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Capt James Hughes Callahan
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Birth: 1814
Death: 1856

Capt. Callahan

Was born 10 Sep 1814 (some say 1812) near Marion (or Marietta), GA and came to the aid of the Texas struggle for independence with the Georgia Battalion in 1835, Capt. J.C. Winn's Third Company, which served at Goliad.

He was at the Battle of Coleto Creek and was captured along with Fannin and his men. Because he was a skilled "mechanic," Callahan was among the 20 physicians, nurses, interpreters and mechanics who escaped death in the massacre through the intervention of Seņora Alvarez and General Francisco Gray. Other sources say he was away on a work detail in Victoria and escaped the action.

Callahan was a co-founder of Walnut Springs (later Seguin) and lived in Caldwell Co. in the 1840s where he owned a 350-acre farm and ran a store. He married Sarah Melissa Day in 1841 and had at least four children according to census.

Callahan was an active participant in defense of the area as a Ranger and organized his own company eventually. He led the troop that stopped horsethieves operating clandestinely out of Jose Navarro's ranch on Geronimo Creek. He served as a Lieutenant in Capt. James Bird's company at the Battle of Salado.

In the 1850's, he moved to current Blanco in Blanco Co. He is known for the Callahan Expedition of 1855 in which he commanded three ranger companies in pursuit of Lipan Apache and Kickapoo Indians into Piedras Negras Mexico. Capt. Callahan initially was aided by Mexican authorities in pursuit of the Indians, but later they turned on him and together with the Indians forced him to retreat. In his retreat, he burned the town of Piedras Negras and was dismissed from the Ranger service for the act, although the public generally supported his action.

Capt. Callahan was killed in 1856 in a dispute with the Woodson Blassingame family. At first buried in the Blanco Cemetery, the bodies of Capt. and Mrs. Callahan were re-interred in the Texas State Cemetery in 1931.
He married Sarah Melissa DAY in 1841, daughter of Johnson DAY and Sarah HEMBREE; they had six children. After the death of Sarah Callahan, the children became wards of William E. Jones, who replaced Edward C. Pettus. The two girls, "Kate" and "Carrie" were sent to be raised by a sister of James Hughes Callahan living in Walker County, GA.


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  Sarah Medisa Day Callahan (1822 - 1857)
  William Milford Callahan (1852 - 1855)*
*Calculated relationship
Texas State Cemetery
Travis County
Texas, USA
Maintained by: Ancestral Sleuth
Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: Sep 07, 2004
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Capt James Hughes Callahan
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Capt James Hughes Callahan
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Capt James Hughes Callahan
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Always Remembered...
- skyquest
 Added: Dec. 31, 2010

- nancy murray
 Added: Nov. 14, 2009
My Daddy grew up with some Callahans and remained friends their whole life. We also have ancestors in Goliad. You may know the 'Vivian' clan. REst in peace sir.
- In memory of my Grandpa and Grandma
 Added: Nov. 12, 2006
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