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Chandler/Frye/Shields Cemetery, Salt Creek, Monroe County, Indiana
groupOn Saturday, June 25, 2011, a group of descendants of William and Margaret (Overshiner) Chandler got together to do much-needed repairs and the removal of years of debris at the Chandler/Frye/Sheilds Cemetery. Two descendants made the trip from Utah to help in the project.

The discovery of the day was when Nancy Jane, one of the volunteers and a great-great-great granddaughter of Nancy Jane Scott Chandler (1840-1877), walked to a stub of a headstone and, working with a little water and a brush, discovered the gravestone of her great-great-great grandmother and namesake. Until that moment no one thought about looking at the top of

what appeared to be a broken off headstone. What a find!! Below, careful scrutiny reveals “Nancy Chandler” (with the bottom of the “y” broken off) on the enhanced photo of the stone. Part of a date is also legible.

Nancy Jane Scott Chandler was the second wife of William Riley Chandler, born 1831 Indiana. His Chandler ancestry is John Chandler b 1600 ENG > Robert Chandler b c 1629 VA > Robert Chandler b 1654 VA > William Chandler b 1693 VA > Timothy Chandler b 1733 VA > William Chandler b 1769 VA > William Riley Chandler b 1798 VA (Source: CFA Lineages Database). Fifteen graves are included in a census of the cemetary which can be seen at Nancy was apparently the first burial in the cemetery; husband William Riley Chandler, who lived until 1915 and married two more times, is buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Monroe County, Indiana.





Donna Prater
Great-granddaughter of James Madison Chandler b1859

December 11, 2011