When Charles Alfred Colwell was born on 31 July 1917, in Sharpsville, Liberty Township, Tipton, Indiana, United States, his father, Henry Albert Colwell, was 33 and his mother, Kathryn Carver, was 28. He married Ruth Louise Adams on 13 March 1945, in Brown Land District, Texas, United States. He lived in Jasper, Missouri, United States in 1935 and West Riverside Judicial Township, Riverside, California, United States in 1940. He died on 27 April 1999, in Columbia, Boone, Missouri, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor Township, Henry, Missouri, United States.
English (southern England and West Midlands): habitational name from any of the places in Northumberland and Devon named Colwell. The former is named with Old English col ‘(char)coal’ or cōl ‘cool’ + well(a) ‘spring, stream’; the latter has as the first element a Celtic river name, Coly, apparently meaning ‘narrow’. Alternatively, a habitational name from Colwall (Herefordshire), or Colwell House in Wivelsfield (Sussex).