Biography of Amos Chamberlin

Chamberlin, Amos, senior, was born in Barton, Vt, in 1772. He had four brothers, namely: William, Erastus, Ira and Abner, and one sister, Hattie. - Amos, Sr., had nine children, six boys-Cyrus, Amos, Major, Alfred, John and Hazen-and three girls-Almyra, Mable and Hattie. He left Barton with six boys and Almyra in 1814; Amos, jr., came on foot and drove a cow, and his mother came on horseback and brought Hazen, the youngest child, in her arms, through the then wilderness to Genesee county, N. Y. Amos, Sr., took up a farm on lot No. 141 (east side), two miles northeast of North Byron, and with the aid of his older sons converted the same into a good farm. David Shed came from Verona, N. Y., and took tip the west side of lot No. 141. He had thirteen children, four boys-Harry, David, Oliver and Milo-and nine giris-Polly, Phebe, Anna, Almeda, Betsey, Jane, Sally, Malv ma and Asenith. Amos Chamberlin, jr., married Phebe Shed November 9, 1820; they had three children-Charles, Charles H. and Helen. Charles H. was born November 11, 1824, in Byron; he came from Byron with his father to Oakfield in 1835 and has resided there ever since. On November 11, 1851, he married Mary A. Bates: she died June 3, 1881; he married, second, Abbie J. Shed, December 13, 1882. In politics he has been a Republican, and has held the office of town clerk, and was justice of the peace for several years; was appointed postmaster under Lincoln's first term and held that office three terms; and was supervisor of his town. He started a general store in 1849 and continued it until 1884, when his health failed and he gave up business. He has built one wood store and two brick blocks of three stores each, having been burned out three times; he also built a fine house. He has resided in the town longer than any person now living there, and in the village since 1849. William, brother of Amos Chamberlin, Sr., came to Ischua, Cattaraugus county, in the winter of 1815-16, with a sleigh covered with canvas and drawn by a yoke of oxen; the snow was so deep they had to hitch one ox before the other. He has a large number of descendants now living in Cattaraugus county. In 1837 Amos Chamberlin, jr., wishing to send $1,000 in silver coin to Michigan, and there being no railroads or express companies, he put one thousand half dollars in each of two sacks, which he fastened to the pommel of his saddle, and mounting his horse, rode to Buffalo, where he took a boat to Detroit, and then rode a hundred miles farther west. Stopping at a tavern, in the morning when he wished to settle his bill, they refused to accept the Genesee county money; he found relief by going to a broker and getting "wildcat" money. Proceeding, he arrived safely in Branch county. Those are what some people call the good old times.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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