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Benjamin became a Captain in the Army. He moved to Georgia and became a State Representative from Habersham Co. He had 10 children. 5 of his sons also became State Representatives in Georgia.

Benjamin Chastain (1780-1845) was an Indian agent who, in 1837, settled on the Toccoa River (Union County) in what would in 1854 become Fannin County. For a bio of Benjamin Chastain by Ethelene Dyer Jones, please see Jones has written several articles about his work in dealing with the Indian land sales and in heading up Ft. Chastain, a holding station for the Cherokee prior to the Trail of Tears; see also "Fort Chastain and Indian Removal" at

After the 1830 Removal Act signed by President Andrew Jackson, the government appointed Indian agents to negotiate land "sales" to persuade the Indians to cede their lands, and then under President Van Buren, General Winfield Scott was appointed to oversee the Indian Removal, and "collection points" were set up throughout Indian Country. One of these was Fort Chastain at Star Creek on the Toccoa River.

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benjamin Chastain's Timeline

July 6, 1780
Sullivan, North Carolina (now Tennessee)
January 30, 1798
Age 17
Pendleton District, SC
May 3, 1801
Age 20
Pendleton District, SC
May 22, 1803
Age 22
Pendleton District, SC
March 28, 1805
Age 24
Pendleton District, SC
February 20, 1807
Age 26
Pendleton District, SC
May 16, 1809
Age 28
Pendleton District, SC
June 10, 1811
Age 30
Pendleton District, SC
Age 30
November 17, 1812
Age 32