I have found that there are many variations of what seem to be the same name (yet there are different forums for several of the variants).I have seen variants including Chaffin Chafin Chafee Chaffee Chaffy Chaffey etc etc.
I have been researching my own CHAFFIN line and recently had some success.
I found my Grandmother Sarah Chaffin on the 1881 Census - born in Liverpool UK in 1876 and her father, Thomas Holmes Chaffin, born 1838 in Sherborne, Dorset UK. His wife, Martha shows as born in 1846 in Whitehaven in Cumberland UK.
This is also where Thomas' first son, James H Chaffin was born in 1871. Subsequent children were Elizabeth A., born 1874 in Liverpool, Sarah J., my grandmother born in 1876 in Liverpool and Agnes M., born in Liverpool in 1878.
I then searched the IGI record on the Internet and found that Thomas Holmes Chaffin was born in Sherborne Dorset to Thomas CHAFIE and Ann. A further search showed they were married about 1830 in Sherborne and Thomas Chafie was born on 2nd October 1805 at Sherborne.
Thomas Chafie was the son of John Chafie and Eleanor. A search for the marriage of John Chafie and Eleanor yielded one result, a marriage in 1777 in Sherborne.
I cannot say for certain if this is the marriage of Thomas' parents, as they would have had to marry at a very young age to have been capable of being Thomas' parents, but it is certainly possible and I found no other match.Unless YOU know different - any information on this branch of the Chaffin/Chafie family would be appreciated.
This illustrates that Chafie had in my case been corrupted to Chaffin in the course of one (comparitively recent) generation. I shall keep posting and looking for postings relevant to me on all of the variants on the genforum.