Chadwicks of Martha's Vineyard

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I have discovered a family who lived in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts in the 19th and 20th centuries with my surname - Chadwick. I can't find where they came from. The father, James E. Chadwick, was a prominent citizen of Edgartown for whom there is a collection in the Martha's Vineyard Museum. He married Adelaide Marchbanks and they had two daughters - Esther and Irene. James' father was Edward Chadwick, according to census records and his mother was Adelaide Thayer Chadwick, but I cannot find any sources earlier than this. Can anybody help me connect this family to other Chadwicks?
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in Genealogy Help by Henry Chadwick G2G6 Mach 4 (48.5k points)

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Did you find Edward's death record? Edward died in Edgartown in 1914, age 79. His death record gives father as William P. Chadwick b. Tuckernuck Island, MA [Nantucket]; mother as Sarah Mayhew, b. Edgartown.

In the Edgartown VRs is a marriage for William P. Chadwick and Sally P. Mayhew, May 31, 1832.

Again in Edgartown, a death on 18 Feb 1883 for a William P. Chadwick, age 72, son of Anthony & Mary Chadwick both of Edgartown.

Taking a quick leap here (i.e. needs to be verified), an Anthony Chadwick's death in Nantucket in 1835 says "Anthony, 'from the Vineyard,' h. Polly (d. William Perkins and Eunice), 12th, 9 mo. 1835, P.R.38. [generally debilitated, Dec. 9, a. 53 y. 1 m., at the asylum, P.R.62.]"

And just to a possible twist to this, there is a death in the Edgartown VRs which reads:

"Chadwick, Anthony, "a Portugee a State Pauper," universal decay, [Mar.] 26, 1820, a. 67. PR."

That last tidbit, I have no idea if he's related or not. But all of it gives you a few more places & dates to check. FWIW, Edward and William (as well as an Edward D. Chadwick found randomly in the Marthas Vineyard VRs) were blacksmiths, so not seafaring men, which makes them easier to track.

Good luck!

by Bobbie Hall G2G6 Pilot (188k points)
From my own files, I have a record of Anthony & Polly (Perkins) Chadwick, who had (at least) children Mary (mar. Barzillai Hanna), Alexander (mar. 1:Belinda Fish, 2:Laura Ann Cushman), and Harriet P. (mar. Barzillai Luce)

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