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Re: Thomas Jefferson Chambers
Posted by: Kendon L. Clark Date: October 15, 2001 at 08:44:09
In Reply to: Thomas Jefferson Chambers by Paul Tracy Chambers of 86

No, I am not a member of the Chambers family; just pick up odds n' ends on them due to Chambers County being named after Gen. T.J. Capt. Thomas Chubb, to whom the general was a son-in-law, led quite an eventful life. Born 17 June 1811, in Charlestown, Massachusetts, he chose not to follow the established trade of the Chubb family -- that of rope manufacturing -- but took to a life on the sea while still a boy. Working his way up the chain of command, he finally arrived at Galveston, Republic of Texas, in 1839, as commander of the brig "Cecelia," where he was appointed pilot for Galveston harbor, a position he held until the outbreak of war in 1861. He & his schooner "Royal Yacht" were commissioned by the Confederate government and, fully manned & armed, served as sort of a flagship, or patrol boat, on Galveston & Trinity bays. Entering the hazardous duty of blockade-running for the Confederacy, his vessel was destroyed in a midnight attack by the USS "Santee," & he & his crew were captured. They were taken in chains to New York & paraded through the streets, then transferred to Fort Lafayette & Fort Calhoun as POWs. After a later prisoner exchange, Capt. Chubb returned to Texas & given a hero's welcome at Houston, complete with an address by Gov. F.R. Lubbock. Capt. Chubb was made Galveston harbor master after the war. He died 26 Aug. 1890 at his summer home in Post Mill, Vermont. He had married first, in 1828, to Miss Phoebe Briggs, of Bath, Maine. Miss Abbie Chubb, one of 5 children of this marriage, married Gen. T.J. Chambers. Following Phoebe's death in 1867, he married 2 years later to Mrs. Martha A.Sturgis. (The above information was extracted from CHAMBERS COUNTY, TEXAS IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES by Mr. Kevin Ladd.) Hope you find this of interest.


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