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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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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
  2. Ancestry
  3. Ancestry
  4. Ancestry
  5. Ancestry
  6. 1890 Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Story County, Iowa Page 207
  7. History of Story County, p. 52
  8. Ancestry


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
  2. Ancestry
  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
  2. Ancestry
  3. Ancestry
  4. Ancestry
  5. Ancestry
  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
  2. Ancestry
  3. Ancestry
  4. Ancestry
  5. Ancestry
  6. Ancestry


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
  2. Ancestry
  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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Summer greetings to all! I have been very busy these past months with both genealogy and non-genealogy business. Much has been going on behind the scenes both with our Edmund Chandler Chandler family chapter and at the CFA.


The contents of our ECFA web site are in the process of moving to the Chandler Family Association Edmund Chandler Chapter as we merged with the CFA last year. The Edmund Chandler family was the 13th genetic Chandler family to be recognized, so we are Chapter 13. Our founder, James, and the CFA editor, Claudia, have been working hard making this happen. You can go to our ECFA web site, , where you will find a clickable link for our new CFA Edmund Chandler Chapter 13 site or you can go directly to our new site: Chandler Family Association – Genetic Chandler Family #13 – Descendants of Edmund Chandler born England 1588
With the exception of the Members’ Only section which will be moved in the near future, everything has been moved over to our new site. If you are a paid member and want to access the Members’ Only section and library, you can e-mail me, Carol, at for the new password.
Because of the difficulty, impossibility according to Claudia, of creating a Members’ Only section at the CFA web site, most of our library and other Members’ Only material will be available to everyone at our new site. Claudia is the editor of the CFA newsletter, information and computer wrangler. If you wish your Edmund Chandler lineage to be on the public lineage page, Chandler Family Association – Members’ Lineages , you can contact Claudia to have your lineage added to this page. Barb, our Edmund’s Community Courier editor, has already her lineage posted. The databases will be in the CFA library.
A big thank you to Claudia of the CFA and our ECFA, founder James for tackling the enormous project of moving our huge amount of records, maps, photos and information – about 1200 pages in the library alone. As the CFA is a big group (about 700 members worldwide), there are many hands to help with administrative chores so updates to the CFA web site will be frequent.


*O’NEIL FARM A 300 hundred-year-old farm owned only by Chandlers, Averys and O’Neils) will be a part of the 2020 quadricentennial celebrating the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth. Your connection to the farm is either as a direct descendant of one of the Chandlers who owned the farm or as a many times removed great nephew or niece.
*JULIA F. CHANDLER BIBLE An 1887 Bible with births, marriages and deaths going back to the 1700s.
*IRVING W. AND WILLIAM (WELLER?!) L. CHANDLER A Chandler brick wall broken down. This one led back to William L. Chandler of Bartlett, New Hampshire
*DNA NEWS We have two new YDNA matches with the Edmund Chandler family. Also, a simple explanation of the several kinds of DNA tests and a simple explanation of how ethnic origins and cousin finding works and whether or not this may pencil out for you.
*SOME CFA NEWS Latest on the 25th anniversary and annual meeting, trip to England and more.


Where was Edmund from? That has been the really big question for years. Our member, Billie, has a hot lead. I am hoping that we can spend time researching that lead further.


Billie has finished writing her book on Joseph Chandler, his land, and some of his descendants. Joseph was Edmund Chandler, the immigrant’s son. The writing is done, next will be adding the maps, photos and illustrations. When that is done it will be published.

THE O’NEIL FARM:History – Historic O’Neil Farm

Avery / O'Neil dairy barn taken around 1890.

Avery / O’Neil dairy barn taken around 1890.

The O’Neil farm, with a rich and deep Chandler history, will represent Duxbury as part of the Plymouth quadricentennial which will be celebrated in 2020.
It is the last working dairy farm in Duxbury and is one of the last historic working farms on the South Shore of Massachusetts. Carl O’Neil, the support of the town of Duxbury, donors and The Wildlands Trust of Southeastern Massachusetts arranged to have the farm permanently preserved as a working farm several years ago. Carl O’Neil, a descendant of Edmund Chandler, the immigrant, still operates the farm.
Part of the farm was first purchased in 1715 by Samuel Chandler (Benjamin>Edmund, the immigrant) and his cousin, Joseph Chandler, (Joseph > Edmund, the immigrant.) Joseph married Martha Hunt and later moved to Maine selling his portion to his son, Philip. Only three families – the Chandlers, Averys and O’Neils have owned the farm over the last three centuries. Past owners of the various portions of the farm include Nathan Chandler, Ira Chandler, Nathaniel Lewis Chandler, Horatio Chandler as well as other Chandlers.

Chandler / Avery / O'Neil Homestead .

Chandler / Avery / O’Neil Homestead .

An Avery married a Chandler and an O’Neil married a Chandler further extending the Chandler connection to the farm. It was not a straight line inheritance by one branch of the Chandler family as the land that makes up the farm was bought, inherited, sold and bought again by various Chandlers.
To see pictures and to read more about the history of the farm, which includes more information about the Chandlers, click the link;

Horatio Chandler ( with oxen.

Horatio Chandler ( with oxen.

Today, the farm consists of 145 acres and 40 cows. You can participate in group tours, organized events such as Farm Day, or hike the one mile Chandler trail which includes wild lands. There are also programs for pre-school and school children.
If you have information or a story about the O’Neil Farm, they would appreciate hearing from you.


Lynn Holmes, from Virginia, recently gave a Bible with the inscription, “Julia F. Chandler from Mother, Dec.25th 1887” to the CFA.

It was not her Bible, but part of a collection of antiques owned by her antique store-owning grandparents. The query went out, “Who was Julia F. Chandler?” As the lady lived in Virginia, researching Chandlers from the south seemed the logical place to look first. I mistakenly thought that there was not much chance that they were Edmund Chandler descendants until I got the first real clue that Julia was from Freeport, Maine and that there was a Winslow in the family – lots of Winslows in New England.
When I began reading the names listed in the Bible, I said an out loud “Oh, my gosh!” as there were Chandler names that I recognized as being Edmund descendants. There was Julia’s uncle, Rufus Chandler, who died in Texas, another Rufus and others that we had in our database.
Julia’s mother, who gave her the Bible, was Almira (Webster) Chandler. Although it is very difficult to read it appears that Edward, Julia’s father, died at sea in 1857 the year that Julia was born. Edward does not appear in the 1860 US census which would lend credence to that being the correct date.
Julia’s lineage starting with Julia is: Julia F. Chandler> Edward Chandler+Almira Webster> Rufus Chandler+Abigail Dennison> Jonathan Chandler+Rachel Mitchell> Joseph Chandler+Martha Hunt> Joseph Chandler+Mercy?>Edmund Chandler, the immigrant,+?
The Bible lists Chandler marriages, births and deaths going back to her g-grandfather, Rufus Chandler (born in 1766), his wives Nancy Cushing and Abigail Dennison, and their children. There are also many Websters and some Waites. Claudia, the editor of the CFA newsletter, sent me copies of the pages which she enhanced for easier reading, although some of them are still extremely faded. I will transcribe them and hopefully we can post the transcriptions.
As the Bible was published in 1887 the names and dates were filled in most likely by Julia and she continued to add to it until the early 1900s. Groups like the Mayflower Society and DAR are picky about when Bibles were published as anything entered into a Bible before the date of publication was considered after the fact and not as good as information entered at the time of the event. Nonetheless, the entries in this Bible seem to be fairly accurate, either copied from another source, an older Bible perhaps, or taken from records. Some of the records we already have, although some of them may be exclusive to her Bible as many Maine vital records have been lost.
Julia was born Nov. 4, 1857 in Freeport, Maine. She married Wilbur Allen or Allan (misspelled “Allar” in some records) on June 6, 1896 in most likely her hometown of Freeport, Maine although the marriage was also recorded in nearby Portsmouth, New Hampshire.Freeport is a southern Maine coastal town, probably most famous today for being the home of the L.L. Bean store.
She was 39-years-old when she married and subsequent censuses show no children. We would like to find the nearest living relative of Julia, probably a descendant of one of her nieces or nephews to perhaps reunite them with the Bible. The antique store, owned by Lynn Holmes’ grandparents, was located in Leeds, Maine.
Julia’s siblings were: Mary A., Benjamin W., Augustine W., and Edward H.
If these names ring a bell let me know. I will be working on the transcription of the Bible records.


When it rains it pours. After fruitlessly chasing after so many Chandlers who did not lead back to Edmund, I got two within a couple of months. First, there was finding Julia’s family and then tracing the family of Irving Chandler.
I am on the CFA Genealogy Panel which means that this is where the Chandler brick wall questions go. Queries come in from Chandlers all over the world. Occasionally, I get sent inquiries with a New England and possible Edmund connection.
This time it was Irving W. Chandler, who was born in New York c. 1866. Irving turned out to be the first Edmund Chandler descendant to be born in New York that I have come across. An earlier Edmund Chandler descendant family lived in New York for a while then he and most of his family returned to their home state.
According to the 1870 and 1880 US census Irving was a resident of Ellenburg, Clinton, New York. Clinton County borders Vermont. His father, George, married in Colchester, Vermont, but was born in New Hampshire. Irving worked in the textile industry and ended up living in Methuen, Massachusetts.
Misspellings, frequent moves and apparent early death of George made this family difficult to trace. Irving’s mother was, ”Victoria Robertoh”, “Victra Robardo,” “Victoria Roberts”, and “Victorine Robertold”, possibly Victoria Doe, and finally “Anna” according to various records. I am still not sure about the spelling of her last name. With such a wide variation of names, Familysearch did not pick them up as the same person.
Continuing with the wild spelling I came across “Weller” Chandler recorded as George’s father and Irving’s grandfather. Both Dick and I searched for clues as to who this “Weller” was. Dick found a Weller marrying a Chandler in northern Vermont. I found a Wheeler Chandler, who was also an Edmund descendant, but he was not “Weller”.
The clue that solved the puzzle was where George came from. It was Bartlett, New Hampshire and there was a George of the right age whose father was William L. Chandler in the 1850 and 1860 censuses which we figured somehow had mutated into “Weller” in other records. I didn’t have the original records, only transcripts, so we don’t know if it was bad handwriting, bad spelling or bad transcribing or a combination there of which created “Weller.”
Here is Irving’s lineage starting with Irving:
Irving Chandler> George W. Chandler+Victoria Robertoh> William L. Chandler+Betsey Harriman>Jonathan A. Chandler, Jr.+Ruth Stevens> Capt. Jonathan Chandler+Sarah Pierce> Joseph Chandler+Deborah Bonney> Benjamin Chandler+Elizabeth Buck> Edmund Chandler, the immigrant+?
A more complete account with source links will be in the Genealogy Panel report.
There are a couple of Edmund chapter members who descend from William L. Chandler. Have any of you ever heard of him called “Weller?”
Here is a link to the Bartlett Historical Society which may be helpful:



Another two men who took the YDNA test as part of the Chandler DNA project have found matches with the Edmund Chandler family.
The first testee descends from Edmund’s son, Joseph, through his son also named Joseph and his son Philip. Philip stayed in Duxbury and did not migrate to Maine as did his parents and some of his siblings.
The second testee descends from Edmund Chandler through his son Benjamin and his son Joseph. This Joseph Chandler and family migrated from Duxbury to Connecticut with descendants ending up in Piermont, NH.
Hopefully, a third Edmund descendant is in the works for taking the YDNA test soon.
We still have a standing free offer for a Zebedee Chandler of Plympton, Mass (born c. 1711) descendant to take the test as a match would confirm that this Zebedee did descend from Edmund Chandler.
We are also in the hunt for a descendant of Capt. William Chandler originally of Deptford, Kent, England and later of Portsmouth, New Hampshire to test.
Of course, the hunt still continues in England for testees who would match the Edmund Chandler family.
Also, we at the Chandler DNA project had a big surprise, or shock was more like it, when we got the results back from a descendant of another early New England Chandler family (not Edmund) that matched a southern Chandler family. We are still working on that one. Dick will have a story about it in an upcoming issue of the CFA newsletter.
There are several DNA tests now on the market, YDNA, mitochondrial DNA and autosomal DNA. There is a new YDNA test called “Big Y”, but it is expensive and not for surname projects such as our Chandler YDNA project. “Big Y” is for research that goes much farther back than surnames. YDNA testing has proven to be an excellent way to break down brick walls as the testee either matches members of that family or not. It follows the male line only, which in our culture follows the surname, unless there was an unofficial adoption, name change or event outside the marriage.
The mitochondrial test is for the female line and is only in the beginning stages. Not that many have taken this test as opposed to the YDNA test, so not a lot to compare to. It is much more difficult to trace the female line because the surnames change every generation, although the mitochondrial DNA does not.
Lastly there is the autosomal test which is becoming very popular although it is still in the beginning stage as it tests both the male and female side. It sounds great, but you can end up spending a lot of money and not really find out anything useful, especially if you are searching for ancestors who are farther back than fourth cousins. Once you get to fourth or fifth cousins and even often with them, you can get so many hits it can become meaningless.
The autosomal test is more of a cousin finder and loosely an ethnic origin finder. Children inherit half of their genes from one parent and half from the other parent. It is like reaching into a jar and grabbing a handful of colored marbles (genes) from father and then reaching into another jar and grabbing a handful of colored marbles (genes) from mother. Each jar is filled with different colored marbles (genes) inherited from their parents, grandparents and so on. As it is random we don’t get equal amounts of genes from our grandparents, their parents and so on.
Siblings have close, but not identical DNA. Only identical twins have identical DNA. One sibling might inherit that “light cerulean blue colored marble” (gene) from gggg-grandfather and the other sibling might not inherit that “marble” or may not even inherit any colored “marbles” (genes) from gggg-grandfather.
Although autosomal testing can be very helpful in the right situation as in looking for fairly close relatives, it can also get very expensive if you decide to start testing not only yourself, but siblings and cousins trying to track down an elusive farther back ancestor. It could still end up for naught.
Again that is why YDNA testing is so helpful to genealogists because the male “Y” chromosome is inherited almost unchanged through the generations. Generally you only have to pay for one test. There is no random inheritance of the “Y” chromosome (genes are in the chromosomes). The father will pass it to his son and to his son and so forth.
I took the plunge and took the autosomal test as I had very little information about my Polish grandfather and I wasn’t completely certain about that. I was looking for close relatives not distant ones. It was helpful in that it correctly identified my second cousin although we already had made contact thorough traditional genealogy research.
I did find out that I tested nearly half eastern European with maybe a dab of Finnish/Western Russian which fit into what I thought. No dab of Yakut Siberian reindeer herder for me like my Danish side cousin so no packing my bags for a genealogical excursion to Siberia!
You can’t take the ethnicity part of the test as an exact science as few populations are very “pure.” It can offer clues and can also create confusion with mistakes, but it is kind of fun. People who identify as English often show a lot of Scandinavian or Western European. Those Vikings sure got around!


In September, the 25th Anniversary celebration and annual meeting will be held in Louisville, Kentucky which will include a river boat cruise. There will also be announcements on what the chapters are doing. I will be sending a summary of what has been going on with Edmund Chandler research.
As the CFA is a big, worldwide group, there is a lot of business to take care of regularly. Sometimes small — key chains, no, and sometimes very big – a trip to England, yes! I have been only on the periphery of some of the Chandler administrative and organizational tasks, like the trip to England, but have been involved with others such as the Genealogy Panel and Chandler DNA project.
If you are interested in Chandler emblazoned pens, t-shirts or a nice tote bag click here: Chandler Family Association – CFA Merchandise

If you are a paid member, you probably got the brochure on the trip to England. There is now a waiting list. It will not be an ordinary tourist outing as it is being custom tailored, by both Chandlers here and Chandlers in England with several surprises planned. The tour will hit popular tourist sites as well as specific Chandler such as Wiltshire. Wiltshire is the ancestral home of genetic Group 7 which includes descendants of John Chandler of 1610 Jamestown and George and Jane Chandler of Pennsylvania/Delaware.
Boy, did I wish we knew where in England Edmund came from so that Edmund’s birthplace could have been included on the tour. We are still working on Edmund’s English origins and hopefully, someday Edmund descendants can visit where he came from.

TIPS AND USEFUL LINKS: Chronicling America « Library of Congress

The above came from our member, Bob. It is the Library of Congress digitized newspaper collection. Click on this link to go to the collection:

Southern California Genealogical Society: Official Web Site
A reminder, if you want inexpensive home computer access to library editions of Fold3, World Vital Records, My Heritage, and webinars you can join the SCGS for $35.00 per year, link above. All of these resources are available online at your home so you don’t need to live in Southern California to benefit. They are also subject to change. You also may be able to get discounts on DNA testing.

If you do live in Southern California, they have a large library, special interest groups, field trips, “lunch and learn” and put on the second largest genealogy convention in the country, the Jamboree available. A couple of their current projects include creating a facsimile of the 1890 census for Los Angeles, California and raising funds for digitizing pension records for the War of 1812.


The Revolutionary War series got put on the back burner while settling into the CFA and researching other Edmund descendants. I hope to work a little more on Edmund’s origins with help and eventually I will get back to the Revolutionary War.
Until next time, happy ancestor hunting!

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May 23, 2015 Edmunds Community Courier


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