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1  CHASTAIN, Dr Pierre (I2623)
2 1850 census for Anderson County, SC page 216-B. Chastain, Zilpha (I2086)
3 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. Source (S103)
4 2003 Payson, Gila, Arizona, USA CHASTAIN, Ruby Opal (I9)
5 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. ROBERTS, Ronald Eugene (I101)
6 Missouri Marriage Records. Jefferson City, MO, USA: Missouri State Archives. Microfilm. Source (S45)
7 Relevés informatisés du cercle généalogique du Haut-Berry. Bourges, France: Cercle généalogique du Haut-Berry, 2010. Source (S379)

Dodd, Jordan R, et. al. Early American Marriages: Texas to 1850. Bountiful, UT: Precision Indexing Publishers, 19xx.

Hunting For Bears, comp. Texas marriage information taken from county courthouse records. Many of these records were extracted from copies of the original records in microfilm, microfiche, or book format, located at the Family History Library.

Texas Department of State Health Services. Texas Marriage Index, 1966-2011. Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas.

Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, comp. (P.O. Box 740, Orem, Utah 84059) from county marriage records on microfilm located at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, in published books cataloged by the Library of Congress, or from county courthouse records.

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WWII Registration Draft Cards. 414 boxes. Records of the Selective Service System, 1926–1975, RG 147. The National Archives at Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia.

WWII Registration Draft Cards, Arkansas and Louisiana. 955 boxes. Records of the Selective Service System, 1926–1975, RG 147. The National Archives at Ft. Worth, Texas.

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  • 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
  • Minnesota census schedules for 1870. NARA microfilm publication T132, 13 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
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11 Abraham Chastain (Shatten, Shasteen, etc.) is first noted on the 1790 Federal census for Rutherford County, NC as Abram Shateen on page 120 and residing very near to Edward Brigand Chastain (Rev. John3, Peter Jr.2, Pierre1). His home is enumerated with 1 male less than 16 years of age, 1 male older than 16 and 2 females. Abraham is absent from both the 1800 and 1810 federal censuses but it is probably him noted as Abraham Shasteene on the 1807 Petition of Walton County, GA (now NC) Residents, and residing in the vicinity of Rev. James Chastain. Abraham next appears recorded in land deeds in August of 1815 in Rutherford County, NC to settle the estate of James Coward. It is possible that he had married a daughter of Coward. Also noted in the transactions was Absalom Chastain. Abraham is recorded on page 202 of the 1820 Federal census of Pendleton District, SC (in an area now in Pickens County). His home is enumerated with 3 males born 1810-20, 1 male born before 1775, 3 females born 1804-10, 1 female born 1794-1804, and 1 female born 1775-94. The male born prior to 1790 from the 1790 census is now gone from the home and is very probably the Obediah Chastain recorded near by in this same census year. There is uncertainty concerning the age bracket for the eldest female, it does not correspond to that shown in latter records. This could be an incorrect age for the household mistress or she might be deceased and Abraham being remarried prior to 1830 with this being the other female noted on the 1790 record. Abraham's family is recorded on page 311 of the 1830 Pickens County, SC census with a total of 7 persons noted. All three males from 1820 are still at home but two females are absent. Both the eldest male (Abraham) and female (presumed wife) age brackets are given as 60-70, thus birth year range of 1760-70. By the recording of the family in 1840, page 367 Pickens County, SC, there is a reduction to five persons, Abraham (age 70-80), presumed wife (age 60-70), the two males age 20-30 and one female age 20-30. There are but two legally connected children of Abraham Chastain, Abraham, Jr., and Jacob (Jake) Chastain. Both are noted from Pickens County, SC Deed Book F1:167 where Abraham Chastain deeds to "Abraham and Jacob for love and affection, my lawful heirs" 140 acres on Carricks Creek, and dated September, 1841. A Cynthia Chastain, born abt 1810 is noted in the household of Abraham Jr. in both the 1850 (page 53) and 1860 (page 371) censuses for Gordon County, GA, she is his probable sister and one of females born 1804-10 noted in Abraham's home. Also noted on page 54 of the 1850 Gordon County census is the family of John Chastain age 40 and born in SC. This John's lineage is uncertain but he is a very probable candidate for the male recorded in Abraham's home born 1810-15. It is possible that there was another child or two born to Abraham in the early to mid 1790's that were removed from this household prior to 1820 that we have no record of. Abraham Chastain was thus born between 1760 and 1770 according to the census records, a date in the mid to late 1760's is more probable based on the construction of his family. He seems to have arrived in Pendleton District, SC at the time of the migration of James, John, and Abraham, the probable sons of Peter Chastain, Jr. He is mysteriously absent from the census records in 1800 and 1810 but with his notation of being in Walton County, GA in 1807 (present Transylvania/Henderson Cos., NC) near to Reverend James, his absence is not surprising. This area of NC was actually Indian land but a portion was thought to be in Georgia until about 1812. Since the boundary was very uncertain, some residents were picked up as residing in Buncombe County, NC, as with Reverend James, while others went un-enumerated. There are only two men of age to be his father, Reverends John and James Chastain. Rev. John did not name all of his children in his will and Abraham did have a close association with his descendants. But, it would be a stretch to include another child born to Rev. John from 1765-70. Since Abraham apparently resided in the same location as Rev. James for some number of years, had ties with the same Coward family as an Absalom Chastain, was illiterate as was most of James' family, using Chasteen, Chesteen, Shasteen, etc., and there is no other known possibility in the Chastain lineages of age to be his father, Rev. James seems to only probility. Chastain, Abraham (I2437)
12 Abraham recorded on page 53 of the 1850 Gordon County, GA census and page 371 of the 1860 census for Gordon County. Chastain, Abraham (I2451)
13 According to the 1860 Anderson Co., SC census page 281. Chastain, John (I806)
14 Actually died in the part of Pendleton Dst that became Pickens County. He married (1) Mary O'Bryan and (2) Mrs. Mary Robinson. Chastain, John (I2872)
15 Alabama National Cemetery RANDOLPH, David Ware (I2114)
16 Alex was a farmer and Baptist minister. He married (1) Rachel Coggins, 14 Sep 1877 in Meigs Co, TN; (2) Nancy jane Taylor. Chastain, Alexander B. (I3687)
17 Although there are numerous unanswered questions concerning Judith Chastain, the dates and locations of common events like birth, marriage, death, number and names of children, etc. it is apparent that she lead a un-conventional life style for her era. Judith was recorded as being presented to the Grand Jury five times for bastardy! Perhaps her lineage, being born to a prominent Huguenot family, and the social status of her "partner or partners in crime" enabled her to continue her conspicuous relationship(s) that continued after the death of her legal husband and throughout the 1730's.

Judith is generally considered to have married Giles "Gille" Ballew. Although no reference for this union is known to exist Giles was the right age, in the right location and at the right time. Judith was identified in a 1733 deed that noted her surname as Ballew and that she was a widow. Also of note is that her brother, Jean Chastain, was one of four men directed to inventory the estate of Giles at his death, perhaps to protect Judith's interests. Giles was apparently a single man when he was noted as a titheable in the home of Jean Benard during 1725. So, Judith and Giles probably married sometime between 1726 and his death in either late 1728 or early 1729. The presumption is that Judith \i had\i0 married by the composition of her father's will in October 1728 as he states, "\i where she now lives\i0 " in reference to the tract of land he had bequeathed her. Obviously the statement infers that Judith was no longer residing in Pierre's home and accordingly that she was married or widowed in her own household. Owing to the next events in Judith's life, there seems to be further support for this assumption.

After the notation in her father's will the next occurrence of Judith in historical documents is in November, 1729 when she is "presented" by Amos Ladd and Henry Harper for having a bastard child. Bastardy seemed to be somewhat more common in this era than is conventionally thought. Virginia had long established penalties concerning the offence mainly in an effort to ensure that the local government and local parish would not be monetarily responsible for the child, penalities were also handed out for those persons who had knowledge of such actions and did not report to authorities, especially midwives. Of course, religious implications also played a large role in many of the cases.

Judith's trial was prolonged over the course of some ten months until a verdict was finally reached in September of 1730. The records are somewhat confusing throughout. During which time Judith failed to appear in court until March 1729/30 when her Attorney, Griffith Bowen, issued a plea of not guilty. The proceedings were continued through the May and July courts without any detail references concerning Judith's trial.

Finally, in September 1730 the court reached a guilty verdict. Apparently Judith remained steadfast in her innocence as no notation is given concerning a possible father and no one confessed or claimed responsibility. She was given the lawful fine of 500 pounds of tobacco and cask (or the equivalent money fine of 50 shilling). However, her fine was paid by two apparent co-owners of a tavern, Roger Povall (Powell) and Anthony Hoggart, reasons for Povall and Hoggat's generosity remain unknown, they were neighbors but to date there is no known familial connection. The child was identified as "William" and payment was rendered on the condition that he not become "chargeable" or financially supported by the Parish. It would seem that William was probably born just prior to November 1729, it is very possible that he is the William Raney Ballew, commonly called "Renny", who eventually migrated to Union County, SC, dying there in the late 1790's. Of interest in the few details of the trial is that a Thomas Walker was called as a witness, we will see more of Walker later.

The trial proceedings indicate that Judith bore a child in October or November 1729, one that the Grand Jury rendered an opinion that was not conceived in wedlock, was not fathered by Giles Ballew. However, the birth date had to be within a reasonable time frame from Giles' death for Judith to claim innocence, thus an assumption of Giles death in January or February of 1728/29, in accordance with the oath of Thomas Randolph to the court in March of 1728/29 that Giles had died intestate.

Judith's initial bastardy trial does insinuate some management to the death date of her supposed husband but still unanswered is when she and Giles married and if there were other children born prior to his death, namely Peter Ballew. Peter, probably born circa 1728, is traditionally regarded as Judith and Giles' son. Since Judith was already removed from Pierre's household prior to his death, the obscure reference in the conviction noting she was guilty of "\i one\i0 " bastard child, indicating the possibility of another child, and the specific naming of the child that Povall (Powell) and Hoggart gave recognizance for, it seems likely that Giles and Judith were married sometime prior to her father's death and that they did possibly produce offspring. If so, then Peter Ballew is certainly the best candidate. Of note, preliminary DNA research collected by the Ballew Family Association indicates that genetic markers submitted from both the Peter and William Raney lineages do not match for the same father.

Judith apparently continued with the same or another out of wedlock relationship as she is presented again for bastardy in May, 1731. However, not like the initial trial, it was concluded very quickly. In the June, 1731 Grand Jury hearing, Thomas Walker confessed and received the fine. Walker 's name appears on several deeds and other Goochland County records in the 1730's and he was apparently sworn as a sub-sheriff in 1730. His duties as under Sheriff might have constituted the reason for his appearance at the initial trial, Daniel Stoner, the Sheriff was also noted among witnesses. But, owing to the relationship brought to light in Judith's second hearing, Walker could have very well been implicated as a father candidate in the initial trial. Walker was not the man of the same name who open the Cumberland Gap.

Judith had sold the land given to her by her father by November 1733 when a deed was recorded indicating the sale of the 115 acre plantation to Peter Guerrant for 15 lbs, Judith's brother Peter witnessed the transaction. The deed noted that Thomas Dickens had been occupying the property indicating that Judith had been residing elsewhere. Dickens was apparently the same Thomas who brought petition against Judith in May, 1734 for debt of ?4-16 current money, but was dismissed in October of the same year, probably for lack of evidence. Dickens was a constable in King William Parish in 1734 and his name appears in numerous court documents as a plaintiff. The nature of the suit is unknown, perhaps in relation to his job functions or maybe a personal suit since the prior relationship between he and Judith of landowner-tenant.

There is a very interesting entry in the Order Books for March, 1734/35 that concerns an "orphan", Thomas Ballew, that was bound out to Thomas Walker, a cooper. This certainly seems to be the illegitimate son of Judith and Thomas Walker born circa May, 1731. Apparently Thomas Walker had petitioned the court for custody of his son, accordingly by this time, Judith and Walker's relationship had ended, perhaps she was now involved with someone else. It seems that Thomas Ballew was once again "orphaned" in March 1741/42 when he was bound out to Thomas McDaniel, a carpenter, perhaps Thomas Walker wanted his son to aquire another skill, he was of ill health or had died.

Judith apparently wasted little time in finding a replacement for Walker as she is yet again presented for having a bastard child in May of 1736. There are no further records pertaining to this case, it is unknown but likely that she was once again convicted. Yet, she will appear two more times for the same "crime". On 20th April 1739, a case was presented by the Church Wardens of Raleigh Parish vs Judith Belew for having bastard child. Judith failed to appear so Thomas Prewett, security to pay 50 shillings or 500 pounds tobacco and costs to Church Wardens (Note: Raleigh Parish established 1735). Thomas Prewitt has vague Chastain connections, his wife Mary's maiden name is thought to be Chastain. Then in November, 1740 a Grand Jury is sworn for Judith Balew for having a bastard child with a judgment reached in May 1741, where Paul Pigg became special bail for defendant.

The following Amelia County Order Book entry of 15 February 1744/45 is currently the last record attributed to Judith Chastain Ballew. Judith acted as a witness for Thomas Prewitt (vs Thomas Bassett) to be paid 225 pounds tobacco for nine days. Judith's final whereabouts are currently unknown, she may well have lived out the remainder of her life in Amelia County, Virginia or migrated with one of her unknown or better described "un-certain" children out of the county or state. It is clear that she was not the wife of Stephan Pankey/Pantier. Besides Peter, William (Raney), and Thomas, several other persons have been attributed for the unidentified children with Elizabeth Ballew being the most noteworthy as a potential daughter. 
Chastain, Judith (I2419)
18 An Ab Chastain was noted in the 1804 census for Walton County, GA residing near to Reverend James Chastain. Ab could be "short" for either Abner or Abraham but he appears to be one of the two males removed from James' home since the recording of the 1800 federal census, the other being Peter. It may be that Ab is the same as the Absalom Chastain noted in the settlement of the estate of James Coward in 1815 in Rutherford County, NC. Thus, the possibility that this Absalom married a daughter of Coward. There is no further record of Ab or Absalom Chastain or known / possible descendants at present, he could be the father of some unplaced Chastains born in the early 1800's in NC and SC if he did marry and have offspring. Chastain, Ab (I3651)
19 Anthony was the son of Pierre and Marianne Raphine Martin. His first wife was Sarah Holman. He died between the making of his will and probate of 02 Aug 1800 and 19 Jun 1805. Martin, Anthony (I2409)
20 Assigned from the inclusion of a female noted in the 1790 census that was removed from the home by 1800. If she was not deceased by 1800 then it is probable that she had married. If she married shortly after 1790 then a birth circa 1770 is possible. If she married just prior to the 1800 census then a birth circa 1780 might be more realistic, thus the range of 1770-80. There have been several unknown Chastain females noted as a possible daughter of Rev. James. None more prominent than Rebecca, the wife of Samuel Edens. A Rebecca Chastain was noted in the legal transactions of the estate of Samuel Edens, appearing to be his wife. A transcript of Samuel Edens' estate settlement in 1848 appears in A Collection of Upper Carolina Genealogical and Family Records, V1, by Wooley, as follows: "Samuel Edens. Estate of Samuel Edens. Box 21 #251. Probate Judge Office. Pickens, Co., S.C. Est. Admr. 7 Jan. 1848 by Alexander, William Edens and W. Keith who are bound unto Wm D. Steel, Ord. in the sum of $8,000. Left 200 acres of land on Woolenoy Creek adj. lands of Jacob Chastain, Jas. Keith and others. Heirs William, Alexander Edens, Paschal Southerland and wife Ester, Jesse Adams and wife Polly, Tyre L. Roper and wife Malinda. Paid Rebecca Chastain for dower $90.00. Paid Wm. Edens expenses to Gilmore Co., GA. $10.00." Surely Rebecca was Samuel's widow. But, a more reasonable line of thought for her to be using or going by the name of Chastain is that she had remarried after Samuel's death. Why would a maiden name be given? If she had in fact remarried, that would explain why the estate was paying her off instead of giving her a life estate in the farm as was the usual case where there was a surviving spouse. Frank Edens, Historian for the Edens Family Association and co-author of "The Edens Adventure", and Art Hall, Edens' family researcher, relate that although unproven, the circumstance insinuates that Rebecca's maiden name was Carleton and not Chastain. It should be noted that the 1840 census for Pickens County, SC does not note a female in Samuel Edens home, a presumption that his wife and probably the mother of his children was deceased by this recording. So, it could be that the Rebecca noted in the estate settlement was a second wife, and, if her maiden name was Chastain, she was probably a granddaughter of Rev. James rather than a daughter. There have been several other persons mentioned as possibilities for this unknown daughter, including a Margaret Chastain born circa 1775 who married James Francis Postell and resided in Buncombe County, NC. Chastain, Unknown Daughter (I3012)
21 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. COLE, William Edwin (I19)
22 Athough no primary sources are noted several compilations note that Stephen was alive until 1805. He is noted as a Soldier in the French and Indian War. His two nephews, sons of his half brother John, Jr., petitioned for their uncles property. It is strange that if he was not alive at the composition of his fathers will that he would not be included. Regardless, it would seem that he left no descendants if the nephews were requesting their uncle's property. Chastain, Estienne (I2410)
23 Baptist Minister Edens, Rev James (I2535)
24 Baptized 03 Feb 1664. Chastain, Marie (I2572)
25 Baptized 04 Mar 1696 in Vevey, Switzerland. Chastain, Arthuze (I2415)
26 Baptized 05 May 1798 in Vevey, Switzerland. Chastain, Pierre Samuel (I2417)
27 Baptized 08 May 1690. Chastain, Jean Adam (I2375)
28 Baptized 08 Oct 1691 in Berne, Switzerland Chastain, Marie Susanne (I2412)
29 Baptized 10 Aug 1661. Chastain, Jean (I2571)
30 Baptized 11 Feb 1657. Chastain, Jeanne (I2368)
31 Baptized 22 Dec 1652. Chastain, Jacques (I2366)
32 Baptized 25 Feb 1655. Anne and her husband came to America on the same ship as Pierre, "The Mary and Ann" in 1700. It was long speculated that they were siblings but not really believed until the registers in France gave proof that Pierre did have a sister named Ann. At writing nothing further is known of her family. Chastain, Anne (I2367)
33 Baptized 27 Feb 1667. Chastain, Marie (I2573)
34 Baptized in Vevey, Switzerland on 24 Apr 1693. Chastain, Pauline Elizabeth (I2413)
35 Baptized in Vevey, Switzerland on 24 Aug 1694. Chastain, Pierre (I2414)
36 Baptized on 26 Feb 1697 in Vevey, Switzerland. Chastain, Jeanne Francoise (I2416)
37 Based on data for other members of the family in the census records, this child apparently born 1834-35. Thus, either living with other relatives or deceased by the 1850 census. Chastain, Unknown Male (I2036)
38 Based on female member of Samuel's home in 1820 Pendleton census age 10, in the 1830 Anderson Co census page 110 for a female age 15-20 and the listing of Polly Anna age 25 in Samuel's home in the 1850 census for Anderson Co, p. 216B. Polly is recorded in the home of Rachel Chastain, her believed step-mother, in the 1870 census for Hart County, GA page 298. **MISSING: > ** Chastain, Mary Anna (I2081)
39 Based on her presence in Samuel's home in the 1850 census for Anderson Co, and a female listed as age 5 to 10 in the 1830 census. Also is she the same as the Mary A. listed in Rachel's home in 1860 Hart Co. GA census? Chastain, Sarah A. (I2084)
40 Based on the listing of a female born circa 1825 from ages in 1830-40 census Chastain, Unknown Female (I2033)
41 Based on the occurance of a female listed in the 1820 census age 0-10 and in 1830 age 15-20. Since the daughter Charlotte's age is unknown, this un- identified child may be her and the female resident born 1830 unknown. Chastain, Unknown Female (I2105)
42 became Pickens County in 1826 CHASTAIN, Reverend John (I2655)
43 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. COLE, Leslie Patricia Bahiyyih (I18)
44 Benjamin married Susanna ????? Witt, Benjamin (I2381)
45 Berri is now the Department of Cher CHASTAIN, Dr Pierre (I2623)
46 Berri is now the Department of Cher CHASTAIN, Moise (I2621)
47 bet 1765-1784 CHASTAIN, Judith (I2614)
48 Birth on 1900 census given as Flordia, family reports Georgia. After C.C.H. Chastain's death, Leola married Jess Bynum. Descendants of C.C.H. and Leola by Mrs. Juanita W. Martin, 1220 9th St NW, Hickory NC 28601-2418, all dates and locations from her research. Barnett, Frances Leola (I2360)
49 Born Marguerite Iris Walden. Adopted by mother's sister Berlie G Walden and husband William H Willsey. WALDEN, Marguerite Iris (I246)
50 Catherine married Robert Thompson circa 1769. Lesueur, Catherine (I2551)

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