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John Chaffin (abt. 1696 - abt. 1773)

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John Chaffin
Born about in Cumberland and Goochland Counties Virginiamap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Cumberland County, Virginiamap
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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.


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.


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


Per notes send to me (unknown) from Pamela Smith, I have quoted below an exact transcription of documents which I believe were authored by Bill Huckaby of Modesto, California. (Wiki abstract of these notes)

William Ladd Chaffin, published, in 1912, a book entitled, "History of Robert Chaffin and His Descendants and the other Chaffins in America". The author points out that "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"

Much of the research was done by Raymond Mozley of Sidney, Ohio and Jean Klein of Alton, Illinois. These notes had a lot to do with the Chaffins of Maury Tennesee

"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 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.
Copy of the Will here
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.)

From a post by John Fults at Rootsweb>: John Chaffin's father was married twice. His first wife was named Elizabeth. Their children were: Abner, Amos, Elias and William. John's second wife was named Mary. Their children were: Nathan, Lydia and John Jr. Mary died in 1797. Since I did not find a marriage record, I do not know her family name.

John and Elizabeth Chaffin were of Lunenburg County, VA. John died in 1779 from wounds he received at Valley Forge. His father, Joshua, my ancestor, was appointed the administrator of his estate. One son, Abner and four of his brothers moved from NC to Flynn's Lick, Jackson County, TN where they established the Chaffin Settlement on the road to Cookeville. Others suggest Amos and Abner's father was named either Joseph or Amos, and that his mother was Mary Moor(e). Mary Moor(e), was said to have died in Itawamba County at the age of 101.

Children Joshua CHAFFIN Sr. b: abt. 1720 in Charlotte Co., VA Christopher CHAFFIN b: 1727 Rachel CHAFFIN b: 1731 Ruth CHAFFIN b: 1733 Joseph CHAFFIN b: 1729


  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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On 20 Oct 2014 at 14:05 GMT Anne B wrote:

There are way to many children attached to this John. There should only be Christopher, Joshua, Joseph, Rachel and Ruth. Where did Josephine, Phoebe, Nancy and Simon come from? source?

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