The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961 Page: 502
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which they listed his major exploits, but also spelled his first name
with a double "t".
The records on Caldwell's family are scarce. His first wife and
two of his sons probably died before the Battle of San Jacinto.
The names of these boys are not definitely known; in the Pro-
bate Records in Gonzales however, is an undated bill to Cald-
well for boarding Leon and Kelly. Nine years after Caldwell's
death, in 1851, when his estate was preparing to claim payment
for Old Paint's services in the Texan Santa F6 Expedition and
Woll's campaign, two men who swore they knew Caldwell's
family maintained that Caldwell had only three children-one
boy, Curtis, who died without heirs and two girls, Lucy Ann
and Martha Elizabeth.69 Lucy married A. M. Elston, and Martha
married I. D. Davis.
Caldwell married his second wife, Mrs. Hannah Morrison, on
May 17, 1837, while they were in Washington County. Her
previous husband, Stephen B. Morrison of Gonzales, had been
a good friend of Caldwell.70
Old Paint died rich in glory but poor in possessions. His wife,
Hannah, became the executrix and found it impossible to pay
the claims with the assets from the estate. All property was sold
at public auction for only $257.93. Caldwell was not a good
businessman because his land purchases and sales do not indi-
cate any great profit, nor was he an industrious farmer because
some of his plots of ground in the outer town of Gonzales were
still unimproved at the time of his death. He was, however, an
excellent frontiersman who was a self-reliant individual-one who
would always make a living and who, when his area was threat-
ened by invaders, would be ready to fight for his land.
aoMathew Caldwell, February 6, 1879 (MSS., Public Debt Papers, Archives, Texas
7OLouis W. Kemp, The Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence (Hous-
ton, 1944), 45.
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