Chandler Family - The First Six Generations

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Our Chandler family traces itself back to the immigrant ancestor William Chandler, who settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1637. William and his wife Annis brought four children, Hannah, Thomas, William and John, with them from England, and their youngest child, a daughter Sarah was born in this country. William died in 1641 of consumption (tuberculosis), leaving his widow with an estate of 22 acres. She remarried in 1643 to John Dane who raised her children until his death in 1658. Two years later in 1660 she was married for a third time to John Parmenter. He died in 1671, and she lived on until March 15, 1683.

John Chandler was married February 16, 1658 to Elizabeth Douglas, the daughter of William Douglas and Anna Mattle Douglas. The Chandlers had eight children, all born in Roxbury between 1659 and 1683. In 1686 the Chandler family moved to the west to a new community which was called New Roxbury. Thirty families moved to what is now Woodstock, Connecticut to establish their farms and to build a meeting house. John Chandler served as the "first Selectman" in 1693-4; as moderator of the Town Meeting in 1694, and as Deacon of the Church under the Reverend Josiah Dwight. His house was on the Eastward Vale just north of Saw Mill brook, on the corner, bounded west and north by the Common. (John Chandler's will)

His gravestone is still standing in the burying ground at Woodstock.

Joseph Chandler, the youngest of the eight children born to John and Elizabeth Chandler, married Susanna Perrin, the youngest of the ten children born to John and Mary Polley Perrin of Roxbury, Massachusetts on June 22, 1708.

Joseph had inherited 114 acres of land in "Masahamoquet on the Line," from his father in 1703. He served as the heir of John Chandler at a meeting of the Proprietors of Pomfret in 1719 and was one of the Committee for the Division of land in Pomfret that year and afterwards. He was a selectman in 1716 and the collector of taxes in 1726. His "mark of creatures (brand) was a Swallow tail in ye near ear."

Joseph and Susanna had ten children, only two of whom predeceased them. Joseph died on January 5, 1749-50, at the age of 67. Susanna died January 22, 1755 at the age of 68. They are buried beside each other in the South Cemetery by the Wappaquians Brook in Pomfret, just down the road from the Pomfret School.

Joseph Chandler, the eldest surviving of the ten children born to Joseph and Susanna Chandler was born in Pomfret on April 1, 1709. He was a farmer and a saddler, who also served in various capacities for the local town government. He was chosen collector in 1754.

At the age of 24 on Christmas Eve 1734, he married Elizabeth Sumner, the seventh of the nine children born to George and Ann Tucker Sumner of Milton, Massachusetts. The Chandlers had five children, John, Seth, Elizabeth, Joseph and Abigail, all of whom lived to be at least sixty years of age.

The Chandlers lived on a part of the 114 acres on the Mashamaquett Line, "about one hundred rods south of his father's house." He enlarged his farm to one hundred acres, and "his original one-story house he enlarged at each end by an addition of one story on the east, two stories on the west, with its diamond panes of glass, leaded in the windows, all painted red."

Joseph died July 4, 1780 and was buried in the cemetery by Wappaquians Brook close to the graves of his parents. Elizabeth, who had been born June 30, 1709, died at the age of 88 on January 22, 1797, and is buried next to her husband.

Our line of descent goes through Seth Chandler and his wife, Eunice Durkee Chandler, the daughter of Andrew and Mary Bartholomew Durkee. In the Chandler Genealogy she is described thus: "She was a large fleshy woman of 200 pounds, with keen black eyes, handsome; a good woman and universally beloved. An oil painting of her was exhibited at Putnam 25 March 1880."

Seth and Eunice had eleven children: Ezra, Andrew, Mary, Joseph, Abigail, Perley, Elizabeth, Lucy, Cyril, John and Eunice, all of whom lived to marry. He settled on a farm in the section of Woodstock called Muddy Brook. A man "of large frame, light complexion, light eyes and large chin," he was a collector of taxes in 1770, a lister and surveyor of highways in 1774 in North Woodstock; a selectman in 1789 and 1791, and moderator of town meetings in those years. He served in the Revolution under Lieutenant Stephen Tucker of New Haven in the 6th Company, 11th Regiment as the 1st Sergeant.

Seth died March 3, 1818 in Woodstock of apoplexy and was buried in the East Woodstock Cemetery. In his will dated November 22, 1815 he made the following bequests: "to my daughter Polly Bacon, $30 (Polly was a nickname for Mary); Nabby May, $30 (Nabby was a nickname for Abigail); Lucy Dana, $5; Eunice Carroll, $5. I give my son Ezra $50. To the heirs of my Son Andrew, $50; my son, Joseph $20. I give to the two children, one Son and one Daughter, of my son Perley Chandler late Deceased, $10. My Son Cyril, $20. My Son John, my desk. My wearing apparel to Ezra, Cyril and John, and all the rest to my Son John."

Eunice was born May 21, 1741 in Woodstock, Connecticut. Her father, Andrew Durkee was born November 25, 1716 in East woodstock, the son of Thomas Durkee and Elizabeth Ford Durkee, and the grandson of the immigrant, William Durgy and his wife, Martha Cross Durgy.

Her mother, Mary Bartholomew was born February 10, 1719 in Branford, New Haven, Connecticut, the fourth child and only daughter of the six children born to Joseph and Elizabeth Sanger Bartholomew. The senior Bartholomews died on October 15, 1724, probably as the result of a fire sweeping through their house. They left six children under ten.

Eunice died six years after her husband Seth and is buried beside him in the East Woodstock Cemetery.

Ezra Chandler, the eldest of the eleven children born to Seth and Eunice Chandler was born on April 3, 1761 in Woodstock, Connecticut. He and his brothers and sisters were the first generation to move to the wilderness areas of Vermont and New Hampshire. Ezra married Fanny Allard, the daughter of Uriah Allard and Prudence Child Allard, on April 28, 1784 in Woodstock.

The young couple moved to Landaff, Grafton, New Hampshire, soon after it was first settled and chose a farm about one mile south-east of the meeting house. They had eleven children: Seth, Prudence, Lucy, Abigail, Betsey, John, Fanny, Mary, Joseph, Perley, and Ezra, all of whom lived to adulthood. Ezra was the first bricklayer in Landaff.

It is not known what Ezra looked like. His brother, Cyril Chandler is described in the Chandler Genealogy: "He was a large, broad-shouldered man; was of light complexion, and had light eyes and hair, which were introduced into this family by his grandmother, Elizabeth Sumner." His next brother, John is described: "He was a large man, tall, weighed about two hundred pounds; he had a dark complexion and black eyes, like the Durkee side of the house."

Ezra died on June 14, 1842, a year after Fanny, and was buried with her in the Landaff Cemetery on the top of the hill near the Town Hall.

Fanny Allard, the fifth child and fourth daughter of the seven children born to Uriah and Prudence Child Allard was born on Christmas Day, 1762. Uriah was the son of Matturin and Joanna Ainsworth Allard. Prudence was the daughter of Joseph Child and Abigail Bridge Child, and the grandchild of Joshua and Elizabeth Morris Child, and Edward and Mary Brooks Bridge, who all had lived in Roxbury, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.

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                 ┌── John (Deacon) CHANDLER (Immigrant), b. 1634, d. 1703
             ┌── Joseph CHANDLER, b. 1683, d. 1750
             │ └── Elizabeth DOUGLAS, b. 1640, d. 1705
         ┌── Joseph CHANDLER, b. 1710, d. 1780
         │ │ ┌── John PERRIN, b. circa 1643, d. 1692
         │ └── Susanna PERRIN, b. 1687, d. 1755
         │ └── Mary POLLEY, b. 1650
     ┌── Seth CHANDLER (Captain) (DAR Patriot), b. 1738, d. 1818
     │ │ ┌── George SUMNER (Immigrant), b. 1634, d. 1687
     │ │ ┌── George SUMNER, b. 1666, d. 1732
     │ │ │ └── Mary BAKER, b. 1642, d. 1719
     │ └── Elizabeth SUMNER, b. 1709, d. 1797
     │ │ ┌── Benjamin TUCKER, b. 1646, d. 1713
     │ └── Ann TUCKER, b. 1673, d. 1749
     │ └── Anne PAYSON, b. 1651
Ezra CHANDLER, b. 1761, d. 1842
     │ ┌── William DURGY (Immigrant), b. circa 1634, d. circa 1712
     │ ┌── Thomas DURKEE, b. circa 1666, d. circa 1757
     │ │ └── Martha CROSS, b. 1643, d. 1726
     │ ┌── Andrew DURKEE, b. 1716, d. 1761
     │ │ └── Elizabeth LORD OR FORD, d. 1727
     └── Eunice DURKEE, b. 1741, d. 1824
         │ ┌── William BARTHOLOMEW, b. 1640, d. 1697
         │ ┌── Joseph BARTHOLOMEW, b. 1682, d. 1724
         │ │ └── Mary JOHNSON, b. 1642, d. after 1705
         └── Mary BARTHOLOMEW, b. 1719
             │ ┌── Nathaniel SANGER, b. 1651, d. 1734
             └── Elizabeth SANGER, b. 1692, d. 1724
                 └── Mary CUTTER, b. 1657, d. 1711


             ┌── Matturin ALLARD, d. 1737
         ┌── Matturin ALLARD, b. 1681, d. 1774
         │ └── (__________) (__________)
     ┌── Uriah ALLARD, b. 1725, d. 1810
     │ │ ┌── John AINSWORTH, b. 1625
     │ │ ┌── Edward AINSWORTH (Immigrant), b. 1652, d. 1741
     │ │ │ └── (__________) (__________)
     │ └── Joanna AINSWORTH, b. 1700, d. 1788
     │ │ ┌── Joshua HEMMINGWAY, b. 1642, d. 1716
     │ └── Joanna HEMMINGWAY, b. 1670, d. 1748
     │ └── Joanna EVANS
Fanny ALLARD, b. 1762, d. 1841
     │ ┌── Benjamin CHILD (Immigrant), b. circa 1628, d. 1678
     │ ┌── Joshua CHILD, b. 1657, d. 1730
     │ │ └── Mary BOWEN (Immigrant), b. 1635, d. 1707
     │ ┌── Joseph CHILD, b. 1696, d. 1765
     │ │ │ ┌── Edward MORRIS (Immigrant), b. 1630, d. 1690
     │ │ └── Elizabeth MORRIS, b. 1666, d. 1754
     │ │ └── Grace BETTS (Immigrant), d. 1705
     └── Prudence CHILD, b. 1729, d. 1803
         │ ┌── John BRIDGE, d. 1674
         │ ┌── Edward BRIDGE, b. 1668
         │ │ └── Prudence ROBINSON, b. 1643
         └── Abigail BRIDGE, b. 1697, d. 1788
             │ ┌── Gershom BROOKS, d. 1686
             └── Mary BROOKS, b. 1667
                 └── Hannah ECCLES, d. 1716

Joseph Chandler, Clerk (signature) * Cemetery by Wappaquians Brook CT

Old Burying Grounds section of the Milton Cemetery