With one of the most unusual names of all of our soldiers in the Etched In Stone series, today we have Calloway Nausler, which was actually a replacement stone due to deterioration. His last name has been found spelled at least ten ways, but Nausler and Nauslar the most popular, with a close third Nosler. His stone depicts the name as Nauslar, but his parents both are Nosler. Brother Hiram’s stone is spelled the same as our soldier, but just as often sisters, or uncles are all spelled differently. To make researching more extreme, Calloway has been found Caloway; Calway; Callway; and even various spellings of Galloway. As Kim Hancock says, “A genealogical nightmare!”
He was the youngest of five known children (siblings: Mahala, Hiram, Lucinda and Linnie) born to Sebastian Boston and Sarah Kirk Nausler, both Virginians. Cal’s grandfather came to America with his father and mother as a boy but was left to his own cunning in the new world as his parents died on the voyage here. Boston the first was born in Austria in 1735. Boston II was born in Augusta County, Virginia in 1756, married Sophia Bidifich and to them were born ten children, she lacking just a few months of being 100 at her death. Although the older Boston was said to be in the Revolutionary war, I’m wondering if it was the younger. At any rate, one was. Boston II and Sarah came through Anderson County, Tennessee for a few short years where Calloway Nausler was born on December 9, 1829.
In the 1850 census with Boston and Sarah, Cal is listed as “dumb,” which usually indicated a person couldn’t speak, but no where else is this noted. Found it interesting nonetheless. A close family, most of Cal’s siblings lived nearby. Mainly in census records, Cal is noted to be a laborer, although we can not find him in 1870. Some of his close relatives went out to New Market, Iowa but at least one, Linnie who married John Dickerson and mothered nine children stayed here. In fact, Calloway is buried on the Dickerson plot at Oak Hill. Another sister (Lucinda Parks) had 13 children of her own and helped raise her husband, Moses’ ten from a previous marriage. Their sister, Mahala Nausler Allison tallied eleven but it doesn’t seem brother Hiram had any. Thus, the Nausler name likely died out with this particular family.
Enlisting in Company I, the 13th Indiana, on May 23, 1864 he mustered out on September 29th in the same year. This group left immediately upon their enlistment at Indianapolis for Tennessee where they were assigned a specific duty of guarding the railroads of these lines: Nashville-Chattanooga; Tennessee & Alabama and Memphis & Charleston. They were kept a month longer than they signed-up for in order to keep Sherman’s lines of communication open for the transportation of our Army supplies. During this short time, beginning with a strength of 930 men, they lost 25 to death and another four to desertion.
Cal was married at least twice (Elizabeth Pool 22 April 1867 by Mayor WH Laymon and Sarah J. Wilson 13 June 1870). No divorces were found so it is assumed they passed young and are likely buried in the Old Town Cemetery (as this would have been before Oak Hill and I find no indication they may have been Masons) where his mother is buried. By the 1880 census, he is listed in the jail but don’t think a prisoner. Perhaps a janitor? Definitely, someone ordered a tombstone from the government at the time of his death. A tombstone can be seen on findagrave that is totally unreadable, so this is how Calloway Nausler came to be one of our Etched In Stones as Kim Hancock and Suzy Petrey wanted him to have a stone that is the same and as good as the other soldiers. Rest in Peace, Dear Cal!
Over the coming weeks and months I will write these columns highlighting each new stone. Karen Zach is the editor of Montgomery Memories, our monthly magazine all about Montgomery County. And she writes Around the County, which appears each Thursday in The Paper of Montgomery County. One by One: Etched in Stone is her latest offering and will appear periodically on Mondays in The Paper.