Ramage Family History

Dr. Pierre Chastain

Male Bef 1659 - 1728  (~ 69 years)


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  • Name Dr. Pierre Chastain  [1, 2
    Prefix Dr. 
    Born Bef 9 Apr 1659  Charost, Berri Province, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Christened 9 Apr 1659  [3
    Gender Male 
    Died 3 Oct 1728  Manakintowne, King William Parish, Henrico County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried near Manakin Episcopal church Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I229  Ramage | Lee Lines
    Last Modified 12 Feb 2012 

    Father Estienne Chastain,   b. 30 Mar 1625, Charost Province, Berri, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1694  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Jeanne Laurent,   b. Abt 1625, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1691 and 1694  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Married 1652 
    Family ID F347  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Susanne Reynaud,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2011 
    Family ID F133  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Mary Magdalene Verrueil Trabue,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1724 
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2011 
    Family ID F134  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Anne Soblet,   d. 3 Apr 1723 
    Married WFT Est 1702-1757  [1
    Children 
     1. Judith Chastain,   b. Abt 1703, Henrico County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1765-1784, Lucy's Springs, Chesterfield County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years)
     2. Susanna Chastain,   b. Abt 1705, Manakin Town, Henrico County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +3. Pierre Chastain, Jr,   b. Abt 1707, King William Parish, Manakin Town, Henrico, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1774, Prob. Franklin County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)
     4. Mary Chastain,   b. 1709, Henrico County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1728-1731, Goochland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
     5. Elizabeth Chastain,   b. Abt 1711, Manakin Town, Henrico County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +6. Rene Chastain, Sr.,   b. 1713, Manakin Town, Henrico County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1786, Abbeville District, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     7. Janne Chastain,   b. Abt 1716, Manakin Town, Henrico County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1723, Manakin Town, Henrico County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 7 years)
     8. Marie-Mary Magdalene Chastain,   b. Abt 1720, Manakin Town, Henrico County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1803 and 1810, Buckingham County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years)
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2011 
    Family ID F132  Group Sheet

  • Headstones
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    Dr. Pierre Chastain

  • Notes 
    • Birth date: C. 1660

      He was trained as a Physician and Surgeon in France.


      Death date: C. 1728 THIS INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM "THE CHASTAIN FAMILY TREE IN A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE HUGUENOTS" BY JAMES GARVIN CHASTAIN D.D., SHAW, MISS. COMPILED BY NORA YOUNG FERGUSON JULY 20, 1953

      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 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 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. (from the Pierre Chastain Assoc.)

      In his will of Oct 03, 1728 he gave land to his wife Magdalene and to his sons:
      John Peter, and Rene. a tract of 574 acres lying on the lower Manakin Creek.

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] World Family Tree Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Brøderbund Software, Inc., (Release date: November 29, 1995), Tree #4407 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S64] Pierre Chastain And His Descendants Volume I, Robert W. Leishman.

    3. [S65] this record was located in the register of Issoudun, now located in the Archives Departemantales de l'Indre at Chateauroux, France.