I am trying to discover the parents of Mary (Cavin) Christian, wife of Lewis Christian of Hawkins County, TN. These are my 3rd great grandparents.
Here is what I know so far...
Mary died during the Civil War or in 1862. She was a member of the Baptist church. To her marriage to Lewis were born 7 children--James was 6th. (This from Goodspeed's History of SE Missouri)
Betty Jean Seyferth has Mary being born and dying in Hawkins County, TN. She also writes (Sept 19, 1996) "I heard that she [Mary Cavin] was possibly Cherokee Indian." Later follow-up letter said, "The Mary Cavin being Cherokee Indian story came to me in an `out-of-the-blue' telephone call a few months ago. Unfortunately I have misplaced the note I made. The call was from a woman in Texas who said that through her father she was descended from John Christian, brother of Priscilla. Her father died last year at the age of about 100 years, and she was pursuing family tree information. Her father also said that John looked to be full Indian and wore his black hair in long braids. I sent her what information I had, but did not hear back. My father had also said that there was Indian blood on that side, but refused to discuss it further." (personal correspondence from Betty J. Seyferth 26 Sep 1996)
Rec'd this e-mail--
If they refuse to discuss it further you can bet that there is Melungeon blood in the family. Particularly being from Hawkins Co., The main Melungeon settlement was at Newman's Ridge near Sneedville.
Might possibly have a bro. named John who was married to Lucy (Hundley) Cavin and a sister-in-law Elizabeth (Hundley) Cavin. (Will Book I-II, p. 36). (See also The family of James Hundley, Families of Hawkins Co. p. 251.)
There is a Lucy E. Cavin (1845-1932) who was born and also died in Burem, Hawkins County, Tennessee that likely fits in here somewhere--next generation? Also a William Cavin who married Rachel McClure 19 Nov 1870.
Our Mary might possibly be the daughter of John and Anna Cavin (b. 1782). Anna Cavin does live right next door to the widowed Mary (Cavin) Christian on the 1850 census. Donna Hoaglin writes, "There is an Anna in 1840 [census], also Anna aged 68, in 1850, b. VA (b. 1782) who could be the mother of your Mary and a sister of my John."
Dr. Earl Skelton writes, "I would not be surprised if Mary Cavin (1807-1862), who married Lewis Christian and Reuben Skelton, connects to the husband of Margaret Skelton (1757-aft. 1840)." (RIN 791).
Mrs. Walter Powell, descendant of William Cavin (1820-1864) through his son Lewis (which see for Mrs. Powell's address) says Mary (RIN 84) is likely the sister of John (1808-aft 1880) and Ananias (12 Feb 1814--9 Jul 1897 [to Washington Co. Arkansas]) and a half sister to the above mentioned William through a second wife, Sally Christian Cavin.
A Margaret Cavin married an Isaiah Patterson in Hawkins Co. TN Jan 9, 1856. Might this be Mary's relative? James Christian is listed as sec.
A Nancy Cavin married a Jesse Patterson in Hawkins County, TN 4 Jul 1857. Another relative of Mary? sister to Margaret?
** PLEASE NOTE: EXCEPT FOR GRAINGER COUNTY, NO EARLY EAST TENNESSEE COUNTY CENSUSES ARE AVAILABLE UNTIL 1830.
Sue McKinnon writes: "1807c: Alexander Cavin families of Pendleton SC went to TN. Before Hawkins Co TN, this line of Cavins came from Spartanburg SC. Cavins family also in Iredell Co NC and Loudon Co VA and then Westmoreland Co PA. As Scot-Irish they followed the Shenandoah Valley southward to Cumberland Gap." She then lists indented under this Alexander Cavin paragraph William Cavin b 1809 TN; Thomas b 1811 TN; Moses b 1819 TN (This from Morris Petty Jr.) And then she has another grouping under Alexander Cavin of Annanias Cavin b. 1814 Dec 2 Hawkins Co. TN d 1897 Jul 9 Washington Co ARK m Mary Polly Jones b 1820 Hawkins co TN. SEE FAMILIES OF HAWKINS CO TN 1786-1994 (p. 268?). (cf. Dist. Crossr. April 1985, p. 54)
From 1810-1819 only the following Cavins show up on the 1810-1819 U. S. Census Indexes: Mid-Atl., South, Mid-West (CD 150): John Cavin, Sussex Co., DE; James Cavin, Christian Co., KY; John, Samuel, and William Cavin, Iredell Co., NC; John and John Jr. Cavin of Westmoreland Co., PA; Elizabeth Cavin, of Spartanburg Dist., SC; George Cavin, Rockbridge Co., VA;
In the 1820's only the following Cavins show up on the 1820-1829 U. S. Census Index: Great Lakes, South, Mid-Atlantic (CD 154): William Cavin of Crawford Co., AR; William Cavin of Pope Co., AR; William Cavin of Gallatin Co., KY; William Cavin of Orange Co., NC and two William Cavins of Gallia Co., OH.
** In 1830 the only Cavin showing up on the 1830-1839 U. S. Census Indexes: Mid Atlantic, South, Mid-West (CD 148) in all of Hawkins Co. TN is John Cavin. No Twp., p. 47. Sue copies the 1830 John Cavin as having in his household 1 male under 5 (b 1825-1830) 1 male 5-10 (b 1820-1825); 1 male 40-50 (b 1780-90) 2 females under 5 (b 1825-1830) 1 female 5-10 (b 1820-1825) 2 females 10-15 (b 1815-1820); 1 female 40-50 (b 1780-1790).
In the 1840 census there are 4 Cavins of Hawkins Co. Tenn. viz. Ananias Cavin, p. 258; Anna, p. 265; John, p. 266; William, p. 266. No Twp. listed for any of these. Sue copies these records as Ananias Cavin 1 male under 5 (b 1835-1840); 1 male 20-30 (b 1810-1820); 2 female under 5 (1835-1840); 1 female 20-30 (1810-1820). Ana Cavin 1 female 5-10 (b 1830-35); 1 female 50-60 (b 1780-90); 1 female 80-90 (b 1750-60). John Cavin family as 2 male under 5 (b 1835-40); 1 male 20-30 (b 1810-1820); 2 female 5-10 (b. 1830-35); 1 female 20-30 (b 1810-20). The 1840 William Cavin family had 1 male under 5 (b 1835-40); 1 male 20-30 (b 1810-1820); 1 female 15-20 (b 1820-25).
For the 1850 census the number of Cavins of Hawkins Co. TN has increased considerably to include all of the following: Anna, Annie E., Elizabeth, James, two Johns (one of the 17th District and one of the 5th District), a Louis, Lucinda, Mary J., Nancy, three Williams (two of the 5th district, one of the 16th District) and several Cavons (Eli, Elizabeth, James, and John). Sue McKinnon states: "1850 Hawkins Co TN census is incomplete. The first district is missing in its entirety and other districts begin after missing pages or stop short of the complete district."