Age appears to be the best in four things — old wood best to burn.
old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
Francis Bacon (1561-1620) Apothegms, No. 97

Can you believe this will be our 145th consecutive reunion which will be held at the West Rockport Baptist church.  Program schedule and reservation form is shown on a separate page.  We have two interesting essays enclosed this year, one of which offers the history of the West Rockport Kellers, the other a history of Kalloch sea Captains.  Finally, this is my last rendition of the newsletter.  Someone else is assigned to write it, henceforth.  Thank you all so much for your support and friendship.
Evelyn Kalloch.

NEWSWORTHY: Our esteemed historian, Peter Richardson, underwent surgery in Portland, Maine in February.  He is recovering and will be his usual self at the reunion.

Alan Gross was confined to hospice care at his home in Plainfield, CT. after a long period of illness.  Unfortunately, he passed away at age 76 on April 7, 2012.  He was the son of Glenys (Kalloch) Gross and Lloyd Gross and is survived by his wife, Cheryl, two children, several grandchildren, three sisters and one brother.  Our condolences go out to the family.

Jeanine and Victor Lawrence are selling their winter home in St. Martins and staying in the States from now on.

Kendall Merriam, Rockland’s Poet Laureate, wrote the poem “The Italian Aviators” to commemorate the 92nd birthday of his twin aunts, Virginia Merriam Thomas and Dorothea Merriam Gross, who were reunited in Rockland for their Halloween 2011 birthday.

Members of the West Rockport Church, Margaret Carlton, Ruth Wade and Julia Hunter are working on the Moses descendants and Keller family connections which will bring some interesting information and details to the reunion attendees.  The proposed programs sound very interesting and we hope that you all will plan to attend.  Some great history here.

Referring to Capt. Jim’s essay and Kalloch sea faring men, I’m proud to say that Jonathan Kalloch, my grandson, and David Kalloch, son of Ken Kalloch are graduates of Maine Maritime Academy.  They are following the Kalloch tradition of Marine Engineering and/or going out to sea on their jobs.

Jonathan Kalloch and his fiancée, Ashley Yerrick, were married at Westbrook, Maine on Friday, May 11, 2012.  They live in Westbrook and Ashley will hold fort while Jon is out to sea.

Bea Kalloch, of Glendive, MT, who has been a faithful member of the Kalloch Reunion Assn. for many years, writes that she has moved to a small apartment and enjoys the activities that the complex offers.  She states that Ira Kalloch lost his two daughters who were ill.  She also said that “the Kallochs around here are getting fewer”.  Many good wishes to Bea who recently broke her hip.  She has recovered nicely.

Centennial of Millay’s “discovery” held at Whitehall Inn in Camden, Maine for Edna St. Vincent Millay’s 100th anniversary, begins on June 7 and runs through September.  It will be a series of poetry events.  The series kick-off on June 7 is with a screening of the 1992 documentary “Renascence: Edna St. Vincent Millay, Poet”.  The film traces Millay’s poetic development from her Maine roots to her Greenwich years to her social and political activism.  The film was written and directed by two Maine filmmakers and a poet.  It is sponsored by the Farnsworth Art Museum to celebrate the centennial of Millay’s birth in Rockland in February, 1892.

OBITUARIES:  Lois Holmes Ledge died 9/3/2010 at the age of 104.  She was the daughter of Lottie Mae Keller (Kalloch) Holmes, granddaughter of Moses Keller.  Her grandson, Herbert Annis, a historian and genealogist, who lives in Rockport.

Katherine Joyce Brown passed away July 6, 2011.  She was born Aug. 1, 1921, and lived an impressive life on many military bases.  Her first husband, Roy Ellsworth Joyce, Jr., descends from Moses Kelloch and his son, Capt. James Saywood (Kelloch) Kellar.  She is survived by her two sons Keryn and Mark Joyce of Thomaston, ME.

Ludmilla Olsen, age 73, died March 29, 2011 after a long illness.  She is survived by her daughter, Marika Olsen and her former husband, Rev. Clark Olsen.

Shirley Ann Keller Thomas reported that Lawrence L. Farrand of Quincy, MA had passed away June 25, 2011.  He is survived by his wife, Claire, one son, three daughters and several grandchildren.

Our condolences to those who have passed away in our Kalloch families.  Not all are listed here.  Please check out the Kalloch web site at for complete obituaries.

QUILT SQUARES:  We still have the beautiful quilt with family designed squares.  Is yours on it?  If not, please send us your family design on a 12 1/2 inch square of fabric and it will be added to the wall hanging.

DONATIONS:  We welcome any donations you can give.  We are a nonprofit organization which sponsors annual reunions, promotes research and publications of family genealogy, and undertakes projects of interest for the membership.  Please send to Margaret Keller Carlton, Treas., 205 Mistic Ave., Rockport.  ME 04856.

MANY THANKS TO the officers and committees for the planning of our reunions.  Special thanks goes out to Norman Kalloch, Jr. who has provided us with the address labels for many years.  He also maintained the address data base and made changes as necessary.  Unfortunately, Norman has other projects to take care of and has resigned.  We wish to have someone volunteer for this job.  Please contact Margaret if you are interested.

THANK YOU ALSO to Ken Kalloch, who maintains the web site and continues to make additions to our genealogy.  The Kalloch Home Page is http://kalloch.org.  Many thanks also go out to Peter Richardson, Historian and to Dean Mayhew, Historian Emeritus for years of work on our genealogy.  Thank you also to Eleanor Richardson, Pres. for her dedication to this association.

NEW MEMBERS are always welcome.  We particularly encourage the younger generations to join us and to participate in this Historic Association of Kallochs, Kellers and Killoughs.  Even though we meet in this area of Maine, you do not have to live here to offer your services, such as the address data base, news items relating to obits, marriages and other events of interest.  Just send us your name, address, e-mail address and family information and you will be welcomed.

DON’T FORGET TO CONTACT US OF ANY ADDRESSES CHANGES. Us Postal service will only continue to mail to your previous address for one year. So, if you move, please let us know.

Respectfully submitted,

Evelyn N. Kalloch
Kalloch Family Reunion Assn.


I was asked to write a small article about the sea captains and seafarers in the Kalloch family.  After reviewing a lot of newspaper and written family history, it is very tough to write a SHORT article on this subject.  What I decided to do is give just a snap shot on this subject to highlight some of the larger than life figures in our family who went to sea.  I hope that the captains and seafarers not mentioned in this article will not be offended for being left out.  When our family left Europe, it was to be able to do something other than fish and farm.  Although many of us did continue to fish and farm in America, we have also sent many men to sea in both commercial and military ships. As I review our ancestral line one the first sea captain I find is

Captain Adam Boyd Kelloch (sometimes listed as Keller) born 13 Oct 1821 in St George Maine.  The son of Hanse and Sarah Kalloch Captain Adam is listed as having commanded 78 ft, 148 ton, schooner EXTIO from Thomaston, 76 ft 106 ton, schooner LEANDER from Thomaston, 93 ft 216 ton brig H. KALLOCH from St. George (partly owned by Adam arid Josiah Kelloch), and the 99 ft 282 ton bark ROBERT WALSH from Thomaston (partly owned by Josiah Kelloch).  He was also pat owner of the 99 ft 239 ton bark LUCY ANN of St George and the 105 ft 299 ton bark JOHN PAYSON.  Captain Adam Boyd Kelloch was commanding the bark Robert Walsh, of Thomaston, which left Baltimore about the 21St of January, with a cargo of coal for New Orleans, was lost on the 13 February off Cape Hatteras, NC, all hands reportedly drowned.  A letter from the postmaster near the scene of disaster says that eleven dead bodies had been washed ashore on the beach.  (Photo of Capt. Adam Body Kelloch's gravestone).

Captain Albert W. Keller was born in Rockland, Me, in 1834, and commenced his marine career running to the West Indies.  He arrived on the Pacific Coast in 1853 as sailor on the schooner L. P. Foster;  He served on board as quartermaster on the John L. Stevens.  In 1858 as master of the schooner Towanda, which he sailed on the west coast for two years.  He next handled the bark Constitution in the Sandwich Island trade for a year, leaving her to take charge of the brig Martha Worthington.  He next commanded the bark Palmetto and the venerable bark Gold Hunter.. Later he took the bark Kutosoff for a year and the bark Vernon for two years.  He then took command of the ship Elizabeth Kimball, sailing her for seven years, until she was waterlogged and lost on an island in the South Pacific, where Captain Keller, his wife who accompanied him, and their companions in misfortune, lived for three months.  During this time they built a 19-ton schooner from the wreckage and lumber on the Kimball, and sailed for Tahiti.  They made the distance, 2550 miles, in 24 days.  The ship Roswell Sprague was his next command, and after sailing her two and a half years he took the King Phillip, being in charge at the time she was lost near the Cliff House while outward bound from San Francisco.  During the next three years he was captain of the barks Fresno, Emerald and Arkwright, and then on the James Cheston for four years, bark Cowlitz two years, bark Bonanza two years, and the ship Carondelet.  December 1, 1891, he took the bark Palmyra.  He was 82 years of age at the time of his death, 50 of which were spent in the employment of Pope and Talbot at sea and as captain of the port for his employers, a position he held until his death in 1914.  (Capt. Albert W. Kellar's photo album page).

Captain William H. Kalloch, born in South Thomaston June 1826. son of Ambrose and Jane Kalloch.  He was a master mariner, died on board his vessel, brig Sarah Lewis, on passage from Shagres, Portugal to New Orleans, of fever December 1849.  His remains were brought home and buried with Masonic honors at Ash Point in February, 1850.

Captain. W. Ralph Kalloch, Born in Rockland March 22, 1900, son of Capt. William and Cora Kalloch, he was educated in the city and at various maritime schools.  His life was devoted to the shipping profession, beginning with journeys on his father’s merchant sailing ship during school holidays.  He had an impressive record of serving on the battleship USS Kearsarge during WWI.  He served with the Navy’s merchant marine division in both world wars.  Capt. Kalloch’s business career was with the American Export Lines Company.  He captained many freighters, and was port captain in many places, including Oran and Algiers in North Africa, Cadiz and Seville in Spain, Athens in Greece, and Calcutta in India.  His last post with the company was as director of European operations in Genoa, Italy, and he spent his first 25 years of his retirement in San Remo, Italy.  Capt. Kalloch returned to Rockland and lived there until his death at 97, March 28, 1997.

Captain Charles W. Kalloch, He was born in Rockland on April 14, 1897, the son of William R. and Cora Kalloch.  He was a graduate of the University of Maine.  During World War I he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and continued at sea, for many years he was affiliated with the American Export Lines and in 1959 retired as their executive director for the European operations.  His brother, W. Ralph Kalloch of San Remo, Italy, was also a captain.  (Photo).

Kalloch, Carl H., Born at St. George on May 14, 1901, he was the son of Adam and Callie Kalloch.  He was career Merchant Marine seaman, and during World War II his ship was torpedoed, spending 8 days in an open boat and was held as a prisoner of war for three years.

Having spent my entire working life at sea I fully understand and admire these seafarers who came before me.  As I read their tales of the sea, I consider my life easy compared to the family members who worked the sailing merchant fleets of the world.

This is just a glimpse into the Kalloch seafaring history.  There are many more that have spent their life plying the oceans and seas of the world and it would take volumes to fully understand the maritime history of the Kalloch family

The Maine Maritime Academy informed me that they have had 16 students with the name Kalloch/Kelloch since 1943.  This does not account for the all of our family that served the military or members that served before the mast (not in an officer position)

The material for this article came from the Family website and with the help of William Colby (the family maritime historian).
Thanks Bill


The descendants of Moses and Asenath Keller have largely spread out from West Rockport over the years.  A few remain there, or nearby, but none with the surname Keller at this point.  Of their ten children, George Gregory Keller and his wife, Susan S. Annis, built up a farm within walking distance (especially if you cut through the fields and woods) on today’s Mount Pleasant Street.  There they raised four children, the youngest of whom was Daniel McKenzie Keller.

Daniel married Julia Eliza Calderwood, whose family had strong roots in Union.  They had seven children, six of whom lived to adulthood.  Of those six, Fred was widowed when his first wife, and her twin sons, died in childbed.  Fred remarried but died of a broken neck after falling from a pear tree before he could start another family.  Wesley never married.  Elmer (Cy to all who knew him) stayed single until he was forty and about to go overseas in World War II; he and Lillian, nee Brand, had no children.  Jesse and his wife Maria, nee Oxton, had one daughter and lost one infant.  Henry and Gladys (Maxcy) had two daughters.  Mary married West Rockport native Sidney Joseph Andrews, and they had a son and two daughters, who were also raised in West Rockport, approximately equidistant from their parents’ childhood homes.

The descendants of Daniel and Julia, although limited to six in the grandchild generation, have managed to spread out across the country.  Jesse’s only grandson, Andrew Berg, lives in Oregon.  All four of Henry’s grandchildren are in Maine, but many of their grandchildren are out of state now, growing up where their parents are working and studying.  Mary took the prize, with fifteen grandchildren, only one of whom is currently in Maine.  The rest are located in New York, Connecticut, the Midwest, and Western Washington.

Keeping up with weddings in this part of the family can be challenging.  There have been five since the start of 2010, and more are in the offing.

Jeremy Andrews married Amanda Shaver on February 13, 2010, in Redstone, Colorado.  They make their home in Seattle.

Jeremy’s brother Gabriel Andrews was the next to tie the knot, marrying Heather Zachara on May 28, 2011, at Hood Canal, Washington.  They live in Tacoma, Washington.

A month later, on the other side of the country, Robert Hamalainen, Henry’s grandson, married Patricia Ross on June 25, 2011, in Camden, Maine.  This was a “second half’ marriage for both of them, so their children and grandchildren were part of the wedding.  Bob and Pat call a piece of what was Daniel and Julia’s farm in West Rockport home base, still keeping that in the family.

Back on the West Coast, Emily Andrews married Daniel Pauley on November 6, 2011, in Marysville, Washington.

In 2012, Martin Andrews and Mysti Barnett threw a party with a wedding in the middle of it (their words) on May 12 in Seattle.  This was the second marriage for both of them.  They make their home in lssaquah, Washington.

Martin’s son Travis Andrews and his fiancé Leslie Mayer will be married in October of 2012, at a date and place still to be announced, probably in Western Washington.


Julia A. Hunter

This is from a newspaper clipping which my grandfather's sister, Alice Kalloch Frisbee had. 
I think that it is probably from 1922

B. K. Kalloch Traces Family Tree - Reunion Held At Oakland, Maine

Perhaps the heavy rainstorm of Aug. 26 had something to do with the small attendance at Oakland Park at the 55th annual reunion of the Kalloch family Saturday. The interest shown by some in coming long distances was cheering and a very pleasant time was the verdict rendered.  Sickness kept quite a few from the gathering.  These were remembered by those present from Braintree and Dorchester, Mass., from Belfast, Fort Fairfield, Rockland, Tenants Harbor and Warren, Maine.

E. K. Gould of Rockland was the recipient of an interesting and much appreciated manuscript from B. K. Kalloch of 265 Rector Street, Perth Amboy, N. J.  Mr. Kalloch served as secretary for a few years in the early eighties and after the death of Rev. Joseph Kalloch, was president for several years.  Following are extracts from B. K. Kalloch’ s paper:

“The notice in The Courier-Gazette that the Kalloch Reunion was to he held. at Oakland Park, Aug. 27, inspired me to seize this opportunity for perhaps the last time in my life, to follow my greetings and heartfelt good wishes with a few sentiments and reflections concerning our families from the time when Kalloch of Scotch-Irish descent and his two sons David and Finley, who came from the north part of Ireland In the year 1735 and landed at Philadelphia.  From there they went to Portsmouth, N. H.  The father and son David returned to Philadelphia, and Finley journeyed to the settlement at St. George in the eastern part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  His four sons were named David, Mathew, Alexander and John.

“Alexander settled in Warren, taking up land where he lived for many years.  He became a prominent citizen and was regarded as a man of ability.  He was interested In the affairs of the settlement and the welfare of his people.  His son Alexander the 3d, was a very prominent member of the Baptist church.  Two of his sons were educated as ministers.  They became very popular in their stations; their names were Joseph Kalloch and Amariah Kalloch.

“Amariah’s son Isaac was a preacher of great power and one of the most interesting and eloquent platform lecturers in the New England States.  He occupied the pulpit in Tremont Temple, Boston, for five years.  David, son of Alexander, died without children.  His brothers John and Matthew settled in St. George.  John on land now known as the Harrington place in the northern part of the town.  He was the father of 14 children.

“Jennie first married Spencer Drake, then William McLoon and finally William Perry and spent the last years of her life with her daughter Margaret, my mother.  My other grandmother whose name was Jane Fullerton before her marriage to Alexander Kalloch, Aug. 28, 1794 was the mother of ten children, five boys and five girls.  My two grandmothers lived in the family of Major General Henry Knox In the mansion ‘Montpelier’ at Thomaston two years.

“My grandmother Kalloch lived to be 93 years old.  Her son Alexander was born in St. George, Nov. 13, 1815, and died at the age of 97 years.  Many of the Kallochs have lived to be old, and been strong and active until almost the last days of their lives.

"Twelve of our family served their country during the two wars with England.  Our ancestors have left us commendable records for our consideration."

B. K. Kalloch

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