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Pvt Robert S. Chambers
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Birth: 1826
Adams County
Ohio, USA
Death: unknown
Peoria County
Illinois, USA

ALMOST CERTAINLY AN UNMARKED GRAVE!

Private ROBERT S. CHAMBERS, Co. I, 86th Illinois

Robert S. Chambers was born on __________ __, 18__ (c. 1826) in Adams County, Ohio, possibly the son of William Chambers and Sarah (__________) Chambers. William Chambers is believed to have died before the 1850 census was taken. At the time of the 1850 census, the Chambers family is found in Liberty Township in Adams County, Ohio;
Sarah Chambers F 49 Ohio
Thomas Chambers M 21 Ohio
Joel Chambers M 19 Ohio
Jackson Chambers M 17 Ohio
Samuel Chambers M 15 Ohio
Eliza J Chambers F 11 Ohio
Ruth Chambers F 9 Ohio
Mary A Chambers F 24 Ohio

At the time of the 1850 census, Robert Chambers is also found in Liberty Township of Adams County, Ohio;
Robert Chambers M 24 Ohio
Rhoda Chambers F 30 Ohio
John Chambers M 1 Ohio
Joseph Chambers M 10 Ohio
Catherine Chambers F 8 Ohio

About 1855, the Chambers family moved west to Illinois, where they settled in Peoria County. Eliza is found in Princeville Township at the time of the 1860 census. Joel, Jackson and Samuel are found in Timber Township. While Robert and his family are found next door in Hollis Township.
Robert S. Chambers was married to Rhoda __________ on ___________ __, 18__ at __________, Ohio before the move was made. Rhoda was born on August 20, 1819 in Ohio. Four children are known to have been born to them at this time. They are;
1. John Chambers, born c. 1850 in Ohio.
2. Sarah Chambers, born c. 1852 in Ohio; Saraj could be the Sarah E. Chambers who was married to George W. Proctor on March 17, 1878 in Peoria County.
3. Elizabeth Chambers, born c. 1854 in Ohio.
4. Airy (dau.) Chambers, born c. 1857 in Illinois; Airy may be the Arie Chambers who was married to Milton Clifford on November 22, 1875 in Peoria County.

As stated above, Robert, Rhoda and their four children are found residing in Hollis Township in Peoria County at the time of the 1860 census of Illinois.
2439 Chambers Robert 36 M farmer 400 OH
2439 Chambers Rhoda 40 F OH
2439 Chambers John 10 M OH
2439 Chambers Sarah 8 F OH
2439 Chambers Elizabeth 6 F OH
2439 Chambers Airey 3 F IL

ILLINOIS CIVIL WAR DETAIL REPORT
Name CHAMBERS, ROBERT S
Rank PVT Company I Unit 86 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics
Residence LANCASTER, PEORIA CO, IL Age 36 Height 6' 1 3/8 Hair SANDY
Eyes BLUE Complexion LIGHT Marital Status MARRIED Occupation FARMER
Nativity ADAMS CO, OH

Service Record
Joined When AUG 1, 1862 Joined Where LANCASTER, IL
Joined By Whom A L FAHNESTOCK Period 3 YRS
Muster In AUG 27, 1862 Muster In Where PEORIA, IL
Muster In By Whom N/A Muster Out N/A
Muster Out Where N/A Muster Out By Whom N/A
Remarks TRANS TO VRC FEB 4, 1865

According to his Pension Card that is found on Fold3, Robert S. Chambers served in Co. E of the 23rd Veteran Reserve Corps. It is not known when he was finally mustered out of the service.

Rhoda died on February 11, 1869 at the age of 49y, 5m, 22d. Her mortal remains were laid to rest in the Maple Ridge Cemetery in Hollis Township in Peoria County, Section 8.

At the time of the 1870 census, there is a Robert Chamber found in Timber Township, but is the our Robert Chambers?
222 Chambers Robert 45 M farmer 1,200 200 Ohio
222 Chambers Mary 50 F wife Ohio
222 Chambers John James 21 M farmer Ohio
222 Chambers David F. 12 M at home Iowa
222 Chambers Gretta Jane 10 F at home Illinois
222 Chambers Mary Eliza 6 F Illinois

Robert S. Chambers was granted an Invalid Pension on September 1, 1879.

The surviving members of the 86th Illinois began holding reunions in 1887 on the 25th Anniversary of their being mustered into service. At that time, the surviving members of the 86th Illinois were of the belief that Private Robert S. Chambers was deceased.
Today, July 15, 2012, I walked through Maple Ridge Cemetery. I found the 142 year old tombstone on the grave of Rhoda B. Chambers. It is still fairly legible after 142 years. It is located on the southeast side of the cemetery near the road. There is a vacant space just to the north of Rhoda's stone, perhaps enough space for a grave or two. This may very well be where Robert S. Chambers is buried.

by Baxter B. Fite III

 
 
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 Spouse:
  Rhoda B. Chambers (____ - 1869)
 
 Children:
  Child Chambers*
  John M. Chambers (1849 - ____)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Maple Ridge Cemetery
Mapleton
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Baxter B. Fite III
Record added: Feb 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65745900
Pvt Robert S. Chambers
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Rest in Peace!
- Lois
 Added: Feb. 17, 2013
 
 
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