Joel M. Chamberlain, George W. Chamberlain

 "Heirs of Joel M. Chamberlain"  timber-claimed  a quarter in 4, 6N 50W in 1895.

George cash-claimed a quarter in 27, 6N 50W in 1891.

One possibility:  In 1880 Fresno County, California, Joel Chamberlain , 46 born in New York, is farming with Nancy 46, Kentucky.  They have William 20, Iowa, Cora Jane 15, Nebraska, and George 13, California. But this Joel is alive in 1910.

 Another :  In 1850 Marshall County, Illinois, JOSIAH Chamberlin is 44, Sarah 36, with George 15, Robert 16, Isaac 4, and Sophrona 1.

In 1895 Powieshek County, Iowa, Joshia and Eliza A. are 69, with Mary 23.

J.M. Chamberlain, age 70, died Nov 11, 1897 in Grinnell, Powieshiek County, born in Massachusetts, a retired minister.  He's buried in Hazelwood Cemetery, Poweshiek County - spouses, per FindAGrave were Ella Fay Chamberlain 1845-1878 and Eliza Dike (Herrick) Chamberlain 1825-1922 (NEED TO CONFIRM)

Joshua Metcalf Chamberlain - born October 2, 1825 Joshua Chamberlain was born in Brookfield, Massachusetts on October 2, 1825 to Eli and Achsah (Forbes) Chamberlain, according to Brookfield Vital Records.  He was one of a family of ten children which included younger brothers, Daniel Henry and Leander Trowbridge Chamberlain.

Joshua became a Congregational minister who worked in Dubuque, Des Moines, and Eddyville, Iowa.  He did Christian Commission work and served the American Missionary Association as state agent.  He was mostly identified with Iowa College in Grinnell, Iowa where he served for thirty-six years as trustee, nearly twenty years as treasurer and financial agent, and six years as librarian.  He generously donated thousands to the college. A women's dormitory was built on the property where the Chamberlain home once stood.  This land was also a gift to the college.

He was at different times editor of the Grinnell Herald, the Grinnell Independent and Congregational Iowa.  He also contributed to various periodicals.

Joshua died on November 12, 1897 in Grinnell, Iowa, leaving his second wife, Eliza, and daughter Mary, from his first marriage. He was buried in Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell.

Grinnell College has on-line a copy of his obituary.


The Grinnell (IA) Herald; Dec. 5, 1922


After many weeks of weakness and illness Mrs. Eliza A. Chamberlain, widow of Rev. Joshua M. Chamberlain, one of the pioneer builders of Grinnell College and of Grinnell, passed peacefully away Saturday evening at her home on Park street.

Mrs. Chamberlain's maiden name was Eliza Ann Herrick. She was the daughter of Rev. Stephen Leonard Herrick, a Congregational pastor of churches in Vermont and for many years in Crown Point, New York.

She was born December 1, 1825, in Milton, Vermont, but most of her youth was spent in Crown Point, New York.

In 1846 she graduated from Mount Holyoke Seminary, having had the great privilege of being for two years a pupil of its remarkable principal, Miss Mary Lyon.

After graduation from Mount Holyoke Seminary Mrs. Chamberlain taught for three years in Steubenville Seminary, Steubenville, Ohio, and for one year in the state of New York.

November 20th, 1851, she was married to Charles Franklin Dike and they established their home in Crown Point, remaining there until 1868 when they moved to Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Mr. Dike died in 1875.

During the next few years she spent part of her time in Grinnell at the home of her sister, Mrs. Wyatt and some of the time with friends in Dundee, Illinois.

July 20th, 1880, she married Rev. Joshua M. Chamberlain who was the business manager for Iowa College.

Mr. Chamberlain died in the autumn of 1897. After her marriage to Mr. Chamberlain her home was continuously in Grinnell except for several winters passed on the Pacific coast.

The cyclone of 1882 totally destroyed the family residence which occupied the site on which Mears Cottage now stands. Since 1887 the family has lived in the present home on Park street.

Mrs. Chamberlain joined the Congregational church of Grinnell in 1878 and during many years was active in its work. She served for several years as one of its deaconesses and was long an officer of the"Benevolent Society" of the church. She was also deeply interested with her husband in college activities and in other community welfare.

Her father and mother, Rev. and Mrs. S.L. Herrick, and her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wyatt, had joined the Grinnell colony in 1856 and a few years later her brother, Mr. Henderson Herrick, moved to Grinnell so that from its earliest history Mrs. Chamberlain cherished a personal interest in the town. She was always hospitable in her own home and helpful in the development of this city. For a number of years she was a member of the Historical and Literary Club, also a devoted member of the Elizabeth Earle Magoun club.

Mrs. Chamberlain never had any children of her own but she took to her heart Mr. Chamberlain's little daughter and was a true mother to her through the ensuing years of her life.

Her last breakdown came three weeks ago and she passed away without suffering in unconscious sleep, Saturday evening, December 2.

Because of illness and residence at a great distance none of her own family could be present at the time of her last illness, death or burial. She leaves as family friends who honor her memory one brother, Mr. S.H. Herrick, of Riverside, Calif., three nieces, Mrs. Lida Herrick Lane, of Olympia, Calif., Mrs. Anna Wyatt Chapman of Dundee, Ill., Mrs. Agnes Wyatt Brown, of Pasadena, Calif., and her step-daughter, Mary Chamberlain of Grinnell.

"The beckoning of a Father's hand
we follow,
His Love alone is there." --Edward Sill.

Funeral services were held at 10 o'clock this morning at the Chamberlain home, conducted by Rev. E.W. Cross who at the close of his remarks read Tennyson's "Crossing the Bar," a poem to which Rev. Mr. Chamberlain had been greatly attached and which was read at his funeral. Miss Helen Schmeltz sang the beautiful hymn, "Abide With Me."

Private burial services will be held at Hazelwood cemetery at 4 o'clock this afternoon. The pall bearers will be Geo. H. Hamlin, Dr. J.R. Lewis, S.J. Pooley, W.S. Sanders, Professor W.S. Hendrixson and Professor E.B.T. Spencer.


On January 15, 1898, Arthur C. Harmon was married to Lola B. Chamberlain, daughter of George and Rhoda (Mallett) Chamberlain, natives of Virginia and New York, respectively. Mr. Harmon was born in Powieshiek county, Iowa. In 1880 the Chamberlain family settled in Guthrie county, this state, where they resided until 1893, in which year they came to Audubon county, Mr. Chamberlain still residing on the farm he bought at that time. Mrs. Chamberlain died in May, 1909. Mrs. Harmon is a member of the Pythian Sisters and of the Eastern Star lodges and is popular in the social life of Audubon. She is an intelligent and capable woman, an excellent and faithful helpmeet to her husband. To Arthur C. and Lola B. (Chamberlain) Harmon one son has been born. Harold George, born on February 17, 1900, who now is attending the public school.

This George W. Chamberlain is in Guthrie County Iowa in 1880, 46, married to Rhoda 37, with Elmer 16, Mattie 12, Elizabeth and Lora, both 7, and Sondra E. 1.  They're there in 1885, too, with Elmer 20, Mattie 16, Libby 14, Lola 11, and Nora 6.

George, a mail carrier born January 1834 in West Virginia,  and Rhoda born Nov 1843 in New York,  are in Audubon County, Iowa in 1900, with Nora E. 21, a school teacher..

Rhoda, born Nov 24, 1844, died May 24, 1909, and is buried in Leroy, Audubon County, Iowa.

The Audubon Advocate, 26 Jul 1916 Vol 38:30-2 front page.

Death of George W. Chamberlain

In response to a message, telling of the serious illness of their father, Mesdames A.C. Harmon (Lola Bell 'Lottie' married Arthur Calvan Harmon in 1899), Elizabeth Carr (married Benjamin B. Carr 1898, then William Blakely in 1910) and J. Eddy  (Sonora Etta married Jason Henry Eddy in 1902) departed Tuesday morning for Sioux City to be at his bedside, but the same day word came to the effect that he had passed away. He had been visiting with his other two children, Mrs. F. Gill  (Mattie Ellen married Jefferson Davis Gill, per one tree) and Elmer Chamberlain at Winnebago, Nebraska, and on last Friday he received a scratch with a pin and thought nothing of it for a while, but later it began to cause considerable pain and in time a doctor was called and it was found that blood poison had set in.

The doctor made several visits and finally decided to take the patient to the hospital at Sioux City, where he passed away on July 25, 1916, at the age of eighty-two years, six months and four days.

Mr. Chamberlain was among the oldest residents of Audubon county, coming here at an early date. He has continued to make Audubon county his home for the most of the time since and his host of friends here will regret to learn of his passing.

The body arrived here this morning and the funeral services will be held tomorrow from the M. E. church at 2: PM, conducted by Rev. J. H. Freedline.

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