Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My Cavit Line

Paragraphs from Ellen Burnett Cavitt Book

By 1725 we find that the first son of Moses Cavet had made the break and arrived in America. This was Alexander Cavet. Born in 1705, Alexander, at 20, is spoken of as a Covenanter. It is supposed that his entire family was of the same mind. John and Sheridan followed Alex and arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736, John moving later to Augusta County, Virginia where he died. The father of these three men (with his four younger sons) came to America having moved from Scotland to Ireland in 1738 and to America in 1750.
At that time, Patrick (spelled Patric) was 15 years old. It was this son of Moses 1st who lived to be 100 years old, fought in the Revolution with his sons, Andrew, James and John. His brother, Moses, killed at Kings Mountain 10-17-1780, was accompanied in the latter days of the siege by a fifteen-year-old son, Richard, who many years later when living in Madison County, Alabama, was granted a pension for his Revolutionary fighting which, according to his account, lasted for about 10 years, through two enlistment’s, as was customary with citizens who were not professional soldiers.
Patric's brothers, Richard and Michael, may also have been soldiers in the American Revolution but it is difficult to make definite the identity of persons with five of the same name in one family connection. At one time, there were five Moses Cavets and five Richard Cavets during the 1735 to 1800 period.
Alexander Cavet, son of Moses 1st and brother of Patric, was killed when his family was massacred in 1793. It is possible that he too saw service in the war for freedom from England, though there are no records by which we have substantiated this idea. One Alex Cavet is spoken of in Pennsylvania but it is known that Alexander Cavet lived eight or ten miles N-W of Knox City (Knoxville) Tennessee, at Cavitt Springs in Cavet Fort, at least during 1793.
So we can see that these men who were willing to banish themselves from their own country for religious freedom would also be the ones willing to do their part of the fighting for freedom from any tyrannies. The records give at least six Cavets (Cavitts) as Revolutionary soldiers.
In 1729 when the synod adopted the Westminster Confession and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, they provided for slight variations in doctrine in order "not to strive to force a Scottish, an Irish, an English, or a Welsh type of Presbyterianism" upon the whole of the new country.
Presbyterians took a prominent part in the Revolutionary War which was often spoken of by the British as the "Presbyterian Rebellion." John Witherspoon, president of Princeton College, and Moderator of the first General Assembly was the only minister to sign the Declaration of Independence.
Two Presbyterian groups separated from the established Church of Scotland were called the Covenanters who organized the Reformed Presbytery, 1743, and the Seceders who organized the Associate Presbytery. Both the groups sent ministers to America. In 1753 the Associate Presbytery of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, was organized. It was to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the Cavitts first came. In 1773, the Reformed Presbytery (Covenanters) of America was constituted. In 1782, these two very similar groups united as the Associate Reform Church. Their motto was, "The Truth of God -- Forbearance in Love". Their belief was and is that Jesus Christ as the only Head of the Church has given it the ministry and ordinances of God and that He expects His Church to bear witness in all of life, making known His love to all people, believing that the responsibility for fulfilling this mission rests equally on the minister and the laity.
Ruth Watson Morris, DAR Nat. No. 157392
Ruth E. Watson applied for membership in DAR by right of lineal descent in the following line from Patrick Cavitt, who was born in Ireland 1735, married in Pennsylvania, and died 1835 and who served in the War of Revolution. Was on tax list in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, 1779-1782.
County, Illinois.
I (Ruth E. Watson) was born in Scotland Township, McDonough County, Illinois. I am daughter of Hugh Watson, born March 26, 1851, died ____, and his first legal and lawful wife, Jennie Blazer, born November 3, 1854, married March 25, 1882.
The said Jennie Blazer was the daughter of Davied Blazer, born 1825, died 1874, and his first and lawful wife, Nancy Ann Cavitt, born 1831, married 1853.
The said Nancy Ann Cavitt was the daughter of James Cavitt, born 1790, died 1853, and his second legal and lawful wife, Jean Crooks, born 1800, died 1886.
The said James Cavitt was the son of Patrick Cavitt, born 1735, died 1835, and his second and lawful wife, Mary Porter, born ___, died 1835.
And he, Patrick Cavitt, is ancestor who assisted in establishing American Independence while acting in capacity of private soldier. Patrick Cavitt was a private in the Revolutionary Army under James Poe in the Cumberland Militia Third Co., commanded by Col. Alex Brown. Date of enlistment 1782.
Volume No. 6, Pennsylvania Archives, Fifth Series, Pages No. 576.
Revolutionary ancestor was married at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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