Col William Callaway, Sr

Col William Callaway, Sr

Birth
Caroline County, Virginia, USA
Death 1777 (aged 62–63)
Bedford County, Virginia, USA
Burial Bedford County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 14106902 · View Source
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William Callaway was the second son of Joseph and Catherine Ann (Browning) Callaway. He was born in 1714, probably in Caroline County, Virginia and became a prominent and wealthy land owner of that State, as he patented fifteen thousand acres of land in Lunenburg, Brunswick, Bedford, and Halifax Counties. William commanded militia in the French and Indian Wars that were waged between 1755, and 1761. He was commissioned a Colonel during his service, and also participated in the American Revolutionary War. He later presided at the first court held in Bedford County, but this was just the beginning of his civil service, because William remained in the Virginia House of Burgesses for thirteen sessions.

In 1754, William Callaway, Gentleman, made a free gift of one hundred acres of land to the newly formed County of Bedford to be developed into a town called New London,the county seat.

William first married on January 8, 1735, to Elizabeth Tilley, and after her death he married a second time, about 1752, to Elizabeth Crawford. Colonel William Callaway died in Bedford Virginia in 1777, and is buried in the Callaway-Steptoe Cemetery. His first son James buried near his father, was also a man of great wealth who fought in the French and Indian Wars and the Revolutionary War. James, a close personal friend of General George Washington also built the first iron furnace south of the James River. This furnace played a big role in the production of military supplies used in the revolution.


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  • Maintained by: Robert "Scott" Patrick
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col William Callaway, Sr (1714–1777), Find a Grave Memorial no. 14106902, citing Callaway-Steptoe Cemetery, Bedford County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Robert "Scott" Patrick (contributor 46858998) .