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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appears as serving two other enlistments :

"Chaffe, Joseph. Capt. William Fletcher's co., Col. Benjamin Simond's regt;
enlisted Aug. 22, 1777; discharged Aug. 29, 1777; marched on an expedition to
Bennington.

"Chaffe, Joseph. Private, Capt. Samuel Burt's co., Col. Elisha Porter's (Hamp-
shire Co.) regt; enhsted July 22, 1779; discharged Aug. 25, 1779 service, 1 mo.
7 days, at New London, Conn." [Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War
of the Revolution.]

January 30, 1777, Joseph Chaffe, yeoman, of Wilbraham sold to Joel Dean of
Ashford, Conn., for £250, one hundred and forty acres of land in Wilbraham.
This deed was signed by Joseph and Esther Chaffe. Soon after this he moved to
Peru, Berkshire County, Mass., as on July 7th of the same year he was chosen one
of a committee to act in letting out the school lands in that town. He was chosen
First Selectman there February 14, 1780, and Moderator of a town meeting Octo-
ber 30th of the same year. May 16, 1781, Joseph and Esther Chaffe of Partridge-
field (formerly Peru), Mass., sold to Amos Corbin of Woodstock, for £180, one hun-
dred acres of land there, being part of lot number thirty-eight.

WILL OF JOSEPH CHAFFE

"In the name of God Amen I Joseph Chaffe of Union in the County of Windham
& State of Connecticut Being Weak in Body but Blessed Be God I am of Sound
Mind & Memory Do this 14th Day of December 1782 Make & Publish this My
Last Will and testament in Manner following that is to say first I give up My Soul
to the Lord Jesus Christ as My Only Saviour trusting in His Merits and Mercies
for the foregiveness of all My Sins & for My Eternal Salvation also I commit My
Body to the Ground to Be Decently Buried at the Descression of My Executrix



106 THE CHAFFEE GENEALOGY

hereafter Mentioned then My Will is that all my honest Debts & funeral Charges
Be paid sd to be paid out of My freehold I'^state if it can legally Be Done then I
Give to My Beloved Wife Ester Chaffe one third part of all My personal Estate
which I die posest of for her own forever & My wish is that My sd Wife shall have
libert}^ to Choose her third at the Inventory price out of the whole & My will is
that My sd Wife shall have the Use & Improvement of one third part of My free-
hold Estate that shall Remain after my sd Debts & Charges are paid so long as
she Remains My Widow & then to be Equally Divided Among ^ly five Children
(viz) My son Darius Chaffe & My Daughter Ester & Deidamia & Matilda & Sinai
and My will is that all ye Rest of My Estate not yet mentioned or Disposed of as
above shall Be Equally Divided Amongst my sd son Darius Ester Diedamia
Matilda & Sinai & I make and ordain my sd wife Ester Chaffe to Be My Sole
Executrix of the My last Will & testament for the Intents and purposes in this
My will contained in Witness Whereof I ye said Joseph ChafTe have hereunto set
My hand & seal 3^e Day & year as above sd Signed Sealed & Delivered By ye sd
Joseph Chaffe as his last will & testament in ye presence of us who were present
at ye signing & sealing thereof

"Joseph Chaffe [seal]
"Willm Moor
"Oliver Wales
"Josiah Burley

"December ye 31st 1782 then Personally appeared William Moor & Oliver
Wales & Josiah Burley witnesses to ye within will & made Solemn oath that they
were present when ye testator Executed sd will & saw him Execute it & heard
him Declare to be his last will & testament & that he appeared to Be of Sound
Mind & Memory & they all signed as witnesses in ye presence of ye testator & in
the presence of Each Other Sworn Before Me

"Solomon Wales Justice of peace"

THE INVENTORY OF JOSEPH CHAFFE'S ESTATE

"We the Subscribers being appointed and Authorized by honorable Court of
Probate for the District of Stafford to Appraize all such Estate Both Real cl-
personal of the Late Joseph Chaffe of Union in the County of Windham Deceased
as shown to us by Ester ChafYe Widow & Relic to ye sd Deceast and Executrix
to ye Last Will and testament of ye sd Joseph Chaffe Deceasd Wliich Serviss we
performed Return make in the following manner

(vis.)
Household Goods <fc firnature
Best Bed furniture Bedsted and Cord £3.. 0..0

Next Ditto 45/ Next do 30/ Next do 20/ 4..15..G

Low Case Drawers 20/ Low Chest 4 ' five Low Chests 8/6 1..12..6

one great Wheel 3/ Eleven Chairs 15/ tea kettle 6/ 1.. 4..0

Two Iron pots 8/6 Brass kettle 10/ flatt Irons 6/ Skillet 2/6 1.. 7..0

frying pan 3/ iron bason 3/ two pales one Nogen 3 ' Can — /6 0.. 9. .6

flesh fork & basting spoon 1/ hamer/6 Box Iron & heater 2/ 0.. 3. .6

Fire shovel & tongs 6/ tramel 3/ Crane & hooks 10/ puter 20/ 1..19..0

Choping knife 1/ Crockery & Earthen ware 4/ meal tub 4/01/ 0..10..0

five dry Casks 3/ beer barrel 1/ three tubs 4/ Cheese tub 2/ 0..10..0

Wooden boles & plates & salt Morter 2/ glass bottles 1 /6 0.. 3. ,6

Two Baskets 2/ thirteen sheets 32/6 Eight pillow Cases 3/ 1..17..6

Four table Cloaths 5/6 Eleven towels 5/ winowing sheet 1/6 0..12..0

one table 6/ one do ^/ one foot wheel 15/ 1..15..0

Wearing Apparel

Great Coat 6/ Clarret Coat 12/ Jacoat 3/ linen ao 3/ 1.. 4..0

Leather breeches 4/ five pair Stockings 14/ three Shirts 12/ 1..10..0

thick Linen Breeches & Chect trowers 4/6 gloves 1/ 0.. 5..0

Two hats 6/ wig 6/ Boots & Shoes 12/ six yd all wool 30/ 2.,14..0



FIFTH GENERATION 107

Four yd woollen Cloath 10/ two old Coats 2/6 0..12..6

Striped Jacet 2/ fustian Coat 5/ 0.. 7..0

]\Iixt Coulered Jacet & breeches 4/ 0.. 4..0

Books

Bible 3/ three bound Books 3/ pamphlets 6/ 0..12..0

Farming Tools

one plough & Irons 8/ horse trasses 6/ Slay 10/ 1.. 4..0

Two Iron Wedges 2/ Chain 3/ Iron bale 1/6 Share 1/6 0.. 8..0

Hatchet 4/ Sadlebags 3/ Sadie 6/ two mealbags 3/ bason 1/ 0..17..0

Stock

one mare £ 10..0..0 one Cow 66/ one yearhng 20/ one swine 6/ 14..12..0

one Note against Darius Chaffe 23.. 0..0

two do against Willm Foster £5: 10: due 3.. 0..0

Lands and Buildings
A dwelling House & 95 Acres of land 180.. 0..0

250..
"Union March 3d 1783 the foregoing is a true Inventory Made by us

"Solomon Wales ) Aprisors

y under
"JOSIAH BURLEY ) Oath."

DISTRIBUTION OF .JOSEPH CHAFFE'S ESTATE

"We the Subscribers being appointed by the Honbl Court of Probate for the
District of Stafford to distribute and divide the Estate of Mr. Joseph Chafey Late
of union Deceased amongst the heirs of said deceased according to his last will
and testament and being freeholders and under oath do set out to Darius Chaffe
son to sd Deceasd £6..10..0 to be reducted out of a Note of hand due from said
Darius to sd deceased at the time of his death Inventoried at £23..0..0 Lawful
Money —

"We also set of to Esther walker wife to Capt Robert walker and Daughter
to said Deceased one flat Iron one Chair one bed Tick and feathers one bed quilt
and three sheets all Inventoried at the price of £1-16-5 and also £4-13-7 of sd
£23-0-0 note due from sd Darius

"We Likewise set to Arvine Wales son to Eleazer wales by Deidamia his wife
Lately Deceased and Daughter to said deceased one pot and kittle one Chest one
Chair three Sheets one bed quilt one bason three pillow Cases one Clarret mans
Coat and one pair of Stockings all Inventoried at the price of £3-11-5 and one
plow and Irons and horse traces two Iron wedges one Chair one Iron bale one
share one meat tub one pair of saddle bags and one saddle and two meal bags
one raisor and one fustian Coat & one pair of Leather Breaches all Inventoried at
£2..18..0

"We do set of to Matilda Seldon wife to thomas Seldon Daughter to said Deceasd
one Chest and three veards of worsted Cloth and one Sheet one wig & white Breeches
and Checkd trowsers all Inventoried at the price of £l-4..6 we also set of to sd
;\Iatilda £5-.5-5- to be taken out of said £ 23. due from said Darius

"We also set of to Sinai Chaffe Daughter to sd Deceasd £6-10 to be taken out
of sd £23-0-0 note due from sd Darius

"Union 30th of 1788 we then Distributed and set of to the Heirs of the above
mentioned Joseph Chaffe Deceasd their Equal shares out of the Estate of the sd
Joseph as above Described as shown to us by Esther Chaffe Executor to the Last
will and Testament of sd Deceasd according to the orders of said Court Given to us.

"Edward Froster ^
"SoLN Wales
"Cost 12/ for Distributing



[■ Distribution



108 THE CHAFFEE GENEALOGY

"At a Court of Probate at Stafford in the District of Stafford on the 13th day
of April 1784 Isaac Pinney Esqr Judge holding said Court on account of adminis-
tration on the Estate of Mr Joseph Chaffe Late of Union in the County of Windham
Deceasd was now Exhibited in sd Court by the Executor on said Estate whereby
she has paid in Debts and Cliarges Due from said Estate the sum of £97:0:3 J
Lawful money which account this Court accepts and orders to be kept on file

"At the same Court next above sat out and allows bysaid Court to Mrs Esther
Chaffe Widow and Relict of Mr Joseph Chaffe Late of Union in the County of
Windham Deceasd as nessassery for Suport of Self and family in Sundreys which
she shall Charge at Inventory price the Sum of £ 19.6.1

"Test John Phelps Clerk

"At a Court of Probate held at Stafford in the District of Stafford on the 13th
day of April A. D. 1784 Isaac Pinney Esqr Judge holding said Court Solomon
Wales Esqr of Union in the County of Windham was now appointed to be Guardian
to Sina Chaffe Daughter of Mr Joseph Chaffe Late of sd union Deceasd aged about
8 years a minor of the Town of said union and the said Solomon Wales gave a
bond of Two hundred pounds Lawfull money to this Court for the faithful Dis-
charge his afforesaid office of Guardian to said minor

"At the same Court next above Mr. Darius Chaffe of Union in the County of
Windham was now appointed to be guardian to INIatilda Chaffe aged about fifteen
years Daughter of Mr Joseph Chaffe Late of said Union Deceasd a minor of the
Town of said Union and the said Darius Chaffe gave a bond of two hundred pounds
Lawfull money to this Court for the faithful! Discharge of his afforesaid office
GuarcUan to said minor"

Children :

-h581 i Darius « Chaffe, born about 1751; married Molly Chaffe [604].
582 ii Esther Chaffe, born about April, 1756; died March 23, 1759, aged two
years, eleven months ; buried in South Wilbraham (now Hampden) ,
+ 583 iii Esther Chaffe, born 1760; married Captain Robert W'alker.
+ 584 iv Deidamia Chaffe, married Eleazer Wales.
585 v Matilda Chaffe, born about 1769; married before 1788, Thomas Sel-
don.
+ 586 vi Sinai Chaffe, born May 11, 1776; married Amasa Converse.

240 Benjamin ^ Chaffee (Joseph, ^ John,^ Joseph, 2 Thomas 1) was born in Wood-
stock, Mass. (now Conn.), July 10, 1732, and probably died in Ashford, Conn.,
in 1811. He married in W^oodstock, September 19, 1754, Hannah, daughter of
Abraham Skinner of Maiden, Mass. Benjamin Chaffee is said to have lived on
the north part of Rocky or Cranberry Bog Hill, between West Woodstock and
South Woodstock, later in Ashford and still later in Marcellus, N. Y., finally re-
turning to Ashford. He also lived in Wales, j\Iass., as is evidenced by a deed
dated June 25, 1764, in which "Benjamin Chaffee husbandman of Woodstock
late of Wales," sold to Benjamin Skinner of Wilbraham, seventy-five acres of land
in Wales together with the buildings thereon for £100. This was land which
Benjamin had bought of his father, February 25, 1760, for £45. He bought and
sold various pieces of land in Woodstock. February 4, 1793, Benjamin "Chaffe"
of Woodstock bought of Josiah Eaton of Ashford for £28, 15s., twenty-three acres
of land there, and April 22d of the same year he and his wife, still of Woodstock,
sold to Benjamin Skinner of that place a house and barn there. Apparently this
was about the time of their removal to Ashford. Benjamin Chaffee had palsy in
one arm, which for the last twenty years of his life rendered it useless.

Children :

587 i Sally « Chaffee, married Parker « Chapman (645) (Mary s Chaffee,
Ebenezer,4 John,^ Joseph, 2 Thomas 1).



FIFTH GEXERATIOX 109

588 ii Eunice Chaffee, married Oliver e Chapman (643) (Mary ^ Chaffee,
Ebenezer,^ John,^ Joseph, ^ Thomas i).

4-589 iii Wealthy Chaffee, married Peter Chamberlain.

+ 590 iv Polly Chaffee, a twin, married William Snell, Jr.

591 V Dolly Chaffee, a twin.

+ 592 \i Joseph Chaffee, married (1) Clarissa Griggs; (2) Roxy Griggs.

593 vii Harriet Chaffee.

594 \'iii Louisa Chaffee, married Skinner.

595 ix Dorcas Chaffee.

241 Ephraim 5 Chaffee (Joseph,^ John,^ Joseph,^ Thomas was born in Wood-
stock, Mass. (now Conn.), about 1733, and died near Glens Falls, X. Y., in 1758.
He married in Woodstock, Xov'ember 21, 1752 (?) Anna (or Anne) Torrey. They
were both residents of Woodstock. She married (2) William Stacy.

Ephraim Chaffee was a farmer and a joiner. June 19, 1751, he bought of Joseph
Chaffee for £650, forty acres of land with a house in Woodstock. March 22, 1753, he
was appointed to appraise a stray horse. [Killirigly, Conn., Records.] Septem-
ber 17, 1753, at a meeting of the inhabitants of the southeast district of the town
of Woodstock he was appointed one of a committee to di\nde the district into two
schools. September 3, 1754, he sold forty acres of land "a mansion house and a
Dutch barn" for £1,000. This was probably the same property which he bought
in 1751. January 12, 1756, he bought of Benjamin Munn sixty acres of land in
Brimfield, Mass., and March 9th following, forty-seven acres there of Josiah
Montague. Soon after this, he moved from Woodstock to Wales, a district of
Springfield, ]\Iass., as he was of the latter place when he marched in August, 1757,
to the relief of Fort William Henry during the Colonial Wars. Ephraim Chaffee
is said to have been scalped and killed by the Indians, in a place between Sandy
Hill and Glens Falls, X. Y., near Fort Edward, in the same place where Jane
McCrae was scalped during the Revolution. He is said to have been a teamster
and an officer over the baggage train. The records make no mention of his ser-
^■ice at this time, during the year 1758, but state that he was a Private in Captain
Benjamin Day's company. South Hampshire County regiment, which marched
on the Alarm for the relief of Fort William Henry in August, 1757. He is spoken
of as "of Springfield," travelled sixty-four miles, and was in ser\ice ten and a half
days. [Massachusetts Archives, Muster Rolls, Vol. XCV, page 444.] February 6,
1758, he sold land in Brimfield to J. Torrey for £20. The estate of Ephraim
Chaffee "late of Wales" was administered by his father, Joseph Chaffe, who was
appointed August 30, 1758. [Northampton Probate Records.] After his death in
1760, Ephraim's widow took charge of the administration. In January, 1763,
she and her second husband, William Stac}', petitioned the court in Boston for
permission to sell the real estate of Ephraim Chaffee. Permission was e\ddently
granted, for May 20, 1763, sixty acres of land in Wales were sold for £48, 10s.,
to "Simeon Chaffe of Woodstock yeoman" (272) as the highest bidder.

Ephraim Chaffee and his brother Isaiah are said to have helped drive the wolf
of Israel Putnam fame into the cave where it was captured. It had -OTOught sad
havoc among the sheep in the neighborhood of Pomfret, Conn.

Children, all but the last born in Woodstock:

596 i John Wilson « Chaffee, born September 9, 1753; died October 26, 1754.

597 ii Anna Chaffee, a twin, born September 9, 1753; probabh- married in

South Wilbraham, Mass., June 22, 1788, X'athan Hudson of Monson,



110 THE CHAFFEE GENEALOGY

Mass., the intention being published in Soutli Wilbraham, May 2,
1788.
598 iii Comfort Chaffee (a daughter), died October 25, 1754.
+ 599 iv Comfort Chaffee, born September 2, 1755; married Moses Baxter.

600 V John Wilson Chaffee, born in 1757; probably died in the army near

Little Falls, N. Y., in 1780; baptized in the First Congregational
Church, Woodstock, March 17, 1765; he served in the Revolution
as follows: "Chaffee, John Wilson, Wilbraham. Private, Capt.
Paul Langdon's co.. Col. Timothy Danielson's regt. ; muster roll
dated Aug. 1, 1775; enlisted May 8, 1775; service, 3 mos. 1 day;
also, company return dated Oct. 6, 1775; also order for bounty
coat or its equivalent in money dated Camp Roxbury, Dec. 25,
1775. [The following entries probably refer to him also.]

"Chaffee, John, Wilbraham. Corporal, Capt. Charles Colton's
CO., Col. John Greaton's (2d) regt.; Continental Army pay ac-
counts for service from March 1, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779; residence,
Wilbraham; enlisted for town of Wilbraham; enlistment, 3 years;
reported mustered by Col. Woodbridge.

"Chafee, John, Springfield. Corporal, Lieut. Colonel's co.,
Col. John Greaton's regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for
service from Jan 1, 1780, to March 1, 1780. [Massachusetts
Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution.]

601 vi Sarah Chaffee, born in Wales, March 31, 1758; married Reuben Bliss

of Monson, their intention of marriage being published in South
Wilbraham, December 9, 1775.

242 Asa 5 Chaffee (Joseph,* John,^ Joseph,^ Thomas i) was born in Woodstock,
Mass. (now Conn.), June 5, 1734, and died in Wilbraham, Mass., in December,
1810. He married (1) in Woodstock, September 5, 1753, Mary Howlett, who died
March 9, 1783. He married (2) in the same town, February 16, 1785, Sarah Orms-
bee.

Asa Chaffee was baptized in the First Congregational Church of Woodstock,
June 9, 1734. He was a shoemaker and a house-framer. He probably moved to
Wales, Mass., between 1758 and 1760. This place, a precinct of Springfield, Mass.,
was later made a part of Wilbraham. February 25, 1760, he bought of his father
for £35, 8s., land in Wales. "Asa Chaffe yeoman of Wilbraham and Mary Chaffe
his wife" sold to William Barnes for £30, sixty acres of land there, March 20,
1764. March 22, 1768, he was chosen "Hog Reave" for Wilbraham. June 10th
following, he sold to Henry Badger land in Wilbraham for £6. In a list of pew
holders in the Congregational church in Wilbraham, dated June 3, 1770, it is stated
that " Asa Chaffee " and wife with five others and their wives occupied pew num-
ber fourteen. The minister at this time was Reverend Noah Merrick. In South
Wilbraham in 1774, one hundred and twenty-five men, of whom "Asa Chaffee"
was one, signed an agreement not to buy English-made goods.

He was a Private in "Capt. James Warriner's Company of Wilbraham who
marched in defence of American Liberty on ye Alarm last April occasioned by
the Lexington Fight." He served ten days, travelled one hundred and eighty
miles, and received £1, 9s. 2d., in payment.

November 21, 1777, he was chosen a Constable for Wilbraham. October 18,
1779, he received $20 as bounty and mileage money for soldiers. January 30,
1784, Asa Chaffee and two others were a committee appointed in behalf of the
South parish of Wilbraham for the purpose of taking a deed of a piece of land on
which to build a meetinghouse. The tract of land purchased was in Wilbraham,



FIFTH GENERATION 111

contained about one hundred and forty rods, was purchased of WilUam King and
cost £6. March 16th following, Asa Chaffee was chosen Surveyor. May 3, 1785,
he sold for £20, to his son, Ephraim, land in Monson, Mass., and March 16, 1786,
land in Wilbraham to his son Cyril, Chaffee of Somers, Conn., blacksmith, for
£10, 10s. Soon after this Shays' Rebellion broke out and Asa Chaffee served as
a Private from September 22d to 28th, 1786, in Lieutenant Lewis Langdon's
company. Colonel Gideon Burt's regiment of militia, which marched to Spring-
field. He also served in Springfield as a Private from January 18th to February 7,
1787, in Captain Joseph Williams Company of Cadets, ordered into service by
Major-General Shepard. September 14, 1808, he sold to his son Ephraim for
$300, land in Wilbraham, and in 1809 to his son Calvin two other tracts there for
$120.

Asa Chaffee died intestate and administration on his estate was granted to his
son Jonathan in Northampton, Mass., February 13, 1811. The inventory, dated
February 21st following, mentions real estate, an interest in a sawmill thereon,
house, barn, cidermill, horses, cows, oxen, household furniture, farming utensils,
etc. This was appraised by Stephen West, Calvin Stebbins and William Clark.
July 17, 1811, the widow was allowed her portion of the estate.

Asa Chaffee is doubtless buried in the Hampden, Mass. (formerly South Wilbra-
ham), burying-ground, but no stone marks his final resting-place. The grave of
his first wife is marked by a stone bearing the following inscription:

"In Memory of

Mrs. Mary wife of

Mr. Asa Chaffe

who died

March 9, 1783

in her 47th year

Death is a debt

to nature due

Which I have paid

and so must you."
Children, the first four born in Woodstock, the rest in South Wilbraham:
-(-602 i Jonathan « Chaffee, born about 1753; married Olive Davis.
+ 603 ii Asa Chaffee, Jr., born about 1754; married (1) Anna Elmer; (2)
Frances Elmer.
604 iii Molly Chaffee, born July 3, 1756; married Darius Chaffee. (See 581.)
+ 605 iv Cyril (Serrel) Chaffee, born May 3, 1758; married (1) Patience Sexton;

(2) Mrs. Submit (Gowdy) McGregory Booth,
+ 606 V Ephraim Chaffee, born August 12, 1760; married OHve Edgerton.

607 vi Martha Chaffee, born May 18, 1761.

608 vii Patty Chaffee, born May 19, 1762.

609 viii Luther Chaffee, born October 10, 1764; died November 20, 1776;

buried in South Wilbraham.

+ 610 ix Cahnn Chaffee, born June 11, 1766; married Wealthy Edgerton.

+ 611 x Miriam Chaffee, bom September 3, 1768; married Ellis.

612 xi Jemima Chaffee, born September 13, 1770; married in Somers, August
30, 1787, Jiles Jones of that place; she was then living in Wilbra-
ham.

+ 613 xii Abiather Chaffee, born December 5, 1774; married Miriam Clark.

+ 614 xiii Walter Chaffee, born August 17, 1775; married Anna Hyde.
615 xiv Huldah Chaffee, married in South Wilbraham, May 25, 1806, her
brother-in-law, Chauncey Stebbins, of that place, their marriage
intention being entered May 10, 1806; residence, 1843, Utica,
N. Y.; later, Hoosic Falls, N. Y. (See 616.)



112 THE CHAFFEE GEx\EALOGY

+ 616 XV Nancy Chaffee, married Chaunccy Stebbins.
617 xvi Child, died young.

244 Comfort ^ Chaffee (Joseph,'* John,3 Joseph,^ Thomas was born in Wood-
stock, Mass. (now Conn.), March 20, 1737-8, and died in South Wilbraham, Mass.^
June 4, ISll. He married (1) January 19, 1758, Mary, daughter of Nathaniel
Bliss, their marriage intention being recorded in Springfield, Mass. She was born
November 21, 1734, and died April 15, 1774. Comfort Chaffee married (2) in
South Wilbraham, June 5, 1808, Mrs. Hepzibah (Green) Chaffee, widow of Joel
Chaffee (251), their intention of marriage being pubhshed in South Wilbraham,
February 10, 1805. She died December 19, 1828, aged ninety-three. Comfort
Chaffee was baptized in the First Congregational Church of Woodstock, July 2,
1738. He had a dark complexion, black eyes and hair, was tall and well propor-
tioned. He i^robably moved to Wales, a district of Springfield, Mass., with his
parents in 1755, and was living there at the time of his marriage in 1758. He was
a farmer. May 26, 1759, "Comfort Chaffee yeoman of Wales" bought seventy-
five acres of land in the township of Springfield, for £75. As Wales was then a
district of Springfield, this land may have been in what was then known as Wales,
and which was shortly afterwards made part of Wilbraham. March 19, 1765,
Comfort Chaffee was chosen "Deer Reaves" in Wilbraham. He was chosen "Hog
Reaves," March 13, 1770, in South Wilbraham, and May 13, 1770, the records of
the Congregational church there state that he and his wife, with six others, oc-
cupied pew number eighteen. April 6, 1773, Comfort and Mary (Bliss) Chaffee
sold for £22, 2s., to Nathaniel, David, Jonathan, and Thomas Bliss of Wilbraham,
forty-seven acres of land there, it being part of the estate of the late Nathaniel
Bliss, father of Mary. A committee of which Comfort Chaffee was one appointed
in Wilbraham, January 2, 1775, to prevent the killing of deer from January 1st
to August 1st of that year. His name appears as a Private on the roll of Captain
James Warriner's company of Wilbraham "who marched in defence of Ammerican
Liberty on ye Alarm last April occasioned by Lexington Fight." He served ten
days, travelled one hundred and eighty miles, and received £1, 9s. 2d., payment.
His further Revolutionary service is as follows:

"Chaffee, Comfort. Private, Capt. James Shaw's co.. Col. Charles Pynchon's



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