Samuel Chandler was born at Chandler Hill, the family farm on the border between the towns of Woodstock and Thompson, Connecticut. As an adult he owned a farm of 300 acres near the present town of Fabyan, on which he ran a tavern during the Revolutionary war. He also served as a Captain in the Connecticut Militia. He married Anna Paine [d. 1811] in 1760. They had no children, but raised a nephew, John Paine. In May and October of 1780, Chandler took part in the Legislature of Connecticut. Capt. and Mrs. Chandler both sat for portraits around 1780, painted by the Captain's brother, Winthrop Chandler. The pictures (now in the NGA) passed by inheritance after Chandler's death to John Paine (who also inherited Chandler's farm), and descended in the Paine family until 1955.
Chandler, George. The Chandler Family. Worcester, Massachusetts, 1883: 273-74.