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Moving on, to the comparatively less complicated state of Ohio!

The supposed five sons of James Shasteen left Amherst and Rockbridge Counties., VA circa 1812-1817. The 1819 personal property tax rolls of Gallia County, Ohio list Robert Shasteen, John Shasteen, and William Shasteen and they appear to have spent some time in Gallia Co., OH on their way to Ross Co. OH. There is a  John Shasteen from Gallia County that was listed as a War of 1812 Veteran in the Roster of Ohio Soldiers in the War of 1812 who served as a private under the Roll of Captain John Roadannour's Mounted Company (from Gallia County) which served from August 1, to September 4, 1813. Gallia County is in southeast Ohio and was on the migration route to Ross County. John Shasteen also is shown as marrying Anna (probably Hannah) Whitten on April 8, 1813 in Gallia Co., OH. The Gallipolis Gazette on April 9, 1819 advertised letters to be picked up for Robert Shasteen and April 21 of 1820 for William Shasteen and Ephraim Hobbs (assumed to be the Ephraim Hobbs that married Sara Shasteen.

Brothers Robert, James, and John appear in the Union Township, Ross Co., 1820 census and William and Edmund  appeared in the Richland Township. Henry Co. OH 1830 census. To date, not much interaction between the families has been determined although it seems to be developing in research in the later years, including the Civil War and migration to IL. The fact that William and Edmund were not accounted for in 1820 may indicate they were living in the homes of the three Ross County brothers. Additionally, the death location and dates for the parents, James Shasteen and Phoebe Padgett Shasteen have not yet been determined.

Henry County History & Tidbits — See also Shasteens of Henry & Defiance Counties, Ohio

James Shasteen born 1815 is the remaining significant unplaced Ohio Shasteen. The brother James (b circa 1785) that was in Ross County in 1820 appears to have been married to a Martha who remained there in 1830, so the parentage of James b 1815 is open to discussion at this point. Perhaps Martha's middle name was Frances? A key point is that James b 1815 first appears in the 1840 census of the town of Independence in Richland Township, Henry County at which time he has both James A. Shasteen,  Jr. (b 1847) and Jackson (b 1826) living with him, leading many to suspect James b 1815 and Jackson b 1833 are brothers. However family bible records place Jackson as a son of Edmund with no reference to James (b 1815). Jackson does not appear in the 1860 census, is in Ottawa County for the 1870 census, and back to Richland Township for the 1880 census.

“Historical Atlas of the World, Illustrated” Title Page – Constructed by A. Keith Johnston F.R.G.S. Prof. H.D. Rogers of Boston, Edw. Weller F.R.G.S. and Other Eminent Geographers. Compiled and Editied by Charles H. Jones Assisted by Theodore F. Hamilton. H.H. Hardesty & Co. Publishers, Lakeside Building Chicago 1875.  

"James Shasteen - son of James and Frances Shasteen, was born in Virginia in 1815.  He was married in Ohio in 1838 to Mary A., daughter of Henry and Mary Stichler, of Germany where she was born in 1815. The children of this couple are: James, Mary A., Harvey A., Phoebe, and Franklin. Mr Shasteen settled in Henry County in 1826. He has filled the offices of Justice of the Peace and assessor. His three sons belonged to the Union Army. Peter to the 14th Regiment O.V.I.; was wounded at Chickamauga, and died from the effects in 1863. Emanuel belonged to the 9th Regiment, A.C., and also died in the army. James [the son] belonged to the 184th Regiment, O.V.I. He survived the war. James Shasteen, post office, Napoleon. Business, farmer. Residence, napoleon Township, section 10.”  -- 

The Maumee Valley Chronicle (a list of early settlers) – “These people settled in what is now HIGHLAND TWP., DEFIANCE CO.: 1826 James and Frances SHASTEEN and James Jr., Napoleon Twp.”

History of Maumee River Basin pg 537 (from Franklin Shasteen) "Edward & William Shasteen came in 1834 to Richland Township, Defiance Co., OH."

The Chestnut Tree, a Publication of The Pierre Chastain Association - "1827 William and Edward Shastine listed on Richland Township, Defiance County, 1827 tax list."

1835 Land Grants/Purchases — Edmund Shasteen 80 acres, William ShaNteen 40 acres in Henry Co OH townships of Adams and Richland respectively. - (Research in progress on title transfers)

The NW Ohio Shasteens needless to say still require some research (as do the Ross County Shasteens, and as I suppose, they all will always), and probably a bit of luck!

Ross County History & Tidbits —

Ross County Courthouse from postcard circa 1915-1930 (Home of the records)

A Standard History of Ross County, Ohio 1917 (ASHORC) 2 Volume set by Lyle S. Evans, hardbound, 934 pages, everynames index, pages 918-919. 

“Harrison Shasteen is one of the oldest living sons of Union Township, where he was born three quarters of a century ago, and after a long and active and honorable business career is now enjoying peaceful retirement at his home in his native township. Born March 10, 1841, he is a son of James S. R. Shasteen, a native of Virginia, and a grandson of Robert Shasteen, a native of the same commonwealth. Robert Shasteen brought his family to Ohio in 1814, when his son James was seven years of age. They settled in Ross County, and thus established a family that has had a continuous relationship with this county for more than a century. James Shasteen grew up in the county, and after reaching manhood engaged in farming. He was a resident of Union Township until his death, at the age of sixty years, while his wife passed away at the age of fifty-nine. They were the parents of two sons [three actually]. One of these, [Francis] Marion, was a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil war, was captured by the Confederates and died while a prisoner in Andersonville. Reared on the home farm, Harrison Shasteen left home at an early age and gained his success by relying on his own enterprise. After the war he went to Pennsylvania, spending three years in the oil fields there, but with that exception has been a resident of Ross County for almost half a century continuously.  For twenty years he was grain buyer for the Mansfield Mills.Mr. Shasteen was three times married. His first wife was Nancy Minear, daughter of Solomon and Charity (Noble) Minear. Mrs Shasteen died at the age of twenty-three, leaving one son, Walter. His second wife was Mary J. Rowe, a daughter of Thomas Rowe. When she passed away at the age of twenty-eight she left two children, Marion[error, Mario died, Nettie Mae lived] and Harry. The present Mrs. Shasteen before her marriage was Augusta Sauerbrei, a daughter of William and Lena Sauerbrei. Mr. and Mrs. Shasteen have four children: Lena, James W., John Logan and Viola. The family are members of the German Evangelical church and Mr. Shasteen is a republican. ”

Williams Bros. History of Ross and Highland Counties page 262.

"William Shasteen removed from Rockbridge Co., VA., and settled on the Ohio River below Gallipolis, (county seat of Gallia Co, OH located in the extreme southern border of Ohio about 40% of the way west from the east border) ) where he remained two years.  In 1819 he moved to Ross Co., and settled in Union (Township), on the place now owned by Jacob Slager, then owned by Ezekiel Thompson.  He died here in about 1853.  His son, William, born in Virginia in 1814, has resided in the vicinity since his settlement in 1819."  No William has been located in that time frame in Ross Co. (There is a William that settled briefly near Edmund in Henry Co per the 1830 and 1840 census, but no indication that he was in Ross Co.) Allen in TCT article speculated that this was Robert the father and William the son. This makes sense, but there is the possibility that it was William the father and William the son, with Robert being a brother of William, either the father or the son.

Martha Gerber Rittinger in her book SCHLAGER/SLAGER FAMILY HISTORY includes a chapter 8 on William Shasteen, ca 1814--June 14, 1902 and others in the Shasteen line from which I quote the following (my emphasis in bold, and comments in {}:

"In 1819, the personal property tax roll of Gallia County, Ohio records Robert Shasteen, John [James] Shasteen, and William Shasteen.  The 1820 Census shows households of Robert Chasteen, John Chasteen, Abraham Shasteen {I researched this and believe it to be Abraham Shanton on the same page as John and Robert, age 45+ who died 1822 and is buried in the Shanton Graveyard, Deerfield Township, Ross County, OH.}, and James Chasteen living in Union Township, Ross County."

"On June 9, 1827 the heirs of Allison Clark Looker sold a tract of 30 acres on the waters of Crooked Creek in Pike County to Edward Shasteen. At the May Term of the Court of Common Pleas of Ross County in 1828 John Swindler recovered a judgment against William Shasteen, James Shasteen, and Edmund Shasteen for the sum of $165.30 in action on the case. Thereupon, John Tarlton, Sheriff of Ross County, levied on the 30 acre tract of Edmund Shasteen lying on the waters of Crooked Creek, and on September 29, 1828 the Sheriff sold the tract to John Swindler.  It appears that Edward/Edmund Shasteen and William Shasteen then left, appearing in the 1830 Census of Henry County, later known as Defiance County, Ohio. James dies or disappears prior to the 1830 Census, leaving his widow and children." 

Ramblings & Reflections on Ross County Shasteens —

The majority of the Ohio Shasteens are descended from Robert in Ross County and Edmund and James b 1815, parentage in question in Henry & Defiance County. (see Shasteen Family Gravestones - This provides a pretty clear way to follow the descendants and their dispersion from Ohio, bearing in mind that not all are listed.)

Intermarriage and looking after extended relatives appears to be quite common in early Ross County, and you will see familiar surnames like Minear, Noble, Slager, Sturgeon, Whitten and others popping up repeatedly in different households in the census reports through 1880 as offspring and relatives experience poor luck of varying sorts.

The Shasteens continued, in both NW Ohio and Ross County to name their offspring after other family members. As you have seen if you have explored this site, James is at the top of my least favored names at this point. It should also be emphasized that the Civil War took it's toll on the Shasteens, like many other families as can be seen by the number that served and died as a result of the war on the "Gravestones" link.

As on many other
days, I realize all the answers to all the questions will never be found, that this is a never ending pursuit, and with that thought in mind, I am off to pursue another nugget of information for today.

Map of the Ross County Area

Yellowbud approximate location is in very north Union Township, Ross County

1787 Ohio Map

1810 Ohio Road Map

Ohio Canal System — Probably the reason the Shasteen's migrated?

Source: The Illustrated Atlas of Ross County, 1875
Union Township Map
Note Robert Shasteen upper left in Yellow Bud and Wm. Shasteen upper left 103 ac and bottom right as advertiser.

Ross County 1875 Map

Ohio Maps for this Research

This map shows the different Land Grants that were used to settle Ohio. Because of the number, may title issues arose, but it set the pattern for the public distribution of lands for subsequent states.

Edmund Shasteen #1, #2 and William Shasteen (Shanteen) #1 both had
1835 Ohio land federal purchases but no light was shed on James.

No other public land purchase were found for Shasteens in Ohio.

I have seen no other  general information on land grants.



As time has passed, along with the rest of the country, the Shasteens have evolved from an agricultural, land centered, tightly connected family for the most part to a modern day, highly mobile, busy, money driven, very loosely connected family. It is with these types of efforts that perhaps we as a family can once again come to appreciate our relatives and ancestors.

My voyage through the Shasteen genealogy has resulted in a longing for things past, the simplicity, the family ties, and the community. These people I'm sure had their ups and downs and disagreements, but the snapshot from the research is that they pitched together for the common good and carved happy lives out of the wilderness that is now Virginia and Ohio. I have met many nice and extremely helpful people during this experience and I want to thank them all.

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