Elijah A. Chamberlain


ELIJAH A. CHAMBERLAIN, of Wellsburg, a highly respected retired citizen, was born in Beaver county, Penn., October 14, 1831. Of that state his parents, David and Jane (Bradley) Chamberlain were both natives. They were worthy Christian people, devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal church and went to their reward several years ago, the father dying in 1859 aged eighty-two years and the mother in June 1874 aged seventy-four. Eleven of the twelve children of these parents were reared to maturity. Elijah A., the subject of this sketch was engaged upon the farm in his youth and until September 1862 when he enlisted in Company C, First West Virginia light artillery. He participated in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg and while returning from the latter, in camp at Berlin, Md., he was run over while asleep on the ground at night by a horse, injuring him so that he was never recovered and during the past four years he has been totally disabled. He was kept with his company till October 1863; was then at Harwood hospital, Washington, two months and coming home on furlough was unable to be moved to the post hospital at Wheeling for eleven months. He was discharged at the hospital June 19, 1865. His sacrifice for his country was a great one, of health, strength and much of the pleasures of life. Mr. Chamberlain was married September 9, 1852, to Sarah A., daughter of William and Rachel Henry, formerly of Ohio. Her father died many years ago, the mother in 1874, aged sixty-two years. They had six children, three of whom are living; one, Benjamin, served in the First West Virginia infantry, and died of measles at New Creek, February 1862. Mr. and Mrs. Chamberlain have had two children: William Norvel, deceased and Joseph, who married Cecilia Khole. Joseph and Cecilia Chamberlain have had the following children, Anna B., Zanretta, Sarah E., Margaret, Pinkie O., Elijah A., and Lucy. Mr. Chamberlain and wife have been members of the Methodist Protestant church for thirty years and he is a comrade of the Pierpont post, G. A. R. and is a republican.

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