Life and Will of Ensign John Chandler

My ancestor, John Chandler (b. 14 Mar 1680 – d. 3 May 1741) was a man of greatcolonial_man strength physically and indomitable character.

One of the histories I’ve found about him includes this interesting tale from his life:

“In those days (early 1700′s), when athletic sports were fashionable and excellence in them a test of manly character, Ens. John Chandler acquired the appellation of "The wrestler" , and became celebrated for his feats in that line; and finding no champion who could throw him, and being informed that the Rev. Mr. Wise, of Ipswich, excelled in this art and had not been thrown, he made a journey to Ipswich on purpose to try his strength and skill.  Mr. Wise, on being requested to wrestle, declined, having relinquished the practice as unsuitable to his ministerial  character.  Being earnestly solicited, however, by Mr. Chandler, they went into the door yard, which was fenced by a wall set in the bank, and took hold and began to paly, when Mr. Wise suddenly, with a trip and a twitch, threw him over the wall upon his back.  Mr. Chandler rose and requested another trial, but Mr. Wise refused.  So the Ensign returned home sadly disappointed.”

He was surveyor 1716-1720; selectman 1720, chosen as selectman to oversee the poor 1725-26-28. He was chosen a trustee of the town, to take out of the Province Treasury "their aforesaid part of 60,000 pounds." At one time in his life, as he went to Newburyport, he was impressed by three of the kings officials, saying to him, as they laid their hands on his shoulder, "the King needs your services; you will go with us." Apparently yielding, he walked quietly along until they reached a spot where a house had been burned and where there was a deep cellar with ashes and half consumed timbers still burning, then turning round quickly, he seized them, one by one, and threw them all into the cellar, where he left them and went his way.

Will of Ensign John Chandler:

"To my Eldest Son John one half of the Samuel Jones Lott Lying and being in ye Township of Rumford as may appear to be bounded on the Proprietors Book.

To my will beloved Son Nathan, all the Lands that I have in Andover with all my buildings on the same, That is to Say all my village Land, pasture, meadow ground with all the fences belonging thereto, with all the Stock of Creatures, excepting what I shall hereafter Dispose of mentioned in this my Will (By Creatures I mean horse kind, Cattle, Sheep and Swine) and all my Husbandry tools and Tackling.)  Also I give to my Son Nathan all my Cyder Barrills, powdering tubs and Corn tubs and Sacks for Corn and all my Blacksmith tools.

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