Below are my database notes on Benjamin Chambliss who went to Iowa from Virginia.
Much of this information came to me from Richard Chambliss of Ohio now retired and living in Florida.His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best wishes in your Chambliss research.
224.Benjamin CHAMBLISS was born on July 11, 1807 in Greensville Co., VA.He died on April 16, 1899 in Muscatine, IO.He was buried in Parr Cemetery, Muscatine, IO.
"Portrait and Biographical Album of Muscatine County, Iowa - 1889" Muscatine Co., IA Biographies: Benjamin Chambliss, one of the largest land owners in Muscatine Co., was born in Greensville County, VA, July 11, 1807, and is a son of Henry Chambliss and Ghany Clements Chambliss.His paternal grandfather had a family of 28 children, (Actually by his grandfather's will, he only had 17 children) and Benjamin was one of a family of 9, of whom Webster was the oldest, M. A., born in 1822 is now residing in Xenia, Ohio ....Elizabeth, Sarah and Martha are all deceased, Mary is a resident of Va., and Nancy L. is living in the old home stead of that state........In 1830 in Greensville Co., Va, Mr. Chambliss was united in marriage with Julia Hill, who was a native of that county.....
Benjamin moved to Marion Co., Indiana in 1840, then in 1850 to Muscatine County, Iowa, arriving there in the 16th of June, 1850........Mr. Chambliss has been remarkably successful in his business enterprises, and is one of the leading citizens of Muscatine County, known and honored throughout the commumity. He is one of whom it may be justly said that his word is as good as his bond, and now in his eighty second year, is hale and hearty, and more active than many younger men.
1870 Census: CHAMBLISS,B,63,M,W,VA,IA,MUSCATINE,FULTON TWP,M593, Roll 413,0, Pg. 112,
April 16, 1899 - Muscatine Old settler's Book - A PIONEER PASSES AWAY
A pioneer and honored resident of Muscatine county is no more in the taking from earthly walks of Benj. Chambliss, who passed away at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at his home in Fulton township, death coming as a result of the ailments ever attendant upon old age, he having reached a milestone in life seldom attained, being in his 92nd year. Deceased was one of the largest landowners in Muscatine county, was born in Greenville county, Va., July 11, 1807, one of a family of nine children. He was reared to manhood in his native state, receiving his education in the subscription schools and subsequently learning the carpenter trade. In 1840 he left his childhood home and emigrated to Marion county, Indiana, where he remained for ten years working at his trade. Thence he came to Muscatine, locating in Fulton township in 1850, he originally entering 160 acres of land, to which he has added as the years went by, until now his estate is possessed of almost 3,000 acres of valuable farm land in Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska.
He was united in marriage in 1830 to Miss Julia Hill, of Greenville county, Va., to whom eight children were born, the wife and mother passing to the world beyond Jan. 14, 1884. Politically Mr. Chambliss was a staunch democrat, while in private life he was a shrewd, enterprising man of good business ability, yet honest to a fault in all his dealings, he being honored and respected by friend and foe alike, a personage for whose life the world is bettered.
Three daughters and a son survive to mourn his demise.
The funeral is appointed for Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the Pleasant Prairie church, with interment in the Chambliss vault in Fulton township.
The known children of Benjamin Chambliss were Virginia who married William Sissel, Hester who married Joseph Brummell, Roger who married Lavina Twiggs, Jefferson who married Elizabeth Charles, Christina who married Edwin S. Smith, America who married William Diffendaffer, and Theresa who married Nelson Henderson.
He was married to Julia HILL in 1830 in Greensville Co., VA.Julia HILL was born about 1809 in Greensville Co., VA.She died on January 14, 1884 in Muscatine, IO.She was buried in Parr Cemetery, Muscatine, IO.Benjamin CHAMBLISS and Julia HILL had the following children:
i. Virginia CHAMBLISS (born on October 14, 1831).
ii. Hester CHAMBLISS (born about 1834).
iii. Roger CHAMBLISS (born about 1835).
iv. Christina CHAMBLISS (born about 1836).
v. America CHAMBLISS (born about 1836).
vi. William Jefferson CHAMBLISS (born about 1837).
vii.Theresa "Thirza" CHAMBLISS.
Date: 8/4/2006 9:37:45 AM Pacific Standard Time
In the Benjamin Chambliss of Iowa line there is a possibility for the Jay Chambliss line.
Benjamin Chambliss (Iowa) 1807-1899 and Julia Hill had a son:
Jefferson Chambliss (Iowa) 1837-1903 and Elizabeth Charles had a son:
Bluford Chambliss (Iowa) 1861-1931 and Emma Clay had a son:
Edwin Hamilton Chambliss born: Iowa 1890-died in California in 1975.
This could be the line of Jay Chambliss but more information would be needed.
I do not have any of the children of Edwin Hamilton Chambliss, he was married twice first to Helene Fischer and second to Ada John.
Source: Portrait and Biographical Album, Muscatine County, Iowa, 1889, page 357
BENJAMIN CHAMBLISS, one of the largest land-owners of Muscatine County, was born in Greenville County, Va., July 11, 1807, and is a son of Henry and Chany ( Clemens ), Chambliss. His partenal grandfather had a family of twenty-eight children, and Benjamin was one of a family of nine, of whom Webster, was the eldest ; M. A., born in 1822, is now residing in Xenia, Ohio, and for upward of forty years past has been foreman of the Miami Powder Mills ; Elizabeth, Sarah, and Martha, are all deceased ; Mary is a resident of Virginia, and Nancy L. is living on the old homestead in that State.
Our subject was reared to manhood in his native county, receiving his education in the subscription schools, and subsequently learned the carpenter's trade. In 1840 he left his childhood home and emigrated to Marion County, Ind., where he remained for ten years working at his trade. At the expiration of that time He continued his journey westward to Muscatine County, landing in Fulton Township on the 16th of June, 1850. He there entered 160 acres of land, and became a dealer in real estate, steadily adding to his possessions by thrift and enterprise, until he is now the owner of 2,600 acres of land, 800 in Muscatine County, 160 in Hancock County, Ill., and the remainder in Otoe County, Neb.
In 1830, in Greenville County, Va., Mr. Chambliss was united in marriage with Julia Hill, who was a native of that county, and a daughter of Thomas Hill, who had a family of four children, namely ; Catherine, who is now deceased ; Nathaniel, the second in order of birth ; Julia, wife of our subject ; and Washington. Eight children were born of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Chambliss, six of whom are living : (1) Virginia, who was born in the Old Dominion in 1831, is now married and has a family of eleven children, namely: Benjamim F., Samantha E., Sylverter M., Charles A. ( now deceased ), Jesse A., Nora S., John J., Julia M., William L., Hattie M.,and Emily E. (2) Hester, Mrs. Joseph Brunnell, lives in Nebraska ; (3) Rodgers, the third child, is a resident of Oregon ; (4) Jefferson, who wedded Lizzie Charter, of Pittsburgh, Pa., is now living on Muscatine Island; (5) Christina is the wife of E. S. Smith, a resident of Nebraska, and to them have been born eight children, seven of whom are living ---Alice, Laura, Effie, Walter, Eddie, Marsha and Ray; (6) America wedded william Diffendaffer, whose home is in Nebraska, and they have four children, two living, Orpha and Lilly; Theresa is the wife of Nelson Henderson, of Nebraska, and to them have been born four children---Blanche, Eddie, Luella and Ross. The mother of these children was called to her final home Jan. 14, 1884. She was a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, a kind and loving wife and mother, and was beloved by all who knew her. Her remains were interned is a beautiful vault in Parr Cemetery, which is large enough for six persons, and is of a most beautiful design, being lined upon the inside with fine marble, while all the cells are air-tight.
Politically, Mr. Chambliss is a Democrat, but is not a strong partisan, having voted a number of times for the man of his choice, regardless of party. A shrewd, enterprising man of good business ability, yet srtictly honest in all his dealings. Mr. Chambliss has been remarkably successful in his business enterprises, and is one of the leading citizens of Muscatine County, known and honored throughout the community. He is one of whom it may be justly said that his word is as good as his bond, and now in his eighty-second year, is hale and hearty, and more active than many younger men. We are pleased to have his portrait and that of his late estimable wife accompany this brief sketch.