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Stephen Cavender paid taxes in Davidson County, Tennessee in 1811, and a James Cavender (probably his brother) paid taxes in Williamson County in 1815.

In November 1812, the Governor of Tennessee received a call for 1500 volunteers called the Tennessee Militia for the defense of New Orleans. Actually, President Madison intended to invade and occupy West Florida. Andrew Jackson was the Major General of the Tennessee Militia at that time. A regiment of cavalry, or mounted gunmen, numbering 670 assembled at Franklin, Tennessee and on January 19, 1813 the overland march began under the command of Colonel Coffee. On February 16, 1813, they united with General Jackson's two other regiments. When they stopped at Washington, in the territory of Mississippi, and a short way from Natchez, orders came from the War Department to disband and General Jackson led the expedition back to Nashville at his own expense for which he was later reimbursed. This was probably the same regiment afterwards commanded by General Coffee in the first part of the Creek War. Serving in Troupe No.4 of 35 men commanded by Captain Stump was Stephen Cavender. This particular Stephen Cavender who volunteered to serve in the Tennessee Militia could possibly have been the son of the above Stephen Cavender. If this were the case, then the younger Stephen Cavender would have enlisted when he was about 14 years of age, which is not considered reasonably likely, but still not impossible.

In 1826, a Stephen Cavender received a land grant in Williamson County, Tennessee for 50 acres of land; in 1834 he received a land grant in Williamson County, Tennessee for 15 acres of land; on August 1, 1837, a Stephen Cavender purchased 120 acres of land in Maury County, Tennessee; in 1848 he received a land grant in Williamson County, Tennessee for 200 acres of land; and a Stephen Cavender later purchased 111 acres, a house and lot (and grocery store) in the town of Hampshire at Main and Jefferson Streets, a 200 acre tract of land, a house and lot next to the grocery store, and 84 acres of land, for a total of 515 acres.

The above Stephen Cavender could be either the son of Hugh Cavender born about 1776 or the son of Eudaley James Cavender ("Eudaley Cavender") born about 1798, both of whom then apparently lived in Maury County, Tennessee at the same time.

In 1850, both Stephen Cavender and his son Silas S. Cavender ("Silas Cavender"), were living in Maury County, Tennessee, and Silas Cavender was listed as a blacksmith and had married Permeila R.O. Andrews (“Permelia Andrews”, “Permellia Andrews”, “Pamela Andrews” & “Permela Andrews”?) of North Carolina on April 10, 1848 in Mt. Pleasant, Maury County, Tennessee. 279 & 355

In the 1860 census for Maury County, Tennessee, Stephen Cavender was then living in Maury County and was listed as then being 63 years of age and having been born in Virginia about 1797; his twin brother, James B. Cavender ("James Cavender", “J.B. Cavender” & “James Benjamin Cavender”?) was then living in Rutherford County, Tennessee, together with his wife M. J. Cavender (“Matilda Cavender”? & “Matilda Jane Cavender”?) age 60 and born about 1800, and their daughter Milley Cavender ("Milly Cavender") age 20 and born about 1840; and,

(VIII) JOHN CAVENDER (“John Hugh Cavender, Jr.”?) is believed to have been born about 1776 in the Flatt Creek (“Flat Creek”) area of Raleigh Township, Amelia County, Virginia near the Appomattox River and was the John Cavender who married Elizabeth Compton in Pittsylvania County, Virginia on November 28, 1815 when he was about 40 years of age and she was probably below the age of 18 years and thus required the consent of her father Jeremiah Compton. It is believed that John Cavender died and was buried in Halifax County, Virginia. Jeremiah Compton had previously married Elizabeth Cavender who was the daughter of Hugh Cavender and Frances Eudaley, and either Jeremiah Compton’s brother or first cousin, Archibald Compton, had previously married Elizabeth Cavender, the sister of the above Sarah Cavender and who was the second daughter of Hugh Cavender. It is of further interest to note that Edmond Chumbley had previously married Mary Compton, the daughter of Archibald Compton.

John Cavender made application in Pittsylvania County, Virginia for permission to married Elizabeth Compton on November 28, 1815. As Jeremiah Compton, who was probably the father of Elizabeth Compton, gave his consent to the marriage, John Cavender and Edmond Chumbley posted the required bond of $150. It is of interest to note that Edmond Chumbley was the person who had previously married Mary Compton the daughter of Archibald Compton who had previously married Hugh Cavender’s daughter, Sarah Cavender (“Sally Cavender”). Thus, Archibald Compton was probably the the brother of Jeremiah Compton who had previously married the apparent twin sister of Sarah Cavender named Elizabeth Cavender. The consent of Jeremiah Compton was witnessed by Edmond Chumbley (“Edmund Chumbley”) and John Faris (“John Feris” & “John Furis”). The actual documents read as follows:

KNOW all men by these presents, That we John Cavender and Edmond Chumbley are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency Wilson C. Nicholas Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia and to his successors in office for the use of the Commonwealth in the just and full sum of one hundred and Fifty dollars - to which payment, well and truly to be made, we bind ourselved and each of us, our herirs executors and administrators firmly by these presents - sealed with our seals and dated this 28th day of November 1815. The Condition of the above obligation is such, That whereas, the bound John Cavender hath this day obtained a license for his intermarriage with Elizabeth Compton of the said County, Now, if there is lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage, then this obligation is void, else remain in force and virtue.” Signed by John Cavender and Edmond Chumbley by their marks.

A further document read as follows:

This is to certify that the Clerk of Pittsylvania is at liberty to isue (sic) Sicence (sic) for John Cavender to marry my daughter Elizabeth given under my hand this 27th of November 1815.” Signed by Jeremiah Compton by his mark, and, witnessed by John Faris by his signature and by Edmond Chumbley by his mark.

It is significant to note that in March 1815, John Cavender brought suit against John Faris in the county court of Pittslvania County, Virginia. Plaintiff by his attorney asked for dismissal. Later, on March 22, 1822, the suit by John Cavender against John Faris was continued, a jury was sworn, and a verdict was rendered for John Cavender for $40 for damages. A motion was made by the attorney for John Faris to order the verdict set aside, that the defendant pay for the trial, and requested a new trial at the next court. Following two continuances, the suit abates because of the death of John Faris.

If John Cavender, the son of Hugh Cavender, was born about 1776, then in 1815 he would have been about 39 years of age when he married Elizabeth Compton.

It is not believed that John Cavender was the son of William Cavender’s older brother, Joseph Cavender who was born about 1760 in Amelia County, Virginia, and who at least by February 28, 1798 had married a Susanna Ware because, on that date, William Ware, Sr. of Chesterfield County, Virginia jointly gave to his son-in-law, Joseph Cavender, his daughter, Susanna Cavender, and his grandson, Thomas Cavender, 87 acres of land on which they were then living, and which land was part of the land on which William Ware, Sr., was also then living. Assuming John Cavender was in fact born about 1794, then he would have been born when William Ware gave the land to his grandson Thomas Cavender and undoubtedly would not have intentionally left out John Cavender. Thus, John Cavender is not a likely candidate to be the son of Joseph Cavender.38 & 120

It should be noted that when Hugh Cavender's daughter, Sally Cavender ("Sarah Cavender"), married Archibald Compton ("Arch Compton") in Amelia County, Virginia on December 18, 1784. Archibald Compton and Jeremiah Compton were the named Sureties, Hugh Cavender and Sally Compton’s parents gave their consents, and an Ambrose Jeter was a witness to the consent. In about 1810, a John Cavender sued Ambrose Jeter in Pittslvania County, Virginia on apparently an unpaid debt of some type. 123, 133, 149, 228, 281, 294, 295 393

On December 1, 1794, a Hugh Cavender, then living in Charlotte County, Virginia was mentioned in a legal document as being an orphan of Hugh Cavender, being of “lawful age”, and also chose Thomas Chaffin as his personal guardian. As he was listed as being of "lawful age" at that particular time, then that particular Hugh Cavender must have been at between 14-21 years of age at that particular point in time, and thus would have been born sometime between 1776-1780. As his older brother Stephen Cavender, is believed to have likewise been born about 1775-1776, there is a possibility that Stephen Cavender and John Cavender were actually twins, as their older brother, James Cavender, apparently had twin sons named Stephen Cavender and James Cavender. 393

On September 2, 1805, the above John Cavender was then living in Charlotte County, Virginia and sold to William Blake, Jr., of Charlotte County 75 acres of land in Charlotte County on the Waters of the Horsepen Creek which he inherited from his father, Hugh Cavender and on which tract Hugh Cavender formerly resided. The land was bounded by the lands of William Blake, Sr., James Elmore and Hezekiah Featherston ("Hezekiah Featherstone"?) and the Indenture was witnessed by Samuel Pollard, Coleman Mullings and William Mullings and recorded December 2, 1805. 50 It is to be noted that a James Elmore (minister) married Polly Hamlett (widow) on October 13, 1803 in Charlotte County, Virginia.

As the youngest son of Hugh Cavender and Frances Cavender was named John Cavender in his father's will, and his date of birth is believed to be about 1776, there is a very good possibility that the full name of the above John Cavender was "John Hugh Cavender" or "Hugh John Cavender" and that his father chose to call him "John" in his will, but when his father and mother both died prior to December 1, 1794, and he was only about 18 years of age, he chose to use the name Hugh Cavender on the formal adoption papers. In fact, the full name of the above John Cavender could possibly have been John Hugh Cavender, Jr. and thus his father would have been named John Hugh Cavender, Sr. 393

In 1809, a John Cavender apparently was paying poll taxes in Williamson County, Tennessee. 53 However, during the period of 1810-1821, the only Cavender paying taxes in Williamson County, Tennessee was John Cavender's brother, Eudaley James Cavender ("James Cavender"). Consequently, John Cavender moved out of Williamson County just prior to 1810 and may have moved to Pittsylvania County, Virginia where he married Elizabeth Compton, or may have moved somewhere else yet determined.

On November 28, 1815 and at the age of about 39 years, John Cavender may have married Elizabeth Compton in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and Edmond Chumbley was the surety. It is of interest to note that Edmond Chumbley had previously married Mary Compton, the daughter of Archibald Compton who had previously married John Cavender’s older sister, Sarah Cavender (“Sally Cavender”) and, that, Archibald Compton was also the brother of Jeremiah Compton who had previously married the other older sister of John Cavender named Elizabeth Cavender. Thus, there should be no question but that this particular John Cavender was either the son or the grandson of Hugh Cavender and Frances Eudaley.397

John Cavinder ("John Cavender") family was living in Pittsylvania County, Virginia in 1820 and probably was the same John Cavender who married Elizabeth Compton in Pittsylvania County, Virginia on November 28, 1815.397 Thus, there is a reasonable possibility that John Cavender, and family, continued to live for a while in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and eventually may have moved to Fairfax County, Virginia where they both may have subsequently died and are buried. Pennsylvania County, Virginia was formed out of Fairfax County, Virginia.

In the 1850 census, apparently another John Cavender was then living in Williamson County, Tennessee and was then 78 years of age and listed as having been born in Virginia about 1772, and his wife Elizabeth Cavender was listed as then being 69 years of age and also born in Virginia about 1781. As this particular John Cavender was born in Virginia about 1772, his date of birth was about 4 years earlier than the estimated date of birth of the particular John Cavender who was the son of Hugh Cavender, i.e., about 1776. Additionally, assuming Elizabeth Compton was 18-25 years of age when she married John Cavender on November 28, 1815 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, then she would have been born about 1790-1797. Thus, in 1850 she would only have been about 53-60 years of age. Consequently, it appears that the particular John Cavender and Elizabeth Cavender who were living in Williamson County, Tennessee in 1850 are not the same John Cavender and Elizabeth Compton who were married in Pittsylvania County, Virginia on November 28, 1815. Thus, it appears that Hugh Cavender’s youngest son, John Cavender, either stayed behind when his older brother, Eudaley James Cavender, moved to Williamson County, Tennessee in either the fall of 1805 or spring of 1806, or he moved with his brother to Williamson County, Tennessee, and moved back to Virginia after 1810, because he married Elizabeth Compton in Pittsylvania County, Virginia in 1815. 9, 12, 20, 75, 76, 78, 84, 86, 87, 92, 122, 128, 132, 137, 166, 168, 173, 174 & 295

It is of interest to note that Hugh Cavender's youngest son, John Cavender, had 2 older sisters, one of which was named Elizabeth Cavender and who married a Jeremiah Compton, and the other one named Sarah Cavender who married his brother named Archibald Compton. Thus, the Cavender’s and Compton’s must have lived near each other. Thus, as John Cavender’s two sisters married Compton brothers, it is reasonable to conclude that it was Hugh Cavender’s youngest son or his grandson named John Cavender was the one who married Elizabeth Compton in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. As Hugh Cavender’s son, John Cavender, would have been about 39 years old at the time he may have married his niece Elizabeth Compton and as the grandson of Hugh Cavender, and who may have been the son of William Cavender, would have been of the right age to be the one who married Elizabeth Compton, it is more reasonable to believe that the John Cavender who married Elizabeth Compton in Pittsylvania County, Virginia was actually the grandson of Hugh Cavender. It is to be noted that Pittsylvania County, Virginia was formed out of Halifax County, Virginia in 1767; that Halifax County, Virginia was formed out of Lunenburg County, Virginia in 1752; and, that, Charlotte County, Virginia was formed out of Lunenburg County, Virginia in 1765.

Of some interest, but not believed to be relevant to the foregoing, a Victor S. Cavener ("Victor Cavener", “Victor S. Cavender”?, “V.S. Cavender”? & "Victor Cavender"?) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who is said to have written extensively about his ancestors before his death on November 6, 1990, a Hugh Cavener (“Hugh Cavender”?) had a son named John Cavener ("John Cavender"?) who was born about 1793-1794.

This particular John Cavener had a son named George Crawford Cavener ("George Cavener", “George Crawford Cavender”? & "George Cavender"? & “G.C. Cavender”?) who was born June 14, 1839.

The said George Cavener had a son named Jones Victor Cavener ("Jones Cavener", “Jones Victor Cavender”?, “J.V. Cavender”? & "Jones Cavender"?) who was born January 17, 1883.

And, the said Jones Cavener was the father of the above Victor S. Cavener (“Victor S. Cavender”?, “Victor Cavender” & “V.S. Cavender”?) who was born February 1, 1908 and died November 1990.

It is also considered to be of relevance to note that a Jincy Cavendar ("Jincy Cavender") married Elisha Walker on December 14, 1808 in Williamson County, Tennessee, and John Walker was the bondsman. Assuming she was merely 15 years old when she married Elisha Walker, she would then have had to have been born in the latter part of 1793, less than one year after Eudaley James Cavender and Betsy Cavender were married on March 14, 1793. Therefore, when the 1820 Williamson County census was taken, she would have been about 27 years old and therefore may not have been the listed 16-25 year old female then living in the household of Eudaley James Cavender. As previously noted, Jincy Cavender's husband, Elisha Walker, was the bondsman for Stephen Cavender when he married Sally Short in 1819. Therefore, if Jincy Cavender was not the first born child of Eudaley James Cavender, then she must have been the daughter of Eudaley Cavender's brother named Stephen Cavender.61 & 122

Also it is noted that a Harrison Cavendar ("Harrison Cavender") apparently married his cousin Julisey Cavendar ("Julisey Cavender" & "Juley") on August 28, 1845 in Williamson County, Tennessee. The ceremony was conducted by William F. Carter ("William Carter") and James Cavender was the bondsman. Assuming Julisey Cavender was 21 years of age when she was married, she would have then been born about 1824 (actually she apparently was born about 1823) and, therefore, she was born after the 1820 census was taken and therefore could not have been the listed 0-9 year old female in the Eudaley James Cavender household in 1820. Likewise, assuming Harrison Cavender was 21-22 years of age when he was married, he would also have been born after the 1820 census was taken (actually he was born about 1822) and could not have been the listed 0-9 year old male in the 1820 census. Thus, it appears that neither the above Julisey Cavender or Harrison Cavender was a child of Eudaley James Cavender.

As previously pointed out, most families, including the succeeding generations of the Cavender families, invariably named their children after their very close relatives. For example, the given names of the children of Joseph Wyatt Cavender, i.e., Henry Cavender, James Cavender, Elizabeth Cavender ("Betsy Cavender"), Silas Cavender, Joseph Cavender, William Cavender, Sarah Cavender ("Sally Cavender"), and Mary Cavender, are among the given names of the children of both Hugh Cavender and Eudaley James Cavender ("Eudaley Cavender"), Joseph Wyatt's grandfather and father, but are also common to those of his brothers and to the Henry Cavender in Virginia, which suggests a family connection between Hugh Cavender and Henry Cavender of Virginia.

Additionally, according to the 1860 census, Rachel Cavender ("Rachael E. Cavender" & "Rachael Cavender") age 65 and born either in Maryland or in Auglaize County, Ohio about 1795, was living in St. Mary’s Township, Auglaize County, Ohio and her family consisted of Abigail Cavender age 26 and born in Ohio about 1834, Henry Cavender age 23 and born in Ohio about 1837, and Maltilda Cavender ("Matilda Cavender"?), again suggesting a family connection with the above Cavender families.

The Amelia County, Virginia Hugh Cavender is not believed to be a son of the Westmoreland County Henry Cavender because the children of Henry Cavender were specifically named in his Last Will and Testament as being Thomas Cavender, John Cavender, Rachael Cavender and George Cavender. Therefore, the only other possibility is that they were either brothers or cousins.9, 12, 20, 22, 75, 76, 78, 84, 86, 87, 92, 122, 128, 132, 137, 149, 166, 168, 173, 174, ,264, 279, 281, 293, 294, 295, 350, 355, 393, 410, 499 & DB17/156


PATRICK CAVENDER line (1800-1850-)
PATRICK CAVENDER (sometimes “Patrick Cavinor”) born in Ireland about 1800, apparently based on the fact that in the 1880 census for Marshall County, Tennessee regarding his oldest son, John Cavender, it is recorded therein that the father of John Cavender was born in Ireland and his mother was born in Virginia.

However, it is contended by others that Patrick Cavender was born about 1800 in Amelia County, Virginia445, and by still others to have been born on May 23, 1804 in either Virginia or North Carolina.435

In either event, Patrick Cavender married Keziah M. Tucker (“Keziah Tucker”, "Kissiah Tucker"445, "Keiziah Tucker"454 , "Cisy Tucker"?, “Kisiah Tucker”? & Kesiah Tucker"?) in Amelia County, Virginia on either April 5, 1821 or on April 2, 1821454 when she was about 17 years of age, and he died in either Marshall County, Tennessee sometime between 1831-1835, or in Lincoln County, Tennessee before 1840,445 and is believed to have been buried in New Hope Cemetery in Marshall County, Tennessee.

Keziah Tucker was born on either June 21, 1804 or on July 21, 1805 in Amelia County, Virginia, was the daughter of Benjamin Tucker and Jane Spinner ("Jency Spinner"445), is believed to have been on the wagon train that went to Christian County, Missouri in 1852, at which time she was 50-52 years of age. Keziah Cavender died sometime after 1880 in Christian County, Missouri, and is buried in the Lindsey Cemetery one mile Southeast of Republic Township, Greene County, Missouri next to Robertson Williams and Nancy Elizabeth Gold ("Nancy Gold", "Nancy Robertson"? & "Nancy Williams"?).

According to an affidavit filed by Keziah Cavender on February 22, 1847 in support of a Revolutionary War pension application filed by her grandmother, Mary Spinner, who had married a John Spinner who apparently had fought in the Revolutionary War, she stated that John Spinner and Mary Spinner were her grandparents. John Spinner was born about 1749, married a Mary about 1780 in Amelia County, Virginia, and died on October 3, 1825 in Amelia County, Virginia. Mary was born about 1750. John Spinner and Mary Spinner had a daughter named Jane Spinner (“Jency Spinner”) born about 1757 in Amelia County, Virginia, and who married Benjamin Tucker on October 12, 1797 in Amelia County, Virginia and who was born about 1777.

Keziah Cavender further stated that she was the daughter of Benjamin Tucker and Jane Spinner, that she ("Keziah Cavender") was born on June 21,1804 in Amelia County, Virginia, that she ("Keziah Cavender") had married a Patrick Cavender (actually spelled "Cavender") on April 5, 1821 in Amelia County, Virginia when she was about 17 years of age, and that the Patrick Cavender family had moved from Virginia to Tennessee about 1827.

Apparently the Patrick Cavender family moved from Dinwiddie County, Virginia, to Marshall County, Tennessee. This conclusion is based on the fact that Marshall County, Tennessee was the place where their son Timothy Cavender was born about 1825, and also that their daughter Mary Jane Cavender ("Mary Cavender", “Mary J. Cavender” & “M.J. Cavender”) was born in Marshall County, Tennessee on May 1, 1827. Apparently they moved to that section of Tennessee where Maury County, Giles County and Marshall County come together near Lynnville, Tennessee.

On February 1, 1831, their son named William Patrick Cavender ("William Cavender" & ‘W.P. Cavender”) was born in Giles County, Tennessee and, sometimes later, they moved to Lincoln County, Tennessee.401

According to the Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files, an Abraham Spinner served in the Pennsylvania Line, and on March 9, 1835 he filed a pension application No. R9999 while then living in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania and was at the age of 70 at that particular point in time. Thus, this particular Abraham Spinner was born about 1764-1765.

On January 25, 1853 a John Spinner, George Spinner, and Abraham Spinner, Jr. executed a power of attorney and represented: that, they were the children and heirs of a deceased soldier by the name of John Spinner who had served in the Virginia Line; that, their mother was Mary Spinner who had filed a pension application No. W2365 on June 25, 1818 while then living in Amelia County, Virginia, and was then 69 years of age. Thus, Mary Spinner must have been born about 1748-1749.


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