Born: October 12, 1828, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Died: June 2, 1903, Brookville, Indiana.
Buried: Maple Grove Cemetery, Brookville, Indiana.
John was the son of Benjamin and Mana Chaffee, and husband of Clara Sparks (married 1855).
His family moved to Brookville, Indiana, when he was a small boy. He joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in Brookville in 1847, and was converted in 1849.
He was largely self taught, but received both AM and DD degrees from DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana.
In 1851, he was licensed to preach, and was admitted to the Indiana Conference. He was ordained a deacon by Bishop James, and elder by Bishop Scott.
His first appointment was on the Wilmington Circuit as junior preacher. After six months, he was transferred to the Hartford Circuit, where he was preacher in charge until the close of the year. When the Southeast Indiana Conference formed in 1852, he became a member, and was appointed to North Madison.
He held subsequent appointments at St. John’s, Madison (1853); Vevay (1854–55); Hanover (1856–57); Connersville (1858–59); and many others. His last appointment was at Laurel (1893–94), and he was superannuated in 1895.
In addition to writing songs, he produced an undated volume of poetry.
If you know where to get a good photo of Chafee (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?