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Sunday, May 20th, 2012 07:41 am
Geneabloggers who have been blogging for any length of time know this to be true.

If you blog it, they will come.

Cousins you never knew you had will find your blog entries in searches on Google and other search engines.

In the case of several of mine, they will keep coming back.

They cheer me on.

They share photos and other interesting tidbits they discover in their own searches, and keep an eye out for surnames in my tree that aren't even in theirs.

My cup ran over this week.
First was Dixie, a new Balding cousin.

She found my Wedding Wednesday entry on Anson Balding and Ruth Woodrow.

She's a direct descendant. She gave me the names and other data on 5 of the 8 children born to them.

And thoughts about where some of those folks are buried - right here in Little Rock, in two of my favorite cemeteries.
My Callaway cousin, Joe, shared a photo I'd never seen before of Thomas Nathaniel Callaway and Laura Isibelle Holder. (They are his great grandparents.)

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Thomas Callaway was the son of Nathaniel C Callaway, whose grave we'd never been able to find until a chance remark made to me at the annual Callaway/Holder family reunion in 2010 made me come home and give Google a real workout.

Joe and I went to Elmwood Cemetery in February last year, and finally placed proper markers on Nathaniel's grave and that of one of his cousins.
And bless her soul...

My Freeman cousin, Jennie, always keeps me in mind in her searches. She and I have deep ancestral roots in Pope Co., AR, and before that, in Tennessee.

My morning email had a note from her wondering if she had located the grave of Anne Parker, wife of William Stout. I had no dates of birth or death for either of them, and did not know where they were buried. Their son, John Wesley Stout, married Martha Jane Ashmore, my first cousin, 3 times removed.

The grave she found at Arkansas Gravestones wasn't the right one, but I did a little searching around and found both William Stout and Anne Parker's graves memorialized in Old Lake Cemetery, just outside Dover.

They were buried on their farm. A memorial plaque for William said he was assassinated at his farm on 4 December 1865.

There were a lot of bushwhackers from both the Union and Confederate sides back then.

So now, I'll wonder...

Did one or more of them surprise 56 year old William Stout as he fed his livestock or mended harness, or any one of many other winter chores?

Or could it have been one of his neighbors? Loyalties were deeply divided in Arkansas about the Civil War...
Keep up with your cousins, folks.
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Sunday, June 26th, 2011 04:58 pm
In the air conditioned arts and crafts building at the Clark County Fairgrounds.

There was plenty to eat.

I understand the head count was 51.
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I met some folks I hadn't seen last year, and one of them brought the neatest display, with several photos I did not have.

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Clell descends from my 3rd great-granddaddy, Nathaniel, through his youngest son, Thomas Nathaniel.

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Thomas N Callaway, 1858-1934

Clell and his wife, Troy, went to Elmwood to photograph Nathaniel and Levi's newly marked graves in March.

If you look closely at Clell's display above, you'll see him posing by Nathaniel's grave in the red sweatshirt.

He found the staff at Elmwood to be just as lovely as (our cousin) Joe and I did when we had the stones set in February.
I was able to share copies of some Civil War service records, marriage records, and land records of John and Amy Stamps Callaway's considerable holdings in Louisiana Territory (now parts of Francois and Bollinger counties in Missouri) with my Callaway kin.

One of our Holder cousins had unearthed a very lengthy 1915 article about John Callaway's move to Arkansas, and it had a huge section in it about our kinship to Daniel Boone.

~sigh~

Apparently, that fable has been reported in Callaway family history for at least a century.

Maybe we'll finally debunk it for good by the end of the second century.
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Sunday, May 15th, 2011 08:41 pm
The Callaway-Holder annual reunion is next month.

A couple of months ago I sent an email to the reunion organizer, proposing that I bring my electronics and a bunch of blank CDs to make sharing information easier.

At the time, I got a rather cool response.

Apparently, someone's warming to the idea.

I got a recent email asking if I was still willing to do that.

Of course I am.

I like sharing.
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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 06:25 pm
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Thomas' older brother, A M Callaway, was my g-g-grandfather, Allen Mason "Mace" Callaway, and gave permission for the marriage, as well as serving as bondsman for his little brother. As the nearest living relative of the said Thomas Callaway I hereby consent to the marriage of the above parties.

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Perhaps other family members felt Thomas and Isibelle were too young to marry. They were both barely 18 years old.

The marriage took place on 17 Dec 1876, and Thomas and Isibelle were married for 24 years, until her death on 6 Oct 1900. They had 13 children, and many of their descendants still live in Clark County, AR.
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Monday, February 28th, 2011 06:24 pm
The annual Callaway/Holder (or Holder/Callaway, depending on who your granddaddy was) reunion will be in late June again this year.

Like every year, so I hear. Last year was my first.

I bet I get pegged as an upstart.

'Cause I just sent an email to the reunion organizer - a many times removed cousin - suggesting that anyone who wanted to could swap digitized family information this year.

I'll bring the laptop, portable Flip-pal scanner and digital cameras, and a stack of blank CDs...

I'm curious as to how she will respond.
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Monday, November 15th, 2010 06:36 pm
The old Callaway family cemetery in Clark Co., AR is now abandoned. The pine woods of Clark County have reclaimed it.


A few of the stones are still legible, including the one for Laura "Isibelle" (Holder) Callaway.


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Isibelle was the daughter of Andrew Jackson and Elvira (Huckleberry) Holder, born on 6 Nov 1858, probably not far from where she was laid to rest on 6 Oct 1900.

She married Thomas Nathaniel Callaway on 13 Dec 1876 in Clark County. My great great granddad, Allen Mason Lowery Callaway, who was Thomas' older brother, signed the marriage license giving his underage brother permission to marry Isibelle.

Although she preceded Thomas in death by 33 years, they raised eleven children together, most of whom lived to adulthood, and who loved, married, and died in Clark County, too.
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Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 04:11 pm
I will update this entry from time to time as I run across all the marriage indices I've collected over the years from various Arkansas counties. The letter and number combination at the end of each record is the marriage book volume and page number.

Click for long list of counties and names... )