|Birth: ||Jul. 4, 1798|
|Death: ||Jan. 3, 1873|
Nancy (McCoy) Caldwell biography
William McCoy and His Descendants: A Genealogical History of the Family
By Lycurgus McCoy
Original from the University of Wisconsin - Madison
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188. NANCY, b. July 4, 1798, Nicholas Co., Ky.; d. Jan. 3, 1873, Marion, Iowa; m. 1819, in Nicholas Co., Ky., James
Caldwell, b. Nov. n, 1789, Nicholas Co., Ky., d. March
6, 1851, Springfield, Ill.
Nancy was a remarkable woman.
Natural artificer and skillful handicraft woman, an adept at needlework or tailoring. She was a typical breadwinner, unlike her husband, who was " a rolling stone, that gathers no moss."
James Caldwell never seemed to find out just what the good Lord had intended him for.
They matched well, for Aunt Nancy provided for the family, and kept the meal-bin filled, and Uncle James was usually on the move, and they, like Jacob, had no abiding place.
Someone has said, speaking of the Caldwells' frequently moving from place to place (and in those days people frequently took with them all their livestock, including the poultry), "when the chickens were called and fed, they would fall down, cross their legs, ready to be tied for another journey. It had been repeated so often it became a habit with them."
Aunt Nancy had her full share of the McCoy obstinacy. She managed her own affairs without the aid of others. She was of a happy disposition, notwithstanding her firmness, and a model mother. She was greatly esteemed by all, and idolized by her children.
She taught her boys to do domestic work, for her older children were boys, and any of them could knit mittens and stockings, and she made buckskin gloves and furnished them to dealers.
When she and her brother Barton sat down for a chat, and they happened to differ in opinion, and this was not infrequently, it was a well-matched game, Greek against Greek, and in such case usually a " draw game."
She was a noble woman, and as true to her faith as
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the needle to the pole.
They removed from Kentucky to Decatur Co., Ind., about 1822. Farmers.
My father used to say Uncle " Jim " was the best hand with a reap-hook he ever saw, for he could reap and bind his cut, while others were pushed to make the cut without binding.
I should say, Aunt Nancy made a public profession of Christianity under the labors of Barton W. Stone, in Kentucky, and was a member of Old Concord Church. They removed to Jefferson Co., Iowa, in 1840, and thence to Indiana in 1850; from thence to Springfield, Ill., 1846; were close neighbors of Abraham Lincoln.
Her husband died there in 1851. She returned to Marion, Iowa, 1855, remaining there until her death.
Tarlton Caldwell (1824 - 1884)*
Angus Caldwell (1827 - 1892)*
Oak Shade Cemetery
Maintained by: John McCartney
Originally Created by: Thelma Jane Dorsey
Record added: Dec 13, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 10076826
Added by: Anonymous
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