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Robert "Bob" Caviness
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Birth: 1856
Benton County
Arkansas, USA
Death: unknown
Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico

Robert is the sonof Henry Caviness and Nancy nee ROBERTS Caviness.

Robert married Julia Ann nee WARNER, daughter of John and Lucinda S. nee VAUGHN Warner., about 1878 in Colorado. To this union were born these known children: Barney Font, Alva Henry, Walter "Wally", Carrie May and Amanda Caviness.

Robert died between October 23, 1898 and April 23, 1917 in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico while escaping the laws of Colorado.

Source: "My Kingdom was a County" by Stan Arrington
"After a while, the Caviness family moved to Mancos, Colorado and to their fame with horses was added a new distinction. Several of the boys were pretty handy with guns, and their shooting scrapes provided excitement and tales of adventure.

In the mid 90's (1890's), Bob Caviness got into a serious quarrel with John Scott, whose land joined his up the La Plata. John accused "A" (Alva)and Wally, young sons of Bob, of some misdemeanor. Tempers flared. After a violent exchange of words, near the boundary of their properties, John Scott rode his horse to the nearby Pendleton post office and general store. Caviness followed Scott to the store and after a few more heated words, drew his pistol and shot Scott dead. Now, Bob became a fugitive. He was chased back and forth between Durango and La Plata, always eluding the law. He was aided in flight by his fast Steel Dust horse named Old Billy. On the New Mexico side the sheriff was John Brown, son of pioneer Dr. John Brown, for whom I was named. Sheriff Brown had no eagerness to capture Bob Caviness. They were good friends. Brown always managed to tag behind Caviness in the chase. Sheriff Bill Thompson, of Durango, had no such compunctions. Caviness and Thompson exchanged fire but, Caviness continued to evade capture. Early one morning, when my father was out by the barn near our home on Arrington Avenue, Bob rode up on Old Billy and asked if he could "hole up" for the day. Bob pleaded with my father to give him refuge in the barn until nightfall, and reminded him of the long-standing friendship of the Caviness and Arrington families, since their days at La Veta. I remember so well how sternly my father cautioned me not to go to the barn that day under any circumstances. At nightfall, Bob, on Old Billy, forded the San Juan River, at the King Ranch, west of Farmington and headed for the home of his cousin, Bud Caviness, on the Pecos River. From there he crossed over into Mexico. Always on the dodge, for the rest of his life, he did cross back and forth between Mexico and the United States, but; he never returned to live again in his own land."

source: THE DAILY JOURNAL, pub., Telluride, CO., Oct. 5, 1898

"My Dad Killed Your Dad", is the terse expression used by Font Caviness to convey the news of the La Plata killing to Riley Scott's son, John whom Font met in the Blue Mountains. John Scott could not believe the story true and instead of holding or following Font, let him go and started for home to ascertain the truth. Leonard Scott, of Ouray, with a posse of determined men, is now on the trail of Caviness and his thought will capture him. A reward of $500 is offered for his capture.

Mrs. Robert Caviness and son Barney remain on the La Plata Ranch, but expect to close out and leave the country. Barney is the boy about whom the shooting occurred, and is out on $500 bond on a charge of complicity to murder."~~DURANGO HERALD
Family links: 
  Henry Caviness (1813 - 1887)
  Nancy Roberts Caviness (1828 - 1894)
  Julia Ann Warner Caviness (1860 - 1917)*
  Barney Caviness (1879 - 1944)*
  William Caviness (1838 - 1877)*
  Nancy Jane Caviness Kemp (1839 - 1862)*
  Lucinda Ann Caviness Montgomery (1842 - 1880)*
  James Monroe Caviness (1848 - 1916)*
  Sophronia Caviness Gerhardt (1848 - 1925)*
  John Henry Caviness (1852 - 1900)*
  Mary Ellen Caviness Burnett (1855 - 1931)*
  Robert Caviness (1856 - ____)
  Martha Alice Caviness Hoffman (1857 - 1934)*
  Susan Caviness (1860 - 1861)*
  Rebecca Isabel Caviness Drew (1861 - 1939)*
  Matthew Sam Caviness (1862 - 1936)*
  Amanda Caviness (1867 - 1880)*
  Joseph F. Caviness (1869 - ____)*
  Edward Caviness (1870 - 1921)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Connie WEEAKS Pace
Record added: Jan 15, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64246985
Robert Bob Caviness
Added by: Connie WEEAKS Pace
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You rode with the wind on Old Billy.
- Connie WEEAKS Pace
 Added: May. 25, 2016

- Connie WEEAKS Pace
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