John Kelly Sr.
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John Kelly Sr. (abt. 1750 - 1831)

John Kelly Sr. aka Kelley
Born about in Irelandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1775 in North Carolinamap [uncertain]
Husband of — married 26 May 1785 in St Margarets, Orange, North Carolinamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Kellys Gap, Greene, Tennessee, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 17 Dec 2014
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John Kelly Sr. participated in the 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.

Contents

Biography

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

Excerpt: John Kelley, Sr., the grandfather, came from Ireland at his majority, in 1771, and on account of the captain’s pretense of having lost his bearings, but probably was because he had an eye on the slave trade, their vessel drifted so far south that the heat was intense, and they were thirteen weeks in reaching their destination, and then only because, after fourteen days in such heat that the ship’s chains would sizzle as they touched water, they persuaded the captain with the rather forcible argument that they would throw him overboard if he didn’t change his course. He landed on the North Carolina coast, taught school, and finally married Anna Hunter, by whom he became the father of three children: John, Joseph, and Andrew. He crossed the mountains at Kelley’s Gap, and settled in Greene County, where some of his descendents still live, and hold as a relic his old chest brought from his native land. [1] [2]

Note: Service in Revolution is unsubstantiated. Confused with another documented John Kelly

Timeline

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. [3]

17?? Revolutionary War Service:[4] According to Land Grants, he entered the Revolutionary War at Fairfield, Hyde, North Carolina and was a Continental Soldier for three years. [5]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 [6] 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. [7] Original Source Needed

1783 John Kelley appears on the Tax list of the 4th District establishing him in the Nolichuckey settlement. [8] 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[9]

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: [10]

*** Sourcing is needed for Children ***

Children of John and Anna Hunter

  • John Kelly, Jr. (Ellender Harrison) - Wade/Neva
  • Andrew Kelly (Dolly Coleman) - Wade/Neva
  • Joseph Kelly (Reese MacKey) - Wade/Neva
  • Cynthia Kelly (Dr. Dewitt) - Wade (poss. John Jr. Dau?) see Harrison census
  • Elizabeth Kelly (Stevens) - Wade (poss. John Jr. Dau?)

Children of John and Margaret Hutchinson

  • Samuel Kelley (Elizabeth Jennings) - Wade/Neva
  • Elizabeth Kelley (William McCoy) - Neva
  • David Kelley (Rebecca McCoy) - Wade/Neva
  • Joshua Kelley (never married) - Wade/Neva
  • Daniel Kelley - Wade (Delilia ?) - Neva
  • William McCoy Kelley - Wade
  • Jabez Kelley (Union Army) - Wade (never married) - Neva
  • Ross Kelley (never married) - Wade/Neva
  • Mary "Polly" Kelley - Wade/ (Never Married) - Neva
  • Margaret Kelley (Daniel Leming or Lentz) - Wade/ (Thomas Farnsworth) Neva
  • James Kelley - Neva

Research Notes

Sources to be found:

1. Original Land Grants

(North Carolina Land Grants, dated February 24th 1784

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?

Misc. Notes

http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=image&guid=99ee0528-a4f3-4772-b6e8-63421d8e2a6d&tid=7973103&pid=-1009902332
Biography - John Patrick Kelley
http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=document&guid=393b8679-40cb-45fc-88d5-6c1f447503ba&tid=7973103&pid=-1009902332
Harrison's Meeting House and Cemetary
http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=image&guid=3371d632-1d1f-4aa0-9303-81bc45766c34&tid=7973103&pid=-1009902332
History of John Kelley, Kelley's Gap, Greene County, Tennesse
http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=document&guid=332b9aaa-dd27-4769-aa97-93feb8b673eb&tid=7973103&pid=-1009902332

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.

Additional notes to research

Info provided by Dan Woodruff

  • Marriage Record: Margaret Hutchinson GSLDS Book 975.6V2NC North Carolina Marriages Early to 1809 pg249; Orange County Marriages Book I-L page 415 (compare to Family Search)
  • Land: Land Grants of Early Settlers of Old Orange Co., NC

per GSLDS Book 975.637A.

  • LAND DEED-GSLDS Book Orange Co., Deed Book #3 p107-says John Kelly was

originally from Tryon Co., North Carolina p107-1770;

  • CENSUS-State of North Carolina 1784-1787 p1 GSLDS Book US/Can 975.6x2r p64
  • Orange Co. Deeds GSLDS 975.6565R2w
  • RELIGION-Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church Heritage p 190 GSLDS 976.891 K2T;
  • MILITARY SERVICE-North Carolina Revolutionary Army Accounts Sec. of State,

Treasurers & Comptroller's Papers GSLDS Book #975.6M2H - North Carolina Revolutionary Army Accounts, Vo.l. II, Book 1, Continental Line 1783

Sources

  1. The Goodspeed Publishing Co., History of Tennessee, 1887 Pages 1194-1199 Biographical Sketches, Cocke County, Transcribed by Kris L. Martin. See paragraph on O.M. Kelley. p. 1196
  2. The Nollichuckey Kelly/Kelley’s by Elizabeth Kelley Wade; Chattanooga, Tennessee, July 1975, p.6
  3. The Goodspeed Publishing Co., History of Tennessee, 1887 Pages 1194-1199 Biographical Sketches, Cocke County, Transcribed by Kris L. Martin. See paragraph on O.M. Kelley.
  4. Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed January 25, 2015), "Record of John Kelly", Ancestor # A064212.
  5. From Ireland to Wright County, Missouri. Greeneville-Greene County Genealogical Society, Neva J Kelley. Sep. 1988.
  6. The Nollichuckey Kelly/Kelley’s by Elizabeth Kelley Wade; Chattanooga, Tennessee, July 1975
  7. The Nollichuckey Kelly/Kelley’s by Elizabeth Kelley Wade; Chattanooga, Tennessee, July 1975 p. 2
  8. The Nollichuckey Kelly/Kelley’s by Elizabeth Kelley Wade; Chattanooga, Tennessee, July 1975 p. 2
  9. "North Carolina Marriages, 1759-1979," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F8YT-ZQV : accessed 16 January 2016), John Kelly and Margaret Hutchinson, 26 May 1785; citing Orange,North Carolina, reference ; FHL microfilm 6,330,306.
  10. The Nollichuckey Kelly/Kelley’s by Elizabeth Kelley Wade; Chattanooga, Tennessee, July 1975, p. 14.
See Also:
  • DAR Source Documents Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed January 25, 2015), "Record of John Kelly", Ancestor # A064212.

Land Grants

11 Jul 1788 Book: 64 pg: 357 Grant no.: 648



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Kelley-279 and Kelly-6700 appear to represent the same person because: Anna Hunter and John Kelley, Jr are from his first family. Margaret Hutchinson and Elizabeth Kelly are from his second wife.
posted by Michael Stills

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