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Matt Kessler (#47778148)
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(Sgt.) Thomas Oliver Estes McCallum and Inge Adelheid née Kessler 


(KESSLER: origin of the name:''the one living in the basin of a valley'',Der im Tal-Kessel Wohnende )
my grandfather was:
Thomas O. E. McCallum (1923-1990)US Navy and US Army Veteran - WW II and Korean War and Vietnam War- , son of Auburn Doyles McCallum (1893-1970) and Annie Mae Estes (1902-1974), Chester County, South Carolina, United States of America.

My grandfather Thomas ''Tom'' was stationed from 1947 to 1949 in Sonthofen ( NS Ordenburg ), Allgaeu, Bavaria, W-Germany - US Army Constabulary School.
My great grandfather (Cpl.) Auburn D. McCallum, a WWI Veteran was the son of Charles Beauregard McCallum and Nancy Elizabeth McCollum ( grand daughter of William ''Big Bill'' McCollum), ''Big Bill'' is the son of Henry Newman McCollum ( died in Fayette, Alabama) and the great grandson of Henry McCollum ( b. In Belfast, Ireland) and Ann Newman. Charles B. McCallum is the son of M.D. James McNeil McCallum, a son of Peter McCallum and Violet A. Wallace.My 4th greatgrandfather Peter McCallum came around 1813 from Scotland to South Carolina, his father Duncan McCallum was born in Scotland and in 1813, accompanied by his wife and children, he came to America thru the Port of Charleston.Duncan purchased a plantation in York County, South Carolina and operated his land with slave labor. He spent the remainder of his life there, dying when upwards of eighty years of age, on April 18, 1865. Duncan and Catherine McNeil ( daughter of Peter McNeil and Catherine MacLaren and grand daughter of Donald MacLaren and Margaret Cameron) were wed in Scotland on July 11, 1806. Their son, Peter, was the oldest of six children born in Scotland. The other eightchildren were born in York District, York County, or Chester County, South Carolina. Peter was born at Edinburgh, Scotland on September 18, 1808. His dad assisted him materially when the time came to establish himself as an agriculturist, and Peter became a prominent and well-known planter. This means that Peter and his wife Violet A. Wallace McCallum owned a large plantation and held many slaves while in York County, but in 1872 he left South Carolina, and accompanied by three of his sons came to Pleasant Valley. His plantation was probably ruined by the spoils of war. Peter was buried in the pioneer cemetery at Pleasant Valley,Dallas County, Texas on May 3, 1885.The McCallum family came to America with that, already old, bible and carried it in a covered wagon from South Carolina to Pleasant Valley, Dallas Co., Texas. The family already well established in the Presbyterian faith would now become instrumental in establishing a Presbyterian church at Pleasant Valley. As early as 1852, a group of neighbors were said to gather in the Pleasant Valley area to worship God.
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1184 N. Shiloh Rd, York, SC
select birds eye view

this is the church and graveyard where Duncan McCallum and his wife Catherine McNeil McCallum (5th greatgrandparents) are buried at, the top left white building is the orginal church, Duncan McCallum was one of the founding members.
My great grandmother Annie Mae Estes McCallum was the daughter of Thomas Oliver Estes and Ida Lula Wilkes. Ida is the great granddaughter of David Pendergrass I. of North Carolina . He is a descendant of Michael Prendergast ( born 1664 in County Mayo, Ireland, son of James Prendergast).

My 2nd Great grandfather Thomas O. Estes was the son of James Washington Estes, a grandson of Thomas Estes . Thomas born in Virginia and died Nov. 3, 1820 in South Carolina and he is the great grandson of Abraham Estes I. ( born in Ringwould, Kent, England). Abraham I. Is the son of Sylvester Estes and Ellen Martin
The great grandfather of Sylvester Estes was Nicholas Estes (Nycholas Ewstas) . Nicholas died 1533 in Deal, Kent, England ( his last will and testament ), he was a son of Robert Estes (Ewstas,Esteuse), died Oct. 14, 1506 in Dover

My ancestors in South Carolina: McCallum,Estes,McCollum ( McCollum in South Carolina and Alabama), Wallace, Pendergrass, Banks (Marjoribanks), Wilkes, Crosby,Williams,Cornwell......

Family tree Kessler:

my granny
Inge Adelheid née Kessler
Katharina Keßler
born 1911 in Burgberg (Allgaeu), Bavaria,Germany and died 1996 in Sonthofen (Allgaeu), Bavaria,Germany.

My greatgrandmother Katharina ''Kathi'' Keßler was the daughter of Adolf Keßler, he was born 1883 in Sonthofen (Allgaeu), Bavaria, Germany and died 1965 in Sonthofen (Allgaeu), Bavaria, Germany. His consort was Julianna ''Julie'' Schmid, she was born in Burgberg (Allgaeu), Bavaria, Germany and d. 1928 in Sonthofen (Allgaeu), Bavaria,Germany.

Adolf Keßler was the son of Franz Leopold Keßler. Leopold was born 1855 in Riezlern, Kleinwalsertal (little Walser valley), Vorarlberg, Austria and he died 1934 in Sonthofen (Allgaeu), Bavaria,Germany. His parents:
Joachim Keßler and Maria Barbara Keßler née Schugg

He is a descendant of Peter Keßler (1523-1595)''Kessler II'' and Stephan Kessler (1580-1660) ''Kessler I'' and Kaspar Keßler ( b. 1550) ''Kessler III'', all in Kleinwalsertal.
my ancestors in Kleinwalsertal (little Walser valley): Kessler , Keßler, Riezler, Wüstner (Wuestner), Schugg, Jochum, Heim, Mathies, Elsässer (Elsaesser), Fritz.....

KESSLER II = Peter Kessler (1523-1595); he is my 12th great grandfather

Peter Keßler , received the coat of arms for faithful services aso, from Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria, on 16 August 1568 , a hereditary coat of arms.

KESSLER I = Stephan Kessler (1580-1660); he is my 11th greatgrandfather

Stephan Keßler , received the coat of arms for faithful services aso, from Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor, on 1637, a hereditary coat of arms

KESSLER III= Caspar Kessler (b. 1550 ), he is my 12th great grandfather

The oldest coat of arms of the KESSLER family:
„Andreas, Georgen, and Wolfgangen, the Keßler , all brothers“,
received the coat of arms for faithful services aso, from Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, on 30. October 1499, a hereditary coat of arms.


The grandfather of my fiancee was Leopold Stolz (1866-1957, Austrian composer, conductor and royal bandmaster), and Robert Stolz (1880-1975, famous Austrian Waltz composer and conductor) was her grand-uncle.

We have published an extensive article about Leopold Stolz on the website of Adler Vienna

On Sep 07, 2012 was her grandfather´s 55. anniversary of death.

Her great-grandfather, the composer and teacher JAKOB STOLZ was born in Graz on 18 July 1832, exactly 180 years ago. He is the father of Leopold Stolz and Robert Stolz, the renowned waltz-composer and conductor.
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Thomas O. Estes, Sr.

I just copied an obituary I found for Thomas Oliver Estes, Sr. onto his page. I figured you might like to read it.

Added by Amy Y. Jones on Jul 20, 2013 10:03 AM
Ainsley McCallum
Thanks for the name info. I also linked him to his parents and added a note about his grandparents.
Added by Grammyღ on Nov 17, 2012 4:55 AM

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