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Caldwell Family History

NOTE: items printed in italics have not been adequately verified.

Section I. Overview.
Section II. Details.
Section III. Sources and Links:


Section I. Overview.

6GF: James Caldwell.
5GF: James "Jim" CALDWELL: Born abt. 1780. died abt. 1838 in SC or GA. Spouse: Elizabeth Betsy JAMES. Born. 1798.
4GF: Sharod (SHARUD Y.) Caldwell: Born: 17 JUL 1820 in SC. Died: 21 MAY 1884. Spouse: Rachel Fulton Caldwell.
3GM: Tolitha Ann (Tella) Caldwell. Born: 20 FEB 1861. Died: 21 SEP 1929. Spouse: William M. Potter. Born: 25 DEC 1846 in IL. Died: 18 APR 1883.
2GF: William R. (Rash, Rashie) Potter: Born: 12 JUL 1881 in Aly, AR. Died: 14 NOV 1965. Spouses: 1) Arminda Liller Gabbert. Born: 4 MAR 1883. Married: 24 NOV 1903. Died: 12 NOV 1939. 2) Mattie
1GF: Vestie Oliver Potter: Born: 26 MAR 1913 in Aly, AR. Died: 8 MAY 2003. Spouse: Frances. Eulene (Kendrick). Born: 17 DEC 1917. Married: 22 DEC 1934. Died: 16 JAN 2007.

Section II. Details.

6GF: James Caldwell

Sources:
1) Caldwell Family Tree: drawn by W.F. Caldwell, A.D. 1926, Hot Springs, AR. States: "James Caldwell of Scotland by way of Ireland to SC, USA". Bottom half of the tree; Complete tree.
2) Email: Sylvia Rankin Caldwell, Tue 11/22/2011 9:00 AM. "There is reference to John and Mary Caldwell of Ireland, buried by the old bridge on Turkey Creek near the Chester/York/Union line -- and theirs is the only family that I cannot accurately track."
3) Ancestry.com: James Caldwell: Born: 1700 in Newton Stewart, Tyrone, Ireland. Died: 1783 in Somerset, PA. Spouse: Mary Calhoun. Born:1710. Died: 1799. NOTE: multiple family trees on list James Caldwell (born 1700) and Mary Calhoun as the parents of James Caldwell (born Abt 1780); however, James & Mary would have been 80 & 70 years old at the birth of James Caldwell the son. No source documents are given. http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/16083937/person/340425151
4) Ancestral File Joseph John "Jim" CALDWELL: 1780 Abt death: 1838 Sc Or Ga parents: James Frederick CALDWELL? spouse: Elizabeth Betty JAMES. FamilySearch.org.

5GF: James "Jim" CALDWELL or William CALDWELL? (see notes below)

Born: abt. 1780. Died: abt. 1838 in SC or GA. Parents: James Frederick CALDWELL

Spouse: Elizabeth BetsyJAMES. Born: 22 APR 1799 in York Co, SC; Death: 28 APR 1873 in Talking Rock, Pickens Co, GA. Parents: Sharud JAMES Sr. and Leodicia SANDLIN.

Children:
1) JOHN CALDWELL. Born: 16 Jul 1818, SC.
2) SHAROD J[AMES] CALDWELL. Born: 17 Jul 1820, Chester Co, SC. Died: 21 May 1884, Garland Co, AR. Buried in Caldwell Cemetery near Mt Tabor Church.
3) MARY E. CALDWELL. Born: 2 Nov 1822, SC. Married Louis Ballard, Gilmer Co., GA about 1837.  They migrated to Blount Co., AL about 1859.
4) MALVINA CALDWELL. Born: 11 Apr 1829, SC.
5) SHELTON SIMS CALDWELL. Born: 24 Mar 1831, SC. Died: Abt. 1905, DeRoche, Clark Co, AR. Buried in Old DeRoche Cemetery.
6) ELIZABETH J CALDWELL. Born: 1 May 1833, SC. Died: Bef. 1868, Pickens Co, GA.
7) WILLIAM S. CALDWELL. Born: 9 May 1835, SC.
8) ALLISON CALDWELL. Born: 28 Jul 1838, Talking Rock, Gilmer Co, GA. Died: 8 Sep 1901, Fall Creek, Hood Co, TX.

Sources:
1) Family Bible Records: Sherod and Leodocia Sandlin James. Transcription. Photocopy.
2) Caldwell Family Tree: drawn by W.F. Caldwell, A.D. 1926, Hot Springs, AR. Bottom half of the tree; Complete tree.
3) Descendants of John James: Family History Collections of Sylvia Caldwell Rankin, shows James Caldwell as the husband of ELIZABETH JAMES.
4) Descendants of William Caldwell: Family History Collections of Sylvia Caldwell Rankin, shows William Caldwell as the husband of ELIZABETH JAMES.
4) Ancestral File Joseph John "Jim" CALDWELL: 1780 Abt death: 1838 Sc Or Ga parents: James Frederick CALDWELL? spouse: Elizabeth Betty JAMES. FamilySearch.org.
5) Descendants of James (Jim) Caldwell: by Cindi Barnes. Not available online.
6) Estate Papers of Sharud James http://www.flickr.com/photos/thefaganranch/sets/72157628717642983/
7) Census Data:

1820 Census: Union Co, SC page 135 James Caldwell - head of family. 2 free white males age under 10: John born 1818 and Sharod born 1820; 1 free white male between age 26-45: James; 1 free white female between age 16-26: Betsy born 1799, would be 21 yrs old; 1 free colored. Source: Cindi Barnes.United States Census 1820: James Caldwell. Union Co, SC page 135 James Caldwell. Source HeritageQuestOnline. Series: M33 Roll: 121 Page: 243.

1830 Census: York Co. SC Sherod James Esq. 1 male between age 5-10: Sharod - grandson; 1 male between age 15-20: John - son (grandson?); 1 male between age 20-30: James/Jim - son-in-law; 1 male between age 40-50: himself; 1 female age under 5: Malvina - granddaughter; 3 females between ages 10-15: Nancy & Selena - daughters (perhaps Mary - granddaughter should be 9); 1 female between age 20-30: Betsy - daughter; 1 female between age 50-60: Leodicia - wife; 3 male slaves - between ages 10-24. Source: Cindi Barnes.

1840 Gilmer Co, GA page 21 Betsy Caldwell - head of family. 1 free white male age under 5: Allison; 1 free white male between age 5-10: William; 1 free white male between age 10-15: Shelton; 1 free white male between age 15-20: Sharod; 1 free white female between age 5-10: Elizabeth; 1 free white female between age 10-15: Malvina; 1 free white female bewteen age 40-50: Betsy. Source: Cindi Barnes.

1850 Census Gilmer Co. GA 1146/1146 Elizabeth Caldwell 52 300 SC. Shelton S 18 Farmer; SC Elizabeth J 16 SC; William 15 SC; Allison 12 GA. Source: Cindi Barnes. http://www.usgwcensus.org/cenfiles/ga/gilmer/1850/p426a.txt

NOTE: There is a disagreement over Joseph John "Jim" CALDWELL or William CALDWELL as the father of Sharod Caldwell.

FamilySearch.org shows him to be Joseph John "Jim" CALDWELL and http://www.scrankin.com/caldwell.htm shows him to be William CALDWELL. A discussion of William Caldwell can be found at http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/CALDWELL/2001-08/0997442347.

An entry on Carl L. Lawson and the Lawson DNA Project, http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=cllawson&id=I28017, states: "Elizabeth James was married to James "Jim" Caldwell according to the old farm book of my great grandfather, Jefferson Davis McMurry. Jefferson Davis McMurry was the great grandson of James "Jim" Caldwell and Elizabeth James"

"The Letters": Images, transcription, translation and analysis. These letters were sent to Sylvia Rankin Caldwell by Cindi Barnes of Colorado, and subsequently--the original letters from Allison Caldwell were given to Sylvia Rankin Caldwell by Genevieve Helms. See NOTES from Cindi about her source for the letters and photographs. Circa 1860...From Allison Caldwell to Sharod Caldwell Circa 1870...From Allison Caldwell to James P Mullins 11 Sept 1895...From Selena Reid to Rachel Caldwell 15 July 1896...From Selena Reid to Rachel Caldwell 20 Aug 1896...From Selena Reid to Rachel Caldwell 1897...From Gilla Godfrey to Rachel Caldwell Photos...Putting faces with names http://www.scrankin.com/caldwell.htm

WILLIAM CALDWELL was born Abt. 1798, and died Aft. 28 Oct 1837 in ...probably in Oklahoma/Indian Territory.? http://www.scrankin.com/caldwell.htm
He married ELIZABETH JAMES (Source: Family Bible: Sherod James, List of all births and deaths in the Sandlin/James family.) 1817 in NC, daughter of SHARUD JAMES and LEODICIA SANDLIN.? She was born 22 Apr 1799 in SC, and died 28 Apr 1873 in Talking Rock, Pickens Co, GA (Source: 1880 Census of Pickens Co, GA, Ed 165, Sheet 6, Line 32, "Allison Caldwell's household does not include Elizabeth or Mary Meeks.").
Children of WILLIAM CALDWELL and ELIZABETH JAMES are: ii. SHARRAD J[AMES] CALDWELL. Born: 17 Jul 1820, Chester Co, SC. Died: 21 May 1884, Garland Co, AR...buried in Caldwell Cemetery near Mt Tabor Church.

Jack Potter found a July 2003 entry from Kim Caldwell that reads: "I am seeking more info on my Native american Heritage My grandfather is Homer CALDWELL his mother who was Rosie "Babe" HOLYFIELD her mother was a full blooded cherokee His father was Willie B. CALDWELL who was the son of William J CALDWELL and a full Blooded Cherokee woman named GOING SNAKE any info on these families please contact me." Jack, replied to Kim but the email address is no longer valid, stating "My great (3) grandfather was either James W. or William J. CALDWELL, born in SC about 1780, who was a civilian contractor accompanying the Cherokee movement to OK from GA. William CALDWELL is mentioned in a journal in the Cherokee Nation archives in Tahlequah. He apparently stayed in OK and did not return to GA. Theophilies HOLCOMB, who accompanied William to OK, did return to Talking Rock, GA. If anyone has any information on this CALDWELL line, please contact me." Posted: October 2011. http://www.allthingscherokee.com/queries_board_11_10.html

Maps: South Carolina Co Map, Georgia Co Map.

4GF: Sharod (Sherod, SHARUD Y.) Caldwell.

Born: 17 JUL 1820 in Chester, Chester Co., SC. Died: 21 MAY 1884 at Hot Springs, AR, age 63. Buried: Caldwell Cemetery, Garland Co., Mountain Pine, AR 71956. Parents: Joseph John "Jim" CALDWELL and Elizabeth Betty JAMES?or WILLIAM CALDWELL and ELIZABETH JAMES?.

Spouse: Rachel Fulton Caldwell. Born: 30 SEP 1824 in York, York, SC. Married: 14 FEB 1841 Jasper (or Greene), Walker Co., AL. Died: 4 APR 1899 at Hot Springs, AR, age 72. Buried: Caldwell Cemetery.

Children:
1) Penelope Caldwell. Born: 1840, AL.
2) Elinder (Ellen) Caldwell. Born: 7 Dec 1841. Died: 22 Dec 1913, Garland Co, AR; Married: W. F. Vaughn, 12 Sep 1865.
3) Shelton Caldwell. Born: 22 Nov 1843, Jasper, Walker Co, AL. Died: 29 Jul 1883, Garland Co, AR.
4) Daniel Caldwell. Born: 6 Jan 1846, AL.
5) William Decalb Caldwell. Born: 26 Sep 1848, AL. Died: 7 Oct 1925.
6) Perry Caldwell. Born: 21 Jul 1851. Died: 7 Sep 1851.
7) Monroe Caldwell. Born: 18 Jul 1855, GA. Died: May 1862, Garland Co, AR.
8) Horatio Alexander Caldwell. Born: 8 Jan 1859, AR.
9) James Leander Caldwell. Born: 8 Jan 1859, AR. Died: 18 Jul 1927, Garland Co, AR.
10) Tolitha Ann (Tella) Caldwell. Born: 20 FEB 1861. Died: 21 SEP 1929. Gravestone. Buried: New Bethel: Kingston, AR. Married William "Bill" M. Potter, 1 JUL 1876.

United States Census, 1880: Sharod Caldwell. Residence: Baxter, Garland, AR. Born: 1821 in SC. Father born in SC. Mother born in SC. Age, 59. Occupation: Farming. Spouse: Rachael Caldwell, age 55. Born: SC. Father born in SC. Mother born in SC. Household included: James L. Caldwell, son, age 21, born in AR abt. 1859; Synthia J., wife, age 20, born in AL, Father born in SC, Mother born in AL; Nettie J., daughter, age 1, born in AR. Source: Heritage Quest Online and FamilySearch.org.

Ancestral File Sherod CALDWELL: Born: 17 JUL 1820, Chester, Chester Co., SC death: 1884 May 21 Hot Springs, Garland Co., Arkansas parents: Joseph John "Jim" CALDWELL, Elizabeth Betty JAMES spouse: Rachel FULTON marriage: 14 FEB 1841, Jasper, Walker Co., AL.

Copy of LAND RECORD filed by Sharod Caldwell in Dardenelle, Arkansas in August of 1884 (found on the Bureau of Land Management site): Land Transaction Sharod Caldwell - Arkansas

NOTE: Inscription on Shelton Caldwell's grave marker, Died: 29 Jul 1883: "You gave your life trying to catch the men who killed your brother-in-law Wm. Potter shot April 18, 1883." Caldwell Cemetery: located on Mt. Tabor Rd north of Mt. Tabor, Garland Co. AR, on #298 between Route 27 and Route 7. Rte 27 goes thru Aly where the Killian and Aly Cemeteries are located.

Pictures: Rachel Fulton & Sharod Caldwell.

See Fulton Family History.

3GM: Tolitha Ann (Tella) Caldwell.

Born: 20 FEB 1861. Died: 21 SEP 1929. Buried: New Bethel: Kingston, AR. Parents: Sharod Caldwell & Rachel Fulton.
Spouse: William M. Potter. Born: 25 DEC 1846 in IL. Died: 18 APR 1883 (Murdered). Buried: Killian Cemetery: Aly, AR. Married: 1 JUL 1876. Parents: Joel Claborn Potter and Elizabeth LNU Potter.
See Potter Family History

Section III. Sources and Links:

Fulton Family History

See Potter Family History

Yell Co, Arkanasas Links:

Cemeteries: Aly Cemetery; Bluffton Cemetery; Caldwell Cemetery; Killian, Aly; Mt. Zion Cemetery -- Briggsville; New Bethel Cemetery; All Yell Co Cemeteries

Yell Co Information and Voter Registration List, Yell Co, Arkansas 1868-1873

Family Search Record Search:

Find A Grave:

Maps: South Carolina Co Map, Georgia Co Map.