Karen, According to the Chaffee Genealogy, Samuel Roscoe Chaffee was the son of Samuel and Rebekah.The following information appears in the Genealogy: Samuel Roscoe Chaffee, born September 21, 1850; married in Swansea, Mass., July 24, 1878, Mary Maria, daughter of Edward Mason and Mary (Gardner) Thurston of that place; she was born February 9, 1858; Mr. Chaffee was educated in the district schools of Seekonk and left home when fourteen to become a clerk in the shoe store of Allen J. Brown of Providence, remaining there until the death of his employer in 1877 when he bought out the business; not being successful, he sold the store in the fall of 1881 and began his career as an artist, a calling for which he seems to have always possessed a natural talent; after many of the usual trials and struggles, his work secured a standing among the picture lovers and dealers in the country, and finally attained to a well deserved prominence.His name is well known in the art stores of this country, and his work has the merit of being pleasing and truthful, and may best be judged by the fact that it is always in demand; he works entirely in water color, and depicts quiet bits of old New England; Mr. Chaffee has always taken a deep interest in all matters connected with his family history, and being born so near the homes of early generations of the Chaffee family, has become an authority regarding the traditions and old landmarks of the family; he has in his possession many valuable old documents relatting to the family, and Hunt's Cemetery in East Providence (at one time a part of Rehoboth), where many Chaffee descendants are buried, is under his control; it is Mr. Chaffee's intention to erect in this burial-ground, a tablet to the memory of Thomas Chaffee, the Emigrant; Mr. and Mrs. Chaffee have no children; ;they live in Providence, where Mr. Chaffee has a studio.
I have to admit, Karen, I envy you for your treasure!I have said numerous times I would like to find one of S.R. Chaffee's paintings. Two or three years ago My wife and I attended a Genealogy Conference in Farmington, Conn., and in one of the seminars we attended, the leader mentioned Samuel Roscoe and his painting.