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Callison, William J.

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Callison, William J.
February 20, 2007 08:43PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Perrin, Battle, Kniffin, 4th ed., 1887,
Adair County.
WILLIAM J. CALLISON is the second of seven children born to James and Mary
L. (Miller) Callison, and was born March 7, 1851. James Callison, a native
of Adair County, was born September, 1826, and his life-long occupation has
been farming, in which he has been successful, owning and cultivating at
present 300 and 400 acres of land. He was united in matrimony to Miss
Louisa Miller, on March 3, 1847, the sixth of a family of eight children
born to Nathan and Rachael (Vannoy) Miller, natives of Adair County. The
names of the children born to the marriage are George L., Annie V., wife of
James Butler; Bruce M., Elizabeth R., Mattie B., wife of T. T. Tupman; Mary
L. and William J., all of whom except George L. are living. Mr. Callison
and wife are both members of the Christian Church and are living at their
farm near Columbia. Joseph Callison, grandfather of William J. Callison,
was a farmer and in moderate circumstances, dying in 1830, in the sixtieth
year of his age. He was a native of Virginia, and was a veteran of the
war of 1812, and immigrated to Adair County, Ky., while yet a young man,
in the early part of this century. He owned and cultivated his own farm
of about 500 acres, which he bought in the woods. His first marriage,
about 1792, occurred in Virginia, to a Miss Dawson, and they were the
parents of nine children: Josiah, Robert, Gilmer, William, Dawson,
Charity (Smith), Susan (Stark), Polly (Browning), and Mary, of whom
Robert alone is living. The second marriage about 1825, was to Miss
Elizabeth Miller, a native of Pennsylvania, and this marriage occurred in
Adair County. They were the parents of five children: James, Margaret,
wife of James A. Browning; Charles; Phoebe and Martha, wife of John D.
Mourning, all of whom are living except Martha, who died in 1883.
Joseph Callison departed this life in 1830, and his widow, who was born
in 1794, died in 1865. William Callison received a good English
education in the common schools of Adair County, of which he is a native,
and the Presbyterian High School of Columbia. After leaving school in
February, 1873, he began selling goods in a dry goods store in Columbia,
which he continued until September of the same year, when he, in
partnership with his brother, G. L. Callison, embarked in the grocery
business. This they carried on successfully about one year, when they
embarked in the drug business. This they carried on from 1874 until
September 6, 1883, when G. L. Callison died, and W. J. Callison bought
his interest in the business, which he has since carried on in his own
name. January 1, 1874, he was united in marriage to Miss Laura E.
Robinson, the third of four sons and four daughters born to William N.
and Sallie C. (Stone) Robinson, natives of Adair County, Ky. Their home
has been gladdened by four children: Montie S., Carry Lee, Lula Belle
and James Robinson, all of whom are living. Mr. and Mrs. Callison are
both members of the Columbia Christian Church, of which he is one of the
deacons. Mr. Callison is also a Mason, and in politics is a stanch
member of the Democratic party. He carries a large stock of drugs, and
a stock of jewelry and patent medicines, books, and an assortment of
general merchandise, which he values at $3,500. He enjoys a large trade
and is one of the leading merchants of the county, and is also one of the
firm of Blandford & Callison, dealers in commercial fertilizer, farmers'
implements, machinery, etc., which was first to introduce into this county
the Homestead Fertilizer and Deering Twine Binder. Their sales on
fertilizer began in 1882 on a very small scale, selling from fifteen to
twenty barrels per annum, but have increased to 1,500 to 2,000 barrels in
1885 and 1886, giving perfect satisfaction to the farmers by increasing
their crop from fifty to one hundred per cent.
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