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Margaret Feamster        Nancy Rosberry       Charlotte Butcher               Sarah Badders                    Maude Miller              Pearl Cowden        

living---->--go to Irons page

Some of the following records and copies are courtesy of R Sommer, a Badders descendant and I have attempted to credit where possible.

Generation 1
Early Chambers Family history comes from a history by Lura B Emery

John T Chambers was born Abt. 1760 in Va (W.Va), and died in Monroe Co. In.  He married Margaret Feamster 1786 in Greenbrier Co. Va., daughter of William Feamster and Margaret Black.  She was born October 23, 1767 in Augusta Co. Va., and died September 15, 1827 in Estill Co. Ky..

Notes for John T Chambers:

John Thomas Chambers born 1760 in Virginia married 1786 in Greenbriar County, West Virginia Margaret Feamster the daughter of William Feamster and Margaret Black. She was born 23 Oct. 1767 in Augusta County, Virginia and died before Sept. 1827 in Indiana. John T. died 15 September 1827 in Monroe County, Indiana. They lived in Estill, Madison, and Clark (1794-1806) Counties of Kentucky before moving to Lawrence and Monroe Counties of Indiana. I have seven children listed, but believe there were others.  A DAR application exists for a John Chambers b. 1757 in Halifax Co. Va., a pension was granted with him living in Carrol Co. Tn., he died 1842.  Lists among others a son John Chambers.  Also a John Chambers living in Pike County, In. in 1823 received a government pension for Revolutionary service.  Neither of these has been linked to our John T Chambers, even though ages and locations are very similar.

Children and some spouses

I believe there may have been twins, but have no informations

Generation 2

John Chambers  was born Abt. 1794 in Ky, and died 1865 in Sullivan Co. In.  Buried at Palmers Prairie Cemetery.   He married Nancy Roseberry Abt. 1815 in Anderson Co. Ky, daughter of Thomas Roseberry and Catherine Earhart.  She was born November 07, 1794 in Oh., and died February 21, 1864 in Sullivan Co. In. and


Nancy Roseberry Gravestone   (Decker Cemetery)
Generation 3

Thomas Chambers  was born February 22, 1822 in Monroe Co, In, and died June 24, 1882 in Sullivan Co. In.  He married Charlotte Butcher December 09, 1844 in Sullivan Co. In, daughter of Richard Butcher and Matilda Williams.  She was born December 18, 1827 in Tn, and died June 02, 1889 in Sullivan Co. In. She married (2) ? James Smith 3/23/1889. They are buried at Palmers Prairie Cemetery.


Generation  4

David Marion Chambers  was born March 31, 1850 in In, and died 7/17/1900 in Sullivan Co. In.(Decker Cemetery).  He married Sarah Ann Badders May 03, 1870 in Sullivan Co. In, daughter of  John Badders and Nancy McMillen.  She was born July 1855 in In, and died in Sullivan Co. In.  She is buried at Antioch Cemetery.

Children :

David Chambers 1880 Census(R Sommer):

David CHAMBERS Self M Male W 30 IN Farmer IN IN (b. about 1850) 
Sarah CHAMBERS Wife M Female W 24 IN House Keeping PA PA (b. about 1856) 
Lilian CHAMBERS Dau S Female W 9 IN IN IN (b. about 1871) 
Emmy CHAMBERS Dau S Female W 5 IN IN IN (b. about 1875) 
Dot CHAMBERS Son S Male W 3 IN IN IN (b. about 1877)
Frank CHAMBERS Son S Male W 1 IN IN IN (b. about 1879) Source Information:

Census Place Cass, Sullivan, Indiana,Family History Library Film 1254313, NA Film Number T9-0313, Page Number 560A

David Chambers1900 Federal Indiana Census(R Sommer): Cass, Sullivan, Indiana, Page 12 sheet 12A, ED 121, lines 1=10; 21; 221

all b. Indiana, all parents b. Indiana
David Chambers 50  head W M b. Mar 1850 married 30 yrs., carpenter
Sarah A Chambers 44  wife W F July 1855 married 30 yrs
had 13 children, 11 living (number of ch written over) 

Dot Chambers 23 son (has to be error) W M July 1877 S,farm laborer
May Chambers 19  daughter W F April 1881 S, farm laborer
Tomas (Thomas) Chambers 16  son W M Aug 1883 S at school 
John Chambers 15  son W M May1885 S at school 
Perry Chambers 13  son W M Mar 1887 S at school 
Clarence Chambers 11  son W M Jan 1889 S 
Verner(Vernon) Chambers 6 son W M Feb 1894 S 
Charlie(Clarence)M Chambers 5/12 son W M Dec 1899 S

NOTE: It is very unusual that daughters are listed as farm laborers.

Lillian, Emma and Frank are not with the family. They may be married by 1900.

David Marion Chambers Stone Decker Cemetery

World War I Draft Registration Cards(R Sommer): John, Thomas, Frank, Clarence, Verner(Vernon), Perry 

Obituary for Sara Ann (Badders) Chambers:(R. Sommer)


DUGGER, IND., -- Mrs. Sarah Ann Chambers, 87 years old, died this morning in her home in the Cass community, near here. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Mary Ruddell, of Sullivan; three sons, Perry of Terre Haute; Clarence of Toledo, Ohio; and Charles W. of R.R. 5, Sullivan, and one brother, John Badders, of Seattle, Wash. The body was taken to the Newkirk Funeral Home in Pleasantville. (b. 1854)


Generation  5

Frank Chambers  was born 11 Nov 1878 in Sullivan Co. In, and died June 06, 1942 in Sullivan Co. In.      He married (1) Maude Miller November 13, 1942 in Sullivan Co. In, daughter of William Miller and Sarah Edwards.  She was born November 08, 1882 in Sullivan Co. In, and died May 25, 1919 in Sullivan Co. In. He married (2) Cora Bryant.                


Chambers Brothers Picture ca 1930-1940

Bert and Frank Chambers property location  (also Decker Cemetery)

Frank Chambers WW1 Draft Card: Photo Copy(R.Sommer)

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Name: Frank Chambers
residence: #1, Paxton, Sullivan Ford?
County: Sullivan 
State: Indiana 
Birth Date: 11 Nov 1878
age 34
Race: White 
Roll: 1653194 
DraftBoard: 0 
occupation: coal mining
employer Vandalia Coal Co
address Mia? Sullivan, Sullivan Ford
nearest relative: Maud Chambers #1 Paxton, Sullivan Ford?
tall, stout
brown eyes, dark brown hair
no disability
SIGNED: Frank Chambers
Registration date 12 Sept 1919
County of Sullivan Indiana

Frank Chambers and Cora Bryant  Marriage Record:

Name: Frank Chambers
Spouse Name: Cora E Eryan
Marriage Date: 23 Aug 1920
Age: 32
SOURCE: Greene Co Indiana, Index to Marriage Record 1821-1920 [Lacking 1828-1, W. P. A.; Book: 14; Page: 69.

Frank Chambers Census Records:

1930 US FEDERAL CENSUS:Twp.Jefferson,  Sullivan County, Indiana, sheet 11A, page #273, ED 77-23,lines 20-23; 244; 252

all b. Indiana, all parents b. Indiana
Frank Chambers 51  head owns M W married age 20,miner, coal mine, not a veteran 
Cora E Chambers 46  wife F W married  
Blanche L Chambers 15  daughter F W S (b. about 1915)
Mabel Gilmore 7  grd daughter F W S (b. about 1923)


Twp. Jefferson, Sullivan County, Indiana,sheet 10B, ED 266,enumeration date 21 Jan 1920,lines 61-71; frm 196; 197
all b. Indiana, all parents b. Indiana

CHAMBERS, Frank 41 head owns free of mtg M W Widow minor, coal mine 
CHAMBERS, Nora J 19 daughter F W S 
CHAMBERS, Bert 18 son M W S minor, coal mine 
CHAMBERS, Marion K 16 son M W S minor, coal mine 
CHAMBERS, Russell M 11 son M W S 
CHAMBERS, Floyd M 9 son M W S 
CHAMBERS, Blanche L 5 daughter F W S 

The above census, marriage and draft record from R Sommer

Generation 6

Bert Chambers  was born January 06, 1902 in Sullivan Co. In, and died May 12, 1978 in Sullivan Co. In.  He married Pearl Edith Cowden December 30, 1920 in Sullivan Co. In, daughter of Henry Cowden and Esther Parks.  She was born April 16, 1904 in Sullivan Co. In, and died February 07, 1983 in Sullivan Co. In.  Both are buried at Woodard Cemetery, Cass Twp. Sullivan Co. In..

Children: Living

Bert Chambers-Pearl Cowden Chambers: Memories

Bert--father of six children.  Christian man who was quite intelligent.  Worked in coal mines for 50 years and received his 50-year pin.  Had a farm where he raised crops, anus cows, pigs, etc.  Butchered meat...extremely hard working man.  Great Father and Husband.  Had hearing difficulty in later years...always had a wonderful sense of humor.  Had a mining accident and loss part of one finger.  Died of a stroke at 76.

Pearl--Mother of six children.  A wonderful Christian lady who put her family first.  Worked extremely hard in life--loved flowers and gardening.  Terrific cook--especially her pies and fried chicken.  She was always there for her family.  Pretty blue eyes.  Got married at a very young age like most women in those times.  Had her first baby 2 years later.  Loved to sing.  Always kind and loving--wanted the best for her children.

Bert Chambers Family Picture Page

Listing of Chamber's Obituaries available but not looked up, Most in Sullivan Daily Times