Edward MCCALLISTER, b. 4 Mar 1758 in Augusta Co, Va.
July 1, 2010
Edward MCCALLISTER(6939) (578) was born on4 Mar1758 inAugustaCo, Va. (6940)
He served in the military in Jan 1781 inCowpens, SC. (578) Per Janice "In the Revolutionary War, Edward served in Captain Ballar's Company, the 26th District ofBotetourt County. (A Seed-Bed of the Republic: A Study of the Pioneers in the Upper (Southern) Valley ofVirginia, Robert Douthat Stoner, Roanoke, Va., 1962, p. 127.) Edward fought atCowpens, South Carolina, with GeneralMorgan. (Illinois StateHistorical Society Transactions for 1907, Dr. Daniel Berry. pp. 77-78.)
There is a DAR/SAR file for Edward." He owned Land on23 Oct1816 in White Co, Il. (232) He appeared on the census in 1818 in White Co, Il. (232) He appeared on the census in 1820 in White Co, Il.(6941) He died on30 May1833 in White Co, Il. (6942)(232) (578) Inscription on Edward's stone at the Old Graveyard,Carmi, White County, Illinois: Virginia Pvt, Virginia Troops, Revolutionary War.Mar 4, 1758 -May 30, 1833. A photograph of the marker is at
He had an estate probated on3 Jun1833 inWhite county, Illinois. (232)(6943) Probate filed3 June1833, and closed 38 March 1835. . His eldest son James McAllister was administrator. No wife was listed in the estate.
Edward's children were sons James, Simon, Thomas, John, Richard, and Edward McAllister, daughters Elizabeth Burris, Sally McMullin, and Polly Baker. No grandchildren were listed in the estate. The estate documents can be located at:Southern Illinois UniversityRepository:White County, Index toIllinoisProbate Journal, Volume B, 1822-1844, page 102 : McAllister Edward. Administrator James McAllister.
MCALLISTER EDWARD 102 JAMES MCALLISTER-A 3 JUN 1833-28 MAR
1835 DISTRIBUTE TO: JAMES, SIMON, THOMAS, JOHN, RICHARD, & EDWARD
MCALLISTER, E. BURRIS, SALLY MULLIN, & DOLLY BAKER EQUAL SHARES.
Mr. Wesley McCallister's story. He says: "My grandfather, Edward McCallister, came fromIrelandwhen a small boy; grew up in Virginia and served as a soldier through the Revolutionary War; was in the battle ofCowpenswith General Morgan. After the war he married Miss DeHart, a FrenchHuguenot, and settled inKentucky. In 1810 he came to Illinois territory. At this time he had eight children, my father being one of the youngest. He came down the Green andOhiorivers and up the Wabash river in a pirouque, landing at Cadd's ferry, where Marshall's ferry is now. He built a cabin and was living there at the time of the earthquake.
My father was a child about 4 years old, and remembers his mother gathering up the children and taking them to the pirouque; saying that if the earth sank, they would be safe as the land and came ashore. All the stock was very much disturbed and frightened; horses nickering, cattle lowing, hogs squealing, and all the stock on the range running to the house.
Per Janice McAlpine, Edward served as Constable for Botetourt County as late asMay 14, 1786, when his successor, James Robinson was appointed. In 1787, Edward paid taxes on 4 hourses and 5 cows in Botetourt County. Family history says that Edward moved to Kentucky about 1800 or even earlier.
When the estate of James McAllister was being settled in 1803, Edward signed transfer deeds in Bath Co., Virginia. There is no indication that Edward did this through a power-of-attorney. (Bath Co.,VA- Deed Book 2. pg. 543.) This may mean that Edward was still in or near Bath Co. in 1803. On the other hand, most of his children, who were alive for the 1850 census, listed Kentucky as their places of birth.
More from Janice McAlpine: The first record I have for Edward in Kentucky is from21 Sept.1804, when he bought 1,000 acres of land in Nelson/Hardin County, Kentucky, lying on Bacon Creek. It is possible that Edward used his share of James McAllister's estate to buy the land:
Hardin Co., Kentucky, Deed Book C, pg. 187-189 Land Deed fromLarueto McCallister, Edward;8 April.1806 (actual sale - 21 Sept. 1804). One thousand acres of land situated lying and being in the county of Hardin and on Bacon Creek, it being part of a survey or tract of land claimed by John Miller.
On1 Jun1810, Edward sold his Hardin Co. land to William Wilson:
Hardin Co., Kentucky, Deed Book D, pg 448-449: Land Deed from Edward McCallister to William Wilson. 1 Jun 1810. [Same land as above.]
Family history says that Edward took his family down the Green and Ohio Rivers and then up the Wabash River from Hardin Co., Kentucky, toGallatinCo. in the Illinois Territory in 1810.
An article in the local newspaper described the earthquake this way:
"Then came that terrifyingDecember 16. It was2 a.m. Monday. Settlers slept. Suddenly the earth shook. Cabins shuddered. Logs creaked. Cradles rocked. Chimneys cracked. Bells rang. Clocks stopped. Dishes crashed. Cattle bawled. Dogs howled. Horses panicked. People fled their cabins; huddled in the cold. Parents prayed. Children cried. The ground rolled up in waves. Trees blew up, cracked, split, fell by the thousands. When earth waves hit the tall timber, forest giants weaved their tops together, interlocked their branches, sprang back and cracked like whip lashes. The earth rumbled, roared, split open, raised in some places, sank in others. On the prairie, snow white sand shot up like geysers. Along theWabashand little Wabash Rivers banks caved in. Trees toppled into the water. Mrs. Edward McCallister hurried her children into a dugout canoe, pushed it into the Wabash River. Violent waves forced her to struggle back to the heaving land."
"The earth shook all night and the following day. Tremors continued for three months, with massive shocksJanuary 23andFebruary 7. The praying pioneers didn't know it, but they had experienced the heaviest earthquake ever to shake the American continent. It shook 1,000,000 square miles."
Mentioned in father James's will dated14 June1799 and probated in 1801. Parents: James MCCALLISTER and Mary MCGLOUGHLIN.
He was married to Mary DEHART on10 Aug1785 in Botetort Co, Va.(6944) Children were: James MCCALLISTER, Simeon (Simon) MCCALLISTER, Thomas MCCALLISTER , Richard MCCALLISTER, John MCCALLISTER, Mary Polly MCCALLISTER, Elizabeth MCCALLISTER, Sarah "Sally" MCCALLISTER, William MCCALLISTER, Edward MCCALLISTER Jr..