The subject of this sketch was born in East
Tennessee, March 25th 1824. Her maiden name was
Barton. She died March 21, 1905, lacking
only seven days of being 81 years of age.
With her father's family she moved to Missouri,
about 1840, and on February 17th 1841 was united in
marriage to James Chamberlain. In 1849 with
their three small children, Jerry, John and
Tom, they moved overland to Texas, first
settling in Travis County, near where the town of
Manor is now situated. They lived there for three
years, after which they moved to where Karnes
county now shows on the map, but at that time it
was unorganized territory, and contained many
desperate and reckless characters, as well as some
of the bravest and coolest men that ever paved the
way for civilization in any country.
At the breaking out of the Civil War her two
oldest sons, who were mere lads of 16 and 18, the
younger weighing only 109 pounds, joined the
Confederate army. Grandma had reason to feel proud
of the fact that including the War of the
Revolution she had near relatives in every war,
down to th one with Spain, that has been fought in
America since the establishment of the United
During the war between the States, in the year
1864, the family moved to Round Rock, and remained
there until 1865, when they moved to Burnet County.
Here a number of the children who were born after the family moved
to Texas, reached their maturity, and some of them
married in this county. In 1878 Grandpa and
Grandma with their youngest sons moved to Caldwell
county and lived there until 1889, when Grandpa
died on Oct. 3rd of that year, while visiting his
children in this county. At the time of his death
he was more than 80 years old.
Since the death of her husband, grandma has
lived with her children, spending most of the time
with her daughter, Mrs. J. M. Livingston.
To grandpa and grandma Chamberlain were born
nine children. One of them died in infancy. Their
oldest son, *Jerry, has been a resident of
Oregon for 34 years. Jno. T., Thos. A., L. B.,
B. B., and Mrs. J. M. Livingston all reside in
Burnet county; D. N. lives in Haskell county
and L. W. in Knox.
Grandma was a member of the Methodist Church,
and lived the life of a patient, cheerful Christian
woman for many years. By the side of her husband
she was laid to rest in the old Jennings Creek
Cemetery, where many of her friends of other days
preceeded her. The memory of her cheerful face and
pleasant words will live in the memory of her
children and grandchildren, and should prove an
inspiration to each of them as long as life lasts.