"Born on a mountain top in Tennessee."
He was born in McMinn County TN. Moved to Knox County TN.
by age three. Grew up on farms in McMinn and Knox
counties. His father owned 160 acres in the Hiwassee
District of Knox County, and three tracts of 160, 160,
and 80 acres in Knox County. It is not known if these
three tracts were contiguous.
This makes him a contemporary of Davy Crocket. Crocket
grew up in Knox County. He would have been 34 years old
when John arrived there. Undoubtedly John grew up on
stories of Davy Crocket. See maps.
That is not to say he was another Davy Crocket but
consider the similarities. John was Scotch-Irish. Davy
was Scotch-Irish-French-Huguenot. They were both born in
log cabins in what we would consider the wilderness.
Both were raised by pioneer families. They both raised
all the vegetables and shot most of the meat they ate.
They both lived in log cabins built with their own
hands, they both repaired their homes, roofs, barns,
fences, and dug their water wells by hand. Their windows
had no glass and were covered by shutters. They were
both educated in the school of hard knocks. Neither had
anything like what we would consider an education. They
were both exposed to the same people with the same
values. The major difference was that Crocket moved
frequently until his father opened a tavern when he was
Crocket left for Texas in 1834, McCall left for Missouri
Story of Davy Crocket.
John came to Nocona at an advanced
age. Even so, I believe he
worked at the Post Office for a time. I have seen, but
do not posses, a photo of postal employees in which he
Don't know much about his time in
Nocona but he was definitely an interesting character.
Most census records list him as a farmer but he was,
during the war, a supply sergeant in the Confederate
Army. 13th Battery, Missouri Light Artillery. The
records indicate he enlisted as a Sergeant.
His son, W.
A. McCall, as a teenager was threatened repeatedly during
interrogations by Union soldiers attempting to find John
and the supply wagons. He would be placed on
the back of a horse with his hands tied behind him and a
rope around his neck tied to a tree limb. They would
spook the horse and make it jump around but fortunately
they never carried out the threat. He was advised to go
with his father, as he would be safer in the army.
He did so and enlisted as a private, At the age of 16,
William fought in the battle of Oak Hill, also known as
The Battle of Wilson Creek. See:
WA - William Asbury McCall
brothers were in the Union Army, and there were
bitter feelings among family and neighbors because of
these differences of opinion. He participated in the
Oklahoma land rush in 1889 and acquired property in
Hobart where W.A. McCall immediately built a home and
opened a hardware store.
He had several sons. A cousin wrote about his sons:
I remember these kids as a wild bunch, hard-riding,
fighting, riotous lot of boys .
Two of his sons, Nelson and Lindsay were murdered -
after capture by Northern forces -by Kansas Jay Hawkers.
They were told to trot hand in hand toward the bushes -
if they made it, they would have a chance to get away.
But both were shot before they reached the brush just
for the fun of seeing them fall. Nelson was killed
immediately, but Lindsay lingered on and died in a
Northern war prison, after being picked up by regular U.S. soldiers from where he was left
reprisal for the murder by Kansas Jay Hawkers of his
sons, Nelson and Lindsay, Uncle Johnny rode into
Chesapeake, Missouri, where a gathering of the element
who killed his boys met, threw his rope on the leader
and dragged him some 10 miles over a flint rock area,
and hung him from a tree not far from Marionville,
Missouri, then emptied his gun in his head. I saw that
tree. (Thadeus Dale McCall)
John's nieces and nephews believed and have recorded in
their family histories that John Washington McCall was
in fact the John McCall that killed Will Bill Hickock
and that Crooked Nose Jack McCall aka Bill Southerland
was indeed misidentified and hanged unjustly. They tell
several stories that somewhat support their position. I
cannot completely debunk the stories but I do not
believe the conclusion.
After the war, his son William and his wife were in
Dardanelle Arkansas. In 1871 they went back to Missouri.
Since the war was over in 1865, there is a six year
period in which John was away from his family. I
suspect he was raiding the Northern forces and
Jayhawkers during that time and probably did go to North
Dakota during that time.
Killed Wild Bill? (John Washington McCall
or Crooked Nose
McMinn County Tennessee. Birthplace
of John Washington McCall
Green County Tennessee. Birthplace of
Knox County Tennessee. Residence of