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Solomon Chamberlain
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Birth: Jul. 30, 1788
Canaan
Litchfield County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Mar. 26, 1862
Washington
Washington County
Utah, USA

Son of Joel Chamberlain and Sarah Dean

Married Hopestill Haskins, 23 Oct 1809, Pownal, Bennington, Vermont

Children - Alonzo Chamberlain, Polly Chamberlain, Electa Chamberlain, Charles Chamberlain, Robert Chamberlain

Married Emeline Shepherd, 15 Jan 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois

Married Terressa Morse, Abt 1847

Daughter - Sariah Louisa Chamberlain, Washington, Washington, Utah

LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 2, p. 605

Chamberlain, Solomon, one of the original Utah pioneers of 1847, was born July 30, 1788, at Old Canaan, Connecticut, son of Joel and Sarah Chamberlain. He became a member of the Church at an early day and was one of the first Saints who settled in Jackson county, Missouri, where he became subject to the mobbings and persecutions in 1833 and was expelled from the county. He procured a rifle, three pistols, a broadsword and six dirks with which he armed himself. He also procured a full suit of buckskin with a wolf skin cap, tanned with the ears on to resemble that animal. In this rig he was ready to go back to Jackson county and execute vengeance on God's enemies, and he styled himself "old buckskin." The mobocrats of Missouri took him prisoner; he told his persecutors that if they would give him a good supper and a good bed they might kill him in the morning. After he awoke, he went out and told them he was ready for his fate, but as they had been drinking and carousing all night, they damned him and told him to get out of their way.

In 1847 he was selected as one of the original pioneers and traveled under the direction of Pres. Brigham Young to G. S. L. Valley. On the journey he suffered considerable with sickness. Bro. Chamberlain was also one of the pioneers of Southern Utah, being one of the first settlers of Parowan, Cedar City, Beaver and Santa Clara. At the latter place his house was washed away in the flood of 1862, and he saved his own life by climbing a tree. Subsequently he removed to Washington, Washington co., Utah, where he died March 26, 1862.

Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 2, p. 599

The following sketch was taken from the autobiography of Solomon Chamberlain:

"I was born July 30, 1788 in Old Canaan, Connecticut. My father's name was Joel Chamberlain and my mother's Sarah Dean. By her he had six sons and three daughters. When I was twenty years old I went to the house of Philip Haskins and took one of his daughters to wife by the name of Hopee Haskins. By her I had one son and two daughters.... I soon learned the cooper's trade and worked the most of my days at that....

"The Church was not yet organized but was soon after, April 6, 1830. A few days after I was baptized in the waters of Seneca Lake by Joseph Smith and emigrated same spring to Kirtland, Ohio, and in the fall of 1831 emigrated to Jackson county, Missouri....

We were driven from the state of Missouri and settled in Illinois, at Nauvoo, where we remained in peace several years; but about the year 1846, we were broken up and had to flee to the Rocky Mountains.... The pioneers began to leave Winter Quarters for the Valley of the Great Salt Lake to make the road and hunt a place for the Saints. I, being one of them, and unwell when I started, I suffered much from cold and hunger. When we got to the Green River I was taken sick with the mountain fever, the second time, got a little better and was taken down with cholera morbus, and was brought to the point of death. For six days and nights I took nothing into my stomach but cold water and that distressed me much. The road was new and rough and we continued to travel and it seemed I must die and I longed for death. My fare was coarse and scant. When we got to the valley July 24th many of us were out of provisions.

"August 26th, we started for Council Bluffs. For my outfit to go back with I had two quarts of parched corn, and three quarts of coarse corn meal. Many times I had nothing to eat and sometimes I had but a little poor buffalo bull meat. We returned back to the Bluffs about the last of October and I found my family well.

"In the summer of 1848 I moved to the Valley. The wife of my youth died at Winter Quarters just before I started to the valley with the Pioneers. I said then: 'All my happiness as to the things of this world is gone,' and so it has proved to this time. I am now alone except for my little daughter eight years old.

"Somewhere about the year 1850 I thought I would go to California, as gold digging was cried up very much, and to get gold to make myself and family comfortable, as I was in poor circumstances. I accordingly went, the northern route, and made my stand this side of Sacramento on Weber Creek. I went up this creek about five miles and began to dig gold. I made one dollar per day; board was one dollar per meal in this place. This morning I found myself in the woods and but one mule to help myself with. I now found if I stayed any longer I should have to sell my mule to live on the proceeds thereof. As digging was poor at this time and the large streams were so high there could be no digging in them for a month or more, I now thought I would ask the Lord what to do as I was alone and far from home. I knelt down and asked the Lord in faith what I should do. The voice of the Lord came unto me as plain as though a man spake and said, 'If you will go home to your family you shall go in peace, and nothing shall harm you.' I rose and started with one mule, and left all I had, a chest of clothes and my rifle in a store and said nothing to no man where I was going. I took the Lord at His word and put myself over the California mountains with no weapon but my pocket knife. This year the Indians were more troublesome than ever they were before or since. They were killing and being killed every night. I put my trust in God and in the power of the Priesthood which carried me safe through, although I came all the way alone, me and one mule. So the Lord was as good as His word in bringing me through safely."

Solomon Chamberlain was fifty nine years of age when he made the pioneer trek, the oldest man in the company. He died in Washington county, Utah March 26, 1862.

Artemesia M. Romney 
 
Family links: 
 Spouses:
  Hopestill Haskins Chamberlain (1787 - 1847)
  Terressa Morse Phelps (1813 - 1882)
 
 Children:
  Lorenzo Dow Chamberlin (1810 - 1889)*
  Polly Chamberlin Harris (1812 - 1849)*
  Electa Ann Chamberlain Prindle (1816 - 1872)*
  Sariah Louisa Chamberlain Redd (1849 - 1908)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Washington City Cemetery
Washington
Washington County
Utah, USA
 
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Record added: Feb 02, 2000
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Solomon Chamberlain
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