James Caldwell

Maleabout 1806–

Brief Life History of James

James Caldwell was born about 1806, in Pennsylvania, United States. He had at least 4 sons and 1 daughter with Mary Dunn. He lived in Norwich, Union Township, Muskingum, Ohio, United States in 1870 and Farmington, Trumbull, Ohio, United States in 1880.

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Family Time Line

James Caldwell
about 1806–
Mary Dunn
Caleb D. Caldwell
William Caldwell
about 1836–
Harvey Caldwell
about 1844–
Susan Caldwell
about 1847–1926
James Caldwell

Sources (5)

  • James Caldwell, "United States Census, 1880"
  • James Coldwell in entry for Susan Caldwell, "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953"
  • James Caldwell, "United States Census, 1870"

Spouse and Children

Children (5)

World Events (8)

1810 · Change of capital city

Age 4

Zanesville becomes the new state capital.

1812 · Harrisburg Becomes the State Capital

Age 6

Harrisburg had important parts with migration, the Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution. 

1860 · Ohio supports the Union side of the Civil War

Age 54

Although divided as a state on the subject of slavery, Ohio participated in the Civil War on the Union's side, providing over 300,000 troops. Ohio provided the 3rd largest number of troops by any Union state.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and northern Irish: habitational name from any of several places in England and Scotland, variously spelled, that are named with Old English ceald ‘cold’ + well(a) ‘spring, stream’. Caldwell in North Yorkshire is one major source of the surname; Caldwell in Renfrewshire in Scotland another. Possibly also from Caldwell (Warwickshire), Caldwall (Worcestershire), Cauldwell (Bedfordshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire), Caudle Green (Gloucestershire), Caudle Ditch or Cawdle Fen (Cambridgeshire), Chadwell (Essex, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Wiltshire), Chardwell (Essex), or Chardle Ditch (Cambridgeshire, early recorded as Kadewelle).

Irish: when not the English surname, this is an Anglicized form of Ó Fuarghuis or Ó hUarghusa ‘descendant of (F)uarghus’, a personal name whose literal sense ‘cold’ + ‘choice’ was reinterpreted as coming from fuaruisce ‘cold water’.

History: Several Caldwells emigrated from Scotland to America by way of Ireland in the 18th century. James Caldwell (1734–81), a son of settler John Caldwell, was born in Charlotte County, VA, and was a militant clergyman during the revolutionary war. Andrew Caldwell, a Scottish farmer, emigrated to North America in 1718 and started a family in Lancaster County, PA. His son David was a Presbyterian clergyman and well-known revolutionary war patriot.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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