scientious manner. During the
existence of the G. A. R. Post in Unadilla he was
identified with it, and is also a member of the I. O.
G. T., at Unadilla.
The parents of our subject, Enos C.
and Malina D. (Wall) Stedman, like their son, were
also natives of Tioga County, N. Y. The paternal
grandfather was of English descent, and a native of
Vermont. The great-grandfather served under Washington
in the Revolutionary War. Enos Stedman was a farmer by
occupation, and also operated a sawmill on the
Susquehanna River. He was greatly prospered,
accumulating a snug fortune. In 1855, leaving the
Empire State, he emigrated to Illinois, and purchased
land in Lee County near the then embryo town of Dixon.
He remained a resident of that section for a period of
eighteen years, then, selling out, took up his
residence in Freeport, but two years later, in 1875,
crossed the Mississippi, and coming into this county
located in Russell Precinct, taking the east half of
section 32. He improved the raw prairie into a
well-cultivated farm, set out groves, an apple orchard
and the smaller fruit trees, and effected all the
improvements necessary for the comfort of the modern
and progressive agriculturist. After a well-spent life
he departed hence Aug. 1, 1886, at the advanced age of
seventy-eight years. The mother is still living on the
old homestead, being now seventy years old.
Enos Stedman was a strong
Republican, and a member in good standing of the
Baptist Church. The mother of our subject was his
second wife, he having been first married to Miss
Eliza Wolverton, who became the mother of five
children. These were named respectively: Ann, Alma,
Elizabeth, Mary and Clinton. The latter, during the
late war, did efficient service for the Union cause as
a spy. He experienced many hairbreadth escapes
unharmed, and is now a resident of Texas. At the
outbreak of the Rebellion he was a resident of the
Lone Star State, and was pressed into the rebel
service. He deserted, however, and as soon as possible
joined the Union forces. In the discharge of his
duties he was captured several times by the rebels,
but succeeded each time in making his escape. Of the
marriage of Enos Stedman with the mother of our
subject there were born eight children, of. whom
Charles R. was the eldest. The others were named
respectively: Enos J., Ezra F., Eva F., Minnie E.,
Herbert E., Carrie A. (deceased) and Wallace E. In
this connection we present a portrait of Mr. Stedman.
D. CHATFIELD is one of the capable and much esteemed
citizens of Palmyra Precinct, and is the owner of an
admirably cultivated fertile farm of 160 acres on
section 10. His parents, Abraham and Jerusha (Cotton)
Chatfield, were born in Connecticut and Massachusetts,
respectively. Both were taken by their parents to the
State of New York when they were children. They were
married in Greene County of that State. His father
died in 1864, aged sixty-four years, while his mother
survived until 1885, and then passed to her long home
after a life of eighty-eight years. They were the
parents of five children, viz: Ira D., Caroline,
Samuel W., Emma and John H.
It will be observed that Ira was the
eldest child in the family of which he was a member.
He was born in Delaware County, N. Y., on the 15th of
February, 1821. Upon leaving school he engaged in the
glove and mitten business, and the manufacture of
tanned goods, After getting fairly started in
business, he was taken sick with bilious fever, and
after an illness of three months he recovered, but
only to find that his partner had in the interim
swindled him out of all his property.
Starting afresh, our subject
accepted the agency for Gen. H. Sampson and George W.
Pratt, wholesale tanners and leather dealers, becoming
their head clerk, and remained with them for twelve
years. He was also connected for some years with the
Whitney Chair Manufacturing Company, and served them
in the capacity of chief clerk.
Mr. Chatfield has been twice
married. By his first wife, whose maiden name was
Eliza Case, he became the parent of two children, Eli
P., and Eliza, who died when she was three months old.
Upon the 1st of January, 1819, he was united in
wedlock with Lydia Patterson, who was born at
Greenwich, Washington Co., N. Y., March 12, 1826. This
marriage has been fruitful in the birth of six
children, viz: George H., who was drowned when