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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Nathaniel,2 Thomas i), was born in Providence, R. I., April 29, 1859, and married,
February 10, 1885, Mary Dexter s Sharpe (3948) (Lucian ^ Sharpe, Sarah Adams «
Chaffee, Samuel, ^ Ebenezer,* John, 3 Joseph, 2 Thomas 1), born January 2, 1860.

Mr. Chafee was educated in his native city, graduating from the University
Grammar School in 1876, and from Brown University in 1880, with the degree of
A. B. He was Secretary of his class in college, a member of the Alpha Delta Phi
and Phi Beta Kappa fraternities, and has been associated with various under-
takings for the welfare of his Alma Mater. On his graduation he became closely
associated with the Builders' Iron Foundry of Providence, manufacturers of iron
castings, architectural iron work, grinding machinery, Venturi meters for measuring
large quantities of water, and government contractors for iron work to be used in
coast defense. On his father's death in 1889, he succeeded him as President of
this company. From 1887 to 1897 he was connected with the Bro^^l & Sharpe
Manufacturing Company of Providence, the largest of its kind in the country,
makers of machine tools and small tools for machinists' use. He has also been
Vice-President of the Barstow Stove Company, fovmded by Amos Chafee Barstow
(1904), a Director of the What Cheer and Hope Mutual Fire Insurance Companies,


of the Mechanics' Savings Bank, the Union Trust Company, the Industrial Trust
Company and later of the First National Bank of Providence. He suggested the
establishment of departments for savings by the Trust Companies of Providence.
At times his business activities have been restricted by continued ill health. As a
citizen he has been connected with various movements, social, economic and politi-
cal, for the benefit of the city and state. He lives with his family in Providence.

Children :

4487 i Zechariah^ Chafee, Jr., born in Providence, December 7, 1885; edu-

cated there in the University Grammar School, the Hope Street
High School, from which he was graduated with high honors in
1903, and entered Bro'svTi University, graduating with the degree
of A. B. in 1907; he was a member of the Alpha Delta Phi and
Phi Beta Kappa fraternities and received the Gaston Scholarship
for general high rank.

4488 ii Henry Sharpe Chafee, born in Providence, October 11, 1887; educated

in the Hope Street High School, Providence, and St. George's
School, Newport, R. I., graduating from the latter with honor and
entering Bro-svn University in 1905; he is a member of the Alpha
Delta Phi fraternity.

4489 iii Elisabeth Chafee, born March 7, 1889.

4490 iv John Sharpe Chafee, born July 11, 1896.

4491 V ]\Iary Sharpe Chafee, born August 24, 1897.

4492 vi Francis Hasseltine Chafee, born December 12, 1903.

2335 Albert Eddy* Chafee (Thomas Eddy,^ Zechariah,^ Amos,5 Thomas,*
Thomas, 3 Nathaniel, 2 Thomas 1) was born in Providence, R. I., March 28, 1848,
and married in Cranston, R. I., September 1, 1869, Katie P., daughter of John S.
Budlong of Warwick, R. I. In 1883 they lived in Providence, where Mr. Chafee
was a stove mounter.

Children :

4493 i A daughter,9 born November 3, 1875; died November 3, 1875.

4494 ii Lucy B. Chafee, born November 24, 1877; died February 16, 1878.

2345 Eliza « ChafEee (Barney Bowen,^ William,^ Joseph,^ Thomas,^ Thomas,s
Nathaniel, 2 Thomas i), married James Marien.

Children :

4495 i Kittie^ Marien.

4496 ii Burt Marien,

2347 Louisa « ChafEee (Barney Bowen,^ William, ^ Joseph, s Thomas,* Thomas,^
Nathaniel, 2 Thomas 1), married Albert Lane, and in 1883 lived in Philadelphia, Pa.


4497 i Mina » Lane.

2348 Charles Henrys ChafEee (Barney Bowen,^ William,6 Joseph,^ Thomas,<
Thomas, 3 Nathaniel, 2 Thomas 1) was born in Owego, N. Y., November 22, 1852,
and married in Philadelphia, Pa., May 5, 1881, Sally T., daughter of Isaac A. At-
kins. They lived in Owego in 1885, where Mr. Chaffee was a bricklayer.


4498 i Lois C.9 Chaffee, born November 22, 1883.

2349 Sarah M.s ChafEee (William Marinda,^ William,^ Joseph,^ Thomas,*
Thomas,3 Nathaniel, 2 Thomas 1) was born November 16, 1834, and married Frank


Allen. She was for twelve years a clerk in the Treasury Department in Washing-
ton, D. C. In 1884 she was living in Candor, N. Y.

Children :

4499 i Cora » Allen.

4500 ii Jessie Allen, married William Bowen and had one child, which was a

great-great-grandchild of William ^ Chaffee and whom he lived to see.

2350 William Ambrose s Chaffee (William Marinda,^ William, ^ Joseph,5
Thomas,* Thomas,3 Nathaniel, 2 Thomas 1) was born May 11, 1837, and died in
Spottsylvania, Va., May 18, 1864. He married Ellen A. Corbin. He served during
the Civil War in the Union army for one month, being killed in the Battle of
Spottsylvania. He was a teacher and a farmer.

Children :

4501 i ]Myrtie Mary » Chaffee.

4502 ii WiUiam A. Chaffee.

2351 Edmond W.s Chaffee (William Marinda,^ William,6 Joseph, s Thomas,*
Thomas,3 Nathaniel, 2 Thomas 1) was born in Warren, Pa., October 22, 1842, and
married Harriett Cornell. He served during the Civil War in Company B, 14th
Pennsylvania Volunteers, enlisting August 22, 1862. He was transferred to Com-
pany F, 7th Veteran Reserve Corps, September 1, 1863, and was discharged
June 28, 1865. He is a farmer.

Children :

4503 i Frank L.^ Chaffee.

4504 ii Fred Chaffee.

2352 James Polk » Chaffee (William Marinda,^ Winiam,^ Joseph,^ Thomas,*
Thomas,3 Nathaniel, 2 Thomas 1) was born in Warren, Pa., November 13, 1844,
and married Carrie Pitcher, who died befoft 1883. He served in the Civil War
in Company B, 171st Pennsylvania Volunteers, and was discharged with his com-
pany, August 7, 1863. He is a farmer.

Children :

4505 i Ralph 8 Chaffee.

4506 ii Susan Chaffee.

4507 iii Ross Chaffee.

2353 Asa Dodge « Chaffee (William Marinda,^ William,^ Joseph,^ Thomas,*
Thomas,3 Nathaniel,2 Thomas 1) was born in Warren, Pa., April 18, 1847, and
married (1) Elsie Whittaker, who died. He married again and in 1884 lived in
Warren Centre, where he was a blacksmith.

Children, by first wife :

4508 i Lillian » Chaffee.

4509 ii Elsie Chaffee.

2354 Esther P.s Chaffee (William Marinda,^ Winiam,^ Joseph,^ Thomas,*
Thomas, 3 Nathaniel, 2 Thomas 1) was born in Warren, Pa., December 8, 1849, and
married E. Frasier Pendleton.

Children :

4510 i Fannie^ Pendleton.

4511 ii Maude Pendleton.

4512 iii George Pendleton, born in 1884.

2357 Delphine A.s Chaffee (Caleb Jarvis,^ William,6 Joseph,^ Thomas,*


Thomas,3 Nathaniel, 2 Thomas 1) was born March 5, 1845, and died October 21,
1880.* She married George A. Hall.

4513 i George » Hall.

2362 Charles E.s Chafiee (George Washington, 7 William," Joseph,^ Thomas,*
Thomas,3 Nathaniel, 2 Thomas 1), married, lived in De Kalb, 111., in 1883, and in
Courtland, 111., in 1886.


4514 i George » Chaffee.

2370 Idell « Chaffee (Joseph B.,7 William,^ Joseph,^ Thomas,^ Thomas,3 Na-
thaniel,2 Thomas 1), married Lester M. Hill, a farmer, and in 1883 was living in
North Orwell, Pa.


4515 i Frank 9 Hill.

2386 Carlos E.s Chaffee (Joel,^ Charles,^ Stephen,^ Thomas,* Thomas,3 Na-
thaniel,2 Thomas 1) was born in Springville, N. Y., in 1851, and married. In 1890
he lived in Springville.


4516 i Bessie » Chaffee.

2392 William Henry « Baldwin, Jr. (Mary Frances Augusta ^ Chaffee, Jona-
than,8 Stephen, 5 Thomas,* Thomas,^ Nathaniel, 2 Thomas 1), was born in Boston,
Mass., February 5, 1863, and died in Locust Valley, N. Y., January 3, 1905. He
married in Springfield, Mass., October 30, 1889, Ruth Standish, daughter of
Samuel Bowles of that place (who was for many years the editor of the Springfield
Republican) . Mrs. Baldwin was graduated from Smith College in 1887, and after-
wards pursued special studies there; the year before her marriage she was an in-
structor in the college and private secretary to its President, L. C. Seelye. She
survives her husband and lives with her children in New York City. Mr. Baldwin
was a member of the Unitarian Church. He attained a position of much promi-
nence and importance in the business world, though he died while still a young
man. Under the heading "A Great Leader of Men," the Boston Transcript printed
a tribute to his memory, portions of which we quote :

"The death of William H. Baldwin, Jr., terminates one of the most remarkably
successful careers ever achieved by a young man in a land noted for its self-made
men. There is published in this city a 'Directory of Directors,' a sort of financial
'Who's Who,' a list of the men who fill directors' chairs in the railroads, the trust
companies, the banks and the industrial trusts. This Directory is arranged alpha-
betically, giving the name of the man, and, below, a list of the corporations in
which he is an officer. The book includes every man of sufficient importance to
to have a director's voice in any one of the great corporations whose interests
centre in Wall Street. To give a list of the score of names that are followed by
the greatest number of corporations would be to name the little group of men
who actually control, who compose the active, working, moving force of high
finance and industry in the United States. On this list is Mr. Baldwin's name.

"He began life without one cent of inherited wealth. He was not on those
directorates because he had money, nor because he had relatives who had money.
He was there, it is no exaggeration to say, because he was looked upon as possessing,
more than any other man in the world of high finance, the sound judgment, the
sterling integrity, the thorough common sense and the experience in affairs, the
breadth of mind and length of vision which go to make up the ability to manage


in the best manner the most important finanical and industrial corporations in

" ]\Ir. Baldwin was either a president or a director in over 41 corporations.

" In 18S6 he was graduating at Harvard College. Less than eighteen years ago —
how incredibly brief it seems for such a record of achievement — he was beginning
his career without one iota of influence, just as the humblest and most obscure
member of last year's class may be beginning it today, as a clerk in the freight
department of the Union Pacific Railroad at Omaha.

"For just one and only one bit of good fortune might i\Ir. Baldwin have thanked
any man outside himself. He had the great good luck to be put in exactly the
right place at the start. He was not compelled, as most youths are, to trust to his
own judgment of his natural bent. And for this bit of good fortune, for the heaven-
directed office of bringing the man and the opportunity together, Mr. Baldwin
had to thank that man who is perhaps best fitted in America to gauge a youth's
qualities and see where he belongs — President Eliot of Harvard. At that time,
Mr. Charles Francis Adams had the same intimate relation that he still holds to
Harvard. He was also president of the Union Pacific Railroad. 'I was then/
Mr. Adams has been cjuoted as saying, 'president of the Union Pacific. President
Eliot of Harvard first called my attention to young Baldwin, then recently grad-
uated. He said that he considered him a good man for the railroad business. We
were always looking for first-class young men, so I found a place for him with the
Union Pacific'

"Doubtless that executive capacity which President Eliot noticed had been
exhibited in young Baldwin's office as president of the Harvard Dining Association,
the student body which manages the feeding of 1100 men at Memorial Hall — no
small responsibility for a youth of college age. Baldwin was also leader of the
Glee Club during his college course. At the end of it he entered the Law School,
but after being there only a few months the chance to do railroad work came to
him and he accepted it.

"He spent but a short time in demonstrating his energy and his capacity for
responsibility. While he was still at an age when most young men are in very
inferior and subordinate positions, he was sent to Butte, Mont., as general manager
of the Montana Union Railroad ; he was then called back to Omaha as assistant to
the general manager of the entire Union Pacific system. In the spring of 1891,
when the Union Pacific left the hands of its former owners to pass into the control
of the Goulds, Mr. Baldwin left it. Already an active figure in railroad circles,
he was called to the office of general manager of the Flint & Pere Marquette. In
this position his work attracted the attention of the Morgan interests, and when
that house undertook the reorganization of the Southern Railroad system, Mr.
Baldwin, then but thirty years old, was called upon to do the active work of re-
juvenating the road physically, and coordinating its loose-hanging parts. The
conduct of the road before this event had been notorious. It was said at the time
that the property * had for years been scrimped and mismanaged to pay unearned
dividends. Mr. Baldwin had to coalesce the various elements in what had been a
loosely held system, formulate and carry into effect uniformity in every depart-
ment of the service and practically rebuild a large part of the system. What he
had to contend with and overcome may be appreciated when it is stated that there
did not exist a repair shop on the whole line between Washington and Atlanta,
and to turn the tire of a driving-wheel the engine had to travel six hundred miles.
The transformation accomplished on the Southern Railroad during the first two
years of its history was unparalleled in railroad management.' Two years later
Mr. Baldwin was again sought for the task of bringing order out of the wreck of a
mismanaged railroad. It is well known that the Long Island Railroad system
had been 'milked' by the previous management, that its physical condition was
wretched and that its service was an irritation to every resident along the line.
Mr. Baldwin spent the first weeks of his presidency in going slowly over every
yard of the line with a huge notebook in hand, marking down the repairs and
changes to be made. What he effected in the way of increased satisfaction alike
to the patrons of the road and to the shareholders would be an interesting story


if it were not too long to tell here. Subsequently he promoted the union of the
Long Island and the Pennsylvania; and the stupendous engineering feat of con-
necting the two systems by tunnels under the iS'orth and East rivers and under
Manhattan Island is generally credited to him, as his original conception. "When
the time came for the actual beginning of this work, he was chosen for the general
oversight of it. Indeed, the direction of this enormous work had been his chief
care in recent years.

"This is all a record of material achievement. It leaves out of account Mr. Bald-
win's work as a reformer and philanthropist. The striking thing about Mr. Bald-
win's record is that he was an original thinker, that his discernment and insight
taught him the needs of certain portions of America, that his far vision suggested
to him a cure, and that he had, with militant energy, gone about originating and
bringing into being the means of cure. Some months ago a complimentary dinner
to Mr. Baldwin was given by the executive officers of the Tuskegee Normal and
Industrial Institute, and the outside of the menu card was inscribed 'To Our Best
Friend.' This was a significant tribute. It indicates what is the truth, that those
most intimate with the work of Tuskegee recognized Mr. Baldwin as, in a sense,
the discoverer of Booker AVashington and as the most efficient impulse behind the
movement which Mr. Washington represents.

"He once expressed it himself in a speech to a company of Southerners: 'My
views regarding the education of the Negro are exactly those that are held in the
South. For the Negro, I think that the best education is that which is given by
Booker Washington at Tuskegee. I think the Negroes should be taught to work —
to work at the trades and in the fields. A common-school education along with
their trades is not only unharmful, but likely to be a great benefit to their employers
and their neighbors. As for Greek, Latin and the higher steps in education, they
are worthless so far as the Negro is concerned.'

"Having given the tremendous impulse of his personality to the work at Tuske-
gee, Mr. Baldwin turned his attention to the education of the Southern whites.
He was the chairman of the General Educational Board, an organization of men
who have the insight to know, and the disposition and means to give to the edu-
cational needs of the South.

"Mr. Baldwin was best knowTi to the public as chairman of the Reform Com-
mittee of Fifteen, which, in connection with j\Ir. Jerome, awakened the city [New
York] and brought about the election of Mayor Low in 1901.

"This record, remarkable as it is, leaves out of the count the distinction which
Mr. Baldwin held among railroad men, among large employers of capital and among
labor leaders — a distinction generally unknowTi to the public. IMr. Baldwin was
held to be the most clear-headed, the most just, the most practical and the most
effective settler of labor disputes in this country. It is one of the secrets of the
more intimate circles of labor leaders and large employers that during every great
strike of recent years Mr. Baldwin's advice had been sought to settle the vexed
problems involved, and in some of the greatest of these strikes, although his name
was never publicly mentioned, he was the principal agent in terminating the trouble.
It would cause misconception to call him a 'strike breaker.' It was one of the
elements of his success that he kept in mind the point of view of the laborer as well
as of the employer, and without any weak yielding, using unflinching firmness ■
whenever it is necessary, he ended the trouble by amicable adjustment rather
than by any exertion of force which leaves bitterness on both sides.

"Mr. Baldwin reached this unique ability through an abundance of experience.
He fought the rioters on the Union Pacific in 1889 and slept on frontier station
floors with a rifle by his side. Again, while general manager and vice president
of the Southern Railway, he averted what threatened to be one of the greatest
strikes in railroad history. One of the means used to express the fairness of his
position to the strikers was the compilation of a pamphlet which dealt with the
whole question and was mailed to every employee of the road."

Editorially the Transcript also said :

"The death of WiUiam H. Baldwin, Jr., of New York is a national loss. Few


men dying at the comparatively early age of forty-one take so much out of the
higher activities and richer life of their time as has passed with him. The brief
period of eighteen years was the span of his active career, as we speak of the time
in men's lives that follows their educational preparation, but they were years of
splendid achievement in which qualities of early promise developed and expanded
into most gratifying fulfilment, both in character and in service. In another
part of this paper the evidences of this fact are given at considerable length, but
the full record is something that none but himself completely knew, something
that the most appreciative tributes can but inadequately express. His executive
ability was of the highest order and in the line of work which he selected he was
continually being called to higher and still higher service and responsibility. But
the most notable trait of his character was that he did not prize these talents
simply as a means of acquiring wealth or securing personal advancement, but held
them as a trust to be employed for the benefit of his generation. His aim was
always constructive, but never to build himself or his enterprises up by pulling
others dow7i. He became interested not alone in the material possibilities of the
communities and sections with which his manifold labors identified him, but with
the human beings with whom these labors brought him in contact, their bodies and
souls, their mental and material welfare. His public spirit, his broad and compre-
hensive philanthropy were inherited qualities made strong and vital by excellent
training and constant exercise. Though in his productive manhood his lot was cast
elsewhere, it is a satisfaction to remember that he was a son of Boston and possessed
and reflected some of the noblest and most admirable of New England qualities.
With rare business ability was joined integrity that was above suspicion, while
through it all ran a beautiful spirit of altruism that expressed itself in good works
for his fellowmen."

The following account of the funeral is from a Boston paper :

"A funeral service was held in the cemetery chapel at Forest Hills, Jamaica
Plain, Mass., in the presence of a large number of friends and relatives. It was
conducted by Rev. Dr. Samuel A. Eliot, president of the American Unitarian
association, assisted by Rev. Charles D. Billings of Lowell, a brother-m-law of
Mr. Baldwin. Dr. Eliot pronounced a eulogy, saying in part:

" 'Xo single voice can explain the depth of feeling that has drawn this company
together. We are here to testify to the influence which this brave, cheerful, tender-
hearted, loving and high-minded man has had upon our lives. If it were possible
for each one of us to utter in some single sentence the reason of our love for him
there would be added to our presence the fitting memorial word. From the world
of business, where his ability and integrity won quick respect and absolute con-
dence; from the public service, wherein his capacity for self-effacing leadership
was so remarkable; from the personal relationship of life, where his genius for
friendship and buoyancy of spirits brought good cheer, there would come up in
all the simplicity of a heartfelt grief, his worthiest eulogy. How his very physical
presence inspired our confidence, how his abundant nature enriched us! We caught
the contagion of his optimism, we grew more generous in contact with his radiat-
ing good will. All our little meannesses and prejudices vanished when they touched
his magnificent manliness.

" 'Evil spirits could not bear the light of his sunny soul. He inherited a keen
sense of moral obligation. This was a quality that gave a cleanness to his speech,
firmness to his decisions. There were never more than two ways of doing things —
one the right, the other the wrong. He knew nothing of circuitous methods. He
did not deal in smooth compromises. He never knew what it was to be timid or
complacent. He never let the right wait on the expedient. He never trimmed,
he never posed. He went straight to his point. He could not but be aware of the
admiration he created, but he never lost his sense of right proportions. He had
physical courage and the greater virtue of moral courage. He held himself in
natural friendly intercourse with all sorts and conditions of men. He had the
large manly common sense which we Americans demand of those we hold repre-
sentative. He had a commanding personality, and we caught from him much


that has been beneficial to us all. His life has been a lesson to us, and we should
seek to become more worthy of his friendship and not forget his great example.'

"In the course of morning prayers at Harvard university Wednesday, Rev.
Francis G. Peabody contributed a few words of testimony to the life of the late
Mr. Baldwin. He took for a text Isaiah xxxii:2, 'A man shall be as an hiding
place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest, as the shadow of a great
rock in a weary land.' He said in part : ' He died of a lingering and obscure disease,
at the age of 41 ; too soon, it seems to a host of friends, but not too soon to demon-
strate what one plain, democratic, absolutely upright and thoroughly trained
man can do and be in a nation like ours. The spirit of idealism bred here was set
to work in the world, and the world — which often seems to give its prizes to
trickery and greed — gave its obedience and loyalty to this young Harvard man
whom it could absolutely trust.'

"President Jesup formally announced the death of William H. Baldwin, Jr.,
at the monthly meeting of the New York Chamber of Commerce yesterday, and
recalled the fact that Mr. Baldwin had served the city and the chamber as the
chairman of the Committee of Fifteen. Jacob H. Schiff asked permission to pay
a tribute of respect to the memory of Mr. Baldwin and the work he had done on

Online LibraryWilliam H. (William Henry) ChaffeeThe 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 text (page 54 of 91)