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Clemeth Cavender (b. January 04, 1774, d. February 14, 1836)Clemeth Cavender (son of Ezekial Cavender and Ann (--?--)) was born January 04, 1774 in Westmoreland County, Virginia Colony, and died February 14, 1836 in Hall County Georgia, USA.He married Rebecca Rachel Dedman on 1795 in Rowan County, North Carolina, daughter of Edmond Dedman and Elizabeth Corbin.
Notes for Clemeth Cavender:
Clemeth and Rebecca (Dedman) Cavender were the father and mother of Nancy (Cavender) Barnes, my great-grandmother.Both were buried in the Cavender-Barnes Cemetery located in northwest Hall County, Georgia.
From Westmoreland County, Virginia, the Cavenders moved to Spartanburg District, South Carolina and then to Pendleton District. Prior to 1820, Clemeth Cavender walked to Northeast Georgia, selected a home-site in the Cherokee Nation, and returned to South Carolina to bring his family to Georgia.
A great-grandson was told by his grandmother, a daughter of Clemeth, that she was five years of age when the trip to Georgia was made.She remembered that there was no bridge across the Chattahoochee River about where Thompson Bridge is now located on state highway #60 north of Gainesville.The family camped along side the river until Clemeth could build a raft by cutting logs and stringing them together with vines.After the raft was completed, Clemeth carried the horses across to test the raft's strength and safety.He was successful and returned for the family and their belongings.At that time, no roads existed in the Cherokee Nation, and the family made very slow progress as Clemeth walked in front, slashing away with an ax in order to clear a path.
Of necessity the Cavender family, were on friendly terms with the Cherokee.A small creek (probably Wahoo Creek) near the Cavender home became a gathering place for Indian squaws because of the water and also because reeds furnished the material for weaving baskets.The Cherokees traded them to the whites.
It is not known if Clemeth served in the military - he was the right age to have served in the War of 1812.He was a fortunate drawer in at least two Georgia Land Lotteries and drew lots in Habersham and Cherokee Counties.
The two-story log cabin Clemeth built has been restored and is now used as the living room of a new house.A descendant said that the first abode built by Clemeth was rustic and hastily erected.The two-story house was built a few years later.John and Nancy (Cavender) Barnes later occupied the house.The description of the house that follows describes the house before it was restored.
The house is rectangular and its dimension is about 22 feet wide and 17 feet deep.Thus, one floor has about 375 square feet.The front door is in the center of the house and there is a back door that is in line with it.Also, there is an exterior door in the west wall.
As one enters the front of the house, there is a wall from front to back on the right hand side of the front door making a small room on the west side and a larger one on the east side. There are two windows in front and one on the east side.A stairway to the second floor bends around the southeast corner.Directly in the middle of the house, a root cellar is visible through the dilapidated floor; however, a hinge for a door to the root cellar is still present along with the remnants of a second hinge.
I do not understand how they kept warm.There are no chimneys remaining in the house; indeed, the design does not provide space for fireplaces.In all likelihood, there was a separate building for cooking but there is no sign of it today.
The house sits on a foundation made from local stone.The structure is built from heavy lumber which was hand hewn.Thin siding covers the heavy timbers.None of the lumber has ever been painted.For a house that must be 125-150 years old, it stands as dramatic testimony to the skill of the builder.
More About Clemeth Cavender:
Burial: Unknown, Cavender Memorial Cemetery, Hall County Georgia, USA.
More About Clemeth Cavender and Rebecca Rachel Dedman:
Marriage: 1795, Rowan County, North Carolina.
Children of Clemeth Cavender and Rebecca Rachel Dedman are:
- Elizabeth Cavender, b. November 24, 1799, Hall County, Georgia, USA, d. date unknown, Y.
- Fannie Cavender, b. Abt. 1800, Hall County, Georgia, USA, d. date unknown.
- +Melchian Cavender, b. February 06, 1802, South Carolina, d. January 12, 1888.
- Catherine A. Cavender, b. February 03, 1803, Lumpkin County, Georgia, d. March 06, 1885.
- William Cavender, b. September 20, 1806, d. June 08, 1886.
- +George Washington Cavender, b. Abt. 1808, Georgia, USA, d. Abt. 1889, Georgia, USA.
- +John D. Cavender, b. February 24, 1840, d. date unknown, Y.
- +Joseph Cavender, b. March 20, 1817, d. March 10, 1895, Dalton, Georgia, USA.
- Rebecca Cavender, b. Abt. 1820, GA, d. September 1880.
- +Clemeth Cavender, b. May 12, 1821, White County, Georgia, d. October 06, 1898, Hall County, Georgia, USA.
- +Nancy Cavender, b. October 07, 1823, Hall County Georgia, USA, d. June 16, 1912, Hall County Georgia, USA.
- Winny Ann Cavender, b. Abt. 1825, d. date unknown, Y.