Posted By:Steve Caldwell
Subject:Archibald Caldwell (1821-1891) Craig Co
Post Date:February 13, 2000 at 21:15:43
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Forum:Craig County, VA Genealogy Forum
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Looking for information and/or other researchers interested in Archibald Caldwell, my great great grandfather, who was born and lived in the parts of Botetourt Co that became Craig Co when it was formed in 1851. Archibald Caldwell was born in Botetourt Co, Virginia about 1821. His father was John Caldwell and his mother (or more likely stepmother) was Ruth (surname unknown). Archibald had a brother Andrew Alexander Caldwell who was born 5/16/1815, then moved to Elkhart Co Indiana about 1835, married Eleanor “Ellen” Burns on 6/8/1841, then later moved to Anderson Co Kansas where he died 9/19/1907. Archibald also had a half-sister Martha A. Caldwell who was born about 1832 and later married a Haislip and was living in Coffeyville, Montgomery Co Kansas in 1895. Back to Archibald, by 1843 he was living in Elkhart Co Indiana, and lived with/near his brother Andrew. Archibald married Nancy Stewart on 1/15/1845, but she died about a year later. By 1846 Archibald was back in Botetourt Co Virginia. Archibald married Lucy Ann McClanahan (b.1832) on 5/11/1848 at McClanahan home near New Castle, Botetourt Co (now Craig Co) Virginia. During the Civil War, Archibald served as an informal scout for the Union during their incursions into Monroe Co Virginia (now West Virginia). About 1862/1863 Archibald moved back to Indiana, taking his family and living in Marshall Co in Plymouth and/or Bourbon Township. At that time, their Virginia-born children included Permilia (b.1852), Susanah (b.1855), Elizabeth “Ella” Mary (b.8/14/1856), Stephen Douglas (b.1860), and possibly another girl. After the move back to Indiana, Archibald was drafted into the Union Army in late 1864, serving in the 83rd and 48th Indiana Infantry until 7/1865. Archibald and Lucy had additional children in Indiana including Sarah “Sally” H. (b.3/17/1864), William Archibald (b.9/16/1867), John F. (b.1871), and Charles A. “Charlie” (b.1873). Archibald and Lucy left Indiana to homestead in Dakota Territory in 1886 in what became Hanson Co South Dakota. Archibald died 6/22/1891. After he died, his widow Lucy lived with her children in South Dakota, Indiana, and finally Iowa, where she died 2/26/1920. Both Archibald and Lucy were buried in the Greenhill Cemetery in Alexandria, Hanson Co South Dakota. I have additional information on some of Archibald’s offspring as well. Please respond to query and send separate email to Steve Caldwell at Thanks.