M.R. Chaffin (1828-1925) served as County Surveyor and U.S. Commissioner for a number of years. Born in 1828, he ranked as one of Mocksville's oldest citizens. He walked to town from his home on Depot Street once or twice daily. Chaffin lived during the administration of 23 Presidents and cultivated corn in Mocksville near the public square when Martin Van Buren served as President.