Esther Chatfield

9 March 1724–15 October 1817 (Age 93)
Killingworth, New London, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Esther

When Esther Chatfield was born on 9 March 1724, in Killingworth, New London, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America, her father, John Chatfield, was 28 and her mother, Abigail Arnold, was 22. She married Gideon Kelsey on 18 April 1744, in Killingworth, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. She died on 15 October 1817, in Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 93.

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Family Time Line

Gideon Kelsey
Esther Chatfield
Marriage: 18 April 1744
Asa Kelsey
Abigail Kelsey
Patience Kelsey
Esther Kelsey
Lydia Kelsey
George Kelsey
James Kelsey
Benjamin Kelsey

Spouse and Children

18 April 1744
Killingworth, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States


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World Events (4)


Age 52

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1781 · British Forces Capture Fort Griswold

Age 57

The capture of Fort Griswold was the final act of treason that Benedict Arnold committed. This would be a British victory. On the American side 85 were killed, 35 wounded and paroled, 28 taken prisoner, 13 escaped, and 1 twelve year old was captured and released.
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 76

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Chatfields in Sussex, which is named with the Old English personal name Ceatta (probably a variant of Catta) + Old English feld ‘open country’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Ester in entry for Ace Kelcey, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • Ester Chatfield in entry for Gideon Kelcey, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • Ester in entry for Benjamin Kelcey, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"

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