Lineage of Edward Callahan and mahala Brock


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1. Edward Callahan .

General Notes: The Callahans .... The Callahan family was established in Eastern Kentucky by Edward (Ned), who was born in Virginia about the year 1743 and died in Clay County, Kentucky in the year 1823. He was married in Virginia to Mahalah Brock, a daughter of Aaron and Susan Brock, who were part Indian. To Edward and Mahalah were born six children, 2 sons and 4 daughters, ... William, Jennie, Elizabeth, Zelphia, Charlotte and Isaac.

About the year 1800, Edward and all his family, came to Eastern Kentucky and established their homes. This included his daughters and their husbands and children, his son, William and his family and Isaac, who was unmarried.

Edward acquired a large tract of land on Grapevine Creek in the extreme lower part of Perry County, which extended from the North fork of the Kentucky river up Grapevine creek for a distance of two or more miles. Here he erected proper buildings and made his home. He brought with him, from Virginia, 10 slaves, a considerable number of horses and other property. He owned much bottom land which his slaves cleared and made ready for cultivation and his prospects looked very encouraging.

In the year 1806 what was known as the 'Cattle War' broke out between the citizens of the North and South forks of the Kentucky river and extended over a period of years. He and numbers of his family suffered considerable loss as a result of the same.

Two of his daughters, with their husbands, settled near him and his son, William and two other daughters with their families settled in (now) Clay County. The youngest son, Isaac, was unmarried at the time and made his home with his father.

About the year 1810 Edward sold to John Spencer about 1000 acres from the upper part of his land and a short time later he sold the remainder to Peter Dewese. This land eventually became the property of John A Duff. Much of it is still owned by the descendants of Duff. After disposing of his land Edward moved to Clay County where he remained thereafter. He died at the home of his son-in-law, Roger Cornett at Benge, Kentucky. His will was contested by his daughter, Charlotte and her husband, Robin Cornett.

Edward was a great hunter and in his later years he always carried a gun, wife was dead at the time, also Daniel Davidson and two of his three sons and their families who formerly lived in Scott County, Virginia. Jesse Brock, a son of Aaron, and brother of Mahalah Callahan came to Kentucky and settled on Wallins Creek, in Harlan County. He was reported to have been the first settler on this creek. Other children of old Aaron also settled in Eastern Kentucky.

Edward married Mahala Brock, daughter of Aaron Brock and Unknown.

Children from this marriage were:

   2 M    i. William Callahan was born about 1768 in VA.

William married Celia Cockerell, daughter of Simon Cockerell and Unknown. Celia was born about 1774 in VA.

+ 3 F    ii. Jennie Callahan was born in 1770 in VA and died in 1815 in KY at age 45.

   4 F    iii. Elizabeth Callahan was born in 1773.

Elizabeth married Samuel Davidson, son of Daniel Davidson Sr and Margaret Cope, in Scott Co, VA. Samuel was born in 1780 and died in 1866 at age 86.

   5 F    iv. Zelphia Callahan was born in 1776.

Zelphia married Roger Cornett.

   6 F    v. Charlotte Callahan was born in 1779 in VA.

Charlotte married Robin Cornett. Robin was born in 1779 in VA.

+ 7 M    vi. Isaac Callahan .


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