Thomas Elmore Caldwell

Brief Life History of Thomas Elmore

When Thomas Elmore Caldwell was born on 3 June 1889, in Catawba, North Carolina, United States, his father, James Edmund Alexander Caldwell, was 41 and his mother, Martha Ann Virginia Shelton, was 38. He married Chloe Nannie Terry on 17 June 1933, in Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States. He lived in Newton Township, Catawba, North Carolina, United States in 1900 and Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States in 1910. He registered for military service in 1919. He died on 26 August 1949, in Columbia, Richland, South Carolina, United States, at the age of 60, and was buried in Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States.

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Thomas Elmore Caldwell
Chloe Nannie Terry
Marriage: 17 June 1933

Sources (8)

  • Thomas Caldwell in household of Edward Caldwell, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Thomas Elmore Caldwell, "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918"
  • Thomas E. Caldwell, "South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1965" (1949)

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World Events (8)

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.

1897 · First Bill for Women Suffrage

In 1897, Senator J.L. Hyatt introduced the woman suffrage bill in North Carolina. The bill did not make it past the committee.

1906 · Saving Food Labels

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

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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