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Randy Caldwell wrote on December 10, 2019 at 12:37 pm
I used to have a Caldwell page on Rootsweb going back to the 1100s.
My directs landed in the Port of Delaware in 1727 and headed to Amish lands before deciding to relocate in Lunenburg, Va.

As for the myths, they are all pretty much true, but not the way the scamming grifter Anjou said.

1) Barbarossa - was not the pirate, but Federick I. The brothers that went with Barbarossa, did so on the 3rd Crusade. The \'3 ships\' were not pirate ships, but \"Ships of State\" as Federick I (Barbarossa), Philip II (Philip Augustus) and Richard I (Richard the Lionheart)set out under their respective flags (ship of state) to take control of the Holy Lands.

This is a very big part of the story as the Caldwells were I believe from the Würzburg area of Germany (kalte quelle or cold source Roman bath area) and belonged to the Welf family. The Welfs and the Hohenstaufens were combined by marriage, but the Welf clan didn\'t like it and tried to assassinate Federick I\'s father (Frederick II) before the wedding. These \'family members\' were not killed as a tribute to bride Judith (of the Welfs), and instead were exiled. I believe these Caldwell ancestors ended up at a Caldwell settlement that suddenly appeared at this time between Worcester and Birmingham England. The 3 \'Caldwell\' brothers most likely joined the exiled family members after Federick I died on the Third Crusade. They being most likely younger and were conscripted (stripped from their family of would be assassins) for service instead of being immediately exiled.

2) Ann of Caldwell and Oliver Cromwell - there is a record of one Ann (of that Caldwell settlement near Birmingham) and Thomas Cromwell giving birth to either Cromwell\'s grandfather or grand-uncle. This may have been the \'illegitimate birth\' as they don\'t seem to have been married yet. There is a possibility that the son from Oliver\'s Great-grandfather died and to make the ilegit legit, he adopted (switched out) his brother\'s son for his own dead one, thus making Ann of Caldwell the grandmother of Oliver Cromwell. The interesting thing here is that post the birth record for Ann (with the ilegit kid), there is a marriage registered for her and Thomas in Birmingham (with no kid) prior to their departure for the new world, where they are registered again to be married yet again in Boston after arrival (yes people, there were settlements/cities in the new lands before the Pilgrims).

Flowing from this Birmingham phase of Caldwell exile/expansion/settling is where the family seems to have migrated in two groups (oneth by sea and oneth by land) north to the Scotch-Irish area leading to two major different spellings of the name. One with the \'d\' and the other without, with the vowell aspect taking on local variations of \'al\', \'ol\', \'aul\', etc.

The first mention of \"Cald-wels\" (interesting spelling for the time) in Scotland is via Tim Pont\'s maps from the end of the 1500s to early 1600s. That is also the time around when the Caldwell Tower in Scotland was built.
Charles B. Caldwell II wrote on November 15, 2019 at 10:20 pm
From Louisiana
Katharine Caldwell Anderson wrote on November 6, 2019 at 1:42 am
I joined and I am a descendant of the line of Caldwell\'s from Scotland and then Ireland. I am from the line of Caldwell\'s that inhabited Castle Caldwell in Ireland. Curious if anyone else on here is and where you live now.
Emily Caldwell wrote on October 22, 2019 at 5:48 am
Hi there!
My great-great-grandfather David Wylie Caldwell was born in Renfrewshire in 1834, and immigrated to Australia sometime before 1872. His parents were Archibald Caldwell and Margaret Wylie.
Have found this website interesting, but haven’t found any connections to my own family just yet.
k.j. habeeb wrote on September 15, 2019 at 2:07 am
I\'m looking for photographs of William Lowndes Calhoun, the youngest son of John Caldwell Calhoun, seventh vice President of the United States. I\'ve seen one attributed daguerreotype of this man, but would like to see other representations. I would be grateful for any leads. Thanks in advance! K.
David Hughes wrote on July 24, 2019 at 7:17 pm
After neglecting it for quite some time I decided to spend some time today in expanding my family tree. It appears that I am descended from the Caldwell line by way of Abigail Bain Caldwell who was a daughter of Samuel C. Caldwell and Elizabeth Lindsay. Thanks to this website I was able to trace the Caldwell line back quite a bit. I will be returning to this site to learn more about the Caldwell family history. Thank you.
kam jackson wrote on July 23, 2019 at 1:28 am
I am a descendant of the Caldwells--My great grandfather was Jonas Caldwell of Ravenna Kentucky. I have 2 questions/comments. We descend from Sir James of Caldwell Castle in Fermanagh in Northern Ireland I\'m assuming@f2 My cousin traveled there last year to visit. Second-- I saw a story re the myth that we were related in some way to Jesse James? He shows up on my National Geographic DNA list as a maternal match, The Caldwells are on my Maternal side--- so maybe not a myth after all?
Kevin Helmicko wrote on June 19, 2019 at 9:19 pm
I have come across a book in my Mother’s belongings dated 1768 Select sentences. In side hand written inscription
Enoch David’s book
Bought of David Caldwell in 1773
Thought this might be of interest to your family.
I would like it to go back into the possession of family.
Stu Haley wrote on June 9, 2019 at 9:34 pm
So let me ask you this, in your piece on Monnette, what evidence do you have that Orra Monnette ever sold his services as a professional genealogist?
JAC: I never suggested that Monnette sold anything.  As mentioned, Anjou was known to charge as much as $9,000.  As to Monnette, among others, as also mentioned, the July 1976 edition of the American Genealogist stated that Monnette and the others, "are so unreliable that nothing they say should be accepted without clear and unmistakable verification" 
Wayne Caldwell wrote on May 29, 2019 at 2:12 am
Thanks for this interesting research. I have been researching my own line from New Zealand. I have got back to a great, great grandfather, who emigrated from Londonderry (Derry) but that\'s where it stops for me.

William Chase wrote on April 13, 2019 at 12:46 pm
Enjoyed reading through the site. Mother\'s maiden name is Caldwell, descended from William Dwight Caldwell.
Jenny Caldwell wrote on April 11, 2019 at 7:07 pm

I\'m looking for information about John Caldwell, born somewhere in PA in 1800. He moved to Ross, County, Ohio sometime before 1918, when he married Sarah McFarland. They had 3 children that I know of - Malinda in 1821, Katherine in 1825, and and my great-grandfather Samuel in 1833. I believe John died in 1843 in Ross County, Ohio, but I have been unable to confirm that.

I\'m searching for information on John\'s parents, siblings, birthplace, etc.

Does anyone here have any information about him@f1
Best regards,
Jenny Caldwell
Robert e caldwell jr wrote on March 24, 2019 at 1:42 pm
Enjoy reading the site! I was born and raised in Memphis Tn. My grandfather was John Caldwell in Milan TN. I now live in Colorado with my two boys, West William Caldwell and Levi Edward Caldwell.
a moore wrote on March 3, 2019 at 5:03 pm
Looking for any information on CHILDREN of Elizabeth Caldwell Moore (b. 1684) and her husband James Moore. Elizabeth was a sister of John Finley Caldwell. She and James came across from Ireland with John on the \"Eagle\'s Wing\" to Newcastle, DE in 1727.
Melodie Wood wrote on February 2, 2019 at 5:57 pm
Robert Caldwell b. 1775, d. b4 1857 married to Mary Cochran. Looking for Robert\'s parents
ellen wrote on December 30, 2018 at 10:14 pm
The family tree you have for William Caldwell --Father (Joseph Alexander (1657) Mother Jane McGhee under William you have living there is no way his children are still alive. The Alexander Richey married to Jane Caldwell (1688-1785) is spelled Richey not Ritchey--Alexander came to America with Jane and her brother amongst other in 1727 via Delaware> Pennsylvania>Virginia --They migrated to Virginia after the Scots-Irish wrote a petitioning the Governor of Virginia for land.
Kurt Sobiesienski wrote on December 27, 2018 at 12:33 pm
My maternal grandfather is a Caldwell. He played a vital role in my life and I have always been interested in his Scottish/English heritage. Thanks for your efforts in researching the family name. God Bless
Rollie Stamps wrote on November 9, 2018 at 2:42 pm
I am working on my family tree through Family Tree and have come to this branch:

Jehu Johnston married to Margaret Jane Caldwell of Newberry, NC (b1758). I am showing her parents as Capt. John Caldwell(b1726)and Elizabeth Gilman (b1730). John Caldwell\'s parents were William Findley Caldwell (b/Ireland) and Rebecca Parque (b/either Ireland, prob. France, 1707). Does this track with your records@f0 I noticed Elizabeth Gilman was not listed, although women\'s life expectancy at the time was obviously low and multiple marriages appear to be the norm. Thank you for any help.
Pepperkorn wrote on September 25, 2018 at 5:59 pm
Hi -- In reference to your Robert Caldwell married to Mary Logan.

Just in response to your note on your record. Robert Alexander Caldwell Of Londonderry born 7/21/1721 died 10/1799 in Alexandria PA) ALSO married a Mary Logan (born 1730 in Londonderry - died 7/7/1799 in Alexandria PA) so they are NOT the same person, just same basic names - it\'s a whole other branch. They settled Juanita Valley and have tons of documentation in books and in the DAR etc. It might be fun to add this line into your records - in your copious spare time 😉

Robert Alexander Caldwell is one of my gggggggrandfathers and one of the GAZILLION Ulster Scots I have in my family, making me a Daughter of the American Revelation an absolutely ridiculous number of times. They really stuck together when they came to the US -- and Wow the Ulster Scots HATED the British. AND my family passed down the stories -- I was shocked at doing research based on my grandmother\'s stories -- and they were all true -- hundreds of year of grudges and now I know the origins - HAHAHAHA! I love my family I must say, and hope all Caldwells who visit find the same links to their history and all the strength and love and best wishes sent down the generations too!!
Ruth Ventrello wrote on September 2, 2018 at 7:56 pm
I am enjoying learning more about my ancestors. I descend from Daniel McJunkin (6th gggrandfather) and through him to Joseph Alexander Caldwell (1659-1730) 9th gggrandfather.
I found this site trying to research Elizabeth Wallace Caldwell my 12th gggrandmother (b. circa 1580). Find a grave has a statement that her father and mother are William Wallace and Katherine Crawford; however, there is not confirmed source for that claim. If anyone has a reliable source, please pass that information to me. Thank you