"Ten" being the number of children of William and Elizabeth (Lucy) Chandler, as found listed in his probate papers following his death circa 1747.
WILLIAM CHANDLER was my 7th Great-Grandfather, born in Dedford*, Kent, England [Marr Rec; Old Kittery, pg 316]. He was in Portsmouth, New Hampshire by 1714, when he was married to ELIZABETH LUCY on 22 Dec [NEHGR, vol 23 pg 271]. He was a shipwright.
William Chandler probably died near the end of 1747, as administration of his estate was begun on 4 Jan 1747/48. An inventory was taken and filed on 4 Apr 1748, valued at £406, and the division of his personal property was done so on 26 July 1748 [York County Probate, Vol 7 pg 207]. With this act, we are given the names of his ten children. In numerical order, as was listed in the division:
i. William Chandler
ii. Mary Marr, wife of John Marr
iii. Benjamin Chandler
iv. Joseph Chandler
v. Lucy Pevy, wife of Edward Pevy [Peavey]
vi. Samuel Chandler
vii. Thomas Chandler
viii. John Chandler
ix. Alexander Chandler
x. Katherine Chandler [listed as a Rand in Jan 1749]
Each child of William Chandler, dec'd, was given £18.8.4 worth of goods from his estate. As for his real estate, which consisted of the dwelling house and the 1/2 acre of land, brothers William and Thomas filed a claim that they wanted to co-own it, instead of it being sold off. In Jan 1749/1750, the probate court agreed to this [Vol 8, pg 37], on condition that the brothers paid £18 to each remaining sibling. Wife Elizabeth (Lucy) must have predeceased William, as there is no mention of her in these probate records.
Son William Jr died by 1756, and his probate papers are mixed in with his fathers (File #2768). His inventory shows he still owned 1/2 share of his late father's house and land. 2/3 of it would end up being sold (so his widow Mary retained 1/3 as her dower).
"Dedford" is not found in any records, but there is a Deptford in County Kent, which is probably the correct location.
"Crooked Lane" - the section of Kittery that is now Whipple Road (Rt 103). I have yet to trace the land ownership past the Chandlers, to find which plot of land along the river was theirs.
York County, Maine Estate Files (File #2768 William Chandler)