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Abraham S. Chesnut (M)
b. 11 January 1800, d. 1890
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     Abraham was born at Kentucky on 11 January 1800. He was the son of Jacob Chesnut and Margaret Blake. He married Charlotte Summers Hiatt at Kentucky on 22 May 1818. Abraham died in 1890 at Kentucky.

Children of Abraham S. Chesnut and Charlotte Summers Hiatt
William Peaslie Chesnut+ b. 1820
Rev. James Monroe Chesnut+ b. c 1822
Lucy C. Chesnut b. c 1825
Bennett Chesnut b. 1828, d. 1847
Rev. Benjamin Chesnut+ b. 11 Apr 1829, d. 1 Nov 1889
Abraham R. Chesnut+ b. 7 Nov 1830, d. 19 May 1899
Mary Ann Chesnut b. 1 Jan 1836

Absolom Chesnut (M)
b. 1853
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     Absolom Chesnut was born in 1853. He was the son of Abraham R. Chesnut and Sarah Ann Renfro. Absolom Chesnut married Elizabeth A. Ritter on 14 December 1876 at Indiana.


Children of Absolom Chesnut and Elizabeth A. Ritter
Nora B. Chesnut b. 1878
Theodicia Chesnut b. 1880

Adus Chesnut (?)
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     Adus was born at Indiana. Adus Chesnut was the child of Jacob Chesnut and Emily (?).

Albert Bruce Chesnut (M)
b. 9 March 1873, d. 8 October 1911
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     Albert was born at Logan Co., Illinois, on 9 March 1873. He was the son of Thomas Jefferson Chesnut and Margaret H. Caldwell. Albert died on 8 October 1911 at Logan Co., Illinois, at age 38.

Albert Ray Chesnut (M)
b. 6 October 1880
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     Albert was born at Chillicothe, Ross Co., Ohio, on 6 October 1880. He was the son of Daniel Chesnut and Faithy Ann Beekman.

Alexander Chesnut1,2 (M)
b. 4 July 1759, d. 9 May 1809
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     Served in the Revolutionary War. Alexander was born at Co. Antrim, Ireland, on 4 July 1759. He was the son of David Chesnut and Jennet Brown. He married Sarah Meek at Chester Co., South Carolina, in 1782. Alexander died on 9 May 1809 at Christian Co., Kentucky, at age 49. His body was interred in May 1809 at Todd Co., Kentucky, at Old Seceder Cemetery.


Children of Alexander Chesnut and Sarah Meek
Louise Chesnut
Martha Chesnut
Sarah Chesnut
William Chesnut
Jennet Chesnut
James Chesnut+ b. 1781
Samuel Chesnut+ b. 17 Jun 1783, d. 5 Oct 1866
David Chesnut+ b. 3 Mar 1785, d. 28 Mar 1837
Margaret Chesnut+ b. 1787, d. 1844
John Chesnut+ b. 25 Jul 1795, d. 14 Jan 1873
Alexander Chesnut+ b. 28 Dec 1799, d. 17 Apr 1881
Elizabeth "Betsey" Chesnut b. 1 May 1808, d. 1820


  1. [S13] The Wilson Genealogy, Adda Wilson.
  2. [S150] Descendants of Alexander Chesnut, online

Alexander Chesnut1 (M)
b. 1672, d. 1749

     It is believed that while living in Ireland, the family name was Sarsfield, a landed gentry family of considerable note. The Sarsfield family in Ireland were "Militant" Catholics rather than Huguenots, and that is possible that an anti-catholic branch of the family "split off" and changed the name to Chesnut. Alexander Chesnut left Ireland and settled in Frederick Co. Virginia, which later became Hampshire Co., West Virginia. There is some documentary evidence of a deed or lease and related power of attorney recorded in Hampshire Co involving land originaly deeded to an Alexander Chesnut (called McChesnut) in which John of South Carolina is described as his son and heir.

Here is a letter from the Camden Archives in SC:
Letter from the Camden Archives Chesnut Family File --from Henry S. Chesnut in Louisville, Kentucky, dated September 23, 1965, to Mrs. Arthur Metts in Camden, South Carolina:
Dear Mrs. Metts:
I am happy to have your letter of September 18. I had written the County Court Clerk at Camden to inquire if he knew of anyone interested in the history of the Chesnut family of Camden.
We have done research in South Carolina, Virginia, and the Ulster Plantation of Northern Ireland.
The Chesnut family arrived in the Barony of Dunluce, County Andrim, Northern Ireland in 1690. That is as far back as we can presently establish and prove. Samuel Chesnut was the head of the family. The Chesnuts and the McKinneys jointly held "Carnaff" which was the name of the townland in Derrykeighan Parish there. Samuel Chesnut is buried at the south wall of the church. His gravestone reads 'killed while ploughing 1734'. The present sexton advises that some one brings flowers periodically to the grave but he does not know the name of the person.
We know of four sons of Samuel who came to America: Alexander, James, William, and David. There may have been more. Alexander (your ancestor) settled in Hampshire County, Virginia (now West Virginia) where he was killed by the Indians. David (my ancestor) settled in Chester County, South Carolina. William settled in Louisa County, Virginia, and a son John went to Kentucky. James settled somewhere in North Carolina.
David has three sons, all born in County Antrim: Samuel, the eldest, named for David's father, of course, and James and Alexander, named for David's brothers as above stated. David died in Chester County, S.C. in 1779 and is buried there. Samuel died in Richland County, S.C., James died in Chester County, S.C., and Alexander died in Todd County, Kentucky in 1809. Samuel, James and Alexander all served in the South Carolina Militia during the Revolution in Captain John Turner's company in Colonel Richard Winn's Regiment and their records of service are in the South Carolina Archives.
I plan to go to Northern Ireland next summer and expect to do intensive research on the family. Recently, I have had the Ulster-Scot Historical Society of Belfast do research and make a report and I would be happy to make photo copies of that report and send to you if you would care for it. Perhaps it would be helpful to your niece in Londonderry in her study of the family.
The Sarsfield name has been a legend in our branch of the family, but I have not been able to pin it down as to its origin. Dr. Wiley G. Chesnut, of Miami, Oklahoma, is building quite an estate on the lake near Miami and he is naming it "Sarsfield". Dr. Chesnut is from our branch of the family and he has no proof of the name. He thinks it would be a good idea to perpetuate the name.
The research on my branch of the Chesnut family in South Carolina was done by Mrs. Louise Kelly Crowder (Mrs. Dr. James W.) of Chester. It is most elaborate and supported by many authentic exhibits. It begins with David and would be no assistance to your line, although it may be interesting reading.
Those of the family who came to Virginia highlands and to South Carolina spell the name Chesnut. It is so spelled in the beginning in Northern Ireland and in the King James version of the Bible in the Book of Ezekiel. Within the last century in Northern Ireland and in this country, some have taken one or two extra t's. Miss Alice M. Chestnutt of Gracehill, Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, (age 85) tells me that her grandfather added one t in the middle and that her father added another on the end.
Henry S. Chesnut. Alexander was born at Ireland in 1672. He married Mary O'Draine at Ireland circa 1710. Alexander died in 1749 at Hampshire Co., West Virginia.


Children of Alexander Chesnut and Mary O'Draine
William Chesnut+ b. c 1712, d. b Feb 1783
David Chesnut+ b. 1713, d. 22 Apr 1778
John Chesnut+ b. 1715
James Chesnut+ b. c 1717, d. 1755


  1. [S150] Descendants of Alexander Chesnut, online

Alexander Chesnut (M)
b. 28 December 1799, d. 17 April 1881
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     Alexander was born at South Carolina on 28 December 1799. He was the son of Alexander Chesnut and Sarah Meek. He married Mary Ann McDill before 1837. Alexander died on 17 April 1881 at Doraville, Dekalb Co., Georgia, at age 81.

Children of Alexander Chesnut and Mary Ann McDill
Margaret Elizabeth Chesnut b. 17 Aug 1837, d. May 1917
David Alexander Chesnut+ b. 17 Aug 1840, d. 7 Dec 1914
George Robert Chesnut b. 8 Apr 1843, d. 1862
Jane Matilda Chesnut+ b. 12 Jan 1846, d. 22 Jan 1923
(?) Chesnut b. a 1846, d. b 1850
John Thomas Chesnut+ b. 25 Sep 1850, d. 15 Nov 1920

Alexander O. Chesnut (M)
b. 12 November 1852, d. 3 November 1891
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     Alexander was born at Chillicothe, Ross Co., Ohio, on 12 November 1852. He was the son of Daniel Chesnut and Sarah Dean. Alexander died on 3 November 1891 at age 38.

Alexander R. Chesnut (M)
b. 6 September 1801, d. 23 June 1880
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     Alexander was born at Ross Co., Ohio, on 6 September 1801. He was the son of Charles Chesnut and Elizabeth Robertson. He married Mary Ann McCollister at Ross Co., Ohio, on 29 December 1831. Alexander died on 23 June 1880 at Jacksonville, Morgan Co., Illinois, at age 78.

Children of Alexander R. Chesnut and Mary Ann McCollister
Thomas Jefferson Chesnut+ b. 4 Jun 1834, d. 4 Nov 1911
Nelson Chesnut b. 7 Mar 1836, d. 1894
Matilda Chesnut b. 29 Apr 1838
Webster Chesnut b. 6 Oct 1840
Samuel Chesnut b. 21 Aug 1843, d. 5 Apr 1859
Alexander R. Chesnut b. 2 Sep 1846
Mary Ann Chesnut b. 18 Feb 1849

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