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Calhoun Co. Biographies
CHAFIN, Hon. William T.
Transcribed from:Author: The History of Florida: Past & Present,
The Lewis Publishing Co., 1923, Vol.III pg. 300
CHAFIN, Hon. WILLIAM T. Of the members of the
Florida judiciary who have been chosen from other
ranks than those of the legal profession, one who
during his incumbency of his office has displayed
judgment and ability and who has vindicated the
faith of those who put him on the bench is Hon.
WILLIAM T. CHAFIN, judge of the County Court of
Calhoun County and one of Blountstown’s progressive
citizens. Prior to his elevation to the judgeship
he had much experience in other fields of endeavor,
having been a sawmill man, farmer and contractor,
and in each of these fields displayed ability and
fair-mindedness that showed him to be of judicial
Judge CHAFIN was born on a farm in Calhoun County,
January 15, 1886, and is a son of CHARLES A. and SARAH A. (GRIFFIN) CHAFIN.
Through his father’s family he comes of Revolutionary ancestry, and his
grandfather was MOSES CHAFIN, who was born in Virginia in 1800. The
maternal grandfather of Judge CHAFIN was L. M. GRIFFIN, who was born in
1820, in Berrien County, Georgia, and moved to Florida in 1880, dying in
Calhoun County in 1916. He was a veteran of the war between the states,
in which he fought as a Confederate soldier. CHARLES A. CHAFIN was born
in Georgia, and when still little more than a lad enlisted in the Confederate
Army. He saw much active service with a Georgia volunteer infantry regiment,
but came safely through the struggle and after the war located in Calhoun
County, Florida, where he followed farming until his death, August 4, 1905,
and also served as a local preacher in the Baptist Church. Mrs. CHAFIN, also
a native of Georgia, survived her husband until March 13, 1917.
WILLIAM T. CHAFIN attended the public schools of Calhoun County until
about fifteen years of age, at which time he began to devote his entire time
to farming in association with his father on the home place. Later, after he
had attained his majority, he and his brother embarked in the sawmill business
and operated in the manufacture of lumber until 1907, at which time he
returned to agricultural pursuits and continued therein until 1917. He then
centered his activities in contracting and building, specializing in the
construction of bridges, this occupying him until 1920, in the fall of which
year he became a candidate for county judge. Elected to this office, he
assumed the duties thereof January 1, 1921. As before noted, his record is an
excellent one, and he is held in high esteem not only by the public but by the
members of the bench and bar of Calhoun County. Judge CHAFIN is a democrat in
his political views, and as a fraternalist belongs to the Masonic Blue Lodge.
He is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.
On February 17, 1907, in Calhoun County, Judge CHAFIN was united in
marriage with Miss BERTHA PLAYER, daughter of JAMES and BELLE (GIBBS) PLAYER,
natives of Georgia and farming people, and they have five children: LOUISE,
JAMES CARL, MILTON, WILLIAM T. and HAROLD.
Transcribed by Nancy Rayburn
©2016 Fran Smith
This page presented August 11, 2010