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Chamberlain House

House Summary

This home and farmhouse is located in the area of Burford Township. The house was originally built in 1880, and has been the home of over four generations of the Chamberlain family. In 1962, renovations were made by Charles Edward Joseph "Ted" Chamberlain, in which two bedrooms were added and the front porch was removed. An additional entryway was added during this year, in addition to additions at the back. The house was originally build with board and batten before having modern renovations.


1798 - Thomas Powell Acquires Land

Thomas Powell received a patent for 200 acres of land on Lot 16, Concession 14 from the Crown.

1834 – Sale of Land to James Oswald

John Powell, heir to Thomas Powell, sold the land plot to James Oswald on June 16, 1834.

1860 – Sub-division (J.B.L.) of Lot with the Chamberlain Family

James Oswald and his wife agree to a division involving three-quarters of an acre of the plot's Western half to Melinda Chamberlain.

1866 – Sub-division (J.B.L.) of land with Smith Family

James Oswald and his wife agree to a division of half an acre of Lot 16 with John William Smith.

1885 – Sub-division (J.B.L) of land with Lancelot Davidson

James H. Oswald, the eldest son of James and Eliza Oswald, agree to divide their land with the Lancelot W. Davidson for $8,000. 150 acres was sub-divided, which included part of the Eastern half of land.

1902 – Bill of Sale to Charles Hedgers

James Oswald and his wife fulfill an agreement of sale concerning 54 and 1/2 acres of land for $90 to Charles Hedgers dating from 1852.

1905 – Bill of Sale to Aaron Chamberlain

Melinda Clarke Chamberlain makes a bill of sale for part of the Western half of Lot 16 to Aaron H. Chamberlain for $100.

1916 – Bill of Sale to Charles Hedgers

John William Smith and his wife agree to a bill of sale of half an acre of Lot 16 to their son Joseph Allen Smith for $25. The instrument of sale was initially dated from 1870.

1916 – Bill of Sale to Aaron H. Chamberlain

Sodema Smith, the devisee for Joseph Allen Smith, makes a bill of sale of half an acre of Lot 16 to Aaron H. Chamberlain for $25.

1916 – Bill of Sale to Hattie Chamberlain

Aaron H. Chamberlain agrees to a bill of sale for an undeclared amount of land on Lot 16 to his daughter-in-law Hattie E.M. Chamberlain, married to his son Charles Hedgers Chamberlain, for $75.

1917 – Bill of Sale to Chamberlains

Melinda Chamberlain, Eliza Hedgers and Aaron H. Chamberlain agree to a bill of sale for part of the Western half of Lot 16 to their son Charles H. Chamberlain and their daughter-in-law Hattie Chamberlain for $1.00. They are guaranteed use of this land until they designate the next owner.

1917 – Bill of Sale to Melinda Chamberlain

Charles H. Chamberlain agrees to a bill of sale regarding part of the Western half of Lot 16 for $1 to his mother Melinda Chamberlain and to Eliza Hedgers. This agreement helps to secure their position as joint tenants and guarantee their position for the remainder of their lives.

1937 – Grant to Residents and Trustees School

William C. Davidson and his wife May Davidson agree to grant part of their land on Lot 16 to Orville Davidson, Charles Chamberlain, Clarence J Barnes and the Trustees School, Section #20 and #13 in Township of Burford and Windsor, for $100.80.

1961 – Grant from Burford Township District School Board and William Davidson to Chamberlains

A grant made from the Burford Township District School Board and William C. Davidson to Edward Chamberlain & his wife Miriam Chamberlain, involving the South-Western part of Lot 16 as joint tenants.

1961 – Grant from Hattie Chamberlain to Miriam and Edward Chamberlain

A grant made for part of the South-Western one-quarter of Lot 16 and other lands made by Hattie Chamberlain to her son Edward Chamberlain and daughter-in-law Miriam Chamberlain for $1.00.

Summary of Inhabitants

Joseph and Hannah Chamberlain

Dr. Joseph Chamberlain was born 17th March, 1764 in the New York Province. Hannah Chamberlain was born 26th February, 1768 in the Connecticut colony. They were married at an unknown date. Joseph died on 29th December, 1826. Hannah died 19th October, 1845. Their children included Orin, Myron, David, Milo M.D. (Son is Charles M.D., Born 9th March, 1832, died 11th May, 1900), Alma, Joel, Emma, and Palmer.

Joel and Elvira Main Chamberlain

Joel Chamberlain was born on 7th September, 1803 in New York State to Joseph and Hannah Chamberlain. Elvira Main Chamberlain was born 7th March, 1808. They were married at an unknown date. Joel died in 1877. Elvira Main died on 22th August, 1873. Their children included Ada, Melissa, Martha, Luna, Aaron Haven, William Bird, Ellen, Emily, Palmer, and Ester Ann.

Charles and Maria Hedgers

Charles Hedgers was born in March of 1813. He would live at Lot 16, Concession 14 from 1839 to 1895. He was a member of the first Burford Township council of 1st January 1850 and the County council in 1852, and served as a Captain in the 5th Brant Battalion of the Upper Canada Militia in 1856. He died on 29th August, 1895 at Kelvin United in Windham). Maria (Lymburner) Chamberlain was born 23rd October, 1816, and married Charles Hedgers 28th August, 1839. Their children included Nancy, James H., Charlotte, Melinda Clark (who married Aaron Chamberlain), Myra Jane, Ephraim Cook, Mary Eliza, and Fanny Maria.

Aaron Haven and Melinda Clark Chamberlain

Dr. Aaron Chamberlain was born 7th October, 1829 in East Oakland, Ontario in the Schnell farm to Joel and Elvira Main Chamberlain. Melinda Clark Chamberlain was born 2nd October, 1848 on Lot 16, Concession 14 to Charles and Maria Hedgers. They married on 10th November, 1869. Aaron attended the Michigan Medical College at the University of Michigan between 1864 and 1865, and the Victoria Royal Medical School in 1867. Aaron died on 11th November, 1916 in Kelvin, Ontario. Melinda died on 29th November, 1924 at her home on Lot 16, Concession 14, in Burford, Ontario. Their only child was their son Charles Hedgers Chamberlain.

Charles Hedgers and Hattie Evelyn Chamberlain

Charles (D.D.S, L.D.S.) Hedgers Chamberlain was born 8th September, 1880 at Lot 16, Concession 14 in Burford, ON to Aaron and Melinda Chamberlain. Hattie Evelyn McCombs was born on 15th July, 1883. They were married on 22nd April, 1915. Charles graduated from the University of Michigan Dental Department in May, 1901, and graduated from the Royal College of Dental Surgeons in May, 1910. He died in 1953. Hattie died on 15th March, 1967. Their five children included the following:

James Aaron - Born at either Kelvin Hospital or on Lot 16, Concession 14 in February, 1918.

Evelyn Ione - Born at Brantford Hospital on 11th July, 1919. She married Leslie John Bennett Saturday 30th January 1943 in Oakland, Ontario.

Joyce Bennett was born 10th February, 1944.

Luna Merle -Born at Brantford Hospital on 29th December, 1921. She married Stanley Tule on 26th September, 1941 at the Salem Court House. They moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1941. Her children included Durant Stanley and John Tule.

Kathleen Marie -Born at Brantford Hospital 11th July, 1923. She married WMC. Hamilton in Brantford on 17th July, 1948.

Charles Edward Joseph -Born at Brantford Hospital 22nd May, 1926. He was married on 20th August, 1960.

Charles Edward Joseph Chamberlain

"Ted" was born at Brantford Hospital May 22, 1926. He enlisted for service in the army in January of 1944. Married Miriam on 30th August, 1960.


  1. Ontario Land Registry Access. Abstract/Parcel Register Books – Burford (Books B, C, E, F). Accessed August, 2019.
  2. David Chamberlain. (January, 2019). Personal Correspondence.