Tombstone Tuesday : Amos Chaffee (1744-1815)

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Photo credit: Debra A Glogover, Findagrave Memorial #62923055

As a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), it’s exciting to find that an ancestor’s service in the American Revolution has been officially honored by the DAR. Amos Chaffee received this honor on October 3, 1975.

Amos Chaffee was a 4th great-grandfather on my father’s side:

  • Amos Chaffee m. Anna Brown
  • Leonard Brown “Leon” Chaffee m. Azubah Chaffee
  • Azubah “Zelia” Chaffee m. Benjamin Hunton
  • Charles Mason Hunton m. Helen Luthera Martin
  • Nellie Tryphena Hunton m. Fred Verras Marsh
  • Merle Leroy Marsh m. Florence Mary Garrison (my paternal grandparents)

Below is a biography of Amos Chaffee taken from: The Chaffee Genealogy, (The Grafton Press, New York) 1909, pp. 121-122)


Amos Chaffee (John,* John, 8 Joseph, 3 Thomas *) was born in Woodstock, Conn., August 9, 1744, and died in Rochester, Vt., February 3, 1815. He married in Stafford, Conn., about 1769, Anna Brown of Windsor, Conn., their intention being published in South Wilbraham, where he then lived, November 5, 1769. She died February 22, 1831, and was buried in Rochester.

Amos Chaffee was baptized in the First Congregational Church of Woodstock, October 7, 1744. He was stout, broad-shouldered, five feet, ten inches in height, with a sandy complexion and blue eyes.

He was a farmer.

A list of those occupying seats in the Congregational church in Wilbraham dated July 3, 1770, shows that Amos Chaffee and his wife, with seven other persons, occupied pew number seventeen.

He was chosen Deer Reeve in Wilbraham, March 15, 1774, and July 21, 1774, sold to Simeon, his brother, sixty-eight acres of land in that place for £20. This year also his signature is found attached to the agreement not to buy English-made goods, signed by one hundred and twenty-five men of South Wilbraham. August 5, 1775, he bought of Abner Badger land in Wilbraham for £120, and August 12, 1776, he sold to the same man land there for £100.

He served in the Revolution as follows:

“Chaffee, Amos. Private, Capt. Daniel Cadwell’s co. Col. Timothy Robinson’s
detachment of Hampshire Co. militia; enlisted Dec. 25, 1776; discharged April
2, 1777; service, 3 mos. 9 days at Ticonderoga; enlistment to expire March 25, 1777; roll dated Springfield.” [Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution.]

The powder horn and gun which Amos Chaffee carried in the war are preserved by his descendants. The former is inscribed, “Amos Chaffee’s Horn, made at Woodstock, Conn. April 17, 1761.” On it is traced a map of North and South America.

February 23, 1778, he bought sixty acres of land in Stafford, to which place he removed the following spring. May 31, 1779, he added to this purchase seventy acres more.

December 13, 1779, he took the oath in Stafford. A list of the members of the Second Congregational Church, dated March 13, 1791, contains the name of Amos Chaffee.

In 1797 he moved with his family to Athens, Vt. He and his wife were granted letters to the church there August 19, 1798. In 1806 they moved to Rochester, where they spent the remainder of their lives.

Children, the first three born in South Wilbraham, the last two in Stafford:

• Eleanor Chaffee, born May 17, 1771; died November 22, 1848; married James Thresher.
• Amos Chaffee, Jr., born May 13, 1773; married (1) Betsey Harwood; (2) Rachel Gubtil; (3) Mrs. Lydia (Beckwith) Richardson.
• Lucy Chaffee, born April 30, 1776; died November 18, 1826; married Elias Richmond.
• John Chaffee, born September 3, 1778; married Sally Evans.
• Leonard Brown Chaffee, born September 2, 1780; married Azubah Chaffee.

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