PRE-COLONIAL Chafin (b. Bef. 1675, d. date unknown)
PRE-COLONIAL Chafin was born Bef. 1675, and died date unknown.
Notes for PRE-COLONIAL Chafin: Note that there is a John Saffin in Old Rappahannock records. Check them out. It's pretty close. A Thomas Chaffin to US 1664 among 84 who came to Accomack Co. 18 Oct 1664. Augustine Smith, surveyor, in Burlington, NJ when John Chaffin (1607-82) died. Note Smiths and Chafins together in VA, NC, SC and GA. Robert and William Chafin of (Wythe & Washington) VA were in (Lawrence) TN with Davy Crockett. Note a Robert in (Washington) VA 1810 could be son of Chris or "of Scotland to VA 1730's." Jean Klein was working on deciphering a 1696 will of a John Chafin. John of (Gloucester/Essex) VA - 1717 land lease in Essex; could be our John, but if so is not son, but probably brother of our Christopher 1690. James b. 1798 VA d 1844 KY son of Richard "Decky" (b. 1760-70)--no deeds in (Lawrence) KY. Jordan b. 1730-40 IRE came to US before Revolution; never lived in KY. The one in KY may be related to James of (Floyd/Lawrence) KY. Gordon in 1830 (Lawrence) OH with James.
2 ARTICLES OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN: Chafin of Warminster: Fragmentary evidence of Chaffin/Chafyn in and around Warminster 11th Century. Earliest known member from this branch is John Chafyn, alias Cardmaker, who had a tenement in Warminster 1410. One grandson married Margaret Erlegh/Erley, another to Alys Tichborne of Tichborne. A provable line from him to William Chafyn, a Mercer of Mere, Wilts., is well documented.
Chafin of Bruton, Somersets: IGI shows a John Chaffin born Sherborne, Dorsets. ca 1607, son of William. John was blacksmith with several properties in Bruton. Married Mary Hutchins and had 9 children. Seem to have spawned large broods.