NOTE: Name changed to Malcolm; Malcolmson also related


[CMMS] Both the names MacCallum and Malcolm derive from the Gaelic name of St. Columba of the Celtic Church, nobleman turned monk, who brought Christianity to Scotland (Argyll) from Ireland. Roughly the names mean a devotee, servant, son, or follower of St Columba, and may have originally referred to an ecclesiastical position of duty. St. Columba’s name is Colm in the original Gaelic form, and he is distinguished from others with the same name by the suffix meaning cell: Columchille). Thus, MacCallum means son of Colm, and although it does not indicate descent from Columba, the MacCallums do originate in the ancient kingdom of Dalriada settled by the first Scots from Ireland. Personal Name: Calum; Son of Callum (bald dove)

GAELIC NAMES [CMMS] MacChalium (devotee of St. Columba), Maol Chalium (devotee of St.

Columba), Clann Caluim, Mac Mhaol Chalium, Mac Coluimb, Mac Guille Chaluim. The Gaelic names are Colm or Callum (Chaluim). Maol Colm seems to be an ancient form of Malcolm, and Callum seems to be closer to the original Gaelic.

CREST [CMMS] A Castle (or Tower) Argent, Masoned Sable

MOTTO [CMMS] In Ardua Tendit/In Ardua Petit=He has attempted difficult things, or he reaches toward things difficult of attainment)

OLD MOTTO [CMMS] Deus Refugium Nostrum=God is our refuge

BADGE Mountain Ash or Mountain Ash (Rowan) or Rowan berries





60 John Scotland

30 Duncan 1786 1832 Ellen Guthrie Perthshire;PA;IN-Switzerland

15 Jane Stuart 1824 1879 J D Van Eaton IN-Switzerland;CA-El Dorado



IN Switzerland Co

Vevay Library

Long Run Cemetery

CA El Dorado Co Placerville Library, Historical Society


GEN [ArCa] The Argent Castle, Newsletter of the Clan MacCallum/Malcolm Society (dates to be included)

[CMMS] Letter/Notes from Clan MacCallum/Malcolm Society recd 09/1997

[EMGe] Genealogy by Eleanor McCallum

[EEMc] Letter from Edward E. McCallum, descendent of Neil McCallum, mailed 15 October 1998. Includes a family chart, letter to “Virginia” [JMKC], and a hand written note to me

[JHLe] Letter from Jane Hildebrand to Margaret Hulbert

[JMKC] Family chart of ? Neil McCallum showing relationship to Cole Porter, sent to me by Edward E. McCallum (see [EEMc]) originally compiled by John M. Knight, Rt 1, PO Box 236AA, Vevay (Long Run), Indiana

[LBLe] Letter from Lynn Beedle to Margaret Hulbert 19 July 1977

[LSBR] Family Record by Lynn Beedle

Switzerland County, Indiana, Index of Persons and Firms, compiled by Tom Bloomfield, Mildred Hamilton, and Juanita Broodhead, County Historical Indexing Project, Family History Section, Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis 1980

[SAGA] The MacCallum Saga by Katherine Ainsworth

IN [DOSC] History of Dearborn, Ohio and Switzerland Counties

[DUFR] Swiss Settlement in Switzerland County, Indiana by Perret Dufour

[SCMa] Switzerland County Marriages, 1814-1925 by Wanda L. Morford

[SCML] Marriage Licences in Switzerland County, 1814-1830

[SWCI] Switzerland County, Indiana Cemetery Inscriptions 1817-1985 by Wanda L. Morford

CA [CPDi] Directory of City of Placerville, 1862


[ECHS] El Dorado County Historical Society-card files



SCOT Clan Map of Scotland

Ordinance Survey: Lochgilhead Perthshire: No day is Long Enough

The Story of the Tartan

Pictures and pieces of MacCallum tartan

Pictures of Duntrune Castle

Articles Re: MacCallum

Scottish phone books re: MacCallum

Letter from JRT to Margaret Hulbert/Betty Tillotson from Scotland

IN Pictures of Vevay IN

Pictures of Long Run IN

Maps and Brochures of Vevay and Switzerland Co, IN

CA Pictures: Harriet Van Eaton, Amy Van Eaton, House in San Jose, John

Van Eaton, Rebecca Van Eaton, ? Belle Van Eaton, Lynn Simpson

“Mother of Harriet Ellen Van Eaton”

Drawing of John Dick Van Eaton


Daisy MacCallum and the MacCallum House in Mendocino

BEEDLE-References and Sources

Ancestor Charts

Lists of Names

Notes from Old Times, Vol. 1, No. 1, p. 2

List of descendents of Granville Leo Beedle and Carol Enid Simpson

Advertisement for CD by Helen Beedle

Miscellaneous letters from Lynn Beedle to JRT

Miscellaneous Articles about Lynn Beedle Re: Tall Buildings, Lehigh U

BKS: [DUFR] Perret Dufour: Swiss Settlement in Switzerland County, Indiana, Indiana Historical Collection V 13, Indianapolis Historical Collections, 1925, 446pp. (In (IN Vevay Library and Referenced in The McCallum Saga)

[DOSC] History of Dearborn, Ohio and Switzerland Counties, F.E. Weakley & Co.,

Chicago, 1885, 1282pp. (In Vevay Library) [DOSC] (In Vevay Library)

[SAGA] Katherine Ainsworth: The MacCallum Saga: The Story of the Founding of Palm Springs, The Palm Springs Desert Museum, 1973 (see p 48 for references for Neil and Duncan)

[SWCI] Wanda L. Morford, Switzerland County, Indiana Cemetery Inscriptions

1817-1985, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1986. (In Vevay Library) [SWCI]


1 Clan Map of Scotland

2 Map of Lochgilphead

3 Pictures of Duntrune Castle

4 Misc. notes about Clans McCallum and Malcolm-5 pages

5 Mc Callum Tartans

6 Telephone Books

7 DUFR Defour, Swiss Settlements of Switzerland County p74, 83-4

8 DUSC History of Dearborn, Ohio and Switzerland Counties, p 1007

9 SWCI Switzerland County Cemetery Inscriptions

10 Pictures of Vevay and Long Run Indiana

11 MCBK Books in VeVay Libray on McCallums

12 MCLB Other information in Vevay Library, RE: McCallums

13 Maps and brochures from Vevay IN-6

14 VEVE Perth to Vevay in 10 (1984-1994) and 200 (1794-1994) Years

A commentary on my trip to Vevay in October 1994

15 Picture of Jane Stuart McCallum Van Eaton

16 SAGA Notes from MacCallum Saga

17 Printed notes re: Palm Springs

18 Letter from Jane Hildebrand-5 pages

MCFR MacCallum Family Record ? by Lynn Beedle

19 Daisy McCallum and McCallum House, Mendocino CA

20 JTLe My letter to Margaret and Mom from Scotland

21 Advertisements for MACALLAN, The Single Malt Scotch

OREF: Other available references not searched


Check immigration of Duncan-? To New York

Duncan’s relationship to Fulton-research Fulton

Guthrie records, grave sites

Check marriage record in Pennsylvania-Duncan and Helen/Ellen Guthrie

Check records in PA for Guthrie

Add pictures of Castle, Crest, Ancestors


Why and when did Jane Stuart come to CA

60-John MacCALLUM [MH, EMGe]

ch. m John [EMGe], ([EMGe] ? oldest child) ([EEMc] went to Canada)

m Neil [EWGe], b. in Perthshire, Scotland [EMGe, ArCaSu00],

m. Mary [EEMc, ArCaSu00] (b. 1790 [EEMc, JMKC] in  Scotland [ArCaSu00], d. October [ArCaSu00] 1875  [EEMc, JMKC], age 85 [ArCaSu00]), d. ca. [ArCaSu00]

 1830 [EEMc]/1830’s [JMKC]

(ch. Gershom, b. 1813 [EEMc] in New York [ArCaSu00],

m. Margaret [EEMc]

{ch. Gabriel, b. 1844 [EEMc, ArCaSu00];

George, b. 1845 [EEMc, ArCaSu00] {[CPDi] may be the George McCallum that was boarding with John Gunthrie in Placerville in 1862};

Mary J.E. [EEMc]/Mary Jane [SWCi], b. 1845 [EEMc], d. 9 September 1846 [SWCi], age 3 years, 10 months, 13 days [SWCi], bur. McCallum Cemetery, Long Run IN [SWCi]};

Catherine, b. 20 January [JMKC] 1817 [EEMc, ArCaSu00], m. Samuel F. [ArCaSu00] Porter {b. 11 June 1810 [JMKC, SWCi], d. 27 November 1873 [JMKC]/1883 [SWCi], bur. McCallum Cemetery, Long Run IN [JMKC, SWCi, ArCaSu00]}, d. 17 February [JMKC, SWCi] 1870 [EEMc, ArCaSu00], age 53 years, 1 month, 11 days [SWCi], bur. McCallum Cemetery, Long Run IN [JMKC, ArCaSu00]

{[EEMc, JMKC] grandmother of Cole Porter-see below}

{ch. Catherine E., b. 5 February 1856 [SWCi], d. 3 September 1858 [SWCi], bur. McCallum Cemetery, Long Run IN [SWCi];

Mary M. b. November 1853 [SWCi], d. 27 December 1872 [SWCi], bur. McCallum Cemetery, Long Run IN [SWCi]};

F [EEMc], d. in infancy [ArCaSu00];

Alexander {Sandy [EEMc, ArCaSu00]}, b. 1828 [ArCaSu00], m. Milly Bray {b. 1836 [EEMc, ArCaSu00], d. 1896 [EEMc, ArCaSu00]}, d. February [ArCaSu00] 1875 [EEMc]

{11 ch. [ArCaSu00]:

ch. Alice, b. 1854 [EEMc, ArCaSu00];

Neil, b. 1855 [EEMc, ArCaSu00], d. 1936 [EEmc, ArCaSu00];

Mary Ellen, b. 1857 [EEMc, ArCaSu00];

Margaret Jane, b. 1859 [EEMc, ArCaSu00], d. 1889 [EEMc, ArCaSu00];

Alexander, b. 1861 [EEMc, ArCaSu00], d. 6 August [SWCi] 1861 [ArCaSu00], age 2 months, 25 days [SWCi], bur. McCallum Cemetery, Long Run IN [SWCi];

John [EEMc] Wesley [ArCaSu00], b. 1862 [EEMc, ArCaSu00], m. Alice McClain [EEMc, ArCaSu00], d. 1943 [EEMc, ArCaSu00] {[EEMc] great great grandfather of Edward E. McCallum of [EEMc]-see [EEMc]};

Daniel, b. 1865 [EEMc];

Eveline, b. 1867 [EEMc];

Susan Catherine, b. 1869 [EEMc, ArCaSu00], d. 1909 [EEMc, ArCaSu00];

Clementine, b. 1871[EEMc, ArCaSu00]; Daisy, b. 1874 [EEMc, ArCaSu00];

?, d. in infancy [ArCaSu00]};

John, b. 1822 [EEMc, ArCaSu00], never married [ArCaSu00];

Ebenezer, b. 1826 [EEMc, ArCaSu00], d.?[EEMc] 1854 [ArCaSu00];

Margaret Jane, {Maggie [ArCaSu00]} b. 1830 [EEMc, ArCaSu00], m. J.L.

Thiebbauly [EEMc]/Thiebaud [ArCaSu00] or consort of John L. Thiebaud [SWCi] {m2. Rizpah Bowers [SWCi] ((d. 17 June 1870 [SWCi], age 37 years, 2 months [SWCi], bur. McCallum Cemetery [SWCi], Long Run IN [SWCi])), d. 27 May [SWCi] 1861 [EEMc, ArCaSu00], age 31 years, 1 month, 18 days [SWCi], bur. McCallum Cemetery, Long Run IN [SWCi]

{ch. Orleanna/Oleana [ArCaSu00], b. 1855 [EEMc, ArCaSu00];

Hugh, b. 1861 [EEMc, ArCaSu00] (([ArCaSu00] became a medical doctor))}) [EEMc] stayed in Indiana)

m *Duncan

m Donald [ArCaSu00] (Story of John joining a brother, Donald, in Canada)

f Elinor [EMGe]/Eleanor [JHLe, EMGe]

Order of children unknown, John, as ? namesake, may have been oldest

TODO: Check Scottish custom of naming

Possible parents of 60/61-Duncan; 120/121-Neil/John/Elinor [LDSC, LDSC(BI), LBSF(Perth)]:

John MacCallum m. Janet Kennedy (no John) [LDSF(Perth), [LDSC(BI)])

ch. Duncan, chr. 14 December 1792 in Killin Duncan McCallum m. Janet McDonald (D) or Janet McDiarmid (J1) or Jannet McDearmid (J2) ([LDSC(BI)])

ch. Duncan, chr. 15 April 1794 in Killin [LDSC]

John, chr. 14 September 1798 [LDSC]

John, chr. 14 August 1798 [LDSC]

Malcolm McCollin m. Mar. Fletcher ([LDSC(BI)])

ch. Duncan, chr. 7 August 1794 in Killin [LDSC]

John MacCallum m. Margaret Mc Gregor ([LDSC], [LDSC(BI)])

ch. Duncan, chr. 20 August 1794 in Fortingall, Perthshire

John, chr. 15 October 1796 in Fortingall, Perthshire

John McCallum m. Margaret Fletcher [LDSF(Perth)]

ch. Duncan chr. 20 August 1794 in Fothergill, Perthshire

Dond. McCallen m. Betty McIntyre ([LDSC(BI)])

ch. Duncan, chr. 28 September 1794 in Killin [LDSC]

John MacCallum m. Mary McKay ([LDSF(Perth)], [LDSC], [LDSC(BI)])

ch. John, chr. 1 August 1789 in Killin, Perthshire

Duncan, chr. 14 October 1794 in Killin, Perthshire

John MacCallum m. Janet (no John) [LDSC] [LDSF(Perth)], [LDSC(BI)])

ch. Duncan, chr. 3 December 1794 in Comrie, Perthshire

Donald MacCallum m. Jean ([LDSC(BI)])

ch. Duncan, chr. 25 May 1795 in Killin

John, chr. 11 August 1788 or 11 September 1788 or 26 May 1791 in Killin

Donald McCallum m. Susan McGregor ([LDSC(BI)])

ch. Duncan, chr. 1797 in Killin [LDSC]

Mal. MacCallum m. Kat. Mc Farland ([LDSC(BI)])

ch. Duncan, chr 21 May 1798 in Killin [LDSC]

John, chr. 5 May 1796 in Killin [LDSC]

John McCalum, b. ca. 1760 in Easdale, Kilbrandon Argyl Scotand, m. Jean

(Janet) MacLean (b. 1760 in Scotland) ([LDSC(BI)])

ch. Archibald, b. 1788 in Scotland

John, b. 1794

Catherine, b. 1795 in Scotland

John MacCallum m. Susanna McKay (LDSC(BI)]

ch. John, b. 26 July 1796 in Killin, Perthshire [LDSC]

Dugal Mc Callum, chr. 1792, m. Janet Buchannan, son of George McCallum


ch. Eleanor/Elinor chr. 25 May 1805 [LDSC(BI)] lists no Neil/Niel or Eleanor/Elinor

NOTE 60/61-

[JHLe] Edward McCallum in Chicago has family bible, old letters, and pictures which verified Duncan’s name. Edward is from Neil. Neil, Duncan and John came from Scotland (?Perth) and settled at Long Run about 10 miles upriver from Vevay about 1820 or earlier. Property searches revealed Ellen as wife of Duncan and mother of Jane, John and Elizabeth and 2 older boys who died during an epidemic in gold country in Calif. Sister of Duncan and Neil referred to as Elinor, Eleanor, and in signature as Elen. Most of Duncan’s holdings were in litigation after his death, perhaps relating to ferry boats.

[ArCaSu00] John, Neil and Duncan emigrated from Scotland to New York State, then ca. 1814-1815, crossed the mountains of Pennsylvania to reach the Ohio River and continued their journey by flatboat accompanied by the Donald Cowan family, the Malcolmsons and John Anderson. Just above the town of Rising Star, as the river was at low ebb, the boat was grounded on a bar which, over time, has been known as “McCallum’s Ripple.” They settled a few miles further downstream at Vevay, originally settled by the Swiss/French ca. 1800 the town being surrounded by vineyards for wine making. The Scots chose a site on Long Run, about two miles from the town of Vevay and entered land patents from the government. Surrounding them were the “rugged hills and dreamy music of flowing water. Robert Bakes grist mill was nearby and Malcomsons’s smithy, both of great consideration to the early settlers.”

John Knight in 1991 wrote that “the original barn stands and the land is well maintained”. The overgrown cemetery and the stone-walled spring house, used to keep food cool also are present.

NOTE 60/61-John

[ArCaSu00] Within 10 years of arriving at Long Run IN he left to join a third brother, Donald, in Glencoe, Ontario, Canada.

NOTE 60/61-Neil

[VMFL 4/2/00] Original stone house ? built by 60/61-Neil moved to Louisville KY in 1920’s. Ed McCallum (60/61-Neil-Alexander-John— Edward) has a picture of it which he has sent to Virginia McCollum Flaugher editor of the Argent Castle of the Clan McCallum/Malcom Society.

[ArCaSu00] Neil built an historic stone house in Long Run which was later dismantled and sold “down the river” to be rebuilt at a new site.

[ArCaSu00] From the “Switzerland Democrat”, updated Written by Gertude Thiebaud MacDuff of Washington DC, great grand daughter of Neil, telling of visit to the stone house.    “It was located on a high knoll with the hill rising high behind it and the creek running at its base. The house was two-story, and the walls, two feet thick, showing fine masonry of well-selected stones. The corners of the house were laid in English bond, making an effective trim. The walls of the upper floors were loop holes for use in case of Indian attack. Years of weathering by rain and snow and wind made the rough walls delicate in tone as an old Persian rug.

“Mrs. Webster received us graciously and showed us over the house. We entered a wide hall with a stairway to the upper floor. On each side of the hall opened rooms twenty feet square, each with a mammouth stone chimney and cupboards with walnut panneled doors, the mantles hand-carved. The upstairs rooms were finished in wild cherry.

Edward Eggleston, later reknowned author of “The Hoosier Schoolmaster” and “The Hoosier Schoolboy”, boarded with the family and taught in the log school house in the hollow in the 50’s.  “We certainly regret the removal of this ancient landmark. It has been dismantled and trucked away to Kentucky, when we thought it would stand through the centuries to perpetuate the story of thr past, but time never stands still.

Pictures of the house are included in the article in [ArCaSu00]

[ArCa]-date unknown (prior to 1998), [JMKC, ArCaSu00]

Neil may have been the great grandfather of Cole Porter

Kel MacCallum—? Andrew R Porter—Catherine E. ?

(?Neil) | (1782-1846) | (1780-1861)

| |

Catherine McCallum——Samuel Porter (State Rep 1851)

b. 20 Jan 1817 | b. 11 June 1810 MD

d. 17 Feb 1870 IN | d. 27 Nov 1883 IN

both bur. McCallum | Cemetery Long Run IN |


Timothy J | Andrew R | Catherine E Samuel F., Jr

b. 1848 IN | b. 1852 IN | b. 2 May 1856 b. 1858 IN

m. 23 Oct 1874 | m. Zelia D | d. 3 Sep 1858 m. Katie Cole

Ophelia Tap | Grisard | |

d. 7 Apr 1922 | (1856-192-) | Cole Porter

Ellen A Mary M (the famous

b. 1849 IN b. 1854 IN composer & never m. lyricist)

d. 27 Dec 1872 b. Paoli IL

Cole Porter grew up in Peru IN. His grandmother, Catherine McCallum probably descends from one of the three families headed by Neil, John, and Duncan McCallum, who settled in Long Run, Switzerland Co, IN around 1815. Since there is a question as to the name “Kel”, it could have been Neil. John Guthrie McCallum, founder of Palm Springs, was the son of Duncan.

NOTE 60/60-Neil-1-Gershom [ArCaSu00]

Gershom was “an interesting man, intelligent, observant…a thinking man. He left the farm and went into business as a commission merchant, eventually moving to Louisville, where his business card read ‘McCallum & Co., Dealers in Apples, Potatoes, Onions, Cheese, Fish, Beans, Butter, Eggs, Dried Fruit, Produce Generally’.” Both of his sons, Gabriel and George, may have gone to California. Gershom traveled from Cincinnati to Canada in 1865 to find his relatives (families of 60/61-Donald and 60/61-John)

NOTE 60/61-Neil-4-Alexander

[ArCaSu00] Alexander, sometime around 1865, began preaching in churches in the area, at the same time continuing farming to support his family. The church continues to this day, according to Ed McCallum, and he has a beautiful brochure from their headquarters.

Alexander’s son, John Wesley, walked to Linden IN to begin his adult ife. Son Daniel may have gone there also.

Ancestry of Edward McCallum


d. 1830 | b. Scotland


Alexander——-Mary Bray

1828-1875 |


John———-Gertrude Davenport

b. Linden IN |


Omer———–Evelyn Miller

1907-1973 IN |


Edward b. 1933 Crawfordsvill IN

Edward’s address in 2000: 1504 Woodstream Dr, Oldsmar FL 34677

NOTE 60/61-Neil-5-John


John was living with Ellen (Duncan’s wife {i.e. 31-Ellen}) in Cincinnati in 1860 when Ellen wrote to his sister Margaret Thiebaud, in alarm that he had announced “he was leaving” and she did not know where. Two years later she wrote to Mr. Thiebaud (Margaret had died) that John was “the same as when his mother (Mary) was here, only weaker…is looking for Gershom to come and will return with him. He thinks he is able to go alone which I shall never hear to…” He probably died soon after this.

NOTE 60/61-Neil-6-Ebenezer [ArCaSu00]

Ebenezer is listed in 1850 census as farmer, at home, must have died before 1854, when his mother received a letter from D. McArthur in New York mentioning the recent death of her son.

NOTE 60/61-Neil-7-Margaret [ArCaSu00]

Married J.L. Thiebaud, from a prominant Vevay family, and owner of a drug store (also selling notions and books, tec.). His father owned a general store across the street.

30-Duncan MacCALLUM

Son of 60-John MacCALLUM

b. ca. 1774 [SWCI-based on date/age of death, EMGe] or 1786 [EEMc] or 1796 [MCFR, MH, JHLe, EMGe, EEMc] near, or in, Perth [MH, JHLe, MCFR], Perthshire [EMGe], Scotland

m. bef. 1820 in Long Run, Vevay, IN 31-Ellen [ArCaSp93, LDSC, MH, SAGA, EMGe]/ Helen [RoGF, AGAF] GUTHRIE ([SAGA, ArCa-Sp93] Revolutionary stock)-see GUTHRIE dau. of

d. 15 November [SWCI] 1832 [ArCaSp93, EEMc] ([SAGA] when John Guthrie was 6), age 48 years [SWCI], bur. in McCallum Cemetery, Long Run, Vevey, Switzerland Co, IN [SWCI] (see pictures taken in 1995)

ch. m D/Duncan, Jr. [EMGe], b. 1810 [MCFR, EMGe] or 1810-1820 [C820(IN)], d. shortly bef. May 1854 [SAGA] in California [SAGA, EMGe] (“D” may be Duncan as father referred to as Duncan Sr.;

[EMGe] says it is Duncan, Jr.) (bur. in ?Sacramento CA, ?City Cemetery, Riverside and Tenth St.)

m M. [EMGe], b. 1810 [MCFR]/1810-1820 [C820(IN), EMGe], d. shortly bef. May 1854 [SAGA] in California [SAGA, EMGe] (bur. in ?Sacramento CA, ?City Cemetery, Riverside and Tenth St.)

?f Jane Stedwart [SWCi] lists a Jane Stedwart(?) who died 8 September 182? (could this be a daughter of Duncan who died before 15-Jane Stuart was born, the latter being given the same name as a deceased sister?)

f *Jane Stuart

m John Guthrie, b. 1825 [MCFR, EMGe] or 10 August [SAGA] 1826 [ArCaSp93, EEMc] in [SAGA]/near [ArCaSp93] Vevay, Switzerland Co [EMGe], IN [MCFR], m. Emily FREEMAN [SAGA, EMGe] (d. 1914 [SAGA, EMGe] in Loma Linda CA [SAGA]), d. 5 February 1897 [SAGA, EMGe] in Palm Springs [SAGA]/Palm Desert [EMGe] CA “of natural causes, not contagious” [SAGA], bur. 10 February 1897 in Rosedale Cemetery outside of Los Angeles CA, next to his son, Johnny [SAGA] (ch. m, d. [SAGA]; John Guthrie [SAGA]/G [EMGe], Jr. [SAGA, EMGe], b. 22 December 1864 [SAGA, EMGe] in Placerville [SAGA] CA [EMGe], d. 17 January 1891 [SAGA, EMGe] or 1897 [EEMc] in California [EMGe] of tuberculosis [SAGA, EMGe], age 26 years 8 months [SAGA], bur. in Rosedale Cemetery outside of Los Angeles CA [SAGA]; Wallace, b. 18 September 1866 [SAGA, EMGe], d. 4 March 1896 [SAGA, EMGe] in Chicago IL [EMGe] of alcohol related cardiac disease [SAGA] or of heart condition and alcoholism [EMGe]; Harry, b. ca. 1871 [SAGA-age 25 years in 1896, EMGe], d. 19 September 1901 [SAGA, EMGe] of tuberculosis [SAGA, EMGe], age 30 [SAGA], will probated 29 October 1923 [SAGA]; May, b. 19 October 1869 [SAGA, EMGe] in Placerville CA [SAGA], m. after 1891 [SAGA] Dr. FORLINE [EMGe] {ch. Marjorie, b. ca 1905 [SAGA, EMGe]}; Pearl b. 1879 [SAGA, EMGe] exactly 18 years after first child [SAGA], age 85 in 1964 [SAGA]) in Sacramento CA [SAGA], m. 6 May 1914 [SAGA, EMGe] Austin McMANUS {d 1956 [SAGA]}, d. 24 July 1966 [SAGA, EMGe] {no children}) ([EEMC] went to California, first settler in Palm Springs); f Elizabeth b. 1829-1830 [MCFR, SAGA 20 years old in 1850] or ca. 1829 [EMGe] in Ohio [SAGA, MCFR, EMGe]

m Ephraim [MH]/Ephriam [EMGe], m. 6 times [EMGe]

GEOG Switzerland Co, IN created 1814 from Dearborn Co, Jefferson Co

Dearborn Co<-1803-Clark Co<-1801-Knox Co<-1790-Northwest Territories

Jefferson Co<-1781-Dearborn Co, Clark Co (see above)

TODO [JBLe] D and M: ? City Cemetery, Riverside Blvd and Tenth St, Sacramento

? other Bailey relatives also buried there

Masonic Lawn Cemetery next door-Roy, Gertrude, Betty, Ridge

NOTE 30-Duncan

SCOT [EMGe] graduated from Edinburgh in ca. 1800, emigrated to United States to ca. 1805 and brought his family with him; or came to United States ca. NY 1820, possibly living in Pennsylvania (where Duncan m. Ellen) [HBLe, 6/7/40] John McCallum brought the blot on the blood into the family.

He was a direct descendent of McCallum More, Duke of Argyll, Head of the Campbells, bastard son of Mary Queen of Scots. He graduated from Edinburgh about 1800 and came to this country about 1805. He rode down the Hudson River with Robert Fulton on The Clermont’s original trip. A few years later he established in conjunction with a certain Mr. Taft, great great grandfather of Robert Alonzo Taft the first steamship line on the Ohio River.

[HBLe 3/2] Your maternal great great grandfather John McCallum graduated from Edinburgh in 1800 and steamed up the Hudson with Robert Fulton on the first trip of The Clermont in 1807, and founded with the Tafts the first steamship line on the Ohio River, traced his descendents back to McCallum More, Duke of Argyll, head of all the Campbells, bastard son of Mary Queen of Scots

[HSB1] Page 1/3 John graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1802, traveled through Europe on the Grand Tour, and while in Paris met Robert Fulton. So entranced was he with the Fulton tales of these United States and with Fulton’s experiments with steam boats that he emigrated to this country.

After his ride down the Hudson, he settled in Cincinnati, and operated the first steamboat line on the Ohio River. He must have been a prosperous and successful business man, one of Cincinnati’s solid citizens, with a town residence, and also summer home in French Lick, Indiana, quite the spot in those days.

[HSB1] Page 1/4 Grandfather to Ephraim, John and Jane

[MH] Somewhere I heard or read that the family came from Perth district, not far from Dundee [MH] John graduated from Edinburgh in 1802 (also says his son “John”, i.e. 60/61-?1-John, graduated from Edinburgh in 1802)

[MH] Graduated from Edinburgh in 1802 and met Fulton in Paris in 1802(Fulton was in Paris at that time.) May have gone down Ohio River with Fulton.

[MH] Either 60-John or 30-Duncan went to Paris in 1802 and met Fulton

HIST Encyclopedia Britanica Vol IV, p 355: Robert Fulton (1765-1815) London in 1787 to study art. Became interested in canal engineering in 1794. Built submarine “Nautilus” in 1800 under grant from Napoleon Bonapart in France. Operated a steamboat on the Seine River in Paris in 1803 or initially in August 1804. Returned to United States in 1805. Built steamboat “Clermont” with Robert R. Livingston (met in 1801) in NY in 1806, regular use between Albany and New York in 1807. Later worked on building boats for Western Rivers.

NOTE 30-Duncan (continued)

IN [DOSC] p 1007: About the same period a number of Scotch families commenced a settlement on Long Run, among whom were Neil McCallum, Duncan McCallum, John McCallum, Donald Cowan, the Malcomsons, John Anderson, and perhaps one or two other families not now recollected. They were known as Seven Day Baptists. It was rather novel to the citizens to travel up Long Run on a Saturday and see none of those people stirring about, and passing on Sunday and seeing everyone able to do any work out in the clearing, chopping, piling and burning brush and rolling logs.

p 1139: 20 October 1814 Switzerland Count Court decided the County into two townships and named the upper one, Posy, and the lower one, Jefferson. The township as thus organized remained until after the admission of the state into the Union in 1816, in fact until 1817. At the February session of the county commissioners, the county was again divided; this time into five townships: Posey, Cotton, Ross, Craig and Jefferson, and the boundaries as then fixed by the commissioners remain to the present day.

p 1147: Donald Cowan, deceased, was born in Scotland, in which country he was reared and married. In 1816 he with his wife, Jannet, and four children, viz.: Jabez, Mary, John and Margaret, immigrated to this country, and settled in this township on forty acres of land he purchased, upon which he lived the balance of his life. When he landed here he had only $5 in money. He succeeded well afterwards, and accumulated considerable property. Four other children were born to him in Switzerland County, viz.: James, Joseph, David and Edwin. (NOTE: John, Joseph and Mary {and also Abel, son of Donald and Jannet, and Lewis Donald, ? grandson} are buried in McCallum Cemetery [SWCI])

p 1147: Neil McCallum, we find, was here as early as 1813, an emigrant from Scotland; came about the same time with the Cowans. They were noted for their peculiar religious ideas, Saturday being their Sunday. They established a church and continued the same up to 1860, or perhaps later.

p 1149: James N Taylor, born in Ireland in 1775 (see [SWCI]

[DURF] p.74: “About the same period a number of Scotch families commenced a settlement on Long Run, among whom were Niel McCallum, Duncan McCallum, John McCallum, Donald Cowan, the Malcomsons, John Anderson and perhaps one or two other families not now recollected. They were known as “Seven[th] day Baptists”. It was rather novel to the citizens, to travel up “Long Run” on a Saturday and see none of those people stirring about-and passing on Sunday to see everyone able to do any work out in the clearing chopping piling and burning brush and rolling logs.”

p.83: “In 1823 the writer was two days and nights on the trip from Vevay to Cincinnati on the Highland Laddie a small boat owned by Duncan McCallum, one of the early Scotch settlers on Long run.

[DUFR] [DOSC] Neil, Duncan and John MacCallum (also Malcolmsons, said to be related) settled in Long Run Indiana ca. 1818-1820; known as “Seven(th) Day Baptists” (worked on Sunday but not Saturday); Highland Laddie built 1819-1821, in 1823 author traveled to Cincinnati on Highland Laddie, owned by Duncan [MH] Settled in Vevay IN in 1817-1818 (but purchased land 1815-1819) or Settled at Long Run, 10 miles up river from Vevey ca. 1820 or earlier; built, owned and operated steamboats on the Ohio River (first steam boats in midwest including Highland Laddie built in 1819-1821). Steam saw mill erected on property after Duncan died to attempt to hold onto property. Lost holdings in litigation after his death, ?related to business.

[MCFR] Duncan McCallum came to Long Run in 1815-16 with his two brothers, Neil and John. All were born in Scotland, descendents of Duke of Argyle, with title “McCallum More” granted by Alexander III. There is a report that they lived for a time in NY, but not confirmed.

Duncan operated one of the first steamboats on the Ohio, the “Highland Laddie” 

NOTE 30-Duncan (continued)

[SAGA] Switzerland County, Indiana was founded in 1801 by Swiss immigrants who planted vineyards and were famous for their special wine. A ggoup of hardy, frugal Scotch families began a settlement at Long Run about 1817-1818. They soon discovered that a bushel of potatoes would buy a gallon of wine and was faster and easier to produce. Among the Scottish families were Neil MacCallum, Duncan MacCallum, John MacCallum. Evidence suggests Duncan MacCallum was John Guthrie MacCallum’s father Land purchased from Federal Government by Duncan McCallum- Indiana Land Entries, Vol 1, Cincinnati District, Compiled by Margaret R. Waters: Page 69 Southeast, Section 18 Township 2N, Range 3W of the first Principal Meridian, 12-11-1816 Northeast 31, same, 11-30-1819. Page 132 Southwest 30, 2N, 2W of first Principal Meridian, 6-28-1815. First 2 are in Craig Township, third in Jefferson Township, Switzerland County

[SCHx] p 73-74 on the west side of Pleasant Township and in the southwest corner of the township, a number of Scotch families settled as early as 1817 1818 and 1820 and their numbers were increased from time to time by accession until quite a large settlement of these industrious and worthy people was made and extends over into Jefferson county. Among the numbers now recollected were the four brothers William, James, John and Samuel Culbertson the Mortons, Glenns Makensies Scotts and many other who were not recollected.

About the same period a number of Scotch families commenced a settlement on Long Run, among whom were Neil McCallum, Duncan McCallum, John McCallum, Donald Cowan, the Malcomsons John Anderson and perhaps one or two other families not now recollected. They were known as “Seven(th) day Baptists”. It was rather novel to the citizens, to travel up “Long Run” on a Saturday and see none of those people stirring about-and passing on Sunday and seeing one able to do any work out in the clearing chopping piling and burning brush and rolling logs.

p 82 The first steamboats of any considerable size that were navigating the Ohio River were built about the year 1819 to 1821. The Velocipede, General Green, Ploughboy, Highland Laddie and Eliza are the steamers in the early days recollected by the author.

p 82-83 In those days Steam boat traveling was very slow compared with the present day. In 1823 the writer was two days and two nights on a trip from Vevay to Cincinnati on the Highland Laddie a small boat owned by Duncan McCallum, one of the early Scotch settlers on Long Run.

p 5-6:1820 census Switzerland Co:Duncan McCollum,foreign born, farmer

1 WM 16-25 (Duncan), 1 WF 16-25 (Ellen), 2 WM <10 (D and M)

p. 6: 1850 U.S. Census for Indiana

House# Family# Name Age Sex Oc Place of Birth

85 85 Ellen McCallum 52 F Pen.

Jane McCallum 25 F O.

John G. McCallum 24 M Lawyer Ind.

Elizabeth McCallum 20 F O.”

p. 3: Picture of Ellen McCallum

1830 census Switzerland Co: Neil McCollum, no Duncan or John

1840 census Switzerland Co: Ellen McCullum, John McCollum, no

Neil or Duncan

1860 census: No McCallums

1870 census Switzerland Co: Alexander McCalum 23 and Mary 72

Assumptions: Duncan Sr. is dead, two older sons have gone to ? California, John G. was already practicing law, and his sisters Jane and Elizabeth were born in Ohio, the family having traveled from one state to the other on the steamer, Highland Laddie. Cincinnati is 100 mile north of Vevay by water.

[SAGA] p. 6: Indiana Land Entries v. 1 Cincinnati District compiled by

Margaret R. Waters shows the following land purchases from the Federal government by MacCallum:

“p. 69 Southeast, Section 69, township 2N, range 3W of the first Principal Meridian, 12-11 1816, same, 11-30-1819. Page 132 Southwest 30, 2N, 2W of first Principle Meridian, 6-28-1815.” (First two are in Craig township, Switzerland County and the third in Jefferson township, Switzerland County.)

The Life and Times of Duncan MacCallum (ca. 1784-1832)

John MacCallum of Perthshire, Scotland, was the father of three sons, John, Neil and Duncan, all of whom emigrated to America, and one daughter, Elinor or Eleanor, who is only known of from a family bible owned by a descendent of Neil MacCallum. Duncan MacCallum was born ca. 1784 in or near Dundee, Scotland. Duncan is said to have graduated from Edinburgh about 1802 and shortly thereafter traveled through Europe on the Grand Tour. While in Paris he met Robert Fulton. So entranced was he with Fulton’s stories of these United States and experiments with steam boats that he emigrated in 1805. He was a passenger on the Fulton’s “Clermont” on its maiden voyage up the Hudson River (New York) in 1807. He married Ellen Guthrie, said to be from Pennsylvania and of Revolutionary stock, sometime prior to 1820. This suggests that he may have spent some time in Pennsylvania, perhaps after leaving New York and before going to Indiana.

John, Neil and Duncan MacCallum along with a number of other Scottish emigrants settled in Long Run in Southeastern Indiana prior to Indiana statehood (1816), Neil possibly being there as early as 1813 and Duncan purchased land in 1815 (and in 1819), but may not have settled there until 1817 or later. They were known as Seven(th) Day Baptists. “Traveling up ‘Long Run’ on a Saturday it was rather novel to the citizens to see none of these people stirring, but on Sunday everyone would be out clearing, chopping, piling and burning brush and rolling logs” (Dufour,

1925). Duncan later established, with the Tafts, the first steamship line on the Ohio River and was the Captain of the “Highland Lassie”, built in 1819-1821 possibly by Fulton, which traveled from Vevay (pronounced vee-vee) IN to Cincinnati OH. He must have been a successful business man as he owned a farm in Long Run IN, town residence in Cincinnati and a summer home in French Lick IN as well as his steam boat(s). After he died on 15 November 1832 at the age of 48 years, however, a steam saw mill was erected on his property in Long Run in an attempt to hold on to the property, but his holdings were lost in litigation. Duncan was buried in the MacCallum Cemetery on his land in Long Run along with several relatives. His wife, Ellen, died in April 1878 in Vevay at age 62 years and 7 months.

Duncan and Ellen MacCallum had 5 (or possibly 6) children, at least four of whom migrated to California. The first two sons known to me only as “D” (may have been Duncan, since his father is referred to as “Duncan, Sr.”) and “M” were born between 1810 and 1820, went to California in ?1851 in search of gold and died in an epidemic of smallpox or cholera in 1854. They are buried in Sacramento CA. A third son, John Guthrie (1826-1897) at the request of his mother, closed his law practice in Indiana or Ohio in 1854 to search for his two brothers in California after they were reported ill, arriving very shortly after their deaths. But John Guthrie is also found in the Hangtown, later Placerville, California in 1850. Jane Stuart (1824-1874) went to California, possibly with her brothers D and M or with John Guthrie, settled in Hangtown (now Placerville) CA and in 1860 married the handsome, gun-toting, deputy sheriff, John Dick Van Eaton. Van Eaton was made famous by the Bullion Bend Robbery. Jane and John Dick eventually settled, and died, in San Jose CA.

John Guthrie later became prominant in California politics and the founder of Palm Springs CA where he died. Little is known of the other daughter, Elizabeth (1829-?), and only brief mention is made of Ephrain (? a nephew, rather than a son), said to be a dealer in fine arts and a husband of six wives. There is also a single mention of a second Jane Stewart (Stuart) who is said to have possibly died in infancy, her namesake above being born later.

Regardless of their finances, these MacCallums always considered themselves socially superior to others, and were inclined to broadcast their feelings frequently.

[VEVE] Perth to Vevay in 10 (1984-1994) and 200 (1794-1994) Years: Vevay in October 1994

Coming out of Cincinnati OH on I 275 I turned West onto US 50 and into Indiana.

Six miles South of this on US 50 was the town of Aorora and just out of town was SR 56 which took off right along the Ohio River (? are we far enough South to describe it as right on the levy)-beautiful view and the route was very suggestive that it was an old road which carried wagons up along the Ohio River for long periods before the automobile. About eight miles South of Aorora is the town of Rising Sun which unfortunately does not live up to its name since the sky is completely overcast today even though the time of day is appropriate. A little South of Aorora the road turns inland slightly leaving a completely flat field from the elevated road all the way to the river and some small hills to the west of the road. This is all farmland much of which appears to be very old with old stone barns and fences, but on the whole the area is very well kept up. There are a few historical markers along the road and I will comment on them as I pass them. I just passed the Fulton burial ground which appears to be a family cemetery. The town of Rising Sun is quaint with a number of colonial-type houses with large pillars. Most of the older buildings are brick but there is a bit of gingerbread around with some Victorian buildings which appear to be somewhat newer than the brick ones. And then there are areas of large numbers of small Cape Cods. The entire route from Aorora to Vevay is considered to be scenic and it certainly is very picturesque. Leaving Rising Sun the road again runs along the Ohio River. Just South of Rising Sun SR 56 heads inland and SR 156, which I decided to take, which continues along the river and is considered to be the more scenic route. Just after the junction I entered Switzerland County. The are a number of factories or some kind of industry primarily on the East side of the River. Each seem to have several connecting tunnels and high smokestacks as well as docks to use the river for transportation. What is being done in these factories is unclear. The architecture generally lacks consistency except in very localized areas where all of the houses may be of one type as was the case in Rising Sun. But Indiana must have been influenced by both the northern and southern architectural styles because of the southern colonial houses of which there are a number in Rising Sun and the more Federalist brick colonial seen more in the countryside. Also I am traveling at this time on October 22 during the peak of the fall colors which are absolutely lovely, perhaps not as striking as Vermont but most of the trees here are hardwoods and except where cleared for farming the area is quite wooded.

On entering the town of Vevay (pronounced vee-vee) the first thing on the right is the cemetery. Of course I had to take a quick drive through. In the back is the old part of the cemetery. Although the inscriptions on most of the gravestones were difficult to read the graves did go back into the mid 1800’s. No McCallums were to be ound however, the reason for which will become clear. The town of Vevay is small (population not posted) but very well kept with a wide variety of architectural styles as described in the AAA bulletin. Adjacent to each other were Federalist houses, Italiante, Greek Revival, etc many of which were built in the early 1800’s, many of which have signs in front giving details about the house. There is a tour route of the city available from the visitors’ center in an attempt to make the town a tourist attraction. The only other attraction I found was the Switzerland County Historical Museum which is in an old church and contains primarily tools and equipment used in the daily living in the early 1800’s. The genealogy room in the local library is quite well stocked with information.

Just over two miles up SR 129 is the “town” of Long Run. There is no sign on the road to indicate this is the town but Long Run Road runs right through it. As you enter the town there is a large automobile garage on the right next to a very old stone house which I could get no history on. Next are a few old barns which have seen better days being well-weathered and a few newer houses and some old abandoned houses. About a half mile from the start of Long Run Road on the left there is a small farm road to pull off into. A short walk across the creek, through a small meadow, under a barbed wire fence and up a short hill brings you to the McCallum Cemetery. The grave of Duncan McCallum (DOD 15 November 1832 at age 48 years) is here along with a number of other McCallums (Alexander, son of Alex. and Millie d. August 6, 1861, age 2 months 25 days; Azariah b. April 6, 1815, d. June 27, 1849; Ebenezer born February 5, 1824, died May 18, 1854; L McCallum; Mary Jane the daughter of G. and M. died September 9 1846 age 3 years 10 months 13 days; Little Neil born October 19 1822, died January 6, 1827 ? son of Neil Sr.) There are also Callans, Hamiltons, Porters, Richardsons. Stedwarts and Malcomsons. Not listed in the book was a new stone in blue with “Little Joseph Sleepeth Here” and no date.

[AAA96] Vevay: The area around Vevay was settled in the late 18th and early 19th centuries by Swiss-French immigrants. Many historic homes of Greek Revival, Federal, Italiante and Gothic architecture remain. Vevay was the birthplace of Edward Eggleston, editor and author of such works as “The Hoosier Schoolmaster” and “The Hoosier Schoolboy”.

Switzerland County Historical Society Museum: Main and Market Streets, 2 blocks east of SR 56 on SR 156 in former Vevay Presbyterian Church: exhibits of local history, steamboat models

NOTE 31 Ellen Guthrie

Flavia Hodges: A Dictionary of Scottish Names, Oxford Univ. Press, NY 1988

Guthrie: Scots-habitation name from a place near Forfar, Tayside

According to February 2000 Under Construction in “Search for Irish Origins”, Guthrie is from no specific County, but at least this may indicate country of origin was Ireland

NOTE 30/31-

[HSB1] Page 1/4 It must have been an adventurous family too. Two of his {John McCallum’s} grandsons, Ephraim and John, and a granddaughter, Jane, all in their twenties, crossed the plains to California in 1855. Two years later Jane was left alone as both brothers died in the great smallpox epidemic of 1857. Just how and where she met my grandfather, John Van Eaton, I do not know, but meet this dashing, handsome, gun toting deputy sheriff of the wildest county in California she did and married him.

NOTE 30/31-1-D and 30/31-2-M

[SAGA] took steamer Ohio (Capt Haley in command) to San Francisco arrived on 25 February 1851 (passenger list included D. McCallum and M. McCallum) (went to CA for gold) and vanished soon after disembarking, disappeared in gold fields. In 1852 Ellen Guthrie McCallum received a letter from a family friend speaking of an epidemic which raged through the gold fields and had struck down one of the boys. She implored John Guthrie to make the long journey to California and find the boys and urge them to return home. JG closed his law practice and began the long journey around the horn to California, arriving in San Francisco in May 1854. He sought out the friend who had told his mother of the illness and found that both boys were dead, the boys having succumbed shortly before his ship arrived. Went to Hangtown (originally called Old Dry Diggins and officially changed to Placerville in 1850) and set up law practice.

[MH] presumably died of an epidemic of either smallpox (Aunt Belle) or cholera (Roy) which was raging in California.

[MH] RVB “can show” graves of 2 brothers in Sacramento

NOTE 30/31-4-John Guthrie

[SAGA] In 1852 Ellen Guthrie McCallum received a letter from a family friend speaking of an epidemic which raged through the gold fields and had struck down one of the boys (30/31-1-D or 30/31-2-M). She implored John Guthrie to make the long journey to California and find the boys and urge them to return home. JG closed his law practice and began the long journey around the horn to California, arriving in San Francisco in May 1854. He sought out the friend who wrote the letter to Mother McCallum telling of the serious illness of her older son One look at the expression of sorrow on the friend’s face was enough to warn John. As gently as possible, the friend told him of the death of his two brothers. Reeling with shock John undertook the sad duty of writing the tragic word back to his mother.  The brothers had succumbed shortly before his ship sailed into San Francisco harbor.

Shortly thereafter he went to Hangtown (originally called Old Dry Diggins and officially changed to Placerville in 1850) and set up law practice. His stay in the gold country is not entirely clear, but he was the editor of the “Georgetown Weekly News” from March to October 1855, a State Senator from the area in 1856-1857, back in law practice in 1857-1859 (admited to practice before the State Supreem Court in 1857). After this he became more involved in politics. He was a delagate to (Union-)Republican Convention in San Francisco in 1860 and met his future wife in San Francisco in 1861. (Thus he may have left the gold country about the time Jane Stuart got married.)

[SAGA] is a story of his life: lawyer, newspaper editor, politician, orator, State Senator, president of State Republican Committee, electoral delegate for Lincoln (present at his inauguration, assassination and funeral), judge, delegate (and major influence) to California’s second constitutional convention in 1878, a leading antagonist of the railroad monopoly, Indian Agent, founder of Palm Springs

[MH] Helped write California Constitution; Member of State Legislature sometime between 1850 and 1862; later moved to Los Angeles and Palm Springs

[MH] Surely Jane had written of brothers’ deaths that brought JG to California; wealthy with a fine home in Oakland, had butler; member of California legislature, wife was a very well known singing teacher [MH] according to HVEB once a beau took her to Oakland to visit a relative and she thought her bladder would break because she was not so immodest to mention her distress, she spoke of a rich relative which may have been John and of an Aunt who was a very well known singing teacher; it may have been she who told Mother that if she would work at training her voice she would be the finest contralto on the Pacific coast.

[MH] “notations on back of picture of John Guthrie McCallum which Carol showed me in 1979: ‘Helped write California Constitution; Was member of State Legislature sometime between 185 and 1862—–moved to L.A. P. Springs; Louise or Laura McCallum Johnson had print shop on Market. This was there when I was a young woman. Aunt Belle urged me to go see Mrs. Jordan but I never did.”

[MCFR] John G. founded Palm Springs, California

[ArCa] 3 part article about John Guthrie in Spring, Summer, Fall 1993

[ECHS]-Card file of Eldorado County Historical Society

Homestead Declaration: McCallum, J.G., Head of Family

Apr. 27 1861: Co. Records Office-Book A, Page 358

Homestead Act of: 1851-1960

City: Placerville; County: El Dorado; State: CA

Property Location or Description: City of Placerville on E side of Bedford ave., s. lot of John Hume,

n. of Frank & e. of Dr. A Clark

Homestead Declaration: McCallum, J.G.

Apr. 27 1861: Co. Records Office-Book A, Page 358

Homestead Act of: 1857 amended

Property Location or Description: see p. 306-307

Abandoned: 16 September 1861

1850 Toll Tax Records: McCallum, M.

Area: Ford’s Bar {on Middle Fork of American River}

{? Melancholy McCallum [EDCH p 220] who appeared in Court in Placerville, who apparently was an attorney}

NOTE 30/31-4-John Guthrie (continued)


p 122: signed letter recommending wagon road action on 27 April 1857 as a Senator from El Dorado County

p 122: at convention in Placerville 6 May 1857, J.G McCallum elected as delegate to state convention

p 131: reported on several resolutions to the Central Pacific Railroad Company as a member of the general committee on 30 January 1860

p 136: became editor and half owner of the Georgetown News, a Whig then

Republican paper, with the issue after 24 May 1855; paper was published by McCallum and Platt until 15 October 1855, then by Platt and Shaw beginning with the 8 November 1855 issue

p 137: Hon. J.G. McCallum starts a semi-weekly paper. The Central Californian, that made its appearance on 4 August 1860, in Placerville; started as a campaign paper, advocating the election of Douglass and Johnson

p 161: elected State Senator in General Election 5 September 1855

Henry Fiske 4800 votes elected

J. G. McCallum 4795 ” elected

A. St. Claire Denver 3928 “

S. M. Johnson 3919 “

p 166: chosen as one of 10 presidential electors 8 November 1864 (Abraham Lincoln, 2947 votes; George B. McClellan, 2119 votes)

p 167: election for District Attorney 6 September 1865

George E. Williams 2033 votes

J. G. McCallum 2027 “

John Bush 262 “

p 177: Other men of prominence in the early days of Coloma:

J. G. McCallum, now (i.e., 1883) of Oakland

[CPDi] 1862 Directory of City of Placerville and surrounding towns

City of Placerville, p. 50:

McCallum, J.G., attorney, City Block; h., e s. Bedford av. {office in City Block; house on east side of Bedford Ave.}

McCallum, Geo., printer, News office; bds. with J. G. McC.

{? son of J. G.’s bother Neil; boarding with J.G.}

In Placerville from at least 1855 to 1865

Article in San Francisco Chronicle 13 February 1979 by Stanton Delaplane sent to MH by Carol Beedle:

“Palm Springs looked like any other part of the great American desert. But not to Judge John Guthrie McCallum of San Francisco.  He came in 1884. Bought his land from Southern Pacific Railroad. In 1934 Charles Farrell built the Racquet Club, the most fashionable Tennis Club in Southern California.   Palm Springs became Hollywood’s playground. The astonished Aqua Caliente Indians (who owned half the land in town) quit weaving baskets. They hired lawyers. And today are richer than the millionaires who come to hotels at $100 a day.”

NOTE 30/31-6-Ephrain:

[MH] Aunt Belle liked to tell the story of Jane’s brother Ephrain who had a fine arts store (dealer) and had been married six times.

[SAGA] McCallum Saga says nothing about an Ephrain.

[EMGe] Indiana Census of 1820 or 1830 should clarify whether Ephriam was Duncan’s son

NOTE 30/31-?Jane Stedwart

[SWCi] lists a Jane Stedwart(?) who died 8 September 182?-could this be a daughter of Duncan who died before 15-Jane Stuart was born, the latter being given the same name as a deceased sister?

15-Jane Stuart MacCALLUM

Daughter of Duncan and Ellen (GUTHRIE) MacCALLUM

b. 23 [MH, LDSC OTGe, HVEB, MCFR, EMGe, SCCM]/25 [OHSJ] July 1824 [JDVF,

C850(IN) age 25] in Cincinnati [LDSC, MH, HVEB] OH [MCFR] or in Vevay IN [MH, OTGe]

m. ca. 1861 [EMGe] 14-John Dick VAN EATON-see VAN EATON

d. 25 November [OHSJ, SJWM 11/30/1876, SCCM] 1876 [MH, MHOt] in College Park, [OTGe. MH], San Jose CA [LDSC, MH, OTGe, EMGe, SJWM 11/30/1876] of birth complications(?) [OHFR], bur. in Oak Hill Cemetery [OHSJ, SCCM], San Jose CA [MH]

Rel. Methodist [MH] or Southern Methodist [MH]

ch. See John Dick VAN EATON

NOTE 15-Jane Stuart MacCALLUM

[AIR2] Jane Stuart came to California with two brothers. Her two brothers died in a smallpox epidemic. She came from a stock somewhat more cultured, ?superior or in some way to John Dick and he might thought it possible to marry such a woman but he felt her position, alone and friendless in this new land piteous and he wanted to protect her. And she would not have considered him a suitable suitor under different circumstances. She was a resident of Placerville when she married. Whether they lived happily or not is not revealed. There were also stories of relatives of Jane’s who were of a also superior nature. There was a family which included a daughter who later became a well known singer. My Mother used to be invited to their home once in a while, perhaps because she had a really lovely alto voice. She came back home with stories of a different kind of life. There was a cousin Ephraim (Eph) who was a well known picture dealer-had a gallery on Sutter Street(?). He had been married six times. Then there were the Couversiers(?) quite high socially, and a printer (woman) who still had a printing shop on Market.

[MH] “As I Remember” a letter to Lynn Beedle

According to some stories I thought I heard from someone sometime, Jane McCallum had come to California with two brothers. (Do you have any information on when she, or Grandpa John D. came) Her two brothers had died (in a smallpox epidemic that occurred sometime *I can look up the date when I get some letters from a cousin who came to California in 1851) She came of a stock somewhat more cultured ? superior in some way to John D., and he might not thought it possible to marry such a woman but he felt her position, alone and friendless in this new land, piteous and wanted to protect her. And she would not have considered him a suitable suitor under different circumstances. Where I got all these sentimental and probably with only a smidgen of truth in them I do not know. Anyway she was a resident of Placerville when she married. I think part of this tale came from Aunt Belle and I made a more romantic tale of it as a girl who read so much might do. Whether they lived happily or not was not revealed. There were also stories of relatives on Jane’s who were also of a superior nature. There was a family which included a daughter who became a well known singer. My mother used to be invited to their home once in a while, perhaps she had a really lovely alto voice. (This really sounds a little like Pride and Prejudice) She came back home with stories of a different kind of life. Then there was Cousin Ephraim (Eph) who was a well known picture dealer – had a gallery on Sutter Street (?). He had been married 6 times. Then there were the Couversiers (?) quite high socially, and a printer (woman) who still had a printing shop on Market. Aunt Belle wanted me to make myself known to her but I was a very timid woman and never did. I must have been a little snob to have remembered this when I was probably told or heard things of much more import. [Rest of letter with Van Eaton Notes]

[MH] father, not grandfather, supplied funds for Jane to come to California

[MH] family tree given to her by Aunt Belle which differs from information from Lynn Beedle.

Notes from Lynn Beedle in a letter dated 19 July 1977: The McCallum-Van Eaton conflict was that John D VanEaton was a laborer, breech finally healed according to LSB’s mother. The name Stuart may support the story she was a descendent of James VI of Scotland, son of Mary Queen of Scots

[MH] “According to Aunt Belle’s story, the daughter Jane (grandmother) came to CA w/2 brothers. They died of smallpox and Jane was left alone. J. D. Van Eaton, a deputy sheriff in Placerville (Hangtown) married her in 1861 I think. He was her social inferior and the Mc’s did not accept him for quite a while. What Jane was doing from 1851/61 and why she was a resident of Placerville (wedding cert so states). Perhaps she came out much later after J. was settled. Aunt B was quite a story teller” Lived in Placerville 1851-1861, then got married

[SJWM 11/30/1876] Died: Van Eaton: “In this city, Nov 25th, Jane Van Eaton, wife of John D. Van Eaton”

NOTE 15-Jane Stuart MacCALLUM

[OHSJ] Headstone

Jane S. Wife of J.D. Van Eaton

Born July 25, 1824

Died Nov. 25, 1876

[OHFR] Jane S. Van Eaton 11/25/1876; Lot 3, Block 10, Section C

Cause of death: birth complications(?)

A&E 60 John b. ca. 1786 in Scotland [MH] refers to 30-Duncan

1826 [MH] refers to 30/31-John Guthrie

60/61-1-?-Neil, Possibly son of 60/61-1-Neil

b. 19 October 1822 [SWCI]

d. 6 January 1827 [SWCI], bur. McCallum Cemetery

Vevay IN [SWCI])

30 Duncan b. 1796 [MH], 1798 [LDSC]

m. no m. listed in [ ], ? m. in PA on way to IN

d. 1850 [MCFR]

31 Ellen d. after 1850 [C850(IN), age 52 in 1850]

?1871-72 [MCFR]

15 Jane Stuart b. 1818 [SAGA]/? 1823-1824/1825 [MH], 23 July 1825 [MH]/1828 [HVEB] in Ohio [SAGA], in Vevay IN [LSB, MH]

m. age 30

d. 25 November [MH, EMGe] 1872 [ ], 25 November 1874 [JDVF] 1874/1876, 1876-1879,[LDSC] in San Jose [LDSC], when HEVE was 14 years old and Belle 6 [MH]


GEN [MH] “Some of the Scottish families claimed kinship to Sir Walter Scott.” Lynn Beedle believes tie to Mary Queen of Scots must have come from Aunt Belle (letter dated 19 July 1977, also ? tie to clan-Stuarts, Campbell) Jane’s middle name suggests McCallums may be related to Mary Queen of Scots, Any way the “blot on the blood” makes an interesting story. Hal talked of the “Stuart Taint” and how could we escape it when both Mary and Darnley were Stuarts.

[HSB1] Page 1/2 The McCallums are probably the most aristocratic of the lot. Like all McCallums, particularly those who emigrated from Scotland, John McCallum traced his linage back to McCallum More, Duke of Argyle, head of all the Campbells. The first Duke was raised to that august rank after he married the illegitimate daughter of James VI of Scotland, and when we wished to irritate Aunt Belle, who took this genealogy business seriously, we always referred to “the blot on the blood.” If the McCallum claims are correct, royal blood, well diluted flows through our veins, but at least we escape the Stuart taint, as we entered the line through Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, husband of Mary Queen of Scots.

None of the Scotch jokes apply to the McCallums. Of all those I have known, or known about, owners of bookstores, artists, singers, none had any respect for money. They practiced with abandon all the extravagances that make my really Scotch soul shiver. They ride in taxicabs, use the long distance phone with the slightest excuse, belong to country clubs, and are always going out to dinner. Page 1/5

[SAGA] The MaCallum Saga

p. 5-6: 1820 Census-Switzerland County In

“McCollum, Duncan–foreign born, farmer–Dependents: 1 w. male age 16-25 (probably himself) 1 w. female, age 16-25 (wife), 2 w. males under 10 (might be the two brothers [of John Guthrie McCallum] who eventually went off to California, and at this time, John Guthrie McCallum and his two sisters had not been born). Note variation in spelling of name.

p. 6: Indiana Land Entries v. 1 Cincinnati District compiled by Margaret R. Waters shows the following land purchases from the Federal government by Duncan McCallum:

“p. 69 Southeast, Section 69, township 2N, range 3W of the first Principal Meridian,

12-11 1816, same, 11-30-1819. Page 132 Southwest 30, 2N, 2W of first Principle Meridian, 6-28-1815.” (First two are in Craig township, Switzerland County and the third in Jefferson township, Switzerland County.)

p. 6: 1850 U.S. Census for Indiana

House# Family# Name Age Sex Oc Place of Birth

85 85 Ellen McCallum 52 F Pen.

Jane McCallum 25 F O.

John G. McCallum 24 M Lawyer Ind.

Elizabeth McCallum 20 F O.”

p. 3: Picture of Ellen McCallum

1820 census Switzerland Co: Duncan McCollum

1 WM 16-25 (Duncan), 1 WF 16-25 (Ellen), 2 WM <10 (D and M)

1830 census Switzerland Co: Neil McCollum, no Duncan or John

1840 census Switzerland Co: Ellen McCullum, John McCollum, no Neil or Duncan

1850 census: Ellen McCallum 52 b. PA, Jane 25 OH, John G 24 IN

Lawyer, Elizabeth 20 OH

Assumptions: Duncan Sr. is dead, two older sons have gone to ? California, John G. was already practicing law, and his sisters Jane and Elizabeth were born in Ohio, the family having traveled from one state to the other on the steamer, Highland Laddie. Cincinnati is 100 mile north of Vevay by water.

1860 census: No McCallums

1870 census Switzerland Co: Alexander McCalum 23 and Mary 72

IN [SWCi] Switzerland Co IN Cemetery Index

p.71-72: McCallum Cemetery, Craig Township

MaCallum Alexander, son of Alex* and Milly, d. Aug. 6, 1861 aged 2 m 25 d

Azariah, b. Apr. 6, 1815 d. Jun. 27, 1849*

Duncan, d. Nov. 15, 1832 aged 48 y

Ebenezer, b. Feb. 5, 1824 d. May 18, 1854*

L. McCallum, —2nd line says: SEBR – ? – is a very large cut field stone Mary Jane, dau. of G.* & M., d. Sept. 9, 1846 aged 3 y 10 m 13 d

(NOTE there is a Mary age 72 in [C850(IN)])

Little Niel, b. Oct. 19, 1822 d. Jan. 6, 1827 – no last name on this stone, but is possibly son of Niel Sr.

Also includes Cowan, Hamilton, Malcomson, Porter, Richards, Stedwart

Cemetery is located 1/2 mile up Long Run Road off SR 129 on the left at a place there is a small meadow next to the road with a farm road on each end of the meadow. From there you go across the stream, through another meadow and through or around a barbed wire fence and up the hill a short distance. I visited the cemetery and took pictures, but did not take the time to identify the specific grave stones)

* children of ? Neil or John from gravestone in McCallum Cemetery

Census Data

1807 Census for Indiana Territory-No McCallums listed

1820 Census: Duncan McCollum-p.169 Switzerland County

2 WM <10, 1 WM 16-25, 1 WF 16-25

John and Niel (Neil) not listed

1830 Census: Neil McCollum-p.110 Stitzerland Co

Duncan and John not listed

1840 Census: Ellen McCullum-p.285 Switzerland County

J. McCullum-p.88B Crawford Co

Neil McCullum-p.287 Switzerland County

John McCollum in Dearborn and Rich Counties

No Neil or Duncan McCollum

1850 Census-hand written cards

Ellen McCallum-age 52 B. PA

Jane age 25 b. Oh.

John G. age 24 lawyer b. In.

Elizabeth age 20 b. O.

1860 Census-hand written cards: No McCallums

1860 Census of Switzerland County

Alexander McCalum age 23 see SWCI

Mary age 72

Census Resolution

Born Died [C820(IN) [C830(IN) [C840(IN) [C850(IN)

Duncan ?1786 1832 16-25 – Dead Dead

Ellen ?1798 16-25 Alive 52 PA

D <10 In CA

M <10 In CA

Jane 1824 25 OH

John G 1826 24 Lawyer,IN

Elizabeth 20 OH

Ephrain –

Neil – Alive Alive

John – Not listed Not Listed

[SCML] Marriage Licences in Switzerland County, 1814-1830-no McCallums

[SCMa] Switzerland County Marriages, 1814-1925 by Wanda L. Morford

Brides: Elsie Guthrie married Victor Travis 4/9/1918

Grooms: No McCallums listed


[MH] Laura McCallum Johnson-Print Shop on Market St

MCLB: Indiana Source Books: Vevay Library

John McCollum 2:256-Lived in Marian County in 1840

3:104-John oh Kasciosico Co. died in Indianapolis

4/28/1849 “Locomotive”

3:157-John of Vanerburgh Co. married Elizabeth Rhodes 8/26/1833

E.G. McCollum 2:51-witness to will of Elizabeth Williams 4/13/1866

Jane McCullam 2:236-Married Ira Richardson 1/24/1833 in Washington County

Daisy McCallum

William Kelly-came to Mendocino on Ship Ontario in 1852 as ships carpenter

m. Eliza-William and Eliza moved here from Prince Edward Island

ch. f Daisy, b. 1861, m. 1879 Alexander McCallum

(ch. Donald;


f Eliza

m Russell

m Ott

Miscellaneous Notes about McCallums collected in Scotland in 1984

Name: follower/devotee/son of Columba (St. Columba’s name is Colm in the original Gaelic form, and he is distinguished from others with the same name by the suffix meaning cell: Columchille). MacCallum means son of Colm, and although it does not indicate descent from Columba, the MacCallums do originate in the ancient kingdom of Dalriada settled by the first Scots from Ireland. Personal Name: Calum

Name origin: St. Columba = Colm in Gaelic, nobleman turned monk who brought christianity to Scotland (Argyll) from Ireland; Son of Callum (bald dove)

[CMMS] Both the names MacCallum and Malcolm derive from the Gaelic name of St. Columba of the Celtic Church, who brought Christianity to Scotland. The Gaelic names are Colm or Callum (Chaluim). Maol Colm seems to be an ancient form of Malcolm, and Callum seems to be closer to the original Gaelic. Roughly the names mean a “Devotee” or “Servent” of St Columba,may have originally referred to an ecclesiastical position of duty

Gaelic Names: Mac Chaluim (devotee of St. Columba), Maol Chalium (devotee of St. Columba), Clann Caluim, Mac Mhaol Chalium, Mac Coluimb, Mac Guille Chaluim Family Origin and History: REF: Genealogy of Clan in Gaelic MS of 1450 the Clan Calum is said to be originally designated as of Ariskeodnich The district of Lorn, Argyllshire is generally regarded as the country of the MacCallums; and Colgin, about 3 1/2 miles from Oban has long been considered the headquarters of the MacCallums. Once upon a time the Laird of Colgin had a family of twelve handsome sons. On a certain Sunday he went with them to the church of Kilbride, entering the edifice at their head, and his sons following him in order according to their ages. The lady of MacDougall of Lorn was in the church and inquired who tha man was with the large family of sons. Being informed that it was the Laord of Colgin she replied: “A third of Scotland would not be too much for MacCallum.” From that day his family began to pine away, til only three were left. MacCallum being advised to send the survivors from home he prepared horses with panniers and gave one to each of the lads. He then sent them away with the direction to take up their residence in what ever place the panniers would fall off the horses. The panniers of the horse of one of them having fallen in the bounderies of the farm, he remained at home. The other two went on their journey, going in different directions. The panniers of one having fallen in Glenetive, he settled there, and the panniers of the other having fallen at Kilmartin, he made his home in that district. The brothers married and each had a family. By marriage they, in course of time became numerous. It happened that the MacCallums of Glenetive and the MacCallums of Kilmartin to the number of thirty of each set out to visit each other on the same day. Meeting in a narrow pass on “Sliabah an tuim” in the Genmore Moor neither party would allow the other to pass on the right. A fight occurred in consequence, which was maintained fiercely until all were killed except two, one of each party. Overcome by the toils of conflict, these two sat down to rest. Entering into conversation they ascertained that they were relatives. Thus it was that the MacCallums came to be called “Sliochd nan tri fichead burraidh” – “The descendents of the sixty fools” (Records of Argyll)

Nearly a thousand years separate Columba and the earliest documented references to the MacCallums, however. By this time the Campbells had moved into District of Lorne in Argyll, named after one of the princes of Dalriada, and for so long settled by MacCallums. Being a small clan they took protection under the Campbells of Lochow. (There is no historical evidence that the MacCallum country of Lorne in Argyll was filled with people who used the two names, MacCallum and Malcolm, indiscriminately, indicating that the MacCallum and Malcolm clans are different-See Malcolm below. It is expected that the ancient name of Colm should be found in the areas of original Gaelic settlement.)

Another origin is attributed to the name Callum: Mac Ghille-Challums is the Gaelic designation borne by the Mc Leods of Raasay, of Loch Aye in Loch Awe District of Argyllshire (from Gaelic Manuscript of 1450). Their descent is from Malcolm Garve, son of Malcoln, 9th Baron of Lewis.

[CMMS] There is evidence to suggest that the Clan is descended from the MacLeods of Lewis. A former Cheif of MacLeods has the Gaelic designation Mac Ghille Chalium and as a descendent of Malcolm, 8th Baron of Lewis

[CMM2] The district of Lorn in Argyllshire is the original home of the MacCallums and the Chief of the Clan MacCallum/Malcolm is Robin Neill Lochnell Malcolm, who resides in Duntrune Castle near Kilmartin on the Poltalloch lands chartered to his family in 1510.

The name MacCallum, in the Gaelic Maol Calium, means son of Columba. This does not indicate literal descent from the saint, but rather a devotee, and the MacCallums do originate in the ancient kingdom of Dalriada settled by the first Scots from Ireland.

[CMMS] It then appears that a large branch was established in Argyll under Campbell protection. The Clan known as MacCallum and Malcolm originated in the Argyll area of Scotland in 1414 when Sir Duncan Campbell of Lochow granted lands in Craignish to Reginald MacCallum of Corbarron, with the office of hereditary constable of the castles of Lochaffy and Craignish, and thus the Clan is said to have originated near Oban had established lands and a Chief.

Miscellaneous Notes about McCallums collected in Scotland in 1984

1414 The first mention of MacCallum occurs in 1414 when Ronald (Ranald, Reginald) Mac Callum of Corbarron, was granted land in Craignish on Banks of Loch Avich by Sir Duncan Campbell of Loch Lochow, Chief of the Campbells, and made hereditary constable of the castles of Lockaffy and Craignich on Banks of Loch Avich. This branch of family became extinct in the 17th century. Last of these MacCallums left Corbarron to Zachary MacCallum


1510 [CMM2] “Maol Caluim” had a grant for the lands of Poltalloch, across Loch Craignish from the land of Craignish Castle. He was succeeded by his son Archibald and by 1562 Donald, son of Archibald was in possession of Poltallach.

1562 Donald M’Gillespie vich O’Challum (in Gaelic Domhnall Mac Gilleasbuig Mich Vi Challum,

Donald son of Gillespie son of the grandchildren of Callum) received title to property at Poltalloch from Duncan Campbell of Duntrune in 1562. Another source says he was “siezed in the land of Poltalloch”. Mac Callums were in Poltalloch prior to 1562. The MacCallums still live at ancient castle of Duntrune-see below.

1647 Zachary Mac Callum of Poltalloch Corbarron bequeathed by last of family to Zachary Mac Callum, 5th of Poltalloch, in 17th century (1647) who died ca. 1688. An earlier Zachary of Poltalloch, supporter of Marquess of Argyll and renowned for his strength was killed by (or killed) Sir Alexander Mac Donald at Ederling in 1647. He had slain seven of the enemy when he was attacked Sir Alexander and was likely to overpower him also when MacCallum was attacked from behind by man from the opposing force armed with a sythe.

1665 Charles II conferred a baronetcy of Nova Scotia on John Malcolm of Balbeadig and Grange, Fifeshire in 1665; family also acquired estate of Lochore and lands in Dumfrieshire-present home of baronetcy of Sir Michael 10th Baronet

1758 Alexander Malcolm (1758-1787) 9th Laird of Poltalloch, took the strange step of altering name to Malcolm for aesthetic reasons, as though the two names are interchangeable; probably lived to 100 years. His successor, Sir Ian Malcom of Poltalloch added a further excentricity by adjudicating the correct sett of the MacCallum tartan while continuing to use a name which cannot upon any evidence be said to belong to that clan and even possesses a different tartan.

1779 [CMMS] In 1779 Dugald MacCallum of Poltalloch became Chief and Laird of the Poltalloch lands. He decided to adopt the surname Malcolm and since the Chiefs have used the name Malcolm

1779 Dugald MacCallum, succeeded to estate in 1779 is said to be the first to adopt name Malcolm permanently (Name found in Stirlingshire and Dumbartonshire as early as 14th century)

1787 Neil Malcolm of Poltallach, cousin of Dugald,succeeded to estate in 1787, d. 1802.

1896 John W. Malcolm (John Wingate) (15th) was created Lord Malcolm of the Manor of Poltalloch in 1896 and d. 1902 (or ? 1900) ([CMM2] died without heirs and the title became extinct); no children Distinguished himself as MP for Argyll; earned V.D. awarded C.B. while in command of the local volunteer battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

Died childless and peerage became extinct.

Edward Malcolm (16th), Brother of John (15th)

Sir Ian Zachary Malcolm (17th), Son of Edward (16th) nephew of John (15th); One of

Directors of Suez Canal; K.C.M.G.; Married the daughter of the famous Edwardian beauty, Mrs. Langtry, the “Jersey Lily”

Col. George Ian Malcolm (18th), Son of Sir Ian; Lived in charming old Duntrune Castle;

Vice Lieutenent of Argyll; Original organizer of Military Tatoo

Robin Malcolm (19th) Laird of Poltalloch, D.L., J.P. is present cheif of the Clan. He and his wife and children reside in Duntrune Castle near Lochgilphead in Argyllshire. The castle had been a a Campbell stronghold, but was sold to the Malcolm Laird in 1792. From 1850 and until 1954, the Cheifs were occupants of a mansion known as Poltalloch House which has since been abandoned. [CMMS]

[CMM2] George Ian’s Son Robin, present Chief and 19th Laird, has been repeatedly elected to local offices. His seat is Duntrune Castle, said to be the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. Originally a Campbell stronghold, Duntrune has been in the hands of the MacCallums/Malcolms for two hundred years.

1971 [CMM2] The Clan MacCallum/Malcolm Society was founded in 1971 at the Grandfather Mountain Games, Linville NC with the late Andrew B MacCallum (USAF Retired) as convenor.

The Clan Society, strongly supported by its Chief, now has members from coast to coast as well as in Canada. Its newsletter, The Argent Castle, is published quaterly.

Miscellaneous Notes about McCallums collected in Scotland in 1984

Racial Group: Norse


Then reproducing our first design, D. W. Stewart wrote “Well nigh forgotton and rarely encountered, save in the old pattern book or in the tartan collectors’ museum, this design is early, though its origin cannot be fixed with any certainty. It has been supplanted by a comparatively modern pattern, known commonly as the Malcolm but occasionly as the MacCallum, which is the ancient form of the name. The new scheme has [1893] existed some fourty of fifty years at least, as the Editor has received from a lady in Skye a specimen in a portion of a silk dress her family has owned for about that period without knowing the name of the tartan. In thc collection of the Highland Society of London (1822), in that at Moy Hall, and in every other important repository of the kind, the MacCallums as here illustrated is ranked, and the Malcolm is wanting. It is believed that the family, having lost trace of the old sett fifty or sixty years ago [i.e., 1832-1843], had the modern design preparedfrom the recollections of the old people in Argyllshire; but, as frequently happened in similar circumstances, the recovery of the original design shows that considerable deviation has been made.”

Three tartans have to be considered in connection with the names MacCallum and Malcolm. The one given by D. W. Stewart (104) may be accepted as the most ancient. We are left with two comparatively recent designs. The Smiths give only one naming it Malcolm (187); it is asymetrical, containing a blue line accompanied by a yellow line always in the same order. The other, usually called MacCallum (105), has a structure common to several tartans of doubtful antiquity; in this case the light lines of the pattern are red. Some editors have described the ancient MACCALLUM as being of this structure but with the lines of light blue-a quite misleading description.


(104) Bk B Bk G Az Bk G

2 12 12 8 2 4 16

(105) Bk B Bk G R G Bk

2 12 12 12 2 12 12

Current Home: Duntrune Castle, Lochgilphead, Argyllshire [photos in book]

On the coast off A816, 4 miles north of Kilmichael

Across the bay from the end of the Crinan Canal stands Duntrune Castle, possibly the oldest inhabited fortress in Scotland, dating back to the late 12th or early 13th century.

It is basicly an “L”-shaped tower building with additions made to it in the 16th century.

It was once a Campbell stonghold. Contains a midiaevil lavatory chute on the facing corner of the tower. The 19th century mansion of Polltaloch was destroyed by fire in 1959.

MacCallum vs. Malcolm

Maol is Gaelic for shaven head, and thus a term for a monk. As a prefix in personal names it acquired the meaning of a devotee of a man of God, like that other term for a youth or servent, Gille. The first syllables of Malcolm (Servent of Colm) and Gillanders (Servent of Andrew) are virtually interchangeable although the original meaning of each is different. The connection between Malcolm and MacCallum is less clear, although these names are sometimes shown as alternative names for the same clan. There is an essential difference between a Devotee of Callum (or Colm) and a Son of Callum

MALCOLM: Clan from 12th century Gilleoin

Name: Malcolm (servent of Colm) and Gillandere (Servent of Andrew) are virtually interchangeable although original meaning different Maol=gaelic for shaven head, therefore term for a monk Gille=servent of youth; Name from Gaelic MacMhathain

Connection between Malcolm and MacCallum less clear Sometimes shown as alternative to same name

Big difference between devotee to Callum and son of Collum

No good historical evidence that in MacCallum country there were people who used two names indiscriminately

Malcolm’s in Dumbartonshire and StirlingshireAs early as 14th Century

Name from Gaelic-MacMhathain

Clan from 12th Century Gilleoin

Other ? Related References-McCallum

James Taylor: “The Great Historic Families of Scotland”, J.S. Virtue & Co

Ltd, before 1889 (G. MacCaluim or MacC[h]aluim, MacGuille Chaluim, son of gillie of Calum)

Donald MacCallum-sasine witness 1619

Gilbert Mac Calmer-merchant in Ayr 1631

Iain M’Callan vic Raldovnoch-murdered at Dunarey 1647

Zacharie M’Callan-A hieland boy in St. Andrews mentioned in 1650

Archibald M’Callane-minister at Glassey 1661

Zacharie McCallum of Poltalloch-received a precept of sasine 1661

Donald McGillespie vic o’Challam 1662

Sir Walter Scott: “Heart of the Midlothian”

“When McCallum More’s heart does not warm to the tartan, it will be

as cold as death can make it”

SCOTTISH EMIGRATION TO AMERICA: from book on Scottish Emigration

Estimated numbers

1763-1773 20,000

1773-1775 30,000

1774-1775 5000


Most of emigrants were prisoners of War (Jacobites), convicts to NJ, SC, Nova Scotia

Scots prohibited from trading with English colonies, did illegally

1740-1760: Recruited to English Army in America from Scotland-NY

1740-1770: Some Scots to Ireland (Scot-Irish) to America-NC

1760-1780: Crop failures, rising rents

Pennsylvania had liberal policy toward settlers

Southern Colonies inducement-indentured servants

1772-depression on Lowlands: Highlands-poverty, backward economy, overpopulated periodic crop failures, decreased price of cattle, severe winters of 1770’s


Increased rents in Lowlands and Highlands after 1763

Peak immigration 1763-1775=8,000 to 50,000

Glowing reports by emigrants to America Increasing need for skilled craftsmen in America America was land of freedom where he could wear tartan without restriction 

Scots as a whole were loyal to Crown during Revolutionary War

[VFML 7/10/00]

The Campbells only acquired that surname in the 1200’s, when one of them was called “cambuel” (meaning in the Gaelic, crooked mouth). That later became Campbell. Also the Campbell Chief, now Duke of Argyll, was not for a very long time a Duke. There was a long line of Earls-1 through 9 or 10 before any became a Duke. As for Alexander I bestowing any title on them, he reigned from 1107 to 1124 (before there were any Campbells).


Mohr-the Gealic for Son of (the Mac part) big Colin-Mohr meaning big and Calein the Gaelic for Colin-still apopular Campbell first name.


Clan MacCallum/Malcolm Society

J.R. McCallum, Secy Tres

PO Box 494

Carrboro NC 27510

Clan MacCallum/Malcolm Society

J.R. (Dick) McCallum, Secretary/Treasurer

P.O. Box 494

Carrboro NC 27510

Newsletter: The Argent Castle

Virginia McCollum Flaugher, Editor

dues $10/year

Eleanor McCallum

4416 Live Oak Blvd.

Palm Harbor FL 34685

[EMGe] Info re: 60-John-> sent to MacCallum Society

Edward Eugene McCallum

1504 Woodstream Dr.

Oldsmar FL 34677

Descendent of Neil according to Virginia McCollum Flaugher (Argent Castle)

Written 7/13/98-sent all above

1 Headlands Dr

Mendocino CA 95460

10 November 1997

The Argent Castle

Clan MacCallum/Malcolm Society Newsletter

Virginia McCollum Flaugher, Editor

303 Pine St

Paw Paw MI 49047

Dear Editor:

Thank you for the note accompanying my first issue of “The Argent Castle”. I enjoyed both.

I will be happy to put together a story of The Duncan MacCallums as well as a picture of my kilt (worn). I also have pictures of Duntrune Castle (from afar) which I took during my 7 month sabbatical in Scotland in 1984. During this time we saw a good part of Scotland and took many pictures. I was not, however, successful in the searches for my Scot roots. If the Society has records that might help I would appreciate hearing of them. Otherwise, the following query might be productive:

Duncan MacCallum, b. ca. 1786 in ? Perthshire (possibly near Perth), m. bef. 1820 ? in Long Run, Switzerland Co. IN Ellen Guthrie (age 52 in 1950 census, d. 5 or 10 April 1878 in Vevay, age 62 yrs 7 mos) of Pennsylvania, d. 15 November 1832 in Vevay, Switzerland Co, IN (age 48 yrs), bur. in MacCallum Cemetery, Long Run, Vevay, Switzerland Co, IN

Duncan was son of ? John MacCallum and had 2 brothers, Neil and John, and a sister, Elinor/Eleanor. Duncan immigrated possibly to New York ca. 1805-1810 and was said to have known Robert Fulton, and subsequently had his own steamboat on the Ohio River. Duncan and Ellen MacCallum had 3, or 4, sons, D., M., John Guthrie ( an influential politician in California, founder of Palm Springs CA; m. Emily Freeman) and ? Ephraim, and 2 daughters,

Jane Stuart (my great grandmother; m. John Dick Van Eaton) and Elizabeth. D., M, John Guthrie, and Jane Stuart all came to California around 1850.

Sincerely yours,

Jim Tillotson

14221 Headlands Dr

Mendocino CA 95460

26 December 1997

Editor, The Argent Castle

Clan MacCallum/Malcolm Society Newsletter

Virginia McCollum Flaugher, Editor

303 Pine St

Paw Paw MI 49047

Dear Editor:

As promised, enclosed please find the story (as I know it) of my MacCallum ancestors. If you would like more information, further embellishment or references and sources, please let me know.

I hope this leads to further information about my Scottish heritage.

Sincerely yours,

James R. Tillotson, M.D.

14221 Headlands Drive

Mendocino CA 95460

12 January 1998

Virginia McCollum Flaugher, Editor

The Argent Castle

303 Pine St

Paw Paw MI 49047

Dear Ms Flaugher:

Thank you for the information about my ancestors and their families. This added some to what I already knew, but, more importantly, clarifies some of the questions and discrepancies I had. My Aunt Margaret Hulbert, who put much of the genealogy together, was, unfortunately going blind during much of her searches, rarely documented her sources and was a story teller extraordinaire, so she sometimes embellished the truth or even made up her own truths based on old family stories. Thus, much of her legacy to me when she died cannot be relied on. Whether she was in contact with Eleanor Campbell or not I cannot say.

I have searched the available early census records in Vevay and gone through the Latter Day Saints microfisches and computer programs, without much success. I assume you are aware of “The MacCallum Saga” since you have been in contact with the Palm Springs Historical Society.

Thank you again for you time, effort and help. This is a response I am not used to in California, although I must say that I would have expected it in Upstate New York. I was in Michigan only briefly. I did my internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Detroit General (Receiving) Hospital and two years of fellowship at Wayne State School of Medicine

(1959-1966), and was married there (1966). And we traveled through and spent about a week in Michigan on our trip west in 1994.


Jim Tillotson

14221 Headlands Drive

Mendocino CA 95460

12 January 1998

Ms. Eleanor McCallum

4416 Live Oak Blvd.

Palm Harbor FL 34685

Dear Ms. McCallum:

Your name was sent to me with my correspondence with Ms. Virginia McCollum Flaugher, Editor of “The Argent Castle”. Apparently you gave her some information about the John MacCallum family (sons Neil, John, Duncan) who emigrated from Perthshire to Long Run, Vevay, Switzerland

Co, IN early last century. I am a descendent of Duncan through Jane Stuart who married John Dick Van Eaton. Most of my information has come from 1) my Aunt Margaret, who was going blind at the time, was quite a “story-teller”, and rarely documented her sources, 2) “The MacCallum Saga”, 3) visits to Vevay Library in 1995 and 1997 (City and County offices closed), 4) MacCallum Cemetery in Long Run IN and 5) of course, the information you supplied to Ms. Flaugher. My attempts to get information while in Scotland were not successful.

I understand you are a genealogist. Consequently I would be happy to reimburse you for any other information you might have on this family. I would also be glad to sent you a copy of what I have been able to put together (mine is referenced). Please let me know.

Sincerely yours,

Jim Tillotson

October 2002: Note-this letter was neither returned nor answered



[BHGE] Early in July 1508, a gay and gallant company assembled in Lamberton Moore (near Berwick-upon-Tweed), for within the walls of its kirk the young, ardent, and chivalrous James Fourth of Scotland was to receive the hand of Margaret of England.

At a distance from the pavilion and booths a crowd had assembled to witness the athletic games of the border. One Meikle Robin had overcome all competitors, and none dared to face him. He was finally easily downed by a young man whose dress bespoke him to be a domestic of one of the noblemen. A witness to all this was one known as Strong Andrew. He was a native of Eyemouth, about three and thirty years of age, and he united in his person the callings of a fisherman and cadger.

The following day, while returning home, he met the stranger who had thrown Meikle Robin, and challenged him to a bout. This was accepted, and in a twinkling of an eye Andrew measured his length on the ground. The went on toward Eyemouth together, and on the way came upon an inn kept by a widow called Nancy Hewitt, and Andrew invited the stranger to have some refreshment. Now the Widow Hewitt had a very pretty daughter, Janet (to whom Andrew was engaged), and the stranger was not long in discovering this.

Finally, the stranger asked for something to eat. “O Sir,” said their hostess, “I’m verra sorry an’ vexed that I hae naething in the house that I could gie ye – naething o’ kitchen kind but tha haddocks which Andrew left this forenoon; an’ I hae been sae thrang wi’ fok gaun back and forret to Lamberton, that they’re no gutted yet. But if ye could tak them ye are welcome to them.”

“Gut two, then, good dame, and prepare them,” said the stranger.

“I doubt, sir, twa winna do,” said she; “for they’re but sma. I better gut thrie”.

“Certainly, gut thrie,” said Andrew. “I brought the stranger in – and what is a haddie, or what are they worth?”

“You are a generous hearted fellow,” said the stranger, “and ‘gut thrie’ shall I call you if we meet again.”

Andrew went out to look at his pony, leaving the stranger with Janet, and as he returned to the house he heard Janet cyring, “Mother, Mother! O Andrew, Andrew!” Rushing in he beheld her struggling in the arms of the stranger. He dealt him one blow that laid him prostrate on the floor and caused blood to flow from his lips.

The third day after the encounter was the last and great day of the festivities, and the greatest event of the day was at hand – a battle in ernest between and equal number of Borderers and Highlanders – the most distinguished to receive a purse of gold from the King. The Borderers were one man short. Andrew, who had been with Janet in the audience, could stand it no longer, and, breaking away from her hand, joined the Borderers, making their number complete.

In the combat, Andrew was everywhere, and no one could stand before his strong arm. He was the champion of the field – the hero of the fight. He was taken before the King to receive the prize. Immediately they recognized each other – the stranger and the King were one in the same man. Instead of receiving the prize Andrew was thrown into prison, and two days after Janet and her mother were also imprisoned. On the fourth day Andrew was summoned before the King to undergo his punishment. His sentence was death, but the King, in reward for his bravery at Lamberton, said his life should be spared, but the hand that struck the blow should be cut off.

Just as this was to be done the Queen entered. The King rose to meet her, saying, “What would my fair Queen?”

“A boon! A boon! My liege,” playfully replied the princess; “that ye not strike off the hand of this audacious man, but that ye chain it for his life.”

“Be it so, my fair one,” said the King. And taking the sword of the executioner to his hand he touched the culprit on the shoulder with it, saying, “Rise up, Sir Andrew Gut-thrie, and thus we do chain your offending hand!” The young Queen at the same time raising a veil with which she had concealed the features of bonny Janet, and the King, taking her hand, placed it in Andrew’s.


[RoGF] The name Guthrie is an ancient and honorable one, the name of a family of great antiquityin Scotland like the most ancient is of local origin, being assumed by the Chief when such designations were adopted from his lands on Forforshire.

In the year 1299, after the great Sir William Wallace had resigned the guardianship of Scotland and retired to France, the Northern Lords of that Kingdom sent Squire Guthrie to desire his return, that he might assist in opposing the English. Guthrie embarked at Aberbrothock, landed at Sluis from whence he conveyed Wallace and his retinue back to Montrose.

Guthrie Castle is still entire; an enshrined bell is preserved within the castle (description included in article and photograph in records).

[BHGE] The Guthrie family is of Saxon origin, the name meaning “Warlike”. The earliest traditional knowledge of the family is in 1680, in Edinburgh, Scotland, where thet were the best middle class and interested in the manufacture of iron.


[AGAF] Lawrence R Guthrie: American Guthrie and Allied Families: Lineal representations of the colonial Guthries of Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Some Post-Revolution Emigrants and of some allied families, Kerr Printing Company, Chambersburg PA (New York State Library-copied pp I-IX, 308-357 in 2002) Quotes a letter which is included in information in [RoGF]

[ROGF} Harrriet A and Eveline Guthrie Dunn: Records of the Guthrie Family of Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Virginia, with ancestry of those who have intermarried with the family, Chicago IL, 1898 (New York State Library H929.2 qG984-copied pp 1-3, 111- 157 in 2002)

[BHGF] Seymore Guthrie: A Brief History of the Guthrie Family, Chicago, 1889


Picture of Guthrie Castle, Forfarshishire: check my castle pictures)

Relationship to Guthrie Clinic

More information about Guthries

Visit graves in Pennsylvania-check on local genealogy


See pictures



?-Master Alexander of Guthrie


m. Marjorie

ch. m David

m James

m William

NOTE [RoGF] Crawfurd in his lives of officers of State says: “That the Guthries held the Barony of Guthrie by Charter from King David II; but that they were men of rank and property long before the reign of James II, is manifest by the fact that Master Alexander of Guthrie, is a witness, in a charter granted by Alexander Seaton, Lord of Gordon, to William Lord Keith, afterward Earl Marshall, dated 1 August 1442 and that he obtained the lands of Killandrum in the Barony of Lower Leslie, and Sheriffdom of Forfar, to himself and Marjory Guthrie, his spouse, by charter from George, Lord Leslie, of Leven, the Superior, dated 10 April 1457. By the above Leslie he had three sons, David, James, and William, of whom the eldest, Sir David Guthrie, Baron of Guthrie, was Sheriff of Forfar in 1457. He held the situation of Armour Bearer to King James III, and was constituted Lord Treasurer of Scotland in 1461; in which post he continued until 1467, when he was appointed Comptroller of the Exchequer.”

In 1469 he was made Lord Register of Scotland; and in 1472, we find him one of the ambassadors on the part of Scotland, who met those of England on April 23, in that year, at New Castle, and concluded a truce until the month of July, 1473. In 1473 he was constituted Lord Chief Justice of Scotland

1984-The Laird of Guthrie


ch. m* James

992-Rev. James Guthrie, Martyr of Stirling, Scotland [AGAF]

Son of the Laird of Guthrie


m. Jane [AGAF]

dau. of Ramsey of Sheilhill [AGAF]

d. 1 June 1661 (executed on account of his writings) [RoGF] in Edinburgh, Scotland [RoGF]

ch. m* William [AGAF]

f Sophia [AGAF]


[AGAF] On 8 February 1666 his widow and daughter were brought before the Privy Council, charged with possessing a treasonable book {understood to have been one of Rev. James Guthrie’s writings). They were sentenced to banishment and moved to the North of Ireland. It seems likely the son was absent from home at this time, perhaps at St. Andrews. January 15, 1669, the widow and daughter were permitted to return to Edinburgh for one month on the occasion of her son’s fatal illness. He died on the eve of his licensure for the ministry. He was then quite a young man, but probably married and had a son who became the father of Robert Guthrie.

[RoGF] The Reverend Thomas Guthrie in his autobiography says: “The name of Guthrie is an ancient one; the name of a very old family in Forfarshire”. Greater honor still in these words: “Famous Guthrie Head”. It stands on the Martyr’s Monument in the Greyfriars Church-yard of Edinburgh, being, with the exception of Argyle’s, and Renwick’s, the only name of the eighteen thousand who perished in the days of the Covenant that has the honor of standing on that famous and sacred stone. (A description of Greyfriar’s Church-yard follows.)

James Guthrie was described by Oliver Cromwell as “The short man who would not bow.”

Chambers in his “History of Eminant Scotsmen,” says: James Guthrie, the Martyr, one of the most zealous of the protesters as they were called during the religious troubles of the seventeenth century, was the son of the Laird of Guthrie. He became teacher of philosophy, and was much esteemed, as well for the equinamity of his temper as for his erudition.

He was minister at Stirling, and executed on account of his writings in Edinburgh June 1, 1661.

On account of the religious persecution under which the family suffered, James, John, and Robert Guthrie decided to leave Edinburgh and seek security and repose in the New World.

496-William Guthrie

Son of Rev. James and Jane Guthrie


ch. m* ?


Son of William GUTHRIE

ch. m* Robert

NOTE: [BHGF] This may or may not relate to direct ancestors

The Guthrie family is of Saxon descent, the name meaning “Warlike”. The earliest traditional knowledge of the family is in 1680, in Edinburgh, Scotland, where they were of the best middle class, and interested in the manufacturer of iron.

About this time John Guthrie severed his connections with his brothers, Robert and James, and, with a small capital sought his fortune in Ulster County, Ireland. It is not known what business he embarked while there, but it is probable that his knowledge of the iron industry led him to take up some branch of it. He had not been there long before he married a Protestant young lady of good family. At that period the Protestants were unpleasantly situated in that country, and naturally his mind turned to the new world wher religious opposition was unknown-where a amn couls worship his Maker as his heart dictated without risking his life or jeopardizing his chances of gaining a livelihood. It was about 1700 when he bade farewell to his friends in Ireland and set out to seek his fortune in the new world.

After a wearisome voyage of two months he landed at Boston. Remaining here but a few years, he moved to Washington, Litchfield Co, Conn., and engaged successfully in the iron business, running a forge and furnace on the Housatonic river. He died there in 1780, leaving four sons, who carried on the business.

About the same time that John emigrated from Ireland, his two brothers, Robert and James, came out from Scotland and settled in Pennsylvania. (No attempt has been made to trace their descendents) {124-Robert could be the brother of John and James}

John Guthrie, one of the four sons of John, who emigrated from Ireland, married a lady named Cane in Litchfield, and raises a family of ten children: John, James, William, Joseph, Ephraim, Ebenezer, Mary, Abigail, Sarah, Lydia.

124-Robert GUTHRIE

Great grandson of Rev. James GUTHRIE, Martyr of Stirling Scotland [AGAF]

Son of 248-? GUTHRIE

b. ca. 1700 or earlier [RoGF] or 1711 [AGAF] in City of Derry, Ireland [RoGF, AGAF] or Londonderry [AGAF]

m. 1736 [RoGF] in Ireland [RoGF] Bridget Dougherty

b. 1711 [RoGF, AGAF] in Londondarry [AGAF] or Donegal, Cardonaugh Co, Ireland [RoGF]

dau. of Owen Dougherty of Cardonough, County Donegal, Ireland [RoGF] (d. age 120 years

[RoGF], ch. Edward, called “Eman Mone” on account of his remarkable size and strength; John; Rose; Bridget*; Sarah; Mary) ([RoGF] engaged in the wars; blind for 15 years, then recovered his sight)

d. 1794 [RoGF], bur. In the old cemetery one block south and one block west of where they lived in Carlisle [AGAF]

d. 1782 [RoGF], bur. In the old cemetery one block south and a block west of where they lived in Carlisle [AGAF]

ch. m Robert, b. 1737 [RoGF, AGAF] in Ireland [RoGF, AGAF], d. 1804 [RoGF] in Pittsburgh PA [RoGF] (see [AGAF] pp311-312 for more details)

m James, b. 1739 [RoGF, AGAF] in Ireland [RoGF, AGAF], d. 1763 [RoGF] (see [AGAF] pp

312-313 for more details)

f Jane, b. 1741 [RoGF, AGAF] in Ireland [RoGF, AGAF], d. 1744 [AGAF], aet 3 years

[RoGF] in Ireland [RoGF]

m* John,

m George, b. [AGAF] (see [AGAF] pp 334- for more details)

f Margaret, b. 6 May 1753 [RoGF, AGAF] in Carlisle PA [RoGF, AGAF], m. 1774 [RoGF]

George Brown [RoGF], d. 1795 [RoGF] in Carlisle PA [RoGF], ch. George, b. 1775 [RoGF]

f? Polly, m. 24 November 1789 [AGAF] Tomas Dodds

NOTE 124-Robert

[RoGF] Came to America in 1744 with his son Robert, wife and son James came to America in 1745. They settled and lived for three or four years in Philadelphia, and from there removed to Lancaster PA, where John Guthrie was born. When John was a year old they moved to Carlisle PA and there they had a daughter Margaret.

[AGAF] emigrated in 1744

A Covenanter of the strictest principles; a carpenter by trade; a well educated man, familiar with the classics 

Born in Londonderry in 1711; Came to this country in 1740 and settled in Connecticut (That he first settled in Connecticut is only speculative, based on the assumption that he was the brother of James and John-see p308-but Robert may not have been old enough to have these brothers. He remained there only a short time and moved to Pennsylvania where, among the Irish colonists in Lancaster County, were friends and relatives of his wife and himself. He lived in the town of Lancaster and worked at his trade.

Sometime between 1751 and 1754 he moved to Cumberland County where he engaged in land speculation. His speculations proved unprofitable and he established himself in his trade.

Records of Cumberland County show that a parcel of ground was “granted unto Robert Guthrie the elder in 1750 on the South side of Pomfret Street of Carlisle known on the general plan as lot No. 290. This is where the Guthries lived in Carlisle and lies on the extreme East end of the street as originally laid out. Robert Sr. was the holder of taxable property in Middletown township in 1751. Middletown then included Carlisle.

Robert Guthrie served in the French and Indian War. Afterwards Robert and his family retreated for safety to Coleraine Township, Lancaster County, PA. He was active during that time of retirement with other heroic defenders of the frontier, in repelling the savage invaders. Just when the family returned to Carlisle is not known but they were there again in 1762 when both Robert Sr. and Robert Jr. took up land. It is said that Robert was the organizer of the Carpenters’ Guild of Carlisle, famed as the predessor of the merican trade union.


Son of Robert and Bridget (DOUGHERTY} GUTHRIE

b. 11 January 1749 [RoGF, AGAF] in Lancaster PA [RoGF, AGAF]

m. 1775 [RoGF] Sarah Davis

d. several years bef. 1832 [AGAF] {this should be 1852}

d. 12 August 1852 [RoGF]/1832 [AGAF] in Pittsburgh, PA [RoGF], bur. With military honors at the Presbyterian Church

ch. m Robert, b. 15 February 1776 [RoGF, AGAF] in Carlisle PA [RoGF, AGAF], m. Mary

Gillespie [ROGF], ch. Thomas [RoGF]; James [RoGF]; William [ROGF] (see [RoGF]

pp 115-116 , [AGAF] pp 315-317 for details)

m James Verner, b. 27 June 1778 [RoGF, AGAF] in Carlisle PA [RoGF, AGAF], m. Martha Brandon [RoGF] (see [RoGF] pp 117-157, [AGAF] pp 317- for details)

f Margaret, b. 16 November 1781 [RoGF, AGAF] in Carlisle PA [RoGF, AGAF], m1. Samuel MILLER [RoGF, AGAF], m2. ? LINDERMAN [RoGF, AGAF]

f Prudentialis, b. 4 May 1789 [RoGF, AGAF] in Annapolis [RoGF]/Anapolis MD [AGAF],

m. Samuel GILLESPIE [RoGF], ch. 2 sons [RoGF, AGAF]

f Sarah, b. 4 April 1792 [RoGF, AGAF] in Unity Township, Westmorland Co, PA [RoGF,

AGAF], m1. ? FOWLER [RoGF, AGAF], m2. ? GRAVES [RoGFAGAF], chm1. 4 sons

[RoGF, AGAF], chm2. 4 dau. [RoGF, AGAF]

f Eleanor, b. 27 August 1797 [RoGF, AGAF] in Meadville, Crawford Co, PA [RoGF, AGAF]

f* Helen

m John, b. 3 November 1800 [RoGF, AGAF] near [RoGF]/in [AGAF] Meadville PA, m. in Philadelphia [RoGF], ch. 4 dau [RoGF]: f, m. ? BELT [RoGF]; f, m. Dr.

Ingraham [RoGF]; f, m. ? ROSE [RoGH]; f (see [AGAF] pp 333- for more details)

NOTE John Guthrie

[RoGF] Lieutenant in Colonel Broadhead’s Regiment of the Pennsylvania Line. He was buried with military honors. After the war he served in the Border Troubles for two years, and was appointed by Washington, a Captain of the Army for his distinguished service, but he declined the appointment. John Brandon was a Lieutenant in the New Jersey line, and was wounded at the Battle of Monmouth.

[RoGF] Letter in possession of George W. Guthrie of Pittsburgh: Captain John Guthrie was with Colonel Broadhead’s expedition against the Six Nations. He was in Morgan’s Rifle Command, and with Massey Harbison in the Border Troubles. An account of his Company of rangers is given by Massey Harbison in his “Narrative of Sufferings from Indian Barbarity.” In Pennsylvania Archives can be found a list of the officers of the Westmorland Company, who were with him. In Pennsylvania Archives also N.S. Vol. iv, P. 64, is a Muster and Inspection Roll of Captain John Guthrie’s Company in the War of 1812, inspected July 12, 1812. He was appointed and cofirmed a Captain in the regular army by Washington, but declined it. On the Regular Army list of appointments is the name of John Guthrie, Ensign, 1775-6 (Hammersley’s List).

[RoGF] Obituary Pittsburgh Gazette of Friday Aug. 17, 1852: Died on Sunday last at 5 o’clock a.m., John Guthrie of this city a soldier in Revolutionary War. He was born in Lancaster, Pa., Jan. 17, 1749; volunteered as a soldier under General Armstrong, from Carlisle in 1774, and again under General Lacey in 1776, and continued battling against his county’s foes until 1779, when his wounds compelled him to leave the service. He invariably sustained the character of a brave soldier and honest man. On Sunday evening his remains were followed to the grave by a large concourse of citizens, and attended by upward of 150 members of the volunteer corps of the city.

[AGAF] John Guthrie took neither to his father’s carpenter shop, nor to books, but to the forests and streams of his native land. He was a frontirersman, expert with the rifle, an Indian fighter, a soldier, and an officer in the Revolutionary war.

He volunteered as a soldier under General Armstrong, from Carlisle in 1774, and again under General Lacey in 1776. A family tradition states-that he served as a commissioned officer in one of the Pennsylvania Regiments in Lord Stirlingh’s Brigade, of Sullivan’s Division at the battle of Long Island where he was wounded and captured, and that he served as a commissioned officer in a Pennsylvania Regiment at the battle of Trenton ………………………………Rifle Command 1777-1778. This famous brigade was made up of 500 picked men from all the regiments in the Continental service, selected under the personal supervision of George Washington. Pennsylvania furnished most of the men; the 8th Regiment more than any other one organization. After the Saratoga ampaign, Morgan’s Command, returned was disbanded. John Guthrie passed the winter at Valley Forge. March, 1778, finds him marching with the 8th Regimen under command of General Daniel Broadhead for Fort Pitt. He was on the expedition the following July up the West Branch of the Susquehanna, returned to Fort Pitt and from there went in the Eighth to Fort McIntosh where he was appointed an Ensign. He continued in Broadhead’s Command until Aug. 1, 1780.

Afterwards he appears to have been in the Cumberland county militia in 1781 and 1782. He was with Massey Harbison in the Border Troubles for two years.

As a frontirersman John Guthrie was well acquainted with and in the western settlements and during the Revolutionwas absent on long campaigns, but Carlisle remained his official home for many years. He is found a taxable of that place in 1779 and subsequently. On the list of 1782 he is styled “butcher,” but this seems to have been a temporary employment. He was prominent politically and was a member of a commission connected with the boundary dispute between Pennsylvania and Maryland. This accounts for the presence of the family in Annapolis, where one of his children was born. He was living in Carlisle in 1790, but soon afterwards sold his property there and removed to Unity Township, Westmorland County. Though not wealthy, he seems to have prospered in Westmorland and to have been fairly well-to-do.

Prior to 1797 he removed with his family to Meadville, Pa. or its vicinity, where he lived a number of years. During the last years of his life he lived with one of his children at Lexington, Ky. And one at Pittsburgh, Pa.

31-Helen GUTHRIE

Daughter of John and Sarah (DAVIS) GUTHRIE

b. ca. 1798 [C850(IN), EMGe. MCFR-age 52 in 1850] or est. 1802 [LDSC]/1808 [MCFR]/ca.

1816 [OTGe, based on age and date of death] in Meadville [AGAF] Pennsylvania [C850(IN), EMGe, ArCaSp93]

m. Duncan McCallum [RoGF, AGAF]-see McCALLUM

d. 5 [OTGe]/10 [EMGe] April 1878 in Vevay, Switzerland Co, IN [OTGe, EMGe], age 62

yrs 7 mo [OTGe]

ch. 4 children [RoGF, AGAF]-see 30-Duncan MacCALLUM


The name of the wife of Duncan MacCallum has been assumed to be Ellen based on other sources but with the Guthrie Family information it appears to be Helen. Ellen could perhaps be a nickname for Helen or there may be an error in one or the other records.

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