In a previous issue of Chatham This Week, I told you about John Dauphin and his son, also known as John Dauphin.
In Part Two of the story I would like to tell you about the third generation of the family; his name being C. E. Dauphin.
Charles Elfred Dauphin was born in Chatham Township on July 9, 1853.
According to Beer’s Biographical Record, Charles’ father, John Jr., had served as a soldier at the time the Americans invaded English territory along the Detroit River.
Given the time frame, I am thinking this to be during the first Fenian scare associated with the Rebellion of 1837.
The Fenian threat was sufficient to cause the government to post a rifle company at Chatham, which remained here until the early 1840s and out of that engagement would be the building of the officer’s quarters at #3 Stanley Avenue. This wonderful house still stands and is owned by my friend Joe Lucio.
It is in fine condition and I consider it to be a national treasure.