“Genealogical and Personal History of Beaver County, Pennsylvania”
Editor: John W. Jordan, LL. D.
Illustrated. Volume 2.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1913
Pgs. 939, 940, 941 CALHOUN
CALHOON – The name if variously spelled CALHOON, CALHOUN, COLHOUN, etc. The CALHOUNS of Scotland are the descendants of the ancient family of the CONQUHOUNS and LAIRDS of LUSS. The original name “COLQUHOUN” is still retained by some in Scotland, England and Ireland, but it is pronounced “COLHOUN.” The ancestor of the surname of COLQUHOUN was HUMPHREY KILPATRICK, in whose favor the Earl of Lenox granted a charter of the lands of COLQUHOUN in the reign of Alexander II, about the year 1200. The meaning of the term COLQUHOUN is “a seacoasting common or point,” with which the former situation of these lands will agree. HUMPHREY KILPATRICK COLQUHOUN married the daughter of GODFREY, LAIRD of LUSS, in 1392. The COLQUHOUNS and LAIRDS of LUSS were the most wealthiest and illustrious clans of Scotland. The home of the clan was about the southern shore of Loch Lomond. Among the neighbors of the COLQUHOUNS were the wild McGREGORS of Loch Katrine. These two clans had frequent conflicts, and in 1602 about 200 of the COLQUHOUNS were slain by the McGREGORS with many acts of savage cruelty. Sixty of the wives of the slain COLQUHOUNS took each the gory shirt of her husband on a pike and rode to King James at Stirling, demanding vengeance. This was the original flaunting of the “bloody shirt” and secured the outlawry of the McGREGORS, as told by Scott in a note of his “Lady of the Lake.” Many of the COLQUHOUNS fled to Ireland in the 17th century to avoid religious persecution. The CALHOUN coat-of-arms is as follows: ARGENT, a saltire, engrailed sable. Crest: A hart’s head erased gules. Supporters, Two ratch hounds, collard stable. Motto: Si je puis.
ANDREW CALHOON, who was born in county Derry, Ireland, in 1761, died in Big Beaver Township, Beaver County, Pa., in 1864, at the advanced age of 103 years. He emigrated to America about 1785, and at first made his home in New York City. Later he moved to Chester County, Pa., and finally settled in Big Beaver Township, Beaver County, Pa., where he followed farming many years. He married (first) MARY KENNEDY, (second) MRS. ROGERS, of South Beaver Township. Children, all by first marriage: ROBERT, of further mention; JAMES K., JOHN S.
ROBERT CALHOON, son of ANDREW and MARY (KENNEDY) CALHOON, was born in the state of Pennsylvania in 1805, died April 1, 1859. He was a carpenter in Beaver Falls, Pa., for a number of years, then moved to New Brighton in 1848, and there attained a position of prominence in the community. He served as justice of the peace, as a member of the borough council, and as a burgess. He was a member of the Old School Presbyterian Church. MR. CALHOON married, in 1828, ELIZABETH SCOTT, of Darlington, Pa., and they had children: MARY JANE, THOMAS, JOHN C., of further mention; MARGARET.
JOHN C. CALHOON, son of ROBERT and ELIZABETH (SCOTT) CALHOON, attended the public schools until his fifteenth year, and was then apprenticed to learn the trade of harness maker, serving his apprenticeship with James Baker, at New Brighton. In 1861 he was employed in the arsenal in Allegheny, and continued there for three and a half years, working on the saddles and harness for the United States government. He then opened a shop in New Brighton, where he continued this line of manufacture and also furnished a large amount of private custom work. He married NANCY, a daughter of HARVEY WHITE, and had children: THOMAS, HARRY, of further mention; EDWIN, ROBERT, HARVEY.
HARRY CALHOON, son of JOHN C. and NANCY (WHITE) CALHOON, was born at New Brighton, Beaver County, Pa., Sept. 15, 1862. He received his preparatory education in the public schools of New Brighton and Geneva College. He took up the study of law with J. R. Harrah, and continued it in the office of Thompson & Martin. Admitted to practice at the bar in 1892, he at once established himself in New Brighton, and in 1893 was elected solicitor of that township. In 1898 he was elected district attorney of Beaver County. He is a member of the Methodist Church, the Masonic fraternity, the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, and the Royal Arcanum. MR. CALHOON married FLORENCE, a daughter of FREDERICK DEITRICK.
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