Facts and Events
Allen's work says he "died at noon in his 54th year", but this is a misreading and misinterpretation of the memorial stone. The inscription is clear and says "at No. one". Other records show he died while with a militia unit traveling to New York during the French and Indian War.
Here is the will of Nehemiah Chandler as given in the Chandler genealogy:
In the Name of God, Amen. I Nehemiah Chandler, of the Town of Enfield, &c.
Imprimis. I resign my Soul to God that gave it and my Body to the Dust to be decently burried by my Executors, and for my outward Estate of World's Goods I Give and Dispose of them as followeth:
Item. I give to my Loving Wife Mary the Improvement of one half of my Real Estate till my Son Samuel arrives to the age of twenty one, and the Improvement of the other half of my Estate so long as she shall remain my widow, and also Two thirds part of my Within Door Movables, as also two Cows and my Mare to Enable my sd wife to bring up my Son Zebulon until he is able to maintain himself or fit to be put out to Learn a trade.
Item. I give to my Son Samuel one half of my Real Estate, to be to him at the time he shall arrive to the age of twenty-one years, as also a Debt Due to me from Abner Burroughs of about Sixty or Seventy pounds old tenor to be his at my decease, that is to say the North part of my Estate to be to Samuel Chandler.
Item. I give to my Daughter Elizabeth one third part of my within Door Movables as also one Cow four years old.
Item. I give to my Son Jonathan the one half of my Real Estate after my Wife's decease or her Intermarriage (having given the Improvement of the same to her so long as she remain my Widow) But, if my Son Jonathan, when he arrive to the age of twenty one years, shall Choose to have a Yoak of Oxen, my will is that he shall have them, and that sd Samuel shall have the Whole of my Real Estate when my said wife shall have done with it.
Item. I give to my Son Nehemiah Two Steers that are now two years old and five pounds Lawful Money when he arrive at the age of twenty one years, said Steers to be to him immediately after my decease.
Item. I give to my son John, ... my Son Joel, ... my Son Zebulon, ...
Enfield, Conn., 11 May, 1756.
"The Will of Nehemiah Chandler late of Enfield was exhibited" at Probate Court in Hartford, Conn., "by Mary and Samuel Chandler, wid: and Son of the Deceased."
- ↑ Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. Vital Records of Andover, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849. (Topsfield, Massachusetts: Topsfield Historical Society, 1912), 100.
CHANDLER, Nehemiah, s. Henery and Lydia, ___ .
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Chandler, George. The Chandler Family: The Descendants of William and Annis Chandler, who Settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts, 1637. (Worcester, Mass.: Press of Charles Hamilton, 1883).
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Nehemiah Chandler, in Find A Grave.
"In memory of Mr Nehemiah Chandler & Mrs Elisabeth his Daughter. He died at No. one Septbr 9th 1756 in his 54th Year & she died Septbr 15th 1758 n her 24th Year"
- ↑ Allen, Francis Olcott. The history of Enfield, Connecticut: compiled from all the public records of the town known to exist, covering from the beginning to 1850 ... ; together with the graveyard inscriptions and those Hartford, Northampton and Springfield records which refer to the people of Enfield. (Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Wickersham Printing, 1900), III:2328.