Looking for Chaffman family records

There are a number of comments here from readers looking for information on the Chaffman family that lived in Texas Maryland.  For example, Carole Browning wrote: “i am the daughter of Raymond Chaffman, his father was William Chaffman who was married to Lena parks Chaffman. William was born in 1849, Lena was born in 1857, and my father was born on 2-19-1898. Raymond had no middle name . The Chaffman family had 7children. William H, Benjiman E, Ira E,George, Walter C, Raymond , and Annie M. There was 3 children who did not live. The Chaffmans was suppose to have lived on Church st. , near the railroad and a tavern called McDermotts. My grand father worked in the Quarry and was supposed to have died in a Quarry accident that killed him and his brother. I am looking for any information on my fathers people. The Chaffmans worked in the quarry but i do not know the name of that quarry, i do know he died between 1901 and 1904. If any one can help me with any information i would be very happy.I have been looking for a long time and time is getting short for me, since i am now 71 yrs. old. My e-mail address is clmbowling@gmail.com

And Margaret Chaffman wrote: “Does anyone know the names of these workers in the picture above. My gr Father and his brother William Henry Chaffman and Benjamin F Chaffman worked in the quarry in Texas Md. William Chaffman died in 1902 and I was told that he died in an accident in the Quarry, I am trying to find out where he is buried. Would appreciate any help. My email is margieben1@verizon.net. Rgds, Margaret Chaffman”

I assume that Carole & Margaret are sisters. I have been looking for any mention of the quarry accident that killed the Chaffman brothers, although I believe that their father’s brother, Benjamin Chaffman, was still alive as late as 1920. In 1900, he was living in Texas next door to a Kilroy family that we think is related to my family but to whom I have not yet found a connection.  His wife was named Katie, and they had been married 14 years.Benjamin Chaffman family 1900 Texas

By 1910, he was still living in District 8, now on Sherwood Road, but his wife’s name is Minnie, and they have been married 1 year, while the 3 youngest children of Benjamin and Katie (David, James, and Raymond) are living with them.  The other 5 children must be grown and out of the house.Benjamin Chaffman 1910

If this Benjamin is indeed the brother of William H. Chaffman, then he certainly didn’t die in a quarry accident before 1910.  Benjamin Chaffman is still living in District 8 in 1920, with Minnie, and their daughter Lina.

As to William H. Chaffman, in 1900, he is living in Texas, listed as a quarryman, and likely worked in the Texas quarries.William Chaffman 1900

By 1910, however, Lena Parks Chaffman is living in Baltimore, without William.  Directories at the time do not list William either, but they do list Lena as Mrs. Lena Chaffman, which would indicate that she was a widow by then.

I did not find other Chaffmans in District 8 in 1900 that could account for the brother that may have died in the quarry accident.  There was a George Chaffman living in the County Almshouse, who was age 65 in 1900, who may have been a relative, but unlikely to have been working in the quarries.  In the 1881 Baltimore Directory, there were 2 Chaffman men listed as quarrymen in Hampden: Benjamin F. and William H., and George is listed as a boilermaker – the same three names I have mentioned here.Chaffman 1881 Balto Directory

Any ideas for finding a newspaper account of a quarry accident in 1900s are welcome!


3 thoughts on “Looking for Chaffman family records”

  1. in 1910 census Lena Chaffman ,had Benjamin F Chaffman 17 and Benjamin E chaffman 17 , and William Chaffman 19, living with her. Lena ,s son William was born in 1880, so this makes me believe that my grandmother was housing another Chaffmans children,this is also why i believe their father died when my grandfather died. In the Alms house there was an article about an accident in the Quarry and the to Chaffman brothers died. An elderly man was at the Alms house and he came into the viewing room with the article. I lost the article , called the Alms house and they would not look it up for me and mail it to me. O offered to join and pay for them looking it up and the lady said no. So i8 know that it does exist , but can not travel to Md right now. Walking is difficult for me without some one to go with me.

    1. It would really help to have that article. How long ago did you call the HSBC? They love be to do research and would welcome a new member, so I don’t know why you got the response that you did. I have contacted the new director to inquire. Meanwhile…. According to the census, those nephews were living with their parents in 1900 (ages 10 & 9, parents Benjamin & Katie), but their mother died and Benjamin remarried and is living with the new wife Minnie in 1910, with the 3 youngest of Benjamin & Katie’s children. So unless there are two Benjamin Chaffmans, with children named the same, then this Benjamin Chaffman is still alive in 1910 & 1920. Perhaps the boys moved in with their aunt because they didn’t like the new mom. Is it possible that there was another brother who died with your grandfather or are you sure the article said Benjamin?

      1. The article that i read said Chaffman brothers. My grandfathers name was on it ,William.I am not sure but i believe it was in 2000. It has been along time . The gentleman who brought the article to me was very excited , he could not find what news paper printed it. When i called the Alms House the lady said he was no longer their, that is when i asked her if she could look for me , that i would call back in a few days , that i would pay for the article and join if i needed to.At that time i had just went through a surgery and could not drive, the lady said that she could not do that ,so i gave up on it until i found The Texas Maryland Group. That gave me hope again that some one would know my grand parents and the family. I want to find my grandfathers grave and know who his parents where. It is like they never existed, but i know they lived in Texas Md, and worked in the Quarry.Thank you for working on this puzzle. Carole B.

        On Sun, Aug 28, 2016 at 6:03 PM, Community Engagement in Texas Maryland wrote:

        > Cassie Kilroy Thompson commented: “It would really help to have that > article. How long ago did you call the HSBC? They love be to do research > and would welcome a new member, so I don’t know why you got the response > that you did. I have contacted the new director to inquire. Meanwhile..” >

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