Saturday, April 23, 2011

Henry William Chellis was born on 15 Mar 1838 at Goshen, Sullivan, New
Hampshire, United States of America. He appeared on the census of 1860 at
Windham, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States of America. He began
military service between 18 Aug 1862 and 21 Jun 1865. Henry W Chellis,
served Union, residence Windham, New Hampshire
He enlisted as a private on 18 August 1862 at the age of 25,
in Company I, 13th Infantry Regiment New Hampshire on 20 September
1862. He was promoted to Full Corporal on 24 May 1864. He mustered
out on 21 June 1865 in Richmond, VA. He married Helen E Freeman,
daughter of Daniel H Freeman and Pamelia, on 14
Dec 1863 at Lawrence, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States of America. Helen, along with
twin sons, died 12 Sept 1867 in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
He appeared on the census of 1870 in the household of Harriet N Gubtal at Ward 3,
Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States of America. He married
Frances Abigail Gubtal, daughter of Amos Currier Gubtal (211) and
Harriet N Davis (his landlady), on 29 Mar 1871 at Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts,
United States of America. He and Frances Abigail Chellis appeared on
the census of 1880 at Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States of
America. He died on 26 Oct 1925 at 6 Francis Ave, Greenwood, Wakefield,
Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States of America, at age 87. His obituary states:
H.W.Chellis of Greenwood Passes Away
Was Past Commander of G.A.R. Post in N.H. - Funeral Tomorrow
Henry W. Chellis, for the past 25 years a resident of Greenwood, passed
away early last evening at his home, 6 Francis avenue.
Mr. Chellis was in his 88th year and had been in failing health for a
number of years. He was born in Goshen, N.H., the son of William and Nancy
(Bartlett) Chellis. He served all through the Civil War and was a member of
G.A.R. He was a past commander of the Carleton Post of Farmington, N.H. He
was an attendant at the Congregational Church.
His is survived by his widow, Mrs. Frances G. Chellis, and three
daughters, Miss Maude and Miss Bertha, who made their home with their
parents, and Mrs. Edith Howe, wife of Luther M. Howe of Wakefield. There is
also one grandchild, Madeline Howe.
Funeral services will be held at the home, Wednesday afternoon at 2
o'clock on 27 Oct 1925 at Wakefield, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United
States of America. He was buried on 28 Oct 1925 at Linwood Cemetery,
Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States of America.
He is the great grandfather of my husband, Allan. Henry's daughter Edith, married Luther Maxwell Howe, and were the parents of my mother-in-law, Connie.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Heman Benedict was born on 18 Feb 1792 at Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut,
the son of John Benedict and Lydia Peck. He
married Fanny Serine, daughter of John Serine and Abigail
Barton, circa 1811. He fought in the war of 1812 as part of Company 2, REG'T (SANFORD'S),
CONNECTICUT STATE TROOPS. He was inducted as a private and remained so for the duration
of his service.
He appeared on the census of 1820 and 1830 at Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut,
United States of America. From the records of Danbury, he and his wife, Fanny,
were members of the First Ecclesiastical Society of In the winter of 1837 , and
being unable to attend service in Danbury , Mr. and Mrs. Horace Trowbridge
, Mr. and Mrs. Heman Benedict , and Miss Laura Trowbridge met together in a
private house for prayer and class-meeting. The members interested in this
early movement rapidly increased, and it became necessary to find enlarged
quarters. During 1839 they worshipped in a hall at the corner of Elm and
Maple streets, where there was preaching by a minister from Danbury once in
four weeks. At this time they became connected with the Conference circuit,
which at that time included Ridgefield , Danbury , and Poplar Plains. By 1840 Heman
and Fanny were living at Lumberland,Sullivan, New York. He died on 13 Jul 1845 at Deerpark,
Orange, New York, at age 53. Fanny die 23 Sep 1874 at age 80 in New Fairfield.
Heman Benedict and his wife, Fanny, are buried at Mountain View Cemetery, New Fairfield,
Fairfield, Connecticut.Their son, Caleb Bouton Benedict, married Hannah Wildman, daughter of
Joseph Wildman and Betsy Chase, who are my great great-grandparents through my grandmother, Martha
Post Fairchild.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Gideon Chase, Revolutionary War

Gideon Chase is one of my favorite ancestors. He fought in the Revolutionary
War, deserted because of homesickness, and later received a pension.
Gideon Chase was born about 1756; his parents are unknown, but there were
numerous Chase families living at Quaker Hill, Dutchess, New York, where he
enlisted in military service. He served in the Revolutionary War. He
began military service either Feb 1777 or Feb 1778 and served two years as a private in Captain Andrew
Moodie's Company, Colonel John Lamb's Regiment of Artillary. He ended
military service in Mar 1780. He married Lucy Pepper, daughter of
Stephen Pepper and Lucy Bennett, in 1781 at New Fairfield,
Fairfield, Connecticut, United States of America, probably in Sherman which
was part of New Fairfield at that time.. He lived at New
Fairfield (Sherman), Fairfield, Connecticut, United States of America. He
appeared in Danbury court to testify as to receiving a pension for his
military service and signed with his mark on 22 Nov 1820.
He left a will on 31 Jan 1840. It mentions Elizabeth Chase,
wife of son Daniel, Armida Chase, wife of son Abraham, sons Abraham and Daniel.
It also states that a tombstone is to be placed on the grave of son Walter.
He died in 1844 at ae 88.
Gideon Chase was buried at Coburn Burying Ground, Sherman,
Fairfield, Connecticut, United States of America. His widow, Lucy, married
Gideon Wanzer after his death.
His daughter, Betsy, married Joseph Wildman, and her granddaughter was Clarinda Wildman who married John J Durga. Their grandson was John Fairchild, my grandfather.