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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Marjorie Nevada Mathis Cavileer

This is the second in our photo series on the children of Joshua and Rebecca Grant Mathis. Marjorie Nevada was their second child. The following gives an overview of her family after her marriage to Benjamin F. Cavileer.
Marjorie Nevada Mathis, daughter of Joshua H. and Rebecca (Grant) Mathis, born March 11, 1895 and died November 15, 1982. Married Benjamin F. Cavileer (1894-1950). They are buried in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Lower Bank, N.J. Children:

i Marjorie Cavileer (1915-2007) married Bill Fox
ii Harold Cavileer (1917-1993) married Irma Lewis
iii Caleb (1926-1984) Cavileer married Wilhelmina Schwenger
iv Donald Cavileer (born 1828) married Naomi E. Gurganious and Frances Mattle
v Doris Cavileer (born 1930) married George Ryder
vi Benjamin Cavileer Jr. (born 1934) married Margaret M. Galli

Here are some photos of Marjorie and Ben and their son, Donald.

I don't have much information on Benjamin and Marjorie Cavileer's family (photos, birth and death dates, spouses, etc.). Any information that is floating around in the Blog-O-Sphere would be appreciated.

Pete S


  1. Pete,
    Benjamin Cavileer, my great uncle, and Henry Updike were some of the first to introduce blue berries into the area ..... Ben and Aunt Nemmie (for Nevada) had around twenty acres in lower bank which he had carved out of the woods. Russell Groff's junk yard is now located on that property.

    I spent several summers picking berries there with my grandmother (Ray Allen). We were given little paper tickets (one pint, five pints, ten pints, etc.) which you could cash in at a later date for 5 cents a pint. Grandmom and I made a pretty good team, her on on side of the row and me the other. Most days she averaged a little over 100 pints (which came out to just over $5.00 a day), as for me 90 pints was a good number.

    They probably had close to 20 pickers, several working in the packing house, and 2 or 3 haulers driving around the field picking up the full carries (15 pints), leaving tickets, and dropping off empties. That way the pickers didn't spend their time toting berries back to the packing house.

    In the packing house the berries were sorted, checked, covered with a cellophane top, placed in shipping crates (flats which each held 12 pints), wooden slats nailed over them to keep from damaging the berries and off to market they went either Hammonton or Philly. There was also a mechanical sorting machine that was used. When they knocked berries (you would have a large bucket and hold a limb over the bucket and shake the berries off into the bucket) as there would be stems, leaves and other trash that would have to be removed. I don't know if he designed the machine or not, but remember that it was quite large and took up about a quarter of the packing house.
    Also, Ben had a small cranberries bog, but I don't know much about that.
    Mike Allen

  2. Mike, What a great description you've shared! Benjamin and Nevada were my great grandparents. I had the pleasure of spending bits of time with Great Grandmom Nevada Cavileer when I would visit with my Grandmother Marjorie Nevada Cavileer Fox (their first born) as a child. I have found some of the blueberry paper tickets you mention in Granny Foxes things as she passed away a couple of years ago. I would love to share the family tree info I have for anyone interested. Am new to this site but eager to trade info. Love the history of this area and the people who made it so special.

    Jeanne Fox Ford

  3. Jeanne,

    I'd love to borrow those Blueberry tickets you mentioned and any family photos you may have to scan them into our history files.

    Your family tree info might make for an interesting Blog entry.

    Pete S

  4. Jeanne,

    I would love to talk to you about the Fox family. I know a little bit but have not gotten very far. Maybe you could contact me through Pete.

    George Fox Mathis

  5. Jeanne,
    I would love to talk to you about the Fox family. I have some questions you may be able to answer. Maybe you could get in contact with me through Pete.

    George Fox Mathis

  6. Pete/George, Would love to share the info that I have. Please advise as to the best way to do so.

    Jeanne Fox Ford

  7. Jeane,

    Scan info and send by email would be best. If you are unable to scan, let me know and we'll figure something else out.

    Pete S