Words To Live By
"It's important to be around my family. I always come back feeling that I have a clearer idea of who I am, where I come from, and where I want to go."
(READER'S DIGEST, March 1988, p.200)
August 26, 1989
St. George Grange Hall
The 121st Kalloch reunion was held on August 20, 1988, at the St. George Grange Hall with fifty members attending from across the country. The oldest present was Herbert Kalloch, 91, who was presented with a Kalloch T-Shirt. The youngest was 10-month-old Amanda Morgan from East Haven, CT. Anita Fernald presided.
A great deal of the meeting was spent in discussing what to do with the Scholarship Fund monies. Ultimately, it was decided to buy a book in memory of Sam Kalloch and present it to the Thomaston Library. I volunteered to make the necessary connections and ultimately decided to do more than one book which I will write about later.
Attending for the first time from Arizona was Bonnie Dietz and her daughter and Mary and Richard Leno from California, who brought us a plate of dried fruits from their home state. We also indulged in some homegrown Cape Cod tomatoes from Colby Kalloch, my father. The other two memorable events were that Peter Richardson got his dates confused and wasn’t there with all his memorabilia, and I fell and broke my ankle, necessitating a wonderful extra week in Tenants Harbor with my cousin, Charlene Black! If we all remember to keep the date of the reunion the weekend before the Labor Day weekend, no doubt Peter and others will not fall victim to date confusion; and if I keep calm, neither will I fall victim.
100 YEARS AGO
The reunion for the year 1889 was at
West Camden at the home of George Kalloch... although not so large as on some
former occasions it was a very pleasant gathering and the usual good spirit
prevailed. Vice President F. S. Kalloch, presided; a prayer was offered by
Lermond Kalloch and a Committee of Arrangements was appointed.
Deceased during the year were: Mrs. Martha Rollins of Warren; Richard
Walden, Mrs. Mary Andrews and Mrs. James Blood of West Camden; Orlando
Sanborn of Waldo; Nathan Adams of Islesboro; David Kalloch, Robert Chape
(??handwriting) and daughter of St. George; Perry Kalloch Mansfield of
Salem, Mass.; Mrs. William Kalloch of Islesboro; and Robert Hawes, Jr. of
50 YEARS AGO
The 70th Reunion was held at the Penobscot View Grange Hall on August 30, 1939 with 34 present. The picnic dinner was concluded with the singing of “America” and all joined in a salute to the flag under the direction of Mabel Rollins. ER, Gould was re-elected President. Edwin Rollins gave a demonstration of the burning of swamp rushes for candles. The obituary listed Albert Kalloch of Holyoke, Mass; Jennie Kalloch of Lynfield, Mass.; William W. Gilchrist of Thomaston; Frank Harris of St. George; and Harriet H. Dunbar. Cash on hand was $13.80 because they had spent $4.00 for the hall and $2.00 for printing.
Editorial comment: I include excerpts from the old record books as printed. Unfortunately, very little personal comment was ever included -just factual info. That is why I continue to include so much material in the Newsletter -in the hope that future generations will enjoy reading what we were like; even if some of you find it ponderous to go through so much material.
3 YEARS HENCE
The 125th Kalloch Reunion is looming
over the horizon. I suggest that Anita appoint a Committee on Arrangements
(as was done 100 years ago) and begin planning a special reunion at the
Samoset Hotel in Rockland. As of this date prices would be $15 per
person, which would include a buffet lunch and a room for the day -with
microphone. The Hotel can provide child care or a speaker for an extra fee. There is a pool and golf course. We can even arrange for a special family
boat ride. But this requires a person in the area to negotiate, and it
requires notice so we can allow people to plan ahead as well as send in
reservations. I am willing to do the mailing and notifying
After the discussion about the scholarship fund, I found that there was enough money to purchase several books, so I did the following:
Pen Renderings of Elmer Rising was presented to the Thomaston Library in memory of Sam Kalloch, III, and Mabel Rollins, who died at the age of 105 last year. History of the Lower St. George and Cushing, Maine was presented to the Jackson Memorial Library in Tenants Harbor, Maine, in memory of Deacon Henry F. Kalloch and Henry Kalloch Allen, both of whom were Presidents of the Reunion.
I suggest you stop in and ask for these books which were enthusiastically accepted by the librarians. We also got mention in the Rockland Courier Gazette in the "Black Cat” column for January 7, 1989, where it was said that, "This is a marvelous practice, perhaps other family groups might take the hint." Our Treasurer, Paul Merriam, tells me there is still money available, so I hope we can continue the practice.
CASH ON HAND
Paul Merriam (72 Mechanic St., Rockland, Maine 04841) reports a balance of $1,184.22. We collected $112.50 in the coffee pot, made $42.85 from the
sale of the self-guided cemetery booklet and $121.00 from the sale of T-Shirts. Most of our expense comes from the printing and mailing of the Newsletter, which last year was $113.33. This is a bargain considering the wonderful job Elaine Kalloch Stewart does over in Augusta and also that a friend of mine does the labels for only $10 on her computer! We now have over 200 addresses. I want to make special mention regarding Elaine’s wonderful printing job on the cemetery guidebooks as well. Contributions of money during the year were from Edith Kalloch, Flora Kalloch Peavey, Vivian B. Vetra, Thelma N. Bennett, and Mitchell W. Kalloch. If you wish to send a contribution please send it directly to Paul at the above address. You may specially mark it for the genealogist fund, if you have had Peter do any searching for you (he doesn’t charge), or you may just send a general contribution -remembering that this is a main source of revenue.
I have recently re-organized the back
issues of Kalloch Newsletters and will be sending a complete set to the
Thomaston Library and the Warren Historical Society. Should you wish
back issues (which go back to 1975), please send me $5.00 and I will forward
you a set.
Mabel Wilson of Tenants Harbor has
retired from the Tenants Harbor Baptist Church, where she was the organist
for more than 60 years. She has also been known for her old fashioned
apple pies and custard pies, which are considered to be the best in the
State of Maine, as well as at the East Wind Hotel in Tenants Harbor.
Mabel recently has been at the Rockland Convalescent Center. Faustina
Spring is now at the Knox Center for Longterm Care, and we wish both her and
Mabel good health!
Had a letter from Howard and Bernice
Kalloch in Canada; he is the grandson of Amariah Kalloch, who in turn was
brother to Isaac Kalloch.
sailing dates. His address: 2603 Central Ave., Box 68 -zip code 08006. Had a New Year’s Visit
with Flora Kalloch Peavey in North Kingston, RI, who continues happily to
keep me posted on articles from the “Fort Fairfield Review” in Aroostook
County and who is also continuing to be active and write poetry.
Alicia Kay Smith of Los Angeles and I have now exchanged pictures so we know
what the other Kalloch looks like! Alicia is retired from what must have
been a very rewarding life in fashion publicity and is descended from
Finley’s son, Matthew. Her address: 3854 Clayton Ave., Los Angeles, CA
Winnie is particularly interested in hearing from
any Kallochs who have experience with narcolepsy, an affliction which
produces sleep when one either does not expect it nor wish it. If you have
any information, please write to her at 305 North Township, Sedro Woolley,
Editorial Comment Again: Many personal thanks
to my cousin Charlene Allen Black of Tenants Harbor and to Donna Perry,
Secretary, both of whom keep me posted on articles from the local paper. I
also thank any of you who send me obituaries and other bits of information
The Yankee Exodus by Stewart
Holbrook published by MacMillan in 1950, has quite an accounting of Isaac
Kalloch. I quote the section regarding the infamous shooting in response to
Mary Leno’s query:
One can also read about this and the rest of Isaac’s career in The Golden Voice by M.M. Marberry (now out of print).
Isaac recently hit the press
again -even in 1988! On September 15, the Rockland “Courier Gazette” ran a
story by staff writer, Dick Dooley, which discussed an early proprietor of
the newspaper -one W.O. Fuller, Jr. -who was editor in 1881 and wrote a story
about a flying visit Isaac made into Rockland. The original story of
1881 was entitled, “Igneous Isaac’ which resulted in a flurry of letters to
the then editor from readers who considered this an “appropbious term” or
waxed “warmly indignant” over what they felt was a poor choice of words;
i.e. igneous. Editor Fuller then had to answer all these letters in the
following issue, where he went on to say that the word meant fiery and was
“applied to Mr. Kalloch synonymously with ardent,
We have grown from a group of about 20
people (!!!) in 1975 to a point where we now number over 200 on the mailing
list, and from a simple postcard notifying those interested of the coming
Reunion to a four-page Newsletter which includes obituaries and
correspondence, as well as history for us and the future. I do this as
much for myself as for the good of the family, but we need people to take on
THANK YOU AND SEE YOU IN AUGUST.
“Haste Makes Waste” and here is the proof! We omitted the following from the Newsletter you received recently. Sorry!
Dean Mayhew (Fish Pt. Road, Box 75, Orland, ME 04472) reports
that no researcher in all of Scotland will take us on unless we can supply a
first name for our Kalloch; then they can take us back to 1500 or so.
Dean reported several years ago that the greatest number of Kellochs seem to
come from Fifeshire, near Edinburgh, but there were some 63 parishes in
Fifeshire. His main hope is that the Mormon records being put on fiche
will help him track down a first name. From there he can turn to Hearth
Tax files (1690-93); poll taxes (1694-95); land ownership after 1617; wills,
testaments, tax assessments, and indebtedness records. If he fails to come up
with a lead in the 63 parishes of Fifeshire, he will have to go to other
parishes where Kellocks were known to have lived -an enormous job and the
reason Dean no longer can be president and continue to do this searching.
Peter Richardson (34 Fletcher St., Kennebunk, ME 04043) calls what Dean is looking for “the big breakthrough.” We need to know not only the first name but whether the first Kalloch in this country (Phinley’s father) was widowed, married at the time, where he came from, whether he left Maine for Pennsylvania, etc. The most likely first name of this Kalloch would be Adam, Alexander, David, John, or Matthew.
Phinley's father probably landed in the company of neighbors, inlaws, or a congregation; surnames from such a group could have been Boyd, Young, Gaut or Gault, Cunningham, or Brown. Presbyterian ministers named Adam Boyd served both in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania in the early 1700’s. One named Alexander Boyd served in Georgetown, Maine, from 1748-1753, the town from which John Kalloch’s wife Isabella came.
The earliest church in Boston (1729) to which these Scots-Irish went was the Church of the Presbyterian Strangers, now the Arlington Street Church -Unitarian Universalist. Dolores McCarthy planned to research leads in Boston, but we also need volunteers to research in Boothbay, Georgetown, Londonderry, NH, Newburyport, MA, and Harrisburg, Chester, and Lancaster, PA.
Peter is particularly eager to have an expandable computerized numbering system for the continually expanding generations. Hundreds of names are added each year. (No wonder he is renovating the house!) He is hoping that by our 125th year we will be able to publish some hard data. Other chapters would include a history of the Kalloch reunions. There are 120 years of minutes, clippings, programs, and photographs waiting for someone with good
organizational skills to collate and edit. Another chapter could include information on the Nova Scotia Kellocks, descended from Hugh and his son Robert (1797-1876).
So . . . . . please offer your services so we can look forward to printing up a pamphlet or booklet with what we do know about our history and have it ready for our 125th reunion in four years. This is the sort of thing—along with past issues of the Newsletter -which should be placed in libraries at Warren, Thomaston, and perhaps Rockland for future generations.
One of the newer Kallochs we have added to our mailing list is Bonnie Dietz of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, who sent me 8 other Kallochs in her family. I in turn misplaced the letter and the list but have added the names as of this mailing. Bonnie sent copies from a book called “History of Greater Ashland, Maine, Area,” in which is an article and picture of her great great grandfather, Rufus Kalloch, who “floated down the Aroostook River” to Ashland, where he represented the district in the state legislature in 1842, built the first church in Ashland, and taught school for 20 years. He died in 1891 having also served as trial justice for 47 years. His son, Alonzo T. Kalloch, was a noted hunter and dead shot, reputed to have once killed a bear with his fist! Bonnie and her daughter are planning a special trip from Arizona to meet their Kalloch kin, for the first time!
Unless someone knows the whereabouts of the following, they are being dropped from the mailing list because the Newsletter cannot be forwarded to them:
James K. Kalloch, Rockland
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Olson,
Sun City, CA
If anyone was planning to answer
Doreen McCoy’s “Tracing Request,” please do not bother. After writing to me
times about her family history, she has apparently moved and left no forwarding address.
Less anyone think spirits did not run high in the field of politics for our ancestors, let them travel to the old St. George Cemetery and read the headstone of Hance Kalloch: “The Constitution it must and shall be preserved.” Jim Skoglund, who is responsible for the restoration of the Cemetery; says Hance was excluded from the St. George Baptist Church for “public railing." It seems he was a Republican at the time when the Church was not in favor of the Civil War. My great great grandfather, Alexander Kalloch of St. George refused to send his son, Deacon Henry F. Kalloch, “to fight a Republican war!” Instead, he paid the necessary bounty and Henry lived on to found my immediate branch of the family.
Further Cemetery Research
If you have the time and inclination and can find an old
plot plan, the following cemeteries are likely spots for
Kallochs and need self-directed tours such as the one I have done for St. George:
1. Ashpoint, South-Thomaston
2. Warren Cemetery in town center. Benjamin Kalloch is here..
3. Baptist Church on Rte. 17 in West Rockport
4. Back of the Baptist Church in Warren, Antoinette and Mero Kalloch
5. Old Setters Cemetery in Rockland—Alexander and Charles A. (Son of John III and Betsy Kellar)
6. Rockport Cemetery across from the Samoset Hotel—Alexander III and Joseph
Last Minute Thoughts From Dean Mayhew, who says...
I think Kellock the original was a closet Jacobite.
There was a substantial Fifeshire, Aberdeenshire following for James VIII,
the Stuart pretender. Have followed the course of “The Fifteen” as it
is called in Scotland. Large numbers of people were included in the
indemnity of 1716. These people were suspected but no proof, so I suspect he
left with his valuables, enabling him to found a business in Portsmouth.
Also, since all fisheries were on the Isles of Shoals (New Hampshire) in
1718, this would give him a head start if he had to flee again. There
are just too many Marrs in the Kellock tribe with nobody knowing how the
name fits in. John Erskine, 6th Earl of Marr, led “The Fifteen” for James
Dean plans to speak at the Reunion on the technique of Kellock research in Scotland.
If you send me a check for T-shirts, I will hold the check until June 1st, at which time I will either go ahead with the order (if I have enough by that time) or return your check.
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