Pioneer Families of Grand Traverse County, Michigan



David Green Chandler (1847-1929) and his wives Sarah DeEtte Pierce (1851-1898) and Minnie J. Tracey Lancaster (1857-1921)

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                            David Green Chandler (1847-1929)                                 Sarah DeEtte Pierce Chandler (1851-1898)

David Green Chandler was born 3 March 1847 in Flushing, Genesee County, Michigan, son of William Chandler and Fannie Green. As a boy he went to school in Lenawee and Monroe Counties. He moved with his father in 1864 to Grand Traverse County, Michigan. In his youth David worked at farming and logging. He spent the time period from 1864 to about 1869 clearing his father's land. Afterward he spent three years working "at the end of that time he had accumulated some money and considerable property".

David was married first on 14 February 1872 by Reuben Hatch, Minister of Gospel, in Grand Traverse County to Sarah DeEtte Pierce. Witnesses to the marriage were Marion J. P. Hatch and Mary Knizek. Given the date of their first child's birth, it would appear that David and DeEtte had to get married. DeEtte was born 15 December 1851 in Jefferson County, New York the eldest daughter of Robert and Julia A Sprague Pierce. DeEtte lived in New York until she was thirteen when her father moved to Wisconsin for a brief time before moving to Fife Lake. During her life DeEtte worked as a midwife. In 1880 David was farming and living in Fife Lake twp with wife DeEtta, son John, and daughter Gracie.

DeEtte died on 5 July 1898 in East Bay Township, Grand Traverse County, Michigan from a meningeal hemorrhage. The 7 July 1898 issue of the Grand Traverse Herald noted:

"Death of Mrs. D.G. Chandler

Mrs. DeEtte Chandler, wife of D.G. Chandler of East Bay, died quite suddenly at her home of paralysis Tuesday afternoon, aged 46 years. Mrs. Chandler had not been in strong health for some time, but was as well as usual the day before her death, and was not taken seriously ill until after breakfast Tuesday, when a sudden stroke of paralysis prostrated her, and death came about two o'clock in the afternoon. The funeral services will be held at noon today, and the burial will take place in Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs. Chandler was prominent in many good works and will be greatly missed, especially among the young people of the Potter school house Sunday school of which she was superintendant, and her loss will be felt deeply by the whole community."

David was elected Sheriff of Grand Traverse County in November 1900, running as a Republicanearning 3,141 votes against his opponent, Mr. Edgecomb, who had received 1,332 votes. Over the next four years he was involved in a number of cases. He was also a County Supervisor and a member of the Board of Education. The 1900 census found him living with his son John.

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David Green Chandler , circa 1900. Campaign card courtesy Debra Muehling Kurtzal.                                                     

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Sheriff David Chandler and Deputy Sheriff Philip Feiger, circa 1901-1904.

David was married second at the Congregational Church in Traverse City on 27 June 1901 to Minnie J Tracey Lancaster. Witnesses were Anna Cochlin, wife of the pastor, and Mrs. E. C. Hogan. Minnie was the widow of J B Lancaster and the daughter of Charles Tracey and his wife Hannah Stevens Tracey and was born on 7 October 1857 in Hillsdale County, Michigan. Her family had moved to Fife Lake in 1873. Her father worked as a millwright. The 28 June 1901 issue of the Traverse Bay Eagle covered the wedding:


Mr. Chandler and Mrs. Minnie G. Lancaster United in Marriage Wednesday

Sheriff David G. Chandler and Mrs. Minnie G. Lancaster, of this city, were united in marriage Wednesday at the Congregational parsonage by Rev. D. Cochlin. The marriage was in the nature of a surprise to the sheriff's friends, and while he got the license out Tuesday, he kept the matter very quiet and cautioned his friends to do the same. He did, however, make the necessary preliminaries with the county clerk to have the noard of supervisors and county officials made cognizant of his good fortune by a feast of ice cream and oranges which were eaten to his health by the officials this afternoon.

Sheriff and Mrs. Chandler left on the early train for Buffalo where they will join the other brides and grooms for a few days' stay at the Pan-American. The sheriff expects to be back in time for the adjourned term of court the first week of July."

David was a lifelong Republican and served in a variety of political offices. He started out as at the township level before running for Grand Traverse County Sheriff in 1900, being elected by a 1900 vote margin. He served as Sheriff for several terms. He was also a County Supervisor and a member of the Board of Education. He was a State Representative for Michigan for the 1909-1910 and 1911-1912 sessions. David was apparently not a man of "religious fervor," however he is purported to have "generally attended" services with wife Minnie. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks. In general David was very successful, owning over 1000 acres of land.

During her life Minnie was a member of the Presbyterian. She died 8 June 1921 of cirrhosis of the liver in Grand Traverse County, Michigan.

David died 5 January 1929 of influenza in Traverse City. The Record Eagle reported on 5 January 1929:



David G. Chandler, sheriff of Grand Traverse county from 1900 to 1904, died at his home, 723 Washington street, this noon at the age of 81 years.

Mr. Chandler was born in Flushing, Genesee county, Michigan, on March 3, 1847. He attended school in Lenawee county and when he was 17 years old his family moved to Grand Traverse county, where his father settled on a homestead. David and his brothers devoted themselves to clearing of the land and after five years laboe, when the homestead had become a farm, David, the age of 22 began to work for himself. On February 14, 1871, he was married to Miss DeEtta Pierce of New York who preceded him in death.

In 1901 he was married to Mrs. Minnie Lancaster, who died June 8, 1921.

He leaves to mourn their loss one daughter, Mrs. Grace Pierce, eleven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Two sons, David and John also preceded him in death.

The body will lie in state at the Hibbard funeral chapel until Tuesday when funeral services will be held at two o'clock. Rev. Henry A. Buell, pastor of the First Baptist church officiating. Burial will be in the family lot in Oakwood cemetery.

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David lies beneath a headstone in Oakwood Cemetery in Traverse City, purchased at the request of his grandson, Harold Feiger.


Children of David Chandler and DeEtte Pierce Chandler

i. John G Chandler was born 16 August 1873 at Fife Lake, Grand Traverse County, Michigan.

ii. Grace Lee Chandler was born 23 November 1875 at Fife Lake, Grand Traverse County, Michigan.

iii. Garfield (David?) Chandler was born 6 May 1881 in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Garfield (possibly also known as David) was living with his brother John in 1900. He died 24 March 1901 at East Bay, Grand Traverse County, Michigan after suffering from appendicitis. He had been a student and afterward a farmer.

Pioneer Families of Grand Traverse County