The Marriage of Joe Calhoun and Lue Annie Boyett

Lue Annie Boyette, born May 27, 1899 was the only daughter of Mary Jane Sirmans and John Boyett,  subject of previous posts. Her father was a large landowner with a farm near Ray City in Berrien County.

Luannie Boyette & Joseph Burton Calhoun of Ray City, GA, 1919. Image courtesy of I. Mitcchell Calhoun.

Lue Annie Boyett & Joseph Burton Calhoun of Ray City, GA, 1919. Image courtesy of I. Mitchell Calhoun.

Lue Annie married Joseph Burton Calhoun on March 4, 1918 in Berrien County, GA.  She was a bride of 19; he was a 26 year-old groom, of medium height and build, blue eyed and blond haired.

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Joseph Burton Calhoun, in army uniform, 1819.

Joseph Burton Calhoun, in army uniform, 1819. Image courtesy of I. Mitchell Calhoun.

Joseph Burton Calhoun was a son of Samuel Augustus “Gus” Calhoun and Rachel B. Bullard, born and raised in Rays Mill, GA (nka Ray City). Prior to marriage he had been living in Moultrie, GA where in 1917, he was employed by J.M. Bryan as a mechanic.

In 1918, the newlyweds were separated by the Great War, as Joe entered service in the U.S. Army. (Joseph Burton Calhoun ~ WWI Soldier)

Lue Annie and Joseph first made their home in Ray City, where they were enumerated in the 1920 census. Joseph continued his trade as an auto mechanic, now working on his own account. They had a house right on Main Street, where Lue Annie cared for their children, Alberta and Joseph B., Jr.

Enumeration of Luannie Boyette and Joseph Burton Calhoun, 1920, Ray City, GA

Enumeration of Lou Annie Boyette and Joseph Burton Calhoun, 1920, Ray City, GA

By the Census of 1930, Joseph and Lue Annie Calhoun had moved to Orlando, FL. There, Joseph Burton Calhoun continued his profession as an automobile mechanic. Lue Annie kept house and raised their three children.

Enumeration of Joseph and Luannie Calhoun, 1930 Census, 1403 South Division St., Orlando, FL

Enumeration of Joseph and Lou Annie Calhoun, 1930 Census, 1403 South Division St., Orlando, FL

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In 1935, the Calhoun’s owned a home at 4074 35th Ave N. in St. Petersburg, FL. Joseph worked as a service station attendant.

Enumeration of Joseph B. and Luannie Boyette Calhoun, 1935 Florida State Census, St. Petersburg, FL.

Enumeration of Joseph B. and Lue Annie Boyette Calhoun, 1935 Florida State Census, St. Petersburg, FL.

When Lue Annie’s father,  John Boyett,  died in 1938, his estate was divided among his nine children. His only daughter, Lue Annie Boyett Calhoun, inherited just over 100 acres of the family farm. Lue Annie and her husband moved from Florida back to the farm near Ray City, GA.

For the next 3o years, Lue Annie and Joe raised their children and crops on the Calhoun farm. They were well known citizens of the Ray City and Lakeland area. They were members of the Ray City Baptist Church and the Lakeland Parent-Teacher Association. Joe was a member of  Masonic Lodge #434, and a member of the committee that oversaw the construction of a new Lodge Hall at Lakeland, GA in the 1940s.

Joseph Burton Calhoun died in 1972 and was buried at Beaver Dam Cemetery in Ray City. For fifteen more years Lue Annie continued to live on the Calhoun Farm, but 1987 she returned to Florida to live out her final years.  She died in 1993 in Winter Garden, FL.  She was laid to rest at Beaver Dam Cemetery next to her husband.

Joseph Burton Calhoun ~ WWI Soldier

Joseph Burton Calhoun, 1918, in WWI army uniform, probably taken in Atlanta, GA. Image courtesy of I. Mitchell Calhoun.

Joseph Burton Calhoun, 1918, in WWI army uniform, probably taken in Atlanta, GA. Image courtesy of I. Mitchell Calhoun.

Joseph Burton Calhoun was a son of  Samuel Augustus “Gus” Calhoun and Rachel B. Bullard, born December 10, 1892 and raised in Rays Mill, GA (now Ray City).  In WWI he served in the U.S. Army.

Prior to WWI Joseph Burton Calhoun had been living in Moultrie, GA where in 1917, he was employed by J.M. Bryan as a mechanic. On June 5, 1917 he registered for the draft for WWI in Colquitt County. His draft card gave his physical description as medium in height and build, with light hair and blue eyes.

Nine months later, Joseph Burton Calhoun was back in Berrien County, GA where he married Louannie Boyette on March 4, 1918.

Joseph Burton Calhoun was inducted into the Army on December 18, 1917 in Moultrie, GA. He was photographed in uniform along with a fellow soldier, in what appears to be a souvenir post card print. After training with the  Machine Gun company of the 328th Infantry, Joseph Burton Calhoun served in the Military Police. Throughout WWI he was stationed with the Provost Guard Company at Camp Gordon, GA.  Calhoun apparently obtained a WWI souvenir from a returning soldier who had served overseas. A family heirloom is a bolt action .41 caliber Swiss rifle brought back from the war.

Swiss .41 WAFFENFABRIK-BERN-M78, serial # 187500. This rifle, pictured above, was acquired by Joseph Burton Calhoun during his service in WWI. The gun was manufactured circa 1885, one of a total of 228,000 ordered by the Swiss government. At the time of introduction, this rifle was one of the most advanced military rifles in Europe, but by WWI it was completely out-dated. (Image and information courtesy of Mitchell Calhoun)

Swiss .41 WAFFENFABRIK-BERN-M78, serial # 187500. This rifle, pictured above, was acquired by Joseph Burton Calhoun during his service in WWI. The gun was manufactured circa 1885, one of a total of 228,000 ordered by the Swiss government. At the time of introduction, this rifle was one of the most advanced military rifles in Europe, but by WWI it was completely out-dated. (Image and information courtesy of Mitchell Calhoun)

After the war Joseph Burton Calhoun returned to his wife and family in Ray City, GA.

(Special thanks to I. Mitchell Calhoun for contributions to this post.)

Updated 2/27/2016