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View Tree for Col. Richard CallowayCol. Richard Calloway (b. April 1722, d. March 08, 1780)

Richard Calloway was born April 1722 in Caroline County, VA1, 2, and died March 08, 1780 in Clark Co, KY Boonsborro, killed by Indians on bank of Kentucky River3.

 Includes NotesNotes for Richard Calloway:

DAR index shows Richard Calloway bApril 1722 VAR, d 3/8/1780 KY m. 1) Frances Walton, 2) Mrs Ellizabeth Hoy.
Calloway was Colonel, Civil Service, Patriotic Service, VA
Civil Service usually means some governmental position (i.e. Juryman, representative to state or continental congress, etc) Patriotic Service is for such things as furnishing supplies, signing oath of association. World Family Trees, vol 3 and 4 record that he was killed by Shawnee Indians... along with two other frontiersmen Pemberton Rollins and Ebenezer Eliot while digging out a canoe near Boonesboro, KY. (The Frontiersmen by Allan W. Eckert)

Eckert further writes that two of Calloway's daughters, Elizabeth and Francis, along with Daniel Boones daughter Jemima were captured by Indians during the summer of 1776. He writes that the three were..."captured by five Shawnees while canoeing in the Kentucky River within sight of the fort. Boone set out in pursuit tracking the party for nearly fifty miles before catching up to it. They took the Indians by surprise and..." killed two. The remainder fled leaving the captives behind.

HISTORY OF KENTUCKY, by Lewis Collins, and J.A. & U.P. James, published
1847. Reprinted by Henry Clay Press, Lexington, Ky., 1968, p. 224
[Madison county].

This county [Calloway] was called after Col. RICHARD CALLOWAY, who
removed with his family to Kentucky in 1776. He speedily became an
efficient actor in the affairs of the infant settlements, and his
services were numerous and valuable. As early as 1777, he and John Todd
were elected the first burgesses to the general assembly of Virginia;
while, in the spring of the same year, he had been appointed a justice
of the peace. In 1779, he, with others, under an act of the Virginia
legislature, was appointed a trustee to lay off the town of
Boonesborough. The trustees declined to act; others were appointed.
Mr. Morehead, in his eloquent Boonsborough address, classes Col. Calloway
among the law-givers and defenders of the frontier. His career in the
new settlements, however, was short. Like a great many other during
spirits of the times, he was killed before he had an opportunity to very
greatly distinguish himself.

Calloway Todd Morehead

From DAR application 238167 Mary Steven Halsey dated 1927:

"Col Richard Calloway was son of Col William Calloway, County Ly Commandant of Bedford Co., VA; he served in the French and Indian War and was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses in the Assembly of 1777- '79 from Kentucky County...

He and Judge Henderson founded a government of Transvlynia Colony; founded on the purchase of 17,000,000 acres of land from the Indians; organized the first Angol-American Government in 1775; sest of the Alleghanies; but the Virginia and North Carolina Legislatures declared the purchase null and void, but in its organization was found the germ of the plant, that became full grown in the Phila. Declaration. Col Richard was one of the promnent defenders in Duquesne siege. 1778 sustained by 50 men against 500 - Indians."

" Col richard Calloway was born in Bedford Co., VA, in 1722 married first time about 1745 to Frances Walton. Col Richard Calloway patented lands in Brinswick and Luncsburg Counties Virginia, 1847-1754 ( 1747-1754). Was Sergeant, Lieutenant and Major in the French and Indian Wars, 1755-63, moved to N. Carolina between 17721-74; went to Kentucky in 1775; was a member of "Transvylnaia Conventions at Boonesborough in May 1775 and was elected a Burgess to the general Assembly of Virginia from there, Ky County on April18-19 1777. He set off for Richmond May 23, 1777. Calloway County, Ky was named for him. He was killed by Indians 1778 (Calloway Bible)"

Madison Co Marriage Bonds submitted by Eileen (
"John Davis and Rachael West-Bonded by John Davis & Jonathan West-in presence of Richard Callaway-4 Mar 1788" (note: This Richard Calloway is probably the son of Col. richard Calloway)

At a point a mile above Boonesborough on Otter Creek is where Colonel Richard Callaway, the commander of the fort, was killed by the Indians while superintending the building of the first ferryboat in Kentucky. Callaway County, Kentucky is named for Colonel Callaway. Callaway County, Missouri is named for Captain James Callaway, who was a son of Flanders Callaway, (Nephew of Colonel Richard and Jemima Boone, daughter of Daniel Boone) Flanders Callaway and Jemima Boone were married in the fort at Boonesborough and this was one of the earliest marriages in Kentucky, the first being Samuel Henderson and Elizabeth Callaway on August 7, 1776 in the fort.

More About Richard Calloway:
Date born 2: June 14, 1717, Caroline County, VA.
Fact 1: served as Lt., Capt. and Major in the French & Indian War 1754-63.3
Fact 2: Married twice.3
Fact 3: March 08, 1780, Killed by Shawnee Indians and scalped..4
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