|Birth: ||Mar. 8, 1798|
|Death: ||Dec. 28, 1842|
Pioneer. Patriot. One of the original Texas Rangers. Signer of Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico. Signer of Republic of Texas Constitution. Sante Fe Expedition leader taken prisoner and kept with Mier Prisoners. Also his son Curtis was on that expedition, taken prisoner. Both survived.
Military leader against Santa Anna and Comanche. Known as "Old Paint" for spot of white in mustache. Also called the "Paul Revere of the Texas Revolution" for riding from Gonzales to Bastrop, calling men to arms before the Battle of Gonzales in October 1835.
Muster roll 1839 Caldwell's Ranger Company, Gonzales Regiment: Captain Mathew (Matthew) Caldwell. Council House Fight. Battle of Plum Creek. Commanding colonel, Battle of Salado 1842. Named for him are a Louisiana parish, a Texas county, and a Texas town. Died from health complications of Mexico imprisonment and Salado battle wounds. Military honors burial.
Family historians (GABrooksby and RStokes) state some Gonzales memorial marker dates may be incorrect (proof pending (Aug 2011)
Date of death from Houston Morning Star death notices publication date 1/19/1843, page 2 (courtesy of findagrave contributor#47690711)
Bibliography: Texas State Historical Association; The Texas Ranger Dispatch Magazine; Communications with family historians C.Caldwell(1980s) G.A.Brooksby(1997,2011) and R.Stokes(2011); C. Cartwright findagrave contributor #47690711(2013)
Updated 16 May 2012: Cemetery plot information from C.Munson, findagrave.com contributor #47210136
(bio by: L Pritchett)
Gonzales City Cemetery
Plot: plot 142 Space 12
Created by: L Pritchett
Record added: Jul 18, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14973329