Contents  :  Preface  :  Ch. I.  :  Ch. II  :  Ch. III  :  Ch. IV  :  Ch. V-1  :  Ch. V-2  :  Ch. VI  :  Ch. VII  :  Ch. VIII  :  Ch. IX  :  Notes

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Chambers History: TRAILS OF THE CENTURIES

by William D. Chambers (1925)


Chapter IX: The Canadian Flag

EDW. THOS. DAVIES CHAMBERS
"Facta Non Verba"
Below is given a letter from a brother not of Scotch blood.  This letter will be followed by a list of names representing what our English relatives have been doing on the earth, while many of us, perhaps, have been resting in easy obscurity.

DEPARTMENT OF COLONIZATION
Mines and Fisheries, Province of Quebec,
Fish and Game Branch

W. D. Chambers, Muncie, Ind.
Dear Sir:
My father, Edward Thomas Chambers, was born about 1828, in Chelsea (London); was educated at Battersea, and prior to his coming to this country was Master of and English public school.  But thinking there were better opportunities for his children in an undeveloped country, he left his work in England and came to Canada.  He died in Montreal in 1901.

The copy of "Who's Who" from which you gained your information concerning us, evidently contains some errors.  My name is Edward Thomas Davis Chambers, and my brother's name is Ernest John Chambers.  He is now Chief Press Censor for Canada; he is also Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod in the Senate of the Dominion.  My other two brothers are the Rev. Canon William Percy Chambers and Arthur Haddon Chambers, "barrister," both of Montreal.

My father's father was a master builder in London, and his father, I believe, was an architect.  From the fleur de lis on our coat of arms and from traditions of relatives, our ancestors came to England with William, the Conqueror.  On my book-plate (a copy of which I enclose for you), you will see our coat of arms, surmounted by our Crest which is a "falcon belled."

My parents and brothers came to Canada directly from England in 1870.  The address on your letter is a very old one, for I retired as Editor of the Quebec Chronicle twenty years ago, and am now the expert officer of the Fish and Game Department of the Province of Quebec.

Yours truly,
E. T. D. CHAMBERS

THREE CANADIAN BROTHERS
Robert Chambers, son of Robert Nesbit Chambers, was born in Ontario in 1849.  For years he was a Presbyterian missionary in Turkey and in Asia.

James Chambers, son of Robert Nesbit, was born at Holbrook, Ontario, in 1851.  He is a Presbyterian clergyman at Norwich, Ontario in 1853.  He was a missionary to Syria and Armenia for a number of years.  HIs last known address is Germantown, PA. (See Miscellaneous Problems for further names.)

SUMMARY OF EVIDENCE
It has been said that circumstantial evidence is often more convincing than direct affirmation.  In attempting to establish Chambers relationships it often happens that we are not supported by direct proof, when every circumstance points to a definite conclusion.  I have tried to indicate such cases as they came to us, but it may be well to review the evidence just a little.

In support of the conclusions mentioned under origin, note that James H. Chambers says about the Ross Clan, to which he at one time belonged; also note that Ross-Shire was known and occupied by the Chambers people in the 15th century.

In support of the theory that Benjamin, John, Peter, and Alexander were brothers, we have no direct evidence. Tradition is our only tie.

Scores of letters have been written to fix the relationship between the New Jersey branch and the Pennsylvania branch, that is, between John and Benjamin Chambers.  The historians of both branches concede relationship, but have found no proof in the records, as to just what that relationship is.

A New Jersey genealogist wrote me that he could find this information, but it would require some time and money, but not having either time or money, and having what seems conclusive proof, this genealogy has been neglected, and the book has gone to press without these facts.

The basis for this classification, that is, that John and Benjamin are brothers, is found, as shown below:

1. Benjamin in 1682 visited the land that John entered in 1697.  A clipping says: "Thomas Story and John chambers, two Quaker preachers from Dublin, Ireland, settled along the Delaware."
2. William Penn was a personal friend of each, and influenced each to make the trip to America.
3. Being of similar ages, if related at all, they were brothers or cousins, or at least knew one another personally.
4. The two branches have traditional evidence of relationship.

After much correspondence with historians of the Pennsylvania branch, Hon. Henry A. Chambers of Chattanooga, says that without doubt his ancestor, Henry, was either a brother or a cousin of the four brothers.  The fact that Henry would have been a twin brother with Benjamin of Chambersburg, both being born in 1708, and that there would have been five brothers instead of four, makes them relatives but not brothers.  The Chambersburg records were burned in 1863, but the traditions of the family were in good hands, and there can be but little doubt that the four brothers and Henry were relatives.  Then Benjamin and Alexander must have been even closer in relationship.  Perhaps brothers.

Henry's lands were in Iredell Co., North Carolina, two hundred miles inland; David's in Rutherford; James's in Burke; Maxwell's in Rowan.  Rutherford joins Burke on the south, Iredell is twenty miles east of Burke, and was originally formed from Rowan.  The town of Chambers is in Burke near the Rutherford line.  Morganton was the chief town. Many deeds of heroism are associated with it.

No doubt, the good Uncle Henry entertained each of his nephews on his journey and gave counsel as to the lands near him.  The records established these four homes prior to the Revolution.  They were all Scotch and were separated from others bearing the Chambers name by a good many miles.  The Colonial law is that kinfolks live together, travel together, and are buried together.

After the cholera broke out in Philadelphia, 1766-67, what became of Alexander's father?  Alexander and his son, David, with bridle in hand and rifle on shoulder, scoured the settlements from Pennsylvania to Florida, but found no trace of Samuel.  Where had he gone with his family?  Evidently to New Scotland with the other boys.  Perhaps north of Burke near the state of Franklin.  The Madison Courier in discussing "The Trail to the North-west," mentions Samuel Chambers, as having died before the families started northward.  That is, Samuel did not reach the Kentucky or Ohio.  But even though he did not reach the Blue Ridge settlement, where the other boys lived, his relationship is established anyhow.  Spier Bruce Chambers in his letter says that Alexander an the Owen County boys were cousins and frequently visited one another.

Peter Chambers seems to have been sponsor for the Culpeper settlement on the Rappahannock.  David Chambers, the son of Reynolds, came over in 1743, married a German girl, then went to the Scotch settlement at Culpeper to live.  Four of his children were born there.  Before the beginning of the Frank and Indian War the settlement broke up, and the Chambers name did not again appear in Culpeper County till 1791.  The fact that David sought the Culpeper Scotch settlement in preference to other settlements indicates relationship, and it is reasonable to infer that Peter and David's grandfather were brothers, and that Thomas was his uncle.  Let us see what these ties are:

1. John and Benjamin are brothers--William Penn, the tie.
2. Benjamin and Alexander are brothers--Henry C., the tie.
3. Alexander and Peter are brothers--David C., the tie.

The names John, James, David, Alexander, Samuel, and Benjamin were familiar names in many pioneer families, but the names Maxwell and Avery are unusual names, and will not be given without a good reason, yet is has been shown that each of these names is used in each of two families time after time.

Maxwell in the families of Maxwell and Henry.

Avery in the families of David and Henry.

For the reason that Colonel Avery of the Revolution, had a German "given name," I am led to believe that his mother was a sister of David's wife, who was also German.  This explains why the name Avery occurs so often in Alexander's family.  The name Maxwell seems to have come to America from one of the Isles.  The Colonel law binds the family to us as relatives, but the facts are not clear as to what the relationship is.

In support of the theory that James was a brother of David we have these evidences:

1. They were about the same age.
2. The record of ages of James's children indicates that he was older than David at the time of marriage.  James did not need to form a residence with the Scotch at Culpeper.  The French and Indian War, however, caused him to leave his recent home in Maryland and Pennsylvania, and to seek safety in the Blue Ridge near his brother.
3. For a third of a century the two families got their mail at Chambers, near the Burke-Rutherford County line; a Baptist church was formed there with James as pastor.
4. Alexander, the son of David, blazed the way to the Northwest Territory.  The two older families followed.  David was buried at Boonesboro, in Madison Co., KY.

James and a number of his sons passed through Boonesboro, then settled in Jessamine County, an adjoining county, where they remained till after the death of David, and the departure of their relatives, when they, too, left Kentucky and came through Jefferson county on their trip to Owen County, where they permanently settled.  The descendants of Isaac, one of James's sons settled, scarcely a day's journey from their relatives, Alexander and John, of my own line, in Jefferson County.

Samuel, the unknown parent, was the head of the Knox County line; David, the head of the Jefferson and Jennings County lines; James, the head of the Owen County line.

A = B
B = C
therefore A = C

Therefore, Samuel, David, and James were brothers.

MISCELLANEOUS PROBLEMS
John D. Chambers, M.D. Ft. Wayne, IN, was born in Genesee County, New York in 1844.  He was of Irish stock the son of James Boyd chambers, who was born in Washington County, New York, in 1804.  James Boyd's parents left Monaghan, Ireland in 1798.  Though Irish in speech, the family were Presbyterian in religion.

Henry C. Chambers (1785-1826) was graduated at William & Mary's College; was a member of the Alabama Constitutional Convention in 1819; was U. S. Senator from Alabama from 1825 till his death the next year.  He died at Flatrock, Mechlenberg Co., VA, at the old "Chambers home."

Edward Chambers, brother of Henry C., resided at Flatrock, VA. He was a jurist of note, serving as judge of the Superior Court of the State of Virginia.

Henry C. Chambers of Mississippi, was educated as a lawyer at Princeton.  He was a member of the Confederate Congress, and was said to possess great colloquial powers.  He was the son of Henry C. Alabama.

Joseph C. Chambers of Montgomery County, N.C. went to the Legislature occasionally.

Maxwell Chambers, (perhaps a son of the Yadkin pioneer), of the Yadkin River line, was a prominent member of the Rowan County Committee of Safety 1774-1776, and was a member of the North Carolina House of Commons in 1779, and again in 1789.  Joseph chambers represented the county in 1810; Henry, in 1816, and William, in 1835.

General James M. (M. for Maxwell) Chambers, traced his ancestry back to Rowan County.  Before the Civil War James M. Chambers was a man of wealth and influence.  He was the founder of the Phoenix Mills at Columbus, GA., and for a time published "The Soil of the South" an agricultural paper.

William Henry Chambers, son of General James M. Chambers, was a lawyer and lecturer of Columbus, GA.  He was always in demand for the Fourth of July and other patriotic occasions for his matchless oratory and sound logic.

Porter Flewellen Chambers, physician, was born in Russell county, AL.  He has been consulting surgeon in hospital service since 1900.  In 1912 he became clinic gynecology in Columbia University.  His home is at 18 East 94th Street, New York, N.Y.

Robert William Chambers, author and artist, was born at Brooklyn in 1865.  He is one of America's most voluminous and popular novelists.  Since 1893 he has published more than fifty attractive books, that are read by millions of readers in this country, and in Europe.  He is a member of the "National Institute of Art and Letters."  His home is at 43, 83rd Street, New York, NY.

William Lea Chambers, lawyer, was born at Columbus, GA in 1852.  He practiced law at Montgomery, AL for fourteen years; was Chief Justice International Court, Samoa, 1890-1891; was a member Spanish Treaty Claims Commission 1901-1910; was chairman Boards of Arbitration between labor organizations and railroads, 1910- 1913; has been Commissioner of Mediation and Conciliation since 1913.  His home is at Sellman, MD; his office, Southern Bld., Washington, D.C.

Julius Chambers, F.R.G.S., author and newspaperman, was born at Belfontaine, Ohio in 1850.  He entered newspaper work as a reporter on the New York Tribune.  Later he joined the staff of the New York Herald, and became city editor in 1876.  For fifteen years he represented the Herald in foreign countries.  He became managing editor of the New York World in 1889.  For more than thirty years he has given his time to literature and travel.  His address is Lotus Club, New York.

John M. Chambers, a banker of Maysville, KY is the grandson of Gov. John C. Chambers.

Francis T. Chambers is a patent lawyer at 712 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.  His old home was Cincinnati, Ohio.

William R. Chambers of Lebanon, Tennessee, belongs to the Tennessee-Missouri branch.

James E. M. Chambers is pastor of the M.E. Church at McCracken, Kansas.

The first lodge of Odd Fellow in America, not of the Independent Order, was Fulton Lodge No. 135.  This lodge was opened in the old Shakespeare House or Tavern, New York in the year 1806.  This hall was between Nassau Street and Broadway.  William E. and John C. Chambers were two of its leading members.

Edward Chambers was born at Waukegan, IL in 1859.  He entered railroad service when a young man, and has been promoted from time to time, into the most responsible positions in the service.  During the World War he was appointed Director of U.S. Food Administration.  His office (1920) is at the Railway Exchange, Chicago, IL.

Francis T. Chambers, patent lawyer, was born at Cincinnati, OH, in 1855.  His office is at 1411 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.

Frank Taylor Chambers, civil engineer, was born at Louisville, KY in 1870.  He has done much expert work on American Waterways and Ship Canals.  He is the author of a special report to the National Government on Water Terminals and Transfer Facilities.  His home is at 1625 16th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Washington Irving Chambers, naval officer, was born at Kingston, N.Y. in 1856.  He was in continuous service from 1876 till his retirement in 1913.  He received many gold medals for expert work.  He is a member of the "Army and Navy Club," the "Aero Club," His home is Kingston, New York.

George Frederick Chambers, J. P. F. R. & S., Inner Temple, barrister-at-law, parliamentary bar.  He was born in 1841; has filled many responsible positions in England; is an author of authority.  He also write a number of books on Astronomy.  He was regarded as an expert on legal questions, and was often called upon to speak or testify before Royal Commissions and Parliamentary Committees.  He wrote an English, French, and German Conversational Dictionary for Travelers in 1908.

James Chambers, K.C. Ireland; member Parliament, South Belfast, since 1910.

James Chambers, clergyman; born at Holbrook, Canada, 1851; B.A. Princeton, 1872; M.A. 1875; Presbyterian; delivered sermon in 1894 that started campaign against Tammany Hall; moderator Presbytery of New York; editor "Church Work," 12 years; writer of religious, critical, and reform articles.  Address, Norwick, New York.

B. J. Chambers of Texas, candidate for Vice President of the United States on the Prohibition ticket, with Neal Dow of Maine, in 1880.

Sir Theodore Gervase Chambers, K.B.E., Associate Royal School of Mines; Fellow of the Surveyor Institution; Fellow Geological Society; Vice Chairman Nation War Savings Committee; born in 1871; son of Charles Harcourt Chambers, barrister-at-law; started practice as Surveyor and Land Agent, 1893; received Penfold Gold Medal, 1896.  Address, 8 North Street, Westminster, S. W. I.

Major-General Robert Macdonald Chambers, Bombay Infantry; born 1833; entered the army in 1858; Major- General, 1891.  He served in the Indian Mutiny, 1860; China War (medal); Afghan War (medal).  Address, Springfield, Buildford.

Rev. Robert Hailey Chambers, M. A.; Headmaster Christs' College, Brecon, since 1895.

Colonel Philip Roper Chambers, D.S.O., 1916.  Served European War in France, Gallipoli, Salvonica, Suez Canal, Senussi.  He is the son of Col. C.J.O. Chambers, of the Indian Army.

Sir Newman Chambers, J.P. & D.L. Knighted at Londonderry for official services during the World War.

Graham Chambers, B.A., M.B.; Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Toronto, since 1908; son of Major Robert Chambers.  Makes frequent contributions to Medical Journals.  Address, 26 Gerrard St., East Toronto, Canada.

Lieut-Col. Joseph Charles Chambers; late commanding 49th Divisional Train in World War.

Walter Boughten Chambers, architect, born at Brooklyn 1866; a brother of William; A.B. Yale 1887; studied at Paris 1889; member American Institute of Architects, and New York Chapter of same.  Home, 161 East 64th Street; Office, 109 Broad Street, New York.

Isaiah Meneh Chambers, clergyman,; born Mifflinsburgh, PA., 1865; A. B. Lafayette College, 1889; A.M., 1892; built a $10,000 church before his graduation; Presbyterian; pastor First Church, Merchantville, N.J. since 1892.  Inaugurated in 1907, "The Syndicate of Love," and organization now reaching around the world, for the distribution through personal letters the "hopeword" for the sorrowful and discouraged.  Author: "At the Beautiful Gate, "Reuben the BuilderZ," "Harold Payson," "The Modern Devil," "Satan or Christ." Home, Merchantville, N.J.

In 1780 an act was passed by the Georgia Tory Legislature and was signed by the Governor, condemning 151 Georgians by name as inciting "wicked and unprovoked rebellion" in the Georgia Colony.  This list of names is now Georgia's cherished "Roll of Honor."  Peter Chambers, a shopkeeper, perhaps a descendant of Peter of the Rappahannock Colony, was one of these Sons of Liberty of the rebellious South.

About 1775, Jesse Chambers was born in Virginia.  In 1810 he settled in Fayette Co., Ind.  In the 30's, 40's, and 40's his son Frank taught school near Connersville.  Frank has three sons: James, Jesse, and John.  John was a Civil War veteran, and resided at Muncie, Indiana, till his death about 1915.  I have personal acquaintance with two of his sons, Edward and Arthur.

Judge A. C. Avery, born 1836, was a native resident of Burke Co., N.C. and a relative of Henry A. of Chattanooga.  In my own line we have an Avery born in 1797; Stephen Avery, born in 1839; Avery Chambers Hancock; and our newspaper Avery, now of Ephrata, Washington.  Does anyone doubt a relationship?

The River Chamberses on the Yadkin were regarded as kin to the Henry Chambers line.  Maxwell Chambers of the "River" line was a prominent member of the Rowan County Committee of Safety, 1774-1776, and was a member of the N.C. House of Commons in 1779, and again in 1789.  Joseph chambers represented the county in 1810; Henry, in 1816; and William in 1824.  James M. Chambers connects with this line.  If I have been able to provoke a little correspondence with this line, I think I could have joined to us a large Southern relationship, but sometimes "silence is golden."

James M. Chambers was a land owner in Salem Township, Delaware Co., Ind., in 1831-1836.  He was perhaps a brother of William H. Chambers, the pioneer of Flat Rock, Bartholomew County.  See the statement of the late Alexander Chambers of Danville in regard to John Chambers and his family.

Alexander Chambers, born 1832, was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy.  In 1863 he was made Brigadier General of a division of Iowa infantry.  In 1867 he was made a Major General of the 22nd Iowa.

George Chambers, in 1835, signed the Cherokee treaty at Red-Clay, Whitfield Co., GA.  By the terms of this treaty the Cherokees left their Georgia lands and moved beyond the Mississippi.  As this event is of record, anyone may inform himself concerning it, should he so desire.

John M. Chambers was one of the pioneers of Cherokee County, GA.

John T. and Joseph Chambers were two of the first settlers in Carroll Co., GA.  John Chambers was a pioneer of Fayette Co., GA.

Charles Augustus Chambers, son of Joseph Augustus Chambers, was born at Portland, Maine, in 1873.  He is a horticulturist with Luther Burbank, San Francisco.

John Story Chambers, financier and civil engineer, was born at Trenton, N.J. in 1782.  He was probably a grandson of Alexander, who was alderman and commissary of the Revolution.  At least he was of the descent of the elder John Chambers, the friend of Thomas Story, who died at Trenton in 1746.

A. Chambers (1794) settled at Florida, or "Snaketown," in Henry Co., Ohio.  From this stock was one William Chambers, a resident of Flat Rock Township, Henry Co., known there in 1837.

William Chambers of Frederic Co., VA, cast a vote for George Washington in 1758.

Alexander Chambers and his brother David entered the Confederate Army of Virginia for a term of three years.

President Washington let the contract for building the National Road from Fort Henry (Wheeling) to Maysville, KY, to Col. Ebenezer Zane in 1796.

A newspaper correspondent of the Indianapolis News, whether from the records or from his own vivid imagination, I know not, has honored the Chambers name in this fashion:

"From musty lore I reproduce these facts:
Chambers --business and executive ability,
strong, courageous, frugal,
reserved in manner,
and if only slightly known,
not popular.
Mottoes:
"Spiro dum spiro (While I breathe I hope).
Non praeda, sed victoria (Not the spoil, but the victory).
Lux mihi laurus (Light is a laurel to me)."

Now where the news-gatherer found the above can only be surmised.  It is quite probable, however, that these mottoes are not thrust upon us, but are ours from choice.  For five centuries at least the alumni rolls of colleges and universities have contained the Chambers name.  To illustrate, from Indiana University, we find:

Chambers, Carl Nathaniel, L. L. B., 1911
Chambers, Charles Oscar, A.B. 1891; A.M., 1895
Chambers, David William, A.B. 1858
Chambers, Harry E., L.L.B., 1911
Chambers, John Kisling, A.B. 1904
Chambers, Leo, A. B., 1902
Chambers, Lillian Emma, A.B., 1905
Chambers, William Davis, A. B., 1898

Since 1911, others have graduated.  As it is in this university, so it is in others; so has it ever been.  Light ought to be a laurel to everyone.

Not only has the Chambers name held its form through the centuries, but by an Act of Parliament the name "Cameron" was created to please one who wanted a change.  (See Lanman's Dictionary U. S. Con., published by Belknap and Goodwin, Hartford, Conn.).

In unity there is diversity.  All are not strong, courageous and frugal; all are not reserved in manners; all are not good in business or in general management; and no doubt some are popular at sight, but let us not tear down what comes to us.  What we want is unity -- that unity, that adds to our strength, making us a people all that we ought to be, a family of high ideals.

MISCELLANY
Soldiers of the Revolutionary War:
  Benjamin Chambers, Ensign; MD
  Benjamin Chambers, Capt.; PA
  Benjamin Chambers, Lieutenant; PA
  David Chambers; Colonel, NJ
  James Chambers; Colonel, PA

(Wounded at Brandywine.)
  Matthew Chambers, Captain; MA
  Stephen Chambers, Lieutenant; PA
  William Chambers, Lieutenant; NJ
  William Chambers, Captain; PA

Soldiers of the War of 1812:
  Talbot Chambers, Major; NJ
  John C. Chambers, Colonel, KY
  David Chambers, Captain; OH

Soldiers of the Civil War:
  A. H. Chambers, IA
  John G. Chambers, MA
  Joseph J. Chambers, NY
  Rush W. Chambers, IL
  William R. Chambers, NY

Soldiers of the Spanish-American War:
  Fred C. Chambers, IA
  John F. Chambers, MN
  John S. Chambers, KY
  Thomas S. Chambers, NJ

(This schedule includes only officers of high rank.  There were many others of lower rank in each of these wars.)

Two Chambers brothers received from Franklin Institute, PA, 1874, a gold medal.

The following information from a son of Avery Chambers came to hand too late for publication under its proper head, so I shall give it space here:

Stephen Herbert Chambers, son of Stephen Avery and Laura Ellen (Snyder) Chambers, was born at Elizabethtown, KY, Nov. 6, 1879.  He was married to Amalia Davidson, (English), at Manila, P.I. April 2, 1902.  To this union were born at Manila: Aileen Margaret, July 31, 1903 and Marion Adelaide, Nov 11, 1906. Married second wife Sarah Yale, (American), at New York City, April 15, 1919; no children.

He served in the U.S. Army during Spanish-American War, 1898, with 1st South Carolina Regiment.  Served about one month and was discharged.

Joined Regular army, August 17, 1899, and went to Philippine Islands same year; engaged in several battles and expeditions.  Discharged July 1, 1901.

Served with U. S. Quartermaster Department as Chief of Record Division, Chief of Property Division, and Chief of Transportation Division, respectively, until 1908.

Since 1908, merchant, jobber, and importer food products; 7 years in San Francisco and 11 years in New York.

During World War served during 1918 as Purchasing Officer of Food Products at New York.

Now department manager with Austin, Nichols & Co., Inc., New York City, one of the largest wholesale grocers in the U.S.

Youngest daughter, Marion (now 18), was premier dancer with "Poppy" a broadway success for one year, during 1923-1924; probably youngest dancer ever to attain such prominence.

Herbert wrote me from Manila, or rather from on board a sunken vessel near Manila, in 1898.  I am glad to hear from him again.

REUNIONS
Perhaps the best way to keep in touch with your own lineage is to meet once a year with your relatives in a family reunion.  My own branch of the Chambers people have never done this.  In fact, neglect characterizes many branches of this family.  I hope, however, as the years go by, that all will avail themselves of this privilege.  Years ago, when there was no way of travel except the farm wagon or horseback-riding, it would have been difficult to perpetuate such gatherings, but now the times are different, and we can assemble in these reunions, if we want to do it; for the automobile and other means of travel make such meetings simply days of supreme pleasure.

The descendants of William H. Chambers, who purchased land of the government in 1821, near "Hawpatch Hill" on Flat Rock in Southern Indiana, had lost the name of their ancestor, but they have kept careful records of his progeny, and for a number of years have been holding their reunions on the fourth Sunday of August.  They vary the place of meeting to suit the relatives present from time to time, but the date is never changed.

It has been my pleasure and that of my good wife, Della A. Chambers, to meet with this branch a number of times, and t enjoy the exercises with them.  Their secretary reports births, marriages, deaths, removals, etc. and representative members of the family give talks recounting some of the happenings of the last year, and new facts learned concerning their history.  Music, recitations, dialogues, etc. are thrown into the program to make it lively; but perhaps the best number on the program is the dinner.  I cannot give a just description of such a dinner as these relatives do bring for these events, and their methods of serving, but I must say that to go once, is to want to go again.

While I have never met with the Owen County group in their reunions, yet from the reports I have of their meetings, I have no doubt that they are enjoyable, and that the third Sunday of September is a date of interest to a large group of relatives.  Ivan Chambers, in one of his letters, has referred to their reunions, and has given the officers for next year.

In the body of this work I referred to the Chambers reunion held at Brookside Park, Indianapolis, on the third Sunday of August.  Mrs. Luella Wolfe of LaFontaine, Huntington County, Ind. is secretary.  Should you be in Indianapolis on that date, I am sure that you would be greeted with a warm welcome, should you attend.

Incidental mention has been made to other reunions in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.  I shall not presume as to their success, for I have no means of knowing the particulars, but I do wish to congratulate the members on attendance at such meetings.  Most families in these reunions make no claim to relationships beyond their own immediate relatives.  In many instances, they do not know of competitive families, but regard such occasional names as they may happen to know as accidents, little thinking that perhaps only a few generations back they might connect a prolific progeny to their own.  It has ever been my purpose to try to eliminate group differences, and wherever possible, to establish relationships here in America, and wherever not possible, to assume insular relationships beyond the Atlantic, basing such connections on facts of history, stated in the earlier part of this book.  There is no excuse for isolation.  It has been said that "it is better to give than to receive."  Then it is our pleasure to assist the one who feels his isolation to find his lost brethren.  May it never be said of the Chambers name that "the ninety and nine are lost."

As this work has been a costly and irksome experiment, I shall turn over into other hands a part of the responsibility of the future in the organization of a "chosen people."

Thanking one and all for kindly interest in this movement of endeavor to seek out and follow a few of the
many "Trails of the Centuries," I am done.

LIST OF GUARANTORS
Ivan Chambers, R.F.D., No. 1, Gosport, Ind.
Mrs. H. M. Huffman, 1539 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA
W. F. Chambers, 204 Worcester Place, Detroit, MI
Paul Chambers, Holdenville, OK
Mrs. F. B. Ingles, Dufur, OR
Mrs. J. H. Chambers, 6506 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Mattie E. Crawford, 312 Jackson St., Anderson, IN
A. F. Chambers, 3954 W. Pine Blvd., St. Louis, MO
D. L. Chambers, (Bobbs-Merrill Co.), Indianapolis, Ind.
John E. Chambers, Fidelity Trust Co., Buffalo, NY
Walter H. Woodrow, Lewis, IN
Mariam Sarver, Lamont, OK
C.J. Chambers, Ithaca, MI
Dr. W. A. Eshelman, Soldiers' Home, Lafayette, IN
D. A. Chambers, 167 Broadway, Portland, OR
A. B. Eshelman, R.F.D. No. 1, Anderson, IN
Minnie C. Chambers, West Alexander, PA
E. M. Chambers, 3417 East 16th St., Indianapolis, INv E. F. Chambers, Clermont, IN
Mrs. Maud Napier, R.F.D. Scottsburg, IN
John M. Sarver, R.F.D., Tiskilwa, IL
Dr. Walter G. Sarver, Box 375, Tiskilwa, ILv Will Grant Chambers, 315 Park Ave., State College, PA
Henry E. Chambers, 419 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA
Fyffe Chambers, 519 Main St., Room 202, Cincinnati, OH
John E. Chambers, 217 W. Broadway, Shelbyvile, IN
A. B. Chambers, 1036 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA
J. G. Chambers, 1072 Mallory Ave., Portland, OR
Willard Fosnot, 907 Union Ave., Anderson, IN
Mortimer H. Chambers, 302 S. Jefferson, Saginaw, MI
T. J. Chambers, Okolona, MS
Thomas Chambers, Route 1, Deputy, IN
A. C. Chambers, 4051 Blaine Ave., Detroit, MI
Mary Chambers Griffin, 1444 E. 30th St., Portland, OR
J. B. Chambers, Route 2, Box 83, Olympia, WA
Roy R. Chambers, 455 Manistique, Detroit, MI
James A. Chambers, 601 Lawrence Savings & Trust, New Castle, PA
Geo. Gailey Chambers, 79 Drexel Ave., Lansdowne, PA
M.E. Chambers, Kerkhoven, MN
Clifford L. Sarver, 613 W. Erie, Spring Valley, IL
Avery Chambers, Ephrata, WA
G. W. Chambers, M. D., Anderson, SC
Mrs. Mina B. Hord, R.R.No. 1, Deputy, IN
Mrs. T. D. Logan, Hanover, IN
T. E. Chambers, R.F.D., No. 3, Olympia, WA
Willard Chambers, Chambers-Wilson Motor Co., Bryan, TX
F.P. Chambers, Scottsburg, IN
Frank L. Chambers, 1059 Hilyard St., Eugene, OR
J. B. Chambers, R.2, Box 83, Olympia, WA
William Allen Wood, 2502 N. Alabama, Indianapolis, IN
Walter S. Chambers, New Castle, IN
C. A. Chambers, 1114 West Ray St., Seattle, WA
C. C. McCaslin, Dupont, IN
V. R. Chambers, Larch Court No. 1, Muskegon, MI
O. R. Chambers, R.F.D. No. 1, Wirt, IN
Roy Chambers, Dupont, IN
Indiana Historical Society, c/o W. O. Lynch, Bloomington, IN
Indiana State Library, State House, Indianapolis, IN
George Chambers Calvert, Merchants Bank Bldg., Indianapolis IN
Henry A. Chambers, Chattanooga, TN
Irene M. Chambers, Ward-Belmont, Nashville, TN
F. W. Chambers, 1600 E. Main St., Muncie, IN
W. S. Peters, Prin. High School, Shelbyville, IN
Leander Cooperider, Scottsburg, IN
E.T.D. Chambers, Fish and Game Inspector, Quebec, Canada
Mrs. Luella Wolff, LaFontaine, Huntington Co., IN
H. B. Chambers, Mahoningtown, PA
Charles Edward Stuart Chambers, Chambers Journal, Edinburgh, SCv Mrs. Mary Chambers Bright, Ord St., Elk Lick, PA
Rev. W. A. Chambers, 1535 Westfield St., Pittsburgh, PA
Lillian E. Chambers, 1117 Indiana Ave., New Castle, IN
Leo Chambers Mogle, 1016 Spring St., New Castle, IN
W. H. Stout, 2254 Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN
Carrol Everhart, Crothersville, IN
Lemuel Hancock, 3824 22nd St., San Francisco, CA
Rev. W. T. Seburn, North Madison, IN
Isaac Chambers Stout, Nabbs, IN
Mrs. George Everhart, R.R., Deputy, IN
Mrs. S. B. Catchus, 1326 Cherokee St., Denver, CO
S. H. Chambers, 100 Hudson St., New York, NY
W. D. Chambers, 21st and Illinois, Indianapolis, IN
Mrs. Mary J. Elliott, Dupont, IN


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