Both Margaret Sheen CALLAN & Capt. James Joseph CALLAN are buried in the Pioneer Rest Cemetery as well as Margaret's parents my John SHEEN (1817 Radnorshire, Wales-1887) and my Mary Ann DAVIES (1817 Radnorshire, Wales-1900). Margaret Sheen CALLAN & her husband J. J. CALLAN are in the Camp Colorado, Brown Co., TX 1860 Census with her Sheen parents.
From 1862-64 Captain J. J. Callan had a company of Texas Rangers at the Camp Colorado, Brown Co., TX post. J. J. Callan and Margaret Sheen were the first persons married in Coleman Co., TX, that Callan opened a store on the Jim Ned, about one mile southwest of the post, and also taught a school in his home there.
By 1880 Margaret & James Callan are in Coleman Co., Texas with 8 of their children.
James Joseph Callan, born 1833 in Ireland. He reached Camp Colorado on Christmas Day, 1857, and married Margaret Jane Sheen in 1858. Prior to the Civil War he served in the Texas Rangers, then in March 1862, he joined the Confederacy and was a Captain in Co. I of McCord’s Frontier Reg., Texas Cavalry. In 1864, J. J. was elected to the office of Chief Justice of Coleman County, so he tendered his resignation as Captain in the Confederate Army, November 1, 1864. J. J. and Margaret Jane had 14 children (2 girls stillborn were not named). The others were:
(1) William (1859 - 1862).
(2) Paul (1861 - 1866).
(3) Joseph Taylor (1861 - 1939).
(4) James (1863 - 1934).
(5) Ireneaus Ivanal (Rena) (1867 - 1942).
(6) Marie Virginia (1869 - 1963).
(7) Louis Gonzaga (1871 - 1916).
(8) Austin Benedict (1874 - 1953).
(9) John Berchamms (1875 - 1960).
(10) Leo Alphonsus (1880 - 1937).
(11) Claude Clement (1881 - 1956).
(12) Margaret Florence (1888 - ).
In 1881, J. J. Callan founded the newspaper “Coleman Voice” that merged with the “Coleman Democrat” in 1907 to become the “Democrat-Voice.” The J. J. Callans eventually moved to Menard where they were in the ranching business. James Joseph and Margaret both died in 1919.
ANOTHER PIONEER GONE TO REST
After an illness lasting about three weeks, James J. Callan answered the call and passed to the great beyond.
James J. Callan was born in Dundalk, Ireland, May 6, 1833 and died October 4, 1917. At the age of eleven he moved with his parents to America. The family lived in Washington, D. C. and it was there he received most of his schooling, spending several years and graduating in the Georgetown University.
On March 13, 1859 he was married to Margaret M. Sheen at Camp Colorado, Texas, at which time he was in the United States Army, but shortly after was sent to the Mexican border where he served for one year.
For a number of years he was in the newspaper business at Coleman and after moving to Menard continued his writing until he became too feeble.
Mr. Callan for several years served as Commissioner of Menard County and for the past twenty years has been Justice of the Peace, this office he was holding at the time of his death.
A great and good man is gone, one that everybody loved and esteemed for their neighbor and friend. He was a Christian and lived and died a staunch and true believer in the Catholic faith.
"A place is vacant in the home and church
Which never can be filled."
Mr. Callan was a good husband and father and twelve children blest this union, three of whom are deceased: Willie, Paul and Louis. Besides the dear wife the nine children who mourn his departure are: Joseph T. who lives in Menard county, James Menard; Irenaeus, Menard; Marie, (Mrs. Lee L. Russell) Ft. Worth; Austin, Marfa; John Menard; Leo. A., San Antonio; Claude, Kansas City, Mo. and Margaret (Mrs. J. C. Graham) Kimble county; and two sisters of deceased living in Washington; All the children were present except Mrs. Lee Russell, who was in Washington, D. C. and Austin Callan of Marfa.
Funeral services were held over the remains Friday afternoon 3:30 at the Catholic church conducted by Father F. X. Gagnon and concluded at the cemetery at 4 o'clock. (BURIED IN PIONEER REST CEMETERY)
Capt. James Joseph Callan Texas Death Certificate said Occupation was Justice of the Peace at the time of his death.
Marget Sheen Callan's sister my Mary Ann SHEEN (1840 England-1925 buried in Alpine,Brewster, TX) and her husband John Quincy ADAMS bought land in Menard Co., TX in the 1880s. Their son Charles Francis ADAMS & wife Alice Ellison were in the 1880 Menard Co., Texas Federal Census along with their son Burleigh ADAMS.
In 1889 Charley and his father J. Q. Adams were drilling on their section and added 8 more sections of land. But by 1900 Charles F. ADAMS & family moved to Coleman Co., TX where the Sheen family was residing.
I assume Charles moved from Menard Co., TX because his father John Quincy ADAMS was too ill to continue their plans for the land. John Quincy ADAMS died 1902 in Sonora, Sutton, Texas and his wife moved his body to Alpine, Brewster, Texas (Mary Sheen Adams who died in 1925 is buried next to John Q. & their daughter Margaret Adams Clark Slover & her 2nd husband William Yemen Slover.