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Dr. William H. H. Chamberlin & brother Dr. E. K. Chamberlin - Beaver Co., PA
Posted by: James Baldwin Parker (ID *****4227) Date: September 28, 2006 at 07:46:39
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I'm posting the following information, for general interest to other readers, and to seek further information on these individuals. Hist. of Beaver Co., PA, pp. 373-374, provides the following account:
William H. H. Chamberlin was born in Litchfield, Conn., June 22, 1810. He graduated in 1834 from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York City. The same year he came to New Brighton, where he formed a partnership with Dr. E. K. Chamberlin, which lasted eight years. He died December 21, 1847, in New Brighton, of typhus fever.
E. K. Chamberlin, a brother of the preceeding, practised his profession in New Brighton for some years successfully. In 1842 he removed to Cincinnati, Ohio, and later served as a surgeon in Taylor's army in the Mexican War. He was a great favorite with the troops, who lovingly nick-named him "Old Medicine." Afterwards he served in the Mexican Boundary Survey and as State Senator in California. During the cholera epidemic of 1834, Dr. Chamberlin was very active in the work of relief. He died in 1852 or 1853, while on his way from Panama to San Francisco.

That's all I know about Dr. William H. H. Chamberlin, but I've dug out the following additional information on his brother: West Virginia Archives & History Internet site, located through Google, contains a letter written at Monterey, Mexico, by Dr. E. K. Chamberlin, Surgeon of the First Regiment Ohio Volunteers, under date of April 23, 1847, says:
"The Virginia Regiment under Colonel Hamtramck escorting a train of one hundred and eighty wagons from Comargo, arrived here yesterday. They have been sixteen days on the way, having been detained by heavy rains. They were obliged to build several bridges over streams that three weeks ago had not a drop of water in them. The Regiment is one of the largest and finest appearing ones I have seen in the field. The officers are generally military men of experienc[e] and appear to be gentlemen of high honor and bearing. The 'Old Dominion' may well feel proud of the force she has sent into the field." From Monterey, the march was continued by way of Santillo to Buena Vista. No braver Regiment did battle on the plains of Mexico than this."

- 1840 Census, New Brighton Borough, Beaver Co., PA, E. K. Chamberlin, p. 002: 100011-10002 (age 30-4)) 1 person employed as Learned Professionals & Engineers
- 1850 Census, Cincinnati, Ward 7, Hamilton Co., OH, E. K. Chamberlain, male, p. 429, #1117/1537, 29 Aug 1850, age 45, physician, b. CT; Kendrick H., age 13, b. PA; Edward K., age 6, b. OH; living with family of Elijah Kendrick, age 55, physician, b. NY; Lydia, age 57, b. CT; Oscar D., age ? (omitted), physician, b. NY; also other persons listed

So, I'd like to hear back from anyone with additional information on this family, its hisory, origins, and descendants. I've posted an identical message in GenForum Chamberlin and Chamberlin sites.

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