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•said he urged his daughter to leave him and make her way to
some house, but that she refused to leave her father. He then
climbed a high point of the rocks for a look-out, from which,
being so benumbed with cold, he fell and soon died. The
others, his daughter and Mrs. Grant, after wandering about in
the woods, perished on the 11th March, 1787. Their bodies
were found and carried to St. John, X. B., and buried in the
old burying ground at the head of King Street.

After about seventy years their remains were sought for, but
only the smallest portion of the larger bones were found.



Those were carefully deposited in the lot of Amos Botsford.
Esq.. in the '•Rural Cemetery," the new and beautiful Wood-
side grounds at St. John. The old slate-stone slabs — aboui
two by three feet — wore laid against the embankment of the
AjOUtuid n >i : the letters or the inscription having been cut
deeper by the pious order of his descendants. Under the
" death's head," with rays and wings, is the following inscrip-
tion :

Here lyeth the Bodies of Col.

Joshua Chandler, Aged 61 years

And William Chandler His

Son Aged 2;> years, who were

Ship wreck'd on their passage

from Digby to St. John on the

Night of the th day of March

17*7 & perished in the Woods

on the 11 th of said Month.

Here lyeth the Bodies of Mrs.

Sarah Grant Aged 38

Years Widow

of the late Major Alex'

Grant ;

& Miss Elizabeth

Chandler aged

21 years, who were

Shipwreck'd on

their passage from Dighy

to St.

John on the Night of

the tt th day

of March 1787 and

Perished in the

Wood.-, on the 11 th of said Month.

His son Charles Henry Chandler, soon after the death of his
father, then about twenty years old, went to Europe to <jet the
claims of the estate allowed. He took what evidence of the
losses of the family he could rind. But they had mostly been
lost in the wreck. Charles II. Chandler remained in England
a year, trying to get a hearing and to get the claims allowed.
The Commissioners at last said to him. " We know your father
Joshua Chandler was wealthy and had large and just claims,
but we do not know how much, and there is no proof of it.
We will allow you each. Mrs. . Sarah Hot-ford. Mrs. Mary
Cpham, Thomas, Samutd and Charles II. Chandler, £1,000."


John Chandler, another child, remained with the rebels, and
of course had no allowance from the British Government.

•• To die Rev d Dr. Chauncey, New Haven. Conn.

Loudon. April 13 th 17M.
Reverend and D' Friend;

On my Taking my Final and Everlasting Farewell of my Native
Country. 1 addressed you and my Good old and l) r Friend, Mr.
Whitney. I hope you Received that address as a Token of my Love
and Friendship ; a.s I flatter myself that you have a Friendship for

me, and would lie glad to know my Present Situation and Future
Prospects in life. I have taken the Liberty of once more Giving you
the Trouble (1 hope) the pleasing Trouble of this.

I left New York on the 9 th of October Last, with a Design of
Calling at New Haven, ami for the Last Time, to have bid adieu to
that Delightful Spot, and to all my Friends ; but the Winds, but
more the Feelings of my own Mind, and the Visible feelings of the
Family forbid it. We had a most Terrible Passage to Nova Scotia.
our Decks were swept of all our Stock. v.^c. &c. We arrived at
Anapolis e>n the 2.')". Mrs. Chandler was overcome with the Passage.
She languished, mourned and Died in about 3 weeks after Landing.
She is certainly Happy. She Died the Death of the Righteous, and
it is the first wish of my Soul, that her Family and her Friends
might lie as happy and composed as she was in the moment of her
Death. Soon after the Death of Mrs. Chandler. I removed my
Family about ten miles above Anapolis Royal. I provided as well as
1 could for them. I staid with them a few days. I then left them to
the Gracious Protection of the Almighty, who I hope will be their
God and their Comfort and Support. 1 left Halifax on the 9 th of
January, and Arrived, after a mixed Passage, in this (heat Sink of
Pollution. Corruption and Venality, on the 8"' of February. I found
the Nation in Great Tumults and Commotions. I found myself
Perfectly Lost in Politicks, as well as in Compass ; Fast was west
and North is yet South.

Before I left America, I supposed Lord North to be Rather attached
to the Prerogatives of the Crown, and Lord Sidney and Mr. Pitt
Rather Jealous for the Liberty of the People. But how Greatly was
I mistaken. I found Lord North Decidedly against the Crown, in
Favor of the Deniocratical Part of the Constitution to the Ruin of
the Monarchical: and Mr. Pitt and Lord Sidney. &c. &c &c. all in
Favor of the Prerogative; these Political Squabbles you will see
more Perfectly Depictured. in the Newspapers, as also the Dissolution
of Parliament, and the Calling of a new one ; the Flections in many
places have taken place, and the New Ministry will have a Great
Majority in the New chosen House: but their Continuance cannot be
long, the present Ministry are occupying ground that they are
Strangers to ; they stand upon Tory Ground, and are at Heart
Republicans in Principle, if there is such a thing as Principle in the
Kingdom, the existence of which I Greatly doubt. This Kingdom,
without a miracle in its favor must soon be Lost; you can have no
idea of their Corruption, of their Debauchery and Luxury; their
Pride ; their Riches ; their Luxury has Ruined them ; it is not in the



Power of Human Nature to Save them. If they are saved, it must
be by some Ileaveuly Power. I like not the Country, either their
manners or even their Soil- — the Soil is Nothing to America, you
cannot see a single Tree but what wants a Flesh Brush — it is Truu
that Agriculture and all the Arts are carried to great Perfection ; but
give America the means, and in one Half the Time she will Pi.>c
Superior to anything in this Country.

My own prospects in Life are all Dashed, my only care is now lor
my Children ; the Idea of a Compensation is but very faint. It is
probable I may Have about £-100 stg. per annum. My only Effort
now is to procure that Sum to he Settled on my two Daughters
and my youngest Son for Life ; my Son William Stands some Chance
for a Separate Support for his Life. I find my Health on a Visible
Decline ; when I can Get my Little affairs Settled here, I shall go
into Yorkshire or into Wales, to procure an Asylum for my Daughters
and my two youngest Sons.

Thus this unhappy Controversy has Ruined Thousands ; the Sacri-
ficing the Prospects of my Family for life is not the only thing that
fills my mind with distress. I yet have a very strong Affection to.
and a Predilection for my Native Country ; their Happiness would in
some measure alleviate my Present Distress ; but though I have
tound myself Greatly lost in Politicks, I cannot yet suppose my
Country can be happy in their present state. A Democratical Gov-
ernment cannot long subsist in so great and extended a Country ; the
seeds of Discord I see Sown among you. former prejudices and
future jealousies will cause Convulsions ; the subversion of your
present constitution cannot take place without bloodshed. I have
sent in a small package to my Son, M. De Solme's (advocate in
Geneva, Switzerland) History of the British Constitution ; it is well
wrote ; I wish Dr. Stiles would admit it into the Library — it may be
of some service to my Country in forming their new constitution, for
a new one must be formed at some future time. In the hour of Con-
test I thought, and even yet think my Country wrong ; but I never
wished its ruin. I wish her to support a dignified character — that
can be done only by great and dignified actions, one of which is a
sacred and punctual adherence to public faith and Virtue. Men of
your character may preach forever upon moral Virtue ; but, if the
people see and find that there is no public Virtue, your preaching will
be like the Sounding Brass and tinkling Cymbal. I wrote to my Sou
a few days since ; I wish you to enforce my regards to him, and also
to remind him of sending the papers and documents I sent for. Tho'
I am about to leave this city, any address to me, No. 40 Norton
Street, near Portland Chapel, will always find me, while I can. find
myself. Pray remember me with the most sincere affection to your
family, to all my friends. They must excuse my not writing to each
one, neither my health or my feelings will permit ; but let us all bear
up under all our losses and -separations with a becoming fortitude.
My own time, and the time of my dear friend, is Short, very Short,
in this world. My first and last prayers will be to meet where no
Political disputes can Ever Separate from near and dear friends.
Your humble &c. &c.

Joshua Chandler."


The children of Joshua and Sarah (Miles) Chandler were*

732. i. Sarah, b. in New Haven, Conn., 10 July, 1748; d. 17

July, 1748.

733. ii. John, b. 10 July, 1740; d. 10 July, 1749.

734. m. Elizabeth, b. 7 Aug. 1750; d. 11 March, 1787, in the

" woods."

735. iv. Sarah, b. 29 March, 1752; m. Amos Botsford, of New

Haven, Conn.
73G. v. John, b. 1 Feb. 1754; m. Sarah Whittlesey, 31 Oct. 177G.

737. vr. William, b. 1758 ; d. 9 March, 1787, aged 29 ; Y. C. 1775 ;

piloted Gov. Tryou and his royal forces into New Haven,
5 July. 1779, when that city was sacked. But he person-
ally, it is said, interposed and saved the life of the Presi-
dent of the College, Rev. Naphthali Dagget, who, armed
with a musket, had rushed to oppose the invaders. For
his toiyism he was roughly handled by the infuriated
whigs. He was Captain in the Ro} T al Army. He retired
with his father's family, G July, 1779, to Long Island,
and in 1 783 to Nova Scotia. He was with his father when
they crossed the Bay of Fundy, and when the vessel, in
the snow storm, struck on the rocks at Musquash Point ;
had a rope tied about his waist, and jumped iu, in order
to reach the shore, but was crushed between the vessel and
the rocks, on that fatal 9th of March, 1787. Administra-
tion of the estate of "William Chandler, late of New Haven,
Conn., but now with the enemies of the U. S., is granted
to Joseph Feck, of N. H. Bond of £200. First Monday
in Aug. 1781.

738. vn. Thomas, b. in New Haven ; d. at Fictou, Nova Scotia,

while attending the circuit court, aged Gl ; m. Elizabeth

739. viu. Samuel; m. at Fort Lawrence, 1796, Susan Watson.

740. ix. Charles Henry, b. at New Haven, Conn., 13 June, 17GS;

m. in Annapolis, Nova Scotia, 1 May, 1790, Elizabeth

741. x. Mary; m. Col. Joshua Upham, Esq.


ELIZABETH 3 CHANDLER (Joshua* John, 3 John, 2 Wil-
liam 1 ) and Rev. Nehemiah Barker, Mattituck, Southold, Long
Island, X. Y.

He was of Killingly, Conn. ; d. 10 March, 1772, in the 52d
year of his age, in Mattituck. He was graduated at Yale Col-
lege 1742.

"The Rev. Nehemiah Barker was the first Pastor of a church
formed at Breakneck Hill, Killingly, in 174t>. "Was, thence dis-
missed 1755 and invited to settle in Ashford, but removed to
Long Island, having charge of a church in Mattituck." [Miss
Ellen D. Lamed.]



The records of the Union Parish— that of Miltituek a n <l
Aginbogue— were continued by him; he began to officiate
among that people in the .summer following the date of Feb

p^' 1756; an< ? the fil * st entr y in it< in the clear bold hand of
ituv. All'. jjciiKt-i., v> as •' July."

" J Joshua Chandler, of New Haven, and I Moses Chandler
of Woodstock, Conn., for to gratify the Last Will and Testa-
ment of our hon d Father Joshua Chandler, late of Woodstock "
do release to our beloved Brother-in-Law, Xehemiah Barker,
clerk, and husband of our sister Elizabeth Barker of Southold'
" our right to land in Ashford."

Oct. 10, 1759. The Presbytery gave him leave to return to
Aew England, and recommended him as "a regular member of*
the Presbytery and a worthy minister of the Gospel." It ap-
pears, however, that he did not leave, but continued in charge
of the united congregation till 1766. After that he confined
his labors to Mattituck until his death. He baptized 133 per-
sons, admitted to the communion 30, and celebrated 57 mar-

The second husband of Elizabeth Chandler was Rev. John 5
Davenport, the successor of her first in the ministry at Matti-
tuck— whom she married, 18 Dec. 1775. Mr. John 5 Daven-
port was born 11 Aug. 1752, and was just 22 years her junior.
But it is recorded that he lived many years happily with her.
Rev. John 5 Davenport was a descendant in the eighteenth gen-
eration from Ormus de Daunporte, who was born in 1086,
through Rev. John 1 Davenport, born in Coventry, Eng., 1597,'
and settled in New Haven, Conn. ; by his soi/john^ Daven-
port, who m. 21 Nov. 1603, Abigail, a dan. of Rev. Abraham
Pierson, and settled in New Haven ; by Rev. John 3 Davenport,
of Stamford, who m. first, Martha Gould; and m. second,
Elizabeth, a dau. of John Morris.

Rev. James 4 Davenport, Y. C. 1732, -was ordained in South-
old, 2li Oct. 1738— a successful revivalist, who, at Xew Lon-
don, " to cure their idolatrous love of worldly things, called on
the people to burn their goods," &c. [See Miss Calkins's Hist,
of New London, p. 450.] He was father of this Rev. John 5
Davenport, b. at Phillipi, X. J., 11 Aug. 1752; was graduated
at .New Jersey College, 1769 ; studied under Drs. Bellamy and
Buel ; ordained at East Hampton, 16 June, 1774 ; administered
at several churches in Suffolk Co., N. Y., and especially at
Mattituck, where he married, 10 Dec. 1775, the Relict of his
predecessor. From .Mattituck, Mr. Davenport went to Bed-
ford, N. Y, ; and then to Deerfield, X. J., 12 Auo-. 1795, where
he continued until 1805, when he was dismissed on account of
ill health. Rev. John 5 Davenport was the first minister on
Long Island who refused to administer the rite of baptism up-


on the "Indulgent Plan." He died without issue, 13 July,
1821, at Lylnnaer, New York.

Mr. Barker became connected with the Suffolk Co. Presby-
tery, Oct. 1758. He entered the births and iiaptisms. of his
foui children as follows, on the records of the Mattituek
Church :

i. " Elizabeth Babkeb, dau. of Nehemiah Barker, now minister
of this Church, was born in Woodstock, 16 Sept. 1755, and
baptized in the 2d church there sometime in the following
October;" m. 30 Jan. 1776, Joseph 3 Prince, both of this town.
He was descended from John 1 Prince, a sea captain of Oxford,
Eng., who m. Reliance Fuller, in Boston. They settled in
Southold, when their son Joseph 2 was ten years old. He d.
in 1765, aged 77, and she died at the age of 7;">, at Mattituek.
Joseph 2 Prince m. Mary Vail, and they were parents of Joseph 3
Prince above. Three children.

ii. ;t Bethia Babkeb, his second daughter, was born 14 June, 17.78,
in Mattituek, Southold, and was baptized in the church there
on the 9th of July following ;" d. 22 Jan. 1772, in the 14th

iii. " M.u:y Parker, the third dau. of Nehemiah and Elizabeth

Bark.-r, was born 25 A. I)., and was baptized in

this church at Mattituek on the 20th of April following."

"Turn two leaves for Hannah Parker."

iv. " Hannah Babkeb, dau. of Nehemiah and Elizabeth Parker.
was born 17 March, 1700, about 4 in the afternoon ;" baptized
20 April.


MOSES"' CHANDLER {Joshua, 4 John, 2 John, 2 William 1 )
and Frances Lyon, West Woodstock, Conn.

She (1. •■ Oct 1 ", y' 5, 1805, aged 7l>, v dau. of Ebenezer Lyon.
fie was a farmer at West Parish, on the homestead, lie d.
22 Dec. 1805, a. *2.

The children of Moses and Frances (Lyon) Chandler
were :

742. i. Moses, b. 10 Jan. 17.70: d. 21 Jan. 1756, aged 36 hours.

743. ii. Fanny, b. 15 Jan. 17-70; d. 3 March. 1843, a. 84, at

Union ; m. Nathaniel Sessions.

744. in. Flizai-.ktii. b. 20 Oct. 1760; d. July. 1766.

74.7. iv. Moses, 2d. b. 22 March, 1702; m. 2.7 Nov. 17*4, Azubah

Child, both of Woodstock.
740. v. Joshua, b. 10 Sept. 1703; m. 13 Nov. 1788, Hannah Far-

num. of Ashfoi'd. Conn.
747. vi. Ebesezeb, b. 30 July. 1765; d. 8 Feb. 17*7— -y* 22 year

of his age."


748. vii. Elizabeth, 2d. b. 6 Feb. 17G7 ; m. 16 Feb. 1786, William

Johnson, both of Woodstock.
740. vni. John. b. 9 Aug. 1708; m. 4 Oct. 1795, Huldah Howard,
of Woodstock.

750. ix. Titoma's, b. 27 Feb. 1770; m. first, Alpbleda Dodge, of

Sturbridge, Mass. ; m. second, 18 Jan. 1815, Lydia
Goodale, of Woodstock ; in. third, Kesiah Goodale, of

751. x. MARY,b. 23 Aug. 1771 ; d. 12 March, 1858, of palsy, unm. ;

made her home with her brother Thomas.

752. xi. Sarah ; m. Elisha Chamberlain. Jr.

753. xii. Rebecca ; m. Darius Morris.

754. xm. James Davenport, b. 27 June, 1777; m. Aug. 1800, Ala-

thea Skinner, of Woodstock.

755. xiv. Lydia, b. 14 May, 17'SO; m. 1808, Nathaniel Johnson, of



John,* John 2 William 1 ) and Jane 3 Emott, Elizabeth Town,
N. J. *

She was dau. of Capt. John- and Mary (dau. of Elias Boudi-
not, Sen.) Emott, of Elizabeth Town. Capt. John 2 Emott was
son of James 1 Emott by his wife Alary Lawrence, whom he m.
in 1683. She was dan. of Airs. Philip Cartaret. James 1 Emott,
a French Huguenot, came from England as early as 1682,
and was Provincial Secretary. Pie died 1713.

Mrs. Chandler shared with her husband his loyalty to the
king during the contest for national independence, and she sub-
jected herself to the suspicions of the vigilant whigs of that
vicinity, of whom was Gen. Maxwell ; for he wrote to the legis-
lature of New Jersey, 26 April, 1779: "Mrs. Chandler is
much in the same way here that M'Cloud is, with respect to her
living; but, in the way of giving intelligence to the enemy, I
think she is the first in the place. There is not a tory that
passes in or out of New Jersey, or any other way, that is of
consequence, but waits upon Airs. Chandler, and mostly all the
British officers, going in or out on parole or exchange, wait on
her ; in short, the Governor, the whole of the torics and many
of the whigs. I think she would be much better off in Ne ( w
York, and to take her baggage with her that she might have
nothing to come back for."

Isaac Ogden, a refugee from Newark, in a letter to Galloway
22 Nov. 1778, says : " Remember me to Dr. Chandler's Family
and Coopers. Tell Doct. Chandler that Airs. Chandler and his
Daughter Polly, with Aliss Rickett. are now in Sew York with
a flagg for a few days. His son Bille I saw last week at Stat-

-;-"-'<-;-: ' "



ten Island, Mho has recovered from his illness. He intends
sailing for England in a short time in the Amazon."

The following extracts are from a letter written just after Mr.
Mr. T. B. Chandler's 17th year:

Bean Field, July y c .4 th , 1743.
Beloved Brethren and Sisters : • *

" Sometime about ye beginning of June after pudding (or dinner),"
" I met neighbor Draper," " who delivered me a letter." ...'•• After
having tug'd it open. I east my surprised eyes to ye bottom and Saw
a grand catalogue of names as follows, viz. W. C, L. C, T. C. S.
C, Henry Chandler. I was puzzled to know ye meaning of that new
name y* brought up ye rear, but afterwards found y' you would have
it a Brother of mine y l has lately arrived from some strange Land to
ye Country," &c.

" And subscribe your loving Brother and well wisher,

Tho s Bradbury Chandler."

He was graduated at Yale College, 1745, and took rank from
"dignity of his family," &c. the seventh in a class of twenty-
tpven. The degree of S. T. D. was conferred on him by the
college at Oxford, Eug,, 17(><>, and by King's (now Columbia)
College, New York, 17(17.

The decease of Rev. Mr. Yaughan took place Oct. 1747, and
the Vestry of St. John's Church were advised to secure the ser-
vices of a cateehist for the time being. The Rev. Dr. John-
son, of Stamford, thereupon recommended • a young man who
was teaching school in Woodstock, Conn., and studying at in-
tervals with Dr. Johnson. They complied with that advice.

"Elizabeth Town. Dec. 2G, 1747. We Church Wardens and
Vestry of St. John Church" "have given an invitation to Mr.
Thomas Bradbury Chandler, educated at Yale College in Connecticut,
to reside amongst us till he be of age for Hob Orders, at which time,
if his Conduct shall answer his recent character, We humbly hope
the Society [for the Propagation of the Gospel amongst the heathen
natives of New England, and the parts adjacent in America, incor-
porated in the year 1661, by King Charles the Second] may be pleased
to grant him leave to go for England;" "and we do further beg
leave humbly to implore and supplicate that Ven'ble and Christian
Body, that they would be pleased in their great goodness to appoint
the s'd Mr. Chandler their cateehist amongst us with an allowance of
such a Salary as the Ven'ble Society shall think fit," l * that our child-
ren and servants may have the benefit of public Catechising," &c.

Mr. Chandler was in his 22d year when he came to Elizabeth
Town, about the first of December, 1747, and was appointed by
the Venerable Society, in May, 1748, their cateehist in Eliza-
beth Town, on a stipend of £10 a year. The glebe contains
about four acres of land, pleasantly located upon Elizabeth Town
Creek, near the centre of the city. " The first house was built

2o*2 Tirrc chandleb famtly.

in lf>%-7, and this house was enlarged in 17f>5, by an addition
which contains the present study, dining room," &c. This was
their residence, lie wrote :

"Elizabeth Town, Doc. 20, 1749. Rev. Sir: Ever since T have
been in this place. I have made it my business to answer the ends of
the Venerable Society in appointing me their Catechist, to the utmost
of my ability ; with that view I have not only read Divine Service
and catechized the children, but have constantly visited all Ranks of
People in the Congregation."

The Society having given leave to Mr. Chandler, their cate-
chist at Elizabeth Town, to come to England for holy orders
upon the united testimony of their most worthy missionaries
concerning his qualifications, he arrived in England in the
summer; and, after being admitted into holy orders and
appointed missionary to Elizabeth Town, he went back, and
writes thence. Nov. 11, 1751, that after a passage of nine
weeks he " was got safe home, joyfully received, and entered
upon the duties of his mission."

He wrote the Secretary of the Propagation Society, Nov. 6,

" I have lately been a journey of more than 200 miles into New
Eng d , and am surprised at the great increase of the Church in many
places there. I preached at Woodstock, an inland town, 35 miles
distant from any place where the service of the church had ever been
performed ; and. by the numbers that attended my lectures, and by
the desires of many of them expressed of farther opportunity of
attending on. and being acquainted with, the service of the Church,
I am convinced that it is for want of opportunity that there is not a
large Congregation of Conformists."

And he wrote, Jan. 5, 1762 : " The severe manner in which
T had ye Small Pox in 1757, and ye ill effects whereof it was
three years before I perfectly recovered, greatly interrupted
the course of my services, especially at Woodbridge, which is
ten miles distant ; but for some time past I have gone on in my
wonted course, and ye Congregation hath been kept tolerably
together." "-The Society will be pleased to remember, that I
was appointed their missionary at Woodbridge on my own
request." " An enlargement of my Salary on that account was
neither asked nor desired, nor were any promises of pay made
me by the people, nor have I ever received any pay or gratuities
to ye amount of more than Five Guineas in ye whole time of
my serving them, altho' in that service I have rode more than
3000 miles, and preached near 200 sermons, besides doing
other duties."

The Rev. George Whiteficld, the great revivalist, who was in
Elizabeth Town in the year 1740, revisited the place twenty-


tour yours after, but was denied Mr. Chandler's pulpit. And
he wrote the 5th of July, 17 1!;") :

" I cannot but think that all Mr. WhitefiekVs bitterness and rage
against ye church would have availed but little, had he been able only
to attack it openly and from without, lint what gives him an oppor-

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