David Call


DAVID CALL, one of the well known early settlers of Jefferson county who was born in 1793, near Hagerstown, Md. He was one of eight children of Alexander Call, a soldier of the revolution who was wounded in both hips and Hannah his wife who lived to the age of one hundred and five years. In 1801 David with his mother and four brothers came from Hagerstown to the mouth of Yellow creek, bringing all their goods upon their backs. They stopped with their relative, Philip Saltsman, who had cleared a little patch at that place, and raised corn and vegetables, obtaining his meat by the chase. In hunting, David became proficient. One of the trips which he and Saltsman made was about ten miles into the forest, where Call was left with an old flint-lock rifle to keep camp while Saltsman went out for game. The older man being hard of hearing, Call managed to whistle back one of his dogs unobserved, and after the sentinel at the camp was tired of waiting, he made an expedition of his own. Finding a bear and cub he managed to kill both and getting back to camp had the satisfaction of telling Saltsman when he returned empty-handed, that he had killed two bears. The tired hunter declared that he would hang the young nimrod if he found he was deceiving him, but he was soon led to the evidence of Call's prowess. After leaving Saltsman's employ Call worked several months turning the bolter in a mill twelve hours per day at 12 1/2 cents a day. In the war of 1812 he served as a private under Capt. Alexander. He died in 1883. He was married to Catharine Buygher, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1799 and died in January 1881. She was the daughter of Jacob and Catharine (Poe) Buygher of Pennsylvania. David Call and wife had twelve children, four of whom are deceased: John, Jacob, Mrs. Susan Georin and Mrs. Eliza McCoy and the following survive: Alexander, David, James M., Abraham, Mrs. Sarah Miller, Mrs. Matilda Call, Anna and Julia.

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