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 Jonathan Wilson Callaway

Jonathan Wilson Callaway

Birth
Clark County, Arkansas, USA
Death 2 May 1894 (aged 60)
Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 61790764 · View Source
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Son of Jonathan Owsley and Emily (Hemphill) Callaway. Married first to Harriet Jane Beall on 28 Jan 1858 in Clark Co.; married second to Ann E Vickers in 1867 in Clark Co., AR.

From Goodspeed's "Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Central Arkansas," (publ. 1889) at page 427, the following:
He was appointed first lieutenant in Capt. Flanagin's Company (E), McIntosh's regiment, later being made commissary of subsistence in the regimental brigade and division. He was afterward assigned to duty as assistant to the chief of the bureau of subsistence for the Trans-Mississippi Department, with headquarters at Shreveport, La., and Marshall, Tex. His final surrender was made with the Confederate forces, at Shreveport, at the close of the war, in May, 1865, following which he walked the whole distance back to Arkadelphia.

Further in the document, In October, 1865, Mr. Callaway embarked in the commission business at Camden, Ark., which he continued until 1872, a part of the time residing at New Orleans in connection with his business interests. In 1874 he was elected clerk of the State senate, and in 1876 received the nomination of the Democratic State Convention for clerk of the chancery court, to which position he was elected. Removing to Little Rock he held the office for five terms, or ten years, then voluntarily retiring, much to the regret of those whose interests he had so well and faithfully served. The year 1867 witnessed his marriage with Miss Annie Vickers, and to their union three children have been born: Lizzie, Mary and Estelle. Mr. Callaway occasionally acts as commissioner or receiver of the Pulaski Chancery Court, and is lending his valuable assistance in populating Arkansas with immigrants and developing the immense resources of the county and State. He enjoys a wide acquaintance and the respect and esteem of a host of friends.

However, not everyone was thrilled with him. There was an exchange of paid ads between Jonathan and a man named E C Johnson published in the Arkansas Democrat and Arkansas Gazette between 15 and 16 May 1884, where Johnson accused Jonathan Callaway of rigging ballots during an 1880 election on the "Fishback Amendment" to the Arkansas Constitution. Jonathan vehemently denied those accusations and was subsequently re-elected as Pulaski County Clerk, a post he held for many years.

He was buried on 3 May 1894.


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  • Created by: Dee Burris Blakley
  • Added: 17 Nov 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 61790764
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jonathan Wilson Callaway (27 Jan 1834–2 May 1894), Find A Grave Memorial no. 61790764, citing Oakland and Fraternal Historic Cemetery Park, Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Dee Burris Blakley (contributor 47047047) .