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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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Margie
RE: John H. Day
Hi Gary! I apologize that it has taken me this long to respond. I left for several years while caring for my mother prior to her passing. During this time I became 100% inactive. I will try to do as you've requested, although I do not live in the Letcher County area. My husband and I just drove down to the cemetery one weekend to get all the information I have shared...as this was all my husbands side, it would be relations to him. His father was John H. married to Virginia Back.
Added by Margie on Mar 13, 2016 7:59 PM
SWF
RE: William Van Dixon
In the Dixon Book, it says that John Dixon and Nellie Adams are buried in the Dixon Cemetery at Blackey opposite the mouth of Rockhouse Creek, Whoever made the Dixon Cemetery at Blackey has John in that cemetery and you made another one for John in the one at Jeremiah. I would think that Dexter Dixon knew which cemetery they were in. If John has a marker at Jeremiah, I wonder if someone got a stone for him and placed it there because his son was buried there. Next week if it gets to be warm like the weather channel says, I am coming to Letcher Co. and looking at both cemeteries. I transferred William Van to Jeremiah and I linked Nellie with her first husband
Added by SWF on Feb 11, 2016 4:23 PM
SWF
RE: William Van Dixon
Someone transferred him to me when I asked them to make a link to his parents. My Dixon family lived at Blackey around Elk Fork. Is there a marker for him in the Dixon Cemetery at Jeremiah? Is William's parents and brother really buried in this cemetery?
Added by SWF on Feb 06, 2016 11:13 AM
Clifford Skiles
RE: George W Bryant
You are more than welcome.
Added by Clifford Skiles on Oct 27, 2015 8:10 PM
Sherry (Tackett) Plowman
RE: Location of Cemetery??
Hi Gary, GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 37.75330, Longitude: -83.10970. You can also click on the name of cemetery, click on were it says map in the upper left corner. Hope this helps...Sherry
Added by Sherry (Tackett) Plowman on Oct 23, 2015 1:28 PM
Jennefer Burk
RE: Old Hogan Hill Baptist
I definitely would. I am still working on rescuing this historical cemetery. 5 years of tryng so far! Thanks.
Added by Jennefer Burk on Jul 09, 2015 5:57 PM
Melindark
RE: William Caudill, Elkin Cemetery, Wolfe County
Thank you very much for the information Gary!
I have updated his name.
I will turn over his page to you.
Added by Melindark on Jul 08, 2015 2:38 PM
Jennefer Burk
RE: Old Hogan Hill Baptist
That would be great! Thanks. 47103529
Added by Jennefer Burk on Jul 03, 2015 12:12 PM
Jennefer Burk
RE: Old Hogan Hill Baptist
Yees it is. Sorry for the error and thanks for the help!
Added by Jennefer Burk on Jul 01, 2015 9:23 PM
Bobby Davis
RE: HELP! Crace Cemetery, Magoffin County
Gary, I'm not sure how you missed the cemetery! Yes, it is up behind the old school house. It's up there quite a ways past the steps. They're misleading! There is an actual gravel road that goes up to the cemetery, just to the left of the school house. Two summers ago it was in good condition to drive up but has a few washouts. If you take the road, it will go up a ways and then switch back. The cemetery was fenced in by a chain link dense but I heard tell that last summer, someone had been stealing it for scrap metal. I hope you can find it. If you have anymore trouble, contact me and I can take you right to it.
Added by Bobby Davis on Jun 29, 2015 9:21 PM
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