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Descendants of Thomas Caudill

67. POLLY ANN7 CAUDILL (JOHN ADAMS6, STEPHEN5, JAMES4, STEPHEN3, JAMES2, THOMAS1) was born April 15, 1845 in Letcher County, Kentucky, and died February 11, 1936 in Millstone, Kentucky. She married ENOCH A. CRAFT May 02, 1867 in Letcher County, Kentucky, son of ARCHEALOUS CRAFT and LETTIE WEBB. He was born December 29, 1842 in Letcher County, Kentucky, and died February 16, 1937 in Millstone, Kentucky.

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70. POLLY ANN7 CAUDILL (JOHN A.6, STEPHEN5, JAMES4, STEPHEN3, JAMES2, THOMAS1) was born April 15, 1845 in Letcher County, Kentucky, and died February 11, 1936 in Millstone, Kentucky. She married ENOCH ARDEN "UNCLE CHUNK" CRAFT May 02, 1867 in Letcher County, Kentucky, son of ARCHELOUS CRAFT and LETTIE WEBB. He was born December 29, 1842 in Letcher County, Kentucky, and died February 16, 1937 in Millstone, Kentucky.

The following obituary is from The Mountain Eagle newspaper dated 02/18/37, page 1:

"Uncle Chunk Craft, Last Civil War Veteran, Answers Call"
"Passes At Home On Millstone, Funeral Services To Be Held Thursday"

E. A. Craft, known to the people of Letcher county as Uncle Chunk, succumbed Tuesday night to complications and old age. He was the last remaining Civil War Veteran and the landmark of the early days of Letcher County.
He was born the same year that Letcher County was constituted and would have been 95 years of age on the 28th of this month. He was one of the old time land marks of the county and was all warp and filling of the old Webb Adams and Craft generations, being related directly to the settlers here. His father is remembered by the older people as El. Arch Craft who for years sounded the gospel up and down this valley and who for years was moderator of the Thornton Regular Baptist church. His father was the grandson of Archelius Craft the first of that name to settle here and who came here along about 1800 at the time that John Adams settled at the mouth of Bottom Fork. Archelius Craft married Betty the daughter of John Adams.
Uncle Chunk's mother was Letty Webb Craft being a daughter of Benjamin Webb who also married Elizabeth, daughter of John Adams, she was a sister to Uncle Miles, Jason and Wiley Webb. Early in life he was married to Polly Ann Caudill daughter of Eld. John A. Caudill another Regular Baptist minister and this made his relationship county wide. Being of the Webb, Adams and Craft families and having married into another one of the prominent families he was related to practically everybody in the county at one time. Both he and his wife were members of the Baptist faith and consecrated Christians. His wife preceeded him in death about a year ago. Uncle Chunk will be missed. Long he has been a part of Millstone and Letcher County. He has stood like the strong oak, sheltering the young ones in storms and times of dire need, but at last after a life of honest toil, a life that has been worth while and a life that has been well spent, he has fallen. He had no enemies, never made any. He tried to treat everybody right and all who went there felt at home at Uncle Chunk Craft's. His has been a well spent life. His children and relatives have no regrets. He lived well. Like the weary traveler, who, worn out with the struggles of life, and wro, tired and weary reaches home - so has Uncle Chunk - he is at home at last. Such men as Uncle Chunk Craft will be missed and we regret to see their passing.

The following obituary was obtained from the Union Association of the Old Regular Baptist Minutes:

CRAFT, Enoch A. known as Uncle Chuck was born Feb 28 1842 died Feb 16 1937; married Polly A. Caudill May 2 1867; 12 children. 4 deceased.

Children of POLLY CAUDILL and ENOCH CRAFT are:
i. ARCHIE8 CRAFT, b. September 20, 1869, Letcher County, Kentucky; d. July 07, 1952; m. (1) PRICY ADKINS, April 26, 1895; b. April 26, 1880; d. January 15, 1939; m. (2) MARTHA DIXON, July 25, 1940; b. December 06, 1879; d. June 14, 1967.
ii. LETTIE CRAFT, b. April 21, 1872; d. March 27, 1905; m. JOSEPH LEONARD HALL, August 30, 1889, Letcher County, Kentucky; b. March 29, 1865, Pike County, Kentucky; d. October 20, 1928, Letcher County, Kentucky.
iii. DRUCILLA CRAFT, b. December 04, 1874, Letcher County, Kentucky; d. September 20, 1959, Letcher County, Kentucky; m. ISOM SERGENT, August 04, 1893, Letcher County, Kentucky; b. November 11, 1863, Letcher County, Kentucky; d. May 24, 1920, Letcher County, Kentucky.
iv. IBBY CRAFT, b. Abt. 1885; d. April 30, 1907, Letcher County, Kentucky; m. JOHN Q. HOLBROOK, November 15, 1901, Letcher County, Kentucky; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.

Notes for IBBY CRAFT:
Cause of death was suicide.

v. JOHN D. CRAFT, b. July 09, 1876, Letcher County, Kentucky; d. Unknown.
vi. WATSON G. CRAFT, b. March 09, 1878, Letcher County, Kentucky; d. Unknown.
vii. BENJAMIN E. CRAFT, b. September 1879; d. Unknown.
viii. MATTIE E. CRAFT, b. Abt. 1879; d. Unknown.
ix. SABINA CRAFT, b. September 08, 1883; d. Unknown.
x. SARAH JANE CRAFT, b. Abt. 1889; d. June 09, 1974, Whitesburg - Letcher County, Kentucky; m. BEN J. FRANKLIN; b. Abt. 1860; d. September 1969.

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Marriage: May 02, 1867, Letcher County, Kentucky
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68. NANCY7 CAUDILL (JESSE B.6, STEPHEN5, JAMES4, STEPHEN3, JAMES2, THOMAS1) was born December 09, 1853. She married DIXON CAUDILL, son of BENJAMIN CAUDILL and POLLY BOLLING. He was born December 13, 1854, and died May 04, 1938.
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  iii.   BEN CAUDILL.

69. WILLIAM7 CAUDILL (STEPHEN6, MATTHEW5, JAMES4, STEPHEN3, JAMES2, THOMAS1) was born November 21, 1821 in Perry County, Kentucky, and died 1908 in Barnetts Creek,Johnson County, Kentucky. He married MARTHA HITCHCOCK 1842 in Kentucky, daughter of JOHN HITCHCOCK and MAHALA FITZPATRICK. She was born February 1825 in Floyd County, Kentucky, and died April 27, 1916 in Johnson County, Kentucky.

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WILLIAM CAUDILL (STEPHEN6 CAUDILL, SARAH H.5 WEBB, JAMES4, JOHN3, JOHN2, ROBERT1), b. November 20, 1821, Perry (Letcher) County, Kentucky; d. Abt. 1911, Johnson County, Kentucky; m. MARTHA HITCHCOCK, b. 1824; daughter of John Hitchcock and Mahala Fitzpatrick.

Notes for WILLIAM CAUDILL: Served in the Civil War as a Private in Company C, 18th. Kentucky Regular Infantry, enlisting in November 1864 and being discharged July 1865.
William's farm was raided by the Federal troops in January, 1864. He joined the Southern army in November, 1864.

102      William      CAUDILL      58      Farmer      KY      SC      KY
      Martha      (HITCHCOCK) jvs      57      Wife      KY      KY      KY
      John M      CAUDILL      31      Son      KY      KY      KY
      Jesse W      CAUDILL      19      Son      KY           
      Albert M      CAUDILL      13      Son      KY           
      Meredith N      CAUDILL      9      Son      KY   
1860 Federal Census
Johnson County, Kentucky
Page 152
782 William CAUDILL 38 M Farmer KY
Martha (HITCHCOCK) jvs 36 F KY
Samuel CAUDILL 17 M KY
Mahala CAUDILL 15 F KY
Lewis F CAUDILL 8 M ( b 26 Sept 1852) jvs KY
Zephaniah CADUILL 4 M ( b 28 Jan 1856) jvs KY
Eliza CAUDILL 1 F ( b Sira J 10 Oct 1858) jvs KY
William Caudill 6 SmartMatches
Birth: 20 Nov 1821 in Perry County, Kentucky
Death: Jun 1909 in Johnson County, Kentucky
Sex: M
Father: Stephen Caudill
Mother: Sarah Yonts

Spouses & Children

Martha Hitchcock (Wife)

Marriage: 1842
Samuel Caudill
Mahalah Caudill
James Caudill
John Caudill
Lewis F. Caudill
Zephaniah M. Caudill
Elizabeth Jane Caudill
Jesse W. Caudill
John Milton Caudill
Albert M. Caudill
Sylvester Caudill
Merridith M.Caudill
Caudill, Eliza Jane F 10 October 1858 William Caudill Martha Hitchcock JHN KY KY
Caudill, Martha Ann F 23 July 1858 John Caudill Phoebe Fitzpatrick JHN KY KY
Caudill, Perlinia F 1858 Matthew Caudill Tempy Hitchcock JHN KY KY
1858 BIRTHS, Johnson Co, Kentucky
Compiled by David May (
Name of Child Sex Date of Birth Father Mother Child/FA/Mo
MARTHA HITCHCOCK, daughter of JOHN HITCHCOCK, JR. and MAHALA "MOLLY" FITZPATRICK, was born about 1823 in Kentucky. She married WILLIAM CAUDILL who was born about 1821 in Kentucky.

JOHN M. CAUDILL, b. about 1848, Kentucky.
JESSE W. CAUDILL, b. about 1861, Kentucky.
ALBERT M. CAUDILL, b. about 1867, Kentucky.
MEREDITH M. CAUDILL, b. about 1870, Kentucky.
William Caudill
William Caudill, b Nov. 20, 1821, in Perry Co., Ky., d 1911, Johnson Co., m Martha Hitchcock, b about 1824, in Floyd Co., d April 27, 1916, in Johnson Co., daughter of John and Mahala Fitzpatrick Hitchcock. William was a brother to my grandfather, John Caudill, and a son of my great grandfather, Stephen Caudill who was born 1794. He was my great uncle. William and Martha raised eleven children. One of those children was named Lewis Franklin Caudill, b Sept. 26, 1852, d July 2, 1942, m Cynthia E. Conley. They had 9 children. Lewis was born on Barnetts Creek in Johnson Co. He and my father were first cousins. For about 30 years, Lewis was a county school teacher in Johnson and Magoffin Counties. During that time he became a minister and preached in many Baptist Churches and was a renowned Evangelist in Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio. He died in Magoffin Co. His obituary follows:

Rev. Lewis Franklin Caudill was born in Johnson Co., Kentucky on the waters of Barnetts Creek on Sept. 26, 1852 and died at Falcon, Ky. in Magoffin County, on July 2, 1942, at the age of 89 years, 9 months and 6 days. He was united in marriage to Cynthia Conley who died March 21, 1935, and to this union there were born 9 children.
For about 60 years, Brother Caudill, the name by which he was better known, was minister of the Gospel and served as Pastor of churches in Paintsville, Pikeville, Ashland, Salyersville and Magoffin County. For several years he served as Moderator of the Enterprise Association and did Evangelistic work in a wide territory covering Eastern and Central Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio. he was instrumental in establishing and organizing numerous churches in Eastern Kentucky. He was one of the founders and builders of the Old Magoffin Baptist Institute which was located at Salyersville, Ky. from 1904 to 1940, and which did an outstanding piece of work in the field of Christian Education. He was a strong advocate of Education. He taught school for about 30 years in the hills of Eastern Kentucky but at the same time never neglected the preaching of the Gospel of Christ. He served with dignity and confidence the people of Magoffin County as their County Court Clerk for a term of four years.
We can truly say that in the passing of Brother L. F. Caudill an impressive figure has been removed from our midst. Intellectually speaking, he stood like Saul of Tarsus, "Head and shoulders above the average of his fellowman." In character, as well as physical structure, he was dignified and erect. As a soldier of righteousness, he was unconquerable. Figuratively speaking he was born with a sword in his hand, and in the age-old struggle between good and evil, he was always the first to charge and the last to retreat. He was ever conscious and confident of his own strength, a conviction based upon the idea that "Right makes Might."
Instead of an old man conquered by age and infirmities, Brother Lewis Caudill will be remembered as a tower of strength.
In the last few years of his life, he stood between two generations: one upon whose activities the stage curtain had fallen, the other actors in the new drama of life. It was a difficult position to occupy, one generation schooled in the lessons of the past, the other departing from the old and adopting modern philosophies. As between the two, he naturally clung to the fundamentals: to the rugged notions of honesty, to the principles of the Golden Rule, to the lessons taught in the Sermon of the Mount, in other words to the Old Time Religion.
Brother Caudill was a man of untiring effort. The spirit of his long ministry manifests something of the heart of his Christ in behalf of the world. He stood head and shoulders above his brethren in the ministry. He was earnest, courageous and fearless in all his work. Many were the times when he had to stand alone for the things the great book stood for, yet he never wavered.
Over the counties of this section of our state there remain in memory of him many trails blazed by him, trails upon which today fly the Flag of Christianity. Many are the churches that he helped to build and establish which are now preaching his Christ to the world.
We could never estimate the number he has won to Christ, yet in the City to which he has gone, there will be a great reunion and these will go to make up the jewels in his crown.
Magoffin County and Eastern Kentucky have given up a great soldier of the cross, a great preacher of the gospel as well as a great leader. Brother Caudill was a Bible student. His great mind was scripture stored. His conversation was filled with scripture. Upon one occasion he spoke these words, "If the preachers of today would study the Bible as much as they read other books, they too would have a Scripture filled mind." He knew God and God knew him.
They walked closely together down through the avenues of time.
He has left an honorable and outstanding family. They knew him for what he was, a devoted husband, a loving father and a steadfast believer in the Word of God. He has left to those nearest him, a priceless heritage, an honored name, the record of a life that was lived for Christ. When he was enfeebled with age, and after he had grown very tired and very old, the flickering candle went out, and he fell asleep in the arms of his Elder Brother, the understanding Christ. May God bless and comfort you who mourn is the prayer of those who share with you this sorrow.

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MARTHA7 HITCHCOCK (JOHN6, JOHN5, JOSHUA4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, WILLIAM1) was born 1824 in Floyd County, Kentucky. She married WILLIAM CAUDILL.

i. SAMUEL8 CAUDILL, b. 1843, Johnson County, Kentucky.
ii. MAHALA CAUDILL, b. 1846, Johnson County, Kentucky.
iii. JOHN CAUDILL, b. 1847, Johnson County, Kentucky.
iv. SYLVESTER CAUDILL, b. 1849, Johnson County, Kentucky.
v. LEWIS CAUDILL, b. September 26, 1852, Johnson County, Kentucky.
vi. ZEPHANIAH CAUDILL, b. January 28, 1856, Johnson County, Kentucky.
vii. ELIZA J CAUDILL, b. 1858, Johnson County, Kentucky.
viii. JESSE W CAUDILL, b. February 12, 1861, Johnson County, Kentucky.
ix. ALBERT M CAUDILL, b. 1866, Johnson County, Kentucky.
x. MEREDITH CAUDILL, b. 1871, Johnson County, Kentucky.
Martha Hitchcock 7 SmartMatches
Birth: 26 Feb 1825 in Floyd County, Kentucky
Death: 27 Apr 1916 in Johnson County, Kentucky
Sex: F
Father: John Hitchcock
Mother: Mahala Fitzpatrick


1. Clayton R. Cox, Appalachia Crossroads: The Caudill Family, ((c)1993, Published by Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD), Ch. 46:11, Pg. 649.

3. Martha2 Hitchcock (John1) was born February 1825 in Floyd County, KY, and died April 27, 1916 in Johnson County, KY. She married William Caudill, son of Stephen Caudill and Sarah Yonts. He was born November 20, 1821 in Perry County, KY, and died Abt. 1911 in Johnson County, KY.
Children of Martha Hitchcock and William Caudill are:
      13      i.      James Milton3 Caudill, born Abt. 1841.
      14      ii.      Samuel Caudill, born Abt. 1843.
      15      iii.      Mahala "Mollie" Caudill, born February 1845.
      16      iv.      John Caudill, born November 1847.
      17      v.      Sylvester Caudill, born Abt. 1849.
+      18      vi.      Lewis F. Caudill, born September 26, 1852 in Johnson County, KY; died July 02, 1942 in Falcon, Magoffin County, KY.
      19      vii.      Zephaniah M. Caudill, born January 28, 1856.
      20      viii.      Eliza Jane Caudill, born October 10, 1858.
      21      ix.      Jesse W. Caudill, born February 12, 1861.
+      22      x.      Albert M. Caudill, born February 12, 1867 in Johnson County, KY; died January 29, 1938 in Lewis County, KY.
      23      xi.      Meridith Seagraves Caudill, born October 1869.

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Marriage: 1842, Kentucky
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107. i.   SAMUEL8 CAUDILL, b. February 17, 1843, Letcher, Johnson County, Kentucky; d. January 08, 1911, Merriam, Kansas.
108. ii.   ZEPHANIAH M. CAUDILL, b. January 28, 1856, Rowan County, Kentucky; d. April 26, 1939, Akron, Twinsburg, Summit County, Ohio.
  iii.   JOHN MILTON CAUDILL, b. 1867, Johnson County, Kentucky.
109. iv.   MAHALA MOLLIE CAUDILL, b. February 1845, Johnson County, Kentucky; d. May 22, 1884.
110. v.   LEWIS F. CAUDILL, b. September 26, 1852, Johnson County, Kentucky; d. July 02, 1942, Falcon, Magoffin County, Kentucky.
  vi.   ELIZABETH JANE CAUDILL, b. October 10, 1858, Johnson County, Kentucky.
Caudill, Eliza Jane F 10 Oct. 1858
Parents: William Caudill Martha Hitchcock JHN KY KY

111. vii.   JESSIE W. CAUDILL, b. February 12, 1861, Johnson Co., Kentucky; d. July 14, 1953, Lucasville, Scioto Co., Oh..
  viii.   SYLVESTER CAUDILL, b. 1869, Johnson County, Kentucky; d. Johnson County, Kentucky.
  ix.   ALBERT M CAUDILL, b. 1871, Kentucky.

1. Clayton R. Cox, Appalachia Crossroads: The Caudill Family, ((c)1993, Published by Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD), Ch. 46:11, Pg. 649.
22. Albert M.3 Caudill (Martha2 Hitchcock, John1)1 was born February 12, 1867 in Johnson County, KY, and died January 29, 1938 in Lewis County, KY. He married (1) Mary Lemaster April 02, 1887 in Johnson County, KY. She was born Abt. 1869. He married (2) Lucina (Cenice) Salyer September 18, 1890 in Johnson County, KY. She was born October 06, 1874, and died April 27, 1947.
Children of Albert Caudill and Lucina Salyer are:
      37      i.      Grant4 Caudill, born July 22, 1891; died January 25, 1935. He married Phoebe Meade August 05, 1911.
      38      ii.      Bessie Caudill, born July 19, 1895 in Johnson County, KY; died December 07, 1967 in Lakeland, FL.
+      39      iii. Alka Caudill, born August 10, 1897 in Johnson County, KY; died August 01, 1927.
      40      iv.      Esta Caudill, born September 17, 1899 in Johnson County, KY.

39. Alka4 Caudill (Albert M.3, Martha2 Hitchcock, John1) was born August 10, 1897 in Johnson County, KY, and died August 01, 1927. She married James E. Osborne October 12, 1914 in Carter County, KY, son of S. D. Osborne. He was born Abt. 1884.
Children of Alka Caudill and James Osborne are:
      64      i.      Garnet Marie5 Osborne, born September 11, 1915 in Lewis County, KY.
      65      ii.      Simon Albert Osborne, born May 04, 1917 in Lewis County, KY.
      66      iii.      Genia Euphana Osborne, born August 24, 1923 in Lewis County, KY.

  x.   MERIDITH SEAGRAVES CAUDILL, b. October 05, 1870, Johnson County, Kentucky; d. 1930, Catlettsburg, Boyd County, Kentucky.

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