Kelly Family Genealogical Record


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Written and researched by Sharon M. Kouns

Gen. Kelly, of Lawrence county Ohio, is visiting in Brownsville. (Missouri)

Sedalia (MO) Daily Democrat

4 July 1874 Page 1

(3025) William Kelly, Sr. was born in prob., Russell Co., VA, and married (3026) Nancy.


3027 Edward Kelly
3028 Nancy Kelly
3029 *Margaret Kelly d. 1835
3030 William Kelly
3023 *Luke Kelly b. 3 Apr 1757 d. 25 Nov 1821
3031 Darby Kelly
3033 *James Kelly

(3029) Margaret Kelly, daughter of William, Sr., and Nancy () Kelly, married (3032) John Counts, Jr., son of John, Sr., and Magdalena () Counts, who was born about 1769. Margaret died 1835. John, Jr., died 1843 in Russell Co., VA.

Notes for John Counts, Jr.:
Russell Co. VA will book 5 page 425. Will written May 27, 1835 before death of Margaret. Recorded Oct. 3, 1843 – Dec. 5, 1843.) Devised to his wife and ten children. Exr’s. Archer Jesse, Sr. and James P. Carroll.


3275 *Sarah Counts
3276 *Joseph Counts b.c 1789
3277 *John Counts b.c 1791
3279 *Christine Counts b.c 1793
3278 *James Counts b.c 1793
3280 *Margaret Counts b.c 1797
3281 *Elizabeth Counts b.c 1799
3282 *Joshua Counts b.c 1802/1805 d. 18 Feb 1883
3283 *Nancy Counts
3284 *Ezekiel Counts b.c 1805

(3023) Luke Kelly, son of William, Sr., and Nancy () Kelly, was born 3 Apr 1757 in Shenandoah Co., VA, and married (3024) Mary Keyser. Luke died 25 Nov 1821 in Union Landing, Lawrence Co., OH.

Notes for Luke Kelly: Shenandoah Co. became Page Co. VA.

Luke was of Irish descent. He moved from Shenandoah Co. (Page Co.) to Bath Co. then into Russell Co. VA then into Lawrence Co. OH.

From Southwest Virginia Kin by Ethel Evans Albert Vol. 1, 1977 (found in Ashland Kentucky library): LUKE KELLY possibly entered Russell Co. VA. ca 1790, also, in 1790 he had two tithables which indicates he had a son age 16 or over. Luke continued to pay this tax in Russell County through 1797 when, according to other sources, he went to Lawrence County, Ohio. Luke bought 50 a. on Clinch River, Russell Co., Va. August 1797; (d.bk.2,p.342). Then on July 24, 1798, Luke and Mary Kelly sold above 50 a. to William Dollarhide.

Luke Kelly was born April 3, 1757, died Nov. 25, 1821, Lawrence Co., Ohio; m. Feb. 1, 1782, Shenandoah County, Va., to Mary Keyser (Kiser) who was b. Aug. 5, 1760, Shenandoah Co., Va., d. Aug. 10, 1824, Lawrence Co., Ohio.

Children listed by Gilruth: John; Elizabeth, who m. Judge Nathaniel Davisson; Joseph, who m. Kitty Dollarhide, dau. of Mary and William; Charles; Mary, who 1st m. Vincent Powell; 2nd m. Henry Hays, Greenup Co., Ky.; Joshua and Reuben Kelly. . . .


3035 *John Kelly, Rev. b. 3 Jun 1780 d. 30 Mar 1859
3034 *Elizabeth Kelly b. 1784 d. 1848
3015 *Joseph Kelly b.c 1785 d. 1839
3036 *Charles Kelly b.c 1790 d. 20 Nov 1856
3037 *Mary Kelly b. 6 Jul 1793 d. 1860
3038 *Joshua Kelly b. 1790 d. 28 Dec 1871
3039 *Reuben Kelly

(3033) James Kelly, son of William, Sr., and Nancy () Kelly.

Notes for James Kelly: believed to be a brother to Luke.

(3275) Sarah Counts, daughter of John, Jr., and Margaret (Kelly) Counts, was born in Russell Co., VA, and married (3285) James Smith.

No children of this marriage in these records.

(3276) Joseph Counts, son of John, Jr., and Margaret (Kelly) Counts, was born about 1789 in Russell Co., VA, and married (3286) unknown.

No children of this marriage in these records.

He also married (3287) Sarah Long who was born about 1799 in Russell Co., VA.


3288 female name not known Counts
3289 *William L. Counts b.c 1812
3290 *Andrew Counts b.c 1832
3291 John Counts b.c 1834
3292 Elvira Counts b.c 1838
3293 James K. P. Counts b.c 1843

(3277) John Counts, son of John, Jr., and Margaret (Kelly) Counts, was born about 1791 in Russell Co., VA, and married (3304) Phoebe who was born about 1797.

Notes for John Counts: They had at least 6 children.


3305 *John W. Counts b.c 1833
3306 *Phoebe Counts b.c 1834
3307 *Rachel Counts b.c 1837

(3279) Christine Counts, daughter of John, Jr., and Margaret (Kelly) Counts, was born about 1793 in Russell Co., VA, and married (3334) Richard Colley.

Notes for Christine Counts: They had one other son and 2 other daughters.


3335 Joshua Colley
3336 Sarah Colley b. 1825 d. 1881
3337 *Margaret Colley b.c 1826

(3278) James Counts, son of John, Jr., and Margaret (Kelly) Counts, was born about 1793 in Russell Co., VA, and married (3311) Eve who was born 1793/1795 in Wythe Co., VA.

Notes for James Counts: May have had more children.


3312 *Ezekiel Counts b.c 1825
3313 *Noah Counts b.c 1829
3314 *William G. Counts b.c 1832
3315 *James M. Counts b.c 1833
3316 *Elizabeth Counts b.c 1836

(3280) Margaret Counts, daughter of John, Jr., and Margaret (Kelly) Counts, was born about 1797 in Russell Co., VA.

(3281) Elizabeth Counts, daughter of John, Jr., and Margaret (Kelly) Counts, was born about 1799 in Russell Co., VA.

(3282) Joshua Counts, son of John, Jr., and Margaret (Kelly) Counts, was born about 1802/1805 in Russell Co., VA, and married (3338) Martha Kiser, daughter of Abednego and Mary (Jessee) Kiser, who was born Feb 1807. Joshua died 18 Feb 1883 in Russell Co., VA. Martha died Oct 1839 in Russell Co., VA.


3344 *Elijah S. Counts
3345 Sylvia Counts
3346 Nancy Counts
3347 Louisa Counts
3348 J. B. R. Counts
3349 Polly Counts b.c 1830
3350 Noah Counts b.c 1831
3351 Margaret Counts b.c 1833
3352* Joshua T. Counts b.c 1836 d. 17 Jan 1859
He also married (3343) Margaret.


3355 Phoebe Counts b.c 1842
3356 Ezekial Counts b.c 1843
3357 Susan Counts b.c 1845
3359 Sallie Counts b.c 1853
3358 John Counts b.c 1854
3360 *Matilda Counts b.c 1855
3361 *Christena Counts b.c 1857
3362 Amy Counts b.c 1859

(3283) Nancy Counts, daughter of John, Jr., and Margaret (Kelly) Counts, married (3365) Jefferson Jessee, son of John and Mary (Armstrong) Jessee, who was born about 1802. Jefferson died 1866.

No children of this marriage in these records.

(3284) Ezekiel Counts, son of John, Jr., and Margaret (Kelly) Counts, was born about 1805 in Russell Co., VA.

(3035) John Kelly, Rev., son of Luke and Mary (Keyser) Kelly, was born 3 Jun 1780 in Page Co., VA, and married (3053) Abigail Lambert, daughter of Josiah Lambert, who was born 1784. John, Rev., died 30 Mar 1859 and was buried in Lawrence Co., OH, Kelly-Collins Ce. Abigail died 9 Jun 1845.

Notes for John Kelly, Rev.: Another source says he was born in 1786. He was the first appointed sheriff of Lawrence County, Ohio. He died age 78y9m.

Notes for Abigail Lambert: Died age 71y4m.


3055 *Mary “Polly” Kelly
3056 *Elizabeth “Bessie” Kelly
3057 *Whitefield Kelly d. 17 Jan 1860
3058 *Darby Kelly
3059 *Anna Kelly

(3034) Elizabeth Kelly, daughter of Luke and Mary (Keyser) Kelly, was born 1784 and married (3040) Nathaniel Davisson, Judge who was born 1782. Elizabeth died 1848. Nathaniel, Judge, died 1863.


3045 Mary “Polly” Davisson
3046 Henrietta Davisson
3047 Joseph Davisson
3048 Elizabeth Ann Davisson
3049 Thomas Davisson
3050 Rufus Davisson
3051 Reuben Davisson
3052 Margaret Davisson

(3015) Joseph Kelly, son of Luke and Mary (Keyser) Kelly, was born about 1785 in VA, and married (3016) Kitty Dollarhide, daughter of William Dollarhide. Joseph died 1839.


3001 *William Dollarhide Kelly b. 13 Jan 1815 d. 1 Oct 1891
3018 *Harriet Kelly
3019 Allen Kelly
3020 Thomas Kelly
3021 Mary Kelly

(3036) Charles Kelly, son of Luke and Mary (Keyser) Kelly, was born about 1790 in Clinch River, Russell Co., VA, and married (3041) Mary Hershbarger. Charles died 20 Nov 1856 in Lawrence Co., OH.

Notes for Charles Kelly: Lived Kelly’s Mills, Lawrence Co., OH.

I.R. Thursday, November 27, 1856 -Died on Wednesday morning, Nov. 20, at 6 o’clock, Major Charles Kelley, in the 66th year of his age, a well known citizen of Lawrence County.

Major Kelley was born on Clinch river, in Russell county, Va., in a frontier settlement, much harassed in the days of his childhood by Indian wars. He was the 4th child of Luke and Mary Kelley, who were both born and raised in what is now Page county, Va., the former of Irish parents, and the latter (Mary Keyser) of German, and who were married quite young and quite poor; but who succeeded through their energy in acquiring a competency. Their children were John, now living below Union Landing in his 77th year, hale and hearty; Elizabeth, deceased, the wife of Judge Nathaniel Davisson; Joseph, deceased, father of W. D. Kelley, of Ironton; Charles, the subject of this notice; Joshua, now living near Union Landing, father of Rev. Jas. M. Kelley; Mary, married to Vincent Powell of Greenup county, Ky., and now the wife of Henry Hayes of that county, and Judge Reuben Kelley, now living near Plattsburg, Mo.

In August, 1798, when Charles was about seven years old, his parents removed to the Northwest Territory, and settled near where they died, at Union Landing. The cabin was on the place now owned by S. W. Dempsey, and at that time there was but five other cabins in what is now Lawrence county, one opposite the mouth of Big Sandy, Luke Kelley’s and four still lower down the river. The county was not then surveyed, and the residents were “squatters.”

It was thus in frontier settlements, amid hardships and privations, that Charles Kelley had his birth and raising. He grew up to be a stout athletic man. He was an enterprising citizen and a kind neighbor; and was a member of the Baptist church for some forty years – and leaves a wide circle of relatives and friends.


3068 *William Henry Harrison Kelly b. 18 Feb 1814
3069 Isiah W. Kelly
3070 Charles Kelly, Jr.

(3037) Mary Kelly, daughter of Luke and Mary (Keyser) Kelly, was born 6 Jul 1793 in Russell Co., VA, and married 25 May 1813, (3042) Vincent Powell, son of Joseph Powell, who was born 31 Mar 1787. Mary died 1860. Vincent died 27 Sep 1829.

Notes for Mary Kelly: Moved to Tennessee. She is on the 1850 Greenup Co. KY census w/husband Henry Hays.


4952 *Luke Powell b. 1821 d. 14 Dec 1876
4953 Lucy Powell b.c 1829 d. 4 Jan 1853
She also married 8 Jan 1835, (3043) Henry Hayes who was born 12 May 1796 in MD. Henry died 9 May 1861.

Notes for Henry Hayes:
1850 Greenup Co. KY Census: Hays, Henry age 54 b. MD (b. 5/12/1796 d.5/9/1861 Mary age 57 b. VA (b. 7/6/1793 Russell Co. VA d. 1860 was widow of Vincent Powell Powell Luke age 28 b. KY (b. 1821 d. 12/14/1876 Lucy age 21 b. KY (b. 1/4/1853 d/o Vincent Powell Payne Lucy A. age 24 b. OH Ward Isaac age 22 b. VA Ward Thomas age 20 b. VA

No children of this marriage in these records.

(3038) Joshua Kelly, son of Luke and Mary (Keyser) Kelly, was born 1790 in VA, and married (3044) Mary Lee, daughter of John, Rev., and Frances (Ward) Lee, who was born 1790 in VA. Joshua died 28 Dec 1871. Mary died 1 Nov 1871.

Notes for Joshua Kelly: Died age 81 years. Lived near Union Landing, Lawrence Co., OH.

1870 Lawrence Co. Ohio Census, Hamilton Twp. Kelly, Joshua age 81 b. VA Mary age 72 b. VA Luke age 29 b. OH Anna age 31 b. OH (nee Rowe) Mary E. age 04 b. OH Isaac age 02 b. OH Jaynes, Mary Ann age b. OH Lovell, Geo. W. age 19 b. VA

I. R. Jan. 11, 1872 – DEATHS – KELLY – At Union Landing, Ohio, December, 27, 1871. Joshua Kelly, father of Rev. J. M. Kelly, in the 82nd year of his age. The deceased was one of the pioneers of this county, coming here about 1796, while the indians occupied all this region. All his companions have long since died. For fifty years he has been a member of the Baptist Church. He was an industrious, upright and useful citizen. For a long time his health has been very poor.

Notes for Mary Lee: Died age 81 years.


3071 Thomas Kelly b. Oct 1819 d. 11 Dec 1819
3072 *James Madison Kelly, Rev. b. 23 Aug 1817 d. 26 Jun 1905
3073 Mary Kelly
3074 *Healen Kelly
3075 *Joseph Kelly
3076 *Eli Kelly d. 3 Jul 1839
3077 Levi Kelly
3078 *George Kelly
3079 *John Kelly
3080 *Luke Kelly
3081 Abigaile Kelly
3082 *Elizabeth Ann Kelly d. 29 Mar 1854

(3039) Reuben Kelly, son of Luke and Mary (Keyser) Kelly, married (3104) Delilah Stewart.

Notes for Reuben Kelly: moved to Plattsburg, MO prior to Civil War.


3105 Samuel Kelly

(3289) William L. Counts, son of Joseph and Sarah (Long) Counts, was born about 1812 in Russell Co., VA, and married (3294) Margaret B. “Patsy” Skeens who was born about 1822 in Russell Co., VA.


3295 Isaac S. Counts b. 1844
3296 Sarah Counts b. 1845
3297 Susan Counts b. 1846
3298 *Margaret Counts b. 1848
3299 Mary Counts b. 1849
3300 Nancy Counts b. 29 Jan 1855

(3290) Andrew Counts, son of Joseph and Sarah (Long) Counts, was born about 1832 in Russell Co., VA.

(3305) John W. Counts, son of John and Phoebe () Counts, was born about 1833 in Russell Co., VA, and married 14 Feb 1856 in Russell Co., VA, (3308) Elizabeth Evans, daughter of Wilson and Sarah () Evans, who was born about 1840.

Notes for Elizabeth Evans: 1850 Greenup Co. KY census annotated: Henry J. Evans age 24 m Ky laborer Elizabeth Evans age 23 f KY (nee Campbell, m. 9/13/1849) Malinda Evans age 05 f Ky William R. Evans age 03 m Ky {note: This could be same person that married Counts – need to verify-smk}

No children of this marriage in these records.

(3306) Phoebe Counts, daughter of John and Phoebe () Counts, was born about 1834 in Russell Co., VA.

(3307) Rachel Counts, daughter of John and Phoebe () Counts, was born about 1837 in Russell Co., VA.

(3337) Margaret Colley, daughter of Richard and Christine (Counts) Colley, was born about 1826 in Russell Co., VA.

(3312) Ezekiel Counts, son of James and Eve () Counts, was born about 1825 in VA, and married (3325) Abigail who was born about 1824 in VA.


3326 *Lot Counts b.c 1856
3327 *Joshua Counts b.c 1861

(3313) Noah Counts, son of James and Eve () Counts, was born about 1829 in VA.

(3314) William G. Counts, son of James and Eve () Counts, was born about 1832 in VA.

(3315) James M. Counts, son of James and Eve () Counts, was born about 1833 in Russell Co., VA, and married 20 Feb 1862 in Russell Co., VA, (3320) Eliza Jesse, daughter of Archel L. and Eunice () Jesse, who was born about 1843.


3323 *Silas Counts b.c 1863
3324 *Eunice Counts b.c 1866

(3316) Elizabeth Counts, daughter of James and Eve () Counts, was born about 1836 in Russell Co., VA, and married 12 Oct 1855 in Russell Co., VA, (3317) Charles B. Jessee, son of John and Mary () Jessee.

No children of this marriage in these records.

(3344) Elijah S. Counts, son of Joshua and Martha (Kiser) Counts.

Notes for Elijah S. Counts: may have lived in Buchanan Co.

(3352) Joshua T. Counts, son of Joshua and Martha (Kiser) Counts, was born about 1836 and married (3353) Martha Finney, daughter of Reuben Finney, who was born 1835. Joshua T. died 17 Jan 1859 in Russell Co., VA. Martha died Apr 1860 in Russell Co., VA.

No children of this marriage in these records.

(3360) Matilda Counts, daughter of Joshua and Margaret () Counts, was born about 1855 and married 17 Nov 1870 in Russell Co., VA, (3363) Andrew J. Grizzle.

No children of this marriage in these records.

(3361) Christena Counts, daughter of Joshua and Margaret () Counts, was born about 1857 and married (3364) Alley.

No children of this marriage in these records.

(3055) Mary “Polly” Kelly, daughter of John, Rev., and Abigail (Lambert) Kelly, married 21 Jan 1824 in Lawrence Co., OH, (3060) Thomas Dollarhide.

No children of this marriage in these records.

(3056) Elizabeth “Bessie” Kelly, daughter of John, Rev., and Abigail (Lambert) Kelly, married (3061) Joseph Andre.

No children of this marriage in these records.

(3057) Whitefield Kelly, son of John, Rev., and Abigail (Lambert) Kelly, married 13 Jul 1828 in Lawrence Co., OH, (3062) Mary W. “Polly” Lambert. Whitefield died 17 Jan 1860. Mary W. “Polly” died 11 Aug 1872.

Notes for Whitefield Kelly: Died age 51y11m9d.

Notes for Mary W. “Polly” Lambert: Died age 65y12d.


3066 Levi Kelly b. 15 Aug 1833 d. 7 Sep 1843
3067 Darby Kelly b. 9 Feb 1835 d. 1 Oct 1843
3065 John Kelly b. 2 Apr 1840 d. 11 Jul 1851
4994 *Elizabeth Kelly d. 6 Jun 1890
4995 *Daughter Kelly

(3058) Darby Kelly, son of John, Rev., and Abigail (Lambert) Kelly, married (3063) Heplar.

No children of this marriage in these records.

(3059) Anna Kelly, daughter of John, Rev., and Abigail (Lambert) Kelly, married 8 Sep 1842 in Lawrence Co., OH, (3064) George Washington Collins.

Notes for Anna Kelly: Lived near Powellsville, Lawrence Co., OH.

No children of this marriage in these records.

(3001) William Dollarhide Kelly, son of Joseph and Kitty (Dollarhide) Kelly, was born 13 Jan 1815 in Lawrence Co., OH, and married 26 Sep 1838 in Lawrence Co., OH, (3002) Sarah Austin, daughter of Isaac and Lydia (Kizer/Keyser) Austin, who was born 1822. William Dollarhide died 1 Oct 1891 in Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH and was buried in Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH, Woodland Cem.. Sarah died 1892.

Notes for William Dollarhide Kelly: 1860 Lawrence Co. OH census: Kelly, W.D. age 47 farmer b. OH Sarah Ann age 38 b. OH Lindsey age 19 b. OH Mary age 17 servant b. OH Ironton age 11 b. OH Sarah Angel age 34 servant b. OH James Chambers age 14 b. VA James Bingham age 16 farmhand b. PA Phoebe Stoce (?) age 11 b. OH

1870 Lawrence Co. OH Census: Kelly, Wm. age 56 Capitalist b. OH Sarah age 48 b. OH Mary age 25 b. OH Ironton age 21 clerk in bank b. OH

I.R. Nov. 24, 1881 – Jno. A. Howell vs. W. D. Kelly & Sons – This suit is for damages resulting to the plaintiff by reason of an accident in an ore drift back of town. The plaintiff claimed the defendant had contracted to furnish timber to support the roof, and because they failed, there was no protection and so the slate fell and injured the plaintiff. This occurred January 14th, 1881. Howell was badly injured (NEED TO COPY REST OF ARTICLE)

I.R. Thursday, September 27, 1888 – THE BURLINGTON SONG – In a conversation with W. D. Kelly the other day, relative to some old time matters he made an allusion to the “Burlington Song.”

“What is that?” we asked with some curiosity.

“Oh, that was one of the several songs, the old pioneers used to sing, fifty or more years ago – there were five or six of them,” he replied.

“Do you remember any of the songs?” we asked.

“Yes, indeed,” he answered – “I know them all. The Burlington song brought in several of the residents of Burlington of those days. The people much enjoyed those songs when I was a boy.”

“Can’t you repeat one to us?’ we again asked.

“Well, I can sing it to you.” said Mr. Kelly – then he went off in one of those old fashioned strains or backwoods melodies that make a fellow feel a hundred years old.

When he concluded, we asked if it was in type or had been written out, and he said “no-everybody knew it by heart and sang it all the time fifty years ago.”

We then persuaded him to repeat it, without singing it, but that was hard work, and several times he dropped into the tune in order to enable him to catch the words. And thus we took it down and will put it in type, which is the first time it ever saw daylight in this style. We may say it is not composed, in every feature, after the true poetic art, but the singer’s voice is expected by slurs and crescendos to fill up the unpoetic gaps. In these days, when “old times” is on tap, it may prove a very interesting contribution:

THE BURLINGTON SONG There’s Joe Davidson in his brick house so large, He kept old man Wescoat, a purpose for to charge. If you’d buy a half pint, he’d charge it to the rear, For they had lived in Burlington for one hundred year.

For corn and rye we put it to good use, We’d take it to Tom Carr, and he’d wring out the juice – We drank around brave boys with a jovial career, For we had lived in Burlington for 100 year.

There’s George Stump with his butcher knife and gun – Away in the woods and the deer he did run; He took Jack, sir, to drive up the rear, For they had lived in Burlington for 100 year.

In the town of Burlington, there grew a great dispute, Which was the biggest rascal, Hog Beard or Capt. Shoot? Shoot kept some brandy, Beard kept some bear, And they lived there in Burlington one hundred year.

In the town of Burlington they appeared to be nice, If you owe them a ninepence they’d run you for your life; And if you did not pay them they’d law you severe, For they lived there in Burlington for one hundred year.

This was the old Burlington Song in full. In those days, it was universally sung, but was, probably, more popular outside of Burlington, for it seems to have been a take-off on that place, because that was the county seat and put on a few airs.

BIOGRAPHICAL CYCLOPEDIA AND PORTRAIT GALLERY – KELLY, WILLIAM D., pioneer iron master, farmer and banker, Ironton, was born in Lawrence county, Ohio, January 13, 1815. His father, Joseph Kelly, a native of Virginia emigrated to Ohio some twenty years previously and became an extensive landholder in Lawrence county, and also an extensive grazier and farmer. He was one of the first to embark in the iron business, and in 1822 became one of the company operating the Etna Furnace, the third furnace built in Lawrence county. He died in 1839, at the age of fifty-four. Our subject’s educational facilities were exceedingly meagre, being limited to a nine months’ attendance upon the district school of that day. The school-house was a cabin made of hewn logs, puncheon floor and greased paper windows. Until the age of twenty-one, he assisted his father in the work of the farm. He began for himself by buying a farm in his vicinity and continued adding thereto until he became owner of nearly twelve hundred acres of land, including the site of the greater portion of the present thriving city of Ironton. For about ten years he devoted himself exclusively to farming, and in this occupation was remarkably successful. His first venture in the iron business was in May, 1842, when he leased his father’s interest in the Etna Furnace, and conducted the same with much success for about four years. In 1851, he leased the Lagrange Furnace and for four years managed it with profit. Previous to 1849 he became the principal owner of the extensive land now owned by the Ohio Iron and Coal Company, and the Ironton railroad at this point. He was also identified with the company in the enterprises of the Iron Railroad and Coal Company, and had original stock in these enterprises, and has been a director in the company from the first. Following the expiration of his lease at the Lagrange Furnace he opened a banking institution in Ironton, called the Exchange Bank. In connection therewirth he resumed farming and in both occupations he is still actively engaged. In 1857, his farm was awarded by the State board of agriculture the prize offered for the best improved farm in the State. In 1862, in connection with I. C. Dovel and George Irwin, he leased the Centre Furnace for five years, and at the expiration of his lease, purchased the furnace. In 1865, he leased and conducted the Hecla Furnace for four years with much success. In 1869, he built the Grant Furnace, in the ownership and management of which he has continued up to the present time. Politically, Mr. Kelly is a republican, but until the Van Buren campaign was identified with the democratic party. He mingled little in political contests, preferring to devote himself to business interests. In agricultural affairs he had taken a live interest, and has been for many years president of the agricultural society of Lawrence county. Under his management this society has been very prosperous and is to-day one of the best conducted agricultural societies in Ohio. He united in his youth with the Baptist church of Ironton, and still retains his membership with this denomination. On September 18th, 1838, he married Sarah Austin, of Lawrence county, Ohio, and has had six children, two sons living, Lindsey and Ironton A. Kelly. No man has been more prominently identified with the iron industry of Lawrence county than W. D. Kelly, and not only in developing the mineral resources of this section, but in the general growth and advancement of Ironton, he stands foremost. He is in the highest sense a self-made man. The large tract of land belonging to him from his father’s estate was fraudulently kept from his possession, so that his success is due to his own efforts. Mr. Kelly has shown great shrewdness in his choice of business. Nothing which he has ever undertaken has been abandoned because it proved a failure, and he is to-day actively engaged in the successful prosecution of all enterprises, originated by himself. During his long business life, all departments have been under his exclusive control, and with the exception of his own sons, he has admitted no one to partnership. Prompt in all business engagements, honest and upright in all transactions, public-spirited as a citizen, he is rightly held in high esteem by his fellow citizens. Lindsey Kelly, the oldest son, was born in Lawrence county, Ohio, May 16th, 1841. He received his education in the public schools of Ironton, and upon reaching his majority became manager of Centre Furnace. In 1871 he removed to Ironton and has since been general manager of his father’s iron works. In the fall of 1877 he was elected on the republican ticket to represent the eighth senatorial district, composed of the counties of Gallia, Meigs, Lawrence and Vinton, in the Ohio senate, and in 1879 was honored by a reelection to the same position. His services in that body have been characterized by a faithful discharge of duty which was ably rendered. He is a gentleman of dignified yet pleasing address, endowed with enterprise and ambition, and is one of the leading business men of Ironton. On October 8th, 1879, he married Nannie, daughter of Commodore Honshell, of the White Collar Packet Line of Cincinnati. Ironton A. Kelly was born April 8th, 1859, the evening previous to the laying out of the city of Ironton. He graduated at the Ironton high school when eighteen years of age, and soon thereafter became clerk in his father’s employ, was made partner with his father in 1869, and has so continued to the present time. Since 1868 he has been financial secretary of the firm with his office at the bank in Ironton. He has been a member of the city council for four years past, and is now serving his third year as chairman of the finance committee. Upon the death of J. C. Dovel, in December, 1879, he was appointed to fill his place as treasurer of his township, and in the spring of 1880, was elected to the same position. May 11th, 1872, he married Mary Frances, daughter of the late W. W. Kirker, of Ironton and has two sons. With a quiet dignity of manner Mr. Kelly combines the elements of an agreeable, courteous gentleman, and is one of the most popular citizens of the community.

I.R. April 16, 1891 – The Sick – W. D. Kelly was seriously sick this week and on Monday afternoon the chances of recovery were against him, but he rallied, taking a turn for the better and is now sitting up, a serious attack of pneumonia had been warded off. I.R. Oct. 8, 1891 – WILLIAM D. KELLY. – PASSED TO THE OTHER SHORE. – AN ACCOUNT OF HIS LIFE AND DEATH. – Another of the old iron men has departed! William D. Kelly died at his home in Ironton last Friday afternoon the 2nd day of October, at 1 o’clock. He had been ill for several months. Last Winter, he had the grippe, which ran into pneumonia, sorely affecting his lungs. He would have frequent spells of suffocation and in one of these he died. He was out riding the day before his death. That night he had a severe spell and it came near killing him then, but in the morning he insisted on getting up and riding out, declaring the fresh air would revive him. He sat up on the side of his bed, put on his pantaloons, and attempted to stand but found he was too weak, so his son Ironton persuaded him to lie down which he did. It was the first time he had given up and did then, only when physical infirmity was too great. In four hours afterward, he died, sinking peacefully as if in sleep.

About the first of the century, Luke Kelly moved from Russell county, Va., to Ohio. He bought 500 acres of land at what is now known as Union landing. This tract he divided up among his five sons, Reuben, Joshua, Charles, Joseph and John Kelly, into tracts of 100 acres each running down the river in the order named. Rev. J. M. Kelly was a son of Joshua; the late General Kelly was a son of Charles; Samuel was a son of Reuben; Whitfield was a son of John, and William D., the subject of this sketch, was a son of Joseph. He was born on the farm, next below the well-known Gen. Kelly farm, January 13, 1815.

When William was about five years old, his father moved to where little Etna furnace now stands. It was then a wilderness, but Joseph Kelly was a great stock man and he went there to raise cattle. He bought a large tract of land. The hewed log house which he erected, is still standing. Afterward, Joseph Kelly sold to James Rodgers and others the tract of land, on which Etna was built in 1832, Mr. Kelly, (W. D.’s father) going into the company.

About 1835, W. D. Kelly, then being twenty years old, struck out for himself. His father sold him about 160 acres in the neighborhood of where the Kelly cemetery now is, and there William went, into the midst of the forest, built himself a log cabin, and went to housekeeping all by himself. He was a young man of energy and grit. He turned his attention to anything honorable to make money. He raised livestock, made maple sugar, felled the forests and sold the cordwood to the steamboats. In this way he accumulated quite a little sum of money.

On the 18th of September, 1838, Mr. Kelly married Miss Sarah Austin, who lived on the second farm below where he was born; and immediately moved down to his wife’s land, where he built a two story frame house, which was quite a palace in those days. But he still kept his farming and wood-yard interests up here, where he came regularly, attended his stock, his farm and his wood, and then went home for Sunday. Rev. J. M. Kelly says he often heard W. D.’s horse clattering up the road before daylight and down long after night. Thus he pushed every enterprise, industriously.

One day while riding from his home to his farm, when near the old brick house, close to Goldcamp’s mill, he saw a little crowd, and in the midst, John S. George, crying the sale of the old Judge John Davidson place. Mr. Kelly came up, bid the two-thirds, and took in the property. Peter Lionbarger, who owned the farm next above, and who lived in a log house, where B. F. Ellsbury’s residence now is, stepped up to Mr. Kelly, and said you had better buy mine too. A price was immediately agreed upon and Mr. Kelly became the owner of most of the land where Ironton now stands. Then he bought Isaac Davidson’s farm next above, which fronted his own possessions, back toward what is now known as Kelly’s hill. This was about 1847.

Soon after the purchase of the Davidson farm, about 1848, Mr. Kelly moved to the brick house, near the Goldcamp mill, and here is where he resided when John Campbell, Dr. Briggs and others came to see him about the formation of the Ohio Iron and Coal Co. and the founding of a new town. Mr. Kelly entered heartily into the project and was commissioned to buy Neff’s, Coopenhaver’s, Fort’s, and other contiguous strips of land for the new town site. He also sold to the new company the farms he had bought of Mr. Lionbarger and the John Davidson estate, that extended from about what is now Jefferson street to Storms creek. He did not, however, dispose of his original farm or the tract purchased from Isaac Davidson. Upon a portion of the latter tract, in 1850, he built his residence, and all that part in front to the river, he laid out into lots, and which is known as W. D. Kelly’s addition to Ironton. The back portion he reserved as a farm, for he loved farming and was very successful at it. Even after his success as a furnaceman, he was a seller of farm products, and often have we seen in the early morning, with his wagon filled with peaches, sweet potatoes, honey, etc., backed up against the market benches and himself attending to the sales. In 1857, the Ohio State Board of Agriculture awarded him the first premium for having the best improved farm in the state. His greenhouses were famous and his peach orchards, were known far and wide. In the raising of vegetables, he was always successful, and whatever came from Kelly’s gardens was sure to be good. He kept up his farm, though with not much vigor latterly, until 1870, when he sold 70 acres, which was nearly all the level land, to the Kelly Building Association, which had it surveyed into town lots, and much of this is now covered by residences.

Mr. Kelly began his career as an iron man in 1844, when he became a member of the firm of Dempsey, Rodgers & Co., proprietors of Etna furnace. He held an interest there for three years. When the Iron Railroad and Ohio Iron and Coal Co. were organized in 1849, he became a member of both, and was nearly all his life a director of both. In 1851 he leased Lagrange furnace, and ran it for three years, making considerable money in the venture. In 1862, he leased Center furnace and operated it for five years, and in 1865, in company with A. McCullough and Isaac Dovel leased Hecla furnace, which they ran for four years. In both of these enterprises, Mr. Kelly made money. In 1862 he purchased Center furnace, and in 1869, he builded Grant furnace in Ironton. These two furnaces he and his two sons, Lindsey and Ironton, under the firm name of W. D. Kelly & Sons, operated for some years.

While much of Mr. Kelly’s success in the iron business may be assigned to his discretion in entering the industry at the right time, much, also, may be attributed to his tireless energy and his close attention to details.

In 1880 with his sons, Lindsey and Ironton, he conceived the idea of building the Kelly Nail & Iron Works in this city, which industry is today one of the most prominent and successful in the city.

In 1855, he organized the Exchange Bank, which has been in operation ever since.

Thus, Mr. Kelly has been in the world, a positive force. He has cleared the forest, founded towns, builded furnaces and factories, conducted large business affairs, employed laborers by the hundred, to the joy and welfare of humanity. He was faithful to his trusts. He was honest in business. You could rely on his word. He was a plain, direct man who attended to his own business in his own way, but who has left upon the community the impress of a useful, honorable life. v The funeral took place at the residence last Sunday afternoon. There was a large gathering of people. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. E. E. Moran, and the venerable J. M. Kelly, cousin of the deceased, who preached the discourse. A quartette choir composed of Mrs. Retting, Miss Ricker and Messrs. Bird and Humes, sang two beautiful hymns. Rev. J. M. Kelly’s sermon was largely devoted to a biographical sketch of the deceased, giving in an interesting manner the facts which we have above related. The reverend gentleman founded his scripture remarks on 1st Cor:7th Chap., 29th verse, the thought relating to the brevity of life; and upon this idea he preached a very entertaining and impressive sermon. A long line of people then took their last view of the features of W. D. Kelly. The coffin was a cloth covered casket, the only ornament being a beautiful floral design. The body was taken to the Kelly cemetery, and was followed by a long cortege. At the grave, was a simple ceremony, and the form was laid to rest by the side of a beloved daughter, Mary, who had died many years ago. The white shaft in the beautiful lot, that has stood there for nearly forty years, inscribed with the name of W. D. Kelly and silently hinting of the sad day that was to come, may now complete its inscription, and it may do this in commemoration of many virtures and a useful and, honorable life. Notes for Sarah Austin:
I.R. Thursday, September 27, 1888 – GOLDEN WEDDING – MR. AND MRS. W. D. KELLY CELEBRATE THEIR 5OTH ANNIVERSARY – As we go to press, the residence of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Kelly is the scene of enjoyable festivities – the 50th anniversary of their wedding. For fifty years, they have gone together through the sunshine and shadows of life, and now their many friends join them in congratulations on having seen the fiftieth 26th of September since they were married.

The invitations that summoned the guests to this golden wedding, were printed in old style, but in gold tint, and are very quaint and interesting, the production of venerable couple’s daughter-in-law, Mrs. Lindsey Kelly. The invitation read thus:

Wm. D. Kelly and Sarah A. Kelly, his wife, (she who was an Austin) request ye presence of ye kin or friend (according to ye name on ye outside of ye letter) at ye golden weddin, (which is ye fiftieth year of ye married life) at their home, in ye village of Ironton, which is in ye county of Lawrence and State of Ohio, U.S. A. on September twenty-sixth, which is a Wednesday, – ye same day of ye week they were married fifty years ago.

Refreshments will be served two hrs. after twelve o’clock that day, and they would respectfully ask ye companie to come early and be in time, that ye cooks may not lose their temper.

Ye ladys and younger gals may fetch you companie gowns in ye carpet bags, but do not bring any presents.

Ye men folks must leave ye worke for one day that ye may see ye wimmin are well taken care of.

As this be their first golden weddin, they hope all ye who get ye letters will come.

Mr. and Mrs. Kelly were married in a log house near the present residence of George Dovel in Hamilton township. The marriage ceremony was performed by Rev. John Kelly, an uncle of the bridegroom. The following are the persons now living who were present at the wedding: Thomas W. Means, Chas. K. Austin, A. J. Trumbo, Dr. Trumbo, Jesse Davisson and wife, A. D. Kelly and Mrs. H. B. Richey. A few days after the wedding, Mr. Kelly built a small frame house, on the river bank not far below Union landing, where he lived until in August 1848, when he came up to where Ironton now stands to bid on the John Davidson farm, that was then offered for sale. He bid in the farm, which comprised 300 acres lying above the mouth of Storms Creek, and running up to about where the Courthouse now stands. He paid $17 per acre for it. Peter Lionbarger attended the sale, and right after Mr. Kelly bid in the Davidson farm, took him aside and said: “Now, you have offered me $20 an acre for my place sever times; if you offer it again I will accept.” Mr. Kelly didn’t do so just then, but did shortly after. Lionbarger’s farm was a tract of 200 acres just above the Davidson farm which he had just bought. Mr. Lionbarger’s farm house stood about the middle of the Neal-Ellsberry lot. A few days after buying Lionbarger’s place, Mr. Kelly bought Isaac Davidson’s farm, where his present home now is.

The old brick house near the Goldcamp flour mill was the farm house of John Davidson, and went with the first purchase, and into that Mr. Kelly moved in August, 1848. it was his intention by all these purchases, to have one splendid plantation, but about that time Dr. Briggs, John Campbell and others came to him with the Ohio Iron & Coal Co. project, and the Ironton scheme, and he sold the John Davidson and Lionbarger tracts to them at just double what he gave, and took stock in the Ohio Iron & Coal Co., and thus became one of the founders of Ironton.

The first sale of lots took place in June, 1849, and in 1850 Mr. Kelly built the brick residence where his golden wedding is celebrated today, and in the same year moved into it. Attached to the homestead were a hundred or more acres of land which he farmed until the war.

The guests who go to Mr. and Mrs. Kelly’s house today will enjoy a most hospitable reception, and will sit down to an old time feast in honor of an old time wedding, and will heartily congratulate the good and venerable couple on the 50th return of the happiest of days.


1685 *Lindsey Kelly, Senator b. 16 May 1841+ d. 11 Mar 1903
3005 *Ironton Austin Kelly b. 8 Apr 1849 d. 6 Aug 1911
4956 *Mary Kelly

(3018) Harriet Kelly, daughter of Joseph and Kitty (Dollarhide) Kelly, married 10 Jul 1844 in Lawrence Co., OH, (3022) James Allen Richey.

No children of this marriage in these records.

(3068) William Henry Harrison Kelly, son of Charles and Mary (Hershbarger) Kelly, was born 18 Feb 1814 in Union Landing, Lawrence Co., OH, and married 24 Jun 1837, (4957) Maria Lawson.

Notes for William Henry Harrison Kelly:
BIOGRAPHICAL CYCLOPEDIA AND PORTRAIT GALLERY – KELLEY, WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON, familiarly known as General Kelly, of Hanging Rock, Lawrence county, Ohio, was born at Union Landing, Lawrence county, Ohio, February 18th, 1814. His grandfather, Luke Kelly, came from Virginia to Ohio in 1796, and entered seven hundred acres of land in the vicinity of Hanging Rock, for which, with the assistance of his oldest son, John Kelley, he principally paid with the game of his rifle. The parents of our subject were Charles Kelley and Mary Hershbarger, both natives of Virginia. His father built the first water-mill on Pine Creek, in Lawrence county, Ohio, the postoffice taking its name from him, being known as Kelley’s Mills. He served as a musician in the war of 1812. At an early day he was engaged in the iron business, and was one of the builders of the Etna Furnace in Lawrence county, and of the Jackson Furnace in Jackson county, Ohio. He was a prominent official member of the Baptist denomination in southern Ohio, and his oldest brother, John Kelley, was one of the early clergymen of that church in that part of the State. Our subject is one of two survivors of a family of nine children, Colonel I. W. Kelley being the other. His boyhood was passed amid the rude scenes of pioneer life, with scarcely anything worthy the name of school privileges. When he was ten years of age his father’s family removed to Kelley’s Mills, on Pine Creek. Here he worked for his father on the farm and in the mill until he was about twenty-three. He then married, June 24th 1837, Maria Lawson, of Portsmouth, Ohio, and started in life for himself. In 1846 he formed a partnership with his father in the mercantile and milling business, under the firm name of C. & W. H. Kelley, and so continued until February, 1853, when the partnership was dissolved and he returned to Union Landing in the same county, having purchased of his father the old homestead, and there engaged in merchandising and farming, continuing the mercantile business until September, 1873, since which time he has devoted himself exclusively to his farming interests, in which he has always taken special delight, his particular pride being the raising of fine stock. He was one of the builders of the Jackson Furnace in Jackson county, Ohio, one of the original stockholders in the Ohio Iron and Coal Company, of the Iron Railroad Company, and of the Second National Bank of Ironton. He was originally a Henry Clay whig, and an intimate friend of that statesman. Since the birth of the republican party, he has been a staunch advocate of its policy. For the last thirty years he has kept a regular diary, in which will be found a very full history of our late civil war, and many other interesting reminiscences. He has had a family of four children , three living. His only son, Charles Kelley, served during the late Civil War as clerk in the commissary department, and was among the last to leave the land of the rebellion. He was educated in Ironton, in Dennison University, at Granville, and at Smith’s Commercial College in Cincinnati, and is now a druggist in Brownville, Missouri. He married Maria, daughter of Colonel J. J. Montgomery, of St. Louis. His daughters, Mary and Lucy M. Kelly, were educated, the former at the Granville Female Academy, and the latter at Mount Auburn, Cincinnati, and now reside at home. In 1867, General Kelley sold his interest in his Ironton enterprise and invested the proceeds in western lands and in assisting his son, Charles to start in business, intending to remove with his family to Missouri, but being unable to dispose of his homestead without too great a sacrifice, concluded to remain where he is, being well situated in one of the most beautiful country-seats on the Ohio river, it being part of the ground settled by his grandfather in the last century. For some twelve years General Kelley filled the office of justice of the peace. Since 1837 he has been a faithful member of the Baptist church, having also contributed very largely to objects of benevolence, having given a large portion of his income in this way. He is widely known throughout his community as a man of fine social qualities, and an honorable and sincere Christian gentleman.


4958 *Charles Kelley
4959 Mary Kelley
4960 *Lucy M. Kelley d. 15 Apr 1905
4961 child Kelley

(4952) Luke Powell, son of Vincent and Mary (Kelly) Powell, was born 1821 and married 23 Apr 1861, (4955) Sarah E. “Sallie” Sweetland. Luke died 14 Dec 1876.

No children of this marriage in these records.

(3072) James Madison Kelly, Rev., son of Joshua and Mary (Lee) Kelly, was born 23 Aug 1817 in Lawrence County, OH, and married 25 Oct 1838, (3083) Sarah Ann Baccus who was born 20 Jun 1822 in Wheelersburg, Scioto Co., OH. James Madison, Rev., died 26 Jun 1905 in West Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH and was buried in Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH, Woodland Cem.. Sarah Ann died 10 Feb 1916 in Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH and was buried in Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH, Woodland Cem..

Notes for James Madison Kelly, Rev.: I.R. Thursday, June 29, 1905 – ELDER JAMES M. KELLEY DEAD – THIS GRAND OLD MAN OF GOD WAS ALMOST FOUR SCORE YEARS AND TEN.

Rev. James M. Kelley, one of the oldest and best known residents of Lawrence county, died at his residence in West Ironton about 5 o’clock Monday afternoon. And while he was getting long past the averag allotment to man and had been in declining health for some time, yet the death came as a shock to his many friends throughout Southern Ohio.

Fair are the words of eulogy, but how sad also. The grand faith of the old Hebrew who could look through gleaming tears above the ashes of his dead and find consolation in the mystic regions of infinity where dwell his God, was his, up to the moment when Pale Death kissed his eyelids down in the last soft sleep. He was a man of God and his faith in the promises of the Great Teacher grew stronger and more fervent as he approached the bank of the Dark River.

Mr. Kelley was born in this county, August 23, 1817, and was married to Miss Sarah A. Baccus of Scioto county October 25, 1838. Of this union five children were born, four of whom are still living.

Mr. Kelley’s occupation was that of (Elder and farmer – can’t make out from paper) both of which he was well equipped for. He was ordained as a minister of the Baptist church over 65 years ago and from that time on he continued to expound the Gospel until the infirmities of age forced him to retire from active service in the cause.

Mr. Kelley was a member of Ironton’s first City Council, which position he held for several years. He was also a member of the City Board of Education for a number of years. He was chaplain of the Fifth Virginia Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War and at the time of his death he was moderator of the Ohio Baptist Association, which position he had held for almost fifty years.

This grand old man was loved and respected by all who knew him, and the news of his death though looked for, came as a shock to his legion of friends.

He leaves a noble wife and four children to mourn his departure: Joshua K., of Cannonsburg, Ky., Sarah A., James B. and Anderson J., of this city, and a multitude of other relatives and friends.

The funeral services were conducted at the residence Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, interment following at Woodland. Notes for Sarah Ann Baccus:
M.I. Fri., Feb. 11, 1916 – AT AGE OF 94 MRS. J. M. KELLY CROSSES DIVIDE – At 2:15 o’clock Thursday afternoon Mrs. James M. Kelly laid down life’s burden and entered upon the enjoyment of that kingdom that has been prepared for us, and her death drew the curtain over the life of one of Lawrence county’s pioneers, a life that was as fruitful as it was long, and full of good deeds as was the heart of the beloved lady full of love of humanity.

Mrs. Kelly would have been 94 years of age next June and was one of the oldest residents of the county. Despite her years she was active physically until a few weeks before her illness, which was a complication, attendant upon old age, and she retained her mental faculties until the last recognizing her children and grandchildren and breathing her final blessings upon them.

Mrs. Kelly’s maiden name was Sarah Ann Baccus. She was born near Wheelersburg, Scioto county, on June 20, 1822 and was married to James M. Kelly October 25, 1838. Of the union five children were born as follows: Joshua, Philona, Sarah A., James B. and Anderson. J. Kelly, the last named being the surviving member of the family and with him Mrs. Kelley made her home, on the old Kelley estate in West Ironton.

“Grandma” Kelley was widely known having resided at the old homestead for 70 years and there all her children were born. Her husband died about 11 years ago. He was moderator of the Ohio Baptist Association for 10 years. Mrs. Kelley was a member of the First Baptist church and was active in all its affairs until her age incapacitated her. She was a splendid lady of the old school, beloved by all who enjoyed her acquaintance, and her death will be mourned by a legion of friends and relatives.

The funeral services will be held from the home Saturday afternoon at two o’clock, Standard time, with Rev. Cleland of the First Baptist church in charge. Interment in Woodland cemetery.

The grandchildren survive and Mrs. Myrtle Kelley, a granddaughter attended the aged lady during her illness.


3093 *Joshua Kelly
3094 Philona Kelly
3095 Sarah A. Kelly
3096 *Anderson Kelly
3097 James B. Kelly, Jr.

(3074) Healen Kelly, daughter of Joshua and Mary (Lee) Kelly, married (3084) Platt.

No children of this marriage in these records.

(3075) Joseph Kelly, son of Joshua and Mary (Lee) Kelly, married (3085) Melvina Stewart.

No children of this marriage in these records.

(3076) Eli Kelly, son of Joshua and Mary (Lee) Kelly. Eli died 3 Jul 1839.

Notes for Eli Kelly:
Died age 9y11m.

(3078) George Kelly, son of Joshua and Mary (Lee) Kelly, married (3086) Amanda Whitna.

No children of this marriage in these records.

(3079) John Kelly, son of Joshua and Mary (Lee) Kelly.

Notes for John Kelly:

Gored to death by a cow.

(3080) Luke Kelly, son of Joshua and Mary (Lee) Kelly, married (3087) Anna Rowe.

Notes for Luke Kelly:
They may have had more children.


3089 *Mary E. Kelly b.c 1876
3090 *Isaac Kelly b.c 1878

(3082) Elizabeth Ann Kelly, daughter of Joshua and Mary (Lee) Kelly, married (3088) Alva/Alvy Jones. Elizabeth Ann died 29 Mar 1854.

Notes for Elizabeth Ann Kelly:
Died age 21y8m.

No children of this marriage in these records.

(3298) Margaret Counts, daughter of William L. and Margaret B. “Patsy” (Skeens) Counts, was born 1848 and married (3301) Elexious Smith, son of George W. and Phebe (Musick) Smith.

No children of this marriage in these records.

(3326) Lot Counts, descendant of Ezekiel and Abigail () Counts, was born about 1856 in VA.

(3327) Joshua Counts, son of Ezekiel and Abigail () Counts, was born about 1861 in Russell Co., VA, and married 17 Jan 1882 in Russell Co., VA, (3328) Mary A. Stinson, daughter of William and Nancy () Stinson, who was born about 1860.

No children of this marriage in these records.

(3323) Silas Counts, son of James M. and Eliza (Jesse) Counts, was born about 1863 in Russell Co., VA.

(3324) Eunice Counts, daughter of James M. and Eliza (Jesse) Counts, was born about 1866 in Russell Co., VA.

(4994) Elizabeth Kelly, daughter of Whitefield and Mary W. “Polly” (Lambert) Kelly, married (4996) Kelly. Elizabeth died 6 Jun 1890 in Kansas City, KS and was buried in Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH, Woodland Cem..

Notes for Elizabeth Kelly:
I.R. June 19, 1890 – MRS. ELIZABETH KELLY, daughter of the late Whitfield Kelly, and sister of Mrs. A. J. Trumbo, died at Kansas City, on the 6th, and was brought here for burial at Woodland, last week. Her husband and son accompanied the remains. Her son, George N. Kelly has been engaged in Kansas City in the city Engineer department for several years, and last March, his father and mother moved there from Cincinnati and were happily situated when Death entered their home. Our sympathies go with the bereaved family.


4997 *George N. Kelly

(4995) Daughter Kelly, daughter of Whitefield and Mary W. “Polly” (Lambert) Kelly, married (4998) A. J. Trumbo.

No children of this marriage in these records.

(1685) Lindsey Kelly, Senator, son of William Dollarhide and Sarah (Austin) Kelly, was born 16 May 1841/1842 in Lawrence Co., OH, and married 8 Oct 1879, (1680) Nannie Scott Honshell, daughter of Washington, Commodore, and Catherine L. (Crawford) Honshell, who was born 8 Sep 1856 in Catlettsburg, Boyd Co., KY. Lindsey, Senator, died 11 Mar 1903 in Lawrence Co., OH. Nannie Scott died 12 Dec 1946 in Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH and was buried in Woodland Cem., Lawrence Co., OH. Nannie Scott was also married to Daniel Gregory Wright.

Notes for Lindsey Kelly, Senator:
I.R. Oct. 8, 1891 – CENTER FURNACE – The present lessee of Center furnace, Lindsey Kelly and W. W. Franklin, will not run it after the termination of this blast which will be this winter. W. C. Amos has been figuring on leasing the furnace and went out there to see it, Monday, but he has not been able to secure the contract he desires, so he leaves today for the south.

Ironton Register – Thursday, March 19, 1903 – LINDSEY KELLY DEAD – Succumbs to Pneumonia Wednesday Evening – Lindsey Kelly, passed away at 7:30 o’clock, March 11, at his home on South Sixth street. His death was due to pneumonia, and came after an illness of only a few days.

The deceased was 61 years of age. he was born in May, 1842, on the Austin farm below Hanging Rock, and came to Ironton with his parents a few years later. The family at the time resided in the old brick home on North Second street, dismantled some years ago to make room for the Goldcamp mill improvements. Later, they moved to the old Kelly homestead now the Charles S. Gray Deaconess Hospital.

Mr. Kelly received a liberal education and in 1863 assumed the management of Center Furnace. Since that time he has been identified with his charcoal and iron inters of the county. He was one of the incorporators and a member of the original board of directors of the Kelly Nail & Iron Co., and was also interested with his father, the late W. D. Kelly, in the Exchange Bank. He was married in 1879 to Miss Nannie Honshell, daughter of the late Commodore Wash Honshell of Catlettsburg. One son, Lindsey Kelly, Jr., was born of this union. The latter has been at San Antonio, Tex., for his health, but started home last night. He will be met at St. Louis by Capt. Gus Honshell of Huntington, but will not reach home before Saturday morning.

In 1877, Mr. Kelly was honored with election to the state senate from this district on the Republican ticket and served for four years.

Like all men, Mr. Kelly had necessity for a mantle of charity to cover his faults but his errors of judgment did not revert to the detriment of his fellows. He had scores of friends to whom the announcement of his death will be a genuine sorrow, and who honored him for gentleness of spirit, courtesy and intelligence.

In addition to the widow and son who survive him, his death is mourned by one brother, Ironton A. Kelly, formerly of this city, but now of Ashland, Ky.

The funeral services were conducted Sunday forenoon at the residence, by Rev. Mr. Boggs of Catlettsburg, and the burial at Woodland was in private.

Notes for Nannie Scott Honshell:
KNOWN AS NANNIE KELLY WRIGHT – only woman Ironmaster known in the Hanging Rock Iron Region.

I.R. Oct. 16, 1879 – WEDDING – On Wednesday evening last, October 8th, there was a brilliant company gathered at the Presbyterian church in Catlettsburg to witness the nuptials of our townsman, Hon. Lindsey Kelly and Miss Nannie S. Honshell. Quite a party from Ironton went up in two large band wagons. Mrs. Love, of Washington C.H., was the organist for the occasion. The attendants were, Miss Stoddard, of San Francisco, and Mr. Gus Honshell, Miss Fannie Honshell and Mr. R. Holden, Jr. The altar was beautifully decorated with flowers and the bride and groom stood under a large horse shoe of tube roses. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dr. Kumler, of Cincinnati, assisted by the Rev. W. C. Condit, of Ashland. The bride’s dress was a combination of white silk and brocaded satin, with diamond ornaments. The bridesmaids’ dresses were pale pink and blue silk. The happy couple were the recipients of many handsome presents, among which were notably a check for $1000 from the father of the bride, a gold necklace and locket studded with diamonds from the bride’s mother, and a case of solid silver spoons from her brother. The bridal party drove down to Ironton that night to their house, which had been furnished and was in readiness to receive them, corner Fourth and Olive, the former home of Congressman Neal. “May they live long and be happy.”

I.R., Sept. 1, 1881 – Mrs. Lindsey Kelly returned home last Sunday quite sick. Miss Fanny Honshell is visiting her.

I.R. Thursday Oct. 10, 1889 – TENTH ANNIVERSARY – Last Tuesday night, Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey Kelly celebrated the tenth anniversary of their marriage. Their elegant residence was filled with happy guests from 6 o’clock to past midnight. Mr. and Mrs. Kelly received their friends with magnificent hospitality. Mrs. Kelly wore the dress in which she was married. It was a handsome brocaded silk, elaborate with lace, and had not been altered since first worn. Many of the other ladies appeared in elegant toilettes; in which feature, perhaps, as well as in charming entertainment, it was one of the finest social events in the history of Ironton. Among the guests from abroad were Commodore and Mrs. Honshell, parents of Mrs. K; Mr. and Mrs. Stone and Mrs. Gus Honshell, of Cincinnati, and Mr. and Mrs. Black and Mrs. Kennedy, of Zanesville. The occasion was a double celebration, for it was also, the 39th anniversary of the marriage of Capt. and Mrs. Honshell, who, notwithstanding there nearly two score years of matrimonial life, were perhaps about as young and happy a pair as appeared on that festal occasion.

I.R. April 17, 1890 – PERSONALS – Miss McCoy of Catlettsburg is visiting Mrs. L. Kelly.

I.R. May 8, 1890 – Capt. and Mrs. Honshell spent last month at their daughter’s Mrs. L. Kelly.

I.R. Oct. 9, 1890 – Mrs. Lindsey Kelly gave an elegant dinner party to Mr. and Mrs. E. Huntington, Mrs. Gus Honshell and other friends, last Tuesday evening.

I.R. Feb. 12, 1891 – Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey Kelly gave a progressive euchre party, last Saturday night, in honor of her brother, Mr. Gus Honshell and wife. There were 24 persons present and an elegant time they had.

I.R. Sept. 17, 1891 – Mrs. Lindsey Kelly has returned from her summer visit.

I.R. Oct. 1, 1891 – Mrs. Lindsey Kelly gave a euchre party last Saturday evening.

S.W.I. Tues., June 15, 1906 – MRS. KELLY – CASHED A ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR CHECK TODAY – The Second National Bank Tuesday cashed one of the largest checks ever handled by a local bank. The check was drawn in favor of Mrs. Nannie H. Kelly and called for the sum of $100,000.

The sum was in part payment for the Center Furnace land purchased by the Superior Portland Cement company. Mrs. Kelly also took a large block of stock in payment for the difference.

S.W.I. Tues., Aug. 21, 1906 – MRS. KELLY – PLACES ORDER FOR AN IMMENSE PACKARD TOURING CAR. – Mrs. Nannie H. Kelly has placed her order for an immense Packard touring car. It is of fifty-five horse power and will seat seven people.

S.W.I. Friday, Sept. 21, 1906 – OCTOBER 24TH – Anent the engagement of Mrs. Nannie H. Kelley to Mr. D. Gregory Wright which was announced in Tuesday morning’s Irontonian, the Cincinnati Commercial Tribune has the following to say:

“The interesting announcement of the engagement of Mrs. Nannie Honshell Kelley, of Ironton, O., to Mr. Daniel Gregory Wright, of Philadelphia, has just been announced.

Mrs. Kelley has many friends here, having often been the guest of Mr. and Mrs. John Shuff, of Avondale.

The announcement of the engagement was made last Saturday evening at a house party which Mrs. Kelley had been entertaining at her beautiful home.

Mrs. Kelley is a great favorite in society and is immensely wealthy in her own name.

Mr. Wright claims kinship to Cincinnati, his grandfather, General Edgar M. Gregory, being a successful banker here in the fifties. He is a Rutger College graduate and is one of the central figures in the Philadelphia financial world.

Mrs. Kelley has recently returned from a trip to the Orient and the dinner favors Saturday were handsome Oriental gifts. The wedding, which will take place October 24, will be followed by a years honeymoon trip around the world.

S.W.I. October 26, 1906 – IN REGAL SPLENDOR MRS. NANNIE H. KELLEY – BECAME THE WIFE OF MR. DANIEL GREGORY WRIGHT AT NOON WEDNESDAY. ELABORATE DECORATIONS, HANDSOME COSTUMES AND EXQUISITE MUSIC COMBINED TO MAKE THE WEDDING ONE OF DAZZLING SPLENDOR – What proved to be the most elaborate and complete wedding ever witnessed in Southern Ohio was that solemnized Wednesday at noon in the First Presbyterian Church in this city when Mrs. Nannie Honschell Kelley and Mr. Daniel Gregory Wright took the vows which joined forever their lives and destinies. Not a single feature or detail but was absolutely perfect and the hundreds of guests who had been bidden were mute with admiration and wonderment.

From eleven until eleven thirty o’clock Mr. Lyons of Hanging Rock, an expert musician and the master of the great organ, delighted the guests with a Wagnerian recital. During this time Mrs. F. A. Bixby sang two very beautiful solos, “The Proposal” and a Spring Song. Both were delightfully rendered in this peerless singer’s best voice.

During the music an opportunity to study the decorations of the church was had and it must be said that seldom has anything equaled the beauty of the church under its profuse decorations. Hardesty and Company of Cincinnati were the artists employed and their cleverness and taste were admirable. Stately palms and huge bunches of yellow and white chrysanthemums had a place on either side of the pulpit, and around the altar were seen smaller palms, ferns and other evergreens to an advantage.

Beautiful bunches of yellow and white chrysanthemums were on either side of the minister’s table and in the center of the pulpit the same flowers were seen. The same blossoms were also used on the pew ends, marking the reservations. These were held in place by white ribbons of extraordinary breadth. The entire floral display was very beautiful and was much admired.

Lohengrin’s bridal march pealed triumphantly from the organ and at 11:30 o’clock and the first strains of the beautiful composition signalized the entrance to the church from the Sunday School room of Messrs. F. A. Bixby and Charles Gentry. They proceeded to the south aisle and soon thereafter Messrs. F. C. Tomlinson and Rush Williamson entered and proceeded to the north aisle. In the center the other ushers, Messrs. Gus Hampton and John Shuff had their positions. The bride and groom followed Messrs. Williamson and Tomlinson and just in front of the pulpit the attendants formed a semi-circle. The bride and groom of course had a central position and were closely scrutinized.

The party was met by Rev. Richmond and in a simple and unaffected manner said the fateful words. The ring ceremony was employed and it was very impressive. Mr. Gus Hampton, in his capacity as best man, carried the ring and presented it to Mr. Wright.

Mrs. Kelley is regal in her bearing and carriage and in her magnificent wedding gown she was really queenly. Her costume was a creation from the school endowed by Queen Marguerita. It is a princess gown of lace Point de Venice over blue Duchess silk and it was one of the school’s prize winners. The dress was sold for the benefit of the school. Mrs. Kelley wore a handsome lace hat with blue and white drooping plumes. She carried exquisite and rare orchids and lilies of the valley. A dog collar of diamonds and pearls completed her magnificent costume which was freely pronounced the most beautiful and expensive ever seen in Ironton.

At the conclusion of the church services the bridal party and the fortunate guests who had been bidden to the house, repaired to Mrs. Kelley’s beautiful home on south Sixth street where a six course breakfast was served by the caterer of the St. Nicholas Hotel of Cincinnati. Saxton’s orchestra of Lexington, Ky., discoursed sweetest music during the service.

The rooms showed the skillful hand of the expert decorators and they were certainly beautiful. Magnificent American Beauty roses and immense pink and white chrysanthemums were seen in the parlor where the guests exchanged congratulations and pleasantries with Mr. and Mrs. Wright. The large reception hall was artistically decorated with yellow chrysanthemums and trailing vines and ferns were seen at the stairway and on the chandeliers. The beauty of the living room which is fitted with white and green was enhanced by flowers and plants which harmonized perfectly with the furnishings. Perfection of the decorator’s art was reached in the dining room, which was simply beyond a feeble pen to describe. American Beauty roses in profusion, yet artistically arranged, were on the mantel. At other convenient places about the room were great bunches of chrysanthemums. The table was covered with a damask center piece which had a deep flounce of handmade lace which almost reached the floor. A bouquet of white chrysanthemums, maiden hair fern and trailing vines occupied a position in the center of the table. The interior of this room was certainly beautiful.

The place cards bore a K-W monogram done in gold by a Cincinnati house. At the bride’s table were seated in addition to Mr. and Mrs. Wright, the following persons: Mr. and Mrs. John Shuff, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Hampton, Captain Wright and Miss Wright, Miss Slee, Mr. and Mrs. Gentry and Mr. Rush Williamson.

Other guests present at the breakfast were Messrs. and Mesdames, F. C. Tomlinson, F. A. Bixby, Jere Davidson, John Norton, Mrs. Charles Buchanan, Miss Emily Johnston, Mrs. Hannah Richmond; Messrs. L. O. Richmond, Charles Gentry, John Shuff, Captain Wright, Gus Hampton, M. L. Sterberger, Thomas Trevor, T. B. Stone, Mr. Taft, Mr. Gutter, Justus Collins, Pearl Brubaker, John Russell and Rush Williamson.

While no display of wedding gifts was made, Mrs. Wright probably received the most valuable remembrances and tokens of love than any bride ever received in this section. The gifts included gold and silver, rich cut glass, rare and valuable china and other articles valuable because of their rarity and beauty.

The gowns worn at the wedding and at the house by the guests were exquisitely handsome. Mrs. Williamson was beautiful in a Dresden embroidered silk dress. She wore a beautiful white hat and diamonds. Mrs. Pearl Brubaker, of Ashland, in black net over white silk; Mrs. Geo. D. Hope, of Kansas City, in blue Duchess satin, trimmed in dainty lace. She wore a becoming blue hat to match the gown. Mrs. Thos. Trevor of Cincinnati was gowned in handsome white lace and diamonds and wore a pretty blue plumed hat; Mrs. T. B. Stone of Cincinnati, appeared in dainty white silk and black plumed hat; Mrs. Gus Honschel looked exceedingly handsome in black chiffon broadcloth and diamonds and black plumed hat; Mrs. Charles Gentry of Charleston was charming in American beauty velvet and voile white lace and American Beauty rose hat; Mrs. Sterberger, of Jackson, a beautiful lace robe with diamonds and pink hat; Mrs. John Russell of Ashland, white silk chiffon valencines lace and plumed hat; Miss Slee a dainty gown of gray voile heavily embroidered and a picture hat in white; Mrs. Shuff of Cincinnati was exceedingly handsome in white silk and lace and a beautiful white hat with a long plume and pink roses; Mrs. Collins, of Charleston, a handsome creation of lace and silk; Mrs. Hampton, a pink chiffon voile and lace with white picture hat; Miss Wright, light blue broadcloth, prettily trimmed in lace with a gold girdle and white plumed hat.

Mr. and Mrs. Wright will leave this week for a brief stay in New York. They will soon return to this city to prepare for their tour of the world. They sail from New York on December 7th and will be absent about eight months. They will make extensive stops at Gibraltar, Egypt, Ceylon, China, Japan and other places. They will visit the Philippines, Hawaii and will return to this country through the port of San Francisco.

It is hardly necessary to pay tribute to Mrs. Wright at this time for she is too well known. Suffice it to say that she is one of the best known ladies in Ohio. She is a social leader and the functions at her home have long been regarded as eminent social successes. Her remarkable business ability is rarely, if ever equaled even by astute men, but despite her business affairs she maintains all the feminine charms. In appearance Mrs. Wright is queenly and bears herself with becoming and native dignity.

Mr. Wright is a son of Captain Samuel Wright of New York and a grandson of General Gregory a prominent banker in Cincinnati forty or fifty years ago. He is a graduate of Rutgers college of New Jersey and is a cultured and intellectual gentleman. He is a member of the Cincinnati Business Men’s Club and is active in its affairs. Just recently he identified himself with the business of this city and county and largely through his efforts the county is soon to have an immense new cement plant. Mr. Wright is a young man of extraordinary business ability and his presence in this locality has already been felt. Socially he is exceptionally attractive. He is genial and jolly and a man who will make a friend everywhere. In appearance he is ideal and will attract a special favorable notice and comment in any gathering. He is worthy of the bride he has won and congratulations are due him.

S.W.I. Oct. 30, 1906 – MRS. WRIGHT – is Forty Five Years Young, According to Columbus Paper. – MR. WILSON’S REVIEW – Of the Life and Struggles of Mrs. Daniel Gregory Wright Given in an Editorial in the Ohio State Journal What He Says. The papers are filled with accounts of the wedding of Mrs. Nannie H. Kelly, aged 55, and D. G. Wright, aged 34, at Ironton on Wednesday. He is a poor, but sensible and industrious man. She is rich, several hundred thousand possibly, a bright ambitious, agreeable, youthful woman.

She was the daughter of “Commodore” Honschell, an Ohio river steamboat captain of good fame along the Ohio. She married Lindsey Kelly, the son of a pig iron magnate of the Hanging Rock iron region. So it was a marrige of considerable wealth and happy outlooks. About that time, in the eighties, Mr. Kelly was elected a member of the Ohio senate, and he brought his bride to Columbus and remained here in hotel life during the four years of Mr. Kelly’s senatorship.

In the course of years, the Kelly side of the family wealth became sadly wrecked. The stress of the time made sorry outlook for the Kelly estate. Some years after the ex-senator died, but Mrs. Kelly rushed into the breach of misfortune, gathered up the tag ends and pieces of wreckage, and by hard work and skill and shrew combination and new projects she managed to build up the estate so that today she is about the richest woman in that part of the state.

During much of his hard fight with fate, she lived in the furnace region, in a primitive house; mined ore and limestone, endured a hard and rugged life, but ever bright, buoyant and full of social engagement with old friends, she lived in the constant hope of retrieving her fortune. It is said that sometimes during her severe tasks in the mududy minings, she appeared in male attire; but this is denied. However, if this is true, it did not interfere with her frequent forays into social life. She belonged to the old and respected literary club at Ironton and took her turn in entertaining it at her domicile in the ore diggings; and everybody went, for nowhere was the occasion more exuberant or intellectual in tone than at Mrs. Kelly’s home in the mining wilds.

What a difference now – a bridal tour around the world, and a bank account large enough to make the earth seem small. – Ohio State Journal.

I.R. Nov. 1, 1906 – KELLY-WRIGHT – NUPTIALS SOLEMNIZED WEDNESDAY AT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH – Wednesday morning from 11 until eleven thirty o’clock, Mr. Lyons of Hanging Rock gave a delightful Wagnerian organ recital, in the First Presbyterian Church, interspersed with two beautiful solos, one “The Proposal” and the other a bright little “Spring Song” by Mrs. F. A. Bixby, in her usual good voice. The recital was a prelude to the more stately music which was to herald the wedding of Mrs. N. Honschell Kelly and Mr. D. Gregory Wright. The church decorations and also the decorations at the Kelly home, were the product of the Cincinnati firm of Hardesty and Company, which certainly did justice to the occasion. (rest of article reiterates what has been previously written – smk)

S.W.I. Fri., Nov. 9, 1906 – ELEGANT – RECEPTION GIVEN IN CATLETTSBURG IN HONOR OF MR. AND MRS. WRIGHT – OVER THREE HUNDRED GUESTS PAY THEIR RESPECTS – BEAUTIFUL WOMEN, LOVELY GOWNS AND HANDSOME DECORATIONS. – The Catlettsburg Correspondent to the Ashland Independent gives the following account of the reception given in Catlettsburg by Mrs. Rush F. Williamson in honor of Mr. and Mrs. D. Gregory Wright, to which quite a number of Ironton people were invited.

Tuesday afternoon at the palatial Williamson homestead on Honshell Hill, the social circles of Catlettsburg, Ashland, Ironton and Huntington were well represented by the three hundred guests who assembled for the elegant reception given by Mrs. Rush F. Williamson, Mrs. Chas. V. Gentry and Mrs. Gus H. Hampton, in honor of Mrs. D. Gregory Wright, of Ironton. Mrs. Wright is the sister of Mrs. Williamson, aunt of Mrs. Gentry and Mrs. Hampton, and a very much desired leader in society.

The guests on being admitted, were met by little Miss Geraldine Williamson, who received the cards and in her gentle way directed each lady to the handsome drawing room where the receiving line was formed. Mrs. Williamson first greeted the guests, extending the hospitality of her home and then presenting Mrs. Wright, and her house guest, Mrs. Frank Dibert, of Johnstown, Pa. Mrs. Wright wore her wedding gown of Brussels lace, over blue silk, and her famous diamond dog collar and made a decidedly stately figure, while Mrs. Dibert was very charming in a delicately figured net. Mrs. Chas. V. Gentry next welcomed the guests and her beauty was never more striking than on this occasion. Mrs. Hampton, a favorite among all, stood at the end of the receiving line. Then the _______ in the drawing room was delightfully prolonged by the agreeable manner of Mrs. Purla Brubaker, who was handsomely gowned in a wine colored princess gown and of Miss Maude Marcum, who made a lovely appearance in pure white.

The chief attraction of the library was the deep bay window where a glimpse of fairyland seemed literally to have been transported. A tall oriental lamp shed a faint glow over two young girls, Miss Quinn Brown and Miss Parsons, attired in filmy lace over taffeta who presided over the punch bowl. The decorations of which were original and very attractive.

After being served to a refreshing drink from such fair hands in this pleasing nook, Mrs. Ben Williamson and Mrs. Alex L. Brown, then escorted the guests into the dining room, where beneath the chandelier a large round table attracted attention with its banks of asparagus and golden chrysanthemums, shaded candles, cut glass, bowls of salted almonds and bon bons and silver salvers of angel cake. Around the room twenty-five guests at each assembly were gracefully served by Misses Eleanor Silcott, Anna Adams, Dove Williamson and Mayme Wellman, to a delicious salad course and ices after which Mrs. Clara Hanobell(?) invited them to the call for coffee, Mrs. W. McGuffy Wellman and Mrs. Arthur Emmona served the coffee and carried on brilliant conversation over the dainty caps. All the while Leroy’s orchestra, “under the shade of the sheltering palms,” had been discoursing sweet music; after coffee was served au revoirs were bade and the guests departed for their homes.

S.W.I. Friday, March 29, 1907 – HANDSOME – AND COSTLY RESIDENCE WILL BE ERECTED – BY MRS. D. G. WRIGHT – On Corner of Sixth and Quincy Streets. Building Will Be Constructed of Brick and Stone. Interior Will Be Finished in Regal Style. – Mrs. D. Gregory Wright will within the next few months erect a handsome and costly residence upon her lots on Sixth and Quincy streets, the plans and specifications for which are now being prepared by Architects Howard, Inscho and Merriam, Captitol Trust, building, Columbus. The house will be erected on signed in the Georgian colonial style an elevated site 250×337. It is de-of architecture. First floor will contain a large music room 24×40, dining room 24×24, reception room, breakfast room, private bed room suite, kitchen and pantry. A large colonial stair case will lead to the second floor upon which will be located a large library, eight bed rooms all of which are arranged en-suite. Third floor will contain ball room and necessary servants’ quarters. The building will be constructed of brick and stone and tile roof. The entire interior will be finished in white enameled trim and mahogany doors. The architects are also preparing plans and specifications for a modern stable and garage to be erected on the same property. Special attention is being given to architectural setting of the building. The entire property surrounding them will be given to formal gardens, pergola walks and drives. Figures will be invited soon as plans are completed.

S.W.I. April 26, 1907 – MRS. WRIGHT – RECEIVED COMPLIMENTARY NOTICE IN PENN. PAPER – A recent issue of the Harrisburg, Pa., Daily Telegraph contained a slendid likeness of Mrs. Nannie Kelly Wright with the following complimentary notice:

“Mrs. Nannie Kelly, of Ironton, O., the only woman in the steel and iron industry in America. She is a woman of great executive ability and has created quite a sensation by her endorsement of the anti-trust agitation because she says her business is run “honestly and honorably.”

S.W.I. May, , 1907 – ELEGANT – IN EVERY FEATURE WAS MRS. WRIGHT’S PARTY – MANY GUESTS – FROM OUT OF THE CITY WERE IN ATTENDANCE AND EVERYONE ENJOYED THE HOSPITALITY OF THE CHARMING HOSTESS – It was a very elegant affair, the euchre given last afternoon by Mrs. D. Gregory Wright, whose grace and charm as a hostess makes successful every occasion within her home.

In appointment this is one of the most beautiful homes in our city, and the handsome bric-a-brac gathered by Mrs. Wright in her travels, not only in this country but on foreign shores add greatly to the attractiveness and interest of the various rooms.

Mrs. Wright received her guests in the drawing room, bright and beautiful in its interior decorations, Sweet Peas filled vases in the reception room and library and the parlors, and dining room.

The entire downstairs was converted into one spacious room, and pink and white were chosen as the colors to harmonize most effectively with the finish and furnishings, and the decorative plan which was in charge of Hadesty & Co. of Cincinnati, was picturesque.

In the circular dining room, which is artistic in detail, the floral decorations of sweet peas were in the graduated shades of pink and red, and the tables upon which the bon bons were had baskets of sweet peas, the handles tied with butterfly bows of pink tulle.

As the guests entered upon this beautiful scene, they were greeted by the sweetest strains from LeRoy’s orchestra, which during the afternoon presented a musical program of unusual charm.

Mrs. Wright’s reception gown was of pale yellow batiste, combining embroidery and lace. The guests of honor were Mrs. John L. Shuff, of Cincinnati, who wore an imported gown of white lace; Mrs. Gus H. Honshell, of Charleston, looked handsome in a hyacinth blue cloth with lace trimmings; Mrs. Rush Williamson, of Catlettsburg, a Parisian gown of a delicate shade.

The guests found their places at the card tables, by cards that were both novel and beautiful, being hand painted and cunningly designed.

The games were enthusiastic and the top score was made by Mrs. S. H. Night, of Huntington, who was awarded a beautiful white fan. The second prize, a handsome belt, was won by Mrs. John Russell of Ashland. The third prize, a box of Armenian handkerchiefs, went to Mrs. F. A. Bixby.

The buffet luncheon, served by the St. Nicholas Hotel of Cincinnati, was a delicious repast and served on silver platters garnished with flowers designs, and in the cakes, ices and bon bons, the color scheme, pink and white was carried out.

It was a pretty function and the occasion was distinguished by elaborate detail and artistic taste.

Among those present were: From Huntington – Mrs. Arthur Emmons, Mrs. Carlton Emmons, Mrs. Ditson Carer, Mrs. Robert Pepper, Mrs. Ben Davis; Mrs. Garland Buffington, Mrs. Charles Gohen, Mrs. S. H. Nigh, Mrs. Hugh Rardin; from Kenova; Miss Peck; from Catlettsburg, Mrs. Lute Dismukes (?), Mrs. Lewis Baugh, Mrs. W. C. Harper, Mrs. John Hopkins, Mrs. Edward Hughes, Mrs. Alex Brown, Mrs. Chas. Stilcott, Mrs. Wallace Williamson, Mrs. Rush Williamson; from Ashland, Mrs. John Russell, Mrs. Anna Kerr, Mrs. Dawkins, from Ironton, Mrs. Joseph Norton, Mrs. C. M. Humes, Mrs. Mason Herron, Mrs. A. C. Stephens, Mrs. F. A. Bixby; from Indianapolis, Mrs. Lilley from Charleston, W. Va., Mrs. Gus Honshell.

S.W.I. May 21, 1907 – CHARMING – WAS THE SECOND OF SERIES OF PARTIES AT – “BIDE–A–WEE” – The Beautiful and Hospitable Wright Home Was Exquisitely Decorated For the Occasion. Refreshments Served by the St. Nicholas Hotel of Cincinnati. – Another very elegant affair last evening at the Wright home on south Sixth street was the second number of a series of entertainments, and was a euchre and supper given by Mr. and Mrs. D. Gregory Wright to quite a number of their friends from this and the surrounding cities.

Only the afternoon of the day before was the home of elegance in gala attire, when Mrs. Wright entertained about fifty ladies at euchre. Last evening this attractive home was decorated with taste by Hardesty and Co., of Cincinnati. The spacious lower floor which opens together, being fragrant with carnations; these with the trailing Southern smilax were used elaborately, forming a frieze in all the rooms, and framing mantels, doors and windows.

Scattered through the rooms and on buffets, cabinets and tables, were rich cut glass vases, and large brass jardieners filled with the chosen flower of the afternoon, the Enchantress carnation in its pale tinted pink, to that of the crimson hue.

As the guests entered this brilliantly lighted home, with their hundreds of incandescent lights shining forth in all their brilliancy seemed like a transplanted fairy land, and the scene was made more enchanting by the sweetest strains from Leroy’s orchestra, from the upper hallway.

The gracious hosts in their usual cordial manner, made each and every one feel perfectly at home, and put all at at their ease. Mrs. Wright, who is an exceptionally stylish woman, was gowned in an elegant white lace dress with diamond ornaments. She was assisted by Mrs. Honshell, of Charleston, W. Va., who wore a white chiffon over taffeta silk and pearl ornaments; Mrs. Rush Williamson of Catlettsburg, a Frenchy crepe de chine of Ecru shade and diamonds.

The guests found their places at the card tables by exquisite hand painted cards. It seemed there was not a poor card player in the room, and those who marked the progressions were kept busy.

The games were thoroughly enjoyed, not because there were some handsome prizes at the end, but for the game itself. When the signal was given that there were no more progressions, the cards, which it seemed were “punched, punched, punched with care” were handed to an expert accountant, who was to foot up the score.

This was done while the supper was being served, which was indeed tempting. It being in charge of the St. Nicholas Hotel of Cincinnati. It was served in courses on the tete-a-tete tables, and at each table it seemed that that four were the most congenial.

The supper consisted of the substantial and the dainties, the ices being in fruit shapes. The sweets served from a large table covered with rich Venetian table cloth, with a basket of crimson carnations for a center piece; the bon bons and cakes were in pink and white, and the rare china and rich cut glass made a scene of resplendent beauty.

Just as they were through serving supper, it was announced that the first prize was won by Mrs. F. A. Bixby and was a Tiffany pin. The ladies’ second prize, was a handsome beaded purse from the Orient, and was won by Mrs. J. W. Slater.

The gentlemen’s first prize was a beautiful stick pin, and he who held the lucky hand was Mr. Mason Herron, of Hanging Rock.

Mr. Chadwick of Ashland came in for the second prize, this was a bridge set.

To determine the winner of the ladies’ second prize it was necessary to draw lots. The contestants were Mrs. Slater, Mrs. F. C. Tomlinson and Miss Emily Johnston. Mrs. Slater was the successful contestant.

It was a delightful function, and those who were fortunate enough to be present pronounced it an ideal occasion. They were: Dr. and Mrs. James Kincaid, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Hampton and Mrs. Rush Williamson of Catlettsburg, Ky.; Mr. and Mrs. Chadwick, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Putnam, Mr. and Mrs. Purla Brubaker, Ashland, Ky.; Mrs. Gus Honshell, Charleston, W. Va.; Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Clarke, Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Hutsinpillar; Mr. and Mrs. James Sister, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Tomlinson, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Steece, Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Fowler, Judge and Mrs. Thomas Cherrington, Mr. and Mrs. C. B. McQuigg, Mr. Fred Johnston, Miss Emily Johnston, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Culbertson, Mr. and Mrs. (article ended – we will try to find out if there was more – smk)





It was currently reported on the streets Tuesday that Mrs. Nannie Kelly Wright would be interested in the construction of a mammoth blast furnace which is to be located just below Ashland near the Kentucky terminals of the uncompleted Ashland-Ironton bridge. it is understood that the site was furnished by the C. & O. Railway company which will give inducements towards freight rates in order to get the location of such a furnace on its line.

The furnace is to cost a half million dollars if constructed, and will be a twin furnace of the Ironton Iron company’s furnace which is now being constructed at this end of the bridge.

Mrs. Wright was seen in regard to this report, but she refused to affirm or deny it. Others were seen in regard to the matter, and they stated that such an organization of a furnace company was talked over sometime ago but that they thought the matter had fallen through. It is thought that Ironton A. Kelly and other prominent iron men of Ashland are interested in the promotion of this project.

The reported purchase of the C. & O. by the Morgan Interests lends color to this report, as Morgan owns the bridge across the river. If these reports are true, the work on the bridge will certainly be resumed in the very near future.

S.W.I. July 12, 1907 – DELIGHTFUL – TRIP WILL BE MADE BY MR. AND MRS. WRIGHT. – Mr. and Mrs. D. Gregory Wright will leave in their touring car the last of the week for a trip through the Blue Grass Region of Kentucky. They will spend some time at Mammouth Cave. Mrs. Gentry, Mrs. Wright’s niece of Huntington will accompany them.

I.D.R. July 3, 1923 – MRS. WRIGHT SELLS BIG BLOCK OF STOCK IN KELLY N. AND I. CO. TO I.P. BLANTON ON EVE OF ANNUAL ELECTION – THIS ACQUISITION WILL LIKELY RESULT IN THE ELECTION OF MR. BLANTON AS PRESIDENT OF THE COMPANY – It is understood that Mrs. Nannie H. Wright has sold her holdings in the Kelly Nail and Iron Company to Irvin P. Blanton. The deal is said to have involved the transfer of $37,500 worth of stock. The control of this stock will in all probability result in the election of Mr. Blanton as president of the company at the annual meeting of the stockholders and directors, which is to be held on July 18th. it is understood that Mr. I. Austin Kelly, vice president of the company and Mr. Blanton will be candidates for the presidency of the Kelly Company.

I.D.R. July 5, 1923 -BLANTON WINS FLAG OVER 32 COMPETITORS – 1164 SHARES OF KELLY NAIL & IRON STOCK SOLD – TRANSACTION IS SAID TO INVOLVE ABOUT $200,000 – CONTROL OF COMPANY PASSED TO MR. BLANTON – ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS WILL BE HELD ON JULY 18TH FOR ELECTION OF OFFICERS. – Mrs. Nannie H. Wright has sold 1164 shares of stock of the Kelly Nail & Iron company to I. P. Blanton and the amount of money involved in the transaction is said to have been in the neighborhood of $200,000. Mrs. Wright has disposed of practically all her holdings in the company to Mr. Blanton and his control of this new stock insures his election as president of the company to succeed Mr. Richey.

The annual meeting of the Kelly Nail & Iron company is scheduled for July 18th.

Ironton Newspaper, December 12, 1946
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ONLY WOMAN IRONMASTER OF OLD FURNACE DAYS, DIES: Mrs. Nanny Kelly Wright, one of the district’s most colorful personage – a woman whose life’s story is a saga of American opportunity, romance and adventure- this morning entered upon life’s greatest adventure-death.

Mrs. Wright, who was 90 years old last Sept. 8 died quietly in her room at the Hotel Marting at 8:30 a.m. following a critical illness of several days. With her passing Ironton lost one of its most colorful figures – a woman who was at home in the drawing room with governors and presidents. In furnace offices and furnace casting rooms. With her died a living memory of the old political, torchlight parades of other years of the business opportunities available even in those years when it was generally considered that a woman’s place was in the home.

ONLY IRONMASTER – Mrs. Wright was probably the only woman ironmaster in America’s history. From 1894 to 1897 the iron industry in this country practically at a standstill and stocks were worth about 15 to 20 cents on the dollar. Buyers at that price were scarce, Mrs. Wright, a close observer of political and financial affairs, reasoned an upward trend was due and invested in Old Centre Furnace, near Superior. She paid the taxes, received an initial education in furnace operation and in 1899 she bid in the furnace, at auction, for $19,950. This included 12,000 acres. She managed the furnace, conducted regular inspections of property and in addition, made regular weekly trips to Cincinnati. She continued as owner and operator until 1906 when she sold to the Superior Cement Co.

Mrs. Wright was born Nannie Honshell, in Catlettsburg, Ky., September 8, 1856, daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Washington Honshell. Her father was a riverman who helped form the WHITE COLLAR line. There were three other children in the family, one brother and two sisters, now dead. At the age of six she started travels that were to take her around the world three times. At six she joined her parents in a tour of New York and the St. Lawrence river. Thereafter she made many trips to Cincinnati and Richmond with her father. On October 8, 1879 she was united to Lindsey Kelly of Ironton in a gala church ceremony at Catlettsburg – most elaborate the Kentucky village had witnessed up until that time.

BARGE OF FLOWERS – The Kellys insisted on sending flowers for decoration and the day before the ceremony a steamboat and barge tied up at Catlettsburg landing. On the barge the Kellys had placed some 300 tube roses, each potted. At this time, Mr. Kelly was serving one of two terms as Ohio representative. The newlywed’s went to housekeeping in the old Henry S. Neal home that formerly stood on the southeast corner of fourth and Park. Later they moved to Superior to care for Centre Furnace and it was there that a son Lindsey, Jr. was born. Son and father both died in 1902 but Mrs. Wright continued as an ironmaster until her sale of the properties in 1906.

In October of the same year she married D. Gregory Wright of Philadelphia. He also preceded her in death.

During her residence in Ironton, at Fifth and Adams and on Sixth and Chestnut, Mrs. Wright entertained profusely and her parties were always elaborate affairs. Her home held priceless antiques and decorations, acquired during world travels, and her every move was marked by glamour. Her first world tour was made in 1898, another was taken in 1906 and a third in 1913. In all she crossed the Atlantic 14 times in years when it was the unusual rather than the ordinary. In London she was presented to the Court of St. James during the reign of Edward VII. On her latest travels in America she enjoyed a clipper trip to Catalina Island: “I was not afraid.” she said upon conclusion of the journey. Those words aptly serve as a description of Mrs. Wright’s life.

MANY INTERESTS – Mrs. Wright’s business interest centered in Centre Furnace and the Kelly Nail and Iron Co. of Ironton. She served as director of the latter institution for years and was also financially interested in the Belfont Iron Works, Ironton Engine Co. and Ironton, Huntington, Cincinnati and Catlettsburg banks.

During recent years, Mrs. Wright had resided in Ironton and Huntington hotels. She maintained unusual physical and mental alertness throughout her 90 years. With her death today Ironton’s lost a resident who was a link with the “aristocratic” days of other years, a woman whose life was always one of bold adventure. She was the last immediate member of her family but some cousins, including the Davidson family of South Point, survive.

The body of Mrs. Wright is at the O’Keefe Funeral Home. Services will probably be conducted Monday, with burial in the Wright private mausoleum in Woodland Cemetery.

Mrs. Wright was reputed to have been at one time, one of the richest women, in their own right in America. She is reputed to have made, and lost, more money through business enterprise than any other woman in this entire area.


1687 *Lindsey Kelly, Jr. b. 8 Dec 1883 d. 27 Jan 1904

(3005) Ironton Austin Kelly, son of William Dollarhide and Sarah (Austin) Kelly, was born 8 Apr 1849 in Lawrence Co., OH, and married 11 May 1875 in Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH, (3006) Mary Frances Kirker, daughter of W. W. and Lucinda C. () Kirker, who was born 19 Nov 1854 in Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH. Ironton Austin died 6 Aug 1911 in Ashland, Boyd Co., KY and was buried in Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH, Woodland Cem.. Mary Frances died 9 Nov 1924 in Lawrence Co., OH and was buried in Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH, Woodland Cem..

Notes for Ironton Austin Kelly:
First male child born in the new town of “Ironton”.

1880 Lawrence Co. OH Census: Kelly, Ironton A. age 31 mfr. b. OH Mary K. age 25 b. OH Wm. D. age 06 b. OH Ironton A. age 04 b. OH Kirker, Lucinda age 56 b. OH Margaret age 21 b. OH

S.W.I. Aug. 8, 1911 – HONORED CAREER OF I. A. KELLY WAS ENDED SUNDAY AFTERNOON -Ironton A. Kelly, who was the first male child born in Ironton, passed away Sunday, death proving victor in the valiant battle for supremacy which Mr. Kelly had waged with it for the past several years.

For over three years, Mr. Kelly had been seriously ill with rheumatism, but with the strong will which had made him such a potent factor in the business success, and moral uplift of the community, he fought to hold the life which he loved so well, just in vain, the end coming suddenly Sunday afternoon.

This summer together with Mrs. Kelly, he spent some weeks at Mt. Clemens, Michigan, with a hope that the climate there might prove beneficial, but he did not receive the benefit from the change which he anticipated, and he expressed a desire to return home, for here he could have, not only the comforts, but the luxuries, and too, he could have the entire family about him. For the past three weeks his life has hung as it were, in a balance, but for the past three days he was apparently much better and his family had every hope, that he would be spared to them. Even Sunday at noon he talked and chatted cheerfully with those at his bedside and seemed comfortable and cheerful. At 2:30 without a moment’s warning and without a struggle, even before his son, Austin, who lives next door could reach his bedside he passed peacefully away.

The death of Mr. Kelly removed one of the strong and rugged characters who has contributed in no small part to the business interests of this section for more than forty years, for his life has been devoted to the iron interests of this section. He was the son of William D. and Sarah Austin Kelly and was born at Ironton, sixty-two years ago Easter Sunday, the 8th day of April.

The ground on which the city of Ironton was built belonged to his father and had been known as the Kelly farm.

In his early life Mr. Kelly showed a marked ability for business and seeing the possibility of the iron trade he entered into the same and by close application to work and strict adherence to business, conducted upon high, honorable plans, he made a name for himself which will stand as a monument to his memory.

Although the son of one of the community’s most distinguished citizens this did not spoil him or cause him to seek prominence or adulation. He fought his own fight with a definiteness of purpose that was commendable and showed the sterling stuff of which he was made. He attained, but the honors he won were touched with modesty. His career showed steadfastness of character and purity of principle.

On May 11, 1875, he was united in marriage to Miss Francis Kirker of the city, who with two sons, William of Ironton and Austin of Ashland survive.

Mr. Kelly moved to Ashland about 17 years ago at that time being president of the Kelly Nail and Iron Company, of Ironton. He built this big plant, and also the plant of the Ashland Steel Company and the Red Mill. At the time of his death he was president of the Ashland Steel Co., and vice president of the Kelly Nail & Iron Co., and vice president of the Merchants Bank and Trust Company.

Of a quiet assuming disposition Mr. Kelly had no desire for political honors, yet his vote and influence was always used in behalf of those things which were for the benefit of his fellow men. The sterling worth of Mr. Kelly was best known to those who know him closest and it is these who will miss him most.

The funeral services will be held at one o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the home on Bath Avenue and interment will occur in Woodland cemetery where he buried his parents and their other children, Lindsey and Mary.

Notes for Mary Frances Kirker:
I.R., Feb. 2, 1882 – Mr. Bidwell was in town . . . Mrs. Bidwell had been stopping at her sister’s, Mrs. I. A. Kelly.

I.R. Oct. 29, 1891 – Mrs. I. A. Kelly drives the daintiest rig in town. Horse and phaeton match; both of creamy hue.

Tree Shaker Jan. 1994 – Headline Notes – 11/11/1924 – MRS. IRONTON A. (Frances) KELLY, 70, dies. born 1854 in Ironton, Ohio, d/o W. W. Kirker. Marr 1875, mother of I. AUSTIN KELLY.

M.I. Tues., November 11, 1924 – MRS. IRONTON A. KELLY DIED SUNDAY A.M.; FUNERAL TODAY – Mrs. Mary Frances Kelly, widow of the late Ironton A. Kelly, died at the home of her son, Will Kelly, of South Eleventh street, Sunday morning at 5:30 o’clock, after an extended illness.

Mrs. Kelly’s illness dates back from last Christmas, when she and a party of loved ones gathered at Atlantic City, New Jersey. Her sons, Will and I. Austin, granddaughter, Rosemary, and grandsons, Edward Bird Kelley and I. Austin Kelley, and Miss Elizabeth Newton, of Ironton, were guests. Shortly after the holidays Mrs. Kelley became ill entering a New York hospital. There it was realized her condition was serious and she returned to Ironton in April, entering the Deaconess Hospital. After it was learned the ailment was incurable, Mrs. Kelley was removed to the home of her son and her room was a bower of flowers, where loved ones did all in their power to make her passing moments ones of contentment and comfort. Death found her prepared and came after a long and losing battle with never a murmur of discontent.

Mary Frances Kelly was born in Ironton on Railroad street on November 19, 1854, and would have been 70 years old had she lived until the 19th of the month. Her parents were W. W. Kirker and Lucinda C. Kirker, pioneers of this region. The family lived in the brick house just in the rear of the McCauley home on Railroad street, and it was here that Mrs. Kelly was born.

She attended the schools of Ironton and seminaries in the east, and on May 11, 1875, was married to Ironton A. Kelly in this city. To this union three children were born, William D., at whose home the mother died; I. Austin Kelly, of New York and Donald, who died in infancy. The family home for many years was on South Sixth street, but for business reasons it was necessary for the family to move to Ashland, Ky., where Mr. Kelly had large interests. Mr. Kelly died in Ashland in 1911, and soon thereafter Mrs. Kelly went to New York to live, remaining there until last year. She maintained luxurious apartments in New York, and her brother, Mr. Will C. Kirker, resided with her until 4 years ago, when he died. Her home in New York was always open to her friends from Ironton and elsewhere, and as a hostess she was all that could be desired. Mrs. Kelly traveled widely and she made many lively friends, but none was so dear to her as the friends of her girlhood and young womanhood. She was a Presbyterian, active and helpful in all Christian work. Her benefactions will never be known, but they were very extensive. She was largely interested in children’s hospitals in New York, making large contributions to them.

Her lovely character, ready and sympathetic interest and high worth found its truest expression in the home, with the needy, and in her family. Hers, indeed, was an ideal life. Unselfish devotion and service to all, always planning for the joy of others, with absolutely no thought of self, made her a most delightful personage.

In addition to her own immediate family, one sister, Mrs. Bedwell, of Columbus, who was here at the hour of death, and one brother, Robert A. Kirker, of Utah, survive. The latter cannot arrive in time for the funeral, which will be held this afternoon at 2 o’clock at the home of Will Kelly, on South Eleventh street. Rev. W. H. Hampton, rector emeritus Christ Episcopal church, who appealed strongly to Mrs. Kelly will be in charge of the services, assisted by Rev. A. A. Lancaster, of the Congregational church, in whom Mrs. Kelly found a true and noble friend. Burial will be in Woodland cemetery in the family plot.

The passing of Mrs. Kelly will be the source of much genuine regret and grief for she was one of the type of true womanhood mankind reveres. She was a lovely girl, beautiful and charming, an ideal wife and a sacrificing, devoted mother and friend. She will long be remembered in our hearts for her golden worth.

Mr. and Mrs. Bedwell, I. Austin Kelly, Mrs. Annis E. Enochs and Mrs. Adsit and many others close to the deceased, are here for the funeral. The Kelly grandsons, Edward Bird and I. Austin III, students at Boston Tech., will not be here for the funeral as this being the request of Mrs. Kelly shortly before she died.


3007 *William Dollarhide Kelly b. 1876 d. 6 Jan 1926
3008 *Ironton Austin Kelly, Jr. b. 1878 d. 1952
4967 *Donald Brown Kelly b.c 1883 d. 21 Dec 1885

(4956) Mary Kelly, daughter of William Dollarhide and Sarah (Austin) Kelly. Mary was buried in Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH, Woodland Cem..

(4958) Charles Kelley, son of William Henry Harrison and Maria (Lawson) Kelly, married (4962) Maria Montgomery, daughter of J. J. Montgomery, Col..

Notes for Charles Kelley:
Served in Civil War.

I.R. Oct. 25, 1877 – Mr. Charles Kelly, son of Gen. Kelly, of Union Landing will be at home on a visit this week. His wife and child are already here. Charles is now a citizen of Brownsville, Missouri.

Notes for Maria Montgomery:
of St. Louis, MO.

No children of this marriage in these records.

(4960) Lucy M. Kelley, daughter of William Henry Harrison and Maria (Lawson) Kelly, was born in Kelley’s Mills, Lawrence Co., OH, and married 29 Oct 1890 in Sweet Springs, MO, (5005) John J. Smith. Lucy M. died 15 Apr 1905 in Sweet Springs, MO.

Notes for Lucy M. Kelley:
I.R. Nov. 6, 1890 – MORE HAPPINESS – We have received the announcement of the marriage of J. J. Smith and Lucy M. Kelly, of Sweet Springs, Mo., on the 29th. The bride of this happy event will be recognized as the daughter of the late Gen. W. H. Kelly.

I.R. Nov. 13, 1890 – THE WEDDING – NEED to COPY I.R. APRIL 27, 1905 – CROSSED DARK RIVER – MRS. LUCY M. SMITH, NEE KELLEY, DIED IN MISSOURI LAST FRIDAY – Mrs. Lucy M. Smith, the estimable wife of Mayor J. J. Smith, died on Saturday morning, 15th inst.. She had been a sufferer for months, and death was not unexpected; yet it was none the less a blow to her surviving relatives, and an occasion for grief in the community. Her kindly, generous spirit and her good works had endeared her to those who knew her best, and all recognized her as a woman of high character and capacity.

The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the home adjacent to Sweet Springs grounds. The assemblage was a large one; indeed, we doubt if the city has ever witnessed one to surpass it on such an occasion. The sermon was by Rev. J. E. Dillard, pastor of the Baptist Church, and was eloquent and impressive.

The subject of this sketch, the youngest of four children of General W. H. H. and Maria Kelley, was born at Kelley’s Mills, Lawrence county, Ohio. Removed to Sweet Springs in 1888, and was married to J. J. Smith, October 29, 1890. Of this union, one child, a baby boy, was born in March 1893, and died in infancy.

She united with the Baptist church in her fifteenth year, and has been a faithful member since that time.

While attending the World’s Fair she contracted a severe cold, which resulted in a stroke of paralysis, about the first of this year, and for over three months she has been in a helpless condition. She was ever a patient sufferer, never complaining, always hopeful. For several days she realized that the end was near and was ready to go. She requested that she be permitted to arranger her affairs “while she her senses,” and during the long night vigils of her husband whispered into his ear as strength permitted, her last wishes, giving him information she knew he would need, and making requests that will be faithfully fulfilled.

Early in her sickness, realizing that she needed absolute quiet, she requested to be left alone with her husband, her sister, Miss Mary, her sister-in-law, Miss Ida Smith, and her faithful physician, Dr. Owens; and except with her permission, this request was faithfully observed to the last. Her husband, J. J. Smith, sister, Miss Mary Kelley, and brother, C. M. Kelley, survive her. – Sweet Springs (Mo.) Herald.


5058 *Male Smith b. Mar 1893

(3093) Joshua Kelly, son of James Madison, Rev., and Sarah Ann (Baccus) Kelly, married (4999) Payne. Payne died 8 Feb 1890 in Greenup, Greenup Co., KY and was buried in Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH, Woodland Cem..

Notes for Payne:

I.R. Feb. 20, 1890 – We failed to notice last week the death of Mrs. Joshua Kelly, which occurred at Greenup on the 8th. She was buried at Woodland on the 9th. She had long been an invalid and died finally of consumption. She was a Miss Payne, previous to her marriage, and was related to the family on Long creek in this county. She was an esteemed and excellent woman. Her husband and a daughter mourn her death. The latter was attending school at Cincinnati and was called home by the sad event. Mr. Kelly’s many friends here mourn with him over his deep bereavement.


5000 Daughter Kelly

(3096) Anderson Kelly, son of James Madison, Rev., and Sarah Ann (Baccus) Kelly, married (3098) Clara Rhodes.


3099 Stanley Kelly
3100 Claude Kelly
3101 Howard Kelly
3102 James M. Kelly
3103 Mary Lee Kelly

(3089) Mary E. Kelly, daughter of Luke and Anna (Rowe) Kelly, was born about 1876 in OH.

(3090) Isaac Kelly, son of Luke and Anna (Rowe) Kelly, was born about 1878 in OH.

(4997) George N. Kelly, son of and Elizabeth (Kelly) Kelly.

Notes for George N. Kelly:
Lived in Kansas City, Kansas in 1890.

(1687) Lindsey Kelly, Jr., son of Lindsey, Senator, and Nannie Scott (Honshell) Kelly, was born 8 Dec 1883. Lindsey, Jr., died 27 Jan 1904 in Cincinnati, OH and was buried in Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH, Woodland Cem..

Notes for Lindsey Kelly, Jr.:
I.W.R. September 9, 1899 – CUTTING WITH INTENT TO WOUND – is a charge filed against young Lindsey Kelly by his father – Mr. Lindsey Kelly appeared at the mayor’s office this afternoon and made an affidavit charging his son, Lindsey, with cutting with intent to wound. A warrant for young Kelly’s arrest was placed in the hands of the police, but before it could be served the officers learned that he had driven to Catlettsburg, thus escaping arrest.

From what can be learned of the matter Mr. and Mrs. Kelly had a dispute at the dinner table and during the discussion, while Mr. Kelly’s head was turned young Lindsey struck him on the side of the head with a heavy case knife, inflicting an ugly scalp wound about three inches in length just above the ear. Mr. Kelly’s injury was attended by Dr. J. M. White.

Ironton Register – 21 Jun 1900 – Lindsay Kelly, Jr. arrived from Heights Town, New Jersey where he has been attending military school. I.R. Feb. 4, 1904 – A SAD DEATH – Lindsey, only son of Mrs. Nannie H. Kelly, died at 8:30 o’clock Wednesday night at Brunton’s Sanitarium in Cincinnati, where he had been undergoing treatment for several months. he had been ill with rheumatism for several years and spent some time in California, Texas, and other western states in hope of obtaining relief. Following his attack, came heart trouble and this had much to do with hastening his death. The deceased was about 20 years of age and being an only child, the bereavement is a severe blow to the mother. The remains arrived Thursday afternoon over the C. & O. Many young friends of the deceased in this city will grieve to hear of his death and the sympathy of all will be extended to the bereaved mother.

LAID TO REST – The funeral services over the remains of Lindsey Kelly, only son of Mrs. Nannie H. Kelly, were conducted at the family residence on South sixth street, Saturday, a large concourse of friends assembling to witness the last sad rites. The services were conducted by Rev. L. O. Richmond, assisted by F. A. Bixby, Miss Estelle Nixon, Carl Moulton and T. Lewis sang some of the sweet songs of comfort and Mrs. Bixby sang a solo. The floral offerings were numerous and beautiful and gave evidence of the remembrance of many loving friends and relatives. The deceased was born December 8, 1883, and had spent the greater part of his young life in this city. He received his education in Peddie Institute, Drexel Institute, and Swarthmore college, and his young life was given up to that pursuit of study and pleasure that is expected of youth and had not yet entered upon the more active duties of life when the ravages of disease destroyed his usefulness. He had a wide circle of friends wherever he went and was especially admired by the employees of his mother’s furnace property at Centre, about fifteen of the men coming in this morning to attend the funeral. The loss of her only son is an especially sad blow to the mother and the entire community will offer their sympathy as a healing balm for her great sorrow. The remains were laid to rest in beautiful Woodland this afternoon, the interment being witnessed only by the members of the family.

(3007) William Dollarhide Kelly, son of Ironton Austin and Mary Frances (Kirker) Kelly, was born 1876 and married (3009) Helen Donahoe, daughter of Mary Donohoe. William Dollarhide died 6 Jan 1926 in Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH and was buried in Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH.

Notes for William Dollarhide Kelly:
I.E.T. January 6, 1926 – WILLIAM D. KELLY, STRUCK BY AUTO, SUCCUMBS TO INJURIES – William D. Kelly, age 50 years, one of Ironton’s best known citizens, died at 3:45 o’clock this morning at his home at 1507 south Eleventh street from the effects of injuries sustained on the morning of Wednesday, December 2_rd, when he was struck by an automobile driven by George Feeney of Sedgwick and occupied by Howard Roseberry and others in addition to the driver. The accident occurred at 6:30 a.m. on the date given above on south Second near Washington street, and from what could be learned of the matter at the time, it seems to have been unavoidable. Mr. Kelly stepped from his own car into the path of the Feeney car as it was speeding by enroute to Sarah Furnace where the men were employed. Kindly hands rendered first aid to Mr. Kelly and he was removed to his home and for a time it was thought that his injuries were not of a serious nature but later developments came to show that there had been a serious fracture of the skull and severe internal injury. Every possible attention was given the injured man but his condition continued to grow worse until death ensued at the hour named.

William D. Kelly was the eldest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. I. A. Kelly and a scion of one of the pioneer families of southern Ohio, his grandfather, the late William D. Kelly, having owned all that portion of Ironton above Quincy street as his original farm. It was here that he raised a splendid family which was later responsible for the institution and continuation of the Kelly Nail and Ironton Company, Monitor Furnace, and other coal ore and iron operations in the Hanging Rock Iron region. It was said that I. A. Kelly, whose first name was Ironton, was the first white child born within the corporate limits of the then struggling village. Will Kelly was his oldest son, born and reared in the city and upon what was the original Kelly holding. Quite early in youth he attended a preparation school at Poughkeepsie, New York, preparing for a collegiate course as his parents had, along with his younger brother, Austin, ambitions to give them the best education possible along several lines of endeavor. However, a rather serious nervous ailment caused them to change their plans and Mr. Kelly, the subject of this sketch, was forced to abandon studies and to enter upon an outdoor life. When quite young he married Miss Nell Donohoe and to them was born one child, a daughter, Rosemary, now Mrs. J. S. Beddall, and she with Mrs. Kelly survive, along with one brother, I. Austin Kelly of New York City. The mother of the deceased died last November, at his home, following a long illness.

Mr. Kelly at one time served as president of city council of Ironton and upon another occasion made a spirited fight for the Republican nomination for Mayor of the city. His public service was unique, in that it was bluntly independent and fearlessly aggressive. He had in mind the weal of the public and a rugged honesty featured his civic endeavor. Owing to his nervous condition, mental and physical application of a continued nature were impossible and Mr. Kelly, with unusual business acumen, turned to account a portion of his real estate holdings to farm production and coal mining. Success attended both efforts and with an income from the estate of his forebears, he lived elegantly in his commodious home in the southern part of the city. Mr. Kelly’s home life was considered ideal, he showed a rare devotion for his wife and daughter and was a genial host to many guests. Companionable by nature, with a native courtliness of manner and with a whole soul-enthusiasm, he made many friends.

Definite arrangements for the funeral have not been made.

Notes for Helen Donahoe:
I.R. July 3, 1917 – FAREWELL RECEPTION – Mrs. W. D. Kelly entertained delightfully Friday afternoon as a farewell to her mother, Mrs. I. A. Kelly who returned to her home in New York today. The home was most artistically and elaborately decorated in daisies, asparagus fern, and many sweet peas. Miss Marica Donohoe of Columbus presided over the victrola all afternoon and played many choice and celebrated selections. It was placed on the large porch where refreshments were served and was a delightful diversion to the guests as they were served a delicious ice course by Mrs. Otto Marting and Mrs. W. F. Rapp. Tine silk American flags were given as favors. All during the afternoon, Miss Rosemary Kelly and her bevy of pretty young girl friends in their charming costumes, assisted the hostess in entertainment, and in many ways made themselves useful as well as a beautiful addition to the party. Miss Barrar of Charleston, W. Va., Mrs. Wassenborough of Louisville, Ky., and Miss Evelyn Ross of Columbus were out of town guests present.

The guest list was Mrs. Emil Arnold, Mrs. William Bay, Sr., Mrs. George Bay, Mrs. E. W. Bixby, Mrs. I. P. Blanton, Mrs. H. H. Campbell, Miss Lucy Cherrington, Mrs. Lawrence Campbell, Mrs. C. C. Clarke, Miss Florence Clarke, Mrs. V. C. Coleman of Lucasville, Miss Mary Crum, Mrs. Albert Clary, Mrs. Collett, Misses Alice and Clarabelle Collett, the Misses Culbertson, Miss Blanche Turney, Mrs. Will Flemens, Mrs. Will Foster, Mrs. Harvey Gholson, Mrs. John Gilfillan, Mrs. T. J. Hayes, Miss Margaret Hayes, Mrs. Hetzel, Mrs. J. M. Hill and Miss Charlotte Hill, Mrs. Fred Horschel, Mrs. T. A. Jenkins, Mrs. C. T. Johnston, Miss Lucile Johnston, Mrs. Fred Ketter and Miss Dorothy Ketter, Mrs. Charles Marting, Mrs. Will Lewis, Mrs. Will Crawford, Mrs. W. F. Marting, Mrs. Oscar Richey, Mrs. Otto Marting, Mrs. Walter Marting, Mrs. Fred Ross, Mrs. R. W. Rowland and Miss Virginia Rowland, Mrs. E. G. Scripture and Miss Helen Scripture, Mrs. James Slater, Mrs. A. C. Steece, Mrs. Brady Steece, Mrs. Brady Steece, Jr. Mrs. J. K. Richards, Miss Christine Richards, Miss Lillian Corn, Mrs. E. L. Lambert and Miss Marion Lambert, Mrs. Lindsay, , Mrs. J. W. Lowry, Mrs. J. H. Lucas, Mrs. A. D. Markin, Mrs. Emmett McKeown, Mrs. Charles McQuigg, Mrs. E. J. Merrill, Mrs. H. H. Mittendorf, Mrs. Will Mittendorf, Mrs. Lyle Mittendorf, Mrs. J. H. Moulton, Mrs. Carl Moulton, Mrs. Dustin McKnight, Mrs. Ralph Mountain, Miss Moxley, Misses McClure, Mrs. C. J. Neekamp, Mrs. Burr of Charleston, W. Va., Miss Caroline Norton, Mrs. H. M. Paul, Mrs. N. N. Potts, Mrs. W. F. Phipps and daughter, Barbara, Mrs. Harry Progler, Mrs. W. F. Rapp, Miss Helen Rapp, Mrs. T. B. Winters, Mrs. Mary G. Winters, Mrs. Rosalie Peters, Mrs. Randolph Peyton, Mrs. F. L. McCauley, Misses Hazel and Helen McCauley, Mrs. D. G. Wright, Miss Evelyn Ross, Miss Blanche Wyatt, Mrs. C. H. Moore, Miss Felonese Moore, Mrs. Frank Henderson, Mrs. George Miller, Miss Anna Miller, Miss Mabel Todd, Mrs. Richard Wall, Mrs. Ralph Mitchell, Mrs. White, Miss Anna Burdette, Mrs. George Fritz, Mrs. H. J. Doty and Miss Elizabeth Doty, Mrs. W. A. Murdock, Mrs. T. D. Layman, Miss Mary Elizabeth Hayward, Mrs. James Moore, Mrs. C. B. Fowler, Miss Katherine Fowler, Mrs. Branett, Miss Bertha Sloan, Mrs. Mary Peck of Kenova, Mrs. John Hagar, Miss Madellen Hager, Mrs. Wilbur Miller, Mrs. Jos. Mathewson, Mrs. Lewis Utman, Mrs. Douglas Putnam, Miss Knowles, Mrs. Will Ginn, Miss Margaret Means, all of Ashland, Ky., Mrs. Charles Buchanan, Mrs. O. P. Paynty of Huntington, Mrs. William Biggs and Miss Eleanor Biggs of Greenup.

S.W.R. Mon., Nov. 10, 1919 – MRS. MARY DONOHOE DIED FRIDAY MORN. – Mrs. W. D. Kelly received a telegram Saturday afternoon announcing the rather sudden death of her mother, Mrs. Mary Donohoe, in Columbus at 11:30 o’clock Friday forenoon. Mrs. Donohoe had not been seriously ill and her death came as a decided and unexpected shock. She was 75 years of age, a splendid Christian woman. She formerly resided in Ironton and while here was affiliated with the First M. E. church. She moved to Columbus about fifteen years ago and had been a resident of that city from that time until her death. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Mollie Hunter of Columbus, Mrs. Clark Sloan of Cleveland, Mrs. W. D. Kelly of Ironton and Mrs. Grace Ellis of Washington, D. C. Two other daughters, Mrs. T. D. Evans and Mrs. Nannie Perry are dead.

Mrs. Kelly went to Columbus this morning to arrange for the funeral. The body of the deceased will be brought to this city for burial.


3011 *Rosemary Kelly

(3008) Ironton Austin Kelly, Jr., son of Ironton Austin and Mary Frances (Kirker) Kelly, was born 1878 and married (3010) Ethyl Bird. Ironton Austin, Jr., died 1952. Notes for Ironton Austin Kelly, Jr.:
I.R. ____________ The twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Austin Kelly of Ashland have been named for their grandfathers, and will be christened Ironton Austin and Edward James, for Mr. Ironton A. Kelly and Mr. E. J. Bird, jr. The bright little fellows are so much alike that recently, when one of them lost the ribbon placed on his arm to designate him, there was some consternation in the Kelly household until a conference was held and it was decided which was which.


3013 *Ironton Austin Kelly, III
3014 *Bird Kelly

(4967) Donald Brown Kelly, son of Ironton Austin and Mary Frances (Kirker) Kelly, was born about 1883. Donald Brown died 21 Dec 1885 in Lawrence Co., OH and was buried in Lawrence Co., OH, Woodland Cem..

Notes for Donald Brown Kelly:
Died in infancy.

(5058) Male Smith, son of John J. and Lucy M. (Kelley) Smith, was born Mar 1893 in Sweet Springs, MO.

(3011) Rosemary Kelly, daughter of William Dollarhide and Helen (Donahoe) Kelly, married (3012) James Bedall.

No children of this marriage in these records.

(3013) Ironton Austin Kelly, III, son of Ironton Austin, Jr., and Ethyl (Bird) Kelly.

Notes for Ironton Austin Kelly, III:
I.E.T. Thurs., May 28, 1942 – I. AUSTIN KELLY RETURNS TO OHIO – SCION OF PROMINENT IRONTON FAMILIES IS NEW YORK REAL ESTATE EXPERT – Ironton friends, especially older residents, will be interested in announcement that I. Austin Kelly, 3rd, scion of Ironton’s most prominent pioneer families, will give the address at Commencement exercises of Ohio Military Institute on June 1. He will speak on the advantage of military education.

Mr. Kelly is one of twin boys born. The car will be shipped from Detroit on September 25th.

S.W.I. Friday, Sept. 21, 1906 – OCTOBER 24TH – Anent the engagement of Mrs. Nannie H. Kelley to Mr. D. Gregory Wright which was announced in Tuesday morning’s Irontonian, the Cincinnati Commercial Tribune has the following to say:

“The interesting announcement of the engagement of Mrs. Nannie Honshell Kelley, of Ironton, O., to Mr. __________ [Daniel Gregory Wright]

The twins are grandsons of Ironton Kelly and Colonel E. J. Bird, who were so prominently associated with development of Ironton and the iron industry here. Their parents are living, the father in New York and their mother, Mrs. Ethel Bird Kelly on the Bird estate in Talladega, near Birmingham, Ala.

(3014) Bird Kelly, son of Ironton Austin, Jr., and Ethyl (Bird) Kelly.

Notes for Bird Kelly:
he was a twin to Ironton A. the III.