William H. (William Henry) Chaffee.

The Chaffee genealogy, embracing the Chafe, Chafy, Chafie, Chafey, Chafee, Chaphe, Chaffie, Chaffey, Chaffe, Chaffee descendants of Thomas Chaffe, of Hingham, Hull, Rehoboth and Swansea, Massachusets; also certain lineages from families in the United States, Canada and England, not descended from Th online

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The work done by The Grafton Press, in its production of this much admired
volume of genealogical accuracy and completeness, reflects great credit upon
itself. Throughout its pubhcation the wise business methods of Mr. F. H. Hitch-
cock and the mechanical abihty of Mr. T. B. Hitchcock are shown.

Miss Elizabeth French, a careful and experienced genealogist, has revised and
edited the manuscript, advancing it into that order of perfect finish, which none
but an honest and conscientious professional could do.

Miss Emma E. Brigham, connected with the Boston office of The Grafton
Press, has shown, by her services, her knowledge of matters pertaining to genea-
logical publication.

My congratulations are extended to these faithful students and workers in
that they have brought out a genealogy worthy of their professions.

The compiler also desires to record his obhgations to the numerous individuals
who have given gratuitous and valuable assistance in the preparation of this
genealogy, in addition to furnishing records of separate family lines; also to the
custodians of public records who have been helpful to him.

Miss Lucy Morris Chaffee, now Mrs. Lucius D. Alden, of Hampden, Mass.

(formerly South Wilbraham) , wrote of the desires of her family for the pubhcation

of a genealogy long before the idea had entered the mind of the compiler. A

quotation from a letter written a few weeks after the writer's call upon Mr. Daniel

D. Chaffee, her father, a call made to substantiate the records he had secured

of his own immediate ancestors in previous years, is as follows :

"Father told Uncle Edwin Chaffee [residence, Providence, R. I.] of your call
here and he adds in his late letter to father, 'I hope that WiUiam Chaffee will
proceed with the pubhcation of our Genealogy.' [Signed] Lucy M. Chaffee,
South Wilbraham, Mass., October 27, 1865."

The various copies which she made of church and town records and tomb-
stone inscriptions, besides visits to many who bore the surname, did much to
straighten out many tangled lineages of that section.

The compiler's daughter. Bertha Ehza Chaffee, started quite early in her young
life to help her father in compiling this genealogy, and continued to do so for
several years until the illness came which eventually resulted in her death. The
many articles of manuscript which she wrote have been much admired by the
editor and publishers as showing a clearness of chirography, as well as a careful
arrangement of the facts.

Mr. Floyd Mayham Grant of Schoharie, N. Y., to whom she was betrothed,
rendered assistance in this compilation, to within a short time of his death, which
took place four years before that of Miss Chaffee. Sadness and gloom settled
upon the work when both of these bright lights went out.

Mr. Noah Cummings of Schenevus, N. Y., a college chum of Mr. Grant, offered
his services at this time, and has, by his energy and faithfulness, rendered for the
last few years and up to the present time, invaluable assistance in compilation,


and in many other ways has hastened the pubhcation of this genealogical work.
Too much cannot be said of the kindly and efficient help given by Mr. Cummings,
and the writer's wish for a long and happy life for this young civil engineer and
his youthful bride, is not out of place at this moment.

Mr. Edward J. Chaffee of New York City was interested in the work from its
start, and shared some of the early expenditures connected with it; besides making
abstract copies of deeds, etc., he has always been in close touch with the progress
of the undertaking.

Mr. Samuel Roscoe Chaffee, artist, of Providence, R. I., made much research
in the old towns of Barrington, R. I., Swansea, Rehoboth and Seekonk, Mass.,
and the two pictures illustrating the ancient family burial places are photographs
from the artist's original water colors of these interesting spots. Mr. Chaffee
and his wife did much to assist the compiler in seeking for records in this part of
New England, where our earliest ancestors lived and died.

Mr. Jonathan F. Morris (deceased) formerly President of Charter Oak Bank,
Hartford, Conn., author of The Morris Register and a descendant of Sarah Chaffee
(238), gave many valuable suggestions regarding collateral lineage and genea-
logical procedure.

Mr. Andrew Jackson Chaphe of St. Louis, Mo., has been an enthusiastic sup-
porter of this undertaking from the time the subject was first presented to him.
He not only gave for the genealogy a complete account of his own life, together
with his portrait, but secured full lineages of his relatives with pictures of several
individuals. More than this, he increased his original subscription of eight copies
to five times that number, and in addition to this noble subscription, has made
several contributions, amounting to f 160.00, making a grand total of $560.00.
Without this splendid recognition of the compiler's effort, this genealogy would
be an unpublished manuscript. Mr. Chaphe has made it possible for this family
history to be published, and to him we all owe appreciative recognition of his
most generous gifts.

Mr. Peter Chaffee (from whom was received the Bible of our ancestor, Thomas
Chaffe), and his son Mr. N. O. Chaffee, both of East Woodstock, Conn., were very
helpful in collecting data from that section.

Mr. Asa Peck (deceased) the late owner of Thomas Chaffe's ancient homestead
near Barrington Center, R. I., extended liis kind hospitality to the compiler,
enabling him to thoroughly examine this revered spot, so dear to all those who
claim descent from this emigrant ancestor. Mr. Peck's kindness was further
shown in his presentation of several very old deeds, which will be found recorded
in this book.

Mr. Dan ChafTee, formerly of Westford, Conn., furnished some of the early
lineages of that vicinity, thus enabling the compiler to connect various lines,

Mr. J. D. Chaffee of Gilberts ville, N. Y., presented letters referring to the sur-
name received by him many years ago.

Mrs. Lucetta Davis (ChafTee) Howlett of Hampden, Mass., travelled to many
places in her old age, to secure and prove lineage.

Miss Hattie A. Chaffee of Minneapolis, Minn., was untiring in her zeal to gather
not only that which related to her noble ancestor, William Chaffee of Stony Point,
but used much effort to secure other lines.

Mrs. S. C. Snow with Mrs. Wheeler of Becket, Mass., traversed that part of


Berkshire County, beside visiting several towns and burial places in the vicinity,
thereby securing much valuable information.

Mrs. Bayer, with her sister, Miss Mary J. Chaffee, of Binghamton, N. Y., showed
much interest in collecting lines of ancestry in adjacent towns.

Mr. Prentiss Chaffee and his nephew, Mr. Joseph C. Chaffee, both of Lee, Mass.,
did a great deal by correspondence and verbal communication to make clear
various tangled lines.

Mr. Brown Thurston of Portland, Me., author of The Thurston Genealogies,
made many valuable suggestions regarding the manner of compiling a genealogy.

David J. Chaffee, M. D., of Rochester, N. Y., an early subscriber, secured by
long and continued effort a great deal of valuable information which he cheerfully
contributed, with an interesting group picture of his near relatives.

Mrs. Lydia (Chaffee) Ormsbee and ^Irs. Betsey Ormsbee (Chaffee) Armington,
both of Seekonk, Mass., were instrumental in collecting old family lines and prov-
ing them to be correct.

Reverend Anson Titus made many satisfactory copies of records in Pennsylvania
and the East.

Mrs. Almira (Chaffee) Thompson of Hampden, Mass., did much to secure in-
formation concerning family lines.

Mr. Clifford H. Chaffee of New York City, was much interested in securing
lineages and arranging them in a very satisfactory manner.

Mr. Lucian Sharpe of Providence, R. I., was much interested in the work of
genealogical research and contributed many early records of his Chaffee ancestors
in Woodstock, Conn., and their various descendants.

Mr. Royal Paine of Brooklyn, N, Y., gave many interesting articles concerning
early events in Windham County, Conn.

Mrs. J. E. Robinson of Taunton, Mass., in addition to abstract copies of deeds,
made many gratuitous researches.

Mr. Stephen F. Chaphe and daughter Finette of Cazenovia, N. Y., were able
to clearly define certain family lines for many generations back, which work they
did most willingly.

Mr. Joseph McClellan and Miss Bessie Flynn of Woodstock, Conn., made particu-
lar and satisfactory researches among early church records.

Mr, S. W. Knevals of Washington, D. C, assisted very much in securing Civil
War records.

Mr. Bertrand Chaffee of Springville, N. Y., took much pains to get early family
records and to copy those upon tombstones.

Mr. C. Frank Chaffee (deceased) of East Providence, R. I., sent copies of tomb-
stone records from one of the ancient Chaffee burial places, the old burying-ground
which in early days was in Rehoboth, later in Seekonk, Mass., and now in Rum-
ford village. East Pro\adence, R. I.

Miss Nellie M. Chaffey of Eastport, Me., did much to secure valuable and in-
teresting matter concerning the emigration of her ancestor to America from Eng-

Mr. George H. Whitaker of Westford, Conn., made many researches in and around
Ashford, Conn.

Reverend Edwin J. Chaffee of Potsdam, N. Y., found and connected many family


Miss Minnie A. Chaffee of Providence, R. I., not only sent full and complete
data of her own family, but also valuable information from Pennsylvania and
the East.

Miss Belinda Chaffee, an aged lady in the Old Ladies' Home, in Lowell, Mass.,
was able by correspondence to gain much information which she gladly contributed,
concerning the surname as found in various sections of Vermont.

Reverend R. G. Tilton of Rehoboth, Mass., sent many interesting items regarding
the name as found in that section.

The present Mr. Zechariah Chafee of Providence, R. I., has done considerable
toward making his family lines clear and connected.

Mr. Eugene W. Chaffee of Moodus, Conn., has been an interested contributor
from the start of this project, doing all that was possible to make the genealogical
venture a success.

Mr. Guy Chaffee of Colorado was exceedingly interested and for several years
did much work by correspondence concerning various families bearing our sur-
name. He was anxious to see the book in print, but failed to realize his expecta-
tions. He died at an advanced age. Several of his immediate descendants have
continued to interest themselves in the subject which was so dear to him.

Mrs. Lovina Felton (Chaffee) Wheeler of Fairfax, Vt., secured complete lineages
of all the descendants of her grandfather up to date.

Mrs. Leonora (Chaffee) Kimball of Little March, Pa., Mr. Wolcott Chaffee of
Garrettsville, O., and Mr. George A. Chafee of Middletown, Conn., did much active
work in securing lineages.

Miss Ellen D. Larned, author of The History of Windham County, Conn., and
other historical pubhcations, made researches in Thompson, Conn.

Mrs. Alvan Clark of Cambridgeport, Mass., whose husband and sons are widely
known as manufacturers of celebrated telescopes, sent much information con-
cerning her Chaffee relatives.

General Adna R. Chaffee has been an interested contributor from the beginning.

Mr. James S. Chaffee of Amenia Union, N. Y., has not only been a contributor
of full and complete family lines, but is a liberal subscriber to the book.

George D. Chafee of Shelbyville, 111., was early interested in the work in all of
its detail and contributed much in the way of records, pictures and subscription.

Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Gillette of Washington, D. C, contributed much valuable
information, he sending copies of Revolutionary and early pension rolls, and
those of the late Spanish-American War, she contributing family lines.

The Reverend William Kyle Westwood Chafy of Rous Lench Court, Evesham,
England, became interested in the genealogical research of this family in that
country as early as 1884, and his belief that we are all of one common ancestor
prompted him to enter into a correspondence which was very interesting and
filled with valuable information and kindly suggestion, all being exceedingly

Reverend Canon H. Mayo of Sherborne, England, connected with the editorial
staff of Somerset and Dorset Notes and Queries, employed much effort in trying to
find the place and date of birth of the emigrant American ancestor, Thomas
Chaffe, and frequently inserted in his paper, free of cost, advertisements bearing
upon this query.

Reverend C. W. Penny, who in 1888 and 1889 was of Wellington College, West


Wokingham, Berkshire, England, kindly sent a photograph of the church in
Chaff combe, as it appeared after its restoration in 1859 by his father, then rector.
A reproduction of this picture appears in this book.

The compiler does not wish to forget the kindness shown by his wife, Ehza S.
(Piatt) Chaffee, in that she willingly sacrificed many of her social hours for the
betterment of this book.

Mr. Isaac L. Hart, Mr. Henry B. Morehouse, Mr. Henry R. SoUer, Mr. John A.
Breitweiser and Mr. John H. Troxell have cheerfully rendered assistance in various
details of the work.

The following custodians of early records gave willing assistance towards the
researches made in their various offices :

The Register of Deeds ) _, ,, ,,

The Recorder of Wills ^^y^^^^'^' ^^'''

The Register of Deeds ) „ . , t^ t

The Recorder of Wills ( P^^^^^ence, R. I.

The Register of Deeds

The Recorder of Wills \ ^^'^^'''^' ^"^^-

Mr. James Edward Russell, Register of Deeds, Springfield, Mass.

Mr. John T. Hassam, connected with Suffolk Registry of Deeds, Boston, Mass.

Mr. Solon Carpenter, custodian of early land records of Rehoboth, Mass.

Mr. Harvey B. Wilder, Register of Deeds, Worcester, made clear several of the
early land transfers in Woodstock, before the town was in Connecticut.

Mr. Charles N. Marsh, Town Clerk of Hingham, Mass.

Mr. Lewis P. Loring, Town Clerk of Hull, Mass.

Mr. H. O. Wood, Town Clerk of Swansea, Mass.

Mr. William H. Luther, Town Clerk of Rehoboth, Mass.

Mr. Mark H. Wood, Town Clerk of Barrington, R. I.

Mr, Charles E. Stacy, Town Clerk, North Wilbraham, Mass.

Mr. Gifford, Town Clerk, East Woodstock, Conn.

Mr. Solomon Fuller, Town Clerk, Somers, Conn.

Mr. Fred. I. Lane, Town Clerk, Westminister, Vt.

Mr. David A. Baker, Town Clerk, Ashford, Conn., made many gratuitous searches
in his town records, besides making copies from all the tombstones found in the
burying ground in the town, as far as they bore a reference to the name of Chaffee.

The following libraries have rendered kindly assistance :

New England Historic-Genealogical Society, Boston, Mass.

Boston Public Library, Boston, Mass.

Astor Library, New York City.

Lenox Library, New York City.

New York Historical Society, New York City.

Bible Society, New York City.

Providence Public Library, Providence, R. I.

Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, Conn.

The following offices have also lent their aid :
The Adjutant-General's Office, Boston, Mass.
The Adjutant-General's Office Providence, R. I,


The Adjutant-General's Office, Hartford, Conn.
The Adjutant-General's Office, Montpelier, Vt.

The following newspapers have also assisted :
Boston Transcript, Boston, Mass.
Providence Journal, Providence, R. I.
Putnam Patriot, Putnam, Conn.
Stafford Press, Stafford, Conn.
Mail and Express, New York City.


The pleasure of tracing long and circuitous lines of ancestry must be inborn.
The way to success in any undertaking is through love.

Just within the gateway of Laurel Hill Cemetery in the City of Philadelphia,
there stands, appropriately enclosed, cut from unblemished stone, a beautiful
representation of Love and Labor harmonized in the form of Old MortaUty, with
mallet and chisel in hand trying to rescue from further obliteration the inscriptions
as found upon the old tombstones surrounding him.

Writers of family history differ but Uttle as to the main reason for compiUng
and publishing a genealogy. The nucleus is formed as soon as a desire prompts
the search for vital records concerning parents and grandparents, and the desire
grows to larger and nobler proportions as the members of these families interest
themselves in accumulating additional knowledge of their forefathers. Naturally,
all persons are desirous to know from what nation they sprang, and many letters
of inquiry bearing upon this subject have been received. Much interest has been
expressed in regard to war records concerning Revolutionary patriots, and those
who served in other wars.

Biography, with family characteristics, coats-of-arms, records from tombstones,
heirlooms and their interesting stories, have all tended to fascinate and make
pedigree history a work of cheerful labor, and the general wish that our surname
shall be preserved from obUvion has prompted the writing of this genealogy.

Acknowledging that a genealogy made up principally of \'ital statistics, i.e.,
marriages, births and deaths, is valuable, it is nevertheless certain that where
these facts are interspersed with biographical incident, the value of the work is
much enhanced; therefore the compiler has made personal history a special feature
of this book.

The plan and scope of this book is devoted principally to the descendants of
Thomas Chaffe, but following them, there will be found many Uneages and war
records of other American Chaffees, not known to have been connected with or
descendant from Thomas ChafTe, including an extensive biography of Mathew
Chaffe, a contemporary in America of this emigrant ancestor. There will also
be found much data relating to the name of Chaffe, as found upon record in England
from the earhest days, together with the origin of the name and Uneages of English
and Canadian Chaffees.

The compiler is not responsible for any errors which may have occurred in
the spelUng of Christian or surnames, nor for inaccuracies which may be found
in copies of official records or in the data furnished by the many descendants.
All the matter contributed has been carefully noted and scrupulously followed
in its varied detail. Where names or dates have not agreed, all have been given,
the second and following being given in parenthesis.

Each descendant of Thomas Chaffe, the Emigrant, has been given a number
in this volume, these following consecutively through the book. The sign +
precedes the numbers of all individuals whose complete record will be found in
the succeeding; generation. Absence of this sign indicates that nothing further


is known of that individual than there appears. Only such descendants as have
had children are carried forward to a succeeding generation; where the names of
a descendant's children have not been sent, and no item of information regarding
them is known, beyond the fact that he or she has had children, the record is not
carried forward.

Great care has been taken in every case to spell the surname as the individual
spelled it. Where the spelHng has been changed, the names of the children will
be given under the father's record as he spelled it, but in the succeeding generation
each child's name will be spelled as he himself chose to do. Where such children
are not carried forward, the changed speUing of the name follows the other, en-
closed in parenthesis.

The names in parenthesis following the name of the individual at the head of
each record, are those of that person's ancestors of Chaffee descent, the superior
numbers indicating to which generation each belongs.

Where two Chaffee descendants have intermarried, the record will be found
under that of the male descendant, the female descendant's line of Chaffee descent
and all information regarding her being there given.

The maiden names of married women and nicknames are given in parenthesis,
the latter names being quoted.

Since the numbering of this manuscript, additional information of descendants
has been received, necessitating the insertion of duplicate numbers designated
by letters, as, for example, 5099A, etc.



First Generation 1

Second Generation 13

Third Generation 30

Fourth Generation 53

Fifth Generation 82

Sixth Generation 134

Seventh Generation 234

Eighth Generation 398

Ninth Generation 527

Tenth Generation 563


A— Thomas Chaffe's Bible 565

B, C 565

D, E, F 566

G, H 567

I 569

J 570

K 571

Other Chaffees in America 573

Unclassified War Records

Colonial Wars 583

War of 1812 584

Civil War 584

Spanish-American War 585

The Name of Chaffee in England

Derivation of the Surname 585

Chaffcombe 585

The Surname in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and France 586

Coats of Arms 586

Next of Kin 586

Devonshire Wills 586

Other English Wills . 594

Early English Records of Marriages, Baptisms, Burials, etc 594

English and Canadian Lineages 597


William Chaffee Frontispiece


William H. Chaffee (Photograph taken Jan. 1, 1907) ix

Facsimile of Original Entries of Lands Granted to Thomas Chaffe 2

Signatures of Thomas Chaffe and Mathew Chaffe 4

Map of Early Settlements of Descendants of Thomas Chaffe 8

The Ancient Chaffe Burying Ground 13

Signatures of Nathaniel and Some Descendants 14

The Old Burying Ground at Rumford, R. I., formerly in Rehoboth, Mass. . 20

Signatures of Joseph Chaffe and Some of his Descendants 22

The Ephraim Chaffe House at Seekonk, Mass 58

S. R. Chaffee 159

David Chaffee and Children 162

The Battle of Stony Point 186

Map of Stony Point Garrison 188

Edward L. Chaffee 243

Prentiss Chaffee 253

K. S. Chaffee 254

Caleb Chaffee 288

The United States Arsenal Grounds, Springfield, Mass 318

Old Chaffee Homestead, Somersville, Conn 320

Elam Chaffee 322

Elizabeth (Spencer) Chaffee 324

Norman I. Chaffee 326

Samuel Chaffee 338

Samuel W. Chaffee 338

Joseph M. Chaphe 342

Stephen F. Chaphe 346

Rev. J. F. Chaffee, D. D 388

O. S. Chaffee 412

Frederick Chaffee 419

General Adna R. Chaffee 428

Dudley C. Chafee and G. Dexter Chafee 449

George D. Chafee 449

Lucia L., Olive K. and Marie S. Chafee 449

Oliver Chaffee 464

David Judson Chaffee 467

W. G. Chaffee 468

Mrs. Belinda (Reed) Chaffee 480

James Chaffee 482

R. T. Chaffee, M. D 484

A. J. Chaphe 498



. W. H. Chaphe 500

J. Irviu Chaffee 541

William H. Chaffee (Photograph taken about 1886) 543

Eliza S. Chaffee 544

Bertha E. Chaffee (Photograph taken about 1880) 546

Bertha Eliza Chaffee (Photograph taken April 27, 1892) 548

Floyd Mayham Grant (Photograph taken 1891) 550

Bertha Eliza Chaffee (Photograph taken Jan. 31, 1900) 552

Edward J. Chaffee 554

Rev. Arthur Billings Chaffee, D. D 556

Signatures from the Thomas Chaffe Bible 565

Map of Chaffcombe, Somerset County, England 585

Old Church at Chaffcombe 586




1 Thomas Ohaffe, the emigrant ancestor of nearly all who to-day bear this
surname under its varied forms of orthography, from Chafe to Chaffee, now resid-
ing in the United States and parts of Canada, came to New England, where in 1635
he owned land and was living in Hingham, Mass. The place and date of his birth,
his parentage, the time and place of his arrival and the name of the ship which bore
him from the Old World to the New, are at present unknown.

The first mention of him in the records is found in the Town Clerk's office in

Hingham, under the date 1635 :

"Given unto John Tucker by the town of Hingham for a planting lot six acres
of land lying upon the Worlds End Hill, bounded with the land of Thomas
Chaffe and the land of John Prince, Southward and with the land of Ralph Wood-
ward, Northward, butting upon the Sea Eastward and Westward."

This is not only the earliest mention of Thomas Chaffe, but also of the name
of Chaffe. How long Thomas Chaffe had owned this land when John Tucker re-
ceived his land, we do not know. Hingham was one of the oldest towns in the
Massachusetts Bay Colony. There were settlers there as early as 1633, at which
time it bore the name of " Bare Cove." The General Court, on September 2, 1635,

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