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| Summary of James Chasteen
Revolutionary War Pension Request
Submitted by Joe W. Hardiman
September 7, 1818 - Madison County, KY
James Chasteen signed a Revolutionary War Pension request form stating that he
had served in the Virginia Continental line for three years in Col. Francis
Taylor's Regiment. A few months after his discharge James then enlisted for 18
months in Col. Armand's Corp of Horse. James stated that he was at the capture
of Corn Wallas at York, and received his second discharge the next day.
William Abney, about 61 years old, signed a statement on James Chasteen's
Pension Request stating that he had served in the same Regiment with James
Chasteen and saw him receive his discharge at the end of the siege of York.
James Clark, Circuit Judge, signed statements by James Chasteen and William
David Irwin, Clerk of Court, signed a statement verifying the signature of
September 8, 1819 - Madison County, KY
James Clark, Circuit Judge, signed a statement attesting to the character of
William Abney and declared that William Abney is a man of good character for
truth and honesty.
October 25, 1819 - Washington City, D.C.
Certificate of Eligibility (#15411) for Revolutionary War service issued to
James Chasteen at the rate of $96 per annum to commence 7 September 1818.
Certificate issued to Joseph Clark for James Chasteen with back pay included in
the amount of $143.48.
March 13, 1821 - Madison County, KY
James Chasteen appeared in Circuit Court stating that he is about sixty years
of age. He further stated that he enlisted in the service of the United States
under Captain John Roberts for a term of 3 years in Col. Francis Taylor's
regiment belonging to the Virginia Line. After serving his term of three years
and receiving his discharge he enlisted a second time for one year and six
months in the Horse Company commanded by Captain Robert Kirk, in the Regiment
commanded by Col Armond. He was at the battle of the Siege of York the time the
Americans captured Cornwallace and received a second discharge. James further
stated that he did not conceal any property or securities on debts owed him in
order to obtain his pension.
His assets as listed:
Two Horses worth $50 no more
Three head of cattle no more
Fifteen head of hogs and no more
Farming utensils $5
Household furniture $20
Debts owed $10.25
James stated that he had five children namely Elizabeth 25, John 23, Polly 22,
Jese 21, Nancy 18. His wife Nancy is about 65 years old.
James Clarke, Circuit Judge, signed the statement of James Chasteen.
September 5, 1821 - Madison County, KY
David Irwin, Clerk of Court copied the court procedures of March 13, 1821 and
signed a statement that in the opinion of the court James Chasteen's total
property value is $115.25 cents.
December ??, 1842 - Madison County, KY
Thompson Burnam swears before Thomas J Broniston that he knew Nancy Chastun and
James Chastun as husband and wife for thirty years.
January 2, 1843 - Madison County, KY
Thomas Ballew signed a statement before Samuel Estill, Justice of the Peace,
that he had known Nancy Chastain and her husband James for 28 or 30 years and
knows that they lived together as husband and wife and they he knew them to be
respected and orderly members of the Baptist Church.
Samuel Estill, Justice of the Peace, signed a statement that Thomas Ballew is a
respectable person of good character as a Minister of the Gospel.
January 5 1843 - Madison, KY
David Irwin, Clerk of Court certifies the signature of Thomas J Broniston.
October 31, 1843 - Rockcastle County, KY
Nancy Chastun (the way the ee's ar written in this document they all appear as
a u) about 87 years old appeared before James D Ballard, Justice of the Peace,
stating that she is the widow of James Chastun and is seeking a Revolutionary
War widows pension. She also stated that they were married in 1783 or 1784 in
Virginia. James Chastun died the 28th day of February 1841. She remains the
widow of James Chastun. She also stated that she is not able to attend open
court owing to her old age and weekneed of body and some distance to the court
house and bad rodes and wants appointed Chastun H Trabue her attorney to
receive he certificate from the pension agent. (Nancy Shasteen is how her name
was spelled on this letter so she could make her mark.)
James D Ballard, Justice of the Peace, signed the letter and then wrote and
signed a statement that is was personally acquainted with Nancy Shastun and
that she is a lady of respectability and that her statement is to be believed
and the he knows that she is the widow of James Chastun.
October 31, 1843 - Rockcastle County, KY
John Chasteen appeared before James D Ballard, Justice of the Peace, and stated
that he was the third child of James and Nancy Chasteen, and that he is about
fifty-two years of age and that the eldest child is named Elizabeth and that
she is about 59 years old. He further stated that he heard his father say about
their marriage that they were married in 1783 or 1784 and they lived together
as husband and wife until his father died the last day of February 1841. He
further stated that he mother has remained a widow.
James D Ballard signed John Chasteen's statement and declared that John is a
man of good character standing and that he is a man of truth and is to be
October 31, 1843 - Rockcastle County, KY
Elizabeth Durham about 59 years old signed a statement before James D Ballard
that she is the oldest child of James and Nancy Chasteen and that her mother is
still a widow. She believes that they were married in 1783 or 1784 and that
they lived together as husband and wife until his death 28 February 1841.
James D Ballard signed Elizabeth Durham's statement and made a statement of his
own that Elizabeth and John Chasteen were of good character and were to be
November 3, 1843 - Rockcastle County, KY
James Terrill, Clerk of Court, certifies J D Ballard has power of attorney and
that his signature is good on documents of October 31, 1843.
November 25, 1843 - Rockcastle County, KY
Nancy Chasteen appeared before James D Ballard and stated that she is still the
widow of James Chasteen. She was born in Albemarle County, Virginia and moved
to Amhurst County, Virginia when she was two years old where she was raised.
That in the month of October 1785 she was married to James Chasteen in Amhurst
County, Virginia by a Methodist preacher by the name of Davidson and the name
of the man who gave the license was William Loving. Her father told her that
she was nearly twenty six years old when she was married, but except for this
she does not know how old she now is. She and her husband moved to Kentucky in
the month of October 1791 and her oldest child is 55 or 56 years old. She had
two children before she moved to Kentucky who are now still living, and she had
four since three of which are still living. They settled in Madison County in
the part which became Rockcastle County until her husband died February 27,
1841. She is seeking a widows pension for her husbands war service. Her maiden
name is Nancy Kennedy.
James D Ballard signed her statement.
James Terrill, Clerk of Court, certifies the signature of James D Ballard.
John Chasteen appeared before James D Ballard and stated that he is the son of
James and Nancy Chasteen and is in 51st year and that his mother is still a
widow and that he has two older sisters and the oldest must be about 55 or 56.
William Abney appeared before James D Ballard and stated he had been in the
same regiment with James Chasteen and knew him to be receiving a pension and
that he was not at the wedding but knew that James and Nancy Chasteen were
married in Virginia about 1785 and lived as husband and wife for about 57 years
until his death February 27, 1841.
James D Ballard signed William Abney's statement.
James Terrill certified the signature of James D Ballard.
November 27,1843 - Rockcastle County, KY
James Terrill, Clerk of Court, attests that the request for a pension for Mrs
Nancy Shasteen has been submitted in open court by James D Ballard and that
full thought and faith be given for her as though her statements had been made
in open court.
December 19, 1843 - Frankfurt, KY
C. H. Trabue letter to pension board with declaration of Nancy Chasteen. (C. H.
Trabue was Chasteen Haskins Trabue an attorney in Frankfurt, KY).
July 5, 1844 - Rockcastle County, KY
Nancy Chastain appeared before Justice of Peace James L Sayers and stated that
she is the widow of James Chasteen and that she seeks benefits through a
James L Sayers signed Nancy Chastain's statement and also wrote a statement
that he is personally acquainted with her and that she is of good character and
is still a widow.
James Terrill, Clerk of Court, wrote a statement that James L Sayers is a
Justice of the Peace and that it is his signature on the document for Nancy
July 10, 1844 - Washington City, D.C.
Certificate of Pension issued for Nancy Chasteen, widow of James Chasteen, to
her attorney C. H. Trabue Frankfurt, KY.
January 30, 1845 - Rockcastle County, KY
Nancy Chasteen sworn statement to James D Ballard, Justice of the Peace,
stating that she is the widow of James Chasteen a soldier of the Virginia
Continental Line and that she has not remarried and that any amount due her
should be forwarded to her attorney C.H. Trabue or S. F. J. Trabue and that she
wishes that they alone continue to act on her behalf.
James D Ballard signs Nancy Chasteen's statement.
January 31, 1845 - Rockcastle County, KY
James Terrill, Clerk of Court, certifies that James D Ballard is a Justice of
the Peace and that it is his signature on the document of Nancy Chasteen dated
January 30, 1845.
April 16, 1845 - Washington City, D.C.
Certificate of Pension issued for Nancy Chasteen in the amount of 80 dollars
per annum to commence on the 4th day of March, 1836. Certificate issued to her
attorney C. H. Trabue, Frankfurt, KY in the amount of $400.00.
July 31, 1848 - Rockcastle County, KY
Nancy Chasteen aged 92 appeared before James D Ballard, Justice of the Peace,
stating that she believed her pension should be at the rate of $96 per annum
instead of the rate approved of $80 per annum and that C. H. Trabue alone is
authorized to act on her behalf in this matter. She also states that she is
still the widow of James Chasteen.
James D Ballard signed the statement of Nancy Chasteen and wrote a statement
that she was personally known to him and that he knows she is the widow of
James Chasteen and that she has authorized the power of attorney.
September 4, 1848 - Rockcastle County, KY
James Terrill, Clerk of Court, signed a statement that James D Ballard is a
Justice of the Peace and that it is his signature on the July 31, 1848 letter
for Nancy Chasteen.
December 13, 1848 - Washington City, D.C.
Certificate of Pension issued for Nancy Chasteen for 80 dollars per year to
commence on the 4th day of March 1848.
July 6, 1849 - Rockcastle County, KY
James Terrill affirms that Nancy Chasteen is still a widow through a written
statement to the pension office.
July 19, 1855 - Rockcastle County, KY
Letter to Pension Board in Washington D.C.
(These letters were filed under the Rev. War Pension file of Francis Ramsey)
Frances Ramsey a Revolutionary War soldier drew a pension about which his two
surviving children requested that Alfred Smith write a letter requesting
information on whether or not Frances Ramsey was a Drum Major, and is a Drum
Major a commissioned officer, and if so was Francis and his widow supposed to
have received a higher amount on their pensions? Is there an amount due to his
heirs and if so how much and how do they get it?
The heirs of James Chasteen learned Calvary soldiers were to have received a
higher rate in their pension, and requested from the Pension Board a review of
his record, and if he and his widow was due back pay how were they to receive
it. Nancy Chasteen "died two or three years ago probably in 1849"
according to this letter of July 19, 1855.
Alfred Smith wrote letters for the families of Francis Ramsey and James
Chasteen with these questions as stated above for July 19, 1855 to the pension
board in Washington D.C.
May 15, 1927 - Washington D.C. to Bondurant, Iowa
Mrs M L Ingle letter from Wars section Washington D.C. giving her abstract from
James Chasteen files signed by Winfield Scott Commissioner. (Her letter
requesting the abstract was not in the file.)