Biography

Harriet Sexton Schell was born 6 March 1867 in Chesterville, Morrow County, Ohio, United States to Samuel Mercer Schell (1839-1917) and Emily Lamport (1844-1928) and died 21 April 1950 "Rio Vista", Mildura, Victoria, Australia of unspecified causes. She married William Benjamin Chaffey (1856-1926) 27 April 1891 in Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio, United States.



Offspring of William Benjamin Chaffey and Heather Sexton Schell (1867-1950)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Lillian Hattie Chaffey (1892-1892)
George Frederick Chaffey (1894-1917) 2 July 1894 Mildura, Victoria, Australia 25 April 1917 Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium
Edward Lamport Chaffey (1896-1897)
Emily Marion Chaffey (1899-1966)
Robert Hugh Chaffey (1902-1958)
Isobel Marjorie Chaffey (1903-1987)

Obituary

Pioneer Dies in Mildura

MILDURA, Friday. — The death occurred today of Mrs. Hattie Sexton Chaffey, widow of the late Mr. William Benjamin Chaffey, who, with his brother, Mr. George Chaffey, founded the Mildura irrigation settlement 63 years ago.

Aged 84 years, she died at the famous Chaffey home Rio Vista, where she spent most of her life.

Born of English parents [not true], Mrs. Chaffey came to Mildura from Hamilton, Ohio, U.S.A., in 1891. She took a keen interest in the early development of Mildura, and was lady of the shire when Mr. W. B. Chaffey was shire president of Mildura, in 1908.

Mrs. Chaffey was the mother of four children—Emily (Mrs. Colin Bowring) , Mr. R. H. Chaffey, Isobel (Mrs. J. Walker, of Mansfield) and George Frederick, who predeceased her.

The funeral will leave Rio Vista at 1.30 p.m. on Saturday for Mildura cemetery.

The Age, 22 April 1950, page 11








Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
Ω Birth
  • some sources claim that she was born in Canada
¶ Death
  • CHAFFEY. — On April 21. at Rio Vista, Mildura, Hattie Sexton Chaffey, wife of the late William Benjamin Chaffey, in her 84th year.
The Argus (Melbourne), 25 April 1950, page 9


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March 6, 1867 +
some sources claim that she was born in Canada +
April 21, 1950 +
CHAFFEY. — On April 21. at Rio Vista, Mildura, Hattie Sexton Chaffey, wife of the late William Benjamin Chaffey, in her 84th year.
The Argus (Melbourne), 25 April 1950, page 9 +
Harriet "Hattie" +
Harriet Sexton Schell +
some sources name her "Harriet" or "Harriette" +
Mildura Homestead Cemetery, Mildura, Victoria, Australia +
Harriet Sexton Schell +
Schell +
April 27, 1891 +