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Leon Johnson 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
May 27, 2004 · posted to the surname Calaway
Leon Johnson California Calaway was born in Sugarhill,Gwinnett Co. Georgia on 2 Jan. 1858, she was the 7th child of 11 children,her dad was William Anderson Calaway,her mother Mary Garrett Sexton. Little did california know,her big happy life would be changing when she was just 4 years old. You see ,it was the start of the civil war in Georgia,and everyone was happy to be fighting against the North.California's parents were true southerns, her parent were owners of over 90 slaves on her grandfathers Estate. The plantation was powerful in those days,cotton was at high dollar,life as they new it was grand. California grew up not wanting much in life,they lived well in those days. Her father enlisted in the Confederate Army and left them to be on there own.George ,her brother was born in 1863 during the civil war an james was born after the civil war in 1868,Im sure mary had done her best while William was away,but Georgia area was hit hard during the Civil war,they were just 15 miles from Atlanta, Ga.,many plantation were lost,and her grandfather John Calaway had lost his plantation as many other plantation owners had. In the 1870 census william not listed with the family in Gwinnett Co, Ga. one would think he lost his life in the civil war,But now remember james was listed as being born in 1868. William had taken off to who knows where,anyway he was never heard from again. The family stayed around the area,California married William Thomas Johnson 25 Aug 1878 in Gwinnett Co. Ga.William got a job working for Bona allen at a leather factory in the area.After that they moved around,Alabama,then back to Georgia, and than they headed up to Tennessee,borrowed a covered wagon and headed up north,it was the 1900's and jobs were good in Tennessee. William was a saddle maker and the family did well for the times,California worked as a house keeper,one of her sons Arthur Wm. Johnson had left to Missouri,my grandfather started up his own shoe shop in St. Joseph ,Mo. In 1936 Arthur got a telegram from his brother Washington Bigger Johnson saying California had died,8 Dec 1836, arthur couldnt go do to his own health,so he sent my father Charles Thomas Johnson,my dad brought back flowers from her gravesite ,California didnt live in the way she was use too.,she wasnt poor,but her life started off grand for her times,but she had been living with her son claude when her life ended, I had read letters about them and my dads stories,I was told that California had hair down to her knees,but I'm sure they had it put up,I wish I could of met her,Her Great Grandson, Leon L. Johnson
Jun 02, 2004 · posted to the surname Calaway
Leon Johnson Lambert Weisenberger was born in Maryville, Nodaway Co., Missouri,both of his parents came over from Germany in the 1870's,Frederick Weisenberger was his his father,Anna Marie Hilsenbeck was his mother,Frederick was a drunk due to him losing his left leg on the job.After this accident anna marie had a hard time with Frederick,it is reported in the courthouse in Maryville that he chased Anna Marie around the house with butcher knife,she was mad at frederick because he had sold the family cow that they had raised for drinking money,the children had saw the hole think happen,anna marie divorced Frederick after that, the following year,this was in the 1900's. In the 1910 Census I find Lambert living with his mother in Maryville, Mo, all the other children have moved away by this time ,Lambert falls in love with a young lady named Lennie Elizabeth Blacketer,daughter of Samuel Blacketer and Mary Martha Funderburg,Lambert and Lennie were a very happy couple,things were going good for them. They decided to move up to Wyoming,Casper Wyoming had alot of jobs at this time,its where LeRoy Lambert Weisenberger was born 28 Aug 1912,Elizabeth Katherine was born in 24 Aug 1914,Leon O. was born 12 Dec 1916 ,Maybelle Elizabeth was born 10 Oct 1918,and Louis A. was born 10 May 1922,times were happy for the family of Lambert and Lennie.Dec was coming and kids were excided about Christmas,it was the 22th of Dec.1922 and life was grand,lennie was taking care of her baby,smiling at her and enjoying the love she had for her newborn baby,she had a sharp pain in her chest,and died that night. After Lennie was buried Lambert had to think about the kids,People back in Maryville were offering to help him with the kids,LeRoy was only 10 yrs old and the baby only 7 month's old Lambert took off for Maryville Missouri.He didnt like what he was about to do.LeRoy was left with Bert Hiatt's home ,Elizabeth was left at Katherine Yehle home,Leon & Maybelle were left at St Mary's church in maryville,Louis was adopted out,and Lambert went back to his job in Casper Wyo.This had to be hard on him,due to the times. All the kids moved back to Wyoming to be around there father Lambert,all but Louis,Louis had married and had trouble with his life,he was a drinking man,shot himself in the head while talking to his wife. Lambert was having a good life now,all his children were around him,I have alot of pictures of them on alot of hunting trips in Wyoming.I was born in casper Wyo.,so I know what they liked about the country. Lambert never married again.I remember Lambert coming to my fathers funeral in park city Kansas ,a very proud man,he made us smile alot,that was in 1956,Grandpa returned to Wyoming and later passed away in casper Wyoming in 1958,and is buried by his loving wife Lennie. His Grandson Leon L Johnson
Jun 03, 2004 · posted to the surname Weisenberger
Leon Johnson It was the 20th of December 1863,when most people would be thinking of Christmas,the time for prayer,and strong family values,proud american's that you dont see today,singing there hearts out for it was Christmas,but my Great grandfather Samuel Blacketer had other ideas, he had enlisted in the civil war,for the north,at Bethany ,Harrison Co. Missouri,just a 20 yr old young man.He had signed up for 3 Yrs. in the 12th Regiment Co. H ,Missouri Cal. He was sent to Tenn. around lookout mountain Tenn. We all know how bad the war was, on Nov 24 1864 samuel was captured in action at Campbellville Tenn. He was then sent to Andersonville Prison in Georgia,if one thought the war was hell,a bigger hell awaited him. There was a circle around there encampment,it was the death zone,cross this line and you were shot,no questions asked.Samuel got a lung problem while he was there,many men died of health problems there,I often sit and wonder the hell he must of gone thru to stay alive. In 1865 the 28th of Apr. samuel was paroled to Jacksonville Fla. When he got back to Bethany Mo. he married Mary Ann Sills,to this marriage they had three wonderful children,Ida Belle,James & Sidney Blacketer,Mary Ann passed away only after 7 yrs of marriage,time had to be hard for all, Samuel married Mary Martha Funderburg,My great Grandmother. They had 4 children,Gus ,Julia,Lenny and Zada Blacketer,still times were hard for all the children. Samuel fought with his health for many years to come,he died in 16 Jan 1909 at Mcfalls Missouri,He lays in his grave at a nearby Church,with no headstone ,how sad,his country forgot him. Leon Johnson ,his great grandson
May 26, 2004 · posted to the surname Blacketer