Jeremiah D. Caddel
Private / Sergeant, Was wounded at Battle of
Gaines's Mill on June 27, 1862 and was killed at Petersburg June 176, 1864.
Obituary - its
true that Jeremiah was an older brother of Joseph Doty I, who died in late
1862, before the other Joseph Doty, for whom the obituary was written, was
born. He died in Young County and is buried in Jack Co. His mother was
Sarah Melton Caddel (later Green) and J. D. II wasn't born until early
1863 after his father had died. Joseph I was in
the Civil War for nearly a year and for years people confused the J. D.'s as
one and the same in the war.
I finally decided to go to the library and get
all the records I could find on both of them and it was soon obvious that
Jeremiah and Joseph were two different people though their names were
usually just J. D.
Joseph D. He signed for his last pay in Nov.,
1862, hired a substitute and died before the first of 1863 - Where, how and
exactly when we don't know. Andrew's will verifies the fact that he was not
living in January by leaving extra money to his wife and children, which
were only two girls at the time.
Hope this straightens that out or confuses you
completely. I've followed every lead about everywhere, turned every rock I
could in every cemetery of Navarro Co., which is where he had a farm and his
wife and children lived. Even talked to the curator at the Museum in
Wyoming when someone said there was a letter from him there. There were
none on display and he was nice enough to even search their files. Some of
the Caddel's were cattle drovers and were connected with a company farther
south, as I understand it. Maybe someday the mystery will be unraveled.