Chandler Collections

  • The Asenath Chandler Papers (1795) 

Scope and Content: The collection consists of one handwritten and hand-sewn book made by Asenath Chandler in 1795.  The book records genealogical information about Asenath’s immediate family including the death dates of her sister, Rhoda, and her mother.

Biographical Note:  Asenath Chandler (d. 1858) was born in Duxbury to Perez Chandler and Rhoda Wadsworth.  In 1798 she married Nathaniel Holmes (1773-1848) of Kingston, MA.  They resided in Kingston, MA and had 11 children. 

Organization: The Collection consists of 1 Folder.


  • The Pelham Chandler Family Papers (1801-1879) 

Scope and Content: The collection consists of 22 documents in one folder.  Sixteen of the documents are financial including receipts to Sylvia Delano Chandler and tax receipts to Pelham Chandler.  Two of the documents pertain to the guardianship of Pelham and Nancy Chandler after the death of their father in 1801.  A Deed of Sale (1804) between Rufus Adams and Darius Delano describes the property lost by Sylvia Delano Chandler’s father, Cornelius Delano. 

 Also included in the Collection is George T. Chandler’s discharge from Union Army (1863) as well as a very detailed agreement between George T. Chandler and Z. W. Peterson concerning the construction of a new house in 1878.

Biographical Information: Pelham Chander (1795-1865) of Duxbury was the son of Sylvia Delano (1770-1831) and Aaron Chandler (1865-1801).  When he was five years old his father died at sea, leaving both he and his sister, Nancy, under the guardianship of their widowed mother.  In 1824, Pelham Chandler, a shoemaker, married Olive Low (1803-1865).  The couple had three children, Henry (b. 1827), Susan (b.1837) and George T. (1839-1925).  His sister, Nancy Chandler, married Cyrus Cushman Churchill of Plympton.

Pelham’s sons also became shoemakers.  George T. Chandler enlisted in the Civil War as a private in the Massachusetts 38th Regiment and was discharged in 1863.  During the late 19th century, George was employed as a postmaster in Duxbury.

Organization: The Collections is in three series.

Series I: Sylvia Chandler

Series II: Pelham Chandler

Series III: George Chandler

Series I: Sylvia Chandler

  1. Guardianship of Pelham Chandler and Nancy Chandler to their mother, Sylvia Chandler, 1801.
  2. Document permitting the sale of property to support Pelham and Nancy Chandler by Sylvia Chandler, 1801.
  3. Receipt to Sylvia Chandler for attending the son of John Young, 1802.
  4. Deed for sale of property between Rufus Adams of Kingston and Darius Delano of Duxbury, 1804.
  5. Receipt to Sylvia Chandler for red flannel, 1811.
  6. Bill to Sylvia Chandler, 1812
  7. Receipt to Sylvia Chandler for the building a house by Luther Phillips, 1817.
  8.  2 Receipts for shares in the Old Meeting House, n.d.
  9. Promissory Note to Sylvia Chandler from George Delano, 1827.
  10. Receipt to Pelham Chandler from James Loring for the burial of Sylvia Chandler, 1831.
  11. Document naming Pelham Chandler the executor of Sylvia Chandler’s will, 1831.

Series II: Pelham Chandler

  1. Receipt to Pelham Chandler for the making of shoes by Otis Weston, 1826
  2. 4 Tax receipts to Pelham Chandler, 1841-1849.
  3. Receipt to Pelham Chandler from Dr. John Porter for doctor visits, 1847.
  4. Receipt to Pelham Chandler from Augustus Weston for funeral charges, 1865.

Series III: George T. Chandler

  1. Civil War discharge for George T. Chandler, 1863.
  2. Agreement between George T. Chandler and Z. W. Peterson concerning the building of a house, 1878.
  3. Receipt to George T. Chandler from Z. W. Peterson for the building of a house, 1878.

5 thoughts on “Chandler Collections

  1. Hi Paul,

    George T. Chandler was a descendant of Edmund Chandler, who immigrated to Duxbury c. 1630. Almost all of the Chandlers in Duxbury descended from him. This is from just a quick search of our database showing George’s line back to Edmund starting with George. George T.>Pelham>Aaron>Thomas>Samuel>Benjamin>Edmund, the immigrant.

    We have not done a lot of research on that branch of the family, but we know that several of them were buried in the Mayflower Cemetery in Duxbury.

    We have much more information about the Edmund Chandler family on our website and even more in our members’s only section. You are welcome to join if you wish.

    You can find George T. Chandler’s military service at Click records search at the top then click pilot search records.

    Happy hunting and if you have questions you may e-mail me at my e-mail address above.

    Carol May
    Co-chairperson of the Edmund Chandler Family Association.

  2. You can read more about the Edmund Chandler family in Edmund’s Community Courier on our web site Go to the top of the page and click Edmund’s Community Courier.

    You can read about the Isaac Chandler house in Duxbury, Duxbury’s “haunted” places, the Liberty Pole, a Chandler Medal of Honor recipient and more if you go to the back issues.

    When we finish the current series, the plan is to do a series on Revolutionary War Chandlers. We have done a couple of stories on Civil War Chandlers, one on our Duxbury MOH recipient, James B. Chandler, (mistakenly recorded as John) and another brief one on Alvin Chandler of Maine.

    Both George T. Chandler and James’ common ancestor was Samuel Chandler who was the grandson of the immigrant, Edmund Chandler. Samuel did not migrate from Duxbury, so many of generations of his descendants also made Duxbury their home.

    Also check the archives at the bottom of the page.

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