Jeff Harvey

Before we continue with our look at what William Sanders II had to say in his book “A New River Heritage, Volume IV”, (McClain Publishing, 1994), I want to say thanks again to the people who have commented either face-to-face or via e-mail about the column. The compliments are welcome and I’ll do my best to address any specific questions you may have.

Before getting to the rest of the column, reader Lynn J. Richardson sent me an article via Facebook from the Bluefield Daily Telegraph dated October 28, 1928 which reported that road work for the Cabin Branch Road had uncovered a prehistoric humanoid who predated the Shawnee by millennia. Once I pull it up from my facebook, I’ll do more on it.

Going back to the Sanders material, he wrote that James Calfee, whose home near the present Princeton Community Hospital was the location of the meeting which established the ideas of Mercer County and Princeton, had two sons, Andrew Jackson and Charles Willie Calfee. They had extensive land claims along Clover Bottom from the Raleigh-Grayson Turnpike westward to the north side of Bluestone from present Shawnee lake to the top of Mills Hill to DeLashmeet Creek, named after the French explorer of the area. It was a total 108,000 acres.

Andrew Jackson Calfee’s descendants in the area spanned at least five generations. Their family cemetery is located near the Presbyterian Church on Cabin Branch Road, with some of the earlier generations buried in the Clay-Pearis cemetery.

Moving to the bottom where we see the Spanishburg School, we encounter Jeremiah and Mary Shrewsbury and their 10 children, eight of whom married into other local families.

I’ll get into this family next time.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at

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