From typewritten page entitled, "Charles
Chamberlain" and signed off with: "Edna [nee Thorne/m Van
Horne]: This is all I could find with reference to Grandma's Father.
I have copied it from a printed piece which I found in an old book. F.
[The stylized initial "F" is that of Florence (nee Jones/m Ferguson).
Son of the late Dr. Chamberlain of Fredericksburgh, died on the 25th of
April last, on shipboard between Panama and San Francisco while en route
for British Columbia. His death was caused by injury received by
being thrown by a lurch of the steamer against the engine; the walking
beam of which in passing up, took off his thumb and two fingers.
As they approached the tropics, mortification took place, and death
released him from his sufferings ten days after the accident occurred.
His last words were characteristic of the life he had lived. 'I am ready
and willing to die if it is the Lord's will.' 'Take good care of my dear
wife and children and tell them I died happy.' He was associated
in his voyage and comfortable in his death, by the presence of two
nephews and a number of other friends from his own neighborhood.
He leaves a widow (his forth wife)and several children, to mourn the
loss of a loving and affectionate father and husband.
An intimate friend writes of him; 'It required more than ordinary
intimacy with him to find out his real worth. He had a heart which
could sympathise with the afflicted and a disposition which could not
say no to the demands of a friend. Having to do with him under the
various circumstances of life, I cannot but say that uprightness was on
of his peculiar virtues, circumstances of development were not equal to
the nobleness of the principles lying latent in his heart. This
world was hardly worth of him.'
Such are the sentiments uttered by on intimately acquainted with our
deceased brother, respecting his worth, sentiments to which from my
knowledge of him, I most heartily subscribe. May his end under
such sorrowful circumstances, be made a lasting blessing to those who
mourn his departure.
|Excerpt from A CYCLOPAEDIA of CANADIAN BIOGRAPHY
(published 1886) on page 696 speaking of
SCOTT, John Russell of Napanee, Ontario. "In 1862 he set
out for the Golden State, by way of New York and the Isthmus, and during
the early part of the voyage his fellow-traveller, Charles
Chamberlain, was buried at sea. Sad as this ceremony is
at any time, it was doubly impressive to the subject of this sketch who
felt inexpressibly solitary as the Caribbean waters closed over and hid
forever the form of his friend. The through trip lasted thirty
days, and getting to work at once, he plodded steadily at his trade,
which was that of millwright, and did such other business as fell in his
way during the ensuing five years."