Elizabeth Willard correspondence 1834-1846
Horace Gair Chase was born in Hopkinton, New Hampshire, on July 9, 1827, the son of Horace Chase and Betsey Blanchard. He was a shoemaker in Hopkinton until 1852, when he joined his brothers, Samuel Blanchard and Charles Carroll ("Charley"), in Chicago, Illinois, where the they eventually formed Chase Bros. & Co., a real estate firm later known as the Chicago Title & Trust Co. He married Ellen Marian Sherwin (b. 1822) on June 14, 1860, and they had four children: Samuel, Bessie, Lucy, and Horace. Horace G. Chase died in 1913.