Mary “Polly” Callaway Brown

Bedford County, Virginia, USA
Death 1 Nov 1831 (aged 72)
Renan, Pittsylvania County, Virginia, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 103033643 · View Source
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The following biography of Polly Callaway Brown has been submitted by Sallie Lewis Hurt for inclusion in "Bedford County Virginia Family Heritage Book 2003":

Mary "Polly" Callaway was the daughter of Col. James Callaway "of Bedford," prominent landowner and patriot of Bedford County, Virginia. She was born on April 28, 1759 in Bedford County, Virginia and died at the residence of her daughter Sally Tate Brown Hunt in Pittsylvania County, Virginia on November 1, 1831. On August 5, 1781, Polly married Dr. Daniel Brown of Goshen, Orange County, NY...

Polly Brown was only thirty-six years old when her husband died in 1796 [correction--1795], leaving her a young widow with six small children, ages 3 years to 10 years old. She raised these children, never marrying again. Col. James Callaway had given his home, "New Glasgow" to Dr. Daniel and Polly Brown, and Polly continued to reside there during her lifetime. Col. James Callaway had built a home near New London, and according to a family letter written by Buena Vista "Bettie" Brown, eighth child of James Callaway Brown and Catherine Green Leftwich, Aunt Bettie writes, "Old Aunt Cullin," her maid often told us of her trips to New London through the forest in the carriage. Grandmother (Polly Callaway) died in 1831 at her daughter's in Pittsylvania County and is buried on the Gordon farm, then owned by her brother Thomas Callaway." Polly Callaway Brown was seventy-two years old when she died. In another note gathered by Mrs. Lillie B. Dennis, March 21, 1933, "There was a Thomas Callaway that owned the land from Pretty Creek Bridge to Leesville, in Campbell County. He is buried on the Gordon place, and was dead long before Mama could recollect. He left single daughters who were dead before she was grown. It was a full old house. Grandmother, Polly Callaway Brown, is also buried there.

Polly Callaway Brown's brother, Thomas, apparently owned a part of the Gordon Farm referred to as "the Quarter," now located between the present location of "New Glasgow" and property owned by Mr. John Kinzer. There is an old, old church, Bethany Church on the Leesville Rd., now abandoned between those two properties. From the Altavista Library's vertical files compiled by a Mr. Ogden, "All that is left of the Old Bethany Church is the foundation sills. This old church is located on the west side of 682 at the top of the mountain, about two miles north of Leesville, Virginia. Some say it was built by the Lees who founded Leesville, it being located about halfway between Leesville and New Glasgow, home of James Callaway. It is likely that the Lees, Callaways, Smiths from the Pocket Plantation gathered here on Sundays. The graveyard is just to the north of the church. The black people have used it for many years.

I have no way of knowing, but I feel in my heart that one day we will find the grave of Polly Callaway Brown at the Old Bethany Church graveyard.

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