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Samuel E. Callison, Sr. & Martha C. Yarbrough


The immigrant ancestor of Samuel Callison was probably the Quaker, James Callison, who arrived in America about 1763-65. On August 5, 1765 a James Callison was received on certificate from Ballyhagen, Armah County, Ireland in a Quaker monthly meeting at Burlington, New Jersey. In 1766 James Callison was residing in August County, Virginia near relatives, James and Isabelle Callison. He received several grants of land in Greenbrier County, Virginia and about 1791 James Callison and his family moved to Grainger County, Tennessee where he obtained a tract of 600 acres. He died there in 1808. James was married twice, and his wife at the time of his death was Elizabeth Young, whom he married in Grainger County July 17, 1800. His will named his heirs as wife Elizabeth and children Anthony, Issac, James, Jesse, Samuel, Elisha, Abigail, Mary, Rebecca, Ann and Ruth. James Callison Jr. was administrator of the estate. James Callison Jr. married Anne Gillespie January 21, 1794; she died at an early age.


James Callison traveling with the Robert Box family moved from Tennessee with his sons through Alabama, Mississippi and into Texas to Anderson County. His son  James H. Callison died at Goliad under Colonel Fannin.

(Extract from Joyce Speer Moore (From The History of Gonzales County, Texas)


Generation No. 1


1.  SAMUEL E.2 CALLISON, SR.  (JAMES1) was born Abt. 1815 in Alabama, and died Bet. 1862 - 1870 in Gonzales Co., TX.  He married (1) UNKNOWN BOX Abt. 1841 in Houston Co, TX.  She died Bef. 1847.  He married (2) MARTHA C. YARBROUGH Apr 1847 in Houston Co., TX, daughter of JOHN Swanson YARBROUGH and CYNTHIA COKER.  She was born 14 Apr 1831 in Hempstead Co., Arkansas, and died 09 Jun 1905 in Leesville, Gonzales Co., TX.



Burial: Bet. 1862 - 1870, Sandies Chapel Cem., Dewville, Gonzales Co., TX

Census: 1860; Census Place:  , Gonzales, Texas; Roll: M653_1295; Page: 74; Image: 148.

Immigration: 1835, WHITE, GIFFORD. The First Settlers of Houston County, Texas. St. Louis, Mo.: Ingmire Pub., 1983. 35p.  p7

Land 1: 26 Jun 1854, bounty land grant for 320 acres

Land 2: 1854, bounty warrant for 320 acres

Military: Bet. 1835 - 1836, Army of the Republic of Texas - Captain Anderson Bailey's Company

Tax Roll 1: 1846, TX Tax List Index, 1840-1849  Houston County TX

Tax Roll 2: 1840, Houston County TX




                   i.       LOUISA ISABELLA3 CALLISON, b. 09 Mar 1842, Houston County TX; d. 11 Nov 1891, Sayers, Bexar County,


                  ii.       VINEY CALLISON CALLISON.




                 iii.       SAMUEL C.3 CALLISON, JR., b. 1848, Willow Springs Ranch, Texas; d. 27 Jun 1898, Willow Springs Ranch, TX;

                                   m. AMANDA CAROLINE LITTLEFIELD.

                 iv.       GEORGE CALLISON, b. 1849, Houston Co., TX; d. 1869.

                  v.       FRANKLIN CALLISON, b. 1852, Gonzales Co., TX.

                 vi.       ROBERT CALLISON, b. 01 Jul 1850, Gonzales Co., TX; d. 1872.

                vii.       THOMAS CALLISON, b. 1855, Gonzales Co., TX; d. 1941.

               viii.       MARY ANN CALLISON, b. 19 Jul 1853, Gonzales Co., TX; d. 1930.

                  ix.       NANCY ESTELLE CALLISON, b. 21 Oct 1859, Gonzales Co., TX; d. 1888.

                   x.       ADAM CALLISON, b. 1860, Gonzales Co., TX; d. 1860.

                  xi.       FINDLEY C. CALLISON, b. 28 Feb 1857, Gonzales Co., TX; d. 1941.

                 xii.       EVA EMILY CALLISON, b. 1861, Gonzales Co., TX; d. 1861.

                xiii.       RACHAEL CALLISON, b. 1863, Gonzales Co., TX.