James Callaway

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Capt. James Callaway (1783–1815), grandson of Daniel Boone. He is the namesake of Callaway County, Missouri.[1]

Birth and early life[edit]

James Callaway, was born in Kentucky September 13, 1783 to Flanders Callaway and Jemima Boone, Daniel Boone's daughter. In 1798 his family moved to Missouri. He returned to Kentucky in 1799 to complete his education. In 1805 he married the former Nancy Howell, and the couple settled in Howell's prairie, in St. Charles County, where he built a home. He was involved in the fur trade and local business. He was a deputy sheriff in St. Charles County for several years.

Military service and death[edit]

Callaway was appointed Cornet of a troop of Missouri Rangers in 1808. He was promoted to Captain in 1812, and the following year raised a company, for either the ongoing conflicts with indigenous people or the War of 1812 (accounts differ.) He participated in the expedition of General Howard in 1813 and the Battle of Credit Island in 1814 in a military capacity. Callaway was killed in battle with Native Americans near Loutre Creek in March 1815.[1] He was buried by his father where he had been killed in what is now Montgomery County, Missouri.


  1. ^ a b Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 267.

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