Tag: geneology

Frederich & Maren Christiansen

Personal Info________________________________________
Father: Frederik Johansen Christiansen
Born: May 29, 1830             Lindelse Parish  Langeland, Denmark
Died: February 14, 1909      Sioux City, Iowa    Age  78
Parents: Christian Johansen & Karen Hansdatter

Mother: Maren Sophia Madsen
Born: February 6, 1836        Langeland, Denmark
Died: February 23, 1900      Sioux City, Iowa   Age  64
Parents: Madse Olsen & Anne Jacobsdatter

Married: October 1, 1859 for 40 years

Buried: Old Danish (Drake) Cemetery. St. Johns township.
Between Jackson and Hubard, Nebraska.
Now located on private property and has been abandoned.

Frederik Christiansen was a “cooper” by profession. This meant that he made wooden tubs and casks such as barrels for a living.

Not much is known about Maren. Her parents never married and there is some question as to whether Madse Olsen, a blacksmith, was actually her father. It could not have been an easy upbringing.

After marrying, Frederick and Maren lived on the Danish island of Langeland. The tale of how they made it to America is a common one and says much about the closeness of their family. First their son Richard, an intelligent and talented man, left for the United States. He then saved up enough money to bring over his parents. Frederik joined his son working as a cooper, and together they helped the rest of the family made the journey.

The Christiansens settled around Sioux City, Iowa. Later some of the children moved east, halfway across the state, to Eagle Grove.

An old photograph shows Frederik and Maren as short, heavyset people. Both lived to what was then considered an ripe old age and this trait was passed on to most of the children as shown below.

Children of Frederich & Maren Christiansen

Caroline Christiansen (Hansen) – Housewife
Born: January 27, 1858Died: August 8, 1945   Age  87

Anne K. Christiansen – Housewife
Born: 1860Died: 1920   Age  60

Richard Christiansen – Cooper
Born: February 27, 1862Died: Unknown

Louise Christiansen – Housewife
Born: January 27, 1864Died: February 12, 1943   Age  79

Karintine Christiansen – Housewife
Born: July, 1866Died: 1945   Age  79

Josephine Mary Christiansen (Nielsen) – Housewife
Born: September 12, 1869Died: January 18, 1955   Age   85

Andreas & Marie Nielsen

Personal Info________________________________________
Father: Andreas Nielsen
Born: October 22, 1830      Tulleboelle Parish  Langeland, Denmark
Died: September 4, 1868    Langeland, Denmark   Age  37
Parents (Father): Niels Godfredsen

Mother: Marie Anne Mikkelsen
Born: January 26, 1835      Lighteby, Tulleboelle Parish  Langeland
Died: Early 1916                Langeland, Denmark   Age  81
Parents: Mikkel Mogensen & Ann Teterodatte

Married: Around 1856 for 12 years

Buried: On the island of Langeland, Denmark. Unfortunately, old graves are reused. Most likely, they would have been buried in the Tulleboelle Parish Cemetery. Monte Wilson did not find any evidence of their graves when he visited there in 1984.

Andreas Neilsen was a “smallholder” which means he farmed a meager portion of land. He was confirmed in 1845 with the records showing his knowledge to be “good” and his behavior “excellent”.

Marie was confirmed in 1849. Little else is known about her. Her son Hans left for America long before she passed away, and though there is evidence he stayed in touch with the family, any correspondence has been lost.

The 1860 Denmark census shows that as of February 1 of that year, the family consisted of the parents, two daughters and Marie’s father, Mikkel Mogensen. This was long before nursing homes, so the responsibility of caring for the elder family members fell upon the children. In the years following the census, another girl and son, Hans, were born.

In 1864, the Second Schleswig War broke out with Denmark fighting the Kingdom of Prussia and the Austrian Empire. Andreas was forced into service and shot in the lung during the battle reportedly made famous by the Danish drummer boy who carried the flag from a fallen officer. Alas, it was the only event worth remembering for the Danes as the one-sided conflict was over within the year. Denmark was forced to give up three Duchies (pieces of territory), which are now part of Germany.

After being wounded, Andreas was sent back home to either recover or die. Rarely did the soldiers of that day receive medical care, and what was available would have been of little help in treating a lung wound. In spite of this, Andreas survived almost four more years — which could hardly have been pleasant. His father-in-law probably assumed many of the family duties and responsibilities.

In December of 1866, Mikkel Morgensen died. Andreas passed away two years later. This left Marie with four children to raise. How she got by is unknown, but it must have taken plenty of hard work and persistence. In hopes of a better life, at least three of the children emigrated to the United States. The other presumably stayed behind to care for her.

Special Note: As of July 2020, Marie’s date of death has been revised. Originally it was April 10, 1899 — taken from the church records in Denmark. However, a recently discovered item in the March 1, 1916 edition of the Eagle Grove Times-Gazette reports the following:

“H. P. Nielsen (Marie’s son) received word last week of the
death of his mother in Denmark. The old lady was eighty-two
years old.”

Children of Andreas & Marie Nielsen

Anne Catherine Nielsen
Born: September 16, 1857Died: Unknown

Marentine Stephine Nielsen
Born: October 18, 1858Died: Unknown

Caroline Andersine Nielsen
Born: May 8, 1861Died: Unknown

Hans Peter Nielsen
Born: December 28, 1863Died: June 17, 1925

Hans & Mary Nielsen

Personal Info________________________________________
Father: Hans Peter Neilsen
Born: December 28, 1863    Simmerboelle Parish  Langeland, Denmark
Died: June 17, 1925             Near Eagle Grove, Iowa   Age  61
Parents: Andreas & Marie Nielsen

Mother: Josephine Mary Christiansen  “Mary”
Born: September 12, 1869   Fodslette Parish, Svendborg County  Langeland
Died: January 18, 1955       Minneapolis, Minnesota   Age  85
Parents: Frederik & Marin Christiansen

Married: February 23, 1893 for 32 years

Buried: Woolstock Cemetery north of Woolstock, Iowa.
Nielsen Family Plot next to the road.

Hans Nielsen was born on the Danish island of Langeland. He was baptized at home on January 30, 1864. As a youth he would earn money by working on a fishing boat. The boys on these often had to climb the main pole to pull up or take down the sails. On a few occasions during stormy weather the unfortunate lad performing this task would be blown overboard and lost.

Hans also did most of the hard work around the home as his father died a few months before Hans’ fifth birthday. Those were extremely hard times as Denmark had in 1864 lost around one third of her land and population following a war against what is now Germany and Austria. Han’s father passed away as a result of a wound he received while fighting in one of the battles.

Hans continued to live with his mother and was confirmed in the local parish of the Lutheran Church on April 28, 1878. A few years later, about the time of his eighteenth birthday, he packed his possessions and left for America, never to return.

There were good reasons for his departure. An older sister was already living in America a few miles northwest of the town of Eagle Grove, Iowa. Her letters back home described a country of opportunity with plenty of available and rich farmland. Such accounts could not have failed to excite the imagination and ambitions of a young, intelligent man looking to make a better future for himself.

A second reason was the poor state Denmark was in after the war. Later in life, long after he’d settled in the U.S., Hans was once asked returning to the “old country”. His response was revealing: “Why should I ever go back? There’s nothing for me there.”

The trip over to America lasted four weeks. Sea sickness was rampant amongst the passengers, many of whom had never set foot on a ship before. The story passed down from Hans is that sharks would follow the boats, somehow knowing that the dead had to be buried at sea before arrival in America. When this happened, the flimsy coffins would be torn to pieces along with the body inside.

Like most European immigrants of the time, Hans was processed through Ellis Island upon his arrival in the U.S. in 1884. He then began a long train journey west to Iowa. It must have been an awe inspiring ride for the newcomer as the car rolled through endless towns and mile upon mile of open fields.

Han’s first night in Eagle Grove was spent in a hotel, most likely the Occidental. The following morning he struck out in the direction of his sister’s farm (Mrs. Al Smith). A spring storm had caused the Boone river west of town to flood out the makeshift bridge. Tying his suitcase behind his back, Hans swam across. Once on the other side, he began stopping at farmhouses and repeating the name “Smith” since he did not know much English. This finally led him to the right farm and a happy reunion with his sister.

Mary was also from Langeland, but met Hans in America. Her talented brother Richard came over first, then saved up enough money so that his parents and the rest of the family could follow. They settled in the town of Sioux City, Iowa and later some of them relocated to Eagle Grove.

At the time he met Mary, Hans was doing hired hand work with an eye towards purchasing a farm and starting a family. The fact that Mary was not only Danish — but from the same island, no less — undoubtedly helped the courtship, and the two were married in 1893.

The first child born to them was named Andrew, an Americanized version of Han’s father’s name (Andreas). One summer afternoon while lying down, Mary dreamed that something bad had happened to the child. This premonition proved sadly true as a search finally uncovered the boy’s body in a horse tank where he had drowned. Three others also died either as infants or young children and are buried in the Woolstock, Iowa Cemetery, on the same plot as their parents.

Despite these experiences, Hans and Mary remained compassionate people as shown by their adoption of nine year old Eric Anderson. Eric’s parents were dead, and he had been living with an aunt who was caring for him largely out of a sense of responsibility. One day in town while waiting for Mary to finish shopping, Hans ran across the boy, and after hearing his story was moved enough to offer him a home with the Nielsens.

Hans was a thoughtful, easy going, humorous man with a shrewd business sense. He did his best to treat each child in the family fairly, encouraging them in their interests such as music and even taught some of them to waltz. He also believed in getting as much education as soon as possible, reasoning that the cost could only go up. (How true!)

Mary was a hard working woman and a versatile cook. One of her favorite ingredients was kale, a kind of cabbage, from which she would make soup. She also had a talent for being a handy, neat housekeeper and the children were always well dressed, as was she. Being somewhat quick-tempered, it was a challenge at times keeping all the kids in line.

One time, one of the daughters wanted to purchase a dress, but Mary felt it was far too expensive. After what was probably a rather spirited disagreement, the daughter saw Hans hiding in the spare bedroom, gesturing to her. There, he clandestinely gave her the money for the outfit.

Since both parents were from Denmark, the family conversations were in Danish and a few of the children retained this as a second language. It was particularly amusing when the family spoke on the phone. All the farmers in the area were on a single line back then, so an incoming call would cause the phone to ring in a number of homes. If the call was for the Nielsens, they would answer, then switch to Danish to have a bit of privacy. One could then hear the sounds of all the neighbors hanging up!

As Hans grew older, he began to have heart troubles, or “spells” as they were called in those days. On one occasion, he grew sick while coming back from town and had to stay at a neighbor’s home until he felt better. His health gradually declined until he passed away in 1925. His business acumen (he was especially good with numbers and finance) is evidenced by the possessions and property he was able to leave to his family.

Mary found living alone on the farm to be like a “prison”, so a few years after her husband passed away, she moved into Eagle Grove. Her modest house was (and still is) located just south of the post office. Her son Morse took over farming the home place.

Mary outlived her husband by almost thirty years. Longevity ran on her side of the family. Always recognizable with her red hair, she spoke in a careful manner with a distinct accent. Later in life she joined the Church of the Christian Scientist and became a staunch believer in a person’s ability to heal themselves without medicine. If one had a headache in her home, they had to be careful not to let Mary see them taking any aspirin!

In her mid eighties, Mary moved to Minneapolis to live her remaining months with her daughter Helen, passing away from cancer of the pancreas in early 1955.

Children of Hans & Mary Nielsen

Andrew Nielsen
Born: November 10, 1893Died: Summer of 1895
Drowned in a horse tank.

Hilda Nielsen
Born: July 20, 1895Died: July 30, 1898
Died of spinal meningitis.

Luella Ann Nielsen – Housewife
Born: July 18, 1897Died: July 17, 1972

Alice Louise Nielsen – Housewife
Born: October 21, 1899Died: Late Summer, 1992

Blanche Josephine Nielsen – Housewife
Born: December 27, 1901Died: June 7, 1962
Blanche and her husband were killed in an automobile 
accident at the highway intersection south of 
Blairsburg, Iowa.

Harold Richard Nielsen – Farmer
Born: February 1, 1904Died: November 24, 1967

Morse Frederick Nielsen – Farmer
Born: July 5, 1906Died: February 7, 1995

Lillian (Lilly) Nielsen
Born: July 24, 1908Died: July 28, 1908

Helen Carrie Nielsen – Housewife
Born: October 9, 1909Died: November 16, 1979

Raymond Albert Nielsen – Accountant, Traveler
Born: January 28, 1911Died: 1983
Ray’s first wife died a few years after they were married,
leaving Ray with an infant daughter who was raised by Ray’s
sister Helen. After retiring at a relatively young age, Ray
spent most of his life (with his second wife) travelling the
U.S. in a motor home.

Edward Nielsen
Born: April 25, 1912Died: August, 1912

John & Eliza Vollenweider

Personal Info________________________________________
Father: John Godfrey Vollenweider
Born: October 22, 1842 (?)        Aarburg, Switzerland
Died: June 15, 1917 (?)              Near Williams, Iowa     Age  74
Parents (Father): John Jakob Vollenweider

Mother: Eliza J. Kaump
Born: September 29, 1848         Georgetown, Wisconsin
Died: March 14, 1896                Williams, Iowa     Age  47
Parents: Unknown

Married: Unknown

Buried: Williams Cemetery, west of Williams, Iowa.
Vollenweider family plot near the northwest corner.

Editor’s Note: In August of 1968, Uncle Willard, my grandfather’s brother-in-law, died unexpectedly. He was buried in the lower section of the Williams Cemetery. During the service, my Grandma Lou told me that if I followed the second line of gravestones from the road up the hill, I would come upon the Vollenweider plot (her grandparents). Being eleven years old, the chance to sneak away and do some exploring sounded exciting and I quickly scampered off. Five minutes later I came upon the handsome obelisk, then went back to report my triumph. Thanks to this little adventure, I have never forgotten its location.

John Vollenweider was born in the picturesque town of Aarburg, Switzerland. The records there show his date of birth as November 3, 1842 and that he was baptized on November 20. His tombstone in the U.S., however, lists October 22 as his birth date. This is probably be due to the difference between the Gregorian (or modern) calendar versus the Julian. At the time of John’s birth, they would have been twelve days apart, with the Julian lagging.

John came to American as a young boy and settled in Georgetown, Wisconsin where he met and eventually married Eliza. In 1875, the couple and their two daughters moved to Williams, Iowa where John used his cabinet making skills to open up the town’s first furniture store. The family lived upstairs on the second floor. The store burned down in the disastrous Williams fire of 1882 in which everyone had to flee in their nightclothes. The building was uninsured, resulting in a loss of $1,400. After that, the family moved out to a farm. While in Iowa, three more children came along.

Although he was a creative individual, as left-handed people sometimes are, John was not very industrious. Eliza did almost all the work from keeping house to raising a garden. Soon after she died in 1896, John and the two boys moved down to a ranch in Texas. One of their diversions was hunting deer at night. John also owned (and could play) a rare Stradivarius violin, which lamentably was lost to history. A somewhat eclectic mix of hobbies.

John later returned to Iowa, passing away in June of 1917. There is some confusion surrounding this date as well: the tombstone says June 15, but John’s granddaughter Lucille Caudle (Wilson) distinctly remembered him dying on her ninth birthday, which was a day earlier. It may be that both dates on John Vollenweider’s gravestone are incorrect.

Children of John & Eliza Vollenweider

Edna Vollenweider – Housewife
Born: UnknownDied: Unknown

Emma Lulu Vollenweider (Caudle) – Housewife
Born: April 5, 1873Died: November 22, 1950

William Vollenweider – Farmer
Born: Unknown Died: Unknown
William was the first baby born in the town of Williams, Iowa.

Ida Belle Vollenweider
Born: Unknown Died: August 12, 1878
Died as an infant.

Adolph Vollenweider – Farmer
Born: Unknown Died: Unknown

John Vollenweider

Abraham & Mary Reece

Personal Info________________________________________
Father: Abraham Reece Jr.
Born: 1782
Died: May 2, 1852          Booneville, North Carolina   Age 70
Parents: Unknown

Mother: Mary Owen
Born: January 22, 1786
Died: March 28, 1858     Age  72
Parents: Unknown

Married: 1826

Buried: Most likely somewhere near Yadkinville, North Carolina.

Abraham Reece was a rancher. Upon his death, he willed his family one feather bed, one cow and one bureau. Nothing is known about his wife Mary except that she and Abraham were opposed to their daughter Margaret marrying Abram Caudle due him being a decade younger. This displeasure did not stand in the way of love; the two were married nine months following Mary’s death.

Known Children of Abraham & Mary Reece

Margaret Reece (Caudle) – Housewife
Born: December 8, 1827Died: March 2, 1911

Jacob & Margaret Caudle

Personal Info________________________________________
Father: Jacob Abraham Caudle  “Abram”
Born: September 7, 1837     Boonesville, North Carolina
Died: November 15, 1899   Age  62
Parents: Unknown

Mother: Margaret Reece
Born: December 8, 1827     Boonesville, North Carolina
Died: March 2, 1911           Age  83
Parents: Abraham & Mary Reece

Married: December 21, 1858 for 30 years

Buried: Radcliffe Cemetery, Radcliffe, Iowa.
Caudle Family Plot next to the road, near the main gate.
Next to James & Emma Caudle.

Abram Caudle was a solidly built man who had great faith in his own judgment. Weathering the disapproval of his future in-laws, he managed to court and wed Margaret despite the fact that she was ten years his senior.

Margaret was a very short, pretty, southern lady who was once voted the “Belle of Yadkin County” (North Carolina). A little over four feet tall, she also chewed tobacco, probably a habit she picked up from her rancher father.

The death of Margaret’s mother in the spring of 1858 may have helped clear the way for the marriage of the two as they exchanged vows later that same year. Abram then assumed ownership of the Reece Plantation (from his wife’s side of the family).

It was not the best time to be starting a family in the South. A little over two years after the couple had been declared man and wife, the state of North Carolina married itself to the Confederacy. Abram and his brothers ended up fighting for the South. One surrendered and was somehow shot later in the war while the other two deserted.

According to family legend, Abram and his brother Abner became horrified by the scenes of death around them and decided to return home. Hiding behind a barricade of dead men and mules, they stole away from the scene of the fighting and eventually made their way back to the plantation. There they dug a hole under the barn and had the children take the fresh dirt out to the field so no one would be aware of the hideaway, which was used for the rest of the war whenever unwanted company appeared. There also is a story of them breathing through reeds while hiding in a pond or river.

Raising a family in the South during the Civil War involved almost unendurable hardship. All the slaves save one had left the plantation while Margaret gave birth to two boys. She was sometimes forced to cook for “visiting” soldiers, first the Confederates, then the Union. If troops were know to be in the vicinity, some of the food would be hidden by bending a sapling over, tying a ham to the end, then releasing the tree.

After the war, two more boys and a girl were added to the family. Abram and Margaret then left the South, moving to Hardin County, Iowa in 1869. Then, in 1877, relocated one county over, to a farm some six miles northeast of the town of Ellsworth. Abram donated land for the Lincoln Church there of which he was a member. The farm ended up staying in the family for over a century. A grandson, Robert Caudle, at one time farmed land that had been owned by both his grandfathers: Abram, and John Vollenweider.

Abram died just before the turn of the 19th century, having been bothered for some time by a festering ulcer in his leg.

Margaret lived to an advanced age and her good looks never left her. She finally passed away due to cancer that had started in her mouth, probably a result of her tobacco chewing. Her granddaughter Lucille Caudle (Wilson) remembered seeing Margaret standing in front of a hall mirror trying to see how the cancer was spreading.

Editors’s Note: When my “Grandma Lu” shared the above memory with me back in 1984, she was talking about a woman who had been born when John Quincy Adams was president.

Ironically, although the family survived the Civil War unscathed, two of the sons later died violent deaths as noted below.

Children of Jacob & Margaret Caudle

Abraham Reece Caudle – Minister
Born: October 20, 1859 Died: Unknown
"Reece" moved to Nebraska and married a divorced woman. 
He and his wife were later murdered by the woman’s son
from her first marriage. 

Sara J. Caudle
Born: December 20, 1860Died: December 21, 1861

Aaron Caudle – Farmer
Born: March 14, 1862Died: April 10, 1910
Aaron suffered through what we would now call a mid-life 
crisis. After becoming increasingly depressed, he finally 
shot himself in the corncrib.
It is a known fact that the number of suicides increased 
during the "end of the world" stories that circulated prior 
to Earth’s encounter with the tail of Haley’s comet in May 
of 1910. It is interesting to speculate whether this was a
contributing factor.

John Henry Caudle – Farmer, Cattleman
Born: April 28, 1864Died: May 5, 1927
John was named after John Henry Hoodsbeth, the one Negro 
who stayed and helped the family during the Civil War.

James Jackson Caudle – Farmer
Born: April 17, 1868Died: August 18, 1940

Mary Cornelia Caudle (Foster) – Housewife
Born: February 28, 1871Died: March 19, 1939

William Caudle – Farmer
Born: February 4, 1872Died: January 5, 1948

James & Emma Caudle

Personal Info________________________________________
Father: James Jackson Caudle  “Jack”, “Jim”
Born: April 17, 1868      Near Yadkinville, North Carolina
Died: August 18, 1940   Webster City, Iowa   Age  72
Parents: Jacob & Margaret Caudle

Mother: Emma Lulu Vollenweider
Born: April 5, 1873             Georgetown, Wisconsin
Died: November 22, 1950   Goldfield, Iowa   Age  77
Parents: John G. & Eliza Vollenweider

Married: December 21, 1893 for 46 years

Buried: Radcliffe Cemetery, Radcliffe, Iowa.
Caudle Family Plot next to the road, near the main gate.

Jim Caudle was a farmer and a cattleman. His handsome looks were enhanced by premature white hair. An energetic, rugged man, he would ride his horse long distances on purchasing trips. Amongst his neighbors, who called him Jack, he was regarded as somewhat of a cattle baron and eventually owned more than one thousand acres of land in Iowa and South Dakota.

Emma was a large, pleasant woman who was often sick due to a bad heart. Like most farmers’ wives in those days, she had to cook for a veritable army of children and hired hands, especially at harvest time. It was not a very comfortable life compared to today. The seed for the following spring was stored in an upstairs bedroom and it was a challenge keeping the mice away. The couple did not have a telephone until years later when they retired in town.

While courting Emma, Jim sometimes walked the few miles between their farms and on one occasion was attached by a pack of wild dogs. Had he not been carrying a walking stick to beat the animals off with, he would have been badly hurt. As it was, he escaped with jut a few bites and scratches although his clothes were torn.

Upon getting married, Jim bought the Vollenweider farm from Emma’s father and the two settled down to start a family. Sadly, none of the first three infants survived more than a couple of days. The couple’s fear of never having healthy children was finally dispelled with the arrival of James Wylie just before the turn of the century.

Life in the Caudle household could be both affectionate and chaotic. Jim would often bounce Emma, who weighed close to two hundred pounds, on one knee and his daughter Lucille on the other. The three boys were the usual rambunctious types, getting into mischief. What one brother could not think of to tease their sister Lucille with, another one would.

In 1927, in his late fifties, Jim came down with pneumonia that slowed him considerably and left him susceptible to colds. A few years after this he and Emma moved to Ellesworth, leaving the running of the farms to the sons. The oldest, known in the family as Wylie, tried to make a go of cattle farming on the South Dakota acreage for a few years, but ended up coming back to Iowa. A son-in-law, Glen Wilson, also worked a farm, which unfortunately led to some money disputes.

After attending a family reunion in the summer of 1940 (held at a place called Brigg’s Woods near Webster City), Jim came down with a cold that developed into pneumonia and passed away not long after that. His last words were “I think I ain’t gonna make it.” His daughter Lucille, who was in the room, then said the Lord’s Prayer next to his body.

Actually, Jim’s health had started to fail before the reunion. When the pictures were later developed, people were shocked at how frail he appeared. (Far left in below photo.)


Emma continued to live in town and tended a garden. She became a rather attractive woman in her later years, finally suffering a stroke and dying in a nursing home the day before Thanksgiving, 1950.

The four children who died in infancy are all buried in the Williams Cemetery. Two are on the Vollenweider lot, and the other two are nearby in the front row by the road.

Children of James & Emma Caudle

Margaret Caudle
Born/Died: March 1, 1895
Strangled on the umbilical cord during birth. 

Infant Son
Born/Died: August 23, 1896 — Stillborn.

Edna Grace Caudle
Born: January 18, 1898Died: January 20, 1898

James Wylie Caudle – Farmer, Salesman
Born: October 2, 1899Died: April 17, 1961
Wylie liked to boast that he was going to live to see three 
centuries, but only made it to two. He died at the age of 61
of a heart attack.

Ida Eliza Caudle
Born: November 12, 1902Died: January 30, 1903
Crib death.

William Frederick Caudle "Fred" – Farmer
Born: October 28, 1905Died: 1967
Fred was a good businessman. He also died when he was 61,
from cancer. On his deathbed, his sister Emma asked if 
there was anything she could do. 
Fred replied, "Sis, there's nothing you or anyone can do."

Emma Lucille Caudle (Wilson) – Housewife
Born: June 14, 1908Died: March 30, 1987

Robert Lee Caudle – Farmer
Born: May 16, 1911Died: January 19, 1992
"Uncle Bob" married Ruby Wilson, making his and sister
Lucille’s children double cousins.
Left to Right: Emma (mom), Fred, Lucille, Jim (dad), Baby Bob.
Picture was taken @1916.