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William H. "Bill" Chaffin
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Birth: 1845
Chestnut Fork
Bedford County
Virginia, USA
Death: Jun. 9, 1890
Virginia, USA

Private Company G, 28th VA Militia Infantry CSA

Emma died October 12, 1923 and was buried at the North Bedford Baptist Church on Rt 644 along with quite a few other Chaffins.
(This place is only a few miles from the family reunion place.)
She was buried in a black silk dress that her daughter Bettie Banks Burnette made for her.
Source: Ira Chaffin

More About Emeline (Emma) L. Overstreet:
Burial: North Bedford Baptist Church Cemetery, Forest, VA

Notes for William H. (Bill) Chaffin, CSA:
William H. Chaffin was born in Chestnut Fork, Bedford County, VA. He was a farmer.

In the 1850 census of Bedford County, VA, William H. Chaffin was 5 years old, living with his family.

In the 1860 census, he was 15 years old, living in the Southern Revenue District of Bedford County with his parents and siblings.

His home after his marriage is believed to be on Route 732 at Chestnut Fork, Bedford County, VA. William was a Quaker Baptist (1880 Census roll 1356 #253)

He was in the 129th Virginia Militia (Wilkinson's Company), listed as Private William Choffins. Private, enlisted July 20, 1861; present July 20, 1861 through November 16, 1861.
Source: Raymond Lipford, Library of Virginia Service Records, 129th Virginia Militia

William H. Chaffin was also a Private in the Confederate Army, Company G, 28th VA Militia Infantry, CSA. He enlisted on October 20, 1863 in Bedford County, Virginia in Company G, L. Wright's Company, enlisted for the duration of the war. He was listed as present September 1863 through August 1864. A report dated August 31, 1864 shows that Bill deserted July 3, 1864 and returned August 27, 1864 (AWOL). A report for November-December 1864 shows he was absent, under arrest, undergoing sentence of confederate martial. A report dated January 20, 1914 says he worked on fortifications for 2 months wearing a 12 pound ball and chain 3 feet long.
A report on February 4, 1864, shows a $50.00 bounty paid by J. H. Holt.
Reel 737 Library of Virginia

William H. Chaffin deserted July 3, 1864 and was arrested in December 1864. He was court martialed December 18, 1864.
(Source:Guide to Va. Org. Pg. 298, VR973.7455)

At a battle in Richmond, troops were kept in trenches 24 hours a day with a small break and hardly any food or warm clothing. Many of the men were cold and hungry, and just walked away to their homes. In 1864 he would have been 19 years old.
Source; Ira Chaffin

28th Regiment, Virginia Infantry
The 28th Infantry Regiment completed its organization at Lynchburg, Virginia in June 1861. Its members were raised in the counties of Botetourt, Craig, Bedford, Campbell, and Roanoke. After fighting at First Manassas the unit was assigned to General Pickett's, Garnett's, and Hunton's Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. It was active in the campaigns of the army from Williamsburg to Gettysburg except when it served with Longstreet at Suffolk. The 28th moved to North Carolina, then was on detached dutyat Richmond. It fought at Cold Harbor,endured the battles and hardships of the Petersburg trenches, and was engaged in various conflicts around Appomattox. The reigment totalled 600 men in April 1862, and reported 40 casualties at Williamsburg and 47 at Seven Pines. It lost 12 killed and 52 wounded at Second Manassas, had 8 killed and 54 wounded during the Maryland Campaign, and, of the 333 engaged at Gettysburg, half were disabled. Many were captured at Sayler's Creek, and 3 officers and 51 men surrendered on April 9, 1865. The field officers were Colonels Robert C. Allen, Robert T. Preston, and William Watts; Lieutenant Colonels Samuel B. Paul and William L. Wingfield; and Majors Michael P. Spesard and Nathaniel C. Wilson.

1870 Census, Otter, Bedford County, VA,
Post Office: Liberty
Roll M593_1635, page 335, Image 671
William H. Chafin, age 28, Farmer, cannot read or write
Emma L. Chafin, age 23, wife, Keeping House
John W. Chafin, age 3
Samuel Chafin, age 1/12 (born May)
all born VA
(living next door to his parents Joshua and Lurinna Chafin)

1880 Census, Otter, Bedford County, VA, District 23
Roll T9_1356, page 294D
William Chafin, age 36, Farmer
Emma Chafin, age 35, Keeping House
John Chafin, age 14, Works on Farm
Samuel Chafin, age 9
James A. Chafin, age 7
Lottie Chafin, age 6
Susan Chafin, age 3
(all born in VA)

Willliam died of an abscess of the lungs June 25, 1890, at the age of 45, 1 month, and 17 days. He was buried in an unmarked grave in the Solomon B. Stevens family cemetery on the west side of Route 727 near Crab Orchard Creek. This farm later was the property of Samuel L. Leftwich, then Hackworth, and now L. J. Bays.

He is buried on Rt. 727 on private property in Chestnut Fork, Bedford County, Virginia.
Source: Ira Chaffin

Bedford County Will Book 28, page 596-598, October 1892 and Will Book 29, pages 174-176
Appraisal and Inventory of JoshuaChaffin (his father):
Heirs (his children):
Jno. W. Chaffin
Saml. C. Chaffin
Lottie Chaffin
James Chaffin
Thusie Chaffin
Helen Chaffin

Library of Virginia Death Records Index:
William H. Chaffin
Date of death June 9, 1890
Place of death Bedford County, VA
Cause of death Abscess of Lungs
Age at death 45 years, 1 month, 17 days
Place of birth Bedford County
Occupation Farmer
Source: Bedford County records page 7, line 77
Father Joshua
Mother Luvenia
Informant Wife

Our CHAFFIN Family, researched by Ira Chaffin of Salem, VA

The surname Chaffin is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It is derived from the Old French words "chauf" and "cauf", which both mean bald. This was ultimately derived from the Latin word "calvus", which has the same meaning. Thomas Chaffin emigrated from England to the Virginia colony in 1664. (Source: Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s,

On 18 October 1664 Accomack County in Virginia granted Capt. John Savage 4200 acres of land for bringing 84 persons, including Thomas Chaffin, to Accomack County from England.

Christopher Chaffin was born about 1690 and lived in Christ Church Parish, Middlesex County, VA, which was west of Accomack County. He married Sarah about 1710. They had five children: John, Christopher, Mary, William, and another John, all christened in Christ Church Parish. Christopher Chaffin Senior was killed by two runaway slaves in 1727.

In a petition (House of Burgesses 1727-1734) John Grimes stated that 2 of his Negroes ran away to Maryland, and Grimes hired Jacob Rice and Christopher Chaffin to bring them home; "that they murdered those two persons and returned again to Maryland where they were again committed; that the widows and children of these unfortunate men are left in a very difficult condition and the petitioner has been at great expense in bringing the said Negroes to justice" and requested aid. The petition was referred to the committee of Public Claims.

Chaffin lines of southern Virginia in the 1700's appear to be those whom John Chaffin/Chafin, died 1773 in Cumberland County, VA, was the progenitor. There is controversy about whether he was the son or brother of Christopher Chaffin, but the dates indicate that he was a son. He was living in Goochland County, VA before part of it became Cumberland County in 1749.

John held 1300 acres of land in Goochland and Cumberland County, VA under original grants from King George II of England through his representative William Gooch, Esquire. John Chaffin/Chafin died 1773 in Cumberland County, VA. In his will his wife Mary was not mentioned, so she may have died before 1773. He does mention his children Joseph Chaffin, Rachel Chaffin Smith, Joshua Chaffin, Ruth Chaffin Bradley, and Christopher Chaffin. He does not mention his daughter Nancy Caroline Chaffin Huckaby who died about 1767 before the will was written. However, John Chaffin did deed to grandson Thomas Huckaby, Jr. "for love and affection" 130 acres where Thomas Huckaby, Sr. lived in Cumberland County.

Joseph Chaffin, son of John and Mary Chaffin/Chafin, was born 1741 in Cumberland County, VA. He inherited the 200 acres of land and the plantation where his parents lived in Cumberland County, VA. Joseph married Nancy (Ann) Mitchell, daughter of James Mitchell, before 1775 and had seven children. Joseph Chaffin and his family moved to Bedford County, VA by 1787. Joseph died in 1815 and left a will naming wife Ann and children Stephen, Joshua, John and Joseph, Rebecca Adams, Rhoda Hudnall, and Polly Hurt.

It is interesting to note that his son Joseph Chaffin, Jr. and wife Jane Adams had a son Josephus Chaffin, born 1825-1826 in Bedford County, who was a midget. In the 1860 census he was listed as Josephus H. Chaffin, age 34, male, 27 inches height, 28 lbs. weight, born VA, cannot read and write.

John Chaffin, son of Joseph Chaffin and Nancy (Ann) Mitchell Chaffin, was born 1782, probably in Cumberland County, VA, and died about 1855 in Bedford County, VA. He married Catherine Dowdy, daughter of John Dowdy Junior and Mary Foster, 09 September 1811 in Bedford County. John owned land he had inherited from his father. They had seven children, all born in Bedford County, VA: Joseph A., Joshua, Mary Polly, an unidentified male child, Catherine, John H., and Stephen. John Chaffin died about 1855 in Bedford County, and his wife Catherine died about 1865.

Joshua Chaffin, son of John Chaffin/Chafin and Catherine Dowdy Chaffin/Chafin, was born 1814 in Bedford County, VA. Joshua was a Quaker Baptist and a farmer. He married Lurena Margaret Turner 10 February 1842 in Bedford County. They had five children: Mary E., William H., Judith Ann, Thomas Jefferson and Martha Catherine Chaffin. Joshua Chaffin died 18 November 1891 and is buried in the Quaker Baptist Church Cemetery in Bedford County.

William H. "Bill" Chaffin, son of Joshua Chaffin and Lurena Margaret Turner Chaffin, was born 05 May 1845 in Chestnut Fork, Bedford County, VA. He was also a Quaker Baptist and a farmer. Bill was a Private in the Confederate Army, Company G, 28th VA Militia Infantry CSA. He enlisted 20 October 1863 when he was 18 years old. By 03 July 1864 he had deserted, and then returned 27 August 1864, being AWOL for about 6 weeks. Bill worked on fortifications for 2 months, wearing a 12 pound ball and chain 3 feet long. He re-enlisted in February 1864. William H. Chaffin married Emmaline L. Overstreet, daughter of Alexander S. Overstreet and Tabitha Frances Dowdy, 20 December 1865 in Bedford County. They had six children, all born in Bedford County: John William, Samuel Colea, James A., Lottie Roberta, Susan Clarke and Helen M. Chaffin. William H. Chaffin died 09 June 1890 and is buried off Route 727 on L.J. Bays' property in Bedford County. Emmaline died 12 October 1923 and is buried in the North Bedford Baptist Church Cemetery, Forest, VA.

John William Chaffin, son of William H. Chaffin and Emmaline L. Overstreet Chaffin, was born 08 October 1866 in Bedford County, VA. Johnny was a farmer. He played a musical instrument, the fiddle, and performed with bands at square dances. He married Bettie Banks Burnette, daughter of Marsel Valentine Burnett and Missouri Ellen Martin, 19 November 1890 in Bedford County. They had six children, all born in Bedford County: Gordon C., Okie Corbett, Hallie, Frederick Nelson, Ruby and Hilda Chaffin.

The family was listed in the 1900 census of Campbell County, VA and the 1910 census of Bedford County. John William Chaffin died 20 May 1918 in Danville, VA. Bettie B. Chaffin died 04 August 1954 in Martinsville, VA. They are buried in Green Hill Cemetery in Danville, VA. Their tombstone is engraved with these words: "Great Loves Live On".

Family links: 
  Emma L. Overstreet Chaffin (1846 - 1923)*
  John William Chaffin (1866 - 1918)*
  Thusie Chaffin Arthur (1876 - 1932)*
*Calculated relationship
Stephens Cemetery: Directio Turn northwest off 727
Chestnut Fork
Bedford County
Virginia, USA
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Record added: Jun 28, 2012
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