Joshua Chaffin, Sr. (b. Abt. 1725, d. January 1805)
Joshua Chaffin, Sr. (son of John Chaffin and Mary) was born Abt. 1725 in Charlotte Co., VA, and died January 1805 in Charlotte Co., VA. He married Ester on 1748 in Prince Edward, VA.
Notes for Joshua Chaffin, Sr.: Revolutionary War soldier. Joshua Chaffin, Sr. was almost certainly the same "Joshua Chaffin" who was granted 808 acres of land by direct patent from the crown of George II on September 20, 1759 on Horsepen Creek in the Cornwall Parish of what was then Lunenburg Co., VA. In the list of tithes for 1764, Joshua Chaffin was listed as paying three tithes: for himself, for "Thos." Chaffin, and for John Chaffin. This suggests that the latter two were the older male children of Joshua Chaffin, Sr. In fact, on October 3, 1768, Joshua Chaffin, Sr. "sold" Thomas Chaffin and John Chaffin 123 and 117 acres, respectively, of his land on Horsepen Creek for ten pounds each. The late Raymond Mozley of Sidney, Ohio, a meticulously analytical "Chaffin" researcher, determined that the "sales price" was about six percent of the land's actual value. It was, in other words, essentially a gift. We know Thomas and John were over sixteen by 1764; by 1768, they had obviously reached sufficient maturity in their father's eyes to own land of their own. And giving land and other property to his children was something he continued to do. October 3, 1768. Joshua Chaffin of Charlotte County to John Chaffin of same for 10 pounds, 117 acres in said county on Horsepen Creek, beginning at DeLong's Fork and bounded by patent line. All appurtenances. Signed Joshua Chaffin. No witnesses. (Charlotte County, Virginia, Deed Book, vol. ii, p. 83) October 3, 1768. Joshua Chaffin to Thomas Chaffin for the sum of 10 pounds, 123 acres in Charlotte on Horsepen Creek, bounded by the patent line. All appurtenances. Signed Joshua Chaffin. No witnesses. (Charlotte County, Virginia, Deed Book, vol. ii, p. 99) February 4, 1771. William Atkins of Prince Edward County to John Jackson, Sr. of Amelia County for 30 pound, 330 acres in Charlotte County on DeLong's Fork of Horsepen Creek. Bounded by the lands of Joshua Chaffin and Jeremiah White. All appurtenances. Signed William Atkins. Witnessed by Josiah Morton. (Charlotte County, Virginia, Deed Book, vol. ii, p. 381) August 5, 1771. Benjamin Clements of Charlotte County to William Vaughn of same for 16 pound, 100 acres in Charlotte on branches of Horsepen Creek. Bounded by lines of Frank and Vaughn. All appurtenances. Signed by Benjamin Clements on March 23, 1771. Witnessed by Sherwood Walton, Abraham Vaughn, and Thomas Chaffin. Right of dower relinquished by Jean, wife of Benjamin Clements. (Charlotte County, Virginia, Deed Book, vol. ii, p. 487) June 5, 1775. I, Mary Leath, of Charlotte County for divers good causes and for the natural love I have for my grandson, Alexander Vaughn, I have given him one young Negro girl named Beck. Signed Mary (x) Leathe on February 7, 1775. Witnessed by John Chaffin, Joshua Chaffin, and Joseph Chaffin. (Charlotte County, Virginia, Deed Book, vol. iii, p. 523) October 4, 1779. Inventory of estate of John Chaffin, deceased, taken June 11, 1779. Appraisors: Thomas Collier, John Collier, and Thomas Williams. (Charlotte County, Virginia, Will Book, vol. i, p. 213) Event: Fact 1787 3 horses, 18 cattle Event: Fact 1787 Charlotte CO, VA Personal Property Tax List B: 0-0-0-3-18 not tithable February 1, 1790. Account current of estate of John Chaffin, deceased, to Joshua Chaffin, Sr. from April 12, 1779. (Charlotte County, Virginia, Will Book, vol. i, p. 428) Listed in 1790 Charlotte Co., VA census. Children Isham CHAFFIN b: 1757 in Prince Edward or Cumberland Co.,VA Joshua CHAFFIN Thomas CHAFFIN John CHAFFIN Anne CHAFFIN Easter CHAFFIN Sarah CHAFFIN Ephraim CHAFFIN Joseph CHAFFIN Rhoda CHAFFIN Jesse CHAFFIN February 4, 1805. Will of Joshua Chaffin. (Charlotte County, Virginia, Will Book, vol. ii, p. 298) WILL OF JOSHUA CHAFFIN In the name of God, Amen, I, Joshua Chaffin of the County of Charlotte, being of sound mind and memory, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament, in manner and form following, viz: I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Chaffin the tract of land where he now lives together with every other article heretofore put him in possession of to him, his heirs and assigns forever - I give and bequeath to my son Isham Chaffin the stock of cattle which I have heretofore put him in possession of to him, his heirs and assigns forever - I give and bequeath to my daughter Anne Hatchett the stock of cattle which I have heretofore put her in possession of, to her, her heirs and assigns forever - I give and bequeath to my daughter Easter Scruggs all such articles as I have heretofore put her in possession of, to her, her heirs and assigns forever - I give and bequeath to my daughter Sally Cheatham the stock of cattle that hath been delivered to her with every other article which I have possessed her with, her and her heirs forever - I give and bequeath to my son Joseph Chaffin one hundred thirteen acres of land lying on Deloney's Fork of Horsepen Creek, it being the land whereon he lately resided, to him, his heirs and assigns forever - I give and bequeath to my son Jesse Chaffin the remainder of my tract of land whereon I now live containing two hundred and four acres including the old millplace, also one negro man by the name of Allen and one negro girl by the name of Rhody together with all and every article of every kind and sort whatever may be possessed of to him, his heirs and assigns forever - I give to my daughter Rhody Collins all such articles as she hath heretofore been put in possession of to her and her heirs forever - And lastly I do appoint my son Jesse Chaffin and my friends Mack Goode and William Deupree Executors to this my Will. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of October 1804. Done in the presence of X Thomas Chaffin, Jr., Holcoat Palmer, JOSHUA CHAFFIN L.S. John Fuqua, Edmund Duff Chafin, Chaffin, Chopyn were probably of Saxon origin. There is another tradition worth noting. The author William L. Chaffin, in "History of Robert Chaffin and His Descendants" (published by Frederick Hitchcock, NY) remembers that his mother used to tell him that it had always been said in the Chaffin family that they came to this country from Wales, or at least had a Welsh origin. A Tennessee Chaffin states that his line came to this country from Ireland, but that they had previously emigrated from Wales to Ireland, and therefore were not Irish. These suggestions of a Welsh origin of our family seemed to the author to merit careful examination. As the southwest of England seemed the natural habitat of the Chaffin family and was close to Wales, doubtless Chaffin families inhabited both countries. CHARLOTTE CO, VA - 1782 TAX LIST: CHAFFIN, JOSEPH, CHAFFIN, JOSHUA JR, CHAFFIN, JOSHUA SENR, CHAFFIN, MARY, CHAFFIN, NATHANIEL, CHAFFIN, THOMAS
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