Reuben Brown Kelley

M, b. 8 January 1800, d. 11 March 1875
     Reuben was born on 8 January 1800 at Greene, Georgia, United States.1 He was the son of Daniel C. Kelly and Sally Clifton. He married Mary Moseley, daughter of Benjamin Moseley and Clary Graves Morrison, on 13 March 1823 at Morgan, Georgia, United States. Reuben died on 11 March 1875 at age 75. His body was buried at Kelley Presbyterian Cemetery, Henry, Georgia, United States.2
     Biography of Reuben Brown Kelley:
Reuben B. Kelley (1800-1875) was likely born in Greene Co. Georgia as that is where his father Daniel Kelly was living in 1801. Reuben was also likely living with his father in Morgan Co., Georgia in 1820 as a male of Reuben's age is listed in the household of Daniel Kelly in that census. (Read the genealogy information on Reuben's father, Daniel C. Kelly (c1755-a1838) for more information on Daniel and his family.)

Based on the ages of Reuben's children it appears that he married Mary Moseley about 1822, probably in Henry Co. Georgia as that appears to be where Mary was living at that time. The family of Reuben B. Kelley consistently appears in the 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860 and 1870 censuses of Henry Co. Georgia. It is usually listed as Kelley rather than the more common Kelly spelling. The Kelley spelling is thus used for the family of Reuben.

It appears that Reuben and his family lived near and may have founded the community of Kelleytown, located in northeast Henry county. The cemetery records indicate that Reuben, his wife, and several children were originaly buried in the Kelley-Moseley Cemetery located near Kelleytown. Their graves were moved to the Kelley Presbyterian Church Cemetery located at 3637 Airline Road just north of the community of Kelleytown. The Kelley-Moseley cemetery is now inactive and is located within the Magnolia Place sub-division.

Children of Reuben Brown Kelley and Mary Moseley

Citations

  1. [S585] 1850 Census Henry GA, p. 270, dwelling 1199, fam. 1199, Family of R. B. Kelly.
  2. [S586] Linda S. Sanders,.

John Kelly

M, b. circa 1779, d. April 1868
     John was born circa 1779 at Delaware, United States.1,2 He was the son of Daniel C. Kelly and Sally Clifton. John Kelly died in April 1868 at Greene, Georgia, United States.
     Biography of John Kelly:
We believe that John Kelly, who lived his whole life in Greene County Georgia is the son, of Daniel Kelly (c1855-a1838) and his wife, Sally Clifton (c1855-b1830). This is supported by the land lottery records listed below which clearly show a close association between Daniel Kelly, James Kelly and John Kelly. In addition, Mr. James Homer Kelly, great grandson of Charles R. Kelly, in 1956 stated "Great grandfather Charles Kelly had 3 brothers: Reuben went to Atlanta in early days. John and James - unknown" (see full write-up of statement under biography of Charles R. Kelly) again providing further support for John Kelly being a member of this family. It appears that John Kelly is the only child of Daniel Kelly to remain in Greene County the rest of his life. Daniel an the rest of his family all moved to surrounding counties in the 1810 to 1820 period. Only John remained in Greene. John Kelly also appears to have named his third and fourth sons Reuben B and James M. no doubt after his brothers (John Kelly had five son's and we only know the names of two of them. None the less the two we do know are names often used in this family.) Also the 1860 Census record discussed below showing John Kelly to have been born in Delaware (as were brothers, James and Charles) surely supports their being members of the same family.


The earliest record we have found of John Kelly (c1779 - 1868) is his name which appears on a list of Greene County, Georgia registrants in the 1805 Georgia Land Lottery. He drew one blank thus indicating he was over 21 and unmarried at that time. Daniel Kelly and James Kelly of Greene County, likely his father and brother respectively, both drew 2 blanks in the 1805 lottery. John Kelly was more fortunate in the 1807 Land Lottery as he won 202 1/2 acres known as Lot No. 100 in District 21 of newly created Wilkinson Co. Georgia. James Kelly, (likely his brother) also won 202 1/2 acres known as Lot No. 296 in District 21 of Wilkinson County. Both James and John were from Armor's District of Greene Co. in the 1807 lottery. It is not known what John (or James) did with this grant, but it is unlikely that they moved on to that land.

The next record we have found on John Kelly (c1779-1868) is a Greene County, Georgia deed dated 3 March 1817 wherein John Kelly acquired land from John McMichael [Greene Co. GA DB GG-12]. We have not seen that deed so do not have any further information. Other deeds pertaining to John Kelly found in Greene County Deed indexes through 1840 are:

Grantor to Grantee Date Book-Page
John Kelly to Jesse Batchelor Feb 28, 1831 KK-421
Bank of State of GA to John Kelly Feb 12, 1836 MM-19
John Kelly to Elizabeth Perry Feb 29, 1836 MM-21
John Kelly to Roma H. Ward Dec 31, 1839 MM402

John next is listed in the 1820 Census of Greene County Georgia which shows John Kelley as head of household containing 1 male 26-45 (John), 1 male 10-16 ( son1) and three males, 0-10, (son2, Reuben B, James M.), 1 female 26-45 (his unknown wife) and one female age 10-16 (Elizabeth). The census also indicated he had 5 slaves and none of the household were unnaturalized foreigners.

He is also found in the 1830 Census of Greene County as head of household containing. 1 male 50-60 (John), 2 males 15-20 (son2, Reuben B.) 1 male 10-15 (James M.) one male 5-10 (son5), 1 female 40-50 (his unknown wife) and 1 female 5-10 (Nancy) plus 6 slaves marked. Daughter Elizabeth married Elihugh Hall on 21 September 1825 in Greene County and is very likely the female age 20-30 living in the household of Elihu Hall, who is enumerated on the next line of the census, to John Kelly, thus indicating she lived nearby or even next door.

John Kelly is found in the 1840 Census of Greene Co as head of household containing, 1 male 60-70 (John) 3 males 20-30 (son2, Reuben B., James M. ,son5) and 1 female age 50-60 (his unknown wife) and 1 female 5-10 (Nancy) plus 7 slaves.

He is also found in the 1850 Census and 1860 Census of Greene County as follows:

1850 Census of Greene County Georgia
p. 78, Dw. 59, Fm. 59, District 143, 8 August 1850
John Kelly 71 M Penn
James M. " 38 M Ga
Nancy " 19 F Ga Idiot
Amand A. " 32 F Ga

1860 Census of Greene County Georgia
P. 524, Dw. 83, Fm. 83, 20 July 1860
John Kelly 80 M Farmer Delaware
Nancy " 29 F Ga Idiot
Jas. M. " 49 M Ga
Ann " 42 F Ga

These two census records clearly indicate that John Kelly was born circa 1779 in Delaware or Pennsylvania. John's brother, James Kelly and Charles R. Kelly were born in Delaware circa 1783 and circa 1785 respectively which suggests that the Daniel Kelly family may have lived near the Delaware/Pennsylvania line in the 1780's. As there is no older females listed, this suggests that Daniel's unknown wife is has died prior to the 1850 census. In addition, these records clearly suggest that James M. Kelly is the son of John Kelly who was living with his father in his old age. There is a record of James M. Kelly marrying Holly Ann Sayers on 10 November 1836 in Greene County Georgia. These records suggest to this writer that Holly Ann Sayers, Amanda A. of the 1850 census and Ann of the 1860 Census are the same persons and that she is the wife of James M. Kelly.

These census records suggest that John Kelly had 5 sons. His first two sons and last son have not been identified by name. It should be pointed out the the John Kelly family is the only Kelly family listed in the 1820 to 1840 and very likely the 1850 census of Greene County Georgia, thus thus suggesting all Kelly's found in this county are connected to John Kelly.

The last record we have of John Kelly is a newspaper article describing the death of John Kelly as follows:

Thursday, April 16, 1868 - DROWNED - Mr. John Kelly, one of the oldest citizens of this county, was drowned in the Oconee River, one day last week. It is thought he fell from a bateau while fishing. Mr. Kelly was the grandfather of J. F. Hall, of our city. ["Greene County, Georgia, Newspaper Clippings" p. 218] ) (J. F. Hall is the son of Elihugh Hall and Elizabeth Kelly.)

Children of John Kelly

Citations

  1. [S335] Laura Jefferson Platter, "Kelly Family Records."
  2. [S718] 1850 Census Greene GA, P. 75, Dw. 53, Fm. 53, 145 Dist. Household of John Kelley, 9 August 1850.

James Kelly

M, b. circa 1783, d. after 1850
     James was born circa 1783 at Delaware, United States.1 He was the son of Daniel C. Kelly and Sally Clifton. He married Mary Wyatt, on 20 January 1808 at Greene, Georgia, United States.2 James died after 1850.
     Biography of James Kelly:
James Kelly (c1783 - a1850) of Greene County, Georgia appears to be living with his father, Daniel Kelly, as his name appears as drawing a single blank in the 1805 Georgia Land Lottery. This suggests he was over 21 and unmarried at that time. James Kelly, as well as, John Kelly (likely his brother) of Greene County, Georgia were more fortunate in the 1807 Land Lottery as James was granted 202 1/2 acres known as Lot No. 296 in District 21 (Armours Militia District) of newly created Wilkinson County. John Kelly was granted 202 1/2 acres known as Lot No. 100 in the same district of Wilkinson Co. Georgia. It is not known what James did with this grant, but it is unlikely that he moved onto this land.

On 20 January 1808, James Kelly married Polly (Mary) Wyatt in Greene Co. Georgia. They were married by James B. Holt who also performed the marriages of James siblings, Charles R. Kelly and Polly Kelly.

We next find James Kelly and his family listed in the 1820 Census of Jasper Co. Georgia. That census shows James Kelly - 1 male <10 (son #2 born c1815) 1male 10-16 (son #1 b. c1809) 1 male 45+ (James) 1 female 16-26 (his wife Mary. At the time we believe Mary was about 32 years of age which is inconsistent with the 16-26 age checked on the census. None the less we believe this is the James Kelly family of this genealogy.)

A James Kelly, Sr. of Jasper County, Georgia is listed in the 1820 Georgia Land Lottery as having been granted Lot 191 in Section 7 (Kindalls Militia District) of Early County. It is not known if this James moved onto this land grant. It is not clear if this record is of James of this genealogy as there is another, younger James Kelly family in Jasper Co. Geogia listed in the 1820 census. However, if this record is of James Kelly (c1783) it could suggest that his oldest son was named James.

We next find James Kelly and his family listed in the 1830 Census of Jasper Co. Georgia. Jas. Kelly 1 male <5 (son #5 b. c1828), 2 males 5-10 (sons #3 b. c1822 & #4 Charles b. c1825) , 1 male 10-15 (son #2 b. c1815), 1 male 20-30 (son #1 b. c1809), 1 female <5 (dau. #3 b, c1828), 1 female 10-15 (dau. # 2 b. c1819), 1 female 15-20 (dau. #1 b. c1812), 1 female 40-50 (wife, Mary)

James Kelly is found next listed in the 1840 Census of Harris Co. Georgia. This suggests he moved out of Jasper Co. to Harris Co. between 1830 and 1840. The census reads: J. Kelly 2 males 5-10 (sons #6 b. c1832 and #7 George H. b. c1833), 1 male 10-15 (son #5 b. c1828), 1 male 15-20 (son #4 Charles b. c1825), 1 male age 20-30 (son #2 b. c1815), 1 male 50-60 (James), 1 female <5 (dau. #4 Frances j. b. c1835), 1 female 10-15, dau. #3 b. c1828), 1 female 50-60 (Mary).

A very definitive census record of the James Kelly family is found in Muscogee Co. Georgia in 1850. This suggest that the family moved from Harris County in the adjoining county of Muscogee between 1840 and 1850. The 1850 Census of Muscogee Co., Georgia reads:

James Kelly 67 m Del
Mary Kelly 62 f SC
Charles Kelly m 25 Jasper Co. Ga.
George H Kelly m 17 Harris Co. Ga.
Frances J. f 15 Harris Co. Ga.

The 1850 census clearly shows that James was born in Delaware about 1783 which is consistent with his brother, Charles being born in Delaware about 1785. This census also lists the county in which the children were born.

Based on the above census records it appears that James and Mary had seven sons of which only the fourth son, Charles and seventh son, George H. are identified. This couple also appears to have had four daughters of which only # 4 Frances is identified.

James Kelly could not be found in the 1860 Census of Georgia. He thus may have died or moved out of the state by then.












Children of James Kelly and Mary Wyatt

Citations

  1. [S590] 1850 Census Muscogee GA, p. 403, Dw. 160, Fm. 163 Family of James Kelly, 27 Oct 1850.
  2. [S74] Joseph T. Maddox and Mary Carter Maddox, 40,000 Early Georgia Marriages,.

Mary Wyatt

F, b. circa 1788
     Mary was born circa 1788 at South Carolina, United States.1 She married James Kelly, son of Daniel C. Kelly and Sally Clifton, on 20 January 1808 at Greene, Georgia, United States.2

Children of Mary Wyatt and James Kelly

Citations

  1. [S590] 1850 Census Muscogee GA, p. 403, Dw. 160, Fm. 163 Family of James Kelly, 27 Oct 1850.
  2. [S74] Joseph T. Maddox and Mary Carter Maddox, 40,000 Early Georgia Marriages,.

Polly Kelly

F, b. circa 1786
     Polly was born circa 1786. She was the daughter of Daniel C. Kelly and Sally Clifton. She married John Weathers, on 16 November 1808 at Greene, Georgia, United States.1

Citations

  1. [S710] Greene Co., Georgia Marriage Records, 1806-1809, p. 22.

John Weathers

M, b. circa 1790
     John was born circa 1790. He married Polly Kelly, daughter of Daniel C. Kelly and Sally Clifton, on 16 November 1808 at Greene, Georgia, United States.1

Citations

  1. [S710] Greene Co., Georgia Marriage Records, 1806-1809, p. 22.

Dorothy Mae Brannan

F, b. 16 March 1924
     Dorothy was born on 16 March 1924 at Suwannee, Florida, United States.1 She was the daughter of Norman Franklin Brannan Sr. and Ella Mae Harrelson.

Citations

  1. [S336] James Marvin Brannon, "Brannan Family Records."

Bernard Allison

M, b. 28 June 1931, d. 23 June 1962
     Bernard was born on 28 June 1931 at Suwannee, Florida, United States.1 He was the son of Clyde Allison and Lula Essie Brannan. Bernard died on 23 June 1962 at age 30. His body was buried at Philadelphia Cemetery, Suwannee, Florida, United States.2

Citations

  1. [S336] James Marvin Brannon, "Brannan Family Records."
  2. [S225] Suwannee County Genealogical Society, Suwannee FL Cemeteries - Vol. 2, p. 115.

Gladys Brannan1

F
     Gladys Brannan was the daughter of Horace A. Brannan and Jane Walker. She married Clarence W. Duckworth, on 5 August 1929 at Lafayette, Florida, United States.2

Citations

  1. [S336] James Marvin Brannon, "Brannan Family Records."
  2. [S299] Jessie H. Paulk and Delma Wilson Paulk, Lafayette County Florida Marriages, p. 32. Book D-311.

Fulton Brannan

M, b. circa 1906
     Fulton was born circa 1906 at Suwannee, Florida, United States.1 He was the son of Alonza L. Brannan and Josephine Reed.

Citations

  1. [S336] James Marvin Brannon, "Brannan Family Records."

Reed Brannan

M, b. circa 1908
     Reed was born circa 1908 at Suwannee, Florida, United States.1 He was the son of Alonza L. Brannan and Josephine Reed.

Citations

  1. [S336] James Marvin Brannon, "Brannan Family Records."

Elizabeth Brannan

F, b. circa 1910
     Elizabeth was born circa 1910 at Suwannee, Florida, United States.1 She was the daughter of Alonza L. Brannan and Josephine Reed. Elizabeth Brannan married A. H. DeVane Jr. on 24 January 1928 at Live Oak, Suwannee, Florida, United States.

Citations

  1. [S336] James Marvin Brannon, "Brannan Family Records."

Jessie Lee Pittman

F, b. 18 March 1898, d. 1984
     Jessie was born on 18 March 1898 at Cherokee, Georgia, United States. She married John Franklin Brannon, son of John Brannon and Ardelia Roxanne Ross, on 7 September 1924.1 Jessie died in 1984 at Suwannee, Florida, United States. Her body was buried at New Harmony Church, Suwannee, Florida, United States.2

Child of Jessie Lee Pittman and John Franklin Brannon

Citations

  1. [S336] James Marvin Brannon, "Brannan Family Records."
  2. [S225] Suwannee County Genealogical Society, Suwannee FL Cemeteries - Vol. 2,.