Seeking family origins of Mrs. Abigail CHAMBERS. Abigail was the mother of the A. Laura Chambers who married Hamilton Hall after his return from the Civil War, ca 1868, in NY. Family tradition holds that Abigail Chamber's husband (first name unknown; possibly Samuel or Chauncey?) drowned at sea during a voyage to or from England. Presumably, Mr. Chambers purchased the family farm in Rose Township, Wayne County, NY, prior to 1850.
1. Mr. Chambers may have been born in England and reportedly came to America in an open boat. He later returned to bring his family and may have drowned during this return voyage. His death may have occurred circa 1846, after the birth of Laura but before the 1850 US Census where his absence from the family in Rose Township, Wayne County, NY, is conspicuous. In the 1850 Census, Abigail is depending on her 22 year old son Samuel to run the family farm. This Samuel reportedly was born in NY. By 1860 the two older daughters, Mary & Lucy, appear to have left home. Lucy married a Mr. Wycoff/Wykoff (sons Fred & Ernest), and Mary married first a Mr. Ellis and subsequently married a Mr. Goosline (no children); however, I have been unable to locate them. In 1860 Samuel Chambers is still running Abigail's farm and youngest daughter Laura (later Mrs. Hamilton HALL) is still at home. In the 1870 Census they appear to be absent from the Wayne County Census, and I cannot find them. However, Abigail may have died, and Samuel may have married and moved to St. Lawrence County, NY:
2. In the 14 September 1850 US Census for the town of Rose in Wayne Co., NY:
CHAMBERS, Abigail, 44 F, $450 in Real Estate, b NY
CHAMBERS, Samuel, 22 M, Farmer, b NY
CHAMBERS, Mary, 15 F, Attending School, b NY
CHAMBERS, Lucy, 11 F, Attending School, b NY
CHAMBERS, Laura, 4 F, Attending School, b NY
Abigail’s family was enumerated on page 8 of the Census return on 14 September; two days later (!6 September) and on page 12 of the Census return, her son Chauncey was enumerated, probably working as a laborer on a neighboring farm, only a few miles away:
CHAMBERS, Chauncey, 16 M, b NY
3. In the 29 June 1860 US Census for the Post Office of West Butler, Town of Rose, Wayne Co., NY:
CHAMBERS, Samuel, 31 M, Farming, $800 Real/$400 Personal Estate, b NY
CHAMBERS, Abigail, 55 F, b NY
CHAMBERS, Laura, 14 F, Attending School, b NY
4. In the 22 August 1870 US Census for Brasher Falls, Saint Lawrence Co., NY:
CHAMBERS, Samuel, 41 M, Farmer, $4500 Real/$975 Personal Estate, b NY, “both parents of foreign birth” [But Laura Chambers in 1880 said both of her parents were born in NY.]
CHAMBERS, Mary, 37 F, Keeping House, b NY
CHAMBERS, Eliza, 1 F,
Thanks for any help or suggestions you are able to provide.
George H. Stevens
Fort Washington, Maryand
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