Rufus widow) according to the 1860 US census for Danville, Maine. Rachel was buried next to Jonathan, Jr. in the Empire Cemetery.
Rufus, his wife and children’s graves were marked by a single nearby obelisk with each of their names inscribed upon it. Rufus also died young in 1826 at only 36. Minot vital records show that Rufus married Sarah Eaton Bradbury in Minot, Maine on Nov. 4, 1818.
Rufus and Sarah’s son, Jonathan C. Chandler died single at age 31. Rufus and Sarah’s children, Caleb Cushman, Simon Noyes and Rufus Clement, also died young and without issue. Their births were recorded in Minot vital records. It appears that Rufus’ line died out with the death of his children.
The 1860 US census for Danville, Maine shows that apparently Rufus’ widow, Sarah, went to live with who we believe was her nephew, Cyrus, niece, Mary J., and her sister-in-law Rachel. They were enumerated on the same page and five houses away from Jacob and Thankfull (Higgins) Chandler. From its style and fancy appearance, it is my hunch that the obelisk was erected not when Rufus died, but at later date when the family had more money.
This next group was not buried in the Empire Cemetery and the circumstantial evidence varies and gets much thinner.
Anna does fit into the censuses for the Jonathan Chandler family and according to her marriage record she was from North Yarmouth which is where Jonathan’s family came from. There were several Chandler families (all descended from Edmund) living in North Yarmouth; however Jonathan and his family were the only ones that moved to the Minot/Poland area. Even though we have not been able to link Anna to one of these other families, many North Yarmouth birth records are missing leaving the possibility that she was from one of these other families.
Anna married Moses Bailey. Marriage intentions were filed Feb. 17, 1815 in Minot. The marriage was recorded in Cumberland, Cumberland Maine March 23, 1815. Does that mean that she was from one of the other North Yarmouth area families, or was Jonathan’s family still in the process of moving, or was it just where the minister recorded it? We don’t know.
Anna and Moses lived in Minot which is adjacent to Poland. Her children were Lucinda, Abigail, Hannah, Ann, Emily, Moses, Charles, Davis, George and Rufus C. Could Rufus C. Bailey have been named after her possible brother or nephew?
This is my personal brick wall. Rebecca married Jonathan Snow in Minot, Maine on Jan. 12, 1815. Her gravestone at Maquiot Cemetery in Brunswick, Maine reads that she died November 18, 1844 at 57 years which would make her birth year 1787. Jacob’s grave stone reads that he was born in 1788, but Danville records say he was born in 1787. So it is possible that they may have been twins depending on which record is correct, or it is possible that they were not siblings at all.
There is a lot of evidence stacked in favor of her being the daughter of Abel Chandler (not Rev. Abel) and Sarah (Weston) Chandler, but there are a few huge clues that now swing toward Jonathan as being her father. In the 1880 census she was listed as being born in Maine in her son’s enumeration in that census and she may not fit into the 1790 census for Abel Chandler’s family in Massachusetts. All of Abel’s children were born in Massachusetts.
There was one line about Jonathan Chandler’s daughter, Rebecca, dying in Brunswick that I read that on a web site which had a long running list of events that appeared to have been taken from 19th century newspapers. The site appears to be gone now, so I can’t check where they got the information. Also, years ago when I first was starting out in genealogy I came across an old family tree entry, from the now long gone Gendex, possibly taken from an old Bible, that had listed her parents and two children born in Minot. I can’t remember their names. The two children must have died before they moved to Brunswick, Maine where my gg-grandmother was born. I was too naïve at the time to realize that they were writing about my Rebecca so I erased the note that I had made. I didn’t know then that Rebecca lived in Minot before moving to Brunswick. I was also being steered way off course by bad information on the internet. I learned the hard way and what we have all learned, that internet family trees can be full of mistakes and that they copy each other’s mistakes. Rebecca had two children, Abiezer F. Snow and Elvira D. Snow (my gg-grandmother), who survived to have children. At present Rebecca fits better into Jonathan Chandler’s family although it is possible that she may not stay there. Eventually, I will do a story on Abel and Sarah (Weston) Chandler’s children in the future and do another comparison of information.
According to Danville, Maine records he was born in North Yarmouth February 20, 1787, but those records may not be accurate. There is a conflict of dates as his grave stone indicates that he was born in March 1788.
Jacob Chandler lived in Poland, Danville and Auburn, Maine according several censuses; however, I don’t think that he moved because part of Poland became Danville which became Auburn. He also lived fairly close to (about five houses away according to the census) Cyrus, Mary J., Rachel and Sara. They were Jacob’s possible nephew, niece, sister and sister-in-law respectively.
Jacob married Thankfull Higgins August 13, 1818 in Danville, Maine. Jacob and Thankfull only had two children, Rozilla and Joanna according to vital records. Rozilla died young and single. Joann married John C. Lane, who in addition to being a farmer was also a census taker. The 1850 census shows their daughter and son-in-law living with them in Poland, Maine. Many years later the situation was reversed with Jacob and Thankfull moving to nearby New Gloucester to live with them.
Jacob’s gravestone in the Hotel Road Cemetery in Auburn, Maine says that he died May 10, 1872 at 84 ys 2 ms. That would put his birth year at 1788. Danville records say he was born on February 20, 1787 in North Yarmouth, Maine. Which date is correct?
THE MYSTERY GIRL
While researching Jacob and Thankfull Chandler and the Hotel Road Cemetery, I found Rufus C. Lane was also buried there. Was Jacob related to him? Jacob’s daughter married a Lane and his possible sister-in-law was Cynthia (Lane) Chandler. Rufus C. Lane had a brother named Chandler Lane and another named Seth Chandler Lane.
Their parents were Simeon Lane and apparently Charlotte Chandler (still looking for more proof). Could Charlotte be the “mystery girl”? It turns out that she was born in 1802 putting her out of the running. However, she may have been Charlotte Chandler, daughter of Joel (another Edmund descendant) and Permelia Lincoln Chandler. She later married a Briggs.
There were also two other Charlotte Chandlers about the same age. One married John Charles and the other married Capt. David Harwood who lived in the same area as Joel and Permelia.
So we are still looking for the “mystery girl.’ Always a new mystery to solve and an old one to revisit.
My notes and comments are in parentheses.
1790 US CENSUS NORTH YARMOUTH, CUMBERLAND COUNTY, MAINE
1 male of 16 and over including head of family (Jonathan)
3 males under 16 (Jacob, Rufus, one unknown)
4 females (Zeruiah, Rachel, Rebecca, Anna)
1800 US CENSUS NORTH YARMOUTH, CUMBLERLAND COUNTY, MAINE
2 males under 10 (Reuben and one unknown)
2 males 10 to under 16 (Jacob, Rufus)
1 male over 45 (Jonathan)
3 females under 10 (all unknown)
1 female 10 to 16 (Rebecca)
2 females 16 to under 26 (Rachel, Anna)
1 female 26-45 Zeruiah
1810 US CENSUS NORTH YARMOUTH, CUMBERLAND COUNTY, MAINE
1 male under 10 (Jonathan, Jr. born 1803)
1 male 10 to under 16 (Reuben)
2 males 16 to under 26 (Rufus, Jacob)
1 male over 45 (Jonathan)
1 female 10 to under 16 (our mystery girl)
2 females 16 to under 26 ( Anna, Rebecca)
1 female over 45 (Zeruiah)
1820 US CENSUS POLAND, CUMBERLAND COUNTY, MAINE
1 male 16 to under 18 (Jonathan, Jr.)
2 males 16 to under 26 (Reuben, Jonathan, Jr.)
1 male over 45 (Jonathan)
1 female 16 to under 26 (our mystery girl)
1 female over 45 (Zeruiah)
Engaged in agriculture. (Jonathan was a farmer)
1830 US CENSUS POLAND, CUMBERLAND COUNTY, MAINE
Jonathan Chandler (JR.)
1 male under 5 yrs. (Cyrus, son)
1 male 20- under 30 (Jonathan, Jr.)
1 female under 5 yrs (Mary J., daughter)
1 female 70- under 80 ( Cynthia, Jonathan’s wife wrong age or Rachel, Jonathan’s aunt, also wrong age, or a boarder?)
(There should be wife, Cynthia unless she was away and not counted.)
1830 US CENSUS MINOT, CUMBERLAND COUNTY, MAINE
2 males under 5 yrs (Jonathan C., Rufus C., Rufus’ and Sarah’s twin sons)
1 male 10- under 15 (Caleb C. Rufus’ and Sarah’s son)
1 female 30- under 40 (Sarah, Rufus’ widow)
1840 US CENSUS FOR POLAND, CUMBERLAND, MAINE
1 male 10 under 15 (Cyrus, son)
1 male 30 under 40 (Jonathan)
1 female 5 under 10 (? a boarder?, a daughter who married before the 1850 census?)
1 female 10 under 15 (Mary J., daughter)
1 female 20 under 30 (a boarder?)
1 female 30 under 40 (Cynthia, Jonathan’s wife)
1 female 50 and under 60 (Rachel, Jonathan’s aunt)
1850 US POLAND, CUMBERLAND COUNTY, MAINE
Jacob Chandler, age 60, farmer, born Maine
Thankful Chandler, age 56, born Maine
John C. Lane, age 29, farmer, born Maine (Jacob and Thankful’s son-in-law
Joann Lane, born Maine (Jacob and Thankful’s only surviving child and who had children)
Emily, Lane, age 12, born Maine
Cyrus Chandler (Jonathan, Jr. and Cynthia (Lane) Chandler’s son) age 22, farmer
Rachel Chandler (Cyrus and Mary F’s aunt) age 66
Mary F. Chandler age 19 (actually Mary J.)
Jonathan C. (Cummings) Chandler age 22, ( He was Rufus and Sarah (Bradbury) Chandler’s son and also also Rachel’s nephew and Cyrus and Mary’s cousin. They were living next door to Cyrus in this census)
Sarah (Bradbury) Chandler, age 57, mother
1860 US DANVILLE CENSUS, ANDROSCOGGIN, MAINE
(It appears that Danville was set off from Poland)
Cyrus Chandler, age 31, farmer, born Maine
Rachel, age 79, (Cyrus’ aunt) born Maine
Sarah, age 65 (Cyrus’ aunt by marriage to Rufus) born Maine
Mary J., age 29 (Cyrus’ sister) born Maine
(Five houses away in this same census)
Jacob Chandler, age 72, farmer, born Maine
Thankful, age 67, born Maine
FROM THE EMPIRE CEMETERY, POLAND, MAINE
These Chandlers were buried next to each other and in this order. There were members of the Alden Chandler family also buried in this cemetery, but were in distant area. Knowing what the headstones look like, especially if they match, and who was next to who are vital clues which can usually only be obtained by walking the cemetery on foot which Steve did.
Aunt Rachel, Jonathan, Jr. and Reuben were siblings. Cynthia was Jonathan, Jr.’s wife and Cyrus and Mary J. were their children. These are individual markers and are listed in order as they appear in a row in the cemetery.
Aunt Rachel Chandler died January 20, 1864 at age 82 years 11 months
Jonathan Chandler, Jr. Father died Dec. 13, 1840 aged 37 years
Cynthia L. Chandler, Mother wife of Jonathan Chandler died June 27, 1844 age 41 ys 9 ms
Reuben Chandler died Jan. 13, 1847 at 52 yrs. 9 ms.
Cyrus Chandler died Jan. 16, 1903 age 75 ys. 4 ms.
Mary J. Chandler died Jan. 25, 1907 age 77 ys. 18 ds
Rufus wife and children’s names are on a single obelisk marker.
Rufus Chandler died May 26, 1826 at 36 ys. 10 ms. 10 ds.
Sarah E. his wife died Jan. 14, 1864 age 68 ys. 6 mos. 21 ds.
Simon Noyes Chandler died July 11, 1825 age 4 ys. 27 ds.
Caleb C. (Cushman) Chandler died June 3, 1843 age 24 ys. 6 ds.
Rufus C. (Clement) Chandler died Oct 10, 1844 age 17 ys. 10 ms. 20 ds. (twin)
Jonathan C. Chandler died Nov. 10, 1858 age 31 ys. 11 ms. 20 ds. (twin)
Heritage Quest for the early censuses available free from many libraries. I used this as a census source.
www.familysearch.org Many vital record have been added as well as several of the censuses. I also used this as a census and vital record source. There is also an ancestral file with Charlotte Chandler and family in it.
History of Poland, Maine
RUNAROUND POND AND JUDAH CHANDLER
(Joseph>Joseph>Edmund, the immigrant)
Photographs by Steve Chandler
You wouldn’t think that Judah Chandler could be inadvertently responsible for scaring the daylights out of people worldwide over two centuries after his death. No, not as a “ghost” haunting Runaround Pond in Durham, Maine, where he lived, but by creating inspiration for horror novelist Stephen King who grew up in the area.
Judah Chandler is said to have accidentally created Runaround Pond, which in turn over two centuries later inspired novelist Stephen King to write books using the pond as a setting.
Judah Chandler (Joseph>Joseph>Edmund, the immigrant) was an industrious, resourceful fellow, born In Duxbury, Mass, and raised in North Yarmouth, Maine. He was a Revolutionary War veteran, a coaster who sailed up and down the sea coast bringing the raw materials out and finished goods and supplies in, a lumber surveyor, and saw mill operator.
He spent time up and down the whole Maine coast building saw mills and helping found towns like Jonesboro, Maine. His sons, including Jonathan Chandler, this issue’s featured Chandler, settled the length of Maine. There is a Chandler Bay in Jonesport in northern Maine where Judah Chandler is believed to have been the first settler and a Chandler River in Jonesboro named after him.Back down in Durham, Chandler stream was also named after him. Only when Judah first settled in Durham was it called Royalsborough after General Isaac Royall.
Chandler stream is what feeds into what is now Runaround Pond. Judah had first settled in Royalsborough in 1766 and built the first saw mill in the western part of the town on what is still known as Chandler’s stream, a tributary of the Royal River. The ruins of the dam and perhaps even his house can still be seen. According to Steve, our member who lives nearby, Judah wisely chose the narrowest point in the stream to build the mill and created the dam with expertly cut and set granite stones. However, the story goes that he built the dam so high that the water ran around it and accidentally created what was to become known as Runaround Pond, a long meandering pond set in a marshy field.
Judah left Royalsborough and continued carrying on business up and down the Maine coast. He finally returned to Royalsborough, later re-named Durham, to build a second mill. He was in the lumbering business and sent ton-lumber to Harrisicket (Freeport, Maine) by the Old Mast Road. When he became too old and infirm to work and having no living family nearby, he and his wife sadly became wards of the town. He died in 1802 and is buried there near his son, John who died many years earlier.
Runaround Pond which was created by his first mill is what is remembered today. It is now Durham’s official recreation area. It is a very long, shallow meandering pond providing canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, and hiking in the warm months, and skating, snowshoeing and cross country skiing in the winter.
Horror novelist, Stephen King, moved to Durham, Maine when he was 11 years old with his mother and brother, his father having abandoned the family. His mother’s roots were deep in Maine going back to the early 1600s. She was born in Scarborough, Maine. No Chandlers in her line, but many pioneer Maine families such as Libby, Waterhouse and Foss. His mother barely made ends meet with low paying jobs. Like most youngsters, Stephen explored his surroundings including Runaround Pond. This pond made a huge impression on him as memories of it fueled several of his novels.
The story goes that Stephen while playing either in or near Runaround Pond had a leech attach itself to his navel. That experience alone could inspire and entire novel. That leech memory was featured in his novels “The Tommyknockers” and in the book “The Body” which became the movie “Stand By Me.” “The Body” was set in western Durham and Pownal, Maine.
However, in his novel “The Dead Zone,” Runaround Pond provides the impetus for the entire novel. In that, novel King writes about a very young Johnny Smith while he was just learning how to skate backward on Runaround Pond collides with a big kid playing hockey. Johnny is momentarily knocked out cold on the ice, but comes to with a big lump on his head and psychic powers which manifest themselves much later on in the unique scary style that Stephen King has mastered.
Depending on how you look at it, Runaround Pond is either a placid seemingly endlessly, meandering, quiet, Maine pond or sinister place of dark ledges and spooky nooks and crannies and, in winter, scary black ice.
If you can’t visit the pond, take a look at the pictures and then decide – scary place or quiet benign pond?
ANOTHER REV. ABEL CHANDLER SIGHTING AND A CORRECTION!
Tracking the Rev. Abel Chandler has become almost another hobby. This time Sharron sent a newspaper article about Rev. Abel Chandler and another wife who was named Harriet.
If the vital records and the newspaper account are accurate, Rev. Abel’s first wife died August 21, 1835 in Turner, Androscoggin County, Maine, then he married Harriet who died in 1838 in Peru, Oxford County, Maine, then he married again for a third time. With presumably the unknown third wife, Abel had a daughter, Louisa, who was born in Hebron, Maine on August 29, 1841 and who died the same day. We don’t know when the third wife died.
This appears to be the end of the wives, because he was single and living with some of his children, his grandchildren, and his daughter-in-law in the 1850 US census for Ohio. That’s a lot of wives in a short time. Either he had a very, very tragic life or mistakes were made in the newspaper story or Maine vital records or both. We have found serious mistakes in early Maine vital records previously.
From “The Age” newspaper 1838 edition:
Publishing Date: April 25, 1838
In Peru, Mrs. Harriet, wife of Rev. Abel Chandler, aged 31
A correction regarding Rev. Abel’s grandson, Charles B. Chandler, he did marry Mary S. Harlow, but it was a different Charles B. Chandler who married Mary Merrill. Don’t you just love it when they have the same names!
Dick, who is a worldwide tracker of all Chandlers not just Edmund’s line, has been working diligently finding Chandlers both here and abroad to test. Most recently two Chandlers whose families originated in Kent, England have been tested. No match with Edmund for the first testee and we are waiting for results for the second testee. Although one of the testees is Australian and the other is American, they both share Kent roots and will likely match each other.
The Chandlers of Kent are of particular interest to our group for several reasons. There were many Chandlers that resided there and it was also a hotbed of religious descent and Edmund was an epic dissenter having fled to Leiden, Holland for religious reasons. Also, it is believed that Roger Chandler was related to Edmund as they both appeared in Dutch records in Leiden and they probably traveled together to the Plymouth Colony. Roger married Isabella Chilton on July 21, 1615 in St. Paul’s Canterbury, Kent, England. No record of Edmund’s marriage, another mystery.
There is no record of Roger’s or Edmund’s birth in Kent; however, researchers continue to look. Along with records being lost or destroyed over the years, dissenters being dissenters, often did not register births in the local parish register. In addition, when Edmund and Roger were born it was at the beginning of parishes keeping birth records, so they may have been born a little too soon to have had their births recorded.As Chandler is an occupational name neither Kent nor any other place in England has been ruled out as Edmund’s potential birth place. So the hunt for the English origins of Edmund Chandler continues through both DNA and written records.
THE CHANDLER FAMILY ASSOCIATION MEETING
No, that’s not us, but is our sister group, The CFA who started out with descendants of John Chandler of 1610 Jamestown, Viriginia, but expanded to include other Chandler families from other areas when they found out not all early southern Chandlers descend from John Chandler of Jamestown.
Our member Cynthia, and also CFA member, attended their meeting on September 16th Dallas, Texas. She is a rare bird who descends from both Edmund Chandler of Duxbury, Mass and John Chandler of Jamestown Virginia. She met southern distant cousins at the meeting. I am guessing that Cynthia filled them in on our Edmund Chandler of Duxbury, Massachusetts.
They were very well organized with information packets on the Chandler lineage on all of the participants and even a CFA water bottle! There were tables full of research material and a copy machine with tables and chairs arranged so people could study and share information. The CFA is a huge group – hundreds of members. Lots and lots of Chandlers in the south! They even have their own store with mouse pads, coffee cups, pens, highlighters, book markers and tote bags. We may be a tiny group by comparison, but we have accomplished a lot in a short time.
Being in Texas, of course they had a Texas barbeque. If they had been Yankees it might have been a clam bake! Our member and also CFA member and head of the Chandler one name study, Dick was there via SKYPE communicating from British Columbia, Canada over the internet answering questions.
DISCOVERING TREASURES AT FIND A GRAVE
by Barb Chandler
Cemeteries provide valuable information to genealogists. My article about discovering treasures at Find A Grave http://www.findagrave.com/ a worldwide virtual cemetery illustrates this resources riches.
If you know the state/country where your ancestor is buried plug their name into the search engine; and you might find the cemetery where they are buried, their birth and death date, an obituary, and links to memorials of parents and spouse, and a picture of their headstone.
All information on Find A Grave is provided by thousands of contributors who submit new listings, updates, corrections, photographs to the site daily.
If you decide to become a contributor and create a memorial to a person in your tree. You will need to join Find A Grave (it’s free). Once you’ve joined, and if you know for certain where your ancestor is buried the first thing you will need to do is search before creating a memorial. This step is to insure that a memorial hasn’t already been created.
Another way you can add to this resource is by becoming a photo volunteer and traveling to a nearby cemetery to take pictures of headstones in nearby cemeteries.
When I’ve visited Find A Grave some memorials that are already created have just the birth and death dates with nothing else. If I run across these and know the family members or have an obituary I ask the contributor to add these.
Rev. Abel. now has a memorial. Since we do not know where he is buried I created one using the word ‘other’ under burial options. His memorial is at; http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=78673552
As more genealogists contribute to this valuable resource more free material becomes available to researchers.
Chandler research took over the time and space for this issue so I couldn’t do the stories on the changes at Familysearch, and researching homesteads, but they will appear in a future issue.
Look for Part 2, and Reuben Chandler and the harsh life that his family led in the 1830’s and 40’s in the next issue.
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas and we should see you sometime in January.