Minnie E Chaffee

18 June 1858–1932 (Age 73)
Derby, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Minnie E

When Minnie E Chaffee was born on 18 June 1858, in Derby, New Haven, Connecticut, United States, her father, Anson D. Chaffee, was 28 and her mother, Mary Harris, was 24. She married John W Dunham on 16 January 1875, in Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Seymour, New Haven, Connecticut, United States in 1860 and Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut, United States for about 50 years. She died in 1932, in Connecticut, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut, United States.

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Family Time Line

John W Dunham
Minnie E Chaffee
Marriage: 16 January 1875
Earnest J Dunham
Winifred E Dunham
Winfield E Dunham
Florence H Dunham
Raymond Dunham

Spouse and Children

16 January 1875
Connecticut, United States


    Earnest J Dunham


    Winifred E Dunham


    Winfield E Dunham


    Florence H Dunham


    Raymond Dunham


Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)


Age 5

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1868 · Land in Groton Given to US Navy for Navy Station

Age 10

In 1868, the State of Connecticut gave the Navy 112 acres of land along the Thames River. This became the location of the Naval Submarine Base. It was designed to hold 1,400 men and 20 submarines. During WWII it was expanded to 497 acres. 
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 23

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): descriptive nickname from a derivative of Old French chauf ‘bald’ (Latin calvus). Compare Cave .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Minnie E Chaffer in household of Minor Harris, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Minnie Dunhan in household of John W Dunhan, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Minnie E Dunham in household of John W Dunham, "United States Census, 1920"

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