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 William Briscoe Calhoun, Sr

William Briscoe Calhoun, Sr

Birth
Ohio, USA
Death 27 Aug 1864 (aged 51)
Browning, Linn County, Missouri, USA
Burial Linn County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 99176157 · View Source
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From 'The Warrens and You' by Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry:

William Calhoon's father was killed in the War of 1812, and he was left an orphan early in life. He was bound out, but at the age of fourteen ran away from his master. He lived successfully in Ohio, Indiana, and Missouri, making his home in the latter state, in Linn County, near the Sullivan County line; being one of the earliest settlers of the same. At that time he owned but one or two horses but at the time of his death was the possessor of 3,600 acres of land, and was one of the most influential men of the county.

Mr. and Mrs. Calhoon were the parents of eight children. Mrs. Calhoon was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

Among the foulest deeds which blacken the war history of this community was the murder of William Calhoon. While away on business, he chanced be in Scottsville late in the evening of August 27, 1864. While there, he and several other citizens were captured by a posse of men, ostensibly for the purpose of hunting guerillas. They, then, started for Mr. Calhoon's home, and upon arriving at the same, Mr. Calhoon entered the house, closely guarded, to get water for the men and himself. His wife asked him where he was going, and he replied they were going to hunt guerillas, which was the last remark that fell from his lips. They then mounted their horses, some stopping at a melon patch. Mr. Calhoon and John Hatcher rode on. Two men accompanying them came back and soon two shots were heard. When Mr. Calhoon's body was found, it was pierced with two shots, either of which would have proved fatal. His pockets were rifled, and his papers were scattered. Mr. Calhoon was a wealthy man, and it was known that he had sold some cattle but a few days previous to the murder, which facts led to the belief he was killed for his money.



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  • Maintained by: D DeWitt
  • Originally Created by: Larry Van Dyke
  • Added: 18 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 99176157
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Briscoe Calhoun, Sr (29 Nov 1812–27 Aug 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 99176157, citing Calhoun Cemetery, Linn County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by D DeWitt (contributor 47056960) .