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Subject: [MCKEE] James A. Kelley b 16 Feb 1849 New Sharon ME m28 Apr 1904Millie McKee b 26 Jan 1866
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2009 21:31:30 -0000
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Surnames: Kelley, White, Goodrich, Ketchum, McKee, Loughlin
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William Richard Cutter, Comp., Genealogy and Family History of Western New York, New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912.
Page 705 - 707
"Burke states in his "Landed KELLEY Gentry" that the KELLEY family may look back beyond the Conqueror and derive themselves from the ancient Britons. The KELLEY family from Devonshire, England, were undoubtedly of Celtic origin, as Irish families were settled in South Wales, Devonshire and Cornwall, descendants, it is believed, of "fighting King KELLEY," whose manor was in the possession of the family from the time of Henry II. The earliest mention of the name in Irish history was A. D., 254, when Ceallach MacCormac is recorded as son of the monarch, Cormac Ne- fadha. The king of Connaught had a son Ceallach, in 528. The Irish Archaeological Society, in 1843, published Customs of Hymany, who lived A. D. 874, and bore the name Cel- laigh. His grandson. Muechaddo O'Callaigh, was the first to use the surname, the law being made by the celebrated Irish king, Brian Baroimbe, that "everyone must adopt the name of his father as a surname''. Thus .the grandson of Callaigh became O'C!
allaigh, and the name simplified to KELLEY about 1014. Queen Elizabeth requested Cola O'Kelley to discard the "o," as it tended, by keeping up the clanship in Ireland, to foster disaffection in England. In Scotland, in Fifeshire. is a district called Kellieshire, and various branches of Kelleys were dispersed through England. The most probable signification of the name is : War, debate, strife. The spelling has been much varied, but its origin is undoubtedly as given above. Many of the name who came to this country, and their descendants, take greater pride in their ancient Irish descent than in their English. The arms granted the family in Ireland are : A tower triple towered supported by two lions rampant or. Crest : a greyhound statent proper. Also : Gules on a mount vest, two lions rampant : and azure in chief, three estoiles argent. Crest: A hand holding by the horn a bull's head erased or. A coat-of-arms granted to Hon. Robert KELLEY, of Doncaster, 1473, bore the mott!
o: "We sacrifice our goods for the cause of right". The family herein
recorded are believed to descend from William KELLEY, a descendant of the above family who came from Cape Cod to Phippsburg, Maine, in the seventeenth century. The meagre records, however, do not establish the line of-descent.
(I) Jacob KELLEY was born in New Sharon, Maine, about 1827, died at Gainesville, Florida, in 1893, having gone there for the benefit of his health. He was educated in the public schools and so well improved his opportunities that he became a teacher, continuing for seven years in the Maine schools. He had brothers : Isaac, William, John, George, and a sister, Deborah, all born in Maine, who did not remain there but dispersed to other parts of New England. Jacob, however, remained with his parents on the farm until the death of his father. He then sold the homestead, and in 1856 settled in Lowell, Massachusetts, where he engaged in the planing mill business, manufacturing sash, doors and blinds, having as partners his brothers. William and George. After two years the firm was dissolved. About the year 1858. with his brother George and another, he formed the firm of KELLEY, Wentworth & Company, and began the manufacture of staves and headings in Lockport, New York. The busines!
s was a successful one and resulted in Jacob KELLEY coining to Newfane. where a branch was established. In 1860 he disposed of his entire interest in KELLEY, Wentworth & Company, and purchased a small farm in Newfane, Niagara county, on which he devoted himself to fruit culture until his death. He married, in 1847, a* Lowell, Massachu
setts, Mary White, who died in 1895. Children: i. James A., of further mention. 2. Abbie, born December 8, 1851, at New Sharon, Maine ; married Frank Goodrich, of Pendle- ton. Niagara county. 3. George, born 1855, died 1864. 4. Ella, born at Lowell, Massachusetts, 1857 ; died at Lockport, New York. 5. Willis, born 1861, at Newfane. New York ; now a resident of Lockport.
(II) James A., son of Jacob and Mary (White) KELLEY, was born at New Sharon, Maine, February 16, 1849. He was educated in the public schools of New Sharon, Lowell, Massachusetts, and Newfane, New York. He was his father's assistant until he reached the age of eighteen years, then was apprenticed to learn the carpenter's trade. After four years' service as apprentice and journeyman he started in business for himself as contractor and builder, in the town of Newfane, New York. He was a very capable and successful builder, continuing fully employed until 1887. During these years he erected many buildings of various kinds and purposes in Newfane, Olcott and adjacent towns. In 1887 he formed a connection with the Newfane Basket Manufacturing Company, becoming manager of their plant. This company was incorporated in 1887 and for twenty years he was manager of the mill department. He has served as secretary and treasurer, now occupying the office of vice-president of the company. T!
his has been a very successful corporation, well officered and managed. Mr. Kelley is second vice-president of the Newfane Hardware Company, and interested in other town enterprises, including the ownership of two small fruit farms. He is a Republican in politics and has held the office of supervisor continuously since 1908. Fraternally he is connected witli Cataract Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Lockport. He is a man of public spirit, progressive, and can always be relied upon to champion the cause of improvement in whatever form it may be presented. The motto of the ancient family, "We sacrifice for the cause of right," justly applies to the representative of the present family.
Mr. Kelley married (first), December 26, 1872, at Newfane, Mary E. Ketchum, born in Newfane, 1851, died 1899, daughter of George Ketchum, who was a pioneer and one of the first settlers of Newfane, coming when the country was a forest. He married (second). April 28, 1904, Mrs. Millie (McKee) Loughlin, born January 26, i860, daughter of James McKee, who cleared a farm and with his yoke of oxen drew in the first pair of millstones in the town of Newfane; this was in 1836 and they were placed in the old Charlotte grist mill. Mrs. Kelley had one son by her first marriage, Van S. Loughlin, born February I, 1890, a graduate of Lockport Union School and past his second year in the Buffalo Medical Universitv." End
Names: KELLEY, White, Goodrich, Ketchum, McKee, Loughlin
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