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Abner Chalfant
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Birth: Jun. 11, 1859
Wells County
Indiana, USA
Death: Mar., 1931
Wells County
Indiana, USA

Abner Chalfant was born June 11, 1859, in Harrison Township, Wells County, Indiana, the son of Reason and Catharine Valentine Chalfant. He was the grandson of Joseph Sanford Valentine. He married in Wells County on September 30, 1883, Emmaline Schoch, daughter of Benjamin Wolf Schoch and Elizabeth Wann. Abner and Emmaline were the parents of 3 children: Mellie Peral, Brent and Harrison Chalfant.

From Wells County Towns & Townships, Poneto:

"Important to the early history of Poneto was the bank of Poneto, organized by Abner Chalfant, the grandson of Chads Chalfant, who had brought his family to the southwest quarter of Section 25 in 1837. The family, including Chads' son Reason, accumulated a considerable fortune, making it possible to underwrite the bank formation...."

From the Standard History of Adams and Wells Counties, Indiana, 1918:

"Abner Chalfant. There is hardly a better known name in Wells County than that of Chalfant. As a family they have lived here since pioneer times and their record through all the years shows them to have been hard and earnest workers, farmers, handling their business affairs with spirit and energy, and at the same time public spirited in all their relationship with the larger movements of the community. This worthy record has been upheld and continued by Mr. Abner Chalfant, a successful farmer now living in Bluffton and also a banker of Poneto. Mr. Chalfant was born on a farm in Harrison Township, on the southwest quarter of section 25 in that township June 11, 1859. He is a son of Reason and Catherine (Valentine) Chalfant. Reason Chalfant was a son of Chads and Nancy (Ferguson) Chalfant. Chads Chalfant, who was born at Chads Ford in Pennsylvania, moved in early life to Ohio, married in Perry County, and in 1837 came to Indiana and located in the wilderness of Wells County. He entered the southwest quarter of section 25 of Harrison Township, and thus acquired the land which later developed as a good farm was the scene of Abner Chalfant's birth and early rearing. Chads Chalfant was a man equal to all the emergencies and exigencies of pioneer life. He built a log cabin home and on his old farm he lived out the rest of his years. He died in February, 1883. He and his wife had the following children: Reason, Robert, Elizabeth, Lydia, Mercey, Mary and Sarah. After his marriage Reason Chalfant settled on the old homestead, and thus kept that land within the family ownership. He was an industrious and capable farmer but otherwise was quiet and unassuming, and sought none of the honors of public life. He voted as a republican. His children were: Abner, William, now deceased, Robert D. and Clara, wife of Charles Gentes. The early life of Abner Chalfant was spent on the old homestead, and he was a pupil in the district schools up to the age of seventeen. He made good use of his advantages while in school and soon after leaving was qualified to teach. This vocation he followed successfully until after his marriage. On September 30, 1883, Mr. Chalfant married Emma Schoch. She was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, December 1, 1858, daughter of B. W. and Elizabeth (Wann) Schoch, who came to Wells County when Mrs. Chalfant was a girl. Mrs. Chalfant grew up here and received her education in the local schools. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Chalfant rented the old homestead and in 1888 acquired it by purchase. There they lived and made the prosperity which enabled them in January, 1915, to move to the City of Bluffton, where they now enjoy the comforts of a good home. Mr. Chalfant still owns 200 acres of land in Harrison Township. He is also a stockholder and is president of the Bank of Poneto. This institution when first established had the following officers: S. C. Shepherd, president; F. M. Buckner, vice president; Robert Lee, cashier. The directors at present are Abner Chalfant, F. 'SI. Buckner, J. N. Neff, George Toms, Horatio Grove, A. S. Brown, and Frank Gavin, all well known and substantial men of Wells County. Mr. and Mrs. Chalfant have three children. Pearl after finishing the work of the common school, attended school at Bluffton and Marion Normal. The son. Brent, is a practical farmer and married Ida M. Captain. Harry, also a farmer in Harrison Township, is a graduate of the common schools. He married Blanche Page. Mr. Abner Chalfant and family are members of the Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church and he has taken much part in the work of that society. Politically he is a

Obituary for Abner Chalfant from the Bluffton Evening News Banner of Monday, May 25, 1931:

"ABNER CHALFANT SUCCUMBS SUNDAY. CUSTODIAN OF FIRST M. E. CHURCH DIES FOLLOWING TWO YEARS OF SICKNESS. Abner Chalfant, 71, custodian of the First Methodist Church and formerly a farmer, died of angina-pectoria at 6:30 Sunday morning at his home, 723 South Main Street. He had been in poor health for the last two years. Mr. Chalfant is survived by the widow, who was Emma Schoch, and whom he married on September 30, 1883, the ceremony taking place at the Reiffsburg M. E. Church, and two sons, Brent Chalfant, R. R. 6, and Harry Chalfant, South Main Street. One daughter is deceased. There are six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. R. D. Chalfant, of Harrison Township, is a brother, and Mrs. Alice Gentis, also of Harrison Township, is a sister.Born on a farm in Harrison Township, June 11, 1859, Mr. Chalfant waas a son of Reason and Catherine (Valentine) Chalfant. His early life was spent on the old homestead, and he was a pupil in the district schools until he reached the age of seventeen. He made good use of his advantages while in school and soon after leaving was qualified to teach. This vocation he followed successfully until after his marriage, following which the couple rented the old homestead and in 1888 acquired it by purchase. In 1915, they moved to Bluffton. Mr. Chalfant was a member of the church which he served as custodian and the funeral rites will be conducted there at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, in charge of Rev. B. S. Hollepeter, who will be assisted by Rev. G. F. Hubbartt. Interment will be at the Bethel Cemetery."
Family links: 
  Reason Chalfant (1835 - 1915)
  Catherine Valentine Chalfant (1837 - 1911)
  Emmaline Schoch Chalfant (1858 - 1941)*
  Brent Chalfant (1887 - 1942)*
  Abner Chalfant (1859 - 1931)
  William Chalfant (1866 - 1889)*
*Calculated relationship
Bethel Cemetery
Wells County
Indiana, USA
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Originally Created by: Barbara Baker Anderson
Record added: Nov 11, 2007
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Abner Chalfant
Added by: Barbara Baker Anderson
Abner Chalfant
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