I do know that Kelsy's mother was the first white child born in Lauderdale Co., Tn. to Samuel Given and Jane Kidd Given. She was born in 1818 and was married 3 times, the last to Andrew Caplinger and that she died in childbirth a couple of months after Andrew Caplinger died. My interest in the family is that my ggrandmother was a Caplinger and the Kidds were also relatives. I haven't been able to find the direct link but know it is there. My grandmother was a Fleming and her grandmother was the daughter of a Jane Kidd(not the one who married Samuel Givens)and an unknown father. I do not know her maiden name but she married Ulysses Kidd who came from Ill. and they had twin boys and then he died shortly after. In the book "Reflections of Lauderdale County" it is noted that Louisa Jane Hutcheson Williams Caplinger died in 1858 but she was listed on the Tn. mortality census for 1860 and just above her was the death of her husband.In the book by Peters, "Lauderdale County from earliest times" it states that Louisa and Andrew had one son who married a Jenkins and their son (the son of Kelsey and the Jenkins lady?) was a druggist who lived in Arkansas. Kelsey is spelled with an "e" in all the papers I have pertaining to him. He was listed as the bondsman on a marriage December 23, 1880 and his name was spelled Kelsey O. Caplinger. I didn't find anywhere what the O. stood for. Glad you cleared that up. I can mail you copies of what I have if you are interested. Did you know about all his half siblings? When Louisa's father died (I have a copy of his will) he left her only $5. I wondered if he was very disappointed in her with all her marriages(don't know how they ended) or if he felt by raising her children by the first two marriages he had given her her inheiritance already.
Also on Roll 18 of Lauderdale Co. marriages is K.O. Caplinger to T.C. Jenkins Jan. 19, 1882 Book C, p.401 Andrew and Louisa were married Dec. 1, 1858 per same roll. Andrew died of pneumonia in Jan. 1860 and Louisa died in Mar. 1860 of "child bed" On the 1860 census is listed with Jane Givens (Louisa's mother) a James Caplinger age 7/12. Don't know where the name James came from. I feel this has to be Kelsey. Do you know his date of birth?
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