I'm in Belleville,
On Nov 27th, 1861, while at Camp Benton, St. Louis, MO, Enos Beecher Chatfield wrote the following letter to his father-in-law, William A. Seymour, in Dubuque, Iowa.
- April 2, 1850 - Hubert (Judd) to Augusta (Seymour) Clark
- Sept. 9, 1855 - Roxa (Sperry) Chatfield, Oxford, CT to Enos Beecher and Mary Elizabeth (Seymour) Chatfield, (probably) in Wilton, Iowa.
- Nov. 27, 1861 - Enos Beecher Chatfield to William A. Seymour
- June 8, 1864 - Julia (Chatfield) Thomas, Oxford, CT to Enos Beecher and Mary Elizabeth (Seymour) Chatfield, Dubuque or Wilton, Iowa.
WARNING: THIS LETTER CONTAINS MEDICAL CONTENT THAT IS CONSIDERED "GROSS".
NOTE BY CHERYL: The original letter contained no punctuation. I added the puctuation to make it easier to read.
St. Louis Mo
Nov 27th 1861
I thought I would send you a few lines to inform you where I was and what I was about. I am a Soldier in defense of my Country at present at these Barracks. I enlisted last Sept the 14th. I have been at Camp McClellan in Davenport until about two weeks since we came down here. There is now about 30 thousand of us here in camp, including all there is about 6 Regiments from Iowa here. We expect to march from here soon for Columbus, Kentucky or some other point we hardly know where. I left my family in Wilton and I should like it if you could manage to pay them a visit this winter some time and see how they are getting along. They would no doubt like to see you but they strictly forbid my writing to you about them when I left, but I thought best to write for your presents (presence) might cheer them up. Lib was rather opposed to my coming but I considered it my duty to come, whether it was or not I am not able to say, time will determine that. I am Sargent (Sergeant) of Cop. D of the 11th Regt. Col. A.M. Hair (Hare) of Muscatine, probably you know him, he that was Maj. Hair (Hare). If you get this letter you must answer it the next mail if you possibly can. Go down and see how the affairs are getting along at Wilton, it would give me a great deal of ease for you know nothing how it worries me a thinking about their welfare and cheer them up for I think the war will soon close or it will be hard on the south. Secesh (secessionists) is on all sides of us here. Gen. Fremont left here yesterday, God forbid that ever another as good man should leave under such circumstances as he did, the best commander that ever was west of the Mississippi. Gen. Halack (Halleck) is now under command. The Iowa 7th is in a bad condition, nearly all cut to pieces. There is not enough of it left to make a good company. The 12th is at your place yet I suppose. I left rather in confusion. There was at that time talk of drafts and I dreaded that. If you answer this I will write again soon and let you know how we prosper, but do go down and see how they get along. I am not concerned but what they will have enough to eat but to cheer them up and see to things. It is getting late and time to crawl (under) the covers.
No Date, but definately after 1860. Letter from Clark Lockwood, in Long Island, NY to his brother-in-law William A. Seymour, in Dubuque, Iowa.
(NOTE BY CHERYL: This gives us the names of William A. Seymour's siblings.)Dear Bro William
We had about given you up as dead till yesterday. Sis Mary received your letter.
She will write about the family and I will about Br Edwin's estate. The laws of Mass. give to the widow having no children all the personal property, but the real estate goes to the heirs on the side of the husband. The use of one half of that real estate the widow is to have as long as she lives. EDWIN owned the mountain farm and the homestead farm which are to be sold by the heirs, of which you, SARAH, HARRIET, MARY, LEVI, HELEN, and GEORGE are the rightful heirs.
NOTE BY CHERYL: Using the information in the letter above and after an extreme amount of research, I discovered the following in LONG ISLAND, NY RECORDS":All except you have agreed to employ an attorney in Pittsfield, by the name of "Bowerman" and have procured a power of attorney, to put the business in his hands to sell the estate and settle it up. Before it can be done we must get your consent to the sale and your agreement to employ Mr. Bowerman. You will have to procure a power of attorney of the county clerk, or notary public, or some magistrate as one of the heirs and send it on to Lawyer Bowerman of Pittsfield, who has agreed to act for us. He is highly esteemed as the best man we can get to do the work. Edwin's widow stays yet on the old homestead but wants very much to have the farms sold as they are running down, the present state of concern, is, all are waiting to hear from you as the law requires agreement of all the heirs and particularily that it is their free will and act. These farms will for something, possibly from seven to ten thousand dollars. One half of which goes at once to the heirs, the other half to be deposited somewhere on interest for the use of the widow. We hope you will see to this matter immediately, for it is kept back already by not learning your whereabouts.
Mary lives with us here on Long Island, where I have been since 1851. We have six children, Frances A. Seymour, Harriet F. Downs, Helen A. Terry, are each married and these are their married names. Frances and Helen live in Brooklyn and Harriet lives in Mattituck, Long Island. Charles, George and Edwin are our boys. Charles and Edwin are living in Brooklyn and George is studying to preach ?CX. He graduates next summer from old Yale College. Levi lives in New York yet and works at his trade, Hatting.
We hope you write us at once.
All send love
Frances Ann Lockwood b. Aug 3, 1834 - md. David Burr Sanford Feb 7, 1859 in Northville, Suffolk Co., NY.
Harriet Fidelia Lockwood b. ? - md. Daniel Downs Jan 3, 1860.
Helen Eliza Lockwood b. Oct 18, 1840 in Malta, Saratoga Co., NY - md. Daniel Tuthill Terry Feb 7, 1859 in Northville, Suffolk Co., NY. He was b. Jan 14, 1827 in Orient, Suffolk Co., NY.
Researching these families, I made the connection to CLARK LOCKWOOD, FATHER & HARRIET FIDELIA SEYMOUR, MOTHER of the above females. From there, Harriet Fidelia Seymour b. Jun 9, 1801 in Lanesborough, Berkshire Co., MA was found to be the daughter of HENRY & MARY (BENEDICT) SEYMOUR, which gave me the connection to the parents of William A. Seymour. You will note in the letter above that HARRIET is listed as an heir, along with William A. Seymour.
In July 1879 Augusta (Seymour) Clark, Brownville, NY writes the following letter to her mother Sarah (Dunham) Seymour, wife of William A. Seymour.
NOTE FROM CHERYL: I have not been able to connect the people named in this letter. If you can help I would be grateful.Brownville July / 79
I have been up to NY and Hubert paid me the amount due you, four hundred and 36 dollars and 90 cents. I saw the receipts of E. Coffin her brother and all the rest of the heirs. I can not see that he has kept any thing back, he was very kind to me and so was Julia. He took me up the Hudson River where his family were boarding and I stayed 4 days up there and Julia came down with me to go round with me while I did a little shopping, for things were dirt cheap in the city as the season was well advanced. I saved a good deal on the price of things here. I got 3 ?combine? dresses for 7 dollars and a good common hat for
?Linna? for 95 cents, the only hat she has had this summer. H. paid all my expenses except my fare up there and back and that was only 17 dollars. I had a real nice visit. His children are very pious and the girls dress quite plain. He is getting on well I think but Julia says about two years ago he came so near going that he could not sleep nights. She says only the closest management saved him from failing. They none of them have good health. Edd's wife is going to have another baby this month. She is older than I am and older than Edd. Her mother is married again and is visiting there at Edd's and her two sisters. They keep two girls. They wanted me to down to Connecticut. Sent for me but I could not spare either money or time. Hobart saw about my bonds and said the 3rd man he went to offered me 30 dollars for each $1000 bond but H. said , I of course would not take it. He advised me to hold on to them. He seems a very shrewd business man. I could not stand the city, I got diarhea while there, have not got over it yet. I want pure air and fresh food. Julia would like to move away from the city. She says H. is killing himself driving business, so she is anxious he should wind up and live in the country. Morton Judd has better health than any of them. He is adding to his house this summer. I have put the money in the bank I got there except the 30 odd dollars, I kept that out for I really needed it, but I can pay you it back if you say so and if you do not need the $400 I would be glad to borrow it for a year as I have run short by having to make repairs on this and the other hiuse and will have to sell another bond to meet my payments. I did nothing only what was really necessary nothing for ornament or show. I thing Hobart will get Walter and maybe Ralph a situation or give one in his establishment, that will be a great favor if he does. Now summer is going, winter will soon be here. What are your plans for the winter? I want to help you and I think the l nd should be sold at a sacrifice even, as you can not tend it properly. They will cheat a woman do the best she will in farm property. I believe I told you I have rented the Canada place for $2.00 (maybe $200.00) a year. Please write soon, I want to hear all your plans. Love to Father.
From your affectionate daughter
April 2, 1850: Letter to Augusta (Seymour) Clark (Augusta who wrote the above letter) from Hubert, (last name not known), her cousin in New Britain, --- I have since learned that Hubert (Judd) is indeed a cousin from her maternal side of the family.
NOTE FROM CHERYL: Could this be the same Hubert from the above letter?? Any help is appreciated.
New Britain, April 2nd, '50
In compliance with your request as well as my own wishes, I remit you a few lines.
I have no apology to offer you for not complying with your request sooner but an unaccountable negligence. So pardon me Augusta and believe me not so thoughtless although appearances would condemn me. But in answer to your inquiries after the family generally. I would say they are all well so far as I know. Grandmother is in Oxford with Uncle Henry's people. Mother received a letter a short time since from Elizabeth, she said she had just finished a letter to send home and I suppose she wrote you all the news. Lemuel the oldest of Uncle Albert's children is married and farming it. I believe Henry is employed in railroad surveying. Jane is married, her husband is a mason by trade. Albert and myself are living at home yet and like to for the present. Neither of us engaged in any business yet. I should be very happy indeed to make another visit to the lovely west, as you term it, but shall not be able to this spring. I was in St. Louis one year ago and in New Orleans and Texas.
Uncle ?G___? is in Annapolis, Park County, Indiana. Uncle ?_____? is in St. Martinsville, Louisiana. I stopped there on my way up the Red River to Texas.
Augusta, my letter has been more lengthy than I intended, and will close by requesting you to make my best wishes acceptable to uncle William and aunt Sarah. My love to yourself and may your dreams be as joyous as I would wish your fat.
September 9, 1855: Letter from Roxa (Sperry) Chatfield, Oxford, CT to her son and daughter-in-law Enos Beecher and Mary Elizabeth (Seymour) Chatfield, (probably) in Wilton, Iowa.
(NOTE FROM CHERYL: This is in reference to death of her son Charles Smith Chatfield).
Oxford September 9th, 1855
My Dear Children\
I now sit down to write an answer to the last received bearing date August 19th which was thankfully received as we feel anxious for your welfare, we are glad to hear you are in comfortable health and hope it may continue. This is the first great blessing we can enjoy. /you say Freddy is feeble. I am sorry to hear it. I hope he will be better when col weather comes, but we must not set our hearts on anything. Our children are near and dear to us but we can not keep them when they are called, we must say, "Thy will be done, not mine. Oh! Heavenly Father."
The sad news we all hear from Davenport makes our hearts ache that Charley is numbered with the dead and that we can never see his face more.
February 17, 1899: Letter from Emily (Chatfield) Sperry, New Haven, CT, sister of Enos Beecher Chatfield, to Nellie Chatfield, Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Enos Beecher and Mary Elizabeth (Seymour) Chatfield.We all mourn his loss, his young companions seem to feel it much. We had the bell toll for his death and a funeral sermon preached, we missed our absent cheldren. The sermon was mostly to the young, the text wads, My son give me thine heart. He spoke very feelingly to us all. How suddenly he was called from earth and the uncertainty of all things and may we ever keep it before us, and strive to be ready to follow him and may we all be gathered into one fold under one shepherd.
It is Sunday today and we have no church and I improve a part of the time in conversing with you on paper. I sit by the north window in the east room and it is a very pleasant morning. We have a great many flowers in bloom in our dooryard and cool shades. I think of the many blessings we have and try to forget our sorrows, truly this is a mixt cup we drink on earth, we rear families and they go out from us. It causes grief in the parents hearts to hear sad news from their children, it also rejoices them when when they prosper. You write you are a doing well now. That you are building a brick house near home. Have you moved from the farm of your father or how comes it to be that you are building so near your door? Is the building for yourself or not? We heard it was from Mr. Dunbar's, ?), son. We do not understand how it is. Do not involve yourself in debt, keep clear of that as possible for it would cause you trouble. Take care for the coming winter. Have a good cellar and store it well with things for your comfort and try to go and see Mary, (maybe a reference to 1407), before winter, and see if she is like to have things for her comfort. They have been sick so much and pay high rent. I am afraid how they will get along through the coming winter. Do not harbor any ill will towards them, be kind and affectionate towards your brother and sister, and forgive if they have done amiss.
Sunday afternoon, I have been to take a walk in the garden and see our vegetables. We have a very good one for us, we have sweet corn and beans, a plenty beets, cucumbers, squashes, seed pumpkins, and potatoes, but the potato not has commenced rapidly, there has been a great many potatoes planted, but a small yield, buckwheat looks well, corn likewise, also turnips, the hay crop is light, oats are good, apples plenty. Your Uncle Chester Chatfield, 1056), is coming up tomorrow to paint our house and fence. Your father and the boys have done the farming, they have not hired a days work. We have six cows and six hogs. It is getting quite dry for the want of rain. We have had a great deal of rain through the month of July and the green is much injured. It has been quite sickly at Seymour this summer and a number of deaths. Doctor Stoddard's wife is dead, Mr Mosier likewise, the others are strangers. There was nine deaths in one week, but it has been very healthy in our town as yet. I saw Mrs. Dunham last week, she was in good health with the rest of the family. Pretsey Leeks health is improving, she was walking down here today. Amanda is home, she is not able to do much, she is going to return this week. Frank is not much better, he has just returned from a visit to his grandmother Cables. Horace C. is quite on the decline. Hannah (Cable) Writer, has a throat complaint and is quite feeble. Julia (Cable) Clark likewise. Frederick (Cable) and wife (Sarah (Davis) Cable) I understand are thinking of moving to ___?___ in October. Horace is at ___?___ ?Hugars? and some think he will never return. We think he has but a short time stay on earth. I do not think of much news interesting, but if you was here you would think of many questions to ask about. I/we would sit down and chat together a little while instead of writing. I should be glad but it is not so and we must be content to converse on paper, which is a great privilege. Write often for we are anxious to hear from you.
This from your mother
Elizabeth be very careful about sitting Fredy on a chamber if he has that weakness about him, it will make the "piliss" worse. Harriet was troubled in that way, we had Doctor Stone, he told us to get iron filens and put lemon and a loaf sugar to them and put them into sperrits and give it to her and it seemed to help her. He said we must not set her on a chamber.
You can ask a doctor about it if you please. I have forgotten the rule for mixing how much of each sort.
(NOTE FROM CHERYL: Who has it now?)
New Haven Feb. 17th, 1899
My dear niece Nellie
Your letter of Jan. 20th did not reach me until Feb. 15th. Someone must have taken it from the post office by mistake and carried it in their pocket ever since. It had been opened. We found it at our front door before the postman had been around that morning. I will make inquiry and find out if there is another Emily C. Sperry in New Haven. I notice by the envelope it was received in New Haven Jan. 27th.
Well, dear Nellie we were very glad to hear once more from your family. The last letter we had received from anyone was from Emma, June 3rd, 1894. I was negligent in answering but finally sent her a letter, guess it might have been months afterwards. In that letter I requested her to send me a copy of the names of my father's family recorded in the family Bible of Enos Chatfield. Your father being the eldest son felt he should have the family Bible, so we gave it to him.
June 8, 1864: This letter is from Julia (Chatfield) Thomas, Oxford, CT to her brother and sister-in-law, Enos Beecher and Mary Elizabeth (Seymour) Chatfield, Dubuque or Wilton, Iowa. In this letter you will find extensive details about the death of Roxa (Sperry) Chatfield.I had a letter from a lawyer in Minneapolis, Minn. asking for data of our family, very likely your family have received letters from him, as I referred him to you. I will enclose the envelope so you can have his address.
Dear Nellie, we are all so sorry for you, and all the dear children. Your loss is a severe one. I can sympathize with you in the great affliction. Home is desolate without a mother. You did have a good mother. I visited your home twice, once while living in Dubuque and remember how everything was at that time. I shall never forget the faithfulness of your sister Lucy, while you folks lived in the cabin on "Cedar Bottoms". I thought she was so kind and competent to go ahead with the care of the house and relieve her mother. Then again in 1884 we found her the same helpful daughter in the home. My mother always said that there was a blessing to follow the child that was kind and obedient to their parents. Certainly, Lucy will have God's blessing. Cheer up, dear niece, God will reward you.
Cousin Fannie Neal visited us last fall and informed us of your dear mother's death. She heard it through Eliza Pomeroy, of Janesville, Wisconsin. Some of you wrote to Mr. Handy. We did not hear the cause.
Your brothers and sisters are quite scattered. How many children has Augusta. How could she stay so long from home and from May until Sept.? Lucy should be well paid for all her years of care and watchfulness over the family. Did your mother make a will? Seems to me she should have done so. Am glad Emma has a kind husband and a comfortable home. What is your brother Edward doing?
How well I remember Charley.
Have never seen Fred, since your folks lived in Wilton, Iowa, 1856. Well, hope all are doing well. Like to hear good reports.
Now I must give you news of your relations here. Aunt Hattie Warner lives at number 10 University Place, New Haven. Arthur Warner, their son, and family live in the same house with them. Mary their daughter, teaches in the kindergarten, public school, boards home. Uncle Egbert Warner, is losing his mind. He had to give up business. His general health is good, may live several years. Auntie does the work for the three in family and looks after Uncle Egbert. She seems very well. Aunt Julia is a great worker in the church (does sewing for Mary Warner), and her mother, sister Hattie, beside.) Uncle William has rheumatism which troubles him. Manages to get about and use his pair of horses. He does a great deal of riding during the summer. Is very good to take different people to ride. He likes to take a drive up to Oxford when the traveling is fine. We get a treat once or twice during the summer. Wales Chatfield your only own uncle living, on your father's side, lives on the old homestead in Oxford. They have only two children. William Everett is 22 years old, works on the farm with his father, unmarried. Mary the daughter is 17. She has been attending school for 2 years in N.H. and boarded with us. The first year, 1897, she attended a young ladies school, stayed there one year. Her health would not permit of her graduation. This year she is home. She may teach next season if her mother can spare her help.
Your Uncle Heibus (Heber's) widow and family are living in Ansonia, Connecticut. Carrie, the eldest daughter is married, has one little girl, they live with the mother. Edward, died when he was 24. The twins, (Ruth Wooster & Charles Heber), are now 20 years old.
Charles Heber is in the clothing store, boards home. Ruth has learned dressmaking. She also lives at home.
They are very nice to their mother. All are doing well. Jennie (Heber's wife), & Jennie (Wales' wife), were here about two weeks ago, and spent the night. Wales' wife (Jennie) was visiting Heber's wife (Jennie), for a week in Ansonia, so they surprised us with a short visit. Our family are well. Julia, is with her parents still. She is a very kind, helpful daughter. She is not married. We are glad to keep her with us. Lonie, (probably Lucius Bruton), and family live nearby on the same street. They have two children. Ruth will be five the 24th of next May. Everett will be three the 27th of June.
Our son Frederick Alfred, lives in Chicago, our business is there, residence is in Oak Park, Illinoia., one of the suburbs. They have two boys, Donald Draper, and Frederick Lewis. Donald will be five in April. Frederick was three the 16th of this month. He lost his wife year ago last August. She was a beautiful woman, and we all loved her, and it was very hard to have her called away so early in life.
I will send you a memorial, so you can judge something of her loveliness of life and character. You may keep it as we have another. The picture is excellent of her. Fred has just married another sister, Grace Draper. They were married the 7th of this month.
Grace is another very sweet and lovable girl. She has lived with our son ever since Fannydied. She will be a good mama for those children. (Fred), is connected with the Frank B. White Company, Agricultural Advertising, 17th floor of the Fisher Building, Chicago.) He is doing very nicely, has a good business. I was out there in Nov. after Fanny died. Julia, went home cousin Fannie Neal last Oct. and stayed a month with them.
Fred has two beautiful children.
Your Uncle Lucius and Aunt Emily, had some pictures taken three years ago. (When we had been married 40 years) We have a few left, will send one of each to you, and if any of the other members of your family desire one, just write to us and we will remember them also.
Now dear Nellie, I must stop. Thanking you for such a nice letter. I shall send the photos and memorial together in a day or two and direct to you. When you write again address me Mrs. L. P. Sperry, 96 Lyon St. and it will reach me all right. Give our love, and sympathy to each member of the family. Uncle Lucius and Cousin Julia send love to all.
Be sure and tell me who has the Family Bible. Fred being the eldest son, should have it. Do write soon to your loving aunt.
Emily C. Sperry
96 Lyon St.
Newspaper article: The paper's name is present the issue date is not. HEBER C. CHATFIELD is son of Enos and Roxa (Sperry) Chatfield.WARNING: THIS LETTER CONTAINS MEDICAL CONTENT THAT IS CONSIDERED "GROSS" .
Oxford June 8, 1864
Dear Brother & Sister
I have often thought but until this late day have neglected to write you the sad and painful intelligence of Mother's Death.
For the past three years she has been gradually fading in strength. Last fall and winter she had a severe cough that weakened her fast. (She then thought herself consumptive.) In February she was taken with the lung fever, and something of the typhoid. She was confined to her room near two months, and then seemed to gain very fast, and was soon around the kitchen quite-smart for her two or three weeks. She then commenced bloating very fast.
We sent again for Dr. Johnson and he then called it dropsy, and a very difficult case. It was Monday morn when Dr. came, and the next Saturday night we sent for him again, and in so short a time she was pressed so full with water, that he was obliged to draw it off by means of two incisions made in her bowels. Dr. drew only about three quarts, then it would not run, it seemed thick and clogged the tube, and he was obliged to give up and left the incisions (which were about the size of a small nail head) open. Some three quarts drained through each day for ten days, then it ceased discharging and she filled again but would not have another operation performed. If she had, it would done no good, only to as she said, "lengthen her suffering a few days longer".
It was just two weeks from the Saturday night she was tapped until she died, which was May 21st. For the last two weeks she was not conscious of much that was passing, we were obliged to give stupefying things for she suffered great pain. One of her limbs for a week before her last, burst and over one or two cups of water a day. That limb was mortified three or four days before she died.
She died very easy without a struggle for the last twelve hours she lay asleep. It was impossible for us to rouse her enough to speak or notice anything and in that way she breathed her last.
The funeral was Monday after, she was carried in the church and sermon preached but the coffin could not be open there was quite a disappointment to many who wanted to see her. (She had purged badly).
Five only of the nine of her children were near to follow her remains to their resting place. Many times she expressed a wish that she might see all her children that were far away once more but that was not to be.
We have her ambro type from which we are going to have some photographs taken to send to the absent ones. I think they will be done so I can send one in my next to you.
Two weeks before the death of mother, Emily, was called back to New Haven to the death bed of Della. One week before she left her at her Father Sperry's, to all appearances well as usual. Two days after she was taken with diphtheria, was sick only four days. Emily has had a double affliction, she is to stay with us this summer, and expects Lucius in the fall, her little boy is seven months and is a great deal of company for her and us both.
We will send you a register with the two deaths in. I presume you have not seen one in quite a while, Heber is not home, works for Hat's, (maybe a reference to Harriet's) husband this year in the butchering business.
Wales helps father on the farm. There now is only four of our own family, something unusual for us.
I shall expect to hear from you soon.
Family sends love.
Yours in affection and sympathy
SEYMOUR, CONNECTICUT NEWSPAPER ARTICLE
"HEBER CHATFIELD'S DEATH"
"His head was bundled up and he didn't see train."
"The body of HEBER C. CHATFIELD, the man who was struck and killed by the 3:14 train out of Seymour, Friday afternoon, at Pines Bridge, was taken to Ward's morgue on Bank Street. Owing to repairs being made on the bridge at Beacon Falls, CHATFIELD, who was a teamster in the employ of the Beach Manufacturing Co. was obliged to drive to Pines Bridge to get to the depot. A steep hill leads down to the tracks and CHATFIELD, who wore a woolen cap over his ears, apparently did not hear the approaching train as he drove on the tracks. The wagon was struck squarely in the center and CHATFIELD, was thrown violently to the ground, the shock killing him, as the engine did not hit him." "Dr. F. B. Tuttle, of Naugatuck, viewed the remains as they lay in the depot and gave permission for their removal to Seymour. Undertaker Ward was sent for and brought the body here. An examination of his person showed that the skull had been literally crushed and broken bones were innumerable."
"CHATFIELD was 49 years of age and had a wife and children in Ansonia, CT, with whom he had not lived for sometime. He also has a brother who resides on Chestnut Tree Hill. He was a member of Morning Star Lodge, F. & A.M. of this place, and at one time was quite well known to this vicinity. The spot where he was killed is quite dangerous when trains are coming from the north, but approaching from the opposite direction there seems little excuse for a failure to observe it unless, as in the case of CHATFIELD, the driver of a team is so bundled up that the sound is partially excluded."
"HEBER C. CHATFIELD, the victim of the grade crossing accident in Beacon Falls, Friday last, was a native and almost life long resident of Oxford. The funeral was held in Ansonia, Sunday Afternoon."
Saturday Evening February 4, 1888
Mrs. Sarah D. Seymour died Saturday last at Mercy Hospital Davenport, wherein she was placed Two years ago, having been adjudged insane by the district court of Dubuque, and Major George L. Torbet appointed her guardian. She was a pioneer resident of Dubuque, having come here in 1736. Her age was 79 years. She leaves considerable property, including a farm in Center Township. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Beecher Chatfield of West Dubuque, and Mrs. Augusta A. Clark of New York, a widow.
HANDY (Same article)
Mrs. Hattie Handy, aged 25 years, died Tuesday morning at 7 o'clock at the residence , West Dubuque, of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Beecher Chatfield. Her home was at Janesville, Wisc. but she was taken sick here six weeks ago while on a visit.
Mrs. Seymour and her granddaughter, Mrs. Handy, will be buried at Asbury next Sunday.
Died: Handy -- At the residence of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Beecher Chatfield, Nettie (Chatfield) Handy, aged 25 years.
Died: Seymour -- Mrs. Sarah D. Seymour aged 80 years.
Both funerals will take place Sunday afternoon, February 12th at 2 o'clock, from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. B. Chatfield, near West Dubuque. Funeral services by Rev. C. O. Brown.
Old settlers and other friends are invited to attend.
Herald and Times copy.
Died: Handy -- In this city at 7 a.m., Wednesday June 12, 1888, at the residence in West Dubuque, of her grandfather, Beecher Chatfield. Nellie, daughter of Harry Handy, aged 2 years.
Funeral Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment at Asbury.
Friends of the family are invited.
Mr. Beecher Chatfield, a member of Hyde Clark Post, G.A.R. of this city died yesterday at the Soldiers Home at Marshalltown. He was a member of Company D, 11th Iowa, during the war and was in several battles. This makes the 4th death in Hyde Clark Post within a week.
B. Chatfield, aged 63 years, died of old age at the Soldiers Home at 2:40 o'clock this morning. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock. The deceased had been an inmate of the home since last December. He was a member of Company D, Eleventh Iowa Infantry, and came from Dubuque.
SEYMOUR: William Seymour, age 83 years whose death was announced in this paper last evening, was for 43 years past a resident of this city. He was the father of Mrs. Chatfield of West Dubuque, from whose residence the funeral will occur on the arrival of a daughter from New York.
Mrs. Mary E. Chatfield died last Friday morning at 12:45 o'clock at her home near West Dubuque, She was born near Lanesboro, Mass., 67 years ago and has been a resident of Dubuque County for 40 years, Forty-four years ago she was married in New Haven Co., Conn. The surviving children are Edward, Charles, Frederick, Lucy, Nellie, Mrs. C. W. Riddle of Stanwood, IA., and Mrs. Anna A. Woods of Rapid City, S.D.
Mrs. Chatfield, throughout her long residence in Dubuque county, formed a general acquaintance. Her friends were many and the news of her death will occasion regret.
The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 and burial will be in Asbury.
Died: Chatfield -- At her home near West Dubuque Friday, May 20, at 12:45.
Mrs. Mary E. Chatfield. aged 67 years, 5 months and 20 days.
Funeral Sunday, May 22, at 2:30 p.m. from family residence.
Friends of the family invited to attend
ANDREW DUNHAM TO BE BURIED ON SUNDAY IN OAKWOOD
The funeral of Andrew A. Dunham, 35 years old, who died in Buffalo yesterday morning, will be held from Leuppie undertaking chapel tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock. The dead man leaves a widow, and brother. William Dunham of this city. The services will be in charge of Aerie SS. Eagles The burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.