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SUMMARY of the HISTORY
of the KELLY FAMILY

The Beginning

The Kelly family has been a branch of the family that has been hard to trace. The Kelly name is a common name and is spelled one of two ways, "Kelly" or "Kelley". A number of Kelly families are located in the cities of interest and, therefore, it is hard to put them together.

Wilbert Kelly, nephew of Lyda (Kelly) McClane, has the McClane family bible but the names and dates are not referenced to type of relative, son, daughter, etc. The bible also is not in good condition.

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

The Fourth Generation   -   The Lorenzo Kelly Family

The first Kelly of record was Lorenzo Kelly, who according to the 1850 census for Ohio, was born in Ohio in 1816. On July 13, 1844, he married Eliza Ann Rutter in Morgan County, Ohio. Morgan County is in the east central part of the state, north of Athens, Ohio, and west of Marietta, Ohio.

Eliza Ann Rutter was born August 19, 1819, near Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of Charles and Sarah Rutter. At the time of their marriage Lorenzo Kelly would have been about 28 years old and Eliza Ann would have been almost 25 years old.

The following Kellys were known to be living in the Morgan County, Ohio, area about this time but a direct relationship has not been found at this time.

Mary Kelly married Rowland Perry - April 15, 1830
James Kelly married Anna Cradlebaugh - December 29, 1831
Abigail Kelly married Levi Barber - October 31,1837
John Kelly married Sarah Palmer - December 31,1837
James Kelly marrried Jane Essex - October 23, 1846
Lucy Kelly married Jesse Seaman - October 11, 1849
Thomas Kelly married Sarah Stout - November 23, 1849
Nancy Kelly married David Seaman - December 4, 1851
Helena Kelly married Isreal Parson - May 6, 1855
Cynthia Kelly died, 66 years old - September 1, 1857

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