Categories: American Revolution.
NOTE: The parents for this John Kelly are unknown. Speculation has indicated that a Patrick Hendrix Kelly and a Rose Mckay are his parents but no proof is given. Given his immigration story, it would be wonderful to discover who his parents were as the story seems to indicate that his parents stayed in Ireland.
Earliest known documentation on John Kelley comes from Goodspeeds biographical sketch on O.M. Kelley circa 1887. It is repeated by researcher Elizabeth Kelley Wade in 1975 in The Nollichuckey Kelly/Kelley’s.
From Goodspeeds skectch on O.M.Kelley
Note: Service in Revolution is unsubstantiated. Confused with another documented John Kelly
Born 1750 John Kelly Birth based on Goodspeeds stating that he came from Ireland to America in his majority, in 1771. If majority means 21, then his birth is 1750.
Note: 22 Aug 1750 is a date some give as his birthdate but no source is provided.
Circa 1770 - Nolichucky settlement (includes what is now Greene Co. TN.) See also: Watauga settlement.
Arrival 1771. 
17?? Revolutionary War Service: According to Land Grants, he entered the Revolutionary War at Fairfield, Hyde, North Carolina and was a Continental Soldier for three years. Original Source Needed
1780 Battle of Kings Mountain. Presumably, Robert Seiver (Brother of John Seiver) led a company of "Nolichuckey Riflemen" from the Greene Co. area. The implication is that John Kelley was part of this group of "Nolichuckey Riflemen". However, while often claimed, no proof has been established that this John Kelley was among those men. A John Kelley from South Carolina has been documented at the Battle of Kings Mountain and his service is often claimed as proof for this John Kelley. More work is needed in this area. (see  p.3)
1783 Greene Co. NC established from the original Washington County, North Carolina. Greene Co. divided into 4 Districts of which John Kelley is in the Fourth.  Original Source Needed
1784 Greene Co. now part of the newly formed State of Franklin.
1785 Greeneville now the center of government for the State of Franklin.
26 May 1785 Marriage: Margaret Hutchinson
1788 Franklin reabsorbed by North Carolina.
1790 Southwest Territory formed from North Carolina and included Greene Co.
1796 State of Tennessee created.
28 Oct 1831 Death: 
*** Sourcing is needed for Children ***
Sources to be found:
1. Original Land Grants
2. Tax Lists 4 District, Nolichuckey settlement
3. Louise Wilson Reynolds revolutionary war arcitlce circa 1919 discussing John Kelly's role in the Rev. War. First appeared in the 1919 DAR Yearbook and copied by Miss Zella Armstrong in her Oct 30th, 1920 news magazine "The Lookout" (ref: (Nollichuckey Kelley's p.3) John Kelly Tax/Rev War
4. Rev. War pay voucher #6271, State of North Carolina (May or March) 1784 (North Carolina State Archives ??) (ref: (Nollichuckey Kelley's p.3)
5. Conveyance Jacob Cunningham to John Kelly. Land Grant Book 2, p. 254, Greene County Courthouse Record. (Nollichuckey Kelley's p.5.)
6. Greene County Original Deed # 5582
7. Estate Inventory, Greene County Courthouse Records Old Settlement Book, p. 279
8. John Kelly Bible?
Notes for Eleanor Harrison Kelley <http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~knorthup/Webpage/William/Dyer/Notes/EleanorHarrison.htm>
The history of the Harrison family is recorded in "Settlers by the Long Grey Trail" by J. Houston Harrison."
He received several Land Grants, one for one hundred acres No. 1405 on south side of the Nolochucky River. He deeded to his son John Jr. another one for six hundred and forty acres Grant No 2223. I have a record of six hundred and forty acres Grant he got from a Robert King, Grant No 2393 in Hawkins County, Tennessee. It was from Green County, Tennessee I received his Estate Sale with all his family recorded with his second wife, Margaret.
11 Jul 1788 Book: 64 pg: 357 Grant no.: 648
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On 17 Jan 2016 at 06:25 GMT Michael Stills wrote:
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