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Merritt Caves
Posted by: Thomas William Rogers (ID *****1916) Date: September 28, 2008 at 12:10:07
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I posted everything I have on my Caves Family back several years ago, and still, have yet to find anything new on the family. I've reposted the information again and updated information on my own parents.

Since then, my mom Cleta Irene (Caves) Rogers died on August 23, 2003 of pancreatic cancer and was buried in the Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois Cemetery. My father, Donald Clarence Rogers remarried on November 14th, 2004 to his childhood sweetheart Jeannette Christ who was a widow residing in a Metamora Illinois nursing home. My father subsequently passed away a year later on November 28, 2005, on Thanksgiving Day of heart failure while in the Metamora Nursing Home. He was buried next to my mother Cleta Irene in the Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois Cemetery.

I was divorced in the spring of 2004 after 22 years of marriage and currently live alone in Morton Illinois. travelback4u@aol.com

Notes: Unverified Connection Note: This Merit Cave, believed born in Kentucky may be our ancestor, but documentation to prove this as correct must yet be located.

1860 Census of Missouri: (Is this Merit Cave born abt 1819 instead of being born abt 1812? (Note: Mason/brick layer)
CAVE, M. H.; Age: 41; Born: Kentucky
Location: Cooper Co., Lamine Twn.; Pg. 579/165; Line: 13;
Note: Occupation: brick layer.
Note: Enumerated with W. E. STAPES (32 b. VA, occupation: miller)

However, it is not known whether or not Merit H. Cave and Catherine Rush is the parent of our Merritt Cave or the grandparent. Further research is required to verify this information.

------------------------------1850 Census Below--------------------------------------------------
CAVE, Catherine; Age: 33; Born: KY
CAVE, Gabriel; Age: 12; Born: MO;
CAVE, Martha A.; Age: 7; Born: MO
CAVE, Susan F.; Age: 6; Born: MO
CAVE, Margaret; Age: 3; Born: MO
CAVE, James R.; Age: 1; Born: MO
Location: Pettis Co., 68th Dist.; LDS Volume: 443617; Page: 112A/223; Line 24

In conversations with Ernest Eugene Caves of Galesburg, who resided at 927 E. Knox Street in Galesburg, Illinois for many years, Ernest Caves was the descendant of "William the Concqueor" and "Daniel de Cave" (possibly "Allen de Cave" of France. It may be possible to examine the old lines of Cave and Caves families who have traced there lines back to one or both of these ancestors, to locate information that leads us down to our Martie Caves who Married Beulah Simmons on September 15, 1915 in Knox County, Illinois.

As written by Thomas William Rogers December 1, 1999

On December 13, 1999, Thomas W. Rogers proved that what Ernest Caves told him was in fact found on line and was obtaining a copy of that line of information.

Additional findings:

Descendants of Thomas Rush of Virginia

6. Gabriel3 Rush (John2, Thomas1) was born August 18, 1787 in Albemarle County, Virginia47, and died May 25, 1837 in Marion County, Missouri48,49. He married Margaret Burns January 12, 1815 in Pendleton County, Kentucky50. She was born Abt. 1791, and died Abt. 1845.

Notes for Gabriel Rush:
August 29, 1813 - Gabriel Rush and brother Garland Rush served in the War of 1812 as a Private in Captain Thomas Childer's Company, Kentucky Mounted Volunteer Militia, commanded by Colonel William Mountjoy. They were both mustered in August 29, 1813 and were discharged November 5, 1813.

c. 1824 - Gabriel Rush left Kentucky since this was the last year he appeared on the tax list. He moved his family to Marion County, Missouri (formerly known as Ralls County until Marion County was formed in 1826) where his father and brother David Rush had settled. He "owned 120 acres equidistant between Hannibal and Palmyra on the main road."

May 1, 1826 - Gabriel Rush of Ralls County, Missouri received a patent from the U. S. Land Office in Palmyra, Missouri for an 80 acre parcel of land in Marion County, Missouri, "in the district of Salt River," the E 1/2 SW, sec.2, twp.57, north, range 5. (Internet Web Site: Bureau of Land Management - Eastern States, General Land Office, Springfield, Virginia.)

February 15, 1836 - Gabriel Rush of Marion County, Missouri received another patent from the U. S. Land Office in Palmyra, Missouri for a 40 acre parcel of land in Marion County, Missouri, "in the district of lands subject to the sale at Palmyra," the SWSE, sec.2, twp.57, north, range 5. (Internet Web Site: Bureau of Land Management - Eastern States, General Land Office, Springfield, Virginia.)

The following information containing the affidavit of Gabriel Rush and Daniel Hendricks regarding the estate of John Rush, Marion County, Missouri, comes from James C. Moule, Washington, D.C. and was sent to me on March 10, 1997:

"State of Missouri)
County of Marion) This day personally appears Gabriel Rush and Daniel Hendricks before me Theodore Jones Clerk of the County Court for said County of Marion and make oath that the heirs of John Rush deceased are Patsy Rush widow of said deceased, Thomas Rush, Gabriel Rush, Thornton Rush, Elizabeth (wife of John F. Thrasher), Frances (wife of Pleasant P. Glynn), and Peter Parker Rush children of said deceased also the following grandchildren of said deceased to wit: Elizabeth, Kitty, and Peggy children of Garland Rush deceased and John and William children of David Rush deceased, and with the exception of said Thomas Rush who resides in Pendleton County Kentucky and Thornton Rush who resides in Clermont County Ohio, the remaining heirs above mentioned reside in the said County of Marion.
And further that said John Rush deceased died without a will so far as they know and believe and that they will well and truly administer all and singular the goods and chattels lands and tenements, rights and credits of the said John Rush deceased and pay his debts as far as the assets which may come to their hands will extend and the law direct, and that they will make a true and perfect inventory of all the goods chattels rights and credits of the said John Rush deceased and account for and pay over according to law all assets which shall come to their hands, possession, or knowledge.

Sworn to and subscribed ) Gabriel Rush
this 28th day of August 1828) Daniel Hendricks

Theodore Jones Clerk"

More About Gabriel Rush:
Fact 1: 1815, Was married and living in Kentucky.
Fact 2: Bet. 1825 - 1826, Was living in Ralls County, Missouri during his first land patent.
Fact 3: 1836, Was living in Marion County, Missouri during his second land patent.

More About Gabriel Rush and Margaret Burns:
Marriage: January 12, 1815, Pendleton County, Kentucky50

Children of Gabriel Rush and Margaret Burns are:
+ 36 i. Sarah4 Rush, born Abt. 1816; died 1850.
37 ii. Alexander W. Rush, born Abt. 1817; died Unknown. He married (1) Laura J. Cossitt December 12, 1844 in Marion County, Missouri; died Unknown. He married (2) America Lincoln Gatewood November 23, 1847 in Marion County, Missouri; died Unknown.
More About Alexander Rush and Laura Cossitt:
Marriage: December 12, 1844, Marion County, Missouri

More About Alexander Rush and America Gatewood:
Marriage: November 23, 1847, Marion County, Missouri

+ 38 iii. Francis (Fanny) Rush, born Abt. 1823 in Kentucky; died Unknown.
+ 39 iv. Lilburn W. Rush, born 1823; died September 10, 1894.
40 v. John D. Rush, born Abt. 1828; died Unknown.
41 vi. Robert R. Rush, born Abt. 1836; died Unknown.
Notes for Robert R. Rush:
Appears in the 1850 Lewis County, Missouri census as living in the household of John Gregory. At the time he is listed as Robert Rush, 14 years old, male, born in Missouri.

7. Garland3 Rush (John2, Thomas1) was born November 9, 1789 in Albemarle County, Virginia51, and died May 30, 1820 in Pendleton County, Kentucky52,53. He married Anna Levina McClain February 17, 1814 in Pendleton County, Kentucky54. She died Bef. November 18, 1822 in Pendleton County, Kentucky.

Notes for Garland Rush:
August 29, 1813 - Garland Rush and brother Gabriel Rush both served in the War of 1812 as a Private in Captain Thomas Childer's Company, Kentucky Mounted Volunteer Militia, commanded by Colonel William Mountjoy. They were mustered in August 29, 1813 and were discharged November 5, 1813.

May 27, 1820 - Inventory of Garland Rush's estate. This date could conflict with the "apparent" death date of May 30, 1820. (Pendleton County, Kentucky Order Book D, p.74. From James C. Moule, Washington, D.C.)

From Barbara Rush Jenkins, Goshen, Ohio in an e-mail sent to me on August 25, 1998:
"The 1816 Delinquent Tax List lists Garland Rush as having moved to Campbell County, Kentucky, however, Garland and Anna both died in Pendleton County, Kentucky. Both of their estates are probated in that county. The children of Garland and Anna either went to Marion County with John Rush, or were taken later with Gabriel Rush. However, I believe that the children lived with John. His estate settlement shows that bills were submitted in regards to their schooling and medical case. After the death of John Rush, Charles L. Turner was made guardian to the children of Garland and Anna. Kentucky court papers of Anna Rush's estate records the name of Ethelinda "daughter of Anna;" no other information has been found regarding this child. I suspect that she either died or had another name that she went by later....Unable to find Garland's children on the 1830 census. John had died by then and Martha cannot be found on that census." (E.E. Barton, "E.E. Barton Manuscript Microfilm." Pendleton County Library, Falmouth, Kentucky. Pendleton County Courthouse Records, Falmouth, Kentucky.)

More About Garland Rush:
Burial: Unknown, Pendleton County, Kentucky

More About Anna Levina McClain:
Will: November 18, 1822, Gabriel Rush was administrator of her will and was appointed as such.55

More About Garland Rush and Anna McClain:
Marriage: February 17, 1814, Pendleton County, Kentucky56
Marriage Fact: Marriage bond signed by John Miller and Garland Rush.

Children of Garland Rush and Anna McClain are:
42 i. Catherine (Kitty)4 Rush, died Unknown. She married Merit H. Cave June 21, 1835 in Monroe County, Missouri; died Unknown.
Notes for Catherine (Kitty) Rush:
From Barbara Rush Jenkins, Goshen, Ohio in an e-mail sent to me on August 25, 1998:
"The Affidavit of Gabriel Rush and Daniel Hendricks dated August 29, 1828 regarding the estate of John Rush, mentions Kitty as one of Garland's children. The settlement also mentions schooling for a "Catherine" and "Elizabeth." At this time, I believe that the "Catherine" and "Kitty" are one and the same person. (She may be the Catherine who married Merit H. Cave on June 21, 1835.) Documents from the Missouri Court dated February Term 1832 confirms that Betsy Rush Hawkins and Kitty and Margaret were the children of Garland. Documents also filed with the court in 1838 show that the land was sold by the heirs. These heirs being specifically named and their relationships to John Rush, therefore proving the married children of Garland Rush." (Marion County Courthouse Records, Marion County, Missouri)


More About Merit Cave and Catherine Rush:
Marriage: June 21, 1835, Monroe County, Missouri


43 ii. Ethelinda Rush, died Unknown.
Notes for Ethelinda Rush:
This name was found in the Pendleton County court papers. No further information has been found.


44 iii. Elizabeth (Betsy) Rush57, born Bet. 1815 - 1820 in Pendleton County, Kentucky; died Unknown. She married Alfred Hawkins June 26, 1831 in Marion County, Missouri; died Unknown.
More About Alfred Hawkins and Elizabeth Rush:
Marriage: June 26, 1831, Marion County, Missouri


+ 45 iv. Margaret (Peggy) Rush, born February 17, 1819 in Pendleton County, Kentucky; died Unknown.


8. David3 Rush (John2, Thomas1) was born February 27, 1792 in Albemarle County, Virginia58, and died May 14, 1827 in Marion County, Missouri58,59. He married Susannah Miller August 11, 1814 in Pendleton County, Kentucky60. She was born February 16, 179761, and died Bef. 1850.

Notes for David Rush:
David Rush appears to have travelled with John Rush in 1819 to Missouri, even though there were two out of state land transactions; the first coming on February 20, 1823 where David's brother, Thornton Rush from Pendleton County, Kentucky, was handling the sale of David's land he inherited from his late father-in-law in Kentucky (Barton Manuscript). The second came on March 25, 1825 when David Rush sold 106 acres on Grassy Creek in Pendleton County, Kentucky.

In Missouri, David Rush owned the southeast 1/4 of section 12, township 57, range 5; 160 acres, and the northwest 1/4 of section 12, township 57, range 5; 80 acres.

John Rush's will in 1828 mentions David's two sons as John and William.

Notes for Susannah Miller:
The following information comes from Barbara Rush Jenkins, Goshen, Ohio in a letter sent to me on April 27, 1998:
"Susannah married David Rush in 1814 in Pendleton County, Kentucky. She was an original organizer of the Bear Creek Baptist Church which formed on August 5, 1821 in Marion County, Missouri. (According to Dorothy Maupin Shaffett she was the sister of Samuel Miller.) After David's death, she married Thomas Lizenby in 1831. The 1840 census shows the Lizenby family with: one male under 5 (A.M. Lizenby), one male 10-15 (maybe William Marion Rush), one male 15-20 (maybe John A. Rush), and one male 40-50 (Thomas Lizenby). Two females 5-10 (unknown), one female 40-50 (Susannah). John A. Rush and Sarah Merand Marks were married on February 15, 1842, but she has returned to live with her father and A.M. Lizenby on the 1850 census. It would seem that John A. Rush, Thomas and Susannah Lizenby, and the two young females listed on the 1850 census were all dead by 1850. Biography of George Marks proves the relationship of Sarah Merand Marks and John Rush."

More About Susannah Miller:
Fact 1: Living in Missouri in 1823.62

More About David Rush and Susannah Miller:
Marriage: August 11, 1814, Pendleton County, Kentucky63

Children of David Rush and Susannah Miller are:
46 i. John Andrew4 Rush, born Abt. 1815; died Bef. 1850. He married Sarah Merand Marks February 15, 1842 in Lewis County, Missouri; born 1824; died Unknown.
Notes for Sarah Merand Marks:
From Barbara Rush Jenkins, Goshen, Ohio in an e-mail message sent to me on April 11, 1998:
"On the 1850 census, she (Sarah Marks) is living with George and Mahala Marks, probably her parents, and A. M. Lizenby who was 11 years old. A. M. Lizenby was probably a child of the marriage of Susannah Miller Rush and Thomas Lizenby. I think that Susannah, her husband Thomas Lizenby, and her son John Andrew all died before 1850. (I looked and could not find Susannah or Thomas Lizenby on the 1850 census, and that is how I found Sarah M. Rush and the Marks family.) I think that Sarah took her half brother-in-law home to her parents, because there was no where else to go."


More About John Rush and Sarah Marks:
Marriage: February 15, 1842, Lewis County, Missouri


+ 47 ii. Rev. William Marion Rush, Sr., born December 21, 1824 in Marion County, Missouri; died June 12, 1886 in Booneville, Missouri.
48 iii. Susan Rush, died Unknown.

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Subj: Thomas Rush of Virginia
Date: 7/14/00 4:26:38 PM Central Daylight Time
From: Travelback4u
To: dlpaal@juno.com

Hello there:

I just finished up revisiting your site and information on the descendants of Thomas Rush of Virginia.

What I have been researching for over two years, is a Merit Cave who resided in St. Clair County Missouri in 1860 Census. In St. Clair County, Missouri, there is a marriage of Merritt H. Cave to a Mary Earles in 1861. The Cave family members that I am researching include a Merit Cave, age 8, in the St. Clair County Missouri 1860 Census.

Now, what I am suspecting is this. Your Merrit H. Cave married Catherine (Kitty) Rush June 21, 1835 in Monroe County, Missouri, as shown in your information. I found a Merrot Cave marrying a Fannie Geary on June 23, 1872 in Monroe County Missouri. I also found a Merritt H. Cave marrying a Mary Earles on May 14, 1861 in St. Clair County, Missouri. Now, my great grandfather, Merritt Cave, age 8, born 1852 in Missouri, was residing in St. Clair County in the 1860 Census with sister Josephine Cave age 13, and another sister Martha Ann Cave age 18, with Martha's husband Charles F. Ashworth age 22, and Martha and Charles' daughter Sarah C. Ashworth 10 months old, born October 12, 1859. Martha Ann Cave and Charles F. Ashworth (actual name: Charles Fenton Mercer Ashworth) were married November 23, 1856 in St. Clair County Missouri, and are raising Martha's brother and sister. It is not known yet why Martha Ann Cave and her husband are raising Martha's brother and sister. But I suspect that Merritt Cave is deceased, having died between 1890 and 1915 in a forest fire in the Mark Twain National Forrest. (From Family Rumors pasted down thru the family to my mother and I).

So, your Merritt H. Cave married Catherine (Kitty) Rush on June 21, 1835 in Monroe County Missouri. They may have had children: Martha Ann Cave, born 1842, Josephine Cave born 1847 and Merrit Cave born 1852. Catherine (Kitty) Rush may have died in child birth when Merrit was born in 1852, but such is speculation. (Merritt H. Cave may have remarried, marrying Mary Earles on May 14, 1861, but who is Merrot Cave who married Fannie Geary on June 23, 1872 back in Monroe County, Missouri, where your Catherine (Kitty) Rush married Merrit H. Cave)

My grandfather, Martie Caves (spelled with the s) is the son of Merritt Cave and Jenny, who were residing in Butler County, Missouri, with their son Charles A. Cave, age 2, born in Illinois, in the 1880 Census. (Charles A. Cave is likely named after the man who raised him, Charles F. Ashworth) Martie Cave is said to have been raised by grandparents (likely that of his mother) after his father was killed in a forest fire in the Mark Twain National Forest sometime between 1890 and 1915. Martie had a half sister named Panzie of whom's whereabouts have not been found. Martie also had a full blooded sister who resided somewhere in Iowa in 1954, the year Martie died. The year I was born.

I am seeking to know anything you find out in your research about your Merrit H. Cave, ancestors of Catherine (Kitty) Rush and their descendants.

It is possible that after Catherine Rush passed away, that Merrit H. Cave remarried in 1861, St. Clair County, Missouri. However, this may also be another Merrit H. Cave. It has yet to be proven that this connection to Catherine Rush is correct. No documentation has been found, however, it seems correct that she might name her first son Gabriel, after her brother, who may have raised her.

Researcher:
Thomas William Rogers, born 05/09/1954 in Peoria County, Illinois
924 E. Jackson Street
Morton, Illinois 61550
travelback4u@aol.com

Subj: Land Grant
Date: 1/29/02 6:59:52 PM Central Standard Time
From: janewayne@earthlink.net (Jane Heard)
To: Travelback4u@aol.com

Thomas:

Get out your magnifying glass! I printed the land grant so the
document was contained on one page ~ the handwriting is beautiful.

Merit H. Cave of St. Clair Co. Mifsouri
Deeded 120 acres
Certificate #55932

While surfing I also found a Haydon lineage that has Ezekiel Haydon
marrying Polly Merit. Their daughter, Charity "Katy" Haydon married
Reuben Cave and their #6 child was Merit Cave. Don't know if you
had this info or not, but I'm enclosing it along with other pages from the
internet.

I'll be sending off the envelope one day this week. It'll go 'book rate' so
there won't be any correspondence included.

Bye, Jane

www.geocities.com/Heartland/Valley/7991/goldrush.html
BOONE COUNTY CALIFORNIANS
>From the Columbia Missouri Statesman
Columbia,MissourI
March 8, 1850

We are endeavoring to prepare a full list in alphabetical order
of the emigrants who will go to California from Boone County
this spring. As yet the list is incomplete, and we would esteem
it a favor were our friends to aid us in supplying the deficiencies.
Such as are not reported in the list now published will please call
either at our office, or at Crow & Jackmanís Rocheport, or at
Sidney Maupinís, Buena Vista, and leave their own names and
those of their messes and neighbors.

.....MERIT CAVE...

Notes: Martie Caves father is this Merritt Caves that may have died young, since it is said that his wife remarried and that Martie Caves resided with his grandfather for sometime as a youth. He is thought to have resided near Mt. Sterling Illinois. Martie raised his family in Greenbush Illinois. His son Martie Caves is said to have been born around Clayton, Illinois, Mt. Sterling Illinois, or Campoint, Illinois, but according to his marriage license, he was born in Poplar Bluff Arkansas. This above is from Family legend.

Ernest Caves, of Galesburg Illinois, one of Martie's sons, had done extensive research on the Caves families. But, unfortunately, in many failed attempts, he refused to provide such for the family. He stated however that he had went down south and found a woman who knew Martie and provided him with a computer print out of the Caves family tree. Ernest Caves, George, to most of his friends said that his father Martie gave many dates of birth throughout his life. So it is very difficult to locate any information about the Caves history due to this fact. It is highly unfortunate, however, attempts are being made to obtain some of the information thru Ernest's children, in Sept. of 1999.

In a conversation between Alan Caves, a son of Ernie's, on Sept. 8, 1999, and Thomas W. Rogers, a son of Ernie's sister Cleta, Alan stated that Merritt Caves had died in a forest fire in what he thinks was the Mark Twain National Forest in the north of Arkansas. Also, Alan further stated that Merritt Caves last name was spelled "Cave", but he changed it because everyone kept calling him "Caves" anyway. This fact may have caused many not to find a connection in the family tree to this point and further research is required to verify this fact.

Merritt Caves may have been a middle name, knowing the family history. Also, Merritt may be a nickname. Many of these "Cave" or "Caves" from this line used middle names or nicknames. Example: James Martin Caves, only known as "Martin", Ernest Eugene Caves, his brother, only known as "George Caves" of Galesburg Illinois. Therefore, it may be possible to find such throughout this line of the family heritage.

According to Martie Caves' daughter Cleta (Caves) Rogers, her mother told her that toward the end of the First World War, Martie Caves was next in line to go and he would have, except for the fact he had children at the time. Note: This seems unrealistic, because it shows this Martie Caves, said son of Merritt Caves and Jennie Swisher, as being 23 in 1915, when he married Beulah Simmons in Knox County Illinois. This Martie Caves often gave conflicting birthdates, family information ect., and even his birthdate of being April 18, 1890 may not be correct. (Have since found 1900 Census, Adams County, Illinois, Martie W. Carr (mispelled) born March 1888, living with his grandparents, Absolum S. Swisher)

LDS Records:

I found several Merrit Caves marriages online (LDS), so it was not an unusual
name:

Merit H. Cave m Catherine Rush 21 Jun 1835, Monroe, MO
Merrit H. Cave m Mary Ann Earles 14 May 1861, St. Clair, MO
Merrott Cave m Fannie Geary 23 Jun 1872, Pettis, MO
Merit Cave m Mary M. Duncan 18 Mar 1874, Hickory, MO
Merritt Cave m Jennie Swisher October 16, 1877 Brown Co Illinois

1880 Census, for Missouri Examined:

Merritt Cave, age 25, born in Missouri, White, as listed in 1880 Census
Residing with wife Jenny, born in Virginia,
Child, Charles A. Cave, age 2, born in Illinois,
Residing in Butler County, Missouri in 1880
Black River
Vol. 4 - ED 4, page 5, line 20

1860 Census, for Missouri Examined:

Josephine Cave, age 13
Merit Cave, age 8, born in Missouri
Residing in St. Clair County, Missouri in 1860
Speedwell Twp.
Page 974 -104 line 17
Enumerated with Charles F. Ashworth, age 22, born in Virginia
(Notes: This may have been from Merit's father dying when he was young, resulting in Merit and his sister Josephine residing with Charles F. Ashworth)
Charles F. Ashworth married Martha Ann Cave, thus Josephine and Merritt are most likely siblings of Martha Ann Cave.)

Note: There was a child named Charles F. Ashworth, born in June of 1864, who died on May 31, 1909, that may have been the child of the above Charles F. Ashworth, but such requires further research efforts.

Note: Difference in ages between the two Merit Cave individuals above. The first, age 25 in 1880 and the second, age 8 in 1860. However, these are seen as one in the same individual and may have resulted from his father's early death, leaving them not to know just how old he was in 1860.

Reference and Research Information:
Information taken from the "Missouri Marriages Before 1840" by Susan Omesher.

Aadin Cave married Ann collins August 9, 1832 Boon County
Benjamin Cave married Jane turn June 30, 1825 Howa County
Benjamin Cave married to Margaret Odin October 2, 1838 Boon County
Ezekiel A. Cave married to Catharine Williams June 21, 1838
George Cave married to Elizabeth Humphreys December 25, 1819 Howa County
Henry Cave married to Fanny Graig September 8, 1824 Cali County
Hudson Cave married to Sophia Goulden June 12, 1837
James Cave to Anna Mason June 28, 1820 Howa County
John Cave to Mary Williams October 24, 1824 Boon County
John Cave married to Nancy Hunter September 6, 1836 Jack County
Merit H. Cave married to Catherin Rush June 21, 1835 Monroe County
Thomas Cave married to Polly Jones October 8, 1835 Char County
William Cave married to May Cave September 29, 1825 Boon County
William J. Cave married to Phebe Moberly August 7, 1835 Monroe County

The above information found on page 40 and 41 of the Missouri Marriages before 1840.

Continued:

Page 94 as found...
Louisa Cave married to Turner Haden September 4, 1826 Boon County
Page 110 as found...
Sarah Cave married to Jacob Hoover June 18, 1831 Boon County
Page 120 as found....
Mary Cave married to Samuel John September 16, 1838 Boon County
Page 126 as found....
Ann Cave married to Thomas Kennan March 10, 1821 Boon County
Page 154 as found....
Lucinda Cave married to William Mead on June 28, 1838 in Clay County
Page 213 more on Sarah Cave, but missed the information as I copied it.
Page 238 as found....
Susan Cave married to William Westerfield on August 6, 1832 in Boon
County.
Page 246 as found....
Elizabeth Cave married to John Wilt on December 19, 1818 in Howa Co.
Excerpts below from Boone County Misouri Historical Record:
From Madison County Kentucky...
Wm. Callahan, William Graham, Rueben and Henry Cave & Lt. Co. Ben Cooper. (Cousins)

From Missouri Cousins by Maxin Coppage Vol III

Further research found that no "Cave" men died in Missouri from 1808 to 1854 were found recorded.

Cave family members found in Shelby County and Hancock Counties in Missouri.

As found in the Kewanee Illinois Public Library by Thomas W. Rogers on November 8, 1999 in his continued efforts to find the Caves historical information for his family tree research project.

Continued Research is required to learn more about the information below, and what relationship this James Caves had to our Caves line.

South Palmyra Township
Macoupin, County, Illinois

Mill erected near present town of Palmyra by James Caves in 1835. It was run by horses & oxen, and was called "The Sweep Mill". It was certainly a great improvement over the first Hand Mill built by Andrew Russel in 1829.

Franklin County, Missippi 1810-1860

The following found in Social Security Records:

Clarence Cave #480-09-8870 Iowa Born February 27, 1899 and died in Barns City Iowa in January of 1971.
Ralf E. Caves #489-20-0464 Missouri. Born December 9, 1898 in Missouri and died January 1966 in Missouri.
Hollis Caves #398-16-8693 Wisconsin. Born October 5, 1900 in Wisconsin and died September 1977 in Missouri.
Ezell Caves # 424-56-0473 AL. Born January 31, 1942 in Missouri and died July 1982 in Missouri.
Athalene Caves #457-54-3289 Texas. Born December 10, 1890 in Texas and died January 1980 in Dallas Texas.

The following information was provided by the Missouri Archives, thru the Secretary of State's Office in August of 1999 to Thomas William Rogers concerning his inquiry into the "Caves" Family.

1900 Census:

Benjamin Caves Vol. 47 Sheet 11, E. D. 129, Line 48
(Black) October 1876 Age -23 born in Wisconsin
Jackson Kow Twp Kansas City
1309 Kensington Street
Members of the Family in Household:
Fannie Caves, Wife, born May 1874, age 26 birthplace unknown
Henrietta Caves, Sister, born March 1869, age 31 birthplace unknown

George Caves Vol. 10 Sheet 5, E.D. 48, Line 43
(Black) January 1840 - Age 60 Born in Virginia
Buchanan, Washington Twp
St. Joseph, North 17 Street Number 1407
Unumerated with "Randal Walter, George's Father.

The following, as found in the 1900 Census, is a very likely source to find the connection we are seeking:

James Caves Vol. 21, Sheet 6, E.D. 13, Line 82
(White) Born May 1829 - Age 71 Born in Tennessee
Christian, in Linden Twp
Members of the Family in the Household:

Cela A. Caves, Wife Born January 1833 - Age 67 Born in Tennessee
Amanda Caves, Daughter, Born October 1873 - Age 26 Born in Missouri
James E. Caves, Grandson, Born May 1875 -Age 24 Born in Missouri

Note: The above "James E. Caves" may be one possibility of being the grandfather of Martie Caves, but requires much more documentation as of this date. Death ceritificate of a possible sister of Martie Caves might be located in Burlington Iowa, if a trip can be made to that location to review such. (Alive and residing in Burlington in the early 1950's) Furthermore, since Amanda Caves above was 26 at the time her father was 71, her father had children over 45 year time frame, since James E. Caves is his grandson in the 1900 Census. This would mean that this James E. Caves father was born about 1855.

James C. Caves Vol 34, Sheet 14, E.D. 45, Line 26
(White) Born July 1853 in Missouri
Grane County, in Cass Twp
Members of the Family in the Household:
Ephimia B. Caves, Wife, Born November 1859 -Age 40 Born in Missouri
Etta C. Caves,(A.'D. Daughter?) November 1886 - Age 13 Born in Missouri

Note: According to Frederick Joseph Stegall, born June 14, 1926, his great grandparents were related to a Elvira Caves who had a brother Tom Caves. This Elvira Caves married a Dan Smith, and they had four boys and a daughter. Their daughter married another Smith and had one son. All lived in the Abington Illinois area and were somehow related to Lavina (Marks) Stegall,
Frederick Joseph Stegall's great grandmother. There was a "Marks Family" reunion in Westbranch Iowa at the Fedgeuary Park of which were related to Lavina (Marks) Stegall and this Elvira (Caves( Smith. The Marks came from Kentucky to the Abington Illinois area in 1835, and some settled in Iowa. Research is required to examine if the Caves also came with this emigration, because Caves are also found in Iowa that may be related.

Update: What Thomas W. Rogers found out about Elvira Cave and a Thomas Cave, in November of 1999 is placed here below:

Elvira Cave married John Daniel Smith in 1886 in Knox County, Illinois, as found in Knox County Marriages.

Edward A. Cave, native of Wilts, England, d October 9, 1893 age 75, buried in Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington Iowa
James Frederick Cave, 1881 - 1969, Pearl Andre, 1885 - 1965, buried in Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington Iowa (Dale R. Andre June 10, 1889 - August 6, 1950?? relationship ??)
Gertrude Cave 1884 - 1947, buried Aspen Cemetery in Burlington Iowa
W. F. Cave June 23, 1855 - May 10, 1911, buried in Aspen Cemetery in Burlington Iowa.
Emma L. Cave W/W.F. 1853 - 1949, buried in Aspen Cemetery in Burlington Iowa.
Winifred Van Derveer Cave November 26, 1874 - January 8, 1957, buried with Roland Mair January 29, 1876 - November 19, 1959 in Aspen Cemetery in Burlington Iowa.

Thomas Cave married Polly Jones October 08, 1835 in Char County, MO

Parents of Elvira and Thomas Cave not yet found or verified.

Source: Frederick Joseph Stegall, born June 14, 1926 in conversations with Thomas William Rogers (Born May 9, 1954) that took place on November 29, 1999.

Subj: CAVE
Date: 4/11/00 1:37:57 AM Central Daylight Time
From: gaedcar@gulftel.com (Gay Edens Carrigan)
To: Travelback4u@aol.com

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
KNOWN FACTS

23 Nov 1856, St. Clair Co., MO: Charles Merser Ashworth m Martha Ann Cave

1860 St. Clair Co., MO: Charles F. Ashworth 22 [1838] b VA
Speedwell Twp. Josephine Cave 13 [1847]
p 974-104 Merit Cave 8 [1852]

1880 Butler Co., MO: Merritt Cave
Jenny
Charles A. age 2 [1878] b IL

Charles A. Cave b ca 1878, IL, son of Merrit & Jennie (Swisher) Cave

Thomas W. Rogers, great grandson of Merit and Jennie Cave.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Thomas,

I am an Ashworth researcher, so I have no info on the Cave family. I did
do a search to see if I could find other Ashworth-Fergus-Cave marriages
in VA or MO, but came up with nothing.

I don't know what the connection between Charles Ashworth and the Cave family
was, but it does seem strange that a 22 yr. old man, without a wife, would be
the caretaker for two young children unless he was somehow related.

When I put the marriage in proper perspective, chronologically, it MAY
indicate that Charles Ashworth married a widow, Martha Ann Cave and these
were her children. If this is the case, she was obviously several years
older than Charles, but that is not too unusual.

I found several Merrit Caves marriages online (LDS), so it was not an unusual
name:

Merit H. Cave m Catherine Rush 21 Jun 1835, Monroe, MO
Merrit H. Cave m Mary Ann Earles 14 May 1861, St. Clair, MO
Merrott Cave m Fannie Geary 23 Jun 1872, Pettis, MO
Merit Cave m Mary M. Duncan 18 Mar 1874, Hickory, MO

If I were you, I would contact the Mark Twain National Forest office and see
if there is any record of Merrit Cave's death. Maybe he was employee. They
have a web site, but I don't think there was a place where one might ask such
a question.

----------------------------
>If this Charles F. Ashworth was working for the family, why are the parents
>of Merrit age 8 and Josphine age 13 not listed in the 1860 Census?

Note that I said he might be living with, or working for the Caves,
in 1850, not 1860, since I had not found him in 1850. Have you tried
finding the Cave family in 1850? Josephine, at age 2 or 3, would be
listed with her parents.
----------------------------

Sorry, I do not have a gedcom file. I began my research long before gedcom
files - and besides, at the risk of sounding nasty, I don't like them. I
want my families to be complete with names, places, dates and sources. I
tried the first genealogy program out, ROOTS, and it did not allow me
enough space to
show my sources and comments, so I trashed it, and came up with my own
Family Group and Data Sheets in my word processing program.

I am not a descendant of Lewis Ashworth. When I began my research, I knew
only my Ashworth great grandparents, so I had to collect all of them in order
to find my own, and built a complete family group. I did a book on the
Ashworths of VA & WV in 1997, but still have hundreds of other files which
are not my line, so I try to be helpful to others. I guess you might say I
am an incurable genealogy collector.

If I can be of any further help, please ask.

Regards,

Gay Edens Carrigan
Gulf Shores, AL

Subj: Ashworth/Cave Family
Date: 7/11/00 8:41:51 PM Central Daylight Time
From: ashworthh@helenachemical.com (Ashworth, Herb)
To: travelback4u@aol.com ('travelback4u@aol.com')

Dear Tom;
Thanks for all the information. You gave me plenty to look at and will
continue to check my records for more, but at present here is some more
information on Martha Ann Cave and Charles Ashworth:
Charles Ashworth - actual name is : Charles Fenton Mercer
Ashworth.
10/11/1850 Census - St. Clair Co., Mo., 79th District
#356-356
Ashworth, Lewis R. ,44, born Va., School Teacher,
Rev 100 (md. within the year)
Minerva ,22, " Tenn.
Cotesworth P. ,17, " Va., farmer
Fenton M. ,14, " Va.
*****************
Amelia C. ,12, " Va.
Susan K. ,10, " Mo.
Eloisa J. ,08, " "
Martha M.C. ,06, " "
Singleton C. ,04, " "
Basey, Nancy ,40, " Mexico

08/15/1860 Census - St. Clair Co., Mo., Speedwell Twp., P.O.
Howard Mill
#738-704
Ashworth, Charles F. ,22, born Va., laborer, PEV 50
*********************
Martha Ann ,18, " Mo.
CRW
Sarah C. ,10/12, born Mo.
Cave, Josephine ,13, born Mo., in school
Cave, Merit ,08, " " "
"
Missouri, St. Clair Co., Vital Records,
Marriages, Volumes A-E
Volume A, Page 14
This is to certify that I did Solemnise the
writes of Matrimony between Charles Mercer Ashworth and Martha Ann Cave on
the 23rd day of November A.D. 1856 in St. Clair County State of Missouri
this the 5th day of February A.D. 1857.

John M. Elkins J P
Filed for record February the 5th 1857

James M. Beck Recorder

Lewis Richard Ashworth was a plantation and slave owner and later a teacher
and preacher. It is said that he was shot by the Kansas Red Legs because he
would not tell where his sons were, while living in Osceola, Mo. At the
time of his death, ca. 1865, his family was close together, but after the
Civil War and between 1866-1870, the children in this family seemed to
scatter and lived with other families. Also, it seems possible that the
first nine or more children (13 in all) had three given names. While
living in Virginia this family was using one particular given name and
continued to use it up to 1865 or 1870. After this it seems the entire
family started using a different given name. This is showing up in
documents, census records and just recently (1988) descendants of Lewis
Richard Ashworth. The story about Lewis and the Kansas Red Legs, has not
been proven as of yet, but it is still being worked on. This family has
been extremely hard to research, as they do not want to stay in one place.
What may be of interest to you, Lewis and family left Va. between 1838 &
1840 going to Rives Co., Mo.(which became Henry Co., Mo. 10/15/1841) and
later his location fell within the boundaries of St. Clair Co., Mo. Lewis
and family were in Monegan Township, Rives Co., in 1840. He is also noted,
without moving, as being one of the early settlers in Cedar Co., Mo. which
was formed from Dade Co & St. Clair Co., in 1845.
Charles married Martha Ann Cave and they had at least one child-Sarah
C. Josephine and Merit and Martha Ann Cave - seems to me to be
brothers/sisters. The above Records are from the actual Census Records on
Microfilm and read by me. I will get back to you after I look into a few
other things about this family.

Sincerely,

ASHWORTH GENEALOGICAL LIBRARY
%Herbert Ray Ashworth
5017 Barkshire Drive
Memphis, Tenn. 38141-8477
(901) 797-9692

email: ashworthh@helenachemical.com

Tom;
I got my cup of coffee, thanks.

Forget the 1850 Census Record-we do not need it!

On August 15, 1860 the Census Taker was at the home of Charles F.
Ashworth (age 22, born Va., a laborer with a personal estate value of $50)
and Martha Ann Ashworth (Wife of Charles) (age 18, born Mo., Can not read or
write). Charles and Martha Ann were married on the 23rd day of Nov., 1856.
In 1859, they had a daughter and named her Sarah C. Ashworth. (On the day
the Census Taker was at their home she was listed at 10 months old, born in
Mo.).

Also, living with Charles and Martha Ann and Sarah C. Ashworth on
August 15, 1860, was Josephine Cave (age 13, born Mo., and in school.) She
was a sister to Martha Ann (Cave) Ashworth.
Also, living with Charles and Martha Ann and Sarah C. Ashworth on
August 15, 1860, was Merit Cave (age 8, born Mo., and in school). He was a
brother to Martha Ann (Cave) Ashworth.

Tom, do not try to read more into the Census Records than what is
already there. When reading a census record, just relax and try to put
yourself into that home as if you were there, nothing more/nothing less.
Just remember though, we were not there and we do not know the
physical/mental condition of the Census Taker nor do we know who gave the
information to the Census Taker. We HAVE TO ACCEPT what we see as being a
little bit correct on that particular day that the census was taken.

SARAH C. ASHWORTH IS NOT SARAH CAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope this helps you to understand it a little better. We can not go
further until you are sure you understand how to read an actual Census
Record. You have in the past been looking at Soundex which is by know means
an actual copy of an actual Census Record. A soundex or book or whatever is
supposed to be taken from the Census Record, but, believe it or not, it does
not always show up the same. The 1880 Soundex (which is a index using names
that sound similiar) has only the families that have children under the age
of 10. If you actually read the Census, it will have everyone on there
regardless of their age. This is how a lot of researchers miss people that
they are looking for, because they only believe in the Soundex (1980 only).
The 1900, 1910, 1920 Census's are different.
I believe this will help in answering your questions you asked last
night.

Relax,

ASHWORTH GENEALOGICAL LIBRARY
%Herbert Ray Ashworth
5017 Barkshire Drive
Memphis, Tenn. 38141-8477
(901) 797-9692

email: ashworthh@helenachemical, com

Subj: Re: [MOSTCLAI-L] 1860/St. Clair
Date: 7/14/00 7:50:58 PM Central Daylight Time
From: Travelback4u@aol.com
To: MOSTCLAI-L@rootsweb.com

Subj: Re: [MOSTCLAI-L] 1860/St. Clair
Date: 7/14/00 6:55:44 PM Central Daylight Time
From: EPERRY4616
To: Travelback4u

Thomas --
I believe that your Cave's are descended from Benjamin Cave. These Caves are
related to the Owsley's. You might like to take a look at this webpage and
see if there are any names there that you recognize.
I am from William T. Hatfield, Sr. whose brother Zachariah C.P. Hatfield
married Elizabeth Owsley. William T. Hatfield, Jr. married Lucinda Whitley
who was from Speedwell Twp., St. Clair Co. MO. All of these folks --- Caves,
Hatfields, Owsleys, Coles, Halls are related. Goodluck in your search.
Benjamin Cave Families
OWSLEY.dwave

Subj: Thomas Rush of Virginia
Date: 7/14/00 4:26:38 PM Central Daylight Time
From: Travelback4u
To: dlpaal@juno.com

Hello there:

I just finished up revisiting your site and information on the descendants of Thomas Rush of Virginia.

What I have been researching for over two years, is a Merit Cave who resided in St. Clair County Missouri in 1860 Census. In St. Clair County, Missouri, there is a marriage of Merritt H. Cave to a Mary Earles in 1861. The Cave family members that I am researching include a Merit Cave, age 8, in the St. Clair County Missouri 1860 Census.

Now, what I am suspecting is this. Your Merrit H. Cave married Catherine (Kitty) Rush June 21, 1835 in Monroe County, Missouri, as shown in your information. I found a Merrot Cave marrying a Fannie Geary on June 23, 1872 in Monroe County Missouri. I also found a Merritt H. Cave marrying a Mary Earles on May 14, 1861 in St. Clair County, Missouri. Now, my great grandfather, Merritt Cave, age 8, born 1852 in Missouri, was residing in St. Clair County in the 1860 Census with sister Josephine Cave age 13, and another sister Martha Ann Cave age 18, with Martha's husband Charles F. Ashworth age 22, and Martha and Charles' daughter Sarah C. Ashworth 10 months old, born October 12, 1859. Martha Ann Cave and Charles F. Ashworth (actual name: Charles Fenton Mercer Ashworth) were married November 23, 1856 in St. Clair County Missouri, and are raising Martha's brother and sister. It is not known yet why Martha Ann Cave and her husband are raising Martha's brother and sister. But I suspect that Merritt Cave is deceased, having died between 1890 and 1915 in a forest fire in the Mark Twain National Forrest. (From Family Rumors pasted down thru the family to my mother and I).

So, your Merritt H. Cave married Catherine (Kitty) Rush on June 21, 1835 in Monroe County Missouri. They may have had children: Martha Ann Cave, born 1842, Josephine Cave born 1847 and Merrit Cave born 1852. Catherine (Kitty) Rush may have died in child birth when Merrit was born in 1852, but such is speculation. (Merritt H. Cave may have remarried, marrying Mary Earles on May 14, 1861, but who is Merrot Cave who married Fannie Geary on June 23, 1872 back in Monroe County, Missouri, where your Catherine (Kitty) Rush married Merrit H. Cave)

My grandfather, Martie Caves (spelled with the s) is the son of Merritt Cave and Jenny, who were residing in Butler County, Missouri, with their son Charles A. Cave, age 2, born in Illinois, in the 1880 Census. (Charles A. Cave is likely named after the man who raised him, Charles F. Ashworth) Martie Cave is said to have been raised by grandparents (likely that of his mother) after his father was killed in a forest fire in the Mark Twain National Forest sometime between 1890 and 1915. Martie had a half sister named Panzie of whom's whereabouts have not been found. Martie also had a full blooded sister who resided somewhere in Iowa in 1954, the year Martie died. The year I was born.

I am seeking to know anything you find out in your research about your Merrit H. Cave, ancestors of Catherine (Kitty) Rush and their descendants.

Subj: Butler County Mo Caves Surname
Date: 7/15/00 1:13:31 PM Central Daylight Time
From: mongo9@oz-online.net
Reply-to: mongo9@oz-online.net
To: travelback4u@aol.com

There are listings for:
Bell, Charlie, Edey, Ella, Ethal, Gabriel, Grace, infant, Joseph, Rhoda
and Willie Caves in Hamtown Cem Please let me
know which of these names you would like.
Thanks Brenda

Note: The above individuals, buried in Hamtown Cemetery, Butler County, Missouri must be relatives of Merritt Caves. Charlie Cave might be the Charles Cave born 1878 in Illinois to Merrit and his wife Jenny. Much more work is required to research this line.

Subj: Re: Butler County Mo Caves Surname
Date: 7/15/00 1:39:06 PM Central Daylight Time
From: mongo9@oz-online.net
Reply-to: mongo9@oz-online.net
To: Travelback4u@aol.com
Hamtown/Hoffman Cem
Located on what was the Hoffman farm. This information given
on the Cave family you requested is taken from cem records
and lists on the date of burial.

Caves:
Edey A Sept. 13, 1899 (Note the "A", possibly for Ashworth)
Gabriel R Oct. 6, 1891
Ethal March 8, 1892
Rhoda Nov. 21, 1894
Charlie M March 5, 1897 (Could this be a Charles Merrit? Named after Father)
Joseph A Nov. 26, 1899 (Note the "A", possibly for Ashworth)
Infant (son of John) June 18, 1907
Bell July 8, 1907
Willie June 1916
Ella, ____ of J. R. March 12, 1920
I don't find any Caves in the 1910 census and have not finished with
the 1920. Mary is posting all the Butler County census
on her site as they are being finished. Hope this helps.
Brenda
1880 Census Butler County, Missouri
CAVE, Gabriel; Age: 41; Born: Missouri; Color: white; Relationship: head; 1850
CAVE , Jane D. ; Age: 35 ; Born: Missouri ; Color: white ; Relationship: wife
CAVE , Sarah C. ; Age: 15 ; Born: Missouri ; Color: white ; Relationship: daughter
CAVE , John R. ; Age: 13 ; Born: Missouri ; Color: white ; Relationship: son
CAVE , Joseph A. ; Age: 10 ; Born: Missouri ; Color: white ; Relationship: son
CAVE , Charles M. ; Age: 5 ; Born: Missouri ; Color: white ; Relationship: son
Location: Butler Co. ; Volume: 41; E.D.: 11; Page: 19; Line: 16;
------------------------------1850 Census Below--------------------------------------------------
CAVE, Catherine; Age: 33; Born: KY
CAVE, Gabriel; Age: 12; Born: MO;
CAVE, Martha A.; Age: 7; Born: MO
CAVE, Susan F.; Age: 6; Born: MO
CAVE, Margaret; Age: 3; Born: MO
CAVE, James R.; Age: 1; Born: MO
Location: Pettis Co., 68th Dist.; LDS Volume: 443617; Page: 112A/223; Line 24

Merit H. Cave of St. Clair Co. Missouri
Deeded 120 acres
Certificate #55932
In 1859



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