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Isaac Chanler

Birthplace: Bristol, England
Death: Died in Charleston, Charleston Co, SC
Immediate Family:

Husband of Elizabeth Chanler
Father of Mary Morgan; Dr Isaac Chanler, Jr; Susannah Green and Ann Marshall

Occupation: Baptist minister
Managed by: Marsha Gail Veazey
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About Rev Isaac Chanler

The Chandler Family Association


left extensive will describing his large library

descent from him qualifies one for Society of Colonial Clergy, since he was a well known clergyman in SC


By David Benedict


London: Printed by Lincoln & Edmands, No. 53, Cornhill: (Chapter 11):


This was the second church which was formed in South-Carolina. From about the time the Baptists first settled in this vicinity, they had stood connected with the Charleston church, as a branch of that body. But on May 24, 1736, the members here, to the number of twenty eight, were constituted into a distinct church by a special covenant, under the pastoral care of Reverend Isaac Chanler. The constituents were Isaac Chanler, pastor, William Cater, John Bullein, Richard Bedon, Jr., Benjamin Child, John Sheppard, Jr., Charles Barker, Charles Filben, Francis Sheppard, Alexander Sheppard, Jacob Bradwell, John Angell, Thomas Ramsay, Richard Bedon, Sr., Sarah Baker, Mary Cater, Susannah Brad-well, Christiana Brown, Ann Maam, Elizabeth Chanler, Elizabeth Bullein, Joyel Griffin, Elizabeth Bedon, Elizabeth Salter, Susannah Baker, Elizabeth Marrion, Mary Sheppard, and Ann Peacock.

Mr. Chanler was born at Bristol, England, 1701; came to Ashley-river about 1733, and continued the much-esteemed pastor of this church, until he died, Nov. 30, 1749, in the 49th year of his age. Mr. Chanler was a man of distinguished talents, piety and usefulness. He was the author of a treatise in small quarto, esteemed an able defense of the Calvinistick doctrines, and entitled "The Doctrines of Glorious Grace unfolded, defended, and practically improved." He also published a "Treatise on Original Sin," and a Sermon on the death of Reverend William Tilly. The late Isaac Chanler, M.D. was his son.

Reverend John Stephens succeeded Mr. Chanler. He was born on Staten-Island, in the State and near the city of New-York. Of his early life, I can learn no more, than that he settled first at Horse-Neck, in Connecticut, where he gathered a little church in 1747, having been ordained at Oyster Bay, on Long lsland, the same year. He came to Ashley-river in the month of May, 1750, and shortly after was invested with the pastoral care of the church. In this office Mr. Stephens continued with high reputation, for a number of years; but by an unhappy fondness for strong drink, he was obliged to quit both the church and ministry in 1769.

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Reviews of early histories of the Baptists in SC seem to indicate that the Ashley River settlement where Chanler was minister was near the settlement of Dorchester, about 30 miles NW of Charleston. This settlement no longer exists, but is commemorated by a state park.

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The Ashley River meeting house Isaac preached at was located on a 6-acre plot of land that was originally located on part of the "Tipseeboo" plantation. Source: The South Caroline Historical and Genealogical Magazine Vol XX. No 1. January, 1919.

Immigrated in 1733

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Rev Isaac Chanler's Timeline

May 10, 1700
Bristol, England
Age 39
Charleston, Charleston Co, SC, USA
Age 39
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, United States
November 30, 1749
Age 49
Charleston, Charleston Co, SC