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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Any ideas for finding a newspaper account of a quarry accident in 1900s are welcome!