6.12.07

James Cahoon (~1699-)

It is believed -- but no certain evidence proves -- that the James Cahoon who lived in New Bern in the early and mid-1700s belongs to the third generation of Cahoons in North America, being the son of Samuel Cahoon and the grandson of William Cahoone and Deliverance Peck.

William Cahoone is thought to be the first Scottish Cahoon to emigrate to the colonies (first working as an indentured servant in Massachusetts) in 1650, and his story is detailed widely among various Internet sources. He is the father of Samuel Cahoon of Nansemond County (now Suffolk), Virginia, whose family migrated to North Carolina around the turn of the eighteenth century. Among Samuel's children is a son named James.

James first appears in Craven County in the early 1700s, buying a plantation of 320 acres on the north side of the Neuse River between Northwest Creek and Broad Creek from William Handcock Jr. on 5 May 1730 for 50 pounds. Unfortunately for James's descendents, records show that he sold the plantation back to Handcock on 14 June 1733 for 100 pounds, doubling his initial investment. Colonial court minutes show that James was the plaintiff or defendent in several litigations through the mid-1700s but little else is known of him.

He is believed to be the father of John Cahoon, born in 1726 and first mentioned in Craven County court records in 1778.

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John Cahoon (1726-1783)

Will abstracts of John Cahoon of Craven County, North Carolina, and Olilia Rhymer/Rhimer of Jones County show that John was married to Appellonia/Apollonia Rhymer/Rhimer. The North Carolina Early Census Index places John in Onslow County in 1769 and in 1770, and a document of taxable property in 1779 shows that John Cahoon owned 75 acres in District One of Jones County, paying 901 pounds in property taxes that year.

On January 16, 1780, John executed the will of his mother-in-law, Olilia Rhymer/Rhimer, which named her daughter, Appellonia, and these grandchildren: Frederick Shilling, George Shilling, Stephen Wallis, Frederick Wallis, Benjamin Cahoon, Daniel Cahoon, Mary Wallis and Anna Wallis.

John's own will, recorded in Jones County, named his sons Dudley, Jonothan, Benjamin and Daniel; his daughters Rachel Simson, Susannah and Sarah; his wife Appolonia; his son-in-law Stephen Wallis; and daughters-in-law Mary and Anne Wallis.

The first federal census in 1790 shows a "John Cohun" -- the same misspelling as is given for his son Dudley's name in the same document -- in Craven County, with four "free white" males (two above age sixteen, including himself, and two under age sixteen) and two "free white" females in the home.

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Generation of Dudley Cahoon (1752-1823)

Evidence places Dudley Cahoon in Onslow County, North Carolina in 1770. He signed a petition to create Jones County (adjacent to Onslow and Craven counties) in 1778 and was located in Jones County in 1786. The first federal census in 1790 shows a "Dudley Cohun" as head of household in Jones County, North Carolina, with one son under age 16 and five "free white" females in the home, possibly including an unnamed wife. Deed transfers show that Dudley Cahoon purchased and sold several large parcels of land in Jones County through the late 1780s, 1790s and 1800s, consistently collecting profits from their sales.

Dudley married Sarah Fries/Frees in Craven County on 20 March 1811. Their witness was J.G. Stanly, who is also listed as the witness to the marriage of Dudley's grandson, Miller Cahoon Sr, to Mary Jane Martin, in 1843.

Dudley appears to have lived in the Brices Creek area of Craven County and named two children in his will: Polly/Mary and Carney. Carney died about 1833 with no children. He should have been under 22 years of age, based on the marriage date of Dudley Cahoon to Sarah Frees/Fries on 20 Mar 1811. John Fries (brother or father of his wife) was the executor of Dudley's will.

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22.11.07

Generation of Nathan Cahoon (1778-)

Nathan Cahoon, never appears as head of household in any Craven County census. He first appears in records around 1810, purchasing property at the estate sale of Samuel Cahoon. In the 1815 Craven County tax list, he is listed in Robert Sparrow's District, with one poll and 45 acres of land; the land must have been inherited by him or his wife, since a person could inherit land without a deed being recorded, and the earliest note of his acquiring land in Craven County is in 1822. Nathan appears to have lived in that part of Craven County that is now Pamlico County.

Nathan married Elizabeth (also called Eliza, maiden name unknown), who was born about 1780 and died before 1860. Nathan and Elizabeth had at least two sons: Miller, who was born about 1813 at Bay River in Craven County (now Bayboro in Pamlico County) and who died before 1884, and Nathan (whose name is listed as Nathan Cahoon I), born about 1825 in Craven County and died about 1884.

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Generation of Miller Cahoon (1813-)

Nathan's first son Miller (b ~1813, d unknown, Bay River in Craven County) married Mary Jane Martin (b ~1823 in Craven County, d. 14 March 1891 in Pamlico Co) on 2 June 1843 in Craven County. The New Bern Weekly Journal of 19 March 1891 (P-3, C-7, under Stonewall) notes that "On the 14th inst. Mrs. Mary Cahoon, widow of Miller Cahoon, after a long tedious time of suffering died at the residence of her son Nathan Cahoon."

Miller and Mary Jane were parents of Sarah (b. 1845), Miller Jr (b. 8 March 1850 at Bay River, d. 20 December 1918 at Merritt), Joseph (b ~1853), Nathan (b ~1855) and Paul (b ~1859).

Nathan's second son Nathan I (b ~1825, Craven County, d ~1884) married first Cathrine Wilcox (b 1822, Craven Co, d after 1881) on 29 June 1848 in Craven County, and married Mary Frances Rice (b ~1850, daughter of Dempsey Rice and Sarah Banks) on 18 March 1883 in the home of Dempsey Rice, Township 1 of Pamlico Co. Family history indicates that Cathrine Wilcox was part Native American.

Nathan I's children with Cathrine Wilcox include Noah (b ~1846), George (b ~1849), Mary Ann (b 25 May 1850 in Craven Co, d 29 July 1932 in Merritt), Fannie (b 1851, d 20 August 1932 in Pamlico Co), Susan (B ~1852, d ~1887), Sena (b ~1853), Nancy (b ~1855), Lucretia (b ~1857), Henry T (b 25 December 1859 in Craven County, d 12 June 1942 in Whortonsville, Pamlico Co), and Mary Elizabeth (b. 3 November 1865, d 24 May 1927).

Two deeds in the Craven County Deed Books 59 (pp. 471-472) and 62 (pp. 44-45) show Miller Sr. and his brothers and sisters selling land they inherited from their father, Nathan Cahoon, in 1837 and 1853.

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Generation of Miller Cahoon Jr (1850-1918)

CHILDREN OF MILLER AND MARY JANE MARTIN
[Miller and Mary Jane were parents of Sarah (b. 1845), Miller Jr (b. 8 March 1850 at Bay River, d. 20 December 1918 at Merritt), Joseph (b ~1853), Nathan (b ~1855) and Paul (b ~1859).]

Miller Jr (b. 8 March 1850 at Bay River, d. 20 December 1918 at Merritt) married Sophia Willis (b August 1859, d ~1929) on 9 September 1875 at the residence of Philemon Willis in Pamlico County. Miller's death certificate lists his place of birth as Merritt, but Merritt didn't have a post office until 1894. The cemetery book lists his death as 1 December; his death certificate reads 20 December. Miller Jr's children with Sophia Willis include Paul Duffy (b 10 April 1878 in Pamlico Co, d 2 August 1937 in New Bern), Alice J (b 11 August 1883, d 11 October 1904), Martha (b July 1887) and Viola (b July 1893).

Joseph (b ~1853) married Julia Ann Bennett (b ~1873, daughter of Enoch Bennett and Clarissa Gaskins) on 28 February 1901 in Bayboro, Pamlico County. Their children include Cassie and Lizzie.

Nathan (b ~1855) married Monteray Dixon (b February 1886, daughter of Major Dixon and Gillie Tingle) on 21 August 1904 at the residence of Mrs. Annie Harris in Kershaw, Pamlico Co. Their children include Zeb Vance (b 1906) and Alla Cleve (b 7 January 1912, d 1 October 1912).

CHILDREN OF NATHAN I AND CATHRINE WILCOX
[Nathan I's children with Cathrine Wilcox include Noah (b ~1846), George (b ~1849), Mary Ann (b 25 May 1850 in Craven Co, d 29 July 1932 in Merritt), Fannie (b 1851, d 20 August 1932 in Pamlico Co), Susan (B ~1852, d ~1887), Sena (b ~1853), Nancy (b ~1855), Lucretia (b ~1857), Henry T (b 25 December 1859 in Craven County, d 12 June 1942 in Whortonsville, Pamlico Co), and Mary Elizabeth (b. 3 November 1865, d 24 May 1927).]

Noah married Sarah E. Daw (b ~1851) on 5 March 1874 at the residence of L.D. Broughton in Pamlico Township 2.

Mary Ann (b 25 May 1850 in Craven Co, d 29 July 1932 in Merritt) married Francis Merrimon Lewis (b April 1857, d ~1934, son of Elijah Lewis and Malancy Cullipher) on 21 December 1882 at the residence of Nathan Cahoon in Pamlico Co. Their children include Lucy Ann (b 5 February 1888 in Pamlico Co, d 5 March 1969 in Oriental), Ella V (b November 1887), and Wilford Henry Lewis (b 14 November 1892 in Merritt, d 13 November 1917).

Fannie married James Richard Daniels (b 25 November 1865, d 6 August 1944 in Kinston) on 29 April 1888 at the residence of Jacob Cary in Spring Creek, Pamlico Co. Township 2, but family history indicates that they only lived together until 7 February 1889, when he abandoned her.Nancy married Rufus Simpson (b ~1864) on 19 July 1885 at the residence of Robert Whorton, Pamlico County Township 2.

Susan (b ~1852, d ~1887) married William P. Cahoon (b ~1848, d ~1902, son of James Cahoon and Maria Manning) on 29 January 1878 at the residence of L.D. Broughton, Pamlico Co. Their children included George (b ~1878) and Edward Yates (b 4 February 1882, d 14 October 1951).

Lucretia married John Tunnel (b ~1851) on 10 November 1881 at the residence of Nathan Cahoon, Pamlico County Township 1.

Henry T is listed in the 1870 census as 11. His death certificate lists his birth as 25 Dec 1873, his death as 12 June 1942 and burial on 13 June 1942, but the cemetery book lists his birth as 25 December 1865 and death is inscribed on a wooden marker as 1 May 1941. His death certificate listed him as single.

Mary Elizabeth married John C. Gatlin (b 7 May 1858 in New Bern, d 30 May 1921 in New Bern) on 3 December 1910 at the residence of J.C. Gatlin in Pamlico Co. Only the 1870 census identifies Mary Elizabeth as Mary E., all other documents call her Eliza.

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Generation of Paul Duffy Cahoon (1879-1937)

CHILDREN OF MILLER JR AND SOPHIA WILLIS
[Miller Jr's children with Sophia Willis include Paul Duffy (b 10 April 1878 in Pamlico Co, d 2 August 1937 in New Bern), Alice J (b 11 August 1883, d 11 October 1904), Martha (b July 1887) and Viola (b July 1893).]

Paul Duffy (b 10 April 1878 in Pamlico Co, d 2 August 1937 in New Bern) married first Lucy May Belle Clark* (daughter of Thomas Clark [b 2 October 1852, d 16 July 1908] and Margaret L Jones [b 22 March 1850, d 30 July 1921], b 14 May 1880, d in childbirth 20 September 1906, buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery, New Bern) on 11 May 1901 in Arapahoe, Pamlico Co, and married Mamie Jane Dixon (b 25 November 1889 in Pamlico Co, d 24 October 1977 in Morehead City, Carteret County, daughter of Major Dixon and Gillie Tingle) on 3 June 1909 at the residence of J.P. Swindell in Pamlico Co.

Although Paul Duffy Cahoon never lived in Florida, Mamie Jane moved there temporarily (where her mother had moved with a second husband) and Mamie Jane was granted a divorce in Hillsborough County, Florida, from Paul Duffy Cahoon in 1928.

Paul Duffy's children with Lucy May Belle Clark include Leamon (b 15 September 1903, d 18 August 1975) and Alice "Belle" (b. 20 September 1906 in Pamlico Co, d 28 September 1997 in New Bern).

Paul Duffy's children with Mamie Jane Dixon include Oscar Cecil (b. 10 April 1911 in Merritt, d 8 September 1969 in Aurora, Beaufort Co), Deaver Blanch (b 13 March 1913, d 23 September 1994), Challie (b 18 September 1914, d 4 April 1990) and Paul Duffy Jr (b 21 November 1920, d 24 October 1998).

*Lucy's parents, Thomas Clark and Margaret Jones, married in 1874 and had 11 children, all born in Pamlico County, but only five survived to adulthood: Mary V "Mamie" (b 1876, d 15 October 1943 in Norfolk, VA, married to George Warren Hay, then to --- Williams), Lucy May Belle, Cloey Armeta "Meta" (b 28 November 1882, d 10 November 1947), Louisa Virginia "Tommie" (b October 1886) and James F (b October 1892).

Alice J (b 11 August 1883, d 11 October 1904) married Isaac Willoughby Swindell (b 20 February 1879, d 13 January 1969, son of Albin B Swindell and Mary Elizabeth Gray) on 23 December 1903 in the bride's residence in Pamlico Co Township 2. Their children included (unknown first daughter), Lena Mae (b 22 April 1909 in Merritt, d 4 February 1997), and (unknown third daughter).

CHILDREN OF MARY ANN CAHOON AND FRANCIS MERRIMON LEWIS
[Mary Ann's children with Francis Merrimon Lewis include Lucy Ann (b 5 February 1888 in Pamlico Co, d 5 March 1969 in Oriental), Ella V (b November 1887), and Wilford Henry Lewis (b 14 November 1892 in Merritt, d 13 November 1917).]

Lucy Ann (b 5 February 1888 in Pamlico Co, d 5 March 1969 in Oriental) married Clarence Nathaniel Tutton (b ~1877 in Pamlico Co, son of Nathan Tutton and Mary Rawls) about 1909. Their children include Vernon McColon (b 23 September 1915 in Pamlico Co, d 7 February 1937 in Pamlico Co), Maggie Edwin (b 18 April 1918 in Merritt, d 15 December 2004 in New Bern), Wilford (15 December 1921, d February 1990 [possibly in New York]), and Calvin C (unknown).

Wilford Henry's draft registration dated 25 May 1917 reflects that he was employed by New York, New Haven, & Hartford Railroad Co. to work on the steamer Tennessee from Providance, New York.

CHILDREN OF SUSAN CAHOON AND WILLIAM P CAHOON
[Susan's children with William P. Cahoon include George (b ~1878) and Edward Yates (b 4 February 1882, d 14 October 1951).]

Edward Yates (b 4 February 1882, d 14 October 1951) married Lela Banks Rawls (b 29 October 1886, d 1 December 1958, daughter of William Rawls and Clara Dixon) on 18 July 1900 in New Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church, Pamlico Co Township 1. Their children include Alton (unknown), Hosea (unknown), Melvin (unknown), Erbal Whitehurst (b 16 May 1901, d September 1985), Bessie (b 25 January 1903 in Grantsboro, d 2 June 1994), Clara Bell (b 30 April 1905), Weymouth Bommer (b 9 September 1908, d 10 June 1993 in Grantsboro), Harold Gordon (b 30 July 1914, d 24 April 2002 in New Bern), and Donald Wesley (b ~1918).

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21.11.07

Generation of Oscar Cecil Cahoon (1911-1969)

CHILDREN OF PAUL DUFFY AND LUCY MAY BELLE CLARK
[Paul Duffy's children with Lucy May Belle Clark include Leamon (b 15 September 1903, d 18 August 1975) and Alice "Belle" (b. 20 September 1906 in Pamlico Co, d 28 September 1997 in New Bern).]

Alice "Belle" married three times: (1) John Paul Jones, (2) Thomas Gale Morgan (b 11 May 1893 in New York City, d 18 February 1942 "lost at sea"), and (3) William Hunt (b 20 March 1917, d 5 October 2003 in Silver Springs, MD).

Alice's second husband, Thomas Gale Morgan, held the rank of Chief Water Tender (a Chief Petty Officer) in the U.S. Navy during World War II; at his time of death, Alice was living on E. Ocean View Avenue in Norfolk, Virginia.

Alice and her third husband, William, adopted a baby girl; Alice divorced William when she learned that the girl was his daughter from an extramarital affair.

Alice's obituary, published 29 September 1997, reads in part, "Alice B. Cahoon Hunt, 91, of 405 Sand Ridge Road, Bridgeton, died at Craven Regional Medical Center, New Bern. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in Cedar Grove Cemetery. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Thomas Wyatt of Virginia, one brother, Paul Cahoon, of South River, 2 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews."

Alice is buried in the same family plot as Charles Leamon, Jr., Edna Hardy Cahoon, Leamon Dallas Cahoon and Florence Pollock.

CHILDREN OF PAUL DUFFY AND MAMIE JANE DIXON
[Paul Duffy's children with Mamie Jane Dixon include Oscar Cecil (b. 10 April 1911 in Merritt, d 8 September 1969 in Aurora, Beaufort Co), Deaver Blanch (b 13 March 1913, d 23 September 1994), Challie A (b 18 September 1914, d 4 April 1990) and Paul Duffy Jr (b 21 November 1920, d 24 October 1998).]

Oscar Cecil (b 10 April 1911 in Merritt, d 8 September 1969 in Aurora, Beaufort Co) married Margaret Louise Jones (b 6 June 1914 in Bridgeton, d 24 June 1997 in New Bern) on 4 March 1935 in Snow Hill, Greene Co. His wedding to Margaret Louise Jones on March 4, 1935, was attended by Margaret's sister and brother-in-law, Hester and Robert Moore, who picked them up from their workplaces in New Bern and drove them to Snow Hill to be married. The couple stayed in the Moore home in New Bern overnight, then told their families the next day that they were married. Their children include Jesse Paul (b 7 February 1936 in Bridgeton, d 1 July 1952 in Broad Creek) and Cecil Lee (b 4 September 1937).

Deaver Blanch (b 13 March 1913, d 23 September 1994) married Robert Earl Mades (b 24 June 1910, d 22 April 1994) on 2 October 1933 in Beaufort, Carteret County. Deaver and Earl had no children.

Challie A (b 18 September 1914, d 4 April 1990) married first Van Martin (b 11 March 1903, d 21 October 1974), then married Otis Mades (b 19 September 1915, d 9 December 2005). Challie and Van Martin had one son, Bobby (28 December 1933, d 17 February 1997).

Paul Duffy Jr. (b 21 November 1920, d 24 October 1998) married Lottie Belle Cannon (b 19 July 1921, d 13 August 2006, daughter of William L Cannon and Susie Dixon). Paul's children with Lottie include Rodney Paul (b 3 August 1942), Ronald Lindsey (b 14 February 1947) and Cecil Anthony (b 6 July 1954).

CHILDREN OF ALICE J CAHOON AND ISAAC WILLOUGHBY SWINDELL
[Alice J's children with Isaac Willoughby Swindell include (unknown first daughter), Lena Mae (b 22 April 1909 in Merritt, d 4 February 1997), and (unknown third daughter).]

Lena Mae (b 22 April 1909 in Merritt, d 4 February 1997) married Dallas Edward Quidley (b 2 December 1908 in Whortonsville, Pamlico Co, d 14 February 1991) on 18 May 1928.

CHILDREN OF LUCY ANN CAHOON AND CLARANCE NATHANIEL TUTTON
[Lucy Ann's children with Clarence Nathaniel Tutton include Vernon McColon (b 23 September 1915 in Pamlico Co, d 7 February 1937 in Pamlico Co), Maggie Edwin (b 18 April 1918 in Merritt, d 15 December 2004 in New Bern), Wilford (15 December 1921, d February 1990 [possibly in New York]), and Calvin C (unknown).]

Maggie Edwin (b 18 April 1918 in Merritt, d 15 December 2004 in New Bern) married John Roland Eubanks (b ~1914, son of Daniel Eubanks and Ada) on 18 July 1936 in Stonewall. They had one son, Vernon (b ~1936).

CHILDREN OF EDWARD YATES CAHOON AND LELA BANKS RAWLS
[Edward Yates's children with Lela Banks Rawls include Alton (unknown), Hosea (unknown), Melvin (unknown), Erbal Whitehurst (b 16 May 1901, d September 1985), Bessie (b 25 January 1903 in Grantsboro, d 2 June 1994), Clara Bell (b 30 April 1905), Weymouth Bommer (b 9 September 1908, d 10 June 1993 in Grantsboro), Harold Gordon (b 30 July 1914, d 24 April 2002 in New Bern), and Donald Wesley (b ~1918).]

Hosea (unknown) married Iren Brown (). Their children include Alfred () and Clara ().

Erbal Whitehurst (b 16 May 1901, d September 1985) married Era Mae Ensley (b 5 January 1906, d 5 January 1993) on 20 February 1926.

Bessie (b 25 January 1903 in Grantsboro, d 2 June 1994) married Jarvis Vendrick Brinson (b 14 April 1898, d 13 February 1988) on 18 May 1919. Their children include Edna (b 15 March 1920, d 3 November 2006), Robert Edward (b 7 February 1922), Ruby Doris (b 26 May 1924, d 1 June 2003 in New Bern), Roy Lawrence (b 12 October 1927), Leland Virgil (b 4 June 1929), George R (b 20 May 1931), Mary Elaine (b 29 January 1934) and Carolyn (b 24 December 1937).

Clara Bell (b 30 April 1905) married first a Hardison, then married Milton W. Lee (b ~1903, son of David Lee and Mary E.) on 10 July 1921 in Bayboro. Their children include Mavis (b ~1923) and Melba (b ~1925).

Weymouth Bommer (b 9 September 1908, d 10 June 1993 in Grantsboro) married Minnie Gaskins (b 19 September 1907 in Beaufort Co, d 5 May 1987). Their children include Edwin Ozell (b 19 July 1928 in Grantsboro), Lennice (b 28 March 1938 in Pamlico Co Township 1, d 11 January 2005 in New Bern) and Alene ().

Harold Gordon (b 30 July 1914, d 24 April 2002 in New Bern) married Eva Cuthrell (b ~1915, d 14 September 2001, daughter of Amos Cuthrell and Alice Martin) on 4 March 1933 in Bayboro. Their children include Marie (), Bobby (), Gene (), and Gordon Halgram (b 23 September 1939).

Donald Wesley (b ~1918) married Zeffy Pearl Jones (b ~1920) on 25 November 1939 in Reelsboro.

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