I’ve tried for some time to pin down John H. Witt Cage. I think he must be related to the Cages of Charlotte and Halifax Co. VA. In the 1850 Madison Co. MS census listed with him is a Fielding Cage, age 25 , b. VA (ca. 1835). There was a Fielding Cage (1835-1895), whose middle name I’m told is Whitt, from Halifax Co. VA, and who appears in the censuses there–except for 1860 when he is missing. I think he is the Fielding Cage in the household of JHW Cage in 1860.
Fielding was Fielding III, son of Fielding Jr. (ca 1796-by 1840) and Sarah West (ca 1806-after 1880); grandson of Fielding Sr. (b. ca 1770) and Susannah Jones. In the 1820 Halifax Co. VA census there is also a Wilson Cage, b. 1795/1800, m. 28 Feb 1825 Halifax Co. VA Elizabeth Ussery. Since Fielding Jr. and Wilson Cage both start to turn up in Halifax Co. in the 1820’s and their birthdates are so close, it is presumed they were brothers; I think this is true.
There is the estate of a Wilson J. Cage, who died intestate on 27 March 1845 filed in Lafayette Co. AR. His lone heir is listed as J. H. W. Cage. I think that this is the same Wilson from Halifax Co.; there were many other Wilson Cages at the time, it is true, but I have ruled out most of them. the estate papers do not name JHW Cage as a son-only the sole heir-but I think he was the son of Wilson Cage and Elizabeth Ussery nonetheless.
Another thing: I have a 2nd marriage for JHW Cage 25 Jan 1875 Carroll Co. TN to Ida Bomar. On the Cage GenWeb page, Brownie MacKie has posted:
ancestor surname YOUNGER adopted by Mr. CAGE
Posted by: B. MacKie Date: April 13, 1998 at 17:13:50
After being left a widow by the civil war, my ggg grandmother, Mary Bomar Younger gave her youngest children to a trader, a Mr. Cage, who took them into TN. He kept one and changed his name to CAGE. If there is knowledge of this on the Cage side, I would appreciate any info that is
Posted by: Brownie MacKie Date: August 29, 1998 at 18:03:14
In Reply to: CAGE by Barbara Long Emery I have a John Cage as a witness to Mary (Polly)Bomar Younger's deed of some things to her son, John Henry Wilson Younger Cage 1820 in Halifax County, VA.
Again, we have a connection of John (HW?) Cage, the name Wilson, and the surname Bomar. Note that she says Mr. Cage was a trader who took Ms. Younger’s son to TN after the Civil War–exactly where your JHW went. I definitely think you two need to compare notes.
Lastly, I have that JHW had four sons, two of whom were Sterling Webster Cage (13 May 1858-30 Oct 1861) and Snooks W. Cage (b. 16 Jan 1865) Were they both Sterling Webster? I have two cases in my family of a child being named exactly the same as a deceased sibling; I was wondering if that were the case here.
I have a good deal more information on these Cages even though I am only distantly related. Let me know if you want to compare notes.
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