CHANDLER BAND – UPDATE
by Barb Chandler
After I posted the article on the Chandler Band, I received these pictures from Rory McNeil who has a friend who plays the in the band. He reported that the Band continues to be active, and that they are very discerning about the quality of musicians.
ANNIE JUMPER BROWN – POET
by Barb Chandler
Only child of Dr. Nicholas and Huldah Chandler Jumper was born in Minot, Maine April 17, 1824, and died in Auburn, Maine January 1881. When five years old her family removed to Parkman, Maine where he died in 1834. The wife and daughter soon returned to Minot. Anna showed a great fondness for books, and not finding the school privileges needed, Rev. Elijah Jones, a rare scholar, offered the orphan girl the privilege of studying with his own daughters, whom he had educated chiefly at home. Anna’s taste for poetry and her fondness for writing verses of rare sweetness attracted the attention of her friends. She wrote a parody of Hood’s “Song of the Shirt,” entitled “Song of the Shoe,” which was printed in the Maine Farmer. Sometimes teaching, sometimes working in other ways, her girlhood drifted, not carelessly onto womanhood. She was, for a long time, a pupil in Lewiston Falls Academy, under E.P. Weston, and it was during her school days there that she met her future husband. She was a regular correspondent of a Boston journal, and contributed poems to Arthur’s Magazine and other periodicals, sometimes writing sketches and stories as well as verse. She was married to Mr. Oliver H. Brown of Raymond, Maine March 1851. From this time Mr. Brown became a resident of Minot until 1854, when he removed to Auburn, Maine. Mrs. Brown possessed a symmetrical Christian character. She read human nature well, and rarely bestowed her friendship upon unworthy persons. Whom she trusted it was safe for others to trust. Naturally reserved yet possessing a quiet dignity that won the love and respect of her associates. An ardent lover of nature, she drew inspiration from nature. Her most intimate friends were scarcely aware of her gift of song for she had hidden herself behind a nom de plume, and when detected, would assume another. From a large collection of MSS, and printed verses, the following may convey some idea of her gifts as a poet. From: Poets of Maine
Several of her poems are online at; Poets of Maine; Annie Jumper Brown http://books.google.com/books?id=pwguAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA416&lpg=PA416&dq=annie+jumper+brown+maine+poet&source=bl&ots=Om5A91fSVe&sig=R4gqgiKUxRXna-UPKy98i7dheLo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=j14YVMOnB6aM8QGcpYCAAg&ved=0CCsQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=annie%20jumper%20brown%20maine%20poet&f=false
Ann Susan “Annie” Jumper Brown’s lineage is: Edmund Chandler b 1587 ENG >Joseph Chandler b 1646 MA >Edmund Chandler b 1670 MA> Capt. John Chandler b 1696 MA> Jonathan Chandler b 1731 MA>Avira b 1767 MA>Huldah Chandler b 1789 ME+Dr. Nicholas Jumper b 1787 ME
**CORRECTION: Two pictures of soldiers whose names are unknown were removed since they were not of Elbridge Gerry Chandler.
ELBRIDGE GERRY CHANDLER
by Susan Silva and Barb Chandler
I saw behind me those who had gone, and before me those who are to come. I looked back and saw my father, and his father, and all our fathers, and in front to see my son, and his son, and the sons upon sons beyond.
And their eyes were my eyes.
“My journey begin in the spring of 2013 when my husband and I visited friends in Washington D.C. I thought it would be nice to drive to Point Lookout state park, where the Potomac meets Chesapeake Bay. I wasn’t aware of any historical significance of that location and just thought it would be a beautiful drive.” Susan said, “When we arrived, I realized there had been a large military camp and prison there during the civil war. Our trip was awesome and when I started working on my genealogy, when I read Elbridge’s transcript of injury a chill went down my back. I was astounded to learn that this location was where he had been at the General Hospital for several months! That fact along with the fact that he saw Robert E. Lee surrender at Appomattox just made my heart sing! Is that why I was so drawn to that area? Who knows? But it is pretty amazing to think of all those ancestor’s who went before us. History truly does live in all of us!”
Born 18 May 1827 in Foxcroft Maine, Elbridge Gerry was the son of Sylvanus and Sarah Harlow Chandler. On November 27 1854 he married Sarah Annie Odiorne in Richmond, Maine. They had one child, Sarah E., born about 1857 in Maine. Sarah A. Odiorne Chandler died May 5 1857, on the 7th of May 1858 Elbridge married Caroline T.S. Foote. The couple had two sons, Elmer Augusta Chandler born Jan.10, 1860 and George Franklin Chandler born Sept 3 1861 before Elbridge answered the call of his country.
On August 13, 1862 Elbridge enlisted in Company E, Maine 1st Cavalry Regiment. His unit number was 10141014. He served with distinguished service. He was involved in battles of Antietam Md., Gettysburg Pa., Richmond, Va., Spotsylvania Court House, Va., Malvern Hill, Va., and Sailors Creek, Va. On May 29th 1865 Elbridge mustered out having the rank of full corporal, and returned to his family in Maine.
He was disabled after sustaining injuries due to his service, and applied for a pension.
Transcript of Injury–Elbridge G Chandler 4-10-1883:
In a charge was thrown from my horse by his falling and my back was
so badly hurt that I was sent to the Hospital at City Point while
there was taken with cronic diareah [sic] after staying there from
foor[sic] to six weeks was then trasfered to Point Lookout, Maryland
where I was treated for 3 to 4 months was examined and marked for the
Condemned Yankee Corps but would not go there so I was sent forward
for duty and I went through the last of the campaign and was glad to
see Lee surrinder was discharged by Special Order don’t remember—
number and after my discharge was treated by Doctor Russell of
Wilton, Franklin County Maine-and that the first year after my
discharge was confined to my bed about one half of my time and under
medical treatment all the time during said year, and that since that
time have been continually with the cronic diareah neuralgia and the
piles, and previous to my enlistment was free from all of said
disabilities and that since my discharge have not been able to
perform more than one third of manuel labor of a well man. And it is
impossible to make the required Proof for the following reasons to
wit: Because was absent from my command at the time of my hurt. and
was sent to the Hospital by officer that were unknown to me. and
that my Captain was killed a few days before the surrender of Lee.
Sometime in July 1863 I was taken sick while on detached duty the
Doctor called it intermittant fever and was sent from there to
Washington and remained in the hospital 2 or 3 days, then was sent to
the dismounted camp in Washington. Was kept there sometime can’t say
positively how long. The was sent to my regiment at Coal Harbor.
That in the spring of 1864 after the Command had made it first Rode.
Then I was tetailed to 30 with it sick and wounded to White House
landing was then mounted and with about 175 men of our command and
was ordered to Melvern Hill to take it works and while in Battle line
there was some 12 or 15 of the left wing where I was stationed. I
was cut off by the Rebel Cavalry. My horse fell and hurt my back and
was sent to City Point Field Hospital put under its charge of some
Doctor don’t remember the name. While there took the cronic diareah
and was sent from there to Point Lookout, Maryland to the General
Hospital was treated there some three months and was then sent from
there at my own request to City Point dismounted Camp from there
returned to my Regiment and after the surrender of Lee was discharged
by Special Order for all soldiers whose terms expired sometime in
August. That the first Physician that I was treated by was D.L.
Russel of Wilton, Maine who was the examining surgeon of that
District in 1865. I made an application for Pension at that time by
his advise and he sent his certificate at that time to the
Department. Since I came west was treated by Dr Phipps of El Dorado
Springs Missouri have also been treated by Dr Hayes of Cambridge
Story County Iowa also by Dr Crammer of Newell Iowa Buena Vista
County also Horace M Stevens of Cambridge Mass was my Regiment
Surgeon whose affidavit is on file in the Department. Source: Pension file NARA.
Elbridge moved his family to Iowa. Where six children were born: Henry Hartman Chandler born 1867, Vestal Noah Chandler born 1869, Charles Chandler born 1870, Clara A. born 12 October 1871, Sarah Newella Mae Chandler born 7 June 1873 (was adopted by the Haworth family) and, Arthur Elmer Chandler born October 1876.
Caroline Adora Foote died on Dec. 31, 1879. Elbridge married his first cousin Medora Elizabeth Chandler, daughter of William and Phebe Mason Chandler, on 3 Feburary, 1886. The couple had a daughter; Golden O. Chandler born 19 January, 1888.
Elbridge Gerry Chandler died 10 October, 1901. His obituary, written by his sister Sarah H. Chandler Miller was published in the Maxwell Tribune October 24, 1901: Died in his home in Pleasantville, Iowa, October 10th, Elbridge G. Chandler aged seventy-four years and six months. Mr. Chandler was born in Foxcroft Maine, in which state he continued to reside until the Civil war, when in response to his country’s call he enlisted in the first Maine cavalry where he remained for some time. About thirteen years ago he removed to Pleasantville. He has been in very poor health since he returned from the war, and death came as a happy release. He was a sincere Christian and to him death had no terrors, and although death came suddenly, being confined to his bed only a few days, yet it found him ready. His wife and daughter Clara, from Arizona, came with the remains to Cambridge, October 15th, and the morning of the 16th a short service was held at the home of his brother, after which he was laid to rest in the Cambridge Cemetery. Cambridge dispatch. The subject of the above sketch was the eldest brother of Mrs. J. H. Miller, of this place. She went from here to Cambridge to be present when his remains were brought to that city and to attend the funeral. Mrs. Miller has the sympathy of many friends in her sorrow.
“I believe Elbridge’s war injury affected the remainder of his life and I think it was a struggle for him. He had buried two wives and I believe he had difficulty supporting his family. He adopted out a younger daughter, as he wasn’t able to care for her. His chronic ill health probably gave him a poor quality of life. His obituary explains it well when it says “death came as a happy release”. Whoever wrote that gave us an inside view that perhaps he was suffering and he was glad to “go home to his maker, Susan stated.”
Susan Silva’s lineage is; Edmund Chandler b 1587 ENG >Joseph Chandler b 1646 MA >Edmund Chandler b 1670 MA> Capt. John Chandler b 1696 MA> Jonathan Chandler b 1731 MA>Ichabod Chandler b 1762 MA>Silvanus Chandler b 1799 ME>Eldridge Gerry Chandler b 1827 ME>Elmer Augustus Newell Chandler b 1860 ME>Dearl Chandler b 1896 Idaho>Peggy Chandler b 1931 WA+John Silva Jr. b 1930 Colorado
1st Maine Calvalry; http://www.mainecav.org/
Point Lookout State Park and Civil War Museum; http://www.civilwar.org/civil-war-discovery-trail/sites/point-lookout-state-park-and-civil-war-museum.html
HANNAH CHANDLER ROPES CIVIL WAR NURSE AND SOCIAL REFORMER
by Barb Chandler
When her husband, William, left Hannah Chandler Ropes to raise their two children Alice (1841-1918) and Edward (1837-1931). Her life changed dramatically.
Shortly after her divorce she moved with her daughter from their home in Waltham, Massachusetts, to Kansas to join her son who was homesteading in near Lawrence. She had become very interested in the abolitionist movement. Anti-abolitionist raiders caused Hannah and her family to take up arms to protect themselves against constant attack. Many in the community became sickened with malaria and typhoid and asked Hannah to nurse them. Eventually, she contracted malaria. After her recovery Hannah and her children returned to Massachusetts in 1859.
NURSE AND SOCIAL REFORMER
In 1862 Hannah’s son enlisted in the 2nd Massachusetts regiment. His enlistment motivated her to offer her nursing skills to the Union, and was named Head Matron of the Hotel Hospital in Georgetown. In one of the letters to her mother Hannah confessed that her work in the hospital wards was maternally inspired, as her patients reminded her of her son, Edward, “…and it seemed as though these patients were he, in fifty duplicates.”
Her workload was heavy and the hectic pace, unrelenting. In addition to bathing and feeding the patients and disinfecting the wards. She provided palliative care to the sick and injured, working to relieve their pain and symptoms.
Hannah wrote to her mother in the fall of 1862: “I can’t go back (home) unless you need me more than the soldiers do… I have given myself up to this work, not for salary and laziness, but for love of country.”
The conditions in the Union Hotel Hospital where Hannah worked were far from ideal. It was described as a tavern converted into use as a military hospital after the original area hospitals could no longer handle the ever increasing casualties. The dilapidated building was poorly lit with few windows, and outfitted with antiquated plumbing supplying water to the kitchen and the adjacent toilets. Louisa May Alcott, who worked with Hannah, described the squalid surroundings in her journals. “It was well-ventilated for five panes of glass had compound fractures…,” she wrote. “Poke up the fire…for a more perfect pestilence box than this house I never saw…cold, damp, dirty, full of vile odors from wounds, wash-rooms & stables.”
Hannah criticized the lack of sanitation, the indifference and cruel treatment of soldiers. She often butted heads with military physicians who resented the presence of women in the hospital. But her strong sense of justice kept her from backing down and she fearlessly reported on incompetent surgeons, uncaring ward physicians and bullying orderlies. She even turned in a hospital steward who was pilfering the money budgeted for the hospital’s laundry soap. The hospital matron’s high professional standards and diligence earned her the admiration of Union Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, who reviewed her written exposes of unfair practices at the hospitals.
On January 9, 1863, Hannah wrote in her last letter to her son, briefly mentioning that she and Miss Alcott had “worked together over four dying men and saved all but one…we both took cold…and have pneumonia and have suffered terribly.”
On January 20, 1863, Hannah Ropes lost her bout with typhoid pneumonia, and died.
Ropes’ good friend and supporter, Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts eulogized Hannah’s life and contributions in a letter: “Mrs. Ropes was a remarkable character, noble and beautiful and I doubt if she has ever appeared more so than when she has been here in Washington, nursing soldiers.”
Hannah Chandler Ropes lineage is; Edmund Chandler b 1587 ENG >Joseph Chandler b 1646 MA >Joseph Chandler Jr. b 1672 MA>Phillip Chandler b 1702 MA>Peleg Chandler b 1735 MA>Peleg Chandler Jr. b 1773 MA
Civil War Primer by Pat Granstra; http://www.civilwarprimer.com/2012/03/hannah-ropes-the-other-woman-behind-little-women/
Hannah Ropes Union Civil War Nurse; http://civilwarwomenblog.com/hannah-ropes/
The Oregon Herald, 150th Anniversary of Nurse Hannah Rope’s Death and Oregon’s Civil War Nurses;
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