Edmond Young Chasteen

Edmond Young Chasteen

Male 1822 - 1899  (76 years)

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  • Name Edmond Young Chasteen 
    Born 27 Oct 1822  Anderson County, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Farmer 
    Residence Attala / Montgomery County, Mississippi, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 20 Sep 1899  Pine Bluff, Montgomery County, Mississippi, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Pine Bluff Cemetery, Montgomery County, Mississippi, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I783  Rev. James Chastain Research
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2003 

    Father John Chastain,   b. Abt 1790, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1860, Anderson County, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth A. --?--,   b. 1790 and 1795, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1860, Anderson County, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 71 years) 
    Married Abt 1810  South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F241  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Susan E. Holley,   b. 12 Dec 1831, Anderson County, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1869, Bluff Springs, Attala County, Mississippi, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Married Abt 1846  South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 17 Apr 2004 
    Family ID F238  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Susan Ann Grantham,   b. 23 Mar 1850, Holmes / Attala County, Mississippi, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1876, Bluff Springs, Attala County, Mississippi, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years) 
    Married 18 Mar 1871  Attala County, Mississippi, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified 17 Apr 2004 
    Family ID F239  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Lydia Louiza Garrett,   b. Jan 1841, Mississippi, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1910, Montgomery County, Mississippi, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Married Abt 1878  Montgomery County, Mississippi, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 17 Apr 2004 
    Family ID F240  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Edmond Young Chesteen "Chastain" was probably born in the part of old Pendleton District, South Carolina that become Anderson County. At writing there is no legal proof as to who his parents were, only circumstantial evidence and speculation based on this evidence and family tradition. It should be noted that the variation in spelling to Chesteen was complete by the generation of Ed's grandchildren. Most legal documents of his children note the spelling as Chesteen. Family tradition consistently reports that he was born in Anderson County, South Carolina. He supposedly had at least eight brothers, possibly nine, some names remembered are John, Jim, and William. Tradition states that he was the only member of his immediate family to migrate to Mississippi, the others remaining in South Carolina, with "several" of his brothers settling in Georgia. It is most commonly related in family tradition that his father's name was John and few "after the fact" bible records relate this as well. It is storied that Ed was an acquaintance of Anderson Braswell in Anderson County before Anderson's move to the Poplar Creek area of present Montgomery County, Mississippi. Anderson Braswell was the grandfather of Maggie Braswell Chesteen, wife of Neal, Ed's youngest son. Ed's first wife, Susan A. Holley, was also born in Anderson County, South Carolina. The earliest documentation on Ed is the 1850 census for Neshoba County, MS and this gives only a glimpse of his life prior to that year. This data being that he was indeed born in South Carolina, but of course no locality is known within the state. He and Susan were probably married prior to 1846/47 as their first child was born in this time frame. Based on this census the family apparently lived in Alabama until 1849/50 as the second child was recorded as being born in that state and had probably recently relocated to Mississippi prior to the recording of the 1850 census. Also making the move with Ed was Susan's mother Margaret Holley, Susan's brother and sister, Sion and Amanda, and a possible uncle of Susan's, whose name was also Sion, and his family. (See the text on Susan A. Holley) Susan Holley by tradition was also born in Anderson County, SC. She, like Ed, is consistently recorded as being born in South Carolina. By tradition her father died when she was young and her mother and siblings came to live with she and Ed. Her mother, Margaret, is linked to a Jane Holley in "Anderson County, SC Wills, Estates, Inventories, Tax and Census Records". Margaret is noted as one of the purchasers of Jane Holley's estate. Jane's death is noted in this same record as 04 Jan 1844. Jane is the only Holley listed as a head of household in the 1840 Anderson County, SC census, recorded on the same page as John Chastain (Chastine). The ages of members in Jane Holley's household in 1840 are consistent with a grandmother as head of house (Jane), a child and spouse (Susan's father and Margaret) and grandchildren (including Susan). Jane is believed to be the widow of Sion Holley, the only Holley listed in the 1830 census for Anderson County. The connection with the name Sion is obvious, Ed and Susan's fourth son was named Sion and Susan's younger brother and a probable uncle that migrated with her and Ed were also named Sion. The John Chastain that Jane Holley is residing by in the 1840 census for Anderson County first appears in the census for Pendleton District in 1810. John appears to be attached to a larger group of Chastains that primarily resided in the part of Pendleton District that eventually became Anderson County. According to the census records John was born around 1790 in South Carolina, his wife's given name was Elizabeth and he appears to be the father of at least 12, possibly 13, children based on the number and ages of residents recorded in his household for the census years. Of the 12/13 children noted, at least 8 appear to be males. Eight of John's children are identified in a sort of quit claim recorded in 1879, probably ten or more years after his death. Thus, not all of his children were noted in this document, some were probably deceased and others no longer residing in the immediate area. John appears to be a possible son of a Stephen Chastain, Sr. who was born about 1762 in Virginia and died 1830 in Anderson County, South Carolina, based on close living proximity and a study of the census records pertaining to Stephen. John is also probably closely related to three other men of the same generation as him, James, David, and a Stephen, Jr. who, based on circumstantial evidence, appear to be his possible brothers. (See the text on John and Stephen Chastain, Sr.) Edmond Young Chastain has been included as a son of this John Chastain of Anderson County, South Carolina based on the aforementioned family tradition, circumstantial evidence, and elimination from the other lines in the area. The name John fits with family tradition, John having a large family of sons, eight or nine, with most of the known sons remaining in South Carolina or Georgia. The Holley family that Susan is associated with was residing very near to the John Chastain clan and the fact that Anderson Braswell, Ed's "old friend from South Carolina" is recorded in an estate inventory with two of John Chastain's known sons. The Chastains of Anderson County, SC were for the most part illiterate, owned very little property and thus left few legal recordings. Also due to the nature of record keeping in South Carolina at this time and the scant data recorded on the federal censuses prior to 1850 we may never have "legal" proof of Edmond's parents but there does seem to be a preponderance of evidence that he is a son of John and Elizabeth Chastain. We now know that it is impossible for Edmond to be a son of the Reverend Joseph Chastain as some earlier compilers on the line speculated due to the fact that Joseph's wife's maiden name was Young. Joseph Chastain was no longer residing in South Carolina at the time of Edmond's birth in 1822 and certainly not in the 1840's at the time of his marriage to Susan Holley. The Pierre Chastain Family Association has done an excellent job in preparing the earlier Chastain ancestry. The Chastains are of French Protestant, better known as Huguenot, stock. One of the first known Chastains to migrate to America was Pierre Chastain. Pierre was born about 1659 at Charost, in the ancient Province of Berri (now the Department of Cher), France. He was baptized in 09 APR 1659. This baptism record indicates that his parents were Estienne and Jeanne Laurant Chastain. Estienne was born in 1625 and died 1694 or later, he married Jeanne Laurant before 1652 and was notaire royal at Charost from 1648-1694. Estienne was the son of Jacques (born 1598, died before 1675) and Jeanne Audet, Jacques was also a notaire royal from 1633-59. Jacques was either the son or grandson of Estienne Chastain I, who fled the City of Bourges after the Massacre of St. Bartholomew Day in 1572. Most Chastains (Chasteen, Shasteen, Shastid, Chastine, Chasten, Chesteen, Castine and various other spellings) in America are descendants of this first immigrant, Dr. Pierre Chastain. Dr. Pierre Chastain's first wife was Susanne Renaud, daughter of Pierre Renaud. By 1696 the family had fled Charost, France to escape religious persecution and moved to Vevey, Switzerland. From Vevey the family moved to The Hague, Holland and then to London, England where Pierre became active in organizing a group of Huguenots for settlement in Virginia. The Pierre Chastain family arrived at the mouth of the James River in Virginia on July 12, 1700 among 207 passengers aboard the ship Mary and Ann. They settled at Manakintowne about 20 miles up the River. Pierre and Susanne had eight known children. Only the eldest child, Jean Adam Chastain, survived to adulthood. Susanne and the other children had died before 1701, she and three of the children during the first winter in America. Pierre remarried Anne Soblet, daughter of Abraham and Susanne Brian Soblet. Anne Soblet was born circa 1675 in Sedan, Ardennes, France. Anne died April 3, 1723 having given birth to eight children; sons (3)Pierre Jr and (6)Rene Sr, and daughters (1)Judith, (2)Susanna, (4)Mary, (5)Elizabeth, (7)Janne, and (8)Marie. Pierre remarried a third time to Mary Magdalene Verrueil Trabue, daughter of Moise and Madelene Verrueil and widow of Antoine Trabue. The John Chastain, supposed father of Edmond Y Chastain, is in all probability of the fifth generation. John's father is probably Stephen Chastain, Sr born about 1762 in Virginia and died 24 May 1830 in Anderson Co, SC where it is recorded that he was a resident for 42 years, John is consistently recorded by a Stephen of this age in the census records. This Stephen's lineage is also unknown, he has been placed in the line of Rev. James Chastain as a possible son. Reverend James being a son of Pierre Chastain, Jr. Edmond Young Chesteen was married three times, first to Susan E Holley daughter of Margaret Holley (Margaret born 16 MAY 1807 in SC and died 11 FEB 1887 in Montgomery Co., MS). Susan had a sister Amanda born 1835 in SC and a brother Sion born 1837 in SC, her father's whereabouts are unknown. Amanda Holley married Otho Grantham, son of Benjamin and Sarah Grantham, and they had three known children; Benjamin 1856, Daniel 1859 and Otho G. born 1861. It is thought that Amanda died shortly after Otho G.'s birth. Sion Holley relocated to Clarke Co, MS and is recorded in the 1860 census with wife Sarah and four children. Benjamin and Thomas J. Grantham are brothers. Ed's second wife was Susan Ann Grantham, the first child of Cornealius F. and Frances Elizabeth Snelson Grantham. Cornealius Grantham was the son of Thomas Jefferson and Lydia Woodberry Grantham and Fannie was the daughter of William and Matilda Snelson, all of Holmes Co, MS. Ed and Susan Ann had three children, Eliza Jane, Edmond Cornealius and Sudie Ann. Susan Ann died within a month after Sudie's birth and family tradition states that Sudie was raised by her maternal grandmother Fannie Grantham. Ed Chesteen's third wife was Mrs. Lydia Garrett Farris, the daughter of Jonathan Joshua and Mary Ann "Polly" Grantham Garrett. Polly Grantham Garrett was the sister of Cornealius F Grantham, thus Ed's second and third wives were first cousins. To further complicate matters two of Ed and Susan Holley's sons, George and Hudson, married Luiza's sisters Sarah "Salley" and Susan Alice Garrett. So the descendants of six of Ed Chesteen's ten children by three different wives are also descended from Thomas and Lydia Grantham. Lydia Garrett Farris Chesteen was by tradition the widow of a Tom Farris killed in the Civil War. Lydia and Tom had one known son, also named Tom who was born about 1864. Ed Chesteen by all accounts served in the Civil War as his eldest son, James Thomas "Jim", reportedly died in the service from measles while taking his father's place. I have not been able to verify Ed Chesteen's service by locating him on any rosters of units from Attala County which was his place of residence during the war years.
    • \b E. Chestein\b0 (First_Last) \b Regiment Name\b0 Capt. D. Love's Co., 1 (King's) Mississippi Inf. (State Troops) \b Side\b0 Confederate \b Company\b0 \b Soldier's Rank_In\b0 Private \b Soldier's Rank_Out\b0 Private \b Alternate Name\b0 \b Notes\b0 \b Film Number\b0 M232 roll 7 Seems to have initially been Company I, First Regiment, L. C. Pillow Guards, of Bluff Springs organized on 2 Dec 1861. Later the 1st Regiment Minute Men, Company L "Davis Guards" of Attala County organized on 14 Jul 1862.

  • Sources 
    1. [S16] Grave marker inspription (Reliability: 3), 11 Jun 2005.