Sharon Caldwell
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Sharon Caldwell

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Sharon Caldwell
Born 1950s.
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Mother of [private son (1990s - unknown)] and [private son (1990s - unknown)]
Profile last modified | Created 18 Jul 2017 | Last significant change: 1 Jun 2020
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Sharon Caldwell is genealogies verbind aan Suid Afrika /is genealogically connected to South Africa
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Sharon Caldwell South African 1820 Settler and Descendants
This user can contribute with an advanced level of English.
Hierdie gebruiker het 'n basiese begrip van Afrikaans.

I was born in Durban in 1958, where my father was a dance teacher for Arthur Murray's. With the exception of my paternal grandfather, who was an English seaman who married a South African woman, my South African roots go deep, and some of my ancestors were amongst the earliest people from Europe to set foot here. I have Dutch, French, German, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Indian, Indonesian and possibly Madagascan, as well as English and Irish (including Manx and Channel Island ancestors. I haven't been able to prove Scottish yet, but hey, Grant has to be Scottish at some point. Among my forebears are slaves and slave-owners, the owners of huge wine farms at the Cape, and dismally poor mineworkers and sailors in the slums of Liverpool, and agricultural laborers in Dorset. Quite a mix. I have Voortrekkers and prospectors, but not a single 1820 Settler to be found. So, just to make sure my sons have a good mixture, I married a man whose ancestry is overwhelmingly 1820 Settler, who grew up in the Transkei and speaks fluent isiXhosa! Working on his tree has fueled my interest in the history of the Eastern Cape.

We moved to Johannesburg when I was very young and I grew up in Hillbrow. When I was sixteen my mother remarried and we moved to Cape Town where I completed High School at Milnerton High School. I lived in Cape Town until 1984 when my then-finance convinced me to move to the Eastern Cape where we lived first in King William's Town and then in East London.

I have always had a fascination for history and family history. As a child I become interested in my family history as my Great-grandfather was George Walker who was one of the claimants to discovering the main reef of the Witwatersrand. I grew up with stories of early Johannesburg and how my Great-grandmother was in a concentration camp while her husband and sons were transport riders for the British. Somehow their marriage survived and they went on to have a huge brood of children and grandchildren. My grandfather told me stories of the time when he was on the HMS Rodney and they were sent in search of the Bismarck, and that he was in charge of the big guns that fired the first salvo which eventually sank the German battleship.

I have a B.A. Honours, in History and in my final year wrote a [short research paper] that has gained some recognition. Because I found the first legislated urban segregation in South Africa it is fairly widely cited.

After a brief confusion of wanting to be a Chartered Accountant, and spending two miserable years pursuing a B.Com I ended up, more or less by accident, as a teacher. Not only did I enjoy that, it turned out I was reasonably good at it too. Then I had my two sons and got drawn into Montessori education which trapped me. I started a small school which ran for ten years, then got into supporting Montessori school leaders.

Now I am an almost retired Montessori consultant (I do run off to interesting places every now and so often) putting most of my energy into researching family history rather than trying to find the best ways to help children learn to read.

My little private project has become a passion after discovering WikiTree and meeting some rather amazing and kind people here. I now spend most days working on the various profiles I manage and dipping into some that aren't even in my own trees.

Born: 23 October 1958, Durban. [1] Baptised: 28 December 1958. St Aidans, Yeoville, Johannesburg. Parents abode at the time: 33 Colchester House, Smith St. Durban. Sponsors Mona Grant, James Clement Grant and Constance Evelyn Perks. [2]


  1. Original Abridged Birth Certificate A893494, Caldwell-Webb family papers
  2. Original Certificate of Baptism, Church of the Province of South Africa, Caldwell-Webb family papers

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Hi Sharon!

Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Sharon,

I've not heard back from your regarding the England Project check-in. I've sent two messages to you previously. I hope you are ok.

One of the requirements for England Project membership is that you respond to the check-ins. Requirements can be found on the England Project page. I've gone ahead and removed you from the project. We are sorry to see you go but you would be most welcome to rejoin via the G2G sign up post at any time.

Best wishes,

Susie, England Project Leader :-)

posted by Susie MacLeod
Hi Sharon,

I sent you a message a while ago on behalf of the England Project Leaders and have yet to heard back from you. I hope you are well.

One of the requirements of membership in the England Project is that you respond to the six-monthly check-ins.

If I don’t hear from you in the next week or so I’ll assume you no longer wish to be in the project and go ahead and remove you. You would, of course, be most welcome to rejoin at any time via the G2G sign-up post.

Best wishes,

Susie :-)

posted by Susie MacLeod
Hi Sharon,

On behalf of the England Leaders, I wanted to say a huge thank you for all your contributions towards the project in the past six months as a Team Member for Gloucestershire. We've achieved a great deal during this time and we couldn't have done it without you.

Are you happy to stay in your current team and the project as a whole? Are there any other teams you'd like to join? What are we doing well, and what would you like to see us doing differently moving forwards?

Please respond to this message via e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks,

Susie, England Project Leader :-)

posted by Susie MacLeod
Hi Sharon,

We realise the time has come to dissolve the UK Project in favour of the individual country projects of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

We are checking in with all UK badge holders to find out which country project(s) you would like to be in so you can collaborate with other members, have the opportunity to select which team(s) you would like to join, and so we can ensure you have all the correct badges.

Please respond by PM to let us know which country project(s) you would like to be in. Please don’t assume we know. We are effectively starting from scratch to make sure no one falls through the cracks.

Once you have done this, the Coordinator for Membership in the relevant country project(s) will be in touch to help get you situated.

Many thanks,


posted by Susie MacLeod
Hi Sharon!

Congratulations on making more than 1,000 contributions to WikiTree for the Month of May. We all appreciate your efforts to make our Shared Tree the best it can be. Keep up the great work and THANK YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
You enquired about Murray-6682 and Murray-6677. All solid input, tidying up and tagging are welcome! Thanks for the heads up.
posted by Dennis Maeder Ph.D.
Hi Sharon. Thanks for your message on William Henry Mallison's page. My only link to Mallisons is through him because he married a Cushion who is descended from one of my ancestors. I haven't come across your Mallison family from Liverpool before but looking at your research about Henry and Alice the circumstantial evidence does seem to suggest they were siblings or possibly cousins.
posted by Ray Hawkes
Hi Sharon

On behalf of the England Project Leaders we're carrying out a check-in to see how all the members are doing and taking the opportunity to thank you for all your hard work over the past six months. We have been so impressed with the way everyone has rallied together and gone the extra mile to make this one of the most dedicated, productive and friendly communities on WikiTree. What are you enjoying most about being in the project? What would you like to see improved or changed? Would you like to continue in the project moving forwards?

We're looking forward to hearing back from you,

Susie, Gillian, Wendy and Amy

posted by Wendy (Ling) Sullivan
Hi Sharon,

I’m working with Eowyn to check-in with everyone holding the Project Coordinator badge to make sure we have the most up-to-date information. As a Project Coordinator badge holder, please can you let me know which project(s) you are currently coordinating and if you have a specific role as coordinator in those projects?

Many thanks,


posted by Susie MacLeod
Thank you Sharon, you are doing great work.

Sharon is 21 degrees from Jaki Erdoes, 21 degrees from Wallis Windsor and 21 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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