Ashbel P. Willard Chasteen

1856–1937 (Age 81)
Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States

The Life of Ashbel P. Willard

When Ashbel P. Willard Chasteen was born in 1856, in Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States, his father, Jonathan Chasteen, was 23 and his mother, Sarah Davis, was 19. He married Melissa E Riggs on 22 May 1885, in Titus, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Harrison Township, Columbia, Arkansas, United States in 1880 and Justice Precinct 2, Upshur, Texas, United States in 1910. He registered for military service in 1882. He died on 3 June 1937, at the age of 81.

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Family Time Line

Ashbel P. Willard Chasteen
Melissa E Riggs
Marriage: 22 May 1885
Ollie Leota Chasteen
Dovie Dee Myrtle Chasteen
Wilbur Sherman Chasteen
Willard Martin Chasteen
Emma Belle Chasteen
Florence Flossie Chasteen
Flossie L Chasteen
Bonnie M Chasteen
Lillian Chasteen

Spouse and Children

22 May 1885
Titus, Texas, United States


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings



    Amanda Chastain


    Ashel F Willard Chastain



    Alabama Chastain


    Thomas Chastain


+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

Age 0

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

Age 7

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1881 · Construction of the Fort Worth & Denver Railway

Age 25

Grenville M. Dodge oversaw the construction of the Fort Worth & Denver Railway. Work began at Hodge Junction, and eventually extended to the New Mexico border by 1888. Service began on April 1, 1888, with trains travelling between Fort Worth and Denver.

Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of French Chastain .

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Willard Chastain, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Willard Chasteen in household of Elisah Horton, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Willard Chasteen in entry for John Edgar Klohr and Florence L Chasteen Martin, "Virginia, Marriage Certificates, 1936-1988"

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