Glen William Caldwell

Brief Life History of Glen William

pub in the Sioux Falls, SD, Argus-Leader on Saturday Oct 6, 1984 - GLEN CALDWELL - MADISON - Glen Caldwell 91, of Madison, died Friday in Madison Community Hospital. He was born in Moody County, on Sept 28, 1893, and moved to Madison in 1914. After serving in the military in France during WWI, he married Blanche Matteson on June 28, 1921 in Arlington. They farmed in Moody and Lake counties until Mr. Caldwell retired in 1969 and moved into Madison. He was past commander of the Madison American Legion and was a member of the WWI Barracks. He also was a member of IOOF Lodge and Madison United Methodist Church. Survivors are his wife; 2 daughters, Carol Thornburg of Nashville, TN and Mrs Richard (Laurel) Denny of Grayslake, IL; 3 sisters, Pearl Richmond and Della Caldwell, both of Sun City, AZ and Mrs Albert (Lola) Gall of Mitchell; 5 grandchildren & 5 greats. Services will be Monday in his church. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Wentworth. Visitation will be on Sunday at Hallenbeck-Ellsworth Funeral Home in Madison.

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Glen William Caldwell
Blanche Hazel Matteson
Marriage: 28 June 1921

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  • Glenn Caldwell, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Glen Caldwell, "South Dakota, Department of Health, Index to Births 1843-1914 and Marriages 1950-2014"
  • Glen Caldwell, "United States Social Security Death Index"

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1898 · War with the Spanish

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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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