Chaffee Family Genealogy Forum
Hi, cousin. I'm a descendant of Rachel also. (Elizabeth, Herbert, Corwin, Warren, Otis, Atherton + Rachel. I found the following in "The Chaffee Genealogy" by William Chaffee and also in the World Family Tree at Broderbund Software:
[Brøderbund WFT Vol. 1, Ed. 1, Tree #1031, Date of Import: May 30, 1998]
Atherton Chaffee was born in Rehoboth, Mass., April 7,1715, and died in Westminster,VT., March 4, 1778. He married (1) in Ashford, Conn., Abigail Squire (?), who died there, February 12, 1755. He married (2) in Ashford, March 25, 1756, Rachel Fuller, who died in Westminster, July 29, 1803, where she was buried. She spent her last days with her son Constant.
In 1738, Atherton Chaffee of Ashford, bought of Moses Fuller of that place, one hundred acres of land there. September 12, 1743, his father gave him one-half of all his lands, buildings, fences, orchards and improvements on the farm in Ashford, where he David, then lived. November 16,1750, Atherton Chaffee, "yeoman", bought of his father for 500 pounds, three tracts of land in Ashford,near a place called Lead Mine Hill, containing about eighty-five ares, a house and buildings. History says that in 1751 Atherton went with a party to Westminster, NH His last real estate transaction showing him to be a resident of Ashford, was February 8, 1758, when he bought for 18 pounds, twenty-six acres of land there, of Jonathan Pidge. In 1759, he is spoken of as of Westminster. The town was in what was then known as "the New Hampshire Grants." What is now Vermont was claimed by both New York and New Hampshire and was the subject of a long and bitter dispute, which lasted until after the Revolution. Vermont was not recognized as a state and admitted to the Union until 1791. Atherton Chaffee is said to have helped build a blockhouse in Vermont, and to have lived in it with twenty other families for four years. He was a Private from 1768 to 1770 in a volunteer company in Westminster, which was organized about that time, to prepare the men for defensive purposes when necessary.
The following church document will be of interest to the descendants of Atherton Chaffee:
"We the subscribers being desirous of having a steeple built to the meeting house that is about to be built in the town of Westminster present this our humble petition to the proprietors that have undertaken to build said house for liberty to build said steeple and for encouragement therefore we promise and bind ourselves to pay the sum or sums set to each of our names in order to pay the cost of said building provided the proprietors of said house shall see fit to grant us liberty and will allow us an equal share in the house with them according to the terms which we subscribe, in witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this 8th day of March in the year of our Lord Christ 1769.
"Samuel Phippen --Five Dollers
"Biley Willard --3 Dollers
"Joseph Willard --3 Dollers
"Samuel Averell --3 Dollers
"Joh. Averell --3 Dollers
"Joseph Phippen --3 Dollers
"Thomas Averill --3 Dollers
"Solomon Burk --3 Dollers
"Atherton Chafe --2 Dollers
"Biley Carpenter--2 Dollers
"Abiel Carpenter--2 Dollers
"Thomas Crook --1 Doller"
Atherton Chaffe is said to have been a man of fine, unblemished Character and habits. He is said to have had twenty-one children, the youngest, Crean Bush, being posthumous. His estate was administered by his widow. June 6, 1789, she applied for Commissioners to sell out her "thirds." At her death, her estate was settled by her son Constant. Her tombstone in the graveyard in Westminster bears the following inscription: "In memory of Mrs. Rachel widow of Mr. Atherton Chaffe, who died July 29, 1803, in the 67th year of her age.
"To you my children and my friends
Which I have left behind
Come view this solemn monument
And here instruction find."
Children,by first wife, born in Ashford:
1. Mary Chaffe, born February 15, 1739-40; died.
2. Experience Chaffe, born April 2,1745; probably married Ephraim Hunt of Wrentham, Mass.,August 5, 1762, and had a daughter Betty, mentioned in the will of Betty Chaffe.(201)
3. Squire Chaffe, born July18,1747; married __________.
4. Betty Chaffe (Chafee),(201) born July 18,1749; died in 1778; the will of "Betty Chafee of Rehoboth" made August 20, 1777, mentions Betty, daughter of Epraim Hunt, Huldah, daughter of Nathaniel Read, Betty wife of Daniel Read, Patience Read,and "my beloved Aunt Margaret Chaffe" (55), Nathaniel Read being made executor; inventory taken December 5, 1778.
5. Atherton Chaffe, Jr., born March 15,1752; married Pheobe Brockway.
6. Margaret Chaffe, born April 18, 1754; died in Ashford, March 17, 1755.
Four other children, names unknown.
Children, by second wife, the first two born in Ashford, the rest in Westminster:
11. Clifford Chaffe, born January 20, 1757; married Anna Burke.
12. Chloe Chaffe, born September 21, 1758; died in Ashford, April 21, 1760.
13. Calvin Chaffe, died about 1784; he served as a Private during the Revolution, in Captain Elkanah Day's Company from Westminster in 1776, and his name is also found on "A Pay Abstract for Capt. Jesse Burk's and Capt. Michael Gilson's companies, officers and soldiers included, which marched in the Alarm (at Newbury) March 1781. . .Calvin Chaffy," credited with three days' service, thirty miles' travel, wages per day, 1s. 4d., pay per mile, 4d., total sum received 14s.
14. Constant Chaffe, born about 1761 or 1762; married Anna Lovejoy.
15. Alpha Chaffe, married Mary Abby.
16. Otis Chaffe, married Abigail Abby.
17. Rachel Chaffe, born December 16, 1772; married Samuel Wires.
18. Jarville Chaffe, born about 1774; died unmarried.
19. Nancy Chaffe, born about 1776; married Amos Abby.
20. Crean Bush Chaffe, born 1778; married Polly Bennett.
21. Another child, name unknown.
Copied from the book " The Chaffee Genealogy" by Wm H. Chaffee. pg.62-64.