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Birth: Aug. 24, 1835
Adams County
Ohio, USA
Death: Sep. 19, 1908
Peoria County
Illinois, USA


Private SAMUEL G. CHAMBERS, Co. I, 86th Illinois

Samuel G. Chambers was born on August 24, 1835 in Adams County, Ohio, the son of William Chambers and Sarah (__________) Chambers. William and Sarah are believed to have had at least six children. They are;
1. Thomas Chambers, born March 3, 1929 in Ohio; Thomas Chambers was married to Tamer Cochran Gilbert (1826 - 1891) on September 3, 1851 in Brown County, Ohio; Thomas and Tamer had children; Tamer Clementine Chambers Holliday (1854 - 1900), Joseph Elliot Chambers (1856 - 1920), Sarah Ella Chambers (1858 - 1873), William T Chambers (1861 - 1903) and Ruth Chambers Dailey (1863 - 1922); Thomas Chambers died on March 2, 1906 in his home at Corydon, Iowa; buried in the Corydon Cemetery, Corydon, Wayne County, Iowa.

2. Joel B. Chambers, born June 13, 1831 in Adams County, Ohio; he was married October 8, 1854 to Mary R. O'Neill at __________, Ohio; They had 10 sons: Isaac Thomas, Wm. James, Alfred Joel, Marion Morris, Jeremiah Sherman, Edwin Franklin, Oscar, John, Ernest, and Gilbert, who was deceased in 1907); Came to Illinois in the 1850's with the family; In late 1860's (c. 1867/68) moved to Iowa; In 1873 moved on to Ottawa Co., Kansas; in 1885 moved to Onaga, Pottawatomie Co., Kansas; Joel was a veteran of the Civil War having served in Co. E of the 151st Illinois Volunteers; Joel died on March 14, 1907 in Onaga, Kansas; Attending funeral: Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Chambers, Flush, KS; Wm. James Chambers, York, Nebraska; Marion Morris Chambers, Tescot, KS; Oscar Chambers, Abilene, KS (Issue 14 March 1907); buried in the Onaga Cemetery, Onaga, Pottawatomie County, Kansas.

3. Andrew Jackson Chambers, born c. 1832/33 in Ohio.

4. Samuel G. Chambers, born August 24, 1835 in Adams County, Ohio.

5. Eliza J. Chambers, born c. 1838/39 in Ohio; married to __________ Haynes; living at St. Joe, Missouri in 1908.

6. Vesti Ruth Chambers, is believed to have been born c. 1840/41 in Ohio, though her tombstone and Find A Grave site state her date and year of birth as Oct. of 1847; Vesti was married to Joseph F. Saylor (1857 - 1926) on August 31, 1876 in Peoria County, Illinois; It is not known if they had any children. In 1880, Joseph (23, Illinois) and Vesti (27, Ohio) are found residing in Timber Township. Her niece, Sarah Chambers (18, Illinois) resides with them. They are farming for a living; Living in Nardin, Oklahoma in 1908; In the 1920 census, Joseph and Vesti are found in Kay County, Oklahoma;
SELF Joseph F Saylor M 63y Illinois
WIFE Vesti R Saylor F 72y Ohio
Vesti died on __________ __, 1923 in __________, __________; Her mortal remains were laid in the Lancaster Cemetery, Glasford, Peoria County, Illinois.

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

Samuel came to the area of Maple Ridge in southwest Peoria County about 1855. At the time of the 1860 census, Joel, Jackson, Samuel and Eliza, at the very least, are all found in Peoria County.
Samuel was married to Martha Jones on March 13, 1859 at Maple Ridge, Peoria County, Illinois. Martha was born on September 7, 1841 in Timber Township, Peoria County, Illinois, about one half miles east of the present City of Glasford, Illinois, the daughter of Hugh Jones, who was born in Pennsylvania according to the 1910 census, and Sidney (Meskimen) Jones, who was born in Ohio according to the 1910 census.
Eleven children were born to Samuel and Martha. They are;
1. Sidney Chambers, born __________ __, 1860; Sidney Chambers was married to William S. Moore on August 8, 1880 in Peoria County; residing in Pekin, Illinois in 1906 and 1908; In 1910, William and Sidney Moore are found in Pekin Ward 3, Tazewell County, Illinois;
SELF William Moore M 61y England
WIFE Sidny Moore F 50y Illinois
SON William Moore M 27y Illinois
SON Harry Moore M 24y Illinois
DAU Blanche Moore F 17y Illinois

Sidney died on ___________ __, 1937; buried in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin, Tazewell County, Illinois, Section I-4.

2. Sarah Elizabeth "Lizzie" Chambers; born c. 1862; married to George H. Goodman on July 4, 1880 in Tazewell County; living in Peoria in 1906, 1908 and 1925; One of their sons, Homer Goodman was born in 1891 and died in 1938 and is buried in the Lake View Cemetery in Pekin, Tazewell County, Illinois.

3. Mary Lillian Chambers, born c. 1863; married to Milton Kennedy; living in Peoria in 1908; Living in Mason City, Iowa in the 1920's; Mary Lillian Kennedy died on July 19, 1942; her earthly remains were laid in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa; Mary and Milton had at least one daughter, Doris Kennedy, who resided in Peoria, Illinois.

4. Sherman E. Chambers, born __________ __, 1867; living in Car Cross (or Carcorass), Alasaka or Canada in 1906 and 1908; Sherman is living in British Columbia in 1925 and is found in Union, Snohomish County, Washington at the time of the 1930 census; Father's Birthplace: Ohio; Mother's Birthplace: Illinois;
Head Sherman E Chambers M 63 Illinois
Wife Clara Chambers F 42 Canada
Son Samuel E Chambers M 11 Canada

In 1940, Sherman is found Widowed in Quilceda Election Precinct, Snohomish County, Washington. He is listed as having resided in Rural, Snohomish, Washington in 1935;
Head Sherman Chambers M 73 Illinois
Son Elmer Chambers M 21 Canada

Sherman E. Chambers died on __________ __, 1949 in __________, Washington and his mortal remains were laid in Section B of the Marysville Cemetery in Marysville, Snohomish County, Washington.

5. William Franklin Chambers, born February 23, 1870; Living on Adams Street in Peoria in 1900; still living in Peoria in 1908; Living with his mother in 1910 census in Timber Township, Peoria County, Illiois; living in Glasford, Illinois in 1925.

6. Charity Chambers, born c. 1872; married to __________ Hamilton; Charity had at least two sons, Edward, of Peoria, Illinois, and Harry, who was born on December __, 1890 and who was living with Samuel and Martha at the time of the 1900 census and living with his grandmother, Martha, in 1910 in Timber Township; living in Fulton County in 1908. Charity may be the Charlotte Hamilton found in Fulton County at the time of the 1910 census in Vermont, Fulton County, Illinois;
SELF Charles H Hamilton M 41y Illinois
WIFE Charlotte Hamilton F 39y Illinois
DAU Melba Hamilton F 10y Illinois
DAU Dorris Hamilton F 8y Illinois

Charity died sometime before her mother passed in 1925.

7. Martha "Mattie" Chambers, born c. 1874; married to Harrison McQuown; living in Glasford in 1906 and 1908: they may have been divorced in the early 1900's, however, in 1910, Harrison is found Widowed and residing as a Boarder in the home of E. H. & Amy Fahnestock in the Village of Glasford, Illinois; So Mattie must have died sometime before 1910; however, when her mother died in 1925, Martha is one of the living seven children listed and she is married to a __________ Chuinard (Chouinard) and they are living in Portland, Oregon;Martha and Harrison had at least one son, Irvin McQuown, who resided in Glasford, Illinois.

8. Gertrude "Gertie" Chambers, born c. 1877; died at 9 years of age c. 1886; buried in the ____________ Cemetery in ___________, Illinois.

9. Olive Flossie Chambers, born on __________ __, 1879; died at age of 10 months on __________ __, 1880; buried in the __________ Cemetery in ___________, Illinois.

10. Cordia L. Chambers, born December 3, 1879/80 at Maple Ridge, Peoria County, Illinois; never married; died at age of 25 on August 16, 1906; buried in the Maple Ridge Cemetery in Peoria County, Illinois.

11. James Jones Chambers, born on March 8, 1882 near Mapleton, Peoria County, Illinois; living at home in 1908; he had to register for the draft during WWI and his registration can be seen on; the following information is found in Familysearch; died on February 11, 1936 at Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois; father's name: Samuel Chambers; father's birthplace: Ohio; mother's name: Martha Jones; mother's birthplace: Peoria County, Illinois; occupation: Police Officer; residence place: Peoria-City, Peoria County, Illinois; spouse's name: Alza Foster Chambers; burial date: 13 Feb 1936; burial place: Hollis - Twp., Peoria, Illinois; cemetery: Maple Ridge

At the time of the 1860 census, Samuel and his brother, Jackson, and their families are found as neighbors in Timber Township in Peoria County;
2494 Chambers Jackson 26 M farming 50 OH
2494 Chambers Elmira 19 F IL
2496 Chambers Samuel 25 M laborer 100 OH
2496 Chambers Martha 19 F IL
2496 Chambers Sidney 3/12 M IL

On August 2, 1862 Samuel G. Chambers volunteered at Lancaster, Illinois to serve in a company which was being raised in the Lancaster, Illinois/Timber-Hollis Township area of Peoria County by a well known business man and Lancaster area merchant, Allen L. Fahnestock, for service in the Union army during the Civil War. Seven days later on August 9, 1862, Samuel's brother, Andrew Jackson Chambers, also volunteered to serve in the Lancaster/Timber-Hollis company.

Illinois Civil War Detail Report

Company I Unit 86 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics
Age 26 Height 5' 11 1/4
Complexion DARK
Marital Status MARRIED
Occupation FARMER
Nativity ADAMS CO, OH

Service Record
Joined When AUG 2, 1862
Joined Where LANCASTER, IL
Period 3 YRS
Muster In AUG 27, 1862
Muster In Where PEORIA, IL
Muster In By Whom
Muster Out
Muster Out Where
Muster Out By Whom

When Fahnestock had about 100 volunteers he led his company into Peoria, where they went into camp at Camp Lyon, near present day Glen Oak Park. Fahnestock was elected Captain by the men of the Timber Township company and on August 27, 1862, Fahnestock, and 96 of the other Timber Township volunteers were mustered in as Company I of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Andrew Jackson Chambers was elected to serve as a Corporal by the men of the Co. I.
The men of the 86th Illinois marched out of the gates of Camp Lyon on September 7, 1862, with much fanfare, through the streets of Peoria down to the railroad depot. There they were joined by the men of the 85th Illinois, who had been mustered into service at Camp Peoria. Together, at the depot, the men of the 85th & 86th boarded trains bound for Camp Joe Holt in Jeffersonville, Indiana, across the river from Louisville, Kentucky. Three weeks later the men of the 85th & 86th were in the field in Kentucky as part of Colonel Daniel McCook's Brigade chasing those Confederate troops. On October 8, 1862, the men of McCook's Brigade were engaged with those Confederate troops during the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, suffering their first casualties. There would be many more in the next few years.
After the Battle of Perryville, the Confederate forces withdrew from Kentucky, while the men of McCook's Brigade marched on to Nashville, Tennessee, where they went into winter camp.
That first winter in the field in the Nashville area was hard on the green troops, the new diet, living conditions and life not being conducive to good health. On January 23, 1863, Private William Martin, Private Samuel G. Chambers and Corporal Andrew J. Chambers, all members of Co. I, disappeared and never rejoined the regiment. As of that date, they were listed as DESERTERS.
However, there is a Pension Record on file which states that William Martin's wife was granted a Widow's Pension on October 17, 1863, so she must have given some proof that Private William Martin had died or the army had proof that Private William Martin had died. When and where he died is not known at this time, but it is now apparent that Private William Martin died sometime between that January 23rd date that he DISAPPEARED and that October 17th date.
I am not convinced that Corporal Andrew Jackson Chambers was a deserter, either. However, it does appear that his daughter, Alice, who was born c. 1865, was born in Canada, giving the impression that Andrew Jackson Chambers may have left the area because of this DESERTION issue. However, by 1870, Andrew Jackson Chambers and his family are back home right here in Central Illinois, the DESERTION issue apparently resolved. He almost certainly would not have returned to his home in Central Illinois, so soon after the war were he still considered a Deserter. I believe he, like most likely Private William Martin, was ill at the time and sent home as more than 100 veterans of the 86th were that winter of 1862/63 in Nashville, Tennessee, the fact not being recorded properly, thus leaving them listed as Deserters.
The 3rd DESERTER, Samuel G. Chambers, is also soon found back home in Central Illinois with his family, something a DESERTER wouldn't have done. At the time of the 1870 census, Samuel G. Chambers is found in Orion Township of Fulton County, post office, Canton, Illinois. Again he made no effort to hide;
Saml Chambers M 34 Ohio
Martha Chambers F 28 Illinois
Sidney Chambers M 10 Illinois
Sarah Chambers F 8 Illinois
Mary Chambers F 6 Illinois
Sherman Chambers M 3 Illinois
William Chambers M 0 Illinois

At the time of the 1880 census, the Chambers family is found in Hollis Township, Peoria County, Illinois. Samuel's parents are both listed as having been born in Ohio;
self Samuel G. Chambers M 46 Ohio
wife Martha Chambers F 38 Illinois
daughter Sidney Chambers F 20 Illinois
daughter Sarah E. Chambers F 18 Illinois
daughter Mary L. Chambers F 16 Illinois
son Sherman E. Chambers M 13 Illinois
son Franklin W. Chambers M 10 Illinois
daughter Charity Chambers F 8 Illinois
daughter Matty Chambers F 6 Illinois
daughter Gertrude Chambers F 3 Illinois
daughter Olive Chambers F 0 Illinois

At the time of the 1900 census, Samuel and Martha reside in the Village of Glasford;
51 Chambers Samuel Head M Aug 1835 64 M 41 Ohio Pennsylvania Ohio Day Laborer
51 Chambers Martha Wife F Sept 1841 58 M 41 11 8 Illinois Pennsylvania Ohio
51 Chambers Cordia Daughter F Dec 1880 19 S Illinois Ohio Illinois School Teacher
51 Chambers James J. Son M Mar 1882 18 S Illinois Ohio Illinois Day Laborer
51 Hamilton Harry G Son M Dec 1890 9 S Illinois Illinois Illinois At School

Samuel G. Chambers died on September 19, 1908 in his home in Glasford.

Also surviving are siblings: Mrs. Vesti SAYLOR, Nardin, OK; Mrs. Eliza HAYNES, St. Joe, MO. Two brothers are deceased: Joel Chambers, Onaga, KS died 14 March 1907; Thomas Chambers died March 1906 at Coridan, IA. Surviving grandchildren: Mrs. Gertie FERNE, Edward GOODMAN, Doris KENNEDY and Homer GOODMAN, Peoria; Wm, Blanche and Harry MOORE, Pekin; Harry HAMILTON and Irvin McQUOWN, Glasford. Deceased came to Maple Ridge as young man - to Glasford about 14 years ago (Issue 24 Sept 1908)

Samuel Chambers
Mr. Samuel Chambers, son of Wm. and Sarah Chambers, was born in Adams County, Ohio, on August 24, 1835 and died Sept. 19, 1908. In his early manhood he removed to Illinois where he located on Maple Ridge and moved to Glasford about fourteen years ago. At the age of 24 years he united in marriage with Miss Martha Jones on the 13th day of March, 1859. To this union eleven children were born, four daughters having previously been called away.
Those living are Mrs. Sidney Moore, of Pekin, Mrs. Lizzie Goodman and Mrs. Lillian Kennedy, of Peoria and Mrs. Mattie McQuown who lives here and Sherman, of Carcross, Canada, Frank, of Peoria and James who is at home. Those who have been called by the hand of death are Flossie, age 10 months Gertie, age 9 years, Mrs. Charity Hamilton, of Fulton Co. and Cordia age 25 years.
Mr. Chambers had two brothers, Joel Chambers of Onega, Kan. who died March 14, 1907 and the other brother Thomas Chambers died March 1906 at Coridan, IA. Two sisters living, Mrs. Vesti Saylor of Nardin, Okla. and Mrs. Eliza Haynes of St. Joe, Mo.
Mr. Chambers had been sick since January but was able to be up and around until just recently. He had the much dreaded disease, consumption, but did not seem to suffer any great agony and knew and realized everything up to the last. When his children came to have their last look before death should take him away, he said: "Oh I'm so glad you came" and quietly passed away.
The nine grand-children, Mrs. Gertie Ferne and husband, Edward Goodman and wife, Dorris Kennedy and Homer Goodman of Peoria, Wm., Blanche and Harry Moore of Pekin, Harry Hamilton and Irvan McQuown who live here all attended the funeral.
Rev. Scheerer preached the funeral sermon at the Baptist church, Monday morning at 10 o'clock where a large crowd of friends and neighbors, besides the relatives, came to view his last remains.
Interment in the Maple Ridge Cemetery.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. September 24, 1908

At the time of the 1910 census, Martha is found Widowed in Timber Township in Peoria County, Illinois. Her father and mother were born in Pennsylvania and Ohio, respectively, according to this census;
SELF Martha Chambers F 69y Indiana
SON Frank Chambers M 40y Illinois
Harry Hamilton M 19y Illinois

At the time of the 1920 census, Martha is found in Timber Township in Peoria County. She is listed as Widowed;
SELF Martha Chambers F 78y Illinois
SON William F Chambers M 49y Illinois

Martha moved to Mason City, Iowa in the 1920's to live with her daughter, Lillian (Chambers) Kennedy. Martha died on October 22, 1925 in her daughter's home in Mason City, Iowa.

Mrs. Martha Chambers, for many years a respected resident of Glasford, passed away last Thursday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lillian Kennedy, of Mason, City Iowa.
The remains were brought back to Pekin, and from there to Maple Ridge, where services in memory of Mrs. Chambers were held Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. L. C. Meller, of Glasford.
Mrs. Martha Chambers was the daughter of Hugh and Sidney Meskimen Jones. She was born September 7th, 1841 in Timber township about one-half mile east of the present site of Glasford and spent her whole life in that community until three months ago when she went to Mason City, Iowa to spend the winter with her daughter, Mrs. Lillian Kennedy and there passed peaceably into the great beyond at 3 o'clock on the morning of Thursday, October 22nd, 1925, at the age of 84 years, 1 month and 15 days.
She was in her usual health until a few hours previous to her death which was due to the infirmities of old age.
March 13th, 1859 she was united in marriage to Samuel G. Chambers who preceded her in death seventeen years ago. To this union eleven children were born, four of whom are deceased, Charity Hamilton, Cordia L., Gertrude, and Flossie.
She leaves to mourn her loss two sisters, Barbara Northrup of Glasford and Charity Ray of Joplin, Mo., two brothers, Amos Jones of Hennessy, Okla., and John Jones of Brownsville, Texas, and seven children, Mrs. Sidney Moore, Pekin, Illinois, Mrs. Elizabeth Goodman, Peoria, Mrs. Mary Lillian Kennedy, Mason City, Iowa; Sherman E. Chambers, Yukon Territory, British Columbia, Wm. Franklin, Glasford, Mrs. Martha Chuinard, Portland, Oreg., and James J. of Peoria. She also leaves ten grand-children, twelve great-grand-children and many other relatives and friends.
In her early life she united with the Maple Ridge Baptist church and later transfered her membership to Glas­ford Baptist church and continued a devoted member until her death. She devoted much time to reading the Bible, having read it through carefully five times. She was greatly devoted to her home and was happy in the thought of returning to her home and friends in Glasford in the spring.
The Glasford Gazette, Glasford, Il. October 29, 1925

Today, July 15, 2012, I walked Maple Ridge Cemetery from one end to the other and found no marker for Samuel G. Chambers. His grave, if it ever was marked, is today unmarked. If the grave of his son, William F. Chambers, can be found, then his obituary states that he was buried next to his mother and father. This would help locate Samuel and Martha's graves.

by Baxter B. Fite III

(Baxter would enjoy hearing from anyone, especially descendants of the Chambers family, who might be able to add to the biographical material that we have on Samuel G. Chambers and the Chambers family. Baxter would also love to see copies of any photographs that may have survived the years of Samuel G. Chambers added to his Find A Grave site for all to see.)

Family links: 
  Martha Jones Chambers (1841 - 1925)*
  Mary Lillian Chambers Kennedy (____ - 1942)*
  Sidny Vesta Chambers Moore (1860 - 1937)*
  Bessie Chambers Goodman (1863 - 1940)*
  Sherman E Chambers (1867 - 1949)*
  William Franklin Chambers (1870 - 1926)*
  Cordia L. Chambers (1879 - 1906)*
  James J Chambers (1882 - 1936)*
*Calculated relationship
Maple Ridge Cemetery
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Baxter B. Fite III
Record added: Feb 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65744906
Pvt Samuel G. Chambers
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Rest in Peace!
- Lois
 Added: Feb. 17, 2013

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