Stephen Alan “Steve” Chandler of Oxford in England is the man whose Y chromosome revealed the 21st genetically distinct Chandler family to be discovered by the Chandler DNA Project. Commenting on Steve’s family tree, Dick Chandler, the conductor of the global Chandler One-Name Study, said “This must be the most cosmopolitan piece of paper I have ever seen. The story begins in Gloucestershire (pronounced Glostersher), England, but the life events of the people on this tree occur in sixteen different English counties, in Wales and Northern Ireland, and in seven other countries - the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Kenya, Cambodia and India.”
We are indebted to Fenella (Rook) Smith of Stouffville, Ontario, Canada, Steve’s cousin and a GGGG granddaughter of this John Chandler, for her research and documentation which has contributed a great deal of this story.
Gloucestershire is one of the two English counties most densely populated with Chandlers (Kent being the other one). Minchinhampton lies near the middle of Gloucestershire. The Universal British Directory of 1791 described it as “a small town of little trade, but in the parish the clothing manufactory is carried on to a very great extent.” The same directory mentions John Chandler, a hatter (i.e. a hat manufacturer), as a trader in Minchinhampton. This John and his wife Ann had eight children baptized at Minchinhampton between 1778 and 1798:
So there you have the eight children of John and Ann Chandler, born towards the end of the 18th Century in rural England. What was the spark in son John that took him to the other side of the country, and his descendants to all quarters of the world? The link above will tell you more of the story of John and his descendants.
It is noteworthy that the manufacture of hats caused some involved to suffer from a form of mercury poisoning because of contact with the chemicals used to shape the hatters’ felt material. This complaint featured in Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’, when Alice was the most normal guest at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
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