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The Myths

The myths and legends of Caldwell have been around many more years than I. These myths have been propagated and perpetuated for much too long, and have even become public record in documents belonging to two-time Vice President John Caldwell Calhoun and Joseph Caldwell, a founding member of Princeton University.

Caldwell Surname

The long-held belief by many that Caldwell began with three pirate brothers who sailed the Mediterranean with Barbarossa simply doesn't add up. This is not to say that there may be some veins of truth in the legends, but it is most certainly not where we begin, nor is the name of French origin.

Barbarossa Pirates

The pirate brothers Barbarossa were Aruj Barbarossa who died in 1518, and Khayrad'din Barbarossa who died 1546. Both were born on the island of Lesbos to a Janissary soldier Yaqub, who had been granted land on the island, and the widow of a Christian priest.

Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell was born in Huntingdon on April 25th 1599 to Robert Cromwell & Elizabeth Stewart. His grandparents on his fathers side were Henry Cromwell & Jane Warren. Elizabeth Stewart's parents were William Stewart and Catherine Payne.

Gustave Anjou

Widely known today for his fraudulent genealogies of early American families in the late 1800's and early 1900's, Anjou was known to receive as much as $9,000 for a genealogy report from his wealthy clients. His report usually took three weeks to complete and included a coat of arms and surname history.

Coat of Arms

There is no such thing as a 'coat of arms for a surname'. Many people of the same surname will often be entitled to completely different coats of arms, and many of that surname will be entitled to no coat of arms.

Jesse James

It's well known that Jesse stopped briefly at the church on the way out of town after robbing the bank and interrupted the minister to announce that "some riders" had just robbed the town's bank. "You folks best get down there in a hurry."

Nine Years War

In Ireland, the English had controlled little more than Dublin and the countryside roughly twenty miles around it - an area known as the "Pale". The Dublin parliament recognized Henry as “King of Ireland”, while Thomas Cromwell oversaw the closing of monasteries and convents, and the confiscation of Church lands and property.

Ulster Plantations

The majority of the settlers of the Ulster Plantation would be Scots. The Lowland Scots were enticed by the prospect of building permanent homes on better farmland with the hope to be free of having their homes destroyed by Highland Scots and the English.

Irish Rebellion

From their beginning, the Irish Rebellion and the English Revolution were intertwined, however Ireland was much more divided than was England. Both Charles I and Parliament denounced the Irish uprising, but both were too occupied by domestic matters to come to the aid of the Protestant settlers

Cromwellian Plantation

In Ulster, Protestant Parliamentarian General George Monk was under severe pressure to succumb to Catholic Royalist demands, while in Dublin Governor Colonel Michael Jones was virtually encircled by the forces of the Earl of Ormonde and Lord Inchiquin. With fears that Ireland might become the base for a Royalist resurgence, the English Government dispatched Oliver Cromwell to quench the growing embers of revolt.

Williamite Wars & Plantation

In 1672, William took over Dutch leadership from Jan de Witt, grand pensionary, and by the end of 1673 had driven the French from Dutch soil. William made peace with England in 1674, and with Spanish and Austrian support, made peace with France in 1678 with the signing of the Treaty of Nijmegan.

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Caldwell Colliers by Tom Caldwell

It is a fact that there is no coalmining in Ireland. Most of the coal used in Ireland was exported from the West Coast of Scotland or from Cumberland. Consequently Caldwell's who emigrated overseas and sought employment in the mining industry would have to have been Scots rather than Irish if they came with any experience.

Caldwell Timeline by David A. Caldwell

10,000-7000 BC Resettlement in present day Scotland by hunter-gatherers (stone age paleolithic people). The face, jaw and teeth are about 10% more robust than ours. The paleolithic people have the short stocky build common today among Eskimoes, but with longer faces. Although often described as primitive and savage, these people leave behind cave paintings and burial sites showing artistic skill and belief in the afterlife.

Midland Caldwells by David A. Caldwell

The original Anglo-Saxon dwellings at Caldwell Northumbria were of timber. The Anglo-Saxons commonly erected dwellings close to one another on small tracts of privately owned land where crops were grown. The outlying woods and meadows were held in common for hunting and grazing. Almost 300 years elapsed after their peak arrival in the late fifth century before Anglo-Saxons began erecting stone buildings.

Honoring Rachel Caldwell (1742-1825) by David A. Caldwell

In 1766, Rachel Craighead (1742-1825), age 24, the daughter of Scotch-Irish Presbyterian pastor, Rev. Alexander Craighead (1705-1766), and his wife, Jane, married 41 year old Rev. David Caldwell (1725-1824). The age difference between David and Rachel was not uncommon, although it was more common for a man age 41 to marry a women in her 30's. Southern professional men tended to marry late while choosing young brides.

Biography of Rev. David Caldwell (1725-1824) by David A. Caldwell

My father, Isaac Pearson Caldwell, Jr., grew up in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, and loved to tell me stories about Rev. David Caldwell and his relatives. My mother, Elisabeth, of Scotch-Irish and Pennsylvania-German descent, grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and encouraged me to learn more about that County’s early settlers.

Origins of Caldwell Surname by David A. Caldwell

I believe the Scotch surname Caldwell more likely derives from the Old English/Anglo-Saxon words, "caeld weille," or "caelde waellen," meaning cold water welling from a fissure in the earth, i.e., artesian well, than from the many alternative explanations. I have never been to Scotland. I never looked at the primary documents of Scotland, as have others, in researching the issue. I am neither a genealogist nor certified lineal descendant. So I am not an expert. But this is my story and I am sticking with it.

The Caldwell Enigma -- For our sons and grandchildren and our descendents by David Caldwell

Quite a lot of theories have been suggested as to the origin of our name, although the majority of them have been well thought out and put forward there is little chance of us ever proving if any of them are correct. I would like to put forward my theory on the origin and my reasons.

A Caldwell Connection to Henry III by Michael Caldwell

The Caldwell’s of Northern Ireland beginning with the children of John Caldwell and Mary Swetenham are direct descendants of Henry III, King of England. There is further direct lineage to Louis VIII of France and Frederick Barbarossa, Holy Roman Emperor. There are dozens of links to royal cousins, aunts and uncles throughout Europe based on these three great-grandfathers alone. This article concerns itself with the specifics to Henry III.

Caldwells in Academia

This section is dedicated to Caldwells that have made a contribution to or otherwise left their mark on education and higher learning.

Caldwells in Entertainment

This section is dedicated to Caldwells that have made a contribution to or have otherwise left their mark in the Entertainment fields.

Caldwells in Literature

This section is dedicated to Caldwells that have made a contribution to or otherwise left their mark on literature.

Caldwells in the Military

This section is dedicated to Caldwells that have served in honor of their Country, with those in recent times paying the ultimate price.

Caldwells in Science

This section is dedicated to Caldwells that have made a contribution to or otherwise left their mark on science.