I posted about two of William H. Kelley(Kelly)'s children: Charles and
Samuel...I discovered more children...one is George Kelley or
Kelly....and two others that were just mentioned as two other survivors
in William's obit....
I am looking for whatever information there is concerning his
sons....His other two children would have been Ann and Edward Lamar
Kelley (Kelly). If anyone can do lookups in the census, I would
appreciate it...they all should be in the Washington County, MD
area.....I have discovered that William and some of his family have
lived in the Clear Spring, MD area.....William died in 1901...he was
married several times...his last wife was Margaret Mallot or
Malott....any info on her is appreciated too...
Any help is appreciated....
I am seeking whatever information there is on Samuel Kelley..he was born
Feb 16, 1859 in MD....he was the son of William H. Kelley(Kelly). I
found him in the 1900 and 1910 census in Washington Co., MD. District
4...Clearspring Tnship. From those two census, I was able to determine,
that he married Annie Riddle born April 1862. I was hoping someone could
help me in locating him in the other census'...like 1860, 1870, 1880
census and possibly 1920 and 1930....If ancestry.com doesn't have it,
could someone look this up another way...like maybe if you have access
I would also like to request if someone could give me his actual death
date and marriage date....any information would be appreciated......
I am seeking information on Charles Kelley who from I gather in the 1880
census was born about 1870 in MD....I would like any info there is on
him....he was the son of William Kelley (kelly) who died in 1901 in MD.
I also would like a lookup for him in the census from 1900 on....and
birth or death or marriage info would be also helpful....he is listed in
his father's obit in 1901....at that time he was listed as B. & O.
engineman in Martinsburg. I would appreciate any infomation on him....
I am seeking information on Samuel Kelley who was born 16 Feb 1859 in
MD. He was also a son of William Kelly and listed in his obit. Any
information on him would be appreciated...death, marriage etc....
Thank you for any help that is provided....
From: "Lee" <firstname.lastname@example.org
History Of The Maryland Colony
MARYLAND CATHOLICS ON THE FRONTIER
Maryland was founded as the third English colony in the New World, and it was
distinctive for the policy of its founder, Lord Baltimore, religious freedom
This freedom of religion was denied Englishmen during the lifetime of George
Calvert, the first Lord Baltimore, whose dream it was to found such a colony.
Born about 1580 in Yorkshire, Northern England, he was the son of Leonard
and Alicia Crossland Calvert, a family of wealth and social position in that
area, and probably a Catholic family.
In spite of his religion, or perhaps because the family had previously
abandoned Catholicism in the face of rampant Protestant persecution, he rose
to a position of political influence in the court of King James I. He was
knighted in 1617 and in 1619 became principal Secretary of State.
In 1624, George Calvert resigned his position and announced that he had
become a Roman Catholic. King James rewarded Calvert for past service by
making him Baron of Baltimore. Long interested in the colonization of
America, the new Lord Baltimore now turned his talent, energy and
considerable fortune to the establishment of a new colony in America.
His first venture was Avalon, a settlement at Ferryland, a harbor community
located on the southeastern coast of Newfoundland. He equipped a group of
colonists and sent them to the settlement about 1622, and he received a royal
charter to the province of Avalon on April 7, 1623.
Because of the severe winter climate, the colony did not prosper and, in
spite of Calvert investing a large portion of his fortune in the venture, it
failed. He visited the colony in 1628 and abandoned it the next year in
favor of Virginia. The Avalon colonists were not welcomed in Virginia,
however, where the colony's laws provided for strict Protestant conformity.
Calvert refused to take the required oath of supremacy at Jamestown and
planned to return to England. Before he went, however, he explored the
Chesapeake Bay and saw unsettled land where the climate was conducive to
farming. Upon his return to England, he petitioned King Charles I for a
grant of land north of the Virginia colony.
George Calvert never returned to America. Physically and financially
weakened by the Avalon experience, and saddened by the loss at sea of his
second wife and children--they had remained behind in Virginia after he left
and were returning to England on another ship--the first Lord Baltimore died
on April 15, 1632.
Cecelius Calvert inherited his father's title--and his dream. Two months
after his father died, he received the charter from King Charles, granting
the second Lord Baltimore almost regal powers and ownership of all the land
of the colony which he had named Maryland, in honor of the Mother of God.
This land was used to attract settlers to the new colony.
Those who would pay their own way to Maryland were granted 100 acres of land,
and if they transported servants--men and women who agreed to indentured
service for seven years to pay for their passage--they could obtain 100 more
acres. Later, that amount was reduced to 50 acres of land, and the servants,
after their term of servitude was over, would also be granted 50 acres of
After months of preparation and delays, the first colonists sailed from
Cowes, Isle of Wight, England on Nov. 22, 1633, on two ships, the Ark and the
Dove. After a frightful, stormy voyage of more than three months, they
finally landed on St. Clement's Island about March 10, 1634.
Cecelius Calvert named his brother, Leonard, as governor of the colony, and
he stayed in England to administer the colony's affairs there. Gov. Leonard
Calvert was an able administrator, serving the colony for 13 devoted years,
until his death in 1647. He was especially adept in dealing with the Indians
who inhabited the area, the Piscataway and Yaocomico tribes of the Algonquin
Indians. It was the Yaocomico village on the banks of the St. Mary's River
which the governor purchased in 1634 and renamed St. Mary's City.
The colony prospered, in spite of political and religious controversy. In
England, there was continued political upheaval and religious intolerance,
and that condition was reflected in Maryland. There were repeated efforts to
wrest the government from Lord Baltimore. In 1649, the Maryland General
Assembly passed an Act of Religious Toleration, which was remarkable because
it was passed at a time when there was rampant religious intoleration, both
in England and in the other American colonies.
After several abortive attempts at overthrowing the Proprietary government in
Maryland, the Protestant revolution of 1689 was successful. It was fomented
largely by the non-Catholic colonists of Maryland--about two-thirds of the
population of Maryland at that time--who had benefited by the religious
toleration policies of Lord Baltimore.
Almost immediately after the take-over occurred, the subjugation of all
Catholics began in Maryland. Justices and other public officials, even
sheriffs and clerks, were replaced if they were Catholics. Arms and
ammunition of most Catholics were confiscated. The very presence of any
Catholic in St. Mary's City during the session of the Protestant
Associators--the group which was to constitute the ruling body of Maryland
for the next two years--was forbidden.
In 1692, an Act was passed which established the Anglican Church as the
official church of the colony, and all residents were taxed to support the
church. Catholics were excluded from public office, from voting, or even
In 1704, the "Act to prevent the Growth of Popery within this Province" not
only forbade all works of conversion but also closed all Catholic churches
and schools in the province. Most of them still clung to their Faith,
however, and practiced their religion privately, in their own homes. Many
baptisms and marriages were recorded in the Anglican churches, usually with a
notation that they were known Catholics
These restrictions on public worship and other persecution of Catholics
continued through the colonial period, which extended to the American
Revolution and the Bill of Rights.
Marylanders, both Catholic and Protestant, fought valiantly in the
Revolution, and the newly-independent United States used the vast western
domain which the English had won in the French and Indian War and ceded to
the new American nation at the end of the Revolution, to reward those who
served in the Continental Army and Navy. These western lands were also
available to persons other than veterans, and between 1789 and 1799, nearly
500,000 acres of undeveloped western land, most of it in what is today the
States of Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, was offered as a
means to promote settlement of the country's frontier.
Many of these western migrants were Maryland Catholics. Burdened by a century
of anti-Catholic bias in Maryland, they sought not only new land but, once
again, religious freedom. Even before the greatest migration began in 1789,
Maryland Catholics were on the move.
In 1785, a group of southern Maryland residents formed a "Catholic League of
Families" and agreed to move to Kentucky as soon as they could settle their
affairs in Maryland. John Carroll, Archbishop of Baltimore, promised to send
a parish priest if the emigrants settled together.
Another reason for the exodus of people from the Chesapeake Bay area to
Kentucky was the depredation suffered by the citizens at the hands of the
British during the Revolution. The British fleet, almost constantly present
in the Bay, confiscated slaves and stock, sacked homes and literally lived
off the supplies plundered from the Maryland residents.
Economic reasons also figured in the exodus to Kentucky. Many farmers were
ruined by the Revolution and lost their lands because they could not pay
their debts. They saw migration to Kentucky as a way out of their economic
St. Mary's County, alone, lost nearly 3,000 persons to the westward migration
between 1790 and 1810. Most of these people went to that area of
north-central Kentucky which now comprises Washington, Nelson, Marion and
Because most of these people were Catholics, this area of Kentucky is known,
even today, as the Kentucky Holy Lands.
Looking for info on my g
grandfather, Robert Voss Kelley. He was born in
Baltimore County, Maryland in 1858. He moved to Ralls County Missouri and
married Nancy Branstetter (date unknown). They had 4 children: Samuel Mood
(my grandfather), Jake, Dona Belle, and an unknown son (may be Rueben).
He later married Hester Goodpasture in Ralls County. She passed away in 1895.
In 1907 he moved with his children, his brother James and family to Boise
City, Cimmaron County, Oklahoma. This is where the trails stops. I have
contacted the historical society in Boise City, but have not heard anything
from them yet.
If anyone has any info, please contact me. Thanks so much................
& Joyce Kelley
Jan 18, 1999.
QUERY: Moses b. Feb 27, 1754 Baltimore Co. MD. Served in Rev War. Married to Ruth ROLLS Aug 10, 1788 same county. Known Children:Isaac 1791, Ephriam 1792, Elias 1897, William Allen 1800, Sarah 1801, Jefferson 1809. The family migrated through VA, KY, IN. Any information about ancestors appreciated.