At first glance this gravestone looks like any other. A couple with their births and dates; most would think it husband and wife. I did – until I searched for obituaries for them. Now we would all be forgiven for thinking that, but Samuel and Bettie are actually brother and sister – children of James Barnes and Sarah J. (Crawford) Caldwell – old bachelor and maid that lived their lives together – with two other siblings. The single life just seems to run in some families – such as my Linton and Montgomery lines. The point I would like to make today, check original sources. So important. But a little more about Samuel and Bettie.
Bettie was the first born of her parents. She is listed in the Marion County births, born June 17, 1853, in that county near Cartrites Church (probably Cartright). I’ve not heard of this church, although there were early settlements on Cartwright’s Creek. There could have been a church there at one time. Samuel was the fifth child, born December 15, 1857.
Sarah J. Crawford was born in Marion County, her husband in Green County. Before the 1870 census the couple and their family of seven moved to Boyle County, where they spent the remainder of their days. A daughter, Maggie, is listed in the 1870 and 1880 census, but I could find no further information. Daughter Kate married Wood Walker. Daughter Harriet (Haggie in the census) lived at home. Daughter Susan married a Newbolt.
After the deaths of their parents John Crawford, Samuel Nelson, Harriet and Bettie A., lived together, until their end days. John Crawford Caldwell was the last to pass away, in 1938.
Tuesday, May 28, 1912
Miss Harriet Caldwell died at the home of her brother, John C. Caldwell, on the Alum Springs Road, yesterday. She was in the fifty-third year of her age. The funeral will be at the residence at 4 o’clock this afternoon, followed by interment in Bellevue Cemetery. Deceased was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church and the funeral will be conducted by the pastor. She is survived by three sisters and two brothers, Miss Bettie Caldwell, Mrs. G. P. Newbolt, Mrs. W. B. Walker, Mr. John C. Caldwell and Mr. S. N. Caldwell.
Friday, November 22, 1918
Miss Bettie A. Caldwell died in a Lexington Hospital this morning. The body will be brought to Danville and funeral services will be held at the grave in Bellevue Cemetery tomorrow (Saturday) at 2:30 p.m.
Friday, February 10, 1922
The Advocate deeply regrets to chronicle the death of Mr. Samuel Nelson Caldwell, which occurred last night at 6 o’clock at the home of his brother, Mr. John C. Caldwell, on the Alum Springs Pike, where he had made his home for the past several years. For a number of years the deceased was in the grocery business in Danville, where by his universal courteous treatment and square dealing he won for himself a host of staunch friends, all of whom will read of his demise with the deepest regret. The funeral will be held at the home tomorrow morning on the Alum Springs Pike at eleven o’clock and will be conducted by the Rev. Frank J. Cheek, of this city, who has been a friend of the family since boyhood. The deceased was a member of long standing of Old Caldwell Church and always lived up to the Presbyterian faith. He was in his sixty-fourth year and had lived all of his splendid life in this county, where he was born. He is survived by one brother, Mr. John C. Caldwell, and two sisters, Mrs. G. P. Newbolt and Mrs. W. D. Walker, both of whom live in this county. After the funeral ceremony the burial will follow in Bellevue Cemetery.
Monday, July 3, 1933
Mrs. Newbolt Is Taken By Death
Mrs. Sue C. Newbolt, 80 years old, died at the home of her brother, John C. Caldwell, on the Alum Springs Road, at 8 o’clock Saturday night after an illness of some duration, brought on by advanced years.
Funeral services were held at 10 o’clock this morning by Dr. George E. Sweazey, pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church, followed by interment in Bellevue Cemetery here. Casketbearers were: Sam C. Walker, George l. Mahan, Ben Clark, Will Caldwell, S. H. Nichols, Ned Wiseman.
Mrs. Newbolt, who was a member of an old and distinguished Boyle County family, is survived by one brother, Mr. Caldwell, and one sister, Mrs. W. D. Walker, of Perryville.
Friday, December 16, 1938
John C. Caldwell Is Buried Today
Funeral services for John Crawford Caldwell, 87 years old, former Danville merchant and Boyle County farmer, who died at 1:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the Danville and Boyle County hospital, were conducted at 2:30 o’clock this afternoon in the chapel of Stith Funeral home on West Main Street by Dr. William E. Phifer, Jr., pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, followed by interment in Bellevue Cemetery.
The deceased was in the dry goods and notion business in Danville under the firm name of Roberts and Caldwell. both gentlemen were held in highest esteem in this city by all who did business with their house, which was that now occupied by Dr. M. D. Spoonamore, local druggist.
Bearers were: Ben Clark, William Caldwell, J. B. Nichols, Sr., Nicholas McDowell, Joseph Irvine and Charles Caldwell.
Mr. Caldwell was born November 27, 1851, in Boyle County, the son of the late James Barnes Caldwell and Sarah Jane Crawford Caldwell of Marion County. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Danville.
Surviving are two nieces and two nephews, Miss Maude W. Adams, Amityville, R.I., Mrs. J. W. Craft, Hazard, Kentucky, James B. Walker, Flint, Michigan, and J. C. Brown, Atlanta, Georgia, and one great-nephew, Marshall Mahan of Wheelwright, Kentucky.