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Rev David Calley
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Birth: Nov. 8, 1815
Grafton County
New Hampshire, USA
Death: Dec. 23, 1906
Grafton County
New Hampshire, USA

The funeral of the Rev. David Calley was held at the home on Summer Street, Bristol, last week Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. N. C. Lothrop. The body was brought to Ashland for interment. His age was 91 years, 1 month and 15 days, and even to Sunday morning, the day of his death, he had been remarkably vigorous for a man of his years. At 8 o'clock, after a hearty breakfast, he was taken with a chill which was followed by heart failure, and he expired at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.

The Rev. David Calley's career as a clergyman has been a remarkable one. At the age of 23 years he professed religion, and the next year, 1837, he received a license to preach. In May 1942, at a session of the Sandwich Quarterly Meeting he was ordained, and a month later became the pastor of the Free Baptist Church at North Tunbridge, Vermont, where he remained until 1847. He then resigned and went to Holderness to care for his father in his last sickness. In his residence there he preached at Holderness and other places, and began his labors at Bristol as a supply one-third of the time for the new Free Baptist Church in Bristol. In May 1849 Mr. Calley closed his first pastorate of this church on account of a throat difficulty, and he was laid aside from work in the ministry for three years on this account. In September 1852 he began his second pastorate at Bristol, which continued for seven years. He then returned to Tunbridge, Vt. where he remained three years, and again assumed the pastoral charge of the church at Bristol and continued for another seven years. He thus served the Bristol Church as pastor for sixteen years.

After retiring from the work at Bristol he labored two years in Alexandria, eight years in Sandwich until 1887, Center Sandwich, South Tamworth, and Meredith Center. He closed his pastoral labors in 1892 and returned to his home in Bristol.

To no other man does the Free Baptist Church of Bristol owe so much as to the Rev. David Calley. He was a man of great natural ability, an excellent preacher, devoted, godly and his pure life and labors endeared him to all classes in the community. He was of fine personal presence, standing six feet two inches. Mr. Calley was twice married, September 4, 1845 he married Dorcas Doubleday Shepard of Holderness, who died at Tunbridge, in 1846.

By this marriage there was born one son, who died in infancy. March 23, 1848, he married Mary Mooney Smith of New Hampton who died in Bristol October 26, 1896. By this marriage there were born eight children Dorcas D. who married Charles H. Gordon and died in 1903; David M., a trader in Bristol; Eliza M. who died in 1870; Ella Belle, a teacher in the Bristol graded schools; George H., who has been a practicing physician for 26 years, Mary Francis, who died in 1873; Charles H., a trader in Denver, Colorado, Martha B. wife of Anson B. Pray of Bristol.

Mr. Calley four times had a seat in the Legislature. He represented Holderness in 1853, Bristol in 1872, and 1873 and Sandwich in 1885. He was a member of Union Lodge No. 74, A.F. & A.M. >The Ashland Citizen, January 5, 1907, p2.

Rev. David Calley, one of the oldest, if not the oldest, among the Free Baptist clergymen in the state, died at his home in Bristol, December 23, 1906.

He was a native of Holderness, now Ashland, a son of Capt. David and Martha (Marston) Calley, born November 8, 1815, being ninety-one years of age at his decease. His grandfather, William Calley, Jr, a native of Stratham, was a Revolutionary soldier. In 1837 he received a license to preach, but was not ordained till 1842, at a meeting of the Sandwich Quarterly Conference, and soon after became pastor of the Free Baptist Church, North Tunbridge Vt., where he remained five years, and then resigned to go home to Holderness to care for his father, then in his last illness. Meantime, he preached in Holderness and surrounding towns, becoming later the first pastor of the church at Bristol, but was obliged to close his labors in the spring of 1849, on account of a throat difficulty. In September, 1853, he resumed the Bristol pastorate and continued seven years, then going again to Tunbridge for three years and again returning to Bristol, where he preached another seven years. Subsequently he preached two years in Alexandria, eight in Sandwich, two again in Alexandria and five at North Sandwich. Later he served the churches at Sandwich Center, South Tamworth and Meredith Center, until in 1892 he closed his pastoral labors and returned to Bristol, where he resided till his death.

Mr. Calley was twice married; first to Dorcas D. Shepard of Holderness, who died in 1846, and, second, to Mary Mooney Smith of New Hampton, who died in 1896. Of eight children by the latter marriage, five survive. >Granite Monthly, January 1907, p31.
Family links: 
  Dorcas Doubleday Shepard Calley (1814 - 1846)
  Mary Mooney Smith Calley (1821 - 1896)*
  Infant Son Calley (1846 - 1846)*
  Dorcas Doubleday Calley Gordon (1849 - 1903)*
  David Moody Calley (1850 - 1926)*
  Eliza Marston Calley (1851 - 1874)*
  Ella Belle Calley (1853 - 1947)*
  George Hoyt Calley (1854 - 1928)*
  Mary Frances Calley (1857 - 1873)*
  Charles Henry Calley (1859 - 1933)*
  Martha Bartlett Calley Pray (1861 - 1921)*
*Calculated relationship
Green Grove Cemetery
Grafton County
New Hampshire, USA
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Record added: Apr 17, 2011
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Honored here for your work as a minister and the good you did.
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