CHAMBERLIN, Moses

CHAMBERLIN, Moses

Male 1812 - 1902  (89 years)

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  • Name CHAMBERLIN, Moses 
    Born 8 Nov 1812  Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biography
    • From Bell's History of Northumberland County 1891: MOSES CHAMBERLIN was born in Union county, Pennsylvania, November 8, 1812, youngest son of William and Ann Mary (Kimble) Chamberlin. He was reared on his father's homestead and educated at the schools of that period. At the age of twenty years he went to Lewisburg and served an apprenticeship of three years at the tanner's trade. In 1833 he removed to Milton, engaged in the mercantile business, and followed the various occupations of milling, lumbering, and farming until 1874, when he retired from active life. He purchased the land and laid out what is known as the Chamberlin addition to Milton, and also laid out and sold land upon which Watsontown is situated. He was married in 1835 to Mary Ann, daughter of George Correy, of Milton, who died, August 15, 1838. One child was born to this union, Elizabeth H., widow of William Follmer, of Watsontown. He was again married in 1840 to Jane H. Montgomery, daughter of John Watson, of Watsontown, and to them six children have been born, four of whom are living: William, of Milton; Caroline, Mrs. A. O. Furst, of Bellefonte; James, of Harrisburg, and Frank, an attorney of Milton. Mr. Chamberlin is a Republican in politics, and has served in the several municipal offices of his town. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and has served as trustee, recording steward, class leader, Sunday school superintendent, etc.
    Biography
    • William Henry Follmer and Moses Chamberlin built the old Bill Mill in 1856, which marked the beginning of the industrial development of Watsontown.
    Occupation 1832  Lewisburg, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    was an apprentice tanner 
    Widowed 13 Aug 1838 
    Census (desc) 1850  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    working as a miller 
    Census (desc) 1860  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census (desc) 1870  Turbot Township, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    as a retired lumberman 
    Census (desc) 1880  Turbot Township, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    as a retired merchant 
    Census (desc) 1900  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    widowed and living at 704 N Front St 
    Obituary
    • Milton Standard 7/29/1902
      Moses Chamberlin
      Death of One of Milton's Oldest and Most Revered Citizens. He Was A Grand Old Man.

      His Death From Heart Failure Occurred at Half-Past Eight O'clock This Morning - A Remarkable Family History - Funeral on Thursday Afternoon at Four O'clock.

      Moses Chamberlin, one of Milton's oldest and most honored and respected citizens, died at his home on North Front street, this morning at half past eight o'clock, in the 90th year of his age. On Sabbath evening he had an attack of heart failure, but yesterday he appeared to rally again.

      During last night he began to sink and the end came at the hour indicated. His funeral will take place from his late residence on Thursday afternoon at four o'clock.

      Mr. Chamberlin had a remarkable family history. He was born in Union county November 8, 1812, and has been a resident of Milton for seventy years. He was a son of Colonel William Chamberlin of Revolutionary fame, and was the youngest of twenty-three children. His ancestors were French Huguenots. His great grandfather left France about 1665 and settled in London.

      After the great fire in 1666, the family removed to Ireland and about the beginning of the next century his grandfather with two other brothers came to this country and located in Hunterdon county, New Jersey, where William Chamberlin the father of the subject of this sketch, was born on September 25, 1786. During the Revolutionary War Colonel Chamberlin distinguished himself for his bravery and courage and his loyalty to the cause of independence. He commanded the Second New Jersey Regiment at the Battle of Germantown in October, 1777, and his oldest son Lewis, a half brother to the deceased, was killed in that engagement. Mr. Chamberlin has for many years enjoyed the distinction of being the only man living who had a brother killed in the Revolutionary war.

      In 1791 Colonel Chamberlin moved from New Jersey to the "western country," buying a large tract of land in the Buffalo valley in Union county, where he lived until his death in 1817. Here Moses Chamberlin was born, during the second war with England and while the great Napoleon was making and unmaking empires in Europe. At the age of twenty he went to Lewisburg and served an apprenticeship of three years at the tanner's trade. He came to Milton in 1833 and engaged in the mercantile business and in 1835 was married to Miss Mary A. Correy, daughter of George Correy, of Milton. Mrs. Chamberlin died in 1838, leaving one child, a daughter, who was afterwards Mrs. Elizabeth Follmer, and whose death occurred at Watsontown a few weeks ago.

      In 1840 Mr. Chamberlin married Jane H. Montgomery, daughter of John Watson, of Watsontown, by whom he had six children, four of whom survive him, William B. and Frank, of this place; James I., of Harrisburg, and Mrs. A.O. Furst, of Bellefonte. Mr. Chamberlin was actively engaged in business, milling and lumbering, until 1874 when he retired.

      Moses Chamberlin was a remarkable man. Although a delicate boy, when he grew to manhood he possessed a wonderfully strong and robust physique. He had an unerring memory, was a close observer and a great reader. In spite of his four score and ten years his mind was as clear as the average man of forty. He was a most entertaining conversationalist and his fund of reminiscences and his view of public men and on public questions that belong to the nation's history during the first half of the last century, were most interesting. He was an independent thinker and always had an opinion that was based upon his own views and convictions. He was a life-long member of the Methodist church and a liberal contributor to the church and benevolence. His last gifts to his church were the cushions for the seats in the auditorium, and the new bell.

      The death of this grand old man removes another link that binds the present with several generations of the past. The vast scope of this long life is brought to mind, when we recall that he has lived contemporaneous with twenty-one of the twenty-five presidents of our country and that for seventy years he has been an observing voter.
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    Died 29 Jul 1902  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Buried Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Milton Cemetery 
    Person ID I50  Milton Families
    Last Modified 16 Jun 2016 

    Father CHAMBERLIN, William,   b. 25 Sep 1736, New Jersey, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1817  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother KIMBLE, Ann Mary,   b. 28 Nov 1769,   d. 4 Mar 1859  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 16 Aug 1794 
    Family ID F178  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 CORREY, Mary Ann,   b. 11 Sep 1818, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1838, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years) 
    Married 15 Jan 1835  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. CHAMBERLIN, Elizabeth H.,   b. 1 Apr 1836, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jun 1902, Watsontown, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     2. CHAMBERLIN, Mary A.,   b. 22 May 1838,   d. 22 Aug 1838  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 11 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F20  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 WATSON, Jane Hannah,   b. 24 Sep 1813,   d. 7 May 1890, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 1840 
    Children 
    +1. CHAMBERLIN, William B.,   b. 19 Dec 1841, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jun 1918, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     2. CHAMBERLIN, Harriet C.,   b. 4 Sep 1843,   d. 26 Jan 1849, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 5 years)
    +3. CHAMBERLIN, Caroline W.,   b. 24 May 1845, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1936  (Age 90 years)
     4. CHAMBERLIN, James Irvin Esq.,   b. 13 Nov 1847, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1906, Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     5. CHAMBERLIN, Mary Jane,   b. 27 May 1850,   d. 26 Aug 1850, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     6. CHAMBERLIN, Franklin,   b. 1 Jul 1853,   d. 31 Oct 1910, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    Last Modified 11 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F21  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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  • Sources 
    1. [S11] Bell's History of Northumberland County PA 1891, Page 980.

    2. [S128] Freemasonry in Northumberland & Snyder counties, Pennsylvania, Volume 1, 400.

    3. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 15.

    4. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 27.

    5. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 26.

    6. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 5.

    7. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 14 Ward 1.

    8. [S4] Gravestone.