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Levi Chamberlin
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Birth: Feb. 17, 1792
Death: Apr. 3, 1876

Per a book by Eunice Miena Chamberlin Barber: Levi the sixth son & seventh child of Wright & Hannah (Heath) Chamberlin, born 2/17/1792, while his parents lived in that part of Litchfield Co., Conn., now called South Farms; coming to Gibson, Susquehanna County, Penn., when but four years of age, where he grew to manhood learning to swing the ax & use the sickle with an efficiency seldom equaled. His motto being: what is worth doing at all is worth doing well.

During the war of 1812, he with his brother Moses & their brother-in-law, Jeremiah Fuller, were drafted & went as far as Danville, where news was received that peace had been declared, whereupon they returned to their homes, each receiving one hundred dollars for his trip.

He married, 4/8/1814, Mary, daughter of Ichabod & Sarah (Roberts) Lott, born 4/28/1798. In 1816, they moved into the wilds of New Milford township, three miles from Motts Hotel, where they remained about two years; in 1818, he bought the Bennett Farm situated in that part of Clifford township, Susquehanna County, Penn., now known as West Clifford, which is now (1900) owned & occupied by William Hasbrouck, Jr. Selling this place in 1822, he took up a tract of new land on the hill northwest of the West Clifford schoolhouse, which comprised the farms owned in 1899 by his son Pulaski, & his grandson, Charles P. Chamberlin. His daughter, Catharine, dying about this time, he cleared a plot on his new possession & buried her there. That plot now holds the remains of himself & wife, five daughters, his eldest & youngest sons, two daughter-in-laws, wives of the eldest son, besides other relatives & friends.

During the following winter he cleared a portion of his land & erected a log house on the lower side of the Milford & Owego turnpike near the location of Chas. P. Chamberlin's new barn (1900) into which he moved the following spring. He remained on this place twenty one years, clearing & improving it. Within this time he built a new house opposite side of the road, a little in front of the house now occupied by his grandson, where he kept a tavern for several years; the farmers of Brooklyn & neighboring townships drew their grain to Carbondale, which was their principal market & usually put up a night each way. Although there was another tavern within a mile, his house was often filled to its utmost; the teamsters refused to go on as long as there was room for their teams, saying they were willing to sleep on the floor if they might stay. On cold wintry nights, the host added to the comfort of his weary guests by sitting up & frequently replenishing the fire in the old time fire place with logs of wood.

In those days deer, bears & wolves ran through the woods at will & often came near the house. At one time, he saw two deer approaching his house by the path in the deep snow, made by hauling logs of wood. Aiming his trusty rifle trough the door which his wife held partly open, he shot one of them. He often trapped for wolves & bears; at one time had seven wolf skins tacked upon his barn. One morning he set out with his log to look for his cow. After proceeding for some distance, he resolved to go to the trap which he had set for a bear. On reaching the spot he found the trap gone but following the trail soon discovered old Bruin under the upturned roots of a tree. Having neglected to bring his gun & being too far from the house to go for it, he procured a handspike & as the dog claimed the bear's attention from one side, he would advance & deal him a severe blow with the handspike from the other, whereupon the bear would spring at him, causing him to make a hasty retreat, while the dog made an advance from his side, thus inducing the bear to turn for him again. After working in this way for some time they succeeded in killing the bear.

Selling part of his place to his eldest son, Pulaski, in 1844, he moved into Lenox, an adjoining township, onto the place now (1900) owned & occupied by his grandson, Valentine W. Barber, situated about two miles below Lenoxville (then known as Doud Hollow), where for many years he kept the toll gate on the Lenox (more properly Lonsdale, as that is the eastern terminus of the road) & Brooklyn turnpike, where he remained until after the death of his wie, 7/19/1874. The remaining two years of his life were spent with his daughters, Mrs. Eunice Barber of Lenoxville, until Oct, 1875; & Mrs. Diana Coleman of Dimock, from that time until his death, 4/3/1876. For many years he was a devoted Christian & a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Lenoxville.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Wright Chamberlin (1758 - 1842)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Lott Chamberlin (1798 - 1874)
 
 Children:
  Pulaski Wright Chamberlin (1814 - 1899)*
  Catharine Chamberlin (1821 - 1822)*
  Diana Chamberlin Coleman (1823 - 1912)*
  Elvira Chamberlin (1826 - 1901)*
  Hannah Chamberlin (1831 - 1853)*
  Sarah Chamberlin Cox (1833 - 1852)*
  Milo Chamberlin (1838 - 1840)*
 
 Sibling:
  Levi Chamberlin (1792 - 1876)
  Huldah Amanda Chamberlin Brown (1830 - 1917)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Chamberlin Family Cemetery
West Clifford
Susquehanna County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: DMLeForce
Record added: Aug 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57584698
 


- DMLeForce
 Added: Aug. 24, 2010
 
 
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