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The Chandler Family





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Tftk Co.\t r>r A- - • oi tMs Chandler Family s^as prepared b\ Miss
Fanny Chandler, from au original obtained from the Herald's College,
London, by the Rev. Thomas Bradbury Chandler- D. D., of Elizabeth
Town, Is. J., when lie was there in 1775.

The crest borne on the closed helmet above the Coat of Arms, is
that of the Pelican in her nest wounding her breast to feed her young
with her own blood — an emblem of parental affection expressive of
the family motto, "Ad mortem rklelis."

The mantle — cut and jagged — hanging from the Helmet, indicateb
the faithful service of the wearer; the Gauntlet, his prowess.

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By the Name ok Chandler."

P 11 E F A C E .

This genealogical collection of the descendants of William ant!
Annis Chandlek is offered to the present and coming generations of
that family bj the compiler, as his contribution to their interests and
happiness, in pious remembrance of those who have passed on in
their earthly pilgrimage. This race of people have beta generally
good citizens, and have acted well their parts iu life, as the writer
Las learned by his intercourse with members of eight of its eleven
generations iu America.

The remuneration for his labors has already been received in the

I pleasure of collecting these statistics ; in the kind reception he has,

in every instance, received where personal application for information

was made, and in the ready response to his many letters of inquiry

for the same object.

The errors of the work are many, and some of them almost un-
avoidable; but, if any oue shall care to have them corrected, it can
be done hereafter in a second edition — for which purpose a copy,
with blank leaves interspersed through it, will be placed in the rooms
of the u New-England Historic, Genealogical Society." in Somerset
Street, Boston ; and all letters of correction sent there will receive
1 due attention. And as there are supposed to be several branches of
the family tree not traced out and embraced in this collection, it is
hoped that some member of such branches will communicate to these
rooms, for a second edition of the work, a full history of such un-
embraeed families, traced back to their proper starting-points in it.

Of the second generation. Hannah (Abbot), Thomas and William
Chandler, who came with their parents, settled before 1650 in An-
\ dover, Mass. Some of their descendants, in the fourth and fifth gen-
erations, removed to places unknown to the writer of this ; but John
Chandler, the other brother, settled in Woodstock, Conn., in 1686.
Of his descendants it is believed that every branch has been traced to
its very twigs. Sarah remained, it is supposed, in Roxbury, Mass.,
where she was born.


Iii the History of Roxbury it is said : "It has been remarked that
no people can boast of more honorable descent than those of Massa-
chusetts, and the Roxbury people were the best that came."

Besides this farmry of Chandlers there wore several others of the
same name early in New England : — Edmund Chandler, in Duxbury ;
John Chandler, in Boston ; Roger Chandler, who had been a while iu
Leyden, Holland, and settled in Concord, Mass. ; and William Chand-
ler, with a large family, in Xewhury, Mass. These were all in this
country before 1640 ; and some notes of these families, collected by
the writer of this, have been deposited in the rooms of the ISe*v-Eng-
laud Historic, Genealogical Society in Boston.

The comparative length of the biographical memoirs in the follow-
ing pages has been determined rather by the means of information
than by the merits of the subjects of the sketches.

The arrangement of this genealogy is in consecutive generations
and the numbering is by priority of birth in each of the eleven itin-
erations. Every Chandler has a cardinal number, tvhkh (if much is
&alu. cibo...L Luc iuuividuiu) is ut&rried for/card in its order and is placed
at tlti head of his or her family, whose pedigree, in the male line, is
there, shown in parentheses on the right.


The first editon of The Chandler Family was all consumed by the
great fire in Boston, on the 9th and 10th of November. 1872, while in
the hands of the hinder, except forty-one copies. Of these forty-one
copies sixteen had been subscribed for and the money scut before the
work was printed; sixteen copies were given to the relatives of the
author, and seven copies were placed in public libraries that his
labors might not be lost.

Since the destruction of the first edition, many requests for copies
of it nave been made, but of course they could not be complied with,
and ea.lis for a reprint of the book have been urgently made by those
connected with the family, and especially by one who, in his 83d year,
is still hard at work upon a revision of his justly celebrated History
of the United States. He appealed more than once to the author to
reprint Thk Chandler Family. He wrote, 18 Jim. 1*82: '• If a
copy remains," &c, &c. " If that can not be, I repeat my zealous
entreaty that notwithstanding the pressure of years, you will do what
no one will rise up to do so well — make a second edition of the volume
which is a monument of your family affection, your industry and your

On the reception of this Inst appeal, the author began, Feb. 1882.
to make preparations to reprint this second edition of The Chandler
Family. He wrote to the various families .for any changes in their
condition since the destruction of the work ; and. in order that tbey
might understand better what was wanted, it seemed necessary that
the author should communicate to them what he already knew of their
history, so he copied from the first edition what he had printed re-
lating to their several families, and in so doing he must have copied
a large part of the first edition in his letters to them. Of about six
hundred and fifty such letters perhaps four hundred answers have been
received and the new matter in them has been incorporated iu this

The printers began their work in July. 1882, and their last call for
'•copy" was in March, 188.3, after about nine months. This put aa
end to the collection of new material.



The work of the printers on this genealogy is of superior excel-
lence, done under tbe skillful hand and watchful eye of Mr. Benjamin
J. Dodge.

The arrangement of this second edition follows that of the first,
and the increase in the several families will be found under the num-
bers of their parents, which increase amounts to about one thousand
of the name of Chandler.

The writer remembers bis grandfather, Peter Chandler, of Pomfret,
Conn., who was born 23 June. 1733, and died 25th of October, 1816,
and was of the fourth generation of this familj of Chandlers in this
country, and of the second born here. There are several of the
eleventh generation but the writer has seen none of the twelfth,
although it is presumed there may be- some of that generation through
the female line, as the following table shows. The sister marries
earlier in life than the brother. The first edition was much criticised
by genealogists for branching off into other families so much.

This table is made up of all, in their several generations, the time
of who.-**> v i '' L - .:ia maiTiairea Acre certain!? known.


No. Males.

Age at which they


No. Females.

Age ai w?iic!i 'hrv
man led.







5 rnos.


20 yrs. ! -no.






22 vrs. 9 mos.





8 mos.

46 <

23 yrs. 6 mos.





11 mos.


22 ^'-s. 5 mos.





10 mos.


24 vrs.





3 mos.


21 vrs. 10 mos.






23 yrs.







20 yrs.



177 7

Eight generations.

Average of marriage, 24 yrs. 9 mos.

22 yrs. 2 mos.

The grandchildren of Chandler mothers are not embraced in this
editioii unless there have been intermarriages among the relatives.

Tbe children of Chandler families are numbered with roman
numerals, i. vi. rx.

The children of other families — Chandler mothers — are numbered
with small roman letters, i. vi. ix.

Abbreviations. — a. for aged ; b. for born ; d. for died ; dan. for
daughter; ^r. for grand; m. for married; y. for young.


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Dr. George Chandler, Lithotype, Frontispiece

Chandler Coat of Arms,

Rres. Rutherford Burchard Hayes, opposite No. 210 on page 179

Hon. John Chandler, opposite No. 306 on page

The Chandler House, opposite No. 307 on page

.Rev. Thomas Bradbury Chandler, opposite No. 817 on page L'f.

Wixthrop Chandler, the painter, opposite No. 3-20 on page 27
Susanna Chandler, ou page

Hon. John Wintheoi? Chandler, opposite No. 803 on page 514

James S. Chandler and Mary Sweeting, opposite No. 91S on pag« »74

George Chandler, Steel Engraving, opposite No. 919 on page 5:g

Capt. Isaac Chandler, opposite No J«20 on page ;;>1

. Dr. Charles chandler, opposite T&G. 1672 on page 347

William K. Chandler, opposite No. 1824 on page " gfc

Benjamin b". Chandler, opposite No. 2825 on page 1135

Hon. ZachaRI ih Chandler, opposite No. 2921 on page 1144

The indices refer to the numbers-— not to the page.

The Arabic figures 1. 2, 3, at the left of the name in the Cardinal column indicate
seniority of birth in their several generations.

This second edition bears numbers corresponding with those in the first edition;
and the increase of the several families since the first edition was printed, ih indexed
under the number borne by their parents.

The names of John, Mary, &c., are so common that the best way to find am -i.. h
Chandlers is to look in the index for the surname or the wife or mother in the familv
or in tin' Cardinal older.

For young children look under their parents' number.

All person, mentioned bear the name of Chandler unless otherwise designated.

This second edition of The Chandlek Family embraces the changi s and the
increase of the families during the hist twelve years, as far as tin y have been obtained.

The grandchildren of Chandler females are omitted unless th .re are intermarriages
of families.


On page 544, for Cardinal No. 752, read 860.

On page 464, Cardinal No. 1619, should read Sarah b. 22 Dec. 1796; in. 25 June, 1S16,
Co!. Samuel Ward, of Woodstock, V r t,

Ou page 535, for Hibbee, read K'ibhee.

On page 070, for Cardinal No. 2473 and 2174, read -2472 and 2473.

On page 6tf4, for Cardinal No. 2546, Milton W.. read 254L>.

On page 685, for Derby J. Lary, read Debby J. Lary.

Oil page 996, for Cardinal No. 6;<-J7, read 3isi7.

On page 870, No. 332;), for Timothy Brainard. read Brainard Timothy.

On page 933, John Barker Wiley, should read Johu Barker Wiley.

On page DOS, No. 4300, for 13 Aug... read 13 April.

On p:ige 1108, No. 4301, Francis Flanders (Chandler), read killed by lightning
Aug. littj.

On page 1149, No. 44*30, for 1858, read 1848.




1. WILLIAM 1 CHANDLER and Amds his v.itV seUlcd,
1G37. in Roxbury, Mass. They brought with them four eh Hd-
reri. Their youngest, Surah, is the only one whose birth is
reeorded in this country. Ii 1 the history oi Roxbury it is .suited
thai, ■* it has been remarked that no people can boast of more
honorable descent than are those of Massachusetts;'"' and that,
••'Fii!' R« xhury people were the best that came" from England.

What Aimis's surname was before marriage doc- not clearly
appear. Dea. George Aleoek, ofRoxbury, ii. his will of 1040,
said: "'To oar brother Edward Porter 20 bushels of [ndian
Corn*, and to our brother Chandler the Moure he ov-'eth me"
" for half the fence betwixt him and me." ''My brother Mr.

Hooker" to be " overseer." Airs. Aleoek was sister of

Rev. Tkos. Hooker. She died in Roxbury. Edward Porter
married a sister of Dea. George Aleoek. Gov. Dudley, in a

letter to Lady Lincoln, says, "Mrs. Aleoek, sister to Mr.

Hooker," Hence ir may Ivell be supposed that " Annis " was a
sistei of Dea. George Aleoek.

Annis Chandler was admitted to the church in Roxbury "a!
the same time her husband William Chandler was."

After the death of Mr. Chandler, she, under the name of
"Aim," m. 2 Jul}'. 1043, John Dane, of Barkhampsiead and
Bishop's Stortibrd, Herts, England, and of Ipswich and Rox-
bury, X. E.

" Art n Gen v all CVte at Boston 1 7' J ' of the. b mo. li)4J.b" " Upon
the petition of John I>ayne, that tin house and Land which was
W lrt ChanJIer's " bo •* Settled upon \" said Dayue, he having
paid more debt* of Chan^ than y house and land was worth, &
also brought up v children of Chandler w'c-h have been charge-
able to him."

'• 1(>4U, Oct- 19. In Ans' to the petition of John Dayne lib/'
the tSetliuii' (:ho hoir-e ;u-d 'and- of W a) Chandler (whoso widow



ho marryed and Children brought up) on him, the said John
Dayne, his request Ja granted by this Corte."

John Dant: died in Roxbury, and the church records say he
" was buried 14 Sept. 1658." By a former wife he had child-
ren \Vtfoff1 ho thus mentioned in his will of the - 7 day Seventh
month U558." t give 4 * to my son Francis Dane [minister at
Andover, Mass., who married in his old age for his "third wife,
Hannah, daughter of this William and Annis Chandler, and
widow of 'Georg Abet,' of Andover] my wood lot of two
and a half acres." " to my Daughter Elizabeth Elow [wife of
James How, commoner of Ipswich] a black cow which is ai
Andover in the hands of George Abbot." "to my Son John
Dane ['the taylcr of Wood Roe, in hatfield,' Eng. and the
chirurgeon of Ipswich, Mass., and whose dau. Mary Dane m.
William Chandlei of Andover, the third child of this • Antes*]
one feather bed, one Bowlster and Pillow, one Yellow Ruga and
Pewter Platter." " I give to louving wiff Anic whom I muk
sooli Exseekitrix all my movable goods that is not expressed."

Mrs. A nn ice (as the apostle Eliot called her) Dane married
iii.l,os:bury, Li .Vug. 1660, John Parmenter, oi' Sudbury, lli^ •
wife Bridget had died the 6th of April previous. John Par-
menter had taken the " freeman's" oath 13 May, 1640. In I'M!
he was Selectman in Sudbury. lie was authorized, L6-10, •• to
end small causes under 20 shillings." "John Parmenter aiced
.S3, sometime Deacon at Sudbury died 1671 m 3 d 1 ."

In 1671 John Parmenter made his will, and mentioned, his
wife Annisce, to whom he gave '* the use vl' my svarniing pan
so long as she remain my widdow." The exeeutors of this will
were Capt. Isaac Johnson, and his cousin (. haney, shoemaker.

Thomas Grocer wrote on the back of his will, " I therefore
by these presents give unto John Swinerton now at Roxbury
Full power to make a will for me in true form according to the
law of X. K. and the true intent of my will expressed oa the
other side of this paper 29 Jan. 1664."

Wit. William -\ Cleaves.
Elizabeth X Parker.


An Inventory of Thomas Grocers goods at Goodwife Parmenters
House at Roxbury, this 5 Feb. 1664.

Debts due Dr. Alcoeke.

" Mr. Wilde for cakes for his burial.
" " Goodwife Parmenter for Wine and Beer.
" k - Jno. Chandler for Diggin the grave.

" Sam 1 Gore for Coffin and Kaile.

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Mrs. Annis Parmenter died 15 March, 1683. Church records
say "K)-s3 mid 17 died Old Mother Parminter a blessed saint."

William Chandler was a small landed proprietor in Roxbury,
Mass., as ,4 .A note of ye Estates and persons of ye inhabitants
of Roxbury /' made between !<>3o and 1G40, shows ,w 2'2 acres-
William Chandler — 7 persons [in his family] — £06 : 00 : 00."

In the arrangement for care of the stuck, he was "to pay
Goodwife Burt for her boy ye full tyme that hee ded keepe the
goats, 12 d a ppeace for goats and kids." for his " 1 goal and one
kid," while his neighbors had from three to thirty, only two o£
whom had so few us he.

He was rated as •• houskeeper." Me took the freeman's oath
1640. His name is among those of the proprietors of Audover,
with that of his son Thomas and son-in-law George Abbot-
It is a tradition that the tannery of Samuel Guild, on the cor-
ner of Bartlett Street and Shawmnt Avenue, Roxbury, Mass.,
was originally that of William Chandler, 1640.

The Roxbury Records, as reprinted in the "• Norfolk County
Journal." say: "William Chandler came to N. E. aboul the
year 1**37. He brought 4 small children: Thomas, Hannah,
John, William: his 5 h child Sarah was bora here- lie lived a
very religious and godly life among us, and Pell into ;. Con-
sumption to which he had, a long time, been inclined; he lay
near a yeare sick, in all which time his faith, patience &
Godliness & Contentation So Shined that Christ was much
glorified in him — lie was a man of Weake parts but Excellent
faith and holiness: he was a Very thankful man, and much mag-
nified God's goodness. lie was pom*, but God prepared the
hearts of his people to him that he never wanted that which was
(at least in his Esteem; Very plentiful and Comfortable to him

— lie died about tin.' in the yeare 1641, and left a Sweet

memory and Savor behind him."

The Eliot Church Records say, " William Chandler, a Christ-
ian, Godly brother, died of a Consumption month 11, dny 26,
KM I. and was buried 1 i' (11) 1641, in Roxbury."

Roxbury was •* tilled with laborious people," said Edward
Johnson in his •• Wonder- Working Providence of Sions Saviour
in New-England."

The children of William Chandlek were:

•J. i. Ha>\\-aio b. about 1629; m. first, "12 Dec. !'>4b." say the
Eliot Church Records of Roxbury, in the hand writing of
John Eliot the apostle, k * George Abbot;" second, ISD0,
Rev. Francis Dane, of Andover.

o. n. Thomas, b. 1(530; m. Haunalt Brewer.

!■ «u. William; m. first, Aug. 18 (or .", another record says), if',.".s.
Mary Dane, of fpswieh ; second. 8 Get. 1679, Bridget


Henchman, widow of James Richardson, by " Sam'l Adams

5. iv. John; m. " ffeb. 16, 1658," Elizabeth Douglas/ ^V -. v '■••

6. v. Sarah, b. Roxbury ; m. first, 4 Nov. 1659, William Cleaves"'

second. Wilson ; third, 11 Oct, 168K, Eph. Stephen's; fourth,'

jrcono anb Otrt (Ernrrattons.

HANNAH 8 CHANDLER (William 1 ) and George 1 Abbot,
Andover, JVfass. They were among the first settlers in An-
dover. Their log-house stood on the east side of the road, less
than a quarter of a mile south of the meeting-house in Andover.
A pji.-i.uit: oi the •' old red house," their second house, near the
same spot, is. 1664, at John Abbot's, second house on the east
side of the road from old meeting-house south — the enema]
homestead. Two of her brothers, "Thomas and William Chand-
ler, were also of the first settlers in what is now Andover.
They, as well as she, had large families, and their descendants,
in remote branches, intermarried with their kindred the Abbots;
and, in the following account of the Chandler familv, much in-
formation, already prepared, has been taken from the genea-
logical register of the Abbot family. It says : '• George Abbot
emigrated, so tradition reports, from Yorkshire, England, about
1640 [1637], and came over in the same vessel with Hannah
Chandler, who. several years after [1646] became his wife.
Andyver was incorporated May 5,. 1646, and was named for the
town of Andover, Hants County, England. They, in 1647,
' with the first settlers, a band of Puritans, erected their hum-
ble cabins in Andover, made of logs covered with thatch, or
bark from trees. Here they began labors to which they never
had been accustomed. Here all was new and strange, a severe
climate, a howling, gloomy wilderness.' But • these sons of the
forest had sound hearts, firm and fixed resolutions, and perse-
vering efforts.' The descendants of George Abbot and his wife
are very numerous and most respectable, and possess a 'marked
character of their own' for industry, sobriety, economy, and for
the peaceful, conscientious discharge of every duty as citizens.'
George' Abbot went to Andover 1643, and received his wife
into his humble cabin 1647, which was a garrison many years,
even after his death, 24 De


They brought up a large family, as was quite the custom at that
early clay, and trained their children in the way they should go,
from winch they did not depart. Their descendants — the Ab-
bots — erected, 1843, a Quincy granite monument six feet high
ah/1 .three feet square, in the burying-ground near where they
lived, and near the meeting-house where they were buried, to
the memory of George Abbot and Hannah (.'handler his wife."
" The names of Stevens, Poor and Chandler occur oftenest in
Andover, Eng."

Andover, 1680, Mr. Dane, Dudley Bradstreet, George Ab-
bot and others " were appointed a committee to seat the meet-
ing-house [in what is now North Andover, then the only meet-
ing-house in Andover] ; and it was voted and agreed upon tliat,
if any' person, whether nude or female, shall sit in any other
place in the meeting-house than what they are appointed by the
aforesaid committee [he or she] shall forfeit for evers such
offeme, for the use of the Town. Twenty pence, to be forthwith
gathered by the Constable by order of s' 1 Conv"' ; :\\\(\ if the
Constable faileth so to do as aforesaid, to pay said sum


She married, second. 1690, the Rev. Francis Dane, the sec-
ond minister of the church in Andover, now North Andover. for
his third wife, when he was about 74 years old. He was son of
John Dane of Barkhampstead and Bishop's Stortford, Herts,
England, and of Ipswich and Roxbury, Mass.; at which last
place he, John Dane, lived after marrying Annis Chandler, the
widow of William Chandler and the mother of Hannah, this
third wife of the Rev. Mr. Francis Dane. Mr. Dane was born,
1615, in England, hut educated in this country, where lie came
in 1636, and was. it was said, half of a year on the passage from
London to Boston.

He was settled in 164<s over the first church in Andover, His
salaiy was paid one half in wheat and one half in Indian corn
until 1*5*3, when, in town meeting in Andover, it was '< Voted
and passed that five pounds of Mr. Dane's Salary shall be paid
in silver during his abode in the ministry." He kept a private
school for a time. He left a poetic lamentation while in search,
of his second wife. See Miss Bailey's History of Andover. He
died 17 Feb. 1 HD 7 , aged 61, "an officer in the church 48 years,"
leaving two sons, Nathaniel and Lieut. Francis.

Savage says, in his Genealogical Dictionary, of* the Rev. Mr.
Dane : »' He was in danger of the cruel infatuation of witchcraft
in 16M2, of which not a few of the sheep of his fold — innocent

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