Lineage of Edward Callahan and mahala Brock


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

General Notes: Jennie Callahan, daughter of Edwards, born 1770, in Virginia, died in 1815, in Kentucky, married in Virginia to William Strong, born 1768, in Virginia, sied 1848. Strong lived at Holston Springs, in Scott County, Virginia. He came to Kentucky with Edward Callahan and others about the year 1800 and settled on the North fork of the Kentucky river, opposite the mouth of Grapevine creek. He owned a large tract of land which included 'Strongs Branch', in the upper edge of Breathitt. He lived here for a number of years and later sold his land and moved down the river and settled in Breathitt County below the mouth of George's Branch. Here he owned much land which later went to his descendants. After the death of his first wife he was married a second time on July 7, 1816 to Patsey Pennington, born 1775, in North Carolina. She was the widow of Abel Pennington. They had no children. He was leader of the 'North Forkers', in the cattle war. To he and his first wife were born 8 sons and 2 daughters ....

Jennie married William Strong. William was born in 1768 in VA and died in 1848 in KY at age 80.

Children from this marriage were:

   8 M    i. Edward Strong .

   9 M    ii. John Strong .

   10 M    iii. Moses Strong .

   11 M    iv. Thomas Strong .

+ 12 M    v. William Strong Sr .

   13 F    vi. Polly Strong .

   14 M    vii. Alexander Strong .

   15 M    viii. Isaac Strong .

   16 F    ix. Isabell Strong .

   17 M    x. Henry Strong .

7. Isaac Callahan .

General Notes: Isaac Callahan, youngest child of Edward went from Perry County to Clay County where he was married on July 25, 1810 to Mahalah Wilson. He took an active part in the 'Cattle War' and is reported to have killed a number of men. He was on the side of the North Forkers.

On April 16, 1817 he, with Thomas Begley and a man by the name of Gibson killed and robbed Samuel Newberry, who had driven some cattle to Richmond where he sold them and was returning home with the money. The killing occurred on Red Bird Creek, at what is now known as 'Newberry Hill'. They shot their victims and thinking he was dead, placed his body below the road in some bushes where they thought it would not be discovered. A short time later while a man was passing along the road, he heard some moaning in the bushes and wnet down to investigate. He discovered Newberry in a dying condition; but before he died he was able to disclose the names of his assailants whom he knew and recognized. He hurried to Manchester where he reported to the sheriff who immediately summoned help and started to apprehend the killers. They were later arrested and placed in jail. They were indicted and on May 17th, 1817 were tried and Callahan and Begley were sentenced to be hanged. Gibson testified against them and was discharged. They were soon afterwards hanged.

Callahan enjoyed playing the fiddle and it is a legend in that community that when the time for the execution arrived he requested that he be permitted to play a last tune on his fiddle. The request was granted and after he mounted the gallows and just before the rope was placed around his neck he played one of his favorite tunes and after he finished he struck the fiddle against one of the uprights which held the rope and crashed it to splinters and said to the sheriff, 'Go ahead with your work'. For many years and even until the present time this tune has been played by mountaineers and is known as 'Callahan'.

To Isaac and Mahalah was born one child, a son who's name was Wilson. Mahalah the widow was married a second time on July 8, 1820 to Thomas Strong, a son of William, Sr.

Isaac married Mahalah Wilson on 25 Jul 1810.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 18 M    i. Wilson Callahan was born in 1813 and died in 1870 at age 57.


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