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Rev. Abner Reeves Callaway, third son of Rev. Enoch Callaway (1792-1859) and Martha Reeves Callaway (1796-1879), was born in Wilkes County, Georgia, February 6, 1832. His father was a vigorous and active Baptist minister, a man known for his high integrity, tender sympathy and executive ability. His mother, was noted for strength, decision of character, firmness of purpose and tenderness of heart. At the age of ten he was converted and was baptised in Sardis Church, Wilkes County, Georgia of which his father was pastor and by whom he was baptized. He attended school at Centerville, Wilkes County, Georgia, and later at Mercer University, then located in Penfield, Greene County, Georgia.
He married Sarah Jane Howard (1835-1878), daughter of Robert Groves Howard (1798-1855) and Mary Brooks Glenn (1810-1840) of Lexington, Oglethorpe County, Georgia on October 19, 1852. The young couple settled in west Georgia, where Mr. Callaway taught school, farmed, and for years served most churches in the Western Baptist Association, including Greeneville, Rocky Mount, Friendship, Wehadkee, Antioch, Bethlehem, Long Cane, West Point and Hogansville. About 1860, he established the "Hyperion High School," about two miles from Greenville, Meriwether County, Georgia, one of the first large boarding high schools in Western Georgia. In the winter of 1865-6, he moved his family to LaGrange, Troup County, Georgia, where he gave himself to rebuilding the fortunes of his community wasted by war. His success in farming, his popularity as pastor and preacher, were so pronounced that he soon came to be recognized as one of the foremost and most influential citizens of his city and community. By intense study and application, and by unremitting personal labor, Mr. Callaway laid the foundations of his life work broad and deep, and built thereon a character which stamped him as a man of worth, an educator and Christian minster. In 1875 he was elected Professor of natural Science and Belle-Letters in the Southern Female College at LaGrange, a position he filled with notable success for many years.
Children by his first marriage include:
- Enoch Callaway (1853-1901) who married Frances Banks (1858-1941)
- Mary Glenn Callaway (1855-1907) who married Rev. William Wylie Arnold (1853-1931)
- Howard Robert Callaway (1857-1927) who married Lula H. Cary (1861-1922)
- Lucy B. Callaway (1859-1859)
- Abbie R. Callaway (1860-1865)
- William B. Callaway (1863-1863)
- Pope Francis Callaway (1865-1923)
- Abner Reeves Callaway, Jr. (1868-1869)
- Fuller Earle Callaway (1870-1928) who married Ida Jane Cason (1872-1936)
Children by his second marriage inlcude:
- Ely Reeves Callaway (1880-1956) who married Loula B. Walker (1884-1967)
- Abbie Callaway (1883-1974) who married Dr. Livy Duncan Allen (1869-1965)
- Harry Welbourne Callaway (1884-1950) who married Lena Hand (1893-1984), daughter of Leonidas Lee Hand (1870-1951) and Irene Findley (1871-1899).
Rev. Callaway died at La Grange on September 23, 1893 and was buried at Hillview Cemetery, Troup County, Georgia.
|Abner Reeves Callaway|| Rev. Enoch Callaway|
| John Callaway|
| Edward Callaway|
| John Callaway|
| Mary Gould|
| Bethany Arnold|
|?Peter Arnold?||Unknown Arnold|
| Martha Reeves|
| Abner Reeves|
| Malachi Reeves|
| William Reeves|
| Martha Wiley|
| Sarah Wright|
| William Wright|
| Richard Wright|