Chastain Daughters

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06-21-08


Period ImageOnly a small percentage of Pierre Chastain descendants are named Chastain. Many have very different last names such as Ballew, Robinson, LeSueur, and Salle. This page is devoted to them.

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A Chastain By Any Other Name
Descendants of Second Generation Chastain Daughters
Elizabeth Chastain LeSueur
Descendants of Third Generation Daughters
Descendants of Fourth Generation Daughters of Chastain Sons
Notable Descendants of Later Generations
Is Actress Joan Crawford the Most Famous Pierre Chastain Descendant?


A Chastain By Any Other Name

Period ImageIn his book, Little Otter to Lost River, page ii, Claude Cook states, "I have not included much history of the daughters. I have been raked over the coals for this several times by certain ladies, but to include also the information on the families [that] the Chastain girls married into would make this history about a million pages in length!" Though perhaps exaggerated, this is true!

Let us assume that families average half boys and half girls. In our case, the first generation is Pierre Chastain, himself. The second generation would consist of both boys and girls, all with the last name of Chastain. Therefore they would by 100% Chastains. But the girls would marry men of different last names to pass on to their children. In the third generation, half the children would be Chastain (children of the sons) and half would not (children of the daughters).

In the fourth generation, half the Chastain children would be Chastain (children of the sons) and half would not (children of the daughters). However, 100% of children born to third generation Chastain daughters who have new married names would produce children with names other than Chastain, so only a quarter (25%) of the fourth generation would be born as Chastains. The fifth generation would be one eighth (12.5%) Chastain; the sixth generation one sixteenth (6.25%). My son is tenth generation. By the time we reach his group, only .39%, not even a half a percent, would be Chastains. That means that 99.6% of Pierre's descendants of the tenth generation would have last names other than Chastain! If we could trace them all and publish their information, we may indeed have a work of a million pages, and almost none of those descendants would have any idea that they descend from a Pierre Chastain.

Period ImageOf course, things are not quite so precise. Some families are much larger than others; the ratio of sons to daughters are not always 50-50; and Chastain daughters sometimes marry Chastains and so conserve or reclaim the Chastain name to pass on to their kids. But the point is that the vast majority of Pierre's descendants are not named Chastain, Chasteen, Chesteen, Chastine, or Shasteen, and it is impossible to accommodate all the names. However, on this page we will explore the daughters of the second, third, and fourth generations to discover some of the other names carried by Pierre's descendants from earlier years.

In Pierre's case, the second generation consists of three sons and four daughters who lived to maturity and produced children (the third generation). So far as we can determine, the three Chastain sons had among them 10 sons and 7 daughters who likely married. The four Chastain daughters had among them 21 such children, all with names other than Chastain. The total is 10 Chastains and 28 non-Chastains. So, if the third generation produced a balanced number of children, our ratio among the fourth generation is 26.3% Chastains, just a tad higher than predicted.

Our authority for Pierre's descendants is Pierre Chastain and His Descendants (PCD), three volumes, which is the most recent and most comprehensive genealogical resource for this study. These books are all available at the Pierre Chastain Family Association, and are well worth owning.

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Judith Chastain Ballew

Period ImageJudith Chastain was the oldest daughter of Pierre who lived to maturity. Her mother was Pierre's second wife, Anne Soblet. Judith was born around 1703, just a few years after her parents arrived in Virginia colony. She died sometime between 1765 and 1784 in Chesterfield County, Virginia. In the mid 1720s, she married Gille Ballew, who also was from France. He died by 1733, and we know of only one child they had together, Peter Ballew, born probably in 1729. Judith also had several children out of wedlock, perhaps all of them with Thomas Walker. At least two of them, William and Thomas, were given the last name Ballew, but PCD does not show descendants for any of the illegitimate children.

Peter Ballew (c 1729-c 1770) and his wife Alice had six (possibly seven) children, three sons and three (or four) daughters. Their daughter Sarah married a Leister. The only one of Peter's children whose descendants we know is the oldest child, Solomon Ballew (c 1755-1818). His one son, James Webb Ballew, was born in Virginia, but died in Kentucky in 1845. James' son, Newton Ballew was born in Kentucky in 1830 or 1831. Newton's son, John Nelson Ballew was born in Kentucky and died there in 1921. He had children as well.

Susanna Chastain Robinson

Susanna Chastain was the daughter of Pierre Chastain and Anne Soblet. She was born in Manakin Town, Virginia about 1705 and was named for her grandmother, Susanne Soblet. She married James Robinson. They had two sons and three daughters, but we have no information on additional descendants.

Elizabeth Chastain LeSueur

Elizabeth Chastain was the daughter of Pierre Chastain and Anne Soblet. She was born about 1711 in Manakin town, Virginia and married David LeSueur in the early 1730s. Elizabeth and David had nine sons and two daughters, and we know descendants of eight of them. This is the by far best attested lineage of the second generation daughters. See more at Elizabeth Chastain LeSueur.

Marie/Mary Magdalene Chastain Salle

Marie Magdalene Chastain was the daughter of Pierre Chastain and Anne Soblet. She was born about 1720 in Manakin town, Virginia and married Guillaume Sallee about 1740. Marie and Guillaume had eight children, and we know descendants of two of them. This is the second best attested lineage of the second generation daughters. We can only mention the more notable Sallee descendants.

Children and Grand Children of Marie and Pierre Sallee

Pierre Salle was born in 1743 in Manakin Town, Virginia and died perhaps in Kentucky. He had two daughters, Susana and Vienna.

Olive Sallee was born in 1749 in Manakin Town, Virginia and died about 1830 in Mercer County, Kentucky. He had four sons, John, James, Olive Perry, and Rainey Shattein.

Great and Great-Great-Grandchildren of Marie and Pierre Sallee

Other Names of Salle Descendants

Fourth Generation: Bruton, Van Winkle.

Fifth Generation: Bruner, Wright, Rice, Hughes, Greer, Whittinghill, Peavler, Bottom.

Sixth Generation: Hale, Reynolds, Grant, Pool, Orr, Towell, Pool, Storey, Winkler, Orr, Orr, Riley, Storey, McEwen, Healy, Funkhouser, Huff, Clinging, Pingleton, Chandler, Lacy, Stallings, Kidd, Knox, Poole, Young, Haney, Stout, Springer, Kimsey, Copple, Bryant, Norman, Pool, Smallwood, Baldwin, Seal, Martin, Sharp, Buckman, Jessee, Wilkins, Stobaugh, Stobaugh, Vincent, Clark.

Seventh Generation: Dare, Martin, Coble, Wheeler, Birchler, Fishback, Vick, Fenley, Snyder, Willmot, Kramer, Freshley, Carlisle, Young, Bennett, Stuteville, Evans, Scott, Goldsmith, Whitlock, Davis, Carroll, Harris, Hatcher.

The above lists includes some couples for whom we do not have children listed. Most of them would have had children, but a few may not have. Of course, there is a multitude of last names for which we have no record at all.

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Elizabeth Chastain LeSueur

Period ImageElizabeth Chastain was the daughter of Pierre Chastain and Anne Soblet. She was born about 1711 in Manakin town, Virginia. She married David LeSueur in the early 1730s. He was born in London, but was christened in a Huguenot church, so he was likely from a French family who had escaped Catholic persecution in France. Elizabeth and David had nine sons and two daughters, and we know descendants of eight of them. This is the by far best attested lineage of the second generation daughters. Here, we are able only to cover some of the more notable LeSueur descendants.



Children of Elizabeth and David LeSueur

Grand Children of Elizabeth and David LeSueur

Great-Grand Children of Elizabeth and David LeSueur

Great-Great-Grand Children of Elizabeth and David LeSueur

Other Names of LeSueur Descendants

Third Generation: Thompson, Short,

Fourth Generation: Epperson, Mallory, Brown, Stratham, Davis, Langford, Christian, Bailey, Stephens, Evans, Clayton, Jones, Woodson, Acres, Beckett, Lavender, Stultz, Bolling,

Fifth Generation: Gardner, Proctor, Langford, Freeman, Burch, Gwin, James, Caldwell, Christian, Preston, Burt, Haynes, Sharp, Mitchell, Clark, Hendrick, Edwards, Holt, Etherage, Fryer, Edwards, Nelson, Burford, Robinson, Mitchell, Branch, Wade, Ford, Arnett, Crenshaw, Davidson, Waller, Scales, Bartley, Shelor, Prillaman, Prillaman, Bishop, Mosely,

Sixth Generation: Boyd, Beard, Bradshaw, McCleane, Dickard, Call, Powell, Harsh, Harsh, Cornelius, Briggs, Boyles, Vesscher, Foster, Perkins, Wallace, Booth, Wallace, Morgan, Slappey, Crawley, Farmer, Brown, Irvin, Cagle, Crawley, Hunt, Wooten, Vanduser, Jones, Hughes, Horsley, Sullivant, Warnock, Sledge, Jones, Cox, Kelley, Nolan, Thompson, Thompson, Hilton, Goolsby, Mizell, Kelt, Griffin, Lane, Matthews, Smith, Livingston, DuBose, Smith, Stewart, Humbert, Oslin, Faubion, Harper, Kerr, Mahan, Moore, Jennings, Trainer, Thompson, McMillan, Williams, Carothers, Bridges, Pack, Endicott, Self, Epperly, St. Clair, Rutroff, Surface, Counts, Sisk, McAllister, Bowman, Howery, Van Fleet, Turner, Sowers, Shell, Rambo, West, Weaver, Adams, Young, Sturgeon, Frame, Niles, Thomas, Stevenson, Brookshire, White,

Seventh Generation: Sandidge, Dobbs, Haynes, Stephens, Dupre, Kirk, Alston, Fletcher, White, Cochran, Yoder, Rush, Zwicker, Dismukes, Dismukes, Dean, Deakins, Anderson, Lide, Miller, Myers, Hamilton, Sanders, Spinks, Clark, Danielly, Jumper, Bridges, Bell, Holstun, Belcher, Beaty, Higgins, Moreman, Cornwall, Fletcher, Ellington, King, Hogan, Hunter, Phillips, Self, Brown, Tyler, Harris, Whiddon, Woodward, McLeroy, Eason, Feeley, Brown, Crawley, Holleman, Wyatt, Lockey, Love, Cooley, Bounds, Martin, Jackson, Dumas, Holly, Smalley, Socks, Ward, Jernigan, Wilmeth, Gore, Shafer, Blow, Miller, Patterson, Stell, Glover, Springer, Whitmire, Walpole, Mershon, Maddox, DeVant, Warthen, Easterling, Hodge, Cole, Bell, McElreath, Burget, Beauchamp, Rivers, Morell, Sappey, Sanders, Chesterman, Keel, McClellan, Nunnally, Preston, Stone, Blake, Cox, Randall, Mahan, Vance, McGaig, Amyx, Ballenger, Gragard, Cecil, Cauley, Commodore, Wolverton, Clark, Cheshire, Lovell, Chappell, Reynolds, Crowgey, Phipps, Gilkin, Barnett, Sowers, Winchester, Akers, Collins, Boss, Garrett, Brummit, Quarles, Cregger, Johnson, Helms, Plake, Trigg, Perkins,

The above list includes some couples for whom we do not have children listed. Most of them would have had children, but a few may not have. Of course, there is a multitude of last names for which we have no record at all.

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Descendants of Third Generation Daughters of Chastain Sons


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Notable Fourth Generation Descendants
Notable Fifth Generation Descendants
Notable Sixth Generation Descendants
Notable Seventh Generation Descendants
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Descendants of Fourth Generation Daughters of Chastain Sons


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Notable Descendants of Later Generations

Elby and Pauline Boman, PCFA founder and charter members
Geraldine Buland, PCFA charter member
Richard and Thelma Calvin, PCFA charter members
Claude E. Cook, author of Little Otter to Lost River: A History of the Chastain Family of Washington County, Indiana, 1976
Joan Crawford, Oscar winning film actress
Thomas Creekmore, PCFA charter member
Ella Daley, PCFA charter member
Helen Ezell, PCFA charter member
Mary Avilla Farnsworth-Milligan, PCFA charter member and author of Chastain Kith and Kin, 1984
Bill Finn, PCFA president
Benjamin K. Kincaid, genealogist
Susan Slape-Hoysagk, PCFA editor of The Chestnut Tree
Arlene Wilkin, PCFA charter member

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Is Actress Joan Crawford the Most Famous Pierre Chastain Descendant?

Soccer star Brandi Chastain is likely the most famous Chastain in the world. However, the most famous Chastain descendant of all is perhaps actress Joan Crawford. As was the case with many professional actors and actress, Joan Crawford did not use her original birth name, but chose a different name for her stage career. Her real name was Lucille Fay LeSueur.

Joan CrawfordEvery source I have checked lists her parents as Thomas E. LeSueur (1867 or 1868-1938) and Anna Bell Johnson (1884-1958). It so happens that the LeSueur family line is the most attested of the Pierre Chastain lines other than Chastain itself. Therefore, Joan Crawford is an eighth generation American Chastain: 1. Pierre Chastain; 2. Elizabeth Chastain; 3. Chastain LeSueur; 4. James LeSueur; 5. Samuel Wesley LeSueur; 6; James Howell LeSueur; 7. Thomas LeSueur; 8. Lucille Fay LeSueur (Joan Crawford).

Joan Crawford is more closely related to Pierre Chastain than are the Brothers of Chastain Central, because she is eighth generation and we are ninth generation. She is only a seventh generation American LeSueur. David LeSueur, Elizabeth's French husband, at about twenty-years old came directly to the American colonies from London. The first mention of him in the colonies was in 1724. In 1736, he served as constable in Manakintown, Virginia, and he also served on the vestry at the Manakintown Anglican Church.

Lucille Fay LeSueur (aka Joan Crawford) was born March 23 probably in 1905, based on census records. However, other sources suggest it may have been 1904 or 1906. She claimed it was in 1908. Many think she took advantage of the fact that birth certificates were not required when she was born in Tennessee. Her father left her family when she was still young, and her mother married Henry J. Cassin, who raised her in her first few years. She did not discover he was not her real father until her brother Hal told her in 1915. Cassin left the family shortly after that.

Henry Cassin was in the theater business and both Lucille and her younger brother Hal became actors. Lucille began as a dancer using her own name, and was signed to MGM in 1924, also using her own name. After her first silent film, she changed her name because someone said it sounded to much like 'sewer'. She made numerous films with stars such as Lon Cheney, Sr., Fred Astaire, Spencer Tracy, Jack Palance, and especially Clark Gable. She left MGM for Warner Brothers in 1943.

Joan CrawfordJoan was named Queen of the Movies by Life Magazine in 1937. She earned the 1945 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Mildred Pierce. In 1970, John Wayne presented the Cecil B. DeMille Award to Joan Crawford on the Golden Globes. In addition to film, Joan worked in radio and television. Her 1969 Night Gallery episode Eyes was the directing debut of Steven Spielberg. She also worked in the promotion and management of the Pepsi Cola company from 1959-1973, where her husband was Chairman; he died in 1959.

Joan married Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in 1929, Franchot Tone in 1935, Phillip Terry in 1942, and Pepsi-Cola Chairman Alfred N. Steele in 1955. Joan Crawford died on May 10, 1977.

Thanks to Chastine Bright for bringing our attention to this Chastain connection.

Links:

The Best of Everything
Book Rags
Filmography
Joan Crawford Interview (video)
Pierre Chastain Family Association, Pierre Chastain and His Descendants, two volumes

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