Rev. John Kelly

Male 1780 - 1860


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  • Name  Rev. John Kelly 
    Title  Rev. 
    Born  3 June 1780  Page Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Military  War of 1812 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Captain 
    Died  30 Mar 1860 
    Obituary Found  7 April 1860  Ironton Register Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Ironton, Lawrence Co., Ohio 
    Notes 
    • Luke's son John operated a ox driven mill here and was the first in these parts to use steam. John was Luke's oldest son and was about 15 years old when Luke came to this area. John died at his home on the Ohio river about 5 miles below Ironton.

      Ironton Register, April 7, 1860
      Death of an Old Pioneer
      Rev. John Kelly one of the earliest settlers within the limits of Lawrence county died at his residence on the Ohio river, five miles below Ironton on Wednesday, March 30, 1860.

      Mr. Kelly was born in Page County, Virginia on June 3, 1780 and was the oldest child of Luke Kelly. While he was an infant, his family removed to the settlement of Clinch river, where they remained during the Indian wars that followed, exposed to many and severe hardships.

      In August 1798 now more than sixty years ago, Mr. Kelly then about 18 years of age, removed to Ironton to the bottom below Hanging Rock with his parents, where the family remained until death about thirty five eyars ago (1825). John became the hunter of the family and the "proceeds" of his gun paid for his land, when they became subject for entry at Chillicothe. The first three or four years they were squatters. At the time of their settlement, August, 1798, the only families within the present limits of Lawrence county were Simmons opposite the mouth of Big Sandy, and Vincent Ferguson, Peter VanBibber, and George Stewart in the bottoms below Hanging Rock, four families in all. The families of Luke Kelly and his brother James made the fifth and sixth.

      Mr. Kelly married Abigail Lambert, daughter of Josiah Lambert, one of the early settlers of the county.

      In the War of 1812 he was in service for a time, and was a Captain.

      On the organization of the County (Lawrence) in 1817 he became the first Sheriff, first by appointment of the court, and afterwards by election. He was also appointed one of the Associate Judges of the county in 1821.

      He had been a member the Baptist Church about forty five years and from 1821 had been a preacher.

      He was a man of good natural powers of keen observations and although not of polished education, reared as he was in frontier life, yet he had considerable intelligence. In his younger days, although by no means a "fighter" still he was one that was not to be lightly trifled with. To those raised with all the advantages of this day he appeared some what eccentric, nevertheless he was always a good citizen, a worthy and kind hearted man and many a friend will drop a tear to his memory, many who removed to other States in the West within this notice will convey the first intelligence of his death.
    • Misc. note:

      Lawrence county was organized in 1817 with John Kelly, son of Luke Kelly, being the first appointed sheriff.
    Person ID  I1669  Kouns Family
    Last Modified  23 Feb 2008 

    Father  Luke Kelly,   b. 1757,   d. 25 Nov. 1821 
    Mother  Mary Keyser,   b. 1760,   d. 10 Aug. 1824, Kelly Cemetery, below Hanging Rock, OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Feb. 1782  Shenandoah Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F552  Group Sheet

    Family  Abigail Lambert,   b. 14 Oct 1784,   d. 09 Jun 1845 
    Children 
     1. Mary Polly Kelly
     2. Darby Kelly
     3. Bessie Kelly
     4. Whitfield Kelly
     5. Anna Kelly
    Last Modified  7 Oct 2006 
    Family ID  F554  Group Sheet