William Chase III

William CHASE III (1688 – 1771) was Alex’s 8th Great Grandfather; one of 512 in this generation of the Shaw line.

William Chase was born 8 Jul 1688 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.  His parents were John CHASE and Elizabeth BAKER. He married Dorcas BAKER on 20 Sep 1715 in Yarmouth. After Dorcas died, he married Patience Walker on 15 Oct 1747 in Harwich.  William’s 12 children were born over a period of 40 years from 1716 to 1756.  William died in Sep 1771 in Harwich, Mass.

Dorcas Baker was born 15 Nov 1696 in Yarmouth, Mass.  Her parents were William BAKER and Mercy LAWRENCE. Dorcas died of smallpox 20 Nov 1745 in Harwich, Mass.

Patience Walker was born around 1710 in Eastham, Mass.  She was the daughter of Jabez Walker (1668 – 1742) and Elizabeth [__?__] (1670 – 1741).  Patience died 27 Sep 1771 in Harwich, Mass.

Children of William and Dorcas:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Lydia Chase 27 Mar 1716 Yarmouth, Mass Philip Leonard
4 May 1741 Raynham, Bristol, Mass
14 Dec 1794
Raynham, Bristol, Mass
2. Elizabeth Chase 6 Oct 1718 Yarmouth Joshua Wixon
18 Dec 1731 Yarmouth, Mass
3. Thankful CHASE 6 Mar 1720/21 in Yarmouth Stephen O’KELLY
20 Feb 1741/42 Yarmouth
4. Deborah Chase ~ 1722 Yarmouth Henry Hewitt
2 May 1751 Harwich
5. Dorcas Chase Abt 1725 Yarmouth Ruben Wixon
3 Jan 1745/46 Harwich
6. Mary Chase 1 Apr 1726
Richard Chase
2 Apr 1768 Yarmouth
13 Oct 1832
7. Willliam Chase 16 Oct 1732 Yarmouth Mercy Chase
12 Feb 1757 Yarmouth
24 Mar 1774
8. Sylvanus Chase ~ 1732 Yarmouth Charity Chase
31 Dec 1756
4 Apr 1815 Dennis, Mass.
9. Job Chase 1736 Yarmouth Edith (Ede) Basset
6 Nov 1760 Chatham, Mass.
Hope Sears
17 Feb 1774 Harwich
Hannah Dimock
22 May 1817 Yarmouth
19 Jul 1833 Harwich

Children of William and Patience Walker

Name Born Married Departed
10. Edmund Chase ~ 1745
Harwich, Barnstable, Mass
Abigail Harris
13 Mar 1762 – Harwich
Bethia Nickerson
12 Nov 1774  Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass
Yarmouth, Mass
11. Maribah Chase 1750 Harwich, Mass James Ellis
4 Jan 1781
Sylvanus Broadbrooks
30 Oct 1790
Dartmouth, Bristol, Mass
12. Patience Chase 1756
Harwich, Mass
Atkins Ellis
3 Sep 1772 – Harwich, Barnstable, Mass
1823 – St Albans, Somerset, Maine,

William was was among the early quakers of the town of Harwich.

He settled on the west side of the Herring River near the mouth. Richard Baker Jr house stands near or on the place where his house stood.  After his wife Dorcas died of smallpox 20 Nov 1745,  he again married Patience Walker of Eastham Oct 15, 1747.

Will: Being of advanced age, mentioned wife Patience, daughters: Patience and Meribah (both under 18 and unmarried); daughters Lydia Leonard, Elizabeth Wixom, Thankful Killey, Deborah Hewett, Dorcas Wixom, and Mary Chase; and sons William, Sylvanus, Job and Edmund.


1. Lydia Chase

Lydia’s husband Philip Leonard was born 14 Aug 1705 in Raynham, Bristol, Mass. His parents were John Leonard (1668 – 1748) and Mary King (1676 – 1748.) Philip died 11 Mar 1788 in Raynham, Bristol, Mass.

Philip’s will was dated June 12, 1782, bequeathing his personal estate to his wife Lydia. After her death the property was to be divided in five equal parts, a fifth to go to his daughter Judith and her heirs, a fifth to daughter Lydia, another to daughter Esther, and another fifth to daughter Tabitha. The son, David, received real estate and was named the executor. Children, born at Raynham:

Children of Lydia and Philip:

i.  Judith Leonard  b. 14 Feb  14, 1742 Raynham, Bristol, Mass.; m. 29 Nov 1759 – Raynham, Bristol, Mass to Joseph Bassett (b. 6 Mar 1726 in Norton, Bristol, Mass – d, 2 Feb 1775 – Taunton, Bristol, Mass). His parents were Jeremiah Bassett (1678 – 1768) and Mary Felch (1695 – 1776) Judith and Joseph had three children born between 1760  and 1768.

ii. Philip Leonard  b. 14 Aug 1743 Raynham, Bristol, Mass.;, died before his father 16 Jan 1774 – Raynham, Bristol, Mass;

iii. Lydia Leonard  b. 12 Jan  1744 Raynham, Bristol, Mass.; d. 5 May 1775 – Westmoreland, Cheshire, New Hampshire; m. 27 Feb 1766 – Raynham to David Britton (b. 14 Jun 1741 in Raynham – d. 21 Nov 1833 in Westmoreland, NH). His parents were Ebenezer Britton (1715 – 1788) and Tabitha Leonard (1718 – 1749).   Lydia and David had four children born between 1766 and 1775.

iv, David Leonard b. 20  Jul 1745 Raynham, Bristol, Mass.; d. 3 Oct 1811; m1. [__?__] Hines; m2. 27 Feb 1755 Taunton, Bristol, Mass to Mary Briggs (b. 6 Nov 1756 in Raynham – d. 09 Feb 1834 in Taunton) Her parents were James Briggs ( – 1793( and Damaris White.   David and Mary had eleven children.

He removed to Vermont and was living at Guilford in that state in 1790. near the present town of Dover.

v. Rebecca Leonard b. 28 Jul  1747 Raynham, Bristol, Mass.; d. Before 1782; m, 3 Apr 1773 – Raynham to Reuben Andrews

vi. Reuben Leonard, b. 21 Jun 1749 Raynham, Bristol, Mass; d. 4 Jan 1754 – Raynham,

vii. Esther Leonard ; b. 1755; d. 25 Sep 1827 – Raynham, Bristol, Mass; m.  1777  to Stephen Williams (b. 10 Nov 1752 in Bristol, Bay Colony, Mass – d. 26 Dec 1847 in Raynham, Bristol, Mass)  Esther and Stephen had at least two children: Stephen (b. 1777) and Enos )b. 1778)

viii. Tabitha Leonard . b. After 1754 in Raynham,Bristol,Mass; m. Charles Frazier  Tabitha and Charles had three children born between 1793 and 1797.

2. Elizabeth Chase

Elizabeth’s husband Joshua Wixam was born 14 Mar  1695 at Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, the settlement then called Cape Cod. He was 23 years older than Elizabeth.  His parents were  William Barnabus Wixson (1663 – 1735) and   Sarah Remick  (1663 – 1722).  He first married Mar 9, 1715, at Yarmouth, to Hannah Baker who died November 27, 1730.  Joshua died 18 Dec 1773 Dennis Port, Barnstable, Mass.

The Bakers and the Chases are very intertwined in my lineage. Hannah Baker’s parents were Daniel BAKER and Elizabeth CHASE. This William Chase’s mother, Elizabeth BAKER, was Daniel’s sister and she married John CHASE who was Elizabeth’s brother. It hurts my head, but I think Joshua first married Hannah and then married her cousin, so no special permission needed.  Joshua had 6 children with each wife, 12 in all spanning 36 years from 1715 to 1751.

Not only that, but Joshua’s son Rueben married his step-mother’s sister Dorcas (See below)

Joshua  was married about December 1731 to Elizabeth Chase of Harwich, daughter of William Chase and Dorcas Baker. From the first marriage two children were born, Reuben and Hannah. The son, Reuben, married a younger sister of his step-mother, which made him a brother-in-law of his father, and the older sister became the mother-in-law of the younger. The situation was a little novel, to be sure, but quite proper. Here is the beginning of the use of four Christian names not previously found in the family, and found later only among the descendants of Joshua. They are the names Joshua, Reuben, Solomon, and Dorcas. Here may be given an amusing local law or ordinance found among the early records of Barnstable County, which provides that: ‘Every single man must kill three crows and six blackbirds each year. None shall be permitted to marry until he complies with this requisition.’ In the annals of Dennis, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, appears the name of Joshua Wixam in the year 1749. He was then a representative for two years and a selectman for five years. Many Wixams held public offices in those early days.

Children of Elizabeth and Joshua:

i.  Isabel Wixam b. Apr 1735 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass;

ii. Zilpha Wixam b. May 1737 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass;

iii. Barnabas Hiram Wixom b, Jan 1740 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1793 Chenango, New York;  m. 1775  Chenango, Broome, New York to Diena Straight (b. ~ 1742) Barnabas and Diena had eight children born between 1776 and 1791

“CHENANGO, February 15th, 1798.”
This petition was drawn up and signed at “Chenango,” in what is now the town of Binghamton. It was then the “the town of Chenango, county of Tioga,” the county having been erected from Montgomery county in 1791, and the town of Chenango then formed, embracing a greater part of the eastern portion of the county. It extended from Chenango Forks to Fort Deposit. This town (Binghamton) was set off from Chenango in 1855.

The particular spot in the great town of Chenango where the petition was signed was at “Chenango,” the old village on the west side of the river about two miles above Binghamton,  which had been started by a number of the first settlers prior to any of the civil divisions. It was a sort of “Squatter’s Sovereignty” municipality, formed in advance of any title to the land, as will be seen from the petition. Part of it lay within the line of Bingham’s Patent, and part above the line, so that the north line of the patent cut it in a north and south direction into two halves. Yet untitled and “cut” as the little frontier hamlet was, it was estimated by the authorities who erected the county of Tioga as entitled to equal honor with Newtown  (now Elmira),  for these were each constituted half-shire towns.

Think of the “grave and reverend seigniors,” Jonathan Fitch and Joshua Mersereau, holding a court here nearly a decade before Binghamton was thought of! They did, and so did their successors, Judge Whitney and Judge Morgan Lewis, afterward governor of the State. Courts were held for a time at Mr. Spaulding’s, who lived near the Oliver Crocker place, on the road to Union, when alternating with Elmira; also at Mr. Whitney’s (Whitney’s Flats) until they were removed to the court-house in Binghamton.

That the thirty-seven petitioners were all, or most of them, occupants of Bingham’s Patent, and therefore in what is now the town of Binghamton, is evident in their own declaration —

“We, the inhabitants and settlers on the said Bingham’s Patent,” etc. We give a list of them as furnished by Mr. Wilkinson in his Annals: “Abraham Sneden and Daniel Sneden, who lived where Henry Squires now (1840) keeps his public house (four miles up the Susquehanna from Binghamton); Abraham Sneden, jr., who lived where Judson Park now (1840) lives (in town of Kirkwood); William Miller lived on the Harder place; Ebenezer Park, the father-in-law of Judge Chamberlain, lived where Ira Stow and the elder Mr. Bartlett now (1840) live (in town of Kirkwood, three miles east of Binghamton); Joseph Compton lived a little east upon the same lot; Zachariah Squires and James and Asa Squires, who lived on the site  of Russ’s public house (about seven miles east of Binghamton); James Ford lived on the place known as Moore’s farm; Silas Moon who lived where Mr. Brown now (1840) does (three miles above Binghamton); Ezra and Ira Keeler who lived on the James Hawley place (four miles from Binghamton, towards Montrose); J. Lamereaux, who lived where Edward Park now (1840) lives (on the Park farm); Robert Foster and Roswell Gray lived on the Judson M. Park place (adjoining one last above named); Nathaniel Taggart lived where Elias Jones now (1840) lives (a mile above the “Squires Tavern,” towards Kirkwood); John Carr lived on part of the farm of Judge Chamberlain (three miles east of Binghamton); Arthur Miller lived on the farm where General Whitney now (1840) lives (a mile east of Binghamton); Barnabas and Solomon Wixon lived on the south side of the Susquehanna, where James Evans now (1840) lives (two and one half miles from Binghamton.

iv. Sarah Wixam b. Jan 1743 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

v. Dorcas Wixam b. Jun 1746 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

vi. Joshua Wixam b. Jan 1749 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass; d. 11 Apr 1813

vii. Solomon Wixam b. 10 Aug 1752 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 11 Apr 1813 Steuben, New York; m. 1777 in Yarmouth to Mary Randall (b. 9 Jan 1756 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 9 Oct 1837  Schuyler, New York) Solomon and Mary had ten children born between 1782 and 1800.

In the year 1755, at the age of about four years, Solomon moved with his parents, brothers and sisters to Dutchess county (now Putnam), New York. This section of New York State was called the “Oblong.”

Solomon surfaces in 1776 with his enlistment into the Dutchess County Militia. Solomon is listed as being 5’7″ with light brown hair and light eyes (hazel). He is listed as a transient and a laborer.

Little is known of Solomon Wixson and his family during the time they lived in Dutchess county, NY. On August 5th, 1776 Solomon volunteered for the Militia and served as a private in Captain Veal’s Company in the 7th Regiment of Minute Men, Militia of Dutchess county, under the command of Colonel Jacobus Swarthout. His name is in the “New York in the Revolution” Volume 1, pp 56 & 252. Solomon has four first cousins, Peleg, Elijah, Ebenezer and Solomon who served in the Dutchess county Militia during the Revolution.

Sometime between 1777 and 1779, after he returned home from the war, Solomon married Mary Randall. Nothing is known of Mary Randall at this time. but around 1786 she and Solomon moved with their four children to somewhere in New Jersey.

In the spring of 1790, Solomon travelled to the Finger Lakes district of New York state and built a log cabin on the west side of the outlet of Waneta Lake. He returned to Dutchess Co. in the fall. In the spring of 1791, Solomon and his family moved to their new home in the wilderness. Solomon purchased 200 acres from a nearby landowner, neat Wayne, Steuben Co. and he and Mary relocated there. In their later years, the family built a mansion there for Solomon and Mary, now called the “Old Homestead”. A published photograph of the Old Homestead exists. The Old Homestead can now be found in the town of Hammondsport.

Solomon Wixom House

Solomon Wixom House – 1791 – This is the second home that Solomon built. He originally built a log home by the lake (maybe the site of the other home) before bringing his family. This home was built in 1791 although there are different dates proposed.

Solomon Wixson settled in 1791, on the farm where his grandson Solomon now [1878] lives. He built his first house on the banks of the lake; he was a farmer by occupation, although he served his town as justice of the peace. He lived and died on the same farm he settled, surrounded by the fruits of his labor. His children were Joseph, Joshua, Reuben, John, Daniel, James, Solomon, Elizabeth, Polly, Clary and Elijah, who died on the same farm in 1878.

3. Thankful CHASE (See Stephen O’KELLY‘s page)

4. Deborah Chase

Deborah’s husband Henry Hewitt was born 14 Aug 1708 in Easton, Bristol, MA. His parents were Ephraim Hewitt (1666 – 1733) and Katurah Acres (1674 – 1733.)

Children of Deborah and Henry:

i.  Henry Hewitt b. 25 Aug 1752 in Norton, Bristol, Mass

ii. William Hewitt b. 1 Dec 1754 in Norton, Bristol, Mass; d. 22 Dec 1841 in Sutton, Worcester, Mass.; m. 30 Jan 1776 Richmond, Cheshire, NH to Patience Hammond b, 21 Jan 1755 in Rochester, Plymouth, Mass. – d 6 Apr 1836 in Sutton, Worcester, Mass.) William and Patience had eleven children born between 1777 and 17943

iii. Katherine Hewitt b. 26 Dec 1757 in Norton, Bristol, Mass; m.  1779 Taunton, Bristol, Mass to Thomas Burt

iv. Thomas Hewitt b. 26 Jun 1758 Norton, Bristol, Mass,; d.  20 Oct 1848 Taunton, Bristol, Mass; m.  Silvy Lincoln (b. 3 Nov 1760 in Norton – d. 21 Jan 1849 in Taunton) Her parents were Joseph Lincoln and Rebecca Hunt.

Apr 1777 Norton, Bristol, Mass — Private, Capt. Israel Trow’s Co., Col. John Hathaway’s Regt., MA Line

29 Aug 1777 Norton, Bristol Co., MA  — Private, in Capt. Silas Cobb’s Co., Col. Danforth Keyes’ Regt.

v. Dorcas Hewett b.  2 Nov 1760 Norton, Bristol, Mass,; m. 27 Nov 1788 – Uxbridge, Worcester, Mass, to Joshua Knop Chase

vi. Samuel Hewitt b. 8 Nov  1763 Norton, Bristol, Mass,

vii. Hannah Hewitt b. 25 Apr 1765 in Norton, Bristol, Mass; d. 22 Sep 1855 in Mass; m. 8 Aug 1785 – Uxbridge, Worcester, Mass. to Stephen Cole (b. 8 Aug 1760 in Uxbridge, Worcester, Mass. – d. 13 May 1816 in Northbridge, Worcester, Mass)  His parents were Jonathan Cole (1724 – 1836)  and Elizabeth Crowninshield (1735 – 1803) Hannah and Stephen had at least one child, Stephen Jr. (b. 1793)

5. Dorcas Chase

Dorcas’ husband Reuben Wixon was born 1717 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Joshua Wixon (1695 – 1773) and Hannah Baker (1696 – 1730.)  As you can see in the tangled web above, Rueben’s father had married Dorcas’ sister Elizabeth 15 years before his marriage to Dorcas.  Rueben died 17 Mar 1800 in Dennis, Barnstable, Mass. Reuben and Dorcas had 11 children.

Children of Dorcas and  Reuben:

i.  Anna Wixam b. 23 Oct 1746 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1828 Cotuit, Barnstable, Mass; m. 2 Feb 1775 in Yarmouth to Thomas Kilby (b. 2 Mar 1755 in Provincetown, Barnstable, Mass, – d. 1785 Barnstable, Mass.); His parents were Thomas Kilby (1719 – 1794) and Mehitable Ryder (1729 – ) Anna and Thomas had at least one child: Abigail (b. 1777)

m2. 3 Nov 1787 in Yarmouth to Joseph Chase (b. 19 Jul 1762 in Yarmouth)

ii. Daniel Wixam b. 18 Jul 1749 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 15 Mar 1807 Chatham Harwich Barnstable, Mass; m. 7 Jul 1782 in Yarmouth to Jane Chase (b. 7 Jul 1752 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. – d. Jan 1810 in Harwich) Her parents were Thomas Chase (1728 – ) and Martha Rogers (1724 – 1756) Jane first married 7 Nov 1771 in Yarmouth to Richard Baker (b. 4 Jun 1751 in Yarmouth) Daniel and Jane had four children born between 1783 and 1794.

iii. Thankful Wixam b. 16 Apr 1753 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 9 Dec 1773 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass to Solomon Crowell (b. 6 May 1750 in Harwich – d.  1843 in Provincetown, Barnstable, Mass) His parents were David Crowell (1723 – ) and Hannah Wixam (1724 – 1745)

iv. Reuben Wixam b. 3 Jul 1755 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1830 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass; m. 16 Sep 1781 in Yarmouth to Lydia Gage (b. 1760 in Harwich – d. 3 Dec 1852 in Dennis, Barnstable, Mass) Her parents were James Gage (1717 – 1783) and Mercy Baker (1726 – ).   Reuben and Lydia had five children born between 1782 and 1795.

v. Solomon Wixam b. 1 May 1757 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1835 Dennis, Barnstable Mass; m. 17 Mar 1781 in Harwich to Thankful Arey (b. 10 Oct 1764 in Harwich – d. 1805 in Dennis) Her parents were John Arey (1714 – 1795) and Thankful Crosby (1750 – ) Solomon and Thankful had six children born between 1782 and 1795.

vi. Job Wixam b. 1 Mar 1759 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 14 Jan 1813 Dennis, Barnstable, Mass; m. 29 Dec 1785 in Harwich to Desire Chase (b. 8 May 1766 in Harwich – d. 8 Oct 1858 in Harwich) Her parents were Silvanus Chase (1732 – 1815) and Charity Chase ( – 1819).   Job and Desire had ten children born between 1787 and 1805.

Job settled in W. Harwich and married Desire. He lived northeast of Dr. Ginn’s house. In 1782 he had house area 513 feet, 6 windows, 19 feet of glass, west by road through Crocker Neck valued $105; 4 acres west by said road, north by Wm Chase, east by Chases, south by Issac Chase with a value of $20; he had 3 acres scrub land north and east by Wm Chase, value $6; 7 acres west by Reuben Wixon, east by cartway, south by Job Chase and others, west by Daniel Wixon value $17.50; pieces of marsh bought of Isaac Eldredge lying at Kelley’s beach, 3 acres, value $75; 2 acres of cedar swamp bought of James Oliver lying in Crocker’s Neck $30. – Notes of Cheryl Wixon Gocken.

His will dated 1812, adm March 1813; wife Desiah, sons Job, David, Syvanus, Eldridge, daus Rosanna, Dorcas, Desiah, Charity, Huldah. Wife Desiah executor. Witnessed by Jeremiah Kelley Jr., Isaiah Chase and Abigail Wixon.

vii. Joshua Wixam b. 20 May 1761 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 25 Feb 1849 West Harwich, Barnstable, Mass; m. 13 Dec 1782 in Harwich to Charity Nickerson (b. 1762 in Yarmouth – d. Apr 1830 in Dennis, Barnstable, Mass.)   Joshua and Charity had eight children born between 1784 to 1802.

viii. Dorcas Wixam b.. 20 Dec 1763 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 25 Oct 1857 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass; m.28 Feb 1784 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass to Isaiah Eldredge (b. 1763 in Yarmouth – d. Harwich) His parents were Isaac Eldredge (1734 – 1790) and Mehitable Chase (1740 – 1764).  Dorcas and Isaiah had ten children born between 1786 and 1803.

Dorcas Wixam was considered an Indian by the people of Yarmouth, and their daughter, Prisilla, was referred to as “half-Indian.”

ix. Barnabas Wixon b. 28 Feb 1765 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 16 Mar 1849 Dennis, Barnstable, Mass; m. 17 Oct 1789 in Yarmouth to his first cousin Jerusha Chase (b. 28 Feb 1772 in Harwich – d.  7 Sep 1861 in Dennis) Her parents were Silvanus Chase (1732 – 1815) and Charity Chase (1736 – 1819), (see below).  Barnabas and Jerusha had nine children born between 1790 and 1818.

x. Elizabeth Wixam b. 1769 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 1790 in Yarmouth to Jabez Chase (b. 1769)

6. Mary Chase

Mary ‘s husband Richard Chase was born 21 Jul 1745 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.  Mary and Richard were second cousins.  His parents were Richard Chase (1714 – 1794) and Thankful Berry (1716 – 1807). His grandparents were Thomas Chase (1679 – 1767) and Sarah Gowell (1682 – 1726) and her great grandparents were John CHASE and Elizabeth BAKER. Richard died in 1789 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine.

Children of Mary and Richard.

i. Benjamin Chase b. 28 Dec 1770 Dennis, Barnstable, Mass

ii. Thankful Chase b. 27 Mar 1773 Dennis, Barnstable, Mass; m. 25 Jan 1799 to Robert Kennedy

iii. Richard Chase b. 15 Jul 1778 Dennis, Barnstable, Mass

iv. William Chase b. 29 Nov 1781 Dennis, Barnstable, Mass

7. William Chase

William’s wife Mercy Chase was born 11 Feb 1733 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. John and Mercy were 2nd cousins.   Her parents were John Chase (1706 – 1733) and Thankful Berry (1715 – 1807.) Her grandparents were Thomas Chase (1679 – 1767) and Sarah Gowell (1682 – 1726) and her great grandparents were John CHASE and Elizabeth BAKER.

Children of William and Mercy

i. Job Chase b. 1753 in Harwich

ii. Silvanus Chase b.  ~ 1759 in Harwich

iii. Edmond Chase b. ~ 1759 in Harwich

iv. Elizabeth Chase b. 16 Dec 1759 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d, 25 Oct 1840; m. 19 Jul 1781 in Harwich to Isaac Ellis (b. 15 Jul 1762 in Harwich – d. 7 Apr 1839 in Patterson, Putnam, New York) His parents were Joseph Ellis (1732 – 1808) and Jemima Eldredge (1738 – 1815).   Elizabeth and Isaac had eleven children born between 1782 and 1804.

The town of Patterson  was first settled around 1720 in the “Oblong,” which was a disputed area in southeastern New York also claimed by the colony of Connecticut. The Oblong was a strip of land approximately 2.9 km wide between Dutchess County New York and Connecticut, ceded to New York in the 1731 Treaty of Dover. Between 1720 and 1776 a large number of mostly Connecticut families settled in the southern Oblong who could not settle west of it because that land was privately owned by the Phillipse Family, who owned virtually all of the rest of the future Putnam County.

The reason Patterson was spelled with two “t”s was due to the looseness in which Matthew Paterson spelled his own last name.

v. William Chase b. 1 Jun 1764 in Harwich; m. Nov 1786 in Harwich to Deborah Baker (b. 2 Dec 1767 in Mass)  Her parents were Joseph Baker (1746 – ) and Priscilla Chase (1750 – ).  William and Deborah had ten children born between 1787 and 1811.

vi. Rebecca Chase b. 1767 in Harwich, Mass.; m. 12 Mar 1790 in Yarmouth to James Oliver (b. 3 Jun 1770) His parents were John Oliver (1737 – 1827) and Huldah Rhodes (1741 – ).  Rebecca and James had four children born between 1791 and 1804.

vii. Deborah Chase b. 1769 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.

viii. Archelus Chase b. 3 Mar 1771 in Harwich;   Archelus drowned 4 Feb 1808  fishing with his son Warren in Harwich, Mass.; m. 8 Dec 1789 Harwich, Mass to Jedidah Wing (b. 4 Aug 1767 Harwich, Mass – d. 31 Aug 1862) Jedidah’s parents were our ancestors David WING and Temperance O’KELLEY. After Archelus died, Jedidah married 18 Dec 1810 Harwich to Thomas Kelley. See David WING’s page for the children.

ix. John Chase b. 1778 in Harwich; d. 1778

8. Sylvanus Chase

Sylvanus’s wife Charity Chase was his 1st cousin on one side and 2nd cousin on the other.  In other words, John CHASE was Sylvanus’ great-grandfather and Charity’s grandfather.  Charity was born 15 Jul 1736 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Isaac Chase (1685 – 1759) and Charity (Pease) O’Killey  – the widow of Jeremiah O’KELLY’S son Jeremiah Jr.  In other words, Isaac married his nephew’s widow.  Her grandparents were John CHASE and Elizabeth BAKER.  Charity died 7 Jan 1819 in Dennis, Barnstable, Mass.

Sylvanus Chase – Ancient Cemetery South Dennis, Barnstable, Mass

Children of Sylvanus and Charity

i. Dorcas Chase b. 13 Nov 1757 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass;   d. 15 Apr 1834 Harwich; m. 1777 in Harwich to Patrick Kelley (b. 1753 in Harwich – d. 28 Oct 1834 in Harwich) His parents were Patrick O Killey (1723 – ) and Bethiah Baker (1723 – ).  His grandparents were Eleazer O’Kelly (1697-1775) and Sarah Browning (1695 – 1741) and his great grandparents were Jeremiah O’KELLY and  Sarah CHASE.  Dorcas and Patrick had three children born between 1779 and 1788.

ii. Mehitable Chase b. 2 May 1759 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass – d. 29 Sep 1848 Harwich; m. 1780 in Harwich to Jonathan Burgess (b. 15 Feb 1748 in Harwich – d. 21 Oct 1826 in Harwich)   His parents were Thomas Burgess (1721 – 1815) and Mary Covell (1716 – 1771).  Mehitable and Jonathan had six children born between 1781 and 1799.

iii. Sylvanus Chase b. 17 Sep 1761 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass; d. 1793; m. 1785 to Mercy Smith (b: ~1763 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. – );  Mercy’s parents were William Smith and Anna O’Kelley.  Mercy’s maternal grandparents were our ancestors  Joseph O’KELLEY and Tabitha BAKER. Sylvanus and Mercy had four children born between 1786 and 1790.

iv. Charity Chase 1763  Harwich, Barnstable, Mass; m. 8 Jun 1786 to David Brayton (b. Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.)

v. Desire Chase b. 8 May 1766 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 8 Oct 1858 Barnstable, Mass.; m. 29 Dec 1785 in Harwich to her first cousin Job Wixon (b. 1 Mar 1759 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. –  d. 14 Jan 1813 Dennis, Barnstable, Mass)   His parents were Reuben Wixon and Dorcas Chase (See above). Desire and Job had ten children born between 1787 and 1805.

vi. Gamaliel Chase b. 4 Sep 1769 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass;  d. 7 Aug 1845 Baptist Church Cemetery, West Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 1790 to Jerusha Rogers Gamaliel and Jerusha had fifteen children born between 1792 and 1822.

vii. Lydia Chase 1770 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass

viii. Jerusha Chase b. 28 Feb 1772 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass; d. 7 Sep 1861 Dennis, Barnstable, Mass; m. 17 Oct 1789 in Yarmouth to her first cousin Barnabas Wixon (b. 28 Feb 1765 in Yarmouth – d. 16 Mar 1849 in Dennis) His parents were Rueben Wixon and Dorcas Chase (See above).  Barnabas and Jerusha and Barnabas had nine children born between 1790 and 1818.

ix. Jason Chase  b. 1772 Harwich, Barnstable, Mas;  d. 9 Sep 1847 Barnstable, Mass; m. 1795 in Harwich to Mehitable Baker (b. 1775) Jason and Mehitable had eight children born between 1797 and 1815.

x. Keziah Chase 1774 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass;

9. Job Chase

Job’s  first wife Ede (Edith) Bassett was his 2nd cousin.  Ede was born 3 Oct 1740 in in Chatham, MA. Her parents were Nathaniel Bassett (1720 – 1781) and Sarah Chase (1722 – 1802).  Her maternal grandparents were Thomas Chase (1679 – 1767) and Sarah Gowell (1682 – 1726) and her great grandparents were also John CHASE and Elizabeth BAKER. Ede died before Feb 1774.

Job’s second wife Hope Sears was born 11 Feb 1731 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass.  Her parents were Paul Sears (1710 – 1790) and Anna Atkins ( – 1783) She first married 11 Jan 1750 in Chatham Barnstable, Mass to Nehemiah Doane (b. 15 Feb 1730 in Chatham – d. 17 Jan 1766 in Chatham)  and had six children.  After Nehemiah died, she married 10 Sep 1767 in Chatham to Thomas Howes (b. 1712 in Chatham – d. 21 Dec 1768 in Chatham) Hope died 24 May 1816 in Harwich.

Job’s third wife Hannah Dimock was born 1756 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Thomas Dimmock (1727 – 1806) and Elizabeth Bacon (1731 – 1811).  Hannah died 2 Mar 1829 in Harwich.

From  The History of Barnstable County Massachusetts published 1890

By the middle of the 1700’s, Job Chase was a settler in the southwest part of Harwich  owning the entire tract of land from the river near the present Erastus Chase’s store, westward to the Dennis line. Here he reared a large family and here he died at the advanced age of ninety-seven years. He was actively engaged in fishing and agriculture, leaving to his posterity an ample inheritance and those peculiar business traits that have been so marked in the lives of his descendants.

Children of Job and Ede:

i. Zenas Chase b. 4 Dec 1758 or 4 Dec 1761 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 29 Jan 1855 in Harwich,; m. 4 Feb 1786 Harwich to Hepsibah Happy Baker (b. 25 Sep 1765 in Yarmouth – d. 28 Oct 1846 in Harwich)  Her parents were Jacob Baker (1742 – 1803) and Rachel Wheldon (1745 – 1794) Zenas and Hepsibah had seven children born between 1786 and 1801.

ii. James Chase b. 1761 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.

iii. Isaiah Chase b. 3 Feb 1763 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.’ d. 27 Apr 1838′ m. Abt 1783 to Hope Doane (b. 19 May 1764 – d. 22 Mar 1834) ) Isaiah and Hope had seven children born between 1784 and 1802.

Isaiah was a private in Captain Nathaniel Freeman’s company, Col. Enoch Hallett’s Regiment.

iv. Nathaniel Chase b. 1765 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass,l m. 5 Mar 1789 Harwich to Hannah / Anna Eldredge.  Nathaniel and Hannah had six children born between 1789 and 1799.

v. Bassett Chase b. 1767 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. bef. 1826 – Harwich; m. Nov 1798 – Harwich to Thankful Weeks (b. 1777 in Harwich – d. 9 May 1826 in Harwich)  Her parents were Ammiel Weeks (1754 – 1787) and Mehitable Nickerson (1757 – 1822).  Bassett and Thankful had three children born between 1799 and 1805.

After Thankful died, Bassett married 12 Oct 1820 to Sabra Flynn

Child of Job and Hope:

vi. Job Chase b. 8 Aug 1776 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass; d. 12 Jan 1865 Harwich; m1. 25 Nov 1796 to Polly Eldredge (18 May 1778 in Harwich – d. 26 May 1816 in West Harwich) Job and Polly had nine children born between 1797 and 1813.

m2. 22 Feb 1816 in Brewster, Barnstable, Mass to Phebe Winslow (b. 16 Feb 1795 Brewster, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 25 Aug 1839 Harwich) Her parents were Joseph Winslow (1772 – 1816) and Abigail Snow (1766 – 1844).   Job and Phebe had eight more children born between 1817 and 1831,

The youngest  Caleb living until 1908, most likely the last surviving second cousin of Alex’s fifth great grandfather Isaac HAWES (1765 – 1840) or any second cousin from his generation for that matter.  Caleb’s coffee brand Chase & Sanborn lives on today (See below)

m3. 1842 to Eunice Crosby (b. 19 Apr 1797 in Holden, Worcester, Mass – d. 11 Jun 1863 in Harwich) Eunice first married [__?__] Drury

1850  Census Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Job Chase Age 70
Eunice D Chase 55
James W Chase 20
Joshua S Chase 15
Cabot Chase 16

Job Chase Portrait

From  The History of Barnstable County Massachusetts published 1890

Job Chase [Jr.]  was born August 8, 1776, at the ancestral home, near which, on the west bank of the river, he subsequently reared a home, where he died January 12, 1865. The limited means for obtaining an education in his boyhood were scarcely improved when he embarked upon his business career, in which he must rely upon a retentive memory and a keen perception for his measure of success. He engaged in a fishing and mercantile business in which he attained a high point among those of the south shore, owning the controlling interest in as many as fifteen vessels at a time.

In 1831 he erected, on the river, a store which was used by him and his sons until a few years ago, and in this he kept the first post office of West Harwich. In 1842 he built the wharf which is still in use, and also built the schooner Job Chase, of eighty-five tons, from timber cut upon his own lands, lands now robbed of their trees, but where, before his time, his father, Job, had also cut the timber for vessels which he built there. Other vessels were built for his use at Hamden, Me., and at Dartmouth. In his fishing business he fitted out a large fleet.

He was largely interested in public affairs, also in affairs of the church, and in both was an important factor. He served his town as a selectman, and was a representative from Harwich in the legislature. In the erection of the West Harwich Baptist church he was a large contributor, continuing’ substantial material and spiritual aid during his life.

He was one of the original stockholders in the old Yarmouth bank, and was among the foremost in all the public enterprises of his day, giving employment to a large number of men ‘in building up the interests of West Harwich. In his death the town sustained a severe check to its growing business and a great loss in its social and religious circles.

10. Edmund Chase

I can’t reconcile Edmund’s birthdate with his 13 Mar 1762 – Harwich marriage with Abigail Harris.   His father’s first wife Dorcas died of smallpox 20 Nov 1745 in Harwich, Mass.  His father married again to Patience Walker on 15 Oct 1747 in Harwich and Edmund was supposed to be born in 1748, making him only 14 years old in 1762.  Edmund’s first daughter Lydia was born in 1763, so maybe he indeed married very young.

Edmund’s first wife Abigail Harris was born about 1742, but little is known about her for sure. Sometimes her name is recorded as Farris.

Edmund’s second wife Bethia Nickerson was born 6 Sep 1753 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Barnabas Nickerson and Mary Nickerson (more cousins I’m sure!)

Children of Edmund and Abigail:

i.  Lydia Chase b. 1 Jul 1763 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass;d. 1801;  m. 6 Jun 1776 in Yarmouth to James Berry (b. 3 Nov 1751 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.) His parents were Isaac Berry (1728 – 1803) and Sarah Crowell (1732 – 1778).  Lydia and James had five children born between 1777 and 1786.  Something doesn’t add up.

According to these dates, Lydia was a month shy of her thirteenth birthday when she married James Berry.

ii. Jeremiah Chase b. 5 Apr 1765 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass; d. 1798 Harwich; m. 11 Aug 1789 Harwich to his first cousin Thankful Wing (b. 22 Sep 1762 in Harwich – d. bef. 1812) Her parents were David WING and Temperance O’KELLEY.

After Jeremiah died, Thankful married 11 Mar 1792 Barnstable, Mass to Rev. Enoch Chase (b. 3 Dec 1762 in Harwich – d.  29 Feb 1852 in Tiverton, Rhode Island.) His parents were Ebenezer Chase and Susanna Berry. Thankful and Enoch had eight children born between 1792 and 1808.

iii. Sarah Chase b. 25 Aug 1766 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass

iv. Hannah Chase b. 17 Nov 1767 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass

v. Abigail Chase b. 17 Nov 1769 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass; m. John Larry (b. 13 Jan 1764 in Provincetown, Barnstable, Mass – d. 1820 in Vinalhaven, Maine) His parents were John Larry (1740 – 1820) and Elizabeth “Betty or Betsy” Kilburn 1746 – ) Abigail and John had three children born between 1785 and 1791.

11. Meribah Chase

Meribah’s first  husband  James Ellis was born in 1745 – Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were James Ellis (1717 – ) and Desire Ellis (1722 – bef. 1752)  (Still more kissing cousins!). James died in 1781.

Meribah’s second husband Sylvanus Broadbrooks was born in 1764. Sylvanus died in 1799.  Sometimes he is called Brooks.  He may have been the son of Ebenezer Broadbrooks also of Harwich.

Children of Meribah and Sylvanus:

i. Rebecca Brooks b. 2 Mar 1787   (Before her parents’ 30 Oct 1790  marriage)

ii. Benjamin Broad Brooks b. 12 Sep 1790 (Before his parents’ 30 Oct 1790  marriage)  Alternatively, Benjamin was born 12 Sep 1791.

iii. Marahah Patiane “Patience” Brooks b. 23 Mar 1794 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass; d. 17 Oct 1867 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass); m. int. 24 Sep 1814 – Sandwich to Eli Covill (b. ~ 1793 in Sandwich – d. Bef. 1840)  His parents were Nathaniel Covil (1773 – 1860) and Sarah Gifford (1774 – 1870) Patience and Eli had eleven children born between 1815 and 1837.

iv. Salley Broadbrooks b. 6 Oct 1798 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass; d.  17 Oct 1867 in Sandwich.  A Salley Broadbrooks married Simeon Chase on 20 May 1817 – Harwich.  Others say Salley was the one who married Eli Covil.

12. Patience Chase

Patience’s husband Atkins Ellis was born 1752 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Ebenezer Ellis (1716 – 1770) and Mary (1730 – 1750). Atkins died 18 Oct 1833 in St Albans, Somerset, Maine.

Ellis, Atkins, Harwich.  List of men mustered by Joseph Otis, Muster Master for Barnstable Co., dated April 30, 1777; Capt. Benson’s co., Col. Putnam’s regt.; mustered April 15, 1777; term, during war; reported received State and Continental bounties;

Also List of men raised to serve in the Continental Army from 2d Barnstable Co. regt., as returned by Capt. Abijah Bangs and Maj. Zenas Winslow, sworn to in Barnstable Co., Feb. 24, 1778; residence, Harwich; engaged for town of Harwich; joined Capt. G. Webb’s co., Col. Shephard’s regt.; term to expire in 1780;

Also Capt. Benson’s co., Col. Putnam’s (4th) regt.; muster return dated Albany, Feb. –, 1778;

Also Corporal, Capt. Joshua Benson’s co., Col. Rufus Putnam’s regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Feb. 10, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779;

Also list of deserters from Col. Putnam’s (5th) regt. dated Nov. 20, 1780; age, 27 yrs.; stature, 5 ft. 6 in.; complexion, light; hair, brown; residence, Harwich; term, during war; reported deserted March –, 1780;

Also affidavit sworn to in Kennebec Co., March 4, 1820, signed by said Ellis, stating that he was 68 yrs. of age, a resident of Industry, Maine, that he enlisted in Feb., 1777, at Harwich, as a Corporal in Capt. Joshua Benson’s co., Col. Rufus Putnam’s regt. to serve during the war; that he served until Dec. –, 1779, when he was furloughed for 60 days; and that he had never received the delayed wages and interest due him; affidavit endorsed “the account on books imperfect and he left service irregularly, being furloughed and not returned;” Ebenezer Billings of Boston, given power of attorney to receive money for said Ellis.

Children of Patience and Atkins:

i. Bathiah (Betha) Ellis b. 1783 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass; m. 7 Nov 1808 Industry, Franklin,, Maine to Benjamin Church (b. 1781 Sidney, Maine)

ii. Huldah Ellis b. 1785 in Harmony, Somerset, Maine; d. 22 Dec 1863 Vassalboro, Maine; m. 26 Jul 1813 in Industry, Franklin, Maine to Elisha Luce (b. 1783 in Tisbury, Dukes, Mass.-d. Waterville, Kennebec, Maine).  His parents were Nathan Luce (1733 – 1800) and Anna Crowell (1735 – ).  Huldah and Elisha had four children born between 1814 and 1824.

iii. Cornelius Ellis b. 1785 in Jarvis Gore, Maine; d. Aft 1850  m. Sylvia Bryant (b. ~1802 in Maine – d. Aft. 1850 ).  Cornelius and Cynthia had nine children born between 1810 and 1843.

In the 1850 census, Cornelius and Sylvia were farming in Township 2 Range 1, Franklin, Maine with four children at home ages 7 to 16.

v. Atkins Ellis b. 1787 in Industry, Franklin, Maine;  d. 15 Jan 1859 Levant, Penobscot, Maine; m. 1812 to Betsey Church (b. 1785 in Maine – d. 1859 in St Albans, Somerset, Maine) Atkins and Betsey had six children born between 1813 and 1830.

vi. Lucinda Ellis b. 1789; d. 28 Feb 1818

vii. William Ellis b. 1795

viii. Patience Ellis b. 1806 in St Albans, Somerset, Maine; d. 28 Sep 1878; m. 1823 to David Frost (b. 19 Apr 1804 in Wayne, Maine – d. 9 Jan 1876  St Albans)  His parents were Aaron Frost (1767 – 1846) and Huldah Curtis (1772 – ).  Patience and David had five children born between 1824 and 1840.

In the 1870 census, David and Patience were living in St Albans, with one son Aaron (age 37) still at home.








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  5. Lynn says:

    My line is through Joshua and Hannah (his first wife by whom he had six children). Hannah was a Bass River Indian. As you know, he remarried Elizabeth Chase at Yarmouth.

    • markeminer says:


      The Bakers and the Chases are very intertwined in my lineage. This William’s father John CHASE married Elizabeth BAKER. Their siblings Daniel BAKER and Elizabeth CHASE also married and are also my ancestors. To make it even more confusing, my sources show, Joshua’s first wife Hannah that you mention was the daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth BAKER above.


      Where did you find that Hannah was a Bass River Indian? That’s an interesting thread,


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  9. R E Hauser says:

    RE #4 Deborah Chase. I believe you are missing a generation. Henry Hewitt born 1708 was married to Mary ?. Their child Henry Jr. born 1730 in Taunton married Deborah in 1751 in Harwick. Their child Henry III first of seven children was born 1752. Do you have any sources for William Hewitt who married Patience Hammond? HewettsofSutton@gmail.com

  10. Jeff G says:

    RE #6 Mary Chase. 106 years old – children at 44-54 with Richard Chase (20 years her younger)? I’ve seen other sites (the rootsweb you reference for example), that put her birth at 1748-1750 and the daughter of Patience. Might there have been two Mary Chase, one born to the first wife and another to the second, who married Richard Chase and Shubeal Wixon? http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=cwixgo&id=I2994

    • R E Hauser says:

      Hi – The missing generation is on the Hewett side. No problem on the Chase side.
      Deborah Chase did indeed marry a Henry Hewett who was the 1st of six children of Henry Hewett 1708-1764 and a Mary.
      Their son Henry is the one that married Deborah Chase in 1751. He was born in Taunton, MA abt 1730 and died before 1790. I believe that his is the generation that is missing in the Miner genealogy.

  11. JeffG says:

    “Children of Patience and Ebenezer:” should be “Children of Patience and Atkins:”. Ebenezer was Atkins’ father.

  12. Ruthe Taber says:

    I also am descended from William Chase and Dorcas Baker. I disagree with you calling him William III. William Chase III is the son of William Chase Jr. not the son of John Chase. To have a III you have to have a Sr and a Jr before him.

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