THE CALLAWAY FAMILY ASSOCIATION
Volume V No. 8
with esteem the name you were given;
The Editor's Corner
Callaway (1848 - 1929)
Samuel W. Newman of Waco, Texas graciously submitted this photo and story of his grandfather, William Theodore Callaway, and it was published in the 1979 CFA Journal, Vol. IV, pg. 30.
Since his is such an interesting story, I thought it was well worth publishing again.
My grandfather drove cattle in the west. He made his first trip up the Chisholm Trail to the railhead in Kansas in 1867. Bill and his brothers, David, George Dickerson, and John were drivers on the cattle trail to Kansas for many years. David was lost track of in about 1875. George and John married Oklahoma girls before 1900 and were listed in the Oklahoma 1900 U.S. Census in Woodward County.
Bill became a trail boss in 1873 and continued as such until he made his last trip in 1882. All of the bills, cancelled checks, etc., which he had accumulated at the end of his drive in 1882 were stored in an old purse. When he died in 1929, these were passed on to his daughter, Clara, mother of Samuel Newman.
William Callaway married Mary E. Miller in 1871. After retiring from cattle driving, he moved his family to Wilson County, Texas and with his son-in-law John Chapman went into the cotton gin business. They were located in Marcelina, Texas where the Callaways raised their 11 children. They sold the business in 1920. William Callaway was the Democratic Party Chairman for Wilson County for 15 years.
Editor's Note - If you would like to know more about this Callaway
line, there is an extensive article in the 1985 CFA Journal prepared by Rev. Wallace Willis,
Leesburg, Georgia, entitled, "Tracing an Elusive
Pioneer". There are also additions and corrections on this
line in the 1990 CFA Journal, and another article by Samuel W.
Newman in the 1995 CFA Journal about David Callaway, William
Theodore Callaway's grandfather.
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.
The Genealogist's Corner
Thank you to Sherrill Williams, CFA Genealogist, for supplying some additional information about several articles in last month's newsletter.
I have the following information for next newsletter.
In response to Query #180 -Thelma Wallis:
Editor's Note - There is additional information on the above family line in the February 2008 CFA Newsletter.
Also, in response to Mildred Andress regarding the Rev. Enoch Callaway Family Cemetery, Rayle [GA] - p. 151. That item is from Wilkes County Cemeteries and a Few from Adjoining Counties, by F. M. & Nell H. Newsome, Wilkes Publishing Company, Inc, Washington, Georgia, October 1970. Copyright 1970 by Nell H. Newsome.
Re: info from CFA member, Linda
Benedict Krause concerning papers of Elijah Callaway and
Elizabeth Pack. The source of her papers is probably Foster &
Lillis Schilt of Florida, early CFA members, now deceased
(Lillis is deceased for certain; not sure about Foster, but no
longer a CFA member). Lillis descended from Peter Callaway
Note - Sherrill has identified Ebenezer Callaway, the
mentioned in last month's newsletter, and of
course, with Congratulations, has been inducted into the
That is about all the
damage I can do at present, but will re-look for anything else.
We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Charles (Cal) Callaway, of Mesquite, TX. He was so proud of his Callaway name, and enjoyed researching his ancestors. Our thoughts and prayers go to his wife Mary Anna and their family.
Dear Friends and Family,
For those of you who don't already know, Cal reached the final leg of his journey here on Earth and most likely has taxied down Heaven’s runway by now. I envision The Lord sending His angels to gently embrace my dear husband , gathering him into their protective wings, and aiding his ascent into Heaven. I know Cal was ready and at peace about going. He passed away quite peacefully yesterday evening at our home.
My family and I will make funeral arrangements later today.
I extend my deep
gratitude to all of you who have supported us in so many ways
throughout these past several months.
Thank you to Anne Leyden, for sending us this notice. We all send our condolences to the family.
Dorothy Mae Callaway,
age 87 of Jacksonville, FL passed away July 3, 2004. She was born
November 7, 1916 in Wooster, OH, the daughter of Howard Koontz and
Pauline Childs Koontz. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and
friend who loved shopping and her membership at Wesconnett United
Methodist Church. She was predeceased by her husband Taylor
Callaway in 1989. Surviving are her son Kenneth Callaway and his
wife Cindy; grandsons Kenneth, Jr., Michael, and Daniel Callaway;
her step daughter Tanya Nicolett; her brother William Koontz and
his wife Lillian; sister Eileen Higgs; many other loving family
members and friends. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM
Wednesday July 7, 2004 in the chapel of Jacksonville Memory
Gardens Funeral Home, 111 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park. Dorothy
will be laid to rest with her husband in the Garden of the Masonic
at Jacksonville Memory Gardens. Family members and friends will
gather from 1:00 PM until the hour of service on Wednesday
afternoon at the funeral home.
to get the answers, you will have to:
go to the:
CFA Crossword Puzzles
Submit your questions and answers for future crossword puzzles to Donna Morgan . The rules are easy - just make sure that the answers can be found on the CFA Web Site or in the CFA RootsWeb files. That way it is fair to everyone.
Our thanks to Kay Bradley for sending us this good advice about deciphering old documents.
Ship Ahoy! Here's an interesting link from CFA Genealogist, Sherrill Williams, about another ship which carries the proud Callaway name. The USS Callaway was mentioned in the March 2003 Newsletter.
Hi Donna, it
was a great newsletter this month. Check out the following website
and see if it is of interest:
Callaway, Sr. was founder of Callaway Gardens. Don't know which
Cason is referred to here.
And speaking of the USS Callaway, CFA President, Pat Schnurr sent me this photo which she found in the July/August 2004 issue of Reunion Magazine.
YOU GO, GIRL!
Dorothy Ritchie Shipp, Washington DC, wife of Wallace Shipp, is the first female USS Callaway "Shipmate of the Year." Shipp is a busy retiree, who helps with the USS Callaway newsletter, Now Hear This, proofing and editing. At most reunions, she does registration, collects money, answers questions and makes a financial report for the newsletter. The Shipps have two children, Gene and Donna, who have attended and helped with many reunions.
I received this nice note from Janet Martin, telling us of family letters she had just found. I wrote back to her hoping she would be able to share some of them with us. I know we would all enjoy reading them.
I recently came into possession of letters written to my deceased cousin, Virginia Siler Clemmons, while she was in nurse’s training in Kansas City, MO in the 1930’s. At first I thought they were just letters from old boyfriends and her parents, but soon discovered I was holding letters written by my great grandmother, Octavia Calloway Lucas and Virginia’s father, who died before I was born! Her mother, Vina Calloway Siler and father, Charles, wrote to her of local and family news. Some of the letters contained news clippings that included news about my father and his team’s high school victories. There was also a picture and article about a quartet my father sang with that headlined with The Mills Brothers in Cincinnati, Ohio. Virginia’s aunt Octavia also wrote of family news and the activities on their farm. The letters are quite informative.
In 1989, I was asked to write a piece for The Callaway Family Association Journal (pg. 34 and 35) about what happened to a black family after they had been manumitted by their owner’s will. Lucy Callaway (1838, Bedford Co, VA), daughter of Col. James Callaway, had made provision in her will that Lydia Callaway and her family be freed. This family included the parents (Matilda and James Callaway) of my great-great grandfather, Aaron ( May, 1834, VA). He married Arminta McDaniel and they had 15 children, which included Vina and Octavia. The family settled in Gallia Co., OH. I’ve always had hope that I would find someone else researching this family.
Janet Calloway Martin
IT'S A SCAM!
Last month Steve Callaway told us of a suspicious email he had been receiving, expecting that it was a scam. This month we have four replies confirming that it is definitely a scam, and warning us not to fall for it. Thank you to Sallie L. Nelson, Debbie Carlucci, Gary Clouston and J. E. Callaway for letting us know.
And also from Gary Clouston, comes this note with information about his family.Donna,
I really enjoy your publication; you're doing one hell of a job. My mother, Edith Earlene Clouston, nee Callaway, passed away November 14, 2002, at the age of 92. She was not a member of the CFA, but was definitely a Callaway. I don't remember if her demise was mentioned in the Journal; but I think it should have been.
My uncle Charles Callaway, whom I never met, was also a railroad man during his working life, and some of the Callaways writing of railroaders, may have met/heard of him. He was born in Virginia around 1880, the eldest of 5 sons. (I seem to recall sending the Journal the basics of their lineage, but have so far been unable to go any further back than their father, John McAllister Callaway.)
Just thought I'd let you know about the African gold con.
Note - I'm not positive, but in checking census records in Virginia, I believe Charles
Callaway's line of descent is as follows. Please let me know if I
Here is a nice note from Louise Callaway Hyland, telling us of her trip to Cornwall. She has included some lovely photos of the Callaway Windows at St. Neot's Church. You can view them on our photo gallery page here.Dear Donna, Mention of Cornwall in the most recent newsletter reminded me of a visit we made there last year, in particular to the Church of St Neot. There are some wonderful stained glass windows there, including some dedicated to Callaways. Unfortunately I am not able to connect my own family to Cornwall but it may interest some of your readers.
I quote from http://homepages.tesco.net/~k.wasley/st_neot.htm
The three remaining windows on the south side were presented by the Motton, Callaway and Tubbe families. The Motton Window shows the four Evangelists, the Callaway Window presents St. Stephen on the right with St. John, St. German and an unknown saint whom Hedgeland thought to be St. Callaway but is, in fact, St. Lalluwy, patron of Menheniot some ten miles away and probably chosen because his name so closely resembles that of the donor family. The kneeling priest at the bottom of the window is Robert Tubbe who was related to the Callaways. Certainly he deserves his memorial in a place to which he has given such great beauty. The Tubbe Window next to the south door of the church shows St. Paul, St. Peter, Christ the King and St. James with the arms of the Callaway and Tubbe families beneath. The last of the family windows is in the north aisle, just to the west of the screen. This presents St. John, St. Gregory, St. Leonard and St. Andrew with the Harys family, the donors, below.
I'm attaching photos that we
took of the windows. Hope they come through clearly.
Thank you to CFA Member, Audrey Gibson for the nice note and for submitting information about her Callaway line. Audrey is a descendant of the Peter Callaway line through his son Peter Callaway, Jr. Her descendants will be incorporated into the CFA Peter Callaway RootsWeb file. Her line of descent is as follows:
Peter Callaway I
Peter Callaway II
Ebenezer Callaway (son of Benjamin & Ann)
Joshua P. Callaway
Clement Callaway (son of Joshua & Rachael Betts)
John Green Callaway
John Green Callaway, Jr.
John Albert Callaway
Audrey Mae Callaway
In my family, the very kind and considerate ones are referred
to as being a "Callaway." My mother (Audrey Mae Callaway),
grandfather (John Albert Callaway) and great grandfather (John
Green Callaway Jr) were known for being exceptionally gentle,
kind and caring individuals - they loved unconditionally and never
had a bad word about anyone. They were loved dearly in
return. I feel better now that I have at least sent you this
information - hope it makes some sense.
I received this very nice note from Janey Westbrook, who is publishing a book about the life of Peggy Ann Callaway. She is graciously sending a copy to CFA. We look forward to receiving it. If you would like to order a copy of the book, contact her at the email address below. She also reminded us of a reunion that was held in Walker Co., GA recently. Perhaps some of our readers attended, and will have information to share with us.Hi Donna,
This is the book I told you about some time ago when you assisted me in finding the "genealogy" of Peggy Ann Callaway McMillan. I have told the family that one of the first copies (after the manuscript is printed) is to be sent to you (i.e..) Callaway Association. I will make sure that this is done... I am very busy on some other projects at the moment so it may be a couple of months before I can finally complete the "Reflections" project. However, I didn't want you to think that I'd forgotten... and I thought that there might be someone "out there" who would be interested in the history of this special Callaway lady.
I continue to enjoy your
Note - Peggy Ann Callaway's line of descent is as follows:
With Janey Westbrook's permission, here is an excerpt from her book -
Chickamauga (Georgia) is a historic place with it’s memories of gunfire from the Civil War long past. Peggy Ann freely enjoyed dashing down the quiet, shady streets and knew every path of the countryside where she delighted in play. It is not surprising that she came to love this small southern town in which she lived.
The home where Peggy Ann grew was the picturesque and lovely white house at 215 Gordon Street. Her father had a playhouse built with real windows and a small door just the right size for this wonderfully dainty little creature with a shower of dark hair and a smile as bright as sunlight. As time passed, Grandy bought a horse for her and she called him King. He was kept down the alley on the right side of their home. At one time, there had been a blacksmith shop in that spot so, when King was purchased, the old building became his barn. Of course that’s part of the Bank of Chickamauga properties these days.
Peggy sometimes recalled being allowed to ride the old train from the little depot in town. With Grandy, she often went to visit her Uncle Gus and Aunt Margaret at their farm in Corinth nestled in the Georgia countryside near Hogansville. It was always a rich experience! There was no electricity or running water but there was a wonderful grape arbor, pigs, horses, cows, and chickens. She enjoyed fresh churned butter, fresh eggs, fresh milk, and cold well water. In addition to the well that provided their drinking water, there was a cool dry well used to keep milk and other items fresh.
Michael Kellaway of Somerset, England sent us some additional information on Kelways Nursery. As you might remember, it was mentioned in last month's newsletter.Hi Donna,
Thanks for sending the newsletter although I am not a member - I am one of the DNA "volunteers". (Editor's Note - Since writing this note, Michael has joined CFA. We welcome him to the "family".)
Some coincidence that you put the bit about Kelways in that newsletter. The nursery is a few miles away and we go there regularly. It has had a checkered history - each generation only managed to produce one child and James' son was killed in the first world war. His grandson James II ran the business until he died in 1952 and it had to be sold. The business declined and in the 1990s was almost built over but the local council stepped in.
Kelways owned a lot of land and some is now houses but the rather elegant stone warehouses are now a bistro and the council offices and the iris and peony fields were saved and form the basis of a thriving nursery. A visit to the fields at flowering time is quite an experience.
Langport remains famous for two things - Kelways and the
Battle of Sedgmoor.
People often say to me "are you related to those people in
Langport". I say no - that lot are Irish - maybe I'm wrong.
Thank you to Warwick Kellaway for submitting the following history and genealogy of the Dorset Kellaways. He writes in response to Query # 178 from Stuart Lamb, who is searching for his ancestor, Elizabeth Kellaway, of Puncknowle, Dorset, UK. Warwick also provided an excellent map of the area and you can view it here.
Thank you to Marilyn Gorham, for the very nice compliment.
This is just a note to let
you know that my email address has changed. I really enjoy the
newsletters you send me. Very interesting stories and history.
Hope to visit the Plantation real soon. I just found out that a
friend of mine has cousins in the Callaway family and I am a
cousin to her cousins!!!! Unfortunately her Aunt Mattie Scott
Callaway passed away a few weeks ago and I was not aware of this
until after the fact. My deepest sympathy to the family. Keep up
the newsletter, it is wonderful!!!
Sands has graciously sent us a copy of a photo of Charity Mawning
Callaway. She was born in 1839 in Leon Co., FL, and her line of
descent is from the Bertie Co., NC Callaways.
Editor's Note - Thomas Callaway may be a descendant of Caleb Callaway who married Elizabeth Lawrence in 1670 in Berkley Pct, Perquimans Co., NC. But no link has ever been found. This is a "Mystery Callaway" line. There is an article in the 1988 CFA Journal entitled, Caleb Callaway of Carolina. It discusses what is and what is not known of this family.
to Joan Gresham of Wrightsville, GA for sending photos of Charles
C. Callaway, and his daughter and son-in-law, William and Nancy
Gresham. You can view these photos on the CFA Photo Gallery page
We welcome a new CFA member, Nina Callaway, and thank her for sending us information about her husband's Callaway ancestors. I wrote her and sent a copy of the photo of Obediah Lovelady that she requested, and told her "all good things" about CFA.Greetings:
I was looking over your rootsweb site to fill in some holes in our family genealogy and noticed that you had some information missing. My husband is the great-great-great-great-grandson of GADDAH CALLAWAY, his descendancy line being: Joseph Callaway, Francis Callaway, Francis Callaway, Jr., Gaddah Callaway, William Merrit Callaway, William Frank Callaway, William Merrit Callaway, John Roy Callaway, Sr.
It shows on the site that the son of William Merrit Callaway and Nancy Lovelady was named WILLIAM MERRIT CALLAWAY, JR. Our family records show his name as WILLIAM FRANK CALLAWAY. Subsequently, 1860 Federal Census does show his name as WILLIAM F. He married AMANDA CULLUM (her last name was missing) on 22 DEC 1870. Amanda was born 1 MAY 1853 in MS, and died 28 JAN 1926 in LA.
Our family records show that their son, WILLIAM MERRIT CALLAWAY was not the 3rd, as his father's name was WILLIAM FRANK. WILLIAM MERRIT CALLAWAY died and was buried in 1960 in Maringouin, Iberville Paris, Louisiana. I need to journey there to find a headstone. He married MARIE ALICE PRESTENBACK, b. 26 SEP 1882, d. 1959, also buried in Marigouin. They were married abt 1905.
The son listed as "Johnie" is none other than my husband's grandfather, JOHN ROY CALLAWAY, SR., b. 7 MAR 1912, d. 4 JAN 1995 in Gretna, Jefferson, Louisiana. He is buried in Westlawn Memorial Park in Gretna, Jefferson, Louisiana. His widow is living. There are four living male children from that marriage. The one child that is deceased is MICHAEL GERALD CALLAWAY, b. 20 NOV 1949, d. 19 SEP 1988, also buried in Westlawn Memorial Park in Gretna, Jefferson, Louisiana.
I have in my possession photos of WILLIAM FRANK CALLAWAY and his wife AMANDA CULLUM, his son WILLIAM MERRIT CALLAWAY and his wife MARIE ALICE PRESTENBACK, and a photo that my father-in-law believes to be NANCY LOVELADY. If you wish to have these photos, I am able to email them to you.
I am also interested in receiving via email a photo of Obediah Lovelady. Would this be Nancy Lovelady's father?
I have downloaded the application to join the CFA and will mail it in ASAP. We hope to be able to fill in some missing "holes" in our genealogy records.
Thank you for your help. Please let
me know if you have questions.
Here's some more news from Nina Callaway. She has graciously shared the book, Callaway Baptist Preachers with us, and you can download a copy of it in its entirety from our web site here.Donna:
Thanks to Timothy Walton Beckham who loaned me his personal copy of the book "Callaway Baptist Preachers", I have the book in its entirety scanned in and saved to an Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Timothy has given me the okay to make it available to whomever might be interested in having it (digitally).
He also wanted me to be sure to let everyone know that the author was NOT a genealogist; he was a Baptist Preacher, and very proud of his heritage and relations who were also preachers. He reported mostly what he was able to figure out from family contacts. Consequently, much of the information was not well researched. Notwithstanding, it is a valuable keepsake for Callaway relatives alike, and is available to the family. I placed a note on the front page of the document to this effect.
The document in its entirety is a little over 8MB, but still manageable.
Best regards, Nina Callaway
Editor's Note - Just a reminder about the accuracy of the genealogy in the book -
Callaway Baptist Preachers is a wonderful little book for the biographies of the many Callaway preachers. The introductory material to that book however is erroneous, in that it attempts to connect the two major branches of the Callaway family in America. The book was written before any real research had been done, and was based upon assumption. The JOSEPH and PETER families were not related in America, but in some instances may have become acquainted due to the quirks of southward and westward migration. They may be related in England, but there was after all several generations’ difference in the ages of Joseph and of Peter.
A nice note from another new CFA Member, Rush Higginbotham of Shreveport, LA. Welcome to CFA! He has graciously sent us information about his great grandfather, Rev. Augustus Homer Calloway, including a family photo and a photo of two of his daughters, Mamie and Autra. The family photo has almost everyone identified. You can see them on our photo gallery pages starting here.
line of descent is as follows:
I am Rush Higginbotham and Augustus Homer "A. H." Calloway was my Great Grandfather. I am in the process of joining the Callaway Family Association. I am attaching a picture that is already on the CFA website, and a picture of who the people are in the picture, including my Mother.
Following is a copy of Augustus Homer Callaway's Obituary. He died July 29, 1924.
The Athens Weekly Review, July 31, 1924
Aged Minister Dies Suddenly
Rev. A. H. Calloway of LaRue, age 67, one of the best known Methodist ministers in Henderson county, dropped dead in the pulpit at Post Oak, 7 miles south of Malakoff about nine o'clock Tuesday night. The body was taken in charge by the Carroll & Lehr undertakers here and will be shipped tonight to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Conaway, in Palestine to await the arrival of children and other relatives. Burial will be in Elkhart Cemetery in Anderson County.
Rev. Calloway has served on the circuits in Henderson county for a number of years and at the time of his death was pastor at Sampson Walnut Creek, Oakland, Beck's Chapel and Meredith Camp Ground. He was assisting Rev. C. H. Hall in a meeting now in progress at Post Oak and it is said by those present that he was preaching one of his best gospel sermons when the end came. He had just finished repeating his text, "As it is appointed unto man once to die; after this the judgment," when he fell into the arms of Rev. Hall, dead.
Rev. Calloway is survived by his wife and a number of children, one son, Homer Calloway, who is in the furniture business at Crockett, arrived in the city this morning. Mrs. Calloway has been elected to teach in the LaRue schools the coming term.
I do not have at this time recorded the date of Great Granddaddy Calloway's birth. (Editor's Note - CFA's Peter Callaway RootsWeb file shows his date of birth as Dec. 1, 1854)
Also attached is a picture of two of A. H. Calloway's daughters. Autra Belle Calloway Conaway (my Grandmother), and Mamie Eunice Calloway Hogan. I knew Grandmother and Aunt Mamie both very well. This picture was taken at my Mother and Father's house outside of Overton, Rusk Co., TX in about 1944. I also visited with Aunt Mamie's daughter Frances Hogan Woodard and her husband J. B. Woodard of Palestine, Anderson Co., TX on Sunday July 18, 2004 at a Conaway Reunion in Palestine.
My records show that after his first wife, Georgia Ann Callas Jackson died; A. H. married Florance Palmer (probably in Anderson or Henderson County Texas.) They had two children Augusta "Gus" Calloway and Marlow Calloway. I am now trying to verify this information. It was given to me by Mamie Calloway Hogan's daughter Mamie Frances.
I am looking for his family ancestors. I have a lot of information on his descendents Autry Belle Calloway, who married James Franklin Conaway (My Grandmother and Grandfather), and some on Mamie Eunice Calloway. Aunt Mamie married Tolbert Jackson "T. J." Hogan. Aunt Mamie was Grandmother's sister.I am really looking forward to being a member of The Callaway Family Assoc. and attending one of the Annual Meetings, although I will not be able to attend the one in Charleston, SC this year.
Thanks for the information you provided.
Here is some Kellaway "Ripley's Believe It or Not" family history from Norma Kellaway in Australia.
Then the second male
Grandchild to us was Samuel to our other son Murray who was born
on same date as his G G G Grandfather, Frederick Kellaway but 147
A CFA Blog success story from CFA Member, Kay Bradley.
Thanks so much, Donna.
I am currently
pursuing a lead that the name WEST comes from the Lovelady
friendship with a minister named Joshua West- who was a neighbor
and evidently close friend. It goes to show more proof that West
Reed mentioned in the letter was also named West and not Wesley.
Sooo I loved the letter. Thanks again!!
"Callaways" in the News
Mountain Messenger, Jefferson, Ashe County, North Carolina, Thursday, February 6, 1873
Mrs. Thomas Callaway, living a short distance from this place, met with a serious accident last Saturday morning. She was out milking early in the morning and while milking one cow another came up and tossed Mrs. C. up in the air about six feet for three times, letting her fall on the hard frozen ground each time. The falling on the ground inflicted a very serious bruise on the left hip. Dr. Gentry was immediately sent for and after examining the wound he informs us that though the bruise is of serious character he thinks by careful treatment Mrs. C. will be able to go about soon.
Can anyone identify Thomas Callaway? He is a "Mystery Callaway". Could he be Thomas Ferris Callaway, son of Robert Ferree Callaway and Sarah Caroline Gillum?
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. Benjamin, Betsy and Fanny are apparently fictitious characters, as no documentation has been found to identify them.
Editor's Note - There is another story of these two sisters on the CFA Blog here.
More About Callaways on the Railroad -
Several times in past newsletters a railroad man named W.R. Callaway has been mentioned. He is identified as being a General Passenger Agent for the Soo Line in Minnesota. He was actually the brother of Railroad Tycoon, Samuel Rogers Callaway. From the 1996 CFA Journal I found this short item:
Editor Desires Data
Brenda Wieland, editor of Callaway Heritage, Callaway, Minn., is seeking more information on:
William Rodger Callaway
"He was employed by several railroads since he was 16 years old, most recently by the Soo Line in Minnesota."
She writes, "I am compiling a book of our town's history, and our town is named after this man. I am interested in only this individual. I would appreciate hearing from you."
She learned of the Callaway Family Association through the Heart-O-Lakes Genealogical Society, Detroit Lakes, Minn., of which she is a member.
MARY ELIZABETH CALLAWAY SHELNUTT
Mary Elizabeth Callaway Shelnutt passed away Sept. 3, 1981. She was the youngest of four children born to James Henry and Bettie Callaway. She was born Sept. 1, 1905 and was buried in the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Boonesville, MO.
Mary lived a quiet life, content to stay at home and care for her family. She was married to Luther Shelnutt for 54 years and they reared three sons: Lloyd James and Donald Wayne, who preceded their mother in death; and Luther Gene, who survives. Other survivors include her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and her sister, Mildred Hazelton Callaway Wohit.
Mary loved to read. She particularly enjoyed historical books. she also wrote poetry and one of her original poems follows:
The Maple's dress is garnet
Little streams are Crystal
Apple trees are fragrant with
Sunbeams find the dew-wet
Plum trees' Sapphire beauty
An arc of Turquoise sky leans
And so the Master Craftsman
Editor's Note - This article, including obituary and poem was published in the 1982 CFA Journal. Can anyone identify Mary Elizabeth's family? She is a "Mystery Callaway".
Old City Directories
Saginaw, Michigan 1923 City Directory
Callaway, James W (Fannie) miner h 820 So 11th
Register, Kent county, Delaware
Editor's Note - This is a "Mystery Callaway" family. Can anyone identify them?
Be cautious of what you read in an obituary - often family stories have been handed down over the years, embellished almost beyond recognition, or mixed with facts from other family lines. In my own family research I have found false information in obituaries linking my lines to several well known people, with no basis in fact. Following is a good example of this problem:
Atlanta Journal, Atlanta, Georgia, December 6, 1926
- Ida Callaway was first cousin to Fuller and Howard Callaway.
However, the paragraph stating her connection to Richard Callaway
and Daniel Boone is false. She descends from Peter Callaway and
the line of descent is as follows:
Query Corner - If you can provide some help and answers, please respond to these queries.
Comment # 188
There are family members who have researched for years and I would be glad to help if I can. I had help from Jennie Vee Poteet too, but she is no longer with us.
My descendant line is
Have just read the link on William Bertrand Callaway and find that his descendents are mine also. I have a four generational photo with Lavinia (Gould) Callaway (my ggg grandmother). My gg grandfather (William James Callaway) is Richard Gould Callaway's brother. Please contact me. I am anxious to make other connections. Cheers from Canada
Comment # 190
David Arnold Callaway was my 3x gr grandfather. He was considered to be a "gypsy" type person and was on the move quite often. Upon reading your material, I don't see any reference to him at all. He was the son of Isaac Callaway and was I believe only 1 of 2 Callaways who changed the spelling of their name to reflect Calloway, spelled with the "o" instead of "a". If any information is requested about him and his descendants, please contact me.
Editor's Note - There is lots of information about this family line at the beginning of this newsletter.
Query # 191
Apparently the family moved into NC between 1870 & 1880, they have many descendants still living in the Asheville area. It is known that Capt. Thomas Calloway and some of his sons moved into the area around Greenville SC and stayed there for a short time before returning to Ashe county NC; this was some time around the late 1790's or early 1800's. Perhaps one of the Calloway sons remained in SC and raised a family from which this Calloway line, James Calloway who married Mary Kelly comes. At any rate, I am convinced that John Samuel Caloway is the son of James & Mary Kelly Caloway of SC; John is also the older brother of a Henry Calloway who has many descendants still here in the Asheville area.
If you happen to know of
anyone working on these lines please have them get in touch.
Query # 193
An interesting web site for a great family. My mother is Enid A Callaway, grandfather is John Arnold Callaway born near Houston Tx then came to Oklahoma and homestead near Waynoka, OK on the Cimmaron River.
The Times, London, Middlesex, England, August 16, 1831
Bridgewater, August 12, 1831, Crown Court, before Dir. Justice Taunton -
William Locke was indicted for having been found on the 12th of January last in an enclosed wood belonging to the Earl of Carnarvon, with intent to destroy game. The prisoner was also charged with an assault upon James Callaway.
It appeared by the evidence that upon the night in question six men, keepers of Lord Carnarvon, were out in the wood in question looking for poachers, who made their appearance at the place about 11 o'clock. The keepers, who were only armed with sticks, attempting to take the poachers into custody, a general engagement took place between the parties. In the course of the fight the prisoner with the butt-end of a musket inflicted upon one of the keepers a blow on the head with such violence that the lock of the gun passing through the keeper's hat, a handkerchief, and pair of woollen gloves, produced upon his skull a wound about four inches long. Another keeper, Callaway, received a blow upon one of his arms, which became, in consequence of the blow, "as big as his thigh, and as black as his coat." At last a Mr. Webber, a gentleman farmer who headed the keepers, and who had a double-barreled gun, leveled it at the poachers, threatening to shoot the first man that attempted to move. Upon this the poachers fled, but Locke, before going off, turned round, and presenting his piece at Callaway, pulled the trigger twice, but at each time he only produced a flash in the pan. The injuries which Callaway had received prevented him from going to work for two months. The witnesses deposed very positively to the person of the prisoner.
Mr. Earle, for the defense, addressed the jury upon the probability of the witnesses having, in the darkness of night and confusion of the skirmish, mistaken the person who had actually been guilty of the assault.
Several witnesses gave the prisoner a good character, and the Jury, to the surprise of the audience, found the prisoner not guilty. Upon this, Mr. Justice Taunton observed, that the jury had been very merciful, and that if ever a man had a narrow escape on his trial, the prisoner was that man.
The assizes concluded here today. The commission will open at Bristol on Saturday next.
For those attending the CFA Annual Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina this coming October, you will have the opportunity to view and learn about the history of the Confederate submarine, CSS H. L. Hunley.
Mark M. Newell, PhD., began his search for the location of the CSS H. L. Hunley in 1972. Almost 23 years later, in 1994, it was finally found. It took 6 years of work and fund raising to bring the submarine to the surface, and this was accomplished on August 8, 2000. It is now in Charleston, at the Warren Lasche Center where it is being preserved and where the clues to her mysterious past are being discovered. Then almost four years after the raising, on April 17, 2004, the heroic crew was finally laid to rest.
~ An excerpt from The Post and Courier, Charleston, South Carolina, Sunday, April 18, 2004.
"On Saturday, the streets of Charleston looked like a world where the Civil War had never ended. More than 9,000 men and women in period costumes marched along with the Hunley crew's caissons on a 4.5-mile trip from The Battery to Magnolia Cemetery. Some Civil War battles involved fewer troops."
Read more about this
historic day on the newspaper's web site at:
There is an interesting article which was published in the 2000 CFA Journal, Vol. XXV, pg 69, written by CFA Member, Cary Lawson Moore, entitled "Lawson-Callaway Connection to Confederate Submarine". The Joseph Callaway descendants are "cousins-in-law" of Horace Lawson Hunley, designer/builder of the CSS H. L. Hunley.
Visit The Callaway Family Association web site. It has much to offer.
Would you like to . . .
They say of our forebears we
ought to be proud,
~ from Surnames For Sale, by Ora Barlow
ACROSS THE ATLANTIC, KELWAYS CONNECT US -
~ From The American Civil War Roundtable (UK)
What do the American Civil War and Southampton, England have in common? Read this very interesting story of the search for the Kelway Hotel, and find out.
BOONESBOROUGH HISTORY LIVES ON
For more information contact Bill Farmer - Living History Coordinator - 859-527-3131 ext 216 or ftboone at bellsouth.net
LINKS, LINKS AND MORE LINKS -
2004 CFA ANNUAL MEETING -
October 7 - 10, 2004
The tours will include:
Meeting Coordinators, Linwood Dees, Lucy Jones and Connie Sherrill, and of course, as always, Meeting Director, Victor Calloway have done a magnificent job putting it all together. It sounds like a wonderful location and meeting this year. Mark you calendars early! Meeting packets will be mailed out early this month. If you are not a member and would like to know more about attending, fill out our contact form and information will be sent to you. All are welcome!
GEORGE IS STILL DIGGING -
"The family of George Randall Calloway, living in New York, is still digging for his family roots. Born in 1949, in New York City, George has never met his mother, father, or any other blood relative. He believes his mother came from Maryland, and her sister's husband may have been involved with horse racing in New York. George was placed in foster care, then adopted out of a social services agency in Nassau County, Long Island, NY, in 1951, by George and Eleanor Schlobohm."
And As Always, Find a Way to . . .
Let Your “Callaway” Voice Be Heard!
Until next time,
* ~ 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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