MATTHEW & SARAH (WEBB) CAUDILL
MATTHEW CAUDILL. son of James & Sarah (Yarbrough) Caudill,
Sr. was born about 1760 in Lunenburg County, Virginia and
died in Letcher County, KY. He married SARAH WEBB who was
born 8 November 1788, in North Carolina. Later he and Sarah
moved to Pendleton District, SC where their first child,
Stephen and other children were born.
Prior to the Revolutionary War, the Pendleton District had
been a part of the Cherokee Indian Nation. Because the
Cherokee Indians decided with Great Britain during the
Revoluationary War and were defeated, they lost this partial
of land in the northwest corner of South Carolina which now
contains the counties of Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens. This
happened about 1789.
Matthew & Sarah must have gone to South Carolina with his
brothers James. Jr, who was a Revoluationary War Veteran,
and his brother Thomas Aaron.
They returned to Wilkes County, NC for a while, then they
migrated to what is now Letcher County, KY between 1805 and
1810. They settled on Millstone Creek in what is now Letcher
His 100 acre farm in Wilkes County, NC was sold 12 December
1810 per Wilkes County Deed Book K, page 11. This farm was
situated on the Brush (or Rush) Fork of the Roaring River.
It was sold for $50.00 to Robert Johnson of Wilkes County.
The indenture was witnessed by Stephen Caudill and Abner
Caudill. For some reason the deed was not presented for
recording until the January 1821 term of the Wilkes County
Court, and not put to registry until the 19th day of June,
1821. The old John Adams line is listed as the North starting
point and Stephen Caudill’s line is on the South Side.
Mary (Webb) Caudill was the descendent of the Webb family
which emigrated from England with the second colony of
William Penn into Philadelphia in the late 1600’s, and
settled for a while in Virginia and North Carolina before
settling in Kentucky.
She was the daughter of James and Lettie (Nelson) Webb, Sr.
She was the Grand Daughter of John and Mary (Boone) Webb, Jr.
Mary (Boone) Webb was a brother to Squire Boone and an Aunt
of the famous Daniel Boone. This makes their descendants a
cousin of Daniel Boone.
Census records show that the Webb, Bryan, and Boone families
often moved into new settlements together.
John Webb, Jr.’s father, John , Sr., is the ancestor who
migrated to America from England.
Sarah (Webb) Caudill’s brother Benjamin Webb was part of the
first settlement in Letcher County, KY, led by John Adams in
In the 1850 census of Letcher County, KY, Sarah was living
with or next door to her son Abel. When the 1860 census of
Letcher County, she was living with her daughter and son-in-
law Elizabeth and Sylvester Hampton.
The 1837 deed settling Matthew’s Estate is recorded in Perry
County, KY records and shows that his farm was located at the
mouth of Millstone Creek near Mayking, Letcher County, KY.
 CHILDREN OF MATTHEW & SARAH (WEBB) CAUDILL
 STEPHEN CAUDILL was born 7 February 1794 in South
Carolina. He married SARAH YOUNTS on 21 June 1814, in
Floyd County, KY. She was the daughter of William Younts
of Floyd County (Now Letcher County), KY and born 18
March, 1796. They made their home in the Left Beaver Creek
Section of Floyd County, KY near the Pike County Line.
Sarah must have died between 1825 and 1834. These are the
years between the birth of her youngest son, Reubin and his
Their children were: John Caudill; Jesse Franklin Caudill;
Matthew Caudill; William Caudill; James Calvin Caudill;
All of their sons except Jesse Franklin moved to Johnson
County, Ky and raised their families there. Jesse Franklin
settled in the section of Pike County, KY which was in the
area of the head of the Left Fork of Beaver Creek in Floyd
The descendants of these six sons of Stephen and Sarah
(Younts) Caudill will appear in another section.
Stephen Caudill had a second marriage in Pike County, KY
on 1 May 1834 to Elizabeth Casebolt, the daughter of Sabry
Terry Casebolt. She was born in Scott County, Va and died
in Lawrence County, KY on 7 January, 1857. There were no
children of this marriage.
 ABNER CAUDILL was born in 1797, in South Carolina. He
married ELLENDER “NELLE” JOHNSON, the daughter of Patrick
and Deliah Johnson, on 3 December 1814. He settled in
Floyd County, KY, probably in the Left Beaver Creek Area.
Known children were: Jane Caudill; Abijah Caudill; Sarah
Caudill; Alfred Caudill; Delilia Caudill; Lucinda Caudill;
Elizabeth Caudill; Abner Caudill.
 JANE “JENNY” CAUDILL was born in 1799 in Wilkes County,
NC. She married THOMAS CAUDILL, son of Thomas Aaron and
Mary Caudill on 12 December 1816. She and Tom moved to
Johnson County, KY and raised their family there in the
Riceville area of Johnson County.
 MARY CAUDILL was born in 1801 in Wilkes County, NC and
died in Letcher County, KY. She is buried at the mouth of
Long Fork, Hartley, Pike County, KY. On 30 August 1832, in
Pike County,KY. She married RICHARD COLLIER who was born 9
May 1789 in VA. He died on 3 August 1871 on Millstone
Creek, Letcher County, KY and is buried on the Left Fork of
Millstone Creek in present day Letcher County, KY.
 SAMUEL CAUDILL was born 24 Septmber 1804 in Wilkes
County, NC. He died 13 August 1883. He married SARAH MAGGARD
in Perry County on 31 March 1825. Sarah was born 9 November
1809 in KY. They are buried on the old farm near Morehead,
Rowan County, KY.
This family lived in the Cumberland Valley in Letcher
County, KY, then for a while in Knott County, KY, and
shortly before the Civil War they moved to Rowan County, KY
where they spent the rest of their lives.
It is their descndents who started and still operate the
Peoples Bank in Morehead, KY and are very prominent is Rowan
 RACHEL CAUDILL married Peter Crace.
 RICHARD ISON CAUDILL was born in 1819 and married Nancy
 MATTHEW CAUDILL, JR. married Terry Caudill the daughter
of Henry and Phoebe (Strother) Caudill. They are First
Cousin – One Generation Removed.
 SARAH CAUDILL was born in 1795 in Kentucky. She married
WILLIAM “BUCK” TACKETT, from Knox County, KY, in
July, 1814 in Pike County, KY. They had three children:
Elizabeth Tackett; Abel Tackett; George W. Tackett.
 ELIZABETH CAUDILL was born in 1816 in Kentucky, and
married Sylvester Hampton. Her mother Sarah Caudill was
living with them at the time of the 1860 census of Letcher
 ABEL CAUDILL was born in 1817 in Kentucky and married
MARY “POLLY” CRACE. He settled in Magoffin County, KY. His
son Abel Harrison settled in Scioto County, OH. Several of
Grand Children and Great Grand Children still reside in
Scioto County, OH. Known children were: Sarah Caudill;
Pleasant Caudill; Samuel Caudill; Mary Ann Caudill; Celia
Caudill; Matthew J. Caudill; Mahala Caudill; Rhoda Caudill;
Henry J Caudill; Abel Harrison Caudill; Peter A Caudill;
John Quency Caudill.
 SUSANAH CAUDILL was born about 1820 and married JOSEPH
HAMPTON. They settled in Rowan County, KY. They had the
following children: Matthew Hampton; Nelson Hampton.