Posted by: Beth | May 17, 2012

MRIN-5 Jasper “Bird” Chaffins and Judith Hunter

Jasper “Bird” Chaffins and Judith Hunter

My paternal 2nd great grandparents

MRIN-5

Jasper Chaffins

  • Also (and often) known as “Bird” Chaffins
  • Born: Oct 1866 in Knott County, Kentucky
  • Married: Judith Hunter on 30 Dec 1890 in Floyd County, Kentucky
  • Married: Mary Ellen Tuttle about 1906
  • Married: Amanda Howard on 14 Jun 1909 in Knott County, Kentucky
  • Died: 04 Mar 1941 in Boleyn, Knott County, Kentucky
  • Buried: The Chaffins Family Cemetery in Rock Fork, Garrett, Floyd County, Kentucky
  • Age at death: 74 years old
  • Cause of Death: Heart Failure
  • Parents: Samuel Nelson Chaffins and Nancy Jane Sutton

Judith Hunter

  • Also known as Judy or Juda
  • Born: 17 Jan 1855 in Kentucky
  • Married: James Conley on 23 Jan 1885 in (possibly) Breathitt County, Kentucky
  • Married: Jasper “Bird” Chaffins on 30 Dec 1890 in Floyd County, Kentucky
  • Died: 15 Apr 1905
  • Buried: The Chaffins Family Cemetery in Rock Fork, Garrett, Floyd County, Kentucky
  • Age at death: 50 years old
  • Cause of Death: unknown. Kentucky was not required to keep vital records when she died. No death certificate has been found for her as of yet. No record may exist.
  • Parents: Robert Hunter and Elizabeth Sizemore

Their Children

    1. Harry Lee Chaffins (1891-1941)
    2. Isaiah “Zeer” Chaffins (1895-1974)
    3. Richard Chaffins
      • Born: 10 Jul 1897 in Knott County, Kentucky
      • Died: 14 Apr 1920 in Ashland, Boyd County, Kentucky
      • Buried: The Chaffins Family Cemetery in Rock Fork, Garrett, Floyd County, Kentucky
      • Age at Death: 24 years old
      • Cause of death: Cirrhosis of the liver 
      • Other: I don’t believe that Richard ever married or had children. I’ve never seen a picture of him and I don’t know that one even exist. The only description that I can find of him comes from his WWI Draft Card. It states that he was tall and slender with dark brown eyes and light brown hair.

Bird’s other spouses and children

  • Spouse #2: Mary Ellen Tuttle
  • Born: 12 May 1882 in Floyd County, Kentucky
  • Married: Jasper “Bird” Chaffins about 1906
  • Died: 27 Jul 1907
  • Buried: The Chaffins Family Cemetery in Rock Fork, Garrett, Floyd County, Kentucky
  • Age at Death: 25 years old
  • Cause of Death: unknown
  • Parents: Thomas C. Tuttle and Hannah Collins
  • Other: Mary Ellen died within a year after she and Bird married. I have not been able to locate a death certificate for her. Kentucky was not required to keep vital records at the time of her death, so there may not be a record anywhere. There were no known children from this marriage.
  • Spouse #3: Amanda Howard
  • Born: about 1891 in Kentucky
  • Married: Mr. Mans (first name is unknown). She had one child from this marriage, a son named, Wesley Mans, born Feb 1909 (4 months before she married Bird Chaffins)
  • Married: Jasper “Bird” Chaffins about 1906 (1 child – see below)
  • Died: after 1941
  • Buried: unknown
  • Parents: unknown

Children of Bird Chaffins and Mandy Howard

      1. Bertha Chaffins (1911-????)

Judy’s other spouses and children

  • Spouse #1: James Conley
  • Born: unknown
  • Married: Judith Hunter on 23 Dec 1885 in (possibly) Breathitt County, Kentucky
  • Death: unknown
  • Buried: unknown
  • Age at Death: unknown
  • Cause of Death: unknown
  • Parents: unknown
Children of James Conley and Judith Hunter
  1. unknown
  2. unknown
  3. unknown
The 1900 census states that Judy was the mother of 6 children and that only 3 were living at that time. There is no other known children between her and Bird Chaffins other than Harry, Zeer and Richard. What little appears in some records and the absence of other records gives me the impression that perhaps Judy lost her first husband and 3 children to some sort of tragedy? I haven’t researched them in years and didn’t find much before. I will look again in the near future to see if any new information is available. If you know anything about these missing people – I would love to hear whatever information or stories that you may have.

Sources:

  1. Marriage License of James Conley and Judith Hunter
  2. Marriage License of Jasper Chafin (sp) and Juda Conley
  3. 1900 U.S. Census, Kentucky, Knott County, District 3, Page 50-B, Lines 76-81
  4. Cemetery Marker for Judy Chaffins, Chaffins Cemetery, Find A Grave Memorial #14673041
  5. U.S. WWI Draft Registration Card 1917-1918 for Zeer Chaffins
  6. U.S. WWI Draft Registration Card 1917-1918 for Richard Chaffins
  7. Certificate of Death for Richard Chaffins
  8. Richard Chaffins (no picture of his cemetery marker yet. I do have a photo request in for one), Chaffins Cemetery, Find A Grave Memorial# 14868038
  9. Birth Record Index for Bertha Chaffins
  10. 1910 U.S. Census, Kentucky, Knott County, District 3, Page 48-A and 48B, Lines 47-51
  11. Certificate of Death for Jasper Chaffins
  12. Cemetery Marker for Jasper Chaffins, Chaffins Cemetery, Find A Grave Memorial# 14673016
  13. 1889 Knott County, Kentucky, Tax Assessment of Real and Personal Property – Green Howard / 1995 Transcription by David R. Smith, Knott Historical Society Journal, Knott’s Gentlefolk & Flowers of the Forest. Page 48.
  14. Marriage Record of Bird Chaffins and Amanda Howard, Knott County Court Clerk (Hindman), Marriage Book 5, page 132 – Knott County, Kentucky (Published by volunteers on the Knott County Kentucky Kinfolk Website)
  15. Kentucky, Birth Records, 1847-1911 for Judith Hunter
  16. Find A Grave Memorial# 14673016 – Jasper “Bird” Chaffins
  17. Find A Grave Memorial# 14673041 – Judith (Hunter) Chaffins
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