CAVIN, MANN, LEFFLER, ALEXANDER, STURDIVANT, HARRINGTON SADDLER, SMITH
Posted By: Fran Hunt, Volunteer
Date: 10/4/2001 at 19:34:31
From the Portrait and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties – 1890 County
John Cavin deceased, was one of the early settlers of Van Buren County, having in the year 1836 settled within her borders. He was born in Prince Edward County Virginia, in 1788, and during his early manhood enlisted as a soldier in the War of 1812. Soon after the close of that struggle he went to Tennessee where married Miss Judah Mann, who was also a native of the Old Dominion, born in 1790. The young couple began their domestic life in Tennessee where they remained until 1834, in which year they made a location in Mc Donough County Illinois. Two years later however, they crossed the Father of Waters and in the Territory of Wisconsin, as it was then known, began making a home, their place of location being in Harrisburg Township, Van Buren County. The Indians had not then left for their homes further west, but were frequent visitors in the settlement and rattlesnakes were often unwelcome companions. The country round about abounded in wild game, wolves and other animals were killed in the vicinity of the settlement and hardships of which we know nothing were to be borne.
Eight children wee born unto Mr. and Mrs. Cavin—Irena who became the wife of Manswit Leveler, settled in this county and died in 1881; Lucinda, widow of Harry Alexander, is living in Van Buren County; Andrew J. died during the service while in the Mexican War; Margaret A. is now Mrs. Sturdivant of Bonaparte; Melvina married James Harrington of California; John is living in Mahaska County Iowa; Julinda became the wife of Moses Smith, of the same county.
Mr. Cavin was one of the sturdy pioneers of this region and will be remembered by many of the early settlers. He developed a farm and made for himself a comfortable home but nine years after his arrival in the community he was called to the home above. His wife survived him until 1861. Both were members of the Baptist Church and earnest workers in the Master’s vineyard.
I am not related, and am only copying this for the information of those who might find this person in their family.
Van Buren Biographies maintained by Rich Lowe.
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