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From “Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Francis M. Chafin, who resided at Logan Court House, West Virginia:
Was born in Logan county, W.Va., Sept. 17, 1855, and in this county, on the 3d of February, 1876, he was happily married to Miss Esther Brewer, who was born in that county Oct. 3, 1850. They have been blessed with five children: John B., born Feb. 3, 1877, and now resides with his parents, as do all the others; Nancy J., born June 12, 1879; Esther, born Feb. 11, 1881; Jane, born Aug. 19, 1883; Don, born June 26, 1885. Both Mr. and Mrs. Chafin are members of old and aristocratic families, who have long, by the influence of their large wealth and liberality, done much to add to the prosperity of that section of the State. The subject of this record is now ably and honorably filling the office of sheriff, to which he was elected in 1888, and has since held. He is owner of large coal fields and tracts of timber; he owns, too, a large dry goods and grocery store and a beautiful home in the town of Logan Court House. As a gentleman and as a citizen Mr. F.M. Chafin is honored and esteemed not only for his high integrity, but for his liberality and hospitality. His post office is Logan Court House, W.Va.
Source: Dr. R.A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888 (Richmond, VA: H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, 1888), p. 823.