Cavitt Family Genealogy Forum
Here are some more answers to your post that I found in the Cavitt Family Book by Ellen Burnett Cavitt.
By the year 1725 the first son of Moses CavetI, Alexander Cavet, b.1705, who was a Presbyterian Covenanter had arrived in America. John Cavet and Sheridan Cavet, Alexander's brothers and Moses CavetI's sons, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736. John later moved to Augusta County, VA. where he died. Moses Cavet I, the father of John, Sheridan and Alexander, along with his four younger sons: Richard, Michael, Moses and Patric Cavet came to America having moved from Scotland to Ireland in 1738 and then to America in 1750.
At that time, Patrick (spelled Patric) was 15 yrs. old. It was this son who lived to be 100 yrs old, fought in the revoultionary war with his sons Andrew, James and John. And his brother Moses CavetII,killed at King's Mountain 10-17-1780, was accompanied in the latter days of the seige by a fifteen yr. old son, Richard who many years later when living in Madison County, AL was granted a pension for his revolutionary fighting which, according to his account, lasted for about ten years, through two enlistments.
Now, the best I can put together from reading the many different accounts, pieces of stories, genealogies and deed records in the Cavitt Family Book I will try to explain somewhat as to how the Cavitts were in Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas. We will be dealing with Moses CavetI's sons: Moses CavetII and Patric Cavet. Moses CavetII, killed at King's Mountain, married Agnes _______. Their son Richard Cavett married Rutha Millsap also of Pennsylvania. Richard and Rutha Cavett sold out their VA holdings and moved to Huntsville, Madison County, AL. when their daughter Ann Cavett b. 1801 was a little girl.
Patric Cavet, of Pennsylvania married to Mary Porter also had a son Richard Cavitt, who married Margaret _______, his full name was Richard Andrew Cavitt. Richard Andrew and Margaret Cavitt migrated from Pennsylvania to Virginia. I can't tell from the Cavitt book to where in VA they went as they weren't there long, but there are deeds listed showing Richard Andrew Cavitt as the owner of property in Tazwell, VA, which he deeded to his son Andrew Cavitt, who was born in the state of Va in 1796. Richard Andrew and Margaret Cavitt, had moved by 1813 along with Andrew, their son and the rest of their family from VA to Sumner Co.,TN, were the Cavitts were prominent citizens. Richard was appointed Justice of Peace, Sullivan Co., TN, by Governor Blount, Governor of the Terrritory South of the Ohio River. They eventually moved from East TN to Bolivar, Hardeman Co, TN.
At this point I want to say that the book deals with the children of Richard and Rutha Millsaps and briefly mentions in the genealogies that some of their children and grandchildren went to live in Oklahoma and Louisiana. But I am going to only deal with their family that was living with them in Alabama. Your particular line, which was Thomas Cavett, their son had a sister named Ann Cavett. And the book says Thomas and Ann Cavett's parents, Richard and Rutha Cavett, were in contact with Richard Andrew and Margaret Cavitt through correspndence. These two Richards were first cousins, grandsons of Moses CavittI.
It seems that Richard Andrew Cavitt's son, Andrew heard about his second cousin Ann's beauty and charm and decided to go to Alabama to meet her, which he did. They fell in love and got married and reconnected the Cavett/Cavitt families. He took Ann back to TN to live with him and your Thomas and all the rest of the family stayed in Alabama (as far as I can tell). Then Andrew Cavitt and his wife Ann Cavett Cavitt heard Andrew's brother Moses(this is my line) talking about Texas and going to Texas and it sparked their interest. By the Fall of 1834, they were making their journey as a family in Robertson's Colony to Texas. They weren't in Texas long when Andrew died of a fever and Ann was left with seven sons, the oldest being 15 yrs. old. Eventually another of Ann's cousins from Alabama came to Texas to marry her. His name was Cavitt Armstrong and he was descended from Richard and Rutha Cavett's line, the same as Ann.
Andrew's brother, Moses, from whom Andrew had heard about Texas also made the trek and settled in Red River County, TX. There are some wonderful family stories and journal records of their trip and experiences in Texas. They were close friends with Sam Houston, who happened to be one of their neighbors in Wheelock, TX. They also met and spent time with Davy Crockett on their trip to Texas. They travelled with a good friend, and colorful Texas pioneer,and Indian fighter named James Coryell for whom Coryell, TX is named for (Coryell's older brother George Coryell, was the owner of the ferry that took George Washington across the Delaware and was a pall bearer at Washington's funeral). The Cavitts had a very rich history in early Texas as they were not only early settlers, but were part of the fight for Texas Independence.
I hope this isn't too confusing and explains somewhat why they seemed to be back and forth in Alabama and Tennessee and into Texas.
I would also like to tell you that they had family living in Arkansas too. And when on of Ann's and Andrew's sons were in to some kind of trouble he went to spend time with them.
This next story is about Alexander, Patric and MosesII's older brother. And I probably should have included it at the beginning when I was discussing him, but I forgot and I didn't want to leave it out.
Alexander Cavet, son of Moses CavetI, lived shortly in Pennsylvania, but settled in a stockade or fort eight miles from the town of Knoxville, TN. In 1793, 1000 Indians under the scouting leadership of Pumpkin Boy and Doublehead were on the warpath to attack Knoxville when the Governor arrived and the 21 gun salute was provided for his official welcome. Hearing the cannon, the Indians thought Knoxville had got reinforcements and decided against their attack. Being on the warpath, they would not turn back, but went to the northwest eight miles and attacked Cavitt Springs Station, massacreeing the 14 adults and all the children save one. Alexander was shot in the garden of his home, having nine bullets in his mouth at the time, the better to relaod his gun, and protect his household. his little son, Alexander, was taken alive but burned at the stake a few days later, according to scouts. (There is an excellent historically detailed account of the massacre that I could send you if you are interested.)
I hope I have been able to answer your questions thoroughly. Let me know if I can answer any other questions. This book is not indexed and it is written more like a story of the author's search for her Cavitt Family, which makes it a bit of a challenge. But I'll try to answer what I can.
Kathy Glasscock Bahlmann