Frances Walton “Fanny” <I>Callaway</I> Holder/ McGuire

Frances Walton “Fanny” Callaway Holder/ McGuire

Bedford County, Virginia, USA
Death Nov 1803 (aged 40)
Clark County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Winchester, Clark County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 62193116 · View Source
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Fanny was born into the luxuries of a Colonial Virginia Plantation, as the daughter of Colonel Richard Callaway and his first wife Frances Walton (my 6th great grand parents.) Her life proved to have a string of ups and downs however. At the age of 13 her mother had passed away and she found herself among the early pioneers of Kentucky, at Fort Boonesborough. Her father helped carve this small piece of civilization out of the wilds of early America at the side of Daniel Boone.

On July, 14, 1776, She along with her older sister Elizabeth, and Daniel Boones daughter, Jemima, were captured and abducted by Indians. It took two terrifying days but the girls were rescued by two search parties headed up by their fathers. Eventually all three of the girls married members of the search parties, and this romance is reported to be the inspiration for James Fenimore Cooper's novel "Last of the Mohicans."

In 1777, Francis married John Holder, one of America's early military heroes. He started his career as a chain carrier for a young George Washington, then a surveyor. Later he fought at the side of Washington, and eventually ended up on the western frontier of Kentucky where he fought the Indians. He built a financial fortune and Francis became one of Clark County Kentucky's leading ladies. Then her life seemed to take another turn, when her husband posted bond for an aquaintence that turned out to be more than he was aware of. Francis and John Holder found out they were broke and were forced to send their children to relatives while they got back on their feet. John died shortly after losing everything, in 1799, Francis ended up marring Colonel John McGuire, in 1802, only to pass away herself within a years time.

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Gravesite Details In 1835, a grandson visited the grave site and found wooden grave markers placed in the stone wall where they lay till this day.



  • Created by: Robert "Scott" Patrick
  • Added: 26 Nov 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 62193116
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Frances Walton “Fanny” Callaway Holder/ McGuire (16 Jun 1763–Nov 1803), Find a Grave Memorial no. 62193116, citing Holder Station Cemetery, Winchester, Clark County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Robert "Scott" Patrick (contributor 46858998) .