William McCaleb, of Scotland, and his Descendants:
William McCaleb, whom tradition says lived in Invernesshire, Scotland, married Mary (McDonnell) McDonald of the Keppoch Clan.He is said to have fought at Preston-Moor under the leadership of the major clan McDonald of Keppoch.
William Neil (McKillop) McCaleb was born 1715 in Scotland.He fought at Culloden with the major clan McDonnell.Because the army of William Duke of Cumberland was hunting down the followers of Bonnie Prince Charles, William Neil McCaleb married Sarah McAlpin, daughter of Highland Chieftan McAlpin, and they fled to Dublin, Ireland.(Tradition says that they eloped.)From Dublin the couple sailed the same year (1746) to Charleston, South Carolina. They moved inland from Charleston and settled with other exiled followers of Bonnie Prince Charles.It is thought that this was in the vicinity of Lancaster County, South Carolina."Neil McKillop" appears in 1766 as a member of Adam Alexander's company of militia in the Indian Wars.(Adam Alexander lived in that part of Mecklinburg County, North Carolina which became Cabarrus County.) Adam Alexander's land adjoined that of James McCaleb (1744-1827) of Cabarrus County, N.C.
William McCaleb, son of William Neil and Sarah (McAlpin) Mckillop, was born 1747 and died March 7, 1813 in Claiborne County, Mississippi.He married Ann Mackey in South Carolina October 23, 1769.She was born 1748 and died October 10, 1821 in Claiborne County, Mississippi.
William McCaleb served as Captain in the patriot army in the Revolutionary War under Generals Marion and Pickins.He commanded a company of Hussars or Horse of the 91st Militia, South Carolina Line.He participated in the battles of Camden, the Cowpens, Eutaw Springs, Ninety-Six, the siege of Charleston and Guilford Court House.
William McCaleb and his family were living in the Pendleton District of South Carolina in 1784, next door to General Pickens and General Robert Anderson. William McCaleb and Wade Hampton represented the South of Saluda District at the South Carolina Convention which ratified the Federal Constitution. (Elliott's Debates on the Federal Constitution, Vol. IV, p. 239.)In 1799 William McCaleb and his family moved from the Pendleton District, S.C. to Mississippi settling on the Bayou Pierre, Claiborne County, Mississippi and served as a member of the territorial legislature of Mississippi.He and his wife are buried on his Hermitage Plantation, Claiborne County, and a double marble tombstone covers their graves.
William and Ann (Mackey) McCaleb had 10 children.It seems logical to suppose that Capt. William McCaleb had brothers.James McCaleb of Cabarrus County, N. C. evidently was a brother.Archibald McCaleb who settled from S.C. to Knox County, Tenn. may have been a brother.John McCalop, Revolutionary War soldier from N.C. may have been a brother.