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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 married Janie Tucker from Bourbon County, KY in 1980 and we 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 am a musician, historian, outdoorsman, longhunter re-enactor (see my profile pic) and an avid genealogist with over 10,000 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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Ken Blair
RE: pictures

I don't log in here very often so I apologize for not responding sooner. The best email address for me is


Added by Ken Blair on Mar 26, 2014 7:56 AM
Ken Blair
Smiths and Blairs of Letcher County

I descended from the Elihu Blair line as well as the James T Smith line. You actually contributed a picture of the headstone of my Aunt Prudence Smith from the Nancy Back Cemetery. If you have any other pictures of either Blairs or Smiths headstones/markers, I would greatly appreciate them.


Ken Blair
Added by Ken Blair on Feb 12, 2014 6:56 PM
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Annie Whitaker
Duplicate deleted...good to hear from you. Hope all is well in your part of the world.
Added by tribe hunter on Feb 06, 2014 10:29 AM
David Caudill
I have transferred both David and Jesse Caudill to your management. I am sure you can add more about this family than I can. I was born in Jackson Co Ky and raised in Laurel Co but have lived in Indiana for past 52 years. I did add your information before transferring. Thanks for letting me know
Added by jbmgs on Nov 13, 2013 12:32 PM
Phyllis Strong Reeder
RE: Parents?
Message, Can you tell me who his parents were?? Thanks for asking but I need to know whom you are asking about. If I had a name I would see what I could find out.
Added by Phyllis Strong Reeder on Nov 09, 2013 9:49 PM
RE: Fannie Mae Caudill Eldridge
Thank you for the information on Fannie. I have made the additions you requested.
Added by Trudy on Oct 04, 2013 5:32 AM
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I HAVE ACTUALLY MEMORIZED your profile number !!!
So grateful to get your ancestors transferred to you.
Added by tribe hunter on Aug 20, 2013 4:24 PM
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Catherine Back
Did you want this memorial transferred.
Added by tribe hunter on Aug 20, 2013 3:31 PM
RE: Thank you!
I was born & raised in Muncie, Indiana, but currently live in Tennessee. My parents were both from the Morehead & Fleming County KY area. My Grandmother was a Caudill (Verna Caudill Kissick), Great grandparents were (John T. & Martha Black Caudill). Which line of Eldridges are you from? Was in Morehead for a Family Reunion on my Dad's side this past weekend, so I was able to visit several cemeteries and take some pictures. Happy to fulfill picture request when I can.
Added by HOOSIER GIRL on Aug 08, 2013 3:54 AM
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Henry Caudill
Have transferred this memorial to you. I am home from vacation, so if you have other memorials you would like transferred just type in the edit "TRANSFER" and I'll get to them ASAP.
Added by tribe hunter on Aug 06, 2013 2:07 PM
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