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Clarice Nell Calloway (b: 8 Mar 1898 Downsville, LA; m: Francis Gerald Ormsby 6 Jun 1921; d: 12 Aug 1985 Bunkie, LA)

Clarice Nell Calloway was born March 8, 1898, in Downsville, a small rural village in Northern Louisiana.  She was the last child of 10 of Winsor Francis "Frank" Calloway and Alice Amazon Watson.  Clarice Calloway attended Louisiana Industrial Institute (former name for Louisiana Tech) in Ruston, Louisiana where she was studying home economics for teaching.

Clarice Nell Calloway, early years

It was there that she met Francis Gerald Ormsby who was also studying banking at Louisiana Industrial Institute.  Francis served in the army during WWI and Clarice finished her degree during that time and started teaching Home Economics for 6th grade in Ferriday, Louisiana, where Francis was from.  When Francis returned from war, he went to Chicago, Illinois and worked at a bank and invited Clarice (who was accompanied to Chicago by brother Wattie Aubry Callaway as her father died in 1918) where Francis proposed.  They married June 6, 1921 at the Chicago home of Francis' Aunt Nellie Silence Ormsby (John Edson Ormsby's sister) and Uncle Ed Hall (Louis Edward Hall).  They moved to Poughkeepsie, New York where Francis worked at a bank and had a neighbor girl named "Winona" that would eventually be the namesake of their daughter. In 1922, Francis and Clarice came back to Ferriday, Louisiana to enter Francis' father’s Louisiana Hoop Company, INC. business.  Daughter Reta Winona Ormsby was born in Natchez in 1923 and son Gerald Edison Ormsby was born in Ferriday in 1926.  There had been a significant flood of the Mississippi River in 1922 when they moved to Ferriday and after another flood in 1927 (Mississippi River), they moved the company to Bunkie, Louisiana where Clarice spent the rest of her life. 

Clarice was known by her grandmother name “Tatee” given to her by neighbor Gladys Ernest's kid Charles.  She loved to bake pies and cookies with grandkids, never using a recipe.  She also helped make grandkid doll clothes, always without a pattern.  She was active in the Bunkie Garden Club and the Bunkie Service League.  Socially, Clarice loved playing bridge with her friends in the living room of her 710 Lake St. Bunkie, LA home.  For many of the social events, she enlisted her granddaughters to be "tea girls" serving punch, sandwiches, pastries, and play the piano as entertainment.  Clarice always encouraged the family to enter Christmas yard decorating contests sponsored by various civic organizations.  

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Old Ferriday school that Clarice taught, as well as Indus, Francis, and Ilene attended

Clarice Nell Calloway with Francis Gerald Ormsby and Reta Winona Ormsby

 Clarice could be found working in her yard on most weekends, planting different flowers and shrubs.  The smell of camellia to this day reminds granddaughter Cindy Ormsby of a camellia bush that was planted by the sidewalk near the back screen porch of the Lake Street house.  Some of the Louisiana Iris that she planted can still be found in the yard where grandson David Ormsby now lives, who has continued the tradition of landscaping in the yard.

On weekends, Clarice loved to shop for antiques.  Her favorite shops were Griffin Antiques in Bunkie and Spiller Antiques in Cheneyville (about 8 miles North of Bunkie on Hwy. 71).  Clarice loved to bargain and would return every weekend until she could get the price that she wanted.  Many of the items have been passed down within the family...antique bowls, vases, lamps, furniture, books, etc.

Clarice loved to travel across the United States and the world with tour groups sponsored by civic organizations.  She would always bring back souvenirs for everyone such as jewelry, dolls, woodworks, paintings, etc. that were native to the country visited.  She also loved introducing her family to travel taking granddaughters (and friends) on trips...Cindy Ormsby and friend went to Italy with the Garden Club, Frances Geraldine Cochran and friend Donna went on a bus tour of Europe.  One trip involved a tour bus accident in Guatemala where Clarice had a broken collarbone and arm, resulting in children Reta Winona and Gerald Edison Ormsby travelling to Guatemala to bring her home safely.

Clarice always had Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter dinner at her house.  Dinner was always served in the formal dining room with the families of Reta Winona and Gerald Edison always present.  Everyone always looked forward to her chocolate pie for desert as well as lemon meringue.  Tatee would give interesting gifts to her grandchildren.  Janie and Cindy were the same age, so they usually received the same type of gift.  One such was a blond wig, fur stoles, and matching hats.

Clarice was a member of David Haas Memorial United Methodist Church in Bunkie, Louisiana.  She was in church every Sunday and active in church activities such as Bible School and the Methodist Women's Group.  A Centenary scholarship was funded in her name upon her death that supports local college students.

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Clarice Nell Calloway from 1956 to 1985

710 Lake Street, Bunkie, LA

Siblings of Clarice Nell Calloway include the following (although obit for Watson Aubrey mentions 10 siblings):

  • Bertha Vialo Callaway (b: 16 Jul 1874 Union Parish, LA; d: 14 Oct 1876 Louisiana and buried in Calhoun, LA)

  • William Thomas Callaway (b: 16 Oct 1876 Louisiana; m: Ella Rose Raley 15 Mar 1900; d: 28 Oct 1956 West Monroe, LA) Likely born in Ouachita Parish (sister Bertha Vialo died 2 days before William was born and Bertha was buried in Calhoun, LA and 1880 census shows family in Ouachita Parish), though have not found records to confirm.  WWI draft registration card indicates he was a farmer in Union, LA

  • Clara H. Callaway (b: 1878 Louisiana; d: 6 Mar 1897 Louisiana) very little information

  • Elizabeth D. "Lizzie" Callaway (b: 29 Dec 1880 Louisiana; m: George Wesley Flanagan 26 Dec 1905; d: 31 May 1969 Eros, LA)

  • Alice B. Callaway (b: Jun 1883 Louisiana; d: 20 Mar 1968)

  • Ruby Clifton Calloway (b: 24 May 1887 Downsville, LA; m: Annie Burris Sharp; d: 30 Oct 1968 Baton Rouge, LA)  R.C. was a Louisiana dairy pioneer working with LSU and the state of Louisiana.  Obituary in Baton Rouge Morning Advocate said "Calloway was known throughout the state for his early work in herd improvement, artificial breeding, proper dairy management and his promotion of the Jersey breed of dairy animals.  While a student at LSU in 1908 he brought Louisiana's first four registered cattle from Vicksburg, Miss. to the university by steamboat.  The four Jerseys formed the nucleus of the present LSU dairy herd."

  • Georgia Callaway (b: Aug 1890 Louisiana) Mentioned in 1900 and 1910 census, but no record found after

  • Bonnie M. Callaway (b: Mar 1892) Mentioned in 1900, but not 1910 family census and no record found after

  • Watson "Wattie" Aubrey Calloway (b: 24 Jul 1894 Downsville, LA; m1: Ruby Lee Rinehart 13 Dec 1917; m2: Madie Lee Sanderson 22 Jun 1921; d: 23 Dec 1977 Bosco, LA)  First wife died 6 days after giving birth to daughter Margaret Rinehart Calloway, after which he married Madie Lee Sanderson.  Wattie was on the Agriculture Stabilization Committee, a member of the Ouachita Parish School Board, and won the Master Farm Award in 1951.  He was appointed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to the Agriculture Advisory Committee for six years under Secretary Ezra T. Benson.

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Winsor Francis "Frank" Calloway (b: 29 Nov 1850 Noxubee County, MS; m: Alice Amazon Watson; d: 12 Feb 1918 Downsville, LA)

Frank was born in Noxubee County, Mississippi where his parents were married in 1837.  Two years after his birth, Frank's father, Abner Benjamin Callaway died, and his mother, Mary Ware Lovelady, remarried Thomas Ransom Davis around Kemper County, Mississippi.  How or why Frank ended in North Louisiana is unknown, but the first indication was when he married Alice Amazon Watson in 1872 at the age of 21.  Granddaughter Reta Winona Ormsby recalled that Frank was a farmer in Downsville, Louisiana.  Favorite family memory was that they went to New Orleans every year for a month to shop and vacation with many fond memories of gifts brought home for the kids.  There is some indication that Frank may have operated a store in Downsville, Louisiana.  Both Frank and Alice's gravestones are in Downsville Cemetery where Frank's gravestone has a Masonic symbol and the quote "He died as he lived - a _____" which is unreadable from pictures. 

Alice Amazon Watson, Wedding Day, Winsor Francis "Frank" Calloway 1900

Siblings of Frank Callaway include the following:

  • William Sam Callaway (b: 22 Jun 22, 1838 Noxubee, MS) 4th Sergeant William S. Callaway -- captured Vicksburg; captured Nashville; POW 22 Dec 1864 Camp Douglas, IL; appears 1/65 on a list of POWs who applied to take Oath of Allegiance to U.S.A., but doesn't seem to have taken it (notation on this record states, "Claims to have been loyal. Enlisted to avoid conscription. Was captured and desires to take the Oath of Allegiance to the U.S. & become a loyal citizen."); 2 Mar 1865 transferred to Point Lookout, MD, for exchange; exchanged 10 Mar 1865 Bouleware's & Cox's Wharves, James River, VA; 12 Mar 1865 at Receiving & Wayside Hospital, or General Hospital No. 9, Richmond, VA, and recommended for a thirty day stay in the hospital (cause not stated); it is unclear whether he died in hospital, as no war's end parole exists for him (http://www.msgw.org/kemper/military/43rdinfcok.html)

  • Francis E. Callaway (b: Apr 1840 Noxubee, MS; d: 10 Oct 1840)

  • Marth Ann Callaway (b: 5 Sep 1841 Noxubee, MS; d: 5 Apr 1843)

  • Benjamin Carter Callaway (b: 22 Apr 1844 Noxubee, MS; d: 31 Oct 1856)

  • Coleman Allen Callaway (b: May 1846 Mississippi; d: 21 Dec 1923)

  • Abner Josephus Callaway (b: 4 Nov 1858 Kemper, MS; m1: Nancy Catherine Carter 3 Sep 1878; m2: Adeline Chestine Reaves 15 Sep 1887; m3: Elva Rodna Gunn 30 Nov 1902; d: 1 Jan 1914 Marion, LA)  Abner Josephus Callaway was of a slight build. While teaching school, he studied to be a doctor, influenced that both his father and step-father passed away while he was young. He was an avid reader and wrote poetry. While studying medicine, Abner Josephus found he disliked the actual practice after having done some minor surgery, so he decided to heed the call to the ministry. While teaching for a livelihood and studying for preaching, a young lady, Nancy Carter, came into the community and was a pupil in his classes where she won his heart and they were married. Into their home, they took a little girl named Alice, some four or five years of age, and were planning to raise her as their own. One night, she and a small friend who were spending the night with her, were playing in their bedroom, flitting around a candle on the floor, watching the patterns their flannel nightgowns made on the walls. Little Alice's gown caught fire and she was burned as the latch on the door was locked and she was burned so badly that she died. The couple's first child (William Abner 1880), a son, died at birth. They had another son, Allen Carter (1884). And then two twins born (1884) prematurely did not survive. Another son, George, was born (1886) prematurely following a buggy accident that injured the mother and she died leaving a tiny, two-pound child less than a month old. George was cared for by a neighbor lady and grew up to be a chubby little "biting boy," even giving brother Allen a life-long scar on the back from one such bite.  The Rev. Abner Josephus visited the home of Newton Reaves often as wife Martha Reaves was caring for young George. In this family was Miss Addie Chestine, a teen-aged daughter, who loved the children and often laughingly remarked that she had to marry the Rev. in order to stay close to the children Allen and George. It is evident that Abner Josephus admired the young lady for he eventually married her. They became the parents of five children: Emmett Clarence Reaves (1888), Martha Alice (1890), Raleigh Joe Lee (1892), Beulah Vernessa (1896), and Kemper Gunn (1899). The family was one of happiness, deep religious spirit, and some fun loving antics of the mischievous brothers who loved to ride the cows and calves. In 1900, Addie took the baby, Kemper Gunn, to her parent's home some distance away to help care for one parent who was ill, and during this stay, she developed pneumonia which claimed her life. Again tragedy struck the life of Kemper Gunn at 14 months who died from a combination of whooping cough, measles, and another childhood disease from a neighbor family trying to help take care.  Kemper Gunn had been named for a preacher friend Abner Josephus had always admired (Rev. Frank Joseph Gunn Sr.), and in their close association through the years, he grew to care for the young daughter in that home, Elva Rodna, a tall, graceful girl with lovely eyes and smile. Eventually she became his third wife and this union resulted in four children: Permelia Adelaide (1904), Ruby Frank (1906), Coleman Elmore (1908), and Clara Edene (1911).  Reverend Abner Josephus Callaway was instrumental in establishing several Baptist churches and served as pastor for a number of them in his locality. He was also an evangelist, preaching in Mississippi and Louisiana.

  • Mary Abner Callaway (b: 14 Apr 1853 Noxubee, MS; m: Hilary Hubbard Ward 11 Dec 1881; d: 22 Dec 1912 Farmerville, LA) Husband Hillary Hubbard Ward was a long time Baptist Minister in the Farmerville area

Alice Amazon Watson (b: 27 Jan 1857 Union, LA; m: Winsor Francis Calloway; d: 26 Feb 1943 Downsville, LA)  Alice Amazon Watson's parents, Thomas Jefferson Watson (b: about 1812 Alabama; d: Sep 8, 1862) and Charity Cremi Martin (b: 1819 Alabama; d: Nov 12, 1883 Louisiana) were both from Alabama and birthed their first 8 children there.  The family indicates that they moved to North Louisiana between 1848 and 1850 where Alice Amazon Watson was born in Union, Louisiana.  In all, Alice had 11 siblings.  She loved for grandkids to comb her long hair, was a very quiet person, and when she talked, mostly talked about the farm near Downsville, LA.  Alice's gravestone says "God's Greatest Gift Returned to God - Our Mother."

 

Alice Amazone Watson on the farm, Downsville, LA

Abner Benjamin Calloway (b: 25 Aug 1809 Georgia; m: Mary Ware Lovelady 30 July 1837; d: 1852 Kemper, MS)

Born in Georgia, Abner likely followed his parents to Alabama and eventually to Mississippi before settling in Noxubee County where he married Mary Ware Lovelady (b: 8 Feb 1817 Tennessee; d: 3 Oct 1878 Farmerville, LA), raised a family, and eventually died at the age of 43.  Mary Ware was 35 at the death of her husband and remarried a couple of years later in 1856 to Thomas Ransom Davis and they had a daughter Barbara Ann Davis in 1858.  Interestingly, the 1860 census show her as "Polly Davis" without any sign of Thomas and with a mixed family of Callaways and Davis. 

William Abner Calloway (b: Sep 1788 Virginia; m: Asenath Cleveland; d: 1837 Noxubee County, MS)

William A. Callaway moved from Georgia to Giles County, Tennessee with his father-in-law Larkin Green Cleveland and family, appearing on the tax list in 1812. He was a farmer and a “useful” Baptist preacher. After the death of Larkin Green Cleveland in Giles County, Tennessee in 1814, the Cleveland and the Callaway families resided in Alabama and later in Mississippi.

Larkin Cleveland (b: 6 Apr 1748 Blue Run, VA; m: Frances Wright Feb 1733; d: 9 Jul 1814 Ocanee, Giles County, TN) was the father of Asenath Cleveland.  Larkin was born in Blue Run, Orange County, Virginia to parents John Cleveland and Elizabeth Coffey.  Larkin was a Lieutenant in the Burke/Wilkes County, North Carolina Militia during the American Revolutionary War.  He served under his brother Colonel Benjamin Cleveland and was badly wounded while on a march to King’s Mountain, some 10 miles from Crider’s Fort, crossing the Brushy mountain to Lovelady’s Ford of the Catawba.  While crossing the river, Lt. Larkin Cleveland was shot by some concealed Tories under Capt. John Murray in the cliff, severely wounding him in the thigh. The Tories probably mistook him for brother Col. Benjamin Cleveland, whom he very much resembled. Cleveland was transported up the river in a canoe where he was kindly cared for by Mrs. McDowell at Quaker Meadows where he recovered, though he was a cripple for life.  He removed to Franklin, Georgia and settled in Lincoln County, Tennessee.  In 1804, Larkin Cleveland was granted a passport to explore newly acquired Louisiana Territory.  Again in 1810, Larkin Cleveland requested a passport to travel through the Cherokee & Creek Nations where he travelled to Franklin County, Georgia and ultimately to Lincoln County, Tennessee.  Larkin Cleveland is buried in Lane Cemetery, Buford Station, Lynville, Giles County, Tennessee. 

Rev. Francis Calloway Jr. (b: 1759 Essex, VA; m: Sarah Brewer about 1777; d: 1817 Franklin, GA)

Francis was born in Virginia and baptized in 1759 by Elder Thomas Gilmer of North Carolina.  Francis married Sarah Brewer of North Carolina around 1777.  Around 1783 after the Revolutionary War ended and Francis and Sara were in Charleston, South Carolina and made a move to Wilkes County, GA uniting with the Huttonsford Church (now called Sardis).  Shortly after, a difference spring up in the church on faith (one party led by Mercer and the other by Walker).  Francis took sides with Walker and was excluded, while Sarah continued with the original church.  Around 1794, they moved to Pendleton District, South Carolina and settled on Cane Creek.  Sarah moved her membership to Shoal Creek Baptist Church, just across the line in Georgia, which was under the pastoral care of John Cleveland.  They remained in that neighborhood about eleven years and when the excitement over the difficulties between Mercer and Walker parties had subsided, Francis, through the advice and assistance of Elder John Cleveland, was restored to fellowship in the Hutton's Creek Church.  Francis drew a letter from Hutton's Creek Church and united with Shoal Creek Baptist Church, by whose authority he was ordained to the full work of the gospel ministry.  Francis was called to the care of the Liberty Baptist Church of Pendleton District, South Carolina and served said church as pastor for about 25 years, when failing health caused him to resign.  About 1805, Francis moved to Franklin County, Georgia and settled about five miles from Garnsville.  Sarah died in 1807, after which Francis married 2 Nov 1813 to widow Sally Russell in Franklin County, Viriginia (she died 19 Aug 1845 in Lincoln County, TN).  Francis went to work with his characteristic zeal, and through his labors, established Hunter's Creek Church, which flourished greatly up to the time of his death, which occurred in 1817.

Francis Calloway Sr. (b: 1718 Caroline, VA; m: Frances Gaddah; d: 1791)

Francis was born in Virginia and baptized in 1759 by Elder Thomas Gilmer of North Carolina. Francis married Sarah Brewer (b: 1761 Surry, NC; d: 1807 Franklin, GA) of North Carolina around 1777.  Around 1783 after the Revolutionary War ended, and Francis and Sara were in Charleston, South Carolina and made a move to Wilkes County, Georgia, uniting with the Huttonsford Church (now called Sardis).  Shortly after, a difference sprung up in the church on Faith (one party led by Mercer and the other by Walker).  Francis took sides with Walker and was excluded, while Sarah continued with the original church.  Around 1794, they moved to Pendleton District, South Carolina and settled on Cane Creek. Sarah moved her membership to Shoal Creek Baptist Church, just across the line in Georgia, which was under the pastoral care of John Cleveland.  They remained in that neighborhood about eleven years and when the excitement over the difficulties between the Mercer & Walker parties had subsided, Francis, through the advice and assistance of Elder John Cleveland, was restored to fellowship in the Hutton's Creek Church.  Francis drew a letter from Hutton’s Creek church and united with the Shoal Creek Baptist Church, by whose authority he was ordained to the full work of the gospel ministry.  Francis was called to the care of the Liberty Baptist Church of Pendleton District, South Carolina, and served said church as pastor for about twenty-five years, when failing health caused him to resign.  About 1805, Francis moved to Franklin County, Georgia and settled about five miles from Garnsville.  Sarah died in 1807, after which Francis married November 2, 1813 a widow Sally Russell in Franklin County, Virginia (she died August 19, 1845 in Lincoln County, Tennessee).  Francis went to work with his characteristic zeal, and through his labors, established Hunter's Creek Church, which flourished greatly up to the time of his death, which occurred in 1817.

Francis was a land owner on the waters of Tomahawk Creek in Goochland County, Virginia, on the lower side of the Buffalo Creek and Brunswick County, Virginia. Because of his advanced age during the Revolutionary War, Francis served as “Gentleman Justice” of Bedford County, Virginia from July 1763 to December 1774 and was eventually commissioned High Sheriff of Bedford County October 1774 for two years.  Francis moved over the state line to Surry County, North Carolina in 1778 and later to Georgia where he is believed to have died in Wilkes County.  

Siblings of Francis Callaway Sr. include the following:

  • Thomas S. Callaway (b: 12 Sept 1712 Essex, VA; m: Sarah May "Mary" Baker 1735; d: 18 Feb 1800 Jefferson, NC)  Thomas was the oldest sibling of Francis Callaway Sr., and served in French and Indian War. Thomas was High Sheriff of Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  Thomas moved to Surry County, North Carolina and then Wilkes County (which later became Ashe County).  Thomas married May Baker and they had ten children.  Tradition says that Daniel Boone and Thomas were good friends and when hunting near Thomas' home Daniel killed a deer that fell across a long gray stone.  Callaway was so fascinated with the stone that Boon brought it to his home and carved the initials "T.C." and Calloway had the stone erected as his gravestone.

  • William Callaway (b: 14 Jun 1714; m1: Elizabeth Tilley 8 Jan 1735; m2:Elizabeth Crawford about 1752; d: 26 Nov 1767 Bedford, VA)  William Callaway was born in 1714, probably in Caroline County, Virginia and became a prominent and wealthy land owner of that State, as he bought fifteen thousand acres of land in Lunenburg, Brunswick, Bedford, and Halifax Counties.  William commanded militia in the French and Indian Wars that were waged between 1755, and 1761.  He was commissioned a Colonel during his service, and also participated in the American Revolutionary War. He later presided at the first William Callawaycourt held in Bedford County, but this was just the beginning of his civil service, because William remained in the Virginia House of Burgesses for thirteen sessions.  In 1753, William Callaway, gifted one hundred acres of land to the newly formed County of Bedford to be developed into a town called New London, the county seat.  William first married on January 8, 1735, to Elizabeth Tilley, and after her death he married a second time, about 1752, to Elizabeth Crawford. Colonel William Callaway died in Bedford, Virginia in 1767 and is buried in the Callaway-Steptoe Cemetery. His first son James buried near his father, was also a man of great wealth who fought in the French and Indian Wars and the Revolutionary War. James, a close personal friend of General George Washington also built the first iron furnace south of the James River. This furnace played a big roll in the production of military supplies used in the revolution.

  • Richard Callaway (b: 14 Jun 1717 Essex, VA; m1: Frances Sherwood Walton about 1745 with 13 children; m2: Elizabeth Jones Hoy about 1767 with 3 children; d: 8 Oct 1780 Boonesborough, KY)  Richard owned and sold property in Brunswick County, Virginia on the lower side of Buffalo Creek, Lunenburg County, Virginia (plantation where he lived with his wife, Frances and his family), Blue Ridge Mountains (plantation the remainder of years in Bedford County with second wife Elizabeth Jones Hoy), and near the Town of New London.  Richard Callaway served during the French and Indian wars in 1755, ultimately being promoted to the rank of colonel in the militia at Fort Blackwater.  There Richard became acquainted with and experienced in the construction and defense of outpost forts that became valuable when in the move from Virginia to the Yadkin region of North Carolina, Richard Callawayhe became acquainted with the famous explorer, Daniel Boone. This relationship led to Richard's connection to the Transylvania Company and his participation in the founding of Boonesborough. It began when Daniel Boone, Colonel Callaway, and about 28 other pioneers began to mark and cut out a road to the spot of their destination, Boonesborough, in February 1775. They were attacked by Indians twelve miles from Boonesborough and one man was killed and another wounded. None the less the men were successful and what was soon to be known as Kentucky, saw it's beginning. Richard returned to Virginia and brought families to Boonesborough September 1775.  On Sunday, July 14, 1776, Indians captured three teenage girls from Boonesborough as they were floating in a canoe on the Kentucky River. They were Jemima, daughter of Daniel Boone, and Elizabeth and Frances, daughters of Colonel Richard Callaway. The Cherokee Hanging Maw led the Indians, a war party of two Cherokee and three Shawnee men. The settlement was thrown into turmoil and a rescue party was organized by Callaway and Boone. Meanwhile the captors hurried the girls north toward the Shawnee towns across the Ohio River. The girls attempted to mark their trail until threatened by the Indians.  The third morning, as the Indians were building a fire for breakfast, the rescuers came up. "That's Father's gun!" cried Jemima, as one Indian was shot. He toppled into the fire and was seriously burned but not immediately killed. Two of the Native Americans later died from being wounded during the brief gunfight.  The Indians retreated, leaving the girls to be

William Callaway

Callaway and Boone girls captured

escorted home.  Jemima soon married one of the rescuing party, Flanders Callaway. Elizabeth Callaway married Samuel Henderson and Frances, John Holder. The episode served to put the settlers in the Kentucky wilderness on guard andCallaway and Boone Girls Captured prevented their straying beyond the fort and is said to have been the inspiration for "The Last of The Mohican's" by James Fenimore Cooper.  In September of 1778, the fort at Boonesborough was surrounded by a powerful force flying the English flag--four hundred and forty-four savages gaudy in the vermilion and ocher of their war-paint, and eleven Frenchmen, under the command of French-Canadian, Captain Dagniaux de Quindre, and the great Indian Chief, Black-fish. During the siege Callaway, the leader of the pioneers, made a wooden cannon wrapped with wagon tines, which on being fired at a group of Indians "made them scamper for there lives". The secret effort of the Indians to tunnel a way underground into the fort, being discovered by the defenders, was frustrated by a countermine. Unable to outwit, outfight, or outmaneuver the resourceful Richard Callaway, de Quindre finally withdrew 

on September 16th, closing the longest and severest attack that any of the fortified stations of Kentucky had ever been called upon to withstand.  In October of 1779, the Virginia Legislature granted Richard Callaway's petition to build a ferry across the Kentucky River at Boonesborough. On March 8, 1780, Colonel Richard Callaway and several companions were working on his ferry boat about a mile above the settlement at Boonesborough, when they were fired upon by a party of Shawnee Indians. Callaway was killed, scalped, burned, and rolled in the mud. Pemberton Rawlings was mortally wounded in the attack and also died. The two comrades were buried in a single grave within the old fort or stockade at Boonesborough.  Callaway’s scalp was recognized later as it was legendary “for it’s length and peculiar shade of grey.”  Calloway County, Kentucky, founded in 1822, was named in honor of Richard Callaway.

Joseph Calloway Jr. (b: 1685 Caroline, VA; m: Catharine Ann Browning about 1709; d: 10 June 1732 Essex, VA)

On April 10, 1700, Joseph Callaway bought 77 acres in Essex County from John McDuffy (Essex Deed Book 10, p30).  Joseph appears on the Essex County Quit Rent Rolls of 1704.  On July 11/12, 1711, Joseph Callaway of South Farnham Parish bought 100 acres for the sum 2,500 lbs. of tobacco, on the south side of the headwaters of Portabago Swamp in Essex County (Deed Book 13, p 424). This land was purchased from Francis Browning and his wife Rachel; it was part of a patent formerly granted to Enoch Doughty.  July 10, 1715, Francis Browning of St. Mary's Parish gives "for natural love and affection which I have for my well beloved daughter Anne Browning", 100 acres "where I now live", which land was purchased out of a tract formerly granted to Enoch Doughty, adjoining 100 acres sold to Joseph Callaway and land recently taken up by Jn. Sanders (Essex County Wills and Deeds, 1714-1717, p366). 

Several prominent colonist were related to Catharine Ann Browning

  • Great-Great Grandfather to Catharine Ann Browning was Captain John Browning (b: 1588 Willsham Hall, England d: ~1635 Browning Manor, VA), the founder of one of the oldest and first families of Virginia.  The Browning family were residents in the Gloucester region or England before 1335 and had been major businessmen, land owners, sheriffs, members of parliament and hosts to various noblemen over the years. The name may be spelled as Bruning, Brunyn, Brounyng as well as Browning.  The Demarron name is of French extraction and may be connected to the invasion of William the Conqueror of Normandy in 1066.  Captain John Browning was born in England about 1589 and sailed from Gravesend, England in the ship "Abigail" in 1621. His ship landed on "College Lands", later known as Jamestown, York County, Virginia. His known children (with wife Elizabeth Dameron) were George, William, and Joseph Browning. George was born in England in 1614, William was born in England in 1615, and Joseph was born in England in 1617. George and William came with their father Captain John on the "Abigail" to America. Joseph came after them aboard the ship "Thomas", leaving London on August 21, 1635. Captain John finally settled in Elizabeth City. He was a prominent citizen and served as Burgess of Elizabeth City in 1629, of Morris Bay in 1632, and again of Elizabeth City in 1635. In 1638 he purchased 3,000 pounds of tobacco and all land lying in Mounds Bay and belonging to Thomas Grindon. His manor plantation was about three miles from Williamsburg and two miles from Jamestown.

  • William Powell (b: 16 Mar 1577 St. Olave Parish, Surrey, England; m: Margaret Whitney; d: after 1623) was an early Jamestown settler in the new colony of Virginia working as a planter, but also holding political and military positions.  In February 1610, Acting Governor Captain John Percy sent William Powell to capture or kill Wochinchopunck, the chief of the Paspahegh, who was harassing and killing other colonist and William ended up killing him with the sword.  Deputy Governor Samuel Argall appointed William Powell as captain, responsible for the Jamestown defenses and its blockhouses, and further appointed him lieutenant governor in 1617.  Powell was a member of the first Virginia House of Burgesses in 1619, representing James City County, Virginia.  On March 22, 1622, a great Native American (Indian) massacre of at least 347 of the 1,258 Virginia colonists occurred as a result of the fragile diplomatic relationship, continued spreading of settlers beyond the original Jamestown settlement along the York and James Rivers, and change in tribal leadership when Chief Powhatan died (Pocahontas’ father) and his younger brother the charismatic Opechancanough, a great and feared warrior became the tribal Chief.  Sometime later in 1622 or early 1623, Captain William Powell was killed leading a party of militia seeking revenge of the massacre against the Native Americans (Indians). William Powell originally married Margaret Whitney and they had at least 4 children. He then married Elizabeth Welles, and they had at least 4 children.

  • William Swann (b: 10 Jul 1586 Gravesend, Kent, England; m: Judith Greene 16 Apr 1612; d: 28 Feb 1638) was the son of Samuell Swann and a descendant of Baron John Swan of Kent.  William Swann married Judith Greene, the widow of William Austen, at St. Dunstain's Church, Middlesex, England in 1612. William came to Jamestown, Virginia in 1616 and had son Thomas, there and then went back to England. William was a stockholder in the Virginia Company and was appointed Royal Customs Collector of Virginia. The Swanns finally settled permanently in Virginia in 1635 and William served as Land Registrar and Royal Customs Collector of the Virginia Colony until his death in 1638.  William was granted 1200 acres of land across the James River from Jamestown in Surry County, Virginia, built a tobacco plantation, and named it Swann's Point.  William’s son Thomas Swann was involved in the growth, transportation, and sale of tobacco to England as well as colonial politics in Virginia.  Burgess for James City from 1645 to 1649; and for Surry from 1657 to 1658. He was a Lieutenant Colonel in 1658, and was appointed a Member of the Council in 1659, which place he held until his death. His name occurs frequently in the records of Surry, of which County he was appointed a Justice and Lieutenant Colonel of the Militia in 1652.  Thomas Swann was one of the signatories to a letter sent by the Governor and Council of Virginia to the King and Privy Council, which was presented there on 16 October 1667. This was a complaint against Lord Baltimore, Governor of Maryland, for disallowing the cessation from planting of tobacco for a year, as stipulated by his own Commissioners.  Colonel Thomas Swann, contrary to the majority of wealthy men in Virginia, was a supporter of Nathaniel Bacon in his revolution against Governor Berkeley.  The Royal Commissioners, appointed by King Charles II to inquire into the causes of Bacon's rebellion, met at Thomas Swann’s residence at Swann's Point in 1677, and for this courteous act he received a pardon. 

Joseph Calloway Sr. (b: ~1650 England; m: Sarah Catherine Lampmann; d: ~1735 Essex, VA)

Edmund Calloway (b: ~1620 Conwall, England; m: Catharine Tobin; d: ~1690 Colonial VA)

Born in Cornwall, England, records show he immigrated on 11 May 1639 to a Virginia port.

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