I am the great granddaughter of Arminda Panther Chambers.My paternal grandmother, Lassie Anne Chambers Vaughn was her daughter.She apparently went by her middle name, Arminda, and is listed that way in my Grandmother's Bible. It took me some time to find her first name of Vina.
She died in Sept. of 1915 and is buried in Rhea Co. TN.Her husband, John D. Chambers,died in 1930 and is also buried in Rhea Co.I was born and grew up in Rhea Co. and knew most of my grandmothers sisters and brothers, and some of their children.I am 59 so have some first-hand memories of these people.
I am a relative new-comer to the genelogy search, but can tell you much of Arminda's descendents, and will be happy to do so.Unfortunately I am leaving tomorrow on a 10 day vacation and it will have to wait till I get back.
Any and all info. you can share on Panthers or Chambers prior to Amanda and John D. would be greatly appreciated by me.I think maybe I have found Arminda's parents, but can find nothing on John D. Chambers.I think they met and married in Polk Co. TN, but am not sure if that territory was in TN or NC at that time.My grandmother's Bible has her listed as being born in Turtle Town, NC, but that area is now a part of Polk Co. TN I think.She was born Oct. 31, 1879.My father said John D.was a red-headed Irishman, and was either an imigrant or the son of an imigrant, but cannot find any trail to verify such.I found a John D. Chambers as an unmarried boarder at age 21 with work listed as miner in Polk Co. TN.He was born in March of 1849 so that would have been the 1870 census.
Grandmother had brothers Homer, Lester, Jimmy, and sisters Ollie, Tine (I think Clementine).I will have to check to make sure all is complete, and will do that and send to you toward the end of the month when I return home.I remember Uncle Lester well.His wife was Edith, the daughter of imigrants that came to Copper Hill to work in or teach miners in the copper mines there.They had a large family, but that for later.Aunt Tine was in a Wheelchair in her early 50's with crippling arthice (sp?) and spent time living with either my grandparents or Uncle Lester till her death in her late 70's.For the others, I will have to look at my paperwork and jog my memory.I do have an original of Aunt Ollie's obit. as part of the info. Grandma saved in her Bible.Uncle Lester worked for and retired from the copper company in Copperhill, and my cousin has some of the old news letters from the company when he was an employee there that are interesting.
My brother, Charles Vaughn, went to UT-Knoxville, with a guy named Jim Painter from Copperhill, McKaysville area back in '59 to '62.I know there were many name changes of the Panther name to various other spellings.Do you have any info. to that effect.Charles and Jim seemed to think they were distant cousins even though the spellings were different.Jim was tall and red-headed, and became an engineer.I think my brother may still have occasional contact with him, but not sure.
As I said in the begining, I am just begining this search, and am delighted to find any info. on Vina Arminda or John D. Chambers.Somewhere in storage my brother has an old picture of them.I am on him to find it and turn it over, and when that happens, I will share.
What is your connection to Vina Arminda Panther Chambers?I'm excited to find someone to share info. with.