Are there one or two Matthew Caldwells?

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I've been working on a project about US County Namesakes. For now, I'm gathering information, seeing who already has a profile (connected or not.) Which brings us to Matthew/Mathew Caldwell. He's got counties named after him in Missouri & Texas. He has a Wiki page, which tells us he was important in the Texas movement for independence from Mexico. ("Paul Revere of Texas.")

It is extremely unlikely that two different guys named Matthew Caldwell both died in Gonzales, Texas on the same day. So: The profile vs. the wiki page have two different births. Is this the same guy?

Hannah Morrison married the County guy. Hannah is the only wife listed on the Wiki page. Caldwell-2421 has H Morrison as spouse, plus two more wives. I'm leaning towards two different guys, with the one born in SC getting his death field vacated. But his second wife died in 1833 and Matthew & Hannah were married in 1837, so the time line has no problems.

I've written the profile manager, but all he had to say was: ''Sorry, I do not know the answer you need.'' I might just mark it for additional research later, but I also thought some resourceful WikiTree genealogist might provide a flash of insight.

Another one I can't rule out, but can't match either is Anderson Crenshaw. He's got a county named after him in Alabama, where he was a judge. He's got a wiki page, albeit brief. Same guy?


WikiTree profile: Matthew Caldwell
in Genealogy Help by Living Winter G2G6 Mach 8 (80.4k points)

Yes there may be two or more Matthew Caldwells.  Caldwell county is named for him.  There is one born Kentucky, 1798, eventually moved to Texas.  There he was active in the Texas Revolution and signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. Death 1842.  I have his profile ready to add, with references from Wikipedia,  and [ Matthew Caldwell] and others including Find a Grave.  

I wrote to the PM, and am waiting to hear if his Mathew/Matthew was really born in South Carolina.  

Good catch, Eliabeth.  Mary Richardson



Hey, Mary - that's great. I agree that it's indeed a separate person. The existing SC Matthew will need his death date removed. Following a few links, I think it's an error, repeated, from a tree on TX Matthew was born in KY, lived in MO. And KY/MO/TX Matthew should get wife H[annah] Morrison, and SC Matthew should get disconnected from her.

I actually was checking to ascertain whether you had started the profile.  If not, I will..   We don't want additional dups


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There was one in South Carolina married to Eliza Jones in Dec 1814 who moved on into Georgia.

. There is another in the War of 1812 in Col McNab's Illinois and Missouri Militia.

So, I am pretty sure from looking quickly there were two Matthew's of about the same age. The Matthew in SC was shown on the census for 1820 in SC. His marriage record is listed in Georgia although he married in SC.
by Gigi Tanksley G2G6 Mach 4 (45.7k points)

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