My name is John David Caldwell and your grandfather (Jerry) was my uncle. My father was J.D. Caldwell, the youngest son of James and Blanche Caldwell. Your grandfather and my father were the youngest and 3 years apart. Unfortunately, all the siblings have passed except for Donald Caldwell, who still lives in Salt Rock, WV. He is very knowledgable about the family history. I try to visit once a year and we always seem to talk about the family. Uncle Jerry and dad were raised by Blanche. She worked the riverboats alot so her sister, Mary Johnson, helped raise them. They lived in a boarding house with her in Huntington, WV when they were kids. My dad would tell me stories about when they were kids and how he followed Jerry everywhere.
Blanche had another sister named Osie. I think the other was Josephine. James had another brother named Otis, who everyone called "Oat" for short. I don't know much more than that. Since my dad was the youngest, most of my cousins are older than me and remember more. Jerry's other brother, Paul, has a son named Eric who is very knowledgible about James and Blanche. He remembers them well and tells me stories that his father told him.
If you want more info., I'd be glad to forward whatever contact info for either Uncle Don or Eric. By the way, I know Uncle Jerry had at least 5 children. I've never met any of them. I've seen Jerry two times that I can recall. Both at Uncle Don's for Christmas.