|Death: ||Apr. 17, 1832|
An Old Time Family of Our County.
While driving from Carmel to Ludingtonville recently, in passing the farm house of Eli Townsend, our thoughts went back to the old woodcolored dwelling which formerly stood on that site, and which Mr. Townsend had torn down some years ago to make room for his present neat and commodious residence.
More than a century ago the woodcolored house referred to was occupied by Obed Chase, whose father was Isaac Chase, and his good, wife, Susanna, or Susan, as she was more familiarly called. Her maiden name was Berry.
They had an interesting family of six robust sons and three buxom daughters, among whom sickness was rarely known, and their home was one of industry and good cheer.
The father died at the early ago of forty-five years, leaving his wife and children to fight the remainder of life's battle for themselves. Isaac, the eldest son, was a farmer; Daniel, the second son was a Christian preacher, and moved to Tioga County, N.Y., where he died; Elmer and Elvin (the latter changed his name to Alvin) were twins; Jesse and John, the other two sons, were tillers of the soil, and moved near Peekskill, where their children and grandchildren now reside. The daughters were Mary, Kate and Huldah.
Elmer and Alvin moved to Tompkins County, N.Y., taking their mother with them. Elmer remained there, as also did his mother, who died at his home at the advanced age of 96 years.
When Alvin moved to Tompkins County one cart and a team of oxen carried himself, his wife and children, and all their worldly goods. He built a log cabin, his family remaining with a neighbor until their home was ready for occupancy. Bark was used to roof the cabin, but it was so open that they could lie in bed at night and see the stars through the cracks, and in the winter time snow would occasionally sift through the crevices, on them, but they had stout hearts and were happy and contented. Their bedsteads wore split out of logs and pinned fast to the sides of the cabin.
That region was then a wilderness, and when they left their cabins, marked trees with a compass were the only means by which they could find the path to retune home. Wolves, bears and deer were plenty at that time and pigs and poultry had to be closely housed at night to save them from being destroyed.
One morning while Mr. Chase and family sat at breakfast, a neighbor, John Smith, rushed in shouting, "Chase, there is a bear and her cubs up a tree, out here, get your gun quick and help us shoot them." They went out and soon dispatched Mrs. Bear and her cubs, and the settlement feasted for a while on bear steak.
After spending thirteen years in Tompkins County, Alvin Chase moved with his family back to Putnam County and bought the farm in his native town (Kent) formerly owned by J.W. Hazen, now the property of Charles Nichols. He resided there a number of years and then went to Pawling, Dutchess County, where the remainder of his life was passed; He was twice married. His first wife was Ruth Cole and twelve children were born to them —seven sons and five daughters. His second, wife was Martha Elizabeth Dingee and two sons and one daughter were the issue of their marriage, Mr. Chase thus being the father of fifteen children. Of this large family only four sons and two daughters survive.
They are Darius Chase, of Pawling, who is now in his 90th year; Francis, who lives in Ohio; John, who is a resident of South Kent, Conn.; Elmer, of Patterson, N.Y.; Cynthia who married Gilbert Knapp, and Hannah, wife of Moses Peck, of Towner's, N.Y. The late Mrs. Polly Colwell, of Kent, was also a granddaughter of Obed Chase. Elmer Chase would, drive from Tompkins County east to visit his brothers and their families, and it was a custom with them, on such occasions, both at meeting and parting for all present to kneel down and invoke the Divine blessing and guidance, showing how strong was their faith and how earnest had been their early religious training.
PUTNAM COUNTY REPUBLICAN, CAMEL, N.Y., JULY 3, 1897.
Alvin Chase (1778 - 1853)
Naomi Chase Beardsley (1805 - 1881)*
Darius Chase (1807 - 1898)*
Lyman Bradley Chase (1811 - 1892)*
Cynthia C. Chase Knapp (1820 - 1910)*
Old Baptist Cemetery
New York, USA
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Originally Created by: Meges
Record added: Aug 20, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40905432
Also listed in the book, "Old Gravestones of Putnam County, NY," by Barbara Smith Buys, 1975|
Added: Jul. 2, 2010