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Jonathan Owsley Callaway was the son of John S T and Amy (Stamps) Callaway. He was born in 1803 in the portion of the Louisiana Purchase that became Ste Genevieve County, Missouri. His father owned large tracts of land in Ste Genevieve County, but there is evidence that Jonathan's parents began selling off the land sometime around 1820-1821, preparatory to their move south to Clark County, AR.

On 10 Nov 1825, Jonathan married Emily Hemphill, daughter of John and Nancy Lawson Hemphill. Emily was born in Georgia in 1799. At the time of her marriage to Jonathan Callaway, Emily was the widow of Thomas Fish, whom she had married in 1820. Thomas Fish died in 1823.


I have been able to document six children of Jonathan and Emily Callaway.

1. William H "Big Bill" Callaway was born in 1826 in Clark Co., AR. William married Mary A Thompson on 8 Apr 1873 in Caddo Twp., Clark Co., AR. Mary was born in 1850 in Arkansas.

They had the following children:

Tilden Callaway was born in 1876 in Clark Co., AR.

2. Mary T Callaway was born in 1828. Mary married (1) Henry K Hardy on 27 Jul 1848 in Clark Co., AR. Henry was born in 1817 in Georgia. He died before 1860.

They had the following children:

Henry M Hardy was born in 1850 in Clark Co., AR.

Jeffrey Hardy was born in 1852 in Clark Co., AR.


Mary married (2) J Madden Wilson. J Madden Wilson was born in 1827 in Arkansas.

They had the following children:

Leander Wilson was born in 1864 in Clark Co., AR.

Laura Wilson was born in 1866 in Clark Co., AR.

Snapp Wilson was born in 1868 in Clark Co., AR.

Randy Wilson was born in 1869 in Clark Co., AR.

3. Samuel Davis Callaway was born on 10 Dec 1830 in Arkansas. He died on 1 Jan 1907 in Clark Co., AR. He was buried in South Fork Cemetery, Clark Co., AR. Samuel married Anna Amelia "Amie" Cave on 19 Dec 1866 in Clark Co., AR. Anna was born about 1844 in Alabama.

They had the following children:

James Wiley Callaway was born on 6 Dec 1867 in Arkansas. He died on 29 Mar 1947 in Clark Co., AR. He was buried in South Fork Cemetery, Clark Co., AR.
James married Dovie Helen Graham . Dovie was born on 28 Jan 1876. She died on 9 Jan 1918 in Clark Co., AR. She was buried in South Fork Cemetery, Clark Co., AR.

John Callaway was born in 1870 in Clark Co., AR.

Emily Callaway was born in 1875 in Clark Co., AR.

4. Jonathan Wilson Callaway was born on 27 Jan 1834 in Clark Co., AR. He died in 1894 in Pulaski Co., AR. Jonathan married (1) Harriet Jane Beall daughter of Asa B Beall and Sarah Ann MNU on 28 Jan 1858 in Clark Co., AR. Harriet was born on 23 Jun 1842 in Clark Co., AR. She died on 23 Apr 1859 in Clark Co., AR.

Jonathan married (2) Ann E Vickers daughter of E R Vickers in 1867. Ann was born in 1848 in Kentucky.

They had the following children:

Lizzie Callaway was born in 1868 in Louisiana.

Mary E Callaway was born in 1870 in Ouachita Co., AR. She died on 31 May 1940 in Pulaski Co., AR.
Mary married William Lee High about 1925 in Pulaski Co., AR. William was born on 29 May 1875 in Lonoke Co., AR. He died in 1950 in Pulaski Co., AR.

Julia Estelle Callaway was born in 1872 in Arkansas. She died on 4 Sep 1950 in Pulaski Co., AR.

5. James Lawson Callaway was born in 1838 in Clark Co., AR. He died in 1888. James married (1) Florence Eugenia Beall daughter of Asa B Beall and Sarah Ann MNU on 26 Apr 1860 in Clark Co., AR. Florence was born on 28 Jul 1843 in Arkansas. She died on 3 Dec 1866 in Clark Co., AR.

They had the following children:

Hattie E Callaway was born in 1861 in Clark Co., AR.

Asa B Callaway was born in 1865 in Clark Co., AR.

Florence Eugenia Callaway was born in 1866 in Clark Co., AR.

James married (2) Rebecca Jestis about 1868 in Clark Co., AR. Rebecca was born in 1844 in Tennessee. She died in Feb 1880 in Clark Co., AR.

They had the following children:

Uma T Callaway was born in 1868 in Clark Co., AR. She died in Oct 1869 in Clark Co., AR. The cause of death was whooping cough, per mortality census.

Fannie E E Callaway was born in 1869 in Clark Co., AR.

Jimmie A Callaway was born in 1874 in Clark Co., AR.

James O Callaway was born in 1876 in Clark Co., AR.

Jonathan Callaway was born in Aug 1879 in Clark Co., AR. He died in Feb 1880 in Clark Co., AR. The cause of death was unknown, per mortality census.

6. Emily O Callaway was born in 1840 in Clark Co., AR. She died after 1880. Emily married R K Brown on 27 Dec 1858 in Clark County, AR. R K Brown died in 1864/1870.

They had the following children:

Roseberry Brown was born in 1860 in Clark Co., AR.

Ella S E Brown was born on 21 Sep 1862 in Clark Co., AR. She died on 20 Jul 1942 in Dawson Co., TX. She was buried in Dawson Co Cemetery, Lamesa, Dawson Co., TX.
Ella married Thomas Vincent Crawley son of William T Crawley and Tinsey S Hart in 1881. Thomas was born on 19 Dec 1857 in Arkansas. He died on 25 Jan 1918 in Dawson Co., TX. He was buried in Dawson Co Cemetery, Lamesa, Dawson Co., TX.

Jonathan is credited with building the first hotel in Arkadelphia, previously called Blakelytown. The name of the hotel was the Merchants Exchange, built in 1842. Later, it was sold to Solomon Spence, who razed it and built another hotel on the site, which was destroyed in a fire in 1872. (Source: Clark Co Historical Journal (1991) at page 96.)

Clark County records show that at the time of his death, Jonathan O Callaway owned several slaves, which were listed with other "property" of his estate:
Jonathan O Callaway (Calloway) died ca ___Mar 1855 (coffin bought). Admin W H Callaway, followed by Samuel D Callaway, "de bonis non" who resigned 15 July 1861. Heirs: Jonathan W Callaway, Lawson Callaway, Emily Callaway, James Callaway, William H Callaway, Samuel D Callaway, Mary Hardy. Slaves belonging to the estate: Green, a man 29 years old; Harrison, a man 32; John, a man 32; Wesley, a man 25; American, a woman 27; Ardilla, a girl 13; Isham, a boy 15; Perry, a boy 11; Julia Ann, a girl 10; Nepha, a girl 18 (went to Mrs. Hardy).

Mrs. Hardy was Jonathan's daughter, Mary T (Callaway) Hardy Wilson.