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VIRGINIA DEEDS AND TAXES

 

Virginia Deed ResearchPurpose of this section is to document deeds/court matters that may be related to tracing of this line.   

Ref. #

Date

County

Page

Name

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24 Dec 1741

Goochland

De-1-11

Chastian, Ren to James Robinson

(11-7-94 Copied, illegible) 179 A south side of James River part of 379 acres granted by patent to Capt Peter Chastain on 9 Jul 1724.  Signed by Rene, John s (spouse?) Judith and John Jr. Check to be sure of relationship of signers to Ren2, son of Pierre.  Page 3 was Judith's relinquishment of dower, assumed wife of Ren2

 

10 Mar 1747

Albemarle

CO-345

Shatteen, Reny guard. of James Sublett

(11-7-94) (Vir. Chastains pg 133, book 43, 1750?)

 

• Aug 1748

Albemarle (Amherst from in 1761)

De-1-129

Sharstead, James witness, sale of 580 A from John Thrasher to James Smith

(11-7-94) Both sides Buffalo River near Blue Mountains - Where is this, present day -  Amherst Co, on the Southeast corner?

 

15 Aug 1751

Albemarle

Rec 1755 ?

W2, pg 20

William Witt Will, Peter Chastain witness & Exec.

(Vir Chastains pg 133)

 

• Nov 1751

Albemarle
(Amherst from in 1761)

De-1-361

Sharstead, James 150 A to Wm Cabell

(11-7-94) Huff's Creek East side of Tobacco Row Mountains - this creek drains into the Buffalo River which is possibly the land referred to in the 1748 deed above.  (This is about 5 mi N NE from present day city of Amherst).  Property could be as close as 12-15 miles to the Otter Creek property sold below in 1812/1832.  Perhaps this James retained part of the land, continued living there, untaxed, until 1791 & 1792 when taxed as "Buff'"  Could then have turned 65 (1748 deed witness - 21 years = born circa 1727 + 65 = 1792) and become exempt? 100 A bought 1799  by James Jr. & Phoebee to sell in 1812.  Let Grandson Robert farm in 1804-1806, then Senior sold 1812 but not recorded until 1832 as result of lawsuit after James Sr. deceased.  How did all 230 acres wind up on both sides of Otter creek, which appears to be near James River on west side of Tobacco Row Mountains?

 

1753

Albemarle

De 1-460

Chastain, Rene 200 A to Robt Holt - Check, from or to?

(11-7-94)

 

16 Aug 1756

?

34:116

Chastain, Peter

Vir Chastains page 134 refers to patent book 34:116 where Peter was granted land

 

1761

Albemarle

De-3-15

Chastain, Anne (wife of Rev. Ren) 100 A from James Ford (her father)

(11-7-94) Branch of Slate River called the Pond branch joining William Southern... to John Massy's line {Buckingham Arvonia}

 

13 Apr 1789

Amherst, rec Apr 1789

De-E-329
maybe error

F-G 1785-1796

Shasteen, Jesse, wife Elinor and Elizabeth Wade,  50 A to Jacob Puckett for 35£, recorded in 1789 in land tax alterations pg 3.

(11-2-94, copied, illegible) North fork of Davises Creek, formerly owned by John Wade...James Cull's line...William Allen's part...Archibald Coffey's (Jesse married his widow Elinor) line...Samuel Denny dividing line...by a grave yard.
Jesse and his wife received when Elinor’s first husband Archibald Coffey died

Ref. #

Date

County

Page

Name

Description

 

1789

Amherst Land Tax, Partitions of Land

 

Nowland, James 60 A to Shastead, James taken out of 100 that was at (? Jame Gate...)(perhaps james Gatewood)

Note that Nowland James had 200 A in 1789b and in 1790 B had 140 and 100

 

17 Jun 1799

Amherst, rec 17 Jun 1799

De-H-159

Part of H-I 1796-1802

Shastead (&Shattead), James 100 A from Ambrose Gatewood, Sr. & wife for 50£ (Why not bought by James Jr. and wife Phoebee?)

(11-2-94, copied, illegible) Same as below, plus on Otter Creek...to Jeremah Whitten line, to William Davis's new line crossing the big branch...to a white oak on a ridge. Wit Benjamin Shackleford, Thomas Jenkins, Roland Biass (sp?).  Marginal Note in Index “1812” sent to James Shastead”.  Why wasn't Phoebee on this deed?  Bought by Senior, then given to Jr. and wife Phoebee by 1812 when they sold?

 

1811

Amherst, rec 19 Aug 1811

Will book 5  page 66

 

 

James Shasteen appt. guardian for Patsey Chaskey (?Shasteen?)

(TODAY a guardianship bond is required by an assigned person who handles the property and monies of a minor or otherwise incompetent person. Subject to its specific terms, this bond guarantees an honest accounting and faithful performance of duites. These bonds are customarily filed in a probate court.)

(11-2-94, copied) Purpose of document not clear & definitive. No mention made of minor so assume for elderly or widowed Patsey Chaskin (Shasteen), who may have been Phoebe (James wife), James Sr’s wife after his death, or someone else. Signed (not really signed, stated signed and sealed & ck’d) by James Shasteen, Patsey Shasteen and Abner Padgett so assume Patsey was not a minor, nor so infirm as to require a guardian. May be more like a modern day power of attorney given by a widow to her son so he can transact her business. This would fit if this is James Sr widow James Jr and Robert were going to be disposing of parents property. Abner Padgett involvement as brother or father to Patsey? Assume all Chaskey, Chaskin spellings refer to Shasteen as “signed”, but could be other relation to Padgett.

 

• 15 May 1812

Amherst, rec 15 Oct 1832

Deed Book v U pg 117

Part of T-V 1829-1836

James Shastead, Sen 130 A to John & R.S. Ellis for 70£ (a mercantile partnership)

(11-15-94 copied, illegible) Recording of this deed by Court in 1832 as result of suit by Richard S. Ellis surviving partner of the late mercantile concern of John & Richard S. Ellis plantiff against William Davis and Robert Shastead, William Shastead, Edmund Shastead, Francis (DIL? )Shastead and Elizabeth Shastead, heirs at law of James Shastead dec'd, defendants. (WHY NOT JAMES JR b 1785? AND DOES THIS MEAN THESE WERE ALIVE IN 1832?

(Omitted James, John - deceased?  Thought Robert deceased by 1830 census - Also see land and personal property tax work, looks like group preparing to leave town, selling land, establishing guardianship, etc. Took land proceeds in goods? 

Descript:  Both sides Otter Creek and the mill and all the premises...adjoins lines of Wm Davis, Henry S. Davies dec'd and Robert Knuckles, Ofc (sp?).  Possession 1 Oct 1812 with privilege to seed this fall and make any buildings at any time forthwith, all the premises are to be will taken care of...Teste:  Bennett Tinsley, Sandon Tuley, Linza Burks.

Note that both this property and the 100 A sold above were on the lines of Wm Davis and Robert Knuckles confirming the land was together and meaning that the two James' had at least about 230 acres together on Otter Creek in Southwest Amherst County probably very near the James River to have a mill but we only have purchase of 60 and 100.

 

14 Sep 1812

Amherst, rec 15 Nov 1813

De-M-380 part of M-N 1811-1818

Shartead James, Jr. & wife Phoebe 100A to John & R.S. Ellis et al (a mercantile partnership) for 60£

(11-2-94, copied, illegible) Otter Creek, a branch of James River, on William Davis' new line...Robert Knuckles xxx?)...wit:  Richard Eubank, Charles Burks son David, John H Zevely (sp?), John Tardy, Peter Markham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Schedule of Amherst Co., Personal Property Tax RolesAnalyzed in an attempt to relate the various James in the area from 1780-1814.

 

Year

Jesse

James

("Pedlar"

in 1790)

James

"Buff"

in 1791,1792

James

"J River"

 in 1790

Robert

James

"Jr."

1807, 9, 10

William

Edmond

John

Land
Tax
Rolls

Comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

b 1750-60

spec 1760

1777 to 1780 or 1782 in Rev War per Otter pg 29

b 1761

 

James from

1748-51,

 

 

b  est 1727

Where birth to 1789? With “Buff”

War?

b pre 1762

 

 

 

 

 

b est 1782

prop tax

Grandson of “Buff”?

 

 

b est 1785

prop tax

 

 

 

 

b est 1786

prop tax

 

 

 

 

b Jul 1787

fam record

 

 

 

 

b est 1790

prop tax

 

Pedlar is probably a location in Amherst, as is Buffalo.

Taxes first column heading = White males 16 or over

2nd col = Negroes > 16  3rd col = Negroes <16

4th col = Horses 5th col = stud horses, tiding carriages & ordinary (?) and/or cattle

 

d 1841

d Feb 1841

d est 1812-13

bet 1815-30

1825-27

1828-30

Aft 1841

12 Nov 1851

1825-27

 

Est death of men. James J River had to die after 1812 due to taxes and land sales.

 

21 Nov 1785

4 Nov 1788

 

18 Apr 1782

7Feb 1804

m  pre 1823

Prob.

3 Jul 1823

3 May 1815

 

Married – Nancy Kennedy Shasteen said 1783 or 1784 married

 

Eleanor Wade Coffee

Nancy Kennedy

 

Phoebe Pagett

Nancy Caskey

Martha

unknown

Not

Known

Susana Whitten

Hanna Whitten

 

 

 

 

 

 

bet 1815-30

a 1850

a 1860

 

a 1860

a 1820

 

Estimated death of wives

1782-

1784

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1782 first tax rolls found (1782-4 looked at all three different times for Shasteen)

1783 WAR OVER, 1784 TREATY OF PARIS OFFICALLY WAR OVER

1785

1 - - - 1

married

1 - - - -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pg 9 one line apart Jessie Shasteen, James Shatteen

Nov 21,  1785 Jesse, batchelor,  m Elinor Wade Coffee widow, daughter of John and Elizabeth Wade. Elinor born about 1755 and died before 1830

1786

1 - - - 2 1

1 - - - - -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both Shasteen page 8 one line apart no a b section to rolls

1787

1 - - - 4 0

0 - - 1 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1787a pg 21 Jessey Shasteen, 1787b pg 28 James Shasteen

• Note 0 for persons, noted under persons >21 Jas Shasteen - perhaps old man father?

1787 VA census Shasteen, James 190 Amherst B 0001 horse 3 cattle

                          Shasteen Jessey 179 Amherst A 1004 horses 0 cattle

1788

1 - - 4

 

1 0 1

married

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1788a pg 25 Jesse Shatteen 1788b pg 10 James Shasteen

Nov 8, 1788 James m Nancy Kenedy

1789b

Sell land

1 - - 2

 

(Have copy

If red)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1789a none 1789b pg 13 James Shasteen

1789 Jesse/Elinor/sister sell 50 A to Puckett, saw on land tax rolls WHY not taxed prior yrs?

1790b

 

1 - - 1 Ped

 

1 0 0 0 J Riv

Buy land

 

 

 

 

 

b-60

1790a none 1790b pg 12 James Shasteen (J River) pg 13 James Shasteen (Pedlar)

1790 Land tax Partitions James Shastead 60 a fr. James Nowland 100, taxed 60A to 1800

1791b

 

To KY

1 - - 1 Buf

1 - - 1

 

 

 

 

 

b-60

1791a none 1791b pg 13 James Shasteen, 3 lines down James Shasteen (Buf)

James (Jesse’s bro) To Madison Co., KY in Oct 1791 per pension records per Otter pg 29

1792b

KY tax lists

 

1 - - 1 Buf

1 - - 1

 

 

 

 

 

b-60

Jesse In 1792 tax lists Madison Co., KY, 1801 to Wayne Co., KY (Otter pg 30)

(both pg 12 one James Buf)

1793b

 

 

 

1 - - 1

 

 

 

 

 

b-60

1793 a none b pg 13 James Shalteen

1794

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

b-60

1794-1795, Not listed, WHY? 1794 a b none

1795

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

b-60

1794-1795, Not listed, WHY? 1795 a b none

1796b

 

 

 

1 - - 1

 

 

 

 

 

b-60

1796 a none b pg 12 James Shasteen

1797b

 

 

 

1 - - 1

 

 

 

 

 

b-60

 

1798b

 

 

 

2 - - 1

Rob 16

 

 

 

 

b-60

 

1799b

 

 

 

2 - - 1

 

 

 

 

 

b-60

June 17, 1799 James Shastead buys 100 A  from Ambrose Gatewood & wife

1800b

 

 

 

2 - - 1

.

 

.

.

 

60

1800 James Shastead taxed on 60 A (pg 16)

1801b

 

 

 

2 - - 1

.Rob 21

 

 

 

 

160

1801-1807 James Shastead taxed on 160 A (pg 23)

1802b

 

 

 

1 - - 2

1 - - -

 

 

 

 

160

Property tax hereon refer to both James and Robert as Shatead (pg 25)

1803b

 

 

 

2 - - 2

1 - - 1

.James 16

 

 

 

160

(pg 26)

1804b

 

 

 

3 - - 3 $36

1 - - 1 $17

 

Wm 16

 

 

160/133

7 Feb 1804 Robert m Nancy Caskey in Rockbridge Co., VA (both pg 26)

1805b

 

 

 

3 - - 2 $26

1 - - 1 $12

 

 

 

 

160/133

1804-1806 Robert taxed on 133A (both pg 30) (when acquired, sold by James SR?)

1806b

 

 

 

2 - - 2

1 - - 1

1 - - 1  (Jr.)

 

 

 

160/133

(Robt pg 22, James Jr 23 James 23)

1807b

 

 

 

1 - - 2

 

 

1 - - - WM21

 

 

160/0

(Jas pg 20, Will 21)

1808

 

 

 

not coll

 

 

 

 

 

0/0

1808 No taxes collected

1809

 

 

 

3 - - 3

 

1 - - -  (Jun.)

1 - - -

1 - - - Ed 21

 

100/0

1809-1815 James taxed on 100 A (Jas pg 21 Jr 21, Will 22 Ed 22)

1810

 

 

 

3 - - 1

 

- - - 1  (Jr.)

 

 

 

100

1810 census, James in Amherst, Robert in Rockbridge, land in Amherst!  (both pg 24)

1811

 

 

 

1 - - 3  (Sr.)

 

 

1 - - 1

 

1 - - 1 J 21

100

1811 - Gurardianship for Patsey Chaskey signed by James & Patsey Shasteen (all pg 24)

1812

 

 

 

1 - - -  (Sr.)

 

 

 

1 - - 1

 

100

• 14 Sep 1812 - James, Jr & Phoebee sold 100 A (Jr significant?) (Js pg 24, Ed 25)

1813

1814

 

 

 

not listed

1814-1833

 

 

 

 

 

100

100

• 15 May 1812 James Sr. sold 133 not rec'd until 1832 (Sr. Significant?)

1814 - Ross Co Hist.-James SR b 1807 came to OH with father Robert when 7 in 1814

1815

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

100

May 1815 John m Hannah in Galllia Co., OH

1819

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will Bros. - William set. in Gallipolis, Gallia Co., OH for 2 yrs, 1819 to Ross Co. die 1853?

1820

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1820- Ross Co., OH census has Robert, John & James

1821

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Feb 1821 John m Susan Campbell in Gallia Co., OH

1826

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1826 - Co., Hist - James came w/ parents in 1826

1827

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1827 - Ross Co sale to Edward

1828

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1828 - Ross Co judgement against William, James and Edmund

1830

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1830 - Ross Co census, fam of Robt & James

Henry Co census - Edmond & William

1832

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As result of Chancery suit Richard Ellis vs Wm Davis, heirs of James Shastead Sr. & heirs of John Ellis, deed recorded 15 May 1812 James Shastead, Sen to John & R. S. Ellis 130A

1836

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1836 - Independence tax rolls - William, E., Jacob, & Alonzo

1837

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1837 - Independence tax rolls - William, Ed., and Shasteen & Thomas

 

Note: Chapter 8 of Martha Gerber Rittenger book

It seems possible that the father of the Shasteens who migrated to Ohio was James Chasteen, Sr., born not later than 1730 because he is listed eight times, from June, 1746 through November, 1747, on the Muster Roll of the Virginia Militia.   To have been a member of the Militia, he would have to been born not later than 1730 since the minimum age for service was 16.  He seems to have lived throughout his life in Amherst and Rockbridge Counties, Virginia.   It is well to note that the different spellings of Shasteen were used at random. 

One speculation is that James Chasteen could be the son of Pierre "Peter" Chastain who was born in France in 1663 and died in Virginia in 1761.  Several other descendants were told that the family was of Irish origin.  Many Irish immigrants settled in the Shenaodoah Valley.

According to the Amherst County, Virginia personal property tax records, James Shasteen was the only Shasteen to pay taxes for a long period.  However, about 1802, Robert Shastead shows up on the tax rolls with James.  By 1805, James Shastead, Jr. appears with James.  In 1807, William Shasteen appears, and by 1809 Edmond is added, making a total of five Shasteens' appearing on the Amherst County roll.  On June 17, 1799, James Shastead bought 100 acres for L50 from Ambrose Gatewood and wife Margaret.

In 1810, Robert Shasteen and Edmond Shasteen appear on the Rockbridge County, Virginia person property tax records.  In 1811, James Shasteen appears.  Since the Shasteens paid personal property taxes in both Amherst and Rockbridge Counties, they may have farmed land which lay in both counties, possibly on the border.  After 1817, there are no Shasteen names appearing in the Rockbridge.

In a Rockbridge County, Virginia records appears the following:  "Robert Chastain to marry Nancy Caskey, daughter of Archibald Caskey, deceased.  Date of Bond February 7, 1804.  Married by Samuel Houston, Pastor of the High Bridge Presbyterian Church.  Surety Joseph Grigsby.”  The Presbyterian Church was organized in 1746 in an old log building by Reverend John Blair.  The stone church was built in 1756, nineteen years after the first settlement in Rockbridge County.   This church lies along US Interstate 81, on right side of road going South.  Sam Houston's old home is located about ½ mile North on the opposite side of US Interstate 81. Some burials in the cemetery include those of the Padgett, Rice and Ballew families.  James Chastain of Amherst County married to a Phoebe Padgett of Amherst County which adjoins Rockbridge County to the east.

The Caskey name may have been written Cassidy.  Lucas Cassidy left Rosslea in County Fermanagh, Ireland around 1750.   In 1773, the Irish paper News Letter reported that emigrants were paying 3 pounds, 5 shillings for a full passage across the Atlantic.  Fifty years earlier, when trade was just opening up, the cost for the journey was 7 to 9 pounds.  The six-week journey aboard overcrowded ships brought the emigrants close to death with disease and pestilence, shortages of water and food, and the brutalities of ship masters and crew.  Piracy was another danger they faced on the high seas.  They faced these dangers because of crop failures, economic depression, and a desire to own property .  Many arrived with little except the clothes on their backs
 

Note: Amherst formed 1761, Rockbridge 1778, Note also that part of Virginia became Kentucky 1780-1789 and also some became West Virginia. For a generic list of Personal Property Tax List column headings use the following as a guide: 1)Name of individual charged with tax 2) Number of white male tithables over 16 3) Blacks over 16 4) Blacks over 12 and under 16 5) Horses, etc 6) Carriage wheels 7) Ordinary licenses 8) Stud horses 9) Rates of covering and season 10) Amount of tax

Note: In my research of tax rolls  I also found in Franklin Co., VA 1786-1803 tax roles many variations on the spelling of Shasteen for William who appears to be the father of George, Valentine, Robert, Barnett, Ren, John and Thomas. Variations start with Shasteen (William) in 1786 and go on to include Shashteen, Shatteen, Shatten Shasteen. Franklin Co was formed out of Bedford {from Albermarle and Lundnburg in 1753}, Henry and Patrick in 1785. These are generally viewed as probable descendants of Peter Chastain, JR b circa 1708 and are the subjects of the book “Little Otter” who migrated to Indiana.

Note: Tithable age- Frequently researchers attempt to use tithable lists to establish an exact age for an individual. When free males appeared for the first time in the household of an individual having their surname, they were at least sixteen years of age. When a free male appeared in his own name rather than in the household of another, he was probably twenty-one years of age. Tithable lists, however, should not be used to establish the exact year when someone was born. http://www.lva.lib.va.us/whatwehave/tax/rn17_tithables.htm

MiscellaneousVariations on name not found on: Albemarle 1785 census, Amherst 1779 1785 Petition, 1783, 1785 Heads of Household Index, Rockbridge 1778 Tithe List, 1783 Tax List

 
 

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