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Nicknames: "Pierre Jacques /Chastain/", "Pierre Jacob /Chastain/", "Peter /Chastain/"
Birthplace: Chârost, Cher, Centre, France
Death: Died in King William Parish, Goochland, Virginia Colony, United States
Occupation: Doctor
Managed by: Patricia Norton Chong
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About Pierre Jacob Chastain, Sr.

Baptized April 9, 1659, Charost, France; died 1728, Goochland County, Virginia

http://phillip.l.sublett.com/family/tree-Chastain.htm

On July 23, 1700, the ship Mary and Ann arrived in Virginia Colony bringing our immigrant ancestor Pierre Chastain, along with his wife and five children, to the new world. He fled to the new land from France through England to escape Louis XIV's harsh Catholic persecution of the French Protestants called Huguenots. Pierre was about 37 years old. Pierre helped found a new community in the colony called Manakintown, and served for many years as an officer of the Episcopalian Church of Manakintown. He was a surgeon by profession.

After the death of his first wife, Pierre Chastain married Anne Soblet, the daughter of Abraham Soblet and Susanne Briant. Together they would have eight children and dozens of grandchildren.

http://www.chastaincentral.com/content/pierre.html http://soblet.com/history.htm -------------------- Pierre was a doctor of some note. He was also a Huegenot and fled France circa 1696. He went across the Jura Mountains into Switzerland to the town of Vevey. Sometime after September 1698 he and his family moved to The Hague, Netherlands and from there they went to London, England.

Pierre was instrumental in getting support and organizing a Hugenot colonization of Virginia. On April 19, 1700. He and 5 of his children (by his then wife Susanna Reynaud were among the 207 passengers that set sail out of Gravesend, England aboard the ship, the Mary and Ann. The ship arrived at the mouth of the James River on July 12, 1700. The group initially settled Manakin, Virginia on a 10,000 acre tract of land they were awarded. -------------------- Pierre CHASTAIN, Sr. was born in the village of Charost, in Berri Province (now the department of Cher), France, in 1659.

In 1685, by the Edict of Fontainebleau, Louis XIV revoked the "irrevocable" Edict of Nantes. The Edict of Fontainebleau declared Protestantism illegal and removed all civil protection from French Protestants. Having experienced persecution in France for over a century, the number of Huguenots leaving France grew to a flood. Estimates of the numbers range from 200,000 to one million.

Pierre CHASTAIN and his wife, Susanne REYNAUD, initially fled to Switzerland, where they lived for about ten years. They had eight children; most of them were probably born in Switzerland. Three died in infancy. Along with thousands of other Huguenots and Palatine refugees, they made their way to Holland. Pierre CHASTAIN helped gather a group of Huguenots who proposed to English merchants that they would help colonize Virginia, in exchange for transport and grants of land.

In July 1700, after a voyage of almost three months aboard the Mary and Ann, Pierre CHASTAIN, his wife Susanne and five children arrived at the mouth of the James River, near the Jamestown settlement in the Virginia Colony. They did not settle at Jamestown, however. The 10,000 acre site chosen for the Huguenot settlement was west of the James River. More Huguenots arrived in September. The settlement was called Manakintown, being an abandoned Monacan village. It was located in what is now Powhatan County, about 20 miles west of downtown Richmond, Virginia.

Having arrived so late in the year, the colonists were unable to grow crops before the end of the year and some did not survive the harsh winter. Among the losses were Pierre's wife Susanne and three of the five children. Only one child survived to adulthood.

Within the next year, Pierre CHASTAIN married a second wife, Anne SOBLET, the daughter of Abraham and Susanne SOBLET, who were also Huguenot immigrants. They had eight children, including two sons, Pierre CHASTAIN, Jr. and Rene CHASTAIN. Pierre CHASTAIN, Sr. died in 1728.

On May 12, 1705, the Virginia General Assembly passed an act to naturalize the 148 Huguenots resident at Manakintown.

Pierre CHASTAIN, Jr. was born in 1707. --------------------

  • Dr. Pierre (Peter) Chastain

born 9 April 1659 Charost, Berri Province, France

died 3 October 1728 Manakintowne, King William Parish, Henrico County, Virginia

Biographical Information:

Baptism: April 09, 1659, this record was located in the register of Issoudun, now located in the Archives Departemantales de l'Indre at Chateauroux, France

Pierre's first wife was Susanne Reynaud, and was the daughter of Pierre Reynaud.

Pierre and his family by 1696 fled Charost across the Jura Mountains to Switzerland to escape religious persecution. They latter went to the Hague in The Netherlands and from there went to London, England, where Pierre helped organize a group of French Huguenot refugees for colonization in Virginia.

Pierre and his family, among 207 passenges embarked from Gravesend, England on April 19,1700 aboard the ship Mary and Ann. They arrived in Virginia on July 12, 1700. Pierre's first wife, Susanne, died after February 1701 and before November 1701. Two of their children also died. It is unknown how many children they had.

After Pierre's second wife, Anne, died, he married Mary Magdaline Verrueil, widow of Antoine Trabue.

The Pierre Chastain Family Association was created in his honor and is dedicated to the research of all Chastain, and related spellings, families in America. Visit their web site at - http://www.kopower.com/~jimchstn/index.htm

The year was 1659 when Pierre Chastain was born in the ancient Province of Berry, in or near the village of Charost, which is almost the geographic center of France. Pierre Chastain was the son of Estienne Chastain and Jeanne Laurent. Pierre's father, Estienne and this grandfather, Jacques Chastain, had both served as notaire royal at Charost. Estienne was born circa 1625, the son of Jacques and Jeanne Audet Chastain. It is thought that Jacques, born circa 1598-1600, was either the son or grandson of the Estienne Chastain who fled the city of Bourges at the time of the Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Day in 1572. Proof of Pierre's first wife comes from the registers of Vevey in cantonal archives in Lausanne, Switzerland. This proof also corrects the assumption that Magdalaine de la Rochefaucald was Pierre's first wife. Pierre Chastain married Susanne Reynaud, daughter of Pierre Reynaud, from the village of Issoudun. By 1696, the Pierre Chastain family had fled from Charost across the Jura Mountains to Vevey, Canton Vaud, Switzerland to escape religious persecution. Sometime after September 1698, the family departed Vevey and was found at The Haque in The Netherlands (Holland). From there, the family moved to London, England where they remained a short time while Pierre became active in gathering together a group of French Huguenot refugees for colonization in Virginia. Pierre Chastain, his wife Susanne Reynaud Chastain and five children were among the group of 207 passengers who embarked from Gravesend, England on April 19, 1700 aboard the ship Mary and Ann of London. This ship arrived at the mouth of the James River on July 12, 1700. The group settled in Manakin, Virginia about twenty miles up the James River. The group was given a 10,000 acre tract of land south of the James in an area once occupied by the Monacan Tribe of Indians.

Pierre's wife, Susanne, died after February 1701 and before November 1701, two of the children also had died. Pierre then married Anne Soblet. Ann was the daughter of Abraham Soblet and Susanne Brian. The marriage to Anne Soblet produced eight children. Anne Soblet Chastain died on April 3, 1723. Pierre married a third time to Mary Magdaline (Verrueil) Trabue, daughter of Moise and Madelene Verrueil and widow of Antoine Trabue. Pierre Chastain died in Goochland County, Virginia in the fall of 1728. He had made his will on October 3, 1728 and this will was probated on November 20, 1728. He was buried in the family cemetery near his home. Magdeline Chastain died in late Spring of 1731, she and Pierre did not have children.

The family cemetery where Pierre Chastain was buried is located on what is now Monacan Farm near Manakin Episcopal church. The Cemetery was located a few yards from the family home and contained several field stones and as many as 30 graves. A brick wall surrounding the family plot was torn down in 1929 by a farmer who used the bricks to build a house. In 1982, Lowell Chastain, then President of the Association, erected a grave marker for Pierre Chastain and constructed a chain-link fence around his grave.

Father:

  • Estienne Chastain

born 30 March 1625 Charost Province, Berri, France

died after 1694

Mother:

  • Jeanne Laurent

born about 1625 France

died 1691/94

Siblings:

Jacques Chastain born 22 December 1652

Anne Chastain born 25 February 1655

Jeanne Chastain born 11 February 1657

Jean Chastain born 1661

Marie Chastain born 3 February 1664

Marie Chastain born 27 February 1667

spouse:

  • Anne Soblet

born 1675 Sedan Provence, Champagne, France

died 3 April 1723 Manakin, Henrico County, Virginia

married 1701 Virginia

Children:

  • Mary Chastain born 1709 Manakin Town, Henrico County, Virginia

died 1729 Goochland County Virginia

Pierre Chastain Jr. born 1707 Manakintowne, Henrico County, Virginia

died 1756 Buckingham County, Virginia

Judith Chastain born 1703 died 6 November 1773

Susanna Chastain born 1705

Elizabeth Chastain born about 1711

Rene Chastain born about 1713

Jane Chastain born about 1716

Marie Magdalaine Chastain born about 1721

Notes or source:

http://www.kcnet.com/~denis/briggs/chas-09.htm

-------------------- Immigrated on 19 April 1700 from London, England-Ship logged Deaprture.

The ship "Mary and Ann" Sailed from England on 19 April, 1700 and arrived

at the mouth of the James River on 23 July, 1700. Pierre Chastain, his

wife and five children were among the 207 passengers who sailed from

London.

Virginia Historical Society, Collections, Vol. 6 pages 65-67.

James Milton Midkiff

4156 Shan Dr. East

Mobile, AL 36693-4855

334-666-1432

jmmjsm@aol.com jmmidkiff@juno.com -------------------- surgeon/barber

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=chastain&GSfn=Pierre&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=48&GScnty=2839&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=20353590&df=all&

Birth: Apr. 9, 1659 z-*Department of Cher, France Death: Oct. 3, 1728 Manakin Farms Goochland County Virginia, USA

The tombstone is encircled around a chain link fence on the Monacan Fram near the Manakin Episcopal Church The family lived a few yards from here.


Family links:

Spouse:
 Anne Soblet Chastain (1675 - 1723)*

Children:
 Elizabeth Chastain LeSueur*
 Pierre Chastain*

Burial: Monacan Farm Cemetery Manakin Farms Goochland County Virginia, USA -------------------- The year was 1659 when Pierre Chastain was born in the ancient Province of Berry, in or near the village of Charost, which is almost the geographic center of France. Pierre Chastain was the son of Estienne Chastain and Jeanne Laurent. Pierre's father, Estienne and his grandfather, Jacques Chastain, had both served as notaire royal at Charost. Estienne was born circa 1625, the son of Jacques and Jeanne Audet Chastain. It is thought that Jacques, born circa 1598-1600, was either the son or grandson of the Estienne Chastain who fled the city of Bourges at the time of the Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Day in 1572.

Proof of Pierre's first wife comes from the registers of Vevey in cantonal archives in Lausanne, Switzerland. This proof also corrects the assumption that Magdalaine de la Rochefaucald was Pierre's first wife. Pierre Chastain married Susanne Reynaud, daughter of Pierre Reynaud, from the village of Issoudun. By 1696, the Pierre Chastain family had fled from Charost across the Jura Mountains to Vevey, Canton Vaud, Switzerland to escape religious persecution. Sometime after September 1698, the family departed Vevey and was found at The Hague in The Netherlands (Holland).

From there, the family moved to London, England where they remained a short time while Pierre became active in gathering together a group of French Huguenot refugees for colonization in Virginia. Pierre Chastain, his wife Susanne Reynaud Chastain and five children were among the group of 207 passengers who embarked from Gravesend, England on April 19, 1700 aboard the ship Mary and Ann of London. This ship arrived at the mouth of the James River on July 12, 1700. The group settled in Manakin, Virginia about twenty miles up the James River. The group was given a 10,000 acre tract of land south of the James in an area once occupied by the Monacan Tribe of Indians.

Pierre's wife, Susanne, died after February 1701 and before November 1701, two of the children also had died. Pierre then married Anne Soblet. Ann was the daughter of Abraham Soblet and Susanne Brian. The marriage to Anne Soblet produced eight children. Anne Soblet Chastain died on April 3, 1723. Pierre married a third time to Mary Magdaline (Verrueil) Trabue, daughter of Moise and Madelene Verrueil and widow of Antoine Trabue.

Pierre Chastain died in Goochland County, Virginia in the fall of 1728. He had made his will on October 3, 1728 and this will was probated on November 20, 1728. He was buried in the family cemetery near his home. Magdeline Chastain died in late Spring of 1731, she and Pierre did not have children.

The family cemetery where Pierre Chastain was buried is located near Manakin Episcopal church. The Cemetery was located a few yards from the family home and contained several field stones and as many as 30 graves. A brick wall surrounding the family plot was torn down in 1929 by a farmer who used the bricks to build a house.

In 1982, Lowell Chastain, then President of the Association, erected a grave marker for Pierre Chastain and constructed a chain-link fence around his grave.

http://www.pierrechastain.com/content/pierre.html

1). He was born about 1663 in Central France. In 1696 Docteur Pierre Chastain and wife and children are in Switzerland as refugees.Pierre applied to the English Government for a land grant in America.After this was granted, on April 19, 1700 he sailed on the Mary Ann from London, England to America. On July 23, 1700, after 95 days atsea,the ship arrived at the mouth of the James River in Virginia.ForPierre s services in arranging the Huguenot settlement in Virginia, given a personal land grant of 111 acres near the abandoned Indian village of Manakin. At his death in 1728, he owned 1,154 acres of land in Goochland county. By the end of the first year in Virginia,his first wife Marie Magdelaine de la Rochefoucault and three of his five children had died. By November 1701 he was remarried toAnnSoblet. Anne S Chastain died April 3, 1723. Pierre then married the widow Magdelaine Trebue. They had no issue. -------------------- Notes from others' research:

Pierre Chastain, Sr. died in the Parish of King William, that later became Goochland County, Virginia, USA He died between the making of his will on October 3, 1728, and November 20, 1728, when his will was probated.

There are several graves near the Manakin Episcopal Church surrounded by woods at the crest of the hill above the James River. One must have the owner's permission to go to the graves. A marker with the date 1660 was placed on the grave thought to be that of Pierre Chastain Sr. It is surrounded by a metal fence.

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Came to America aboard the ship "Mary and Ann" of London, bound for Virginia

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The following note was submitted by Bob and Aneeta Morton ‎(7th great granddaughter of Pierre)‎:

Aneeta and I were able to visit Pierre's gravesite on 6-9-08 through the courtesy of Peggy Martin, who kindly took us through the woods to it. This time of year, there is a LOT of vegetation out there ‎(later, my wife discovered she had picked up a tick)‎.

The point of this, however, is that I took my Garmin GPS device with me and stored a waypoint which enabled me to get the actual coordinates of the gravesite. They are:

N37º 34.637 minutes; W77º 42.147 minutes which, by math, translates to N37º, 34 minutes, 38.22 seconds; W77º, 42 minutes, 8.82 seconds ‎(round the seconds if you wish)‎.

--> https://maps.google.com/maps?q=%2B37%C2%B0+34%27+38.22%22,+-77%C2%B0+42%27+8.82%22&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=37.590363,-77.704153&spn=0.039583,0.077162&sll=37.570841,-77.546911&sspn=0.039593,0.077162&t=h&z=14&iwloc=near

-------------------- The year was 1659 when Pierre Chastain was born in the ancient Province of Berry, in or near the village of Charost, which is almost the geographic center of France. Pierre Chastain was the son of Estienne Chastain and Jeanne Laurent. Pierre's father, Estienne and his grandfather, Jacques Chastain, had both served as notaire royal at Charost. Estienne was born circa 1625, the son of Jacques and Jeanne Audet Chastain. It is thought that Jacques, born circa 1598-1600, was either the son or grandson of the Estienne Chastain who fled the city of Bourges at the time of the Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Day in 1572.

Proof of Pierre's first wife comes from the registers of Vevey in cantonal archives in Lausanne, Switzerland. This proof also corrects the assumption that Magdalaine de la Rochefaucald was Pierre's first wife. Pierre Chastain married Susanne Reynaud, daughter of Pierre Reynaud, from the village of Issoudun. By 1696, the Pierre Chastain family had fled from Charost across the Jura Mountains to Vevey, Canton Vaud, Switzerland to escape religious persecution. Sometime after September 1698, the family departed Vevey and was found at The Hague in The Netherlands (Holland).

From there, the family moved to London, England where they remained a short time while Pierre became active in gathering together a group of French Huguenot refugees for colonization in Virginia. Pierre Chastain, his wife Susanne Reynaud Chastain and five children were among the group of 207 passengers who embarked from Gravesend, England on April 19, 1700 aboard the ship Mary and Ann of London. This ship arrived at the mouth of the James River on July 12, 1700. The group settled in Manakin, Virginia about twenty miles up the James River. The group was given a 10,000 acre tract of land south of the James in an area once occupied by the Monacan Tribe of Indians.

Pierre's wife, Susanne, died after February 1701 and before November 1701, two of the children also had died. Pierre then married Anne Soblet. Ann was the daughter of Abraham Soblet and Susanne Brian. The marriage to Anne Soblet produced eight children. Anne Soblet Chastain died on April 3, 1723. Pierre married a third time to Mary Magdaline (Verrueil) Trabue, daughter of Moise and Madelene Verrueil and widow of Antoine Trabue.

Pierre Chastain died in Goochland County, Virginia in the fall of 1728. He had made his will on October 3, 1728 and this will was probated on November 20, 1728. He was buried in the family cemetery near his home. Magdeline Chastain died in late Spring of 1731, she and Pierre did not have children.

The family cemetery where Pierre Chastain was buried is located near Manakin Episcopal church. The Cemetery was located a few yards from the family home and contained several field stones and as many as 30 graves. A brick wall surrounding the family plot was torn down in 1929 by a farmer who used the bricks to build a house.

In 1982, Lowell Chastain, then President of the Association, erected a grave marker for Pierre Chastain and constructed a chain-link fence around his grave. http://www.pierrechastain.com/content/pierre.html

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Dr. Pierre Chastain's Timeline

1659
April 9, 1659
Chârost, Cher, Centre, France
April 9, 1659
Issoudin, Province of Berry, France
April 9, 1659
Issoudun, Indre, France
April 9, 1659
Issoudun, Berry, France
1681
1681
Age 21
Bordeaux,Guienne,,France
1688
1688
Age 28
1690
May 6, 1690
Age 31
Vevey, Canton of, Vaud, Switzerland
1690
Age 30
Charost, , Berri, France
1693
April 24, 1693
Age 34
April 24, 1693
Age 34
Vaud, Schweiz