CALDWELL / CHILDRESS Family File, a work in progress

Entries: 1905    Updated: 2007-10-10 03:33:05 UTC (Wed)    Contact: Wilene Smith

Index | Descendancy | Register | Pedigree | Ahnentafel | Public Profile | Add Post-em

  • ID: I0068
  • Name: William CALDWELL
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT. 1764
  • Death: 23 JAN 1850 in Giles Co., VA
  • Note:
    RootsWeb's Message Board for Botetourt Co., VA, posted July 16, 2000, by Jim Nettles:
    According to a manuscript titled "Caldwell, Eakin, Lemon, Reid and Related Families" by J. William Austin and Rebecca H. R. Austin, the information about William Caldwell (b. 1764) is correct, as far as it goes.
    The document lists 13 children from William Caldwell and Priscilla Looney: John C. Caldwell (b. 11/28/1790), Margaret Caldwell (b.8/9/1789), Archibald Caldwell (b.1783), Davis Caldwell (b.1795), Charles Caldwell (b.1797), William Horton Caldwell (b.1804), Jonathan Caldwell (b.1799), Absalom Dempsey Caldwell (b.1800), Michael Caldwell (b.1802), Susannah Caldwell (b. 12/26/1791), Priscilla Caldwell (b. 11/11/1810), Jane Caldwell (b. 1810), and Nancy Caldwell (b. 1812). William and Priscilla were married on 3/24/1789.
    Priscilla Caldwell (William's wife) died in 1814, and William remarried. His second wife was Frances Anderson Caldwell, and they were married in April, 1814. William and Frances had 6 children: Anderson Caldwell (b. 1814), Joseph Caldwell (b.1819), Otis Caldwell (b. 1821), Sarah Caldwell (b.12/29/1822), Loyd Caldwell (b.1826), and Frances Caldwell (b.1829).
    William was the son of John Caldwell and Susannah Preston Caldwell. He was born in 1764. He was one of 10 children, and one of his brothers, Robert, was my great-great-great-great-grandfather. John died in Botetourt County in 1820.
    John was the son of John and Elizabeth Caldwell (her maiden name unknown). John Caldwell (William's grandfather) was born in Ireland in 1692 and died in Prince Edward County in 1786. Elizabeth was born in 1719.
    Priscilla Caldwell (William's wife) was the daughter of Absalom Looney, who was born in Sheading, Kirk Lonan, Isle of Man, England in 1729. Absalom Looney was a son of Robert Looney who was born about 1695 on Isle of Man and died in Botetourt County on 11/13/1770. Absalom Looney and Margaret were married in 1750.
    According to the document, John C. Caldwell was born 11/28/1790, and married Mary Brooks on 11/10/1817. John and Mary apparantly divorced before 1829, and John married Rutha Reynolds (b. 1810) on Dec. 30, 1829. There is an indication that the 1850 census shows the children of John and Rutha as: Rutha, Martha (b.1832), Mary (b.1834) who was married to James A. Jones (b. 1828), and Nancy (b. 1830) who was married to William S. Ferrell (b. 1828).
    No reference is found for Anne Hively who you indicate was the wife of John Caldwell. There was another John Caldwell, referenced as John "Temper" Caldwell, who was born in 1780, and married Mary or Margaret Hively on Oct. 22, 1804. She was the daughter of Jacob Hively.
    Absalom Dempsey Caldwell was born in 1800 and married Delilah Walker on Feb. 5, 1824.

    LDS Ancestral File(s), Melinda E. Jacquier, Long Beach, CA 90808; Lebron Camp Preston, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, has William as son of John Caldwell and Susannah.
    LDS CD #126, by Arthur B. and Ardine Caldwell, Sandy, UT 84070, also has William Caldwell as a son of John Caldwell and Susannah.
    Other files have Susannah's name as Preston while others have it as Edmiston.

    1769 Nov. 7, Botetourt Co., VA, formed from Augusta Co.
    1776 Oct. 7, Montgomery Co., VA, formed from Fincastle and Botetourt

    1789 March 24, William Caldwell md. Pricilla Looney, Botetourt Co., VA

    "Joseph LOONEY [b. ca. 1740, son of Robert and Elizabeth] seems to have left Botetourt Co., VA, about 1790-92 and settled in Knox Co., TN. In 1792, he was Justice of the Peace in Knox Co. Joseph LOONEY of Knox Co. of Territory South of the Ohio River, on 14 Dec 1798, sold to Walter McDONALD of Botetourt Co., 304 acres on Craig's Creek of James River (three surveys). Witnesses were John LOONEY Sr., Peter LOONEY, Benjamin (of Absalom LOONEY), William CALDWELL, Hugh CALDWELL, and Henry WALKER. Joseph LOONEY Sr. was in Knox Co. in April 1802, when he sued William MURPHY in Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions. Joseph LOONEY Jr. was mentioned." --LeRoy W. Tilton, "Captain Joseph Looney" (1949),

    1806 Jan. 16, Giles Co., VA, formed from Montgomery, Monroe, Tazewell, and Wythe

    1814, Priscilla Looney Caldwell died

    1814 March 30, William Caldwell md. Fanney Anerson, Botetourt Co., VA

    Which William Caldwell does this refer to in 1815?
    Prescilla Looney b. say 1771, m. (Botetourt bond) 24 November 1789 Wm. Caldwell. In Giles county, Tenn., in December 1815, admn. on the estate of Wm. Caldwell was granted to John Caldwell and Joseph Looney (perhaps of Jonathan 3 Looney). --Leroy W. Tilton, "Early Looneys in America," Part 4, Absalom Looney Branch (Second Generation)
    It is said that Priscilla's husband, William Caldwell, died Jan. 23, 1850, in Giles Co., VIRGINIA, so the 1815 estate in Tennessee would NOT be Priscilla's husband.

    1850 Jan. 23, William Caldwell died, reportedly in Giles Co., VA, but more probably in Botetourt Co.

    Nancy CALDWELL, last child of William CALDWELL and Priscilla LOONEY, was my 3rd great grandmother. . . I have transcribed William CALDWELL's will. He names each of his children by name....all 19 of them! --Maggie1000 (, March 16, 2004, RootsWeb's Botetourt Co., VA, message board

    1850 Botetourt Co., VA, census, p.42A, July 16, 1850, John T. Wilson:
    49/49, Fanny Caldwell, 65 F, $900 real, VA;
    Lloyd, 25 M, farmer, VA; Fanny, 21 F, VA;
    William Ruble, 30 M, farmer, VA; Priscilla, 35 F, VA; James E., 7/12 M, VA.
    Moses and Jane Looney are family 51/51; Joseph and Nancy Looney are family 52/52.

    1851 March 21, Craig Co., VA, was formed from Botetourt, Roanoke, Giles, and Monroe Counties. Parts were added from Monroe and Montgomery Counties in 1852-53, Alleghany and Monroe Counties in 1855-56 and Giles County in 1857-58 and 1879-80.

    CALDWELL-L Archives,
    from Doug Burnett <>, March 25, 2000
    In a publication "Caldwell-Eakin-Lemon-Reid and Related Families by J William Austin II and Rebecca H R Austin, Roanoke Virginia December 1982
    the family is listed as follows: John C Caldwell (Called Jack), Born 11/28/1790 and his second Wife Rutha Reynolds, born 1810 , were married on Dec 30 1829.
    In 1850 they lived in Giles County, with the following CHildren at home
    1.Rutha; 2.Martha A born 1832; 3 Mary born 1834; 4. Nancy Caldwell born 1830
    John C. Caldwell was a son of William Caldwell and Priscilla Looney Caldwell
    William Caldwell born 1764 settled and lived in the Sinking Creek area of Botetourt County(nr Roanoke Va). He married Priscilla Looney, daughter of Absalom Looney on March 24, 1789.

    William CALDWELL (b. 1764-1770; d. 1/23/1850) married 3/24/1789 to Priscilla "Peggy" LOONEY (b. 1771). Priscilla was the daughter of Absolom LOONEY (1729-1791) and Margaret MOORE (1730-1799). The children of William and Priscilla included: John C. CALDWELL (b. 11/28/1790; d. 3/12/1876) see later; Absalom Dempsey CALDWELL (b. 1800) who married Delilah WALKER; and likely several other children. --Steve Caldwell <>, e-mail, July 16, 2000

    descendant, Sara (, Oct. 5, 2007: You mentioned Alexander's brothr married Priscilla Looney. According to IGI that would be William, who I am decended from. Do you have any information on William and Priscila? I would appreciate it as this is a new family link that I have just connected to so have nothing about them!

    Father: John CALDWELL
    Mother: Susannah (Susanna) PRESTON or EDMISTON

    Marriage 1 Priscilla "Peggy" LOONEY b: ABT. 1771
    • Married: 24 MAR 1789 in Craig's Creek, Botetourt Co., VA
    1. Has Children Margaret CALDWELL b: 9 AUG 1789 in Botetourt Co., VA
    2. Has Children John C. CALDWELL b: 28 NOV 1790 in Virginia
    3. Has No Children Susannah CALDWELL b: 26 DEC 1791
    4. Has No Children Archibald CALDWELL b: ABT. 1793
    5. Has No Children Davis CALDWELL b: ABT. 1795
    6. Has No Children Charles CALDWELL b: ABT. 1797
    7. Has No Children Jonathan CALDWELL b: ABT. 1799
    8. Has Children Absalom Dempsey CALDWELL b: ABT. 1800 in Sinking Creek (a branch of New River), Botetourt (now Craig) Co., VA
    9. Has Children Michael C. CALDWELL b: 1802 in Virginia
    10. Has No Children William Horton CALDWELL b: ABT. 1804
    11. Has Children Priscilla CALDWELL b: 11 NOV 1810 in Virginia
    12. Has No Children Jane CALDWELL b: ABT. 1812
    13. Has Children Nancy CALDWELL b: 19 JAN 1814

    Marriage 2 Frances "Fanny" ANDERSON b: ABT. 1785 in Virginia
    • Married: 30 MAR 1814 in Botetourt Co., VA
    1. Has Children Anderson CALDWELL b: ABT. 1814 in Virginia
    2. Has No Children Joseph CALDWELL b: ABT. 1819
    3. Has No Children Otis CALDWELL b: ABT. 1821
    4. Has No Children Sarah CALDWELL b: 29 DEC 1822
    5. Has No Children Loyd CALDWELL b: ABT. 1826
    6. Has No Children Frances "Fanny" CALDWELL b: ABT. 1829
  • We want to hear from you! Take our WorldConnect survey

    Index | Descendancy | Register | Pedigree | Ahnentafel | Public Profile | Add Post-em

    Printer Friendly Version Printer Friendly Version Search Ancestry Search Ancestry Search WorldConnect Search WorldConnect Join Today! Join Today!

    WorldConnect Home | WorldConnect Global Search | WorldConnect Help, Inc. is NOT responsible for the content of the GEDCOMs uploaded through the WorldConnect Program. If you have a problem with a particular entry, please contact the submitter of said entry. You have full control over your GEDCOM. You can change or remove it at any time.