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William Chamness

William Chamness

Male 1793 - 1886

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  • Name  William Chamness 
    Born  15 Jun 1793  Chatham, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  28 Apr 1886  West River Township, Randolph, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I1623  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  9 Dec 2012 

    Father  Joshua Chamness,   b. 5 Apr 1761, Orange, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Nov 1843, Chatham, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Rachel Williams,   b. 20 Mar 1753, Loudoun, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1840, Cane Creek MM, Orange, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  6 Dec 1777  Chatham, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F512  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Charity Sarah Moon,   b. 1 Jul 1790, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 7 Sep 1817 
    Married  4 Nov 1809  North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Sarah Chamness,   b. Abt 1813, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Abigail Chamness,   b. 4 Nov 1816, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  14 Oct 2007 
    Family ID  F577  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Margaret Hinshaw,   b. 17 Oct 1800, Chatham, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1846, Randolph, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  7 Sep 1817  Chatham, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Martha Chamness,   b. 14 Aug 1818,   d. 6 Feb 1902
     2. Isaac Chamness,   b. 5 Apr 1820,   d. 16 Feb 1908
     3. Martin Chamness,   b. 4 Nov 1821,   d. 15 Mar 1859
     4. Mary Chamness,   b. 23 Dec 1823,   d. 20 Jul 1875
     5. Rachel Chamness,   b. 20 Jun 1826,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Ruth Chamness,   b. 27 May 1827,   d. 13 Dec 1905
     7. Joshua H. Chamness,   b. 4 Mar 1830, Randolph, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1901
     8. Margaret Chamness,   b. 27 Jan 1835,   d. 24 Apr 1869
     9. William Chamness,   b. 10 Dec 1839,   d. 15 Apr 1924
    Last Modified  14 Oct 2007 
    Family ID  F578  Group Sheet

    Family 3  Hannah Jackson,   b. 17 May 1817, Montgomery, Hamilton, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1898, Wayne, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  17 Jul 1853 
    Last Modified  9 Dec 2012 
    Family ID  F711  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Jun 1793 - Chatham, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Nov 1809 - North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    William Chamness
    William Chamness
    William Chamness Obituary, April 28, 1886

  • Notes 
    • William Chamness was born June 15, 1793 in Chatham County, North Carolina
      to Joshua and Rachel (Williams) Chamness, the seventh of nine children. The
      family lived just down the road from the Cane Creek Friends Meeting in a house built by William's grandfather, Anthony Chamness. The family belonged to the Cane Creek
      Friends Meeting.

      William was first married in 1809 to Charity Moon, daughter of Jacob and
      Ruth (Hinshaw) Moon. She apparently died young, leaving 2 daughters, Abigail
      and Sarah. In 1817 William married Charity's first cousin, Margaret Hinshaw. Margaret was born October 17, 1800 to Jesse and Mary (Marshall) Hinshaw who were also members of Cane Creek Meeting. William and Margaret were dismissed from the church due to their marriage, probably because they were married by a minister or a judge, rather than taking the time to be married by the Quaker meeting. Margaret rejoined the meeting and was later given a certificate to take with her to Indiana. Apparently William did not rejoin the Quakers.

      William and Margaret and their daughters ages 9, 7, and 1 moved to Wayne
      County, Indiana in 1819 or 1820. At that time this was the edge of the Indiana
      frontier. They were preceded to this area by William's older brother Anthony, and two of his sisters, Elizabeth Johnson and Margaret Murphy. William and Margaret lived in northern Wayne County until about 1826 when they moved across the county line to southern Randolph County. In 1835 they bought 80 acres about one and a half miles southwest of what would become the village of Bloomingsport. They had a total of 9 children, 8 of whom lived to adulthood.

      William and Margaret sold their land in 1845. Margaret died the following
      year and William, with his 2 youngest children, moved to Green County, Wisconsin
      to join his son Isaac who had moved there in 1843. In 1848 he bought 40 acres in Green County from his daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Abner Hoggatt. Another daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and William Lindsay Love, also lived in Green County with their family for a time.

      About 1851 William moved back to Randolph County. On July 17, 1853 he
      married Hannah Jackson Hutchins. They lived on a farm southwest of Carlos,
      Indiana, just north of the county line. William helped raise several of Hannah's young children. He and his step-son David Hutchins farmed together. William was a member of the United Brethren Church. Hannah was a member of Springfield Friends Meeting in Economy, Indiana.

      William's third marriage lasted 35 years, until his death on April 28, 1889 at the age of 95 years. William is buried near his son Joshua at Cherry Grove Cemetery.
      His wife Hannah died August 9, 1898. She is buried in the cemetery at Economy.