|Birth: ||Jul. 16, 1872|
|Death: ||Apr. 10, 1936|
Previously buried at Hill View Cemetery, the families graves were later moved to the Callaway Family Cemetery in La Grange.
Conservator of Ferrell Gardens. First laid out in 1832 as the formal garden at the home of Mickleberry and Nancy (nee Coleman) Ferrell, "Ferrell Gardens" was expanded in 1841 by the Ferrell's daughter, Sarah Coleman Ferrell and her husband, a first cousin, Judge and Georgia State Senator, Blount Coleman Ferrell. The two and one-half acre Italian Renaissance and Baroque gardens, then known then as "The Terraces" was purchased in 1912 by Mrs. Ida (nee Cason) Callaway and her husband, textile manufacturer, Fuller Earle Callaway, Sr., as the center piece of their three-thousand acre estate "Hills and Dales." Enlarged to five acres under the care of Mr. and Mrs. Callaway, the gardens, thirty-five acres of land and massive Italian styled villa designed by Atlanta architect J. Neel Reid, built by Mr. and Mrs. Callaway, survive today as the foremost example of southern history in southwest Georgia. Originally buried at Hillview Cemetery, Mrs. Callaway was re-interred in the Callaway Family Cemetery on the grounds of "Hills and Dales."
Mrs. Ida Cason Callaway, a Mayflower descendant of Degory Priest, was born in Jewell, Georgia, a town named for her grandfather Daniel Ashley Jewell (b. April 21, 1822 Winchester, Cheshire Co., NH - d. September 25, 1896 Jewell, Taliaferro Co. GA), who moved to Georgia prior to the War Between the States. Jewell married in Milledgeville, Baldwin Co., GA Mary Ann Martin Shea (b. January 13, 1827 - d. June 1895 Jewell, Taliaferro Co.) daughter of American Immigrant Dennis Patrick Shea (b. 1797 co. Cork, Munster, Ireland - 1867) and Elizabeth Martin (b. 1804 - d. 1835). Daniel and Mary Ann Shea Jewell were the parents of Olivia Pratt Jewell(b. November 27, 1849 Milledgeville, Baldwin Co., GA - d. April 13, 1921 LaGrange, Troup Co.) who married on January 26, 1869, Ida's father, Alexander Toombs Cason (b. January 24, 1845 Jewell, Taliaferro Co. - d. February 21, 1918 La Grange, Troup Co.) son of Adam Cason (b. July 11, 1811 - d. November 28, 1888) and his first wife Jane Blackstone Montgomery (b. August 19, 1814 Georgia - d. May 14, 1858) of Warren Co., GA.
Mrs. Callaway was a graduate of the Southern Female College, Macon, GA (now Wesleyan College ),an active member of the First Baptist Church of La Grange and the Women's Mission Union of the church, the LaGrange Woman's Club, were she served as chairman of the garden section for many years. She was a member of the United Daughter of the Confederacy, the American Colonists, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Colonial Dames, the Board of Directors of the LaGrange Memorial library, and the Peachtree Garden Club of Atlanta which she served as president.
Mrs. Fuller Callaway, Sr. Dies At Residence Today; Funeral Services Sunday
Widow of Famed Textile Founder Dies, Pneumonia
Burial in Family Vault in Hillview to Follow 3 o'clcok Services
from: LaGrange Daily News," La Grange, Georgia, Friday, April 10, 1936, p. 1:
The death of Mrs. Fuller Earle Callaway, Sr., occurred this morning at one o'clock at her home, Hills and Dales, on Vernon road after a short illness which began last week and terminated in pneumonia which proved fatal. Mrs. Callaway returned last week from Miami, Fla., where she had spent the winters for the past several years.
Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at the First Baptist church at 3 o'clock. Burial will follow in the family vault in Hillview with Hunter-Owen, local morticians directing.
Mrs. Callaway was before her marriage, Ida Jane Cason, daughter of Alexander Toombs Thomas Cason and Olivia Pratt Cason. Her grandfather, Daniel Ashley Cason [sic Jewell], was the well known townsman after whom the town of Jewell was named. She is a direct descendant of Gregory Priest, who came to American in the "Mayflower" in 1620.
Married in 1891
On April 28, 1891, Miss Ida Jane Cason and Fuller Earle Callaway, Sr. were married at Jewell and came to LaGrange to make their home. Her husband Fuller Earle Callaway, Sr. was the founder of Callaway Mills, which now has seven subsidiaries in LaGrange, one each in Hogansville, Manchester, Milsland and Roanoke, Ala. In addition he established communities which provided comfortable homes, churches, schools, recreation facilities, parks and greenhouse for the employees of the cotton textile plants which he and his associates founded. For his splendid business acumen, his sympathy with the people with whom he worked, he received national and international recognition. He served as president of the American Cotton Manufacturer's association, 1917-18, as chairman of the commission on European representation at the World Cotton conference held in New Orleans, La., in 1919, as vice president for the United States of the World Cotton conference. In 1919, Mr. Callaway was appointed a member of the conference of Industrial Relations by President Wilson.
To Mrs. Callaway, however, Mr. Callaway gave credit for his material success for it was she who provided inspiration, who offered encouragement when encouragement was needed and did her part by managing the household with skill and efficient charm providing comfort and, as Mr. Callaway was fond of saying, making her income for household expenses stretch to meet all needs and a few extras.
Chatelain Hills and Dales
In 1914, Mr. and Mrs. Callaway purchased the three-thousand acre estate known throughout the United states as including one of the most interesting gardens in the South, and named it Hills and Dales. The garden, about two and one-half acres in extent, were started in 1800 by Mrs. Sarah Coleman Ferrell, wife of the late Judge B. C. Ferrell, and are a splendid example of Italian Renaissance work of the Baroque period. The gardens are distinctive for the fact that they have been deeded only twice, once from the Indians to the Ferrell family and again from the Ferrell to the Callaway family, as well as for the plants and shrubs gathered from every corner of the globe. Especially noteworthy among the plants and shrubs are the boxwood borders and shaped designs, more than a century old. The famous boxwood mottoes on the terrace nearest the house, "God Is Love," "Fist Justicia" and "St Callaway Ora Pro Mi" significantly express "the deep and abiding faith that guided both Mr. and Mrs. Callaway's lives.
To those who have had the privilege of being shown through the gardens at Hills and Dale with Mrs. Callaway as a guide, there remains the indelible impression that only deep love and nobility of spirit could create the atmosphere that make one feel humble and at the same time exalted when coming in contact with the finest and noblest in womanhood. Her sweet cordiality, her genuine love of flowers, her joy of sharing her treasures with others, her reluctance to claim any credit or praise for the creation of the natural beauty in which she seemed to fit so exquisitely, are more memorable of rare worth.
To Mr. and Mrs. Callaway were born two children, Cason Jewell Callaway and Fuller Earle Callaway, Jr. Cason J. Callaway was married to Miss Virginia Hand of Pelham and Fuller E. Callaway, Jr. to Miss Alcie Hand, also of Pelham. Virginia Callaway, Cason J. Callaway, Jr., and Howard Callaway, children of Mr. and Mrs. Cason Callaway, Fuller E. Callaway, III and Ida Cason Callaway, children of Mr. and Mrs. Fuller E. Callaway, Jr., are the grandchildren in whom Mrs. Callaway took especial joy.
Cason J. Callaway is chairman of the board of directors of Callaway Mills, serving after his father's death in 1928 until last year as president of the organization. He is also past president of the American Cotton manufacture's association. Fuller E. Callaway, Jr. is president and treasurer of Callaway Mills.
Active In Clubs
Mrs. Callaway, although a women who placed her home and family first, found time, however, to take an active part in the religious, cultural and social life of LaGrange, the state and the south. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church and its Woman's Missionary society, of the local Woman's club, serving for several years as chairman of the garden section and always contributing her service, her lovely home of the style of the Italian Renaissance period, and her garden whenever needed. She was a member of the United Daughter of the Confederacy, of the American Colonists, of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Colonial Dames, the board of the LaGrange Memorial library, and of the Peachtree Garden Club of Atlanta which she served as president.
Mrs. Callaway was born July 16, 1872 and was a graduate of the Southern Female college.
Surviving, in addition to her two sons and five grandchildren, are two aunts, Mrs. Ida Latimer of Macon, and Mrs. J. B. Cody of Jewell; and a uncle, W. H. Jewell of Milledgeville and a large number of nephews and nieces.
Alexander Toombs Cason (1845 - 1918)
Olivia Pratt Jewell Cason (1849 - 1921)
Fuller Earle Callaway (1870 - 1928)*
Cason Jewell Callaway (1894 - 1961)*
Fuller Earle Callaway (1907 - 1992)*
Edward Ashley Cason (1870 - 1897)*
Ida Jane Cason Callaway (1872 - 1936)
Callaway Family Cemetery
Created by: Samuel Taylor Geer
Record added: May 20, 2010
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