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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Clara, daughter of Daniel Nourse of Rockingham, Vt. She died in 1848, and was
buried in Springfield. She was a member of the Congregational Church. Doctor
Chaffee married (2) in Springfield, in 1850, ^Irs. Irene (Sanford) Emerson, widow
of Doctor Emerson of St. Louis, ]Mo., and daughter of Alexander Sanford of Vir-
ginia. She died in Springfield, February 11, 1903, aged eighty-eight.

She was one time the owner of Dred Scott, the negro slave whose name is at"
tached to one of the most famous decisions of the United States Supreme Court*

Dred Scott was left to Mrs. Chaffee with the estate of her first husband. Dr-
Emerson was a surgeon in the United States army. In 1834 he took Scott as his
slave and body servant from Missouri to the military post at Rock Island, 111.,
and two years later to Fort Snelling, in the territory then kno-rni as Upper Louisi-
ana. In 1838 the surgeon and his slave returned to Missouri.

" A Missouri lawyer brought suit in Dred Scott's behalf on the contention that
the slave had been freed by being taken into a free State. He hoped thus to estab-
lish Scott's freedom and collect the accumulated wages which would then have
been due him for twelve years or more. The local court decided in his favor,
but in three succeeding courts, and finally in the famous decision of Chief Jus-
tice Taney, filed in March, 1857, it was decided that the negro's status was not
affected by his temporary residence upon free soil.

" Dred Scott continued to live in St. Louis after his return there with Dr. Emer-
son in 1838. Soon after the decision of the suit in favor of his owner, Mrs. Chaffee
freed the old slave voluntarily."

Doctor Chaffee united with the Congregational Church in Pike, N. Y., in 1837.
He had a light complexion, black eyes, and was five feet, ten inches in height. By
profession he was an allopathic physician. In 1890 he was an examining surgeon
for pension claimants. At different times he lived in Hareford, Nunda, Pike, and
Allegany, Woodstock, Vt. ; Rockingham, and Springfield, Mass. Among many
appreciative articles regarding his career which were printed in the newspapers,
we offer the following selections:

"Calvin Clifford Chaffee has an interesting history. His father was a farmer
and he remained on the farm until he was 19 years old, acquiring in the meantime
a common school education. He enjoyed the advantages of an academic course
at Rockingham, Vt., and later studied medicine at the medical department of
Middlebury college at Woodstock, Vt., where he received his degree of Doctor
of Medicine in 1835. After graduating he went to Nunda, in the western part of
New York State, and began the practice of his profession, remaining there
till 1846. He came to Springfield May 6, 1846, and immediately began prac-
tice, in which he was very successful, becoming widely known as a skillful prac-

"In 1855 Dr. Chaffee had a large and lucrative practice and had no intention of
abandoning it for a political career or for any thing else. But in the fall of that
year there was an unexpected vacancy in this congressional district, then the 10th,
which included all of Hampden county east of the river and as far west as West-
field, a part of Worcester county, Northampton and a part of Franklin county.
Dr. Chaffee was nominated by the American or know nothing party for the seat
made vacant by the resignation of Judge Morris. In the election which followed
Dr. Chaffee was successful. He took his seat the first l\Ionday in December with
the intention of resigning during the holiday recess, but after the beginning of the
contest for speakership there was no thought of leaving the scene of the interesting
struggle. The famous Banks contest began on the morning of the first day of the
session and continued exactly nine weeks, ending in the election of Gen. Banks
on Saturday night of the ninth week.


" During the tiresome struggle Dr. Chaffee was not absent a single session,
though for a week or 10 days he was so ill that he had to be taken to the Capitol
in a carriage and while there was obliged to lie on a sofa, notwithstanding which
he responded to every roll call.

"During the second session of the first term, Dr. Chaffee secured an appropria-
tion of about $100,000 for the completion of the watershops in this city. The
securing of that appropriation was a very important matter, for without it the
facilities for turning out rifles at the breaking out of the war would have been
wholly inadequate.

" Dr. Chaffee and Charles Sumner were warm friends and the former was among
the first to call at Senator Sumner's rooms after the cowardly assault upon him
by Preston S, Brooks of South Carolina. The same evening Dr. Chaffee came
near having a personal encounter with Brooks, who swaggered up to him, swing-
ing a hickory cane with which he had replaced the heavy gutta-percha walking
stick, which he had broken on Mr. Sumner's head. 'Doctor,' said he, 'I want to
know what you have been saying about me to-night. I understand that you have
said some pretty hard things.' 'Why do you wish to know?' asked Dr. Chaffee.
Brooks replied that he had whipped one Massachusetts man that day and would
like to whip another. Dr. Chaffee told him he had better proceed with the whipping
and perhaps by that time he could tell him what had been said. Just then a friend
of Brooks came up and taking the bully by the arm drew him away, telling Dr.
Chaffee by signs that Brooks was drunk, which was the case.

"Dr. Chaffee was nominated for the 35th Congress by the know nothing and
republican parties, both conventions being held at Northampton. He took the
stump the day after his nomination and made speeches in all parts of the district.
Prof. Fowler of Amherst was his only opponent, representing the American and
democratic parties. Dr. Chaffee's majority in the election was about 6000 and he
had every reason to feel proud of the handsome indorsement of his work during
his first term in Congress.

"During Dr. Chaffee's first term in Congress a change in the method of paying
members resulted in his giving the nucleus of the Springfield city library. Previous
to the 34th Congress the members received so much per day instead of a fixed
salary, and a part of the 'perquisites' was what was called a congressman's library
which was given to each new member and included American State papers, the
Madison papers, the United States statutes at large, oiDinions of the Attorneys
General and reports of decisions of the supreme court. After the change in the
payment of members was made Dr. Chaffee decided to give his books to some
public library in this congressional district. He found upon investigation, that
the Amherst college library was the only one open to the public, and one day he
spoke to the late John L. King about giving the books to Amherst. Mr. King
wished to have the congressman's library kept in this city and told Dr. Chaffee
that he understood that the young men's institute library was public, but that
proved not to be the case. The young men's institute, however, was no longer an
active organization, and Mr. King purchased its library for about $100 and organ-
ized a public library association, to which Dr. Chaffee gladly gave the books which
he had at first intended to give to Amherst college.

" Dr. Chaffee was able while at Washington to do a very graceful thing by secur-
ing the postmastership of Northampton for one of his opponents in his first con-
test for election to Congress. The postmaster at Northampton who had been
appointed by President Pierce was a candidate for reappointment under Presi-
dent Buchanan and his clerk was also seeking the position. Each was making
every effort for success, and the Postmaster General, not wishing to -act unad-
visedly, sent for Dr. Chaffee and asked him what it was best to do. Dr. Chaffee
explained the situation and told him that the postmaster and his clerk each made
charges against the other's integrity and that probably the charges of each were
well founded. 'Now,' said Dr. Chaffee, 'there is a democrat in Northampton,
H. H. Chilson, who was my opponent in the congressional election. I know him
to be a gentleman and in every way fitted for the position of postmaster. You
have asked my advice, and I strongly advise the appointment of Mr. Chilson.'


The suggestion was acted upon at once and Mr. Chilson became postmaster at

" Dr. Chaffee has always been one of Springfield's most respected and public-
spirited citizens, being actively interested in charitable work and in every plan
for the advancement of the city. He has done more than any other man for the
Hampden County Children's Aid association, of which organization he has been
president for many years, and only a few weeks ago he declined re-election as
president of the Springfield cemetery association, after seven years of faithful
service in that position.

" Dr. Chaffee was active in the organization of the North Church which was
formed in October, 1846. It was formed without an organized parish, but at
Dr. Chaffee's suggestion a parish was formed after a few months and he was the
first chairman of the parish committee, a position which he held for nine years.

" He was a Republican after the formation of the party. Personally he was a
delightful man to know, full of reminiscences, of the stirring times through which
he had lived, and in which he had played a not unimportant part. He was a man
of large sympathies and broad-minded withal. His life had been one of activity,
and although he had long since given up the practice of medicine he kept up an
interest in the modern methods of practice and was alive to all new discoveries
which promised to aid in the cure of disease.

" He was a striking figure on the street, tall and dignified, with a courtliness
which belonged to another generation than the present. His face was ruddy, and
although he had reached almost his eighty-fifth birthday, his hair was but slightly
tinged with gray and his small side whiskers showed the original sandy color
as plainly as a dozen years ago.

" He was in Congress during the years just prior to the breaking out of the re-
bellion, and thus was in a position to observe the growth of the bitter feeling
which resulted finally in the attempt to break up the Union.

" While in Congress and during the years which he lived in Washington after
serving his terms. Dr. Chaffee came to know all the leaders of the day and he
made many warm friends, as he did wherever he was known. He had a fund of
anecdotes about public men, from which he would draw under favorable cir-
cumstances, and his knowledge of local affairs for the past fifty years was almost

After his death a memorial service was held in the North Church, of which
Doctor Chaffee was one of the founders.

Children, by first wife:

3278 i Emma Lovetta « Chaffee, born June 21, 1838; married Samuel Wilder,

and had five children; residence, 1896, Rochester, N. Y.

3279 ii Clemens Clifford Chaffee, born in New York state, June 28, 1841; died

July 5, 1867; was appointed to the West Point Military Academy
in 1858, from Massachusetts, being the only Chaffee there from
the time of its establishment until 1879; served in the Union army
during the Civil War, and was brevetted captain, July 4, 1863,
for gallant and meritorious service during the siege of Vicksburg,
Miss. ; died as the result of his service ; unmarried ; buried in Spring-

1381 Jane M.7 Chaffee (Calvin,8 Clifford,5 Atherton,* David,3 Nathaniel,2
Thomas i) was born June 2, 1817, and married Nathan Robbins. In 1896 they
lived in Grafton, Vt.

Children :

3280 i Philander s Robbins, died before 1896.

3281 ii Augustus Robbins, residence, 1896, Northfield, Vt.

3282 iii Rosa Robbins, died before 1896.

3283 iv Eugene Robbins, residence, 1896, Athens, Vt.


1382 James Carlyle ^ Chaffee (C;ilvin,6 Clifford,^ Atherton,'* David,3 Na-
thaniel,- Thomas i) was born in Hatfield, N. Y., October 17, 1820, and died in
Townshend, Vt., December 19, 1883. He married in Saxton's River, Vt., Feb-
ruary 28, 1842, Luceba, daughter of Curlis Smith of Westminster, Vt., where she
was born December 6, 1823. She was a member of the Methodist Church, as was
her husband, he having joined at the age of twenty-five, and teaching in its Sunday
School. He was honest, truthful and just, witty, a good conversationalist, faithful
to all duties and impulsively generous. He had a dark complexion, blue eyes, and
was five feet, nine inches in height. He was a farmer, and at the time of his mar-
riage lived in Westminster ; he also lived in Cambridgeport, Vt., one year in Swanzy,
Vt., and twenty-five years in Athens, Vt. At the time of his death he was living
in Townshend.

Children, the first two born in Westminster, the next four in Athens:

3284 i Lydia Luceba » Chaffee, born July 11, 1843; married, December 15,
1868, Alfred K. Nash of Pasadena, Cal.
+ 3285 ii George Clifford Chaffee, born August 4, 1845; married Harriet L.


3286 iii Emma Clara Chaffee, born October 28, 1849; died January 20, 1868.

3287 iv John Carlyle Chaffee, born July 3, 1852; died October 5, 1871.

+ 3288 V Will Curlis Chaffee, born June 28, 1855; married Rena M. Baker.

3289 vi Harry Clemens Chaffee, born February 22, 1861; married Lizzie

McAlister; residence, 1896, Clinton, la.

3290 vii Kate May Chaffee, born in Townshend, September 6, 1866; un-

married, and living with her brother, George C. Chaffee, in
Whitewater, Wis., in 1896.

1385 Chester RoUa ^ Chaffee (Calvin,6 Clifford,^ Atherton," David,3 Na-
thaniel,2 Thomas i) was born in Westminster, Vt., March 3, 1828, and married (1)
in Springfield, Mass., April 24, 1856, Louisa S., daughter of Timothy Bunce of that
place. She died April 17, 1860, and was buried in Springfield. She was a member
of the Congregational Church, as was her husband, he having joined at the age
of twenty-one. He married (2) in Whately, Mass., June 5, 1861, Ellen E. Har-
wood. After his first marriage he lived in Springfield, and in 1890 was living in
Whately, where he was a farmer. He has a light complexion, gray eyes, and is
five feet, seven and one-half inches in height. *•

Children, by first wife:

3291 i Maud Irene » Chaffee, born October 18, 1857; married George F. East-


3292 ii Charles C. Chaffee, born February 17, 1860; died May 17, 1860.

Children, by second wife:

3293 iii Kate A. Chaffee, born October 12, 1862.

3294 iv Gertrude B. Chaffee, born August 1, 1865.

1386 Lydia Roxana ^ ChafEee (Calvin,^ Clifford, s Atherton,* David,3 Na-
thaniel, 2 Thomas 1) was born in Westminster, Vt., November 1, 1830, and died
in Bartonsville, Vt., in 1896. She married Charles White, and lived in Bartons-
ville, where their children all resided in 1896.

Children :

3295 i Lydia 8 White.

3296 ii Susan White.

3297 iii James White.


1387 Charles HJ Chaffee (Calvin,^ Clifford, s Atherton/ David,3 Nathan-
iel,2 Thomas i) was born in Westminster, Vt., August 24, 1832, and married in
Milwaukee, Wis. In 1896 he lived in Whitewater, Wis.

Children :

3298 i Mellie s Chaffee, born in Watertown, Wis.

3299 ii Clara Chaffee, born in Watertowii.

3300 iii Charles C. Chaffee, born in Fairbury, 111.

1388 Ira ^ Chaffee (Philander,^ CUfford,5 Atherton,^ David,3 Nathaniel, 2
Thomas 1) was born in Oswegatchie, N. Y., July 2, 1812, and died in Allegan, Mich.,
August 18, 1889. He married in Schoolcraft, Mich., August 6, 1848, Lavinda,
daughter of Charles Kimble of that place. She died in Medina, O., June 21, 1893,
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. May Eudora (Chaffee) Welton, and was buried
in Allegan, Mich. Mr. Chaffee had a light complexion and blue eyes. He was
one of Allegan's pioneer citizens and his death was deeply felt. The Allegan
Gazette of August 24, 1889, in announcing the sad event said:

"After a long and painful sickness, Ira Chaffee, whose death has been long
expected, passed away. His life had been a long and industrious one. He came
west in 1834, going first to Ohio, but coming to Allegan permanently in 1835.
Working at first by the day for the Allegan Company, he soon showed his ability
in managing a saw-mill, and took charge of the company's mill. In 1841 he ob-
tained a half share in this mill, becoming sole owiier in 1850. The mill was twice
burned and twice rebuilt. The energy and pluck of Mr. Chaffee was shown at the
first destruction of the mill. It was found to be on fire at five o'clock in the morn-
ing. By seven o'clock men were at work clearing away the debris, and by nine,
material for a new mill was being prepared. In order to transport his lumber
to a market he was drawn into the shipbuilders' business, and among the ships
he built may be named, the schooner Lavinda, the lake steamers Ira Chaffee
and the Dunbar and the river boat Aunt Betsey, and he built the first tow barges
ever constructed for the lake trade, the Adam and Eve. In 1859 he was a con-
tractor for the G. R. & I., and in 1870 he built the Chaffee house. All through
these years he continued operating his saw-mill, the output being often enormous.
Active as a Democrat during his earlier years, he was the candidate of his party
as member of the state legislature. He was president of Allegan village for two
years, and five times a trustee. It was as a member of the board of trustees that
he bought the first fire apparatus used in Allegan. He also was of the committee
appointed to superintend the building of the county offices in 1870.

"Since 1882, when he suffered from a stroke of paralysis, he had been obliged
to leave his business affairs chiefly to the attention of his two daughters, Eveline
and Eudora.

"Preceded by long lines of firemen, on the day of the funeral, the remains
were borne to the cemetery through silent streets, all the stores being closed in
honor of the departed.

" Few men leave a better name behind them than did Ira Chaffee. Throughout
his long life his integrity was undoubted, his word never questioned. Industrious,
frugal and upright, he was a citizen whose loss may well be regretted. His large
share in the labors that have borne fruit in the existence and prosperity of Allegan
will ever be remembered as a fitting monument to his memory."

The Detroit Evening News of August 22 paid the following tribute to Mr. Chaf-
fee's memory:

" 'When Ira Chaffee died last Sunday Allegan's greatest benefactor passed
away,' said a man from Allegan yesterday, and in saying so he echoed the senti-
ment of his to^vnsmen. Mr. Chaffee was a pioneer and a perfect type of the frugal
and thrifty, yet kind-hearted and generous people who have made Michigan.
He was a York state boy, but left that state when he was 22 years old, settled


for a brief period at Weymouth, O., and then walked every blessed step of the
way to Allegan, where he arrived in 1834, footsore but ambitious. A sawmill
job awaited him, and in 11 years he had saved enough to build a mill of his own.
It burned on his hands several times, but he always rebuilt more extensively
than ever, and continued to be a mill operator and to grow wealthier until 1882,
when paralysis drove him out of active business. In the old days he owned the
Aunt Betsey, a steamer which plied between Allegan and Chicago, the Kalamazoo
river being then navigable. A line of lumber barges also belonged to him, and
were towed by the Aunt Bestey. In 1870 he built the Chaffee house block in
Allegan, then the finest interior building of the kind in Michigan, and in many
other ways he helped his home town to the prosperity and distinction it has en-
joyed. His burial occurred Tuesday, and his remains were followed to the grave
by a large share of the people of Allegan."

Children :

3301 i Cahstas Chaffee, born September 23, 1849; died September 5, 1850.

3302 ii Charles Ira Chaffee, born July 21, 1851; residence, 1893, Allegan.

3303 iii Cinthia Chaffee, born June 22, 1855; died August 21, 1855.

3304 iv Euretia Chaffee, born June 1, 1856; died October 30, 1857.

3305 V Evelyn Julia Chaffee, born August 4, 1857; died January 5, 1892;

married Charles M. Welton.

3306 vi May Eudora Chafi^ee, born July 11, 1860; married in 1893,

Welton and moved to Medina, O.

3307 vii Homer Clifford Chaffee, born January 28, 1868.

3308 viii (adopted) A daughter, married Clinton J. Smith of St. Paul, Minn.

1391 Ruth Orphan Chaffee (Philander,^ Clifford,^ Atherton,* David,3
Nathaniel, 2 Thomas i) was born near Ogdensburg, N. Y., in 1820, and died in
Allegan, Mich., in March, 1890. She married William Albert Seymour, who died
in 1866, having long been an invalid. She moved to Ohio in 1834, and in 1862,
with her husband and children, to Ganges, Mich. She belonged to that class of
women who in a new country knew all the trials, stern realities and obstacles of
life. These had developed in her nature a practical knowledge that made her a
wise counsellor and a true woman of a tender, generous nature. Her good works
and the wholesome influence of her life live after her, and her children "rise up and
call her blessed." After her husband's death she lived with her children. She
was buried in Allegan, from the former home of her brother Ira.

Children :

3309 i William Albert » Seymour, Jr., residence, 1890, Ganges.

3310 ii Josephine L. Seymour, died before 1893; married Packard;

residence, 1890, Allegan.

3311 iii Clara Blanche Seymour, born June 1, 1852; married (1) Philander

Chaffee Allen (see 3314) ; (2) Wait.

1393 Permelia Anna 7 Chaffee (Philander,^ Clifford,^ Atherton,* David,3
Nathaniel, 2 Thomas i) was born in Oswegatchie, N. Y., September 8, 1823, and
died in Trowbridge, Mich., August 13, 1881. She married in Otsego, Mich., June
5, 1845, John Bostwick Allen, born in Dorset, Vt., May 29, 1820, died in Allegan,
Mich., October 7, 1884. Both were buried in Trowbridge.
Children, born in Trowbridge :

3312 i Ira Ransom « Allen, born May 22, 1847; died January 7, 1848; buried
in Trowbridge.
+ 3313 ii Hannah Amanda Allen, born March 11, 1850; married Charles A.

+ 3314 iii Philander Chaffee Allen, born June 14, 1853; married Clara Blanche
Seymour (3311).


3315 iv Hiram Moore Allen, born January 7, 1861; died in Burk Ivanhoe,
Colo., ^lav 25, 1891 ; killed by accident, and buried in Leadville,

1399 Josiah Hall ? Chaffee (Jesse Burke," Clifford,^ Atherton,* David,3
Nathaniel, 2 Thomas was born in Westminster, Vt., September 9, 1823, and mar-
ried in AYalpole, N. H., June 10, 1847 (?), Harriet Elizabeth, daughter of William
Perkins of Surry, N. H. At that time Mr. Chaffee lived in Surry, and later in
Saxton's River, Vt., Worcester, Mass., Norwich, Conn., Minneapolis, Minn., and
in 1893, in Hartford, Conn., when he was a conductor on the Worcester & Nor-
wich Railroad. He has a light complexion, blue eyes, and is five feet, six inches
in height. Both husband and wife united with the Baptist Church in Worcester.

Children :

3316 i Frank Chaffee,8 born December 6, 1848; died August 25, 1858.

3317 ii Ella Ehzabeth Chaffee, born September 1, 1853; married Lewis F.

Ivimball; residence, 1893, Denver, Colo.

3318 iii Eddie Chaffee, born about June, 1860; died December 25, 1861, aged

eighteen months.

3319 iv Hattie Laura Chaffee, born November 6, 1862.

1400 Alpha Rinaldo 7 ChaSee (Alpha," Alpha,^ Atherton,^ David,3 Na-
thaniel, ^ Thomas i) was born in New York state, April 6, 1824, and married in
Michigan in 1849, Sarah Piper, born in 1828. He moved with his parents to Mich-
igan in 1836, where he lived until r860, when he moved to Fort Collins, Colo., where
he was living in 1884.

Children :

3320 i Alpha Rinaldo » Chaffee, Jr., born in Michigan, in 1850; died in 1853.

3321 ii Frank Abraham Chaffee, born in Colorado in 1862.

1403 Wilder Stearns 7 Chaffee (Alpha," Alpha,^ Atherton,^ David,3 Na-
thaniel, ^ Thomas i) was born in Herkmer, N. Y., May 15, 1830, and married in
St. Clair, Mich., November 11, 1869, Sarah Ann, daughter of Townsend Lockwood
of Berlin, Mich. Both husband and wife are members of the Methodist Church,
he having joined it at the age of thirty-eight. He has a light complexion, blue
eyes, dark hair, and is five feet, eight inches in height. He is a farmer and at the
time of his marriage, and also in 1891, lived in St. Clair.


3322 i Bertha Graced Chaffee, born May 31, 1874; a member of the Baptist

Church in St. Clair,

1411 Anna Lovejoy ^ Chaffee (Amasa," Constant,^ Atherton,* David,^ Na-

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