Cavness Family Genealogy Forum
You have asked some very good questions. I have no documentation, as to the parents of Susan Cavness, but I do have documentation, that To Me suggests, she was the daughter of Edmund Cavness and Rebecca Mitchell. Let me stress it merely suggests this. I myself descend from a Matthew Cavness. My Matthew was born in 1815 or 1816, in what is now Chatham Co., NC. I believe he was the third of seven sons born to a Robert Cavness, and a as of yet, unidentified woman. Edmund is the eldest son born to this union. The biography of Jasper Dunagin, states: That "Jasper married Susan Caveness, born in 1830, in Tennessee, and they had nine children. The 1850 Benton Co., AR Census, shows Edmund Cavness and family living in household no. 568, Matthew Cavness and family living in household no. 569, and Jasper Dunagin and family living in household no. 570, which to me suggests a relationship between Edmund, Matthew and Susan. It is concievable that she was Matthews daughter, but if true he would have been 15 or 16 yrs. old at the time of her birth, whearas Edmund, who was born in 1809, in Chatham Co., NC, would have been already married and aged 21, at the time of Susan's birth. Next I have the 1830 Warren Co. TN Census record, which only lists the head of household by name, but does lists everyone else living within the household by gender, and age groups. This Census, does indeed show Robert of forty and under fifty years of age. It also includes one female of forty and under fifty years of age, one male of twenty and under thirty years of age, one female of twenty and under thirty years of age, two males of fifteen and under twenty years of age, one male of ten and under fifteen years of age, two males of five and under ten years of age, one male under age 5, and one female under age five. It shows a couple with seven presumably sons, one of which is married and may have a newborn daughter, born in TN. Using the book "Henry Cavinis and some of his descendants" by Alloa Caviness Anderson, I believe these people are a family - father Robert, mother unknown, Edmund aged 21, Rebecca his wife aged 20, Henry aged 18, Matthew aged 15, Jeremiah aged 12, Robert aged 8, unknown son aged 5, James aged 2, and Susan newborn. What is needed to prove this theory is to find an 1840 census record for Edmund, which should include a daughter roughly aged 10 and born in TN. I can't find it. I did find Matthews 1840 census, and there is no female aged 10 living within his household. It is also possible that Susan is the eighth child of Robert Sr., but since Edmund and Rebecca married in 1829, it does seem logical that he is her father. The problem with locating Edmunds 1840 census is he may have been on the move, and was missed in the census, or living with another family, but not the head of household. This may seem confusing, but I do have many, many documents, which I am willing to share freely. Maybe someday we can locate Edmund in 1840, somewhere, possibly near the community of Roseville, along the southern border of the Arkansas River near Altus, possibly living with an uncle William. Shortly after 1840, Edmund moves to Benton Co., near his younger brothers Henry, Matthew and Jeremiah. Susan died 14 Jan 1914 in Waxahatchie, Ellis Co., TX. Maybe there was an obituary. If you find anything, or would like to share more please contact me here. Wish I could help more.
Jonathan Cavness - Benton Co., AR