The newspaper clipping for this article
is in the Kalloch Reunion Notebook, with 1923 penned in at the top.
TWO CENTURIES BACK
B. K. Kalloch Traces Family Tree - Reunion Held At Oakland
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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