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Rev. James S. Chandler Biography

IMG_0680Rev. James S. Chandler, 1830-1919.  Ophelia H., his wife, 1845-1932.  Fairview Cemetery, Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky.

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1887

Warren County

Rev. James S. Chandler, a minister of the Methodist Protestant Church, was born in Wilson County, Tennessee, in 1830.  He is a son of Rev. Jordan and Elizabeth L. (Avery) Chandler, and of English descent.  Jordan Chandler was born in one of the Carolinas in 1797, and his wife the same year in Tennessee.  The former died in 1873, the latter one year earlier.  Rev. J. S. Chandler was reared on the farm and attended the country schools.  He also attended Suwannee Academy in Wilson County, Tennessee.  For several years in his early manhood he clerked in a dry goods store.  In 1842 he united with the Methodist Protestant Church; was licensed to preach in 1853, and was first stationed on Union circuit, lying principally in Bedford County, Tennessee.  From 1853 until present time he has been in the active ministry. He was ordained as elder in 1856.  The marriage of Rev. Mr. Chandler took place in 1858, with Amanthis Harreld, by whom he has one son, Thomas B.  Mrs. Chandler died in 1863, and in 1865 he married Ophelia Hines, of Warren County, Kentucky.  To this union eight children were born as follows:  William M. (deceased), Virgil L., O. Myrtle, Mary O., James A., Elizabeth F., Robert R. and Ada C. (born July 3, 1885).  In 1882 Rev. Mr. Chandler came to Bowling Green, and here he has since resided.  In 1885, in partnership with Professor Williams, he established the Bowling Green Steam Laundry.  He is a Mason and a highly respected citizen.

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