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Welcome to the Rachel Caldwell Chapter. We are located in Greensboro, North Carolina, which has become a center for educational and economic opportunities. Greensboro continues to be a "chosen center."
In 1807, the residents of the area voted to create a new seat of government. The following year a 42-acre tract of land was purchased for $98 named Greensborough after the patriot commander Nathanael Greene.
Rachel Caldwell and her husband, Rev. David Caldwell, are respectfully known today as the first citizens of Guilford County, North Carolina, largely out of respect for this remarkable couple.
Throughout her life, Rachel held a firm faith in God's provision and protection. She was known as a woman of prayer and was an exceptionally suitable companion for the most remarkable and gifted preacher, teacher, farmer, and medical doctor, David Caldwell.
Please visit our "Chapter and Membership Information" page to learn more about Rachel Caldwell and how you can become a member of our patriotic chapter.
Rachel was one of eight children born to Jane and Alexander: six girls and two boys. She was birthed in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Her family and the Caldwells were good friends. David Caldwell was seventeen years old when Rachel was born.
When Rachel was eight years old, her father took a new position that required moving his family to Rockbridge County, Virginia. Within five years after their move, the French and Indian War exploded. Indian hostilities erupted in the area, causing many settlers to flee for their lives. Alexander told his family that every vestige of protection had evaporated with Braddock's defeat. He explained that the family would have no time to pack or carry any belongings, but must flee on foot and horseback in order to save their lives. Leaving all personal belongings behind, the family headed for Mecklenburg County in North Carolina.
Picture this likely scene where David and his family come to visit the Craigheads after Rachel's birth. David leans over Rachel's crib, picks her up in his arms, cradles her against his shoulder, and does not have a clue that he is holding the baby who would become his wife!
November 18, 2002