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(In the name of God, Amen, I, Henry Cavender of Cople Parish and County of Westmoreland being very sick and weak Doe make & Ordain this my last Will and Testament, Revoking all others whatsoever. Item- I give and bequeath to my Daughter Ann Davis one shilling sterling and cut her off from having any other Right to any part of my estate. Item- I leave to my loving Wife Elizabeth Cavender all my Estate both Real and Personal during Her natural Life and after her death as followeth. Item- I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Cavender the Bed stid and Furniture that is now in the Tobacco house to be delivered to him Emmediately and four head of cattle after the Decease of my above mentioned Wife to him and his heirs forever. Item- I give and bequeath to my Son John Cavender the Bed stid & Furniture I now lye on and Four head of Cattle and young Mare to him and his heirs forever. Item- I give and bequeath to my Daughter Rachel Nash my other Bed Stid and Furniture that is now upstairs, One Cow and Calf and side saddle to her and her heirs forever. It is my Will and desire that all the rest of my Estate after the Decease of my aforesaid Wife shall be Equally divided amongst any these last mentioned Children and my Son George Cavender. I leave my loving wife Elizabeth Cavender and my Son George Cavender my whole and sole Executors of this my last will and Testament. December the 24th day 1771. (Signed) Henry Cavender/his mark, Seal

Signed, sealed & delivered in presence of us: Thos. Edwards, George Sanford, Sarah Sturman, her mark and John McGuire.

At a court held for Westmoreland County The 31st day of March 1772. This Will was found according to Law by oath of Thomas Edwards and George Sanford witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded And in the motion of George Cavender one of the Executors therein named who made oath thereto according to Son & together with the said Thomas Edwards his Security entered into and acknowledge Bond and Condition as the Law directs Certificate is granted him for allowing a probate there of in due form.”

Sarah Sturman, the future daughter-in-law of Henry Cavender, was one of the witnesses to the execution of the Last Will and Testament of Henry Cavender.

Some believe that Thomas Cavender, the son of a James Cavender, Sr., may have actually been the so-called "unnamed Cavender" who married Elizabeth Woodhouse.

It is to be noted that John Washington, the great grandfather of the first President, George Washington, arrived in Virginia from England about 1657 and about 75 years before his great grandson, George Washington, was born and later obtained a tract of 150 acres of land in Westmoreland County, Virginia. John Washington had a son named Lawrence Washington who was the grandfather of George Washington and lived for a while in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Lawrence Washington had a son named Augustine Washington who was the father of George Washington and who likewise lived for a while in Westmoreland County, Virginia.

In any event, even though only 4 of his children are named in his Last Will and Testament, it is believed that the above Henry Cavender and Elizabeth Woodhouse Cavender (“Elizabeth Cavender”) had the following 7 children:

(I) RACHAEL CAVENDER ("Rachel Cavender"?) who married Tarpley Nash ("Tarply Nash"?) and was thus was the named Rachael Nash her father’s Last Will and Testament;

(II) ANN CAVENDER ("Alice Cavender"?) who married a Davis and became Ann Davis (“Alice Davis”);

(III) GEORGE CAVENAH ("George Cavenner", "George Cavnar", "George Cavender"?, & "George Cavendar"?) who was born either about 1747 or about 1745494 in Westmoreland County, Virginia, married Sarah Elizabeth Agnew (“Sarah Agnew”)463, fought in the Revolutionary War, was still living in Westmoreland County, Virginia in 1782, executed his Last Will and Testament on January 13, 1796 under the name George Cavendish, and is believed to have died in 1796 in Granville County, North Carolina which is located just south of Lunenburg County, Virginia from which county Eudaley James Cavender ("James Cavender"), son of Hugh Cavender, migrated to Williamson County, Tennessee in either late 1805 or early 1806. Sarah Cavender ("Sarah Cavnar") died after 1796. George Cavenah ("George Cavnar", "George Cavenaugh" & "George Cavender") was a surety of the marriage of Dozier T. Cavender ("Dozier Cavender", “D.T. Cavender”? "Dozier Cavenaugh" & "Dozier Cavenah"? born about 1770 to Elizabeth Gill in Westmoreland County, Virginia on either June 13, 179330, 133,149,350 & 355 or on June 14, 1794294. When George Cavenah executed his Last Will and Testament in Granville County, North Carolina on January 13, 1796, he named his wife Sarah and his children then living. George Cavenah and Sarah Cavenah, however spelled at that particular point in time, had the 10 following children:



DOZIER T. CAVENAH ("Dozier Cavender"?, “Dozier Cavnah”, “Dozier T. Cavender”?, “D.T. Cavender” & "Dozier Cavenar"?) born about 1770, married Elizabeth Gill in Westmoreland County, Virginia on either June 14, 1794294 or June 14, 1793 30, 133, 149, 350, 355, 433 & 494, and whose Last Will and Testament was probated in Woodford County, Kentucky in 1795;

BRYANT CAVENAH ("Briant Cavenah", “Briant Cavender”?, "Briant Cavnar", “Briant Cavnah”, “Briant Cavender”?, “Bryant Cavender”? & "Bryant Cavenar") who married Frances Bridges about 1792 in Granville County, Tennessee;

JOHN CAVENAH ("John Cavnar", “John Cavnah”, "John Cavenar"? & “John Cavender”?) born about 1775, is believed to be the same person who fought in the Revolutionary War, married Lucy Owen ("Lucy Owens"?", “Lucille Owen"? & "Lucille Owen"?) on July 23, 1807 in Granville County, North Crolina, and moved to middle Tennessee about 1810. John Cavender apparently was his own bondsman. A second document states that a John Cavender married a Lucy Owen on December 11, 1778 in Hicks County, North Carolina with Daniel Stark being the bondsman. Still another document states that a John Cavender married a Lucy Owens in Granville County, North Carolina on the same date which is located just south of Lunenburg County, Virginia from which county Eudaley James Cavender ("James Cavender"), son of Hugh Cavender, migrated to Williamson County, Tennessee in either late 1805 or early 1806. In either event, apparently John Cavenah and Lucy Cavenah ("Lucy Cavender"?) had a son named:

THOMAS J. CAVENAH ("Thomas Cavenah", “John Cavnah”, “Thomas J. Cavender”?, “T.J. Cavender”? & "Thomas Cavender"?);

ELIZABETH CAVENAH ("Elizabeth Cavnar", “Elizabeth Cavnah”, & "Elizabeth Cavender"?);

MARGARET CAVENAH ("Margaret Cavnar", “Margaret Cavnah”, & "Margaret Cavender"?);

THOMAS CAVENAH ("Thomas Cavenner"?, “Thomas Cavnah”, "Thomas Cavenah", "Thomas Cavender"?, "Thomas Cavenar"? & "Thomas Cavnar") was born about 1774 in Westmoreland County, Virginia, is believed to be the same person who fought in the Revolutionary War according to Gwaltney's list of soldiers who fought on Virginia soil, married Nancy Griffis ("Nancy Griffin"? & "Nancy Giffis"?) on January 13, 1801 in Granville County, North Carolina which is located just south of Lunenburg County, Virginia from which Virginia County Eudaley James Cavender ("James Cavender"), son of Hugh Cavender, migrated to Williamson County, Tennessee in either late 1805 or early 1806. Thomas Cavenah died about 1847 in Giles County, Tennessee. Nancy Griffis was born about 1784 to Thomas Griffis and a Sarah or Sally, and died about 1850. Thomas Cavenah apparently did not ask for a land grant or a pension according to Gwaltney. In about 1810 he settled in Giles County, Tennessee, which is that section of Tennessee where the counties of Maury, Giles and Marshall come together near Lynnville, Tennessee. Thomas Cavender was an official in the land office of both Granville County, North Carolina which is located just south of Lunenburg County, Virginia from which county Eudaley James Cavender ("James Cavender"), son of Hugh Cavender, migrated to Williamson County, Tennessee in either late 1805 or early 1806 and in Edgecomb County, North Carolina and his name frequently appears on land grants as a witness to various transactions.

Nancy Griffis (“Nancy Griffin”?) was born about 1784 in Brunswick County, Virginia, was the daughter of Thomas Griffis ("Thomas Griffin"?) and Sarah, and she died sometime between 1850 and 1860 in Giles County, Tennessee.

Thomas Cavenah moved to Marshall County, Tennessee about 1810 with his father-in-law Thomas Griffis and purchased 82 acres which joined the Tanyard Hollow tract. All of the children of Thomas Griffis initially settled within one mile of this tract. The family of Thomas Cavnar and Nancy Cavnar later became members of the Bear Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Pearl Tunnelle, the great granddaughter of Thomas Cavenah, has the original deeds where her grandfather, Louis S. Hodge ("Louis Hodge") who was the husband of Willie James Cavenah ("Willie Cavenah" & "Willie Cavnar"?) bought out all of the heirs of Thomas Cavenah, and those deeds are dated from about 1847 to about 1849. Of possible interest, on November 6, 1815, Letters of Administration was issued in Putman County, Georgia with respect the probation of the will of a Thomas Cavenah.

This might be the same Thomas Slate Cavender (“Thomas S. Cavender” & “T.S. Cavender”) who: (1) was issued a passport through the Cherokee (or "Cherokee Nations") territory on May 31, 1804 supposedly to meet Thomas Jefferson’s father, Peter Jefferson, at Harper’s Ferry after returning from Georgia 374; (2) who was issued another passport on April 3, 1806 to pass through Cherokee Territory374; (3) who was issued still another passport through the Cherokee Territory on April 5, 1808 374; (4) who purchased 640 acres of land on the North Fork of Sycamore Creek in Davidson County, Tennessee on May 23, 1808 where he apparently died in 182159, 60, 62 & 278; (5) who was living in Robertson County, Tennessee when he purchased an additional 200 acres of land on Sycamore Creek in Davidson County, Tennessee on September 21, 1808 60; (6) who was issued still another passport through the Cherokee Territory on either May 10, 1809 or May 11, 1809 355 & 374; and, (7) who sold to Jeremiah Miller on June 26, 1809, 640 acres of land on the North Fork of Sycamore Creek in Davidson County, Tennessee, formerly a part of North Carolina.62 Thomas Cavender and Nancy Cavender apparently had 10 children:



GEORGE CAVENDER ("George Cavner", "George Cavenner", "George Cavenah", "George Washington Cavnar"?, "George Cavnar"? & "George Cavender"?) born on April 25, 1802 in Granville County, North Carolina which is located just south of Lunenburg County, Virginia from which county Eudaley James Cavender ("James Cavender"), son of Hugh Cavender, migrated from and to Williamson County, Tennessee in either late 1805 or early 1806. George Cavender first married Sally B. Wilkes ("Sally Wilkes", "Sarah Wilkes"? & "Sallie Wilkes") on April 22, 1828 in Maury County, Tennessee,FHL Number 549201 later married Sarah Elizabeth Agnew ("Sarah Elizabeth Agnue", "Sarah Agnue", “Sarah E. Agnew” & "Sarah Agnew") on June 30, 1846 in either Maury County, Tennessee or in Marshall County, Tennessee494, still later married another Sarah, and finally settled in either Marshall County, Tennessee or Giles County, Tennessee494 where he died on July 12, 1883 and is buried in the Old Bear Creek Church Cemetery ("C.P. Church Cemetery"). However, some say that he died in Giles County, Tennessee, and is buried in the Old Bear Creek Cemetery, in Giles County, Tennessee. Sally Wilkes was born about 1807-1808 in Tennessee, was the daughter of Minor Wilkes and Elizabeth Smith ("Mary Smith"), died in May 1846 in Maury County, Tennessee and is buried in the old family cemetery on top of the hill behind the old George Cavenner ("George Cavender"?) farm about 6 miles from Lynville, Tennessee and about 2 1/2 miles from Mooresville. Sarah Agnew was born April 22, 1825 in Maury County, Tennessee, was the daughter of John Agnew ("John Agnue") who was a shoemaker from Ireland, fought in the Revolutionary War, and she died February 11, 1866 in Giles County, Tennessee, and is buried in the Old Bear Creek Cemetery. George Cavnar purchased part of the Wilkes land in Pickes Hollow, Marshall County, Tennessee, and lived there until his death. His house was just behind the New Bear Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery and joined the church lot. Either this particular George Cavnar, or his father, purchased the old home place of Jacob Lowrance (“Jacob Lawrence”?) from his son John Lowrance (“John Lawrence”?). Jacob Lowrance was born in 1759 in Rowan County, North Carolina, married Rebecca Beard, served an initial term in the Revolutionary War in 1777 when he was drafted and sent to Georgia, was drafted again in 1781 and served several tours of duty, and both he and his second wife, Elizabeth, are buried in the Old Bear Creek Cemetery on the hill in front of Bear Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church. James Orr and George Cavnar donated the land for the cemetery.

In 1840 and 1841, a George Cavenor ("George Cavenar" & "George Cavender") paid property taxes in Marshall County, Tennessee. 355

This apparently is the same George Cavender who was living in Marshall County, Tennessee 1850, and his family then living in his household consisted of himself age 44 and thus born about 1806, his wife Sarah E. Cavender ("Sarah Cavender") age 23 and thus born about 1827, Martha L. Cavender ("Martha Cavender") age 15 and thus born about 1835, George W. Cavender ("George Cavender", “G.W. Cavender” & “George Washington Cavender”?) age 5 and thus born about 1845, Caledonia Cavender age 2 and thus born about 1848, and John T. Cavender ("John Cavender" & “John Thomas Cavender”?) age 3 months and thus born in 1850. 137

This also is apparently the same George Cavenor ("George Cavender"?) age 55 and thus born about 1805, together with his family were then still living in Marshall County, Tennessee in 1860, which included his wife Sally Cavenor ("Sally Cavender"?) age 35 and thus born about 1825, and their children: George W. Cavenor ("George Cavenor", "George W. Cavender"?, “G.W. Cavender”? & "George Cavender"?) age 14 and born about 1846; Caledona Cavenor ("Caledonia Cavenor"?, "Caledona Cavender"? & "Caledonia Cavender"?) age 12 and thus born about 1848; John T. Cavenor ("John Cavenor", "John T. Cavender"?, “John Thomas Cavender”?, “J.T. Cavender”/ & "John Cavender"?) age 10 and thus born about 1850; Cinthia C. Cavenor (Cinthia Cavenor", "Cynthia Cavenor", "Cinthia Cavender"?, “C.C. Cavender”? & "Cynthia Cavender"?) age 7 and born about 1853; Livona Cavenor ("Livona Cavender"?); Alice F. Cavenor ("Alice Cavenor", "Alice Cavender", “A.F. Cavender”? & "Alice F. Cavender"?) age 5 and thus born about 1855; and William D.D. Cavenor ("William D. Cavenor", "William Cavenor", "William D. Cavender", “W.D. Cavender”?, & "William Cavender"?) age 3 and thus born about 1857.



George Cavender (“George Cavenar”) and Sally Wilkes Cavender (“Sally Cavenar”) had 4 children:

Nancy Elizabeth Cavnar (“Nancy Elizabeth Cavender”, "Nancy Elizabeth Cavenner", "Nancy Cavnar", "Nancy Cavenah"?, "Nancy Elizabeth Cavender"?, “Nancy Cavender”?, “N.E. Cavender”? & “Elizabeth Cavender”?) born about 1829456 & 457 in Maury County, Tennessee, married her cousin Thomas Martin Griffis ("Thomas Griffis") on either September 17, 1846 or September 16, 1846457 in either Marshall County, Tennessee or in Giles County, Tennessee,457 with the ceremony being conducted by Thomas C. Powell ("Thomas Powell") J.P., lived at Robertson's Fork in Giles County, Tennessee, apparently later moved to Obion County, Tennessee, died on September 22, 1879 in Giles County, Tennessee, and is buried in the Robertston Fork Cemetery in Giles County, Tennessee. Thomas Griffis was born about 1826 in Giles County, Tennessee, was the son of James Griffis (“James Griffin”?) and an Elizabeth or Rebecca457, appeared in the 1850 census for Giles County, Tennessee, died in July 1915 in Robertson's Fork, Giles County, Tennessee, and is buried in the Robertson's Fork Cemetery in Giles County, Tennessee. Thomas Griffis and Nancy Griffis apparently had 15 children:

Andrew Jackson Griffis ("Andrew Griffis" & "Jack Griffis) born about 1848 married Betty Tucker ("Elizabeth Tucker"). Andrew Griffis and Betty Griffis ("Elizabeth Griffis"?) had 7 children:

Owen Griffis who married Bertha McCord. Owen Griffis and Bertha Griffis had 4 children:

Nannie Griffis ("Nancy Griffis"?);

Elam Griffis;

Annise Griffis; and,

Tommy Griffis ("Thomas Griffis");

Lilly Griffis ("Lillian Griffis"?) who married Allen Calvert. Allen Calvert and Lilly Calvert ("Lillian Calvert"?) had 2 children:

Mary Calvert; and,

Thomas Calvert;

Vesta Griffis who never married;

Pearl Griffis who married Perry Wilkes. Perry Wilkes and Pearl Wilkes had 2 children:

Valeria Wilkes; and,

Garland Wilkes;

Hollins Griffis who married Era Orr ("Eva Orr"?). Hollins Griffis and Era Griffis ("Eva Griffis"?) had one child:

Stancel Griffis;

Bessie Griffis ("Elizabeth Griffis"? & "Betsy Griffis"?) who married Brown Fox. Brown Fox and Bessie Fox ("Betsy Fox"? & "Elizabeth Fox") had 2 children:

Willie Lee Fox ("Willie Fox" & "William Fox"?); and,

Griffis Fox; and,

Blythe Griffis who married Christine Crenshaw. Blythe Griffis and Christine Griffis had 2 children:

Alma Griffis; and,

Oweina Griffis;

John Griffis born about 1849;

James Monroe Griffis ("James Griffis" & "Monroe Griffis") born about 1851 married Frances Farmer. James Griffis and Frances Griffis had 6 children:

Mary Griffis;

Andie Griffis ("Andrew Griffis"?);

Buford Griffis who married Lena Atkins ("Lena Adkins"?). Buford Griffis and Lena Griffis had 5 children:

Louise Griffis;

Virginia Griffis;

Charles Griffis;

Evelyn Griffis; and,

James Monroe Griffis ("James Griffis");

Mendoza Griffis married Abb Marsalis. Abb Marsalis and Mendoza Marsalis had 4 children:

Andie Marsalis;

Letcher Marsalis;

Janice Marsalis; and,

James Marsalis;

Lessie Griffis ("Leslie Griffis"?) married Monte Luna. Monte Luna and Lessie Luna ("Leslie Luna"?) had 8 children:

Frances Luna;

Helen Luna;

Mark Luna;

Talmadge Luna;

Willa Luna;

Charlotte Luna;

Monte Claire Luna ("Monte Luna"); and,

Mohlon Luna; and,

Edward Griffis who married Odeline Alexander. Edward Griffis and Odeline Griffis had a daughter named:

Anne Griffis ("Ann Griffis"?);

Jefferson Griffis born about 1853;

David Griffis born about 1857;

Onis Griffis ("Sarah Onis Griffis"? & "Sarah Griffis"?) born about 1857? and married Jerome Holly. Jerome Holly and Onis Holly had 5 children:

Ada Holly;

Zinker Holly;

Joe Holly ("Joseph Holly"?);

Luther Holly; and,

Lucian Holly;

Clementine Griffis ("Clemmy Griffis"?) born about 1862 and married John Boatright. John Boatright and Clemmy Boatright ("Clementine Boatright"?) had 5 children:

Floyd Boatright;

Lois Boatright;

Earnest Boatright;

Johnny Boatright ("John Boatright"?); and,

Willy Boatright ("William Boatright"?);

Jennie Griffis born about 1863;

Thomas Griffis born about 1864;

Robert Griffis born about 1864 and married Josie Pickens. Robert Griffis and Josie Griffis had 2 children:

Morgan Griffis; and,

Nannie Lou Griffis ("Nannie Griffis" & "Nancy Griffis"?);

DeWitt Griffis ("George DeWitt Griffis"? & "George Griffis"?) born about 1867 and married Vonnie Edwards. DeWitt Griffis and Vonnie Griffis had a daughter named:

Ethel Griffis who married Tommy Boatright ("Thomas Boatright");

Wiley Griffis ("Willie Griffis"?) born about 1868 and married Maggie Gorden ("Marjorie Gorden"). Willie Griffis and Maggie Griffis did not have any children;

Flora Griffis ("Corra Griffis", "Cora Griffis"?) born about 1871 and married Charlie Richardson ("Charles Richardson"). Charles Richardson and Corra Richardson ("Cora Richardson"?) had 4 children:

Herman Richardson;

Onis Richardson;

Clara Richardson; and,

Clyde Richardson;

Fannie Griffis ("Francis Griffis"?) born about 1873; and,

Quincy Griffis born about 1875;

Sarah A. Cavenar (“Sarah Cavenar”, "Sarah A. Cavender" & “Sarah Cavender”) born about 1830, married Thomas J. Kennedy (“Thomas Kennedy” & "Thomas Canady") on either March 16, 1850 or on March 21, 1850 & 457 in either Marshall County, Tennessee279 or in Giles County, Tennessee457, moved to Carroll County, Tennessee and to Obion County, Tennessee, died about 1879, in Obion County, Tennessee457, and is buried in the old family farm with her mother. Sarah and her husband, Thomas Kennedy, moved into Carroll County, Tennessee with the Colvetts and remained only a few years before moving to Obion County, Tennessee;

Mary Ann Cavenar ("Mary Cavenar", “Mary Ann Cavender”?, “M.A. Cavender” & "Mary Cavender"?) born about 1832456;

Martha Jane Cavnar ("Martha Jane Cavender"?, “Martha Cavender”?, “M.J. Cavender”, "Martha Jane Cavenor", "Mary Jane Cavenar"?, "Martha Cavnar", "Martha Cavenar", "Mary Cavnar" & "Mary Cavenar") born about 1838 in Maury County, Tennessee, first married her second cousin Thomas J. Cavnar ("Thomas J. Cavenor", "Thomas J. Cavender"?, "Thomas Cavnar", "Thomas Cavenar"?, “T.J. Cavender”? & "Thomas Cavender") on February 25, 1858 in either Marshall County, Tennessee or Maury County, Tennessee457 and who died during the Civil War sometime between 1861-1865, later married James Jeter, and still later married William Hamblin who was born about 1822 in Virginia.279 Thomas Cavnar and Martha Cavnar had 2 children:

Sarah Elizabeth Cordelia Cavnar (“Sarah Cavender”, "Sarah Cavener"?, "Sarah Cavenar", "Elizabeth Cavnar", "Elizabeth Cavener"?, “Sarah Elizabeth Cavender”, “Sarah Cavender”, “S.E. Cavender”?, "Cordelia Cavender"?, "Cordelia Cavener"? & "Cordelia Cavnar"); and,

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