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Isaac Willard "I.W." Chatfield
Birth: Aug. 11, 1836
Geauga County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jun. 14, 1921
San Jose
Santa Clara County
California, USA

Note: Isaac was Willis in early census records, went by I.W. as an adult

Military: Civil War, Union Army, 2nd Lieut
27th Regiment, Company "E", Ill Vol Inf

Occupation: Hotelier, clerk, potato farmer, cattle rancher, railroad contractor, grocery/livery stable owner, part owner of silver mines, VP & General Manager of W.E. Moses Land & Real Estate Company, orchardist

Politics: Republican County Committee, Alderman (City Council) in Leadville, Colorado, Colorado State Assembly/House of Representatives

Affiliations: Member of GAR, Sheridan-Dix Post, No. 7, Member of the Loyal Legion

Died: at age 84; arteriosclerosis & chronic cystitis (suffered from Civil War internal maladies)

Married (1): May 20, 1858, ELIZA ANN HARRINGTON, Havana, Mason Co., Illinois

Nine children:
1. Ella Clara CHATFIELD
1859 - 1948
2. Clark Willard Charles CHATFIELD
1861 - 1861
3. Elmer Ellsworth CHATFIELD
1863 - 1962
4. Phil Van Wert CHATFIELD
1865 - 1883
5. Jacqueline CHATFIELD
1867 - 1963
6. Charles Henry CHATFIELD
1870 - 1942
7. Myrtle Lovina CHATFIELD
1873 - 1877
1874 - 1874
9. Calla Mabel CHATFIELD
1878 - 1958

Married (2): Aug 30, 1913, SARAH JANE (ROOKER) WISENOR (a widow), Oakland, Alameda Co., California

Isaac Willard Chatfield was born in 1836, the first child of Levi Tomlinson Chatfield and Lovina Mastick. In May of 1858, he married the elegant Eliza Ann Herrington and for over five decades Isaac and Eliza pioneered across the country, settling parts of Kansas, Wyoming and Colorado.

Shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War and the day after his 25th birthday, Isaac traveled to Havana, Illinois where on August 3, 1861 he enlisted in the Union Army as a private in Company "E" of the 27th Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry. As he was educated, he was immediately commissioned to second lieutenant.

In the winter of 1862 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Isaac fought in the battle at Stones River at the same time as a sixteen year-old private in the 9th Michigan Volunteer Infantry—Finley McLaren Chamberlin—a man whose daughter would marry Isaac's son 32 years hence.

In 1864 Isaac and Eliza crossed the plains driving an ox-team, took up homestead near Florence, removed to Leadville, then Aspen, onto Denver, then settled in the Bighorns near the town of Basin, Wyoming. The family travelled in clans, brothers and cousins and uncles homesteading near one another. Isaac reaped large profits from the selling of his farms and cattle ranges in Colorado. He served as a Republican (anti-slave party) City Alderman and went on to be elected to the Colorado State House of Representatives. He was a railroad contractor, hiring 500 rock men to work on the grade of the Denver and Rio Grande short line to Leadville. He was a store and livery stable owner. He had a love for horses and horse racing, the amount of his losses often significant enough to be mentioned in the local newspapers. Having become one of the wealthiest men in Colorado, he could afford to lose.

The Chatfield men were farmers, cattle ranchers, horse traders, railroad builders, mercantile owners, politicians, and mine stockholders. The women were opera singers, musicians, mothers, teachers, seamstresses, shopkeepers, and landowners. Devotion to God, family, hard work, and common sense ruled the order of the day.

On June 12, 1911, after fifty-three years of marriage and nine children (four of whom she buried before her), Eliza died from uterine cancer, her burial services under the auspices of the Christian Scientists.

Shortly after Eliza's death, Isaac moved to Princeton, California, a rural rice-farming community in the sun heated Sacramento Valley. Two years later, in late August of 1913, He married a second time to a widowed Sarah Jane Wisenor—much to the great displeasure of the family who did not think he should be marrying again, much less so soon, and particularly at the age of seventy-seven. He too must have been dubious as he put on his marriage certificate he was sixty-seven.
by Catherine Sevenau 
Family links: 
  Levi Tomlinson Chatfield (1813 - 1848)
  Lovina Mastick Chatfield (1809 - 1858)
  Sarah Jane Rooker Beaver (1858 - 1932)
  Eliza Ann Harrington Chatfield (1839 - 1911)*
  Ella Clara Chatfield Small (1859 - 1948)*
  Clark Willard Charles Chatfield (1861 - 1861)*
  Elmer Ellsworth Chatfield (1863 - 1962)*
  Phil Van Wert Chatfield (1865 - 1883)*
  Jacquelin Chatfield Adams (1867 - 1963)*
  Charles Henry Chatfield (1870 - 1942)*
  Myrtle Lovina Chatfield (1873 - 1877)*
  Grace Chatfield (1874 - 1874)*
  Calla Mabel Chatfield Joslin (1878 - 1958)*
  Isaac Willard Chatfield (1836 - 1921)
  Clark Samuel Chatfield (1838 - 1906)*
  Charles Henry Chatfield (1840 - 1864)*
  Ellen Charlotte Chatfield Batchellor (1846 - 1928)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Buried Jun 16, 1921, GAR Veteran's Section
Oak Hill Memorial Park
San Jose
Santa Clara County
California, USA
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