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Bulloch History by Roger Allen

The McCalls come to Bulloch Co.

    Irishman Joshua McCall married Juliana Truby and had at least one child: Francis John McCall, born on November 11, 1710 in Ulster, Antrim County, Northern Ireland. At some time Francis Sr. and his family immigrated to the United States, settling in Big Spring, Pennsylvania. He married Marry Harris in Cumberland Valley, Pennsylvania and they had the following children: Charles (Sr.), born in 1732; George, born in 1735; Thomas, born in 1739; Joseph, born in 1741; Elizabeth, born in 1743; Jean, born in 1743; Iber, born in 1745; and Mary, born in 1747.
    The McCall family moved first to the New River area of Virginia, and then to the Shippensburg, Pennsylvania area. According to colonial records Francis received both a Land Grant of 150 acres between Duncan’s Creek and the Blush River in Craven County, South Carolina. Because of the danger from Indian raids, he moved his family to Land Grant he received in 1762 on Twelve Mile Creek in Anson County, North Carolina. He fought in the American Revolution from 1764-6 as a private in the North Carolina Militia and then once his service was finished was appointed the Constable of Mecklenburg, North Carolina. Francis John McCall died on April 10, 1794 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
    Francis’ son Charles was born in Middle Springs, Pennsylvania in 1732 and died in Effingham County, Georgia in 1814 (in what is now part of Candler County). He first married Celeste Anne “Nancy” Williams in 1755 in North Carolina in 1755 in Society Hill in the Darlington District of South Carolina, and they had the following children: John, born in 1756; David, born in 1758; George, born in 1760; Henry, born in 1764; William, born in 1766; Eleanor, born in 1768; Francis (Jr.), Charles (Jr.), and Robert, all born in 1773; Nathaniel, born in 1780; and Mercy, born in 1783. When she died, he married Hannah Pierce Everett, and they had three or four children: Sarah, born in 1800; John Everett McCall, born in 1801; and Hannah, born about 1803; and Elisa, birth date unknown.
    Charles Sr. settled with his family on Lynches Creek on the Great Pee Dee River in the Cheraw District area of South Carolina. In 1784 he was granted some 200 acres of land in Effingham County, Georgia, and then shortly thereafter acquired more land (in what became part of both Scriven and Bulloch Counties). Charles served in the American Revolution as a soldier in the South Carolina Militia, fighting in the Battle of McCall’s Old Field on his family’s own lands.
    Once the war was over, he moved his family to the new Effingham plantation, in what is now part of Bulloch County.    
    Charles served as the Magistrate of Bulloch County; the Justice of the Peace in B.C.; the Judge of the Inferior Court in B.C.; as State Senator from B.C. during  the 1799, 1801, and 1802 sessions; and then as State Representative during the 1798, 1803, 1806, and 1808 sessions. He even served as one of the delegates to the Georgia Constitutional Convention from Bulloch County held in 1798 at the state capital of Louisville. He was buried in the McCall’s Dover Bridge family plantation in Bulloch County.
    Charles’ son Francis Jr., born on August 5, 1773 at Society Hill in South Carolina died on October 6, 1851 in Tattnall County, Georgia. Francis Jr. apparently fought in the American Revolution. Some say Francis married as many as three Sarah’s: Sarah Pierce; Sarah Mattox; and Sarah Overstreet. Francis Jr. and his wives had a total of thirteen children, all of whom were born in Bulloch County. They were:  Stephen, born in 1802; Eleanor (called Nelly), born in 1805; Mary Ann (or Nancy), born in 1807; Celeste Ann, born in 1809; Eliza, born in 1811; Francis, born in 1813; Ardelia, born in 1816 (some say her name was Deliah or Delilah); Hannah, born in 1818; Harriet Pearce, born in 1820; Charles W., born in 1827; Nancy, born after 1825, Celete (also called Saluta), born after 1825; and Martha, born after 1828.
    Once the war was over he served as the Sheriff of Bulloch County during 1801 and 1803. He was also elected State Senator from Bulloch County for the 1829 session. Francis Jr. was buried in the Old Shiloh Cemetery in Tattnall County, Georgia. These men can be called the founders of the Bulloch County McCalls, a family with a proud American history.

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