Pierre Chastain Family Association Publications

Spurious Genealogy

Do we know Pierre Chastain's ancestors back to Seigneur de la Chateignier in 1084?

Anyone investigating Chastain genealogy will eventually encounter the list of French Chastains going back to the 11th Century.

The list was first published in A Brief History of the Huguenots and Three Family Trees, 1932 by James Garvin Chastain.

This is an exciting discovery, but further research has determined that if the list has any validity at all, it still has no relation to Pierre Chastain.


In keeping with the objectives of the family association, PCFA has endeavored to disseminate Chastain and related genealogical data through publications prepared by the membership on a volunteer basis. As PCFA is non-profit, the price of the items are directly related to costs incurred by PCFA in printing, publishing, and postage.

Previous texts published by The Pierre Chastain Family Association include Little Otter to Lost River by Claude E. "Gene" Cook and Chastain Kith and Kin by Mary Avilla Farnsworth-Milligan. We are sorry to report that both of these outstanding volumes on Chastain genealogy are now out of print, although Little Otter to Lost River is now available from The Pierre Chastain Family Association in CD format (see below).

Current Publications

NEW! Little Otter to Lost River, Claude E. "Gene" Cook. Cook focuses on the Chastains who moved from Franklin County, Virginia to Henry County and Shelby County, Kentucky, and from there went on to settle along the Lost River in Washington County, Indiana. However, he also mentions other Chastains who settled in Indiana. By 1840, one in five Chastain families in America lived in that state. Cook also follows many Indiana Chastain lines that migrated from Indiana to other places.

Pierre Chastain and His Descendants, Volume I, The First Five Generations in America. A must reference text for any Chastain lineage researcher! Compiled by Robert W. Leishman and edited by Ms. Loyce Coolidge with assistance by Gerre Buland from the membership records. The text is 358 pages with index, navy hardcover, and contains data on all documented lines of Dr. Pierre Chastain continuing through the children of the fifth generation. Contains pictures, biographies, and early data on the Chastain, Soblet, and Brian families.  Update 10/20/2016: Now includes the Errata and Addenda (still available as individual text below).

Errata and Addenda to Volume I. Corrections, updates, and additions to the lineages in Volume I. Notable additions include descendants of Elizabeth (Chastain) LeSueur and circumstantial descendants of Rev. James Chastain. Soft cover, 143 pages, indexed.

Pierre Chastain and His Descendants, Volume II. Volume II is 597 pages and, like Volume I, was compiled, confirmed, and edited by Bob Leishman, Loyce Coolidge, and Gerre Buland. Thus, the formatting of the lineages remains the same. The text carries forward from Volume I by continuing with the family structures of the Sixth Generation in America to include their children (the seventh generation).

The Chastain Families of Manakin Town in Virginia and Their Origin Abroad and Pierre Chastain, Revisited. The best documented histories of Dr. Pierre Chastain under one cover, a reprint of the articles by Cameron Allen, FASG. These articles were first published in The American Genealogist and later in The Chestnut Tree©. Outstanding documentation of the structure of the Chastain family in France through the migration to Virginia.

The Chestnut TreeThe Chestnut Tree©. The official organ and publication of the Pierre Chastain Family Association and journal of Chastain genealogy and family history. Published quarterly in January, April, July, and October each year. Available only through membership in the Pierre Chastain Family Association. Previous issues are also available through the Librarian.

The Social Security Death Index (of Chastain and related names). A compilation of Chastain and the variant spellings of the surname from the United States Social Security Administration records. Currently out of print, an updated version is in the works!

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