Minor CHAMBERS

Male 1797 - 1853  (56 years)


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  • Name Minor CHAMBERS  [1
    • Miner Chambers was born ca. 1797 in Pennsylvania, according to census records, or in Germany, according to one researcher. A granddaughter named Eva Kane (born circa 1856), wrote that he "was born in Canada not far from Niagra Falls" and that he died in "Kerokirk" (Keokuk) (County), Iowa. He died between Jan 7 and Apr 18, 1853.

      In a letter to William D. Chambers, author of the 1925 book Trails of the Centuries, William L. Chambers, Clerk of the Circuit Court at Brookville, Indiana, stated:

      "Minor Chambers (my great-grandfather), was born in Germany. When a young man he went to Canada, then to Switzerland County, Indiana, where he died (date unknown).

      "He had married a Miss Lee in Switzerland County, Indiana. Their children were: Sally C., who married a Cunningham; Palace C., who married a Fisher; Elizabeth, who married a William Schook; Thomas W., who married Lovey Lewis--who were my grand-parents; and David Chambers, who married and located in Iowa as a farmer."

      Mr. Chambers lists the children of his grandparents as Margaret, Jacob, Sarah Carnine, Moluda Carnine, Mary Clark, William, Charles, and Lewis Calvin (who was his father).

      William D. Chambers states, "W.L. is quite sure that his great-grandfather was born in Germany, then went to Canada and later to Switzerland County. As a man by the name of Minor Chambers was born in Canada, then came with others of his family to Switzerland County, it would seem that one historian or the other must be wrong."

      Evaline Kane wrote, in 1945: "Elizabeth Chambers (Evaline's mother) was born 8 miles from Veva (Vevay, Switzerland County) Indiana. Her father Minor Chambers was born in Canada not far from Niagera Falls.

      "His parents had joined a colony to settle in Penn but when they arrived, grandmother (Sarah) Chambers decided she would not go further until my grandfather was born. There were another woman in the same mind so these three familys settled together and lived there until Grandfather was a young man. Then he started out for himself, bought a farm close to my Great Grandfather Lees. And there married my Grand Mother Lee, whose name was Mary Lee. And Grand Father's name was David Lee and his Father's name was David Lee and his mother's name was Marrie Deaa (D'Ay). . . ."

      Miner Chambers married Mariah (Polly) Lee on or after Jul 12, 1818 in Switzerland County, Indiana. The following appears in the records of Switzerland County: "July the 11th 1818. Granted Marriage Licence to Minor Chambers & Mariah Lee certificate of D. Lee the father of said Mariah."

      Mariah was born on Aug 16, 1801 in Pennsylvania and died Oct 23, 1846 at the age of 45. She was the daughter of David Lee and Anna Longberry. According to their granddaughter Evaline Kane, they had seven children.

      Miner Chambers' second wife was Amanda F. Cotton, whom he married on Dec 30, 1846 in Switzerland County. The marriage license was granted in the Circuit Court on Dec 28, 1846 by the Court Clerk, Edward Patton. Samuel R. Walker, a justice of the peace, married them two days later, and recorded the marriage on Feb 14, 1847 in the Circuit Court. According to their granddaughter Evaline Kane, they had four or five children.

      Early land records of Switzerland County, Indiana show a transaction between Minor Chambers and John Prickett in 1816.

      There was no U.S. census in Indiana before 1820. In the 1820 census for Indiana, Switzerland County, Cotton Township (Roll 14, page 174), the Miner Chambers family consisted of one male under 10, one male 26 and under 45 (Miner 23), one female under 10 (Elizabeth baby), and one female 26 and under 45 (Mariah 19). The family is listed only two families before the David Lee family (Mariah's family). Both families were engaged in agriculture.

      In the 1830 census for Indiana, Switzerland County (Roll 32), the Miner Chambers family consisted of one male under 5 (Thomas Whiten 3), one male 15 and under 20, one male 30 and under 40 (Miner 33), two females 10 and under 15 (Elizabeth, and Sarah 10), one female 20 and under 30 (Mariah 29) and one female 30 and under 40.

      In the 1840 census for Indiana, Switzerland County, Cotton Township (Roll 95, page 181), the family consisted of one male 5 and under 10 (David Lee 9), one male 10 and under 15 (Thomas Whiten, 13), one male 40 and under 50 (Miner 43), two females 5 and under 10 (Eliza 3 and Pallas baby), one female 15 and under 20 (Elizabeth), and one female 30 and under 40 (Mariah 39).

      In the 1850 census for Indiana, Switzerland County, Cotton Township (Roll 174, p 378), the family consisted of Minor Chambers 53, Amand 41, David 19, Eliza 13, Palac 11, Joseph 2, Lucinda Cotton 18, and Alphonzo Cotton 15. Minor Chambers' place of birth was listed as Penn, Amand's as N.Y., and all the children born in "Ia" (Indiana) except for Alphonzo, who was born in Ky. Minor was listed as a farmer, with the value of his real estate as 800.

      According to Minor's granddaughter Evaline Kane, "Mother was the second child of Minor Chambers. He was married the second time. He had 7 by his first wife and 4 or 5 by the second. And Mother thought her Dady was perfect and followed him from Indianna to Kerokirk Iowa where he died a short time after getting here. Died with Gravel (gall stones). Was sick only three days. It seemed like he was afraid Mother would not get her share so he had bought her a Tract of land in Clinton County in Iowa 20 miles from Davenport (Scott County)."

      Minor Chambers purchased or sold land in Keokuk County Iowa as follows:

      Oct 8, 1851, bought from John Ellis, SE ¼ of the SW ¼of Section 34 in Township 74 North of Range 11 West containing 40 acres for $55.00.

      Nov 4, 1851, bought from Wm. E. Franklin for $1000 in Township 74.

      Jan 22, 1852, sold to Wm E. Franklin for $545.00, North ½ of the SW ¼ and the NW ¼ of the SE ¼ and the SE ¼ of the SE ¼ of Section 34 in Township 74 North of Range 11 West containing 160 acres.

      Sep 15, 1852, sold to David Lee Chambers (his son) for $500, NW ¼ of the SW ¼ and the N ¼ of the NW ¼ of the SE ¼~ also the s ½ of the SE ¼ of the SE ¼ of Section 34 in Township 74, North of Range 11 West containing 79 acres.

      Jan 7, 1853, date of instrument, June 9, 1853, date of filing: bought from Wm Webb for $80.00 for 40 acres, SW ¼ of the SE ¼ of Section 34 in Township 74, North of Range 11 West.

      On Apr 18, 1853, William Webb, Daniel A. Sisson, and Samuel Bowman were appointed appraisers of the estate of Minor Chambers, deceased. The executor of the estate was Horatio Yapp.

      The children of Miner Chambers and Mariah Lee were:

      i Sarah M. (Sally), b. May 11, 1819, m. Benjamin Franklin Cunningham on Oct 16, 1837, d. Aug 28, 1884
      ii Elizabeth Lee, b. Aug 27, 1822, m. William Mitchel Shuck on Nov 12, 1840, d. 1881
      iii Thomas A. F. Whiten, b. 1827, m. 1st, Lovey Lewis on Jan 26, 1846; 2nd, -, d. 1899
      *iv David Lee, b. Jan 13, 1831, m, 1st, Sarah Jane Fradenburg on Aug 19, 1851; a marriage license was issued to him and Polly Sherman on Apr 28, 1854, with no record of marriage; 2nd, Jane Ann Smith on Jun 9, 1853; 3rd, Henrietta Augusta Jenkins on Dec 7, 1855, d. Jan 18, 1902
      v Eliza, b. ca. 1837
      vi Pallas Logrena, b. Jun 1840, m. 1st, William H. Johnson on Sep 16, 1854; 2nd, William G. Fisher in 1865, d. Apr 16, 1919

      The child of Miner Chambers and Amanda Cotton was:

      vii Joseph, b. ca. 1848

      Created by: Larry Cornwell

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    Born 1797  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Living in Cotton, Switzerland Co., Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 1853  Keokuk Co., Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I77710  Main Tree
    Last Modified 9 May 2015 

    Family 1 Mariah LEE,   b. 16 Aug 1801, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1846  (Age 45 years) 
    Married 12 Jul 1818  Switzerland County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Children 
     1. Sarah M. CHAMBERS,   b. 11 May 1819,   d. 28 Aug 1884  (Age 65 years)  [Birth]
     2. Elizabeth Lee CHAMBERS,   b. 27 Aug 1822,   d. 1881  (Age 58 years)  [Birth]
     3. Thomas A.F. Whiten CHAMBERS,   b. 1827,   d. 1899  (Age 72 years)  [Birth]
     4. David Lee CHAMBERS,   b. 13 Jan 1831, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1902  (Age 71 years)  [Birth]
     5. Eliza CHAMBERS,   b. Abt 1837  [Birth]
     6. Pallas Logrena CHAMBERS,   b. Jun 1840, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1919  (Age ~ 78 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 9 May 2015 
    Family ID F31397  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Amanda F. ?,   b. 1810, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 30 Dec 1846  Switzerland County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Joseph CHAMBERS,   b. Abt 1848, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    Last Modified 9 May 2015 
    Family ID F31396  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S02329] Find A Grave Website.

    2. [S7189] 1850 Census Cotton, Switzerland County, Indiana.

    3. [S7191] FamilySearch.org: Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007.