Chambers Family Heritage


Roland Keith GAUTHIER [Parents]

Carol Lee FIEBERNITZ [Parents]

They had the following children:

  M i Richard Keith GAUTHIER
  M ii Roland Jay GAUTHIER
  M iii Robert George GAUTHIER
  F iv Lori Ann GAUTHIER

Ernest Albert HARDY [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 5 May 1925 in East Detroit, Michigan. He died on 27 Feb 2010 in Brookwood Hospital, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama. The cause of death was myocardial infarction. He was buried on 4 Mar 2010 in Old Rugged Cross Section, Block 2b, Lot Space 1, Currie-Jefferson Memorial Gardens, Hoover, Jefferson County, Alabama. He married 2 Sarah Frances HOLCOMBE on 31 May 1968 in Birmingham, Jefferson Co., Alabama, at the Edwin Holcombe residence.

Other marriages:
BROWN, Constance Joy

Birth Certificate records show his first name spelled Ernst, but the certificate contains numerous other errors of spelling. Note that Ernest Hardy was born with a twin, Richard, who died a few months later.

Sarah Frances HOLCOMBE [Parents]

Other marriages:
COX, Donald Calvin

They had the following children:

  M i Daryl Morgan HARDY

Donald Calvin COX was born 1 on 6 Mar 1934 in Alpharetta, Fulton Co., Georgia. He died . He married 2 Sarah Frances HOLCOMBE on 21 Jun 1956 in Birmingham, Jefferson Co., Alabama, at Antioch Primitive Baptist Church. The marriage ended in divorce.

Sarah Frances HOLCOMBE [Parents]

Other marriages:
HARDY, Ernest Albert

They had the following children:

  M i Donald Calvin COX Jr.
  F ii Cheryl Lynn COX

Albert Peter HARDY [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 5 May 1866 in Assumption, Greinerville, Wayne County, Michigan. He was christened on 6 May 1866 in Assumption Church, Greiner, Wayne County, Michigan. He died . He married Phoebe VANDELINDER on 24 Nov 1891 in Tecumseh, Essex County, Ontario, Canada.

Some records show his birthday as 6 May.

Phoebe VANDELINDER [Parents] [scrapbook] was born on 1 Aug 1875 in Greiner, Wayne County, Michigan. She died . She married Albert Peter HARDY on 24 Nov 1891 in Tecumseh, Essex County, Ontario, Canada.

Some family records show her maiden name as Van De Linden.

Some records show her birthplace as Ontario, Canada.

Twin to Phoebe Vandelinder.

They had the following children:

  M i Jerome Michael HARDY was born on 11 Nov 1892 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. He was christened on 20 Nov 1892 in St. Charles, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. He died .
  M ii Albert Stephen HARDY was born on 13 May 1894 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. He was christened on 13 May 1894 in St. Charles, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. He died 1 in Feb 1980 in Warren, Macomb County, Michigan.
  M iii Ernest Adam HARDY
  M iv Francis John HARDY "Frank" was born on 18 Jul 1897 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. He was christened on 22 Jul 1897 in St. Charles, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. He died .
  M v Harold George HARDY was born on 9 Dec 1898 in 1514 Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. He was christened on 11 Dec 1898 in St. Charles, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. He died .
  M vi Christian Leroy HARDY was born on 9 Sep 1900 in 371 Sheridan Avenue, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. He died on 11 Nov 1902 in St. Charles, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. He was buried on 11 Nov 1902 in St. Charles, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan.

Twin to Christine Irene Hardy.
  F vii Christine Irene HARDY was born on 9 Sep 1900 in 371 Sheridan Avenue, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. She died .

Twin to Christian Leroy Hardy.
  F viii Daughter HARDY was born on 11 Nov 1902 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. She died on 11 Nov 1902 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. She was buried on 12 Nov 1902 in St. Charles, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan.

Father of Gerald Allen FITZGERALD died . He married Mother of Gerald Allen FITZGERALD.

Mother of Gerald Allen FITZGERALD died . She married Father of Gerald Allen FITZGERALD.

They had the following children:

  M i Gerald Allen FITZGERALD
  M ii David FITZGERALD died .
  M iii Michael FITZGERALD died .
  M iv James FITZGERALD died .
  M v Duke FITZGERALD died .

Gerald Allen FITZGERALD [Parents]

Other marriages:
SPENCER, Carol Ann

Ann wife of Gerald Allen FITZGERALD whose maiden name is not known died . She married Gerald Allen FITZGERALD.


Kenneth Edward CHAMBERS [Parents]

Geraldine G. BLAKEY

They had the following children:

  F i Charline CHAMBERS
  F ii Bonnie Flo CHAMBERS

Dudley P. MURPH

Bonnie Flo CHAMBERS [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 1 Mar 1946 in Lordsburg, New Mexico. She died 4 on 27 Mar 2006 in Lovington, New Mexico, at her home. The cause of death was thoracic cancer. She was buried 5 on 31 Mar 2006 in Lovington Cemetery, Lovington, New Mexico. She married 6, 7 Dudley P. MURPH on 18 Aug 1963 in Juarez, Mexico.

Obituary published in the Lovington Leader newspaper (Lovington, New Mexico), Volume 97, Number 38, Thursday 30 March 2006, page 2:

Title: Bonnie Flo Murph

Services for Bonnie Flo Murph, 60, will be held at First Christian Church on Friday, March 31, at 10 a.m. Rev. Heath Ormord will officiate. Interment will be at the Lovington Cemetery. Stevens Funeral Home is directing arrangements.

Pallbearers are listed as Scott Lewellen, Larry Byrum, Ted Greer, Ronnie Harris, Tom Cone, and Dan Field. Honorary pallbearers include O. G. (Slug) Blackard, Dr. O. R. Cook, Bob Boyd, Danny Berry, Harold Allen, Michael Raburn, Arzell Sellers and Line Crew - Lea County Electric.

Born March 1, 1946, at Lordsburg, she passed away at her Lovington Residence March 27.

She was married to Dudley Murph on August 18, 1963, in Juarez, Mexico. She was a member of the First Christian Church. She was a seamstress.

Survivors include her husband of the home; a son, Philip Murph, and a daughter, Denise Murph, a sister, Charlene Dye, her parents Ken and Gerry Chambers, all of Lovington; and four grandchildren, Troy Murph, Baylee Murph, Blair Arnspiger and Braden Murph.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church Youth Fund.

They had the following children:

  M i Phillip MURPH
  F ii Denise MURPH

Jasper Newton CHAMBERS [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 23 Mar 1848 in East Fork, Chambersville (Weston), Collin County, Texas. He died 3, 4 on 12 May 1921 in Bryson, Jack County, Texas. He was buried 5, 6 in Cottonwood Cemetery, Bryson, Jack County, Texas. He married 7 Sarah Elleanor HAMPTON on 16 Jun 1867 in Chambersville (Weston), Collin County, Texas.

Some records show Jasper Newton Chambers date of death as 12 May 1869, though this is believed to be incorrect.

Jasper Newton Chambers was known as Grandpa Chambers to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was the first Chambers in this lineage to be born in Texas.

Jasper Newton Chambers was a courier during the Civil War, but by profession was a farmer.

Daisy Chambers, daughter of Sylvester Chambers, wrote the following:

In 1879, at the age of 41, Jasper Newton Chambers, along with his six children and two youngest brothers, Monroe and Elisha Davis, left Collin County, Texas, for more open range and a place to homestead. I don't think the brothers were married, as Monroe was 21 and Davis was only 18. They brought with them several hundred head of cattle, grazing them on the open range as they came.

They got to Jacksboro and camped on the creek nearby. Jasper Newton said to his brother, "We are out of meat. Let's go down the creek and see if we can find a deer." Leaving the older sons to watch the cattle, they started down the creek and Jasper said, "You boys go on, on each side of the creek, and I will come a bit behind. But don't go above this creek, as there are still unfriendly Indians around. " They tied their horses and off they went on foot, agreeing that if they saw any Indians they would whistle so as to warn each other.

Jasper Newton walked down the creek, thinking his brothers were ahead of him. He walked for quite a ways, saw no signs of deer -- or his brothers. He got worried and went back to where they had left their horses to find the brothers' horses were gone but his horse was still there. He rode back to camp and there he found the family and brothers who, just after leaving him, had spotted some Indians but were afraid to whistle to him, so they hurried back to the camp, the family, and the cattle. Jasper just had a long, futile walk, but the family and cattle were not harmed. Needless to say, it was a meatless supper!

In the next few days they went 14 miles west of Jacksboro. Jasper Newton found a big tree and pitched his tent under it. He liked the country and it was open for four sections of home sites and plenty of open range around. He spent several days looking things over in this area. Along came a man by the name of Bryson. He asked Jasper Newton what he thought about these parts and Jasper told Mr. Bryson he liked it very much and was going to file right where his tent was. In order to file the appropriate papers, they had to go to Jacksboro. Jasper Newton went on exploring the area for a few days and up comes Mr. Bryson again, telling him to move his tent as HE had filed on that piece of land. Hence, the name of the town Bryson and not Chambersville, as Mr. Chambers had planned. Mr. Chambers moved to another area further west, which proved to be much better soil and water. Jasper Newton at this time was 11 years old. I don't know how long he stayed at home, but I do know he left at a very early age to punch cattle in the Indian Territory and along the Red River in northern Texas.

In 1900, Jasper Newton took Vester, Leonard and Babe, along with 400 cows, to a Federal lease in Oklahoma. After getting the boys there, he went back to Bryson, taking Babe and leaving Vester and Leonard to take care of the cattle. That was probably the start of a deep bond between Vester and Leonard that lasted until Leonard's death. They stayed in Oklahoma with the cattle until 1902, when they sold them and returned to Bryson.

One funny story Vester told was about the time his father told Lishe, Leonard, and Vester to go cut some wood and bring it in. They dismounted from their horses and got the wood cut; then came the task of taking it home. I don't know whether they had a wagon or just didn't take it, but they didn't have any transport for the wood, so they decided to tie the logs to the horse's tail. All went well until the wood got moving, which scared the horse. He took off in a run and, just as the horse went through the gate at the house, the wood hit something that made it bounce. The wood landed and came down on the brace wire across the gate posts and wrapped around the wire, de-tailing the poor horse. For many days their father kept asking what happened to the horse, but no one seemed to know.

What a house full of boys they were, and they must have been an active bunch, with all their pranks and the loyalty to one another, as was shown in a story related by Lishe. Lishe and Vester were working horses one day, when one suddenly circled a post, the rope pinning Lishe to the post. While everyone watched in shock, Vester jumped off his horse, grabbed a knife from the chuck wagon, and cut Lishe loose, just before he would have been killed.

During their years as young men, the brothers worked as cowboys all along the Red River and Indian Territory, where they knew and were friendly with some Indians, one being Quanah Parker. Vester told the story of going into Parker's camp with a crippled horse. He asked for and got a horse to continue on his way. He saddled the horse and got on, but not for long. The horse bucked him off and continued to buck until he got rid of the saddle, which ended up in very bad shape. Vester said the squaws grabbed his saddle and went to work on it and had it repaired very quickly.

The following is taken from "Jack County, Texas -- Bios: Bryson Family Biography" :

In 1848, the year Jasper Newton was born, Elisha, Jr.(his father) was attracted by the Louisville, Kentucky land promoters known as "The Peters Colony" and moved his family to the Weston area of Collin County, Texas. It is told that Jasper Newton Chambers was in the Civil War at the age of 16 years. He married Sarah Hampton, born Missouri, on 16 May 1867. Feeling the need for more land to accommodate his growing family, they came to Jack County in the late 1870s and bought a nice tract of land east and south of the present town of Bryson. Jasper Chambers was a progressive farmer and stockman. He raised pure bred cattle and as good mules and horses as were ever raised in this country.

Sarah Elleanor HAMPTON [Parents] [scrapbook] "Sallie, Sally" was born 1 on 3 Jul 1845 in St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri. She died 2, 3 on 6 Jun 1920 in Bryson, Jack County, Texas. She was buried 4, 5 on 7 Jun 1920 in Cottonwood Cemetery, Bryson, Jack County, Texas. She married 6 Jasper Newton CHAMBERS on 16 Jun 1867 in Chambersville (Weston), Collin County, Texas.

Sarah Elleanor Chambers was known to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren as Grandma Chambers.

Sarah Chambers' only brother died in the Civil War at White River, Arkansas. Sarah Chambers was related to General Wade Hampton of Civil War fame (Confederate side). She was his niece through her father's brother.

Sarah Chambers was raised with many slaves waiting on her and probably didn't initially know much about frontier life except "how to be a lady". She reported that life was very hard on her.

They had the following children:

  M i Sylvester Milton CHAMBERS
  M ii Marion CHAMBERS was born 1 on 23 Sep 1869 in McKinney, Collin County, Texas. He died 2 on 30 Sep 1869 in Collin County, Texas. He was buried in Chambersville Cemetery, Chambersville (Weston), Collin County, Texas.

Died in infancy.
  M iii William Jesse CHAMBERS
  M iv Jasper Raymon CHAMBERS
  F v Jana May CHAMBERS
  M vi Elisha Windsor CHAMBERS
  F vii Alta Zona CHAMBERS
  M viii Lud Monroe CHAMBERS was born 1 on 2 Mar 1881 in Bryson, Jack County, Texas. He died 2, 3 on 6 May 1966 in Graham, Young County, Texas. He was buried 4 in Cottonwood Cemetery, Bryson, Jack County, Texas.

Lud Chambers was crippled when a horse fell on his ankle. He never married. His headstone shows his date of death as 26 September 1966.
  F ix Dona Eleanor CHAMBERS
  M x Leonard Hampton CHAMBERS Sr.
  M xi Collin Cole CHAMBERS

Samuel Alexander YORK [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 28 Mar 1855 in Benton, Garland County, Arkansas. He died 3 on 26 Dec 1918 in Bryson, Jack County, Texas. The cause of death was heart failure. He was buried 4, 5 in Cottonwood Cemetery, Bryson, Jack County, Texas. He married Doshia Thompson HARDIN on 24 Feb 1881 in Clark County, Arkansas.

Some records show S.A. York's year of birth as 1856. Some records show his year of death as 1912. Some records show his place of birth as North Carolina.

Samuel Alexander York went by his middle name.

Doshia Thompson HARDIN [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 8 Mar 1862 in Benton, Garland County, Arkansas. She died 3, 4 on 19 Dec 1935 in Bryson, Jack County, Texas. She was buried 5, 6 in Cottonwood Cemetery, Bryson, Jack County, Texas. She married Samuel Alexander YORK on 24 Feb 1881 in Clark County, Arkansas.

Some records show her first name spelled Dosia.

They had the following children:

  M i Samuel Arthur YORK
  F ii Lida YORK
  F iii Mickey YORK
  F iv Bessie Lee YORK
  F v Lessie Lee YORK
  M vi Paul Dewitt YORK
  M vii S. A. YORK son was born before 1900. He died before 1910. The cause of death was a kick in the head by a mule or horse.

Sadly, this young man, whose name is uncertain, was kicked in the head by a mule or a horse and killed.
  M viii Garland Cleon YORK
  M ix Robert W. YORK died .
  M x Carl Thornton YORK

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