Revolutionary War Soldier Dennis O'Callaghan (b. Abt. 1750, d. Abt. 1820)
Dennis O'Callaghan was born Abt. 1750 in Dublin, Ireland, and died Abt. 1820 in Allegheny, VA. He married Margaret Atkinson on 22 Dec 1786 in Fredricksburg, Spotsylvania, VA, daughter of John Atkinson and Margaret.
Notes for Dennis O'Callaghan: The following is an account given by Mrs. Ann E. Callaghan Few, the daughter of John Callaghan and granddaughter of Dennis O'Callaghan.
"My grandfather Dennis O'Callaghan came from Dublin, Ireland to America at the age of 19. He ran away from home and worked for his passage and travelling expenses on the sailing ship. His papers or Indentures were carefully preserved by his wife and children for at that time convicts were sent to America and they didn't intend anyone should say he was a convict. His mother came from Scotland and was a Scotch Presbyterian. He was on only son and had five sisters. He lived some years at Fredricksburg, VA where he married Margaret Atkinson in 1780. Their first child, Julia, remained with her grandmother when he and family moved to Bath County, western Virginia. John, their first son, was born in 1787 and died in 1862. John married at Fredricksburg, VA, Maria Holiday Pulliam in 1829. Dennis and Margaret had seven sons and four daughters. Their children were John, Charles, William, Thomas, Beston, Dennis, Oliver, Mary, Ellen and two Julias. John, Charles and Oliver resided in Virginia, the other four sons emigrated to eastern Missouri. My grandfather, Dennis O'Callaghan, had 1,400 acres of land and all of his sons had a portion of it. Uncle Charles lived near us. His farm joined my father's. My cousin Julia, a little older than I, read to grandmother, the English plays as they called Shakespeare. My grandmother had a small trunk. This trunk is one of the first things I remember. My brother, Jakey, who died, never had a proper name. My father wrote that letter to me when I was visiting at Aunt Julia Yates, four miles from Harpers Ferry, VA. Their post office was a small place called Halltown. The first Julia married an Englishman by the name of Yates and went to England to reside. Yates was the original Lord Eglenby and after residing some years in England, they returned to America. The youngest child and daughter of Dennis and Margaret Callaghan was named Julia after the first Julia. In 1844, a Mrs. Pearson of Fredricksburg visited her sister who was Margaret Atkinson, wife of Dennis Callaghan. They claimed to be lineal descendents of Pocahontas, the Indian. Mrs. Pearson had two daughter, one named Mary and one Pocahontas. Dennis dropped the "O" and the grandsons have omitted the G and wrote the name Callahan. Janet, the daughter of Julia married a Mr. Beal. Their son, John Yates Beal was Aunt Julia Yates grandson. He attended school in England, was a lawyer but the Civil War changed his plans. He Joined the Confederate cause, became a spy and was shot. It has been said that John Wilkes Booth was his friend and it was because President Lincoln refused to liberate him from prison that he (Johns Wilkes Booth) revenged himself by firing the fatal shot which ended the life of Lincoln. Margaret Atkinson Callaghan died about 1846 or 1847 aged 87. She was paralyzed on one side was confined to bed seven years and seven months. Her mind was bright and clear and all her caller and grandchildren had to read to her."
Captain in Revolutionary war. Buried at the Family Cemetery, near Inn, Allegheny, VA
More About Dennis O'Callaghan and Margaret Atkinson: Marriage: 22 Dec 1786, Fredricksburg, Spotsylvania, VA.
Children of Dennis O'Callaghan and Margaret Atkinson are: