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Gary L. Eldridge (#47055771)
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Bio Photo I am a first generation Hoosier born in Batesville, IN in 1956. My dad moved to Indiana in 1950 with his family when my grandfather Colonel Eldridge got a job at the Alton Box Board Factory in Aurora.
My mother and dad (and all my ancestors except for my mom's dad) are from Letcher County, KY. I am descended from all four Caudill brothers---James, Jr., Stephen, Thomas Aaron, and Matthew, Sr.--who settled in what is now Letcher County circa 1800. I am also descended from Isaac Whitaker, Peter Crase, Henry Back, and Levi Eldridge.
My dad Kenneth was born IN 1931 on Bull Creek Mountain, Carcassonne, KY. My mother Glenora Bryant was born in 1936 on Johnson's Fork, Letcher County, KY. Her father James Arthur Bryant was from the Sequatchie Valley of Tennessee, born in 1885. He was a coal miner and moved to Bell County, KY some time before or during World War I. Then he moved on to Letcher County in 1921/1922 where his first wife, two of their four children, and his sister in law all died of typhoid or cholera in a coal camp within a 10 day span of time.
His second wife (and her second husband) was Melvina Whitaker Blair. Both had been widowed. My grandmother's first husband Hiram Blair accidentally shot himself while squirrel hunting and died later of blood poisoning.
I have two grown daughters Amanda born in 1982 and Whitney, 1987. My beautiful granddaughter Alexa was born in 2008 and my baby boy grandson Josh was born in 2011.
I have just moved (May 2014) to Florida.
I am a musician, historian, outdoorsman, longhunter re-enactor (see my profile pic) and an avid genealogist with over 13,000 names in my own personal genealogy database.
I will help you as much as I can if it has to do with Letcher County, Kentucky, Sequatchie and Marion Counties, Tennessee or these surnames: Eldridge, Crase, Caudill, Whitaker, Bryant (of Sequatchie Valley origins), and any associated names.
I would be happy to manage any memorials here, if you want me to. And I will do my best to post photographs and update any information I have or come across.
And I eagerly desire to correspond with anyone about any of the cemeteries and Memorials, or family genealogies of those mentioned above!
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ancestryhunter2
RE: James Caudill
I understand what you are saying. I did not add that photo to the memorial and am asking the submitter to remove it. How do we not know that there are 2 different James Caudill's in this cemetery since the birth and death dates do not match? The DAR stones states he died before 1838. My information for my James Caudill states he died in 1844. Possible they are not the same.

Stephen Caudill is my 6th greatgrandfather
Added by ancestryhunter2 on Apr 26, 2015 9:43 AM
ancestryhunter2
James Caudill
I got your message about James Caudill. The birth and death dates are not the same.
Added by ancestryhunter2 on Apr 24, 2015 4:02 PM
J. Lee
Alice Caudill
I'm looking for info on Alice Caudill d/o William R Caudill and Elizabeth "Bettie" Caudill. Thanks for any help.
Added by J. Lee on Apr 20, 2015 11:09 AM
huffybuffy
Permission to use your photos
Hello,
Thanks for getting back to me. I was asking to use the photos you have posted already. Sorry for the confusion. Brenda
Added by huffybuffy on Apr 07, 2015 4:08 PM
huffybuffy
Memorial# 98175745
Hello,
Would you please add your Campbell Cemetery photos to this memorial. I have added a photo of Callie Adams already. Thank you. Brenda
Added by huffybuffy on Mar 27, 2015 10:46 PM
connie lawson
Joseph Whitaker
Gary could u add my g grandfather joesph Whitaker with his brother and sister John and Harriet Whitaker?
Added by connie lawson on Oct 27, 2014 9:51 AM
connie lawson
cornett and Frazier
Hi cousin I have questions for you about mary ann frazier and mary polly Cornett message me at clawson2612@yahoo.com. kinda personal. Love ya
Added by connie lawson on Oct 27, 2014 9:47 AM
Dawn Jump
Susannah "Sukie" Caudill Caudill
I believe you have her death date wrong. I noticed it is different on the death record you have attached.
Dawn
Added by Dawn Jump on Jun 06, 2014 10:38 PM
Catherine
RE: Powells buried at Hdson Cemetery
Hi Gary, Yes, I am a descendant of the Powell family, my 3rd great grandmother was Elizabeth Powell-Frizzell, daughter of Crawford Powell and Phebie Jackson-Powell. My 3rd great grandmother Elizabeth Powell was a sister of Barton Powell and James Powell. My 3rd great grandmother Elizabeth Powell also named her daughter Martha "Mattie" and Martha "Mattie" was my 2nd great grandmother.

I hope that you can share any photos that you have of the Powell family.

Always, Catherine
Added by Catherine on May 11, 2014 2:20 PM
Dan Stropes
Carl Carlson
I have deleted the duplicate. It was a good catch on your part. Thanks much. Regards, Dan Stropes
Added by Dan Stropes on May 03, 2014 9:17 AM
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