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 Charles Henry Chatfield

Charles Henry Chatfield

Middlefield, Geauga County, Ohio, USA
Death 20 Dec 1891 (aged 36)
Pilot Township, Kankakee County, Illinois, USA
Burial Kankakee, Kankakee County, Illinois, USA
Plot Lot N1/220, Sec 7, Grave 4
Memorial ID 33847971 · View Source
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6th of 7 children of Nathan Stoddard CHATFIELD & Margaret Prudentia HERRICK

Occupation: Farmer

Died: at age 36; accident, ladder fall from windmill

Married: Aug 30, 1883, Selina Elmira "Lina" TAYLOR, Kankakee, Kankakee Co., Illinois

Two children:
1. Nathan Stuart CHATFIELD
1885 - 1972
2. Austin Charles CHATFIELD
1888 - 1947

"Charles and Salina "Lina" Elmira Taylor married on August 30, 1883, and enjoyed eight years together before Charles's life came to a tragic end. As Christmas of 1891 grew near, their turkeys had acquired the habit of leaving home and roosting upon their neighbor's windmill. Attempting to remove them after dark on Sunday evening, December 20, Charles fell, struck his head, and never woke up. His December 22, 1891, death widowed Lina and left two children without a father.
Nathan Stuart (b. 1885)
Austin Charles (b. 1888)

Charles was buried in the Mound Grove Cemetery. Lina eventually married William Barber. The family moved to Spencer, Iowa."
Source: THE CHATFIELD STORY, Terry & Margaret (Chatfield) McCarty, Georgetown, Texas,

Dec 24, 1891, Kankakee Gazette, Kankakaee Co., Illinois:
KILLED BY A FALL: Farmer Charles Chatfield of Salina precipitated from a Windmill. Charles Chatfield of Salina, brother of Wm. S. Chatfield of this city, was killed at his neighbor Harry Strawson's place on Sunday evening by falling from a windmill. His turkeys had acquired the habit of leaving home and roosting upon Strawson's windmill. Mr. Chatfield decided to catch them and sell them off. With this purpose in view he came to Strawson's and the latter went across the road with him to hold the lantern while he climbed the windmill ladder. Mr. Chatfield made two trips to the top and was making the third when a rung of the ladder broke and he fell a distance of 25 feet striking upon some large stones. He was picked up unconscious with a leg broken in several places and died on the following day. The Chatfield family were among the early settlers in Salina. The senior Chatfield is dead and three of the brothers have emigrated to Colorado. Charles was the only one left on the farm. The place where he was injured was the old homestead, recently sold to young Strawson, where he was raised from boyhood and the wind mill was the one he helped to build and with which he was perfectly familiar. He leaves a family.

Gravesite Details Buried: Dec 25, 1891




  • Created by: Catherine Clemens Sevenau
  • Added: 14 Feb 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 33847971
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Henry Chatfield (25 Aug 1855–20 Dec 1891), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33847971, citing Mound Grove Cemetery, Kankakee, Kankakee County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Catherine Clemens Sevenau (contributor 47082189) .