Notes for John Chafin: Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex County, Virginia from 1653 to 1812, The, (Genealogical Publishing, 1976), 120, John, son of Christopher and Sarah Chaffin, born December 20, baptized 1726.
Death date in question; also have 1768; Stan(d)ley, Nathan & Joseph may or may not be his children; they are located with him in circumstance.
Transcript of 1741 Land Patent to John Chafin on file GEORGE the Second by the grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, etc. To all whom these presents shall come: Greeting. Know ye that for divers good Causes and Considerations but more especially for and in consideration of the sum of forty shillings of good and lawful money for our use paid to our Receiver General of our Revenues in this our Colony and Dominion of Virginia, We have given, granted and confirmed and by these presents for us our heirs and successors do give, grant and confirm unto John Chafin one certain tract or parcel of land containing four hundred acres lying and being in the County of Goochland among the North branches of Angola Creek and bounded as followeth, to wit: Begtinning at Pine William Mackcoy's Corner running thence on the said Mackcoy North eighty degrees East two hundred and ninety three poles to pine thence on William Macon North ten degrees West two hundred and seven Poles to an Hornbeam on the west side of a run thence on Joseph Scott South eighty degrees west three hundred and twenty seven poles to poin on thence a new line south twenty degrees and two hundred and twelve poles to the first station. With all woods, underwoods, swamps, marshes, lowgrounds, meadows, feedings and his due share of all vein mines and quarries as well discovered as not discovered within the bounds of aforesaid and being part of the said quantity of four hundred acres of land and the river waters and water courses therein contained together with the privileges of hunting, hawking, fishing, fowling and all other profit commidities and ____ments whatsoever to the same or any part thereof belonging or in any wise appertaining to have, hold posess and enjoy the said tract or parcel of land and all other the before granted premises and every part thereof with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said John Chafin and to his heirs and assigns forever, to the only use and behoof of him the said John Chafin his heirs and assigns forever To Be Held of us our heirs and successors as of our Mannor of East Greenwich in the County of Kent in Free and Common dowage and not in Capite or by Knight Servicer, yielding and paying unto us our heirs and Successors for every fifty acres of land and so proportionally for ______ greater quantity than fifty acres the Fee Rent of one shilling yearly to be paid upon the Feast of Saint Michael the archangel and also cultivating and improving three acres part of every fifty of the tract above mentioned, then the Estate thereby granted shall cease and be utterly determined and thence after it shall and may be lawful to and for us our heirs and successors to grant the same lands and premises with the appurtenances unto such other person or persons as we our heirs and successors shall think fit. In witness whereof we have caused these our letters patent to be made. Witness our trusty and wellbeloved James Blair, Clerk President of our Council and Commander in Chief of our said colony and Dominion at Williamsburgh under the seal of our said Colony the sixth day of July one Thousand Seven hundred and forty one in the fifteenth year of our reign. James Blair
The Will of John Chafin Will Book 2, page 84 (Cumberland) VA 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 Chafin 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 Chafin 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 soever and lastly I do appoint my son Joseph Chafin executor of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 26th June 1767. his John Chafin L.S. mark Signed and sealed in the presence of Henry Macon John Slaughter Robert Smith At a court held for Cumberland county 25th January 1773 This last will and testament of John Chaffin deceased was proved by the witness thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Joseph Chaffin the executor therein named who made oath according to law certificate is granted him for obtaining and probate thereof in due form giving security whereupon he with Henry Macon his security entered into and acknowledged bond according to law Test Thompson Swann Clk.
Appraisement of John Chaffin Will Book 2, pg. 92 In obedience to an order of Cumberland court we the subscribers being sworn have appraised the estate of John Chafin deceased and do value the same as followeth To 13 hogs 5.17.0 To 6 head of cattle 11.10.0 17 7 0 To 2 mares 15.0.0 To 4 yearlings 2.0.0 To 3 sheep 22/6 18 2 6 To a parcel of hoes 23/9 To a parcel of coopers tools 12/6 1 16 3 To a parcel of carpenters tools 5/ To 1 sett of wedges 6/ 11 To 1 branding iron 2/ To 1horse bell 2/6 To a parcel of axes 10/ 14 6 To a parcel of lumber 8/ To 1 cart 12/6 To 12 cider casks 49/ 3 9 6 To 1 pottle pott & hammer 3 6 To 1 looking glass hone & candlestick 0 4 0 To 2 stone juggs & 2 bottles 2/6 To a parcel of books 16/ 0 18 6 To 3 old reap hooks 1/ To a parcel of pewter 24/6 1 5 6 To 3 iron potts & 1 frying pan & flat iron 1 14 0 To a parcel of barrels 5/ one chest 5/ 0 10 0 To 1 pr. of stylards 7/ one spinning wheel & 2 pair of cards 0 13 3 To 1 case of knives & forks 5/ To 1 feather bed & furniture 4.0.0 To 1 do 3.0.0 7 5 0 To 1 sack bagg & 4 old chairs 4/ To 1 chest 3/ 0 7 0 To 1 saddle & 2 bridles 20/ To a parcel of shoemakers tools 2/ 1 2 0 To cash 12.3.9 To 1 pr. money scales 3/ 12 6 9 To 2 old sifters 1/3 & flesh fork 1/3 To a parcel of tan'd leather 18/ 1 0 6 To 2 raw cow hides & 2 sheep skins 20/ To 1 crosscut saw 9/3 1 9 3 ___________________ 71 0 0 Robert Smith John Slaughter James Doss At a court held for Cumberland county 22nd March 1773. This appraisement of the estate of John Chaffin deceased was returned and ordered to be recorded. Test Thompson Swann Clk
Land transactions: 10 June 1737 (Goochland) VA Patent (20 s.) N. branch of Great Guinea Ck. of Appomatox River (Patents 17, 1735-1738, Reel 15, pp. 310-311, Va. State Library. 6 July 1741 (Goochland) Patent 400 acres 30 June 1743 (Goochland) Patent 400 acres 25 July 1746 (Goochland) Patent, between Great Guinea Cr. & Willis River, James allen's Line, William Mills, John Martin, Beverly Randloph, Esq., the sd. Chafin on James Allen. ("Virginia Land Patents" in Virginia Genealogical Quarterly, v.XXVII, #2, May 1990, p. 137) 3 June 1753 (Cumberland) Deed book 2, p. 40 & 100: Sold 200 ac. of 1741 patent to son Christopher, and 200 ac. of same to son Joshua. Christopher sold his to (son?) Nathan (Deed Book 4, p. 317) and Joshua sold his to Francis Apperson (21 Mar. 1754, Deed Book 2, p. 100). 26 Nov 1757 (Cumberland) granted to Son Joseph 60 ac. (Deed Book 2, p. 425)--possibly part of 1743 patent (?) 26 Nov 1757 (Cumberland) sold to son-in-law John Smith (5 sh.) 200 ac. (Deed Book 2, p. 426) 26 Nov 1757 (Cumberland) sold to son-in-law David Bradley (5 sh.) 140 ac. (Deed Book 2, p. 428 (Bradley resides in Lunenburg Co.) 5 Oct 1762 (Cumberland) sold to Alexander Banks for L60, 140 acres of 1743 patent (mentions James Terry's line, Bosticks Br., William Chumney's line, William Randolph's line). Doesn't explain why, but deed has grantor: John Chafin, et. al (William Chumney). 19 June 1767 (Cumberland) sold to grandson Thomas Huccaby, Jr. 130 ac. (where Thomas Huccaby Sr. lived) (Deed Book 4, p. 185) date? (Cumberland Deed Book 3, p. 322) sold 60 acres to William Dungee (same land as his father granted him 1753---I think this was Joseph selling, but my notes are unclear
Tax: 1746 (Goochland) Tithe List: John Chaffin -1 (Southam Par.) 10 Aug 1759 (Cumberland) taxed 2 tithables
Other: Nov. 1749, witnessed will of Thomas Hodges of Cumberland Co. (Cumberland Co. Va. Will Book I) March 1750, not present when Hodges will presented to Court Apr. 1762 (Cumberland) exempted from Public and County services (Va. Court Order Book)
CNIDR, "Chafin" in VA Genweb, "Electronic." Bradshaw, History of Prince Edward County, 279, 318, "One could also emancipate slaves by deed of gift. John Chaffin gave to a negro man his freedom in this way in 1803." (Court Order Book 8:37, quoted by author); author mentions same John in a business deal and says he is a resident of Jamestown. Fretwell, Shela S., Abstracts of Cumberland County, VA Court Orders. Reynolds, Katherine, Abstracts of Cumberland County, VA Will Books 1 & 2. Henley, Margaret V., Abstracts of Wills from Goochland. Grundset, Eric, Central Virginia Land Patents. TLC Genealogy, Cumberland Co., VA Deed Book 2. TLC Genealogy, Cumberland Co., VA Will Book 1. TLC Genealogy, Cumberland County, VA Deeds, 1749-52. TLC Genealogy, Goochland County, VA Court Order Books. Spavacio, Ruth, Goochland County, VA Land Tax Books. Hudgins, Dennis, Goochland County, VA Order Books I & II. Lurvey, Jean, Goochland County, VA Tithe Lists 1748-9. Weisiger, Benjamin, Goochland County, VA Wills. Weisiger, Benjamin, Goochland County, VA Wills and Deeds, 1742-9. Murray, Nicholas, Goochland County, VA, 1733-1815. Elliott, Katherine B., Marriage Records 1749-1840, Cumberland County, VA. Personal Names in Hening's Statues at Large.
Per William Albert Chafin (A Chafin Reminisces): John was from (Chester) PA and that others claim he was from (Burlington) NJ. Notes a John b. 1607 in Sherborne, Eng., son of William (b. 1571); says he's the same Capt. john in Quaker and public records in Burlington 1675-90. John noted in (Essex) VA 1717 trying to lease from William Merchant of Kingston Parish (Gloucester) VA.
More About John Chafin: Individual Note 1: DTC.54 Individual Note 2: Bet. 1749 - 1750, (Cumberland), VA.55 Land Entry 1: 1741, (Goochland), VA.56 Land Entry 2: Bet. 1737 - 1767, (Cumberland--and former Goochland), VA.57, 58, 59 Probate: 25 Jan 1773, (Cumberland), VA.60 Tax 1: 10 Aug 1759, (Cumberland), VA.61 Tax 2: Apr 1762, (Cumberland), VA.62 Will: 26 Jun 1767, (Cumberland), VA.63