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The Chandler Family  Association

Genetic Chandler Families

Chandler, an occupational surname, was originally used to denote men working as candle makers in various townships across England. As a result, people named Chandler in the different locations probably were not related to each other.

Today, the Chandler One-Name Study estimates there are about 150 genetically distinct Chandler lines distributed around the world. The Chandler DNA Project has identified more than 80 distinct DNA "fingerprints" (haplotypes). As more and more Chandlers from around the world participate in the project, identification of the remaining lines will continue in an ongoing, gradual process.

Participation in the Chandler DNA Project may help your research. This is especially true if your family tree contains one of the Earliest Known Ancestors or a Chandler ancestor who lived in a similar place and time. To participate in the project, sign up here. We recommend the Y-37 test, which provides greater accuracy and is less expensive than starting with 12 or 25 markers and upgrading later.

The table below lists the Genetic Chandler Families identified to date. It shows the place and year of birth, and place and year of death, if known, of the earliest known ancestor of each family. If the common ancestor between two or more members of a genetic family has not yet been found, the earliest known ancestor of each DNA contributor is shown. The column at far left is the genetic family number; if the number is bold and underlined, there is a history posted for that family, which you can read by clicking on the number. We encourage you to take time to enjoy these interesting stories. (Please note: This group of pages is a work in progress. The number of clickable links below will grow as more genetic family stories are collected.) Read more about the reasoning and the process that led us to tackle this ambitious project in a message from CFA officer Dick Chandler.

If you have questions, or want more information about DNA genetic testing, contact the project administrators via . Dick Chandler at Chandler Family Association dot org

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Genetic Family NumberEarliest Known
Place of BirthApprox.
Year of
Year of
Place of Death
1 John ChandlerJeffries Creek SC USA1739

2Thomas ChandlerVA USA17621840WV USA
3 Richard Chandler VA USA?1751

Group 3 descendants have formed a CFA chapter to facilitate research. See the Chapter 3 page.
4Thomas Chandlerprobably VA USAbef 17251795Dinwiddie Co VA USA
5Daniel D ChandlerNC or SC USA17831843SC USA
Samuel Chandler

1786Lynches River SC USA
6Elias Chandler
18261890Lynches River SC USA
7AJohn ChandlerENG 16001658Elizabeth City Co VA USA
7BThomas Chandler*Wiltshire ENG15701629Wiltshire ENG
7CRichard ChandlerHampshire ENG 15751661Hampshire ENG
8 Robert ChawnerLeicestershire ENG15901653Leicestershire ENG
Rev. John ChandlerVA USA17551843KY USA
9William Chandler*Hertfordshire ENG15951641Roxbury MA USA
10Thomas ChandlerHampshire ENG17281782Hampshire ENG
11Thompson ChandlerMonroe Co VA (now WV) USA1811 1877 Kanawha Co WV USA
Thomas P ChandlerMonroe Co VA (now WV) USAc1811/1812 UnknownUnknown
12Edward Chandler/ChantlerSussex ENG17541828Sussex ENG
13Edmund ChandlerENGc 15881662MA USA
Group 13 descendants have formed a CFA chapter to facilitate research. See the Edmund Chandler Family, Chapter 13 page.
14Datus W Chandler*
15James E ChandlerSC USA1814Aft 1880LA USA
16Jacob Chandler? PA, NJ or DE USA 17251800Newberry Co SC USA
17William Chandler*Cambridgeshire ENG1772

18Daniel ChandlerSurrey ENG1659

George ChandlerSussex ENG1680

John Chandlerprobably Middlesex ENG abt 1635

Benjamin ChandlerHampshire ENG 1763

Thomas ChandlerHampshire ENG 1770

Thomas ChandlerHampshire ENG1779

19Henry ChandlerSuffolk ENG16991733Suffolk ENG
Henry ChandlerSuffolk ENG 1748

20 John Chandler
18211892Randolph Co IN USA
21 John Chandler Gloucestershire ENG about 1753

22 John Chandler ENG? 1650 1729 VA USA
William E Chandler OH USA 1842 1880 IN USA
23 Christopher ChandlerSt. Lucy Barbadosc 16601729St Lucy Barbados
24William ChandlerEssex ENG1715

John W. ChandlerMA or ME USA1810 1890ME? USA
25 Thomas Chandler Surrey ENG 1685

26 William Pless Chandler many Snead/Sneed matches GA USA 1862 1944 SC USA
27 Edward Chandler ENG 1600 Emigrated to Maryland
Thomas Chanler Wiltshire ENG bef 1623
Richard Chand/tler Kent ENG about 1778
James Chantler Kent ENG 1778
28 James Chandler SC USA 1807 1853 AL USA
29 To be advised To be advised

30 Leroy Chandler Caroline Co VA USA 1800

31 Rev Isaac Chanler Bristol ENG 1700 1749 Charleston Co SC USA
32 Perry and Brown matches, no Chandlers

33 Capt John Chandler Plymouth Co MA USA 1696 1764 Plymouth Co MA USA
34 Chandler, Yancey and Brownlow matches

35 William S Chandler VA USA 1834 1881 MO USA
36 Robert Chandler CT USA 1761 1831 PA USA
37 Joseph B Chandler Spokane WA USA 1899 1984 San Diego Co CA USA
38 Awaiting ancestry from project participant
39 William L Chandler VA USA 1810 1836 OH USA
40 Joseph Chandler VA USA 1755 1822 GA USA
41 William Chandler Kent ENG 1616 1662 Kent ENG
42 William Chandler*
via Alma Elizabeth Chandler, a printer born 1856, daughter of Lyman W Chandler 1819-1882
Hertfordshire ENG15951641Rosbury MA USA
43 Joseph Chandler Bedfordshire ENG 1668

44 John Chandler Surrey ENG 1806

45 William Chandler Buckinghamshire ENG 1740

46 William T Chandler Jamaica 1850 1915 Haiti
47 Enos ChandlerCT USA 1806 1876 Greenwich NY USA
48 Hiram ChandlerNY USA 1809 1881 NY USA
49 Marcel Chandeleur France 1920

50 Fate Chandler KY USA 1849

51 Awaiting ancestry from project participant
52 Richard Chandler Berkshire ENG 1705 1758 Berkshire ENG
53 Awaiting ancestry from project participant
54 John Chandley NC USA 1822 1913
55 John G Chandler LA USA 1849 1902 TX USA
56Thomas ChandlerVA USA1751

57 Claiborne ChandlerVA USA 1760 1850 KY USA
58 Thomas Chandlor/ Chandler/ ChallonerChester ENG18111893 County Carlow Ireland
59William Tyler ChandlerGloucestershire ENG17861839Gloucestershire ENG
60 Awaiting ancestry from project participant
61 Roger ChandlerConcord MA USAc 16371716/17Concord MA USA
62 Benjamin Chandler Gloucestershire ENG c 1780

63 Charles Chandler NY USA 1802

64 Silas Palmer Chandler OH USA 1825 1885
65 Charlie Cleveland Chandler KY USA 1899 1988 IN USA
66 David Candler VA USA 1804

67 Many SHELTON matches

68 Emory Chandler SC USA 1811 1880 GA USA
69 No matches

70 Thomas Candler Essex ENG 1786 1858 Essex ENG
71 Samuel Chandler Warwickshire ENG b c 1755

72 To be advised

73 Jess Chansley AR USA 1884

74 William Chandler Warwickshire ENG 1753 1839
75 Carter Chandler VA USA 1788

76 Awaiting ancestry from project participant
77 Awaiting ancestry from project participant
78 Investigating possible Charnley/Charsley ancestry
79 William Robert ChandlerLancashire ENG 1842
80 Henry Chandler Cambridgeshire ENG 1864 1949 Cambridgehire ENG
81 Thomas Chandler Oxfordshire ENG 1770
82 Elkanah Chandler IA USA c 1847
83 William Hutson Chandler KY or IL USA 1820 1861 TN USA
84 William Watts Chandler Essex ENG 1830
85 William Chandler Cambridgeshire ENG c 1740 1793 Cambridgeshire ENG
86 Reviewing lineage due to unexpected results
87 William Chandler Suffolk? ENG c 1795
*Lineage includes earlier ancestors

If you are interested in contacting a representative of any of the genetic families, please click on the email link at right.
Genetic Chandler Families at Chandler Family Association dot org

If you do not have an email program installed on your computer (perhaps you use one of the online email services like Yahoo or Gmail), you will need to type the address into your message. In that case, please include "Contact Genetic Chandler Family Representative" as the subject. Be sure to include the family's number in your message.

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