Shasteen Genealogy - 1790 to Present - Ray Shasteen -

Houston, TX  — Updated Jan 2008
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I am slowly migrating some of the information to RootsWeb, but will maintain the bulk of my information separately.
I have uploaded the GEDCOM file for
James Shasteen, b 1755-60 to World Connect.

"The perceived value of genealogical research increases as you come closer to your end."

                                                                                                                               Raymond D. Shasteen, July 1995


I have worked on the Shasteen line off and on since the '70s, initially collecting what I could from my parents and immediate relatives. During the '80s I corresponded with extended and suspected relatives. Then in the '90s I began doing some limited research at the Clayton Genealogical Library in Houston and requesting some microfilm from the Family History Center (Mormon Church). During that time I was a member of an organization, The Pierre Chastain Family Association, named after Pierre Chastain, a French Huguenot, who came to Virginia via England in 1700. This line has been researched quite extensively and supposedly, most Chastain,  Shasteen, Shastid and related spellings descend from this man. (There are rumors of other Chastain/Shasteen folks having snuck into the country in the 1700's that our line may have sprung from.) The Shasteen spelling apparently was derived from English tax collectors and census takers in the 1700's spelling the name phonetically as it was spoken by the French descendants.

The research, though time consuming, was fascinating. Seeing copies of tax rolls, deeds and other documents (handwritten in almost a calligraphy) from the 1700 & 1800's was spellbinding, particularly when it related to one of your ancestors. For those of you that have not done much genealogy, a primary issue is the burning of so many of the courthouses in the South during the Civil War and the resulting loss of so many records. This alone will possibly result in never determining our lineage definitely. Irregardless, our Shasteens are a documented part of settling of this country: the assumed Pierre and the unknown father and grandfather of the five brothers from 1700-1810 in early Virginia (statehood 1788), the five brothers in central and northwest Ohio (statehood 1803) in the 1830's, Robert's wife Nancy, son Robert, and daughter Nancy (married to James Beaver) in Illinois (statehood 1818) in the 1850's, Charles Harrison Shasteen and his sister Nettie in Kansas (statehood 1861) in 1887.

The bottom line is that I have traced my lineage back to 1790-1792 with two or three James Shasteen's in Amherst County, Virginia, living on the banks of the James River. (Only two show up at any one time, but three designations are given.) However, there is no direct tie to the Pierre Chastain lineage.
I am confident that I accurately traced my Shasteen line back through Colorado, Kansas and Ohio to Amherst County, VA in 1790-91 to three James Shasteen’s living on the banks of the James River. The James referred to as “J River” was the father of the five brothers (Robert,  James, William, Edmond and John) that migrated to Ohio. I'm convinced, but can not yet prove, that the James known as "Buff" on the 1791-92 tax rolls is the brothers grandfather. James known as "Pedlar" on the 1790 tax rolls and his brother Jesse are probably nephews of James "J River". If you look at the schedule in my working file, Jesse (first column) in 1791 showed up later in Kentucky and he had a brother James in Virginia. The James’ in columns 2-4 are labeled based I believe upon locations, “Pedlar” for a river or hills, “Buff” for a river or hills, and “J River” for the James River. "Buff" and "J River" may be the same and were just labeled differently based on where they lived and who was doing the tax rolls.

Virginia Deeds and Taxes — Civil War Era Maps - Amherst Co., VA (Warning, large downloads)

James Shasteen (Sharstead / Shastead / Chastain) b est circa 1727 VA d est circa 1793 VA

   This section is a lot of research and conjecture about the paternity of James b 1755-60

There are any number of variations that could be asserted. What I am confident of is the "J River" James is the husband of Phoebee Padgett and their children include Robert, William, Edmond (Edward) and probably James Jr., John, Frances and Elizabeth. I believe Elizabeth and Frances are confirmed children or spouses of children and Rosanna and Jacob may be possible children (of James). This is based upon:

• the dates they appear on the Amherst and Rockbridge county tax rolls,

• the 1810 census of Amherst county for James SHASTEAD, and Rockbridge Co for Robert SHASTEAD

• the 1811 appointment of James Shasteen as guardian for Patsey Shasteen, (various spellings)

• the 1832 legal filing pertaining to the 1812 land sale which lists heirs at law of James Shastead and

• the tracing of the members of the family I did using subsequent census and other records.

But this is all a longer story saved for later. So in the late '90s, unable to productively proceed with any anticipated success I put research on hold, hoping that someone would unearth some information that would clarify the connection. So far I have not been successful  in tracing the lineage further back. I believe two of them may either be the same, or father and son, and all are related in some manner at minimum.

In the 1990s I worked closely with the genealogist for the Pierre Chastain Association, Gerry Buland (now deceased), and with the librarian Frank Ellison, Jr. (now deceased), both of whom sincerely wanted to tie in the “unplaced” Chastains/Shasteens.
I reached the conclusion that I would have to wait for more data to surface from the research of those that had better access to Virginia records. There are a lot of Chastain/Shasteen lines that seem to not tie in to Pierre. Anyway, a lot of detail looking at cemetery’s, death records, etc. has been done and it is just going to take something special to establish further lineage, if it is ever successfully established.

Gathering and organizing this information became a real issue, initially due to the paperwork, followed by the computer files and various types of computer formats. After several difficult computer software migrations, I settled on using a Microsoft Word file as my primary storage site and created a file which is available on request. I have duplicated a lot of the information in a PAF file which I can print basic charts from. The Word file is not exactly the easiest file to follow, but why should it be? No one made it particularly easy for me. It also represents a work in process, so no telling what you may find from time to time.

Now at the end of the first decade of the 21st century, I am rechecking for additional information that may have surfaced, updating the documentation for further connections to “cousins” and am amazed at how much easier the basic research is. If you have any suggestions, see any errors, have any pictures or information that you would like to share, please contact me.  

Simple Lineage

James Shasteen, b 1755-60
—  Married Phoebe Padgett 18 Apr 1782 Amherst Co. VA.  In 1787 in Rockbridge & Amherst Counties, VA, circa 1830 in  Ross Co., Ohio

   Children: Robert b circa 1781, James b circa 1785, William b circa 1786, Edmond b circa 1788, John b circa 1790 &
      probably Elizabeth b circa 1784-1800, Frances b circa 1784-1800, Mary A. b circa 1798, Rosanna b circa 1799

Robert Shasteen, b 1775-1784 d 1825-1827 — Amherst & Rockbridge Counties, Virginia, Ross County, Ohio

   Married Nancy Casky 7 Feb 1804 in Rockbridge Co. VA

   Children: James Sr. b 1 Jan 1807, Archibald b circa 1806-7, Edward b circa 1820, Nancy b 17 Mar 1824 &
      probably Sarah b circa 1808, Elizabeth b pre 1811, Robert b circa 1810-1812, and William b circa 1814


James Shasteen, Sr., 1807-1866 — Amherst County, Virginia, Ohio —
Married Eleanor Ryan 12 Sep 1829 in Ross Co. OH and lived most of his life there.
  Children: James C. b Nov 1834, William Henry Harrison b 16 Mar 1841, Francis Marion b 18 Feb 1844


William Henry Harrison Shasteen, circa 1841-1916 — Ross Co., Ohio, living most of his life there.
   Married Nancy E. Minear b 1862 d 1864
      Children: Walter W. b 1862 d aft 1910 & Clara J. b 1863 d 1864
Married Mary G. Rowe b 1871 d 1875

      Children: Marion G. (dau) b 1872 d 1872, Nettie Mae b 1874 d 1861, Charles Harrison b 1875 d 1941
Married Augusta Jane Sauerbrei b 1878 d 1947
      Children: Delena Eleanor b 1879 d 1929, James William b 1881 d 1974, John Logan b 1885 d 1950, Viola b 1891 d 1947

Charles Harrison Shasteen, 1875-1941 — Ross Co., Ohio, Kansas, Colorado
Married Clara Ina Price 19 Feb 1899,  1919-1941 — Illinois, Kansas, Colorado
     Children: Murl Harrison Shasteen, Walter Everett Shasteen, Ralph Oliver Shasteen, George Donald Shasteen

George Donald Shasteen, 1910-1984 — Kansas, Colorado, D.C., Philadelphia, New Mexico,Texas
Married Roberta Marie Nelson,  1919-1992 — Missouri, D.C., New Mexico, Texas


"Great Granddad — Family Reunion of 1911"

The photograph was taken in the summer or fall of 1911, obtained by Roberta Marie Nelson Shasteen, my mother, from William Cary Shasteen, son of John Logan & Edna Anna McCollister Shasteen
My father, George Donald Shasteen, is the baby in the middle row on the far right (looking at the picture.)

Persons names who are in the photo are bold, followed by approximate age at the time.

 Top Row left to right

Cary Wilson, est 31, married to DeLena "Lena" Eleanor Shasteen, subsequent child not shown, Reginald

Terence "Terry" Burns, 40, married to Nettie Mae Shasteen subsequent child not shown, Terence Lawrence

Edna Anna McCollister Shasteen, 23, married to John Logan "Logan" Shasteen, 26, son of of William Henry & third wife Augusta Jane, child William Cary Shasteen

Rowena Ebenhack Shasteen, 26, holding Terry B. Shasteen, 2, married to James William "William" Shasteen, 30, son of William Henry Harrison & Augusta

Viola Shasteen Reynolds, est 30, daughter of William Henry Harrison & third wife Augusta Jane, married to Robert Reynolds, 30, subsequent children were Oscar, Opal Eleaner, Ruth Ester, Mary Elizabeth, J. Carroll, Lois Belle, Gerald Wayne & Joan Rosella Reynolds  

Middle Row left to right

DeLena "Lena" Eleanor Shasteen Wilson, 32, daughter of William Henry & third wife Augusta Jane, married to Cary Wilson, holding Helen Rebecca Wilson, 1

Nettie Mae Shasteen Burns, 37, daughter of William Henry Harrison & first wife Mary G. Rowe, married to Terence Burns

William Sauerbrei, ?, Assumed to be the father or brother of Augusta Jane

Augusta Jane Sauerbrei Shasteen, 53, William Henry Harrison Shasteen's third wife & William Henry Harrison "Harrison" Shasteen, 70

Clara Ina Price Shasteen, 30, holding George Donald Shasteen, 1, Charles Harrison "Harry" Shasteen, 36, son of William Henry & first wife Mary  

Bottom Row left to right

Augusta Bell Wilson, 9, Ruth Wilson, ?, children of Cary & Delena Eleanor Shasteen Wilson

Doris Roe Burns, 5, Margueritte Agnes (Dolly) Burns, 9, Joeseph "Joe" Harrison Burns, 14, children of Terry & Nettie Mae Shasteen Burns

Esther Shasteen, 4, Beatrice Shasteen, 8, children of James & Rowena Ebenhack Shasteen William

Murl Harrison Shasteen, 11, Walter Everett (Bill) Shasteen, 8, Ralph Oliver Shasteen, 5, children of Clara Ina & Charles Harrison Shasteen

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