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Lemuel Chadwell

Born c.1800 - Died Unknown

Lemuel Chadwell (c.1800-after 1850) was involved in a number of ventures in Stafford.  In 1830 he paid taxes on 30 enslaved people and 1 horse and seems to have had either business dealings or family connections with the Waller family of Clifton in Wide Water.  He may have been involved in freestone quarrying or fishing.  Exactly what brought about his turn of fortune is unknown, but by 1850 he was a resident of one of Stafford’s poor farms.  Most of this family lived in the vicinity of Aquia Creek and the Potomac River.  There were also Chadwells in Fauquier County.