Caudle, Dan 2012-08-02

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This interview features Dan Caudle as he discusses the genealogy on his father’s side of the family. Dan describes his paternal family tree, and his family’s journey to Texas.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Dan Caudle

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Date: August 02, 2012

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Robert Weaver

Length: 01:29:46


Short Abstract: The Caudle family moving to Texas; The Caudle family’s land, cemetery; Dan’s great-great-great grandmother; The Burns family; Dan’s father, Egbert Caudle; World War II; Pictures of Dan’s family; The Primitive Baptist Church; Mary Elizabeth; Bible that Dan’s cousin found, John Wesley; The Genealogy on his mother’s side; Dan’s great grandmother’s journal; vocabulary and penmanship of the 1800s

Long Abstract: Family Line, Caudle side of the family came to Texas in 1841, Family invited to original family dinner in Texas, Moved from Henry County, TN to Red River, TX, Most recently in Mt. Vernon, Have original land ownership maps from Republic of Texas, Have copies of original conditional land grants that were given, They are for James Caudle (4th Great grandfather) and Mark Caudle (his son), Given grants of 640 acres each, Had to have it settled, farmed, maintained and made better in 4 years, Has Unconditional land grant given to James Caudles window, After 4 years applied for and received it but sold to one of her sons, They had 3 sons, Mark (3rd great grandfather), Bennett Harrison, William Caudle, Mark married to Rebecca Clayton, Mark was civil war veteran, Brought into confederate army, Mark let out because too old, Marks was in 8th brigade of Texas State troops, His son was John Wesley (great great grandfather), Mark James and Mary were older when they moved to Texas, John Wesley also served in the civil war, In 23rd Texas Calvary, In Mississippi, Fought at P ridge Arkansas and Port Mansfield, Louisiana, Supposed to fight at Shiloh but couldn’t make it in time, Back then census didn’t record names of women, Mark and John Wesley did come home from Civil War, But broken health, On 12/27/1865 he died, House burned down on same night he died, Rebecca died in 1876, Have their own cemetery named after them, On their own private ranch, Visit cemetery once a year, Saved a churn and it’s still in the family, Made in 1806 and over 200 years old, Margret was a widow and sold land, She moved to Erath County, First women to ever purchase land in own name, Have copies of the deeds, Margret and John Wesley have a son called Temple, John Wesley Caudle died when Temple was on 4, Margret raised the family with the help of an emancipated slave, Helped his great grandmother raise them too, Slave lady’s name was Melinda, Burl Temple was a farmer in Erath county, Farmed between Carlton and Alexander, Married a lady name Mary Elizabeth Burns, She was originally from Scotland, Her father’s name was John Perry W. Burns, He was a missionary for Cumberland Presbyterian church, Cumberland Presbyterian was different than regular Presbyterian, In Missouri when that happened, Great Grandfather came to Texas in the area around Hopkins, Him and 4 brothers, 4 out of 5 were missionaries, John Perry’s fathers name was Lard, His grandfather’s name was James Roser Burns Caudle, Was called J.R, James common name in the family, Roser Caudle grew up helping his father as a farmer, Married a lady named Valley Lee Walton from Carlton TX, Move from TN, to Carlton in 1902, She was 8 years old when her family moved here, Her parents were Ozella Stanfield Walton and John Wesley Walton, Grandmother was the youngest, In 1914 her mother died of cancer, A year later her father killed himself, Lived with brothers and sisters until married at 17, When she was a teen living in Peytonsville, TN she kept a journal, She was quite a poet, Everything was written in cursive, Went by Ozzie, Has a double heart everywhere, Grandmother was called Granny Valley, She acted just like a kid with them, Grandfather was a lot more stern and no nonsense, They had 9 children, Raised their own farm hands, 3 girls 6 boys, His father was the 5th child and 4th boy, His name was Abrit, Raised a family of 9 off of 200 acres, Youngest sons name is earl, Still living in Seminole, Wasn’t good in school but hard worker, Earl was 2 years behind, 5th boy uncle Joe was the only one to go to college, Graduated from Hardin Simmons, Went after the war, The 5 sons that were old enough served in WWII, He was a radio man, He didn’t see Combat, 5 of 6 had to served and all came back, Only one came back in bad health, Father was the middle child, Left the farm before he went into the air force, Got drafted to army, Granddad farmed with draft horses and mules until 1938, Traded them all in for a brand new John Deer tractor, Father loves horses because of this, He has lots of pictures of them, Lots of places named after Caudle, Steven Caudill landed in Virginia, He presumes these were some of his first ancestors, He has pictures of all of the above stories, Mary Elizabeth only had one leg, Her leg was shot when she was about 12 and had to be amputated, Always leaning on something, Aunt Vivian was the youngest daughter, Grandmother received the journal when she was younger, Take pictures of everything before he put it away

Access Information

Original Recording Format: born digital

Recording Format Notes: access copy available in reading room

Transcript: Transcript available on dspace <>

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