Dr. Charles Chamberlain was born in Trafalgar Twp. in Halton County, Ontario on the 8th of March, 1832, the 4th of 12 children born to Dr. Milo Chamberlain and the former Druscilla Havens. Dr. Chamberlain’s father was a physician but his parents also farmed to support their large family. Dr. Charles Chamberlain’s siblings were; Joseph, George, Elizabeth, Hiram, Mary Ann, William, Osker (died at the age of 1), Albert (died at the age of 6), Rebecca, Lydia and Joel. According to the 1851 census Dr. Charles Chamberlain was 20 years old and classified as a laborer on his parents farm.
Dr. Chamberlain married Melinda C. Lymburner in Brant County on the 21st of December,1859. Mrs. Chamberlain was born in 1837 in Ancaster Twp., Wentworth County, Ontario. She was the 3rd of 8 children born to William Lymburner and the former Lucinda Burke. Her parents were farmers and her siblings were; Jane, Sally Ann (who died in infancy), Jemima, Sarah, Eliza, Lucinda and William.
Dr. Chamberlain graduated M.D. from Victoria College in 1863. Dr. Chamberlain registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 15th of May, 1867. By 1871 Dr. and Mrs. Chamberlain were living in Leamington (Essex County). Although Dr. Chamberlain did not reside in Chatham-Kent, his name appears on birth and death records in Wheatley and Romney Twp (Chatham-Kent) indicating that he made the relatively short journey into Chatham-Kent to attend to the needs of his patients. (Leamington and Wheatley are approximately 12 kms apart.) His older brother Dr. George Chamberlain was residing and practicing medicine in Wheatley until his death in 1893.
Dr. Charles Chamberlain died on the 11th of May, 1900. Mrs. Chamberlain died in Milton, Ontario on the 5th of May, 1919. Dr. and Mrs. Chamberlain were buried at Lakeview Cemetery in Leamington.
*Dr. Chamberlain’s brother Dr. George Chamberlain also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.