William Richard Cave

Male2 June 1831–2 July 1905

Brief Life History of William Richard

When William Richard Cave was born on 2 June 1831, in Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, United States, his father, William Cave, was 29 and his mother, Mrs. William C. Cave, was 29. He married Florella Goodhue on 19 April 1856, in Floyd, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 5 daughters. He lived in Butler, Iowa, United States in 1895 and Butler Township, Butler, Iowa, United States in 1900. He died on 2 July 1905, in Greene, Butler, Iowa, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Clarksville, Butler, Iowa, United States.

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William Richard Cave
Florella Goodhue
Marriage: 19 April 1856
Clara Caroline Cave
Mary Emma Cave
Jessie Margaret Cave
Charles Vernon Cave
Winifred L. Cave
Wilmetta May Cave

Sources (20)

  • William Richard Cave, "Iowa State Census, 1895"
  • William R. Cave, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"
  • William R Cave, "Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1949"

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  • Marriage
    19 April 1856Floyd, Iowa, United States
  • Children (6)

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    Siblings (3)

    World Events (8)

    1832 · The Black Hawk War

    Age 1

    Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

    1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

    Age 5

    The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.


    Age 22

    Historical Boundaries: 1853: Butler, Iowa, United States

    Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from a place in East Yorkshire called Cave, apparently from a river name derived from Old English cāf ‘swift’.

    English (of Norman origin): nickname from Norman and Picard Old French cauf (from Latin calvus) ‘bald’.

    French: topographic name for someone who lived in or near a cave, from Old French cave ‘cave’, ‘cellar’ (from Latin cavea, a derivative of cavus ‘hollow’).

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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