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From: Rita Bryant <>
Subject: Cavitt Book p 160
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 19:48:10 -0600

One of Grandmother's sisters married Phelean A. Casky. They moved
north. Jennie Dunn married Alexander Mawhinney. They had one boy who
married a Henry. They had four
children: James, Ester, George, Jennie.

I remember Grandmother (Isabella Caufield Dunn) well. She was small and
active. Don't you ever believe she would ever go out into the rain with
her shoes on. Your mother, if she ever wanted to know about life, went
to Aunt Mary Young.

Grandfather and Sam Houston were great friends. When Houston would come
up to see about his farm five miles north of Wheelock, Grandfather would
meet him in Wheelock and they would do their drinking and horseracing

I saw an old account book at Old Man Smicht's. It was the account
against Grandfather for pint whiskey, quart, glass, gallon ... you know
in those days everybody kept it.

Cousin Tennie

The widow of Felix Robertson married David (Dave) H. Love in December
1848. Beside
Tennie we know of Ben F. Love as their child. This family came to Texas
in 1840. Ben
Love was married to a Miss Weir about whom we knew "she was a devout

The kindly relationship of the Love and Cavitt families is shown in the
naming of one of the Ben F. Love sons. He was given the whole name of
the father of Josephus and Volney Cavitt, Andrew Cavitt. Andrew Cavitt
Love became chief engineer of the Texas State Highway Department.

Like most of the permanent homes of early Robertson Colony, Elm Grove
was long in the building. The house was a double log house with rock
chimneys at each end and wide, deep fireplaces. It was a story and a
half built of hewn cedar logs with shed rooms and an immense porch 14 x
50 feet. The house was weather boarded and ceiled with dressed lumber.
One room was floored with cedar planks. The home stood in a large yard
surrounded by native trees; elm, hickory, cedar, mulberry, and pecan.
There were pink, scarlet and purple crepe myrtle among the larger trees.

The house stood on a point projecting out from timber on the north and
west and a blackland prairies stretching out east and south. Kittie and
Josephus planted peaches, apples, quince, figs, plums, berry and other
edibles about the home. Kittie's flower gardens were the talk of the
neighborhood... she had blooms when everybody else despaired of gardens.

Built in similar fashion from cedar logs were the homes of the slaves,
the smoke house, cribs, stables and various outhouses needed in those
times. Everyone had a spring house or well house where water was
obtained and the milk and butter kept cool. The constellation of
buildings, well constructed and always well kept with flowers blooming
the year round made Elm Grove a good sight to behold.

Always known for its hospitality to friends and relations the Joe Cavitt
home was a refuge for many people until better conditions should
obtain. One old lady whose husband was in the penitentiary in another
state never knew her husband had met with hard times as Joe and Kittie
took her in and gave her money each month indicating that her husband
had sent it to Joe for her use.

Some of the people who found love and care with this family were the
Loves: Pat,
Tennie, Ben and Dora; a Mrs. Feeney, Josephine Summerville, Jimmie Cox,
Mrs. Mollie
McKenzie, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison; Dock Cavett and his whole family;
Amanda and Betty
Barnett; Julia Baker; Susan Sample and family...some were relatives,
some only friends



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