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Enoch Chamberlin
BORN: 10 Oct 1851 DIED: 13 May 1933 BURIED:  (Chamberlin Cemetery)
BIRTH PLACE:  Suver, Polk Co., Oregon
DEATH PLACE: Suver, Polk Co., Oregon
1860 OR CENSUS - Enoch Chamberlain [Chamberlin], age 9, b. Oregon, is enumerated with Aaron, age 49, occupation farmer, b. New York, and Catherine, age 53, b. New Jersey, and A. L., male, age 17, b. Missouri.
1870 OR CENSUS - Enoch Chamberlin, age 18, occupation farmer, b. Oregon, is enumerated with Catherine, age 63, b. New Jersey.
1880 OR CENSUS - E. Chamberlin, age 28, occupation farming, b. Oregon, is enumeraged with mother Catharine, age 74, b. New Jersey.
1900 OR CENSUS - Enoch Chamberlin, age 48, occupation farmer, b. Oct 1851 in Oregon, is enumerated with his wife of 5 years, Mary E., age 40, mother of 1, b. Oct 1858 in Oregon, and Ross L., age 11, b. Feb 1889 in Oregon.

ENOCH CHAMBERLIN. Among the prominent farmers of Polk county, Ore., is to be named Enoch Chamberlin, who is located upon a farm taken up by his father in the spring of 1845, having altogether two hundred and eighty-four acres of land, eighty-four of which is utilized in general farming, while the remainder is in pasture, upon which he raises cattle.
The father, Aaron Chamberlin, was born in New York state in 1810, and he married Catherine Viles, a native of New Jersey, born in 1806. After a short residence in Missouri Mr. Chamberlin gathered together his worldly wealth, and with his wife and children, joined n emigrant train bound for the great northwest. The train was commanded by Captain Gilliam, and the trip was one which was never forgotten by those who experienced the trials and troubles of their nine-months’ journey. At the beginning they were continually delayed by storms, and a large number were grew discouraged and despaired for ever seeing the land which they were seeking. A Mr. Mudgett canvassed the party and found thirty who were willing to endure the hardships which they foresaw before the journey was ended, and, electing this man captain of the divided train, they continued upon their journey, arriving safely in Oregon in 1844, Captain Mudgett having proven a worthy man for the position to which he was chosen. Through fairly well equipped at the beginning of the journey, Mr. Chamberlin had but one yoke of oxen upon his arrival at Salem, Ore. After the first winter, which was spent at Salem, he took up a donation land claim in the spring of 1845, consisting of six hundred and forty acres, upon which h lived until October, 1867. In that year he took a trip to Mexico in the hope of recovering his health, and died in Sonora, in March 1868. His wife survived him until 1883, her death occurring upon the home place. The entire width of the continent had been traversed by these two pioneers, from the scene of their marriage, which occurred in the state of New York, to the then western state of Michigan, Iowa and Missouri, leaving St. Joseph, a city of the latter state, for the two thousand mile journey which meant a separation from all that associations had made dear. Worthily they proved their citizenship in the western state, Mr. Chamberlin doing his part toward its upbuilding by the industrious tiling of the soil. Of the four sons and two daughters born to them, Joseph is a stock raiser, of Arizona; Catherine E makes her home in Monmouth, Ore.; Sally Ann is the wife of J. L. Coombs, of Grass Valley, Cal.; and Enoch, of this review, is the youngest child; Andrew J. and Aaron are deceased.
Enoch Chamberlin was born near Suver, Polk county, Ore., October 10, 151, and through his ancestry, English on the maternal side, and German on the paternal side. The grandfather, Enoch Chamberlin, was a near descendant of an emigrant from the later country, his home being in the state of New York, where as a farmer, he lived and died, and thus Enoch Chamberlin inherited the traits which distinguish native of the two great European countries. He received his early education in the common schools of Polk county, and at sixteen years of age had completed the course. He then engaged in farming, assisting this elder brother in conducting the home farm his father having died the preceding year. Nine years later he took the entire charge of the farm, and continued the care of his mother, which he had begun at the age of twenty, taking her to Arizona, where they remained for nearly five years, and then returned to the old home farm in Polk county. This has been his home ever since, and he has continued the success which he has always enjoyed as a farmer. He now has two hundred and eighty-four acres.
Mr. Chamberlin married, February 15, 1885, Miss Ellen Christian, a native of Polk county, and a daughter of Henry Christian, who came to Oregon via Cape Horn from his home in the Isle of Man. They are the parents of one child, Ross L., who make his home with his father and mother. As a Democrat, Mr. Chamberlin has served as road supervisor and school director for a number of years. Fraternally he affiliates with the Ancient Order of United Workman of Independence, and with the Artisans of Wells, Benton county.
PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD of the WILLAMETTE VALLEY, OREGON, Chicago, Chapman Pub. Co., 1903, pp 843-44

Enoch Chamberlin, one of Oregon's native sons, was born in Polk county, October 10, 1851. His father, Aaron Chamberlin, was born in New York in 1810. He married, in 1826, Miss Catherine Viles, a native of New Jersey, born in 1806. She was the daughter of Mr. Joseph Viles. Mr. and Mrs. Chamberlin had a family of six children when they left Missouri to make the long trip across the plains to Oregon. They were nine months on their journey and endured many hardships. General Gilliam commanded the company, and after they had been six weeks on their journey they could look back and see their first camping place. It had stormed almost continuously, and all were discouraged, but one of their number canvassed the company and found thirty who were willing to continue the journey, although two afterward backed out. This man, Mudget, by name, was elected Captain, and the little party started on. They traveled each family by itself, and finally reached Whitman's station, and then came to the Dalles. They went down this river to the present site of Portland, then up the Willamette to Oregon City, and here the father of our subject worked for the Hudson's Bay Company, hewing timbers for the projected buildings. He then went on to Salem, and after spending the winter there, took up his donation claim on the Luckamute. Although Mr. Chamberlin had three yoke of oxen when he left Missouri, the extent of his cattle was represented by two odd steers when he entered Oregon. His cow had died in the mountains; so they were without milk. They built the primitive log hut of the pioneer, and lived on boiled wheat and venison. The nearest market was twenty miles away, and as the ground was very wet, it was often impossible to go to that place for the few supplies that they were able to afford: so Mr. Chamberlin was obliged to go to Oregon City by water. Mr. Chamberlin paid $50 for a wooden plow with an iron share, and received two breed sows and two cows for his work, and things began to look brighter. They worked and toiled on this claim and finally were rewarded by seeing the wilderness they had found assume the aspect of civilization. Here the father remained until 1867, when he went to Sonora, California, and died in 1868. He was a noble, upright citizen. His wife survived him fifteen years and died in 1883. Previously to his death he had willed his land to his wife, and she sold one-half of it and left the other half to her son Enoch, who has furnished the data for this sketch. The family has made a fine farm of it, and built a fine residence on it, which the son now occupies.
Mr. Enoch Chamberlin was married, February 15, 1885, to Miss Ella Christian, a native of Oregon, daughter of Mr. Henry Christian. See his history in this book. Mr. and Mrs. Chamberlin have one child, Ross. Mr. Chamberlin is a member of the A.O.U.W., and a Democrat in politics. He is an active, successful farmer and, in addition to his farm, owns and runs a stream thresher, and has done so for the past twelve years. He has threshed a greater portion of the grain in his part of the county. His farm is a rich and productive one, producing fifty bushels of wheat to the acre.
Hines, H. K., An Illustrated history of the state of Oregon, Lewis Pub. Co. 1893, pg 892
OSBH DC (Polk County 1933) #64 - Enoch Chamberlain, male, farmer, married (Mary Ellen), b. 10 Oct 1851 in Suver, Oregon, d. 13 May 1933 in Suver, Oregon (Rt 1, Monmouth), at the age of 81 yrs 7 ms 3 days, name of father Aaron Chamberlain (b. New York), maiden name of mother Catherine Viles (b. New Jersey), bur at Suver, informant Ross J. Chamberlin.
Enoch Chamberlain, 81, born, raised and lived on the same farm near Suver, died Saturday afternoon, and will be buried Tuesday at 1:30, the services occurring in the Keeney chapel in Independence. 
Mr. Chamberlain is survived by a wife and son, Ross, who lives on the home farm. For many years Ross lived in Corvallis. Burial will take place on the home farm at Suver. 
Corvallis Gazette Times, Monday, 15 May 1933, 6:3

Enoch Chamberlin, 81, died Saturday at his farm home in the Suver section. 
He was born October 10, 1851, on the donation land claim taken by his parents in 1845, and had lived there all his life. He was a well-known farmer of Polk county, and is the last of a family of six children. He was married at Albany, February 15, 1885, to Miss Mary Ellen Christian, who survives with one son, Ross, of Monmouth and three grandsons. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Keeney funeral home in Independence, with Rev H.C. Dunsmore officiating. Interment was in the Chamberlin cemetery south of town. 
His father, Aaron Chamberlin, crossed the plains in 1844 and took up the donation land claim in 1845. 
Pall bearers were Glenn Hildebrand, Columbus Tetherow, Carl DeArmond, Everet Hildebrand, O.M. Allen and Neal Currie.  Monmouth Herald, 18 May 1933, 1:4
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OSBH DC (1933 Polk County) #64
1860 OR CENSUS (Polk Co., Lane, FA #674)
1870 OR CENSUS (Polk Co., Monmouth, pg 19)
1880 OR CENSUS (Polk Co., Buena Vista, ED 107, pg D12)
1900 OR CENSUS (Polk Co., Suver, ED 176 sheet 10A)
CGT 15 May 1933, 6:3
MH 18 May 1933, 1:4
Hines, pg 892

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