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 James Herrick “Sugar Jim” Chatfield

James Herrick “Sugar Jim” Chatfield

Middlefield, Geauga County, Ohio, USA
Death 20 Apr 1919 (aged 67)
Hoquiam, Grays Harbor County, Washington, USA
Burial Littleton, Arapahoe County, Colorado, USA
Plot Block 1, Lot 17, Grave 2
Memorial ID 8444126 · View Source
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Died: at age 67; dropsy (accumulation of excess fluid)

Occupation: Farmer, rancher, real estate, Notary Public

Politics: 1st Justice of the Peace in Littleton, Arapahoe Co., Colorado,
Director of Littleton Humane Society, Secretary of Littleton Cemetery Association, trustee of Littleton Presbyterian Church

Married (1): Dec 22, 1872, ANNIE MARY BRAZIER, Pilot, Kankakee Co., Illinois

Three children:
1874 - 1883
2. Edward Livingston CHATFIELD
1876 - 1957
3. Nellie Margaret "Nelly" CHATFIELD
1885 - 1962

Married (2): Sep 5, 1892, MARY ELMINA DICKINSON, Littleton, Arapahoe Co., Colorado (his 6th cousin)

One child:
1. Elmina Charlotte CHATFIELD
1897 - 1980

"Seven years after the Civil War ended, James exchanged vows with Annie Mary Brazier in a Kankakee wedding held on December 22, 1872. Annie was the daughter of John S. Brazier and Mary Jane Hay of Saratoga, New York, born there on January 11, 1856. James and Annie lived on the 120-acre Kankakee plot deeded over to them by his parents Nathan and Margaret in 1874. The couple had three children:

• Ruth Ann Chatfield
• Edward Livingston Chatfield, Jr.
• Nellie Margaret Chatfield

Attracted by Littleton's business opportunities and hoping that the higher altitude there would somehow improve Annie Mary's chronic breathing difficulties, the J.H. Chatfield family moved to Littleton in 1888, the sale of their Kankakee holdings netting enough money to establish themselves. But the high altitude only complicated Annie's breathing problems. She died on February 27, 1889, at age 33.

Deeply involved with his real estate and money lending business at the foot of Main Street, James turned to his sister, Mary Margaret, for help in tending his two children (ages 13 and 3), a request she warmly fulfilled. Well-liked by the townspeople of Littleton, James soon became the first Justice of the Peace, the secretary of the Littleton Cemetery Association, and a trustee of the Littleton Presbyterian Church. His friends gave him the nickname, 'Sugar Jim'".
"[Obituary] April 25, 1919: James Herrick Chatfield was born August 16, 1851, in Summit Ohio. He resided in Ohio and later in Illinois until 1879 when he and his family moved to Colorado, settling at once in Littleton. In 1872 he was married to Annie Mary Brazier; to this union were born three children. Ruth, who died at the age of nine years; Edward, of Sulphur Springs; and Nellie, Mrs. Driver, of Hoquiam, Washington. His wife died in 1889 at the home in Littleton. Mr. Chatfield married Mary Elmina Dickinson in 1892, and to them was born one daughter, Elmina. Just last December Mrs. Chatfield passed away. Since then, Mr. Chatfield has been with his daughter in Hoquiam [Washington], being rapidly improved at first over his previous weak condition, but sinking fast during the past month. Mr. Chatfield has always been a staunch Christian and worker in the church. For many years he has been a trustee of the Littleton Presbyterian Church. Because of this, he will be greatly missed. The funeral services will be held at the Presbyterian Church next Sunday afternoon at three o'clock. (Littleton Independent)"
Source: The Chatfield Story, Terry M. McCarty & Margaret Ann (Chatfield) McCarty






  • Maintained by: Catherine Clemens Sevenau
  • Originally Created by: Digginrellies
  • Added: 26 Feb 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8444126
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James Herrick “Sugar Jim” Chatfield (16 Aug 1851–20 Apr 1919), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8444126, citing Littleton Cemetery, Littleton, Arapahoe County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Catherine Clemens Sevenau (contributor 47082189) .