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SUMMARY of the HISTORY
of the KELLEY FAMILY

The Beginning

The Kelley family, like our Kelly family, has been a branch of the family that has been hard to trace. The Kelley name is a common name, in fact it is the second most common name in Ireland today. Normally It is spelled in one of two ways, "Kelly" or "Kelley" but it has also been spelled "Kellie or Kelli". A number of Kelly or Kelley families are located in the cities of interest and, therefore, it is hard to put them together.

Kelly is an English or Scottish name meaning one who came from kelly (holly or woods) or a dweller in a grove.

The Seventh Generation   -   The Samuel Kelley Family

The first Kelley of record for this side of the family was Samuel Kelley. Samuel was born in 1745, probably in New Jersey. He married Eunice _____ about 1763 in Somerset County, New Jersey.

Samuel and Eunice Kelley were the parents of at least one son:

  • Ebenezer Kelley - (direct ancestor)
      Born: October 2, 1763
      Married: Rachel Johnson December 2, 1790, in Allegheny County, Maryland -
          Rachel was born October 22, 1790, in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, the daughter of
          Robert and Mary (Vannoy) Johnson
      Died: May 1816 in Somerset County, New Jersey.
      Children: 10

The Sixth Generation   -   The Ebenezer Kelley Family          BACK to the MORLAN FAMILY

Ebenezer Kelley was born October 2, 1763, in Somerset County, New Jersey. Somerset is located in the north central part of the state. They came south to Virginia sometime as Ebenezer married Rachel Johnson December 2, 1790, in Allegheny County, Maryland. Allegheny County is located in the northwest arm around Cumberland, Maryland. Rachel was born October 22, 1769, in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, the daughter of Robert and Mary (Vannoy) Johnson.

Ebenezer and Rachel (Johnson) Kelley were the parents of ten children:

  • Mary Kelley - born January 15, 1792
  • Eunice Kelley - born September 27, 1793
  • Isaac Kelley - born February 20, 1796 (a twin)
  • John L. Kelley - born February 20, 1796 (a twin) - died January 1, 1866
  • Rebecca Kelley - born June 8, 1798 - married ______ Carpenter
  • Osa Kelley - born March 25, 1800 - married John Hoffman
  • Hannah Kelley - born June 8, 1802 - married _______ Yoak
  • Samuel Kelley - born September 9, 1804
  • Jane Kelley - born August 5, 1807
  • Johnson Kelley - (direct ancestor) - born July 25, 1810 - married Sarah Yoak January 17, 1830, in Randolph County, West Virginia - parents of eleven children - Johnson Kelley died December 24, 1886, in Taylor County, West Virginia, at the age of 76.
Ebenezer Kelley died May of 1816 in Barbour County, West Virginia, at the age of 53. Rachel (Johnson) Kelley died in Barbour County, West Virginia, August 4, 1855, at the age of 85. Barbour County is located in central West Virginia around Philippi, West Virginia.

The Fifth Generation   -   The Johnson Kelley Family          BACK to the MORLAN FAMILY

Johnson Kelley was born July 25, 1810, in Randolph County, West Virginia, the son of Ebenezer and Rachel (Johnson) Kelley. Randolph County is located in central West Virginia in (or just west of) the Cheat mountains.

Johnson married Sarah Yoak January 17, 1830, in Randolph County, West Virginia. Sarah was born in 1814 in Randolph County, West Virginia, the daughter of John and Margaret (Carpenter) Yoak.

The Johnson Kelley's lived in Philippi, Barbour County, West Virginia. Johnson and Sarah (Yoak) Kelley were the parents of eleven children:

  • Debra Kelley
      Born: 1831
  • Wesley Kelley
      Born: 1832
  • Melvina Kelley
      Born: 1833
      Married: ______ Garrett
  • Amanda Kelley - (direct ancestor - great-great grandmother)
      Born: June 1, 1835 in West Virginia
      Married: Robert W. Curry - he was born September 30, 1833, in Virginia or West Virginia, the
          son of John and Elizabeth (Greathouse) Curry
      Died: March 25, 1910, at the age of 74 - her husband, Robert Curry, died April 15, 1879,
          in Barton County, Missouri, at the age of 45
      Children: 11
  • Almira Kelley
      Born: December 11, 1837, in Randolph County, West Virginia
      Married: Silas Praeter Bailey April 28, 1862 - he was born February 27, 1816, in
          Harrison County, West Virginia, the son of John Bailey -
          Silas was previously married to Lydia Hunstead with two children
      Died: November 23, 1911, in Taylor County, West Virginia at the age of 73 -
          her husband, Silas, died December 6, 1888, in Taylor County, West Virginia, at the age of 72
      Children: 7 - all born in Taylor County, West Virginia
      • Amanda Bailey - born February 7, 1863 - died March 31, 1942, in Taylor County,
        West Virginia, at the age of 79
      • Benjamin Franklin Kelley - born November 10, 1864 - died December 1, 1914, at the age of 50
      • Grant Bailey - born November 9, 1866 - married Hannah E. Bristor August 19, 1891, in Taylor County, West Virginia - she was born in 1873 in Marion County, West Virginia - Grant died June 29, 1927, at the age of 60
      • Alta Bailey - born August 8, 1868 - died October 2, 1899, at the age of 31
      • Carl Bailey - born March 12, 1870 - died February 3, 1950, in Taylor County,
        West Virginia, at the age of 80
      • Harriett Bailey - born October 27, 1871 - died January 3, 1852, at the age of 80
      • Bruce Bailey - born May 3, 1876 - died February 22, 1945, in Taylor County,
        West Virginia at the age of 68.
  • Isaiah Kelley
      Born: 1840
  • Hester Ann Kelley
      Born: 1842
  • Martha Kelley
      Born: 1844 in Barbour County, West Virginia
      Married: Seth Dunbar - he was born in 1837 in Readyville, Kennebec County, Maine, the
          son of John and Ann Dunbar
      Died: (date/place unknown)
      Children: 1 daughter
      • Verona Belle Dunbar - born June 11, 1869, in Wood County, West Virginia - married James Wesley Fleming October 7, 1885, in Wood County, West Virginia - he was born December 20, 1857, in Arnold's Creek, Doddridge County, West Virginia, the son of Thomas and Martha (Turner) Fleming - Verona and James were the parents of fourteen children - Verona died October 27, 1922, in Marietta, Washington County, Ohio, at the age of 53 - James Fleming died there October 2, 1940, at
        the age of 82
  • Rebecca Kelley
      Born: 1847 - (a twin)
  • California Kelley
      Born: 1847 - (a twin)
  • Alta Kelley
      Born: 1848
Sarah (Yoak) Kelley died between 1848 and 1850 probably in Philippi, Barbour County, West Virginia. She was about 35 years old. Johnson was left with eleven children between one year and about 18 years old. Johnson then married Nancy Jane Sharp. She was born in 1825. They were the parents of one son.

Per the 1870 census for Taylor County, West Virginia, Johnson was a shoe and bootmaker in the Flemington Township. Johnson Kelley died December 24, 1886, in Taylor County, West Virginia, at the age of 76.

The Fourth Generation   -   The Robert W. Curry Family          BACK to the MORLAN FAMILY

Amanda Kelley was born June 1, 1835, in Virginia, the daughter of Johnson and Sarah (Yoak) Kelley. She married
Robert W. B. Curry. He was born September 30, 1833, in Virginia, the son of John B. and Elizabeth (Greathouse) Curry. They were the parents of eleven children.

Robert Curry died April 15, 1879 in Barton County, Missouri of wounds suffered in the Civil War. He was 45 years old at the time. Amanda (Kelley) Curry died March 25, 1910, at the age of 74. Both are buried in the Forrest Grove Cemetery south of Lamar, Barton County, Missouri.

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