Notes for WILLIAM R. CHAFFIN:|
William fought on the Union side during the Civil War and served in the 2nd Arkansas Calvary, Company "D" . He enlisted 2/10/1864. He was a bugler. After the war ended, William was afraid to return home, so he moved to Texas. Bunk Chaffin had a store/post office in Talequah. A traveling salesman told him he knew an old man named Chaffin who lived in Texas in a log cabin with a couple of coon dogs and slept with a chunk under his head. Tommy and Bunk Chaffin went down by train to see him. After he died, they went back to settle his affairs.
(From an old scrapbook of newspaper clippings and obituaries donated by Zoe Hazelwood of Paris, Texas: The Paris News, 6/15/1916. "UNKNOWN HEIRS ARE MADE DEFENDANTS". A suit was instituted in the district court yesterday and a number of person who allege that their home in Oklahoma against the unknown heirs of W.R. Chaffin for the purpose of recovering land located near Sanders Creek, being a part of the Wideman Survey. The plantiffs named in the petition are Mary Dave joined by her husband, Frank Chaffin, Janty Morrison, Pearl Gregory, and Mrs. Sarah Chaffin. The petition alleges that W.R. Chaffin died in 11/15/1915 leaving land in Lamar County nears Sanders Creek, heretofore mentioned and personal property consisting of $600.00 deposed on a Paris Bank and horses, cattle, farming tools and implements. The petition further alleges that the plantiffs are the children of Chaffin, deceased who was a brother of said W.R. Chaffin, that the plantiff, Mrs. Sarah Chaffin, is the widow of the said Chaffin and that she and the other plantiffs are the only heirs of the said W.R. Chaffin, but that it is claimed by some parties in Lamar County that there are other and different heirs of said W.R. Chaffin, which places a cloud on the real estate. The petition alleges that the said Mrs. Sarah Chaffin is entitled to a life interest in one-third of the estate and the aforesaid children to a fee simple title to the land. It is alleged that the land is not susceptible of partition and the court is asked to appoint a receiver to sell it and divide the proceeds between the plantiffs share and share alike and the cloud on the title be removed".