Family Group Sheet data from: Pat O'Dell:


Jarville Chaffee

birthdate and birthplace

19 Jul 1794 Westminster, Windham Co, Vermont

death date, place

16 Feb 1846 Stark Co, Ill


Sheets Cem, Stark Co, Ill

1st marriage

09 Jan 1823 Middlesex, Wash co, Vt


Otis Chaffee


Abigail Abby


Elizabeth "Betsey" Bryant

birthdate and place

25 Feb 1804 Lower Canada

deathdate and place

03 Mar 1884 Dallas Twp, Taylor Co, Iowa


Sheets Cem, Stark Co, Ill






#1 George


06 Sep 1824







#2 Emily


16 Jun 1826







#3 Jarville


06 Oct 1828 New York


04 May 1848 Stark Co, Ill: Mary Jane Boardman





#4 Candace


03 Jul 1830 New York




05 Jan 1848 Stark Co, Ill


Sheets Cem, Stark Co, Ill

#5 Aron "Warren"


24 Nov 1834 New York


26 Nov 1857 Stark Co, Ill: Jane Proud





#6 Mary


28 Jun 1835 New York




22 Oct 1840 Stark Co, Ill


Sheets Cem, Stark Co, Ill

#8 Allen


03 Jun 1837 Stark Co, Ill




11 Oct 1888 Dallas Twp, Taylor Co, Ia


Memory Cem, East River Twp, Page Co, Ia

#9 Otis


03 Jun 1837 Stark Co, Ill







#7 Almon


28 Sep 1839 Stark Co, Ill




19 Oct 1840 Stark Co, Ill


Sheets Cem, Stark Co, Ill

#10 Lucy Abigail


04 Nov 1842 Stark Co, Ill


22 Jun 1862 Stark Co, Ill: Wm Harvey Drennen


28 Apr 1905 Dallas Twp, Taylor Co, Ia


Memory Cem, East River Twp, Page Co, Ia


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The Chaffee Genealogy, 1635-1909, by Wm H. Chaffee, page 102 -

539 iv Jarville Chaffee, died in Illinois, married in Middlesex, Vt., January 9, 1823, Betsey Bryant; he was a farmer; had a light complexion, and blue eyes; he served in the War of 1812 as a private; he lived in Middlesex and Lockport, N.Y., after his marriage moving to Illinois, where he settled near Peoria, on land granted him by the Government for his war services; when he moved to Illinois he had two small children.


1830 Census: Cambria, Niagara Co, New York

1840 Census: Stark Co, Ill

1850 Census: Stark Co, Ill; #375-395

Elisabeth Chaffee, 46 f #1000 born Lower Canada

Warren Chaffee, 17 m NY farmer

Allen Chaffee, 12 m Ill

Lucy A. Chaffee, 07 f Ill


1860 Census: Stark Co, Ill; P.O. Wyoming, #456-449

Elizabeth Chaffee, 55 f widow, $1600/$300 born Canada East

Allen Chaffee, 23 m Ill farmer

Lucy A. Chaffee, 17 f Ill


1870 Census: Mason Twp, Taylor Co, Ia #7

Warren Chaffey 35 m Ill farmer

Jane Chaffey 28 f Ohio

Edmund Chaffey 11 m Ill

Sina Chaffey 07 f Ill

Martha Chaffey 05 f Ill

Mary Chaffey 01 f Iowa



Harvey Drennen 24 m Penn

Lucy Drennen 22 f Ill

Mary E. Drennen 07 f Ill

George E. Drennen 06 m Ill

Jarvel Drennen 04 m Ill

Alice Drennen 2 f Iowa

Elisabeth Chaffee 66 born Lower Canada

Allen Chaffee 26 m Ill


1880 Dallas Twp, Taylor Co, Iowa #60.62

Harve Drennen 39 m Ill Ver Can [turned around birthplace with wife]

Lucy Drennen 35 Pa

Mary Drennen 16 dau Ill Ill Penn

George Drennen 15 son Ill Ill Penn

Jarvis Drennen 12 son Ill Ill Penn

Alice Drennen 11 dau Ia Ill Penn

Charles Drennen 09 son Ia Ill Penn

Alvina Drennen 06 dau Ia Ill Penn

Harriet Drennen 05 dau Ia Ill Penn

Effie Drennen 02 dau Ia Ill Penn

Elizabeth Chaffee 67 mother in law, Can Ct Ct

Allen Chaffee 49 brother in law, Ill Ver Can


Jarville Chaffee - War of 1812 Record

By order of James Madison President of the United States


Know ye that Jarvil Chaffee a private soldier of captain John Bliss company eleventh regiment of Infantry who was enlisted the twentieth day of March eighteen hundred and thirteen to serve during the war, is hereby honorably discharged from the army of the United States, having faithfully served out the full period of his enlistment.

Said Jarvil Chafee was born in the town of Westminster in the State of Vermont is about twenty one years of age, five feet nine inches high, light complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, and by occupation, when enlisted, a blacksmith.

Given at Sackets Harbor, State of New York this twenty-third day of May 1815.

Benja. Smeade, Capt Comp. 11th Infy.


Jarville Chaffee - pension record

State of Iowa, Taylor County, S.S.

On this 1st day of May 1880 personally appeared before me clerk of District Court in and for County and State aforesaid, Elizabeth Chaffee aged 76 years, a resident of Mason twp, Taylor county, Iowa who being duly sworn according to law declares that she is the widow of Jarville Chaffee, deceased, who was the identical Jarville Chaffee who served under the name of Jarvill Chaffee as a 4th Sergeant of the Second Ligh Inftry Company in the 4th Regiment 2d Brigade 3rd Division of the Militia of the State of Vermont and as a ___ in Co of __ Regt of Vermont Volunteers commanded by ___ in the war of 1812; that her said husband Jarville Chaffee at ___ in the State of Vermont on or about the day ___ of ___ 18___ for the term of ___ and continued in active service for the term of 3 years that the following is a description of her said husband: height 5 feet 7 inches, light complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair, age about 19 when enlisted. She further states that she was married to the said Jarville Chaffee in Middlesex Washington county Vt on the 9th day of January 1823 by one Nathaniel Carpenter Justice of the Peace; and that her name before her said marriage was Elizabeth Bryant; and she further states that her said husband died on the 16th of Feby 1846 and that she has not remarried and she further declares that the following have been the places of residence of herself and husband since the date of his discharge from the army viz: her husband lived in Vt after his discharge till their marriage and remained in said State for about two years; during that time P.O. address Middlesex Washington county, vt then removed to Cambrey in Niagara county, New York where they remained 4 (written over 8) years then removed to Toulon Stark county, Ills where remained till death of husband and for about 20 years thereafter; then removed to Taylor county, Iowa where she has remained ever since. She makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the pension to which she may be entitled under 4736 to 4740 inclusive, Rev Statutes and the act of Mch 9, 1878 and hereby appoints J.E. Huston of Bedford, Iowa her true and lawful attorney to prosecute her claim and she further declares that she has not heretofore made application for this pension, and that her residence is Mason twp, Taylor county, Iowa and her P.O. address Memory, Taylor county, Iowa.

J.E. Huston, Attorney

Elizabeth [her X mark] Chaffee


Also personally appeared W.H. Drening and Warren Chaffey aged 41 and 46 respectively whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit and who being duly sworn say that have known the applicant 22 and 42 years respectively that they were present and saw applicant make her mark to the foregoing declaration, that they have every reason to believe from her appearance and their acquaintances with her that she is the identical person she represents herself to be and they are enable to identify her as the wife of the identical Jarville Chaffee who rendered the service above named by having heard her speak frequently of the matter; and that they have no interest in this claim or its prosecution.

W.H. Drennen

Warren Chaffee

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 15th of May 1880 and I hereby certify that I made known the contents of the above declaration to the applicant and witnesses before swearing and that I have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

Sid Schram

clerk of dist court


State of Iowa

County of Taylor S.S.

In the matter of the claim for Pension 39582 of Elizabeth Chaffee widow of Jarville Chaffee Company Cant say Regiment don't know Vols...

Personally came before me, a Justice of the Peace in and for aforesaid county and State Elizabeth Chaffee citizen of the county of Taylor State of Iowa reputable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sworn, declare in relation to aforesaid claim, that she is the claimant above named that her late husband Jarville Chaffee was born in the State of Vermont July 19, 1794 that the name of the Captain under whom he served in the US Army was: have forgotten that her husband's occupation prior to his enlistment was blacksmith's apprentice, that she was married to said Jarville Chaffee on the 25 day of January 1824 that her said husband died on the 16th day of February 1846, that she has not re-married since her husband's death.

And I, Elizabeth Chaffee state that my postoffice address is Memory, Iowa.

Warren Chaffee

Jarville Chaffee

Elizabeth [her X mark] Chaffee


Sworn to and subscribed before me this 16th day of November 1880, by the above named affiant, and I hereby certify that I read said affidavit to said affiant and acquainted her with its contents before she executed the same I further certify that I am in nowise interested in said claim, nor am I concerned in its prosecution.

Witness my hand and official seal this 16th day of November 1880.

D.R. McAlpin

Justice of the Peace


State of Iowa

County of Taylor S.S.

In the matter of the claim for Pension of Elizabeth Chaffee No. 39582 widow of Jarville Chaffee

Personally came before me, a clerk of the Dist Court in and for aforesaid county and State Jarville Chaffee and Warren Chaffee citizens of the countys of Stark and Taylor States of Ills and Iowa respectively reputable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sworn, declare in relation to aforesaid claim that they are sons of Jarville Chaffee and Elizabeth Chaffee claimant above named that their ages are respectively fifty two and forty-six years; affiants further say that their father and mother lived and cohabited together as husband and wife from their earliest remembrance till the death of their father, which occurred on the 16th day of February 1846; their father was one of the Vermont Volunteers and was at the battle of Sundys Sane; have heard him several times speak of one Col. Miller also being there; they think also of one Brown or Capt Brown; affiants grand-father Otis Chaffee was in same service and think in same co and Regt as their father, affiants father drew on land-warrant for said service following land: NE qr Sec 25 twp # 11 Range 3 East affiants further declare that they have no direct interest in said claim, and are not concerned in its prosecution also that their mother has not remarried and they each respectively state that their post office address is Duncan, Stark county, Ill and Bedford, Taylor county, Iowa.

Jarvill Chaffee

Warren Chaffee



Special Examination



Department of the Interior

Pension Office

Des Moines, Iowa

June 30, 1886

Postmaster at New Market, Iowa


Will you please inform at your VERY EARLIEST CONVENIENCE whether the pensioner (war of 1812) Elizabeth Chaffee is living or dead; and, if dead the EXACT DATE OF DEATH; if living, whether REMARRIED; and, if so, the EXACT date thereof and whom to?

Her last known address at your place in 3-7-1884.

Your reply on the back of this sheet, forwarded to me in the inclosed addressed official envelope, will be appreciated.

Very respectfully,

M.C. Davis

Special Examiner

Read back of sheet carefully, voucher was fraudulent. R.C.


New Market, Iowa July 2, 1886

W.G. Davis

Des Moines, Iowa

Sir, The war of 1812 Pensioner Elizabeth Chaffee is dead she died March 3, 1884. Her vouche was filled out by S.R. Jamison Notary Public on the 4 according to her directions. She was shipped for interment in Illinois on the 4 of March. Her Pension Draft was paid at the Newmarket Bank by O.A. Cramer to W.H. Drennen.

Very Truly Yours

E.A. Pace, P.N.

On Side: 1812 widow, Cert 30913, deceased No. Ctf 30913



Case of Elizabeth Chaffee, deceased No Ctf 30913

On this 9th day of Nov 1886 at near New Market, County of Taylor State of Iowa, before me, Bartram Zevely, a Special Examiner of the Pension Office personally appeared William H. Drennen who being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interrigatories prepounded to him during this Special Examination of aforesaid pension claim, deposes and says: I am 47 years old farmer P.O. add. New Market, Taylor co, Iowa I was acquainted with Elizabeth Chaffee for 30 years. I was her son-in-law Elizabeth Chaffee died on the 3rd day of March 1884.

I produce my family Bible and the record of her death is in purple ink in my hand writing in the words and figures following: "Elizabeth Chaffee, died March 3, 1884" I don't know what day of the week she died on. It was between 8 & 9 o'clock in the morning of March 3, 1884 that she died.

After she died the voucher for her pension check for the quarter ending March 4, 1884 came into my hands. The same morning she died she told me when it came to make her mark as usual if she wasn't alive - she was expecting to die. She told me when the draft came and get the money & pay it on her 'burying' expenses. I had been in the habit of signing her mark & the checks & vouchers both, by her authority that authority was made in writing it was first verbal instructions.

Look at the draft handed you No 161626 dated Des Moines, Iowa March 7, 1884 for Twenty four dollars ($24) by the order of Elizabeth Chaffee and say a letter or ___ you recognize that paper and the signature on the back of it? I mean there in purple ink?

answer: I say that is my "hand write" where her name is & "her mark" & where mine is too.

Question: What did you do with the money?

Answer: Paid for her coffin. I never put it in my pocket. I walked across the street from the bank and gave it to D.R. McAlpin the Undertaker and it lacked $1 paying for it. I don't think I got a receipt because as he wasn't in I met him on the street & gave it to him.

At the time of her death Mrs Chaffee was living with me and had been for about 19 years. She had about $500 before she got her pension but I think she used it all before she got her pension anyhow when she died her total estate amounted to $24 and that her pension check. She owned some property in Illinois but had got rid of all 18 or 19 years ago before she came here.

W.H. Drennen


Sworn to and subscribed before me this 9th day of Novr 1886, and I certify that the contents were fully made known to deponent before signing.

Bartram Zevely

Special Examiner


Taylor County, Iowa Probate - File Designation 546 3 107 50

Estate of Elizabeth Chaffee: deceased March 3, 1884

List of heirs:

Warren Chaffee age 55 resident of Nebraska

Jarly Chaffee age 60 resident of Illinois

Allen Chaffee age 50 resident of Iowa

Lucy Drennen age 47 resident of Iowa


Allen Chaffee - war pension record

Declaration for Original Pension of an Invalid


State of Iowa

County of Taylor SS

On this 13th day of October A.D. 1877 personally appeared before me H.H. Taylor Clerk of the District Court of the State of Iowa in and for Taylor county a duly authorized officer of a court of Record in and for the county and state aforesaid Allen Chaffee, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical person who enlisted under the name of Allen Chaffee in the military service of the United States, at Peoria, Illinois. On the seventeenth day of September, in the year 1861 as a private in Company K in the 47th Regiment of Infantry Illinois Volunteers, in the war of 1861 and was honorably discharged on the Eleventh day of October 1864, and that he has not been in either the military or naval service of the United States since the 11th day of October 1864 nor has enlisted done service or received pay in any branch of the same since that date; that his personal description is as follows: age thirty nine years, height five feet 6 3/4 inches complexion Fair; hair brown; eyes gray; that while in the service aforesaid and in the line of his duty, he received the following wound or disability and that he was treated for disease of the eyes contracted as above at the Hospital at Shilo, Mississippi and at St Louis Mo 4th Street Hospital and at the new House of refuge and that he is now disabled from chronic sore eyes and bloody piles, the later disease being caused by and containing since an attack of chronic disentery said diseases having become permanently seated and continuing to the present time, and that his present physical condition is such as to render him unable to perform manual labor and making him an invalid. That since leaving the service, said applicant has resided at Bedford county of Taylor and State of Iowa, and his occupation has been a farmer.

He makes this application for the purpose of being placed on the Invalid Pension Roll of the United States by reason of the disability above stated; and hereby constitutes and appoints J.W. Whiffin of Bedford county of Taylor State of Iowa his attorney to prosecute this claim, and procure a Pension certificate.

That he has never received or applied for Pension that his residence is Bedford county of Taylor State of Iowa.

Two witnesses

J.I. Algeo

David Whiffin

Allen Chaffee - claimant's signature


Also personally appeared John I. Algeo and David Whiffen residents of Bedford county of Taylor in the State of Iowa, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sworn say that they were present and saw Allen Chaffee the claimant sign his name to the aforegoing declaration; and they further swear that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the applicant and their acquaintance with him, that he is the identical person he represents himself to be; and they further swear that they reside as above stated, and are disinterested in this claim for pension, more concerned in its service of the United States as aforesaid; his habits have been uniformly good and his occupation a farmer,

Jno I. Algeo

A. David Whiffen

Sworn to and subscribed before me; this thirteenth day of October AD 1877, and I herby certify that the contents of the above Declaration &c were fully made known and explained to the applicant and witnesses before swearing, including the word "Above" erased, and that I have no interest, direct, in the prosecution of this claim, and I ...[not continued]


Washington DC May 15, 1878


I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your office of application for Pension No 243,600 and to return it herwith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this office.

It appears from the Rolls on file in the Office that Allen Chaffee was enrolled on the 17 day of Sept 1861, at Peoria in Co K 47 Regiment of Illinois Volunteers to serve 3 years or during the war and mustered into service as a Private on the 1st day of Oct 1861, at Benton Bks, Mo; in Co K 47 Regiment of Illinois Vol unteers to serve 3 years, or during the war. On the Muster Roll of Co K of that Regiment, dated Oct 31, 1861, he is reported present; so reported until roll for May and June, 1862 reports him sick in Hosp at Hamburg, Tenn. Subsequently, to June 30, 1863 reported present; July and Aug 1963. Absent on sick furlough from Aug 27, 1863. Also for Sept & Oct 1863, Nov & Dec 1863. Absent without leave. Subsequently to April 30, 1864 present. May and June 1864 sick in convalescent Camp. Memphis, Tenn; July and Aug 1864 present. Mustered out October 11, 1864.

I am, sir, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant

S.W. Benjamin

Assistant Adjutant Gen


The Commissioners of Pensions

Washington, DC


US Pension Agency

Chicago, Illinois

Dec 18, 1891

Hon. Green B. Raum

Commissioner of Pensions


I hereby report that the name of Allen Chaffee who was a pensioner on the rolls of this Agency, under Certificate No. 265351 and who was last paid at $8 to September 4, 1888, has been dropped because of death.

Very respectfully

Isaac Clements

Pension Agent

Every name dropped to be thus reported at once.