A "WALTER WOODWORTH" LISTED IN CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL
FOLLOWING IS COPIED FROM A MICROFICHE AT
CATHEDRAL, KENT COUNTY, ENGLAND.
AND PROVIDED BY AL SCHULTZ TO MARVIN WOODWORTH, IN JAN 2006
AL SCHULTZ IS A 12th GENERATION WALTER WOODWORTH DESCENDANT
The entries for "Walter Woodworth" have conflicting information, and conflicting dates of much belated entries, with some as recently as 1988. It appears that anyone can drop by the cathedral's record entry registration books and enter any information they personally think is appropriate.
It appears that the records for
Walter Woodworth and "Mrs Walter Woodworth were entered in 1916 and/or
1917, and not in the early 1600s. Certainly at the time of the birth of
Walter's wife (wives), 1611 and 1622, they would not be known at their birth as
"Mrs. Walter Woodworth". One entry lists her name as "Dorothy". They would certainly have known her first name if they
were recording her birth date at the time of her birth. Further, it appears that
group of entries were made by an alleged relative, "Frank E. Caldwell".
It appears also that any Woodworth shown in the microfiche with only a year, such as 1611 or 1612 or 1635, etc, instead of a complete date is an invalid entry by a misguided "helper" whose "help" has resulted in record error and confusion.
A Google of "Frank E. Caldwell" brings up these entries (below) on different web pages. It seems he was a medical doctor, possibly a Mormon as he sent records to Salt Lake City, signed death certificates in England during World War I, and compiled at least one cemetery record.
"Frank E. Caldwell" was very prolific at entering his information as a "relative" or "friend of the family" in records everywhere. He must have thought he was "helping" genealogy as a Mormon. The date "Frank E. Caldwell" entered in Canterbury records for Walter was 1916 and 1917, the war years. He was definitely in England during that time, as he was signing off on death certificates in England during that time, according to some forum posts.
Here are some excerpts from
various Googled web pages where the name "Frank E. Caldwell" is found
Alicia MYDGELEY (F)............ C: 15 Jun 1545
Father: Robti. MYDGELEY Halifax Yorkshire England
Alice MYDGELEY (F)............. M: 7 Jul 1567 Halifax Yorkshire England
Rel: Frank E. CALDWELL
John Slead Eddy 1c5-624
BIRTH (1795): DEATH (1795): Carl Boyer III 1993.
ORD (There are many John Eddys,
one John was b. 18 Dec 1795, Ostego Co., NY,
no parents listed, relative of Frank E. Caldwell): IGI
Nancy Eddy 1c5-635
BIRTH: Carl Boyer III 1993.
ORD (There are many Eliza Eddys,
one Eliza was b. 13 Sep 1796 Richfield, Ostego, NY,
no parents listed, relative of Frank E. Caldwell): IGI
Sarah FRYER (F)....................... B: Abt 1759 F#: 170553 @
Rel: Frank E. Caldwell , Of, Kentucky P#: 936
FROM THE AYRSHIRE-L MAIL LIST ARCHIVES:
From: "M BUCK" < firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: re- Frank E. Caldwell
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 10:56:57 -0000
Can anyone enlighten me as to who this person was? His name appears on
several death certs as Relative.All of the deaths are between 1914-1919 and
so far I have 12 of them all Male but can find no family connection.does
anyone know if he was Army Personnell responsible for informing of Men
killed in action?
FROM THE GENIRE-L MAIL LIST ARCHIVES:
From: Alison Causton < email@example.com>
Subject: Have you encountered Mr Frank E Caldwell?
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 17:31:54 -0400
During the past couple of days, I have been merrily extracting all
GILMOUR, GILMER, GILMORE, &tc entries [with County Armagh interest in
particular, and from neighbouring counties] from the IGI (International
Genealogical Index). A dozen or so handwritten ledger sheets later, I
sat down to review my findings [listed below, after the signature].
While writing out the IGI entries, I noticed that a Frank E Caldwell was
listed as the relative for a few Gilmour&variant deaths. Was he the
family lawyer? an undertaker? a nephew through a sister? How could he
have been related to or involved with these four Gilmore/Gilmour people
from three different counties?
Then I saw the dates for these four deaths: 1915 through 1918. Over at
the CWGC (Commonwealth War Graves Commission) web site, I found these
men listed as World War I casualties. A sad reckoning, regardless of
the years that have passed.
So, have you encountered Mr Frank E Caldwell in your family history
research? Does anyone know who he was, what (unenviable) post he
Kingsville, Ontario, Canada
Researching Rachel Mary GILMOUR 1854-1929, of County ARMAGH.
206. Phila GUNN was born on 29 Aug 1800 in Montague, Franklin,
Massachusetts.1231,1232 She died on 7 Aug 1841 in Montague,
Franklin, Massachusetts.1233,1234 She was buried in Old South
Cemetery, Montague, Franklin, Massachusetts.1235 Colrain,
Massachusetts - Births, Marriages, Deaths & Cemetery Records -
Abt. 1741 - 1859. Compiled by Frank E. Caldwell M.D. and Retyped
by the Genealogical Society, 1955. p. 26
DAGG VITAL RECORDS U.K. & IRELAND (as adapted from I.G.I. Index; British Isles)
Bishop DAIGHB Irel Re:FRANK E. CALDWELL
Elizabeth DAGGD Abt 1650 Glou Re:Frank E. CALDWELL
FROM A FAMILY TREE FILE:
Index: records sent to SLC by Frank E. Caldwell (rel i.1
FROM A FLORIDA PENSION RECORD
"Frank E. Caldwell gave a personal letter/affidavit in the Pension application of J. B. Griggs.
Florida Death Certificate #311454
Griggs, J. B.
Male, White, Married
DOB March17, 1848, Age 71
Place of Birth: Florida
DOD: November 16 1919
Place of Death: Marion, Precinct 11, Lynn
Father: Lemuel Griggs, North Carolina
Mother: Nancy Bryant, Alabama
Cause of Death: Self Inflicted Wound with Pistol
Informant/Spouse: Mrs J. B. Griggs, Lynn, FL
Burial: Ocklawaha Church Cemetery, November 17, 1919
Undertaker: McIver & MacKay, Ocala, FL"
Elizabeth BUNDY (F)....... M: 30 Sep 1730 F#: 183519 @
Rel: Frank E. CALDWELL Salisbury, Wiltshire, England P#: 188
(no parents listed) O#: 6555
James LAWRIE(M) Marr: 9 Jul 1738 Midlothian, Scot. Rel: Frank E CALDWELL , (no parents listed)
Therefore, one can only conclude that "Frank E.
Caldwell" entered the subject records
in Canterbury Cathedral for "Walter Woodworth" and "Mrs Walter Woodworth in 1916
and 1917 based on what he had read, probably from the book by William Atwater Woodworth
written in 1898.
The random entries made in other records
by Frank E. Caldwell show that he was a
very busy man at faking records around the United Kingdom, and that Walter's and
"Mrs Walter Woodworth" were not the only records he faked.
Obviously, the data for Walter and wife
are faked, as they only have the word "about"
in lieu of dates, and no listed parish as provided for other names that do have specific
dates. And further, it's obvious that no person would be born with the
name "Mrs Walter Woodworth"!!!
Data for other listed Woodworths would
have more credibility, having specific dates and
In any case, Al Schultz's providing this microfilm is much appreciated so that we can
analyze the record. The parishes listed
in the records of Canterbury Cathedral for
the other valid Woodworths give us clues as to which parishes might list Woodworths in
the late 1500s and early 1600s.
Marvin "Woody" Woodworth
Feb 15, 2006
(Updated July 7, 2015)