Chambers Family Heritage


William COX died . He married 1 Biddie CHAMBERS on 14 Sep 1828 in Owen County, Indiana.

Other marriages:
COX, Eliza

Biddie CHAMBERS [Parents] was born 1 on 11 Sep 1800 in Burke County, North Carolina. She died 2 on 26 Dec 1883 in Owen County, Indiana. She married 3 William COX on 14 Sep 1828 in Owen County, Indiana.

Some records show her first name spelled Biddy.

They had the following children:

  M i Joel Calvin COX died .
  F ii Rebecca Serena COX
  F iii Nancy COX
  F iv Allie COX
  F v Emmeline COX died .
  F vi Liza COX died .
  F vii Endemile COX
  F viii Lucy Mandeville COX
  F ix William and Biddie COX Daughter Eight died .

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 Bonnie MCDONALD in 1681 in Scotland.

Other marriages:
CRAIG, Rose

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

Bonnie MCDONALD was born on 27 Aug 1670 in Shettleston, Glasgow, Argyll, Scotland. She died on 2 Mar 1736 in Shettleston, Glasgow, Argyll, Scotland. She was buried on 3 Mar 1736 in Shettleston, Glasgow, Argyll, Scotland. She married Alexander CHAMBERS in 1681 in Scotland.


Elisha CHAMBERS [Parents] "Lishe" was born 1 on 11 Mar 1780 in Maryland. He died 2 on 13 Mar 1860 in Benton County, Arkansas. The cause of death was typhoid fever. He was buried in Rogers Cemetery, Rogers, Benton County, Arkansas. He married Nancy MOORE about 1804.

Some records show Elisha Chambers was born in 1790.

Elisha Chambers moved with his wife to Indiana.

In "History of Watauga County, North Carolina" Elisha Chambers is mentioned as the singing leader in the Tree Forks Baptist Church. From the "Globe Baptist Church Minutes" published in Caldwell County North Carolina Quarterly, Volume IX, Number 2, page 46, Elisha Chambers and his wife were granted letters of dismission September 25, 1830, long after his borther, Elijah, and father had gone to Owen County (sometimes referred to as Morgan County), Indiana.

Deed records show Elisha Chambers buying land in Georgetown Township, Vermillion County, Illinois in 1830 and Elwood Township in 1831. Others living in this same vicinity were his sons, Asa and Elijah, his son-in-law, John C. Puett, and John, Nelson, and Frances Moore, Nancy (Moore) Chambers' relatives.

Asa had several deeds as grantor and grantee, the last one as grantor to Nelson Moore on 27 May 1844, which may have been about the time Elisha Chambers moved to Benton County, Arkansas. His son, Asa, who may have gone to Benton County with his father, is shown receiving a land grant dated 15 April 1850 for 640 acres in the Mercer Colony, Navarro County, Texas.

The earlies record found in Benton County, Arkansas, so far show Elisha and Nancy were received in May 1846 in the Little Flock Baptist Church, which was founded 15 April 1843, and is still standing today. An undated record also shows he was one of those who subscribed to build the Little Flock Church house.

The 1860 mortality schedule of Arkansas shows Elisha died at age 78 of typhoid fever in Benton County, Arkansas. Elisha and Nancy (Moore) Chambers are buried in the Rogers, Arkansas, cemetery, located across US 62 south of Rogers.
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The Will of Elisha Chambers:

In the name of God, Amen.

I, Elisha Chambers of the State of Arkansas and County of Benton, being weak in body but of sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament revoking all others.

First --- I do will and bequeath to my daughter, Polly Estes, ten dollars in cash.

Second --- I do also will and bequeath to my son, Asa Chambers, ten dollars in cash.

Third --- I do also will and bequeath to my son, Elijah Chambers, ten dollars in cash.

Fourth --- I do also will and bequeath to my daughter, Harriett Matilda Vestall, ten dollars in cash.

Fifth --- I do also will and bequeath to my son, Jesse M. Chambers, ____ dollars in cash.

Sixth --- I do also will and bequeath to my son, John Johnson Chambers, ten dollars in cash; also one still, together will all apprutenances thereunto belonging.

Seventh --- I do also will and bequeath to my daughter, Abby Johnston Vestall, ten dollars in cash.

Eighth --- I do also will and bequeath to my two sons, John Johnson Chambers and James Monrow Chambers, all the household and kitchen furniture together with all and every utensil thereunto belonging; and also all the farming utensils and tools of all sorts; and also the stock of all and every description; and also one two-horse wagon together with appurtenances thereunto belonging.

Tenth --- (sic - 9th skipped) And I nominate, constitute and appoint my trustee John Johnson Chambers of this my last will and testament.

Eleventh --- And I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my James Monrow Chambers my guardian to support and take care of me during my natural life.

In testimony whereof I have caused my seal to be maid (sic) and caused my name to be thereunto affixed this twenty-ninth day of Ocboter 1856.

/S/ Elisha Chambers

The above written instrument was subscribed by the said Elisha Chambers in our preasants (sic) and acknowledged by him to each of us and he at the same time published and declared the above instrument and we at the testators recrest and in his preasants (sic) have signed our names as witness hereunto and written opposite our names our respective pieces of residence.

William Ford of Benton County
James H. Wight of Benton County
Ebenezer Maxwell of Benton County

Above will presented for probate 28th January 1857.

Jon. Galbreath, Clerk

(Will Book A, Benton County, Arkansas Microfilm LSD, Bentonville Public Library and published by the NW Arkansas Genealogical Society, P.O. Box K, Rogers, AR 72756).

Nancy MOORE [Parents] was born 1 on 25 Dec 1786 in Globe, Burke County, North Carolina. She died on 1 Nov 1864 in Bentonville, Benton County, Arkansas. She was buried 2 in Rogers Cemetery, Rogers, Benton County, Arkansas. She married Elisha CHAMBERS about 1804.

Nancy Moore's tombstone and the Little Flock Primitive Baptist Church records ("Backtracker", volume 15, numer 2, May 1896, page 26) shows the date of death as 27 August 1856. This coincides with the date of her birth from Moore family records.

From the Will of Jesse Moore, dated 26 September 1826, Burke County, South Carolina:

10th -- I give to my daughter Nancy two negroes named Sarah and Sip and all the remaining part of the land on the west side of the river from Still branch to Jesse's home.

They had the following children:

  F i Harriet Matilda CHAMBERS
  M ii Asa CHAMBERS
  M iii Elijah CHAMBERS
  M iv Elisha CHAMBERS was born in 1808. He died .
  M v Jesse M. CHAMBERS
  M vi John Johnson CHAMBERS
  F vii Alice Johnson CHAMBERS
  M viii James Monroe CHAMBERS
  F ix Mary Polly CHAMBERS
  M x Abjah CHAMBERS

Rev. Shedrick BROWN was born about 1780 in North Carolina. He died on 12 Oct 1823 in Indiana. He was buried in Gosport Cemetery, Owen County, Indiana. He married Rachael CHAMBERS about 1814 in Indiana.

Shedrick Brown shows his first name spelled as Shadrack or Shadrach in some records.

Shedrick Brown was baptised by James Chambers. He was ordained a Baptist preacher in 1812. Some records show his first name spelled Shadrack. He pastored an unknown church at Jessamine County, Kentucky, Clover Bottom Church at Woodford County, Kentucky (1804), and later the Mill Creek Church in Hardin County, Kentucky. He served as moderator at the Bethel Baptist Church 10 miles northwest of Bloomington, Indiana, and pastored the Vernal Baptist Church in Monroe County, Indiana, which was founded in 1817.

Shedrick Brown was listed (as Shadrack) in the 1800 Ashe County, North Carolina, census (reference: Mrs. Edith L. Smith, 414 Lincolnshire Drive, Irving, Texas, 75061, a descendant through James Thompson).

In 1813, Shedrick Brown is mentioned with Asa Chambers in Hardin County, Kentucky.

Rachael CHAMBERS [Parents] was born 1 in 1776 in Maryland. She died 2 in 1864 in Owen County, Indiana. She was buried 3 in Gosport Cemetery, Owen County, Indiana. She married Rev. Shedrick BROWN about 1814 in Indiana.

Her name is spelled Rachel in some records. Her date of birth is shown as 12 October 1788 in North Carolina, and her date of death as 14 February 1895. There is some indication there may have been two Rachel Chambers, one perhaps adopted from another Chambers family due to the untimely death of parents, but this can't be proven. Other records show she was born in Owen County, Indiana.

They had the following children:

  M i John BROWN died .
  M ii William BROWN
  M iii Chambers BROWN died .
  M iv Alfred BROWN
  F v Rebecca BROWN
  F vi Nancy BROWN
  M vii Asa BROWN died .
  F viii Katherine BROWN died .
  M ix James C. BROWN died .
  F x Elzina BROWN died .
  F xi Rachel BROWN died .

Joel FERGUSON was born about 1748 in North Carolina. He died . He married Lydia CHAMBERS about 1770 in North Carolina.

Moved from North Carolina and later to Missouri, but no other record has been found.

Lydia CHAMBERS [Parents] was born about 1750 in North Carolina. She died 1 about 1850 in Cape Giradeau County, Missouri. She married Joel FERGUSON about 1770 in North Carolina.

Some family records show her first name as Elizabeth, though there actually seems to have been another child named Elizabeth.


James Milton CHAMBERS [Parents] was born 1 on 22 Mar 1844 in Garden City, Herman County, Kansas. He died on 4 Aug 1862 in Des Arc Bayou Cache, Prairie County, Arkansas. The cause of death was typhoid. He was buried in Crystal Hill Camp, Arkansas.

James Milton Chambers died of typhoid as a result of the Civil War.

Some records show that James Milton Chambers did not marry nor have children.

Some records show James Milton Chambers' place of birth as Elletsville, Monroe County, Indiana.

He had the following children:

  M i James Milton CHAMBERS Son One died .
  M ii James Milton CHAMBERS Son Two died .
  F iii James Milton CHAMBERS Daughter died .

Creston ARNSPIGER [Parents] [scrapbook] was born on 3 Jan 1973 in Hobbs, Lea County, New Mexico. He died on 8 Nov 2008 in Between Lovington and Tatum, Lea County,New Mexico. The cause of death was motorcycle-tanker truck collision. He married Denise MURPH. The marriage ended in divorce.

Other marriages:
RICHARDSON, Trisha

Creston Arnspiger Obituary from Stevens Funeral Home, Lovington, Lea County, New Mexico:

Funeral Service for Creston Arnspiger, 35, is scheduled for Tuesday, November 11, 2008, at 2:00 PM at Christian Center Church with Reverend Jotty Kinney officiating. Burial will be at the Lovington Cemetery. There will be a visitation 6 to 8 pm Monday, November 10, 2008 for family to receive friends at the funeral home. Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
He passed away November 8, 2008. He was born January 3, 1973 to Lyman & Etta Arnspiger in Hobbs, New Mexico. He married Trisha Richardson on July 7, 2007 in Hobbs, New Mexico. He was a member of the Christian Center Church in Hobbs, he was an usher, taught the Royal Rangers and was a member of the Men’s Breakfast, and he also was a baseball coach, a horseman, and hunter and could build anything.
Survivors include his wife Trisha Arnspiger of Hobbs; his parents Lyman & Etta Arnspiger of Rising Star, Texas; two sisters Tammy Peacock of Hobbs, NM and Sheri Hinshaw of Mayhill, NM; mother and father in law Fred & Jackie Richardson; and sister & brother in law Chris & Sharree White.
The family requests that Memorial contributions be sent to the Christian Center Church Building Fund, 4024 W. College Lane, Hobbs, NM 88240.

Denise MURPH [Parents]

They had the following children:

  M i Creston Blair ARNSPIGER [scrapbook] was born on 17 Sep 1997. He died on 8 Nov 2008 in Between Lovington and Tatum, Lea County,New Mexico. The cause of death was motorcycle-tanker truck collision.

Blair Arnspiger Obituary from Stevens Funeral Home, Lovington, Lea County, New Mexico:

Funeral Service for Blair Arnspiger, 11, is scheduled for Tuesday, November 11, 2008, at 2:00 PM at Christian Center Church with Pastor Heath Ormord officiating. Burial will be at the Lovington Cemetery. There will be a visitation 6 to 8 pm Monday, November 10, 2008 for family to receive friends at the funeral home. Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
He passed away November 8, 2008. He was born September 17, 1997. He loved fishing, hunting and baseball.
Survivors include his mother Denise Murph of Lovington, NM; brother Braden Murph of Lovington; grandparents Dudley Murph of Lovington; great grandparents Ken & Gerry Chambers of Lovington, NM; uncle Philip Murph of Artesia, grandparents Lyman & Etta Arnspiger of Rising Star, TX; NM; stepmother Trisha Arnspiger of Hobbs, NM; step grandparents Fred & Jackie Richardson of McDonald, NM; Aunts Tammy Peacock of Hobbs, NM and Sheri Hinshaw of Mayhill, NM.
Preceded in death by his grandmother Bonnie Murph.
The family requests that Memorial contributions be sent to the First Christian Church Youth Program, 212 S. 2nd, Lovington, NM 88260

The following appeared on trucksafety.org on 5 February 2010:

Blair Arnspiger was born on September 17, 1997 and left us on Nov 8, 2008 at the hands of a distracted truck driver. His father, Creston was also killed in this horrible crash. The driver was passing another vehicle on the right shoulder while they were already turning right and they were taken out in the turn. The driver had a history of texting constantly, and was "grandfathered" into a trucking with no training.He received ALL failing grades from grade school through high school. This was his second careless driving charge to which he is appealing. NM prosecution is very laxed. Blair leaves behind his mom and little brother who miss him dearly, among others. Forever in our hearts.
  M ii Braden Jay MURPH

James Newton CHAMBERS [Parents] was born 1 on 28 Oct 1915 in Dayton Switch (near Bryson), Jack County, Texas. He died 2 on 16 Feb 1992 in Hobbs, Lea County, New Mexico. He married Irma A. LEE in 1944.

Lee Chambers wrote the following:

James Newton Chambers came to Lea County in 1923 at the age of eight with his parents, Leonard Hampton and Addielene Ola (Findley) Chambers, and brother, Leonard Hugh, and sisters, Mary Addielene and Oleta. He was born October 28, 1915 at Dayton Switch, near Bryson, in Jack County, Texas.

The family homesteaded a section of land 30 miles northwest of Lovington, moving to the ranch during the summer of 1926 to "prove up the claim." Newton attended the Lovington schools, and Eastern New Mexico University at Portales. He was in the Air Force from 1941 to 1945 during World War II. While a bombardier instructor at Carlsbad Army Air Base, he met and married lrma A. Lee, an Army Air Force nurse from Kalispell, Montana. Their son, James Lee, was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico, September 17, 1944.

In 1945 Newton and "Lee" returned to Hobbs where he returned to his pre-war position at Lea County State Bank (now First Interstate Bank). Hobbs, to a northwest Montana girl seemed "the end of the world", with few paved streets and even some wooden sidewalks.

Daughters, Diane Sue, born March 26, 1946, and Nancy Windsor, born January 12, 1961, and son, Michael Lynn, born February 12, 1952 (deceased), were born in Hobbs, New Mexico. Newton resigned as a vice-president from the bank in 1952 upon the death of his father and took over management of the ranch and continues ranching at this time.

Nancy Windsor is a student at Oklahoma University in Norman, Oklahoma. Diane Sue lives with her husband, Ronald Lowell Tucker, and sons, David Lowell, age fifteen, and Jeffery Michael, age seven, in Norman.

James Lee married Jane Curry, November 12, 1977 and lives in Visalie, California. Newton's grandfather was Jasper Newton Chambers, born in Collin County, Texas, March 23, 1848 and being too young to fight, was a courier in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He married Sallie Eleanor Hampton, May 16, 1867, in Weston, Collin County. They later moved to Bryson, Jack County, where they raised eleven children.

Jasper Chambers parents were Elisha Chambers and Margaret Ann Mannon, who were married in Owen County, Indiana. In August 1838 they were baptised into the Smyrna Primitive Baptist Church by Elisha's father, Elder Elijah Chambers, a Baptist minister. Elijah's father, James Chambers, was also a Baptist minister. Jasper was the seventh of thirteen children, the eldest being William Clinton Chambers, born in 1836.

Elijah Chambers married Rebecca Moore in North Carolina, and Elisha was probably the sixth of their nine children, Elijah's parents were James Chambers and Nancy Windsor, who came from England and settled in Maryland. They had four children known to Margaret Ann, from whom much of this history was obtained. Elisha, Margaret Ann and six children moved to Collin County in 1847.

Newton Chamber's mother, Addielene Ola, was born to Thomas DeCalb Findley and Julia Ann Prather in Panola County, Texas, February 26, 1887. Thomas DeCalb, whose parents were from Hill County, Texas, was born in Harmonia Hills, Panola County. He was one of eleven children, and his father is said to have been killed in the Civil War. Addielene, the third of nine children, moved with her family to Graham, Young County, Texas when she was nine years old.

At the present she lives at the Good Samaritan Home in Lovington. At age 96, she is one of the eldest of the early settlers left in Lea County.

Refer to family story numbers 56-106-225, "Then and Now - Lea County Families, Volume I," for further information on this family.

Irma A. LEE "Lee" died . She married James Newton CHAMBERS in 1944.

They had the following children:

  M i James Lee CHAMBERS
  F ii Diane Sue CHAMBERS
  M iii Michael Lynn CHAMBERS was born on 12 Feb 1952 in Hobbs, Lea County, New Mexico. He died in 1977.
  F iv Nancy Windsor CHAMBERS

James Lee CHAMBERS [Parents]

Jane CURRY


Robert Hugh WATSON

Betty Ann TUEPAH

They had the following children:

  M i James Robert WATSON

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