This website is dedicated to Glenn Chafe, who spent countless hours researching, cataloguing, and preparing the pages that you see here. It is a remarkable achievement.
The site is a collection of resources with hundreds of pages of content and extensive downloadable family tree files. We are all very grateful for Glenn's labour and dedication. May this website continue to honour his memory.
The Chaffe/Chaffey/Chafe/Chaffee Family Home Website
General Links Website Search Chaffe/Chaffey Lineage in England from 1016 Surname Family Tree Diagrams
Surname Facts and Demographics
Historical Statistics Recent Statistics
Famous Family Members to 1840
1840-1900 1900-1945 1945-Present
Chaffe, Chaffey, Chaffee, Chafy, Chafe
DNA Analysis Family Coats of Arms
History and Maps of Devon, England
Devonshire Wills, by Charles Worthy, 1896
Diaries of the Chafes, by Rev. W.K.W. Chafy, 1910
Chaffey's from Dorset/Somerset, 1584-1837
Chaffcombe History, 1978
Who was Hugh of Chaffcombe?
Chafe Names on the Internet, 1479-1885
Commonwealth and US Family who Died in WWI & WWII
Chaffey's Mills, Ontario
Chaffee/Chafee Lineage in America from 1637 Chafe Lineage in Canada from 1705 The Homestead of Thomas Chaffee (1637-1683)
Where did Thomas Settle in America?
World Events 1636-1638
Rhode Island Burial Site Analysis
Chaffee Signatures, Thomas Chaffee Descendants
Chaffee Genealogy in America, by William H. Chaffee, 1909
Mathew Chaffe and Thomas Chaffe's Bible
Chaffee Surname Distribution by US State
Possible Chaffin/Chafin Family Connections
Newfoundland Life - Fishing & Sealing
Petty Harbour Bait Skiff Song
History and Maps of Petty Harbour
Possible Chafe Connection between England & Newfoundland
The Homestead of John Chafe (c.1685-1759) in Petty Harbour
Edward Chafe and the Longitude Problem
Chafe's Resting in St. George's Cemetery, Petty Harbour
Petty Harbour Church Record (PDF File)
D'Iberville's Raid on Newfoundland - 1696
Glenn Chafe Family Mowbray/Mulberry, McPhee, 145th Regiment, Hogmanay, National Geographic Index
The "Chaffe" surname originally came from the present village of Chaffcombe, Somerset, England. The name Chaffcombe was listed in the Domesday Book commissioned by William the Conqueror in 1086. From that documented point the surname became tied to people from the village. The surname usage grew in size largely in the Somerset, Devon and Dorset areas. With the growth of the surname, both the written spelling and spoken word changed into a number of variations. Between 1637 and 1816 key families emigrated to the United States, Canada and later Australia, expanding the surname population. The five most common variations that share the same ancestry are Chaffe/Chaffey (England), Chafe/Chaffey (Canada), Chaffee/Chaffey/Chafee (US) and Chaffey (Australia). This is a family of important and influential people, with many tied to major worldwide events. They are actors, athletes, artists, benefactors, clergymen, community leaders, doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs, explorers, farmers, fishermen, inventors, millionaires, national heroes, politicians, professors, soldiers teachers and even an astronaut. Ships, roads, hospitals, museums, schools, cities, an island, a lake, a mountain and craters on the Moon and Mars have been dedicated to them. Please feel free to explore all the various links on this website and discover more about this very interesting surname.
Use Google.Earth maps you can take a tour of all the family members and see the land they lived in. Click on this link, the click RUN and Google Earth will launch. The surname links will be added to your Temporary Places folder. Click on any link and read the related text. Use the overlays to see the relationship between old archived maps and the current terrain.
Virtually all the locations of our Famous Family Members are linked to Google.Earth or MS Virtual Earth, which has higher resolution photographs in some US areas.
The following are key persons or web links that have contributed to our site:
Thanks to Edward Chafe and Bruce Chafe for much of the information about the Chafe's in Newfoundland.
Thanks to Terry William Chaffee ancestor to Thomas Chaffee, the first Chaffee in the New World - July 1637.
Thanks to Susan Chaffey's and her work A Chaffey Family, which provides wonderful coverage of the history of the Chaffey family in England, Canada, United States, Australia and New Zealand.
Thanks to Bruce Chaffee on his research on the ancient history of the surname.
Visit Richard Chaffey's Chaffey Surname Website.
Visit Angus & Chloe Watson on their research on the The Chaffeys of Stoke sub Hamdon 1500 - 1680.
Visit the Chaffey Family by Douglas Chaffey.
Visit the Chaffee Website by Bob Coolbaugh for an extensive list of Chaffee's.
Chaffee/Ollises Web Site
Chaffee Forums: Genealogy.com, Yahoo, Ancestry.com.
In addition the following historical material was used as reference:
Devonshire Wills, by Charles Worthy, 1896.
Chaffee Genealogy in America, by William H. Chaffee, 1909.
Excerpts from the Diaries of the Chafes, by Rev. W.K.W. Chafy, 1910.
The Victoria History of the Counties of England - Chaffcombe, C.R. Elrington, 1978.
April 20, 2020