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November 2017                         Volume: XVIII, No. 11
Always regard with esteem the name you were given; with praise and renown that it should endure.*

The Editor’s Corner


Now that we have gathered most all of the CFA’s research data in one place, we need to convert non searchable script to locatable text. We have17 files from the Sherrill Williams records that need to be have KEYWORDS inserted in pages that contain the SCRIPT files.

This means working with the files in Adobe AcrobaGt XI Pro. This programs will be furnished at no cost to you. You would read through the file looking for script pages and insert a KEY-WORD in the file allowing a user to use the search command to find that script record. If you feel that you can do this please drop CFA Technologist Russ Callaway an email at . The CFA needs you!

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In Memory

We are very sorry to learn of the passing of James Henry Callaway, James Samuel Callaway, Marian Maxwell Calloway . We send our thoughts and prayers to these families during their time of loss.

James Henry Callaway
from: The Augusta Chronicle, Augusta, GA, May 5, 2017:

Mr. James Henry Callaway, 88, went to be with his Lord on May 4, 2017 at his residence. Mr. Callaway was born in Tignall, Georgia to the late Johnce S. Callaway and the late Nannie Lou Walton Callaway. He lived in Wilkes County many years before moving to Thomson in 1955. Mr. Callaway worked for National Homes and retired from Gulf Oil Corporation with 23 years of service. He also served as McDuffie County Constable in years past and owned and operated Callaway Lawn Care. Mr. Callaway was a charter member of Second Baptist Church and the first meetings were held in his home. “Papa James” as he was affectionately known will always be remembered for the love he had for his wife and family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Annie Frances Callaway and brother, W. H. Callaway. Survivors include his children, Barry Callaway (Pam), Donnie Callaway, Karen Shields (Bill) and Gary Callaway (Vicki); grandchildren, Tammy Callaway (Nick Hubert), Ryan Callaway (Bonnie), Jeremy Callaway (Kristin), Justin Callaway, Kerie Norris (Chad), Kori Langham (Russell), Katie May, Kaycie Callaway and eleven great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Second Baptist Church with Dr. Ron Drawdy and Rev. Lester Jenkins officiating. Interment will follow at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m., Saturday at the funeral home or friends may call at the residence of Karen and Bill Shields, 1078 Warrenton Highway, Thomson, GA. The family would like to thank Heartland Hospice, Melinda Carter, Sarah Glover and Regina Thompson for the excellent care given to Mr. Callaway during his illness. Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.

James Samuel Callaway 
from: Murray Ledger Times, Muarry, KY, September 20, 2017:

James Samuel Callaway, 86, of Union Point, Georgia, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at Greene Point Health and Rehabilitation.

A lifelong resident of Greene County, Georgia, he was born April 19, 1931, in Penfield, Georgia, to Homer and Lou Emma Armour Callaway. He attended school in Penfield and graduated from Union Point High School. After graduation, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Allene Durham of Siloam, Georgia, on Dec. 9, 1957. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Union Point. During his career, he worked as a packer for Chipman Union and as a presser for Warrenton Manufacturing. He enjoyed being outside fishing and hunting. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by wife, Allene Durham Callaway; a daughter, Cathy Callaway Gardner; and siblings, Dawson Callaway, William Callaway, Minnie “Polly” Powell, Iona Ellison and Mary Strozier. Mr. Callaway is survived by a daughter, Shirley Blakely and husband Ronny of Murray; his sons, Tim Callaway and wife Andrea of Warthen, Georgia, and Todd Callaway and wife Tammy of Woodville, Georgia; 10 grandchildren, Michael (Angie Simpson) Blakely, Kristie (William Shrader) Freeman, Christopher (Brittany) Callaway, Corry (Anna) Callaway, Craig (Kaitlin) Callaway, Travis Goss, Clay (Lisa) Goss, Michael (Anika) Beard, Roxanne (Dave Edwards) Mize and Chelsie (Conrad Easley) Neibert; 23 great-grandchildren, Tyler, Jessica (Dustin), Kara, Dylan, Nicole, Weston, Jaycie, Hudson, Ian, Landon, Emily, Charlee, Kaylei, Cason, Abel, Hayden, Grayson, Ansleigh, Caleb, Rileigh, Liam, Brinlee and Cody; a great-great grandson, Braxton; and several nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

A graveside service was at 10:30 a.m. held Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at Greenlawn Cemetery in Union Point, with Bobby Tomlin officiating. Visitation was from 10 a.m. until the service hour Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at the cemetery. Online condolences may be left at McCommons Funeral Home of Union Point was in charge of arrangements.

Marian Maxwell Calloway
from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, GA, October 13-14, 2017:

MARIAN MAXWELL CALLOWAY, 95, of Sandy Springs, Georgia, surrounded by family, passed away on Wednesday, the 11th of October 2017. Marian suffered a debilitating injury in February 2017.

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee on October 20, 1921, Marian was the only child of Delphia and Lester Maxwell. Marian attended Belmont College in Nashville, Tennessee, where she was a music major. She married her childhood sweetheart, Hasson Calloway, whom she met in the church they both attended, Magnolia Avenue Methodist Church. Marian and Hasson moved to Atlanta, Georgia when Captain Calloway was transferred by Eastern Air Lines. They were married seventy years. Mr. Calloway was a founder and first board president of The Arlington Schools (now Arlington Christian Academy in Fairburn, Georgia). He retired from Eastern in 1977. Mr. Calloway passed away in August, 2010. Marian was a member of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.

Surviving family members include three children, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Son Ronald Calloway (Karolyn), Roswell, Georgia, granddaughter Marina Calloway Phelps (Don), Oxford, Mississippi, grandson Phillip Maxwell Calloway, Roswell, Georgia, and great granddaughter Olivia Calloway.

SON Maxwell Calloway, Atlanta, Georgia, grandson Andrew Christian Calloway, Atlanta, Georgia, grandson Austin Artur Calloway (Margarita), Auburn, Alabama, great grandson Luka and great granddaughter Zoya, grandson Alexander Nicholas Calloway (deceased January 26, 2008), DAUGHTER Carolyn E. Calloway, Atlanta, Georgia. Also, family member and companion, Boston Terrier rescue, Molly Calloway.

The family wishes to thank Dr. John David Mullins, Dr. Carol T. Aitcheson, and Dr. W. Perry Ballard, III for their loving care and friendship.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Tommy Nobis Foundation, 1480 Bells Ferry Road, Marietta, GA. 30066 or The Pat Summitt Foundation, 520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101, Knoxville, TN or to a charity of your choice.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family Saturday afternoon from two until five o’clock at H.M. Patterson & Son Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Road, N.E. Sandy Springs, Georgia, 30328, 404-851-9900. Graveside services will be conducted on Sunday, the 15th of October at one o’clock at Lynhurst-Greenwood Cemetery, 2300 West Adair Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37918.

CFA Genealogy

U. S. Joseph Callaway Line

Shadrack Franklin Family of Knoville, Tennessee

William’s line of Callaway descent:

Joseph Callaway

Capt. Thomas Callaway, RS

Thomas Callaway, Jr.

Shadrack Callaway

James Saunders Callaway

Shadrack Franklin Calloway

Martin Russell Calloway

Capt. Hasson Calloway in the CFA – US Immigrant Joseph Callaway File on Rootsweb.

Generation 1

1. SHADRACK FRANKLIN CALLOWAY1 was born April 1843 in Knox Co., TN, and died 1925. He married MATILDA ANNE GOANS Abt. 1864 in Knox Co., TN. She was born May 1848 in Tennessee, and died 1924. Both are buried at Lenior City Cemetery, Lenoir City, Loudon Co., TN.


i. MARY E. CALLOWAY, b. Abt. 1867, Knox Co., TN.

ii. IDA CALLOWAY, b. Abt. 1869, Knox Co., TN.

iii. ALACE CALLOWAY, b. Abt. 1871, Knox Co., TN.

iv. LILLIE CALLOWAY, b. September 1875, Knox Co., TN

v. CHARLIE R. CALLOWAY, JR., b. May 11, 1881, Knox Co., TN; d. September 22, 1932; m. STELLA B.; b. March 5, 1880; d. May 19, 1959, Knox Co., TN. Both are buried at Lenior City Cemetery, Lenoir City, Loudon Co., TN

2. vi. HUGH LEROY CALLAWAY, b. March 19, 1882, Knox Co., TN; d. November 10, 1960, Polk Co., FL.

3. vii. EDGAR R. CALLOWAY, b. October 1, 1883, Knox Co., TN; d. December 1, 1960, Loudon Co., TN.

4. viii. MARTIN RUSSELL CALLOWAY, b. June 20, 1886, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN; d. April 29, 1971.

Generation No. 2

2. HUGH LEROY CALLAWAY2,3,4 was born March 19, 1882 in Knox Co., TN, and died November 10, 1960 in Polk Co., FL. He married MINNIE L.. She was born April 24, 1884 in Tennessee, and died November 6, 1970. Both buried at Auburndale Memorial Park, Auburndale, Polk Co., FL.

Children of HUGH CALLAWAY and MINNIE are:

i. WILLIE CECIL CALLAWAY, b. Abt. 1902, Tennessee.

ii. ALMA B. CALLAWAY, b. Abt. 1905, Tennessee.

iii. HUGH VIRGIL CALLAWAY, b. March 8, 1907, Tennessee; d. April 24, 1997, Palm Beach Co., FL.

iv. MARSHALL M. CALLOWAY, b. August 29, 1909, Tennessee; d. February 1, 1994, Polk Co., FL; m. DOLLIE RUTH COTTON, 1930, Polk Co., FL; b. May 15, 1911, Geneva Co., AL; d. November 16, 1983, Auburndale, Polk Co., FL. Both buried at Auburndale Memorial Park, Auburndale, Polk Co., FL

v. MARGARET CALLAWAY, b. Abt. 1913, Illinois.

vi. MILTON ARDEN CALLAWAY, b. Abt. 1916, Texas.

vii. PHYLIS ARLINE CALLAWAY, b. Abt. 1919, Illinois.

3. EDGAR R. CALLOWAY was born October 1, 1883 in Knox Co., TN, and died December 1, 1960 in Loudon Co., TN. He married ANNIE F.. She was born March 19, 1889, and died November 12, 1960 in Knox Co., TN. Both are buried at Lenior City Cemetery, Lenoir City, Loudon Co., TN


i. INFANT SON CALLOWAY, b. December 16, 1917; d. December 1917; Buried at Lenior City Cemetery, Lenoir City, Loudon Co., TN

4. MARTIN RUSSELL5 was born June 20, 1886 in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN6,7, and died April 29, 1971. He married BENNIE MAE HAYNES, daughter of BENJAMIN HAYNES and HARRIET HAGY. She was born August 15, 1888, and died June 16, 1970. Both buried at Lynnhurst Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.


5. i. HASSON CALLOWAY, b. April 11, 1917, Tazewell, Claiborne Co., TN; d. August 9, 2010, Sandy Springs, Fulton Co., GA.

Generation No. 3

5. HASSON CALLOWAY8,9,10 was born April 11, 1917 in Tazewell, Claiborne Co., TN, and died August 9, 2010 in Sandy Springs, Fulton Co., GA. He married MARIAN MAXWELL, daughter of LESTER MAXWELL and DELPHIA HUMAN. She was born October 20, 1921 in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, and died October 11, 2017 in Sandy Springs, Fulton Co., GA. Both buried at Lynnhurst Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN.

CALLOWAY, Captain Hasson

from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, GA, Wednesday-Thursday, August 11-12, 2010:

CAPTAIN HASSON CALLOWAY – Hasson Calloway, retired Eastern Air Lines senior captain and founder of Arlington Christian School in Fairburn, Georgia, passed away peacefully on August 9, 2010. Mr. Calloway was born in Tazewell, Tennessee in 1917, son of Martin and Bennie Mae [Haynes] Calloway. Surviving is his wife of seventy years, Marian; son, Ron Calloway (Karolyn); son, Maxwell Calloway; daughter, Carolyn Calloway; and grandchildren, Andrew, Austin, Marina, Sash, and Alex who predeceased his grandfather in January 2008. Also surviving is Mr. Callowayís cousin, Mrs. Wanda Carr of Knoxville, Tennessee. Mr. Calloway attended the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, graduated from Boys High in Knoxville and graduated from Oak Ridge Military Academy in North Carolina. He always loved aviation. Overcoming polio as a child, he earned his pilots license at age seventeen. At age twenty-two he joined Eastern Air Lines in Miami, Florida flying the DC-3. During World War II, the United States Government recruited Captain Calloway to fly Military Air Transport in South America. After the war, Mr. Calloway was based with Eastern in Atlanta, retiring in 1977 as the senior Atlanta Captain on the Lockheed 1011. Following his career with Eastern, Mr. Calloway joined the Georgia Tech Research Institute as chief pilot for thirteen years flying classified military operations for the United States Department of Defense. Upon his retirement from Georgia Tech, Mr. Calloway continued to fly until age ninety, his log book recording 35,960 hours of flight time. Continuing his interest in aviation through his hobbies, Mr. Calloway built two aerobatic airplanes and enjoyed painting aviation portraits, many now displayed in museums throughout the country. With a talent for woodworking, he built fine furniture for his family and birdhouses displaying school colors for his friends. An animal lover, he leaves behind his “loyal friends”, Schatzi and Amelia. In 1959, Mr. Calloway and three friends founded the Arlington School (now Arlington Christian) where he served as the first President of the Board of Directors. Mr. Calloway is a member of the Retired Eastern Air Lines Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association and Quiet Birdmen. He is a member of the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta and Magnolia Avenue United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. WHO MAKEST THE CLOUDS THY CHARIOT, WHO RIDEST ON THE WINGS TO THE WIND. PSALMS 104:3. The family will receive friends TODAY, August 12, 2010 from 5 to 7 o’clock at H.M. Patterson and Son, Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Rd., NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. Graveside services will be Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 1 o’clock at Lynnhurst Cemetery in Knoxville, Tennessee. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to your favorite charity or to the Magnolia Avenue United Methodist Church, 2700 Magnolia Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee 37914. Arrangements by H.M. Patterson and Son, Arlington Chapel./span>





Generation No. 4


Children of MAXWELL R. CALLOWAY are:

i. ALEXANDER NICHOLAS5 CALLOWAY, b. August 11, 1988, Russia; d. January 26, 2008, Atlanta, Fulton Co., GA.


from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, GA, Monday-Wednesday, January 28-30, 2008, @

Alexander Nicholas Calloway, 19, of Atlanta, died at home of natural causes on January 26, 2008. Alex was born on August 11, 1988 in Russia and was adopted, along with his two brothers, from a Russian orphanage in 1997 by Maxwell Calloway. On April 4, 2000 Alex and his brothers were sworn in as United States citizens by the late Senator Paul Coverdell and Senator Johnny Isakson in Washington D.C. Alex graduated from Pace Academy in 2006 where he was a goalie for the Lacrosse team and appeared in student theatrical productions. He attended the University of Alabama, Birmingham and was attending Reinhardt College majoring in sports studies. Alex was preparing to enter the University of Tennessee this coming fall where he had been selected by Coach Phillip Fulmer to be a student trainer for the Volunteer football team. He is survived by his father, Maxwell R. Calloway; brothers, Austin and Andrew Calloway; grandparents, Hasson and Marian Calloway; uncle and aunt, Ron and Karolyn Calloway; aunt, Carolyn Calloway; cousins, Marina and Sash Calloway, Cari and Anna Kruse, Loy and Wanda Carr; and his dog and one of his best friends, Ginger. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Pace Academy Lacrosse Team, 966 West Paces Ferry Rd, NW, Atlanta, GA 30327. A memorial service will be Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 1 o’clock at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church with Dr. Don Harp officiating. Interment will be private in the Memorial Garden at the church. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church. Arrangements by H.M. Patterson and Son,Arlington Chapel, Sandy Springs. Express condolences at




Children of RONALD CALLOWAY and KAROLYN are:




1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Compiler, 1880 U. S. Federal Census, (Salt Lake City: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., 2002), Census Place: District 19, Knox, Tennessee; Roll: 1265; Family History Film: 1255265; p. 411A; Enumeration District: 162.

2. [database on-line], 1940 U. S. Federal Census, (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc., 2012), Census Place: High Point, Guilford, North Carolina; Roll: T627_2921; p. 7B; Enumeration District: 41-97; .”

3. > [database on-line], 1930 U. S. Federal Census, (Provo, UT: Operations Inc., 2002.), Census Place: Fort Meade, Polk, Florida; Roll: 330; p. 3B; Enumeration District: 0080; Image: 456.0; FHL microfilm: 2340065.

4. [database on-line], 1920 U. S. Federal Census, (Provo, UT: Operations Inc., 2010), Census Place: Waukesha Ward 1, Waukesha, Wisconsin; Roll: T625_2020; p. 16A; Enumeration District: 193; Image: 928.

5. [database on-line], 1920 U. S. Federal Census, (Provo, UT: Operations Inc., 2010), ( : accessed 27 January 2017), M R Calloway, Tazewell, Claiborne, Tennessee, United States; citing ED 21, sheet 3A, line 6, family 4, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1732; FHL microfilm 1,821,732; he is listed as M R Calloway.

6. [database on-line], World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918, (Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005), ( : 12 December 2014), Martin Russell Calloway, 1917-1918; citing Claiborne County, Tennessee, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,852,928.

7. [database on-line], Tennessee, Delayed Birth Records, 1869-1909, (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc., 2012).

8. > [database on-line], 1940 U. S. Federal Census, (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc., 2012), ( : accessed 27 January 2017), Hasson Calloway in household of Lester Maxwell, Civil District 2, Knox, Tennessee, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 47-8, sheet 10A, line 13, family 195, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 – 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 3909; “Living in the houshold of his father-in-law: Lester Maxwell.”

9. [database on-line], 1930 U. S. Federal Census, (Provo, UT: Operations Inc., 2002.), ( : accessed 27 January 2017), S Hasson Calloway in household of Martin Calloway, Knoxville, Knox, Tennessee, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 37, sheet 5A, line 40, family 115, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2258; FHL microfilm 2,341,992; he is listed as S. Hasson Calloway.

10. [database on-line], 1920 U. S. Federal Census, (Provo, UT: Operations Inc., 2010), ( : accessed 27 January 2017), Sam Hasson Calloway in household of M R Calloway, Tazewell, Claiborne, Tennessee, United States; citing ED 21, sheet 3A, line 8, family 4, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1732; FHL microfilm 1,821,732; he is listed as Sam Hasson Calloway.

U. S. Peter Callaway Line

Rev. William Anderson Callaway of Harris Co., Georgia

William’s line of Callaway descent:

Peter Callaway

John Callaway

Edward Callaway

Isaac Callaway

Isaac Callaway, Jr.

Rev. William Anderson Callaway in the CFA – US Immigrant Peter Callaway File on Rootsweb.

from: History of the Baptist Denomination in Georgia: With Biographical Compendium and Portrait Gallery of Baptist Ministers and Other Georgia Baptists by Samuel Boykin, (Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, 1976 Reprint of 1881 edition), pp. 99-101:

William Anderson Callaway was the son of Isaac Callaway and Mary Barrett, and was born in Wilkes county, Georgia, October 4th, 1804. His parents were pious Baptists, who, doubtless, consecrated their children to the service of God from their birth. One event, occurring on the very day of the father’s death, sets his piety in a touching light. At the morning hour of family worship, his children and servants were called together. Propped up in bed, emaciated by disease, speaking, and even breathing with difficulty, he read the Scriptures, poured his soul out in prayer for them, and addressed to each a few parting words of saintly counsel. No wonder that this scene often came back to the son in years of thoughtlessness, and restrained his feet from the worst extremes of sin. William grew up a moral youth, but fond of gay society. But it pleased Him whose mercy is from everlasting to arrest him in a rather heedless career by the sword of the Spirit, in early manhood. So deeply and painfully did that sword pierce his conscience that, like Paul under a similar conviction, he began to pray; in the still hours of the night arising and retiring from the house. He who saw Nathaniel under the fig-tree heard his appeals for mercy, and ere the dawn, met him there. So joyous was his conversion – so strong was he in the belief of the change which had been wrought – that he mounted his horse in the morning and rode a day’s journey to carry the news to a beloved brother. The earnestness of his nature, as well as the reality of the spiritual transformation, was manifested on the occasion of his baptism, when he made a remark expressing his determination to follow the Master whither soever he led. This important event in his history occurred soon after his first marriage (May 25, 1825) to Miss Martha Pope, who was baptized at the same time, and who lived with him in the communion of Christian and wedded love until June 1st, 1850, when the devoted wife and mother was called up higher. during the next year his second marriage occurred. A large family of children were the issue of the first union – two of the sons, Revs. J. M. and S. P. Callaway, being ministers of the gospel. Several have joined their parents in heaven. Not long after uniting with the church, Mr. Callaway began to preach. He was ordained in 1833, by Revs. J. H. Campbell and B. H. Wilson, a presbytery summoned by the church at McDonough, whither he had removed. His pastoral relations with this people continued for a period of fifteen years. We have no statistics at hand to indicate the numerical increase of the church during this time; but the blessing of god rested on the zealous pastor’s labors, and his long retention shows the esteem in which he was held. His services were in request by surrounding churches, far and near, in Henry, Monroe, Newton and Pike counties. Great numbers of “the saved” were added to these. Indeed, this was a period of ingathering throughout the State. god was pouring out His Spirit on those ministers who bore aloft the banner of missions, and who defended the independency of the churches amid obloquy and reproach. Able but misguided brethren had awakened a controversial spirit and created schism. It was the rock upon which our Baptist Zion in Georgia might have gone to pieces, but for this baptism of fire and these pentecostal results. Mr. Callaway, though youthful, modest and hating strife, boldly avowed his convictions. His firmness and fortitude helped to save the day. He was both courageous and prudent, manful and mild. the gentleness of Christ tempered a naturally high spirit and conciliated the good will of even his opponents. With Mercer, Mallary, Sherwood and others, he stood in line, earnestly contending for the faith, until the storm was overpast and the ark of the covenant saved. Often, in later years, the veteran was heard to fight his battles over again.
In 1843 Mr. Callaway settled on a plantation near the white Sulphur springs, Meriwether county, and, while providing amply for the wants of a growing family, ministered to the churches within his reach. Greenville, Bethlehem, (Harris county), county Line and others shared his labors during his four years’ residence in that community. Prompted by a desire for better educational facilities, in 1847 he changed his residence to LaGrange, where he immediately identified himself with the work of the Master at Antioch and Long Cane; serving, also, at later periods, Shiloh, Pleasant Grove (Troup), Mountain Creek (Harris), and Bethel (Heard). His efficient aid was sought by the contemporary pastors at La Grange, by both of whom (Mallary and Teague) he was greatly loved and honored. In 1864, wearied with the din of arms and hopeless of the Southern cause, he retired to a quiet neighborhood in Harris county, where he devoted himself to his farm and the spiritual welfare of his humble neighbors. As God commanded Moses to go up into the mount to die, so He evidently called his servant into this retirement that He might prepare him, by a clearer spiritual vision, for his translation. These last days of his earthly sojourn were days of almost ecstatic peace. His “Joy in God” was well-nigh unbounded; his love for his brethren overflowed; his anticipations of heaven were sweet and inspiring. He passed away “in holy triumph,” June 13th, 1865; his sick chamber having been, at times, a very Bethel – a house of God and gate of heaven.
In summing up his qualities as a man, we recall his sincerity, his good judgement and his contempt for deceit and hypocrisy. He was incapable of acting insincerely, and would have nothing to do with one whom he suspected of so acting. This trait was exhibited in his ministry. A conviction that a co-laborer was seeking selfish honors instead of souls, unfitted him for further co-operation with that person. His soul aim, in his ministerial labors, was to do good. No thought of self ever entered his mind in the pulpit, or, if the Adversary made such a suggestion, it was instantly put behind him. His motives were transparent, and hence confidence was unlimited. If cold, he could scarcely be induce to preach; if under the influence of the Spirit, his pulpit exercise were, in the highest degree, fervid and effective. when thus aroused, his earnest and persistent appeals – bringing, as they did, the powers of the world to come to bear upon his hearers – hardly ever failed to win some to Christ. A sanctified energy and a holy, tender boldness, were distinguishing characteristics of his best efforts. Great success crowned the period of hiss active ministry; hundreds were baptized by his own hand, of whom great numbers already shine as stars in his crown of rejoicing, having passed up to join, with him, the Chruch triumphant.
“Part of the host have crossed the flood, And par are crossing now.”
He knew the human heart, and touched with wise and loving hand its tenderest strings. He was practical, earnest, untiring and sincere, and aimed at immediate results.

In person, Mr. Callaway was tall and commanding; in manner, grave and dignified. In preaching, his voice and manner were impressive and winning. His intellect was solid, rather than brilliant; practical, rather than imaginative. At his own fireside, and among his intimate friends, his gravity was often relieved by a quiet, playful humor. He could discuss the most exciting questions of Church or State with the most inflammable persons, and never kindle the slightest flame of anger. He was ever self-possessed, conciliatory and courteous. His gifts of mind and heart and person were all so blended as to form a true gentleman and a natural preacher; it was often said of him that the was “in preacher shape.” With the aid of early culture to develop his native abilities, he would have been great.
He was diligent and careful in the management of his temporal affairs, giving his children the educational advantages of the day, and rearing them in comfort. Before his determined energy obstacles melted away. He was known as one of the most successful planters of his section, and his mercantile interests were at times important. With these necessary responsibilities weighing upon him, he would go to his appointments and preach with great fervor the unsearchable riches of Christ. He was not a perfect, but he was still a Christ-like man, and he followed after. May we follow him as he did the Saviour.

Biography of William A. Callaway
from: Wilkes Co., GA Genealogy, GAGenWeb Archives Project:
@, © 2003-2005 Keith Giddeon [originally from Georgia Baptist: Historical and Biographical by J. H. Campbell (Macon, GA: J. W. Burke & Co., 1874)]::
The subject of this brief notice was born in Wilkes county, Georgia, about the year 1804. His parents were pious members of the Baptist church. The author heard him relate his christian experience in substance as follows: “From his earliest recollection, his father kept up family worship. When taken down with his death sickness, these exercises were suspended for several days. One morning, however, all the family, white and black, were summoned into his room. (William was then perhaps fifteen years old.) The sick man was propped up in bed?was much emaciated, and breathed and spoke with difficulty. He informed his family that ‘the time for his departure was at hand,’ and that he confidently expected that day to ‘depart and be with Christ.’ He then read a chapter as usual, and offered such a prayer as none but a dying Christian can make. To each of the servants he then addressed a few parting words, and then to his children in their turn, ending with William, who was the oldest. That scene, and those words of his dying father, were never forgotten. Before sunset that father’s soul was with his God. He grew up to manhood, and became a married man, before his conversion; was what the world calls moral, as he never indulged in profane swearing, drunkenness, nor any of the grosser vices. Yet he was fond of gay company, and delighted in the ballroom and the dance. Often, amid scenes of frivolity and mirth, would that death-bed scene and the faithful warning of his dying father recur to his mind, and drive him to retirement and prayer. He had been married two or three years to his first wife, a Miss Pope, and had removed to Henry county, Georgia, where he was engaged in farming, when he was fully aroused to a sense of his lost condition as a sinner, in the sight of God. By what means he was awakened is not remembered by the writer. But one night he had become so troubled that he could not sleep, and retired from his house for prayer. While thus engaged, Christ was revealed in him as the hope of glory, and his heart was made to rejoice in God, his Saviour. He promptly returned to the house, and told his wife of the gracious change he had experienced. But he could not stop there. He had a brother, living about sixty miles distant, to whom he must communicate the joyful intelligence without delay. Next morning he took his breakfast before daybreak, and set off on horseback to see his brother. Before he slept, he had related his Christian experience to his brother, and they had joined in prayer together. It was not long ere that brother was also rejoicing in hope.”
More than thirty years have elapsed since the writer heard the foregoing relation, which was given on the occasion of his ordination to the ministry. He believes it to be substantially correct, though his memory may be at fault in some particulars. His visit to his brother, as above related, strikingly illustrates his character. He was eminently a man of decision and promptness. Whatsoever his hand found to do?whether relating to things temporal or spiritual?he did with his might.
In 1833, he was ordained at McDonough B. H. Willson and J. H. Campbell, the presbytery. As a licentiate, he had been active and useful, and now his influence was felt in all the regions around. He was one of the four ministers, who were delegates in the Constitution, and were connected with the early history of the Central Association, and performed his full share of the labor which devolved upon them, in consequence of the great revivals which were experienced in that body in those times. Day and night, for weeks and months together, was he engaged in protracted meetings. And yet he seemed to know no weariness. His person was tall and rather slender; his countenance exceedingly benign; his voice musical, and his elocution easy and natural. As a public speaker he was always pleasant and sometimes powerful. His sermons were short and his exhortations animated. And then he could sing so sweetly! All these things combined rendered him popular as a preacher, and especially qualified him as a revival preacher.
In secular affairs, his attention was given mostly to farming and merchandise, in both of which callings he was quite successful. Indeed, his native good sense, his sound judgment, his probity and his energy qualified him for almost any undertaking, and would have been a guarantee of success in any business to which he might have turned his attention.
The writer having been intimately associated with Callaway for several years as a member of the same church and Association, most heartily adopts and indorses the following notice of him, written by Rev. E. B. Teague for the “Christian Index:”
Brought to a knowledge of the truth in early manhood, he soon consecrated himself to the service of the Master in the work of the ministry. Endowed with good abilities and unusual solicitude for souls, he overcame in a great measure the deficiencies of early training by making full proof of his ministry in unwearied and incessant labors. He will long be remembered in Middle Georgia as the modest and amiable coadjutor of such men as Sherwood and Dawson, in the many labors by which they sought to build up the cause of Christ in the Central and neighboring Associations. Not the least of the services of this good man was the nerve manifested in the advocacy of the scriptural independence of the churches, assailed at one time in that region by the influence of eminent brethren. Though but a licentiate, he exhibited the cairn courage of a veteran. It is interesting to read in this connection the special blessing of God on his ministry in the midst of obloquy and reproach. At a later period he labored with much earnestness and success in Western Georgia. Few men have been the instrument in winning a larger number of souls to Christ.
“His theory always was that a man must take care of his family, and that the necessary secularization is not incompatible with or opposed to the successful prosecution of the great work of preaching the gospel. Accordingly, he provided well for a very large Family, and preached more than most men do. The estimable character of that large family is testimony to his uprightness, sincerity and wisdom. Perhaps most ministers, towards the close of life, if they do not indorse, yet look with leniency on this theory. Unfortunate with all the rest of us of late years, his life and labors had so conciliated his acquaintance, that we trust those of his children who are yet young, and his beloved wife, will never want friends or a helping hand.
“Brother Callaway was a man of marked traits of character. So sensitively pure and conscientious was he, that any apprehension that his fellow-laborers were actuated by questionable motives, so damped and fettered him that he was unmanned. He read men’s motives with unerring accuracy. On the other hand, unbounded confidence in those about him developed unwonted energies and kindled him into unwonted fervors.
“He was in theology a moderate Calvinist, and singularly free from all extravagance of views on all subjects?eminently a safe and prudent man. No man was more instinctively discreet in all things. He rarely or never did anything imprudent or ill-timed. Constitutional modesty often induced him, in our larger gatherings, to withhold the assistance for which his eminent wisdom fitted him. He was, therefore, less widely known than he deserved to be. In protracted meetings and associations he preferred a subordinate place, delighted if he might occupy himself in hortatory discourse after his brethren had preached, or when occasion offered in the conference and prayer meetings. On these occasions he often became the soul of the meeting, enchaining the riveted -attention of his brethren find going right home to the conscience of the impenitent by the simplicity, fervency and affectionateness of his address, backed by a confidence on their part that knew no limits.
“No temptation could ever induce him to offer any strange fire before the Lord. He always spoke and acted just as he felt, in the pulpit and out of it. If cold, you could scarcely wring a word of exhortation or a sermon from him; if in season, he manifested the utmost alacrity. Heartlessness and form froze up his spirit and sealed his lips. He felt powerfully that God is a spirit, and seeks such to worship him as worship in spirit and in truth.
“His pulpit abilities were good, his address grave, decorous and tender. “We often heard the remark that ‘he was in preacher shape.’ With early training, exclusive occupation in the ministry and extensive reading, he might have been great.
“But he is gone!?gone up to join ‘the general assembly and church of the first born.’ Distrustful of himself, and feeling the effects of late years, as he often said, of relaxation from the ministerial work in consequence of the partial failure of his voice and nervous derangement, he was much comforted during the last six months of his life, especially during his long and painful illness by clear and precious views of the adaptation of the Saviour to all our wants. Retired upon his farm, in a neighborhood somewhat out of the way, he interested himself very actively in the spiritual wants of his neighbors. They had become greatly attached to him. He was indeed beloved wherever he lived, confided in to the last degree, ?a living epistle, known and read of all men.’ He passed away in quiet and holy triumph, lingering in memory with the brethren with whom he had labored and to whom he was fondly attached. The writer records with inexpressible feelings the prayerful and tender interest in him and his. May the spirit of the father imbue his two sons in the ministry, Revs. S. P. and J. M. Callaway. Alas! my brother, very pleasant hast thou been to me!”
He was called to his reward in heaven in June, 1865.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1874, by
In the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

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Query - 640
Subject –  Ellen Callaway
Submitter -  Jones Sunnie 
email -  Connect at Callaway Kin on Facebook 

Hello Callaway kin. Thank you Clayton for accepting my request. I just started doing genealogy and I have found that my great grandmother x 2 is Ellen Callaway, daughter of Archibald and Harriet Waer and wife to William Robert Snead. I would love any info. I have a letter head in my things and I’m not sure how to explain this either.

Query - 641
Subject – Elizabeth Calloway
Submitter -  Claire Woodward McKibben  
email -  mckib@sbcglob 

I received a copy of “Descendants of Joseph and Peter Callaway” and find my question has not been answered. Perhaps you have more information since the Oct. 2000 publishing date. I am looking for confirmation of information I have found online regarding Elizabeth Calloway, born 1708 or 10 or 13, in Bedford, VA She married Richard Woodward (1700/1708). The Elizabeth I have comes from the immigrant Joshua William Calloway (1599-1642) who came to Charles City, VA from Cornwall, England, through his son Edmund (1620-1719), with probably another Calloway between Edmund and Elizabeth. I am trying to confirm if this information is true. Can you help me?

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