Sharon Caldwell

Sharon Caldwell

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Sharon Caldwell
Born 1950s.
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Profile last modified | Created 18 Jul 2017 | Last significant change: 19 Dec 2018
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Categories: South African Roots Project | En-3 | Af-1.


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Sharon Caldwell is genealogies verbind aan Suid Afrika /is genealogically connected to South Africa
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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Many of the profiles I manage are 1820 settlers of their descendants. I would like to get as many as possible 1820 settlers linked to the main tree.
My father's name. Have done substantial research on this tree.
Interested in Daw/Dawe/Daws from Dorset - my maternal grandmother's ancestors
Ancestors in this project.
Many of my and my husband's ancestors are from England.
My Great-Grandmother was a Pretorius. I have quite a bit of information on this branch and corrections to what is on the Wikitree already.
Most of my ancestors have South African Roots.

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On 19 Dec 2018 at 13:06 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:

Congrats for being chosen for Meet Our Members! Wonderful interview and excellent advice for new members.

On 19 Dec 2018 at 09:00 GMT Drew McClenaghan wrote:

Sharon, seems your 27 Degrees from me. I have a friend in Portsmouth, England, who's last name is Dawe. Not sure of his family tree, but could ask if your interested. Cheers Drew.

On 6 Dec 2018 at 11:33 GMT SJ Baty wrote:

Congratulations on the award of the Super Star! Keep up the great work and contributions!

On 3 Dec 2018 at 22:31 GMT Jan Terink wrote:

Hi Sharon,

I am not a connector so I am not sure, but I think I connected Montessori through Helen (Christy) Montessori and her grandfather William Reed Christy. I will leave it at that, my eyes hurt from all these "US Censuses"...

On 3 Nov 2018 at 16:33 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:

Hi Sharon,

It's been a year since the England Project was re-ignited. Thank you for being part of this exciting journey!

We really appreciate all your contributions and hard work :)

We would love some feedback from you please. :)

Are you happy contributing with the team you are on, or would you like a change, or even add to another team?

If you are not already on a team, which one would you like to be on?

If you are not sure what is available, just ask, we are here to help :)

Are you still happy contributing to the England Project?

Please PM me through my profile and let me know how you are doing :)

Thank you :)

Wendy Leader England Project.

On 12 Sep 2018 at 04:32 GMT Ronel (van Heerden) Olivier wrote:

Goeie môre Sharon

Do join us at our chat page ; Span Springbokke Looking forward to hear from you !! Groetnis Ronel

On 3 Sep 2018 at 10:51 GMT Ronel (van Heerden) Olivier wrote:

Hi Sharon

Thanks for joining us during

The 2018 Source-a-Thon - coming soon! Dates: September 28-October 1.

Our home page Springbokke wil give you more information


SA Roots Team

On 4 Jul 2018 at 17:27 GMT Ronel (van Heerden) Olivier wrote:

Welcome back Sharon.

On 6 Jun 2018 at 16:24 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:

Hi Sharon

You have received the England badge for being an active member of the England Project.

Thank you!!


On 7 Apr 2018 at 21:59 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:


This is Wendy, England Project coordinator for Integration.

I noticed you have withdrawn from the project, we are sorry to see you go!

I just wanted to say, on behalf of the England Team, thank you for all that you have contributed to the England Project and to let you know that you would be most welcome to rejoin at any time.

Please feel free to contact me if/when you choose to return.

Good luck in your research.


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