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Moses Calhoun

Birthplace: Newnan, Coweta County, Georgia, United States
Death: 1890 (60-61)
Jefferson, Marengo County, Alabama, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Lane Ezzard, Judge, 11th, 13th and 19th Mayor of Atlanta and Nellie Calhoun
Husband of Atlanta Mary Calhoun
Father of Floyd Calhoun; Cora Horne; Lena Leo Smith and Paul Calhoun
Brother of Sinai Catherine Murray
Half brother of John F. Ezzard; William Lane Ezzard, Judge; Carnelia Smith and Mary Ella Anderson

Occupation: Butler; Merchant & Restaurant
Managed by: Elyse Vahjen
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About Moses Calhoun

Brief biography


Moses Calhoun was a favored house slave of the famed Calhoun political family (Andrew Bonaparte Calhoun, MD). The end of the Civil War found Moses flourishing with entrepreneurial flair in multiple businesses. Moses rose to the top of Atlanta’s black community. He saw to it that his daughters and niece were well educated and went to college. There, W. E. B. Dubois had his heart broken by the beautiful Cora Calhoun, who chose Edwin Horne, instead.


Nellie Reynolds, daughter of Sinai Reynolds, was born into slavery in 1809. Her family's enslaver was Dr. Andrew Bonaparte ("A.B.") Calhoun, a relative of former vice president John C. Calhoun. Nellie served as a nursemaid and bookkeeper on Calhoun's plantation in Newnan, Georgia. Upon Dr. Calhoun's death he left Nellie land on his property.

The father of her children Moses and Sinai ("Sinie") was allegedly William Ezzard, the mayor of Atlanta, Georgia.

Moses Calhoun from tree Kim Roper Family Tree Record information.
Birth 1833 Newnan, Coweta, Georgia, USA
Marriage 1865
Residence 1880 Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, USA
Death 1890 Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, USA
Record information.
Father Andrew Bonaparte Calhoun (1809-1897) [NO]
Mother Nellie REYNOLDS (1810-1897)
Spouse Atlanta Mary Fernando (1845-1919)
82413 People3 Records 6 Sources


  • “The Hornes: An American Family.” By Gail Lumet Buckley (2002) page 15. <GoogleBooks>
  • “The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African American ...” By Gail Lumet Buckley (2016). <GoogleBooks> “Judge William Ezzard may very well have been Moses Calhoun’s father also.”
  • THE HISTORY: LIFE & LEGACY OF COWETA’S 1ST DOCUMENTED SLAVES – SINAI AND HENRY REYNOLDS (2021) By Emily Kimbell, The Newnan-Coweta Historical Society <link>
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Moses Calhoun's Timeline

Newnan, Coweta County, Georgia, United States
November 28, 1860
Fulton County, Georgia, United States
November 9, 1865
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States
February 26, 1869
Fulton County, Georgia, United States
March 1870
Fulton County, Georgia, United States
Age 61
Jefferson, Marengo County, Alabama, United States