Biography of James E. Chaffee
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Chaffee, James E., Heuvelton, was born in Oswegatchie, March 16, 1839. His ancestors and descendants in this country were Capt. Ezra Chaffee of Revolutionary fame, one of Washington's most trusted soldiers, and James E. Chalice's grandfather, Rufus, a son of Capt. Ezra Chaffee, who settled in Vermont from Connecticut about 1785, Elisha H., son of Rufus Chalice, who moved to St. Lawrence county in 1820 from Vermont, and who eventually died in Illinois in 1841 and finally the subject of this sketch, James B. (son of Elisha H.,) who married in 1864 Sarah J. Bell. They have four children: Florence, Mary M., Abel and William J. Florence married W. L. Millard, the successor to the business of James E, Chaffee in the hardware business of Heuvelton, which Mr. Chaffee had conducted for over twenty-one years. In 1801 Mr. Chaffee enlisted in Co. G., N. Y. Inf., and was assigned to extra duty in hospital, which he entered first for disability contracted in service. As soon as he had recovered he requested to be sent to the front, but this was refused, as his services were necessary and most valuable at the hospital, where he had charge of the culinary departments. After eighteen months there he received his discharge and returned to Heuvelton, where he again enlisted, and was again assigned to extra duty at Harper's Ferry, where he remained until the close of the war, and received his discharge in October, 1865. After the war he followed farming for six years, then established the hardware business, which he conducted until he sold to his son-in-law, Mr. Chaffee has been a Mason since 1863. He has served as superintendent of the poor for many years, and frequently as president pro tern, of that body. He is one of St. Lawrence county's most substantial and representative citizens. He received the appointment of postmaster of Heuvelton July 15, 1889, which position he still fills. His mother was Catharine Russell, a daughter of William Russell, who settled in this county from Johnstown in 1820.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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