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"What ever happened to William A. Calaway"   Calaway family story

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Willliam A. Calaway was born at Sugarhill Georgia, Gwinnett Co.,Parents of John & Elizabeth Calaway.William came from a very well off family,Plantation owners,they worked hard for there land.This land was also full of gold,and william worked it hard,him being the only child,but things were about to change his way of life. It was 1862 ,a time when Georgia thought they were right to have slaves,John had over 90 slaves I was told.And the civil war was coming between the states.A long a bloody war that was only to happen a few short months,little did they know it would be the longest war recorded in history,more lives lost than any war recorded.
William joined the Confederate Army Co. C,2nd Battallon,Georgia Infantry,he had alot to lose if he & his dad lost all there slaves. After william left on the census records there were only one child born during the war, 1863,it wasnt until 1868 that another child was born. William came out of the war fine,or was he? William tried to work the land hard,not knowing what he was thinking,things were changing again,land was lost,John's plantation had fallen,and william had took one of his wagons and left,with what money he had,and was never heard from again. I have researched the will of John Calaway,and in his will,he stated"If my son be alive at this time ,he gets my land,but william never showed up,Mary Garrett (Sexton)Calaway his wife got the Estate,william had left 11 children for Mary to take care of,I see in another census she left to go to Alabama,Blount Co., town of Liberty after john's will was read for all to hear.No where did I ever find a William A. Calaway again. Mary died in Liberty Alabama the 28th Of Jan. 1901. My GreatGrandmother California Johnson(Calaway) was at her last resting place,and I say to myself,Where is William A. Calaway?,he left a very proud family,nor did they Calaway's have slaves again,that was what I was proud of,as I would have never have gone along with what they fought for. Are families go on in this land we call The United States,But I still wonder where William A Calaway took off too. Don't you? His GGGrandson Leon L. Johnson
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Leon Johnson passed away in September of 2004, if you wish to contact a member of the family, please contact Randi one of 5 surviving children- [contact link]
Dec 12, 2005 5:06 pm reply
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