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Er Chamberlin
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Birth: Jun. 24, 1744
Franklin County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: 1831
Caledonia County
Vermont, USA

Er, 4th son & 5th child of Richard & his wife Abigail (Wright) Chamberlin, born 6/24/1744; went to Newbury, VT., in the fall of 1762, he with others, making their way by "spotted tress." He served in the Revolutionary War, in local service. About 1770, he moved to Wells River, VT.; was the first settler there, where he built a saw-mill, a grist-mill, & a blacksmith shop. He began keeping a ferry across Connecticut River about 1778 & kept it til the bridge was built. Of this bridge, Wells' History of Newbury VT., says:

"The second charter for a bridge at Wells River was approved 12/27/1803. The incorporators were: Er Chamberlin, Ezekiel Ladd, James Whitelaw, Moses Little, Amos Kimball, William Abbott & their associates. The charter granted to Colonel Porter having lapsed, the new enterprise was given the privileges which had belonged to that one. It was to be placed where Er Chamberlin had kept a ferry for about 25 years. On share in the bridge was reserved to the latter, to recompense him for the lost of his ferry, & the right to maintain one reverted to him upon the discontinuance of the bridge."

"This bridge was built in 1805 & stood below the present one, & above the mouth of Wells River, 'at the ledge of rocks'. The records of the Wells River Bridge Corp show that in 1806, the shares of the bridge sold at their par value of $50, which proves that it was profitable. The rates of toll as fixed by the charter were: For each foot passenger, one cent; for a horse & rider, three cents; each chaise or two-wheeled carriage drawn by one horse, ten cents; one-horse wagon or cart drawn by one beast, eight cents; by two beasts, ten cents; each four-wheeled carriage or coach, twenty-five cents; & two cents for each horse more than two; two cents for each animal, except sheep & swine which were one cent each."

"In the spring of 1807, this bridge was carried away & was rebuilt in that year. Between 1807 & 1812, when it was again carried away, it underwent considerable repairs. From 1812 to 1820, there was no bridge & the ferry was conducted as before, by Chamberlin, who in 1817, conveyed all his rights therein to John L. Woods."

Mr. Chamberlin bought of the widow of Gov. Wentworth, her share in the "Governor's farm" (500 acres). His first house stood a little above the mouth of Wells River. About 1808, he removed to Ryegate & bought a farm in the east part of the town where he lived til his death. He was twice married; was head of a family in 1771; his second wife was a Wright. He died about 1830 & with his second wife is buried in the Whitelaw Cemetery, Ryegate, VT.
Family links: 
  Richard Chamberlin (1714 - 1784)
  Abigail Wright Chamberlin (1719 - ____)
  Mercy Wright Chamberlin (1762 - 1823)*
  Electa Chamberlain Miles (1784 - 1867)*
  Abigail Chamberlin (1736 - 1815)*
  Joseph Chamberlin (1738 - 1815)*
  Abiel Chamberlin (1739 - 1787)*
  Er Chamberlin (1744 - 1831)
  Nathaniel Chamberlin (1746 - 1801)*
  Benjamin Chamberlin (1747 - 1832)*
  Eri Chamberlin (1761 - 1773)*
*Calculated relationship
Whitelaw Cemetery
Caledonia County
Vermont, USA
Created by: DMLeForce
Record added: Oct 26, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43582726

- DMLeForce
 Added: Jul. 14, 2010

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