Chambers Family Heritage


John CHAMBERS [Parents] was born in 1645 in County Lanark, Scotland. He died in 1687 in Perth Amboy, Monmouth County, New Jersey. He married Marion CROCKONRIG on 24 Oct 1670 in Lanark Parish, Scotland.

In August 1685, records show John on a ship to America with Henry and Francis Chambers.

"John Chambers, Senior, John Chambers, Junior, Robert Chambers and Marion Chambers embarked at Leigh, near Edinburgh, Scotland, August 1685, on the "Henry and Francis" of New Castle, Richard Hutton, master. This ship launched at Montrose, Aberdeen, and Kerkwa in the Orkney Isles, to take on passengers, and thence sailed for East New Jersey, arriving at New Perth (now Perth Amboy) the following November, after a long and disastrous voyage of 15 weeks. During this time seventy out of two hundred passengers died as victims of a malignant fever." -From Genealogical and Personal Memorial of Mercer County, New Jersey, Vol I, and Will of John Chambers probated in Monmouth Co NJ. John was a member of Clan Cameron. They supported the Stuarts in their failed bid for the English Crown. 1689 marked the Revolution against James VII. This prompted many to leave Scotland and may be why John left at the time he did. The founder of this Chambers family in the United States was John Chambers (2), of Middlesex County, New Jersey. He was directly descended from Robert Chambers, of Sterling, near Edinburgh, Scotland, a Presbyterian, who, with thousands of others of the same persuasion, suffered cruel religious persecutions during the reign of Charles II and James II. John Chambers, Senior, John Chambers, Junior, (2), Robert Chambers and Marion Chambers embarked at Leith, near Edinburgh, Scotland, August, 1685, on the "Henry and Francis" of New Castle, Richard Hutton, master. This ship launched at Montrose, Aberdeen and Kerkwa in the Orkney Isles, to take on passengers, and thence sailed for East New Jersey, arriving at New Perth (now Perth Amboy) the following November, after a long and disastrous voyage of fifteen weeks. During the time seventy out of the two hundred passengers died as victims of a malignant fever. John Chambers, Senior, purchased land in Piscataway Township in 1686, and in 1702 made further realty purchases. [Genealogical and Personal Memorial of Mercer County, New Jersey Vol 1] Will of John Chambers probated in Monmouth Co NJ. Emigration: Aug 1685 Ship Henry & Francis

Marion CROCKONRIG was born in 1649 in County Lanark, Scotland. She died . She married John CHAMBERS on 24 Oct 1670 in Lanark Parish, Scotland.


Alexander CHAMBERS [Parents] was born 1 on 3 May 1661 in Shettleston, Glasgow, Argyll, Scotland. He died 2 on 30 Aug 1728 in Shettleston, Glasgow, Argyll, Scotland. He was buried in Clyde-Tweed Valley, Scotland. He married Rose CRAIG on 6 Jun 1693 in Shettleston, Glasgow, Argyll, Scotland.

Other marriages:
MCDONALD, Bonnie

Alexander Chambers never came to the United States. Some records show his date of death as 1752.

Rose CRAIG [Parents] was born in 1716 in Somerset, New Jersey. She died . She married Alexander CHAMBERS on 6 Jun 1693 in Shettleston, Glasgow, Argyll, Scotland.

They had the following children:

  M i Reynolds Runnels CHAMBERS
  M ii Robert Henry CHAMBERS
  M iii Peter CHAMBERS was born in 1709 in Scotland. He died in Essex County, Virginia.

Robert Henry CHAMBERS [Parents] 1 was born on 13 Jul 1708 in County Antrim, Scotland. He died on 26 Oct 1782 in Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina. He was buried on 29 Oct 1782 in 4th Creek Cemetery, Statesville, Irdell County, North Carolina. He married Elizabeth HAMMEL.

Other marriages:
FUTHEY, Jane Jennett

Various records show his name as Henry Chambers, John Henry Chambers, and Robert Henry Chambers.

Some records show Robert Henry Chambers born in Ireland or Northern Ireland. He immigrated to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, sometime prior to 1744.

Elizabeth HAMMEL 1 died . She married Robert Henry CHAMBERS.

They had the following children:

  M i David C. CHAMBERS 1 was born in 1730 in New Jersey. He died in 1790.
  F ii Elizabeth CHAMBERS 1 was born in 1761 in Middlesex County, New Jersey. She died in 1829.

Benjamin CHAMBERS Sr. [Parents] was born in 1660 in County Stirling, Scotland. He died after 1682.

"In lieu of an old debt due Admiral Penn, his son, William Penn, in 1681became the owner of 40,000 square miles in America. He immediately advertised throughout England, Scotland and Ireland for men to join him on a voyage to his new possession. His terms were as follows:
"Those who wish to sail on board his vessel, the 'Welcome', could have land by paying one hundred pounds Sterling for 5,000 acres, and annually thereafter a shilling rent for every hundred acres. Those who did not have money to pay in this way could have 200 acres at less than the rate of a shilling per acre.
"Benjamin raised the necessary money, and sailed on board the 'Welcome' in 1682. No doubt he was present when Penn made his famous treaty with the Indians at Chester. Whether Benjamin bought much or little land, will perhaps never be known, but it is established that after a brief stay in America, perhaps two or three years, he returned to Scotland to live." -Trails of the Centuries CHAPTER III: DESCENDANTS OF BENJAMIN from "Trails of the Centuries":
As has been previously stated, one of the passengers on "The Welcome" in 1632 was Benjamin Chambers. After his return to Antrim, Ireland, four of his sons (about 1726) embarked for America to live. These sons were James, Robert, Joseph, and Benjamin. This family, being influenced by the Westminster Confession of Faith, carried Presbyterianism into the New World.
Landing at Philadelphia, these boys forsook the Delaware and sailed up the Susquehanna to a point one hundred miles to the northwest, where they established a mill with a part of their remaining capital. This mill stood at the mouth of Fishing Creek on the eastern bank of the Susquehanna, a few miles above where Harrisburg now stands. Learning of the opening of the West, these brothers each entered land for himself, as will hereinafter be stated. James, the oldest brother, moved by way of Carlisle to Newville, twenty-five miles inland, where he spent the remainder of his life. Robert moved to a point at the head of Middle Spring near Shippensburg, ten or fifteen miles southwest of his brother, James. Joseph and Benjamin moved fifteen miles further southwest to a point afterwards known as Chambersburg. Benjamin, the younger son, remained here, but his brother, Joseph, returned to their former home at Harrisburg.
James had two sons, Ranold and Rowland. Ranold was born in Antrim, Ireland, ten years before their passage, and died at the age of 30, leaving a large grant of land in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, to his son James. There were other children in this family but their names have not been learned.

James, the son of Ranold, was commander over three companies of soldiers during the French and Indian War, and fought a hard battle at Sideling Hill in April 1756. James had a son, John, whose home was also in Cumberland County, who was the father of William, who became a Colonel in the American Revolution. William fought at Trenton and Princeton, and died in 1809.
Benjamin Chambers, the younger of the four brothers, made deposition December 8, 1736, that he was a millwright and that he was twenty-eight years of age. He, therefore, was born in 1708. When eighteen years of age he came to America, and in 1730 founded Chambersburg. In 1755 he and others built there a stone fort and stockade. In 1764 lots were laid out and sold to settlers. In 1788 Benjamin died, leaving at and near Chambersburg, a valuable estate.

He had the following children:

  M i James CHAMBERS
  M ii Robert CHAMBERS died .
  M iii Joseph CHAMBERS died .
  M iv Benjamin CHAMBERS Jr.

James CHAMBERS [Parents] died in 1763 in Newville, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

By 1726, James Chambers was living in Pennsylvania.

He had the following children:

  M i Ranold CHAMBERS
  M ii Rowland CHAMBERS died .

Edmund CHAMBERS Sr. [Parents] was born on 30 Apr 1739 in Scotland. He died on 2 Aug 1809 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He married Patiana SPENCER about 1760/1768 in Scotland or England.

Other marriages:
MCBRIDE, Nancy

Edmund Chambers moved to Orange County, North Carolina, in 1763 after emigrating from Scotland. In 1770, he moved to Anson County, North Carolina, and then in 1778 moved to Randolph County, North Carolina. Sometime after 1790, he moved to Wilkes County, North Carolina, where he lived until his death.

Patiana SPENCER 1 was born on 30 Apr 1748 in England. She died on 17 Feb 1787 in Wilkes or Randolph County, North Carolina. She married Edmund CHAMBERS Sr. about 1760/1768 in Scotland or England.

Some records show her maiden name as Spence.

They had the following children:

  M i John CHAMBERS 1 was born in 1763 in Orange County, North Carolina. He died in 1804 in Tennessee or Georgia.
  F ii Rebecca CHAMBERS
  M iii Samuel CHAMBERS 1 was born in 1764 in North Carolina. He died .
  M iv Elijah CHAMBERS 1 was born in 1766 in Orange County, North Carolina. He died in 1865 in Coles County, Illinois.

Elijah Chambers moved to Wilkes County, North Carolina in 1799, and then to Montgomery County, Tennessee in 1808. Between 1815 and 1818 he moved to Bledscoe County, Tennessee.
  M v William CHAMBERS
  F vi Mary Jane CHAMBERS 1 was born in 1772 in North Carolina. She died .
  M vii Edmund CHAMBERS Jr.
  F viii Catherine CHAMBERS 1 was born in 1787 in North Carolina. She died .

Edmund CHAMBERS Sr. [Parents] was born on 30 Apr 1739 in Scotland. He died on 2 Aug 1809 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He married Nancy MCBRIDE about 1790 in Wilkes County, North Carolina.

Other marriages:
SPENCER, Patiana

Edmund Chambers moved to Orange County, North Carolina, in 1763 after emigrating from Scotland. In 1770, he moved to Anson County, North Carolina, and then in 1778 moved to Randolph County, North Carolina. Sometime after 1790, he moved to Wilkes County, North Carolina, where he lived until his death.

Nancy MCBRIDE 1 died in 1848 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. She married Edmund CHAMBERS Sr. about 1790 in Wilkes County, North Carolina.

They had the following children:

  F i Elizabeth CHAMBERS
  F ii Rebecca Polly CHAMBERS

J. PARKER died . He married Elizabeth CHAMBERS.

Elizabeth CHAMBERS [Parents] 1 was born in 1791 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. She died on 17 Nov 1856 in Knox County, Kentucky. She married J. PARKER.


William MASON was born about 1785 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He died . He married Rebecca Polly CHAMBERS on 31 Jan 1812 in Wilkes County, North Carolina.

Rebecca Polly CHAMBERS [Parents] 1 was born in 1794 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. She died before 1832 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. She married William MASON on 31 Jan 1812 in Wilkes County, North Carolina.


Joseph CAMPBELL died . He married Rebecca CHAMBERS.

Rebecca CHAMBERS [Parents] 1 was born in 1763 in Orange County, North Carolina. She died in Wilkes County, North Carolina. She was buried in Goforth Cemetery, Wilkins County, North Carolina. She married Joseph CAMPBELL.

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