Archives for 2019

Lord Love a Duck

There once were three brothers, from England did flee, Sailed on the St. John in good company. Our line comes off George—ten progeny past— Begetting the Chatfields from which I am cast. They're an interesting bunch, left their mark in the world With a wide path to follow, a history … [Read more...]


(Listen to Audio) I am. I am from Leinen and Nigon, from Chamberlin and Hoy. I am from Clemens and Chatfield, from Surdam, Sumner, Smith, Shade, Mastick, and Tomlinson too. From Matthew, Isaac, Finley, and Charles. From Barbara, Eliza, Emily, and Nellie. I am from soldiers who fought for the … [Read more...]

The Chatfield Story

Dec 26, 1894, Fruita, Mesa County, Colorado ~ In a ceremony in her parents' home, twenty-one-year-old Nellie Chamberlin, married Charles Henry Chatfield, a ranching man of twenty-four. Nellie was a no-nonsense Catholic girl and exceedingly religious, but she also had a … [Read more...]

Civil War Journal of Finley Chamberlin

Finley McLaren "Frank" Chamberlin: 1845 - 1905 ~ My maternal great-grandfather, the father of Nellie (Chamberlin) Chatfield, my mother's mother. Military: Civil War, Union Army Aug 15, 1861: 9th Regmt Mich Infantry, Co I; private (age 15 yr, 11 mo) Dec 7, 1863: Re-enlists in same company; … [Read more...]

Isaac and Eliza Chatfield

Isaac Willard "I.W." Chatfield: 1836 - 1921 Ohio to California ~ Isaac Willard Chatfield, my paternal great-grandfather, was born in 1836 in Middlefield, Ohio, the first of four children of Levi Tomlinson Chatfield and Lovina Mastick. Isaac married the young Eliza Ann Harrington on May 20, … [Read more...]

A Love Story

While waiting by the register for my sundae at Sweet Scoops, a pint-sized child walks up next to me to where the napkins are. He’s not quite tall enough to reach and I quietly catch the container just as it nearly flips off the shelf. “May I help you with a napkin?” I ask. “Yes, please.” “One … [Read more...]

Emily and Those Hoy Boys

As rivers cut canyons through Rockies to bays the Hoys traveled westward in pioneer days. They fought for the Union (Frank, wounded in battle), Then homesteaded Brown's Hole where they branded their cattle. They were ranchers and farmers and bull-whackers of yore, horse breeders, … [Read more...]

Toss of the Cosmic Dice

Why bother? I mean really? ~ They’re dead. Who cares about the past, and what difference does it make? But here’s the deal, sometimes we do something for its own sake, other times because we want to. And then, if for no other reason, just for the fun of it.  There was a five-year period … [Read more...]

Bloodlines (original version)

This tale is a history, a fable, a prayer; of those gone before me, now gathered with care. Can’t start in the middle—too confusing, not clear, can’t start at the end—will be over I fear. So I’ll start from the first as far back as I can and nudge you along ’til you’ve met the whole clan. When … [Read more...]

My Impending Demise

A Time to Dance, a Time to Mourn ~ We think we have time. The question is, how much? That leads to other questions. Will I be satisfied with how I lived my life? What am I compelled to complete before I die? What legacy will I leave? When I attended an 81 year-old cousin’s funeral, her son … [Read more...]