My grandmother Caplinger told me:
- She was so small when she was born she had to be carried around on a pillow for at least three months. She had a little brother who died when he was born. He was very small.
- When she was ten years old, she saw Abraham Lincoln inaugurated. She remembers the slaves picking cotton and singing Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.
- Also when she was ten years old her mother died and she had to go and live with her oldest sister, Sarah Foster Young. She had to help cook for a large number of fieldhands. She was so sad, tired and cold she would just stop and cry. That was when they sent her to the smokehouse for a large ham and she could be alone for a little while.
- When she was little bears would come around the cabin at night and try to get in.
- After she and my grandfather got married they moved to Tennessee, then Arkansas, Mississippi, and finally homesteaded in Florida.
- She said one day when my grandfather cut down a tree, it fell on their big white dog, “Queenie” and broke her neck.
- She used to work in a candy store and the men would come in and spit on the floor, so they put down sawdust.
- She said Stephen Collins Foster was her third cousin but I have never found proof of that. Her father did look like Stephen Foster.