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Re: Chambersville Texas_Elisha Chambers
Posted by: Joan E. Rambo (ID *****8863) Date: September 04, 2005 at 18:11:37
In Reply to: Chambersville Texas_Elisha Chambers by Jody Dover of 65329

Chambersville is in Collin Co, TX. I had to go looking, here is a handy dandy site to locate county for TX towns/cities:

1880 census Collin Co, TX:

Category: Name; Relationship to head of household; Marital Status; Gender; Race; Age; Birthplace; Occupation; Father's Birthplace; Mother's Birthplace.

Elisha CHAMBERS Self M Male W 70 NC Retired Farmer MD NC
Margaret A. CHAMBERS Wife M Female W 61 IN House Keeper VA IRE
Monroe CHAMBERS Son Male W 24 TX Student NC IN
Gabriel F. CHAMBERS Son S Male W 21 TX Stockraiser NC IN

1870 census Collin Co, TX:

Chambers, Elisha, 60, b NC - land 10,000/personal 2000
" Margaret, 57, b IN
" Sarah 20, b TX
" John, 16, b TX
" Monroe, 14, b TX
" Gabriel, 12, b TX
" Davie, 9, b TX

1860 census Collin Co, TX:

Chambers, Elisha, 50, b NC - land 10850/personal 3000
" Margaret A., 40, b IA
" Wm. C., 23, b IA - land 3200/personal 550
" Elijah W., 20, b IA
" Elizabeth, 18, b IA
" James M., 16, b IA
" Joseph H., 14, b IA
" Jasper N., 12, b TX
" Sarah A., 9, b TX
" John J.D., 6, b TX
" Monrow[sic], 5, b TX
" Gabriel F., 2, b TX
[You may already know this, but in the early days "IA" was the abreviation for Indiana]

1850 census Collin Co, TX:

Chambers, E., 40, b NC - land 1530
" W.A., 32, b IN
" Wm., C., 14, b IN
" W.P., 12, b IN (female)
" E.W., 10, b IN (f)
" E., 8, b IN (f)
" James M., 6, b IN
" Joseph H., 4, b IN
" J.N., 2, b TX (male)
" Sarah Ann, 5/12, b TX

From TX Handbook:

CHAMBERSVILLE, TEXAS. Chambersville is on a hill overlooking the rich farmland of the Blackland Prairies, near Farm Road 543 seven miles north of McKinney in northwestern Collin County. The town was named in honor of Elisha Chambers, a native of North Carolina who arrived in the county in 1847. Three years later he received a Peters colonyqv land certificate for 320 acres near the East Fork of the Trinity River. In 1853 he provided land for the town's school, church, and cemetery. A post office was established there in 1894, with Jacob Bryan as postmaster. In 1903 the post office was discontinued, and local mail was routed through McKinney. Chambersville reported a population of forty from the 1950s through the early 1990s.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Seymour V. Connor, The Peters Colony of Texas: A History and Biographical Sketches of the Early Settlers (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1959). Roy Franklin Hall and Helen Gibbard Hall, Collin County: Pioneering in North Texas (Quanah, Texas: Nortex, 1975). J. Lee and Lillian J. Stambaugh, A History of Collin County (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1958).

I suggest you go to the Collin Co, TX GenWeb site, lots of information and records on their website and search for Chambers brings up 122 items. Post a query on that site, too. It actually takes you to the Rootsweb query board, but most GenWeb counties are now using Rootsweb.

Land and probate records for Elisha might show where some of those adult children were residing at the time of his death. If they lived elsewhere they might even have given power of attorney to someone to collect their share of Elisha's estate. Also a good record to pick up married names of daughters.

Happy Hunting (^_^)

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