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submitted by Roberta Isenhower

Collected by Earlene Pruet-Clark

Working on family history since 1970

With daughter Doris Schwarz


James Lee Caldwell , came to America with his parents as a baby. They were from Ireland. The family was in Virginia. As a young man, he rode his horse from Tennessee to near Oxford, Mississippi. He liked that location so he built a house. He married and lived there until his death at the age of 94 years. His wife preceded him in death by 20 years. He was a close neighbor to the Gunn family. His daughter Dora Lee married James Franklin Gunn. They met as young children and loved no other.

James Lee Caldwell , (the 1850 census list him as 38 years. she as 21)

+ Ann E. Carter

children: (perhaps not in order)

1. John T. Caldwell married M.A. Morrow

b. 1848

m. 6 Janrary 1870 in Lafayette Co, MS

Moved to Paris Texas

2. Mary Jane Caldwell married G.P. Robertson

b. March 1850 (census taken is September, she was 6mo.)

m. 24 January 1872, Lafayette CO.MS

Moved to Memphis Tenn. with sister Martha

3. Martha M. Caldwell married John F. Holland


m. 26 February 1880

Moved to Memphis Tennessee with sister Mary Jane

4. Lucy T. Caldwell married Balaam T. Black


m. 29 April 1877 in Layfayette Co. MS

5. Bettie Caldwell (never married, cared for father)

[ Many of the Gunn families moved to Texas, and Dora's family was among them. Four of her children were born in Lafayette County MS.

John Murry b. 1895, was a Pvt. Company A 23 Inf. 2nd Div. A.E.F. in w.w.1

He was killed in France the 13 Oct. 1818] [American Expeditionary Forces. ]

6. Dora Lee Caldwell married James Franklin Gunn

b. 23 Feb. 1867 b. 13 May 1861

m. 23 Dec. 1886

d. 21 Apr. 1935 d. 14 Sept. 1929

(both died, Moran, TX. buried in Dennis Cemetery, Callahan Co.TX. Five miles south of Moran, Shackelford County Texas.

7. William (Bill) Caldwell married Unknown.



(Had twins Hope and Audry, girl & boy)

8. James (Jim) Caldwell married Ida Black


m. 7 January 1886

9. Sam Caldwell married unknown.



(Sam could be short for Samuel)


1870 Census 29 July Lafayette County, MS

Post Office Caswell Township 7 J.W. Vaughn Ass't Marshal

dwelling 3; Family 3:

Caldwell. J.L. 57 mw Farmer 500 500 NC

- A.E 42 fw keeping house NC

- M.J 20 fw at home MS

- L.A. 18 fw school MS

- Bettie 16 fw school MS

- W.L. 14 mw school MS

_ Martha 12 fw school MS

_ James 10 mw MS

_ Maggie 6

_ D.L 3 fw MS

_ Samuel 1 mw MS

These are the Names: James Lee

Ann E. (Carter)

(Eldest son John T. married in 1870. He was 22)

Mary Jane married G.P. Robinson in 1872

Lucy married Balaam T. Black 29, Apr 1877

Bettie never married, cared for father.

William L.

Martha M. married J.F. Holland Feb. 26 1880

James E. married Ida Black Jan. 7, 1886

Maggie married R.E. Duval, Dec. 24, 1885

Dora Lee married James Franklin Gunn, De. 23, 1886


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