Thursday, February 8, 2018

Obituary of Thomas H. Calloway (Thomas H. Callaway), Sweetwater Enterprise, 1870 (via TNGenWeb)

Obituary of Thomas H. Calloway

(Alternate Surname Spelling: Callaway)
Sept. 1, 1870, |Sweetwater Enterprise|, Sweetwater, Monroe Co., Tenn.

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Death of President Calloway---This estimable Christian gentleman and valued citizen breathed his last at half past two o'clock Monday morning at White Cliff Springs in this county. His many friends had been for some time prepared for the sad event, although they hoped to the last that kind and skillful attention might prolong his life for several years. Colonel Calloway was born in Knox County on the 15th day of January, 1812. About the year 1821 he removed with his father, Joseph Calloway, to this county. In 1838, having been appointed one of the surveyors of the Ocoee District, he removed to Cleveland. Shortly after this he married a daughter of Hon. Luke Lea, then Entry Taker of the Ocoee District. On the 5th of February, 1852, he was elected President of the East Tennessee and Georgia Railroad, but resigned in September, 1853. On the 25th of July, 1865, he was re-elected to the same position, and on the 27th of November, 1868, he was elected President of the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad. On the 29th of November, 1869, the East Tennessee and Georgia and East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad Companies having been consolidated, he wa elected the first President of the consolidated companies, and was holding this position at the time of his death.
Colonel Calloway was an active and consistent member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and in all the relations of life set a bright example to those who would win respect and love. We know of no other man in East Tennessee whose loss would be so generally and sincerely deplored.
His remains were taken to Cleveland on Tuesday and buried with Masonic honors. The number in attendance at the funeral was very large, comprising delegations from along the line of the East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad.

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Citation: Glenn Teffeteller (ed., transcriber, contrib.), "Death of President Calloway" (Sept. 1, 1870, Obituary of Thomas H. Callaway, president of the East Tennessee and Georgia Railroad), in File 3 (FILE3.TXT), Sweetwater Enterprise, (Sweetwater, Monroe Co., Tenn.), 11/18/1869 - 4/7/1876, Monroe Co., TN, Early Newspaper Abstracts 1868 – 1908, Newspaper Index for Monroe County, Tennessee, Monroe County in Tennessee GenWeb (, accessed 8 Feb. 2018. URL: http://‌‌monroe/‌newspaper/‌FILE3.TXT.

My own additional research note: Thomas H. Calloway or Thomas H. Callaway, was president of East Tennessee and Georgia Railroad before and after the Civil War. He resigned during the War, when the Confederacy took over the railroad company. Callaway, a very wealthy man even by today's standards, lived in, and was strongly associated with these counties in Tennessee: Bradley County, Monroe County, Polk County. He also briefly lived in, and owned property in, northern Murray County, Georgia.

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