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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purchase money payed to Uncomponen the Indian, by the approbation of Phillip,
sachem, for the said premises onely excepted. In ■s\'itness whereof I the said
Thomas Chafy have put to my hand and seal the day and yeare first above wTitten,
"signed sealed and delivered "The marke T of Thomas Chafy and a seale

with levey and seizen duly Executed
in the presence of viz :

"Nicholas Tanner )

"John Martin [■

"Joseph Chafy)

"This deed was acknowledged by Nicholas Tanner of Swansey, being the
lawful attorney of the aforesaid Thomas Chafy, as appeared by a letter of At-


torney soe acknowledged the Eight day of June 1670. before me William

[Plymouth Colony Deeds, Vol. Ill, p. 174.]

During King Philip's War Thomas Chaffe and his family as well as near neighbors
doubtless hved in "ChafYe's Garrison," a stone building which stood near his house.
During this time he bought of Francis Stevens of Rehoboth, his house, orchard
and house lot, containing about six acres of land and lying in Rehoboth; what
disposal he made of this property is not known, as no deed of sale is on record and
no mention of this property is made in his will.

" Winslow Gour
"This Indenture made the fifteenth day of September in the year of our Lord,
according to the English Account one thousand six hundred seventy five between
Francis Stevens of the township of Rehobeth in the Colonic of New Plymouth,
in New England, on the one part, and Thomas Chaffe, of Rehobeth aforesaid,
witnesseth that the said Francis Stevens for and in consideration of the full sum
of twenty pounds, to him in hand payed by the said Thomas Chaffe, at or before
the insealing of these presents, wherewith he acknowledgeth himself fully satisfied
contented and fully payed, and thereof and every pte and psell thereof doe fully
and clearly acquit, exonnarate and discharge the said Thomas Chaffe, his heirs,
executors, administrators, have given, granted, alienated, sold and confirmed,
and do by these presents fully clearly and absolutely give grant alien sell enfeoffe
and confirm unto the said Thomas Chaffe, his heirs and assigns forever, all that
my house, orchard and house lot, containing six acres, be it more or less situate
in the town of Rehobeth afore said, being bounded southerly with the house lot
of William Brown, Northerly and Westerly with the highway, Easterly with the
river, with all and singular privileges and the appurtenances thereunto appertain-
ing and belonging. To have and to hold the aforesaid dwelling house, orchard
and house lot, containing six acres, be it more or less, as before bounded with all
and singular the privileges therunto belonging unto the said Thomas Chaffey his
heirs and assigns forever. To the only proper use and behoof of the said Thomas
Chaffey, his heirs and assigns forever and that the said Thomas Chaffey, his heirs
and assigns, and every of them shall and may by force and vertue of these presents
from time to time and at all times hereafter, lawfully peaceably and quietly hold,
use , occupy, enjoy and possess the aforesaid premises without any lett suite,
trouble denyal or interruption of the said Francis Stevens his heirs or assigns or
any other prson or prsons what soever lawfully claiming from by or under him,
or by his meanes, act or consent, privitie or procurement otherwise frorn time to
time well and sufficiently kept harmless by the said Francis Stevens, his heirs.
Executors and administrators from all manor of former gifts, grants, bargains,
sales, leases, mortgages, intailes, titles, troubles, charges and demands whatso-
ever had, made committed or suffered to be don by the said Francis Stevens or
by his privity or procurement. In witness whereof the said Francis Stevens
hath set to his hand and scale the day and j^ear above written.

"The mark is of Francis Stevens and a seal
"signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of us.
"William Carpenter.
"John Carpenter.

"This deed was acknowledged before mee.

James Brown, Assistant the twentyeth day

of September in the year 1675."

[Plymouth Colony Records of Deeds, Vol. IV, p. 367.]

The following items are from the Proprietors' Records of Ancient Swansea:

"Under the date 'Desember 28, 1676' there is record of an agreement in regard
to 'Lands purchased of Asamequin and Wamsitto his sonne.'
" 'Imprimus.' In regard to a record being kept,


"2nd. In regard to lands deserted by the Indians.

"3rd. The necessity of choosing an attorney.

"4th. Possession.

"5th. Laying out and drawing lots for shares.

"6th. Rules governing division between meadows and upland 'that there be
no controversy.'

"7th. Convenience of division.

"8th. Lands to be divided with all convenient speed.

"This was signed by James Brown, John Saffin, John Brown, Nathaniel Pain,
Thomas Chafey, Stephen Pain, John Allen, Peter Hunt, Stephen Pain, Jr. and
Israeli Peck."

Soon after, at a meeting, legally warned, of the Proprietors, a committee, con-
sisting of Mr. Stephen Pain or his son Nathaniel, Mr. John Allen, Captain John
Brown and John Saffin, was chosen to lay out lands, to mark out individual hnes,
to lay out home lots on Swansey River, to lay out highways "both publique and
privet," to mark out bounds of meadows and uplands, to take a view of the lands,
consider the way "most beneficiall for the good of the whole and to bring in their
opinion and report to the company " and to examine the book of. records and see
that the lands are properly entered. The names signed are those of James Brown,
John Saffin, John Brown, Stephen Pain, Nathaniel Pain, John Allen, Thomas
Chafey, Peter Hunt, Stephen Pain, Jr., and Israel Peck.

"At a Generall meting of the proprietors on ye 11 of April 1679 it is mutually
concluded to draw lots for the devition of the great lots at popanomscut [Peebee's
or Phebe's Neck, afterwards Barrington] which accordingly was forthwith done,
beginning as aforesaid at the highway at the head of the home lots to be the first
in number which is.

"1. Leut. Peter Hunts

"2. Thomas Chafey

"3. John Allen

"4. Natha:Peck

"5. Samll Newman ;'

"6. Stephen Pain

" 7. John Safin & Est.

"8. James Brown & John Brown.

"August 28, 1679, The Committee in the behalfe of the Proprietors met about
the Laying out of the house Lots at Poppanomscut and cast lotts for the said
Lands drawn by William Carpenter of Rehoboth whow was with Cap't. John
Brown, Surveighor at which time it was agreed that Mr. John Allen should have
his house Lots at the head of his Marsh beyond the south line of the House Lots
whence the lots began and were numbered as foUoeth.

"Mr. Samuel Newman >
"and partners. )

"Leu. Peter Hunt. Mr. James Brown.

"Mr. Stephen Pain. and John Brown.

"Mr. John Saffin. Capt. Willets heirs.

"Thomas Chafey, Israel Peck's & partners."

The above document was drawn after the death of Captain Thomas Willett
who died August 4, 1674, in the sixty-fourth year of his age.

At a meeting held March 16, 1679-80, an agreement was made in regard to
Paine lots, the repair of the "generall fence," the laying out of the "longe lots"
and also that no proprietor should sell or let to any person "not now a proprietor,"
without offering the same to the major part of the committee of proprietors at
the same price. Matters in regard to "pasturing neck" and selling certain lands
were also taken up, the names signed being "James Brown, John Saffin, John


Peck, Thomas Chafey, Stephen Pain, John Allen, John Brown, Jonathan Bos-
worth, Sam: Newman, Natha. Pain, Samuell Walker."

This is the last mention in the records of Thomas Chaffe during his life. Soon
after, July 25, 1680, he made his will which was exhibited "Sixt of March Anno
Domini 1683. [1682-3]."


" In the name of God Amen,

" I Thomas Chaffee of Swansie in ye Colony of New Plymouth, in New England,
being of great age, yet in my perfect memory and good understanding, make
this my last Will and Testament. First I commit my soul to God in Jesus Christ
my Redeemer and my body unto ye grave.

" Item, I give unto my Eldest son Nathaniel my homelott, being twenty-five
acres the which I purchased of Capt. Thomas Willett and James Brown sen'r.
gentt. as also my right in ye commonlott, it being ye twelfth lot, — ten acres of
meadow lying and being at a place commonly called the long beach, and four
acres of meadow lying and being at ye mouth of ye River on ye great Neck com-
monly called Mount Hope Neck.

"Item, I give unto my son Joseph all ye rest of my lands, meadows, orchards,
gardens, dwelling house, barn, out houses as also my living stock, neat cattle,
sheep, horse kine. Swine, poltery and thirty five acres of land lately purchased
upon ye neck commonly called Phebes Neck, with all other my privileges that
I now have or hereafter may have in ye aforesaid Town of Swansy, with my debts,
now due, or hereafter may be due unto me or my Estate, whom I make my
sole executor to pay my debts to see this my will performed and my body

"In witness my hand and seal, this twenty five of July in ye yeer of oe Lord
One thousand six hundred and Eighty.

"Signed and Sealed in ye

presence of The mark of

"John Peck T [seal]

"John Ormsby Thomas Chaffe."

[Plymouth Colony Record of Wills, Vol. IV, p. 36.]

"The Inventory of Thomas Chaffe, lately deceased, taken by ye subscribers
hereof ye 15 day of May 1683.

Imps his wearing apparel, both linen & woolen, hat shoes, stockings at 03-00-00

It A bed, bolster, pillow, blankets, rug coverlids and bedsted at 03-10-00

a gun sword & bandeleers at 00-15-00

a great bible [See Appendix A] and two other books at 00-11-06

a looking glass at 00-01-00

Half a crosscut saw & 4 old axes at 00-10-00

a logchaine 00-10-00

a draught chaine, & peice of whiple tree chains at 00-06-00

3 old boxiers 00-01-00
an old hand saw and drawing knife 00-01-00
an ads at 00-02-00

4 wedges at 00-04-00
a bill hook at 00-02-06
a sickel and 3 pitchforks & a prow at 00-04-06
a iron pott and 2 little old kittles at .^ 00-10-00
a pair of bellowes and old bags at *• 00-01-06
a pair of stock cards at 00-05-00
Trays, dishes and an old Tubb & a pair of sheep sheers 00-04-00
For old iron and other old lumber at 00-02-00




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a Horse at 30-00-00

a yew and lamb at 00-08-00

a great chaire at 00-01-06

4 iron Hoops, 2 axlepins and 2 linch pins at 00-08-00

Total sum 14-19-06

30 acres of land on ye houselott, a great lott of 60 acres of land

10 acres of land in Kites Neck

10 acres of salt meadow more or less.

"Jonathan Bosworth, Senr.

"John Peck,

"William Carpenter, Senr.

"On ye oath of Joseph Chaffey."

[Plymouth Colony Record of Wills, Vol. IV, p. 36.]

Just what the date of Thomas Chaffe's death was we do not know, but probably
not long before the fiUng of his will. He was doubtless buried in the ancient
Chaffe Burying Ground on his own farm, a picture of which is here given, though
no stone to his memory remains. From information gathered and handed
down by the older people, we learn that the house stood but a few rods from the
burial ground. This property, located on the west bank of what is now the Bar-
rington River, though in Thomas Chaffe's time it was called the Sowams River, is
about two miles northwest of the present town of Barrington Centre, R. I., and
is owTied by Mr. L. R. Peck.

Children, probably born in Nantasket (now called Hull) :

2 i Nathaniel Chaffe, probably born between 1638 and 1642; married Experience


3 ii Joseph Chaffe, probably born between 1639 and 1646; married Annis


2 Nathaniel - ChafEe (Thomas was probably born in Nantasket, Mass. (later
called Hull), between 1638 and 1642, and died in Rehoboth, Mass., in September,
1721. He married in Swansea, Mass., August 19, 1669, Experience, daughter
of Jonathan and Miriam (Harmon) Bliss of Rehoboth. She also died in September,

Nathaniel Chaffe doubtless moved from Hull to Rehoboth between 1657 and
1660 with his parents and brother Joseph. In 1667 the part of Rehoboth where
he lived, known as Wannamoisett, was set off as a separate town and called Swansea.
Here we find the first mention of him, his marriage, and the following Spring he
is mentioned again in the town records as follows :

"At a To%\Ti meeting Lawfully warned ye 19th of May 1670 . . . Nathaniel
Chafy [was chosen] Constable." [Swansea Town Records.] His duty was to
assist in keeping the peace and to make arrests of disorderly persons. About
the same time it is recorded that :

"Nathaniel Chafy his ear mark for all sorts of cattell is an half ring in the top
of each ear."

On page 155 of The Book of the Attlehorough Records of the North Purchased
Lande belonging to Rehoboth, under the date 1672, we find that

"The bounds of the Lands of Nathaniell Chaffe are Sixty acres of land purchased
of Obediah Bowen, Sur., Also Twelve and a half. Ten acres More purchased of
John Martin." This land was later in the town of Attleboro.


The deeds of these purchases of land by Nathaniel Chaffe are not on file in the
Plymouth County Registry of Deeds.

"At a TouTi Meeting Lawfully warned ye 5th of Febr. 1672 [3]. Imp Whereas
it was agreed upon at a Town ]\Ieeting Lawfully warned on ye 3d of Janr 1G72
That Nicholas Tanner Hugh Cole Samuel Luther, should treat with ye owmers
of meadows in ye great neck Concerning ye fence there to be made as is above
specefeid. It was therefore upon ye 31 of Janr 1672 agreed upon by and between
ye sd Nicholas Tanner Hugh Cole & Samuel Luther k. ye sd owners of meadows
that there shall be made a three rail fence from ye meadow of Jonathan Bliss
to Hugh Coles & It was further granted upon yt ye owners of ye meadows should
make two fifths of the fence & ye sd fence to be made four foot and a half high
& to be set up by ye 20th of April next & every man that is defective in this agree-
ment shall forfeit one shilling a rod,
"Signed by

" Nicholas Tanner Peter Hunt

" Hugh Cole John Allen, Senr

" Samuel Luther James Brown

"Thomas Willett Nathl Peck

" Stephen Pain, Senr Nathl Chafy

Joseph Chafy."
"An agreement under ten of the Proprietors Hands Jan. 22: 1673 [4].
"We whose names are hereunder written doe agree and conclude that all ^loable
grase aJoyning to any of our Medows Belongs to the said Meadow and onely for
the use of ye proprietors of the said Meadow and that noe other person shall
intrenth upon the said pri\'iledge witness our hands this twenty-second day of
January one thousand six hundred seaventy three.

"Thomas Willet James Brown

"Stephen Pain John Allen

"Peter Hunt John Brown

" Nathaniel Peck Israel Peck

"Nathaniel Chafey Joseph Chafey."

{Proprietors' Records, Ancient Swansea, pp. 16, 17.]

Nathaniel Chaffe was evidently a valued citizen, for in 1674-5 he was in-
vited by the town of Rehoboth, in which he had formerly lived, to return and
again become an inhabitant, land being offered him as an inducement:

" At a TowTi meeting lawfully warned the Eighth of February 1674 [5] . . .

"It was also voted and agreed upon by the Town for the encouragement of
Nathaniel Chaffee to come and dwell in the Town, he should have Ten acres in
some convenient place for planting land if he tarry for seven years to be his own
for ever, but if he remove out of Town before seven years end he is to leave
it to the Town." [Rehoboth Records.] Just about this time is recorded " a list of
lines as it was cast to stand in ye second division . . . Nathan Chaffee 5

Four months after this invitation to return to Rehoboth,

"Nathaniel Chaffe of the Township of Rehobeth, in the Government of New
Plymouth, in New England, smith, . . . for a good and valuable consideration
[not named] . . . payed by Samuel Butterworth of Rehoboth aforesaid,
. . . have freely and absolutely bargained and sold ... a certain
tract of Bastard Meddow lying and being in the Great Neck, lying upon Sowams
river, in Swansey, in the Government aforesaid, being four acres be it more or
less, bounded to the North with Joseph Chaffe's Meddow, to the East a Swamp,
to the West Sowams River, to the South as far as the Meddow goeth . . .
In mtness whereof, the said Nathaniel Chaffe hath set to his hand and seal this
sixteenth day of June in the year of our Lord, one thousand six hundred seventy

(Xo. 2, Page 13. From a bond signed Nov. 13, 1695)

^c^ ^

May 25, 1734.
(No. 9, Page 20)

"X^vM Qc

Nov. 9, 1732.
(No. 14, Page 20)

(No. 160, Page 94 1
He was a minister. This signature made in Rehobeth, Mass., September S, 1795.



(No. 129, Page 56) (No. 131, Page 56)

Signatures of these two brothers made in Providence. R. I., May 5, 17S3.

Signatures of Xatlianiel- C'liatte. and of some of liis Descendants.


and five. Mem. the said Samuel Butterworth doth engage him to clear the said

Nathaniel Chaffe from the fence in the Great Neck.

"Signed, sealed and delivered Nathaniel Chaffe and his Seal

in the prsence of
"William Carpenter

"John Carpenter. This deed was acknowledged

the 29 of May, before mee,
James Brown, Assistant in year
[Plymouth Colony Registry of Deeds, Vol. V, p. 308.

As this deed shows, Nathaniel Chaffe was a blacksmith. In those early days,
when a horse was one of the most valued and necessary possessions of his owner,
the blacksmith's trade was a most important one. In addition to shoeing horses,
he was a worker in iron and other metals, making rude farming implements, house-
hold utensils and even casting bells. Small wonder that Rehoboth was anxious
to have so valuable a citizen as Nathaniel Chaffe return to her!

Only a week after the sale of this land, June 24, 1675, King Philip's War began,
which lasted until the last of August, 1676.

"Of the misiries of this war, Rehoboth, from its proximity to Mount Hope,
the residence of Philip or Pometacom, the prime mover of the war, was destined
to suffer its full share. The first blood was spilled within the original jurisdiction
of Rehoboth; and the last of Philip's generals, the stern and intrepid old warrior
and councillor, Annawon, was captured within the present limits of the same
tovm. During this war, which lasted nearly two years, the inhabitants of Reho-
both were kept in almost constant alarm; a number of them were, at different
times slain; and the whole town, the garrison-houses excepted, was at one time
laid in ashes. The events of this war, so far as connected with Rehoboth, . . .
occupy a prominent place in the hardships, dangers and sufferings of the early
settlers of this town."

[Bliss's History of Rehoboth.]

What must have been the anxiety of Nathaniel Chaffe during this time of horror!
At the outbreak of this war he had a wife and three small children, and during
its progress his second son, Nathaniel, Jr., was born. Some time during the war,
he contributed £3 16s. 6d. to the war fund.

February 11, 1675-6, "A committee was chosen to view what land is between
John Titus, Jr. & Nathaniel Chaffee and divide it to John Fuller & Obadiah Bowen,"
[Rehoboth Records.] December 12, 1676, another committee being chosen for the
same purpose. [Ibid.] On the same date mention is made "In Refforence to a
former grant of land for General purposes to be built upon by Nathaniel Chaffey."

"16801 June. Propounded to be Freemen the next Year, if approued . . .
Nathaniell Chaffey." [Plymouth Colony Records.]

"1681 Freemen admitted this Court . . . Nathaniel Chaffey." [Ibid.]

This implies that he was a church member, that being one of the requirements
of admission as freeman.

"Mar. 26th 1681 The Town met being lawfully warned . . . Chose Nathan-
iel Chaffee Constable," [Rehoboth Records] his second term in that office.

"The towne drew lots for the laying out of the division and they file as follow-
eth . . . Nathaniel Chaffee Estate 50 acres." This was April 9, 1685, and the
lot was number seventy-six. [Ibid.]


October 12, 1686, "Nathaniel Chaffee" made a proposition to the town relating
to the maintenance of George the First. February 8, 1686-7, he bought of Stephen
Paine two acres of "upland, swampe and meadow ground."

"Mar. 22nd 1693. The town met being lawfully warned and chose Nathaniel
Chaffe tytheing man," [Ibid.] his duties being to preserve order in the meeting-
house and to collect the moneys due for the support of the minister of the

September 22, 1694, Nathaniel went to the home in Swansea of his brother
Joseph, who being ill, made his will and probably wished his only brother to witness
it. Joseph died soon after and November 13, 1694, Nathaniel went to the county
seat, Bristol, with the other two witnesses, to swear to his brother's signature.
At the same time he became one of the sureties in the sum of £200 for his sister-
in-law, Annis (Martin) Chaffe and her sons, John and Joseph, Jr., all executors
of the will.

"May 24th 1695. Nathaniel Chaffe & John Hunt settled the bounds of ther
meadow & swampe upon the west side of palmers river between them from a red
oake tree marked upon three sides neare the cart way straight to a forked ellme
in the meadow & goes straight upon that line to the river." [Ibid.]

"March 10, 1695-6, Nathaniel was chosen juryman." [Ibid.]

"June 16th 1697. The towne met being lawfully warned and drew lots for
the division of lands before agreed upon and they are drawn up as foUow-
eth . . . Nathaniel Chaffe," lot number 17. [Ibid.]

"Knowe all men by these presents. That I John Thompson of the towne of
Rehoboth in the County of Bristol Husbandman doe acknowledge that I have
sold unto Nathaniel Chaffee of the same towne Blacksmith, two accers of land
and a halfe be it more or less that was to me by my right of Commons in the
Thousand accer division, being ten rod wide & forty three rod long at the westerly
end, bounded southerly Nathaniel Chaffee his owne land. Notherly a two rod
highway, bounded westerly the undivided land, Easterly the highway Likewise
I do acknowledge I have received full satisfaction for said land & I do these presents
make over & assign the said lands to the said Nathaniel Chaffee his heirs executors
administrators & assigns forever witness my hand this seventeenth day of Janu-
ary 1698-9 & in the tenth year of his majesties reign.
"Signed in the presence of John Thompson

" Daniel Smith

"Ebenezer Bullock

"John Thompson did on
the day and year above
vsrritten sign the writing
as is attested by me

William Carpenter
Towne Clerk."


November 7, 1699. "The proprietors drew their lots for the laying out of the
division. . . . Nathaniel Chaffee, h-sh." [Ibid.]

February 10, 1701-2 "Nathaniel Chaffe, Blacksmith of Rehoboth" gave to his
son Jonathan of Rehoboth four and a half acres of land there, near a place called
"Broken Cross."

March 29, 1702-3, "Drew lots for the divisions of lands before agreed upon
and Lotts drawn are as followeth . . . Nathll Chaffee sen," lot number
one hundred and forty-three. [Ibid.]

November 24, 1703, he sold to Daniel Perrin of Rehoboth for £10, some upland
and meadow on Ten Mile River in that town.


•'At a Town Meeting lawfully warned the 19th day of March, 1704 [1703-4]
then met and assembled together and chose officers as foUoweth. . . Nathaniel
Chaffee, tytheing-man." [Ibid.]

"At a Town Meeting lawfully warned and met together at the meeting house
in Rehoboth Mar. 24, 1706 . . . Chose . . . Nathll Chaffee, Grand jury-
man." [Ibid.]

"At a Town Meeting lawfully warned and met together by adjournment from
the 29th of December 1707, until the 9th day of February 1708 [1707-8.] Then
met and the town proceeded to draw lotts which are as followeth. . . Nathaniel
Chaffee " lot number one hundred and twenty-eight. [Ibid.]

"At a Propriators meeting lawfully warned and continued by adjournment
from the 8th day of January 1712 [1712-13] to the 12th day of Feb. 1712. Then
met together and the propriators of lands in Rehoboth cast lotts for their farms
& each propriator's lott fell as followeth. . . Nathaniel Chaffee 50," lot number
one hundred and twenty-eight. [Ibid.]

This is the last mention made in the Rehoboth Records of Nathaniel Chaffe,
in regard to to'WTi affairs or the granting of land.

His next recorded act is the sale of the land drawn in 1712-13, the original

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