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Darwin Correspondence Project

Joseph Lemuel Chester


American-born genealogist. Employed as a clerk, journalist, and lecturer in the United States. Appointed aide-de-camp, with military rank of colonel, to the governor of Pennsylvania, 1855. Arrived in England in 1858. Having obtained access to Doctors’ Commons as a researcher in 1862, he collected material illustrating the ancestry of American families. Worked on a genealogy of Darwin’s family.


Freeman 1978, ODNB.