ACHILLES CALLAWAY, Lyon County, was born in Bedford County, Va., January 27, 1814. His parents, Achilles, Sr., and Elizabeth (Hudson) Callaway, came to Christian County, Ky., in 1817. They were Methodists, and were the parents of eight children. The father died in February, 1841; the mother in 1853. Achilles is the youngest child, attended school until sixteen, when he left home and worked at various mechanical employments until twenty-five years of age, when, having in the meantime read medicine for six years while working, he began the practice in Trigg County. After ten years he took a course of lectures at Louisville Medical College; practiced six years longer in Trigg County; then went to Paducah, where he accepted a position in the United States Marine Hospital; was then under the presidents, Pierce, Buchanan and Lincoln. He returned to Tennessee Rolling Mills in 1866, and practiced until coming to Eddyville in 1882. June 22, 1843, he was married to Elizabeth McWaters of Trigg County, who bore him one child. Mrs. Callaway died January 22, 1845, a member of the Christian Church. His second marriage was with Amanda Lawson, February 22, 1846; she died on July 28, 1884, the mother of one child, a daughter (Amanda) who died April 25, 1884.
Source: J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin, & G. C. Kniffin. Kentucky. A History of the State. Louisville, KY, Chicago, IL: Battey, 1885. Page 849.