Col. Richard Callaway
1. Col. Richard
, brother to Thomas Callaway
, was one of the founders of Boonesboro
brother to Col. Richard Callaway
, m. ca. 1735 to May Baker
, daughter of Robert
Miss (Blount) Baker
, b. NC.
Thomas & May (Baker) Callaway had:
Richard Callaway was named for his uncle, Col. Richard Callaway [iii]. (The one who was left to die)
Joseph Callaway [iv].
William Callaway [v].
2.1. Richard Callaway , son of Thomas & May (Baker) Callaway , was named for his uncle, Col. Richard Callaway [vi].
A certain Tory leader by the name of Capt. William Riddle
made a bold move. A party of six or
eight men, led by Capt. Riddle
, sneaked into the valley and captured the biggest prize of all, Col. Ben
The Colonel was on a visit to his plantation up at
"Old Fields". The creek that ran through his plantation still bares
this name today. This was on Saturday,
The discovery of what had taken place was not made until
later that morning. Joseph Callaway
, who I guess became concerned in the whereabouts of his brother, set out to
find him. After reaching
, another brother of Richard, John Renta Baker
and Samuel McQueen
set out on the trail in pursuit of
the Tory. After tracking most that day, shortly before dusk they discovered the
Tory camp. Not wanting to alert the Tory of their presents, our little rescue
party retreated back down the trail and bed down for the night. Just before
sunrise the next morning Capt. Robert Cleveland
rode up with another twenty or so.
After exchanging ideas of how to deal with the situation, the party moved in
closer to take a look at the Tory camp. The Tories were going about their
business preparing breakfast, totally unaware of what was about to take place.
Old Ben Cleveland
was setting on a log, acting as if
he didn't have a care in the world. He was among the first to discover the
presence of his rescuers. The Colonel was a very large man, weighing upward to
300 pounds. When the first shots rang out he knew it would be of little use for
him to try running. So he just set there on the log shouting; "Hurrah for
Brother Bob! That's right, give 'em hell! " With this he fell backwards off
the log and lay on the ground, in fear of being shot by one of his own men.
With the exception of one, the Tories made their escape,
including their leader, Capt. Riddle
. But Colonel Cleveland
was not to be denied his revenge.
Capt. Riddle and two others by the names of Reeves and Goss were captured
shortly after. It does not take much imagination to figure out their fate.
That's right! The Old Oak Tree[xiii]
in Wilkesboro. But, it could never be said that the old Colonel wasn't an
understanding person. He did allow Capt. Riddle's wife to watch as he hung her
His Descendants", by Frieda Sims Nelson
, p. 4
Possibly of Shirley Plantation.
Also known as the Tory Oak