William CHANDLER

Male 1595 - 1641  (~ 45 years)


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  • Name William CHANDLER 
    Christened 12 Oct 1595  Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Feb 1641  Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Eliot's church record says "William Chandler a Christian Godly brother, died of a Consumption month 11, day 26, 1641." [1]
    Person ID I4896  FamilyWorld
    Last Modified 4 Jun 2012 

    Father Henry CHANDLER,   b. Abt 1560, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1618, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Mother Anne,   b. 1569, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1630, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 1590  Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F797  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Alice THOROGOOD,   b. 1600, Farnum, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 15 Jun 1625, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 25 years) 
    Married 29 Jan 1621/2  Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth CHANDLER,   b. Abt 1622/3, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1636, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 13 years)
     2. Sarah CHANDLER,   b. Bef 19 Dec 1624, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown  (Age ~ 1 years)
    Family ID F3402  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Annis BAYFORD,   c. 12 Jun 1603, Farham, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1682/3, Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years) 
    Married 6 Nov 1625  Farham, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William CHANDLER,   b. Abt 1627, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1633, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 6 years)
     2. Thomas CHANDLER,   b. Bef 9 Aug 1628, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1702/3, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    +3. Hannah CHANDLER,   c. 22 May 1630, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 1711, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years)
     4. Henry CHANDLER,   b. Aug 1632, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 13 Aug 1632, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
     5. John CHANDLER,   c. 27 Dec 1634, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1703, Woodstock, Windham County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years)
     6. William CHANDLER,   b. Bef 20 Mar 1636, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1698, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     7. Sarah CHANDLER,   b. Abt 1638, Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Joseph CHANDLER,   b. Abt 1638, Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F770  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 12 Oct 1595 - Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Jan 1621/2 - Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 6 Nov 1625 - Farham, Essex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Feb 1641 - Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Headstone of Chandler family (five generations)
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    Headstone of Chandler family (8th generation side)
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    Headstone of Chandler family (6th generation side)
    Headstone of Chandler family (6th generation side)
    Headstone of Chandler family (7th generation side)
    Headstone of Chandler family (7th generation side)

  • Notes 
    • From "English Origins of New England Families, Vol. II": William Chandler of Bishops-Stortford, co. Herts, and of Roxbury, Mass., pointer, immigrant ancestor of the Chandler family in America, was baptized at Bishops-Stortford 12 Oct. 1595, and died at Roxbury 26 Jan 1641/42, the Roxbury church records containing the following entry: "1641. Month 11th day 26. Willia' Chandler, a Christian & godly brothr, dyed of a Consumption." (Roxbury Land and Church Records, printed, p. 170.)

      He married first, at Bishops-Stortford, 29 Jan 1621/22, Alice Thorogood of Farnhan, co. Essex, the parish north of Bishops-Stotford, who was buried at Bishops-Stortford, as "Alice Chandeler, wife of William Chandler, poynter," 15 June 1625; and secondly, at Farnham, 6 Nov. 1625, Annis (or Agnes or Ann) Bayford, baptized there 12 June 1603, daughter of Francis and Johan Bayford. Annis (Bayford) Chandler migrated to New England with her husband and four children in 1637, and surviving William Chandler, married secondly, at Roxbury, 2 July 1643, as his second wife, John Dane of Ipswich and Rosbury, Mass, who was buried at Roxbury 14 Sept. 1658. She married thirdly, at Roxbury, 9 Aug 1660, as his second wife, Dea. John Parmenter of Sudbury, Mass., later of Roxbury, who died at Roxbury 1 May 1671, age 83 years. She survived her third husband, and died 15 Mar. 1682/83, the Roxbury church records giving her burial as follows: "1683. M.I., d. 17, Old Mother Parmiter, a blessed Saint." (Roxbury Land and Church Records, printed, p. 184.)

      William Chandler learned the trade of point making, the making of the lace tags for fastening clothing which were in vogue before buttons came into use. By his father's will, in 1618, he received only L4, and it is, therefore, probable that he had already received from his father a portion of his patrimony.

      Except for the references to him in the parish registers and in his father's will, no records of him have been found at Bishops-Stortford, where he resided until he emigrated with his family to New England in 1637. His emigration was due, without doubt, to the preaching of Rev. John Eliot, the Puritan minister known as the "Apostle to the Indians,"who was born in the neighboring parish of Widford in 1604, went to New England in 1631, and became pastor of the church as Roxbury, Mass., being accompanied or followed thither by many adherents who had lived in the parishes on the borders of Herts and Essex.

      William Chandler appears among the early proprietors and householders of Roxbury, and was admitted a freeman of Massachusetts on 13 May 1640. (Records of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay, printed, vol. 1, p. 377.) He owned an estate of twenty-two acres, described as follows:

      'John Dane his house and lott with a swamp before the house, butting upon the way leading to the house of John Watson east, in all five accres and a halfe more or lesse, upon John Watson's swamp south, upon the heires of Thomas Ruggles west, and upon the heires of George Alcocke north. And in the nookes next Dorchester being the second lott lying betweene Phillip Tory and the assignes of Joseph Patching ten accres and a halfe. And in the thousand acres neare deddam. All the lands with the house above mentioned were latly belonging to the heires of William Chandler.' (Roxbury Land and Church Records, printed, pp. 5, 39.)

      This homestead of William Chandler was situated at the southerly corner of the present Bartlett and Washington streets, in Roxbury (see Drake's Town of Roxbury, p. 368); and it later became the property of John Dane, who married the widow of William Chandler, by grant of the Massachusetts General Court, as appears from the following documents:

      '1649. At a Gen'all Co'te at Boston, the 17th of the 8th Mo. Upon the petition of John Dayne, the house & land w'ch was Wm Chamb'rs [sic] is settled upon he said Dayne, he haveinbg paid more debts of Chamb'rs [sic] then he house & land was worth, & also brought up ye children of Chandler, w'ch have bene chargable to him.'

      19 Oct. 1649. In ans'r to the peticon of John Dajne ffor the settling the howse and lands of Wm Chandler (whose wyddow he marryed, & children brought up) on him, the said John Dajne, his request was graunted, & ye said howse and lands confirmed on him by this Courte.' (Records of the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay, printed, vol. 2, p. 283, vol. 3, p. 177.)

      The following account of William Chandler, given in the list of members of the Roxbury church by his pastor, Rev. John Eliot, well describes his circumstances and character:

      'William Chandler he came to N.E. aboute the yeare 1637: he brought 4 small childr, Thomas, Hana, John, Willia': his 5th child Sarah was borne here; he lived a very religious & Godly life among us, & fell into a consumption, to w'h he had bene long inclined; he lay neare a yeare sick, in all w'h time, his faith, patiens, & Godlynesse & contentation so shined, h't Christ was much gloryfied in him; he was a man of weake pts, but excellent faith & holyness, he was a very thankful man, & much magnified Gods goodnesse, he was pore, but God so opened the hearts of his habs to him h't he never wanted ht w'h was (at least in his esteeme) very plentifull & comfortable to him; he dyed about the [blank] in yeare 1641, & left a sweet memory & savor behind him.' (Roxbury Land and Church Records, printed, p. 83.)

  • Sources 
    1. [S23] NEHGS, website: www.americanancestors.org, New Englanders in Nova Scotia, pg. 56.