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Deen, Calloway, Sr. (1812–1892)

J. L. Bryan Biography Entry

Calloway Deen (Dean), soldier in the Texas Revolution and public official, was born in Tennessee on January 11, 1812, to John and Mary (Mash) Deen. His grandfather Joshua Deen was a veteran of the American Revolution. Deen traveled to Texas in 1835 and enlisted in the Texas army on November 1 as sergeant in Henry W. Augustine's company. He participated in the siege of Bexar and was discharged on December 14. He enlisted in John M. Bradley's company and served from June 25 to October 1, 1836. He settled in San Augustine County in 1837 and that year again served in the Texas army, in the First Regiment, First Brigade. He also served the republic as clerk of the district court at San Augustine. Deen married Mary C. Clark on August 10, 1837, in San Augustine County; they had seven children. On February 1, 1838, Deen received a bounty warrant of 640 acres for his service in the army, which he located in the area of present Smith County on August 25, 1840. In 1861 he represented San Augustine County in the state Secession Convention, and later that year he moved to his headright in Smith County. At that time he possessed 800 acres and twenty-three slaves. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and was a Royal Arch Mason. Deen died on May 25, 1892, and was buried in the Starrville Cemetery in Smith County.

Audited Military Claims, Republic of Texas, Texas State Archives, Austin. Thomas L. Miller, Bounty and Donation Land Grants of Texas, 1835–1888 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1967). Thomas L. Miller, "Texas Land Grants to Veterans of the Revolution and Signers of the Declaration of Independence," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 64 (January 1961). Buckley B. Paddock, ed., A Twentieth Century History and Biographical Record of North and West Texas (Chicago: Lewis, 1906).

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

J. L. Bryan, “Deen, Calloway, Sr.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 14, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

December 1, 1994