Almon C. Galloway


Born: 2 Feb 1816 in Palmyra, Wayne Co., NY
Died: 10 Aug 1906 in Adrian, MI.

Father:
John Galloway
Mother: Elizabeth Cornel

Brothers:
James Duane Galloway
Thomas Galloway
George W. Galloway
Daniel Timothy Galloway
Archer Galloway
Leonard J. Galloway
Albert D. Galloway
Barnabas D. Galloway
Lafayette W. Galloway
Jerome B. Galloway
James H. Galloway

Sisters:
Lucinda Galloway
Elizabeth A. Galloway
Alinda M. Galloway

Married: Calista A. Knowles 16 Mar 1837
Children:
David A. Galloway
Duane C. Galloway
Elizabeth, died in infancy

1880 Census



Almon C. Galloway, youngest of four sons of John and Elizabeth Cornell
Galloway, was born in Palmyra, Wayne County, New York on February 2, 1816. He
was brought up a farmer, and lived with his father until he was about
nineteen years old. He received a limited education, and has always been a
farmer. In 1834 he went to Palmyra, New York and remained there until August
1837, when he came back, and lived near Toledo, about one year. In August of
1838, he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of new land, on Section 5 and
8, in Adrian Township. He was obliged to cut a road for half a mile to get to
the land. He lived there for sixteen years, and cleared up one hundred acres,
and fenced the entire place. He first built a log house and log barn, but
afterwards built a good frame house and a large frame barn. He had a good
orchard, which he raised from seed brought by his wife from New York. In the
spring of 1854 he sold the farm to John D. Kaiser and purchased one hundred
and fifty acres on Section 13, in Adrian Township, where he now lives. Since
he purchased this farm he has erected a fine large brick house with several
barns and sheds. This house burned March 19, 1893. Since that occurrence a
good house has been erected on the same spot. March 16, 1837, he married Miss
Calista A. Knowles, daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth Knowles, of Palmyra,
New York, by whom he has had three children, as follows: David A., born May
28, 1838 in Toledo, Ohio; Elizabeth, died in infancy. Duane C. Galloway was
born in Adrian Township, January 29,1844, married Miss Maggie M. Chittenden,
May 22, 1878. They have one daughter, Lucy E. born January 26, 1878. Mrs.
Maggie Galloway died July 31, 1894. He resides on Section 6, in Palmyra,
Lenawee County, Michigan. Mrs. Calista A. Galloway was born in Orwell,
Vermont on January 11, 1816. Her parents were both born in New Hampshire, but
were early settlers of Palmyra, New York and came to Michigan in 1847. Mrs.
Knowles died in February, and Mr. Knowles in August 1851.

David A. Galloway lives on the homestead, on Section 13, Adrian Township.
December 22, 1863, he married Miss Emily H. Rogers, daughter of Ira and Nancy
Tomer Rogers, and they had two children, as follows: Almon D. born October 3,
1869, married Miss Flora Van Doren, daughter of Edmund and Elizabeth Van
Doren, and they have one son, George R.; the second child was Calista E. born
July 19, 1876, married William H. Small, and resides in Fenton, Michigan.
Mrs. Emily H. Rogers Galloway was born in Cambridge, this county, June 22,
1845, and died in adrain Township, June 12, 1892. David A. Galloway was
married the second time, March 26, 1896, to Mrs. Eliza Lanning Jay, and there
is no issue.1

On July 29, of the
1870 Census in the third ward of Adrian Township, Lenawee
County, Michigan, page 7 you will find the Almon Galloway family. Almon, aged
55, a farmer that was born in New York, had a very large farm. The value of
the real estate was $13,000 with personal property valued at $3000. This
appears to be a large farm with at least three houses on the property.

In the main house you find Almon and his wife, Calista Knowles Galloway, aged
53, keeping house and born in Vermont. As well as Henrietta Knowles, aged 18,
listed as domestic service, and Calista Knowles, aged 10 and at school, both
born in Michigan. They appear to be sisters and could be nieces of Almon and
Calista Knowles Galloway.

Duane Galloway, aged 26, a schoolteacher that was born in Michigan and had a
personal estate valued at $1000, was living in the same house. Rosa Galloway,
aged 25, at home, born Michigan, appears to be the wife of Duane.

This must have been a huge home as David, aged 32, listed as a farmer, born
in Ohio and had a personal estate valued at $2500. Having no real estate, it
is quite clear that he was helping his father farm. David's wife, Emily, aged
24, keeping house, and their eight-month-old son, Almon, are listed as born
in Michigan.

The last person listed in this house owned by Almon # 101, family 96, was a
farm laborer, Joseph Beeton (sic), aged 20 and born in Ohio. It appears that
he just helped on the farm and was most likely just an employee.

Obituary2

Death of Almon C. Galloway; Adrian Daily Telegram, (Lenawee County, Michigan), 
August 4, 1906 reads in part:. It was curious coincidence that Almon C. Galloway, a prominent pioneer of Lenawee County, and one of a
few nonagenarians, should receive the final summons home on the eve of the annual picnic of the Lenawee Pioneer society, the death of
this prominent pioneer of Adrian Township occurring at his farm home in Adrian Township, which he had owned and resided upon for fifty-two
years, at 11 o’clock Friday night, death resulting from old age, a painless transition. Mr. Galloway had resided in Adrian Township since 1838,
purchasing in 1838 one hundred and sixty acres on section five and 8, which he sold in 1854 to the late J. D. Kasler, who owned it until this
last spring. Mr. Galloway next move was to purchase one hundred and fifty acres on section thirteen, which has since been his home. On the
farm he cleared one hundred acres and fenced the entire place, and replaced the log house and barn, which he first built, with frame structures,
and raised a good orchard from seed brought from New York. His present farm has been brought up to a rare degree of cultivation. Mr. Galloway
having been a shrewd and prosperous farmer, managing the place himself until about fifteen years ago, since when the son, David Galloway, who
has remained on the farm all these years, and who now succeeds in the ownership of its broad acres, has managed it. Another remarkable thing
about the deceased is that he was permitted to celebrate on March 16 of this present year the sixty-ninth anniversary of his marriage to his faithful
helpmate, who before her marriage was Miss Calista Knowles, a daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth Knowles of Palmyra, New York. These marriage
anniversaries have been very pleasant affairs to the immediate family and the brothers and sisters, who have gathered about the table in response to
invitations to participate in the feast and visiting. Mr. Galloway was born in New York, his birth occurring February 2, 1816, his grandfather having been
one of the first pioneers to settle in Palmyra, which is in Wayne County, his father having been carried there in a sack when the journey to that county
was made from Herkimer County. John Galloway, father of the deceased, settled in Palmyra on a large farm of his own until 1824, when he came to
Michigan on the fist steamboat on Lake Erie, the “Pioneer”, on its first trip, arriving at Detroit on May 1st. They lived first at Pontiac for about 11 years,
then near Toledo for several years, making a final settlement at Raisinville, in Monroe County. Almon was the youngest of four children born to John
and Elizabeth Cornell Galloway, and lived with his father until about nineteen years of age. In 1834 he went to Palmyra, New York, remaining there until
1837, when he came back and lived one year near Toledo, then purchasing his first Adrian Township farm, already referred to in this sketch. Three children
were born to Mr. And Mrs. Almon Galloway, two sons and a daughter, the daughter, Elizabeth, dying in infancy. The sons, David A. Galloway, on the home
farm, and Duane C. Galloway, formerly a farmer in Adrian or Raisin Townships and is now a resident of this city. There are also three grandchildren, A. Duane
and Calista , children of David’s, the former married and living in this city; Castila, Mrs. Small, now married and living near Olivet, and Lucy, Duane’s daughter,
a teacher in the Montague, Michigan high school. There is also a great-grandchild, Robert Galloway, a son of A. D. Galloway. The venerable widow is also
a nonagenarian, and will miss indeed this partner of her joys and sorrows, who has walked with her, hand in hand, for sixty-nine years past. Mr. Galloway was
highly regarded and has been one of the best farmers around here, until handicapped by his years, he turned over the reins to the son.
The funeral has been arranged for Monday afternoon at the home at 2:30 sun time, Rev. E. M. Moore officiating, with burial in Oakwood.

1 Illustrated History and Biographical Record of Lenawee County,
Michigan, page 376-369. (Adrian, Michigan: The Times Publishing Company, 1903.)


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