CFANet Archives

  June 2004

Volume V  No. 6

Always regard with esteem the name you were given;
 with praise and renown that it should endure.

The Editor's Corner

He had a notion to go west, he was the restless sort
And Lord knows, land was scarce, and our money always short.
Still I cried the day he told me, and I begged for us to stay.
He only said we're goin' - it's best we don't delay

'Twas in the Spring of '52 that we left Tennessee,
Leaving my dear mother who I never more will see,
And my friends, I thought my heart would break to leave
them all behind
For my husband's great adventure, his fortune for to find.

~ Overland 1852, from Audio CD October Roses, by Linda Allen, 1999

Between 250,000 to 500,000 people traveled west on the Oregon and California Trails from 1843 to 1860, and more than half headed for California. Ninety percent of those who started out made it. No one knows how many of those who failed to reach their destination turned back or died on the trail, but the number of trail deaths reached into the tens of thousands.

Encounter with Indians -
"They looked so naked and wild. The men got out their guns, but all the Indians wanted was to see us and to see if we would give them anything."

Lucy Ann Henderson Deady, age eleven in 1846

Buffalo along the Platte River -
"Wood is now very scarce, but 'buffalo chips' are excellent - they kindle quick and retain heat surprisingly. We had this evening buffalo steaks broiled upon them that had the same flavor they would have had on hickory coals."

Tamson Donner, 1846

Prairie Storms -
"I remember we were camped on the Platte, the whole sky became black as ink. . .The rain came down in bucketfuls, drenching us to the skin. There wasn't a tent in the camp that held against the terrific wind. The men had to chain the wagons together to keep them from being blown into the river. . .Finally, in spite of efforts of the men, the cattle stampeded."

Mary Elizabeth Munkers Estes, age ten in 1846

Rhododendron, Oregon Tollgate Campground -

A replica of the west tollgate stands serenely in this US Forest Service campground, where emigrants passed through the fifth and final tollgate on the Barlow Road. Widows went through free, and men grumbled about paying yet another toll they couldn't afford for the "privilege" of using this treacherous path someone had the nerve to call a road. The road can be seen prominently through the gate.


~ excerpts from Women's Voices From the Oregon Trail, Susan G. Butruille, Tamarack Books, Inc., Boise, Idaho, 1993, pg. 16, 22-23, 220.

Editor’s note - I encourage each of you to send in articles for the e-Newsletter. It doesn’t have to be lengthy. It could be some "Callaway" news, a family story, a family photo, a favorite family recipe, results from your family line research, or any item you think would be of interest to our readers. Send them to me, and I will take care of adding them.
I look forward to hearing from you.

The Genealogist's Corner
Following is some detailed documentation on Callaways mentioned in last month's newsletter. Thank you to CFA Genealogist, Sherrill Williams, for providing this valuable information. I'm sure it will help many researchers.

I have a few comments on several items in the May Newsletter, as follows:

Query #170. Re: Felix Callaway, s/o Isaac & Winifred Ragan Callaway. [Pat Welch]
This Isaac is son of Job Callaway, Sr. of Wilkes Co, GA. It is well to note that care must be taken in working Georgia county records. Because of the Georgia lottery system of granting land, as well as other motivations, different branches of the Callaway family are found in the same county, and they are not always closely related.

This query mentions Martin K. Callaway in Dallas Co, AR in 1850. Martin's lineage was given by Hugh M. Callaway in the April Newsletter: Peter, John, Ebenezer, Ebenezer, Martin, etc. Ebenezer Callaway was one of a number of Callaways who came to Georgia in the early 1800's from Maryland and Delaware; some of these later arrivals continue to confuse us. Martin K. Calaway is buried in the Calaway Cemetery, north of Hampton in Calhoun Co, AR. Also mentioned are Lewis B(arrett) and James H(amilton) Callaway of Henry Co, GA. They are two of the sons of Isaac Callaway, Jr. & wife Mary (Polly) Barrett of Wilkes Co, GA Their ancestry is as follows:
Peter John/Mary Gould of Somerset Co, MD
Edward - d. 1769, Onslow Co, NC
Isaac Callaway, Sr./Elizabeth Arnold of Montgomery Co, NC
Isaac Callaway, Jr./Mary (Polly) Barrett, Wilkes Co, GA

Over the years, CFA has published many records in the Callaway Journal which confirm our Callaway relationships. Annually CFA donates copies of the Journal to many libraries throughout the United States. It would be well worth the effort to locate a library having copies. Or, as an alternative, purchase a copy of the Callaway CD.

Item contributed by Geneva Greer White re: Elijah Callaway:
Elijah Callaway was not born in Bedford Co, VA. His grandfather, Capt Thomas Callaway of Ashe Co, NC never lived in Bedford County, in spite of what Elijah told Lyman Draper. Capt. Thomas Callaway moved from Essex/Caroline Co, VA to Halifax (later Pittsylvania) Co, VA. He was living in Halifax Co when he sold the land that had belonged to his father, Joseph Callaway, located in Caroline Co, VA. Thomas Callaway made many land entries in Halifax/Pittsylvania counties area, but he could never clear up the titles. He abandoned the Virginia property and moved directly to Wilkes Co, NC (from which Ashe Co was created) several years before the Revolution. This is the story told by a linear descendant who lived in Ashe Co, NC. The name of Thomas Callaway never appears in our voluminous collection of Bedford Co, VA records.

Additionally, it is doubtful that Elijah Callaway fought in the Battle of King's Mountain. This battle was fought in October 1780 when Elijah was only 11 years old. No evidence of such service has been located. However, Elijah did serve in the NC state legislature. While serving he obtained a NC state pension for his uncle, Richard Callaway [not Col. Richard], who had been wounded and rendered permanently lame while participating in the Benjamin Cleveland affair. Richard died, unmarried, soon after the pension was granted.

Query #160. [Lucille Callaway]
I have checked the records of the late Mrs. J. P. Chancey (Floy Bess) for the burial place of the 2nd wife of Rev. Joseph Pitt Callaway. She did not indicate a burial place for the 2nd wife, but on the back of a chart she wrote: "Rev. Joseph Pitt Callaway was given a leave of absence at Conference, Dec. 9 - 14, 1914, possibly due to a throat problem. His wife Pensepia Dyer Hardin Callaway died during that year." Rev. Joseph Pitt Callaway was buried at Temple, Texas.

Query #165. [Robin Bell]
Thomas F. Callaway, b. 16 March 1777; d. 26 July 1836, Ashe Co, NC; married Elizabeth Ray, was a son of Thomas Callaway, Jr. who died in Knox Co, TN. Thomas F. Callaway remained in Ashe County, and among his descendants was Mrs. Eleanor Reeves of West Jefferson, NC, who contributed much to the study of this branch of the family. Mrs. Reeves participated in one of the CFA workshops at NC Archives in the 1970's. The remainder of the children of Thomas Callaway, Jr. moved with their father to Knox Co, TN, some later going on to Missouri.

Hope this will help these people out.

In Memory

It is with sadness that we offer our condolences to Gladys Callaway and her family, for the passing of her husband, Thomas James Callaway, Jr.

Thomas James Callaway, Jr., 84, died Monday, April 26, 2004 at his home. His funeral service will be on Thursday, April 29, at 11:00 AM at Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church with interment to follow at Oakview Cemetery.

The son of Mildred Purvis Callaway and Thomas James Callaway, Sr., he was born in Milstead, GA in Rockdale County on October 21, 1919. At the age of 5, his family relocated to LaGrange, GA. Mr. Callaway graduated from LaGrange High School, where he was voted "Most Popular." He attended The Citadel in Charleston, SC, and was then drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. He served in the 41st Infantry Division, and trained and served in Australia and New Guinea.

Mr. Callaway moved to the Albany area and purchased Callaway Furniture and Hardware Co. Later, he was a sales representative for the wholesale hardware companies; Young Hardware Companies of Atlanta, and Albany Hardware Co. He then obtained his real estate broker's license and worked in the real estate industry for over 30 years, working at Walden & Kirkland, Allen Owens Co., and Albany Realty Co.

He was a former member of the Albany Rotary Club and the Dougherty County Kiwanis Club, where he gave much of his time to the Junior Golf Program. He was an avid golfer and gardener, and was former little league baseball coach. As a member of Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church, he belonged to the Alpha Sunday School Class and served as its past treasurer.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys Pace Callaway, Albany; a son, Thomas James Callaway and his wife Sherrie Edwards Callaway, Thomasville; 2 daughters; Cantey Callaway Tull and her husband Charles Christopher Tull, Charlotte, NC; Merrel Callaway Hattink and her husband Willem-Jan Odo Hattink, Atlanta; a brother, Merrel Purvis Callaway, Albany; a sister, Mary Callaway Allen, Marietta; 5 grandchildren: Thomas James Callaway, IV, John Pace Callaway, both of Thomasville; Cantey Callaway Hattink, Willem-Jan Odo Hattink, Jr., and Julia Frances Hattink, all of Atlanta; a sister-in-law, Julia Pace Jones and her husband Paul A. Jones, Albany, and many nieces and nephews.

Kimbrell-Stern, Funeral Directors

It is with sadness that we report the death of William Gordon Murray. William and his first wife, Dorothy Land Murray were formerly CFA members. Dorothy was a descendant, through her mother, of Isaac Callaway, son of John and Bethany Arnold Callaway of Wilkes Co., GA. Our condolences go to all the members of his family.

William Gordon Murray was born on January 1, 1911 in Vernon, British Columbia to Daniel Alexander Murray and Mary Alice Carmen. He passed on April 20, 2004 at St. Mary's hospital in Athens GA.

Moving to Napa Valley before the age of one, Mr. Murray spent the majority of his childhood in California. In 1938, his family bought a dairy farm in Truxton, NY in which time they moved across the country.

Soon he began working his way West. While employed at a dude ranch in Montana, Mr. Murray met the Dollar family of Dollar Steam Ships. He was offered a position in the boiler room and had soon worked his way up to Maitre D. He has been heard to say that he traveled around the world seven times during this period in his life.

From 1939 to 1940, Mr. Murray attended The Clarence White School, Columbia University's photographic study program. At this time, he and a business partner owned a photography studio off of Central Park in New York City.

Mr. Murray was then drafted into the Merchant Marines and spent four years overseas. During WWII, he served as a photographer with the U.S. Army Signal Corp in Algeria, Italy and French Morocco over a four year span. Mr. Murray's time in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco resulted in an exhibition of over forty photographs, documenting native sections of the city and its people. His Moroccan photographic work has been exhibited in Museums across the nation, including UGA's Georgia Museum of Art, the first time in the museum's history to exhibit a local artist's work.

After the war ended, Mr. Murray attended the Fred Archer School of Photography in Los Angeles, in which he met his future wife, Dorothy Mae Land, a fellow photographer. They married in 1948 and their only child, Gordon Land Murray was born in 1950. The Murray family made their home in Oakland, CA. Mr. and Mrs. Murray made a career of commercial photography, opening their own business.

Later Mr. Murray worked for the Department of Defense and Energy Commission, photographing nuclear explosions at test sites. He went on to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and in 1971 was named head of the USDA's photography department in Athens. Mr. Murray received multiple awards for his photography and motion picture work during this time, including the industrial Film Award for his film, Insects versus Alligator Weeds.

In 1983, Mr. Murray became Mayor Of Lexington, serving more than one term in office. After the passing of Dorothy in 1989, he went on to wed Mary Brooks Smith in 1990.

Mr. Murray is survived by his Son and Daughter in law, Gordon and Patti Murray of Astoria, OR; Granddaughter, Carina Jean Murray of Portland, OR; Nephew and Wife, Dan and Alice Murray of Seneca Falls, NY; Niece and Husband, Georgienna and Ken Young of Skaneateles, NY; Nephew and Wife, Charles Jr. and Jan Murray of Truxton, NY.

Interment at Clark Cemetery. Lord & Stephens Funeral Home.

We were saddened to learn from CFA Star Member, Stewart Callaway of the passing of his Mother on April 25, 2004. I know we all send our condolences to Stewart and his family. He graciously sent a copy of her obituary which follows:

Mary Oneida O'Dell Callaway -
Age 91, of Hoover, AL, died April 25, 2004. She was a charter member of Central Park Baptist and a current member of Shades Crest Baptist Church. She was also a charter member of the Doll Study Club of Birmingham. Her survivors include son, Jackson Stewart Callaway, Jr.; his wife, Judy Morgan Callaway; and their children, Jeffery Paul Ellis and his wife, Libby Lynch Ellis, Morgan O'Dell Callaway, Eric Stewart Callaway and his wife, Kimberly Ballard Callaway, and Carolyn Callaway and her husband, Dwayne Duke; Daughter, Mary Ann Callaway Dennis; her husband, Donald Roy Dennis; and their children, Jeffery Keith Dennis and his wife, Shannon Bates Dennis, and Kenneth Scott Dennis and his wife, Suzanne Dichiara Dennis; and son, Joseph Judson Callaway; his wife, Lyndia Cole Callaway; and their children, Michelle Denise Callaway Sittler, Richard Thomas Callaway, and David Franklin Callaway; as well as thirteen great grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at 2 p.m. at Ridout's Valley Chapel with burial in Elmwood Cemetery.

Braggin' Rights

Congratulations to CFA Member, Brian Kelway Willoughby on recently becoming "The Father of the Bride." Our best wishes go to daughter, Victoria (Tor) on her recent marriage.

Feedback Corner

Thank you to Isabel Lockard for sending us information on the ancestry of Lucy Parker who married Jacob Callaway of Wilkes Co., GA.

Would you be interested in the ancestry of Lucy Parker Callaway? She was the wife of Jacob Callaway of Wilkes Co, Georgia. I am preparing a book on the descendants of Richard Parker of Surry Co, Va, Lucy's ancestor. I am not a Callaway descendant, but related to Lucy's youngest
half-brother, Matthew Parker. From the Callaway association I have gleaned some information on the families of some of their children: Barham (a little), Sally and Susannah (nothing), Parker (quite a bit), Mary Lavinia (some), Seaborn (some), and Drury (a little). I'd welcome more information.
Isabel Lockard
ilockard at

Lucy Parker CALLAWAY
Her descent from Richard Parker of Surry Co, Virginia 

1 Richard PARKER (the immigrant)

     b ca 1629 England; d 1677 Surry Co, Va

     m 1 May 1668 Isle of Wight Co, Va, Judith ..., widow of William HUNT

     d 1679 Surry Co, Va

     ISSUE: Richard 

2 Richard PARKER (the orphan, later Sr)

     b 1669/70 Va; d 1744/1750 Surry Co, Va

     m Mary .?., d 22 Apr 1750 Surry Co, Va

     ISSUE: Ann, Richard Jr, Faith, Judith, Hannah, William 

3 Richard PARKER, Jr

     b probably 1695-1700 Surry Co, Va; d 1750/1751 Surry Co, Va

     m (1) 1721, Judith ..., widow of William WYCHE

     d 1730/31         

     ISSUE: Frederick, Drewry 

4 Drewry/Drury PARKER

    b 1722/24 Surry Co, Va; d 1783/1789 Southampton Co, Va

    m (1) ca 1748/49 Elizabeth BARHAM, d/o Charles BARHAM and Sarah JUDKINS

    b 1730? Surry or Southampton Co, Va; d 1767/8 Surry Co, Va.

        ISSUE of  Drewry PARKER (I): 17

        1st marriage, Drewry PARKER (I) and Elizabeth BARHAM: 9

        5.1 PARKER, Richard (V) (ca 1750-ca 1830/2), m (1) Mary HARRIS, (2) Sarah LENTZ

        5.2 PARKER, William (b 1755), Res: Edgecombe Co, NC

        5.3 PARKER, Howell (I) (1757-1796), m Elizabeth LOFTIN

        5.4 PARKER, Sarah (Sally/Lukey), m Moses LOFTIN

        5.5 PARKER, Edwin, named in his father's will but died before him (never married)

        5.6 PARKER, Lucy/Lewcy (d by 1817), m Jacob CALLOWAY

        5.7 PARKER, Patty, b 5 May 1790 (never married)

        5.8 PARKER, Mary (Molly) (d by Jan 1817), Jeremiah DREW

        5.9 PARKER, Frederick (ca 1767-1808), m Temperance WILLIAMSON

Editor's Note - An extensive article, written by CFA Genealogist, Sherrill Williams, can be found in the May 2003 newsletter (CFANet 05/03). It contains information about the will and estate of Drury Parker.

I noticed a posting on Genforum by Carol Wilson, about the family of Timothy Callaway of Delaware. I wrote to her regarding it and she has graciously submitted information about this line. Thank you, Carol, for sharing with us.

That would be great... to be able to see a copy of your newsletter and hear from some of the
descendants... the interesting thing is, my husband's line is also a Callaway family - his mother's maiden name is Callaway and they hailed from the Denver, CO area... Her father was Edwin Lewis Callaway... it is said that Edwin was adopted into the Callaway family--that he was left on their doorstep as a baby... don't know how true that story is... but that is what the version is that has been passed down to us!

I did have someone show me the line for Timothy being a son of Eli and Peggy Unk. Callaway.  Eli died in 1794 and Peggy was born in 1757 in Somerset, MD.  They married in 1780 in Somerset, MD and had the following children:
1. Timothy b. DE d. 12 Mar 1876 Cass Co., IN.
2.  Nancy Callaway
3.  Levinia Callaway
4.  John Callaway

Generation 2
Timothy Callaway (Eli) m. Jane Unk b. 1802 DE

Census records for Timothy Callaway Jefferson Twp. Cass Co., IN 1850--Household 56 No. 52
Calaway, Timothy   51  m   DE
          Jane     40  f   DE
         Joshua    18  m   DE
          Smith    15  m   DE
         Louisa    14  f   DE
         William   12  m   OH
         John       5  m   IN
         Eliza      3  f   IN
         Mary       7  f   IN
         Jesse      3  m   IN

Timothy and Jane married ca 1831 in DE; immigrated to OH ca 1838 and moved to IN by 1845, where they eventually settled in Cass Co.

In 1860, Jefferson Twp., Cass Co., IN p. 89
Household #683
Caloway, Timothy    64   Farmer   KY?
         Jane       40?           DE
         Smith      23            DE
         Mary J.    19            IN
         John       15            IN
Household 641
Caloway, William    22  Farmer    DE
        Rebecca J.  18            IN
         Eliza       8            IN
         Ellen       8            IN
        Robert       6            IN
Household #647
Caloway, Joshua     27  Farmer    DE
         Mary J.    23            OH
        George W.    1            IN
Unk., Alfred        21            IN

Generation 3
Children of  Timothy and Jane Unk Callaway:
     5.  Smith Callaway b. 19 Jun 1836 DE
         d. 8 Oct 1869 White Co., IN
     6.  Joshua L. Callaway b. 8 May 1832 DE
         m. Mary J.
     7.  Timothy M Callaway Jr. b. 19 Oct 1834, DE
     8.  Louis Callaway b. 1838 DE
     9.  William M. Callaway b. 18 May 1838 OH
    10.  Mary J. Callaway b. 1843 IN
    11.  Elizabeth "Eliza" Callaway b. 1847
         Cass Co., IN
    12.  Jesse Callaway b. 1847
    13.  Sofia Callaway b. 2 Jun 1850 Logansport, IN
    14.  Luran Callaway b. 1851
    15.  Robert H. Callaway b. 8 Sep 1855

Not far from Timothy Callaway's family in 1860 was the Timmons family- a widow- Mary Ellen Timmons and her younger children:

Timmons, Mary   47    DE
    William A.  21    OH
    Lourana     15    OH
    Jacob D.    13    OH

Generation 3
5.  Smith Callaway (Timothy, Eli) married, age 25 yrs.
in 1862 to Lourana Timmons age 17 yrs. 

Children of Smith and Lourana:
     16.  Samuel L Callaway b. 20 Dec 1863 White Co., IN
     17.  Cora Sarah (Mary) Callaway b. 13 Apr 1870

9.  William M. Callaway (Timothy, Eli) b. 18 May 1838 OH m. Rebecca Jane McConnahay 29 Mar 1860 White Co., IN She was b. 28 Nov 1841 White Co., IN
     Children of William and Rebecca Jane
     18.  Maryl Callaway b. 1862 Cass Co., IN
     19.  Sarah Jane b. 1864 Lake Cicott, Cass Co., IN
     20.  Rosanna Callaway b. 1866 Cass Co., IN
     21.  Nancy B. Callaway b. 1867 Cass Co., IN
     22.  Dora Elizabeth Callaway b. 2 Aug 1869 Cass Co., IN
     23.  Charles R. Callaway b. 1 Jan 1873 Cass Co., IN d. 27 Mar 1960 Lagansport, Cass Co., IN
     24.  Elsie Josephine "Jose" Calaway b. 11 May 1876 Cass Co., IN
     25.  Daisy Emaline Callaway b. 21 Nov 1878

1870 Census records, White  Co., IN indicate that Smith has died--shows Lourana "Louie" and her two children Samuel and Mary living with her mother, Mary Ellen.

1880 White Co., IN census indicates that Lourana has died--shows that the two children, Samuel and "Mary" were living with their Grandma Mary in their Uncle Jacob and Aunt Susan's house (Jacob D and Susannah "Susan" Reid Timmons).

Generation 4
16.  Samuel L. Callaway (Smith, Timothy, Eli) b. 20 Dec 1863 White Co., IN d. 18 Jun 1937 Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN.  Married Mary Etta Armstrong 18 Mar 1889 Idaville, White Co., IN She was b. 1866 Idaville, White Co., IN d. 26 Jun 1933 Monticello, White Co., IN
     Children of Samuel and Mary Etta
     26.  Della Callaway b. 15 Nov 1889 White Co., IN d. 26 Feb 1918 Logansport, IN m. Robert Frank Baker
     27.  Faye Callaway b. 23 Jun 1892 White Co., IN m. Unk . Botow
     28.  Bess Callaway b. 23 Jun 1892 d. Dec 1989 m. Fred R. Gorman 5 Jun 1915
17.  Cora Sarah  (Mary) Callaway (Smith, Timothy, Eli) b. 13 Apr 1870 Whtie Co., IN d. 1 Oct 1895 White Co., IN  Married David F. Hastings wr Dec 1889 White Co., IN.  He was b. 30 Mar 1866 White Co, IN d. 7 Jan 1919 White Co., IN (in flu epidemic that wiped out about half the town from what I can figure out)
     Children of Cora and David Hastings:
     29.  John Frederick "Fred" Hastings b. 27 Dec 1891 White Co, IN d, 27 Jul 1967 White Co., IN m. Ruth Reynolds
     30.  Gertrude Hastings b. Sep 1893 White Co., IN
     31.  Samuel Hastings b. 16 Jan 1895 White Co., IN d. 7 Sep 1895 White Co., IN
23.  Charles R Callaway b. 1 Jan 1873 Cass Co. IN d. 27 Mar 1960 Logansport Cass Co., IN married Agnas DeBoo 3 Oct 1899 Cass Co., IN
     Children of Charles and Agnas
     32.  Dressel Callaway b. 5 Aug 1900
     33.  Dorothy Edna Callaway b. 4 Oct 1901
     34.  Living Callaway
     35.  Bernice Leona Callaway b. 19 Apr 1906
     36.  Gilbert Roman "Gib" Callaway b. 21 Mar 1909
     37.  Living Callaway
I have more things... such as marriage records for some of these... etc.  if you would like that please let me know...
Carol Wilson
babyclams at

Thank you to Jane (Mrs. Austin) Callaway for sending me further information on the Callaway/McDougal family. They submitted additional information which was printed in last month's newsletter (CFANet 05/04).

Thank you for putting my letter in the May Newsletter.  Thank you for the information regarding the McDougals. I actually have more information on them than on the Callaways of that period. Father Hugh was a raconteur and columnist for the Newark Star Ledger. (The Star Ledger was owned by the Scudder family. Frederick Henderson married into the family for his second marriage.) He wrote a book and the Library here in Greenville was able to get a copy of it for me. It was not a found jewel, but it was interesting. In the early 70's I got a letter from a lovely man in Washington D.C., name of McDougal. He was doing a book on John McDougal, his ancestors and his descendants. And we compared notes for several years, but I was unable to purchase his book because I had moved and it must have been past the yearly deadline for forwarding because I never heard if, how or when he had it published. We have four of his paintings, two of them are pictures of Frederick Callaway (dated 1851) and one of Electra with no dates. I would take a picture of them for your newsletter, but they are in their original tiger (curly?) maple frames and under the original glass, and I would hate to have them lose any value they might have because I messed with them. We also have two of his landscapes, sketches of places around Newark. I am sure my father-in-law told me what they were pictures of, but I have forgotten. I should have written them down. They are water colors which a lot of painters of that era used as sketching mediums, particularly if they were going to redo them in oils. Wouldn't they have loved the modern acrylic which can be both? I was in touch with several historical societies in New York and New Jersey, but could not pin down any place that I could get them appraised. The Mr. McDougal who was writing the book said that John also made furniture and he had several pieces of that.

The description of Mr. Callaway as a sash and blind maker more or less ties into the stories told me by my Husband's Aunt Edna, who told me all the stories and left me all the scraps of paper because she said I was the only one who listened. According to her, her father, Frederick Henderson Callaway, had a factory in Newark that manufactured mantles, window sashes, and woodwork for houses and buildings. I got the impression that when he married Margaret Scudder and moved the family to the Scudder Home and Farm in Westfield, New Jersey, he commuted for a while and then more or less retired. He played the violin and the flute. I got the impressions that they were all so busy with music and art that they didn't notice the Industrial Revolution. My father-in-law, Guy Mulford Callaway, was an artist who also had a studio in New York where he did designing and packaging for New Jersey companies like Colgate. He was remarkable, after he retired he changed his style appreciatively and had his last show at 82. His daughter, Margaret Callaway Avison is also an artist as was her husband Al Avison. Al's paintings hang in museums and homes. Peg did mostly advertising and packaging and is still doing it I think. So far the talent has seemed to stop with her. None of Guy's grandchildren or great grandchildren seem to have ANY of the talent. It obviously came from Electra.

I am hoping that your note in the Newsletter will bring some comment. I will let you know. Did not mean to take up so much of your time -- and not even about the Callaways.
Thanks again. Jane Callaway
janegray29 at

I received the following very nice note from some new "Callaway Cousins". It's always great to be able to extend the "Family".

Hi!  My husband's Uncle, Steve Callaway of Tyler, TX, sent us a copy of your newsletter!!  My husband, Jason Manley's mother is Marsha Hughes Callaway Manley.  Jason has a little boy Callaway Robert Manley who is 8.  We have a little girl Camille Vivian Manley who is 3 and we are expecting another baby September 25!!  Hope to hear more from your newsletter and let us know if there is anything we can add! 
Thanks, Kristie Manley
manleyfamily at

See their family web site here.


Thank you to CFA Member, Peggy Carey for sharing this information about some Callaway history on TV. And thank you to CFA President, Pat Schnurr for clarifying for us just who the James Callaway mentioned in the show was.

Donna, have I asked this before? Can you tell me who the JAMES CALLAWAY belongs to that was head of the Washington Iron Works? No date, but was during Rev. War time as I understood from the Restore America History segment aired 6 Oct 2003 (on west coast/Sacramento area) on H&G TV. Showed he owned abt 18,000 acres & had built a home which now is being restored. I tried to get more info via Internet, but it said "this page can't be displayed", so don't know why.
Peggy Carey
genbug at

Yes, Donna, this James was the oldest son of Col. Wm. Callaway (Joseph). He is No. 20 on the Joseph Chart. He was married three times. First to Sarah Tate, 2nd to Elizabeth Early, and 3rd to Mary Turpin Calland Langhorne. Total of 21 children. Last 11 were Elizabeth's. Look how many of them never lived passed childhood. He was older brother to my Charles (Wm. Joseph). They married sisters. My Judith m. Charles and Elizabeth was her younger sister.. Their father was Lt. Col. Jeremiah Early, Jr. He and James were actually around the same age. Together they owned the Washington Iron Works. Jeremiah originally bought the Iron works and land from Donelson (can't remember his first name right off) who sold it and moved to Tn. and he was the father of Rachel who m. Andrew Jackson. This was in Franklin Co. - part of it had been cut from Bedford and land records in Richmond show large grants to Jeremiah Early and James Callaway in 1780 and 1782 - a total of 5,811 acres patented along the Pigg river alone. Both these men amassed enormous wealth. Jeremiah had inherited money from Jeremiah, Sr.

Since the Early line is mine, too, I wrote a piece on the Early-Callaway connection which will appear in the next Journal. Could the house mentioned be "Evington"? Col. Jeremiah Early, purchased 200 acres in 1758 from William Bryan in Bedford Co. and built this house in 1758. Later owned by Thomas N. Langhorne. I have a description of the house in my article. This was an Early house but the Langhorne connection comes up thru the Callaway line. The two advertised their wares made at the Iron Works as far away as S.C. where July 21, 1779 they had Pots, Kettles, Ovens, Skillets, Hammers ,Fire Dogs, etc. for sale.

There are perhaps a million references to James in the first ten issues of the Journal. Take your pick.

Thank you to Lucille Callaway for sending us the following information regarding World War I veterans.

I am almost certain I have found the grave of John True Callaway. The veterans of WWI buried in veteran's cemeteries are now on line at Just type in the name and all people with that name will be listed.
Lucille Callaway
tlcallawa at

Editor's Note: John True Callaway's line of descent is as follows:
Peter Callaway
John Callaway
John Callaway, Jr.
John Callaway
Thomas Callaway
John D. Callaway
Jonathan Hosea Callaway
Rev. Joseph Pitt Callaway
John True Callaway

Thank you to Bill Piper, CFA Member in England, for sending us some interesting discoveries he has made in researching his Kellaways. He also included a link to the 1891 Census for 125 Gloster Road, Horlfield (Bristol). You can view it on his web site here.

Dear All,
I have collected the 1891 Census for 125 Gloster Road, Horlfield (Bristol), which combines usefully with the 1881 Census. Also some index entries.
Thus we learn
1. It has been pointless searching for Edward in North America. His name was Edwin. (Well, the enumerator wrote Edward, but he also called Grandpa Willy!)
2. Maud was Maud B on one occasion, Beatrice Maud at birth.
3. Daisy was the youngest. Has anyone heard about her?
4. Fred was a Lithographic Draftsman in his youth, and Edie was a 16 year old school teacher!

Note that William Colley (Grandpa to me) was missing from the 1891 because by that time he was in Tasmania. Mum said he was with a "Colley Uncle". Does anyone know anything about this?

Finally, who was Archibald George Kellaway, born Barton Regis [Bristol] in the December Quarter of 1883? (6a 68)
Bill Piper
dreycott at

Annabell D. Lines, of Lubbock, TX has submitted to CFA her Callaway family genealogy. She also included documents and a letter written in 1927 from her grandmother's brother, A. R. Jones, to his niece in Salt Lake City. I have printed a portion of the letter below. It provides some very interesting reading about life in Alabama in the early 1800s and the Callaway family that lived there. Thank you, Annabell, for taking the time to compile and send us your information. It will be incorporated into CFA's Peter Callaway RootsWeb file. Martha Ann Callaway is Annabell's great great grandmother. Her line of descent is as follows:
Peter Callaway
John Callaway
Edward Callaway
John Callaway
Job Callaway
William Benjamin Callaway
Martha Ann Callaway married William Wesley Jones

Dear Donna,
I'm sorry to have taken so long to get this material together. I am not sure how much of this material you need or that will be of any help to you.

I enjoyed the newsletter and appreciate getting it. I have always lived in the southwest and did not know my relatives from the south until I started my research several years ago, and so enjoyed just reading the newsletter and learning more about my ancestors and relatives. My mother and father moved to El Paso, Texas when I was 3 months old and I never knew any of my father's family, only my grandparents on my mother's side as they also moved to Texas when we did. It has been great to find and learn more of the family.
Thanks for everything.
Annabell Denton Lines
linesah at

Eclectic, Ala.
Feb. 5, 1927

Mrs. Eunice Bailey,
Salt Lake City, Utah,

My Dear Eunice and those dear to you:
For some months I have been extremely busy, and have neglected visiting your Grandmother as I should. But this afternoon I ran over and spent the afternoon with her. While there she gave me your letter written to her from Salt Lake City, Sept. 11, 1926. No letter I have ever read was appreciated more. You have no idea how often I think of you children, your father, your Aunt Ella and your Aunt Mary with their families. Since your Grandfather died my mind is continually reverting to the earlier days when your father and all of us were living happily at the dear old home. I know not why, but the image of your Grandfather is continually before me. Somehow, wherever I go and in whatever employment I am engaged his presence seems to be about me.

Yes, Eunice your Grandfather Jones was one of the best men that ever lived. All who knew him will say so. Your Grandfather King too was a noble Christian, sweet-spirited man.

Your Grandmother asked me to answer your letter, and I really enjoy writing to you; but when my mind is directed back to those delightful happy days when your father and all of us children were with your Grandfather and your Grandmother on the old plantation my heart wells up and I can only wish with the deepest emotions that such happiness and joy could return.

You asked to know the names of your great-grand parents and other early relatives. I do not know them very far back, but I am sending herewith some of them. I can not tell you from which of the European countries our people came; though I am of the opinion that your Grandfather Jones's people (Joneses and Callaway) all came from England. And it is my opinion that your Grandmother Jones's people, (Teels and Griffins), came from Holland, however, I have no proof for these ideas. I am informed that all our people came from the Carolinas to Georgia, and from Georgia to Alabama. But all of this happened before either myself or your Grandfather Jones can remember. I get my information from Uncle William B. Jones, a brother of your Grandfather; who is yet living, and whose home is near Verbena Alabama.

The names of some of our ancestors are as follows:
Thomas Bloomfield Jones, son of Wesley Jones, son of Lewis C. Jones. Lewis C. Jones was one of the early settlers in Chilton County, Alabama, though I know not from which of the older states he came.

Your Grandfather Jones's mother was Martha Callaway, daughter of Ben Callaway, son of Joby Callaway. The Callaways too were among the earliest settlers in Chilton County; and that is where my Grandfather, Wesley Jones, met and married Martha Callaway; daughter of Ben Callaway. Ben Callaway, however, moved from Chilton County to Coosa County and settled on Weogufka Creek about one and a half miles south of the Weogufka Cross Roads. His wife's name was Mary. She has visited my father's home, and many a time when I was a child have I passed by and been in my Great-Grand Father Ben Callaway's home. I was present at his funeral when he was buried at Old Weogufka Baptist Church sometime in the seventies. He was buried Masonically. He and his wife Mary were the parents of 20 children. Thirteen of whom were; Jonathan, Josiah, William, Enoch, George, Newton, Jasper, Furpen, Martha, Lizzie, Jane, Charity, and Dilla. I knew personally and have visited many times all those whose names are herein listed. Several of these 20 children died in infancy and of them I have no record.

My Grand-Father, Wesley Jones and wife, Martha Callaway, were the parents of 10 children, whose names were: William Benjamine, Thomas Bloomfield, Josiah M., Newton Jasper, Mary (Posey), Jane (Posey), Sarah (Robinson), Margarette (Honeycutt), Charity (Thornton), and a son George that died in infancy. All the others are now dead except Uncle William, Aunt Margarette, and possibly Uncle Newton. Uncle William is now about 83 years old. I took dinner with him last September a year ago. He was then well, hale and hearty.

The 20 children of Ben Callaway are all dead except Aunt Charity Teel, wife of my mother's brother, Henry Teel. She lives with her daughter, Iwana Robinson in Sagllacauga, Tellaxega County, Ala. Your Grandmother Jones's parents were Calvin Teel and Sallie Louisa (Griffin) Teel.

Thank you to CFA Director, Bruce Callaway of Sydney, Australia for sending us the following information on the Callaways of the Isle of Wight.


Recently prepared the attached for some contacts enquiring about the DNA project. Note that you have been recently publishing in the Newsletter items that you have abstracted on some Isle of Wight Kellaways, so thought that this may provide a filler for a subsequent newsletter. As your Newsletter is regularly scanned by the web-crawlers of the search engines, the E-mail contacts provided on the two other lines besides mine, may attract some interesting further contacts.

I have not entirely given up on the idea that either Peter or Joseph originated from this tiny Isle off Portsmouth, as it was the last port of call for ships travelling to the New World in order to take on the very pure fresh water of the Isle. Who knows?!

Best wishes,
Bruce Callaway
Sydney, Australia  

1. JOHN CALLAWAY Coppersmith married at Brading 29 Jan 1574 to Elizabeth KNIGHT (HPR) Buried 1583 Godshill (Will). Royal survey Chale 1559/60. Rental Godshill 1566. Elizabeth died 1585 (Inventory of goods and chattels) 

2. JOHN CALLAWAY b.c.1580 m. Elizabeth ? bur. Chale 1650/1 (Will) (Ship’s money Chale 1637) 

3. RICHARD CALLAWAY b.c.1630 buried Chale 1700 (Will) 

4. RICHARD CALLAWAY 1680-1725 

5. RICHARD CALLAWAY  Yeoman b. c. 1700 buried Chale 1756 

6. RICHARD CALLAWAY Married 29 Oct.1765 to Jenny MATHEWS. Jenny died April 1780 (postnatal) and was buried at Godshill. Richard had a sister Mary.

James b.
c. 1766 Godshill
Jane  b 4 Apr.
1777 Godshill
Robert b Apr.
1780 Godshill 

7. ROBERT CALLAWAY Labourer b. April 1780 Godshill married Sarah EDMUNDS (born 1781) 4 Feb. 1800 Whitwell . Robert was buried Whitwell 9 April 1844 aged 64 

Sarah was buried Whitwell 18 March 1848 aged 67

References : HPR, Phillimore & Taylor Vol. X11, p. 141

JANE  b.
Whitwell  25 May 1800
SARAH 1803 Married Charles BROWN Godshill 7.6.1821
(HPR Vol. 111)
HENRY 1806 Married Elizabeth SIBBECK Whitwell
(1851 census)
1808 Married Jane ?ARTHUR
27 May 1810 Married Eliza WHEELER Arreton 16.10.1834
1819 Married Eliza ?
Married William BEAVIS Whitwell 11.3.1836
ELIZA 1825 


Sarah Callaway and Charles Brown (Known to descendant David [Kellaway] Scott. Email: kellaway at

1. ANN BROWN b. Whitwell 1839 Married William WRIGHT

2. MATILDA WRIGHT b. Ventnor   29 Jan 1867 Married Samuel Ley KELLAWAY 

Robert Callaway and Jane Arthur (Known to descendant Susan Margarete Callaway. Email:  SueMJ at

Charles b. Whitwell 1833

Francis 1837

Emily 1841

Eliza 1841 

Barnabas Callaway and Eliza Wheeler (Known to descendant Bruce C. Callaway. Email: bruce at

Rose Ellen b. Godshill    25 Sept. 1837 died Ventnor 1903 Spinster

Jane 11 Apr. 1839 m. London 14.9.1864 William Brooke

Sarah Anne b. Whitwell   15 Feb. 1840 m. ? Cogger. Bur. Ventnor

Joseph Eli b. Southampton 15.3.1846 m. Charlotte ? died Ventnor 12.11.1916

William Henry b. Ventnor  10.11.1849 died 12.7.1875 unmarried

George Robert 25.10.1851

Emily 15.06.1853

Charles Edward 15.09.1857 m. Alice Reed died Cairo 14.3.1891

Thank you to Wayne Johnson for sending me the link to the article which he has posted on the internet about Captain James Callaway and his Rangers. It is an excellent article with photos included, and I am sure many of you will enjoy reading it.

Dear Donna,

With regard to the query for information on Capt. James Callaway in the Vol. IV No. 11 (Nov. 2003 Newsletter) and the follow-up information in the Vol. IV No. 12 (Dec. 2003 Newsletter) at the reference URL's I wanted to advise you that I have recently put up an article on the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society website regarding the death and burial of Capt. James Callaway, namesake of Callaway County, Missouri. The article may be found at the following URL: . Captain Callaway and his Rangers burial site is located in Montgomery County, Missouri, not far from the Callaway County line and is situated on a private farm on which it is well protected. The article contains the entire account of this massacre as detailed in the 1884 History of Callaway County, and a number of pictures of the massacre and burial site. This area of Montgomery and Callaway Counties is rich with the history of the Boone family which was so tightly entwined with the Callaway Family.
Sincerely yours,
Wayne E. Johnson
johnsonwe at

Thank you to Randy Callaway for sending us the following link about the shelf life of CDs and CD-Rs. It may be shorter than you thought.

It's always nice when someone shares genealogy documentation with others. We thank Lina Boyd for submitting the following information. Here is the line of descent:
Peter Callaway
John Callaway
Edward Callaway
Isaac Callaway
John Callaway

From "Tombstone Records, Stanly County, NC" by David Kirk Shaver, Sr. and B. W. Cruse  copied about 1964. These records were typed by Patricia Ann Snipes.

Baden, NC Church Cemetery (originally Ebenezer Church Cemetery)
CALLAWAY, Daniel T. died 25 Jan 1849 age 8 yrs 22days son of Col. John Callaway and 2nd wife Cynthia INGRAM

CALLAWAY, Elizabeth died 28 Feb 1849 age 5 yrs 1 mo 5 da
daughter of Col. John CALLAWAY and 2nd wife Cynthia INGRAM

CALLAWAY, Christian A. died 16 Jan 1849 aged 2 yrs 16 da son of Col John CALLAWAY and 2nd wife Cynthia INGRAM

CALLAWAY, George Washington 06 Feb 1839 - 22 Aug 1898, son of Col. John Callaway and Cynthia INGRAM, husband of Elizabeth HATHCOCK, Father of Annarah CALLAWAY MILTON, John Thomas CALLAWAY and James P. CALLAWAY. (Annarah and James P. are also buried here, along with other members of the family _ total of 20 names.)

CALLAWAY, Martha A. died 03 Apr 1854 aged 3 yrs 8 mos 7 da, daughter of Col. John Callaway and 2nd wife, Cynthia Ingram.
Col. John CALLAWAY 31 Dec 1878 - 11 Mar 1857
Cynthia CALLAWAY 21 Jan 1809 - 21 Mar 1879 2nd wife of Col. John, daughter of George and Rebecca INGRAM.

CALLAWAY, Annarah 08 Apr 1861 - 10 Feb 1937 wife of L. Dee Milton and dau of George Washington CALLAWAY and Elizabeth HATHCOCK, mother of Mrs. Ula ARMSTRONG, John Houston MILTON, Parmie MILTON, etc. (A. E. CALLOWAY 26 to L. D. MILTON 25 son of Henry and Martha (both deceased) on 28 Feb 1888 Book II page 104 by W. K. Littleton, JP.)

Callaway, Bertha A. 24 Jun 1866 - 1952

CALLAWAY, Bettie Marie 21 Oct 1919 - 28 Nov 1926, dau. of John Thomas CALLAWAY and wife Mary Eddie BELL

CALLAWAY, Dora J. 13 Jun 1861 - 15 Apr 1889, 1st wife of William Thomas HUCKABEE, Sr. and dau. of John and Mary C. CALLAWAY. (married 02 Sep 1880 Book II page 64 by A. F. Atkins, Minister Stanly Co.)

CALLAWAY, Elizabeth M. 22 Jun 1837 - 10 Jan 1891

CALLAWAY, Ester J. 08 June 1876 - 07 Aug 1888

CALLAWAY, Eugenia F. 26 Nov 1863 - 27 Mar 1885

CALLAWAY, James M. 24 son of A. G. and Elizar Callaway to Lucy Ann Earnhardt 22 dau of Wilson and Elizabeth EARNHARDT by W. W. Russell on 23 Apr 1876 Book II page 42

CALLAWAY, James P. 21 son of Geo. W. and Bettie to Annie R. Miller 19 dau of Phillip W. and Francis on 25 Oct 1900 by J. A. McKaughan, Minister Book II page 178

CALLAWAY, Martha A. 17 Sep 1858 = 07 Aug 1860

CALLAWAY, Patrick Hoyle 24 Oct 1906 - 08 July 1930 son of James P. CALLAWAY and Annie MILLER

CALLAWAY, Sarah A. 26 Jan 1869 - 12 June 1888

CALLAWAY, Annie M. 23 Dec1880 - 02 Apr 1964 wife of James P. Callaway.

CALLAWAY, Ray M. 08 May 1924 - 31 Dec 1945 son of James P. Callaway and Annie Miller.

EARNHARDT, Mary Lee 17 Jun 1886 - 16 Sep 1888 dau. of James Monroe EARNHARDT and wife, Martha Loula CALLAWAY.

HUCKABEE, Infant dau. of William Thomas HUCKABEE and 1st wife, Dora J. CALLAWAY no dates

MILTON, L. Dee 13 Jan 1863 - 04 Mar 1928 husband of Annarah CALLAWAY, son of Henry Harrison MILTON and Martha Ann KIRK,  (married 19 Feb 1880 Book II page 104 Stanly Co. by W. K. Littleton, JP)

MILTON, Parmie 07 Apr 1892 - 22 Mar 1899, son of L. Dee Milton and Annarah Callaway.

CFA Star Member, Jackson Stewart Callaway, Jr., has graciously shared the following information with CFA. Thank you for submitting this data. You can view it on our web site here.

Hi Donna,

I am attaching a listing of Callaway's buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Alabama.  Elmwood is the largest cemetery in the Southeast.  I should have a similar list of Calloway's as soon as the cemetery completes the list. (They do not have this information on computer.)

Have a GOOD day.

Jackson Stewart Callaway, Jr.  (Stewart)
CFA Star Member
stewartcallaway at

Thank you to Jay Calloway for sending us the following link. It lists those who were executed for taking part in the Monmouth Rebellion, including Joseph Kelloway.

"Callaways" in the News

Fort Wayne Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana, September 30, 1915


New York, Sept. 23. - The summer colony at Spring Lake Beach, N.J. has put on foot a move to have Mrs. Trowbridge Callaway awarded a Carnegie medal for bravery in rescuing a man from drowning. Mrs. Callaway formerly was Elsie M. Kellogg, daughter of Luther Laflin Kellogg, a New York lawyer.

Mrs. Callaway's husband is a banker, the business partner of Stuyvesant Fish. He rescued a man within an hour after she distinguished herself, but his feat lacked the thrills of his wife's exploit. The Callaways have a summer home at Spring Lake. On Labor Day twenty-five or more men were in bathing suits on the beach, when Axel Bensan, a butler in the summer home of the Bancroft Davises, of Washington, was caught in the undertow 150 feet from shore.

Jumped from Boardwalk

Mrs. Callaway was strolling along the boardwalk with her three small children when she saw the man's plight. She did not call on any of the men on the beach to go out to help Bensan, but, throwing off her sweater and unmindful of the costly silk dress she wore, she jumped down from the boardwalk and took to the water.

An expert swimmer from girlhood, she approached Bensan with swift strokes. When she got about half way out to him, he was so far gone that he went down. He came to the surface again, but when she was close he sank again.

She dived for the drowning man and brought him to the surface with a firm hold on his hair. He was unconscious.

Editor's Note - Census records show that this Trowbridge Callaway is the son of Samuel Rogers Callaway, the railroad tycoon.

From the 1920 New York, NY census, Manhattan, ED # 1075, page 16A

Trowbridge Callaway 37 head IL Canada Canada Banker
Alice Callaway 37 wife NY NY NY  
Elizabeth Callaway 10 dau NY  
Trowbridge Callaway, Jr. 7 son NY  
Samuel Callaway 5 son NY  
John Callaway 4 son NY  

From the 1900 New York, NY census, Manhattan

Samuel R. Callaway 49 Canada England Scotland
Elizabeth Callaway 48 Canada England Ireland
Annie M. Callaway 20 dau MI
Samuel L. Callaway 19 son MI
Trowbridge Callaway 17 son MI

From the 1880 Wayne Co., MI census, Detroit, Dist 278, page 201A

Samuel Callaway head 30 Canada England Scotland Superintendent of Bay City RR
Jennie Callaway wife 29 Canada England Ireland  
Annie M. Callaway dau 9/12 MI  

From the 1870 Wayne Co., MI census, Detroit, Ward 4, page 193
living in the household of John and Alice Hewson

Samuel Callaway 76 gardener England - perhaps this is Samuel Rogers Callaway's grandfather.

Editor's Note -
See the
July 2004 CFA newsletter for further information on this family line.

Manitoba Morning Free Press, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, January 15, 1894


Brandon, Jan. 13. - At the regular meeting of the A. O. F., held on Thursday evening last, the following officers were installed by District Chief Ranger R. Crawford: Bro. Wm. Martin, chief ranger; Bro. A. Harris, sub chief ranger; Bro. Geo. Kellaway, secretary; Bro. R. Crawford, treasurer; Bro. Barnett, sr. woodward; Bro. Thomas, jr. woodward; Bro. Deacon, sr. beadle; Bro. Koester, jr. beadle. Bros. Porterfield, Hennesey and Barnett, auditors; Bros. Chambers, Newmeyer and Koester, trustees.


Editor's Note - A.O.F. is the acronym for The Ancient Order of Freesmiths. The picture at right depicts the insignia of this order. And what's a beadle anyway? See this web page for the history of this very important position. Can anyone tell us about this secret fraternal society, and Brother George Kellaway? He is a "Mystery Callaway".


Genealogy Funnies

Genealogy Corner

For those researching US Callaway ancestors, the Archives at RootsWeb have an enormous amount of Callaway data that could be helpful. When you have some time to spend on the internet, review them. You may just find your long lost ancestor.

Abstracts of the Steptoe wills and deeds of Bedford Co., VA 1809-1822. Many references to Calla/oways.

Thomas Callaway, born in Cuddesdon, Oxford, England, fourth son of Thomas Callaway and Anne Pearce, left England for New South Wales in 1838. Read his family story on Denise Perentin's web site here. For those interested in further information about this family, Denise's email address is: familyhistoryinfo at

Editor's Note - Can anyone identify this family? Thomas Callaway is a "Mystery Callaway".

Old City Directories

Des Moines, IA 1897 City Directory
Callaway, Waddy (c). lab, res e so 14th, s w cor Railroad av.

Hampshire, England

Sir George Sydenham, sometime sheriff of Somerset, had inherited from his father the estate of Combe Sydenham and had added to it since. In 1561, for example, he had purchased the manor of Sutton Bingham from Sir William Kayleway of Rockborne. He played the local benefactor, providing 15 pounds per year from his properties at Combe Sydenham and nearby Stogumber for the upkeep of six cottages he had donated to poor widows, and was a pillar of the county administration, regularly mustering the local levies at Bridgwater. Sir George's wife, Elizabeth, was of no less distinguished lineage than the Sydenhams. She was the daughter of Sir Christopher Hales, once Attorney-General to Henry VIII and the prosecutor of Wolsey, More, Fisher and Anne Boleyn.

~ From:

The Hypocaust at Rockborne in Hampshire

Instead of a fire in each room, they had a special fire room built against an outside wall. The floors were raised on pillars and the walls of the villa were hollow. The heated air from the fire went to all the other rooms, through these spaces under the floor and in the walls.

It was a very clever invention and after the Romans left, it was centuries before the British people had central heating again.

This is a picture of the hypocaust at Rockborne in Hampshire. These pillars (red) held up the floor and allowed the hot air to circulate underneath, heating the room.

~ From:

Walter Leonard Lane 1906 - 1988

"Len" Lane was active making Hurdles well into the 1970's. He travelled around the area looking for suitable coppices to source his materials and, while working, discovered Rockborne Roman Villa.

The picture shows Len working on a hurdle in the winter of 1936/7. At this time hurdles cost 6d (2˝p) each, and were used in the thousands for penning sheep. The hurdle he is working on has a gap known as a twilly hole to make it easier to carry. Recent hurdles don't need a hole, and don't usually have it. The main tool for hurdling is the bill-hook, seen here parked on a stump. The hurdlemaker's boast is that he can make one faster than anyone else can pull one to pieces.

~ From:


Clinch Valley News, Tazewell County, Virginia, March 19, 1943

"Captain R. H. Callaway, aged 73, a retired conductor for the Norfolk and Western, died last Thursday morning at Bluefield sanitarium. He was brother to Mr. H. C. Callaway of Bluefield, VA. Burial was in the cemetery at Peterstown."

Editor's Note - Here is a good example of how valuable obituaries can be in genealogy research. All of the following information I found by starting the search using the information given in the obituary. Captain R. H. Callaway, is Robert H. Callaway, a descendant of the Peter Callaway line. His line of descent is as follows:

(1.)  Peter Callaway
(2.)  William Callaway
(3.)  William Callaway, Jr.
(4.)  Zachariah Callaway
(5.)  James Callaway born abt 1789 in Augusta Co., VA. He first married Lucy Williams on Nov 14, 1808 in Monroe Co., WV. They had two known children; (6.)  Vincent and (6.)  Granville. He second married Margaret Oliver about 1841 in Greenbriar Co., WV. They had three known children; (6.)  Sarah Jane Callaway b Dec 23, 1842, (6.)  Charles William Callaway b Nov 28, 1844 and (6.)  James Matthew Callaway b Mar 27, 1847 in Greenbriar Co., WV, married first Arienttie L. (last name unknown) b abt 1850 in VA. They had two known children; (7.)  Cora A. Callaway b abt 1871 in WV, and (7.)  Clara O. Callaway b abt 1873 in WV. He married second Lettie (last name unknown) b abt 1867 in MD and they had one known child; (7.)  Leah Callaway b abt 1896 in WV.

(6.)  Vincent Callaway was born Dec 15, 1809 in Monroe Co., WV; died Feb 6, 1882 in Monroe Co., WV. Married first Elizabeth Thompson on Jan 29, 1833 in Bath Co., VA; Elizabeth was born abt 1802 in VA.  Married second Mary "Polly" Pack on Dec 3, 1863 in Monroe Co., WV. Mary was born May 26, 1824 in Brush Creek, Monroe Co., WV. Vincent also had a brother, (6.)  Granville Callaway, b abt 1811 in Monroe Co., WV. He married Susan Hobbs.

(7.)  James Callaway (son of Vincent and Elizabeth) was born abt 1838 in WV. James also had a brother, (7.)  Preston Callaway who married Elizabeth Harless and they had a son,  (8.)  Charles Clifford Callaway born Jul 6, 1868 in Monroe Co., WV, who married Ida Lou Witt, and they had the following known children; (9.)  Otis Callaway b abt 1900 in WV, (9.)  Howard Callaway b abt 1902 in WV, (9.)  Clifton Callaway b abt 1905 in WV, (9.)  Thelma Callaway b abt 1908 in WV, (9.)  Lucy Callaway b abt 1910 in WV, (9.)  Gladys Callaway b abt 1912 in WV, (9.)  ?Charles C.? Callaway b abt 1914 in WV, (9.)  ?Bulea? Callaway b abt 1917 in WV.
James Callaway (7.) married Elizabeth (last name unknown) and they had the following children including the two mentioned in the above obituary:
(8.)  James Callaway b abt 1863 in WV
  Charles L. Callaway b abt 1869 in WV
  Robert H. Callaway b abt 1870 in WV
(8.)  Henry C. Callaway b abt 1872 in WV, married Pearl L. (last name unknown), and had the following known children: (9.)  Henry Callaway b abt 1904; (9.)  Everett L. Callaway b abt 1906, married Amelia (last name unknown); (9.)  Murray R. Callaway b abt 1908; and (9.)  Mary Lorene Callaway b abt 1914.
(8.)  Benton Callaway b abt 1874 in WV
(8.)  Ada Callaway b abt 1874 in WV
(8.)  Claud Callaway b abt 1878 in WV
(8.)  Gaston Callaway b abt 1881 in WV, married Mary Frances (last name unknown) and had the following known children: (9.)  Margaret Callaway b abt 1909, and (9.)  Gordon Callaway b abt 1910.

Editor's Note - Most of this family line settled in and around Monroe Co., WV and surrounding areas. Records show the spelling of the name varied from Calloway to Calaway to Callaway. Can anyone tell us any more about them?

Query Corner - If you can provide some help and answers, please respond to these queries.

Response to Comment # 161 (CFANet 05/04)
Subject – Susan Ann Stanton Callaway
Submitter - George & Lana Floyd
email - w4ctk at

Donna, perhaps I could send a disc of Susan Stanton Callaway's descendants or a printout to be added to the Callaway website.  Do you know if she was a Stanton married to a Callaway before marrying James G. Floyd; if so, she was md very young and a short time.  She is James' 2nd wife.  He came to Fayette County from Morgan Co., GA possibly along with some of his first wife's
relatives Dyer/Jones.  After Fayette, he is in Henry Co., Clayton Co., and Henry Co., GA again (1880), but as county lines moved a lot in those years (esp. think Clayton evolved from some of Henry), I'm not sure if he moved or the line did some of that time.  There are quite a few Floyd
relatives in Henry County to this day.  Also, connect to the Floyds in NE AL, esp. DeKalb, Marshall, Etowah (in past, not sure of today), and Calhoun County, AL.

Editor's Note - Lana did send a disc of the descendants of Susan Ann Stanton Callaway and James Guilford Floyd. It will be added to the CFA Peter Callaway file.

Comment # 172
Subject -
Joseph Callaway
Submitter -
Terry Marshall
email -
terrymrn at

I believe Joseph Callaway's (William, Joseph) wife Mary was a Franklin.  In Robert Franklyn's will he names Joseph Callaway as his son-in-law, also a deed of gift to Joseph and Mary.  All in Charlotte Co. VA county records.  Robert is my 6th gr-grandfather.

Query # 173
Subject -
Elizabeth Callaway and Samuel Read
Submitter - Anne Leyden
email - a.hampden at

Hello, Donna,

On the CFA line on RootsWeb, it identifies the husband of Elizabeth Callaway, granddaughter of Col William, as Samuel Read. The book, "New London Yesterday and Today," was written by Daisy Imogene Read, a distant relative of Samuel. She writes, "Samuel (born March 31, 1767,
died January 28, 1831), married in 1784 Elizabeth Callaway, granddaughter of Col William Callaway, issue, William C., died as a boy; married second, 1830, Mrs. Betsey Harris Woodruff, . . . . " Samuel is buried in the Callaway-Steptoe Cemetery in Bedford and these dates are
the same as those given in the 1937 WPA cemetery transcription.

There is a 29 April 1830 Bedford marriage bond for Samuel and Betsey, so this would place the death of Elizabeth Callaway as 1830 or before. The CFA website gives the date of Elizabeth Callaway's marriage to Samuel as 19 May 1814. This would make her 41 years old - a bit old it seems. Unfortunately, Daisy Read gives the date of the marriage as 1784 which would make Elizabeth an 11-year-old child bride if the CFA 1773 birthdate for Elizabeth is correct. Bedford marriage bonds is no help; I couldn't find any listing for a marriage between Samuel Read and
Elizabeth Callaway.

The 1930 cemetery survey done by Juliet Fauntlery and others lists a stone for "Elizabeth Read 1831 (or 1839)" but there is no such listing at all in the 1937 WPA transcript.

Here's more and this may be the key. Virginia Bible Records by Virginia Holland Austin has:

JOHN T. W. READ BIBLE - Owner: Miss Daisy Read, Rt. 2, Evington, Virginia
[This would be John Thomas Wyatt Read, a brother of Samuel. The owner is Daisy Imogene Read, author of "New London Today and Yesterday." Daisy was John T. W. Read's great-granddaughter.]

Elizabeth Read, wife of Samuel Read, 3/27/1829
Samuel Read 1/28/1831
William C. Read, son of Samuel Read, 9/21/1833
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The cemetery transcription Bedford gives Samuel's death date as 1/25/1831. It would be easy to change an "8" into a "5" after 100 years of wear. "New London Today and Yesterday" does indicate that Elizabeth and Samuel had a son, William C, who died as a boy.

Query # 174
Subject -
William Kellaway, Devon, England
Submitter - Jan Caldwell
email - jncCldwll at

I am researching my family and have gone back to an Eliza Kellaway of Sticklepath Devon born about 1850. She married a James Laughlin of Woolwich Kent in the year 1878 in Exeter Devon.
I have discovered that Eliza's parents were a William Kellaway and Eliza Hole. Eliza Hole was born in Sticklepath, Sampford Courtney, Devon. I discovered this on Eliza Kellaway's sister's birth certificate. Her name was Mary Kellaway. Her birth date was 21 August 1862.

I have discovered that Eliza Kellaway was born in the district of Sampford Courtney Devon. Sticklepath comes under this area. Her father William was born in South Tawton Devon. On the 1861 census it showed her as having three siblings.
Elizabeth Kellaway aged 9 brn Sampford Courtney a scholar
George Kellaway aged 5 brn Sampford Courtney a scholar
William Kellaway aged 1 brn Sampford Courtney

Eliza's mother was formally Eliza Hole. I have found her ten years previously on the 1851 census William Hole aged 49 brn Sampford Courtney labourer
Mary Hole aged 46 brn Spreyton Devon
Eliza Hole aged 22 brn Sampford Courtney serge weaver
Henry Hole aged 8 brn Sampford Courtney
Mary Hole aged 6 brn Sampford Courtney
William Hole aged 4 brn Sampford Courtney
Elizabeth Hole aged 1 brn Moretonhampstead Devon

It is stated after William junior that none of the children go to Sampford Courtney school. As yet I cannot find anymore information on Eliza's father, William. Hope this is some interest to you. Any information on any of the above mentioned would be most appreciated. I would like to receive the monthly newsletter via email if possible.
Kind regards,
Jan Caldwell

Comment # 175
Subject -
William Harley Callaway
Submitter - Harvey Roy Schulz, Medina Texas
email - HarvTom at

Son of Shirley Louise Callaway Schulz, Grandson of William Harley Callaway and Minnie Tolleson Callaway. Happy to see this site.

Query # 176
Subject -
Thomas Calloway/Callaway
Submitter - Linda Earls-Pereira
email - fireflymyst75 at

Looking for the family of a Thomas Calloway/Callaway. He is mentioned in a book called "Tennessee Cousins", by Worth S Ray. In this book he is said to have had a daughter, who married a JOHN SHIRLEY, while living in Bedford Co, MD. (Editor's Note - I believe this should be VA) I am descended from John Shirley and have not been able to find the surname of his wife, CHARITY. Does anyone know of the Thomas Calloway family I am talking about? He moved from Bedford Co, MD (Editor's Note - I believe this should be VA) and at least one of his sons moved into Tennessee. Any help anyone can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Regarding the previous message about Charity Calloway-I forgot to mention any dates. Also I forgot to mention that I have found "Charity" daughters (and granddaughters) in the Peter Callaway family and the Joseph Callaway family, besides Thomas Callaway's family. But I don't have dates at this time for them. My John Shirley was born Nov 1728 Frederick County, Maryland. He married a CHARITY (last name unknown for sure). Charity was b. 1723 and d. 1817. They are both buried in in a family plot in a small cemetery on the Nelson farm, midway between Newry, Pennsylvania and Catfish, near the James Hammet farm. It is also known as the Kladder Cemetery, Blair Co. PA. The known children of John Shirley and Charity were: Alice; Sarah; George b. 1761(my line); If anyone can shed any light, please do. It will be appreciated so much.

Editor's Note - Could this be the Thomas Callaway son of Joseph Callaway (US immigrant to VA?)

Query # 177
Subject -
Jonah Alexander Callaway
Submitter - Dick Swenson, Crosby, Texas
email - S2043 at

My wife is a Callaway.  Carol Lyn Callaway.  Her Dad's name was Jonah Lyn Callaway, grandad was Jonah Alexander Callaway.  The family traces it's ancestry to a little village in England called St. Neots.  The local church has stained glass windows named for the Callaway, or Calway family that bought them.  They also say that there is a direct bloodline connection to Daniel Boone when Daniel's daughter Jemima married Flanders Callaway.  I've found the info on Flanders and Jemima but I'm just looking for some information between that marriage and approximately 1950.
Thanks !!
Dick Swenson
Crosby, Texas

Notorious “Callaways”

Denton Journal, Denton, Maryland, May 7, 1921


Just Where That Famous Jurist First Held Court
Has Long Been Matter of Dispute

"Lynch law" is purely an Americanism. Its origin is somewhat in doubt. No such law is on the statute books, and the application of the expression today refers to outlaw or mob law which circumvents the written law, or inflicts a swift punishment before the legal authorities have had a chance to take action.

Figuratively speaking, such an act is called "a verdict by Judge Lynch." According to one authority, one Charles Lynch, a patriot of Virginia, conspired with Robert Adams and Thomas Callaway, to deal out relentlessly and unhesitatingly, punishment to all law breakers and Tories during the days of our Revolution.

However, this origin is disputed. Some say that there was a small body of water known as "Lynch creek" in North Carolina during the same period in our history, and that on its shores a court-martial was held over the lifeless body of a Tory who had been hanged to prevent his rescue. Naturally, the verdict was death by hanging, and the judge did not have to bother about the execution of the sentence. - Cleveland Plain Dealer.

History Corner

Wichita Daily Times, Wichita Falls, Texas, July 9, 1918


By Associated Press.
London, July 8 - The great body of the English nation fails to realize how near England came to irretrievable disaster because of the German U-boats, said Frederick George Kellaway, secretary to the minister of munitions, speaking at Midlands today. In discussing the submarine peril Mr. Kellaway said;

"The U-boat is still one of the greatest perils against which the Allies have to fight. Those who suppose we shall ever be able to abolish these risks are living in a fool's paradise. But, thanks to the navy our losses are being brought to within limits which the Allies can bear without flinching. Recent returns show the loss of munitions ships from submarine warfare are only about a quarter of what they were when the U-boat campaign was at its height. There have been weeks recently when the Germans failed to sink a ton of munitions."

In Closing

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While surfing the Callaway Family Forum, I ran across the following notice which was posted May 1st. I thought perhaps there might be family members who would be interested in having these old photos. I believe the twins referred to are the children of Francis Eugene Callaway and Ruth Ellington Smith from the Peter Callaway line.

A friend found an old Bible which had several pictures tucked inside, one of which appears to be a picture of twins Martha and Eugene Callaway in a baby carriage. This is the old picture postcard from early 1900's. It was addressed to Mr. or Mrs. W. H. Griffin in Wilkes Co., Georgia. The finder would like to return the photo (along with others) to the proper family.
Dyanne S Pedersen
despy at

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Read about the Manor of Little Bredy. Christopher Kellaway occupied land there in 1798.

"Our DNA does not fade like an ancient parchment; it is not rust in the ground like the sword of a warrior long dead. It is not eroded by wind or rain, nor reduced to ruin by fire and earthquake. It is the traveler from an antique land who lives within us all."

- Dr. Bryan Sykes, writing in his book "The Seven Daughters of Eve"
(Bryan Sykes is professor of genetics at the Institute of Molecular Medicine at Oxford University)

And As Always, Find a Way to . . .

Let Your “Callaway” Voice Be Heard!

Until next time,
Donna Morgan
CFA e-Newsletter Editor
Harrisburg, NC

* ~ From the preface of The "Visitations of the County of Somerset in the years 1531 et seq" by Frederic William Weaver M.A. Oxon. (1885), translated from the Latin.

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