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Bartlett Bird Cave
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Birth: Apr. 22, 1830
Surry County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Nov. 14, 1910
Saint Joseph
Buchanan County
Missouri, USA

The son of Galen and Susanna (Easley) Cave, he was born in Surry Co., North Carolina. In 1835, he came with his parents to Missouri to settle the new town of Lone Jack, named for the lone jack tree standing on a small hill. They were joined the next year by a large wagon train of about eighty pioneers, including most of the rest of their relatives.

The Journal, "Missouri Pioneer Wagon" Vol 3, # 1, Fall 1982; article by Mildred Shawhan, states; "B.B.Cave's father, Galen, received a government grant of land at Lone Jack, Missouri on 9 June 1835."

Bartlett married Lucinda Rowland [b. 1832, KY] about 1852 in Lone Jack, Jackson Co., MO.

They opened a hotel and inn in Lone Jack.

1860 Jackson Co., MO census, Lone Jack, p. 251
B. B. Cave, 30, hotel keeper, $2800, $3808, NC
Lucinda, 26, KY
William H., 7, MO
Jesse M., 2, MO

August 16, 1862, Lucinda was shot in the chest during the Battle of Lone Jack after having fled from their burning home/inn with her children, including a small baby. She died three weeks later, on 23 Sep 1862.

Excerpt from book, "Battles and Biographies of Missourians" by Webb; retold in book, "Confederate Veterans of the Civil War Battle of Lone Jack, MO" compiled by Irene Spainhour.
"The battle was raging from one end of the little town to the other. Captain Winfrey, whose home was here, led his company in a charge against the Federals in his own house and drove them from it and from his drug store adjoining his dwelling. From the upper windows of the hotel, Foster's fine riflemen poured out a deadly, ceaseless fire on the Confederates crouching behind fences outbuildings and whatever would afford shelter or concealment. Colonel Hays rode up the line on a black horse, the horse from which he was shot an Newtonia, and ordered the hotel to be set on fire. Two or three soldiers went forward - crept forward, gathering combustibles as they went. In a few minutes the building was in flames. It was a holocaust. The charred bodies of one or two men and a horse were discovered in the embers after the battle."
"Mrs. Bart Cave, hostess of the hotel, fled through the Confederate lines with her two small children and lay down for safety in the nearby standing corn. Before the battle was over, her babe muttered and cried. She rose on her elbow to give it attention, and a cannon ball penetrated her breast. She died three weeks later."

From "The Story of Lone Jack," 1903, by Romulus L. Travis, p. 17:
"Many interesting incidents occurred during the battle. The hotel of B.B. Cave in which the family resided was occupied by soldiers. His wife and little children were there and they remained until the building was set on fire, crouching in the safest rooms of the building when they and the soldiers were driven out by the flames into the leaden hail that fell on every side. Their mother Mrs. Galen Cave was with them and, being very fleshy, could walk but slowly. However, with much difficulty they proceeded out of the Union lines into the corn field and weeds on the west, through the Confederate line and laid down in the tall weeds. Soon one of the children demanded attention and the young mother partially raising herself to pacify it was pierced with a ball which passed through the lungs inflicting a fatal wound of which she died after a few weeks of suffering. Dr. E. Ragsdale, then a young practicioner, attended her.
...Miss Virginia Easley was a guest in the hotel at the time the battle was raging and forced to remain there. She lay down on the floor among the wounded and dying men to escape the bullets that came through the doors and windows alike. Miss Easley afterwards became the wife of Dr. Edward Ragsdale."

"Jackson County Pioneers" by Pearl Wilcox, p. 342:
"Major Foster's cavalry, tired and weary, returned to Lone Jack and made the B.B. Cave Hotel their headquarters (present site on 150 Highway, across from cemetery and park). B.B. Cave was the father of Mrs. John Grinter of Independence. The grandfather, Galen Cave, came to Jackson County in 1836 and was one of the three men to lay out the town of Lone Jack."...
"Several Confederates advanced forward, gathered combustibles, and in a few minutes the hotel was in flames. Mrs. Bart Cave, hostess, fled through Confederate lines with her two children and took shelter in the cornfield. As she arose on an elbow to give attention to one of her children a rifle ball penetrated her breast; she died two weeks later."

From "Battle of Lone Jack, August 16, 1862", by Joanne Chiles Eakin, 2001, p. 29
"Jesse M. Cave as the son of Mr. & Mrs B.B. Cave, who operated the Lone Jack Hotel. He was 80 years old when he gave the following information. Although he was only five years old at the time, he had unforgettable memories of the battle. His mother and grandmother Cave and the children were asleep in the building when the firing began in the streets nearby about 6 o'clock. A number of Federal soldiers broke into the hotel and began firing out of the doors and windows at the Confederates who responded with a terrific assault. While the conflict was raging, the two-story frame house began to burn.
Seeing nothing but certain death if they remained inside, Mrs. Cave decided to face the possibility of fleeing from the house. She and her children did so, and unhurt, made their way to a place of comparative safety a short distance west of the hotel, couching down close to the ground, where they were hidden by tall weeds. One of the children, an infant in arms, clamored to be nursed. Jesse was one of the children huddled around her.
"I remember it all as if it had happened only yesterday," Jesse Cave remarked. "Mother sat up and was reaching for my little sister, when a minnie ball struck mother in the breast. As soon as possible she was given treatment, but she never recovered, and three weeks later she died."

[From the journal, "Missouri Pioneer Wagon" Vol 3, # 1; Fall 1982]
"Bartlett Bird Cave --- Lucinda Rowland --- They had four children: William H., Melinda B., Jesse M., and the baby who was in Lucinda's arms in the Battle."

[From the obituary of son Jesse M. Cave]
"The father, Bartlett Bird Cave, after the death of his wife, went to Carroll county, MO.

However, in 1870 he was living in Pleasant Hill, Cass Co., MO with his son William and was running a general store. Jesse appears to be have left behind in Jackson county and was living near a Rowland family, perhaps relatives on his mother's side:

1870 census, Cass Co., MO, Polk Twp., Pleasant Hill, p. 683
Bartlett Cave, 40, NC, dealer in dry goods
William, 17, works out, MO

1870 census, Jackson Co., MO, Lees Summit, p. 125
[a few doors from a Ben Rowland, age 45]
Jo F. Underwood, 53, NC
Belinda, 47, KY
Jesy Cave, 12, MO [indexed as Jery Cum]

[From the obituary of son Jesse M. Cave]
"In 1870, he married Amelia Satterfield of Lafayette Co., MO and soon afterward he opened a general store at Strasburg in Cass county, Missouri."

Bartlett married on 14 Feb 1871 to Amelia Satterfield, daughter of James Satterfield and his wife Frances Day. She was born in Sumner Co., TN.

[From, "History of Bourbon Whiskey" by Ronald Shawhan and Robert Francis]
"The old account books indicate that B.B. Cave bought 45 96/00 gallons of whiskey on August 10, and again the same amount on October 2, 1876, each deal costing $9l .80. In August 1877, he bought 43 26/100 gallons, and paid the last of his account by selling corn sheller to the distillery for $80.02."

On the 1880 census, Bartlett's occupation is listed as a farmer:

1880 Cass Co., MO, Polk Twp., p. 235B
B. B. Cave, 50, NC, farmer, NC NC
Amealie, 42, TN NC NC
Frank, 8, MO
Susan, 6, MO
Benjamin, 4, MO
Lucinda, 2, MO
John Jones, 19, MO
Mollie Satterfield, 18, niece, MO TN VA

Sometime between 1880 and 1900, Bartlett and Amelia moved to Warrensburg, Johnson Co., MO. In 1900, his occupation was carpenter:

1900 Johnson Co., MO, 3-WD Warrensburg, p. 247
Bartlett B. Cave, b. Feb 1830, m'd 29 yrs, NC NC NC, carpenter
Amelia, b. Mar 1838, 5 chdn; 5 living, TN NC NC
Ben W., b. Jan 1876, MO
Sudie, b. Dec 1877, MO
Sallie, b. Jul 1881, MO

By 1910, Bartlett and Amelia have moved again and were living in Independence, Jackson Co., MO with their widowed son-in-law and grandson, the widower and son of their late daughter Lucinda "Sudie" Cave Jones:

1910 census, Jackson Co., MO, 1-WD Independence, p. 94
Charles T. Jones, 38, widowed, MO TN MO
Charles E. Jones, 4, MO
Bartlett B. Cave, 80, father-in-law, marriage 2 of 38 yrs, NC NC NC
Amelia F., 72, marriage 1 of 38 yrs, TN NC NC

Bartlett died later in 1910 and was buried in Independence, Jackson Co., MO. His death certificate gave his final occupation as carpenter. His wife Amelia died in 1917 and her death certificate states she was buried at Mount Washington cemetery, Independence.

Bartlett' obituary was printed in the Oak Grove Banner.

From "History of Jackson County", Southern Historical Press, 1920, by W. Z. Hickman:

"Jesse M. Cave, a prominent farmer and stockman, of Van Buen township, is a descendant of a pioneer family of Jackson County, who have conspicuously identified with this section since 1838. Mr. Cave was born at Lone Jack, Feb. 22, 1857, a son of Bartlett B. and Lucinda (Rowland) Cave, who were the parents of four children, as follows: William H., lives in the State of Washington; Jesse M., the subject of this sketch; Lucenda, deceased, and Phenella, deceased. Lucenda Rowland Cave, the mother of these children, was accidentally killed at the Battle of Lone Jack, and during that engagement her home was burned to the ground.
Bartlett B. Cave married for his second wife, Amelia Satterfield, a native of Tennessee, and six children were born to that union, as follows: Dr. Frank Cave, a physician, Kansas City, Mo; Susan, married Bert Palmer, a bank cashier at Kansas City, Mo.; Benjamin, deceased; Luttie, married Charles Jones, and is now deceased; Noah, also deceasd; and Sallie, married John Grinter, Independence.
Bartlett B. Cave, father of Jesse M. Cave, was born in North Carolina, April 22, 1832, and did in Jackson County, in November, 1910. He came to Jackson County in 1838, and settled on a farm near Lone Jack. For a number of years he and Nora Hunt [Noah Hunt] operated a carding mill in the vicinity of Lone Jack. His first wife, Lucinda Rowland, who was killed at the Battle of Lone Jack, was a native of Kentucky, and came to Jackson County with her parents when she was a young girl.
Jesse M. Cave spent his boyhood days amidst the pioneer surroundings of eastern Jackson County, and attended the district school, such as it was in those early days, but he obtained the greater part of his education in the hard school of life. He has always been a close observer and a student of men and events, and it may be fittingly said of him that he is a self-made man. In early life he learned the carpenter trade, and has worked at it considerably during he course of his career. He bought his first land in 1887, and in 1891 bought additional acreage, and is now the owner of 99 acres, upon which he has made extensive improvements. He carries on general farming and stock raising, and has met with success.
Jan. 8, 1881, Mr. Cave was married to Miss Sarah Satterfield, a native of Lafayette County, Mo., born June 29, 1853. She is a daughter of Green D. and Nancy (Joyce) Satterfield, the former a native of Tennessee, and the latter of Virginia. To Mr. and Mrs. Cave have been born six children, as follows: Nellie, married A.D. Dale, Kansas City, Mo.; Luella, resides in Kansas City, Mo.; William, deceased; Margaret, married Frank Chaudoin, Salina, Kan.; Everett, deceased; and Mary, resides in Kansas City, Mo.
Mr. Cave is a Democrat and takes an active interest in local public affairs, and is public spirited and is progressive. He has served on the local school board and held the office of road overseer. He holds membership in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America."


Bartlett Cave's children by Lucinda Rowland:

1. William Henry Cave "Buddy", b. Mar 1852, Lone Jack, Jackson Co., MO; m. 1st c. 1870 to Anna May Satterfield [b. 13 Aug 1851, KY; d. 03 Apr 1891, age 38]; m. 2nd 8 Sep 1892 to Louetta Anderson [b. 29 Apr 1857; d. 26 Mar 1933, Maple Heights, Everett, WA, age 75]; he d. after 17 Mar 1938.

1880 Cass Co., MO, Strasburg, p. 244C
William H. Cave, 26, MO NC KY
Annie, 27, KY KY KY
Jessie, 4 (male)
Lena, 1

1900 census, Jackson Co., MO, Van Buren Township, p. 233
William Cave, b. Mar 1852, married 7 yrs, carpenter, MO
Luetta, b. Apr 1857, 3 chdn; 1 living, KY KY KY
Dora, b. Jul 1884, MO
Loubelle, b. Sep 1886, MO
Mina, b. Jun 1896, MO
Georgia, b. Dec 1898, MO

William Henry Cave's children by Anna Satterfield:
1) Jesse Cave (son), b. 1876, Jackson or Cass Co., MO.
2) Lena Cave, b. 1879, Cass Co., MO.
1) Dora Cave, b. Jul 1884, MO
2) Loubelle Cave, b. Sep 1886, MO
William Henry Cave's children by Louetta Anderson:
3) Mina Cave, b. Jun 1896, MO
4) Georgia Cave, b. Dec Dec 1898, MO


2. Malinda B. Cave [her name may have been Lucinda], b. 1 Aug 1855, Lone Jack, Jackson Co, MO; d. 26 Mar 1858, Lone Jack, Jackson Co, MO, age 2; buried Lone Jack cemetery.


3. Jesse Millard Cave, b. 22 Feb 1857, Lone Jack, Jackson Co., MO; m. 8 Jan 1879, Oak Mount Hope Church, near Odessa, MO, to Sarah Elizabeth Satterfield [b. 29 Jun 1854, Lone Jack, Jackson Co., MO; buried Lone Jack Cemetery]; he d. 17 Mar 1938; buried Lone Jack Cemetery.

1870 census, Jackson Co., MO, Lees Summit, p. 125
[a few doors from a Ben Rowland, age 45]
Jo F. Underwood, 53, NC
Belinda, 47, KY
Jesy Cave, 12, MO [indexed as Jery Cum]

1880 census, Cass Co., MO, Polk, p. 237A
J.M. Cave, 22, farmer, MO NC NC
S.E., 20, MO TN VA

1900 census, Jackson Co., MO, Van Buren Township, p. 233
Jesse Cave, b. Feb 1858, 42, married 20 yrs, carpenter, MO
Sarah, b. Jun 1854, 4 chdn; 4 living, MO TN VA
Nettie, b. Feb 1880, MO
Luella, b. Feb 1883, MO
Margaret, b. Nov 1891, MO
Mary, b. Jul 1893, MO

1910 census, Jackson Co., MO, Sniabar Township, 1-WD Oak Grove, p. 257
Jesse M. Cave, 53, marriage 1 of 32 yrs, MO NC KY
Sarah E., 53, mar. 1 of 32 yrs, 4 chdn; 4 living, MO TN TN
Louella, 24, MO
Maggie, 18, MO
Mary, 16, MO

From the obituary of Jesse M. Cave;
"Mr. Cave leaves four daughters, Mrs A. D. Dale and Miss Dot Cave, both of the home; Mrs Margaret Chaudom, ... and Mrs Carl Hays, ... [Lone Jack, MO], a brother, Wm. Henry (Buddy) Cave, 85 yrs old (in) Everette, WA.; two half sisters, Mrs. B.Z. Palmer and Mrs John Ginter, 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild."

Jesse Millard Cave's children:
1) Nettie Cave, b. Feb 1880, Lone Jack, Jackson Co., MO; married A.D. Dale
2) Louella A. Cave "Dot", b. Feb 1883, Lone Jack, Jackson Co., MO; d. 20 Jan 1961, Kansas City, MO; buried Lone Jack Cemetery, Lone Jack, Jackson Co., MO.
3) Willie Cave, b. 1885; d. 6 Nov 1896; buried Lone Jack Cemetery.
4) Everett Cave, b. 1889, Lone Jack, Jackson Co., MO; d. 1891; buried Lone Jack Cemetery, Lone Jack, Jackson Co., MO.
5) Margaret Cave, b. Nov 1891, Lone Jack, Jackson Co., MO;
6) Mary Cave, b. Jul 1893, Lone Jack, Jackson Co., MO; m. Carl Hays.


4. Phenellar H. Cave, b. 29 Sep 1859, Lone Jack, Jackson Co., MO; d. 1863, Lone Jack, Jackson Co., MO; buried Lone Jack Cemetery, Lone Jack, Jackson co, MO. She shares a tombstone with her mother. She appears to have been the baby her mother was tending to when she was shot; however, as Phenellar was almost two years old at the time of the battle, it's possible there was a younger baby who also died in infancy.


Bartlett Cave's children by Amelia Satterfield:

5. Dr. John Franklin Cave, b. 18 Dec 1871, Strasburg, Cass Co, MO; m. Hanna Quker [b. 30 Jun 1881, Chillicothe, Livingston Co., MO; d. 7 Jan 1941, Kansas City; daughter of Christian F. Quker and Frances Reganauer, both born in Germany]; he d. 21 Jun 1936, Kansas City, MO; buried Forest Hill Cemetery. He had no children.

1910 census, Jackson Co., MO, 1-WD Kansas City, p. 126
John Franklin Cave, 38, marriage 1 of 9 yrs, physician, MO SC TN
Anna, 28, marriage 1 of 9 yrs, 0 chdn, MO Ger Ger; immigrated 1872
Edmond Arnold, 31, lodger
Catherine Mary, 28, lodger

1920 census, Jackson Co., MO, 2-WD Kansas City, p. 149
John F. Cave, 48, physician, MO Carolina TN
Hanna, 38, MO Ger Ger


6. Susanna Frances Cave, b. 12 Jan 1874, Cass Co., MO; m. Burton A. Palmer [b. 25 Dec 1871, Hickman Mills, Jackson Co., MO; d. 22 Mar 1932, Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO; son of Jacob T. Palmer and Catherine Whitsett; he worked as a bank cashier]; she d. 6 Nov 1948, Independence, Jackson Co., MO; buried Memorial Park.

1900 census, Jackson Co., MO, Washington Township, p. 250
B.J. Palmer, 28, b. Dec 1871, m'd 1 yr, store clerk, MO
Susie, 25, b. Apr 1875, 1 child; 1 living, MO KY MO
Amelia C., 2 mos, b. Mar 1900, MO

1910 census, Jackson Co., MO, 5-WD Kansas, p. 43
Burto Z. Palmer, 38, marriage 1 of 11 yrs, land agent, MO VA KY
Susie K., 36, marriage 1 of 11 yrs, 1 child; 1 living, MO
Amelia K., 10, MO

1920 census, Jackson Co., MO, 4-WD Kansas, p. 63
Burto Z. Palmer, 43, bank cashier, MO VA KY
Susan F., 45, MO NC TN
Amelia, 19, MO

Susan Frances Cave's child:
1) Amelia Catherine Palmer, b. Mar 1900, Jackson Co., MO.


7. Dr. Benjamin W. Cave, b. Jan 1875, Cass Co., MO; d. 1907, buried Mount Washington cemetery, Independence, Jackson Co., MO.


8. Lucinda Cave "Sudie", b. Dec 1877, Cass Co., MO; m. 27 Aug 1902, Johnson Co., MO [indexed as "Lillie", but is "Suttie"] to Charles T. Jones [b. 1872 MO]; she d. 1906-1910.

1910 census, Jackson Co., MO, 1-WD Independence, p. 94
Charles T. Jones, 38, widowed, MO TN MO
Charles E. Jones, 4, MO
Bartlett B. Cave, 80, father-in-law, marriage 2 of 38 yrs, NC NC NC
Amelia F., 72, marriage 1 of 38 yrs, TN NC NC

Lucinda "Sudie" Cave's child:
1) Charles E. Jones, b. 1906, Independence, Jackson Co., MO.


9. Noah Cave, died young.


10. Sarah Cave, b. 14 Jul 1880, MO, Cass Co., MO; m. 15 Aug 1908, Kansas City, MO to John Hill Grinter [b. 2 Mar 1878, Independence, Jackson Co, MO; d. 8 Oct 1960, Independence, Jackson Co, MO]; she d. 27 Feb 1967, Independence, Jackson Co, MO; buried Woodlawn cemetery. She had no children.

1920 census, Jackson Co., MO, 4-WD Independence, p. 244
John H. Grinter, 41, civil engineer in oil refining, MO MO MO
Sallie H., 39, MO NC TN
Family links: 
  Galen Cave (1800 - 1851)
  Susanah Frances Easley Cave (1805 - 1892)
  Lucinda Rowland Cave (1832 - 1862)
  Amelia Satterfield Cave (1838 - 1917)
  William Henry Cave (1852 - 1939)*
  Malinda Cave (1855 - 1858)*
  Jessie Millard Cave (1857 - 1938)*
  J. Franklin Cave (1871 - 1936)*
  Susan Frances Cave Palmer (1874 - 1948)*
  Benjamin W Cave (1875 - 1907)*
  Sallie C Cave Grinter (1880 - 1967)*
  Bartlett Bird Cave (1830 - 1910)
  Nancy E. Cave Hunt (1833 - 1879)*
  Mary F. Cave Cox (1839 - 1925)*
*Calculated relationship
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