Nov. 29, 1814 Mecklenburg County North Carolina, USA
Apr. 28, 1899 Senatobia Tate County Mississippi, USA
Married on Mar 26, 1844 in Mecklenburg, Nc.
ANDREW HARPER CALDWELL
ANDREW HARPER CALDWELL was born Nov 29, 1814, near Charlotte, in Mecklengurg County, N.C. His parents both died before he was twelve years of age. His father, Rev S C CALDWELL, being a teacher in a Classical School, as well as a minister of the gospel, put his son to the study of the Latin language before his father died.
When a little more than seventeen years of age, he went to the University of Ohio at Athens entered the sophomore class and graduated with distinction. He rode from Carolina to Ohio on horseback and remained at the University until graduation, after which he returned on horseback to Mecklenburg County, NC.
Having decided to enter the ministry of the Presbyterian Church, he graduated from Union Theological Seminary, Prince Edward County, VA, at the age of 24.
After preaching for six months in Charlotte, he accepted a call to Bethesda Church in York County, SC. He married SARAH ANN WILLIAMSON March 22, 1844.
In the autumn of 1846, ANDREW HARPER CALDWELL and his wife, SARAH ANN WILLIAMSON CALDWELL, accompanied by many of her relatives, traveled in wagons to Mississippi.
They first settled in Marshall County, MS, where they helped establish the Philadelphia Presbyterian Church.
In February 1862, ANDREW HARPER CALDWELL and family moved to Sardis, MS, in Panola County. From there he served and established churches at other point’s north and south.
In 1873, he moved to Senatobia, MS, to become pastor of Bethesda Church that he had organized May 6, 1848. Bethesda Church was named for the church he had left in York County, SC, and was made up largely of the members of his old pastorate there.
He ministered to the Senatobia Bethesda Church for eighteen years, resigning that charge in 1886.
Of distinguished appearance, he possessed remarkable physical energy and unusual mental vigor. As a preacher, he was scholarly. He was a man of great physical courage and stamina, a man who blazed the trails of Mississippi, leaving in his path, wherever he went, the imprints of religion, culture and kindness.
He died April 28, 1893 leaving the following children:
JOHN WILLIAM CALDWELL, a merchant in Senatobia.
ANNIE HARPER CALDWELL, who married JOHN HILL BERNARD Nov 28, 1888.
She was a religious leader in town and state, also achieving some importance in literary circles.
ELIZABETH CALDWELL who married Judge EUGENE JOHNSON.
ANDREW HARPER CALDWELL, was also survived by three sons all of who were ministers in the Presbyterian Church: Namely—
DR WILLIAM DOBY CALDWELL, who served until his death as minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, Texas
DR S C CALDWELL, for 40 years pastor of the Hazelhurst, Miss. Presbyterian Church.
DR W L CALDWELL, minister for 35 years of Woodland Street Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tenn.
DR W L CALDWELL, now 88 years old, is the only living member of this family, being retired from his ministry and living in Nashville, Tenn. (1960)
REV ANDREW HARPER CALDWELL, was the son of the REV SAMUEL CRAIGHEAD CALDWELL and the grandson of the REV DAVID and RACHAEL CRAIGHEAD CALDWELL. JOHN W CALDWELL was born Apr 7, 1891, died Dec 7, 1934, and is buried in the Bethesda Cemetery. The following inscription from the grave markers in Bethesda Cemetery — REV ANDREW HARPER CALDWELL, Nov 29, 1814-Apr 28, 1899, Father, born Mecklenburg Co., NC died Senatobia, Miss. SARAH ANN WILLIAMSON CALDWELL, Aug 17, 1827-June 12, 1911, Mother, wife of REV A H CALDWELL; born Mecklenburg Co, NC, died Senatobia, Miss; J H BERNARD, Jan 4, 1941 (only date); ANNIE CALDWELL BERNARD, Jan 20, 1868-March 31, 1959; JOHN W CALDWELL, 1848-1932; REBECCA CHEATHAM CLADWELL, Jan 4, 1959-Oct 8, 1896, wife of J W CALDWELL; ANDREW HARPER CALDWELL, M.D., Oct 16, 1883-May 17, 1912, son of JNO W and REBECCA CALDWELL. Children of J W & R C CALDWELL, LAWRENCE CALDWELL, May 16, 1885-Jan 31, 1887; NICHOLAS CHEATHAM CALDWELL, Aug 4, 1886-May 27, 1887; Infant son born & died Dec 16, 1889; Infant dau. Born & died Oct 28, 1893; ELIZABETH JOHNSON CALDWELL Oct 27, 1894-Oct 14, 1895; EUGENE JOHNSON, Mar 27, 1849-Apr 8, 1909, Lawyer; ELIZABETH C JOHNSON, 1885-1933.
REV SAMUEL CRAIGHEAD CALDWELL, D. D. is the S. C. CALDWELL above.
REV WALTER LINDSAY CALDWELL, D. D. is the W. L. CALDWELL above.
CALDWELL descendants living in Senatobia in 1974 were PERRIN L CALDWELL and his sons, PERRIN L CALDWELL, JR and THRUMAN V CALDWELL, grandson and great-grandsons of JOHN WILLIAMSON CALDWELL; MRS. WILLIAM PRESTON PERKINS, the former VIVIEN LINDSAY BERNARD, her son, WILLIAM PERSTON PERKINS, JR, and his sons and daughter, WILLIAM P PERKINS, III, JOHN SWAYNE PERKINS and FRANCES CROUCH PERKINS, daughter, grandson, and great-grandchildren of ANNIE CALDWELL BERNARD.
Source: A History of Tate County published in 1975.