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Other notable Chastains
After the previous pages were prepared, based mainly on a book by James Garvin Chastain, A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE HUGUENOT AND THREE FAMILY TREES: CHASTAIN, STOCKTON and LOCKRIDGE, the author received a short pamphlet from the Pierre Chastain Family Association which had information about the Pierre Chastain that was different from what had been found elsewhere. In due time, perhaps, a supplement for this edition can be prepared that will correlate the two sources, or at least clarify inconsistencies. For now, the pamphlet from the Association will be included, along with the address for those who night desire membership.
Other Notable Chastains
“Mother Superior,” Phillipe Chastaignier, was abbess of a nunnery in Poitou, France and in 1549 entered into correspondence with John Calvin, then in Switzerland, with the purpose of abandoning the cloister and embracing the evangelical faith. Then she and eight of her nuns soon did, leaving only one behind in the convent.
Pierre (Peter) Chastain (son of Rene, grandson of Peter, the Emigrant) emigrated to South Carolina, and enlisted as a private in line during the Revolutionary War (1776 – 1783), and belonged to Captain Leroy Hammond’s troups in S. C. He died in South Carolina. He married either Sarah Foster or Porter, and had at least one son John and a daughter Beersheba.
John Chastain, born 26 September 1721 was also in the Revolutionary War, died between 1804 and 1807. He was a PS from Virginia during the war, and married Elizabeth Logwood.
Rev. Rene Chastain, b. 28 June 1741, was he preacher so famous in Virginia Baptist History. He was he brother of the above mentioned Peter the soldier, grandson of Peter the Emigrant. At the time, colonists had very few schools, so Rene Chastain entered the ministry without education. But he had an incisive mind, and dedicated himself to the Bible. He lived a long and userful life and was held in high esteem for soundness, simplicity and piety He was born in Powhatan County, VA, but spent most of his ministerial life in Buckingham County. He helped organize many small Baptist churches. Like so many other pioneer preachers, he also spent a considerable part of his time between the plow handles in order to support his family. He married Miss Isham, and now has descendents scattered from New York all the way down to Florida.
Rev. John Chastain, the “Ten Shillingbell,” grandson of Peter the Emigrant, was born in Virginia in 1740 and married Mary O’Brien in 1764. He was a Baptist preacher for some years in Buckingham County, VA, but because of religious persecution, eventually moved with his family to South Carolina and settled near Greenville. Here, he reared a large family and spent the rest of his life as a faithful pioneer preacher. He died in 1806 and was buried west of Greenville, S. C.
Capt. Benjamin Chastain (780 – 1845), son of Rev. John Chastain, left South Carolina as a young man and came to North Georgia and settled at Blue Ridge; married in 1799 to Rebecca Denton from Franklin County, Georgia. He served in the state Legislature from Habersham County and all his sons were also representatives:
John Bunyan Chastain from Union County,
Rev. Benton Chastain, born in Georgia in 1840 was an attorney as well as a Baptist preacher.
Edward Chastain, called “The Patriarch,” was son of Rev. John Chastain, born in S. C. March 1796. Married Hannah Brown and fathered at least 16 children.
Rainey Chastain, born near Greenville, S. S. on 28 September 1793. Married Mary Nicholson, moved to North Georgia. Had eight children.
Edward Jordan Chastain, born 1820 in N. C. and moved to Georgia in 1821. Showed an early thirst for education. Taught school and had ten children.
James Garvin Chastain, son of the above Edward Jordan Chastain, was born in 1853 in Texas and became a Baptist missionary to Mexico with his wife. Wrote many books, one of which provided much of the information for this family background.
Troy G. Chastain, civic leader, public official, humanitarian, Fulton County Commissioner who made friends, valued our youth, and for whom Chastain Park in Atlanta is named. He died around 1960.
Whitten T. Chastain. Born 19 February
1858 in Kennesaw, Cobb County, Georgia.
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