Sunday, March 15, 2015

Littleton Kelly

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Littleton Kelly, son of John Kelly of Fairfield District, South Carolina died between 6 May 1849 and 30 June 1849 in Hinds County, Mississippi.

He married first, Jane Robinson, daughter of Alexander Robinson of Fairfield Dist., South Carolina before 1827.

Jane Kelly, wife of Littleton Kelly, is named as sister in the estate settlement of William Robinson, who died intestate prior to 19 April 1824.
[Source: North of the Broad River: The Land and The People, vol 2 by Buford S. Chappell p. 111]

Jane Kelly, wife of Littleton Kelly, is named as a daughter in the probate of Alexander Robinson of Fairfield Distict, SC in 1827.

Children of Littleton and Jane (Robinson) Kelly, birth order unknown:

1. Sara Ann Kelley,  died by 1849,  married  Thomas J. Davis on 11 Aug 1842 in Hinds County, MS with Hiram Kelly as bondsman. Their only known childe was Sarah Jane Davis born before 1849.
2. William Kelly
3. Henry Kelly
4. James Kelly b. c. 1836
5. Lafayette b.c. 1838
6. John Kelly b.c. 1840

1830, Fairfield Co., SC:

Littleton Kelly 21011 - 10001

two males under 5 =
one male 5 - 10 =
one male 15 - 20 =
one male 20-30: Littleton Kelly, Sr.
one female under five = Sarah Ann Kelly
one female 20-30: Jane (Robinson) Kelly 

Littleton Kelly married second, Sophronia C. Hutson Presswood abt. 7 May 1839 in Hinds County, Mississippi, with bondsman William Hutson. There was no marriage return, but they apparently did live together as man and wife since they had at least two children. 

Sophronia had been married previously to  Robert Presswood abt. 4 Aug 1834 in Hinds County, Mississippi. No return on this marriage license. Bondsman Wm. Broom.

Sophronia and Robert Pressman’s children:

1. Mary Pressman b. c. 1835 in MS

Littleton and Sophronia  Kelley’s known children:
7. Franklin Kelly b.c. 1840
8. Littleton Kelly b.c. 1845

1840, Hinds Co., MS:

Littleton Kelly 2211001 - 01101
[Living next to Hiram Kelly]

two males under 5 = Lafayette Kelly, John Kelly
two males 5 - 10 = James Kelly
one male 10 - 15 =
one male 15 - 20 =
one male 40 - 50 = Littleton Kelly Sr.
one female 5 - 10 = Mary Pressman
one female 10 - 15 = Sarah Ann Kelly
one female = Sophronia (Hutson) Pressman Kelly

Will of Littleton Kelly, page 241, dated 6 May 1849, probated 14 July 1849.  Wife:  Sophronia Kelly, dwelling, lot and blacksmith shop in Utica.  Children:  William Henry, James Lafayette, John Franklin and Littleton (youngest child).  Granddaughter: Sarah Jane Davis, daughter of Sarah Ann Davis dec’d.  Step-daughter:  Mary Presswood.
Ex.: Brother:  Hiram Kelly.  Wit:  Robert White, W.H. Taylor, G.W. Harrison. 
[Notation: Given the other records generated in Hinds County, regarding the children of Littleton Kelley, is it uncertain where the commas separating them should be placed. Certainly William and Henry are two people and not one. James Lafayette is clearly two people and not one. ]

Littleton’s naming of his brother Hiram as his executor indicates that Hiram is also living nearby and is most likely to be the same Hiram found on the census. Of the witnesses of Littleton Kelly’s will, Wm. Taylor had married Mary Fair and G.W. Harrison had married Tennessee C. Kelly. The 1850 mortality schedule included only those individuals who died between 1 July 1849 and 30 June 1850. Since Littleton is not included on the mortality schedule, he must have died between the writing of his will on 6 May 1849 and 30 June 1849.

By November of 1849, sons William and Henry Kelly, along with granddaughterSarah Jane Davis's guardian (her father) brought suit against Hiram Kelly, Sophronia Kelly, and Mary Presswood, alleging that Littleton's will was not valid. The case was not settled until the April 1859 term of the State Supreme Court. That suit reveals that Littleton Kelly died in May 1849 and that his estate was worth $40,000. Not all of his children are named in the suit. 

Littleton Kelley's widow Sophronia (Hutson) Presswood Kelley married  13 Jun 1850 in Hinds County, MS to  John Witham . 

In 1850, the younger chidren of Littleton Kelly were divided between two households:

27 Oct 1850 Hinds Co., MS, p. 167:

John Witham 25 M MD $1,000 b. ME
Sophronia  30 F b. LA
Mary Pressman  15 F b. MS
Franklin Kelly 10 M b. MS
Littleton b. 5 M  b. MS
Henry Baskin 21 M b. MS

In 27 Oct 1850 Hinds Co., MS census page 167:

Nathan G. Martin 33 M Overseer b. TN
Nancy 28 b. SC
Infant Martin 1 (male) b. MS
James Kelley 14 M b. MS
Lafayette 12 M b. MS
John 10 M b. MS

It seems likely that Nancy Robinson was related to Littleton Kelly's first wife Jane because Nathan G. Martin married Nancy Robinson on 9 Feb 1843 in Hinds County, MS with J.S. Baird as bondsmand.

Based on the 1849 lawsuit and the 1850 census, one guess is that the children are split between two households because Franklin and Littleton are Sophronia's children while James, Lafayette, and John are the children of Littleton's first wife Jane. That would mean that Jane may have died in childbirth or shortly after John's birth. Littleton, having a newborn and other young children in the house would have remarried quickly. That means that Franklin was born during the first year of Littleton and Sophronia's marriage. This would also account for John G. Kelly choosing his uncle Thomas J. Davis as his guardian. 

Nancy Y. Robinson, wife of N.G. b. 9 Jan 1812, d. 9 Feb 1867 is buried in the James V. Robinson Cemetery located behind the old Broome house near Cessan in Utica, Hinds Co., MS. Also in this cemetery are James V. Robinson b. 1787, d. 6 June 1861 and his wife Mary b. 1780, d. 26 Aug 1859. A notation on findagrave says that family records place Nancy Y. Robinson's birth in 1822.

Nathan Green MARTIN is buried in the Utica Town Cemetery in Hinds Co., MS. His stone indicates that he was born in Winchester, TN on 20 July 1821 and died on 6 May 1886. Also in the Utica Town Cemetery is another stone for his wife Nancy Jane (Robison) MARTIN.  It seems probable that a child of theirs erected a memorial stone for Nancy in the Utica Town Cemetery since it would be less expensive to do that than to more her body and her tombstone.

5 April 1853, fourteen years old John G. Kelly, minor heir of Littleton Kelly, asked the court to appoint "his friend & relative Thomas J. Davis his legal guardian."
Filed in Hinds Co., MS.

John Wickham was named guardian of Franklin L. and Littleton J. Kelley on 3 Aug 1854 in Hinds Co., MS. 

3 Aug. 1854 in Hinds Co., MS, John Wickham paid guardian bond for Franklin L. and Littleton J. Kelly.

6 Jan 1855 in Hinds Co., MS, N.G. Martin paid guardian bond for John G. Kelley, son of Littleton Kelley dec’d .  

6 Jan 1855, Thomas J. Davis, guardian of John G Kelly reported that "said Ward is now about sixteen years of age and desires petitioner to resign his said Guardianship." Davis also reported that Kelly had chosen Nathan G. Martin as his new guardian. He asked for a final settlement of Kelly's estate so that he could be discharged.
[Source: Hinds Co., MS Probate Court]

By 1860 Sophronia and John Witham had moved to Copiah County, Mississippi.

25 Oct 1860, Copiah Co., MS:

John Witham 35 M MD $600-$1,100 b. ME
Sophronia 40 F b. LA
Edgar 6 M b. MS
Edith 2 F b. MS
Littleton Kelly 14 M b. MS

7 Feb 1866. Thomas J. Davis, the former guardian of Sarah Jane Davis, wished to file a final settlement on his daughter's accounts without the appointment of commissioners. Davis stated that "the property of his said late ward consisted of slaves, and money derived from the Estate of her maternal grandfather, Littleton Kelly deceased, and from the hire of said slaves," of which "the former have become free and passed beyond his control, and the latter has been expended in the maintenance and education of his said late ward."
[Source: Hinds Co., MS Probate Court]

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Middleton Kelley

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Middleton Kelley, son of John Kelly of Fairfield District., South Carolina was born 20 June 1798 died 13 Oct 1851. He is buried in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Jefferson County, Mississippi.

He married 1.) Elizabeth Burns on 28 Apr 1822 in Jefferson Co., MS, and 2.) Matilda Short on 6 June 1832 in Jefferson Co., MS. She was born on  6 Dec 1816 and died 16 Apr 1843. She is also buried in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Jefferson County, Mississippi.

Children of Middleton and Matilda (Short) Kelley:

1. Francis Kelley
2. S. Kelley

The Democrat published at Huntsville, AL on 11 Jan 1840:  Runaway slaves committed to jail.  Belongs to Middleton Kelly of Jefferson County, Mississippi. M. Kelly, sheriff.
[Source:  Marriage, Death and Legal Notices From Early Alabama Newspapers 1819-1893 by Pauline Jones Gandrud]

1840 Jefferson Co., MS:

Middleton Kelly 110011 - 11021

one male under 5 = S. Kelly
one male 5 - 10 =
one male = 20 - 30
one male = 30 - 40 = Middleton Kelly
one female under 5 = Francis Kelly
one female 5 - 10
one female 5 - 10
two females 15 - 20
one female 20 - 30 = Matilda (Short) Kelly

8 Aug 1850 Twp 9 East Jefferson Co., MS p. 104:

Middleton Kelly 53 MW Planter $2,880 b. SC
Francis Kelly 15  FW b. MS
S. Kelly 11 M W b. MS

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

James Wallace Pinkney Seastrunk

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

James Wallace Pinkney Seastrunk, son of Samuel and Lydia (Kelly) Seastrunk, was born in South Carolina in 1840.

During the Civil War he enlisted at Tyler, TX in Co. C, 17th Texas Calvary on Feb 26 1862. He was still with this unit when he was captured at Arkansas Post on 11 Jan 1863. He lived a little more than a month after his capture, dying at Camp Douglass in Chicago, Illinois on 13 Feb 1863.

James Wallace Pinkney Seastrunk is buried in a mass grave known as Confederate Mound at Oak Wood Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois. His name appears on the memorial plaque as J.W. Seastrunk.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Mary (Kelley) Fair

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Mary Kelley, daughter of John Kelly of Fairfield District, South Carolina, married William Fair.

Currently, it is unknown where William and Mary (Kelley) Fair settled. A William Fair lived in Hinds County, Mississippi. His children and in-laws were interacting with the other Kellys and their allied families, so at this time it is thought that he may be the same William Fair who married Mary Kelley.  Further research needs to be done in this area.

The following estate notice was run in the Raymond, Mississippi Gazette on 11 May 1849 for William Fair:

“April 1849 Term, Probate Court, Hinds Co., MS. Frances Stubbs, Admr."

Two years later The Hinds County Gazette ran the following notice for nonresident heirs of William Fair on 6 Nov 1851, naming:

“Isaac H. Fair, William H. Fair, Mariah and Thomas H. Floyd, Eliza and Joe A. Tyler."
[Source for both estate notices of William Fair: Newspaper Notices of Mississipians 1820 - 1860 by The Mississippi Genealogy Society, 1960]

William Fair may have died in Hinds County by mid-1849.  A wife for him is not named in either notice.

The following Fair marriages occurred in Hinds Co., MS:

Jefferson M. Hutson married Harriet Frances Fair with John S. Fair as bondsman on 10 May 1844
William Taylor married Mary Fair, with John J. Fair as bondsman, on 4 June 1844
Thomas H. Floyd married Mariah Fair, with Jefferson M. Hutson as bondsman, on
17 June 1846
Joseph Seastrunk married Elizabeth Jane Fair, with Samuel Plandell as bondsman on 22 Nov  1848

Monday, March 9, 2015

William J. Kelley

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

William J. Kelly, son of John Kelly of Fairfield District, South Carolina, died before the settlement of his father’s estate.  A letter from his adminstrator, filed in John Kelly's estate settlement, indicates that there were five surviving heirs, four of which still resided in SC. They are unnamed in the John Kelley Sr. estate records:

“January 30th 1843

“Dear Sir

“A part of the family of W.J. Kelley dec’d have expressed a desire that I should adminster on his estate.  Four out five of them who are in the state have signified their wish in the paper. The remaining one of the five, lives in the lower part of Richland- His wishes are only presumed on, not known.  I am not ______ of the office, but if I am to undertake it, no time should be lost.  You can therefore take the ________ preliminary steps to granting administration- and please inform me when I need to attend at your office.
Yours repectfully,
Geo. R. Hunter”

Dr. Thomas Reuben Seastrunk

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Dr. Thomas Reuben Seastrunk was Sameul Seastrunk's partner in crime. Like Samuel, Reuben removed to Texas in 1857, under orders to be out of Copiah County, Mississippi in 15 days. They were probably brothers.

Ironically, on the 1850 census of Copiah Co., MS, Reuben Seastrunk owned three slaves: a black female age 23, a mulatto male age 4, a mulatto male age 1. Like Samuel, he must have had a change of heart shortly afterward when he and Samuel began helping slaves escape from Copiah County. See post on Samuel Seastrunk and wife Lydia Kelly, which contains a physical description of Reuben Seastrunk.

DEATHS - 1906
T. R. Seastrunk, M.D., Charleston Medical College, 1840, died at his home in Burkeville on August 20th. Age 86. He was a native of South Carolina, and spent his early youth on a farm. He practiced medicine in Florida, Georgia and Mississippi before coming to Texas. He located in Newton County, Texas, in 1857, where he remained for about fifty years until his death. He was one of a family of eleven children remarkable for longevity--no one of whom died under 70 years of age, and for ten years previous to his death there were three generations of his immediate  family practicing medicine.
To many he was not only a true physician, but a father and friend in time of need, and his many acts of kindness will ever be remembered by them. He was a successful physician and a public-spirited gentleman, loved and honored in every walk of life.
[Source: Texas State Journal of Medicine, vol. 2]

Thomas Reuben Seastrunk is buried in the Burkeville Methodist Church Cemetery. According to an historical marker on the site, "In that era [1850s] circuit riders served the congregation, which included both black and white worshippers."
[Source: Texas State Historical Marker]

In 1885, the congregation of New Hope Baptist Church in Shankleville, TX, a community of African Americans, wanted to stop renting and a church building and build their own church. They purchased three acres, at $5.00 per acre, from T.R. Seastrunk, and they were then able to build their own church on their own land.
[Source: National Registration of Historic Places Registration form for Odom house, Burkeville, TX]

Hampton H. Kelley

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Hampton H. Kelley, son of John Kelly of Fairfield District, South Carolina was born c. 1800 in South Carolina and died c. 1858 in Richland District, SC. H married Caroline ----- who was born c. 1815 in Sourth Carolina.

Known children of Hampton H. Kelly:

1. Marion Kelley b. c. 1838 in SC
2. Edney Kelley b.c. 1839 in SC
3. Asa D. Kelley b. 28 Oct 1841 in SC, d. 1 June 1925 in Richland Co., SC, buried in the Lebanon Methodist Church Cemetery on Hwy 378 near Horrell Hill, Richland Co., SC.
4. Hermione Kelley b.c. 1844 in SC
5. Zachary T. Kelley b.c. 1846 in SC

9 Aug 1850 Richland Dist. SC census p. 51:

Hampton H. Kelly 50 M Planter $1,700 b. SC
Caroline 35 F b. SC
Marion 12 F b. SC
Edney 11 M b. SC
Asey   8 M b. SC
Hermion 6 F b. SC
Zachary T. b. 4  M b. SC

In 1851, Hampton H. Kelley applied for a Revolutionary War pension on behalf of his deceased father John Kelly:

“His son, Hampton H. Kelley, executed a pension application on 29 July 1851 and alleged that John Kelly while residing in Fairfield Dist., SC volunteered as a horseman in the light dragoons under Capt. Jacob Barnett, Lt. Col. Henry Hampton, and Gen. Sumter. He was in the battles at Kings Mountain, Cowpens, and Eutaw Springs. Kelly died 9 January 1842 in Fairfield District, South Carolina. A reference was made to another son Frost Kelly, who moved to Mississippi. FPA R5845; Salley, Doc., p. 53; AA 4208; M273.” [Source: The Patriots at the Cowpens  by Bobby Gilmer Moss]

On 29 July 1851 Hampton H. Kelly, a resident of Richland District swore that “his said father, John Kelly, deceased...left no widow, this Despondent’s mother having died previous to his father. That after his father’s death and at the sale of his father’s property this declarant’s brother, Frost Kelly, who has since moved to the State of Mississippi, bought an old trunk containing the old papers of his said father and a portion of his said father’ horseman’s uniform which he had in his lifetime declared was part of that which he wore in said service in said war.”
[Source: Revolutionary War pension application for John Kelley]

Will of H. H. Kelley, Planter of Richland Co.; will book L, page 136; box 49 pkg 1205.
Wife: Caroline.  Mentions children, some of which are minors, but does not name them.  Dated 29 Dec 1857. Wit. Simon Taylor, John McLauchlin, M.B. McLauchlin, Caroline Kelly made executrix on 16 March 1858.

In 1880, Hampton H. Kelly's widow, Caroline R. Kelly, was living with her son Z. T. Kelly.

1880, Center Twp., Richland Co., SC.:

Kelly, Z. T.  M W 33 Farmer b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
Kelly, Fannie W F 18 Wife b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
Kelly Caroline R. W F 69