There are several theories about the Galloway Family as to when they arrived in America. The traditional story is, in colonial days three Galloway boys came from Dublin, Ireland to the Virginia colony. They enlisted in the Colonial Army and fought in the War of Independence. One of these boys was Marshall Galloway.
According to his Military records, Marshall Galloway was born in 1760. He enlisted on June 27 1777 in the Continnental Army and served five years and nine months as a private in Captain Brice's Company in the 3rd Maryland Regiment. He was in the Battle of Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth, first Battle of Camden, Battle of Cowpens, Guilford Court House, Eutaw Springs and a number of other skirmishes. He was discharged in April of 1783 at Annapolis Maryland. He was devoted to the cause of independence and had no love for the Torries. His dispositions were lively and active. After returning to Baltimore, Marshall married Hannah Watlin on September 2 1786 and soon removed to Botetourt County Virginia.
Around the turn of the century, Marshall and Hannah removed to Sullivan County Tennessee. On November 24 1803, Marshall bought 71 acres on Fall Creek for $300.00 from Richard Shipley in Sullivan county Tennessee. On July 17 1804 he bought 17 additional acres from the Shipleys and in 1818 bought another 37 acres from the Shipleys. Hannah was born in 1765 and died about 1825 when she was killed by being thrown from a horse against a tree. She was found with her neck broken. Marshall died December 17 1827. According to Marshall's statement in the Revolutionary War Pension records (S-38718), he and Hannah had 10 children but only 8 were named in the 1832 property deed, but each of the heirs received 1/10 of a share, except Thomas who received 2/10 of a share.
Children of Marshall and Hannah WATLIN Galloway: 1. Thomas Galloway married Susannah Dishman September 6 1812 . Lived in Warren county Kentucky. 2. John Galloway married (1) Ms Stokes (2) Susan Beard. Lived in Sullivan county Tennessee. 3. James Galloway married Sarah Barnes. Lived in Sullivan county Tennessee 4. William Galloway married Sophia Cox. Lived in Hempstead county Arkansas 5. Abraham Galloway married Mary Cox. Lived in Sullivan county Tennessee 6. Margaret Galloway married John Taylor. Lived in Sullivan county Tennessee 7. Susanna Galloway married James Rouse. Lived in Sullivan county Tennessee 8. Sarah Galloway married Mr Johnson. Lived in Sullivan county Tennessee 9. Elizabeth Galloway married Caleb Shipley. Lived in Sullivan county Tennessee
Thomas was in the War of 1812. According to his Bounty Land application he first was drafted in the month of May, 1813 on a six months tour in the company of James Shackelford when a call was made on the Kentucky Militia by Governor Shelby for troups to go to Canada. The tour was abandoned, yet he continued in actual service two months and was irregularly discharged at Frankfort Kentucky. Thomas was drafted on November 10 1814 into General Gabriel Slaughter's Regiment in the 15th Kentucky Militia at Sommerset Kentucky. He was assigned to Captain Evans company as a Sergeant. The company consisted of 10 companies of 789 men, included officers and enlisted men.
They soon begin their 1500 mile journey Southward to Louisania and arrived at Camp Jackson on January 4, 1815. General Jackson said, "not one man in ten was well armed, and only one man in three had any arms at all, but such arms as the Kentuckians took to New orleans were their own private property". The Battle of New Orleans was fought on January 8 1815 and was one of the most remarkable battles known to history. In the brief space of twnety-five minutes the British lost twenty six hundred men, seven hundred killed, fourteen hundred wounded and five hundred prisioners were taken. The American loss only being seven men killed and six wounded. On March 18, 1815, the Kentucky troups commenced their long and painful journey back home to Sommerset, Kentucky. Thomas was issued a discharge on May 10, 1815. He was paid $11.00 a month while he was in service. When the victorious Kentuckians returned triumphantly to their homes, they were greeted everywere with enthusiastic ovations. A song made popular during this time was "The Hunters of Kentucky". It continued a favorite, especially in Kentucky, until the beginning of the Civil War, in 1861, then passed into limbo of forgotten things.
Thomas and Susannah remained in Pulaski county Kentucky until about 1825, they then moved to Sullivan county Tennessee near his father on Fall Creek. Thomas's father died in 1827 and in 1832, Thomas received 2/10 share of his father's Estate. In 1834 Thomas bought 148 acre farm from James Holt for $500.00 in Sullivan county Tennessee, but in 1837 sold this property for $800.00. On November 6, 1840, Thomas bought 120 acres from Euclid Covington in Warren county Kentucky Southwest of Bowling Green near Rich Pond Grove. He later bought an adjoining 50 acres from Raleigh Morehead. In 1850, Thomas made application for Bounty land for his services in the War of 1812. He recieved 80 acres (Warrant #9861) issued in July 15, 1851. In 1855, he again made application for Bounty land stateing he had legally transfered it to another party, not uncommon at the time, he then recieved another Warrant(#8488) for 80 acres of Bounty Land. Thomas was elected with others on November 4, 1850 as a trustee of the Free School District #28, and they bought 1/3 acre from Raleigh Morehead for the school.. Thomas made his Will on April 1 1856 and died four days later. He mentions his wife Susan, that she should receive all the products of the farm during her natural life and after her death his estate should be equally divided between all his children. His wife shall keep his negro women, Margaret and her three children as long as she lives. He mentions his sons, Marshall, Thomas N., Abraham, and his son-in-law John Tarrents. He mentions his daughter Ann (Susan) and Matilda. (see Will Of Thomas Galloway Book D page 230) After Thomas died in 1856, the Memphis Branch of the Louisville-Nashville railroad built a line though their property in 1859 and Susannah and her children were awarded $100.00 for damages.
The Galloways were members of the Rich Pond Methodist Episcopal Church.
Chidren of Thomas and Susannah Galloway: 1.Marshall Leslie Galloway (1813-1897) married (1)Jane Croford (2)Cyrenia Noel (3)Sarah DISHMAN Galloway, widow of Fleming M Galloway. 2.James Monroe Galloway (1817-1897) married Margaret Harpole 3.Margaret Galloway (1820-bef 1865) marreid John B Tarrents 4.Jeremiah Madison Galloway (1820-1840) 5.Thomas Nelson Galloway (1822-1899) 6.Susan Ann Galloway (1825-1877) married Frances M Downey 7.Fleming Mason Galloway (1826-1871) married Sarah Dishman 8.William Logon Galloway (1828-1846) 9.Abraham Miller Galloway (1831-1911) married (1)Elizabeth Dishman (2)Annie Frost 10.John Alkany Galloway (1833-1846) 11.Harden Taylor Galloway (1836- ) 12.Matilda V Galloway (1839- ) married (1) Mr. Barnes (2) Jacab Hartman 13.Jefferson Decator Galloway (1841-1902) married Hester Rachel Horn
Children of Fleming and Sarah Galloway: 1. Susan Galloway (1857-1934) married William J Horn 2. James M Galloway (1859-1940) married Delia Williams 3. Angeline (Angie) Galloway (1861-1945) married John H Mayes 4. William G Galloway (1864-1922) married Annie E Mayes 5. Nettie Galloway (1867-1889) married Henry A Miller 6. Thomas Hardin Galloway (1869-1929) married Madie Ruth Rogers