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James Kelley

Posted by Donald D. Kelley on March 27, 2010 at 7:04 PM Comments comments (2)

James Kelley was born abt 1680 from Mallow, Kinneigh Parish, County Cork, Ireland.  Our sources are listed below:



Settlers of Maryland, 1701-1730

Peter Wilson Coldham

Located: Valparaiso Public Library, Valparaiso, Porter, Indiana

Kelly, James:

Bal = Mallow

100 Acreas

Date: 2 Sep 1714



State of Oklahoma, County of Cleveland

Before me the subscriber, a Notary Public, of the city of Norman,county of Cleveland, and state of Oklahoma, personally appeared Donnell MacClure Owings of Oklahoma, who being duely sworn, deposes and says: That the following is a true and perfect transcript of his own manuscript summary of a copy of the family Bible record of Joseph Kelley of Baltimore County, Maryland (1767-1838), youngest son of William and Elizabeth Kelley of that county, and brother of Urath Kelley who married Nathaniel Owings.

William Kelley, "son of James and Mary Kelley", was born 12 Apr 1715 and died 10 oct 1796. He married, 17 Apr 1740, Elizabeth Gorsuch, "daughter of Thomas and Jane Gorsuch".



Paper received from Charlene Lougy

417 N 100 E

Tooele, UT 84074-1804

01 July 2000

"Henry Owings of "Long Acre" and his Descendants".

-Nathaniel Owings, the fourth son, also a planter, was born about 1731 and died in November 1768. He married, 7 January 1763, Urath, daughter of William Kelley of St. Thomas's parish, who died before him, prior to July 1788.  Her grandfather, James Kelley, had come from Mallow, in the parish of Kinneigh, County Cork, Ireland, and was of the Sliocht Cormacna Coille, a branch of McCarthy Reagh. The family was Anglican.




The O'Kellys of Cork-

The O'Kelly sept of Co. Cork were anciently seated in Corca Laoigdhe in the south west of that county. On a map of the Barony of Carbery in Tudor times they were shown as wedged in between the O'Manoneys of Kinelmeaky or the eastern O'Mahonys, and the O'Crowleys who owned a castle five miles north east of Dunmanway.

O'Kelly Territory -

The O'Kelly territory lay north of the River Bandon and comprised thirteen ploughlands as opposed to the 32? owned by the powerful McCarthys just south of the river. In his "History of West Cork and Diocese of Ross" Rev W. Holland refers to them as "The Sliocht Cormac Ny - Kelly" or "Sliocht MacIngen Auras". He cites the derivation of these O'Kellys as being "na coille", meaning "from the forests", and not from Ceallach, from when the O'Kellys from Ui Maine derived.


We do not know when James Kelley married, but his wife's name is Mary.



James Kelley, b. abt 1710 in Ireland; d. 24 Sep 1799 in Westminster, Carroll Co., Maryland

William Kelley, b. 12 Apr 1715; d. 10 Oct 1796 in Baltimore Co., Maryland


NOTE:  Various records on Ancestry.com show the father of James Kelley as Joseph Kelley, b. about 1635 in Macroom, County Cork, Ireland.  We have not proven or disproven this as of yet.



We are making a trip to Ireland in September 2010 and plan to do family research.