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COL Edward Chambers

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COL Edward Chambers

  • Birth 14 Aug 1815 Wilson County, Tennessee, USA
  • Death 27 Sep 1887 Collin County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Plano, Collin County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 10541364

Entry for Edward Chambers from the Handbook of Texas Online, published by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA):
"CHAMBERS, EDWARD (1815–1887). Edward Chambers, farmer, Confederate officer, and state representative, was born in Wilson County, Tennessee, on August 14, 1815, the son of Lewis and Annie (Hunter) Chambers. Chambers remained in Tennessee throughout his youth. In 1836 he married Elizabeth DeBow Smith in Wilson County. This couple had three sons and five daughters. He won election as representative for Wilson County to the Twenty-sixth Tennessee General Assembly, serving from 1845 through 1847 as a member of the Whig Party. Sometime after 1847 Chambers immigrated with his family to Texas and settled in Collin County. Here he established himself as a farmer and played a leading role in the public affairs of the community. By 1860 Chambers was worth $8,120 in personal and real estate property. In 1863 following the outbreak of the Civil War, Chambers joined the Fifteenth Battalion, Texas State Troops, as captain for Company D. Prior to the war's end he received promotion to colonel. At the end of the war Chambers returned to Collin County. He won election as representative for Collin County to the Texas legislature in 1866, 1872, 1876, and 1882, encompassing the Eleventh, Thirteenth, Fifteenth, and Eighteenth legislatures, respectively. Edward Chambers died in Collin County on September 27, 1887, and was buried there at Rowlett Creek Cemetery."

Legislative Reference Library of Texas entry for Edward Chambers:
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Counties in District
House 28th Dist Jan 9, 1883 - Sep 17, 1883 18th Legislature Democrat McKinney / Collin Collin
House 47th Dist Apr 18, 1876 - Jan 14, 1879 15th Legislature Democrat McKinney / Collin Collin
House 21st Dist Jan 14, 1873 - Jan 13, 1874 13th Legislature Democrat McKinney / Collin Collin, Dallas, Tarrant
H 32nd Dist Aug 6, 1866 - Feb 7, 1870 11th Legislature McKinney / Collin Collin
http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/legeleaders/members/memberdisplay.cfm?memberID=4070#terms

[E-mail from Cheryl Gibson]
In Zachariah Chambers [son of Edward] wife’s application for his Confederate pension, the following information is given as a sworn affidavit by a friend J. R. Herndon: “I have always understood he enlisted with his father Col. Ed Chambers, in the Militia of Texas and served in South Texas at the time the federals bombarded Galveston, Texas and then they were sent to North Texas, and were located near Bonham, Texas, until they were disbanded, after the close of the war.”
The following is part of the sworn affidavit by R. C. Horn who was also a friend:
“... In 1864 the confederate congress and President Davis called all boys between 17 and 18 years old and men between 45 and 50 to organize confederate state troops for defense. Ed Chambers, raised a company composed of boys under 18 and men under 50. My father, then 48, and the husband of the applicant, Z. T. Chambers, were members of the said company. Other companies were raised and a regiment was formed. J. B. Wilmeth was elected Colonel and Ed. Chambers Lieut. Colonel. They were order to Galveston to prevent the Union gun boats from landing soldiers in Texas. Later they were returned to North Texas and stationed on Red River to defend North borders. I received this information from my father, Col. Wilmeth, and Lieut. Col. Chambers and Z. T. Chambers.”

EDWARD CHAMBERS - 1815 - 1886
Family history.
Edward Chambers was age 40 when he, his wife and seven children came to the Vineland Community in Collin County in 1856 from Wilson County, Tennessee. He was born in Wilson County to Lewis and Annie Hunter Chambers. Little is known about his education. It is recorded that he served in the House of the 26th General Assembly 1845-47 representing Wilson County, Tennessee in 1836. Children born to this union were Eliza, Jane, Ann, Mildred, Taylor, John, William, and Susan. He farmed in the Foncine Community and was elected to the Texas House of Representatives.... He also was elected as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of Texas in 1875 which formed our present Constitution in 1876.
Also not so much is known of his Confederate War service but recorded in the Texas Archives at Austin, Captain Edward Chambers, age 48, of company D, 15th Battalion, Texas State Army, enlisted 15 July 1863 at McKinney, Texas.
Mildred and Taylor Chambers were the only two descendants to stay in Collin County. Taylor’s son Jack Chambers was born and spent his 94 years all in this county. Edward, his son Taylor and his grandson Jack are all buried at Rowlett Cemetery.
Jack Chambers and Sally Perry had six children born in Collin County, named, Julia, Bill, Kenneth, Lois, Doris and Perry. Four of the six served in World War II. Three are retired and are living in McKinney."

CHAMBERS, EDWARD
Dallas Herald, November 22, 1873.
....We think Collin county ought to have re-elected Colonel Ed. Chambers to the House, He, too, is an old Tennessee legislator. He was in the legislature in 1866 and again last winter. He voted himself out of office as a means of one year earlier relieving Texas of Radicalism and, in gratitude, ought to have been re-elected. White this is our view, we recognize in Dr. Foote, the nominee, a high-toned gentlemen, who will reflect credit on his district.


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  • Created by: Melissa
  • Added: 28 Feb 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10541364
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for COL Edward Chambers (14 Aug 1815–27 Sep 1887), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10541364, citing Rowlett Creek Cemetery, Plano, Collin County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Melissa (contributor 46637796) .