CPT Creswell Archimedes Calhound “Chris” Waller


CPT Creswell Archimedes Calhound “Chris” Waller

Greenwood, Greenwood County, South Carolina, USA
Death 5 May 1920 (aged 81–82)
Greenwood, Greenwood County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Greenwood, Greenwood County, South Carolina, USA
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Husband of Mary A. Elizabeth "Mollie" Vance~~~The Evening Index (Greenwood, SC) Thursday, 3 Mar 1910
Capt Creswell A C Waller, a son of Albert and J Elizabeth Creswell Waller, was born in Greenwood, South Carolina of parents who were natives of Abbeville District (now Greenwood County).

Capt Waller, after a return from South Georgia, Florida and the West, where he had been to gather up the remains of the estates of his father and brothers came to Greenwood in 1867.

Capt Waller, his title to Captain resting upon merit, having been promoted for bravery, served with distinction throughout the whole of the War Between the States. He was a Captain of the 64th Georgia and was in command of his company during the seven last battles of the War.

He returned to Greenwood in 1867, finding the community depressed and conditions unfavorable for business. His first business venture was the formation of the firm of Waller, Gaillard & Waller, the other members of the firm being Mr I V Gaillard and Mr Cadmus G Waller. The next year, Mr Gaillard’s interest was bought out and the firm became Waller Bros.

~~~The Index-Journal (Greenwood, SC) Saturday, 13 Dec 1947
Mary M (Molly) Vance Waller married Capt Christopher Archimedes Creswell Waller, generally known to relatives and friends as “Criss” and the nickname came from the Creswell not from the Christopher. Creswell was pronounced as if spelled “Crisswell” by the older people. He was always referred to as “Criss” Waller. There were no children of this marriage of C.A.C. Waller and Molly Vance Waller. C.A.C. Waller was long a prominent figure in Greenwood. He was active in many efforts to bring about the completion of enterprises for the good of Greenwood.

C.A.C. Waller was a son of Albert Waller and Elizabeth Creswell Waller. Albert Waller was a grandson of the famous Baptist Preacher, the Rev John Waller of Spottsylvania County, VA, who headed a large party of his own family and friends in a removal from Virginia to South Carolina and lived for the rest of his life near Greenwood and is buried in the family burying ground about 7 miles from Greenwood.

C.A.C. Waller was born 22 Jun 1839 in Greenwood. He was a graduate of Furman University receiving a M.A. degree there in the Class of 1860. Y J Pope, of Newberry, later Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, was a class mate.

C.A.C. Waller entered Confederate service as a member of the 1st Greenwood Company to go into war, Co F, 2nd S.C. Regiment (“Secession Guards”). He transferred to McLaws Corps; after Battle of Chicamauga, he was made 2nd Lt of Co 8, of the 64th Georgia Regiment, later 1st Lt and finally named Captain of Co G, 64th Georgia Regiment.

He served as Intendant of Greenwood in 1872 and in 1888 member of the State Legislature from Abbeville County and was first State Senator from Greenwood County when formed in 1897. Declined re-election but some years later re-elected. Active in efforts to get railroads built through Greenwood and was in charge of the building of Lander College and long member of Board of Trustees of that College.

He died in Greenwood, 5 May 1922. His wife died several years later.

~~~The Index-Journal (Greenwood, SC) Sunday, 6 Apr 1941
Creswell Archimedes Calhoun Waller, member of “Secession Guards’ at the beginning of the War, and promoted in last days of the war to be Captain of Company in 64th Georgia Regiment, first State Senator from Greenwood County married Mary Vance.


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