William Shasteen

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Joy GallagherWilliam Shasteen, Sr., son of Jesse Shasteen, Sr., was born about 1786/1787 in Virginia and died August 18, 1841 in Franklin County, Tennessee. his page was researched and written by Joy Gallagher. You may reach Joy at gallagherj@cafes.net.

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Biography of William Shasteen, Sr.
of Wayne County, Kentucky and Franklin County, Tennessee

William Shasteen and Elizabeth Reed in Kentucky

William Shasteen, Sr.'s marriage bond to Elizabeth Reed was dated July 23, 1803, with Richard Robins his surety, endorsed with the consent of the bride's parents John and Elizabeth Reed on August 19, 1803, and signed by Micah Taul, the first clerk of Wayne County, Kentucky, and later a resident of Franklin County, Tennessee. The marriage was solemnized on January 16, 1804, by Methodist preacher Reverend Elliott Jones. William, Sr. subsequently appeared on the 1804 Wayne County, Kentucky, tax list as head of a household. The only other Wayne County tax lists he was on were the 1805, 1806, 1807, 1808, 1813, and 1814. In the 1815 Wayne County tax list William was listed as removed over to Ohio. Three years before, his half-brother John Wade Coffey had also been listed as removed to Ohio.

Reverend Elliott Jones' wife was Elizabeth Wade daughter of Dawson Wade. Dawson was Ellenor Coffey Shasteen nee Wade's brother. Reverend Jones performed the marriages of three of Jesse and Ellenor Shasteen's sons as well as Ellenor's three children from her first marriage to Archelaus Coffey. Reverend Jones also performed the marriage of Elizabeth Reed's sister Mary "Polly" to William Robins on November 15, 1802 in Wayne County, Kentucky. William and Mary "Polly" Reed Robins went to Texas between 1822 and 1824. William Robins died in October 1836 in Austin County, Texas, and Mary "Polly" died between 1860 and 1870 in Falls County, Texas. Reverend Jones followed his daughter and son-in-law Nancy and Thomas Shasteen (brother of William, Sr.) to Lawrence County, Alabama by 1822. He had performed their marriage in 1813 in Wayne County, Kentucky. He also performed many marriages in Lawrence County, Alabama, where he died in 1841 and was buried in the Watson Cemetery.

Possible Service - War of 1812

It is not known if William Shasteen, Sr. served in the War of 1812. The only record of an individual whose surname was spelled similar to William, Sr.'s was that of William Shasteed, a private in Captain James Bennett's Company, Colonel Robert Steele's Regiment, West Tennessee Militia Infantry. Shasteed's service commenced on January 28, 1814, and expired on May 27, 1814. He was mustered into service at Fayetteville, Tennessee, after traveling 130 miles from his residence in Jackson County, Tennessee. His muster roll stated he was on furlough.

William Shasteen in Tennessee

Sometime between 1814 and the first part of 1815, William Shasteen, Sr. came to Franklin County, Tennessee, where he, along with John Calfer and John Reed, witnessed a deed dated April 26, 1815, transferring fifty acres situated between Rock and Hurricane Creeks from Isaac Sanders to James Reed.

Between April and August of 1815, William, Sr. returned to Wayne County, Kentucky, where he and his brother Samuel witnessed a deed transferring fifty five acres from their half brother, John W. Coffey, to their brother in law, Uriah Rains. Since William, Sr. was in Kentucky, his name was not included as a subscribing witness along with John Calfer's and John Reed's when the April 26, 1815, deed was registered in Franklin County, Tennessee, that year in October. Uriah Rains and his brother Stephen were married to William and Samuel Shasteen's sisters Elizabeth and Margaret. Uriah Rains was living in Fentress County, Tennessee by 1850. Elizabeth had died before 1850. Stephen Rains died in Wayne County, Kentucky in 1848 and his wife Margaret had died before the 1840 census was taken.

However, William, Sr. was back in Franklin County, Tennessee, in 1816, where he, as assignee of John B. Hogg, entered ten acres of land on the waters of Big Hurricane Creek near Mashbread, which later became the Awalt Community. The entry of this land, dated September 23, 1816, stated William, Sr. placed his initials on a boundary tree in the presence of John Coffee (spelled with an "e"). It should be noted that General John Coffee, of War of 1812 fame, was a frontier surveyor in Middle Tennessee and Northern Alabama. Coffee County, Tennessee was named for him. The General, a descendant of Peter Coffee of Ireland, was not related to the James and Elizabeth Cleveland Coffey family.

Another entry of five acres on the waters of Rock Creek, dated December 18, 1816, listed William, Sr. assignee of the heirs of David Carson, Jesse Shasteen (probably William, Sr.'s brother) and Joseph Gray (the surveyor's brother) chain carriers, George Gray surveyor, and described one marker of the property line as a dead black oak standing near the boundary line of Isaac Sander's fifty acres. Also a Kentuckian, the surveyor, George Gray, had come to Franklin County, Tennessee, from Fayette County, Kentucky, in 1809. Then on September 13, 1817, William, Sr. witnessed a deed from Isham Harris to Henry Byrom for 100 acres on the blue fork of Rock Creek in Franklin County, Tennessee. Isham Harris was the father of Isham Green Harris, who became the Governor of Tennessee during the War Between the States.

Interestingly, William, Sr.'s mother's first husband Archelaus Coffey's brother, Rice Coffey, and their mother, Elizabeth Cleveland Coffey, lived in neighboring Bedford County, Tennessee, Rice settling there as early as 1809. In 1812 Rice purchased 658 acres in Bedford County from Andrew Jackson, later to become the seventh president of the United States. Elizabeth Cleveland Coffey died in 1827 at the home of her son Rice and was purportedly buried in the Old Salem Cemetery in Bedford County.

Rice Coffey, as well as John B. Hogg, David Carson, John Coffee (spelled with an "e"), and James and John Reed, were on the 1812 tax list for Bedford County. Isaac Sanders was on the 1812 voter/tax list for Franklin County.

The 1804 delinquent tax list for Wayne County, Kentucky, lists John Reed with the notation "removed to Tennessee." Had William Shasteen, Sr. and Elizabeth followed her father to Tennessee between 1808 and 1813? This is likely, since their son, James S. Shasteen, born ca. 1810, gave his place of birth as Tennessee in each census from 1850 through 1880. Between 1810 and 1840, William, Sr. may have traveled to South Carolina and Alabama, as well as Kentucky, since he was not listed in the Franklin County census for 1820 and 1830. He may have lived for a time in the adjoining counties of Lincoln and Coffee, according to tax lists for 1829, 1831, and 1836. However, the William Shasteen/Chasteen referred to in these tax lists could have been Lavina Chastain Bowling Shasteen's brother William Chastain, who was a Baptist preacher. According to the 1850 Madison County, Alabama, census, Elder Chastain's first two children were born in 1827 and 1830 in Tennessee. Elder Chastain was living in the Mulberry community of Lincoln County, Tennessee, in 1849 when his son Joseph Rice Chastain was born.

In January 1826, William, Sr. and his sons Jesse and John purchased Tennessee grants, consecutively numbered 1971 and 1972, for land in Franklin County. John Shatteen, twenty to thirty years old, was the only Shatteen/Shasteen/Chasteen/Chastain listed when the 1830 census was taken in Franklin County. By 1831 William, Sr.'s first wife Elizabeth is believed to have died, for by then he was married to his second wife, widow Lavina Chastain Bowling. On March 5, 1836 in Franklin County, Jesse and John sold their land grant acreage to Josiah Jones.

In the 1840 Franklin County census, William, Sr. and his sons James S. and William, Jr. were the only Shasteens (by any spelling) listed. The probable makeup of William, Sr.'s family in this census was sons Benjamin Berry and Zachariah H., under five years old; son Rane H., five to ten years old; son Thomas, fifteen to twenty years old; William himself, fifty to sixty years old; daughter Margaret "Becky," five to ten years old; step daughters Mary and Martha Bowling, fifteen to twenty years old; wife Lavina, thirty to forty years old; and Lavina's mother Mary Robertson Chastain nee ?, eighty to ninety years old.

The Chastains

After Lavina's father, Elder John Chastain, died and was buried in Pendleton District, South Carolina, in 1805, it is known that Lavina's mother lived near Huntsville, Alabama, with Lavina's brother William Chastain, who was, as previously stated, a Baptist preacher. Lavina's mother, according to the family Bible and her obituary in The Tennessee Baptist, died on March 24, 1847, in Madison County, Alabama, but her place of burial is unknown.

Elder John Chastain, born about 1743 in Manakin, Goochland County, Virginia, was the son of Pierre Chastain, Jr. and his wife Mildred Archer. Elder John was named a patriot when he signed the oath of allegiance in Powhatan County, Virginia, during the time of the Revolutionary War. He was a Baptist preacher who lived for years in Buckingham County, Virginia, before moving in 1774 to the area of North Carolina that later became Carter and Sullivan Counties, Tennessee. From there he moved his family to Pendleton District, South Carolina. See more at Rev. John Chastain. When he made his will in 1803, he mentioned his youngest children, Violet, William, and a third expected, who was Lavina.

Lavina first married a Mr. Bowling and lived near Huntsville, Alabama. Then she married William Shasteen, Sr. probably a short time before their first child was born in August 1832. When William, Sr.'s property was sold after his death in 1841 in Franklin County, Tennessee, the inventory listed notes bad and doubtful on John Shasteen and Samuel D. Shasteen.

John and Samuel D. Shasteen

John Shasteen, born about 1805 in Kentucky; his wife Mary (most likely a second marriage), born about 1811 in Kentucky; and their children Martha, Rebecca, Mary, and Samuel ranging in age from fifteen years to eight years and all born in Alabama, were listed in the 1860 DeKalb County, Alabama, census. As previously stated, John, his wife, two sons, and a daughter were listed in the 1830 Franklin County, Tennessee, census. John's believed brother Jesse and wife Louisa/Louvisa were enumerated in the 1850 Franklin County, Tennessee census, the 1860 DeKalb County, Alabama census, and in the 1870 Franklin County, Tennessee census. Jesse's and Louisa/Louvisa's son Jacob A. and his new wife Letitia Jane Jett were enumerated in the 1850 DeKalb County, Alabama census.

Samuel D., born about 1818 in Tennessee; his wife Jane C., born about 1820 in South Carolina; and their children William, Georgia, Baldwin, Samuel, John, and Washington, ranging in age from ten years to one month and all born in Alabama, were listed in the 1850 Cherokee County, Alabama, census. Samuel, his wife, two children, and an older female born between 1780 and 1790 were listed in the 1840 Montgomery County, Alabama, census. It is believed John and Samuel D. were sons of William Shasteen, Sr. and his first wife, Elizabeth Reed.

The Kitchens

After William, Sr.'s death, his widow Lavina married a third time to Samuel Weeks, Sr. When her estate was being settled after her death in 1846, her son Rane H. Chasteen gave a deposition in 1871 naming the children from her three marriages. Her 200 acres of land in Civil District 2 was sold to Daniel Kitchens for $155. William Shasteen, Sr. left no will naming his heirs or his children by his first wife. The executors of his estate were his widow Lavina and his son William, Jr. A family chart hand drawn in 1945 by William, Jr.'s grandson, William Barbee Shasteen, shows James S., William, Jr., Rane H., and Benjamin Berry having the same father.

On November 13, 1837, in Franklin County, Tennessee, William Shasteen (could be either William, Sr. or William, Jr. who married in 1833) agreed to pay Samuel S. Kitchens to use and keep up, for a period of ten years, the land where Kitchens lived. The lease agreement was signed by S.S. Kitchens, Maria Kitchens, and William Chasteen [sic]. In the left margin was written "Handed to W. Shasteen the lessees brother." In the 1840 Jackson County, Alabama, census, S.S. and Maria Kitchens were listed. By 1850 they were enumerated back in Franklin County, Tennessee. Elder William Chastain cannot be confused with the William Chasteen [sic] in the lease agreement because Elder Chastain did not have a sister named Maria.

The Kitchens family had also lived in Kentucky, in Pulaski County (which adjoins Wayne County), before coming to Franklin County, Tennessee. Since William Shasteen, Sr. was buried in the Kitchens Cemetery in Franklin County, it is believed there is a connection between the two families. If the lease agreement was in fact between William Shasteen, Jr. and Maria, then she would be his sister and a daughter of William Shasteen, Sr. and Elizabeth Reed. It should be noted that William, Jr.'s oldest son, Charles W. Shasteen, was also buried in the Kitchens Cemetery. William, Sr.'s tombstone was last seen in the cemetery in 1995. When looked for in 1998, it could not be found.

William Shasteen's Children

William Shasteen, Sr. had four sons, James S., William, Jr., Rane H., and Benjamin Berry, who stayed continuously in Franklin County. Another son, Jesse, was in DeKalb County, Alabama, from 1840 until 1851, and back in Franklin County, Tennessee, by 1852, where he remained until his death. William, Sr.'s other sons, John, Samuel D., and Thomas, lived in Franklin County for a short time then moved away.

The daughters, if any, of William, Sr. and his first wife Elizabeth Reed have not been identified, except for possibly Maria Kitchens.

The descendants of William, Sr.'s sons from his first marriage to Elizabeth Reed spell their name "Shasteen." The descendants of William's sons from his second marriage to Lavina Bowling nee Chastain spell their name "Chasteen." Oral family history tells of a disagreement between the two sets of children, but no mental or written record of the details of the disagreement has survived. Perhaps this is one of the reasons it took so many years to settle Lavina's estate.

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The Families of William Shasteen, Sr.

William Shasteen, Sr., son of Jesse Shasteen, Sr., was born about 1786/1787 in Virginia. William Shasteen, Sr. died August 18, 1841 in Franklin County, Tennessee, and was buried in Kitchens Cemetery, Franklin County, Tennessee. He married (1) Elizabeth Reed on January 16, 1804 in Wayne County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of John Reed and Elizabeth ?. Elizabeth Reed Shasteen died before 1831.

William Shasteen, Sr. and Elizabeth Reed Had Six Children:

Jesse Shasteen was born about 1804 in Kentucky. He married Louisa/Louvisa ? about 1828 in Tennessee. She was born about 1814 in Tennessee. Louisa/Louvisa Shasteen nee ? died 1881 in Franklin County, Tennessee. Jesse Shasteen died March 15, 1873 in Franklin County, Tennessee. Jesse and Louisa/Louvisa were enumerated in the 1850 Franklin County, Tennessee census, the 1860 DeKalb County, Alabama census, and in the 1870 Franklin County, Tennessee census. Jesse's and Louisa/Louvisa's son Jacob A. and his new wife Letitia Jane Jett were enumerated in the 1850 DeKalb County, Alabama census.

John Shasteen was born about 1805 in Kentucky. He married Mary ?. She was born about 1811 in Kentucky. John and Mary Shasteen were still alive in the 1860 DeKalb County, Alabama census.

James "Jimmy/Jim" S. Shasteen was born about 1810 in Tennessee. He married Sarah "Sallie" W. Elizabeth Travis about 1829/1830 in Franklin County, Tennessee. She was born about 1809 in Tennessee. She was the daughter of John Travis and Mary "Polley" Kitchens. Sarah W. Elizabeth Travis Shasteen died after January 1888 in Franklin County, Tennessee. James S. Shasteen died about 1886 in Franklin County, Tennessee.

William Shasteen, Jr. was born June 16, 1812 in Tennessee. He married Eleanor "Ellie" Travis about 1833 in Franklin County, Tennessee. She was born February 25, 1811 in Alabama or Tennessee. She was the daughter of John Travis and Mary "Polley" Kitchens. Eleanor Travis Shasteen died June 23, 1888 in Franklin County, Tennessee, at the age of 77, and was buried in Shasteen Cemetery, near Devil's Step, Franklin County, Tennessee. William Shasteen, Jr. married (2) Caroline Jones nee ? on June 23, 1889 in Franklin County, Tennessee. She was born about 1825 in Virginia. William Shasteen, Jr. died May 11, 1896 in Franklin County, Tennessee, at the age of 83, and was buried in Shasteen Cemetery, near Devil's Step, Franklin County, Tennessee.

Samuel D. Shasteen was born about 1818 in Tennessee. He married Jane C. ?. She was born about 1820 in South Carolina. Samuel D. and Jane C. Shasteen were still alive in the 1850 Cherokee County, Alabama census.

Thomas Shasteen was born about 1820.

William Shasteen, Sr. Had Two Stepchildren:

Mary Ann Bowling was born about 1821 in Tennessee. She was the biological daughter of Mr. Bowling and Lavina Chastain. She married Daniel Kitchens on March 23, 1841 in Franklin County, Tennessee. He was born about 1817 in Tennessee. He was the son of Samuel Kitchens, Sr. and Martha S. Brooks formerly of Pulaski County, Kentucky.

Martha Jane Bowling was born April 15, 1826 in Alabama. She was the biological daughter of Mr. Bowling and Lavina Chastain. She married Simeon W. Horton on July 20, 1843 in Franklin County, Tennessee. He was born about 1822 in Franklin County, Tennessee. He was the son of Jonathan J. Horton and Janet West. Simeon W. Horton died November 1865 in Franklin County, Tennessee. Martha Jane Bowling Horton died February 15, 1903 in Emory, Rains County, Texas, at the age of 76.

William Shasteen, Sr. married (2) Lavina Bowling nee Chastain about 1831. She was born August 31, 1803 in South Carolina. She was the daughter of Elder John Chastain and Mary Robertson nee ?. Lavina Bowling Shasteen nee Chastain died about 1846 in Franklin County, Tennessee.

William Shasteen, Sr. and Lavina Bowling Had Five Children:

Rane "Raney/Renney" H. Chasteen was born August 1, 1832 in Franklin County, Tennessee. He married Elizabeth "Lizzie" C. Foster on December 23, 1859 in Franklin County, Tennessee. She was born Oct 1837 in Tennessee. Elizabeth C. Foster Chasteen died after 1920 and was buried in Walnut Grove Methodist Church Cemetery, Franklin County, Tennessee. Rane H. Chasteen died March 29, 1900 in Franklin County, Tennessee, at the age of 67, and was buried in Walnut Grove Methodist Church Cemetery, Franklin County, Tennessee.

Margaret "Becky" Chasteen was born about 1834 in Franklin County, Tennessee. She married Solomon George Sisk on May 16, 1846 in Franklin County, Tennessee. He was born about 1828 in Tennessee. He was the son of William Sisk and Mildred "Milly" Joiner. Solomon also married (2) Martha A. Denson on October 12, 1854 in Franklin County, Tennessee. She was born about 1835 in Franklin County, Tennessee. She was the daughter of Joseph Denson. Solomon George Sisk died 1862 in Franklin County, Tennessee. Margaret Chasteen Sisk died before October 12, 1854 in Franklin County, Tennessee.

Zachariah H. Chasteen was born about 1836 in Franklin County, Tennessee and died about 1857 in Franklin County, Tennessee.

Benjamin Berry Chasteen was born October 15, 1838 in Franklin County, Tennessee. He married Frances P. Rogers on January 4, 1859 in Franklin County, Tennessee. She was born about 1844 in Tennessee. She was the daughter of Walton A. Rogers and Naomi Simpson. Frances P. Rogers Chasteen died October 14, 1875 in Franklin County, Tennessee. Benjamin Berry Chasteen married (2) Sarah Jane Rogers on May 8, 1878 in Franklin County, Tennessee. She was born May 11, 1846 in Tennessee. She was the daughter of Walton A. Rogers and Naomi Simpson. Sarah Jane Rogers Chasteen died July 11, 1920 in Franklin County, Tennessee, at the age of 74, and was buried in Walnut Grove Methodist Church Cemetery, Franklin County, Tennessee. Benjamin Berry Chasteen died July 9, 1910 in Franklin County, Tennessee, at the age of 71, and was buried in Walnut Grove Methodist Church Cemetery, Franklin County, Tennessee.

Mary L. "Fanny" Chasteen was born December 1839/1840 in Franklin County, Tennessee, died in childhood January 14, 1846 in Franklin County, Tennessee, at the age of 6, and was buried in Kitchens Cemetery, Franklin County, Tennessee.

Lavina Chastain also married (1) Mr. Bowling about 1820. Mr. Bowling died between 1826 and 1831. Lavina Bowling Shasteen nee Chastain also married (3) Samuel J. Weeks, Sr. on November 21, 1843 in Franklin County, Tennessee. He was born between 1770 and 1780. He was the son of William Weeks. Samuel Weeks, Sr. died April 1845 in Franklin County, Tennessee.

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Written by Joy Quandt Gallagher on June 22, 2000
Last revised August 27, 2005

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