James Isaac Chambers is a prosperous and representative agriculturist of Marion county, owning and operating
a valuable farm of three hundred and sixty acres in Indiana and Knoxville townships. He came to this county with
his parents in the fall of 1856 and has resided continuously within its borders save for a period of three years
spent in Nebraska.
The birth of Mr. Chambers occurred in Montgomery county, Indiana, on the 24th of January, 1851, his parents being
Robert H. and Ellen T. (Dixon) Chambers, the former of Scotch and the latter of English descent. Both were natives
of Maryland and their marriage was celebrated in Ohio. In the fall of 1856 they came to Marion county, Iowa, settling
in Indiana township, where Robert H. Chambers purchased a tract of land. Throughout his active business career
he successfully devoted his attention to the pursuits of farming and carpentering and at the time of his demise
he owned a quarter section of land. At the time of the Civil war he enlisted for service in the Union army as a
member of Company K, Third Iowa Cavalry, remaining with that command for thirteen months or until discharged because
of illness. In politics he was a republican and in the office of constable he made a commendable record. His religious
belief was that of the Methodist Episcopal church, in the faith of which he passed away in 1894, while his wife
was called to her final rest four years later. Both lie buried in this county. They celebrated their golden wedding
here, and this was the only occasion when all of their children were together. They had five sons and nine daughters
and nine of the family are yet living.
James I. Chambers, who was a little lad of five years when brought to this county by his parents, began his education
in the state of his nativity and continued his studies in a log schoolhouse of Indiana township, Marion county.
When twenty years of age he started out in life on his own account and throughout his entire business career, with
the exception of three years spent in Nebraska, he has devoted his attention to general agricultural pursuits here.
Success has attended his efforts and he now owns three hundred and sixty acres of rich and productive land in Marion
county. He has made many substantial improvements on the property and in connection with the cultivation of cereals
devotes considerable attention to the raising of graded stock, both branches of his business returning to him a
gratifying annual income.
On the 25th of December, 1872, Mr. Chambers was united in marriage to Miss Hannah Rankin, a daughter of J. C. and
Nancy Rankin. To them have been born four children, as follows: Bertha Ann, who gave her hand in marriage to A.
R. Rowland; Stella, the wife of A. C. Tucker; Josephine, who is the wife of Harl Baker; and Cameron H., who wedded
Miss Sarah Suska Woody.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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