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John Chaffin

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John Chaffin
Born in Cumberland and Goochland Counties Virginiamap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
Died in Southern Parish, Cumberland Dist., Virginiamap
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Biography

The will of John Chaffin was written June 26, 1767, executed and proven January 25, 1773 (Book 2, Page 84, Cumberland County, Virginia):

"In the name of God amen I JOHN CHAFFIN of Cumberland County being in my perfect sences and memory thanks be to God do make this my last will and testament as followeth: Item I give to my two sons Christopher and JOSHUA CHAFFIN one shilling sterling each. Item I give to my two daughters Rachel Smith and Ruth Bradley one shilling sterling each.

"Item I give to my son Joseph Chaffin the land and plantation whereon I now live containing two hundred acres to him and his heirs forever. I likewise give to my said son Joseph all the rest and residue of my estate of what nature or quality so ever and lastly I do appoint my son Joseph Chaffin executor of this my last will and testament."[1]

Children by his will are: Christopher, Joshua and Joseph Chaffin, Rachel Smith and Ruth Bradley.

Name

John /Chaffin/
Footnote: John Chaffin is referred to by genealogists as "John of Cumberland and Goochland Counties of Virginia" to separate him from "John of Amelia County" and other Johns of that period.
John Chaffin is referred to by genealogists as "John of Cumberland and Goochland Counties of Virginia" to separate him from "John of Amelia County" and other Johns of that period.

Property

BET 1737 AND 1746
Land patent Goochland County, Virginia which was subsequently divided into other counties, including Cumberland County in 1749.

Note

@N541@

BET 1719 AND 1740 Imported only 1719 from Marriage Date and marked as uncertain.

Sources

Notes

N541Per notes send to me from Pamela Smith, I have quoted below an exact transcription of documents which I believe were authored by Bill Huckaby of Modesto, California.
"From John Chaffin of Goochland and Cumberland Counties in Virginia to John Madison Chaffin of Maury and Giles Counties in Tennessee.
Now that we have finished our research on the (11) eleven children of John Madison Chaffin, we will 'put the cart before the horse' and go back in time and bring the Chaffins from Virginia to Maury County, Tennessee.
A logical conclusion of both amateur and professional geneologists is that a majority of the thousands of Chaffins in the United States descend from either a Robert Chaffin of Massachusetts or a John Chaffin of Virginia.
Both are born in the late 1600's but their relationship, if any, is not known.
William Ladd Chaffin, a great-great-grandson of Robert Chaffin, published, in 1912, a book entitled, "History of Robert Chaffin and His Descendants and the other Chaffins in America".
I can only assume that his offerings on Robert and his descendants is somewhat accurate, but his attempt at the "Virginia Branch" and the "Tennessee Branch" is full of supposition and inaccuracies and has to be discounted as a factual basis in any meaningful research. I plan to quote from this book as "WLC-1912" as we go along, ut these quotes should be used as conversation only, not fact.
As I offer a brief summary on John, Joshua and Thomas, I must confess that the basis for the information submitted was not developed by the writer. The results of so much extensive and painstaking research has been one by others; including Raymond Mozley of Sidney, Ohio and Jean Klein of Alton, Illinois.
Their sharing of their work is humbly appreciated and acknowledged.
However, this research brought us only to a point that we knew that a son of Thomas Chaffin named Coleman Chaffin "was believed to have come to Maury County, Tennessee (from Charlotte County, Virginia) about 1825".
I believe, as we "dig up the bones" in Maury County, we can find out a little bit more about Colemn and his four brothers that did settle in Maury County.
As we review both Virginia and Tennessee documents, the surnames of "Chafin" and "Chaffin" are intertwined and criscrossed. For the sake of simplicity, we will use the name "Chaffin".
JOHN CHAFFIN (ba 1696 da 1733) is the ancestor of the Maury County Chaffins. His parentage and the name of his wife is unknown.
He is referred to by geneologists as "John of Cumberland and Goochland Counties of Virginia" to separate him from "John of Amelia County" and other Johns of that period.
JOHN obtained land patents in 1737, 1742, 1743 and 1746 totaling some 1300 acres in Goochland County, which was subsequently divided into other counties, including Cumberland County in 1749.
He started dividing his land among his ons, Christopher and Joshua in 1753; his son, Joseph and sons-in-law, David Bradley and John Smith in 1757; and one grandson, Thomas Huccaby, Jr. in 1767.
One would assume that Joseph was the youngest son and did not become of age until 1757 (being born about 1736). One would also assume that JOHN's grandson, Thomas Huccaby, Jr., did not become of age until 1767 (being born about 1746) and that his unnamed mother and father, Thomas Huccaby, Sr., were already dead in 1757 when land was distributed to the other sons-in-law.
The will of JOHN CHAFFIN was written June 26, 1767, executed and proven January 25, 1773 (Book 2, Page 84, Cumberland County, VA).
" In the name of God amen I JOHN CHAFFIN of Cumberland County being in
my perfect sences andmemory thanks be to God do make this my last will
and testament as followeth: Item I give to my two sons Christopher and
Joshua Chaffin one shilling sterling each. Item I give to my two daughters Rachel Smith and Ruth Bradley one shilling sterling each.
Item I give to my son Joseph Chaffin the land and plantation whereon I now
live containing two hundred acres to him and his heirs forever. I likewise give
to my said son Joseph all the rest and residue of my estate of what nature or
quality so ever and lastly I do appoint my son Joseph Chaffin executor of
this my last will and testament."
The known children of JOHN CHAFFIN are:
Christopher Chaffin (born abt. 1720, died abt 1768)
Joshua Chaffin (born abt 1725, died abt 1804)
**Joseph Chaffin (born abt 1736, died abt 1773)
Rachel Chaffin (married John Smith)
Ruth Chaffin (married David Bradley)
Nancy Caroline Chaffin (married Thomas Huccaby, Sr.)
** Joseph Chaffin is considered by many to be the father of Abner Chaffin, the forefather of the "Cousins" but about 25 years of research have not brought forth "proof".
Now, let's see what we know about Joshua Chaffin.......
JOSHUA CHAFFIN (ba 1725 da 1804) and wife, Ester, sold their (200 acres) bought from his father JOHN, one yearearlier for (8 pounds) to Francis Apperson on March 21, 1754 for (50) pounds and moved to Lunenberg County, Virginia.
On September 20, 1759, Joshua Chaffin, for the sum of (4) pounds and (5) shillings of "good and lawful money" received a land patent for (808) acres in Lunenberg County (of which part later became Cahrlotte County).
The grant was made by King George, The Second, through Francis Fauguier, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor and Commander-In-Chief of the Colony and Dominion at Williamsburg, "in the thirty-third year of our reign."
On October 3, 1768, he sold to son, Thomas Chaffin, a tract of (123) acres for (10) pounds. At the same time, he sold to son, John Chaffin, a tract of (117) acres for (10) pounds.
On May 4, 1778, he sold to son Joshua Chaffin, Jr., a tract of (120) acres for (10) pounds. At the same time, he sold to son Joseph Chaffin, a tract of (120) acres for (10) pounds.
On May 25, 1801, Joshua Chaffin, Sr., sold to son, Joseph, a tract of (113) acres for (150) pounds.
On September 4, 1804, Joshua Chaffin, Sr., sold to son, Thomas Chaffin, a parcel of land containing "by late survey" (11-1/4) acres for the sum of one dollar. The witnesses to this deed were Joel Collins, Bannister Chaffin and Colman Chaffin.
The remainder of his acreage (204) was willed to son, Jesse Chaffin.
The will of Joshua Chaffin was written October 1, 1804, proven and exected February 4, 1805( Charlotte County Will Book #2, Pages 298 and 298a) provdes that:
"....to my son Thomas Chaffin, the tract of land whereon he lives together with
every other article heretofore delivered to him and his heirs and assigns
forever."
"....to my son, Isham Chaffin, the stock of cattle which I have heretofore
put him in possession of....."
"....to my daughter, Anne Hatchett, the stock of cattle which I have heretofore
put her in possession of...."
".....to my daughter, Easter Scruggs, all such articles as I have heretofore put
her in possession of....."
".....to my daughter Sally Cheatham, the stock of cattle that hath been delivered
to her with every other article which I have possessed her with....."
".....to my son, Joseph Chaffi (113) acres of land lying on Deloneys Fork o the
Horesepen Creek it being the land whereon he lately resided....."
".....to my son, Jessee Chaffin the remainder of my tract of land whereon I now
live containing (204) acres including the old mill place also one negro man by
the name of Allen and one negro girl by the name of Rhody together with all
and every other article of every kind and sort whatever I may be possessed of...."
".....to my daughter, Phody Collins all such articles as she hath heretofore been
put in possession of....."
".....and lastly I do appoint my son Jesse Chaffin and my friends, Mark Goods and
William Duepree executors of this my last will."
One of the witnesses to this will was Thomas Chaffin, Jr.
On March 28, 1784, Joseph Chaffin sold his piece of property to his brother, Joshua Chaffin, Jr, for (15) pounds. Ths gave Josha, Jr. some (240) acres....(233) by survey...in which he had invested only (25) pounds....about 10% of it's actual value.
On February 5, 1798, Joshua Chaffin, Jr., sold his (233) acres for 6.00 and moved to Georgia. He was not mentioned in his father Joshua Chaffin, Sr's will written in 1804.
It appears that Joseph had not paid for his (113) acres, nor had Thomas, since Joshua, Sr. seemed to will them the same land that had previously been transferred by deed.
Isham Chaffin, son of Joshua, Sr., was not willed anything but the "stock of Cattle". It is believed that Isham had already moved to georgia and possibly had not paid for the cattle and this was his father's way of relieving him of any debt.
The known children of JOSHUA CHAFFIN, SR. are:
Ephriam Chaffin (ba unk da unk Possibly Georgia)
John Chaffin (ba 1747 da 1779 Charlotte County, VA)
Thomas Chaffin (ba 1748 da 1824 Charlotte County, VA)
Joshua Chaffin, Jr. (ba 1750 da 1835 Jasper County, GA)
Isham Chaffin (ba 1757 da 1823 Wilkes County, GA)
Joseph Chaffin (ba 1760 da 1805 Charlotte County, VA)
Jesse Chaffin (ba 1762 da 1812 GA or Tenn?)
Rhody Chaffin married Joel Collins
Easter Chaffin married Mr. Scruggs
Ann Chaffin married Mr. Hatchett
Sally Chaffin married Epps Cheatham
As we get a little closer to Maury County, Tennessee, let us dig up a little bit about THOMAS CHAFFIN.....
THOMAS CHAFFIN (SR.) was born about 1748 in Cumberland County, VA. His father JOSHUA, SR. left Cumberland County about 1754 and moved to Lunenberg County (part of which later became Charlotte County VA).
He married Elizabeth (believed Mayes or Mayse about 1772). (Their first child, Moses, was born about 1773).
We find the THMAS CHAFFIN family in Charlotte County census of 1790 with (8 white souls and 1 black soul". I can account for (9 white souls" in 1790). (I understand the official 1790 census was destroyed by fire and was "re-created" by using other existing records, such as tax rolls.
The will of THOMAS CHAFFIN (SR):
"In the name of God amen, I THOMAS CHAFFIN (SR) of Charlotte County and
State of Virginia being of sound mind and memory do make and ordain this to
be my last will and testament i the manner and form following to wit:"
"It is my will and desire that all my just debts be fully discharged and paid."
"It is my will and desire that after discharging all my debts that the residue of
my estate both real and personal of every kind whatsoever be held and
possessed and enjoyed by my beloved wife, Elizabeth Chaffin, during her
natural life on loan only."
"It is my will and desire that I hereby give to my son, Littlebury Chaffin one
negro girl named Mary after the death of my wife. It is my will and desire
that Isham Chaffin my son have sixty dollars which I paid Henry Hailey for
him and five dollars more after his mother's death."
"It is my will and desire that after the death of my wife and discharging the
debts and legacies before mentioned that the whole of my estate both real
and personal be sold on twelve months credit and the money arising from
such sale be equally be divided between my sons, to wit: Thomas,
Bannister, Coleman, Rowland, Littlebury and the heirs of Moses Chaffin
deceased to draw one equal part."
"It is my will that my two old negros, Dennis and Diller, have their choice to
live with any of my sons and that they pay the taxes of said negros to clothe
them and lastly I appoint my son Littlebury Chaffin and John Brooks
executors of this my last will and testament revoking all others heretofore
made."
This will was written April 24, 1824 and was proven June 7, 1824. Two of the witnesses were Garland Chaffin (son of Thomas, Jr.) and Sarah Weatherford (probably daughter of Lina (Chaffin) and Samuel Weatherford.
An appraisal of his estate, including 8 slaves, was made on July 31, 1824.
The first sale from his estate was made November 11, 1824 in the amount of 7.28. The second sale was made March 8, 1827 for ,924.52 for a total of ,641.82.
An accounting of his estate in Charlotte County Will Book #6, Page 220 ranged from 1824 to 1829 and a balance was reported to the court on January 9, 1830 in the amount of ,402.45.
I can find no record of the disbursements of this balance but as we will se further on, this created some action in Maury County in 1830.
A portion of the accounting relates that THOMAS CHAFFIN was the guardian of a John and Sarah Weatherford. The first mention of this is dated November 25, 1822. An amount of ,805.65 was paid "John Brooks gdn of Sarah and Jno Weatherford (it being the amount due them with interest thereon from the estate of THOMAS CHAFFIN who was their family."
Probably John and Sarah Weatherford were the children of Lina (Chaffin) and Samuel Weatherford. Lina and Samuel were married March 4, 1805 in Charlotte County and if Sarah was born in 1806, she would have only been about 18 if she is also the Sarah Weatherford that witnessed THOMAS CHAFFIN's will.
COLEMAN CHAFFIN married Susanna Weatherford (daughter of Samuel Weatherford) in Charlotte County, December 19, 1805. Susanna was born November 5, 1788 so her father, Samuel, would have to have been born probably no later than 1760.
It is possible that Lina, born about 1786, married at about age 19 to a 45 year old man, so Colman's father-in-law could also have been his brother-in-law.
An interesting undated entry in the settlement of the estate was "to amt reserved to pay Bro Daniel Will for preaching funeral sermon of Mrs. Chaffin (.00).
The known children of THOMAS CHAFFIN, (SR) were:
1. Moses Chaffin (ba 1773 da 1824 Maury County, Tennessee)
2. Isham Chaffin (ba 1776 da 1826 Charlotte County, Virginia)
3. Thomas Chaffin (Jr) (ba 1780 d. June 8, 1848 Charlotte County, Virginia)
4. Bannister Chaffin (ba 1781 da 1862 Maury County, Tennessee)
5. Coleman Chaffin (b March 1, 1783 d. October 10, 1844 Maury County, Tennessee)
6. Lina Chaffin (ba 1785 da 1822 probably Charlotte County, Virginia)
7. Rowland Chaffin (ba 1789 da 1861 Maury County, Tennessee)
8. Littlebury Chaffin (ba 1793 da 1835 Maury County Tennessee)
I think we are now about ready to bring COLEMAN CHAFFIN to Maury County, Tennessee.
A "QUICK-PRELIMINARY" LOOK AT THE 5 MAURY COUNTY CHAFFIN BROTHERS
MOSES CHAFFIN (ba 1773 d 1824) was on Charlotte County, Virginia tax rolls as late as 1803. He married in Davidson County, TN on August 9, 1808. Moses Chaffin (of Rutherford County, Tennessee) purchased lot #17 in Coumbia, Tennessee (Maury County) from the Columbia Town Commission on August 18, 1808.
BANNISTER CHAFFIN (ba 1781 d 1862) in Charlotte County, Virginia census of 1830. He was on Maury County, Tennessee census of 1840. The Maury County, Tennessee census of 1850 shows his third child, Melissa, as being 17 years old (being born about 1833) and as being born in tennessee.
COLEMAN CHAFFIN (b March 1, 1783 died October 10, 1844) was on tax rolls of Charlotte County, Virginia as late as 1816. He appears on Jury Duty in Maury County, Tennessee in 1818.
ROLAND CHAFFIN (ba 1785 d 1861) last appeared on tax rolls of harlotte County, Virginia in 1816, but appears to be with his dad's (Thomas Chaffin, Sr.) family in Charlotte County, Virginia census of 1820. Probably married Moses' widow (Jane Jones Chaffin) in late 1824 or early 1825 since his son, Green T. Chaffin was born in 1825.
LITTLEBURY CHAFFIN (ba 1793 d 1835) in Charlotte County, Virginia census of 1830. He died in Maury County, Tennessee in 1835 when an inventory of his estate was made on October 17, 1835.
MOSES was the first to come to Tennessee. He was in Rutherford County by 1808 and in Maury County shortly thereafter.
COLEMAN came to Maury County in 1817 (give or take a year).
ROLAND either in Maury County in 1824 or 1825 to marry Moses' widow.
BANNISTER shows up between 1830 and 1833.
LITTLEBURY shows up between 1830 and 1835, so it is very likely these two came together.
THE CHAFFIN NAME
There is one curious legend concerning the origin of the name, CHAFFIN. It may be found in Champfleury's "Cats, Past and Present" and is told as follows:
"The name Chaffin MAY be derived from a place called
LE CHAFFIN in the Sologne in France. It is named
Chaffin after a cat who fought back at Satan who was
determined to destroy it."
The cat-of-nine-lives, may?????
A conclusion of a Howard M. Chapin of Providence, R.I., who has given the subject careful study, both in the U.S. and abroad, is that the Chapins and Chaffins were originally one family and probably descended from Chapyn or Chopyn and were of Saxon origin, some of them moving to France during the reign of the Plantagenets and tere taking the name Chopin.
Other sources claim the Chaffins came from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and some have traced the family to Holland.
One popular theory is that the name is Welsh, emigrating o England and possibly Ireland.
The "History of Robert Chaffin, etc." by William Ladd Chaffin, published in 1912 referencing "Burke's Encyclopedia of Heraldry" mentions Chaffins and Chafins as well as Cheffyns and Chafyns in England in the early 1500's.
Also we find the Cheffyns in England during the reign of King Edward I (1272 to 1307).
In the first U.S. censs of 1790 (actually taken over a ten year period from 1782 to 1791) we find 39 heads of Chaffin households in the United States.
There were eleven (11) Chaffin (or Chafin) households in Virginia and six (6) of these were in charlotte County.
The census of Charlotte County was taken in 1782 and shows Mary, Nathaniel, Joseph, Thomas, Hoshua, Sr., and Joshua, Jr. as being heads of households.
So, the Chaffins were well established in the New World in the early and mid 1700's but no researcher, as far as I can determine has pinpointed the origin of the name.
Maybe, as I read in a genealogy name dictionary, the name Chaffin refers to one who is "bald".
I somewhat doubt this, because the vast majority of the Maury County Chaffins as I knew and Know them were not bald....being prematurely gray or white headed, yes....but not bald.
Research by Raymond Mozley of Sidney, Ohio and Jean Klein of Alton, Illinois and put down on paper by unnamed Chaffin descendant.
John Chaffin (ba 1696 da 1773) is the ancestor of the Maury County Chaffins. His parentage and the name of his wife is unknown.
John started dividing his land among his sons, Christopher and Joshua in 1753; his son, Joseph, and sons-in-law, David Bradley and John Smith in 1757; and one grandson, Thomas Huccaby, Jr. in 1767.
One would assume that Joseph was the youngest son and did not become of age until 1757 (being born about 1736). One would also assume that John's grandson, Thomas Huccaby, Jr, did not become of age until 1767 (being born about 1746) and that his unnamed mother and father, Thomas Huccaby, Sr., were already dead in 1757 when land was distributed to the other sons-in-law.
The will of John Chaffin was written June 26, 1767, executed and proven January 25, 1773 (Book 2, Page 84, Cumberland County, Virginia):
"In the name of God amen I JOHN CHAFFIN of Cumberland County being in my perfect sences and memory thanks be to God do make this my last will and testament as followeth: Item I give to my two sons Christopher and JOSHUA CHAFFIN one shilling sterling each. Item I give to my two daughters Rachel Smith and Ruth Bradley one shilling sterling each.
Item I give to my son Joseph Chaffin the land and plantation whereon I now live containing two hundred acres to him and his heirs forever. I likewise give to my said son Joseph all the rest and residue of my estate of what nature or quality so ever and lastly I do appoint my son Joseph Chaffin executor of this my last will and testament."
The Chaffin Name:
"There is one curious legend concerning the origin of the name, CHAFFIN. It may be found in Champfleury's "Cats, Past and Present" and is told as follows"
"The name Chaffin may be derived from a place called LE CHAFFIN in the Solgne in France. It is named Chaffin after a cat who fought back at Satan who was determined to destroy it."
A conclusion of a Howard M. Chapin of Providence, Rhode Island, who has given the subject careful study, both in the United States and abroad, is that the Chapins and Chaffins were originally one family and probably descended from Chapyn or Chopyn and were of Saxon origin, some of them moving to France during the reign of the Plantagenets and there taking the name Chopin.
Other sources claim the Chaffins came from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and some have traced the family to Holland.
One popular theory is that the name is Welsh, emigrating to England and possibly Ireland.
The "History of Robert Chaffin, etc." by William Ladd Chaffin, published in 1912 referencing "burke's Encyclopedia of Heraldry" mentions Chaffins and Chafins as well as Cheffyns and Chafyns in England in the early 1500's.
Also we find the Cheffyns in England during the reign of King Edward I (1272 to 1307).
In the first United States census of 1790 (actually taken over a ten year period from 1782 to 1791) we find 39 heads of Chaffin households in the United States.
There were eleven Chaffin (or Chafin) households in Virginia and six of these were in Charlotte County.
The census of Charlotte County was taken in 1782 and shows Mary, Nathaniel, Joseph, Thomas, Joshua, Sr. and Joshua, Jr. as being heads of households.
So, the Chaffins were well established in the New World in the early and mid 1700's but no researcher has pinpointed the origin of the name (per the author of this text).
One genealogy dictionary lists the name "Chaffin" referring to one who is "bald".
Research by Raymond Mozley of Sidney, Ohio and Jean Klein of Alton, Illinois and put down on paper by unnamed Chaffin descendant.
John Chaffin (ba 1696 da 1773) is the ancestor of the Maury County Chaffins. His parentage and the name of his wife is unknown.
John started dividing his land among his sons, Christopher and Joshua in 1753; his son, Joseph, and sons-in-law, David Bradley and John Smith in 1757; and one grandson, Thomas Huccaby, Jr. in 1767.
One would assume that Joseph was the youngest son and did not become of age until 1757 (being born about 1736). One would also assume that John's grandson, Thomas Huccaby, Jr, did not become of age until 1767 (being born about 1746) and that his unnamed mother and father, Thomas Huccaby, Sr., were already dead in 1757 when land was distributed to the other sons-in-law.
The will of John Chaffin was written June 26, 1767, executed and proven January 25, 1773 (Book 2, Page 84, Cumberland County, Virginia):
"In the name of God amen I JOHN CHAFFIN of Cumberland County being in my perfect sences and memory thanks be to God do make this my last will and testament as followeth: Item I give to my two sons Christopher and JOSHUA CHAFFIN one shilling sterling each. Item I give to my two daughters Rachel Smith and Ruth Bradley one shilling sterling each.
Item I give to my son Joseph Chaffin the land and plantation whereon I now live containing two hundred acres to him and his heirs forever. I likewise give to my said son Joseph all the rest and residue of my estate of what nature or quality so ever and lastly I do appoint my son Joseph Chaffin executor of this my last will and testament."
The Chaffin Name:
"There is one curious legend concerning the origin of the name, CHAFFIN. It may be found in Champfleury's "Cats, Past and Present" and is told as follows"
"The name Chaffin may be derived from a place called LE CHAFFIN in the Solgne in France. It is named Chaffin after a cat who fought back at Satan who was determined to destroy it."
A conclusion of a Howard M. Chapin of Providence, Rhode Island, who has given the subject careful study, both in the United States and abroad, is that the Chapins and Chaffins were originally one family and probably descended from Chapyn or Chopyn and were of Saxon origin, some of them moving to France during the reign of the Plantagenets and there taking the name Chopin.
Other sources claim the Chaffins came from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and some have traced the family to Holland.
One popular theory is that the name is Welsh, emigrating to England and possibly Ireland.
The "History of Robert Chaffin, etc." by William Ladd Chaffin, published in 1912 referencing "burke's Encyclopedia of Heraldry" mentions Chaffins and Chafins as well as Cheffyns and Chafyns in England in the early 1500's.
Also we find the Cheffyns in England during the reign of King Edward I (1272 to 1307).
In the first United States census of 1790 (actually taken over a ten year period from 1782 to 1791) we find 39 heads of Chaffin households in the United States.
There were eleven Chaffin (or Chafin) households in Virginia and six of these were in Charlotte County.
The census of Charlotte County was taken in 1782 and shows Mary, Nathaniel, Joseph, Thomas, Joshua, Sr. and Joshua, Jr. as being heads of households.
So, the Chaffins were well established in the New World in the early and mid 1700's but no researcher has pinpointed the origin of the name (per the author of this text).
One genealogy dictionary lists the name "Chaffin" referring to one who is "bald".
Research by Raymond Mozley of Sidney, Ohio and Jean Klein of Alton, Illinois and put down on paper by unnamed Chaffin descendant.
John Chaffin (ba 1696 da 1773) is the ancestor of the Maury County Chaffins. His parentage and the name of his wife is unknown.
John started dividing his land among his sons, Christopher and Joshua in 1753; his son, Joseph, and sons-in-law, David Bradley and John Smith in 1757; and one grandson, Thomas Huccaby, Jr. in 1767.
One would assume that Joseph was the youngest son and did not become of age until 1757 (being born about 1736). One would also assume that John's grandson, Thomas Huccaby, Jr, did not become of age until 1767 (being born about 1746) and that his unnamed mother and father, Thomas Huccaby, Sr., were already dead in 1757 when land was distributed to the other sons-in-law.
The will of John Chaffin was written June 26, 1767, executed and proven January 25, 1773 (Book 2, Page 84, Cumberland County, Virginia):
"In the name of God amen I JOHN CHAFFIN of Cumberland County being in my perfect sences and memory thanks be to God do make this my last will and testament as followeth: Item I give to my two sons Christopher and JOSHUA CHAFFIN one shilling sterling each. Item I give to my two daughters Rachel Smith and Ruth Bradley one shilling sterling each.
Item I give to my son Joseph Chaffin the land and plantation whereon I now live containing two hundred acres to him and his heirs forever. I likewise give to my said son Joseph all the rest and residue of my estate of what nature or quality so ever and lastly I do appoint my son Joseph Chaffin executor of this my last will and testament."
The Chaffin Name:
"There is one curious legend concerning the origin of the name, CHAFFIN. It may be found in Champfleury's "Cats, Past and Present" and is told as follows"
"The name Chaffin may be derived from a place called LE CHAFFIN in the Solgne in France. It is named Chaffin after a cat who fought back at Satan who was determined to destroy it."
A conclusion of a Howard M. Chapin of Providence, Rhode Island, who has given the subject careful study, both in the United States and abroad, is that the Chapins and Chaffins were originally one family and probably descended from Chapyn or Chopyn and were of Saxon origin, some of them moving to France during the reign of the Plantagenets and there taking the name Chopin.
Other sources claim the Chaffins came from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and some have traced the family to Holland.
One popular theory is that the name is Welsh, emigrating to England and possibly Ireland.
The "History of Robert Chaffin, etc." by William Ladd Chaffin, published in 1912 referencing "burke's Encyclopedia of Heraldry" mentions Chaffins and Chafins as well as Cheffyns and Chafyns in England in the early 1500's.
Also we find the Cheffyns in England during the reign of King Edward I (1272 to 1307).
In the first United States census of 1790 (actually taken over a ten year period from 1782 to 1791) we find 39 heads of Chaffin households in the United States.
There were eleven Chaffin (or Chafin) households in Virginia and six of these were in Charlotte County.
The census of Charlotte County was taken in 1782 and shows Mary, Nathaniel, Joseph, Thomas, Joshua, Sr. and Joshua, Jr. as being heads of households.
So, the Chaffins were well established in the New World in the early and mid 1700's but no researcher has pinpointed the origin of the name (per the author of this text).
One genealogy dictionary lists the name "Chaffin" referring to one who is "bald".
I found record of a Joshua Chaffin born between 1725 and 1730 in Virginia. Birth Records on CD # 17. This could be a possible relation.
JOHN Chafin b. in Va in 1785. There are lots of Chaffins on *P , so keep posting. I am sure someone will be able to help. I think my John's father was Christopher, but I am not sure yet. My maternal grandmother was a Chafin. Violet in OH (Prodigy 1/24/96)John Chaffin resided Southern Parish Cumberland County, Virginia, 1767.
Born between 1690 - 1710.
Died 1772 - Will dated 1767, probated January 25, 1773.
(Information from Land Deed and Wills)
  1. Copies and extracts of this document can be found on the internet, I've not seen an original to verify, but believe this is correct in the essentials~~~~

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Thank you to Theresa Ellenwood for creating WikiTree profile Chaffin-164 through the import of KatyAliceIdaHuckabyAncestors.ged on Mar 5, 2013.

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