associates, numbering approximately 200, to Cub Creek, Brunswick County, Virginia, forming the "Caldwell Settlement." Here Rebecca's second son, James, was born in I739, followed by David, 1741, Martha, 1743, Eleanor, 1746, William, 1748, Elizabeth, 1750, Ann, 1756, and finally the last child, Rebecca. A family friend, the Reverend Patrick Henry, uncle of the Virginia orator and patriot, baptized Elizabeth, and probably Ann and Rebecca as well.
Busy making a home for their eleven children, Rebecca could be described as typical of women on the edge of civilization; however, though quiet and reserved in demeanor, Rebecca was a thorough disciplinarian and teacher. Left alone much of the time due to her husband's duties as one of the founders and first Justices of Lunenburg County (formed from Brunswick County in 1746), Virginia, his obligations to the Lunenburg County Rangers as officer-in-charge, and his oath to the religious faith which had "Spurred" his father to be involved in the founding of the first Presbyterian Church in Virginia south of the James River. Rebecca reared their brood to have abiding faith in the principles of Christianity as described by John Knox, and to each she imparted the skills of reading and writing. She also taught indirectly by actions that justice, Independence, fortitude, and inventiveness were principles by which civilized man lived (her grandson, John Caldwell Calhoun, believed these principles inherently),. These traits of character were
to prove invaluable to Rebecca and her children during the Revolutionary War.
After thirty five years, during which the marriage of William and Rebecca Caldwell was strengthened by the arrival of their children, advantages, and adversity, William died at his home in Lunenburg County, a large landowner and a man of immense importance in the southwestern area of Virginia. His will, dated December 22, 1758, and probated April 17, 1761 in Lunenburg County, if found to be both equitable and unprejudiced. He had been a good husband and provider, a loving father, and a respectful and considerate son.
The children of William and Rebecca all grew to adulthood and all married---a rather remarkable feat if one considers the infant mortality rate during that period of history. John, the eldest son, married Elizabeth Gallman. Sarah became the first wife of Dr. James Martin of Camden, South Carolina. Margaret married her cousin John Ritchie, James took as his wife Elizabeth Forest. David married first, Sarah Martin, second, Nancy Carey, third a Miss Forrest. Martha became the second wife of Patrick Calhoun of Abbeville District, South Carolina (and the mother of the future Congressman, Senator, Secretary of War, Secretary
of State, and Vice President of the United States---John Caldwell Calhoun). Eleanor became the spouse of John Moore, William exchanged marriage vows with Elizabeth Williams. Elizabeth was the faithful wife of Major Robert Gilliam. Ann married William Lesley, and the youngest child, Rebecca, became the wife bf Josiah East.