William H. (William Henry) Chaffee.

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born in Woodstock and died. She married Amos Abbott of that place.


2260 i Harriet 7 Abbott, born in Woodstock, December 2, 1815; married Peter
Chaffee. (See 869.)

865 Josiah Williard e Chafee, Jr. (Josiah Williard,^ Josiah,* Joseph,3 Joseph, 2
Thomas 1), was born, probably in Woodstock, about 1804, and died at sea, Jan-


uary 15, 1837, aged thirty-three. He married Sarah Ann Sanders of Providence,
R. I. Captain Chafee had a hght complexion, was quite tall, of an energetic dis-
position and considered to be a very bright and capable young man. He went
from Woodstock to Providence and was employed by a Mr. Wyatt in fitting out
vessels for sea. This gentleman's niece afterward became his wife. He had a
vessel built in Pawtucket, R. I., named the Isaac Elb's and became commander
of it. A water color of this vessel, painted in Malaga, Spain, is still in the posses-
sion of the family. In 1837 when five days out from New York, his ship collided
with another vessel. All the crew were saved but Captain Chafee, who went to
his cabin for his papers, the ship sinking before he could regain the deck.

Children :

-1-2261 i Benjamin Robbins ^ Chafee, born October 21, 1831 ; married Betsey H.

2262 ii A son, died in infancy.

2263 iii A son, died in infancy.

2264 iv A daughter, died in infancy.

866 Nancy « Chaffee (Josiah Williard,^ Josiah,* Joseph, 3 Joseph,2 Thomas i),
married in Grafton, Mass., September 29, 1833, John Daniels of that place, where
in 1889 they were still living.


2265 i Luther ^ Daniels, died aged nine years.

867 Stephen " Chafee (Josiah Williard,^ Josiah, * Joseph, ^ Joseph, 2 Thomas *)
was born about 1807, and died after 1886. He married Fidelia Birch. He was a
seafaring man for about five years, and in 1831 removed from Woodstock to the
west, where he bought about sixty acres of land, which he cleared himself. He
was one of the pioneers in the region where he settled. He ground his own corn,
the nearest gristmill being twenty-eight miles distant and the nearest post office
ten miles. He lived mostly on venison and bear meat. At the age of seventy-
nine he was still active and prided himself on his ability to shoot, to work on his
farm and the fact that he owed no man a penny. In 1884 he lived in Gorham, O.,
where he owned one hundred and twenty acres of land. He was a Democrat in
politics. Of his eleven children, five were sons, all being in height six feet or over.

Children :

2266 i Stephen ^ Chafee, Jr., died in Jacksonville, Fla., in the spring of 1881;


2267 ii Theron Chafee, married Mrs. Miller, a widow with two children; he had

no children.

2268 iii Williard Chafee, married, and has two children; noted for his great

strength; residence, Iowa.

2269 iv Melissa Chafee, unmarried in 1886.

2270 V Wesley Chafee, married twice; in 1884, lived with his father on the

home farm in Gorham.

2271 vi Alice Chafee, married George Westfall, and in 1886 had two children,

2272 vii Electa Chafee, died about 1879 of consumption.

2273 viii Ella Chafee, married Lewis.

2274 ix Emma Chafee, a twin, married Snow, and in 1886 had three

children; residence, 1884, Gorham.

2275 x Eva Chafee, a twin, died about 1881.

2276 xi Ellen Chafee, married Wesley Rice, and in 1884 had one child.


868 Eunice e Chaffee (Josiah Williard,s Josiah/ Joseph,3 Joseph, 2 Thomas 1)
was born in 1812, and married (1), in the summer of 1830 (their intention entered
in Oxford, Mass., July 18, 1830), Captain Andrew Smith of Woodstock, Conn.,
who died there in June, 1849, aged sixty. She married (2) in 1851, William Har-
denberg, and about 1865 removed to Fayette, 0., where she was living in 1889.

Children :

2277 i Andrew B.^ Smith, born in Colchester, R. I., in September, 1834; died
in Richmond, Va., during the Civil War; married (1) about 1853 — ;
(2) about 1856, Harriet Parsons; had four children, two living in
1884; was a member of the 1st Connecticut cavalry at the time
of his death, in Libby Prison.
+ 2278 ii John Smith, born January 28, 1837; married Mrs. (Hastenbader)

869 Peter e Chaffee (^lollv,^ Josiah,* Joseph, 3 Joseph, 2 Thomas 1) was born in
Woodstock, Conn., March 27, 1815, and died in East Woodstock, Conn., August 26,
1906. He married in Thompson, Conn., May 9, 1838, Harriet Abbott (2260)
(Anna 6 Sanger, Anna ^ Chaffee, Josiah, * Joseph. 3 Joseph,2 Thomas 1), born in
Woodstock, December 2, 1815, died October 18, 1887, of a paralytic shock and
was buried in the family lot in East Woodstock. She had light hair, blue eyes,
was of medium height, and a model wife and mother. Peter Chaffee had black
hair and blue eyes. He and his wife joined the Congregational Church in 1839,
and in 1847 the Methodist Church, in which he was Trustee, Sunday School Super-
intendent, Steward and member of the Building Committee. He was a carriage
manufacturer. To him descended the family Bible belonging to Thomas Chaffee,
the Emigrant, and it was from him that the compiler obtained it.

A Woodstock paper said of him at the time of his death :

" Peter Chaffee, the oldest resident, in this section of the town, died at his home
Sunday evening after a brief illness, aged 91 years and 5 months, he had been in
failing health for a number of months but was confined to his bed only one day.

" Mr. Chaffee was born in Woodstock, March 17, 1815, and had spent his entire
life in town with the exception of two years in Windham. He learned his trade,
that of wheelwright, with the late Deacon John Sawyer of South Woodstock.

" In 1838 he came to East Woodstock, where in the early forties he built a house
and shop and successfully carried on his business until about twenty years ago
when his son, Norman O. took charge in connection with his paint shop.

" Mr. Chaffee joined the church in early life and was one of the promoters of the
Methodist church in this place being its oldest member, was Superintendent of
the Sunday School for over forty years, a class leader, and held other offices of
trust; he attended church regularly until about twelve years ago when hearing
and eye sight became defective.

" He was married in May 1838 to Harriet Abbott, who died in 1887, a few months
before their fiftieth wedding anniversary, since her death he was cared for by his
son, Norman and granddaughter, Mrs. Lillian A. May.

" The funeral was held at his home on Tuesday afternoon. Rev. T. Tutner con-
ducting the services. Mrs. Ezra May and Mrs. Granville Perry sang two selections.
He is survived by four children: Mrs. Emma Palmer of Willimantic, Myron J.
ChafTee of Boston, Mrs. Elvina Aldrich, Norman O. Chaffee of East Woodstock,
and Mrs. Chas. Bunce of South Manchester; fifteen grandchildren, six great-grand-

Children, the first five knoTVTi to have been born in Woodstock :
+ 2279 i Emma Frances ^ Chaffee, born December 25, 1840; married Charles

M. Palmer.
+ 2280 ii Myron J. ChafTee, born June 15, 1842; married Ellen C. Bunce.


+ 2281 iii Elvina Anness Chaffee, born May 14, 1845; married Winthrop C.
2282 iv Norman O. Chaffee, born January 26, 1847; has a dark complexion,
browTi hair, blue eyes, and is five feet, eight and one-half inches
in height; was Sunday School Superintendent in the Methodist
church for two years; he is a carriage manufacturer, expert
worker in wood, iron, and also a painter; has been local cor-
respondent for several newspapers; residence, 1906, East Wood-
stock; unmarried.

+ 2283 V Ina Anna Chaffee, born September 17, 1857; married Charles E. Bunce.
Two other children, died young, names unknown.

874 Charles « Chafiee (David, ^ Josiah,* Joseph, 3 Joseph, 2 Thomas 1) was born
in Woodstock, Conn., August 7, 1807, and died in Putnam, Conn., April 12, 1886.
He married in Thompson, Conn., September 5, 1836, Betsey Celinda, daughter
of Zadock Spaulding of that place. She was born December 17, 1810. In 1883
Mr. Chaffee had retired from business, and was living in Putnam, where three
years later he died and was buried, and where in 1890, his widow was still living.


2284 i Benjamin Franklin ^ Chaffee, born December 11, 1845; married in 1867,
EUza A. Gleason of Worcester, Mass., who died in December, 1881,
and was buried in Putnam; in 1883 he was in the shoe cutting busi-
ness; residence, 1890, Putnam.


880 Nicholas Underwood ^ Chafee (Otis,^ Ainos,^ Thomas/ Thomas,a Nathaniel,'
Thomas ^) was born in Newport, R. I., October 14, 1803, and died February 3,
1852. He was married in Baltimore, Md., November 21, 1827, by the Reverend
John M. Duncan, to Sarah Adeline Hoffman, born there, March 7, 1812, died
June 13, 1862.

Children, born in Baltimore:

2285 i William Hoffman » Chafee, born August 28, 1828; residence, 1884,
Charleston, S. C.
+ 2286 ii Elizabeth Whiteford Chafee, born August 16, 1830; married I. L.

2287 iii Charles Hoffman Chafee, born July 24, 1832; died July 11, 1864.

887 Otis Jacob 7 Chafee (Otis,6 Amos.s Thomas,* Thomas,3 Nathaniel,*
Thomas i) was born in Newport, R. I., January 13, 1815, and died in Aiken,
S. C, October 3, 1869. He married in Charleston, S. C, October 10, 1837, Mary
Ann, daughter of George Kinlock of that place, an Englishman. She was born
December 25, 1820, died in Aiken, July 19, 1891 and was buried in Charleston.

Otis J. Chafee went from Newport to Charleston when thirteen years of age.
He was a wholesale merchant there until after 1855. Later he lived in Aiken,
where he died of consumption, and where his widow continued to live up to the
time of her death. Both were members of the Episcopal Church, attending St.
Phillips Church in Charleston, and St. Thaddeus in Aiken, in both of which he
was a Vestryman. He had a fair complexion, gray eyes, and was five feet, nine
and one-half inches in height.

Children, all but the last born in Charleston:

2288 i Charlotte Amy » Chafee, born September 10, 1838; died August 22,

+ 2289 ii Emma Granby Chafee, born August 19, 1840; married Benjamin M.

+ 2290 iii Nathaniel Green Bourne Chafee, born February 14, 1842; married

Rosa C. Gregg.

2291 iv Otis Chafee, born July 10, 1844; died August 1, 1857.

2292 V Sarah Adeline Chafee, born July 8, 1846; died October 18, 1881.

+ 2293 vi John William Chafee, born May 1, 1848; married Carolina A. Latham.
2294 vii William Hasseltine Chafee, born April 3, 1850; a planter; residence,

1893, Aiken; unmarried; has a fair complexion, gray eyes, and

is five feet, eleven inches in height.
+ 2295 viii George Kinlock Chafee, born September 27, 1851; married Margaret

E. Gamble.
+ 2296 ix Mary Ella Chafee, born October 8, 1853; married Doctor Theodore

G. Croft.
+ 2297 X Robert Alexander Chafee, born November 19, 1855; married Ida B.

2298 xi Augustus Hayden Chafee, born August 27, 1857; died November

15, 1887.

888 Nathan Munroe ^ Chafee fOtis,^ Amos,5 Thomas, * Thomas,3 Nathaniel,2
Thomas i) was born in Newport, R. I., June 6, 1816, and died there, November 27,


1867. He married in Newport, September 29, 1840, Harriet, daughter of Peleg
and Mary (Potter) Chapman. Mrs. Chafee died in Newport, August 10, 1867,
aged fifty. Both were buried in Newport. Nathan M. Chafee was a plumber.
Children, born in Newport :

2299 i Laura S.^ Chafee, married Captain John Simpson, United States army,

and has one child; residence, 1883, San Antonio, Texas, where
Captain Simpson was then stationed.

2300 ii Lizzie M. Chafee, born in 1843; died in Newport, August 29, 1863, and

was buried there.

2301 iii Annie Chafee, born in 1845; died in Newport, June 7, 1865, and was

buried there.

2302 iv Harriet Chafee, born in May, 1846; died in Newport, June 17, 1846,

and was buried there.

2303 V Harriet Chafee, born November 5, 1851 ; died in Newport, December

26, 1852, and was buried there.

2304 vi W. B. Chapman Chafee, born in July, 1855; died in Newport, Sep-

tember 17, 1855, and was buried there.

2305 vii Mary Chafee.

2306 viii Amy Chafee.

2307 ix Frank Edmund Chafee.

2308 X Henry Chafee.

2309 xi Benjamin Chafee.

2310 xii Nicholas Underwood Chafee, married and had one child in 1883, when

he lived in Jersey City, N. J.

895 Amos ^ Chafee (Zechariah,^ Amos,^ Thomas,* Thomas, ^ Nathaniel,^
Thomas i) was born in Providence, R. I., September 22, 1808, and married in
New Bedford, Mass., September 22, 1833, Melory, daughter of William Tobey
of that place. He was living in New Bedford in 1884, it having been his home
for fifty-seven years. He was a mason.

Children :

2311 i Mary E.s Chafee, born July 23, 1834; married Briggs; residence,

1884, New Bedford.

2312 ii Laura Amelia Chafee, born .Januarj^ 10, 1835; died January 1, 1836.

2313 iii Helen Augusta Chafee, born April 23, 1839; married Collins.

2114 iv Zechariah Chafee, born September 21, 1842.

2315 V Melory Frances Chafee, born February 17, 1844; died September 8, 1879;

married in New Bedford, John F. Chamberlain.

897 Nathan Munroe " Chafee (Zechariah,^ Amos,^ Thomas,* Thomas,^ Na-
thaniel,2 Thomas i) was born in Providence, R. I., January 24, 1813, and died
in Jime, 1886. He married in Providence, November 16, 1835, Adeline, daughter
of John Noble of that place. He had a light complexion, and blue eyes. In 1883
he lived in Providence, where he was an iron founder.

Children, born in Providence :

2316 i Zechariah « Chafee, born August 26, 1836; died August 26, 1837.

2317 ii Selina Edwards Chafee, born April 16, 1838; died September 14, 1838.

2318 iii Caroline Frances Chafee, born September 2, 1839; died September 5,


2319 iv Adaline Chafee, born September 6, 1841; died August 4, 1842.

2320 V Hannah Frances Chafee, born August 11, 1843; died December 19,

1846; buried in North Burving Ground, Providence.

2321 vi Nathan Munroe Chafee, Jr., born July 30, 1845; died August 14, 1845;

buried in North Burying Ground, Providence.


2322 vii Adaline Chafee, born October 24, 1846; unmarried in 1883.

2323 viii Cora 8. Chafee, born November 15, 1848; maried James H. Smith of


2324 ix Emma Watson Chafee, born April 2, 1850; died July 2, 1851; buried

in North Burying Ground, Providence.

2325 X Charles Henry Chafee, born June 25, 1855; died August 23, 1855, buried

in North Burying Ground, Providence.

2326 xi Clara Chafee.

2327 xii Nathan Chafee.

898 Zechariah ^ Chafee, Jr. (Zechariah,e Amos,^ Thomas,* Thomas,3 Nathaniel,^
Thomas 1), was born in Providence, R. I., January 11, 1815, and died there in
April, 1889. He married in Providence, August 14, 1845, Mary Frances, daughter
of James Buffington of Somerset, Mass. The following appreciation is condensed
from the Providence Evening Bulletin:

"A figure familiar for more than 37 years to the people of Providence has dis-
appeared forever. A personality as unique as it was impressive has been taken
from that elder group of men among us who connect the chance-taking rush of
to-day with the steady-going, methodical pace of the last generation. A character
admirable for its masterly strength, and yet lovable for its womanly gentleness,
one in which there was well blended the uncompromising force of intellect with the
softening restraints of the heart, will be missed by all who Imew Zechariah Chafee.

Born in Providence in 1815, his boyhood foreshadowed the man. His father
was a master mason and owed a debt of $1000, which through misfortune he found
himself unable to pay. The son, then 11 years of age, took upon himself the burden
of the father, and in the flour and grain house of the late Seth Adams he gave his
labor for five years in full consideration of the debt. In his 17th year, with a slender
stock of school learning, but with some hard-earned knowledge of life, he was
assisted by relations to go to Pittsburg, which was then regarded as a thriving
Western city, offering good opportunities to him in view of the fact that Pittsburg
was at that date the principal flour and grain market of the West. Here he soon
found employment, and turned to account the capital in the form of experience
which had been invested in him while under ]\Ir. Adams's rigid training. He
remained in Pittsburg 20 years, and raised himself to the position of junior partner
in a firm whose daily sales of flour would average 1000 barrels.

"Mr. Chafee always recurred with peculiar relish to the remembrance of this
period of his life. He was naturally gifted with the talent for trade. It was a part
of Mr. Chafee 's employment to forage the country to contract for and purchase
supplies of grain, salt and sugar, and in the winter his journey would extend down
the rivers as far as New Orleans. It was in this adventurous life, and in association
with the Western pioneers and with all sides of a rough civilization, that he acquired
that self-confidence which was so conspicuous a trait in his character, and that
keen understanding of human nature which fairly gave him the long end of the
stick in dealing with men in a trial of wits.

"It was the tenderest of human ties that drew Mr. Chafee back to Providence
in 1852, and induced him to abandon, at the prime of life, a business career in Pitts-
burg of assured success. His integrity, sound judgment and true loyalty to his
friendships had knit the bonds very closely between him and his elder partner,
an uncompromising bachelor, not unlike in character the one that Crane so graph-
ically simulates on the stage. The tradition runs that the senior was greatly moved
at the prospect of so rare a jewel as the junior being recut and polished by a woman's
hand, and estimating the damage at $10,000, naively offered with this sum to save
Mr. Chafee from this chance of injury.

"Mr. Chafee, before breaking up his business connection at Pittsburg, had con-
tracted a then common relation with one of the State banks in Providence. Ar-
rangements were made by which the Bank of America, which still flourishes as a
State institution, and of which he was President at the time of his death, should
loan currency to Mr. Chafee's firm on proper security under a contract that the


bills of the bank so furnished to him should be kept in circulation, before coming
in for redemption, for an agreed number of months, and thus increase the assets
of the bank available for discounting commercial paper. At that day it was the
common, but often unfortunate expedient of the banks in Providence.

"In 1852, when Mr. Chafee returned to Providence, his relative, Amos Chafee
Barstow, was the Mayor of Providence. Mr. Barstow, for the time abandoned
the personal oversight of his extensive iron working business to devote himself
to the management of the city's interests. Mr. Chafee temporarily took his place
at his foundry until he could arrange for some definite employment. In the end
he became interested in the High Street Furnace Company, which in time developed
into the present well-kno^vn corporation of the Builders' Iron Foundr3^ In the
general oversight of this industry Mr. Chafee remained until his death. During
the Civil War this establishment supplied large orders to the Government of heavy
sea-coast ordnance, and much of the success of the company was due to the ad-
dress with which its manager in his frequent visits to Washington put himself
upon the leeward side of old seadogs like Admiral Dahlgren, who were firm in
1 he faith that no heavy artillery could be successfully cast and bored outside of a
Government arsenal.

"The Mechanics Savings Bank, which has now grown to such stately proportions,
was one of the earliest of the banks to aid the working class in raising them in
the social scale. Mr. Chafee was active in this institution from its beginning, and
he labored to advance the true end of its establishment during his whole remaining
life. Hardly a week has elapsed during his busy career, and under circumstances
when most men would have excused themselves, that he has not given his personal
attention to furthering the obtaining of small loans to mechanics to enable them
to secure to themselves a home.

"The public estimate of a man's character is seldom in error when the individual
himself takes no pains to artificially create such estimate. Few men in Providence
have had more trust duties conferred upon them than he. His books show accounts
with more than 30 private estates of which he had been selected as the adminis-
trator, guardian or trustee. In many of these cases he made no charge for his
personal services. Everyone in middle life knows how successfully he disentangled
the Howard estate and turned over to the heirs a splendid inheritance after liquidat-
ing the claims of creditors. There are some living, and others who are dead, who
owe to Mr. Chafee 's friendly interposition in disaster the salvation of their estates.
All such kindly offices were rendered freely and without charge. Some remembered
this loving kindness; some accepted it as a matter of course, and others forgot it.
There were some at his funeral who kept in mind his disinterested offices, and
there were humble men and women, too, present who came from a distance to
testify their remembrance, and to whom the payment of a railroad fare meant
a personal deprivation.

"In the fall of 1873 the great house of the Spragues, which for three generations
had been identified with the history of Rhode Island industries, was in financial
trouble. The creditors assembled and accepted the proposition made by the debtors
to receive a deed of copartnership and corporate properties in trust for the security
of the liabilities, the payment of which was extended for three years. The office
of trustee was at first eagerly sought by competitors, and three gentlemen were
finally selected by the creditors as acceptable persons. The trust deed was, after
much delay, perfected in form to meet the views of the counsel for the trustees
elect. By that time the magnitude of the personal risks which must be assumed by
trustees undertaking to run a large print works and extensive cotton mills without
any other credit than that which the Quidnick Company — virtually a part of
the insolvents' estate — could furnish, began to be understood. It was clear that
it would be no holiday recreation to administer in liquidation this enormous
estate intertangled with itself, and with the already prostrate house of Hoyt,
Spragues & Co. Week after week went past without any acceptance on the part
of the designated trustees. They shrank from the load of personal responsibility
which they must assume, and every artifice was suggested which legal counsel of
their selection could devise to lighten the measure of the risk, but the fact still


remained that whoever undertook to run the Sprague mills and print works, in the
hope of paying off the debts, would find few comforting judicial decisions in the
books. Meanwhile the creditors had become alarmed at the delay, and there were
suggestions that bad faith was at the bottom. Certain creditors had concluded to
secure their debts by an attachment. It was known one afternoon that writs were
in course of preparation and would be served on the following morning. The
situation was imminent. The United States bankrupt law was in force, and if the
insolvent estate should be attached the complication would be so great as to defeat
in all probability the almost universal desire in this State that time should be given
to the Spragues outside the court of bankruptcy to be extricated. Late in the day
a happy thought occurred as a relief from the difficulty. Mr. Chafee was sought.
The proposition was made to him to accept the trust, and he was asked who he
would like to have associated with him in the deed. He replied: 'If I take it at
all I will take it alone.' The result was before morning, Mr. Chafee was named
as the sole trustee. His appointment was hailed with general satisfaction, for he
was recognized as perhaps the only man in Providence having a private estate of
value and a proved ability in business, and enjoying public confidence, who would
have dared so great a responsibility.

"The self-reliance of Mr. Chafee was one of his distinguishing traits of character.
His early life had accustomed him to trust to himself. It is only the truly honest
man who displays this courage. ' I mean right,' was a phrase often on his lips, and
those who knew him most intimately felt that though often jocularly spoken they
were no unmeaning words. Beyoncl doubt, his great ambition, when he accepted
the Sprague trust, was to achieve the same great success which he had accomplished

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