Re: Callis connection to John Waller Johnston ?
Checking my records, I show that James Overton and Elizabeth Garland had a son, James Overton, who married Mary Waller, who was a sister to John Waller Johnston's mother, Agnes Carr Waller.James Overton and Mary Waller had Waller Overton who was cousin to John Waller Johnston and exec. of his will.Garland Callis in your records would have been a cousin to Waller Overton, although no direct relationship to John Waller Johnston. I imagine he still considered the Callis family "connected" and felt he could mention thier name in his letter to James Madison. He was trying to obtain an appointment for a government job and no doubt "dropped" all the important family names he could.