Hollis Chaffin

Brief Life History of Hollis

When Hollis Chaffin was born on 9 October 1807, in Holden, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, his father, John Chaffin, was 33 and his mother, Betsey Mirick, was 27. He married Frances Louisa Emory on 3 April 1834, in Rindge, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Rhode Island, United States in 1870. He died on 12 November 1888, in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States.

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Hollis Chaffin
Frances Louisa Emory
Marriage: 3 April 1834
Frederick Gates Chaffin

Sources (19)

  • Hollis Chaffin, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Hollis Chaffin, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Hollis Chaffin, "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947"

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Atlantic slave trade abolished.

1811 · USS Revenge

On January 9, 1811, the USS Revenge hits a reef off of Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The load the ship is carrying is handed off to other ships and the USS Revenge is tied down by tow ropes. It brakes free from the ropes and later sinks. In 2011 divers find what are believed to be the remains of the ship.

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Name Meaning

English (Dorset and Somerset, of Norman origin): nickname for a bald man, from a diminutive of Anglo-Norman French chauf ‘bald(-headed)’ (from Latin calvus).

History: All present-day English bearers of the name Chaffin are descended from John Chaffin (died 1658), a blacksmith of Bruton, Somerset.

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

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