Chapter 15

FROM SCOTLAND TO THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY:

The Charter-Hemphill Story

THE CHARTERS

Chapter 15

John Charter, 3rd Great-Grandfather, and his descendants have spent the last century migrating westward over two-fifths of the continent; raising large families; claiming and selling land. By 1870, 3rd Generation American George Charter and his wife Susanna, Great-Grandparents, have a large family in Redwood Falls, Minnesota.

A timeline of John Charter and his descendant’s’ migration and fecundity follows:

(from Kenneth Charter’s book, John Charter of Orwell, Vermont and Some of His Descendants)[1]
Before 1771
John Charter and his family immigrate to North America from Edinburgh by way of Quebec and Montreal
1771
John Charter and his family settled in Orwell, Vermont, the firt white settler there.
1776
Leaving Orwell and sailing south on Lake Champlain, they settled in Skensboro, later becoming part of Whitehall.
Circa 1776
A milita muster card shows he served in Warren's (15) Regiment, Vermont Militia. during the Revolutionary War.
1787
They return to Orwell, Vermont where John takes the oath of allegiance to the United States and returns to farming. Their family grows to ten children
1790
They move to what is now Rochester, New York
1812
Francis serves as a Sergeant in the New York Militia for 28 days during the War of 1812
1816
John Charter dies in Rochester
1818
Francis builds a 42-ton schooner for use on Lake Ontario, which borders the north of Rochester. He describes himself as mariner/farmer
1818
Francis marries Eunice, the first of three wives
1821
George Charter is born to Francis and Eunice in Ohio. Eunice likely died giving birth. Or she just left
1822
Fancis marries 2nd wife
1826
Francis buys land in Monroe County, Michigan south of Detroit
1829
Francis moves back in Ohio, marries 3rd wife, Theresa
1844
George marries Susanna Starr in Monroe, Wisconsin where they have nine children, two of whom die at four years-old and 3 months-old
1845
Francis Charter dies in Monroe County, Michigan
1860
George and his family move to Dodge County, Minnesota. They now have seven children.
1864
George, without his family, arrives in Redwood Falls, Minnesota. George winters there with the men in the old fort See Chapter 17 for more
1865
George’s family comes to live in Redwood Falls
1867
A daughter of George and Susanna marries a man in Redwood Falls, the first in the town
1867
A son is born to George and Susanna, their last child; they name him Henry Defoyster Charter. (GF)