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Re: William L. McCalla Adams CO.,OH 1820-59
Posted by: Lynn Marks Date: June 03, 2000 at 12:51:45
In Reply to: William L. McCalla Adams CO.,OH 1820-59 by Janine of 409

Hi Janine,

There were at least 3 men called William L. McCalla:

(1) my ancestor
William L. McCalla (14 March 1825 Brown County, Ohio-25 February 1893 Tazewell County, Illinois) married Elizabeth Jane Turney (23 March 1830 Ohio-12 August 1913 Tazewell County, Illinois) in Brown County, Ohio on 20 October 1848.

(2) the preacher
William Latta McCalla (1788-1859) was famous for his preaching in Brown County, Ohio and Bracken County, Kentucky. There is an entire book of his sermons.

(3) the teacher (the one you are after)
William L. McCalla (ca 1796 Maryland-after 1870 Pleasant Township, Switzerland County, Indiana) had a half brother, Henry K. McCalla, who had one of those obituaries that are always wished for but rarely found.

[An * appears after each sentence that has information from Henry's obituary.] In May 1811 Henry's parents [William's father and step mother] moved to Bourbon County, Kentucky.* In 1816 they moved from Kentucky to Ohio.* In 1820 William was on the Huntington Township, Brown County, Ohio census. He was on the 1821, 1822, and 1823 Braken County, Kentucky tax lists. On 1 April 1825 William married Delia Neill (ca 1805 Kentucky-?) in Adams County, Ohio, but he was not on any of the Adams County tax lists from 1816 through 1826. William was on the 1825, 1826, and 1827 Huntington Township, Brown County tax lists. Then William was on the 1828, 1829, 1830, 1831, [1832 was lost] 1833, 1834, and 1835 Mason County, Kentucky tax lists. On 2 October William was of Mason County when he bought land in Maysville, Mason County. On 17 April 1830 he and Delia of Maysville sold their land there. On 13 January 1831 he witnessed Joshua and Mary McCalla's [his brother] deed for 5 acres on Fishing Gut Creek in Huntington Township. On 6 April 1831 William was of Maysville when he mortgaged a great deal of store merchandize. On 4 April 1833 his store in Maysville burned along with much of the town. In 1840 William was in Liberty Township, Adams County, Ohio. On 23 April 1845 William's father, John McCalla (ca 1769 Maryland-23 April 1845 Aberdeen, Brown County, Ohio), died. On 25 December 1848 in Manchester, Adams County W. L. McCalla gave his daughter, Magdalena N. McCalla, permission to marry John Haslet McHenry. They were married in Adams County on 1 January 1849. In 1850 William and Delia were in Sprigg Township, Adams County. He was a teacher. He became affiliated with Manchester Lodge, #317, of the Free and Accepted Masons in Adams County in 1858 and apparently demitted on 7 November 1859. In 1860 William and Delia were in Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana. He was teaching. By 1870 they had moved to Pleasant Township, Switzerland County, Indiana. He was still teaching. His daughter and son-in-law were living next door. I do not know what happened to William and Delia after 1870. William could have had a wonderfully helpful obituary too, but I do not know where he died. He was famous and well liked as a teacher.

There was a William McCalla who married Nancy Hook (?-?) on 17 February 1820 in Adams County, Ohio. If this were the teacher, it could explain the date of his daughter's birth: William marries Nancy Hook on 17 February 1820, daughter Magdalena N. McCalla is born on 10 January 1824, ?Nancy dies?, William marries Delia Neill on 1 April 1825.

William and Delia had at leasted two more children: a boy born between 1826 and 1830 and a girl also born between 1826 and 1830. What became of them? The two children were on the 1840 census, but they were not necessarly McCallas. They could have been boarders.

The McCalla family is very confusing - too many Johns, William L.s, and Joshuas. I have more than 200 pages on them and it is all on WordPerfect 3.something. Rekeying it on Word is daunting, but necessary if it is to be printed. I need to quit stalling and get to it.

Please add anything you can to the above. I can be reached at
(602) 277-3843
Please send messages to both email addresses. We have been having trouble with the uswest one.
Lynn Marks


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