Hugh William (Will) Caffey Family


Hugh William (Will) Caffey Family

Husband: Hugh William (Will) Caffey

Born: 28 Feb 1833at: Lowndesboro, Lowndes Co, Al
Married: 25 Oct 1865at: , Lowndes Co, Al
Died: 15 Oct 1919at: Lowndesboro, Lowndes Co, Al
Buried: at: Verbena Cemetery, Verbena, Al
Father: Hugh Patrick Caffey
Mother: Jane Caroline Dunklin
Other Spouses: Jerusha May Rives  

Wife: Alabama (Bamer) Gordon

Born: 06 May 1842at: , , Al
Died: 06 Oct 1921at: Verbena, Chilton Co, Al
Buried: at: 
Father: Major Francis Gordon
Mother: Elizabeth Wells Caperton


Name: Francis Gordon (Frank) Caffey Judge
Born: 28 Oct 1868at: Gordonville, Lowndes Co, Al
Died: 20 Sep 1951at: Verbena, Chilton Co, Al
Buried: at: Verbena Cemetery, Verbena, Al

Name: William Hooper Caffey
Born: 28 Oct 1868at: Gordonville, Lowndes Co, Al
Died: 12 Jun 1946at: Columbus, Muscogee Co, Ga
Buried: at: 
Spouses: Elizabeth Olive Hunt  

Name: Evelyn Caffey
Born: 24 Aug 1872at: , , Al
Died: 05 Dec 1956at: , , Al
Buried: at: Verbena, Chilton Co, Al
Spouses: Gaston Reedy Buford  

Name: David Hamilton Caffey
Born: 23 Sep 1874at: , , Al
Died: 14 Jun 1875at: , , Al
Buried: at: 

Name: Guy Hamilton Caffey
Born: 17 Aug 1878at: Collirene, Lowndes Co, Al
Died: 02 May 1965at: Clanton, Chilton Co, Al
Buried: at: Verbena Cemetery, Verbena, Al
Spouses: Mamie Barber  

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About Hugh William (Will) Caffey:

THE TRIBUTE OF A FRIEND. from: Confederate Veteran By Confederated Southern Memorial Association
In memory of his friend of many years, Joe H. Bowman, of Franklin, Tenn., writes this of Dr. Hugh William Caffey, whose death is recorded in the Last Roll this month :

"I first became acquainted with Dr. Caffey in the winter of 1864, when he came home on furlough. I was at that time an inmate of his home in Alabama, being one of a number of soldiers who were wounded on the 22d of June, 1864, near Marietta, Ga., and sent to Montgomery. Finding all hospitals in that city full, we were sent out to a field hospital on the banks of the Alabama River. The good people of Collirene, the wounded for them to take care of. The last night in June about twenty-five of us were put on a boat, and when we reached Benton the next morning we were met with carriages and other pleasure vehicles and taken ten miles through the country to one of the prettiest hamlets one would wish to see. A great round hill with a level top was where the Dunklins and Pierces lived, while Dr. Carrey's mother, two sisters, and his three children lived on the north side at the foot of the hill, and Mr. Robert Rives on the south side. Mrs. Lizzie Pierce gave the use of her handsome home as a hospital, each and all of the good citizens contributing toward keeping up the home, for such in truth it was. The elderly ladies took week about as matrons. Some of the wounded boys went out in the neighborhood, but most of us stayed at the home, so Dr. Clay Dunklin, who gave his services as surgeon, would not have to ride so much. It was an ideal home. Close by were the schoolhouse and the Baptist church, and such an elegant and cultured citizenship ! Is it any wonder, then, that a man growing up with such surroundings should be a model Christian gentleman? "Our friendship has lasted all these years. He and his good wife, his children and grandchildren have been guests at my home in the days since the war, and it has always been my pleasure, as it has been my privilege, to entertain them. "A more elegant Christian gentleman one does not often meet. I last saw him this fall when he and his wife were on a visit to their daughter, Mrs. G. R. Buford, in Franklin. I shall never forget the last evening we spent together. He talked of dying just as if he were going on a journey to visit a friend. "A few years ago Dr. Caffey made request of an old friend, Dr. W. B. Crumpton, of Montgomery, Ala., to conduct his funeral services, telling him that he was admonished by rapidly growing infirmities that he could not remain here much longer. He chose as bis funeral text : 'I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.' He selected the hymn, 'My faith looks up to thee, thou Lamb of Calvary,' to be used at his funeral, and his wishes were carried out to the letter. All business houses in the town were closed, as were the schools, and the entire citizenship attended the burial, every one realizing that a friend of humanity had passed. "Thcre were three of the Caffey boys. Thomas and Hooper belonged to the 3d Alabama Infantry. Thomas was wounded several times, but survived the war and died in 19x14. [Readers of the VETERAN will remember the interesting letters written by him to his mother and sisters during the war which appeared in the VETERAN duririg 1918.] Hooper was wounded at Gettysburg, July 3, and died from his wounds September 13, 1863. So it is evident they 'were all good Confederates. And while this was so, during our recent World War Dr. Caffey did everything he possibly could to aid the government. He had two grandsons in France, who gave good account of themselves, and his entire family did their part in aid of the cause. "He has left an honorable record as citizen, soldier, and, best of all, as a sincere Christian. As one of his children said to me : 'My feeling is more of thankfulness that my father was spared so long than of sorrow that he has gone. In his long, useful, happy life he has left me the best heritage that was possible." "He leaves to mourn their loss his devoted wife, three children of the first marriage ? Mrs. Carrie Dudley, of Pleasant Hill, Ala. ; Mrs. May Catts, of Verbena, Ala. ; Dr. Hugh T. Caffey, of Leeds, Ala. ? and the children of the second marriage ? Francis G. Caffey, United States District Attorney Southern District, New York; William T. Caffey, of Knoxville, Tenn., General Passenger Agent of the Southern Railway; Mrs. G. W. Buford, of Franklin, Tenn.; and Guy H. Caffey, of Verbena, Ala. ? and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. "May the sod of thy native State rest lightly above thy breast, my true friend!"

Hugh was 14 when his widowed mother moved to Collirene. When he was 19, in 1852, he traveled along with his cousin, Edward Clayton Dunklin, to Charleston, South Carolina, to enter medical school.
Dr. Hugh William Caffey enlisted as a private in Company G, 44th AL Inf., in May 1862, but was soon transferred to the medical department and served as assistant surgeon in Virginia and North Carolina. Family tradition says he was on General Longstreet's staff.

Information on this family from 1860 census for , Lowndes Co, Al. His occupation was a doctor.
Value of Real estate $6,784.
Value of Personal estate $18,080.
1860 Slave census for , Lowndes Co, Al Northern Division shows H.W. Caffey as the owner of 28 slaves with 6 slave houses on his property.
Some info for this family taken from book "Collirene"

Military service: Bet. 1861 - 1865, CSA Asst. Surgeon

Confederate Veteran, Vol. XXVIII, 1920

Dr. H. W. Caffey died at his home, in Verbena, Chilton Co, Ala., on October 15, 1919, aged eighty-six years.

He was the oldest child of Hugh Patrick and Jane Caroline (Dunklin) Caffey and was born near Lowndesboro. Lowndes County, Ala., on February 20. 1833. His father removed to Montgomery in 1836, and on his death, in 1847, the family went to Collirene, in Lowndes County, where Hugh Caffey grew to manhood. At eighteen years of age he united with the Bethany Baptist Church and during the years since he had held important connections with his Church, of which he was ordained deacon in 1859. He graduated in medicine at Charleston, S. C. in 1855 and in January, 1856, he was married to Miss Jerusha May Rives, daughter of Green Rives, of Collirene. His wife died in September, 1861, leaving a son and two daughters. On April 18, 1862, Dr. Caffey enlisted as a private in Company G, 44th Alabama Infantry, Capt. Thomas C. Daniel, with Col. James G. Kent in command of the regiment, which was sent immediately to Virginia. Dr. Caffey was then derailed to work in the hospital at Drewry's Bluff, and when his regiment went to Maryland he was sent with the sick to Richmond, where in the fall of 1862 he was promoted to assistant surgeon with the rank of captain. Failing to get approval of his request to be assigned to service with his regiment, he served until the end of the war in the surgeon-general's department and was paroled at Salisbury, N. C., after the surrender of Joseph E. Johnston's army.

Returning home, Dr. Caffey took up the practice of his profession and the management of his farm. His second wife, who survives him, was Miss Alabama Gordon, a daughter of Maj. Francis Gordon,of Gordonsville, Ala. They were married October 23, 1865, and to them were born three sons and one daughter, All living. He was county superintendent of education of Lowndes County from 1868 to 1871; Worshipful Master of Masonic Lodge, 1870; Chairman Lowndes County Democratic Executive Committee, 1872 to i875; Judge of Probate and County Court Lownndes County, 1880 to 1886.

Removing to Verbena, Ala., in December 1886, Dr. Caffey united with the Baptist Church there and was made deacon. In late years he had been a member of the Chilton County Board of Revenue, Chairman of the County Confederate Pension Board, and a member of the Board of Control of the Confederate Soldiers' Home at Mountain Creek. Ala., and he was also justice of the peace of Chilton County for ten years. There was no U. C. V. Camp convenient for him to join, but Dr. Caffey was always ready and willing to help his old comrades or their widows and orphans, and many of them owe their pensions to his work in getting up their records. Next to his Church, there was nothing he enjoyed more than being with the "boys of the sixties."

1880 Census,Collirene Beat 3, Lowndes, AL
Hugh W Caffey , Head, 47,al,nc,nc,
Alabama Caffey , Wife, 38,al,Tn,Tn,
Hugh T Caffey , Son,20,al,al,al,
Francis G Caffey , Son, 11,al,al,al,
William H Caffey , Son, 11,al,al,al,
Evelyn Caffey , Daughter, 7,al,al,al,
Guy H Caffey , Son, 1,al,al,al,
Thomas Caffey , Brother , 49,al, al,al,

HUGH WILLIAM, physician, was born at Lowndesboro, February 20, 1833, and died at Verbena, October 15, 1919; son of Hugh Patrick and Jane Caroline (Dunklin) Caffey (q. v.) ; grandson of William and Ann Hendrick (Hamilton) Dunklin, both natives of South Carolina who removed to Alabama in 1819, first settled in Butler County and later near Collirene Hill, Lowndes County; great- grandson of Joseph and Jean (Wathin) Dunklin, the former an emigrant to America from England, the later from Wales, who met on the ship and were married shortly after their arrival at Charleston, S. C., and the former appointed, January 16, 1777, inquirer and collector of St. Mathews Parish, including Orange- burg Township, and of Thomas and Temperance (Arnold) Hamilton, the former a native of Belfast, Ireland, who emigrated at the age of four with his parents to America: great-great-grandson of David and Margaret (Carlisle) Hamilton, of Belfast, Ireland, who emigrated to America in 1762, and settled in South Carolina, and of Benjamin and Ann (Hendrick) Arnold, of South Carolina. Dr. Caffey received his early education in Lowndes and Montgomery Counties, and in March, 1855, graduated with the degree of M. D. from the Medical college of South Carolina, at Charleston. He practiced medicine at Collirene, 1855- 62, at the later date enlisting in the C. S. Army as a private in Co. G., 44th Alabama volunteers, was later put in charge of the hospital at Drewrys Bluff, transferred to Hollywood hospital, Richmond, and finished the remainder of his service as surgeon general, with the rank of captain, in North Carolina. After the War he returned to Lowndes County and resumed the practice of medicine; WMs county superintendent of education, 1870-73; justice of the peace of Collirene, 1876; judge of the county court, 1880-86; and judge of probate and ex-ofilcio chairman of the board of revenue of Lowndes County, 1880-86. He removed to Chllton County in 1886 where he practiced medicine; was a member of the Chilton County board of revenue, 1890-1896: chairman of the Chilton County Confederate pension board, 1880-86; member of the bonrd of control of the Confederate soldiers' home. Mountain Creek, 1910-12, and justice of peace from 1906 for many years. He was a Democrat; a Baptist; and a Mason. Married: (1) January 2, 1856, to Jerusha May, daughter of Green and Jerusha May (Paisley) Rivers, of Lowndes County; granddaughter of Green Rivers and of John and Jerusha (May) Paisley, of Savannah, Ga. ; great granddaughter of William Rivers of English descent, who lived in Virginia and later in South Carolina; (2) to Alabama, daughter of Francis and Eliza (Caperton) Gordon (q. v.). Children: by first wife: 1. Caroline May, m. Francis Gordon Dudley, of Pleasant Hill. 2. Lela Mae, m. John Smyly Catts, of Verbena; 3. Hugh Thomas, m. Lillian Minter, of Leeds; by second wife: 4. Francis Gordon, (q. v.) ; 5. William Hooper, division passenger agent. Southern railway, Charleston, S. C., m. Elizabeth Olive Hunt; 6. Evelyn, m. Gaston Reedy Buford, of Atlanta, Ga.; 7. David Hamilton, d. in infancy; 8. Guy Hamilton, m. Mamie Barber, of Verbena. Last residence: Verbena.

About Alabama (Bamer) Gordon:

Name: Mrs. Alabama Caffey
Death date: 06 Oct 1921
Death place: Verbena, Chilton, Alabama
Gender: Female
Age at death: 79y 5m
Estimated birth year: 1842
Spouse name: H. W. Caffey
Father name: Francis Gordon
Mother name: Elizabeth Caperton

She got her name by being first child in her family to be born in AL. Judson College class of 1859

About Francis Gordon (Frank) Caffey Judge:

Name: Francis Gordon Caffey
Death date: 20 Sep 1951
Death place: Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama
Gender: Male
Age at death: 82y
Estimated birth year: 1869
Father name: Hugh W. Caffey
Mother name: Alabama Gordon

Home in 1900: Montgomery Ward 6, Montgomery, Alabama
Francis G Caffey 31 , Lawyer


Graduated from Harvard 1891-92 after preparation at Howard College, Marion, Ala. Served as assistant in American History and in forensica at Harvard. Admitted to the bar in Alabama 1894; removed to New York 1902; served in Spanish- American war as Lieut.-Col. of 3rd Alabama Vol. Inf. Appointed in 1913 Solicitor of the Department of Agriculture, Washingto

Harvard Alumni Directory
Caffey, Francis Gordon [c 89-91, A. B ? 91-92, A.M.; I 92-94. IMw. Gov. Old Post Office Bldg., New York, N.Y.

Who's who in New York City and State By Lewis Randolph Hamersly, John William
CAFFEY, Franelii Gordon- Lawyer; b. Gordonsvllle, Lowndes Co. Ala., Oct. 28, 1868: s. Hugh William and Alabama (Gordon) Caffey; grad. Howard Coll., Marion Ala., 1887; Harvard. 1891, A.M., 1892; Harvard Law Sch., 1894. Admitted to Alabama bar; practised In Montgomery until 1902, when moved to N. Y. and began practice of legal profession there. Served in Spanish-Am. War as lleut.-col. 3d Alabama Vol. Inf. Clubs: Harvard. Bar, Lawyers. Manhattan, Knoll- wood. Residence: 157 W. 47th St. Address: 32 Nassau St., N. Y. City.

CAFFEY, FRANCIS GORDON, lawyer, was born at Gordonville, Lowndes County, October
28, 1868; son of Dr. Hugh William and Alabama (Gordon) Caffey, (q. v.). Col. Caffey received
the degree of A. M. from Howard college, 1887, A. B. 1891; A. M., 1892 from Harvard university; served as assistant in American history and forensic at Harvard; and was a student at Harvard university law school, 1892-94.

He was admitted to the bar in Alabama, 1894; began the practice of law in Montgomery, as a member of the firm of Tompkins and Troy, and later of Watts, Troy and Caffey.
He served in the Spanish-American War as lieutenant-colonel of the Third Alabama volunteer infantry, and was judge advocate general on the staffs of Governors Samford and Jelks, 1900-02, with the rank of colonel of cavalry.

He removed to New York, 1902, and formed a law partnership with John C. Breckinridge; and later became a member of the firm of Clarke, Breckinridge and Caffey.
He was solicitor for the United States department of agriculture, 1913-17, and United States attorney for the southern district of New York since 1917.

He is a Democrat; and a Baptist. Author: "Annexation of West Florida," 1901; "Suffrage Limitations at the South," 1905; "George Washington Stone," in Great American Lawyers. 1909; "United States cotton futures act," 1915; "National unity," 1919. He is unmarried. Residence: New York, N. Y.

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