*Dr. Pierre (Peter) Chastain
born 9 April 1659 Charost, Berri Province, France
died 3 October 1728 Manakintowne, King William Parish, Henrico County, Virginia
born 30 March 1625 Charost Province, Berri, France
died after 1694
born about 1625 France
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
born 1675 Sedan Provence, Champagne, France
died 3 April 1723 Manakin, Henrico County, Virginia
married 1701 Virginia
*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
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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.
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