Dec. 15, 1747 Northfield Franklin County Massachusetts, USA
Jun. 11, 1832 Newbury Orange County Vermont, USA
Benjamin, 6th son & 7th child of Richard & his wife Abigail (Wright) Chamberlin, born in Northfield, Mass., 12/15/1747; went with his parents to Newbury, VT., in 1762; was a farmer on Musquash Meadow, & carpenter.
The History of Newbury, VT., in speaking of the bridges across the Connecticut River at that place, says: "The journals of the New Hampshire House of Reps for the session of 1794 states that among the business brought before the House on Dec. 30, was the following: 'Whereas Benjamin Chamberlin of Newbury, VT, proposes building a bridge over Connecticut River at or near the place where he & his father have kept a ferry ever since the settlement of the town, which is the best & oldest road for passing between the states to the north & Canada, prays to be allowed to build & tend said bridge for toll.'" "The Subscriptions on the Haverhill side amounted to $1,000 & it was stated that as much had been promised from Newbury" - Benjamin & Nathaniel Chamberlin, each giving $100 - "but owning to the high water & floating ice prevailing at the time, the man with the Newbury subscription was unable to cross the river. The committees appointed, 1/7/1795, to consider the feasibility of this petition & other petitions for bridges across the Connecticut that were presented about the same time reported at the June session of 1795 in favor of locating the bridge about thirty rods below Chamberlin's ferry. The charter was granted 6/18/1795, to Benjamin Chamberlin, Ezekiel Ladd, Moses Dow, Thomas Johnson, William Wallace, John Montgomery, & associates as 'Proprietors of Haverhill bridge'." The rates of toll were nearly like those of the Wells River bridge.
Mr. Chamberlin served a short time in the Revolutionary War. After 1800, he removed to the farm still called the "Ben Chamberlin place," situated on what was once called "the back road," southeast of Wells River (village). Married the widow, Hannah Eaton, who had 3 daughters by her former marriage, one of whom married Horace Stebbins, another married as 2d wife, John Johnson, & the third married a Mr. Webb. Mrs. Chamberlin died 5/10/1833, in her 85th year. He died 6/11/1832 or 3 & was buried at the Oxbow (Newbury, VT.).