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Information submitted by Larry Winter Roeder, Jr., gr-grandson of Frank G. & Lillian.


     Frank G. Caldwell was the son of Benjamin Franklin Caldwell (14 Apr 1828-01 Jan 1910) and Dorcas F. Dolby (c. 1832-03 Nov 1896). Frank married Lillian Elizabeth McNeeley, the daughter of Sophia and William McNeeley. The marriage took place on December 3, 1878 at the First Presbyterian Church in New Orleans, in a ceremony by the historically controversial B. M. Palmer.


INEZ NAYLOR

INEZ

     Inez Naylor died in Cheshire, Connecticut on September 21, 1984 at 4:55 pm. She was 92 years old, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 29, 1891. Her ashes are in Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, in columbarium L-15.
     Inez married Joseph Randolph Naylor of Wheeling on August 12, 1929. He died in 1948 while on vacation in Florida. This was Joe’s second marriage and her third; Joe was the love of her life. Joe’s first wife was Reita Caldwell of Wheeling who died from complications of a long illness on August 22, 1925, leaving two children, Joe Naylor Jr., born in 1914 and Betty, born in 1917. Inez brought into the marriage a child from her first marriage, Max Lulie Hopkins, born July 29, 1915 in Pittsburgh and died Dec 31, 1986 in Hamden, Conn. She stayed in Wheeling until the 1970’s and then with advanced age joined her children in Connecticut.


REITA CALDWELL NAYLOR

REITA

     Reita Caldwell was born in August 1885 in Wheeling, one of three daughters of Frank G. and Lillian Caldwell.
     One sister, Sophia Caldwell, married Billy McCrystal, an Irish vaudeville actor from New York. Another, Lee Caldwell, married William McCleary.
     Reita married Joseph Randolph Naylor on June 1, 1905 in a very large wedding at the home of Frank G. and Lillian Caldwell on Wheeling Island. They had two children, Joe Naylor, Jr. and Betty.
     Reita died of a long illness on the 22nd of August 1925 at the Chalfonte Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, while trying to recover. She was buried by Kepner Mortuary, Wheeling. Reita was a yoga enthusiastic in its early days in America and, like her actress sister Sophia, studied under Leandro Campanari, a nationally know composer from Italy.


SOPHIA CALDWELL McCRYSTAL

SOPHIA

     Sophia Caldwell McCrystal was a daughter of Frank G. and Lillian Caldwell of Wheeling, West Virginia. She was a child of the Island, born August 9, 1890, and died New Year's Eeve, 1976 in Riverside, California.
     The Caldwells were pioneers in what became Marshall County and then grew to political and financial importance in Wheeling.
     Instead of opting for the safe life of marrying a wealthy neighbor, Sophia chose to enter the risky world of show business, studying first at Mount de Chantel and then under Leandro Campanari in Wheeling and San Francisco. Camparani was an internationally known soloist and violinist for whom Puccini composed music. Sophia participated in legitimate stage, vaudeville and Broadway and was married to fellow performer, Billy McCrystal, of New York. They performed on stage across the nation and in silent movies. Sophia was in the chorus of a version of Showboat and both starred in October 1915 in the first movie made by the Brinker Croft Film Company of Wellsburg, W. Va. The Cactus Trail was a western made about three miles from Wellsburg, then a thriving movie setting. Sophia wrote a scenario of diplomatic life at Washington, which was staged by old stock company at the Washington place Theatre. This may have been where she met Billy, who was one of the Theater’s main comedians. Some of Sophia’s credits include Catherine in "Henry VIII, "The Far Away Princess," as well as the "Chimes of Normandy." Chimes was a light opera by Eduard Holst. She also played Mrs. Terling in "the Climbers, and played in "As You like It" and "Japanese Cherry Blossoms," as Veronica Scroggins in "A Dollar Did It," and Mrs. Whitan in "The Road to Happiness." In September, 1913 she acted under the stage name of Virginia Richmond, as the spider's wife in William Corbett's revival of "The Silver King." The play was at the Lyceum Theater in Los Angeles. A review said "Miss Virginia Richmond, a noted Southern beauty, whose picture won the thousand dollar prize in Paris recently, has been especially engaged to take the part of the "Spider's Wife."… Pensive, yet coy, gentle yet witty with a countenance both sorrowful and gay, if such a combination can exist, best describes this maiden. Features beautifully chiseled, chin dimpled, lips cherry red, eyes large and searching, partly beneath long eyebrows."
     Sophia was also an accomplished artist who became known for her clown paintings, water colors and oils of western America. Sophia and Billy McCrystal had three children, William, who ran radio and TV stations and developed a deep knowledge of jazz; George, who owned a pool cleaning firm in Palm Springs California and Mary Elizabeth (sis) who was in the OSS, worked as a screen writer and married Larry Winter Roeder, later Consul General of the United States to Israel and Canada.


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