My DNA matches William Chase of Yarmouth, but I would like some help with this Chase Mystery

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My g-grandfather, Harry L. Chase, wrote his g-grandfather's, Oliver Gilman Chase(1765-1850), father and two brothers came from England to Mass. in 1740. Oliver settled in Meadville, Pa and married Jane Glenn March 10, 1803. I don't know exactly who Oliver's father was. Some family research done in the 1970's claim Oliver's grandfather was Samuel and had Uncles: Samuel, Jacob and Stephen. We can't find anything. Oliver was in Capt. Russell Bissell's army and was discharged May 31, 1802. He had a second wife Susanna Shoemaker. Any of this sound familiar to anyone?
in Genealogy Help by Chris Chase G2G Crew (330 points)

2 Answers

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Have you seen this:

Oliver Gilman Chase
Birth:  Aug. 12, 1765
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death:  Aug. 4, 1850
Crawford County
Pennsylvania, USA
Husband of Jane Glenn.

Family links: 
  Samuel Chase (1748 - 1821)
  James B Chase (1808 - 1877)*
  Oliver Gilman Chase (1811 - 1887)*
  George Chase (1816 - 1904)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Probably in Wayland Cemetery without marker, but no records of burials.
Body lost or destroyed
Created by: Taphophile Duo
Record added: Apr 25, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 128524565

It shows a birth in the USA, not England.  Not sure how accurate or helpful this is, but, perhaps worthy of follow up research?

Good luck!

by Dale Gatherum-Goss G2G6 Mach 2 (21.2k points)
Yes, this is him. I've seen this. Thanks!
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Hi Chris:

I'm an Aquila Chase descendant, and I've looked at the Findagrave record and it isn't right. The only Oliver Chase born in Newbury, Massachusetts is an Oliver born 16 October 1782 to Joseph and Hannah Chase. There are no records of the birth of an Oliver Chase in West Newbury. (Sadly, is becoming less reliable now that it accepts family memorials that aren't tied to headstones.)

Addendum 1: The History of Mead Township (1885) asserts that Oliver Chase executed a contract for Tract 185 in Meadville, PA March 15 1803. He died there on his farm on Tract 185, a Methodist.

Addendum 2:

Found in The Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania.." page 1220:

The Chase Line.
(1) The first ancestor of the Chase family, Christian name unknown, of the line herein recorded, was a native of Massacluisetts, and after the 
Revolutionary War he enlisted in the army engaged in the Indian War, and having served his term of five months reported at Pittsburgh and was honorably discharged. He then came to Crawford county, Pennsylvania, where he led the life of a pioneer, leveling the mighty forest, clearing and 
cultivating the ground, depending upon the fruit of his own labor for the sustenance of his family and herds. He was the father of eight children, 
a daughter and seven sons, among whom was Samuel G.of whom further. 

(II) Samuel G. Chase, the eldest son, was born in December, 1804, in Mead township, Crawford county, Pennsylvania, died there, November 10, 
1887. In later life he purchased a farm nearer Meadville, and there spent the remainder of his life. In early life he became a Christian and united 
with the old State Road Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he and his wife were consistent members for many years, later uniting with the Methodist church in Meadville, in the communion of which he remained until 
his death. One of his most prominent and commendable characteristics was his indefatigable industry, always toiling, always doing something to bring comfort and the necessaries of life to his family. In a letter from a nephew, living in Kansas, to his mother, he wrote as follows about Samuel G. Chase: ''I can only remember him now as the patient, kind-hearted 
uncle, who for so many years toiled and buflfetted through a little prosperity and much adversity, and who amid all his many trials, never was known to 
lose that gentleness of disposition which you know was his. Dear, kind old uncle; small and meagre were his opportunities in life, yet how broad and rich was the goodness of his nature." The crowning goodness of his 
long life was his firm adhesion to his duty to the Master, and he delighted to meet with the disciples of Christ in the house of God and in the prayer 
meeting. He married Ursula Sacket, who, with three sons and one daughter survived him. A second daughter, Mrs. Almena Hibbard, died in 1887. His funeral services were conducted in the Wayland Baptist Church, Rev. M. Miller, preaching the sermon, and the remains were interred in Oakland 

(III) Newell Chase, son of Samuel G. Chase, was born in Mead township, Crawford county, Pennsylvania, April 24, 1837, died September 27, 1912. He learned the trade of stone mason, which he followed, deriving 
therefrom a comfortable livelihood. He is an upright and energetic man, in his daily life adheres to the "Golden Rule," and he casts his vote for 
the candidates of the Republican party. He married Elizabeth McNamara, born May 15, 1836, and they are the parents of eight children, as follows: 
Lydia, now Mrs. Braymer; Mary, now Mrs. Roberts; Olive, now Mrs. Monin ; Oren W. ; Marguerite, now Mrs. McMahan ; Letetia, wife of Leon W. Aldrich ; Harriet, now Mrs. Scowden; Minnie B. Melvin, deceased. 

Addendum 3: There was an Oliver Chase born to Samuel and Mary Chase 5 December 1768 in Methuen, MA. The Oliver Chases of Swansea were not him.


by Ann Carmel G2G6 Mach 3 (30.3k points)
edited by Ann Carmel
This is him. My g-g-g-grandfather as James B. Chase, brother of Samuel G. Chase. I did go with the assumption that the Oliver from Methuen, until my DNA showed exact matches to William. My g-grandfather swore that the records he wrote were passed down to him and were accurate. It's a true brick wall. Thanks! I have all of Oliver's descendants recorded, just can't go past Oliver.

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