Mark Chaffins

26 October 1860–20 December 1934 (Age 74)
Wayne, West Virginia, United States

The Life of Mark

When Mark Chaffins was born on 26 October 1860, in Wayne, West Virginia, United States, his father, Nathaniel C Chaffins, was 24 and his mother, Polley C. Sumner, was 25. He married Margaret Cornelia Morrison about 1887, in Minnesota, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Victor Township, Wright, Minnesota, United States for about 5 years and Green Prairie Township, Morrison, Minnesota, United States in 1900. In 1920, at the age of 60, his occupation is listed as civil engineer- railroad in Idaho, United States. He died on 20 December 1934, in Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States, at the age of 74.

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Mark Chaffins
Margaret Cornelia Morrison
Marriage: about 1887
Lt Col. Clyde James Chaffins
Mable Claire Chaffins
Frank Morrison Chaffins
Vyron Chaffins
Dorothy Marie Chaffins
Marvel Elaine Chaffins

Spouse and Children

about 1887
Minnesota, United States


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings



    James W. Chaffins



    Lucinda Jane Chaffins


    Stanley W. Chaffins



+3 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 3

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Age 3

"West Virginia was given statehood status with the ""agreement"" the citizens would phase out slavery. On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln approved the Statehood Bill for West Virginia. West Virginia was proclaimed a state on April 20, 1863, with the bill becoming effective 60 days later, June 20, 1863. When West Virginia first entered statehood in 1863, there were only 46 counties. That same year, four other counties voted themselves into West Virginia. Today, there are 55 counties in the Mountain State. The oldest county in the state is Hamsphire County formed in 1754 as part of Virginia. The youngest county is Mingo formed in 1895. The smallest county is Hancock located in the northern panhandle of the state with Randolph being the largest. When the Legislature convened for its first session, there were only 47 members of the House of Delegates and 18 members of the State Senate. Through the years, the number has increased to 100 members of the House of Delegates and 34 members of the State Senate."
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 21

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

English: variant of Chaffin .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Martin Chaffins, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Mark Chaffins in household of Nathaniel Chaffins, "Minnesota State Census, 1875"
  • Mark Chaffins, "United States Census, 1910"

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