Cave Family Genealogy

Cave Family Genealogy

This family name seems to have been either Cave or Caves at any given point.

My great-grandmother’s grandmother was Nancy Jane Cave. She was born in Indiana in 1834, and married John Damewood (1829-1915) in Indiana, 1854. Her parents were John Cave (1808-1858) and Sarah Jane Kearby (1814-1891). John Cave and Sarah Kearby were married in Indiana, and both died in Indiana.

John Cave was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, to Thomas Cave (1773-1851) and Elizabeth Medford (1785-1826). Thomas was born in Virginia, Elizabeth in North Carolina. Elizabeth’s father, James Medford, is a DAR Patriot. Both Thomas and Elizabeth died in Indiana.

A few years after Nancy and John married, they moved from Indiana to Kansas. Then later yet, they moved to Oregon (I’ll cover this in more detail under The Damewood Family). They are buried in Silk Creek, in the Silk Creek cemetery, located just outside of Cottage Grove, Oregon. I have been to this small, but well-cared for cemetery, but have not been successful in finding any other burial sites for the Cave Family in Indiana or South Carolina.

Family notes state that Nancy’s brother, Thomas Cave, came to visit her more than once all the way from Indiana. I don’t know how he traveled, but considering the time frame, I think it is reasonable to think he came by rail.

Apart from that, I don’t know much about the Cave Family. I know I’m lucky to have the precious little data I do have, but I wish I knew more. Of course, there’s a good chance of that, as more and more information becomes available to us all online. There’s an excellent possibility that Thomas Cave, John Cave’s father, served in the War of 1812, and I hope to be able to fully document that before long!

Are you related to this family? Drop me a line, and let’s connect!

9 thoughts on “Cave Family Genealogy

  1. 1. John CAVE-263 was born on 23 Dec 1808 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He died on 20 Jan 1858.

    John married Sarah Jane KEARBY-264 daughter of Richard Leroy KEARBY-6303 and Nancy Jane DEAN-6304 on 17 Feb 1830 in IN. Sarah was born on 26 Oct 1814. She died on 4 Jan 1891.

    They had the following children:

    2 M i William M. CAVE-265 was born on 28 Jan 1831. He died on 28 Oct 1864 in Hospital in Baltimore, MD. The cause of death was Wounded Battle of Cedar Creek 19 Oct 1864. He was buried in Baltimore, MD.
    William married Mary MOORE-17374.
    3 M ii Leroy CAVE-266 was born on 22 Oct 1833. He died in Jan 1911.
    Leroy married Jane HASKINS-17436.
    4 F iii Nancy Jane CAVE-267 was born on 25 Jan 1835. She died on 4 Mar 1921.
    Nancy married John DAMEWOOD-17459.
    5 F iv Elizabeth CAVE-268 was born on 17 Jan 1838. She died on 4 May 1839.
    6 F v Holly CAVE-269 was born in 1839. She died in Jun 1916.
    Holly married J. W. POTTS-17467.
    7 F vi Sarah Jane CAVE-270 was born on 29 Oct 1841. She died on 1 Dec 1844.
    8 M vii Thomas Jefferson CAVE-258 was born on 11 Sep 1844 in Dubois Co., Indiana. He died on 18 Nov 1940 in French Lick, Orange Co., Indiana.
    Thomas married Mary Christina KIRKLAND-259 daughter of Mathew KIRKLAND-274 and Sarah Elizabeth WININGER-275 on 17 Feb 1867. Mary was born on 22 Feb 1846 in Hawkins County, Tennesee. She died on 25 Dec 1937 in French Lick, Orange Co., Indiana.
    9 F viii Rosa CAVE-271 was born in May 1850 in Columbia TWP, Dubois County, IN. She died in Aug 1854.

    1. Mathew KIRKLAND-274 was born on 13 Nov 1814.

    Mathew married (1) Sarah Elizabeth WININGER-275 on 25 Oct 1842 in Hawkins, TN. Sarah was born on 17 May 1818. She died on 7 Oct 1855 in (D after 3 Aug 1860?).

    They had the following children:

    2 F i Eva D. KIRKLAND-276 was born on 20 Aug 1842 in TN. She died on 21 Feb 1931 in Dubois co., IN.
    Eva married Whit CROWDER-14128 son of Jacob CROWDER-14129 and Susannah MCGHEE-14130 on 21 Feb 1861 in Dubois co., IN. Whit was born on 29 Oct 1839 in Rockingham Co., NC. He died on 6 Jun 1920 in Dubois co., IN.
    3 M ii James J. KIRKLAND-277 was born on 1 Oct 1844.
    4 F iii Mary Christina KIRKLAND-259 was born on 22 Feb 1846 in Hawkins County, Tennesee. She died on 25 Dec 1937 in French Lick, Orange Co., Indiana.
    Mary married Thomas Jefferson CAVE-258 son of John CAVE-263 and Sarah Jane KEARBY-264 on 17 Feb 1867. Thomas was born on 11 Sep 1844 in Dubois Co., Indiana. He died on 18 Nov 1940 in French Lick, Orange Co., Indiana.
    5 F iv Delphia A. KIRKLAND-278 was born on 17 May 1847.
    6 M v Robert J. KIRKLAND-279 was born on 23 Oct 1848.
    7 F vi Matilda F. KIRKLAND-280 was born on 24 Oct 1850.
    8 F vii Elizabeth E. KIRKLAND-281 was born on 17 Mar 1854. She died on 20 Nov 1863.
    Mathew married (2) Sarah Jane KEARBY-264 daughter of Richard Leroy KEARBY-6303 and Nancy Jane DEAN-6304 in 1859. Sarah was born on 26 Oct 1814. She died on 4 Jan 1891.

    This may also help in your search http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=678729&CScnty=850&
    Thomas Jefferson Cave ant Other caves are buried in The Ames Chapel Cemetery, Orange County, IN

  2. Hi! I think we have corresponded on Ancestry.com before. I am the descendant of Julia Ann Caves through Thomas J. Cave Jr. by Thomas Cave Sr. and his third wife, Fanny Davis Cave. I do have more on Thomas and Elizabeth Medford Cave now. I have some information on Thomas Cave in the War of 1812. I also believe he may be descended from John Cavin and have a brother, Moses Cavin. Possibly NOT descended from Richard Cave as Thomas J. Cave’s original history suggests. This is based on my records analysis versus anything else.
    If you want to correspond, let me know via email. Heidi

      1. Hi. When you get back in October, let me know. I would like to contact each other and share records on Thomas Cave and Elizabeth Medford.

        Thanks.

  3. I was just posting some photos on my facebook Damewood album of Nancy Jane Cave and John Damewood — my 2nd Great grandparents, I was looking for some history of their involvement in settling cottage grove since I am aware that they are listed in the Cottage Grove Historical Museum, and I came accross your page. wow! So cool. I would love to hear from you. Contact me anytime.
    -Lorne

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