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VII. CHARLES H. CAVERLY c.1824-1869
(Son of Philip Jr., Son of Philip Sr., Son of John Sr., Son of Peter Caverly I, Son of Peter Gerardus Cavalier, Jean Cavalier)

Around 1866 the family moved near Ubly in Huron County. The Huron County Deed Index shows an 1868 entry of Charles selling the NW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of Sec. 20 in Bingham Twp. to his daughter Cinderella who had married John Thompson the previous year.

On Oct. 12, 1868 Charles had paid $6 to make application #590 through the Detroit Land Office for the NW¼ of NW¼ of Section 22 in T15N R13 for 40 acres under the 1862 Homestead Act. Five months later, on Feb. 12, 1869 Charles died of consumption at the age of 44 leaving his wife Rebecca and four sons ages 2 through 14 still at home. His will is MI Probate Record #203 of Jan. 25, 1869:

I Charles H. Caverly of the town of Bingham in the County of Huron and State of Michigan being of Sound Mind and memory considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life do therefore make order publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament. That is to say First after all my lawful debts are paid and discharged the residue of my Estate real and personal, I give bequeath and  dispose of as follows to wit: To my beloved wife the lands apertanances situated thereon viz.: The North West Quarter of the North West Quarter Section Twenty Two (22) and the South West Quarter of North East Quarter and the East half of the North West Quarter Section twenty (20), Town fifteen North of Range thirteen East, during her natural life or so long as she remains my widow. Then to divided equal among my children share and share alike accept my daughter Cindarilla who has had her share. Likewise I make constitute and appoint my wife, John Thompson, and Lewis Bonnel to be executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this twenty-fifth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight and Sixty nine.
Signed by an "X" for his mark for Charles H. Caverly.

In 1870, a year after Charles’ death we find a record in Huron Co., MI land book E, page 117 of 80 acres being sold by Charles to Isaac Green “by Sheriff” for the East ½ of the Northwest ¼ in Section 20 of Bingham Township. “By Sheriff” usually meant the taxes were in arrears. From the large volume of delinquent properties listed in the local newspaper of that time, it seems to have been a common practice to wait to the very last minute to pay taxes.

In 1873 Rebecca followed up on the application for land with the required proof of two witnesses., James and Bradford Slack. A portion of her application shows below:

Huron Co. Marriage Record #574 in Book 1, page 39 shows that Rebecca, age 49 married James R. Frank, age 57 on July 17, 1875. Residence for both was Bingham Township. The marriage did not last long because “he was mean to her” according to a granddaughter. One of her sons hitched up a wagon and went and picked up her and her personal belongings and took her back to her homestead.

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