For Kelly of all spellings


Nancy Boyd Jan 16, 1999.

KELLY, Mary:
QUERY: Mary m. Jeremiah Blackford about 1780, most likely Piscataway, Middlesex Co., New Jersey. Children: Legend that sixth child Jeremiah Kelly Blackford was born on the water during family migration New Jersey to Kentucky in 1791. Some of the eight children later lived in Ohio. Want to know where Mary and Jeremiah lived in Kentucky.

The only information I have is my great grandfather is a Joe Kelly whose
companion/wife (never married to my knowledge) was Sarah dean, son Bradley
dean sr married Jane pope (born 2 Nov 1898) Harlan, KY, My mother remembers a
'great redheaded man' who was her grandfather. 

If you have any information it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
Virginia spencer



I am willing to share information on the following Kelly family originating
in Fleming county KY. New email:  /

James Kelly (1793-1836) & Ann  ? (1795-1859)
      Jeremiah Kelly (-1854) & Euphamy Kelly (1808-)
            Mary E. Kelly
            Nancy H. Kelly  & Smith James
      James D. Kelly  & Ann Butler
      Margaret Jane Kelly  & David Carpenter
      Catherine Ann Kelly
      Francis M. Kelly  & Susanna Jones
      Charles William Kelly
      Amos S. Kelly (1815-1895) & Margaret Early (1814-1899)
            David E. Kelly
            Sarah Jane Kelly (1857-1948) & Charles Carr Williams
            Elizabeth (Lizzie) Kelly (1839-1907)
            Mary Catherine Kelly (1842-1890) & Barnard  (Barney) Daugherty
                  *This family moved to Saline county Mo in 1865 and then to
Marshall                    county KS in 1888.
                  Margaret Daugherty (1862-1924) & William Price Clark
                  John Amos Daugherty* (1864-1955) & Mary Ellen Burke
                  John Amos Daugherty* (1864-1955) & Estella O'Malley
                  Sarah Elizabeth Daugherty (1866-1925) & William Meagher
                  Mary Johanna Daugherty (1869-)
                  Rose Lee Daugherty (1871-) & Michael Fox
                  James D. Daugherty (1873-)
                  George D. Daugherty (1875-1891)
                  Anna Lucille Daugherty (1876-1936) & Michael James Hayes
                  Patrick Joseph Daugherty (1880-1968) & Ellen Frances Roach
                  Mary Catherine Daugherty (1884-1930) & B. W. Wernette
            James T. Kelly (1844-1878) & Mollie Gresham (1852-1947)
                  Maud Kelly (1874-) & ??? Voights
                  Minnie Kelly (1876-) & ??? Yoder
            John W. Kelly (1845-1909) & Sarelda R. or Honora ??? (1850-1923)
            George H. Kelly (1848-1917) & Eliza ??? (1852-1921)
                  Margaret S. Kelly (1887-1887)
                  Ida Belle Kelly (1888-1889)
                  Mary Ethel Kelly (1892-1893)


Kentucky to Boone County, Missouri:

I'm searching for parents and siblings of Joshua Kelly b. about 1805 KY.  He
married Catherine Martin b. about 1817 Ky.  They moved to Boone Co., MO.
sometime before 1837 which is when their first child was born.  Their
children are:  Sarah b. abt 1837; Eliza b. abt. 1839; David b. abt 1841;
Robert b. abt 1844; Andrew Thomas b. July 15, 1847; and possibly Nancy b. abt
1853.  Does anyone have these people?
Colleen Kelly


Virginia and Kentucky


From: "Artty Hardymon" <
To: Sent: Tuesday, October 05, 1999 3:30 PM
Subject: Most Wanted Kelly

 Researching Luke Kelly b: 05 Aug,1760 Va; d: 25 Nov, 1821 Ky; m: 01 Feb
 1782, Shenandoah Co., Va to: Mary Kaiser b: 03 Apr 1757, Va; d: 10 Aug
 1824, Greenup Co., KY.
 Elizabeth b: 11 Mar, 1784; m: Nathaniel Davisson;
 John b: 03 Jun 1786;
 Joseph b: c. 1788;
 Mary Polly b:06 Jul 1793; m: Vincent Powell, 23 May 1813;
 Charles b: b: Unk, d:19 Nov 1856; m: Mary Harshbarger c. 1811;
 Joshua b: Unk
 Reuben b: Unk
 Would appreciate any info on Luke Kelly's ancestors or descendents.


I'm searching for Susannah Kelly, born 1790.  She married James Goodrum about 1810 in Kentucky.  I would like information on her parents and siblings.





To:, mshamilton@kih.n

Thankyou for answering. I have been reading emails for years, and this is the
first time something familiar has popped up. Please share. I did not do this
research, my husband's cousin did, and she is very particular about
confirming any finding with legal documentation. She goes to Salt Lake City
regularly to do research. I am quite confident in it's validity.
The line she found:
1.  MATTHEW KELLY d. 1689       married     PENELOPE ?

2.  children of Matthew & Penelope
    (1) JOHN KELLY b. bef. 1672 d. 1718 m. AMY DONIPHAN d. 1729

3.  children of Amy & John
    (1) JOHN KELLY   -  no further record
    (3) MATTHEW KELLY  m.  SARAH EIDSON  (d/o Edward Eidson)
    (4) MARY KELLY  m  ??? MOXLEY
    (5) ALEXANDER KELLY  m. ELIZABETH WILSON  (d/o Henry Wilson)

4.  children of Matthew & Sarah
    (5) ? (f) KELLY  m. ?(m) DYE

5.  children of John & Katherine
    (1) JOHN KELLY JR. d. ca.1815  m. ANN CLAYTOR   daughter  KITTY
        found in 1806 in KY, last record 1820 KY census

Seeking information about William Kelley, Sr., and unknown wife, whose son
William, Jr., was born in Culpeper ca. 1758-1762.  William, Jr., Married
Elizabeth Poulter 1786 in Culpeper Co., and was a Rev. War Vet.  He and
Elizabeth were in Mercer Co., KY, by about 1800. Any information about
William, Sr., such as place and date of birth, parents, wife and siblings
appreciated.  Thanks.


Hi All!

I'm trying to find any information on the following Kellys:

William Nicholas Alexander Kelly, b. ?1871 ?1881--married Sarah Fee
He was raised in TN, according to his son, George (my grandfather), but also
lived in Knox County, KY, for a time, and had a tobacco farm in Lee County
(Pennington Gap?  Big Stone Gap?  Norton?), VA.  My grandfather was raised in
Lee County, so I don't think William spent much time in Knox County.  Went by
the name of Bill or WNA Kelly.

John Kelly--William's father.  Found one possibility in Claiborne County,
TN--as son of an Edward Kelly and Rebecca Sargent (Sergent).  Listed in 1850
and 1860 census.  Age would be right, but at this time I have no confirmation
that this is the John I'm looking for.  Lost family after 1860
census--haven't figured out yet where they went.

My grandfather said that John lived to be 96 years old, and that he was in
the Civil War.  Other than this information, I really don't know much else. 
I hope someone can help me.  My grandfather lived most of his adult life in
Harlan County, Kentucky.  I'm assuming at this point that the Kellys I'm
looking for would be in that tri-state area of VA-TN-KY.

Thanks for any help!


From: Paula Kelley Ward To: Sent: Sunday, July 25, 1999 2:19 PM Subject: Matthias Kelly 1797-1872, TNKYVAMO Thank you to L'Ene HATCHER-CROSS who found this website. I want to remind everyone that information about any spelling variation of the name:

KELLEY, KELLY, O'KELLY, etc. is welcome on this list. My Kelley/Kelly family is from Southwest Virginia but to my knowledge is not related to the below family. Historical Sketches of Southwest Virginia, Publication 6 - 1972

BRIEF GENEALOGY OF THE KELLY FAMILY By Emory L. Hamilton Mrs. J. C. Mitchell of Appalachia, VA has in her possession an old fire-damaged Bible belonging to some of the Kelly family which has names and dates recorded as below:

Patrick Kelly born June 2, 1707

John Jackson Kelly born June 2, 1707

Matthias Kelly born December 28, 1777 No doubt this is a direct Kelly line and it remains for some family genealogist to make the connections.

This manuscript begins with a Matthias Kelly, who was probably a son of John Jackson Kelly, Sr., who had married Rebecca Jackson and lived in Tennessee. Matthias Kelly married Abigail Sturgill, daughter of John and Jemima Wells Sturgill. After their marriage they lived for awhile in Kentucky, probably Harlan County where some three or four of their oldest children were born. Sometime in the 1830's they moved to the vicinity of Big Stone Gap which is his lifetime was known as the Three Forks of Powell River.

All this section was then Lee County, becoming Wise County in 1856. Matthias is said to have operated one of the first stores in Lee County somewhere in the Big Stone Gap vicinity. Sometime in the 1850's he moved his family to Milam, in Sullivan County, Missouri where he lived through the Civil War years and had moved back to Wise County by 1870.

While living in Missouri his son Franklin Newton Kelly married on May 9, 1861 to Salomey Jane Neighbors, and they had a son, John William Kelly born May 19, 1862. Franklin Newton enlisted in the Missouri State Militia as a Bugler in Company C of the 1st Cavalry Regiment commanded by Captain James McFerrin, and was killed April 28, 1864, near Warrensburg in Johnson County, Missouri. Two birth dates have been uncovered for Matthias Kelly and which one is correct remains to be proven. The first is December 28, 1797, and second December 28, 1800. He died December 15, 1872, and is said to have been buried about halfway between his old home site and Cadet alongside the L&N Railroad on a knoll and it has been said a large tree is growing out of his grave.

On January 3, 1818 he was married to Abigail Sturgill, born November 30, 1801. After the death of her husband, Abigail went to live with her oldest son, John Jackson Kelly at the Brick Store in upper Lee County in Turkey Cove. She died here and was laid to rest in the Jonathan Richmond Cemetery across Highway 58 from her last home, now the Dave Isaac place. Abigail's picture, her loom, and some cloth she wore are now on display in the Southwest Virginia Museum at Big Stone Gap.

Their children were: John Jackson Kelly, born October 6, 1821, married Jane Booth Anna Kelly, born February 15, 1824, married Hiram Davidson Rachel Kelly, born November 23, 1825, married (1) a Gibbs (2) a Stoner Jemima Kelly, born October 30, 1827, married Elkanna Gilley Rebecca Kelly, born October 23, 1829, married a Marion Matthias Kelly, born April 7, 1832, married Rebecca McKnight William Henry Kelly, born February 20, 1835, married Mary Creech Patrick Jasper Kelly, born March 24, 1837, married Mary Jane Sarah "Sally" Kelly, born April 5, 1839, married a Spencer Franklin Newton Kelly, born May 25, 1842, married Salomey Jane Neighbors Jane "Jennie" Kelly, born 1845, married a Parker John Jackson Kelly, oldest son of Matthias and

Abigail, lived on Callahan Creek, at or near the present Appalachia, VA. Kelly Branch of Callahan, still bears his name. He owned large acreages of land on Callahan, Looney and Roaring Fork Creeks of Powell River. He reared his large family here where he operated a grist mill, blacksmith shop and gun smith shop. He made "flint- lock rifles, bear traps and tools for the pioneer settlers."

After his children had all married and gone from home he sold his large land holdings to the coal companies and bought the old Gen. Jonathan Richmond home and Brick Store in Turkey Cove in the edge of Lee County just west of Big Stone Gap. Here he spent the remainder of his life, dying on June 30, 1909, and was laid to rest in the Richmond Cemetery. He married Jane, the daughter of Rev. William Booth, who was born October 21, 1817 and preceded him in death on January 17, 1893.

Their children were: Matthias Kelly, born December 1, 1840, died April 13, 1908, married Mary McKnight William Jasper Kelly, born August 15, 1843, married Katherine Day (2) Lura Clarkston Clerinda Kelly, born November 24, 1844, married John Lewis John Jackson Kelly, Jr., born February 26, 1847, married Ella Jane

Lewis David Kelly, born March 20, 1848, married (1) Abagail Stidham (2) Roxanna Lewis James J. Kelly, born October 9, 1849, married Sophia Robinette Isaac Newton Kelly, born March 20, 1851, married Mary Olinger Abagail Kelly, born February 17, 1853, married Lafayette Wade Dorinda Emeline Kelly, born October 24, 1854, married F. M. Clarkston Sarah Jane Kelly, born November 4, 1856, died young Jemima Kelly, born September 8, 1858, married Sampson Bishop Rebecca Marion Kelly, born September 8, 1858, married William Coldiron (Jemima and Rebecca were twins) John Jackson Kelly, Jr., fourth child of John J. Kelly, Sr. and his wife Jane Booth, was born at the old Kelly home on Callahan Creek February 26, 1847.

He married Jane Lewis and settled at what is known today as Kelly View, on Route 23, between Norton and Appalachia. Here he built a six room, two story log house where his family of twelve children were born, Dr. John Jackson Kelly, Jr. being the eleventh born of these children, several of whom died young. Children: Emerson Kelly Lawrence Willard Kelly married Genette Kilgore Dr. J. J. Kelly, Jr., married Trula Watkins Minter Dale Kelly never married Lora Jean Kelly never married Gustova Bronx Kelly never married Viola Kelly married Lawson White Oprha Kelly married Rossiter Rapp Pages 35 to 38 Paula Kelley Ward KELLEY List Manager

Hello Again; Just sent you the will etc. This Blackford family and I believe some Kelly's went to Ohio via northern Ky. Think that they went in a large family group. I have had queries from people asking about other Blackford Kelly marriages and cannot connect anyone at all. But the time frame is the same time as the Blackfords were in Ky and Ohio Nancy

Information about early Kentucky

From: J C Sullivan <

Hi Daniel,

I can't answer that for certain. I know a number of Catholics came intoKentucky through the Cumberland Gap. Seeing as Frankfort is not on any river I would conjecture this latter was the case.

Cheers, JC

At 11:53 AM 7/4/99 -0500, Daniel J. Kane wrote:Fascinating account of migration patterns of certain Irish.  Can thesame
(New Orleans connection) be said of famine immigrants in the early 1850swho settled in Frankfort and/or Franklin County, KY?

From: J C Sullivan <
Subject: Mayo
Date: Saturday, July 03, 1999 6:09 PM

As a young man I was surprised to read (in the World Almanac as Irecall)of the large number of Irish in Louisiana. I later learned that the Irish in Louisville, Cincinnati and St. Louis, for the most part, had come upriver from New Orleans.