CFANet Archives

April 2008

Volume IX  No. 4

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

The Editor's Corner

In the October 2005 newsletter there was an article about Stephen Austin's Old Three Hundred. In the article it was shown that not only are Callaways descended from the Old Three Hundred, but they are descended from both the Joseph and Peter Callaway lines.

This month we hear about another Callaway connection to the Old Three Hundred. This time not by birth, but by marriage. It is interesting to note that history rarely mentions this Callaway connection.

Henry Gonzalvo (Gon) Woods, an early Texas colonist, son of Minerva (Cottle) and Zadock Woods, was born in Troy, Missouri, on February 18, 1816. His parents were among Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred, arriving in Texas in December 1824. Woods was the youngest of six children and lived most of his life as an Indian fighter and rancher. He narrowly escaped capture by Indians in 1828, after his family moved from Matagorda County to the upper Colorado River, nine miles west of John H. Moore's fort. During the Texas Revolution Woods fought in the battles of Gonzales and Concepción (both October 1835). Although he did not participate in the battle of San Jacinto in April 1836, he served for three months afterward as a Texas Ranger. He fought under Moore against the Comanche Indians at San Sabá Presidio on February 15, 1839, and with Edward Burleson against Vicente Córdova in March 1839. After serving briefly on jury duty for Fayette County in April 1840, Woods served again under Colonel Moore in the expedition following the Plum Creek Fight that fall. In March 1842 he participated in the chase after Mexican general Rafael Vásquez. He rode with his father and his brother Norman Woods to the Salado River near San Antonio in September 1842 and was one of only two Texans to escape the Dawson Massacre on September 18. His father was killed and his brother captured.

Before Norman died on December 16, 1843, in Perote Prison in Mexico, he wrote a letter asking that his brother care for the family left behind. Woods married Norman's widow, Jane, on October 30, 1844, and raised Norman's five children and four of his own. In 1856 the family left Fayette County and moved to Shiloh in DeWitt County, where Woods became a successful rancher and horse-breeder. He built the first sawed-lumber, two-story home in the county and brought in the first cotton gin and the first cook stove to that area. Jane Woods died in 1866 and was buried in the Woods Cemetery in Shiloh. Woods enlisted in the Confederacy in 1863 and organized and served as captain of the Shiloh Home Guard, although illness prevented him from active service. The Woods family became unwilling participants in the Sutton-Taylor Feud following the Civil War. Woods was deputized to chase an alleged murderer named John Kerlick in the fall of 1869 and was ambushed and killed by Kerlick on November 28. Woods was buried next to his first wife Jane at the Woods Cemetery.

~ the above biography is from Handbook of Texas Online, (accessed March 9, 2008).


Two years before his murder, Henry Woods married Mary Ann McFarland Callaway, widow of Francis Willis Callaway. So from the biography of Henry Woods, we get a good picture of what life was like for all the early pioneers on the Texas frontier. Francis Willis Callaway's line of descent is as follows:
Joseph Callaway
Francis Callaway and 1st wife Frances Gaddah
Francis Callaway, Jr. and 1st wife Sarah Brewer
Gaddah Callaway
Francis Willis Callaway

~ picture of Mary Ann McFarland Callaway Woods is courtesy of D'Ann Green. She submitted this picture to CFA in Oct 2003.


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.

Current News


In Memory

David Victor Scott

16th June 1936 – 27th December 2007

David who lived all of his life in Swindon, UK, sadly passed away on 27th December 2007 in the Great Western Hospital, Swindon.

He was born in Swindon on 16th June 1936, one of eight children, and married Pat in 1964 in St Peters Church, Swindon. David is survived by Pat and his three children and four grandchildren.

David was descended from Annie Emma Kellaway (his maternal grandmother, from the Devon line, b. Bristol 1865 d. Swindon 1952), and as many of you know well, spent many hours researching this line and others within his family.

In his younger days David was involved with the Church at various stages of his life, with the sports of badminton and cycle speedway within the Swindon area, later becoming interested in local history and philately before developing his interest in family history.

His funeral was held at St Barnabas Church in Swindon on Wednesday 9th January 2008, followed by internment at Kingsdown Cemetery, Swindon.

David will be greatly missed by all of his friends and family.
A Callaway Coach

I would like to thank CFA Member, Fred Lucas for sending us this news about Neil Callaway.

Last year, Neil Callaway accepted the position of head football coach at the University of Alabama Birmingham. At the end of the season, his team won two games and lost the rest. 

Members of the team were winners in the area of academics. Twenty members of the team had a grade point average of 3.0 or higher according to the web site of AB. 

Neil and the team certainly deserve our congratulations. Maybe this fall the team will have a better football record. 

Fred Lucas
freddlucas at

The Callaway Group on Facebook

Thanks to Clay Callaway, we have a group on Facebook now. It's a great idea, Clay, and I hope we get lots of joiners. It's easy and free to join. Check it out next time you're on the internet.

Hey Donna,
I have started a new Facebook group called "Callaway Kin"! I became aware of Facebook thru my college aged daughter and started thinking that this might be a good way to get some college age young people interested in their genealogy. I will post links to The Callaway Family Association website so that all who are interested can get "connected"! If anyone knows of other similar groups, let me know so I can post a link. Check out Facebook at (, and sign up for a free account. Then click on groups, search under families and look for the group called Callaway Kin.
Clay Callaway
(Clayton B. Callaway)
claycallaway at


CFA Genealogy


U. S. Joseph Callaway Line


Colonel James Callaway - Patriot

The following letter was sent to the Governor of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson, from James Callaway of Bedford Co., VA on 11 March 1781.

On Publick Service
His Excellency Thomas Jefferson, Esq.

Bedford March the 11th 1781

In consequences of your Excellencys instructions of the second of January last, near 400 of the Militia of this county march to Petersburgh (now near Portsmouth) who are becomeing very uneasy for relief, they generally being poor men, and many of them having large familys, whose subsistance tobaccy depends on their labour, and the season of this year far advanced. Your Excellency I hope you will please to consider them & order such relief as you may think proper. Near the same number of men are now in service with General Green, in consequence of a request upon this county by him, together with the encouragement given Col. Lynch. These calls upon our Militia has prevented any considerable progress in them makeing their countys quota, of regular troops agreed to this late act of assembly, as many of the districts are now in service no draughts have been made. I shall take particular care to return the exact sought of our Militia, as soon as the draughts can be made & I collect the returns from the captains.

I am your Excellencys
Very Humble Servant
James Callaway

The following letter was sent to the Governor of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson, from James Callaway of Bedford Co., VA on April 11, 1781.

On Publick Service
His Excellency Thomas Jefferson, Esq.

Bedford April the 11th 1781

In consequence of your Excellencys instructions (which have just reached my hands) three hundred & eighty four Militia of this county are summoning to attend at proper places on the 18th instant in order to march to General Green ~

In the meantime I beg leave to trouble your Excellency here with. Submitting it to you, ____ this the late change of circumstances does not suffice, not to ____ the Militia from this present service, which would  ____ greatly to the interest of the people as these are generally poor men, and any considerable loss of time at this season of the year would undoubtedly prevent their making crops.

Col. Lynch is immediately from General Green at Deep River about 140 miles from hence, who informs me that Lord Cornwallis ____ ____ & ____ on his way to Wilmenton before he left there, and persuades me that a short service - from our Militia would at this time render no essential good to the country, and as the enemy is now so distant, it would require some time, only to march out & return.

The Militia called upon for the assistance of General Green, as mentioned in my last letter, was dismissed by advice of Col. Lynch (then at head quarters) with the approbation of the general. I believe I wrote you that I had sent out to know certainly whether such assistance was actually necessary or not.

As the marching out the Militia from their plantations at this season of the year, is a matter of much importance to them, I have employee M. Charles Ewings as expects to wait on your Excellency for some further advice with respect to it. & he is to return by the time appointed for the march of the men. In the interim every preparation shall be made, so that this will be no hindrance in getting ____ service - M. Ewings finds himself a horse and pays his own expenses, I wish him to receive something adequate to his trouble & expenses before he returns.

I have the honor to be,
Your Excellencys
Very Humble Servant
James Callaway

James Callaway - A Patriot Watchdog Despite Family Ties

On May 1, 1779 James Callaway of Bedford Co., VA wrote the following letter to the Speaker of the House of Delegates, Mr. Benjamin Harrison, regarding Robert Cowan, a British subject who was rejected admittance into the county because he was considered "unfriendly" to the country. Callaway stated that Cowan had returned to his former settlement in Bedford Co., VA. The Committee of Privileges and Elections reported and resolved on May 24, 1779 that Robert Cowan should not be permitted to reside in the state.

To Honorable Sir
Speaker of the House of Delegates
in the State of Virginia

Bedford County, May 1st 1779

I have, with the Advice of Sundry Cival and Military Officers of this County, thought it my Duty to Cite before your Honorable House the present Session Assembly, M. Robert Cowan (a North Brittain) who was last Fall Considered Unfriendly to this Country, and Rejected Admittance into this State by the legislature, and who has since then in Contempt of such Rejection, Imposed himself on the Country, and Arrived at his former Settlement in this County. Your Honorable House no Doubt will take such Notice of him as to them shall seem best. I only wish to observe that the said Cowan has been Absent from this State near two years, that he left it at a time when Our Affairs were by many thought Desperate, that he has resided in the King's Dominions till they are now Restored, and that his conduct in every respect before his Departure proved him to be an Enemy to this Country.

I am Sir
Your Very Obedient
Humble Servant
James Callaway

Editor's Note - Thanks to the help of Davis Reece (a long time Irvine/Cowan researcher) we know from the will of Robert Cowan and the will of his wife, Elizabeth, that Robert Cowan was the father of Margaret Cowan, who was born in Bedford Co., VA in 1771. Margaret Cowan married James Penn who was Sarah Callaway's son. Sarah, who married Gabriel Penn, was the daughter of Richard Callaway and Frances Walton. Sarah Callaway and James Callaway were first cousins.

~ All of these original letters reside in the Archives of the Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Following is the survey report of the James Callaway home of Callaway, Virginia, done Sep 14, 1937. The survey uses the Calloway spelling throughout. James Callaway's line of descent is as follows:
Joseph Callaway
William Callaway
James Callaway
Henry Tate Callaway
James Callaway

Subject: James Calloway Home

Location: In the town of Calloway, Virginia. The post office is in one corner of the yard. The one street, or roadway, through the town is unnamed.

Date of Construction: early 1840s

Owners: the Calloways were large land owners before the county was formed in 1784, so it is impossible to determine who was the first owner. It was an established fact that it was a King's Grant to the first Calloway, but who the first one was is unknown. In a copy of the will of the first James Calloway, the Elder, of Bedford County, dated May 2, 1809, he gives it to his son, Henry Calloway, father of James Calloway, builder of this house, the tract of land on which the house was built. Henry Calloway gave the land to his son James in 1820.
James Calloway and the second wife 1820-1887
Henry Turner 1887-1906 Deed Book 39, page 205
T. F. Arthur 1906-1937 Deed Book 55, page 51

Description: The Calloway house was built in a large oak grove at the head of Blackwater Valley. The stream cuts through the valley and across the farm and may be seen from the house. Tall Boxwood outlined the driveway and also separated the front and back yards. A white gravel walk leads from the driveway to the house. On the lawn are quantities of shrubs and rose bushes, and a large flower and vegetable garden adjoin the house. This is a brick house. The bricks were burned on the place and the walls were built entirely by slave labor. The wood work throughout was of native walnut, hand rubbed to a beautiful finish. The ceilings were high and the plaster ornamented by frescos on the first floor. The second floor had dormer windows, which were very unusual at that time. The house had been added to until the original "L" shape had been completely lost.

The original home was destroyed by fire in 1920. A large brick house has been erected on the same site. Some of the original oak trees were so badly burned that they had to be removed. This house is written in the past tense, description was furnished by memory by Dr. Samuel S. Guerrant, of Calloway, Virginia.

Historical Significance: The house was built by young James Calloway on land that he and his father had inherited from their father and grandfather, known as James Calloway, the Elder. Young James married a Miss Reynolds of Pittsylvania County, immediately built himself this home which was to be known as the "Calloway Place", although it passed out of the family in 1887. The Calloways possessed unlimited means and entertained lavishly. Their carriage was one of the finest ever in Franklin County, and they made frequent trips to and from Richmond where Mrs. Calloway had relatives. One son, Charles, was born of this union, and Mr. Calloway centered all his hopes upon this son. Unfortunately Mrs. Calloway died in 1840, and in 1845 (Editor's Note - these dates are not accurate. The first Mrs. Calloway died before 1850 and Mr. Callaway married a second time after 1850. This is shown by neither wife being listed on the 1850 census with James and his young son Charles.) Mr. Calloway married Mary, daughter of Peter Saunders, "Pioneer of Franklin County". The second Mrs. Calloway was a woman of unusual intelligence and her home was the gathering place for many notables. Mr. and Mrs. Calloway were ardent Presbyterians, and were instrumental in founding the first Church, "Piedmont", of that denomination in the county.  The Calloways were  very much saddened by the death of the son, Charles Calloway, the first year of the war, 1861-1865. Mr. Calloway never really recovered from the blow, and died a year after the loss of his son.  Mrs. Mary Calloway had no children of her own, but reared from infancy two orphan sons of her sister, Mrs. Peter Guerrant, and also a niece of her husband, Mary Calloway, daughter of Peter Calloway. Mrs. Mary Calloway's reputation still lives in the county in which she lived although she passed on fifty years ago. An informant, Mr. Ike Prillaman, stated that she was the most remarkable woman Franklin County had ever produced. He stated that neighbors looked up to her and consulted her about everything. Her home was her particular pride and she had the reputation of being the best cook in the county, although she rarely cooked herself, her servants being so well trained they could follow her directions. Her recipes are still followed by her relatives and to have food that equals hers is also an achievement. This home was furnished throughout with the handsomest furniture that could be bought. At Mrs. Calloway's death her possessions were divided among her nieces. Some of her furniture and silver are prized possessions in several homes of the county.

Sources of Information: Dr. Samuel S. Guerrant, of Calloway, Virginia. Nephew of the second Mrs. Calloway; by whom he was reared. Informant Mrs. Margaret S. Ferguson, of Rocky Mount, Virginia. Niece of Mr. Calloway. Reared by Mrs. Calloway. Informant Miss Mary Hale, of Roanoke, Virginia. Niece of Mrs. Calloway. Informant Mr. Ike Prillaman, of Calloway, Virginia. Old inhabitant. Informant Franklin County Court Records.

Architectural Description:
Name of Building: James Calloway Home
Building Plan: "L" shaped with cellar
No. of stories: 2 with attic classed as half story
Material: brick with plain bond
Kind of roof: Hip
Roof Material: Metal
Chimneys: 3 of brick; one each side and end
Cornices: Plain of wood
Windows: 22 with 14x16 inch panes, 12 panes per window
Shutters: Stationary slats
Dormers: four dormers with hip roof
Porch: small one story, all the way across front
Type of entrance: Six panel door. Side lights and transom
Columns: round
No. of rooms: 10; 8 large, 2 small. Ceiling height 8 ft. upper floor, 10 ft. lower floor
Stairway: Open string. Two flights. Hand turned walnut rails, balusters and newels.
Cellar: bricked up. Afterwards concreted.
Doors: Six panel oak, painted
Walls: papered
Interior Cornices: Plaster, very elaborate
Hardware: Locks and hinges of common iron
Floors: wide plank, unstained
Mantels: wooden, high and simply carved
Present Condition: The house was destroyed by fire in 1920. This description was given from memory by Dr. S. S. Guerrant, of Calloway, Virginia. Nephew of Mrs. James Calloway

~ This survey was done by Ann S. Joplin, and it was part of the Virginia W.P.A. (Works Progress Administration) Historical Inventory Project sponsored by the Virginia Conservation Commission under the direction of its Division of History. This survey resides at the Library of Virginia.

A tragic event took place in September 1907 in Denver, Colorado. Edna Callaway was killed by an accidental shooting. Edna's line of descent is as follows:
Joseph Callaway
William Callaway & Elizabeth Tilley
William Callaway, Jr.
William Callaway III
John Callaway
Robert W. Callaway
Robert Patton Callaway
Edna Callaway

Kansas City Journal, Kansas City, Missouri, Sep 13, 1907



In a Spirit of Playfulness He Pulled Trigger and Bullet Passed

Through Miss Callaway's Brain.

Mother Accompanying Body Home for Burial.


Death at the hands of a cousin of her fiancé was the tragic ending of a summer vacation to Miss Edna Callaway, a young Kansas City society woman, at Denver, Col., Wednesday night. Witte Ellis, formerly of Kansas City, accidentally shot and killed her with an automatic pistol at the home of his mother in the presence of her sweetheart, W. Lysle Alderson, who with his mother and Miss Callaway were visiting at the Ellis home. The tragedy occurred on the evening Miss Callaway was to start upon her return trip to Kansas City.
The shooting occurred after the return of the party, composed of Mrs. J. M. Ellis, of Denver, the hostess; Mrs. D. P. Alderson, of Kansas City; W. Lysle Alderson, Miss Callaway, and young Ellis, from a dinner at the Shirley hotel.


It seems that for a prank the two women had gone into their sons' bedrooms and concealed some of their night clothing. When the boys discovered the joke they decided upon a reprisal which would turn the laugh the other way. Accordingly young Alderson produced an automatic pistol with which it was proposed to scare Miss Callaway, whom they believed responsible for the original joke.

The pistol was arranged to be loaded by placing a "clip" full of cartridges in a place provided for the insertion so that the top shell would be in position for firing. Ellis took the pistol and removed the "clip" containing the bullets.

Then the two ran into a hallway, where their mothers were awaiting the outcome of the joke. Miss Callaway,, hearing the commotion and knowing some prank was on, peeped from her door and then came out. They flourished the pistol some moments, Ellis exclaiming,

"Where's the fellow who stole my clothes? I want my clothes!"

He turned from his mother to Mrs. Alderson and then back again to his mother. At that moment Miss Callaway came out, laughing, and asked what the trouble was. Ellis told her that someone had gone into his room and stolen his night-clothes.


Then he turned to the young woman, accused her of stealing his clothes and ordered her to put up her hands. She was standing beside Mrs. Alderson, at the time, and both women raised their hands in mock terror. Ellis pulled the trigger and sent a bullet crushing into the young girl's brain. One shell had caught when the clip was removed and remained in position for its work of destruction.

Miss Callaway sank back in the arms of her sweetheart's mother. Death was instantaneous. Mrs. Alderson eased the body gently to the floor and then fainted. Mrs. Ellis also fainted, while her son stood for a moment dumbfounded. When the realization of what he had done came to him, he became frantic, sobbing and crying that he would kill himself. He was prevented from this by friends who heard the noise of the gunshot and went into the house.


When his sweetheart fell, young Alderson ran to her, took her into his arms and placed her upon a bed. It was some moments before he realized the awful truth, but when he discovered Miss Callaway was dead, his grief was pitiful In a few moments he became hysterical and had to be led away from his fiancé's bedside.

Added sorrow in the tragedy comes from the fact that young Ellis' father, former Judge J. M. Ellis, perished in a hotel fire in Goldfield, Nev., less than a year ago. Mrs. Ellis' health was undermined by that occurrence and she came to Kansas City several months ago for rest and a change of climate. The visit of the party of Kansas City people to her home at this time was in return for the one Mrs. Ellis had made in Kansas City. Witte Ellis accompanied his mother while she was here in this city.


Immediately after the shooting word of the unfortunate affair was sent to Kansas City by telegraph. The first reports were badly garbled, one account having it that the shooting had been done by W. Lysle Alderson, fiancé of Miss Callaway. The news created a profound sensation in social circles where both the young woman and Mr. Alderson are well known.

The body of the unfortunate young woman will be brought to Kansas City this morning, accompanied by Mrs. Alderson and her son. Mrs Robert Stone, the girl's mother, who had been spending the summer at Excelsior Springs, returned to her home at the Elsmere hotel last night. She was completely prostrated at the news of her daughter's death.

The first report was that young Alderson himself held the revolver which ended Miss Callaway's life in such a tragic manner. This report almost completely prostrated D. P. Alderson, the father of the young man, a member of the firm of Bradley-Alderson Company, but a private dispatch from young Alderson later stated that the revolver was held by Witte Ellis, the son of Mrs. J. M. Ellis, whom Mrs. Alderson and her son and Miss Callaway were visiting at the time. The knowledge that his son was not responsible for the death of his fiancé was a great relief to Mr. Alderson, and mitigated to some extent the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate affair.

Mrs. F. P. Neal, of 318 Walrond avenue, is an aunt of Miss Callaway. Mr. Neal, vice president of the Union National bank, received several telegrams during the day, one of which was from young Alderson, stating that the body of Miss Callaway would be brought to Kansas City at once. The entire party will leave Denver this morning, arriving tomorrow morning.

Mrs. L. F. Rieger, of 426 Gladstone boulevard, is a distant cousin of Miss Callaway.

Miss Callaway was the daughter of Mrs. Robert Stone, who was, before her marriage to Mr. Stone, Mrs. R. P. Callaway. The girl was 19 years old and was a graduate of the Central high school two years ago. She lived at the Elsmere hotel with her mother and stepfather, who were in Excelsior Springs yesterday when the affair occurred. Miss Callaway went to Denver last summer to visit her aunt, Mrs. J. M. Ellis. Two weeks ago young Alderson, to whom she was engaged, went to Denver with his mother to spend his vacation with his fiancé. Young Alderson is also 19 years of age and a graduate of the Central high school in the class of 1905. The two have been sweethearts for years and had been engaged for some time, though no definite time for their marriage had been set.

A specially unfortunate feature of the affair was that it occurred on the eve of the departure of the Kansas City party for home. They were expected to start last night.

D. P. Alderson received a dispatch yesterday from his son which read:

Edna shot tonight; Witte held revolver; death immediate; come at once.

Mr. Alderson had intended to leave for Denver to be with his son but it was later decided that this would be unnecessary and the arrangements were made to bring the body to Kansas City immediately.


The coroner's inquest was held over the body of Miss Calloway in Denver yesterday. W. W. Ellis testified that he held the automatic revolver when it was discharged.

The jury decided that the killing was entirely accidental and did not recommend any disposition of young Ellis. The district attorney was present at the hearing, but gave no indication of any intention to hold Ellis for trial.

~ used with permission, from the web site: 100 Year Old Weblog of the Kansas City Journal in association with Kansas City Web Links

Editor's Note - see an additional picture of Edna from her High School Year Book in 1903 on the Photo Gallery page of our web site.

Daniel Boone a traitor? Who said so?

In September 1778, Daniel Boone was charged with treason by Capt. Richard Callaway and Col. Benjamin Logan. Have you read the story of his court martial? The only account surviving was written by Daniel Trabue, who was quartermaster sergeant at Logan's Station at the time the court martial was held. Read the story on the Awesome Stories web site at:

I would like to thank Mary Giera for sending us these cemetery listings from Henry Co., KY. All of these Callaways descend from John Callaway (Richard, Joseph).

From Henry County Cemeteries [Kentucky] Parts I, II, III, by Robert Foster Johnson and Willada Rickman Dent (Mrs. Paul L. Dent), Clearfield Publishing Co, 2006  [It's all in one small book.]


Henry County KY Cemeteries 

Smithfield Public Cemetery beside Smithfield Baptist Church 

CALLAWAY, Elizabeth (Hughes) w of William b. 5-16-1813 d.  4-21-1882
CALLAWAY, William Edwin b. 1836 d. 1868
CALLAWAY, Martha O. (Unknown) w of William Edwin b. 1840 d. 1922

Editor's Note - This family line of descent is as follows:
Joseph Callaway
Richard Callaway and 2nd wife Elizabeth Jones
John Callaway
William Callaway married Elizabeth Hughes
William Edwin Callaway married Martha O. Unknown

CALLAWAY, Orville b. 1850 d. 1908
CALLAWAY, Jennie (Lewis) w of Orville C. b. 1855 d. 1936
Editor's Note - This family line of descent is as follows:
Joseph Callaway
Richard Callaway
John Callaway
Richard Callaway
John Jesse Callaway
Orville C. Callaway married Virginia (Jennie) Moorman Lewis

Eminence Public Cemetery  S edge of Eminence, KY  

CALLAWAY, Samuel Harbison b. 6-4-1825 d. 12-9-1899
CALLAWAY, Mary Jane (Guthrie) w of Samuel Harbison b. 11-14-1829 d. 1-16-1901
Editor's Note - This family line of descent is as follows:
Joseph Callaway
Richard Callaway and 2nd wife Elizabeth Jones
John Callaway
Richard Callaway
Samuel Harbison Callaway married Mary Jane Guthrie

CALLAWAY, James b. 4-3-1803 d. 1-1-1878
CALLAWAY, Cindarilla (Yount) w of James
Editor's Note - This family line of descent is as follows:
Joseph Callaway
Richard Callaway and 2nd wife Elizabeth Jones
John Callaway
James Callaway married Cinderella Yount

CALLAWAY, Parham b. 1818 d. 1902
CALLAWAY, America R. (Yount)  w of Parham b. 1824 d. 1875
Editor's Note - This family line of descent is as follows:
Joseph Callaway
Richard Callaway and 2nd wife Elizabeth Jones
John Callaway
Parham Callaway married America R. Yount

CALLAWAY, William Crawford b. 12-9-1829 d. 1-27-1898
CALLAWAY, Mary Jane (Todd) w of William Crawford b. 12-27-1829 d. 11-4-1900
Editor's Note - This family line of descent is as follows:
Joseph Callaway
Richard Callaway and 2nd wife Elizabeth Jones
John Callaway
Richard Callaway
William Crawford married Mary Jane Todd

CALLAWAY, Samuel b. 1807 d. 1853
CALLAWAY, Martha (Durrett) w of Samuel b. 1815 d. 1887
CALLAWAY, John Samuel b. 1836 d. 1896
CALLAWAY, Frances Cordelia (Hornsby) w of John Samuel b. 1843 d. 1922
Editor's Note - This family line of descent is as follows:
Joseph Callaway
Richard Callaway and 2nd wife Elizabeth Jones
John Callaway
Samuel Callaway married Martha Durrett
John Samuel Callaway married Frances Cordelia Hornsby

CALLAWAY, Elizabeth (Todd) w of William D. b. 1833 d. 1881
Editor's Note - This family line of descent is as follows:
Joseph Callaway
Richard Callaway and 2nd wife Elizabeth Jones
John Callaway
Samuel Callaway
William D. Callaway married Elizabeth Todd

CALLAWAY, James Marchel b. 10-1-1834 d. 1-26-1877
Editor's Note - This family line of descent is as follows:
Joseph Callaway
Richard Callaway and 2nd wife Elizabeth Jones
John Callaway
Richard Callaway
James Marchel Callaway married Lucy Bright

"The Highlands" Callaway Family Cemetery  22 E. of Eminence

CALLAWAY, Col. John who departed this life in the 50th year of his life
(Family record, b. 8-25-1775 d. 7-31-1825
CALLAWAY, Martha (Robertson Booker) w of Col. John b. 9-24-1773 d. 10-27-1831
CALLAWAY, Richard son of Col. John b. 10-30-1798 d. 12-7-1846

Please welcome new CFA Member, Pennie Eiben from Carson City, NV. Pennie graciously sent us her Callaway family information. She descends from the Joseph Callaway line, through Agnes Callaway. Interestingly, Agnes Callaway married William M. Smith, and two of their daughters married Callaways. Susanna Smith married Flanders Callaway, and Sarah Smith married Achilles Callaway. Now that's keeping it in the family!

Pennie's line of descent is as follows:
Joseph Callaway
James Callaway
James Callaway, Jr.
Agnes Callaway

I would like to thank Shirley, of Spokane, WA, for sending us this information about Dudley Callaway. He fought in the Battle of Point Pleasant, in Dunmore's War. Apparently he was in charge of one of the canoes. Dudley descends from the Joseph Callaway line as follows:
Joseph Callaway
James Callaway
Dudley Callaway


Soldiers at the Battle of Point Pleasant
Captain Paulings, Botetourt Troops
Henry Pauling, Captain Samuel Baker, Ensign Edward Gouldman, Lieutenant Robert Findley, Sergeant Obediah H. Treat, Sergeant James Woods, Sergeant Robert Watkins, Philip Hanee, James Dohority, William Thompson, William Holley, Joel Doss, William Ray, Dangerfield Harmon, Stephen Holston, James Wilson, Dudley Callaway (Canoe), David Bellew (Canoe), Andrew Rodgers, Robert Ferrill, Andrew Harrison, George Simmerman, Thomas Wilson, Alexr. Culwell, William Gilliss, Edward Ross, Matthew Ratliff, William Glass, John Fitzhugh, William Canaday, John Clerk, John Frazer, George Davis, Thomas Mecrary, Richd. RollenŸs, Mical Luney, John Gibson, Charles Ellison, John Aggnue, James Donoho (Dunowho), Thomas Reid, Joseph Whitticor, Isham Fienquay (Canoe), David Condon (Canoe), Richard Lemaster, James King, John Huston, William Macalister (Micalister), Jeremiah Jenkins, Edward Carther, Martin Baker, James Lyn

The Battle of Point Pleasant, sometimes known as the Battle of Kanawha, was the only major battle of Dunmore's War. It was fought on October 10, 1774, primarily between Virginia militia and American Indians from the Shawnee and Mingo tribes. Along the Ohio River near modern Point Pleasant, West Virginia, American Indians under the Shawnee Chief Cornstalk attacked Virginia militia under Andrew Lewis, hoping to halt Lewis's advance into the Ohio Country. After a long and furious battle, Cornstalk retreated. After the battle, the Virginians, along with a second force led by Lord Dunmore, the Royal Governor of Virginia, marched into the Ohio Country and compelled Cornstalk to agree to a treaty, ending the war.

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Please welcome new Newsletter subscriber, Naomi De Bruyn of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She has graciously sent us her Callaway line of descent which is as follows:
Joseph Callaway
William Callaway and 1st wife Elizabeth Tilley
Charles Callaway
John Callaway
James B. Callaway
John McAllister Callaway
Powhatan Bouldin Callaway
Edith Earlene Callaway

Hello Donna,
I was going through your records and found that my family info was basically all listed as UNKNOWN. So, I've been going through the records myself and would like to pass then on to you. There are some discrepancies on the birthplace of Charles S. Callaway, however, I would tend to believe your records on that one. 

Anyhow, here they are and thanks for filing in the blanks for me! 

nai at


U. S. Peter Callaway Line

I would like to thank Molly Conn, in Aberdeen, Scotland, for sharing this picture of her great grandmother, Maggie Brownie Callaway. Molly shared other family history with us that appeared in the October 2007 newsletter.

Dear Donna, this is a picture of my great grandmother Maggie Brownie Callaway. It has been sent by Cathy Callaway, who I am going to meet in May for the very first time. This was the first time my mother who will be 90 this year has ever seen a picture of her grandmother who would have gone to America as a very young girl. Maggie's daughter, who was my grandmother, grew up in Scotland with relatives.
Molly Conn

Maggie Brownie Callaway is on the right

Everyone please offer a belated welcome to new CFA Member, Bobbie Walker. She joined last year. Bobbie is a descendant of the Peter Callaway line through her grandmother Cora Inez Callaway as follows:
Peter Callaway
John Callaway
Edward Callaway
Isaac Callaway
David Callaway
James Wilson Callaway
William Theodore Callaway
Cora Inez Callaway

Dear Donna,

Thank you.  I would love to receive the newsletter.  I am an almost new member.  Last year I paid dues hoping to go to the meeting in Atlanta.  I couldn't get there, but I renewed when the notice came again.  Tracing my ancestors was one of the to-do things on my list when I retired.

My grandmother was Cora Callaway Chapman of Stockdale, Texas.  Her father was William Theodore Callaway of Marcelena, Texas.  He was the Texas cowboy on the cover of the journals I ordered.  His father was James Wilson Callaway, born in Franklin County, Georgia and died in DeWitt County, Texas. I'm hoping to be able to document more information about these and other ancestors.

Thank you again.
Bobbie Walker

Other C/K Lines

Sadly this line died out after it reached America, but perhaps Thomas C. Callaway is a lost relative from someone's English family. He and several other Callaways immigrated to the U.S. in 1835. Can anyone identify him and tell us more about his English ancestors? He is a "Mystery Callaway".

Descendants of Thomas C. Callaway

Generation No. 1

1. THOMAS C.1 CALLAWAY was born Abt. 1807 in England, and died Bet. 1881 - 1899. He married (1) AMELIA UNKNOWN Bef. 1850 in NY. She was born Abt. 1817 in England. He married (2) ELIZABETH "LIZZIE" GREGORY Aft. 1850, daughter of JOHN GREGORY and ELIZABETH UNKNOWN. She was born Abt. 1835 in England.

Immigration -
Ship - Robert Watt
arrival - Jun 1 1835
from - London, England
to - New York, NY
on board -
Thomas Callaway 27
Elizabeth Callaway 34
Elizabeth Callaway 24
Amelia Callaway 20 (I believe she is the wife of Thomas)
George Callaway 22 (George is listed on the 1850 Williamsburg, Kings Co., NY census, and the 1860 Morrisania, Westchester Co., NY census. He is a thermometer manufacturer.)

Thomas and Amelia are listed on the 1850 New York Co., NY census. Living with them is Mrs. Elizabeth Sellman age 72 born in England. Thomas and Elizabeth (Lizzie) are listed on the 1870 New York Co., NY census. Thomas and Lizzie are listed on the 1880 Plainfield, Union Co., NJ census. They are listed on the 1920 Manhattan, New York Co., NY census.

More About THOMAS C. CALLAWAY: Occupation: Piano tuner

Notes for ELIZABETH "LIZZIE" GREGORY: She is listed as a widow and living with her son on the 1900, 1910 census.

More About ELIZABETH "LIZZIE" GREGORY: Immigration: 1851, with her parents and siblings



i. WILLIAM T.2 CALLAWAY, b. Oct 1863, New York Co., NY; m. ADELAIDE TITUS; b. Oct 1867, NY.

Notes for WILLIAM T. CALLAWAY: They are listed on the 1900, 1910 Millburn, Essex Co., NJ census. His mother Elizabeth is living with them on.

More About WILLIAM T. CALLAWAY: Occupation: Stockbroker

I would like to thank Peggy Carey for sending us this information about a "Mystery James Callaway". Could he be the son of Zachariah Callaway and Elender Boyd from the following line of descent?
Peter Callaway
William Callaway
William Callaway, Jr.
Zachariah Callaway
James Callaway


I found JAMES CALLEWAY  listed in Tippicanoe Rosters, Part 4, Roll of Capt. Andrew Wilkin's Co of  Inf of  IN Militia, from Sept 18-Nov 18, 1811. (that's the way surname is spelled).

I had downloaded entire file from Roots-L digest in 1997. He's the only one in entire list. Do you have him?
genbug at


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Query Corner
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Query # 475
Subject – Melinda Jane Lafon, wife of William Asbury Calaway
Submitter - Sandra Duncan, Cairo, GA
email - rjdblues at

I have come to a standstill working on my family tree. Melinda Jane Lafon b. about 1863 is my mystery lady who I would love to find someone who knows something about her family. She married William Asbury Calaway b. Mar 1861. He was on the Gwinnet County GA 1880 census but was on the Blount County AL census in 1900. They were the parents of my great grandmother Cornelia Jane Calaway Timmerman. If anyone has any information or ideas as to where I can look I would be MOST GRATEFUL! Thank you for your time, Sandra

Editor's Note - I wrote to Sandra with information about her Lafon family that I located in the census records. I believe that William Asbury Calaway may descend from the Peter Callaway line as follows:
Peter Callaway
John Callaway
Edward Callaway
Joseph Callaway
Joshua Callaway
William A. Callaway and wife Mary P. Williams (I believe they are the parents of William Asbury Calaway)

Can anyone identify William Asbury Calaway's line of descent? He is a "Mystery Callaway".

Query # 476
Subject -
Harriett Newell Callaway
Submitter - Fran Hardman, Anderson Indiana
email - fhardman at

Dear Ms. Morgan,
I have just discovered your site about the Callaway family.  I have researched my family for at least 35 years.  Recently I decided to trace some relatives on the side of my great-grand mother, Harriett  Newell Callaway Lowe, born 5 January 1817 in Wilkes County, Georgia.  Her husband, John H. Lowe, was also born in Wilkes County, Ga.  They married on 23 August 1836 in Wilkes County, Ga.  He served in the Civil War and died in Atlanta, Georgia.  Harriett's parents were Isaac Callaway, Jr. and Mary "Polly" Barrett Callaway.                      
Perhaps someone who reads your newsletter or belongs to your Callaway Family Association could provide me with some information about Harriett.
Thank you in advance,
Sincerely, Fran Hardman

Editor's Note - Harriett Newell Callaway's line of descent is as follows:
Peter Callaway
John Callaway
Edward Callaway
Isaac Callaway
Isaac Callaway, Jr.
Harriett Newell Callaway

Query # 477
Subject -
Levin Callaway
Submitter - no name given
email - smileyinnewjersery at

It seems that my Levin is the Levin III born in 1802 & died 1896. His father listed on his death certificate says Levin and mother Elizabeth. My Levin had three wives: Elizabeth Nichols, Ellen, and last one was Ann.

Editor's Note - I find this Levin Callaway on the 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880 New Brunswick, Middlesex Co., NJ census. He is a fisherman, born in Delaware, with 3 children known; Luther 1841, Catherine 1843, George 1846. Can anyone identify him? He is a "Mystery Callaway".



In Closing


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A Note to Mark Your Calendar
The 33rd Callaway Family Association Annual Meeting will be held in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday, October 16 through Sunday, October 19, 2008. Keep the dates in mind, and plan to attend. More information will follow in upcoming newsletters, and registration packets will be mailed to CFA members in July.

And As Always, Find a Way to . . .

Let Your “Callaway” Voice Be Heard!

Until next time,
Donna Morgan
CFA e-Newsletter Editor

* ~ 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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