Henderson County, Kentucky Biography


Andrew Tate CALLENDER was born in Henderson County, on 18 Jan 1842. His schooling was limited to a period not exceeding six months, and this fact makes his success as a business man all the more wonderful. Judge Warden P. CHURCHILL, now of Louisville, but who, at one time, resided in Henderson, instructed him in about all the studies he was ever fortunate enough to receive an opportunity of knowing anything about Mr. CALLENDER is well known as a man of commercial capacity few have ever attained to with the start he had in life. He is a son of Thomas Jefferson CALLENDER and Martha Chiles HARRIS, both native Kentuckians, and both early comers to this county. It is not necessary to say that our subject is a Democrat, the Thomas Jefferson attaching to the paternal head will guarantee that fact.

The parents of Andrew, on coming to this county, settled on a farm near Spottsville, on Green River. During the building of the locks and dam at that place, T. J. CALLENDER was one of the most faithful employees.

On 19 Feb 1868, after having earned for himself a wifely competency, he maried Miss Mary K. EARGOOD, and, as a result of that marriage, there have been born until him and his faithful life partner, three children, now living, Lila, Andrew T. and Millard Norman. Lila, the eldest, married, September 1885, Charles McAhan, and they have one son, recently born.

Andrew has been a hard working farmer the greater part of his life, three years of which time was spent with his father in Webster County, the remainder, up to 1870, in Henderson County. During the year 1870, he came to the city and purchased what was then known as STAPP & SHEFFER’s steam mill grocery on the corner of Fourth and Green Streets. In 1872, he purchased the grocery stock of K. GEIBEL, Jr., diagonally across from his then place of business, and consolidated the two stores. He yet carries on the grocery business as the same stand, southeast corner of Fifth and Elm Streets, and is doing a lucrative trade.

To use a rather uncommon phrase, Mr. CALLENDER has exhibited more “spread out” than most men and, as an evidence of it, he purchased of George ABLE, in 1882, a frame store building in the Third Ward, corner of Adams and Clay Street; seeing far enough ahead to know that the stand, if not then, would utimately become a good one. A short ime after this purchase, this house burned, and he immediately erected for that locality, a commodious brick, and installed his brother as manager of a large and varied stock of groceries and necessary household goods. In this, as in all other enterprises willed by him, he has been successful, and today, beholds himself the possessor of a competency amply sufficient for any purpose he may wish. Mr. CALLENDER has never attached himself to any religious denomination, yet he inherits the Baptist faith from the paternal, and Methodist from the maternal parental heads. He has never joined a Lodge of any kind. He is a member of the Public and High School Boards.

Starling’s History of Henderson County, Kentucky, 1887.



Thomas J. Calender age 41, Martha C. age 39; James age 20; Mary age 18; John age 15; Hugh P. age 9; Andrew age 7; Alexander age 5; Julia A. age 3; ALSO LISTED WITH FAMILY: James H. Hamelton age 90; David N. Smith age 20; Robert P. Smith age 20; Samuel D. Posey age 16; Mary E. Posey age 14; William P. Smith age 41.


John H. Callender age 26 (overseer), Nancy Callender age 26 and William W. age 1 are listed with Morgan Swope age 62, Martha A. age 46; Morgan age 19; William H. age 14.

J. M. Callender age 29, Page 141 – 142, House No. 371; Elizabeth age 21; Susan M. age 3; Thomas A. age 1; John McLand age 61 (weaver).

Thomas J. Callender age 51, Page 159, House No. 550; Martha C. age 42; Hugh T. age 20; Andrew T. age 18; Alexander O. age 16; Joseph S. Humble age 21; William Burke age 5.


John Calendar age 35, Nancy age 35; William age 10; Eugene age 9; Fanny age 7; John age 5; Thomas age 2; Virginia age 1; Eliza Hancock (B) age 11 (nurse).

Thomas Callender age 30, Page 247, House No. 78; Mollie age 15.

Andrew Callender age 28, Page 248, House No. 84; Mary age 18; Lila age 1; Halstead Eargood age 9.

Alex Callinder age 26, Page 257, House No. 161; Josephene age 25; Matty (f) age 5; Stella age 3; Theresa age 2; Luella (f) age 1; Rich Hatchett (B) age 13 (servant).

James Callender age 39, Frances age 31; Susan age 13; Thomas age 11; James A. age 8; Harriet A. age 5; Robert A. age 1 Also are listed Nancy Tate age 80, Page 351, House No. 51 and Patty Tate age 47. ALSO LISTED WITH THEM: Samuel Harris age 23; Ben Duncan age 51; Matilda Duncan age 31.

T. J. Callender age 62, Page 436, House No. 221; Martha age 59; Andrew Tate age 75; Hugh Tate age 72; Emily (B) age 38 (cook); Boston (B) age 19; Alfred (B) age 12; Nelly (B) age 10; Sally (B) age 8.


Martha Callender age 69 is shown with J. Thomas Sandefur age 44, Page 117, House No. 137; Julia B. age 34; James A. age 19; George W. age 15; Annie age 14; Hallie (f) age 10.

A.J. Callender age 34, Page 123, House No. 195; Kate age 28; Lila age 11; Andrew age 8; Norman age 6.

James Calendar age 49, Page 185, House No. 219; Kate age 34; Robert age 11; Henry age 9; Kate age 1; Bery Bery (m) age 9 (guardian) Lizzie Bery age 7 (guardian); Charley Bery age 4 (guardian).

John Calender age 45, Page 186, House No. 227; Fannie age 30; John age 15; Thomas age 12; Virgie (f) age 10; Sherley (m) age 4; Julia age 1; Frank Harris age 14 (guardian).

Tom Calendar age 40, Page 213, House No. 477; Mary age 26; Claudius (m) age 9; Florence age 7.


Nannie A. Callender, 27 Apr 1875, Space #5

J. J. Callender, 17 Aug 1894, Space #11


Kate A. Callender, 15 Feb 1932, Space #3

Martha C. Callender, 05 Nov 1881, Space #5

Thos. J. Callender, 25 Jul 1872, Space #6

Julie E. Callender (inf), 09 Apr 1869, Space #11

Mary Callender (inf), 09 Oct 1858, Space #12

James M. Callender, 21 May 1914, Space wasn’t listed


Mrs. Josephine Callender, 30 Jun 1928, Space #3

A. O. Callender, 02 Sep 1912, Space #4


A. T. Callender, 10 Dec 1924, Space #3

Mrs. Kate Callender, 26 Feb 1910, Space #4

Andrew J. Callender, Jr., 01 Jan 1940, Space #5

Gertrude Callender, 13 Nov 1960, 85 yrs, Space #6

Contributed by Netta Mullin, HCH&GS
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