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Matthew and Ruth (Eastern) Chandler

According to his Revolutionary War Pension Records, Matthew Chandler was born on January 5, 1764 in Connecticut (census). Sometime between 1783 and 1800, he married Ruth Eastern. Ruth was born August 14, 1767 per some records, but her tombstone has her as 80 years old and her death in 1840, which would make her birth year 1760.

Census records show that Matthew and Ruth had at least three sons and one daughter. One son was named Orrin and of course there is our Ruth. Another daughter MIGHT be Clarissa G. Chandler who married Jeremiah Mattthew Rockefeller in 1832. (No proof of this but one of their sons was Matthew Chandler Rockefeller.) A Census of Pensioners For Revolutionary or Military Services lists Matthew as living in the household of Larry Chandler, so perhaps Lawrence (Larry) could be another son.

Matthew died August 12, 1852 in Cazenovia, Madison County, New York. Ruth died January 4, 1840 in Cazenovia, Madison County, New York. Both are buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Cazenovia, Madison County, New York Plot J-84.

Matthew was a tailor by trade and is credited with inventing the wire harness for weaving looms. In 1813 he bought a woolen mill from John Lincklaen and Elisha Starr and started the company Matthew Chandler & Son. Matthew was the President and Clerk for the town of Cazenovia in 1819 (a position that changed yearly).

Matthew is a veteran of the Revolutionary War. He inlisted in April of 1782 and served for one year. He was stationed at a fort at Horse Neck. The first six months he was involved in several minor skirmishes. The next six months he was enlisted to make uniforms. He was in the event of transferring some prisioners to Hartford, Connecticut, when word was received that the war was over.

Revolutionary War Pension Records

Revolutionary War Records
History of Chenango and Madison Counties, New York : with illustrations and biographical sketches of some to its prominent men
History of Madison County, state of New York
A Census of Pensioners For Revolutionary or Military Services