I am looking for descendants of the Chandler family from Sevier County who are of African Ancestry. I believe these to be former slaves of John and Timothy Chandler from Wheatlands Plantation.
Some I am looking for involve the following line, many of whom removed to Knoxville, Tennessee.
4. Johnnie Webb Saffle Brookins was born 27 March 1907 and died on 1 September 1984 in Knoxville. Johnnie married James Saffle circa 1922 possibly in Knoxville.He was born about 5 August 1905 in Sevier County and died 31 October 1937 in Knox County. Johnnie married second to Leroy Brookins, 27 June 1941, Blount County, Tennessee.
5. James Matthew Saffel was born circa 1872, likely in Sevier County, Tennessee and died in Knox County, Tennessee on 24 September 1928. He married Rebecca Chandler on 22 December 1887 in Sevier County, Tennessee. Rebecca Chandler was born in Sevier County, Tennessee on 14 July 1874 and died in Knoxville, Tennessee on 4 August 1942.
6. Claiborne Chandler was born circa 1834 in Sevier County (?) Tennessee. He is listed in the 1870 Sevier County census, age 36.Claiborne married or appears to have lived with and had children by Elizabeth (?) starting around 1854 as their possible oldest child is sixteen in 1870. Elizabeth was possibly born in Sevier County, Tennessee circa 1830-1834 and may have died after 1900 in Sevier County. She may be with son Horace M. Chandler in the 1900 Sevier County census at the age of 66. According to Rebecca Chandler Saffel’s death certificate she was born in Sevier County.
Death information for Rebecca Saffell, wife of James M. Saffell. Parents listed as Claiborne and Elizabeth Chandler of Sevier County, Tennessee. Elizabeth may be Sarah Elizabeth Brabson.
An entry at Findagrave.com lists Charlie C. Chandler (1 January 1896-2 April 1946) Buried at Crest View in Knoxville. Son of Claiborn Chandler and Sarah Brabson; husband of Fannie Chandler; cardiac failure; Barber (DC)
The 1870 Sevier County, Tennessee census with Claborn and Elizabeth Chandler; the transcriber of this record did not attempt to decipher Claborn’s name and just listed the head of household as “Chandler.” Rebecca Chandler Saffell’s death certificate states that she was born in 1874, which explains why she is not in the household at this time. Shannon Chandler may have been Rebecca’s brother or a cousin, being born around 1870.
The 1880 Sevier County, Tennessee census showing the family of Elizabeth “Lizzie” Chandler (widowed) and her children; at this time Rebecca Chandler Saffel appears to be a servant for the Timothy Chandler family. Lizzie is living one household away from Timothy Chandler and Rebecca and Shannon Chandler, who were servants in the Timothy Chandler household.
1880 Sevier County Census showing a Shannon Chandler (servant-black) and Rebecca Chandler (servant-black) listed with the family of Timothy Chandler (white) I believe she is the Rebecca Chandler who married James M. Saffel and possibly Shannon’s sister. This Chandler family may have owned these servants at one time, thus from where their Chandler name originated. Rebecca’s parents are listed as Claiborne and Elizabeth Chandler. Shannon appears to have had a son by the name of Claiborne who was in WWI. One household away is Lizzie Chandler, wife of Prince Chandler. There is a listing for an Albert Shannon Chandler who was born February 1870 and died on 28 April 1961 in Knox County, Tennessee. He is buried at the Boyd’s Creek Cemetery in Sevier County. Shannon married Estelle Chandler on 4 May 1890 in Sevier County. Shannon had a son by the name of Horace Claiborne Chandler.