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James and Catherine Kelly 

And Their Descendants. 



(Great-G-randson of James" KelTy), 
Springfield, Ohio. 




{Grandson of James Kelly), 

Springfield, Ohio. 


The Springfield Publishing Company, 

(Of -which Company Ed. S. Kelly, the Great-Grandson 
of James Kelly, is Pi-esident.) 









THE author begs leave to say a few words as an introduc- 
tion to the history of James Kelly herewith submitted. 
Nearly one and a half centuries have elapsed since the birth 
of James Kelly, and the time is fully ripe for a record of his 
career and that of his descendants, given in this form for the 
benefit of the many members of the Kelly family and their 
friends. Let it be said at the outset that James Kelly was a 
soldier of the Revolutionary War, one of the bravest of the 
men who cast in their fortunes with George Washington in 
the struggle for the freedom of the colonies from the dom- 
ination and oppression of King George the Third. At the 
request of my friends I have compiled this work and now 
present it in a permanent form, for the benefit of present 
friends and future generations. I present facts from my own 
personal recollections, and have gathered others from rela- 
fives and friends, and my aim is to give a true, unbiased 
record, hoping to wound the feelings of no member of the 
great Kelly family. 

Richard T. Kelly. 



IT is a most pleasant task to prepare for the press a record 
of the career in this country of a pioneer family that 
has given to several successive generations of their country- 
men so many noble and useful men and women as the de- 
scendants of James and Catherine Kelly — of Scotch -Irish 
blood, than which there is no better, and famous for their 
illustrious deeds on the fields of battle in at least three wars — 
that of the Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War of 
1861-'65; and also for their struggles and triumphs as honest, 
intelligent and sturdy settlers on American soil, from the 
year 1793; always good, patriotic citizens — of enterprise, 
public-spirit, and of those pushing qualities which have made 
of Americans the greatest and most aggressive people known 
to the human race in the periods in which they have lived- 
Not only of Scotch-Irish blood were these people, but that 
of the stern and sterling old Covenanters, renowned for bat- 
tles for conscience and for high principles, as well as for the 
heroic deeds which illuminate the pages of history. 

Clifton M. Nichols. 

James Kelly. 



Was born in Scotland, in 1752. In his youth he and his 
brother John came to what was then known as the colonies 
o£ North America. We cannot find traces of any other mem- 
bers of his father's family in this country. 

James and his brother John first settled in Virginia, and 
about the year 1793, John and his family accompanied James 
and his family to Fleming County, Kentucky, at a point near 
Flemingsburg. When James Kelly came to Ohio, John re- 
mained in Kentucky. The two families knew very little of 
each other subsequently. John never visited his Ohio brother, 
but several members of James" family went back, from time 
to time, to Kentucky to visit their uncle. We have very little 
knowledge of this man. The wife of Joseph Kelly said that 
he was a very large man, physically, his body being so heavy 
that his legs could not hold it up long at a time, and he was 
forced to spend most of his time sitting or lying. It is said 
that it took three yards of flannel to go around his body when 
a "wamus" (a sort of woolen jacket) was made for him. In 
spite of his flesh he had great physical strength, and he had a 
son, George, who weighed, when quite young, one hundred 
and fifty pounds, and was one of the most mischievous of 
boys. Greorge would often go into the house and tease his 
father, who, becoming tired of the annoyance, one day re- 
marked to his son: "I'll just throw you across the bed 
against the wall so hard that you will remember it." This 
seemed but a piece of pleasantry for Greorge, but the next time 
he began to indulge in teasing his father, the old gentleman 
took George by the arms and tossed him across the bed with 


such force as to satisfy the son that further persistence would 
not be wise. 

James Kelly, in common with other pioneers in this new 
country, encountered many difficulties and endured many 
trials. With no other associate than his brother John, there 
lay before the two the dense forests, diversified by lovely val- 
leys, and clear, beautiful streams — all most attractive to the 
eye. Then mountains towered above the scene, toward the 
heavens. These heights were inhabited by wild beasts, and 
the Indian trail could yet be seen through the forests. The 
woodman's axe was constantly heard, and the sky was lighted 
at night with the blaze of the log and brush heap. In the 
log cabin could be heard the droning of the spinning wheel, 
while the mother, tripping to its music, drew out the threads 
to be woven or knit into garments for the warmth and pro- 
tection of the body. 

Time passed slowly, the years bringing little but exper- 
ience and a better knowledge of the situation, and a cheerful 
hope for better days to come. Many were the conversations 
between him and his lonely brother, concerning their native 
Scotland, where they played together on the grounds of their 
father's home, with the little cottages, near by on either hand, 
and contrasting the home place with the wide expanses of 
territory in North America, with only here and there a habi- 
tation for man ; and the brothers longed for a time when they 
might rightfully claim farms of their own, the products to be 
used for their own sustenance and comfort. 

As the boys grew older and became men, the hand of 
oppression began to be felt, from those who were in authority, 
and whose purpose was to prevent the acquiring of riches by 
the immigrants, and to send what was received through op- 
pressive taxes back to England. 

As years passed, oppression became heavier, and it was a 
pending question how long it should be peacefully endured. 
The sturdy immigrants believed that God had created all men 


equal in privileges, and had pronounced condemnation upon 
all wlio oppressed the poor and deprived them of their natural 

These sturdy and noble pioneers decided that this state 
of things should not continue; that liberty should be th irs, 
even if it should be bought with their heart's blood. They 
declared that their valleys, hills and woodlands should ring 
with their shouts for liberty, until the echoes should reach 
the far-off shores of England. 

When the colonists could no longer endure the heaviness 
of the English yoke, James Kelly laid aside the crude farm 
imjolements, took up the flintlock gun, and the powder horn 
and bullet pouch, and joined the ranks of his neighbors who 
were the lovers of liberty. He spent the Winter of 1777 and 
'78 with George Washington at Valley Forge, and had his 
face and ears so badly frozen that the fleshy portions came 
off. During the winter rations became short, and the soldiers 
had to go out often in search of food. On one occasion, James, 
and five companions, crossed the Schuylkill River in hope of 
securing game, so that they could once more have a taste of 
meat. During the day James became separated from his 
companions. Both parties fired their guns, but could not be 
heard by each other. Finally, the five men went to camp 
without Kelly. When he found that he was lost, at night-fall, 
he picked out two trees, about fifty yards apart, and walked 
from one to the other all night long, to keep from freezing. 
At daylight he began to look up something of which to make 
a fire, and on finding a large, hollow log, he crept into the 
cavity, and by the aid of the flint from his gun, and powder 
and dry leaves, he succeeded in making a fire with some small 
wood, and finally got a bunch of coals inside the log. He 
then crei^t in and was warming himself, when he heard some 
one say, "Well, Kelly is dead.'' He spoke up at once, and 
said, " Not quite, yet." 

In all his hardships, his one thought was: "Liberty, 


Independence, and Freedom to One and All." In a;i engage- 
ment with the British, a musket ball took off the end of his 
nose. He remained in the service of the colonies until victory 
perched on the banners of the friends of free government in 

On his return to Monongalia County, Virginia — now 
West Virginia — James married Catherine Stewart, a young 
woman of Scotch blood. She was born in 1764, in Scotland. 
They joined their fortunes in the beginning of the year 1784. 
The author wrote, to the Clerk of the Court of Monongalia 
County, West Virginia, at Morgantown, the county seat, to 
ascertain the date of the marriage of James Kelly and Cath- 
erine Stewart, and received the following in reply: 

" Morgantown, W. Va., January 26, 1898. 
"R. T. KELLY, Springfield, Ohio: 

" Dear Sir: — The oldest marriage license on record in my 
office bears date, 1794. The old records were burned in the 
year, 1796. Yours truly, 

" Clerk of the County Court." 

After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Kelly remained in 
Monongalia County, Virginia, until 1793. Then, with their 
five children — one of them an infant — they removed to Flem- 
ing County, near Flemingsburg, Kentucky, where they 
remained for fifteen years. During this time seven more 
children were bom to them. The names of these children 
will be found in the record of births. 

On hearing that there was an opening of a new town in 
what was then Champaign County, Ohio, named Springfield, 
they loaded up their effects on a wagon and started for the 
north, crossing the Ohio River at Maysville, and following 
the road that Simon Kenton laid out from there to Urbana 
Ohio. Kenton, some years before, had given an Indian ten 
gallons of whiskey to go before him and blaze the way 


through. They came to Springfield in the year 1808, leaving 
behind their daughter, Rachel, who had married, and Joseph, 
who was also married and Samuel who was not married. 
They lived in Springfield until 1811, when Mr. Kelly bought 
a farm in what was then a portion of Green County, but is 
now Green Township, Clark County, four miles south of 
Springfield. The farm was primitive forest on the west and 
south sides, with a piece of prairie on the east. Mr. Kelly, 
with the aid of his youngest sons, commenced the cultivation 
of the farm. The house that he built in 1811, of hewn logs, 
was torn down, after standing eighty -seven years. 

In the year 1813, Mrs. Catherine Kelly mounted a horse 
and rode back to Flemingsburg, Kentucky, alone; and on her 
return to Springfield, her daughter, Rachel, who had married 
Hugh Kirkpatrick. came with her— they riding on horseback 
and carrying Mrs. Kirkpatrick's six weeks' old daughter, 
about whom I will speak later on. 

When the war broke out in 1812, four of Mr. Kelly's 
sons, manifesting the sjDirit of their father in their love of the 
country he had aided in achieving its independence, enlisted 
in its service. Of these I will speak hereafter. 

During the war of 1812, when Mr. Kelly was well along 
in years, but was still robust and had a good constitution and 
loved his country, while in Werden's tavern, at the corner of 
Main and Spring streets, Springfield, Ohio, an Englishman 
hurrahed for King George. Mr. Kelly struck at him; he 
dodged the blow, and Mr. Kelly's fist came into contact with 
a walnut door and cracked a panel. The bystanders siezed 
Mr. Kelly and held him until the Englishman was got out 
of reach. 

After the Kellys had been settled in their new home 
about two years, there came out of the village of Springfield, 
one day, unexpectedly, two ladies. As "hog and hominy" 
and com bread formed the principal diet in the country 
places, Mrs. Kelly, with the aid of her daughter-in-law, the 


wife of Joseph Kelly, baked what was then called a "light 
corn pone." It was placed on the table and, according to the 
custom of the time, the "bread" was passed to the guests first. 
The "pone" somewhat resembled cake, and the ladies remark- 
ed that they took bread first. They were informed that this 
" pone " was the only bread the hostess had, and they at once 
partook of it, and enjoyed it, no doubt. 

Mrs. Kelly, at the age of seventy -six years, fell and dislo- 
cated her hip, and from the effects of the fall she was forced 
to lie in bed thirteen years. During this period she had a 
stroke of what was called in that day "the shaking palsy." 
Yet with all [this, the old lady was cheerful, and was never 
known to murmur or complain. On one occasion, when I 
was visiting this lady — my great-grandmother — in my young 
days, her daughter had spread for me a slice of" salt-rising " 
bread, spread with butter and honey, and while I was sitting 
by the fire-place, enjoying it, her son, Samuel, said: " Kichard, 
look and see how Granny is shaking her head at you for eating 
all of her bread and honey." Being timid, I commenced to cry; 
but when she assured me that she had palsy, and could not 
control her head at times, I proceeded to finish my luncheon 
with a hearty relish. 

Although not members of any church, James Kelly and 
wife were in sympathy with the United Presbyterians. 

There comes to my mind an incident that occurred on 
Joseph Kelly's farm. One day Catherine Kelly was crossing 
the woods, near her son Joseph's house, when she came across 
three boys in the woods climbing trees. They were the sons 
of Joseph Kelly — James and Thomas, and William C, who at 
this time is living, in his seventy-ninth year. Each had new 
trousers. She, seeing what they were doing, told them to 
come down and take off "those pantaloons," which (it being 
Summer) they did at once, cheerfully. " Now," said she, " you 
can climb trees all day." She took the garments in charge, 
and carried them to the house, the boys remaining in the 
woods with nothing on their persons but shirts and hats. 



James Kelly was born in 1752. 

Catherine Stewart Kelly was born in 1764. 

Kacliel Kelly, the daughter of James and Catherine Kel- 
ly, was born in Monongalia County, West Virginia, August 
4, 1784. 

Joseph Kelly was born in Monongalia County, West Vir- 
ginia, December 23, 1785. 

John Kelly was born in Monongalia County, West Vir- 
ginia, March 3, 1789. 

Samuel Kelly was born in Monongalia County, West 
Virginia, March 3, 1791. 

Thomas Kelly was born in Monongalia County, West 
Virginia, August 1, 1792. 

Nathan Kelly was born in Fleming County, Kentucky, 
May 2, 1794. 

Mary Kelly was born in Fleming County, Kentucky, 
March 24, 1796. 

James Kelly was born in Fleming County, Kentucky, 
June 15, 1798. 

Catherine Kelly, Jr., was born in Fleming County, Ken- 
tucky, June 7, 1799. 

Stewart Kelly was born in Fleming County, Kentucky, 
June 13, 1801. 

Francis Kelly was born in Fleming County, Kentucky, 
May 12, 1803. 

Leah Kelly was born in Fleming County, Kentucky, 
August 7, 1806. 


Rachel Kelly married Hugh Kirkpatrick, in Fleming 
County, Kentucky, 1804. 

For her second husband, she was married to John Dris- 
col, of Clark County, Ohio, June 22, 1820, by Rev. Saul 

Joseph Kelly married Mary Detrow, in Fleming County, 
Kentucky, 1807. 

Mary Kelly married McClintock Mulhollin, October 24, 


1816, Rev. Elias Vickers officiating. Her marriage is recorded 
in Xenia, Green County, Ohio. 

John Kelly was married to Peggy McBeth, April 20, 
1818, by Samuel Smith, J. P. He was the first of his father's 
sons to marry in Ohio, and they were the fifteenth couple 
married after Clark County was formed. 

Nathan Kelly was married to Rhoda French, March 23, 
1820, in Clark County, Ohio, by Rev. Saul Henkle. 

Stewart Kelly was married to Elizabeth Driscol, March 
13, 1825, in Clark County, Ohio, by Rev. Elias Vicker. 

Thomas Kelly was married to Margaret McCurtain, April 
8, 1819, in Clark County, Ohio, by Rev. Saul Henkle. 

Francis Kelly was married to Elizabeth Morris, May 29, 
1828, in Clark County, Ohio, by Reuben Miller, J. P. 

Leah Kelly was married to Thomas Rock, July 3, 1839, 
in Clark County, Ohio, by Reuben Miller, Esq. 

Samuel Kelly was married to Julia Townsley, July 11, 
1861, in Clark County, Ohio, by Reuben Miller, Esq. 


James Kelly, Sr., died August 30, 1837; age, eighty -five 

Catherine Kelly died May 26, 1853, in her eighty-ninth 

Rachel Kelly Driscol died September 9, 1849. 

Joseph Kelly died September 2, 1849. 

John Kelly died September 27, 1825. 

Samuel Kelly died December 27, 1875. 

Thomas Kelly died July 30, 1872. 

Nathan Kelly died June 16, 1838. 

Mary Kelly Milhollin died January 24, 1842. 

James Kelly, Jr., died September 5, 1849. 

Catherine Kelly died June 10, 1853. 

Stewart Kelly died in May, 1828. 

Francis Kelly died June 25, 1840. 

Leah Kelly Rock died July 7, 1847. 

Mrs. Julia Driscol Taylor died May 16, 1899, at the age 
of seventy-five years, eight months and nineteen days. 



JAMES KELLY, on leaving Kentucky, thought it best to 
bring with him a small drove of hogs, so that he would 
not be put to the trouble of having to buy after settling in 
his new home, as "Hog" and com were the principal diet in 
a new country, where wild meat could not be gotten for every 
meal. In this drove was a "brood sow;" one, too, of which 
Kelly was proud, as she had unusually good qualities. He 
got them across the Ohio River safely, and then thought the 
IDorkers were safe for the rest of the journey. But, alas, there 
is " many a slip twixt the cup and lip." They traveled one 
day on this side of the river, and put up for the night, and 
Mr. Kelly thought the hogs safe in an enclosed lot. The next 
morning the "brood sow" was gone. He looked around, but 
she could not be found. Kelly then came on. leaving the hog 
to take care of herself. Some time afterward, he received 
word that the hog was back on the farm he left. It seems 
that she had swam the Ohio River, evidently thinking Ken- 
tucky soil good enough for her. 



Rachel, the first daughter of James and Catherine Kelly, 
was bom August 4, 1784, in Monongalia County, Virginia, 
now West Virginia. She went to Fleming County, Kentucky, 
with her parents. There she married Hugh Kirkpatrick. In 
1810, her mother, who lived in Springfield, Ohio, went back 
to Kentucky to visit the children she had left in that state, 
and on the return of Mrs Kelly, who had ridden the whole 
distance on horseback, Rachel Kirkpatrick rode in the same 
style with her mother to Springfield, carrying her six weeks' 
old daughter in front of her on the horse. Hugh Kirkpatrick, 
and the rest of the family, came later. 

They had born to them six children: — Samuel, Nathan, 
Martha and Catherine. These were born in Fleming County, 
Kentucky. Rachel and Hugh were born in Clark County, 
Ohio. Hugh Kirkpatrick, Sr., settled south-west of Spring- 
field, near where Mill Creek enters Mad River. Samuel, their 
eldest son, never married. He died December 19, 1839. 

Nathan Kirkpatrick was bom January 30, 1807, and came 
to Springfield, Ohio, in 1810. He married Elizabeth Worth- 
ington. He, in his younger days, followed wagoning from 
Springfield to Cincinnati. The writer's father, William C. 
Kelly, has in his possession a blacksmith bellows that Nathan 
brought in his wagon from Cincinnati, fifty-five years ago. 

At one time, while he was chopping wood for his uncle, 
Joseph Kelly, he cut a bad gash in his limb, just below the 
knee. He walked to the house and called to his aunt, Polly 
Kelly, who, on seeing what had happened, got her needle and 
some silk thread and jjroceeded to sew up the wound. Not 


having grip enough in her fingers to pull the needle through, 
she took it in her teeth and accomplished the work, doing so 
until she took five stitches. 

Joseph and Polly had four children :— George, Laura, 
Samantha and William. 

George married Miss Shuman; Samantha married Clif- 
ford Mulholland; William married Lizzie Swonger, and 
Laura married George Newcomb. They all settled in Clark 
County, Ohio. 

Nathan occupied his father's farm until his death, which 
occurred in 1890, at the age of eighty -three years. 

The following are his grandchildren: Laura Newcomb, 
two children; George Kirkpatrick, one child; Samantha Mul- 
holland, four children: William Kirkpatrick, one child. 

The old Kirkpatrick home is now owned by George 
Newcomb, Nathan's son-in-law. 

Martha Kirkpatrick was born December 9, 1809, in Flem- 
ing County, Kentucky, and came to Springfield in IblO. She 
married William Huntington. 

They lived for a while on Yellow Springs street, Spring- 
field, then moved to Green Township, near the Clifton pike. 

To them were born four children: — George, Ann, Hugh 
and Rachel. 

George married Anna Swanye, and had two children; 
Ann married Arthur Forbes, and had four children; Hugh 
married Hanna Howell, and had six children ; Rachel married 
Edward McClintock. 

The writer remembers the first time he met Mrs. Hunt- 
ington. It was when he was a boy. He had been sent to 
her house on an errand. On entering the house he said: 
" They sent we down to get some boneset for Granny." Mrs. 
Huntington said: " Who are you, and who is Granny ?" On 
telling who I was, she said: "Oh, it is for aunt Polly Kelly." 

Catherine Kirkpatrick was born in 1810, in Fleming 
County, Kentucky, near Flemingsburg, and came to Spring- 


field in 1810, when she was but six weeks old, her mother 
riding on horseback and carrying her, as I have already stated. 
They were accompanied by her grandmother, Catherine Kelly. 
She married John Taylor, May 14, 1841. He was a millwright. 
After he quit his trade, Mr. and Mrs. Taylor moved to Grreen 
Township, and there remained until they died. To them 
were born three children: — Nathan K., Martha Belle and 
Eachel Catherine. 

Nathan K. married Elizabeth Moon, of Columbus, in 
which city they settled. Their children were William, Jessie 
Gertrude, Fred, Carrie, Robert and Ralph. Jessie Gertrude 
married Alexander Eavens. They have two children. 

Martha Belle Taylor married Joseph M. Waddell. They 
have eight children: — Nellie M., Luella F., William T., Mary 
Jessie, John E., Forest C, Harry A. and Roy Mac. 

Rachel Catherine Taylor married David L. Gram. They 
settled in Clifton, Green County, Ohio. They have four 
children: — John, Clemie, Grover and Horner. 

Nathan K. Taylor served one year in the war of 1861-5, 
in the 134th Regiment, and, also, in the 168th Regiment, of 
the " Hundred Day " men. 

Rachel Kirkpatrick was born August 15, 1812, near 
Springfield, Ohio, and married Thomas Rock, she being his 
second wife. To them was born one daughter, Martha, who 
married Ben. S. Boolman. To them were born two daughters: 
— Thurza and Lizzie. 

Martha Rock Boolman settled in Green Township, Clark 
County, Ohio, four miles south of Springfield. 

Hugh Kirkpatrick, Jr., was born June 10, 1814, near 
Springfield. He married Agnes Anderson. They settled 
near the Clark County Fair Ground " extension." To them 
were bom four children: — James, Maria, Samuel and William. 
James Kirkpatrick married Frances Hyer. 

Maria Kirkpatrick married Luther Wissinger; Samuel 
Kirkpatrick married Sojohia Weaver. James Kirk^Datrick had 


six children; Samuel Kirkpatrick had six children; Maria 
Kirkpatrick Wissinger had one child. 

William Kirkpatrick married Lizzie Van Norton. 

Samuel, William and James served in the war of 1861-5. 
(See War Record.) 

James Kirkpatrick settled in Mercer County, Ohio, 
Celina Postoffice. 

Samuel, Maria and William settled in Springfield, Ohio. 

Hugh Kirkpatrick, the husband of Rachel Kelly Kirk- 
patrick, died in Dayton, in 1815. He was a wagoner, running 
l)etween Dayton and Springfield, Ohio. As there were no 
railroads in that day, goods were conveyed in large wagons, 
with four and sometimes six horses. Kirkpatrick owned one 
of these teams. He was not feeling well, at one time, and 
his wife requested him not to go on his trip, but he thought 
he would soon be better; so he got his load at Springfield 
and drove to Dayton. On arriving, he was taken decidedly 
worse, and before word could be sent to his wife, he died. 
The first word that she received was that her husband was 
■dead. As mails traveled slow at that time, a few days had 
elapsed before she got the word. She at once saddled a horse 
and taking her nursing babe, Hugh, in her arms, rode to 
Dayton. But on her arrival she learned that her husband 
had been buried two days. With a sad heart she again 
mounted her horse and returned to her home, to tell her chil- 
dren that their father was buried, and would never return 

Rachel Kelly Kirkpatrick married for her second hus- 
band John Driscol, June 22, 1820. To them were born three 
children: — Phoebe, Julia and Josiah. 

Phoebe Driscol married Frank Creighton. Their chil- 
dren were: — James, John, Catherine, Martha, Edward and 

Julia Driscol married Wm. Taylor. Their children were: 
— Belle, Ida, Francis, John, William, Samuel and Catherine. 


William Taylor married Jennie Smith, and had one child. 

Ida Taylor married J. Arthur, and had two children. 

John Taylor married Catherine Wiser, and had six 

Catherine Taylor married Sherman Bragg, and had one 

Josiah Driscol married Mary Powell, and they had four 
children: — Ida, Elvira, Nellie and Ollie. 

Rachel Kelly Kirkpatriok Driscol, died September 5, 
1849. She had nine children, thirty -three grandchildren and 
sixty-five great-grandchildren. 

Phoebe and Frank Creighton settled in Omaha, Nebraska. 

John Driscol, the second husband of Rachel Kelly, Sr., 
was born in Ireland, and, as his parents had means, they edu- 
cated him for a Catholic priest. Not caring to enter the 
priesthood, he ran away from home, and when an opportunity 
afforded itself, he crossed the waters and landed on the Ameri- 
pan shore, renounced his Catholic faith and embraced Protes- 
tantism, to which he ever afterward adhered. He died 
November 20, 1838. 

This sketch of John Driscol I obtained of his daughter, 
Julia Taylor. 

Joseph Kelly 



The first son of James and Catherine Kelly, was born Decem- 
ber 23. 1785, in Monongalia County, Virginia, now West 
Virginia. At the age of nine years his parents went to Flem- 
ing County, Kentucky, near Flemingsburg. There he assisted 
his father in farming until near the close of his minority, 
when he learned the trade of a cooper, and also that of a car- 
penter and stairbuilder. At the age of twenty-three, in 1808, 
he married Mary Detrow. Up to this time a razor had not 
been on his face, but his attendants said that it would not do 
to marry at the age of twenty-three years, and say that he 
had never shaved. So he shaved. 

He enlisted for one year in the war of 1812; took an 
active part on the Canadian shore, and was in several Imttles. 
He was present at the st(jrming of Fort Stej>henson by the 
British. There was one cannon in the fort. The commander 
issued orders that no one was to fire a gun until he could see 
the whites of the enemy's eyes. This order caused no small 
stir in the fort, for they thought they had been "■ sold," as 
Commodore Hull had •' sold " his men a short time before. 
But they said: ' We will fight it out ourselves." The British 
advanced, the commander waving his sword, calling to his 
men to show them no quarter. Then he gave orders to fire, 
and the British were mowed down to such an extent that, in 
a few minutes, the commander placed on his sword a white 
handkerchief and surrendered, he himself being wounded. 

In the Fall of 1812, Mr. Kelly was standing in a hazel 
thicket, when Colonel Richard M. Johnson, riding at the head 
of his regiment, came to a halt. Seeing Kelly, he called out: 


" Kelly, are you not afraid the Indians will get you? " Kelly 
answered. " Not much." At this time Johnson took a piece 
of meat out of his haversack, peeled otf the rind and fat, and 
threw it down. Kelly watched it until the men rode by and 
then picked it up, and ate it with a relish. 

While Joseph Kelly was at the front, his wife and three 
children moved from their home in Kentucky to the home of 
her father-in-law. James Kelly, who at this time lived in 
Green County, in the part now in Green Township, Clark 
County. Ohio. By the breaking down of the wagon, and 
having to wait for repairs, she met a near relative, su^jposed 
to be dead. It was a joyous meeting. 

Mr. Kelly was a great lover of a good horse, and on being 
mustered out of service, he purchased a fine animal and rode 
it home. On being in 8i3ringfield one day. the owner of the 
block east of Limestone and north of Main streets, ofPered 
him the half of the block for his horse. Mr. Kelly answered: 
" I would not give him for your whole town." Having been 
economical, and acquired some money, he thought it best to 
buy a little home. So. in the Fall of 1819, he bought of 
John Schooley fifty-seven acres, on the north line of Green 
Township, four miles south of the town of Springfield, and 
put up a house, and in December of the same year he moved 
to his new home. He had hard work to pay for it, as every- 
thing was trade, and there was but little ready cash. He 
"coopered," and his wife did weaving, so that they might 
have a home in their old age. The last payment jjroved to 
be the hardest of all, as Schooley notified him if not i^aid on 
the day it was due, he would take the farm from him. But 
he found sale for a lot of barrels, and, to get them out in 
time, he had to work late and early, and work several nights 
all night, and his wife also wove all night, stopping at mid- 
night to get a dinner. The claim was met. with nothing left 
them but the fifty-seven acres. Though a cooper, he also was 
a stairbuilder, and found some of this kind of work to do in 


this frontier, for when a hewed log or a brick house was built, 
it required a different way up stairs unlike that in the log- 
cabin, which was a ladder (jr a pair of steps that resembled 
the now-a-days cellar steps. 

In those days wooden mold-board j>lows were used, and 
Mr. Kelly was an expert in making them, having his own way 
of building them. The mold-board he dressed out of a solid 
block of wood. 

Permit me to say something about the utensils used on 
the farm at that time. Imagine the men going into a piece 
of newly cleared land, among stumps and deadened trees, 
with a plow all wood except the share, to break up the soil 
for the first time; with a wooden-toothed harrow to level it 
down: then, with a wooden hoe to cover the corn and keep 
down the weeds. Some seasons it was no little trouble to get 
the corn to grow, as the squirrels would dig and pull it up to 
get the grain of corn; hence, the fields had to be watched 
during the day. I have heard Aunt Polly, as she was called, 
(the wife of Joseph Kelly), tell what she would do to frighten 
away those troublesome "pets." as they are called in these 
later days. A horse-fiddle was made by taking a round piece 
of wood and cutting notches on the edge of it. Then it was 
fastened on a broad board, so that the wheel could turn around, 
then placing a stiff hickory spring on the board in such a 
manner that one end reached the notched wheel. Then, with 
a crank, the wheel was turned, which caused a rattling and 
clattering noise. As the com field was near the cabin, she 
would take up the fiddle, and with a dead and dry tree for a 
resting place for the " musical " instrument, she turned the 
crank and the squirrels scattered for the time being. Many 
trips had to be made in a day. 

Joseph Kelly was also a hewer, and there are standing 
barns today, the logs of which he hewed sixty -five years ago. 

He and his wife made a trip back to Kentucky in Decem- 
ber. 1814, arriving at his father-in-law's — John Detrow — the 


day before Christmas in a terrible snow storm, in which they 
had ridden all day on horseback. They remained about six 
weeks. Mrs. Kelly bade her parents adieu for the last time, 
came back to Ohio, and in a few years lost trace of her 
fathers family, 

Joseph Kelly died September 2. 1849. His wife. Mary 
Kelly, cUed March 1. 1860. 

Joseph Kelly had eleven children; eighty-seven grand- 
children; two hundred and eighty -three great-grandchildren; 
one hunch-ed and seventy-one great-great-grandchildren, and 
two great-great-great -grandchildren . 

There were born to Joseph and Mary Kelly, eleven chil- 
dren: — Mahala. Jacob, Luranea, Catherine, Nancy. William 
C, Mary, Thomas, James, Samuel and Eliza Jane. 

Mahala Kelly was born November 18. 1808. in Fleming 
County, Kentucky, near Flemingsburg. In 1812 she came, 
with her mother, to Green County, near Springfield. In her 
young school days she came near having an encounter with a 
black bear in what is now Hopewell district, Grreen Town- 
ship. As she was passing though a piece of timber, she 
looked ahead, and at a short distance from her. saw a bear 
coming down the path. From some unknown cause — proba- 
bly from fright — she cb'opped her dinner basket, and the 
bear attacked it at once. Hence, her escape was made easy, but 
before she could get to the neighbors, the bear was gone. As 
there was no snow, his trail could not be followed accurately, 
but the dinner liasket was relieved of its contents. She loved 
to sweep, in her young days, and when the weather would 
permit, she would sweep the path from the house to the shop, 
a distance of twenty rods, and thence across the public road, 
with a hickory broom. During the time her father was en- 
deavoring to make the jiayment on his farm, she worked for 
Hon. Charles Anthony, a leading lawyer, in Springfield, for 
one dollar per week. 

Mahala Kelly was married to John Sparrow, March 22. 


1827, by Thomas Mill, J. P., of Green Township. After the 
marriage ceremony was over, it being in the daytime, the new 
couple repaired to the cooper shop and commenced dancing, 
in which Thomas Mills took a part. They lived for a number 
of years in Clark County, and on the John Marquart farm for 
twenty-two years. 

The following incident, told about Mrs. Sparrow, is true, 
as it was related to me by an eye witness — her own daughter:' 
Directly after the Little Miami Kailroad had been built, and 
the old flat rail was used, Mahala and some other women 
walked to town on the railroad. They heard the train com- 
ing, and she started and ran for the crossing, not thinking of 
stepping aside and letting it pass, but kept on running and 
got to the crossing in time to let the train go by, and when 
the rest of the party came up, she exclaimed: '"I tell you, I 
was skeered." 

She had two sons and two sons-in-law in the Civil War. 
[See War Record.] 

She was the first of the Kellys who lived with her hus- 
band to celebrate her golden wedding, which occurred March 
22. 1877. Quite a number of near relatives and old acquaint- 
ances were present, and many gifts bestowed. She had always 
kept uj) the old style of wearing a cap, and on this occasion a 
friend made her a present of a ruffled cap. Her husband 
coming in and seeing it, remarked, " Well, Hale, I see you 
have on a new cap; something like the new one that you had 
on when I married you, fifty years ago." 

To her were born nine children: — Absalom, who married 
Adaline Coups; John B., who married Ann Johnson; Joseph, 
who married Mary Hath way; Charlotte, who married James 
Finley; Charlotte's second husband was Thomas Burny; 
Mary Jane married William Bellinger; Sarah married Avery 
Griffith; Elias married Margaret Bury; Richard married La- 
vina Wike; William married Sarah E. McCloskey. 

John B. settled in Clark County, Ohio; Mary Jane Del- 


linger, in Darke County, and the rest in Green Ccninty, near 
Clifton, Ohio. 

Mahala's children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren 
were:— Absalom's two children; John B.'s twelve children, 
eighteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; Char- 
lotte's ten children and five grandchildren; Joseph's eight 
children and eleven grandchildren ; Mary Jane's six children 
and fourteen grandchildren; Sarah's two children and two 
grandchildren ; Elias' seven children and nine grandchildren ; 
Eichard's five children and five grandchildren; Willianrs 
four children. 

Mahala Kelly Sparrow died March HI, 1887. in her .seven- 
ty-ninth year of her age. 

Jacob Kelly, the first son of Joseph and Mary Kelly, was 
born December 5. 1809. in Fleming County. Kentucky, near 
Flemingsburg, and came with his parents to what is now 
Clark County, Ohio, in 1812. He was married to Filindia 
Farewell, April 7. 1835. by Adam Sellers. They settled in 
Clark County, Ohio. 

He being the oldest son, it fell to his lot to assist his 
father in his cooper shop, and when too small to reach the 
top of the barrel to '"crows'" it — that is, to run a ''crowsing 
plane "' around on the end of the barrel, to cut a groove to 
hold the head in — he would be forced to stand on a block. I 
remember hearing him say, that when he used to reap wheat 
with the sickle, the hands were paid oft' with a bushel of 
wheat a day at threshing time. The wheat w^as worth thirty- 
seven and one-half cents per bushel. When he and his sister. 
Mahala. were young — yet in their childhood — they would 
walk four miles to Springfield with eggs and butter, to get a 
few groceries. The price of eggs was three cents per dozen, 
and of butter five cents per pound. He, being somewhat 
bashful, would not go into the store, but stay out in a thicket 
of brush near by, until Mahala had done the "trading." 

He often told how people worked the roads in his young 


days, by going along and tilling up the mud holes by digging 
up the dirt at the roadside and filling the holes. At one time, 
when the road supervisor had warned the men in his district 
t(j appear on a certain day. and they had appeared and com- 
menced work, it began raining, and they wanted to C(jme 
next day. but the supervisor said. '"No; we'll work today." 
About nine o'clock the rain poured dowm, and the supervisor 
wanted them to quit, but the men said, "No: we will work 
the roads," and then proceeded to go over the roads. When 
they found a culvert stopped up. they would tear it up and 
leave it. so that the water could pass through. This they kept 
up all day. The next day the supervisor repaired the culverts. 
They were made by laying down two logs just wide enough 
apart to -lay a third on top, without falling through. 

There were born to Jacob Kelly and wife ten children: — 
Luranea, Sarah J., James, Nathan, Absalom. Eliza Ann, 
Henry, Joseph, Samuel and Catherine. 

Luranea married Jerr\' (xritfith. — Four children: tive 

Sarah Jane married Jacol) Grinnell. 

James married Elizabeth Varvel. — Three children: seven 

Henry married * * * . — Two children. 

Joseph married Margaret Edge, of Champaign County, 
Ohio. — Two children. 

Samuel married Martha Cultice. — Six children. 

Catherine married James Grrinnell. — Eleven children: 
one grandchild. 

Luranea, Joseph and Samuel settled in Springfield: 
Sarah, J. James and Catherine settled in Clifton, Ohio. The 
others died in childhood. *■ 

Jacob Kelly died in the year 1882. at the age of seventy- 
six years. 

Filindia Kelly died in the year 1890. 

Nancy Kelly was born November 19. 1812, in Clark 


County. Ohio. She was the fourth daughter of Joseph and 
Mary Kelly. She was married to James Johnson, March 8, 
1832, by Adam Sellers. They moved to Jay County, Indiana, 
in the year of 1842. 

James Johnson, leaving his family in Ohio, went out and 
cleared off a piece of ground large enough to build a cabin on. 
but being somewhat delayed, did not have it in readiness for 
the family when they arrived, so the first few meals were 
cooked out-of-doors. A tire was made in a hollow stump, and 
the pot was placed on it, to boil the potatoes. The rest of the 
meals, and the next morning's breakfast, were i)repared on 
another fire. They slept in the covered wagon one more 
night. The next day the roof was finished, and they moved 
into their cabin home. For bedsteads they put forks in the 
floor, on which they laid poles that reached to the side of the 
cabin, and then laid smaller poles across these, on which they 
laid their bedding. For four weeks they lay on these rude 
bedsteads, as the father had been delayed in getting there 
with the furniture. That Winter and the early Spring were 
spent in clearing up ground for planting corn, which is 
the main crop in a newly-settled country. Here they lived 
for eighteen years and saw the country imi)rove. In 1860 
they sold out their farm, and in August they reached Letts, 
Louisa County. Iowa, bought a piece of land, built a house on 
it. and moved in. But Nancy was not permitted to enjoy her 
home in a new country long, as she was taken sick, and on 
the 9th day of October, 18B0, passed away, at the age of forty- 
seven years and eleven months. To her were born thirteen 
children: — Frances Jane, died in infancy: William Moore. 
Eli C Lemuel C, Joseph A., Elizabeth A., Philip Marion. 
John Z., George W.. James M.. Mary E., Aquila D. and 
Absklom L. 

She had two sons in the Civil W^ar — Eli C. and Philip 
Marion. [See War Record.] 

William M. Johnson married Louisa Toland, in Clark 
County. — Four children; ten grandchildren. 


Eli C. Johnson married Sarah Boohiian. — Four children ; 
five grandchildren. They settled in Clark County, Ohio. 

Lemuel C. Johnson married Cal. McCroskey.— One child. 
The went to California, and all trace of them has been lost. 

Elizabeth A. Johnson married Isaac Harrison. — Eight 
children and fourteen grandchildren. 

George W. Johnson married Ellen Hafly.— Six children. 

James M. Johnson married Mattie Moore. — Two chil- 

Mary E. Johnson married Lon Brock way. — Two chil- 

Aquila D. Johnson married Maggie Chatman. — Five 

Absalom L. Johnson married Freelove Jacobs. — Two 

The last named person settled near Letts Postoffice, 
Louisa County, Iowa. 

Nancy Kelly Johnson had thirteen children, thirty -four 
grandchildren and twenty -nine great-grandchildren. 

Luranea Kelly, the fourth daughter of Joseph and Mary 
Kelly, was born March 22, 1815, in Clark County, Ohio, and 
was married to Daniel Teach. November 7, 1838. by Adam 
Sellers. She, with her husband, lived the most of their days 
in her native county, except a few ye^rs that they lived in 
Green County, Ohio. 

She was the third one of her father's family to live to cele- 
brate her golden wedding, at her home near Eagle City, Novem- 
ber 27, 1888. Of the many relatives present was her brother, 
W. C. Kelly, who was present the day that she was married, he 
being the only brother now living. She lived a contented 
life, " let come what would," and never was known to murmur 
if adversity came, and was even joyous in affliction. She 
died April 14, 1896, at the age of eighty-one years. Her hus- 
band died November 28, 1896. To her were born seven chil- 
dren: — Mary, Catherine, Ann, John, Peter, Harriet and 


Mary married William Griffith, but she died soon after 

Ann married James Pierce. — Five children; two grand- 

John married Mary Forbeck. — Eleven children; four 

Harriet married Peter Hammaker. — Two children. 

William married Lurena * * * . — Five children. 

Peter remained single. 

All settled near Springfield. Ohio. 


Luranea. in her young days, worked for Grandmother 
Kelly. She saddled "Flimnap."" one of her grandmother's 
horses, and rode home, a mile or more away. She mounted 
■'Flimnap" to return to her work. He. being hard on the 
bit. she could not" control him, so he ran away with her for 
the distance of a mile, and she said it was the liveliest ride 
she ever had. and it was through the wocjds, at that. 

Catherine Kelly, the third daughter of Joseph and Mary 
Kelly, was born April 4. 1811. in Fleming County. Kentucky, 
near Flemingsburg, a?id came to Green County, Ohio, with 
her parents, in 1812. She was married to Richard Sparrow. 
February 28. 1828. by Thomas Mills. J. P. They lived for 
thirty-five years in Clark County. Ohio. In the Fall of 18Bi>. 
they moved to Ligonier, Indiana. She had four sons in the 
Civil War: — Jacob, David. Emery and John. [See War 
Record.] She was the second of Joseph Kelly's children to 
live to celebrate their golden wedding, which they did at their 
home. Her husband died soon after. She died January 18. 
1891. in the eightieth year of her age. There were born to 
her fourteen children:— Elisha. Jacob. Jabv. ( who died in earlv 


childhood, ) Emery. David, Susana. Mary Ann. William. 
Sarah, John, Louisa. Cxeorge, Henry and Richard. 

Elisha served three years in the 17th Ohio Battery, and 
was at the siege of Mobile. 

Elisha and Emery Sparrow settled in Springfield, Ohio. 
The rest of the family settled near Ligonier. Noble County. 

Thirteen of these children lived to be of marriageable age. 

Jacob Sparrow was in the Civil War, and at the battle of 
Fort Fisher, had both legs shot otf at the thighs, and his right 
arm at the shoulder. His wounds were dressed, but he died 
soon after. He left a wife and three children, and twenty 
grandchildren. He married Eliza Lafferty. 

Elisha Sparrow married Julia Hoak. — Five children; 
seven grandchildren. They settled in Springfield. Ohio. 

Emery married Sarah Patten. — One child. 

David married Angeline Mackmanma. 

Susan married James Patten. — Four children; six grand- 

Mary A. married pJoseph Roe. — Four children. 

William married Ada Mahorter. — Seven children; two 

Sarah married James Mackey. 

John married Mary Hathaway. — Four children; four 

Louisa married George Hefner. — Seven children; two 

George married Mary Stark. — Nine children; two grand- 

Henry married Emma Slabough. — Four children; one 

Richard married Elizabeth Priest. — One child. 

James Kelly. Jr.. the second son of Joseph Kelly, was 
born in Green County, in what is now a portion of Clark 
County. Ohio. October 20. 1816. He married Pheobe Banum. 


After liis marriage he lived on his father's farm until Sep- 
tember. 1849. when he died with the cholera. He had three 
daughters: — Sarah Jane. Rachel and Mary. 

Sarah Jane married John Eopp. and settled in Shawnee 
County. Kansas. She had ten children, four now living in 
Roseville, Shawnee County, Kansas. 

Eachel made her home with Peter Printz, and when 
about fifteen years of age, was feeding sorghum into an old- 
time apple crusher, when her left hand slipped in between the 
revolving crushers, and was so liadly mashed that it had to 
be taken otf , leaving but the thumb and half of the palm of 
the hand. After it got well, she could and did do all kinds of 
house work. After her marriage to Charles Patten, she, with 
her husband, settled in Shawnee County, Kansas. To her 
were born four sons and one daughter. Her husband died 
and left her a home. 

William C. Kelly, the fourth son of Joseph Kelly, was 
l^jrn January 28, 1820, and was married to Maranda C. Dud- 
ley, February 9, 1843, by Levi P. Miller. He assisted his 
parents to " open up " their little farm, which was a dense 
forest, until he reached the age of eighteen years. He then 
went to learn the blacksmith's trade with James Dudley, who 
carried on the trade on the old Clifton Road, three and one- 
half miles south of Springfield. He served three years as an 
apprentice and one year as a journeyman, and then went into 
business for himself in the village of Beatty. In the year of 
1842 he moved into a shop that stood on the Jacob Kershner 
farm — now the Gwyn farm. In those days the blacksmiths 
used charcoal on their forges. This charcoal was burnt in 
what they called coal-pits. These pits, as called, were built on 
the top of the ground by setting cordwood up on end until it 
it was as wide as wanted, and then wood set on top of this, 
and this was kept up until it would become a cone shape. This 
they would cover over with dirt, except on top. A chimney 
was left in the center from top to bottom. They would start 


their fire in the bottom of this chimney, and keep it going 
until the chimney became full of live coals. Then they would 
shut it up and cover it with earth, and watch it day and night 
to keep from burning through the dirt. It took ten days to 
burn one of these pits. He would work in the shop during 
the day and take turns with a helper during the night, watch- 
ing the pit. In the cleared fields it can be seen where the 
pits were burned, sixty years ago. In 1843 he married and 
lived in a log house just east of the Yellow Springs Pike, near 
where the Little Miami Railroad crosses the Yellow Springs 
Pike, at Emery Station. His health failing so that he could 
not follow his trade any longer, he moved into a log house 
which stood on his father's farm, in 18II. Then, his health 
having improved, in 1846 he moved to the Dudley farm, and 
went to work in the shop where he had learned his trade. In 
1852 he bought a piece of land near the shop, and built what 
has always been called " the Little Brick on the Hill." Previous 
to this he owned land in Jay County, Indiana. He belonged 
to the Volunteer Militia, and served seven years under Caj)- 
tain Perry Stewart. The uniform was Kentucky gray, trim- 
med in red fringe, with a red sash, and they were called 
" Buckeye Boys." During his service in the Volunteer Mili- 
tia, he was at one time getting ready to go to " muster," when 
he found his gun was loaded, and, in endeavoring to discharge 
it, found that it would not go off. So he went to the shop, 
"unbreeched" it, and taking a punch and hammer, proceeded 
to drive it out. The first blow he struck caused it to go off, 
blowing the punch out of his hand and the powder into his 
face, burning it somewhat. He told how one, James Stewart, 
would hold a bad horse to be shod. If the horse became un- 
ruly, he would take the end of its ear between his teeth and 
hold it until the smith could get the shoe on. 

In 1840, when William H. Harrison ran for the presi- 
dency, on the Whig ticket, he rode to Dayton, Ohio, on a big 
wagon, with a log cabin and a barrel of hard cider on it. 


Though born and raised a Democrat, he has always voted the 
Republican ticket. 

We will here mention something about his shool days. 

It it is to be remembered that "footwear" was not so 
easily gotten in those days, as everything was made to meas- 
urement, and if persons were slow in getting their measures 
taken for shoes it would be late in the Fall or early Winter 
before they received their shoes. One Fall it was late before 
they obtained their shoes. So they had to go to school on 
frosty mornings barefooted, and had about three miles to go, 
mostly through the woods, and coming to open places where 
the sun shone in, as their feet were cold, they would lie downi 
and hold them up towards the sun. nature's fire. 

In 1855 Mr. Kelly sold the little brick and bought of his 
brothers and sisters the old homestead. His mother was still 
living and as he moved on the farm she lived with him until 
her death. In moving back to the old homestead he moved 
within a few feet of where he was born. In 1898 he was still 
living at the age of 78 years, and when he walks out on the 
grounds it is the place where he first took his playful steps. 

On moving on the farm he soon give up the blacksmith- 
ing trade and gave his time to working the farm, and study- 
ing the needs of the different soils. He was out of the state 
three times — going to Jay County. Indiana, twice on horse- 
back and once in the cars. He has been a member of the 
Methodist Ejjiscopal Church for nearly sixty years, holding 
various offices in the church. To him and wife were bom ten 
children: — Richard T., Mary Elizabeth, Lavina, Samantha, 
who died in childhood; Lucetta Jane, who died at the age of 
twenty- three years; Amanda, who died in her youth; Francis 
A.. George W., Martha A., James Edwin. 

Richard T. married Mary J. Smith. — Eight children. 

Lavina married James B. Toland. — Seven children. 

Francis mamed Ruth VanBiber, of Kansas. — Two chil- 


George man'ied Florentine Benson. — Four children. 

Martha A. married William Baldwin. — Two children. 

He had, in addition to his ten children, twenty-three 

Kichard T. Kelly settled in Clark County, near Spring- 
held, Ohio. He had been following the trade of blacksmith, 
in a hamlet called Greenopolis, on the Clifton Pike, four miles 
south of Springfield. He has acted as a local correspondent 
of the old Repuhlic new.^paper. now called the Repuhlic- 
Tinies. for more than twenty years. Of the eight children 
seven are living. 

Lavina Kelly Toland settled in Jewell County, Kansas 
Postoffice, North Branch. 

Francis A. Kelly settled in Lyons County, Kansas. Allen's 

George Kelly settled in Champaign County, Ohio. 

Martha Kelly Baldwin settled in Clark County, Ohio, 
South Charleston Postoffice. 

James E. Kelly settled near Springfield, Ohio. 

On February 9, 1893, Wm. C. Kelly and wife celebrated 
their golden wedding, this being the fourth one of the chil- 
dren of Joseph Kelly. 

Eliza Jane was the sixth daughter of Joseph Kelly, and 
was bom in Clark County. Ohio. July 22, 1827. She was mar- 
ried to Peter Knott March 25. 1846. by Reuben Miller, J. P. 
Soon after their marriage they moved to Iowa. In the year 
1852 Mrs. Knott made a visit to Ohio to see her mother. 
To her it was a sad visit, for in a few days her children took 
the cholera and two of them died and were buried in the 
Printz graveyard, now known as the "Chris Martin farm." 
leaving her to return to her home with one child. She was 
the mother of twelve children, (six of whom are now living), 
and twenty-four grandchildren. Mrs. Knott died in 1863. 
Her oldest son, Benjamin, is settled near Letts Postoffice, 
Louisa County. Iowa. 


Her husband married again and there were born to him 
by the second wife eleven chikben. making him the father of 
twenty-three children. 

Samuel Kelly, Jr.. the youngest son of Joseph Kelly, was 
bom in Clark County, Ohio, August 3, 1825. He was man-ied 
to Mary Ritchie, September 11, 1846, by Omn Stimson. He, 
like his other brother, learned the cooper trade, at which he 
worked when he was not working his father's farm. But on 
becoming mamed he followed farming for a livelihood. He 
was of a roving disposition and made several trips west. His 
tirst was to Jay County, Indiana, and he there remained about 
three years, then returning to Clark County. Becoming dis- 
satisfied he again moved — this time, to Ligonier, Noble 
County, Indiana, and there he lived several years, then re- 
turning again to Ohio, remaining but two years, when he 
took a "relapse"' of western fever. As he had done all his 
traveling in a covered wagon, he once more prepared his 
wagon and in the fall of 1869 he and his wife and a family of 
eight children, and one daughter-in-law turned their faces 
toward the sunset, and on coming to a halt, he found that he 
was in Saline County. Missouri. 

The sickle had gone out of date as a harvester about the 
time Samuel had reached his teens, so he took a liking to 
the grain cradle and at the age of eighteen years, he feared 
competition from no <me. John Hinkle. Sr.. told how "Sam," 
when he was a boy. did a big day's work of cradling wheat 
for him. Hinkle had hired "Sam" to cradle for him, and 
(me, " Bill " Lockard, also. In the morning " Sam " overheard 
Lockard say: "I'll take his jacket before dinner." On enter- 
ing a field of eleven acres, " Sam " was put " in the lead," as it 
was called; so he cut clear around the field, Lockard close 
on behind him. About nine o'clock " Sam " said to Lockard: 
" My jacket has got wet and it will stretch; now get it." Out 
Lockard went to the shade in less than two hours. At sun- 
down the eleven acres were standing in shock and Lockard 
was still in the shade. 


Samuel Kell}' died March 30, 1893, at his home at Osceola, 
Missouri, at the age of sixty-eight years. His wife is still liv- 
ing at this date, 1898. They had ten children. 

William M. was married twice. His first wife was Han- 
nah Godfrey. By her he had nine daughters. His second 
wife was Alice E. Truesdale. By her he had four sons. He 
had thirteen children and fourteen grandchildren. 

Jacob H. married Isabel Fair. — One child. 

John W. married Mary Land. — Nine chikb'en. 

Athalinda mamed Thomas Taylor. — Nine children. 

Sarah F. man-ied John Land. — Two chikben. 

Elizabeth A. remained single. 

James Richard died at the age of three years. 

David A. married Emma Turner. — Two children. 

Samuel R. married a lady whose name is not given. — 
Five children. 

Rebecca married Henry Hover. — Four children. 

Samuel Kelly had ten children, forty-five grandchildren, 
and fourteen great-grandchildren. 

Wilbam settled near Argentine, Kansas. 

Jacob H. settled at Osceola, Missouri. 

Samuel, Jr.. settled at Osceola, Missouri. 

Rebecca Henry Hover settled near Damascus. St. Clair 
County, Missouri. 

John Kelly, Grove Springs, Missouri. 

Miss Lizzie Kelly. No. 523 12th Street. Kansas City, 

The oldest great-grandson of James Kelly, Sr.. now living, 
is John B. Sparrow. He was the second son of Mahala Kelly 
Sparrow, the eldest daughter of Joseph Kelly. Sr. He was 
bom July 3. 1829. in Clark County, Ohio. The largest portion 
of the time he has lived in Green Township. In 1856 he 
moved to the John Marquart farm, where he has lived ever 
since, and where all of his children, except one. were bom and 
reared to manhood. When yet at home with his parents he 


also lived on au adjoining farm that belonged to John Mar- 
quart. In his young days there was given to him a nick- 
name of " Johnny Gooden," which name has followed him to 
the present day. He was a lover of the axe, and also of good 
horses. When quite a lad he assisted John Marquart to drive 
cattle to the plains, Madison County, Ohio. This led him to 
deal in cattle, hogs and sheep. 

For over forty years he has been a member of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal Church — Emory Chapel. 

Mahala Kelly Sparrow was but four years old when her 
parents moved to Clark Couty, Ohio, but she remembered the 
journey very well. The most interesting event to her was the 
crossing of the Ohio Kiver in a fiatboat. She and her younger 
brother, Jacob, gathered in their aprons quite a lot of little 
stones in the bottom of the boat, and then went to the side 
of the boat and amused themselves by dropping them into 
the water. But a boatman seeing them, called out to their 
mother: "Take care of those little children, or they will be 
drowned." She said that ended their fun. 

John Kelly. 



John Kelly, the second son of James and Catherine Kelly, 
was born in Monongalia County, Virginia. ( now West Vir- 
ginia). March 3, 1789. When a child he went with his i)ar- 
eiits to Fleming County, near Flemingsburg, Kentucky. At 
the age of nineteen years he came with his parents to Cham- 
paign County, now a portion of Clark County, Ohio, in 
the year 1808. He was a farmer. During the war of 1812 
he enlisted in his country's cause and knew^ what it was 
to serve as a soldier. At the age of twenty-eight years he was 
married to Margaret McBeth, April 28, 1818, by Samuel 
Smith. J. P. They were the fifteenth couple that were mar- 
ried after Clark County was formed in 1818. After their mar- 
riage they settled in Green Township. He was thrown from 
a horse, which caused his death on the 27th day of Septem- 
ber, 1825. There was born to him two soils and two daugh- 
ters: — Athalinda, Clarinda, Albert and Oliver S. Albert died 
in his youth. 

Margaret Kelly married for her second husband John 
Swearengin. She died in 1845 at the of 49 years. 

Clarinda Kelly, the eldest daughter of John Kelly and 
wife, was born in Clark County, 1819. At the age of fourteen 
years she was married to Lewis Swearengin, August 7, 1838. 
He was a blacksmith and a bell-maker by trade. In those 
days cow-bells were in demand and the public depended upon 
the smith to make them. Every farmer allowed his stock to 
run at large, and to ascertain their locality a bell was fastened 
around the animal's neck. No fences were built except around 
tlu' cultivated land and dooryard. The horses at night and 


when not at work in Summer, were turned loose, and, on be- 
ing belled, they could be found more readily. In the early 
settlements the Indians would sometimes get those bells, and 
they, knowing that the settlers would be on the hunt of their 
stock, would make a dingling noise and decoy the white men 
into the forest and capture them. I remember hearing my 
mother tell how her mother, the wife of Richard T. Dudley, 
and the wife of Alexander McBeth, Sr., when they first settled 
here, would put bells on the little boys, so that if they wan- 
dered in the woods, they could be found by the noise. The 
McBeth referred to was the grandmother of Clarinda Kelly 
Swearengin. Mr. Swearengin, in making these bells, would 
forge out a flat sheet of iron to the size of the bell wanted and 
turn it into a shape that would make it sound. All of the 
joints had to be braized. Copper or brass was used. A piece 
of copper or brass was put into the bell, and then he would 
take clay and make a stiff mud, and then place over the bell, 
being careful so as to let none of it go into the bell. Then 
this ball of mud was jjut into the fire and made red hot, and 
then taken out and rolled on the ground, and in this way the 
melted metal inside of the bell would be spread over the 
bell. At this kind of work Swearengin was an expert. He 
and family moved to Winfield, Iowa, in the " forties," where 
Clarinda remained until 1859, when she returned to Ohio, 
and visited her sister Athalinda Printz, and her brother, 
Oliver S. Kelly. She, like many others, was a weaver, and by 
the fruit of her loom she not only clothed her younger chil- 
dren, but assisted her husband in adding to their wealth many 
broad acres of land. Shortly after her return home, she died. 
She was the mother of twelve children. At this time there is 
no trace of the locality of any of her children. 

Athalinda Kelly, the daughter of John and Margaret 
Kelly, was born August, 1822. In her childhood she became 
afflicted with a white swelling, which left her a cripple, caus- 
ing her to walk lame all her life. She was married to Peter 


Printz. Jr. March 22, 1841, by Samuel Clarke. They lived in 
Clark County. She was the mother of eleven children, eight 
of them living at this writing. 

Isaiah C. married Harriet Courson. — Four children. They 
settled in Springfield, Ohio. 

Margaret married Fletcher Kyan. — Two children. 

Silas married Jennie Jenkins, and settled near Enon, 
Clark County. Ohio. 

William married Jane Cultice. — Four children. They 
settled in Clifton, Green County, Ohio. 

Franklin mamed Laura Boolman and settled in Clifton, 
Green County, Ohio. — Two children, 

Ruth A. man-ied Samuel Boolman and settled near 
Springfield, Ohio. — Two children. 

Emma married Andrew Simeral. They settled near Enor, 
Clark County, Ohio. 

Margaret Ryan settled at Green Springs, Ohio. 

Eugene remained single. Athacinda was a member of the 
Emory Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church for a number of 
years. She had one son in the Civil War, (Isaiah C. Printz,) 
he sendng with the " Hundred- Day " men in 1864. She died 
March, 1885. 

Oliver S, Kelly and Family. 




Oliver S. Kelly, the youngest son of John Kelly and 
wife, is one of our pioneer and most prominent manufac- 
turers, and one of our strongest and most honored citizens. 
He was born December 23, 1824, on a little farm in Green 
Township, on the old Clifton Koad. At this time, ( 1900. ) the 
house in which he was born is still standing and is owned by 
Benjamin S. Boolman. When Oliver was nine months old, his 
father died, leaving a wife and three little children. Oliver, as 
he arrived at school age, had three months' schooling each 
year, in the district school. When fourteen years old he found 
himself without a home and without a dollar, and realized that 
he must make his own way in the world. He, however, found 
a friend in William T. Mclntyre, a well-known and highly 
respected citizen, and remained with him three and one-half 
years, when he went to live with the two brothers, Joseph and 
John S. Mclntyre, serving, with them, an apprenticeship of 
three years, during which time he learned the trade of a car- 
penter. Afterward, he formed a partnership with John A. 
Anderson, in contracting and building, in Springfield, the new 
firm doing quite a large business here and in the country 

On the 23d day of December, 1847, he was married to 
Ruth Ann Peck, by Rev. John S. Galloway, an eminent Pres- 
byterif^n clergyman. On the 29th day of March, 1852, he 
left his wife and eldest son, O. Warren Kelly, then only three 
months old, and went to California, where he mined for gold 
in the mountains, and then went to the city of Marysville and 
commenced contracting and building, doing a prosperous bus- 


iness. After remaiuing in Marysville as long as his business 
was good, and having acquired some means, and having been 
absent from his family about four years, he made preparations 
to return to Springfield. Naturally, he had made many friends, 
and he was urged to send for his family and take up a perma- 
nent residence in the " land of gold." He was a good singer, 
and had acquired quite a local fame in this respect, and he had 
made himself popular by his social and manly qualities, and 
was, therefore, esteemed as a useful citizen, but Springfield, 
even in those times, was a town of great attractiveness, and he 
wished to make it his home. He went to California by the 
Nicaragua route, mainly that by which it is now proposed to 
build the great canal, and returned by Panama. He embarked 
for home January 21, 1856, and reached his home in Spring- 
field, February 21, of the same year. He was met here by his 
wife and son, Warren. His absence had deprived him of the 
pleasure of voting for the "Pathfinder" — John C. Fremont — 
the first Republican candidate for the presidency. 

The year 1857 was an eventful year for him and for 
Springfield, for in that year he united his fortunes with Wil- 
liam N. Whitely and Jerome Fassler, in the manufacture of 
reapers and mowers, and he was an important factor in an in- 
dustry that afterwards became one of the greatest and most 
productive of American manufacturing concerns. The ma- 
chine was known as " The Champion," and still maintains its 
name and fame as one of the best of the world's harvest- 
ers. Mr. KeUy was associated with the gentlemen named 
until 1881, when he sold his interest in the concern to Wil- 
liam N. Whiteley. The works were then located on the east 
side of the Market Square, and Mr. Kelly took possession of 
the buildings, tore them down, and erected in their place the 
great Arcade Block, in which is located the celebrated Arcade 
Hotel, one of the finest hotels in the country. The block, 
with the hotel, the fine business rooms, the beautiful arcade 
itself, with its fountain, is a magnificent monument to the fore- 


sight, business sense, and enterprise of Oliver S. Kelly, one of 
our most progressive, public-spirited, large-brained, and large- 
hearted citizens. Afterward, Mr. Kelly gave an additional 
demonstration of his enterprise and liberality, as well as an 
evidence of his local patriotism and good taste, by erecting 
the beautiful Kelly fountain, now situated on the esplanade, 
in the center of Fountain Square, and donated it to the city. 

In 1882 Mr. Kelly bought the extensive and well-known 
Rinehart & Ballard Separator Factory, on Warder Street, 
Springfield, Ohio, and made extensive enlargements and im- 
provements. It is now an immense manufacturing plant, the 
firm being known as The O. S. Kelly Company, and produc- 
ing, in large quantities, road rollers, engines, piano plates, 
and various other articles. Implements and machines are ex- 
ported to foreign countries — to Mexico, Cuba, the Sandwich 
Islands, etc. 

Mr. Kelly served six years, with honor to himself and 
with great benefit to the city, in the City Council — from 1863 
to 1869, and he was elected Mayor, in 1888, and served two 
years. As a public official he showed sound, practical sense, 
good judgment, thorough honesty, and a watchful care for the 
highest interests of the people. 


Mr. Kelly tells this story of his cousin, William C. 
Kelly, the father of the author of this book: The two cousins 
were attending a dance at Andy McBeth's house, and as there 
were not enough men to make the necessary sets, "Bill," as 
Oliver calls him, took him out into the yard and drilled him 
until he thought he could take the " step." No doubt it was 
a novel scene — " Bill " whistling and dancing, and Oliver imi- 
tating him. trying to catch the step. " Bill " soon became 
satisfied that Oliver was a fit subject for the ball-room. 


Oliver also related to the writer his first experience, at 
five years of age, with an empty barrel. His father having 
died, his mother rented the farm, she and the children occu- 
pying a house in the neighborhood. The renter not proving 
satisfactory, Mrs. Kelly requested him to leave, returning and 
occupying it herself. Little Oliver, one day, noticed a barrel 
on the premises, and began rolling it about, finally discover- 
ing a peach which came out of it. He tasted it. and others 
like it, and soon came under the influence of the whisky in 
which the peaches had been soaked by the man who had 
occupied the place. He started across the yard towards the 
house, stumbling over obstacles, falling and getting up again, 
and making his way, after a fashion, to his mothfer — laughing 
and chattering, but lying prostrate on the floor — causing his 
mother much alarm, until she discovered the cause of his 
trouble. Oliver was not restored to consciousness until the 
next day. 

Awhile after the barrel incident, the " hired man " came 
to the house with a land-turtle, and calling Oliver, he said: 
" This little box has a live head in it, and it will come out if 
you will put a coal of fire on its back." Oliver at once con- 
cluded to try the experiment, so he put the turtle on the dirt 
floor between the two houses — a space of eight or ten feet in 
width— and going to the fireplace, he took a live coal between 
two sticks, but as he got to the door, the coal fell and lodged 
between his big toe and its next neighbor, and he, involunta- 
rily, closed the toes together and ran, screaming, to his mother 
for relief. The result of the experiment was a badly blistered 


Mr. Kelly was the fifth of the Kelly family to celebrate 
a golden wedding. This he and Mrs. Kelly did, under most 
favorable auspices, on the 23d of December. 1897, at their 
home in the Arcade Hotel, and the happy occasion will long 


be remembered by the guests who were so fortunate as to be 
present. These began arriving at eight o'clock in the even- 
ing. Foreman's orchestra soon began to play, and continued 
discoursing beautiful music throughout the entire evening. 

' After the guests had laid aside their wraps in adjoining- 
rooms, they were escorted to the parlor of the hotel, where 
Mr. and Mrs. Kelly were receiving their friends. They were 
assisted by Mr. and Mrs. O. Warren Kelly, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. 
S. Kelly, Miss Ruth Kelly and Mr. Armin Kelly. 

Three generations were represented in the receiving line. 
Mr, and Mrs. Kelly, apparently as radiant and ha^Dpy as they 
were, a half century before, were at the head of the line. 
The " bride " was becomingly attired in black satin. The 
bodice was tastefully trimmed in point lace, and she wore a 
diamond ornament, appearing at her best, and gracefully 
greeting her many warm friends. The " groom," in a black 
suit, with a cluster of carnf.tions, gave each a hearty "hand- 
shake '" and a pleasant word or two. 

Those who arrived first were soon seated in the dining- 
room, which was handsomely decorated and brilliantly lighted, 
and was, indeed, a beautiful sight. On the tables were fifty 
lighted tallow candles — the " light of other days " — represent- 
ing the fifty years of the wedded life of the happy couple, 
and reviving memories of the time when they began their 
career as husband and wife. 

Palms and evergreens were tastefully arranged about the 
dining-hall and made a most attractive appearance. The 
large hall leading to the parlor was also decorated with palms, 
evergreens and flowers, and at a convenient and accessible 
place, were stationed attendants with an immense bowl of 
lemon punch. 

The members of the orchestra stood amidst a cluster of 
palms at the extreme west end of the hall. 

The parlor was a scene of great beauty. Roses and 
evergreens abounded. Pink buds and carnations were artis- 


tically arranged on the mantels, and a large potted plant 
stood on the center- table. 

As the gtiests left the dining-room, each was presented 
with a carnation, as a souvenir of the event. 

The occasion was one of great social interest and enjoy- 
ment. Many of the younger people danced in the ordinary 
after dinner. 

The event would not have been complete if many of 
Clark County's pioneers had not been present to greet and 
congratulate these most honored representatives of their fra- 
ternity. It was, however, complete. 

Mr. and Mrs. Greorge Frankenberg — highly esteemed res- 
idents of Springfield — were among these, and have, within a 
few years, celebrated their golden wedding; as have also Mr. 
and Mrs. J. D. Otstot, and Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Mills, their 
semi-centennial of married life having been duly observed 
December 15, 1896. These were all present and were all espe- 
cially welcome, entering into the spirit of the occasion as no 
one else could. Mrs. Frankenberg was one of Mrs. Kelly's 

The evening closed with brief but interesting addresses, 
and the guests, as they departed, expressed their wish that 
Mr. and Mrs. Kelly might yet spend many happy years to- 
gether, and enjoy the society of their many friends, and the 
large means that, through Mr. Kelly's enterprise and his and 
Mrs. Kelly's economy, they had acquired. 

A few years ago Mr. Kelly secured his grandfather's 
clock, which he prizes highly, and when he looks at its ven- 
erable face, he recalls to remembrance the fact that his vener- 
able ancestors did the same nearly a century ago. 

When the Historical Society of Clark County 'was formed 
in 1897, O. S. Kelly was one of the charter members, and took 
an active part in all of its work, contributing in various ways 
to the success of its operations. He had a picture of the 
school house where he received his first instruction. He had 


a copy taken of it and put in a frame, twenty by twenty-four 
inches, and made a donation of it to the Historical Society, 
on February, 1898, to be kept in its rooms as a relic of pio- 
neer days. 

Mr. and Mrs. Kelly, in 1894, took a trip South. They 
embarked on a vessel at New York, with eleven others, whicli 
made the supposed "unlucky number" of thirteen, and went 
to Havana, Cuba. They were there a short time, and then 
sailed to the southern part of Mexico. Then they traveled by 
rail, visiting all points of interest. While in Mexico City, Mr. 
Kelly received a dispatch informing him that the Arcade 
Hotel had burned down, but the thirteen persons all arrived 
at their places of residence, and, as yet, no death has occured. 

In the Fall of 1896, while Mr: Kelly was in Chicago, he 
fell and broke his leg, between the knee and hij) joints, in 
such a manner that it was thought that he never would re- 
cover its use. He remained there until the holidays, by 
which time he had so far recovered as to be able to be brought 
home. He made the trip on a pair of stretchers. It was not 
until the next Spring that he was able to move about on 
crutches. He being in his seventy- third year, recovery was 
all the more tedious, for the bones knit together slowly, but 
after eighteen months of care, he was able to walk about by 
the aid of a cane, with which he walks six squares to his ofSce, 
at The O. S. Kelly Company's works. 

In the days of Mrs. Kelly's youth, there was no such 
thing as ready-made clothing — only that that was made by 
hand, and one stitch at a time. So she learned to be a tailor- 
ess, which trade she followed for fifteen years. Her work was 
principally on broadcloth, and she was an expert with the 
needle. At the age of seventy-five years the writer saw her 
doing needlework. 

The writer overheard Mrs. Kelly, in conversation with a 
nephew of her's, not long since, say that, at the age of six 
years, she knit her own stockings; that there were no toys 


in those days, and the children had to help do the work, and 
and that it was a common thing in those times for girls to 
make their own dresses, at the age of twelve years. 

O. Warren Kelly, the older son of Oliver S. and Ruth A. 
Kelly, after he had received his education here, desired to 
learn the German language, and with the purpose to acquire 
a thorough and practical knowledge of it, on the 2d of Sep- 
tember, 1869 — at the age of eighteen — sailed from New York. 
At Weinheim, Baden, he pursued his linguistic studies until 
he could speak and write sufficiently well to enter upon a 
college, course. After completing his studies at Weinheim, at 
the Easter holidays, in 1871, he went to Zurich, Switzerland, 
remaining there until the Summer of 1872, going thence to 
Aix la Chapelle, remaining there until the Autumn of 1873. 
At each of these places he pursued special studies, and, dur- 
ing the vacations, he traveled ab<nit, sight-seeing and famil- 
iarizing himself with the manners and customs of the people. 
He was in Germany at the beginning of the Franco-Prussian 
War, of 1872-'73, and on September 4, 1878, he sailed, on his 
return to his native land, after an absence of four years. 

Returning to Springfield, he married Miss Katharine 
Frissler, and now resides in a fine house of his own, on South 
Fountain Avenue, one of the most beautiful boulevards in 
the city. 

Their children are Armin, Lee, Louisa and Katharine. 
Armin graduated from Wittenberg College in 1898, and is 
now sui)erintending his father's mining ojjerations in the 

Mr. Kelly was engaged with his father, Oliver S. Kelly, 
and others, in the smelting of silver ore in Colorado, a few 
years, but sold out his interest, and became a member of The 
O. S. Kelly Company, and is now superintendent of the works; 
active and efficient — a worthy son of a worthy sire. 


Edward S. Kelly, the younger son of Oliver S. and Kuth 
A. Kelly, was born in 1857. Marrying Miss Martha Linn, they 
settled in Springfield, living on South Fountain Avenue. In 
1893 he and Mrs. Kelly made their first trip to Europe, visit- 
ing London, Paris, Rome, Naples, Florence and Venice. Mr. 
Kelly, having with him an equipment, took photographs of a 
large number of fine buildings and scenery in various portions 
of the Old World, and these views, through his liberality, 
have been enjoyed on various occasions by his old friends 
here. Subsequently, he and his wife made several other 
European trips. 

Mr. Kelly had at one time an interest in the large coal 
mines in Southeastern Ohio, and in the ice manufacturing 
plant in this city, but ultimately sold a portion of his interest 
and organized The Kelly Rubber Tire Wheel Company, and 
conducted its operations until it had assumed large propor- 
tions, and had offices in London and Paris and the principal 
cities of the United States. The interest has been sold to The 
Consolidated Rubber Tire Company, of New York — with mil- 
lions of capital — of which company, he is vice-president and 
general manager. 

Mr. Kelly has four children: — Ruth C, Leah, Oliver and 

Mr. Kelly purchased the Arcade Hotel Block, including 
the Arcade Hotel, of his father, in 1899, and in the same year, 
the Republic- Times newspaper, and began the completion of 
one of the finest printing and publishing plants in Ohio, with 
a fine, spacious and imposing front on South Limestone 
Street. He has also made a number of important investments 
in this vicinity. 

Samuel Kelly 



Was born March 3, 1791, in Monongalia County, Virginia, 
and in his youth went with his parents to Fleming County, 
Kentucky, near Flemingsburg. He was known as the " Walk- 
ing Kelly," for he seemed to take delight in traveling on foot. 
He made seven trips to New Orleans, walking back on all of 
them. A number of them were from Kentucky, and the re- 
mainder from Clark County, Ohio. He did not come with 
his parents to Ohio, but remained in Kentucky until 1812, 
when he accompanied Mrs. Joseph Kelly when she moved to 
Ohio, as her husband was in the military service at this time. 

His first trip to New Orleans was with several others, 
who had loaded a lot of hogs on a flatboat, on the Ohio River, 
and let them float down the river until the boat reached New 
Orleans. It fell to his lot to walk back. During one of his 
trips he saw a combat between an alligator and a young 
heifer, which had wandered into a marsh near the river. The 
alligator, being hungry, attacked the heifer. It succeeded, at 
last, in dragging it into the water and killing it. 

Samuel met with a very painful accident, while at a barn- 
raising at Peter Printz, Sr.'s. A heavy piece of timber fell 
and caught him across the thigh, breaking the bones into 
several pieces. It took twelve men to carry the piece to the 
place needed. The end of the piece was holding him down to 
the ground, when one man, by the name of Ben. Mayne, took 
hold of the timber and held it up until they took Kelly out. 
While lying on a door, waiting for the doctor to come, his 
sister-in-law, the wife of Joseph Kelly, living near by, on 
hearing of the accident, went to the scene, and on coming up 


to him, he exclaimed: " See, Polly, how it is mashed! " at the 
same time taking both hands and squeezing the broken limb. 
Ben. Mayne saw him some years after, and asked Mr. Kelly: 
"How about that broken limb?" He answered: "It is aU 
right. I used to be troubled with a sciatic pain in my hips, 
but I do not feel it any more." After he had got well of this 
accident, he made a trip to New Orleans, walking to Cincin- 
nati, and then down the river on a boat, but walked back. He 
loved to tell, on his return, of the sights he saw and the man- 
ners of living by the different classes of people. He told of 
stopping all night with a family that lived in a cabin, and be- 
ing hungry as well as tired, he thought he would keep an eye 
on the preparing of the meal. The good woman of the house 
put on a pot of potatoes with their jackets on. As the cook- 
ing was done in the open fireplace, it gave him a good oppor- 
tunity to see what was being done. When the potatoes were 
nearly done, she took some fresh fish and laid them on top of 
the i3otatoes to cook. His first thought was: '' How will that 
mess taste to a hungry man?" When done, they were taken 
up on separate plates and set on the table, and, to his surprise, 
he found it to be a delicious dish. 

At the age of seventy years he married, as we find it re- 
corded that on the 11th day of July, 1861, he was united in 
marriage to Mrs. Julia Tounsley, by Reuben Miller, J. P, 
They settled in Cedarville, Green County, Ohio. He out- 
lived all of his brothers and sisters. He was the fourth child 
of James and Catherine Kelly, and died December 27, 1875, in 
his eighty-fifth year. 

Thomas Kelly 



The fourth son of James and Catherine Kelly, was bom in 
Monongalia County, Virginia, (now West Virginia,) August 
1, 1792. He came to Ohio with his parents in 1808. He was 
married toJMargaret McCurtain by Rev. Saul Henkle, Ajjril 
8, 1819. Margaret McCurtain was bom in Bath County, near 
Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, August 10, 1795. They settled in 
Clark County, Ohio, five miles south of Springfield, in Green 
Township. He bought a small farm and lived on it until 
death. He was fond of a gun, so much so, that he cut 
ninety cords of wood, at twenty-five cents per cord, to pay for 
one rifle that he used fifty years, and, at his death, it was sent 
to his son, Charles, at Black River Falls, Wisconsin. Many 
stories are told of his exploits with his gun. He related the 
following incident of his own experience: " On one occasion, 
while hunting, I spied what I thought was a deer, lying in a 
thicket, and, having a fair chance, I leveled my gun and pulled 
the trigger. The gun cracked, but the object did not move, 
and going up to it, I found it to be a stone." It has been 
said that he killed the last bear that roved the forest of Green 
Township, in a grove where Greenopolis now stands. He 
took delight in telling about catching a horse-thief. A man 
was seen going into a piece of timber, east of his home, and 
later on in the day the man came to him and got some sheaf 
oats, and went in the direction that the man and horse had 
gone. Later on came a posse of men, who enquired after a 
stray horse. Kelly related what he had seen in the morning. 
The leader remarked: "That is a stolen horse." Then they 
proceeded to surround the thicket, so as not to let the thief 


escape, but he, hearing them coming, got out and gave them 
a chase. When he had ran about two-and-a-half miles, 
Kelly put his hands on him. In telling the incident, Kelly 
would say, " I outran them all." The thief was caught in an 
open field on Thomas Mill's farm, now owned by C. F. Stew- 
art, just north of the present Townshii3 House, in Grreen 

Mr. Kelly was plain in his manners and conversation. 
On one occasion, while attending a cottage prayer-meeting, a 
Methodist exhorter being present, began to exhort the people 
how to live, when Kelly was heard to say, in an undertone: 
"Yes, yes, Sammy, take a little of that to yourself." 

In 1854, he bought a baggage car from the O. S. & 0. 
Railroad Company, and his son, Charles, loaded it on a wagon 
and hauled it to the farm. The moving of this car caused 
quite an excitement along the Clifton Road. The report of 
its coming would reach a given point long before it got there. 
Men in the field would leave their work and go to the road- 
side to see it ijass. For forty years it was used as a corn-crib 
and granary. 

He was one of the four brothers who served in the war of 
1812. He was stationed at Fort Meigs. The accounts of his 
service have been meager, for his children, now living, are the 
younger ones of- the family, and do not remember hearing 
their father tell of his experiences. But, in history, we find 
that Meigs was twice beseiged by the British army, and was 
given up, and on their retreating across the lake into Canada, 
he received an honorable discharge, and afterwards got a land 
warrant for one hundred and sixty acres of land. 

He once had a severe fight with a ten-year-old buck deer, 
near where the house of William H. Blee stands, in Green 
Township. He had buckled on his hunting belt, in which he 
carried his knives, and, with gun in hand, started out for a 
deer hunt. When about one and one-half miles from home, 
and on the above mentioned farm, he spied a large buck. He 


fired, and the buck fell. It seems that he had wounded it, 
and on going up to it he reached for his knife. Just then the 
buck made an efPort to get up, when Kelly caught it by the 
horns to hold it down, but it was of no use, for it got up, 
Kelly holding on and endeavoring to get his knife out, and 
the buck fighting him all the while, and tearing off his clothes. 
He at last succeeded in getting his knife, and attempted to 
thrust it into the buck's side, between the ribs, but the knife 
struck a rib. In a third attempt he succeeded in wounding 
the deer so that it fell, but not until Kelly was considerably 
bruised. Nevertheless, he had a good supply, of venison for 
a while. 

Margaret Kelly, the wife of Thomas Kelly, known as 
Aunt Peggy Kelly, followed weaving. In this way she assisted 
her husband in paying for their farm. She was the mother of 
twelve children — three sons and nine daughters. She died 
July 8, 1868, at seventy-three years of age. She was bom in 
a block-house near Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, during the raid of 
the Indians on the settlements. 

The reader has no doubt noticed the queer names in this 
history — such as Polly and Peggy — and John Kelly, in getting 
his marriage license, gave the name of Peggy McBeth. Peggy 
was used instead of Margaret, Polly for Mary, Patty for Mar- 
tha and Betsy for Elizabeth. These names were common in 
all communities, and, while they were nicknames, none seemed 
to take offense. The children were called " Bub," and " Siss." 
One could scarcely enter a home, but the name of " Bub," or 
"Siss," would greet his ears, and sometimes both. For in 
those days there were no small families. The order of the 
day was to " multiply and replenish the earth," in accordance' 
with the command given to Noah — Genesis, ninth chapter 
and first verse. 

James Ogden Kelly, the first son of Thomas Kelly, was 
born May 18, 1820. in Clark County, Green Township, Ohio. 
He was married to Clarissa Brockway, June 8, 1848, by 


Thomas J. Barton, J. P. At the time of his marriage he was 
a stage-driver. He then went to Columbus, Ohio, bought 
property, and there lived and had charge of the city omnibus 
line, in 1852. He then left there and went on a new railroad 
that was building from Morrow to Zanesville. He helped 
draw all the iron from Cincinnati. When the road was com- 
pleted, he got a train and was conductor until 1854, when he 
got a train from Cincinnati to Columbus — a local freight. 
This he ran for eight years. In 1862 he went to Columbus, 
Kentucky, and took charge of the construction of a military 
railroad, and remained there until May, 1865. He then re- 
turned to Columbus, and soon got a position as conductor on 
the Panhandle Railroad, until he went west. His wife's health 
became poor and he thought they would spend a Winter at 
Black River Falls, Wisconsin, but her health improved so 
rapidly that Winter he concluded that it was best to remain. 
So he came to Ohio, sold his property in Columbus, and re- 
turned to Wisconsin and bought a farm joining his brother 
Charles's farm, worked it a few years, and then traded it for 
a sawmill. This he operated for three years and then sold 
it and moved to Sparta, Wisconsin, where he now lives, at the 
age of seventy-eight years. For six years he was the owner 
of a livery stable, but at present has charge of a hack-line. 
He had four children — one son and three daughters. The 
daughters all died in Ohio. The son's name is Greorge Kelly. 
He is married, and has one son and one daughter. James 
O. Kelly and wife lived to celebrate their golden wedding, 
June 8, 1898 — he being the sixth of the Kellys to celebrate 
their golden weddings. 

James O. Kelly died January 16, 1900, in the eightieth 
year of his age. 

Katherine Kelly, the second daughter of Thomas Kelly, 
was born August 4, 1822, in Clark County, Ohio. She was 
married to Daniel Wissinger, September 7, 1850, by N. G. 
Fowler. They settled in Springfield, Ohio. She had six 


children. Katherine Wissinger, Jr., died at the age of twen- 
ty-two years. 

Charles Wissinger, who married Grace Shanks, settled in 
Springfield, and is a fruit merchant. He had five children. 

Thomas Wissinger married Ida Beekey and settled in 
Columbus, Ohio, where he is practicing medicine. He had 
two children. 

George Wissinger married Nellie Rupert, of Springfield, 
and settled in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Katherine Kelly Wissinger died June 23, 1889, in her 
sixty-seventh year. 

Daniel Wissinger died March 26, 1890, at seventy-nine 
years of age. 

Hannah W. Kelly, the first daughter of Thomas Kelly, 
was bom June 16, 1821, in Clark County. She was married 
to Nathan S. Dudley, December 12, 1843, by Rev. E. Owens. 
They settled in Springfield, Ohio, where he foUowed his trade 
as a carpenter. She suffered from a stroke of paralysis for a 
number of years. There were born to her three daughters 
and two sons: — Mary E., Richard T., Margaret, Cynthia and 
James E. 

Mary E. married Reuben Leffel, Sr. After the death of 
Reuben Leffel, Mary E. married Alexander Daisy and settled 
in Springfield. 

Richard T. married Almeda Shrodes. They settled in 
Muncie, Ind. They had two sons. 

Cynthia married Samuel D. Leffel and settled in Spring- 
field. They had three sons. 

. James E. married Emma Pool. They settled near Urbana, 
Champaign County, Ohio. They had two sons. 

Hannah Kelly Dudley was a member of the Methodist 
Protestant Church for a number of years. She died Septem- 
ber 28, 1872, in the fifty-second year of her age. 

Mary Jane Kelly, the fifth daughter of Thomas Kelly 
and wife, was bom January 14, 1827, in Clark County, and 


was married to Archy P. Richards, May 16, 1850, by Isaac 
Edwards. They moved to Iowa, near Bayard, Guthrie 
County. Mrs. Richards died February 21, 1897. She had 
six children, as follows: — Emma Jane, (who married T. 
J. Patterson, and went with him to Trinidad, Colorado. 
She died in January, 1897, leaving seven children); Laura 
E. married Elisha F. Patterson, and had three children. Pat- 
terson and wife settled in California. Winfield S. married 
Emma Mansill, and had three children— Charles E., Alfred 
and Margaret M. These are living near Bayard, in Guthrie 
County, Iowa. 

Joanna Kelly, the fourth daughter of Thomas Kelly, was 
born April 18, 1825, in Clark County. She was married to 
William Games, November 23, 1852, by Rev. C. H. Williams. 
They settled in Iowa, near Bayard, Guthrie County. She 
died September 28, 1894. To her were born seven children — 
five sons and two daughters: 

Andrew B. married Amanda Dobson. — Two children. 

James K. married Emma Wilson. — Four children. 

Flora, Kate and Lincoln are dead. 

William F. married Elizabeth Lewis. — Two children. 

Elmer E. married Tillie Hartly. — Two children, 

Joanna had seven children and ten grandchildren. These 
settled near Bayard, Guthrie County, Iowa. 

Charles Kelly, the second son of Thomas Kelly, was born 
in Clark County, Ohio, January 4, 1830, and was married to 
Margaret McClintock, December 13, 1853, by Rev. N. C. Burt, 
a Presbyterian minister. In the Fall of 1855, he, with his 
father-in-law, moved to Jackson County, Wisconsin, near 
Shamrock Postoffice. They made this journey in covered 
wagons. The writer, being then a boy of twelve years, re- 
members seeing and assisting his father, Wm. C. Kelly, in 
preparing these wagons. Charles Kelly remained in Wiscon- 
sin a few years and then returned to his old home, and there 
remained until the Fall of 1866, when he and his family re- 


turned to Wisconsin, and lived there the rest of his life. He 
died December 20, 1892. aged sixty-two years. He liked good 
horses and took pride in being a good driver and in drawing 
a straight furrow in plowing. He took a number of prizes at 
the plowing matches of the Clark County Fair for the straight- 
est and smoothest plowing, and also for the best broken team. 
There were bom to Charles Kelly and wife, fourteen children : 
— Oscar M. K^lly, the eldest, married Emma Heathman, of 
Dayton, Ohio, and settled in that city; Edwin Wells, Clarissa 
Jane, James E., John W., Elizabeth E.. Charles R., Mary, 
Thomas S., Martha, Margaret, Sperry, Oliver P., Rachel E. 
At this writing, (1898) eleven of these are living. They have 
seventeen grandchildren. The postoffice address of those liv- 
ing is Shamrock, Wisconsin. 

Nancy Ann Kelly, the third daughter of Thomas Kelly, 
was born January 26, 1824, in Clark County. Ohio. She 
married John Printz, September 23, 1843. Who performed 
the ceremony we have no knowledge. The record in the Pro- 
bate Court show that the license was never returned. Mr. 
and Mrs. Printz settled near Shamrock Postoffice, Jackson 
County, Wisconsin, in 1847. When the Civil War broke out 
Mr. Printz enlisted in the 36th Regiment Wisconsin Volun- 
teers. He was taken prisoner by the rebels, imjjrisoned at 
Saulsbury, and there he was starved to death. This left 
Nancy without help to carry on the farm. She, being a reso- 
lute woman, went to work superintending the farm herself, 
and in many instances she did the farm work, harnessing the 
horses and driving them to the plow and reaper. This she 
did until her sons became large enough to do the work. At 
the age of seventy -four years she says that she does " lots of 
work." She is one of the three sisters now living of the nine 
daughters of Thomas Kelly. 

There were l)orn to her ten children: — Francis E., Ma- 
lissa F., Newmarion D.. Leroy E., Charles E., Martha E., 
James T., John H.. Sarah A.. Peter E. Of these ten children 


at tliis writing there are but five living. There are eleven 
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

Those of her children now living are Malissa. Newnifirion 
D., Charles E., John H. and Sarah A. They live near their 
mother's home. 


When Nancy and her husband first settled in Wisconsin 
the Indians were somewhat troublesome, they being only 
partially civilized. They paid but little attention to the culti- 
vated land of the white settlers — riding through the fields, 
throwing down the fences and neglecting to jjut them up 
again. Thus they destroyed the growing crops. This be- 
came an annoyance to Nancy, and she betook herself to the 
task of endeavoring to stop this destruction of property. So 
she kept a lookout for the Indians. One day she saw two 
Indians on horseback, riding straight towards a cornfield. She 
hastened toward them, and met them at the fence enclosing 
the corn. They dismounted and at once began to throw down 
the fence, when she requested them to " quit it," but they 
said they would not. She told them that they would, and at 
the same time taking up a piece of rail, she made at them. 
They, seeing that they could not frighten her, got on their 
horses and rode away. Afterwards there was no more trouble 
about the fences being thrown down by the Indians. 

Charles and John Printz's postoffice address is Red 
Lodge, Montana. 

Rachel Kelly, the eighth daughter of Thomas Kelly and 
wife, was born January 4, 1835, in Clark County, Ohio, where 
she lived all the days of her life, until within a few months 
of her death, when she went to Wisconsin to visit her two 
brothers and sister, and whilst there was taken sick and died, 


and lier brother, Charles, brought her remains to Springfield, 
Ohio, and interred them alonside of her father and mother in 
Ferncliff Cemetery. 

Martha Kelly, the sixth daughter of Thomas Kelly, was 
bom in Clark County, Ohio, October 10, 1831. She was mar- 
ried to John Hutchison, May 26, 1853, by Kev. C. H. Williams. 
The death of her grandmother, Catherine Kelly, occurred the 
same day. They settled in Springfield, her husband follow- 
ing the carpenter and stair-building trade. To her was born 
one daughter, Adra R., who married Oliver H. Miller. Martha 
was a member of the Methodist Protestant Church, in the 
city, and was a leader of the choir for a number of years, and 
at this writing (1898), she being sixty-seven-years of age, her 
voice is clear and strong. 

John Hutchinson died June 8, 1898. 

Leah Kelly, the ninth daughter of Thomas Kelly, was 
born April 8, 1837. She married John Selsor. After his 
death she married Chris. Selsor. They settled near South 
Solon, Fayette County, Ohio. She was the twelfth child of 
Thomas Kelly and wife. Her aunt, Leah Kelly, the sister of 
her father, Thomas Kelly, was also the twelfth child of 
James Kelly, Sr. To her were born two sons and one daugh- 
ter — Freddie, Charles and Dela, who for several years was 
clerk in the postoffice at South Solon, Ohio. 

Nathan Kelly, 



The fifth son of James and Catherine Kelly, was born in 
Fleming County, Kentucky, near Flemingsburg, May 2, 1794, 
and came with his parents to Springfield. Ohio, in 1808. 
When the war of 1812 broke out he enlisted and took part in 
in doing post duty along the northern boundary of Ohio, to 
guard against Indians entering the settlements and interfering 
with the transporting of troops across the line into Canada. 
At the age of twenty-two years he was married to Miss Rhoda 
French, on the 23d day of March, 1820, by Rev. Saul Henkle. 
Directly after his marriage he moved to Indiana, remaining 
in that state several years. He then moved to Iowa. The 
letters that were written at that time, and for a while after, 
were lost, so we cannot name the town or county in which 
he lived, and have no knowledge except of one son, whose 
name was Truman Kelly, and who, in 1850, spent a few 
months visiting his grandmother. Catherine Kelly, and other 
relatives in Ohio. He was a blacksmith, and worked one 
month for his cousin, Wm. C. Kelly. He served one year in 
the war with Mexico, in 1848. Nathan Kelly died June 16, 
1838, in his forty-fifth year. He married life was eighteen 

Mary Kelly Milhollin. 



Mary Kelly, the second daughter of James and Catherine 
Kelly, was born in Fleming County, near Flemingsburg, 
Kentucky, on the 24th day of March, 1796, and came to Ohio 
hio with her parents in 1808. 

She married McClintock MilhoUin, October 24, 1816, 
Rev. Elias Vickers officiating, and settled near the mouth of 
Mill Creek where it enters into Mad River. Mr. Milhollin 
ran a grist and sawmill at this time. A gristmill in those 
days was at places where there was just grist grinding done. 
The farmers, or those who had grinding to do, took it to these 
mills and the miller took toll from each bushel of grain, and 
then ground the balance for the farmer. In that way he was 
paid for the work. When the farmer had more wheat than he 
needed for home consumption, he would take it to those grist- 
mills, get it ground and barreled up, and then load it and 
convey it to Cincinnati, and there sell it, or trade for sugar, 
coffee, salt, or iron, or such things as he needed or could sell 
here. The round trip was one hundred and sixty miles on 
'• mud-roads," and if it was bad weather it would take nearly 
two weeks to make the trip. 

To them were born four children: — Jonathan, William, 
Nancy and Catherine. 

Jonathan died in early manhood. 

William Milhollin married Charlotte Driscol. Their 
children were Clifford and Nellie. Clifford married Samantha 

Nancy Milhollin married Elias Driscol. They had six 
children: — Catherine Driscol married Alexander R. Cobaugh, 


cashier of the First National Bank, of Springfield, for a num- 
ber of years; Mary J. Driscol married John Forbes; John 
Drisool married Emma Perrin; Julia A. Driscol died in her 

Catherine Milhollin was married to John A. Anderson, 
March 9, 1843, by Rev. J. F. Sawyer. Mr. Anderson was a 
carpenter by trade, and at one time he was in partnership 
with O. S. Kelly. To them were born two sons and one 
daughter: — Robert settled in Montana; William is an engineer 
on the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad; Mary is 

Catherine died at LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Anderson mar- 
ried again, and at his death his second wife had him taken to 
LaCrosse, and buried him by the side of his first wife. 

J^mes Kelly, Jr. 



Was the, sixth sou of James and Catherine Kelly. He was 
was born June 15, 1798, in Fleming County, Kentucky, near 
Flemingsburg. He came to Springfield, Ohio, with his par- 
ents, in 1808. He never was married. He remained at home 
after his father's death, in 1837, and assisted in taking care of 
his invalid mother, who was dear to him, and did all in his 
power to make her comfortable. He did not possess much of 
this world's goods. There was a heavy mast, one Fall, and 
the people largely depended on mast to fatten their hogs for 
the next year's meat. This was done by letting the hogs run 
at large in the woods, and late in the Fall the owners would 
go out and drive them in, and, with a short feeding time, they 
were ready to be butchered. James Kelly was in Springfield 
one day. after the heavy mast referred to, and remarked that 
he had just lost two hundred and fifty dollars that Fall. A 
bystander wanted to know how it happened that he came to 
lose such a large amount. He answered: " Because I did not 
have hogs enough to eat up all the mast that fell." 

He and his brothers, Samuel, Thomas and Francis, were 
among the reapers that used the sickle in harvesting the 
grain. This was a crooked piece of steel with fine teeth on it. 
The reaper would hold the grain with one hand, and with the 
sickle would cu"^ it off just below his hand. This he would 
do until he had what was called a grip. These men went 
from farm to farm helping to harvest the grain. These hands 
were divided into three sections. The smaller boys carried 
water and sheaves. The second section was called " gougers." 
These were boys that could not make a full hand at reaping, 
so they helped the old men. They would be sent ahead and 
reap on the old men's " through,'" as it was called in that day. 


In that way the two made a full hand. The third section 
were called " full hands," for they did not need the assistance 
of a "gouger." On going their rounds one harvest, a man 
named Funston called to see what day they would be at his 
farm. The day was set. During the conversation Funston 
remarked: "I would like to see a set of men come into my 
field at night and reap a lot of wheat down." Well, on the 
night before they were to go to Funston's, the Kelly men had 
been reinforced by Wm. Anderson and others, whose names 
I have forgotten, and went to Funston's field, which came up to 
his dooryard. One of the men decoyed the cross dogs down 
to the brush, while the others cut a " through " across the field. 
Funston, hearing the dogs, got up and came out on the porch 
next to the field. The men saw him, but he said nothing and 
went back into the house. The men were " on hand " next 
morning at sunrise and found Funston mad, and he took them 
around to see what had been done the night before, in spite 
of his cross dogs. They did nothing but to express sympathy 
with him, but enjoyed the fun. The writer has heard his 
father tell how, if the wheat was thin on the ground and 
short, the men would lie down and roll over the grain and 
bend it down, so they could get hold of it with their sickles. 

James Kelly died September 5, 1849; he was fifty-one 
years of age, and was buried in Columbia Street Cemetery. 

The following verses I found in an old book that be- 
longed to James Kelly, Jr., bought by him July 12, 1831, 
entitled, "Military Biography; or. Officers of the Revolution," 
for which he paid three dollars. It is covered with calf: 

"James Kelly is my name, 
America is my nation ; 
In Kentucky I was born, 
And Christ is my salvation. 

"When I am dead and buried, 
And all my bones are rotten. 
You read these lines that I have \\Tote, 
So that I may not be forgotten." 


There prevailed a custom in the days when wheat was 
cut by the hand-sickle for the reaper to bind his own sheaf, 
and when bound it was set up on end. It was a novel sight 
to see the rows of sheaves standing across the field. This 
way they found out the poor binder. If the sheaf was loosely 
bound it would not stand. 

Catherine Kelly, Jr. 



The second daughter of James and Catherine Kelly, Sr., was 
born June 7, 1799, in Fleming County, Kentucky, near Flem- 
ingsburg, and came with her parents to Springfield, in 1808. 
She never married, but remained at home and assisted in the 
care of her mother. She, in her younger days, followed 
weaving. She died June 10, 1853, at the age of fifty-four 
years and three days. 

Just here I will refer to the manner of dress in those 
early days, in the rural districts. The wearing apparel was 
largely composed of w^ool, and every one who could, kept a 
few sheep so they could make their Winter clothing. The 
women wore linsey dresses and woolen petticoats, as they 
were called in that day. Linsey was composed of part wool 
and cotton, but oftener all wool. This was spun by the moth- 
ers and daughters during the Summer months. If there was 
an expert spinner in the neighborhood, she would go from 
house to house spinning, or, if she could not leave home, 
they would have the carded wool brought to her. There 
would be a hustling among the neighbor women to see who 
would get their thread to the weaver's first. The wool was 
dyed blue and red, which composed the colors. Their dresses 
were not gored in the skirts, and three widths made a full 
skirt. In the Winter the women sj)un flax to make Summer 
clothing. They used the mouths of March and April as their 
bleacher. The old saying was: 

" March winds and April sun 
Bleaches linen and makes girls run." 

The women wore caps for head dresses, and the new- 


born babe's outfit was not completed until the tiny cap was 

There was one other thing that was noticeable, and that 
was the use of the hat that the men wore. It was the place 
where they carried letters and their handkerchiefs. It was a 
common thing to see men take off their hats to get their 
handkerchiefs to wipe the prespiration from their brows. In 
fact, it seemed to be the handiest pocket about their wearing 

Stewart Kelly. 



Stewart Kelly, the seventh son of James and Catherine 
Kelly, Sr., was born June 13, 1801, in Fleming County, near 
Flemingsburg, Kentucky. He came with his parents to 
Ohio at the age of seven years. He knew what it was to clear 
up the land ready for the plow, picking up the brush in heaps 
and then firing it at night. He learned the cooper trade, 
which he followed all his life. 

He was married to Elizabeth Driscol, March 13, 1825, 
by Elias Vickers. To them were born two daughters — Lovisa 
5ind Eliza Jane.^ 

Lovisa married Asbury Brock and settled near Gladstone, 
Green County. They had six children— Sarah married W. 
D. Thomas; Anna married M. D. Ritenour; Mollie married 
G. L. Green; John married Rebecca Clemans; Ella married 
Smilie Thomas; Flora married J. C. Ritenour and settled in 
Jamestown, Green County; Ulysses A. Brock married Helen 
Foster and settled near Gladstone; Luella and Ella are dead. 
Lovisa has sixteen grandchildren. 

Eliza Jane married Henry Boyles. She died in 1893. 
She was the mother of ten children, four now living. She 
has eight grandchildren. Her children's names are: 

Mack, Stewart, Sarah: Martha and Mollie are dead. 

George is a bachelor. 

Emma married Edward Thompson and settled in Spring- 

Mollie married Wm. Hosuer; Lula married William 
Shroud; Jack married Mollie Burningdone. These settled 
near Cedarville, Ohio. 


Stewart Kelly had two children, eighteen grandchildren 
and twenty-four great-grandchildren. He was a member of 
the Presbyterian Church. He died in May, 1828, at the age 
of twenty-seven years, in Louisville, Kentucky, and was 
buried there. 

Francis Kelly 



The eighth son of James and Catherine Kelly, was born May 
12, 1803, in Kentucky, and came with his parents to Spring- 
field, in 1808. He was married to Elizabeth Morris, May 29, 
1828, by "Reuben Miller, J. P. He learned the pump-making 
trade and pipe-laying. The pump took the place of the 
" well-sweep," as it was called. The sweep was a forked pole 
placed in the ground a certain distance from the well. In 
this fork was placed a long pole, heavy at the bottom end. If 
not heavy enough, a block was pinned on it. At the top end 
was fastened a long, slender pole, long enough to reach to the 
bottom of the well. To the lower end of this pole was fast- 
ened a bucket. A curb was put around the top of the well so 
as to protect the person while drawing water. With this 
long, slender pole, the bucket was pushed down the well, and 
when the bucket was filled with water, the person would 
slack his hold on the pole and the heavy end would draw up 
the bucket. 

As iron piping was not known in those days, hollowed 
logs answered the purpose required. The water of springs 
was carried a long distance by the aid of those wooden log 
pipes. The following mode was used to make the pipes : The 
pipelayer would go to the woods and there cut down straight 
hickory trees and cut them in proper lengths, and then draw 
them up into large piles, and with a pump augur he would 
bore a hole the length of the log. He would then ream out 
one end of the log until it was large enough to admit the 
dressed end of the other log, and by the use of tallow placed 
on the tapered end, it would be made water-tight. In this 


way Welter from a spring would be carried one-half mile. The 
pipes were laid in the ground the same way that iron piping 
is now laid. While putting down the sewers in Springfield, 
a few years ago, the workmen came across some of Frank 
Kelly's pipe-laying. These trades he followed during life. 
Some of the pipe laid by him is still in use at the Hershler's 
mills, west of Springfield. 

Francis served as captain of a volunteer militia company 
for seven years. The militia men were divided into two 
classes, known as "volunteers" and "flatfoots." All men 
over eighteen and under forty-five years were subject to the 
order of the state law to muster in companies in the county 
where they lived. In so doing they would learn something of 
military tactics. Those who formed themselves into volunteer 
companies only served seven years; in so doing they were 
exempted from road work during that period, and at the end 
of seven years they were exempted from all military duty in 
the county. 

Francis Kelly formed a company of these volunteers. 
They had to uniform themselves. The state furnished the 
guns and ammunition. Kelly's company chose white suits, 
trimmed with red fringe and sash. The company was called 
the " Light Company." They drilled four times a year, and 
if any failed to appear and muster, he was court-martialed. 

The " flatfoots " had to muster two days in each year, 
after they were eighteen years old, and until they were forty- 
five years old, and had to work the roads two days each year. 
They had two musters^one "company," and one "regi- 
mental." The regimental muster day was a big one in the 
county, for all the flatfoots in the county turned out. They 
had no guns; hence, if they were drilled in the manual of 
arms, it was done with canes, clubs and cornstalks. 

There were born to Francis and Elizabeth Kelly six 
children:— Leah, Symphona, Hurelius, Tranquillina, New- 
marion and Dorothy Emiline. 


Francis Kelly died, suddenly, on the 25th day of June, 
1840. at the age of thirty-eight years, and was buried in Co- 
lumbia Street Cemetery, Springfield. Ohio. His married life 
was twelve years. 

After the death of Francis Kelly, his wife and children 
went to his farm in Indiana, near Lafayette, which farm he 
had bought directly after his marriage, and lived on it 
awhile, but becoming dissatisfied, he returned to Ohio, and 
lived there until he died. 

The last account of his family is given by James Ogden 
Kelly, who went and visited his aunt, Elizabeth Kelly, Fran- 
cis' widow, in 1842, but on arriving at her home found that 
she had married again. Her husband's name was Minnick, 
and he owned a mill on the Salimay River. Her two sons, 
Hurelius and Newmarion Kelly, were bound to a man who 
lived six miles west of Lafayette, across the Wabash River. 
The boys' ages at that time were: Hurelius, nine years old, 
and Newmarion, six years old. Kelly makes no mention of 
the daughters. 

In those pioneer days there was found a sameness in all 
localities. What was done in ona was done in the other. 
There were the log-rollings, when the whole neighborhood 
was invited to pile ui3 the timber not needed for firewood or 
fencing, as there was no market for it. 

And, again, there was the grubbing match. We remem- 
ber hearing father tell of one of these grubbing matches on 
his father's farm (Joseph Kelly's.) After the crowd had 
gathered, two men were chosen as captains. These men chose 
" man-about " until all the men had been chosen. Then the 
ground to be grubbed was staked off at certain distances 
apart. Then began the fun; each company would try to get 
out first. Watch was kept on aU hands to see that no one 
slighted his work, which work was done in 'quick order. The 
house was a busy jjlace with the women preparing dinner. 
And at night the grubbers would stay and take a hand in the 
dance, after a day's hard work. 

Leah Kelly Rock. 



The fourth daughter and youngest child of James and Cath- 
erine Kelly, was born in Fleming County, Kentucky, near 
Flemingsburg, August 7, 1806. At the age of two years, she 
came to Springfield, Ohio, with her parents. She was mar- 
ried to Thomas Kock, July 3, 1839, by Reuben Miller, J. P. 
Thomas Rock was a blacksmith by trade. They settled in 
Green Township, on the old Clifton Road, near the home of 
her parents. At this writing the house is still standing. To 
them were bom two daughters — Nancy and Tranquillina. 

Nancy Rock married David Crabill. To them were bom 
one son and one daughter — Thomas and Emma. Thomas 
Crabill, Jr. married Lizzie Donnor, and settled near Spring- 
field, Ohio: Emma Crabill married Albert Garlough and had 
two sons, and settled near Springfield, Ohio. 

Tranquillina Rock married Harry Johnson, and settled 
near Cedarville, Green County. To them were born six chil- 
dren — Thomas, Leah, Charles John, George LuUa, Mary and 

Larna Johnson married Wm. Northrup, of Cedarville. 

Leah Rock died July 17, 1847, in her forty-first year, and 
was buried in Columbia Street Cemetery, Springfield. 

Her family consisted of two children, eight grandchil- 
dren and two great-grandchildren. 


Leah Kelly Rock and Mahala Kelly, a niece of her's, 
who was some two years younger, in their childhood, one day 


took a stroll through the woods, and when about one-half 
mile west of Leah Kelly's home they heard a noise and 
stopped and looked up. Just within a few feet of them stood 
a black bear on his hind feet. They both screamed and 
started for home. Mahala, being the swiftest on foot, soon 
outran her aunt, who was calling to her to stop until she could 
catch up. Thomas, Leah's brother, hearing them, got the 
gun and met them, but did not go far until he killed the bear. 

Descendants of James Kelly, Sr., 






James Kelly. — Twelve children. 

Kachel Kelly Kirpatrick Driscol. — Nine children, thirty- 
three grandchildren, sixty-five great-grandchildren; total, one 
hundred and seven. 

Joseph Kelly. — Eleven children, eighty-seven grand- 
children, two hundred and eighty-three great-grandchildren, 
one hundred and seventy-one great-great-grandchildren, two 
great-great-great-grandchildren; total five hundred and fifty- 

John Kelly. — Four children, twenty -eight grandchildren 
and eighteen great-grandchildren; total, fifty. 

Thomas Kelly. — Twelve children, fifty-six grandchildren, 
sixty -seven great-grandchildren and five great-great-grand- 
children; total, one hundred and forty. 

Francis Kelly. — Six children. 

Leah Kelly Rock. — Two children, ten grandchildren and 
two great-grandchildren; total, fourteen. 

Stewart Kelly. — Two children, eighteen grandchildren 
and twenty-four great-grandchildren; total, forty -four. 

Mary Kelly Mulhollin. — Four children, eleven grand- 
children and four great-grandchildren; total, nineteen. 

The total number of James Kelly's descendents, up to 
1898, was nine hundred and thirty-three. One son's family 
has not been found. 



The following states have some of James Kelly's descend- 
ents: Alabama, California, Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa, Illi- 
nois, Ohio, Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, Washington, Wis- 
consin, Missouri, and one in the Klondike. 


Of James Kelly, now living, are: 

William C. Kelly. — Age, seventy-eight years. 

Oliver S. Kelly. — Age, seventy-four years. 

Nancy Kelly Printz. — Age, seventy-four years. 

Phoebe Driscol Creighton. — Age, seventy-five years. 

Martha Kelly Hutchinson. — Age, sixty-seven years. 

Leah Kelly Selsor. — Age, sixty -one years. 

Lovisa Kelly Brock. — Age, seventy years. 

Nancy Rock Crabill. — Age, fifty-eight years. 

Tranquillina Rock Johnson. — Age fifty-six years. 

This list was made in April, 1898. 

Julia Driscol Taylor died May 16, 1899, aged seventy- 
five years. 

James O. Kelly died January 16, 1900. 

The Kelly Golden Weddings. 



It would seem proper at the close of this part of the his- 
tory of James Kelly to make mention of the golden weddings 
of the third generation, as we jSnd that six of the first cousins 
lived to celebrate their golden weddings. 

The first was that of Mahala Kelly Sparrow, the daughter 
of Joseph Kelly. She married John Sparrow, March 22, 
1827. So, on the 22d of March, 1877, they celebrated this 
event at their home in Clifton, Ohio, she being in the seven- 
tieth year of her age. 

The second one was that of Catherine Kelly Sparrow, 
the daughter of Joseph Kelly. Her marriage to Richard 
Sparrow occurred February 28, 1828. This event they cele- 
brated at their home, near Ligoner, Indiana, February 28, 
1878, she being in her sixty-eighth year. 

The third was that of Lurena Kelly Teach, she being the 
daughter of Joseph Kelly. Her marriage to Daniel Teach 
occurred November 27, 1838. This event they celebrated at 
their home, near Eagle City. Clark County, Ohio, she being 
in her seventy-fourth year. 

The fourth was that of William C. Kelly, the son of 
Joseph Kelly. He married Maranda C. Dudley, February 9, 
1843. This event they celebrated February 9, 1893, at their 
home in Green Township. Clark County, Ohio, he being in 
his seventy-fourth year. 

The fifth was that of Oliver S. Kelly, the son of John 
Kelly. He married Ruth Ann Peck, December 23, 1847. 
This event they celebrated December 23, 1897, at the Arcade 
Hotel, Springfield, Ohio, he being in his seventy -fourth year 


The sixth was that of James Ogden Kelly, the son of 
Thomas Kelly. He married Clarissa Brockway, June 8, 1848. 
This event they celebrated Tune 8, 1898, at their home in Sparta, 
Wisconsin, he being in the seventy-eighth year of his age. 

The Kelly War Record. 



On sending to the Pension Department at Washington, 
D. C. I received the following reply: 

Washington, D. C, October 28, 1898. 

Sir: — Replying to your recent communication, you are 
advised that James Kelly made an application for pension on 
October 4, 1832, at which time he was seventy -nine years of 
age, and residing in Clark County, Ohio, and his pension 
was allowed for two years' actual service as a private in the 
Virginia troops during the Revolutionary War. A part of 
the time he served under Captain Scott and Colonel Gibson. 
Place of enlistment, Monongalia County, Virginia. 

His widow, Catherine, made application and received a 
pension for the service of her husband as above set forth. 
Ver)^ resi^ectfully, 

J. L. Davenport, 
R. T. Kelly. Acting Commissioner. 

Springfield. Ohio. 

Those who are lovers of their country, delight in looking 
over the names of those who dared to take their lives in their 
hands to defend the cause of their beloved country. I shall 
now endeavor to place the names of all who have answered 
their country's call, from James Kelly. vSr., down through his 
posterity, to the present time. 

Of the Revolutionary service of James Kelly, I gave an 
account in the beginning of this book. I am truly thankful 
and proud that my great-grandfather was a soldier in a causa 


that had for its motto: "Equal Rights for All;" and we, the 
descendants of these forefathers, should ever cherish in our 
memories gratitude for the blessings that we now enjoy.' Of 
his eight sons he had four who took part in the War of 1812 
— Joseph, Thomas, John and Nathan Kelly. Of these I have 
made mention in the history of each. 

The next war that came, was that with Mexico, in 1847-'48, 
when Truman Kelly, the son of Nathan Kelly, entered the 
service and remained until the close of the war. 

The following are great-grandsons of James Kelly, Sr. : 

In 1861, when Abraham Lincoln made his first call, Eli 
C. Johnson, the grandson of Joseph Kelly, enlisted in the 
16th O. V. I., and was in the battles of Laurel Hill, Phillipi 
and Cheat River. He served three months. 

I will here state that Joseph Kelly had eleven grandsons 
in the War of 1861-'65, They are the sons of Jacob Kelly, 
Nancy Kelly Johnson, Mahala Kelly Sparrow and Catherine 
Kelly Sparrow. 

James Kelly entered service August, 1862. He be- 
longed to the 110th O. V. I., and was in sixteen battles — 
Winchester, Hopping Heights, Locust Grove, Mine Run, 
Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Gaines' Mills, Cold Harbor (where 
he was wounded, a ball entering his right breast, and, follow- 
ing the rib around, came out at the shoulder), Winchester, 
Flint Hill, Fisher's Hill, Cedar Creek, Sailor'^ Run ( wounded 
in the legs), Bull Run, Sneaker's Gap and Petersburg. He 
was at New York in 1863, during the draft riot, and* came, 
home at the close of the war. 

List of battles in which eJohn Sparrow, the son of Cath- 
erine Kelly Sparrow, was engaged: Port Rei3ublic, Va.; 
Cedar Mountain, Va., (at this battle he w^as wounded); An- 
tietam, Md.; Dumfries, Va.; Chancellorville, Va. ; Gettysburg, 
Pa.; Kelly's Ford, Va.; Lookout Mountain, Tenn.; Mission 
Ridge, Ga.; Ringgold, Ga.; Millcreek Gaj), Ga.; Resacca, 


Ga.; Cosville, Ga.; Dallas, Ga.; Pine Hill, Ga.; Monday 
Creek, Ga.; Bald Knob, Ga.; Peachtree Creek, Ga. 

Henry Kelly answered to the " Hundred Day " call in 
18B4. His company was stationed at Camp Dennison. 

Kichard Sparrow entered the service in January, 1864, as 
a recruit for the 110th Regt., O. V. I.; was in the battles of 
the Wilderness, Cold Harbor, Bermuda Hundred, Petersburg, 
Wheldon Railroad, (here he was wounded in the great toe.) 

Absalom Sparrow also belonged to the 110th Regt., O. V. 
I. Died at City Point, July 2, 1864. 

The following named soldiers were the sons of Catherine 
Kelly Sparrow: 

John Sparrow belonged to the 66th O. V. I.; was at the 
battle of Antietam when his regiment came out with thirteen 
men, the rest killed, wounded or missing. He was in nine- 
teen battles. 

Emory Sparrow belonged to the 16th Ohio Battery, and 
was stationed at Greenville, near New Orleans, and served 
eighteen months. 

Jacob Sparrow was in the Civil War. He died from 
wounds received at the battle at Fort Fisher. He had both 
legs shot off at the thighs, and his right arm at the shoulder. 

Elisha belonged to the 17th Ohio Battery, and was at the 
siege of Mobile. 

David Sparrow served in the Civil War. He belonged to 
an Indiana regiment. 

Philip Marion Johnson served three years in the Civil 
War. He was with General Grant, at Vicksburg, and also 
with him before Richmond and Petersburg. He belonged to 
an Indiana regiment. 

I. C. Printz, the son of Athalinda Kelly Printz, served 
under the "One Hundred Day" call, and was stationed at 
Camp Dennison. 

Nathan K. Taylor, the son of Catherine Kirkpatrick Tay- 
lor, served three months and in the 168th O. V. I., under the 


" Hundred Day " call. He afterwards enlisted in Company 
E, 184tli O. V. I. 

Samuel, William and James Kirkpatrick, the sons of 
Hugh Kirkpatrick, served in the Civil War. Samuel and 
William each served six months as teamsters. Afterwards 
they served in Company K, 168th O. V. I., under the " Hun- 
dred Day " call. They afterwards enlisted in Company E, 
184th O. V. I. James served three years in the 3d O. V. I., 
Comj)any D. Musteted in June 11, 1861; was made corporal 
June 13, 1861; was with the regiment in all its engagements, 
and was mustered out June 21, 1864. 

' The great-grandson-in-laws, who served in the War of 
1861-'65, are as follows: 

James B. Finley, the husband of Charlotte Sparrow Fin- 
ley. He belonged to Company I, 110th Regt., O. V. I., and 
died in service. 

Avery Griffith, the husband of Sarah C. Sparrow Griffith, 
belonged to Company I, 110th Regt., O. V. I., and was killed 
in the battle before Petersburg, March 25, 1865. 

Jeremiah Griffith, the husband of Luranea Kelly Griffith, 
belonged to the 16th Ohio Battery, stationed at Greenville, 

James Patten, the husband of Susana Sparrow Patten, 
served three years in the Civil War, in the 66th O. V. I.; was 
in nineteen battles. 

John Rolop, the husband of Sarah Jane Kelly Ropp, 
served in the 44th Regt , O. V. I., and 8th Ohio Cavalry. 

These had married the great-granddaughters of James 
Kelly, Sr., before the war began; hence, I have assigned them 
this bit of history. 

Just here I will give the experience of Joseph Kelly, Jr., 
in the War of 1861-'65. He had just passed his sixteenth 
year, in December, and on the 21st day of February, 1864, he 
enlisted as a recruit in the 110th Regt., O. V. I., and joined the 
regiment a few days after. He there met his brother 


James, wlio had enlisted eighteen months before, and as this 
regiment was in the Army of the Potomac, he, with others, 
saw several hard battles, he being in seventeen battles. The 
first was in the Wilderness; then Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, 
Gaines' Mills, Bermuda Hundred, Petersburg, Monocacy 
Junction, Charleston, Smithville, Winchester, Flint Hill, 
Fisher's Hill, Cedar Creek, Sneaker's Gap.— Petersburg, March 
25, 1865; Sailor's Run and Petersburg, April 1, 1865. He 
was mustered out in June, but did not arrive home until in 
July. In all of these battles he never received a scratch. He 
came very near being taken prisoner, in the retreat from 
Monocacy Junction to Baltimore, and at one time had his 
haversack shot ofP, leaving but the strap that hung across his 
shoulder. In it were his three days' rations which he had 
just received before he went into the fight. But the boys 
shared with him. 

When at Cold Harbor, the advanced pickets would go 
back some distance from the picket line to prepare their meals 
— mostly to make coffee. On this occasion Joseph had 
started a fire and had placed his cup of coffee and water on it, 
and his three comrades stood by watching. As he was down 
blowing the fire and getting it started nicely, when he had 
just raised himself up, a minnie ball went through the cup. 
Not thinking of the danger he had been in just a minute be- 
fore, in his passion he kicked the cup and took water for that 

He said that he often thought if there was anything extra 
to do, Kelly had to be in it. There were three hundred men 
detailed out of the 110th, 121st and 122d Regiments to go 
and tear up the Wheldon Railroad, and he was one of the 
number. The men marched all night, and at daylight reached 
the road. They went to work tearing up the track, and as 
soon as the work was done, retreated, and on reaching a piece 
of timber, the commander called a halt for the night, but 
would not let them make any fires, so they ate a supper of 


hardtack and raw meat, and wrapped up in their blankets. 
Kelly said he had one of the best night's rests he ever enjoyed, 
but on uncovering his head he found that three inches of 
snow had fallen during the night, and looking over the sleep- 
ing camp, he said it looked much like a logging camp, after a 
light snow had fallen. 

The list of battles in which James Patten, the son-in-law 
of Catherine Kelly Sparrow, was engaged, is as follows: Port 
Republic, Va.; Cedar Mountain, Va.; Antietam, Md.; Dum- 
fries, Va.; Chancellorville, Va.; Gettysburg, Pa.; Kelly's 
Ford, Va.; Lookout Mountain, Tenn.; Mission Ridge, Ga.; 
Ringgold, Ga.; Millcreek Gap, Ga.; Resacca, Ga.; Cosville, 
Ga.; Dallas, Ga.; Pine Hill, Ga. ; Monday Creek, Ga. ; Peach- 
tree Creek, Ga. He was wounded at Cedar Mountain, Va. 




We beg leave to make mention of Loviiia Kelly Toland, 
the daughter of Wm. C. Kelly. Lovina mamed James B. 
Toland, January 28, 1869, and lived in Illinois until the Spring 
of 1874. Tiiey, with two little children, in a covered wagon, 
started for the West, and in June they landed in Jewell County, 
Kansas. They at once took up a squatter's claim of one 
hundred and sixty acres of land. They lived under the cover 
of the wagon for three months. By this time they had their 
dugout finished. Their nearest neighbor lived three miles 
off. This year the grasshoppers ate up all they had raised; 
hence, the following year was a hard one, but being deter- 
mined to conquer, they i)lanted in the Spring their crop of 
corn. This time they succeeded in raising the crop. The 
following Winter their only son died with diptheria. The 
following Summer a prairie fire broke out, but they succeeded 
in saving their buildings, which consisted of stables. They 
then built a sod house. In this they lived some years. In 
the course of time they became able to build a frame house. 
James B. Toland, in the latter part of the Summer of 1876, 
came East, one hundred miles, to do threshing, that he might 
have a little cash to meet expenses, but he at last succeeded 
in overcoming the obstacles and has a well improved farm. 

James Kelly, the son of Jacob Kelly, was a soldier in the 
Civil War, was wounded twice, came home, and in 1870, 
while working on a gravel bank, the bank caved in, burying 
him two feet under ground. By an earnest effort of the men 


Tie was rescued alive, but was considerably bruised. He after- 
wards moved to Clifton, Ohio, and for a number of years he 
carried the mail from Clifton to Cedarville, a distance of four 
miles. In 1898, while on his route home, he got out of his 
vehicle to repair a slight break, when his horse kicked him 
and broke a limb. He managed to get in his buggy, drove 
two miles to his home, and delivered the mail at the office. 
This caused him to give up his route. 

John Kelly, the father of O. S. Kelly, was born March 
3, 1789, and his brother, Samuel, was born just two years 
later, on the same day of the month. 

Of the children born to James Kelly, Sr., there were 
three births in the month of June, and three deaths in the 
same month: the deaths occurring 1838, 1840 and 1853. 

In the Thomas Kelly family there were two births on the 
4th day of January — Charles, in 1830, and Rachel, in 1835 
There were two deaths on the 28th day of September — Hannah 
Kelly Dudley, 1872; Johanna Kelly Games, in 1894. 

David Sparrow, the son of Catherine Kelly Sparrow, was 
born August 10, 1836, at six o'clock in the morning. Lurena 
Kelly Griffith, the daughter of Jacob Kelly, was born the 
same day, at six o'clock in the evening, she being six hours 
younger than her cousin, David Sparrow. 

On Wm. C. Kelly's seventy-seventh birthday, there was 
born to him a granddaughter, the mother being his daughter, 
Martha Kelly Baldwin. The day that he was eighty years 
old, his daughter, Lovina Kelly Toland, visited him, after an 
absence of twenty-seven years in the West. 

Richard T. Kelly was elected Justice of the Peace, in 
Green Township, for the fourth time. In his school days he 
recited one geography lesson and studied grammar four 
months. In the Winter of 1865, when he was sexton at Bethel 
M. E. Church, Rev. J. S. Pumphrey was holding a revival 
meeting. He one evening invited seekers of religion to come 
forward to the altar. None came. There was a dog in the 


house, and when jjrayer was offered he would mount the altar 
bench and set up a howl, which was amusing to some, but 
mortifying to the minister, who said: "Brother Kelly, will 
you please take that dog out." Kelly seized him by the back 
of the neck, and removed the mourner to the outside of the 
church, where he had an opportunity to send up his pitiful 
howls undisturbed. 

J. B. Sparrow, heretofore mentioned, in the early '-iO's 
bought a gun and loaded it in store on Main Street. Going 
south on what was then Market Street, and just north of 
where the Little Miami Railroad crosses the street, he shot 
the first squirrel with his new gun, it being on a large burr oak 

When R. T, Kelly was Justice of the Peace, Bridget Col- 
man had her husband arrested for assault. At the trial he 
asked her to make a statement concerning the trouble she and 
Peter had. After stating the case, she remarked: "'See, 
where he bate me; and how he bate me; and the longer he 
bate me, the harder he struck me.'' When Peter was on the 
stand, Kelly noticed a fresh cut on his throat, and asked him 
how it came there. He answered: "That's some of my 
doings; charge it up, and 111 pay yez in the momin'." 

In the children and grandchildren of James Kelly, Sr., I 
found but one case of divorce in the forty-six marriages. 

On July 19, 1899, Willie Wissinger, the son of Charles 
Wissinger, who had gone with the Christ Church Sunday 
School on a picnic excursion to Riverside Park, near Quincy, 
Ohio, was drowned while bathing in the lake. He was in his 
fourteenth year. 


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