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Thomas Chalfant and son Charles
Posted by: Judith Churchill (ID *****3621) Date: May 06, 2007 at 06:54:42
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Looking for information on Charles Chalfant and his father Thomas Chalfant of Pennsylvania. Charles married Gertrude Gearhart.


1880 United States Federal Census, Danville, Montour, Pennsylvania
Name: Thomas Chalfant
Home in 1880: Danville, Montour, Pennsylvania
Age: 60
Estimated birth year: abt 1820
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Relation to head-of-household: Self (Head)
Spouse's name: Eliza V.
Father's birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's birthplace: Pennsylvania
Occupation: Editor
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Wife: Eliza V. Chalfant, age 58, born PA, Keeping House
Son: Charles Chalfant, age 25, born PA, Printer/Editor
Servant: Margaret Fox: age 22, born PA
Sister: Ann Martin, age 65, born PA, Keeping House
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Danville, Montour, Pennsylvania; Roll: T9_1160; Family History Film: 1255160; Page: 148.3000; Enumeration District: 198; Image: 0452.

(History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, Danville, pg. 146)
HON. THOMAS CHALFANT is descended on the paternal side from Robert CHALFANT, a member of the Society of Friends, who emigrated with William Penn from Stoke Pogis, England, and settled on a patent of land at Doe Run, Chester Co., Penn., which land is still in the family name.

On the maternal side his ancestor is John PEDEN, a Scotch-Irish Covenanter, who immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1732, and was one of the first to found a Covenanter Church in Philadelphia, on Spruce Street, above Third.

The subject of this sketch was born in Philadelphia, in the year 1819, and was brought up in that city. He learned the carpentering and pattern-making trades and worked thereat for some years.

In 1847 he removed to Georgia, and was there engaged in the erection of sugar-mills, cotton-mills, and structures of a similar character. Subsequently he returned to the North and located at Danville, Penn., where he entered into partnership with his brother-in-law, Dr. Isaac HUGHES, in the drug business. October 1, 1853, he was commissioned postmaster at Danville. He held this position until July 15, 1861, when he assumed charge of the Danville Intelligencer, which he has conducted from that time to the present.

June 28, 1863, Mr. CHALFANT entered the military service of the United States, and was commissioned captain of Company D, Fifty-third Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was mustered out on August 19, 1863.

October 8, 1866, Mr. CHALFANT was elected a member of the State Legislature, as representative from the counties of Columbia and Montour. He was re-elected in 1867. During his incumbency of that office he was an active and highly esteemed member of the General Assembly, and was largely instrumental in the passage of a bill appointing commissioners to select a site for and erect a State hospital for the insane. The selection of Danville as the site for the hospital was also largely due to his efforts.

In 1883 Mr. CHALFANT was appointed one of the trustees of the Danville Hospital, a position he yet holds through two subsequent re-appointments.

In 1870 he was again chosen State senator, representing the counties of Columbia, Montour, Lycoming and Sullivan in the State senate, and served three years in that capacity.

In 1842 Mr. CHALFANT was united in marriage with Eliza V. HUGHES, daughter of Ellis HUGHES, Esq., of Danville. The offspring of this marriage were two sons and two daughters, of whom none survive but the younger son, Charles, publisher of the Danville Daily Sun.

In 1881 Mr. CHALFANT was elected president of the Pennsylvania State Editorial Association. He is at present postmaster at Danville, a position to which he was commissioned by President Cleveland in 1885.


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