Thursday, June 23, 2016

Carrie Iredell Kelley, Daughter of Mansel P. Kelley

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

Carrie Iredell Kelley, daughter of Mansel Pinkney and Eliza Ann Rebecca (Thompson) Kelley, was born in 18 July 1890 in Kershaw Co., SC and died in 21 Aug 1922 in Paris, Lamar Co., TX. She is buried in Bridges Chapel Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Titus Co., TX. Carrie married Marvin Allen Gunn. He was born 18 November 1885 and died 16 November 1969. Marvin A. Gunn is buried in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas with his second wife, Connie.

Marriage record:
Groom: Marvin Gunn, age 22, born Texas, of Bryan County, Oklahoma, resident of Robber’s Roost, Oklahoma. Father: Wade Gunn; Mothe: Eulia McCall.
Bride: Miss Carrie Kelley, age 18, born South Carolina, resident of Robber’s Roost, Oklahoma. Father: Pink Kelley; Mother: Eliza Thompson

Married 5 January 1917 at residence of J. G. Cunningham in Durant, Bryan Co. OK

Carrie Iredell Kelley and
husband, Marvin Gunn
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Census records for Carrie I. (Kelley) and Marvin A. Gunn:

15 Apr 1900, West 1/2 of Bryson Twp., Coal Co., OK, p. 40:


GUNN, Marvin A.  Head   M W 24 M1-3  b. TX fb. IL  mb. IL
--, Carrie Wife    F W 19 M1-3  1 - 1  b. SC  mb. SC fb. SC
-- Haile  Son      M W 1 4/12 S b. OK mb. TX fb. SC

1910, Bryan, Coal Co., Oklahoma:

Olive St.
Gunn, Marvin A. Head M W 24 M-1 3 b. TX fb. IL mb. IL
--Carrie Wife F W 19 M-1 3 1-1 b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
--Haile Son M W 1 4/12 S b. OK fb. TX mb. SC

WWI Registration Card, serial number 425:
Marvin Allen Gunn, resident of Mt. Pleasant
b. 18 November 1885
cement worker

Nearest relative: Mrs. Carrie Gunn

6 Jan 1920, Pct #1, Titus Co., TX, Mt Pleasant, p. 139:

119 - 171        

GUNN, Marvin  Head  M W 34 M b. TX fb. NC  mb. MS
--, Carrie Wife F W 29 M  b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
--, Haile Son M W 11 S b. OK fb. TX mb.  SC
--, Fred Son M W  9 S b. OK fb. TX mb. SC
--, Irie  Son  M W  5 S  b. OK fb. TX mb. SC
--, Wade Bro  M W 27 S  b. TX  fb. SC mb. MS
KELLY, Eliza m-i-l F  W 74 W b. SC fb. SC mb. SC  

Carrie Iredell (Kelley) Gunn

WWII Regisration Card
Serial number: 142
Marvin Allen Gunn of Clark St., Gilmer, Upshur Co., TX
Age 56, b. 18 Nov 1885 in Gonzales, Texas
Contact: Mrs. J. W. Flynn of Harwood, Texas
Mrs. J.W. Flynn was his remarried mother, Eula Flynn

Death Certificate:
Marvin Allen Gunn of 814 First St., Gilmer
d. 16 Nov. 1969 Home for Aged Masons, Arlington, TX
b. 18 Nov. 1885, age 83
Occupation: Cement Contractor
Father: Wade H. Gunn
Mother: Eula McCall
Informant: Mrs. Connie Gunn
Burial: 16 Nov 1969
Cemetery: Sunset Memorial Park, Gilmer, TX          

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Nancy Missouri (Owens) Kelley

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

Nancy Missouri (Owens) Kelly, wife of John Kelly Jr., was the daughter of Richard and Elizabeth (Hood) Owens. Nancy was born 22 November 1819 in South Carolina, probably in Kershaw County. She died on 14 March 1912 in DeKalb, Kershaw County, South Carolina at the home of her son-in-law Capt. Lewis L. Clyburn.

Rebecca Gaskin Esteridge wrote at article entitled "Impressions of My Father," in which she recorded stories told to her by her father, James Ezekiel Gaskin. James's mother Elizabeth (Owen) Gaskin was the sister of Nancy Missouri (Owens) Kelly. The article includes two references to Nancy.

"I do know that Dicky [Nancy's father Richard Owens] was by no means delighted at his daughter Elizabeth's choice of husband. The old man was an eccentric cripple, as I have said, who loved his family passionately, but ruled them with an iron hand. An older sister Nancy had already been encouraged to marry a man much older than herself, uncle John Kelly, rich in Negroes, but rather poor in character. It was something of a come down, then, when Elizabeth chose a young fellow of thirty-one who had so little business sense that he had worked for his father ten years after becoming of age, with only a vague promise of reimbursement from his paternal employer, just as eccentric in his own way as his neighbor Richard Owens."

The exact date of Nancy Missouri Owens marriage to John Kelly is unknown, but her obituary states that she was 18 years old when they married. That would place their marriage in about 1838.  John Kelly was 33 years older than she. More notably, he was eight years older than her father, Richard Owen, and at least 14 years older than her mother, Elizabeth (Hood) Owens.

By the time the Civil War began, Nancy (Owens) Kelly was a widow, with at least one older son, M.P. Kelley, away fighting with Hampton's Legion. She appears on the 1860 census as head of household:

1860 First Division, Kershaw County, South Carolina:

Kelley, NM M 40 b. SC
-----, M.P. M 17 b. SC
-----, M.J. F 15 b. SC
-----, H.H. M 12 b. SC
-----, S F M 10 b. SC
-----, E.E. F 5 b. b. SC

Additionally, she appears as the head of household, on the 1860 slave schedule with 39 slaves.

Esteridge recounted this episode that occurred around the time of the war:

"Grandpa's submissive attitude toward the patrollers was in marked contrast to that of his wife's sister, Aunt Nancy Kelly. When a band appeared once at her house, announcing that they had come to whip one of her regulations for her, she spiritedly answered, "unless you want to get killed, you'll let my regulations alone." Her words, her determined manner, and an ugly looking musket, expertly held, convinced the unwelcome intruders."

By the time Nancy Missouri (Owens) Kelly died in 1912, less than one month before the sinking of the Titanic, she had witnessed nearly a century of major changes in this country. Lewis and Clark finished their expedition just thirteen years before her birth. The entire western expansion happened during her lifetime. Pioneers headed west on the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails. The Gold Rush happened. The railroads crossed the continent. The pony express gave way to the telegraph wires. The Mexican War was fought. The Civil War was fought. The Spanish American War was fought. The telephone was invented. And the automobile. The Wright Brothers had flown at Kitty Hawk.

In the photograph below, taken shortly before her death, I am struck by her hands and those incredibly long fingers.

At least three obituaries were published for Nancy Missouri (Owens) Kelly. The first appeared in The State and is the shortest:

The next obituary was published in the Camden Chronicle on 19 March 1912, and it is the one I've had the longest:

Aged Lady Dead
Probably the Oldest Woman In County 
Died Thursday Night

     Mrs. Nancy Missouri Kelly, relict of the late Mr. John Kelly, died at the residence of Capt. L.L. Clyburn, near DeKalb, last Thursday night, the 14th inst., about 11 o'clock. Mrs. Kelly was possibly the oldest white person in Kershaw County. She was born on the 22nd of November, 1819, and was therefore 92 years and nearly 4 mons. old. She was the oldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Owens and was married when she was 18 years of age. She leaves surviving her 3 children--Messrs. M.P. and S.F. and Miss Edna E. Kelly.
     The burial took place at Bethany Baptist Church, of which she had long been a member, on Saturday aft. about 3 o'clock in the presence of a large concourse of surrounding relatives and friends, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
     The death of a Christian is only a happy change to a better life. So it is with our aged sister. Weary and worn she has lain down to gentle slumbers to awake in a better and brighter world where the broken links of life will be re-united.

This final obituary contains more interesting information: cause of death (broken hip), her place of residence with the Clyburns for 50 years, the locations of her three surviving children, and the names of her two surviving brothers. This is a loose newspaper clipping kept by the family, so the date and newspaper are unknown.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Mansel Pinkney Kelley Jr.

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

Mansel Pinkney Kelley Jr., son of Mansel Pinkney and Eliza (Thompson) Kelley, was born 18 February 1869 in Camden, Kershaw County, South Carolina. He married Laura E. Laing on 28 September 1913 in Gadsden County, Florida. They do not seem to have had any children. M. P. Kelley Jr. died 31 August 1936 in River Junction, Gadsden County, Florida and is buried there in Eastern Cemetery in Quincy, which he made his residence. His wife Laura E. (Laing) Kelley is buried beside him.

Census and Newspaper Records for Mansel Pinkney Kelley Jr.:

29 Apr 1910, Election Pct 28, Duval Co., FL:

303 - 307         
KELLY, M.P. Boarder  M W 41 M1  b. SC  fb. SC  mb. SC
[boarding in home of John P. Simpson with other railroaders]

On 7 June 1911, M.P. Kelley Jr. was involved in the shooting death of James Boyle:

He was tried and acquited a few months later. This article appeared in The State on 8 September 1911.

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1925 Tallahassee, FL City Directory:

Kelley Mansel P (Laura) h288 (289) W. Pensacola

25 April 1930, Quincy, Gadsden Co., FL:

Kelly, Mancel P. head M W 60 M-44 b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
Section foreman, rail road
--,Laura E. wife F W 39 M-23 b. FL fb. FL mb. FL
O’Bryan, Nellie s-i-l F W 29 M-18 b. FL fb. FL mb. FL
--, Marcia neice f W 10 S b. FL fb. FL mb. FL
--, Vera O. neice F W 7 S b. FL fb. FL mb. FL

1935, Quincy, Gadsden Co., FL:

Kelley, M. P. 65 W Head education – Grade [school] b. SC Section Foreman

--, Mrs. L.E. 43 W b. FL education – H.School

Death Certificate:
M.P. Kelley d. 31 Aug 1936, River Junction, Gadsden Co., FL
Male, white, 68 years
b. 18 Feb 1869, Camden, SC
spouse: Laura Kelley
father: M.P. Kelley b. SC
mother: Rebecca Thompson b. SC
occupation: Railway Foreman
Residence: Quincy, Florida
Cemetery: Eastern Cemetery, Quincy, FL

Florida Death Index:
Laura Laing Kelley
d. 25 April 1972, Leon, Florida
81 years

b. 4 Feb 1891

Monday, June 20, 2016

Rev. Duncan H. Selph, 1869 Envelope

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

The world is full of kind, wonderful people. John Poss is one of them. Last summer John contacted me. He is a collector of postal memorabilia, and he was thinning his collection. He had in his possession an envelope addressed by Rev. D.H. Selph that was postmarked 28 August 1869, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. John ran a google search to see if he could find out anything about Rev. D.H. Selph and found my blog. He contacted me and asked if I would like to have it. Needless to say, he did not have to ask twice.

The envelope is addressed by Rev. D.H. Selph, but the notation along the side with his name and date was probably written by the recipient. On the back flap is a notation for "3.00." My guess is that either Rev. D.H. Selph was paying a bill or requesting payment of a bill. This letter may have been filed vertically in some sort of billing system that allowed the recipient to see the notation.

The one thing that this sweet little envelope does is place Rev. Duncan Hyder Selph in Murfreesboro as of the latter part of August, 1869. One more piece to add to my timeline on him.

Rev. D.H. Selph
of Murfreesboro, Ten.  to Nashville, Ten.
28 August 1869
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Back of Envelope
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Thank you, John, for your generosity. I've finally mastered using my new computer and scanner.

Friday, June 17, 2016

William Haskell Kelley, son of M.P. Kelley

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

William Haskell Kelley, son of Mansel Pinkney and Eliza Ann Rebecca (Thompson) Kelley, was born 29 Oct 1866 in South Carolina and died on 25 Nov 1965 (in Greenville, Hunt Co., TX?). He is buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Naples in Cass Co., TX.  He married Louella Smith, daughter of John and Martha (Williams) Smith on 30 Nov 1902. She was born 26 May 1875 and died 4 Mar 1958. She is also buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. They resided in Marion Co. and Cass Co., TX.  Louella was married previously to a Humphrey, and they had Dora, Guy, Johnny, and Harry.
Children of William Haskell and Louella (Smith) Kelley:

1.         Mancil P. Kelley
2.         Millard Kelley
3.         Annie Carrie Kelley
4.         Charlie L. Kelley
5.         Jessie P. Kelley
6.         Emma Kate Kelley

Obituary for William H. Kelley abstracted from the Greenville Banner, Fri. 26 Nov 1965:

Rites for W.H. Kelley, Sat (99 yr., 29 Oct 1866 - 25 Nov 1965), Baptist. Brother of Mrs. Bessie Brown, father of Mrs. Willie Cast, brother of Mrs. Tom Foster, Stepfather of Guy Humphrey, father of Mrs. Ira Joyce, father of Charlie Kelley, brother of Frank Kelley, father of Jessie P. Kelley, father of Manvil [sic] Kelley, father of Millard Kelley, son of William T. Kelley [sic], husband of Louella Smith (30 Nov 1902), son of Aliza Rebecah Thompson, Royse City Funeral Home, Pleasant Hills Baptist Church, near Naples. 

Census records for William Kelley:

23 Apr 1910, Pct #2, Marion Co., TX, p. 167:

82 - 83  
KELLY, William W. Head   42  M1-8  b. SC fb. AL mb. GA
--, Louella  Wife    35  M2-8   7 - 6 b.TX fb. AL mb. GA
HUMPHRY, Dora s-dau   15  S b. TX  fb. SC mb. TX
--, Guy  s-son    12 S b. TX fb. SC  mb. TX
--, Harry P.  s-son  9 S b. TX fb. SC mb. TX
--, Mason P. son 6 S b. TX fb. SC mb. TX
--, Willard  son 4 S b. TX fb. SC mb. TX
--, Annie C.  dau 2 S  b. TX fb. SC mb. TX

28 Jan 1920, J-Pct #3, Marietta, Cass Co., TX, p. 154
Ser. T625 Roll 1785:

Kelly, William H.  Head  M W 54 M b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---Ella  Wife    F W 44 M b. TX fb. AL mb. AL
---Mansel P. Son  M W 16 S b. TX fb. SC mb. TX
---Millard Son  M W 14 S b. TX fb. SC mb. TX
---Anna C. Dau  F  W 11 S b. TX fb. SC mb. TX
---Charlie Son  M W   9 S b. TX fb. SC mb. TX
---Jesse  Son  M W   6 S b. TX fb. SC mb. TX
---Emma K. Dau  F  W 1 11/12 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TX

Humphry, Guy S-son  M W 21 S

14 Apr 1930, Pct #3, Cass Co., TX, p. 117:

80 - 84
KELLEY, W.H. Head  63 M 36 b.  SC  fb. SC mb. SC
--, Liwella  Wife 54 M 29 b. TX fb. AL mb. AL
--, Millard Son 19 S b. TX  fb. SC  mb. TX
--, Jesse Son 16 S b. TX  fb. SC  mb. TX
--, Kate Dau 12 S b. TX  fb. SC  mb. TX
SMITH, Mattie m-i-l 80 Wd  b. AL fb. US  mb. US

81 - 85 
KELLEY, Mancie  Head  26 M 25  b. TX fb. SC mb. TX
 --, Thelma Wife    19 M 18 f. TX mb. TX fb. TX 

2 April 1940, Pct. 3, Cass County, Texas:

Kelley, William H. Head M W 73 M b. SC 1935 res.-R
--, L. Ella Wife F W 65 M b. TX 1935 res.-R
Cast, Willie s-i-l M W 34 M b. AL 1935 res.-same place
--, E. Kate Dau F W 22 M b. TX 1935 res.-same place

--, James H. Son M W 3/12 S b. TX 1935 res. -same place

Parentage of Maria Victoria Tenorio

 © Kathy Duncan, 2016

My trip to the library confirmed the parentage of Maria Victoria Tenorio, mother of Maria Apolonia Martin, wife of Francisco Xavier Sanchez.

Thenorio, Maria Victoria bapt. 15 April 1759, daughter of Manuel Thenorio and Polonia Sandoval; gp/el Alferez Don Bartholome Fernandez and Dona Luisa Thenorio.
Frame 99 AASF#15 1747-1799
[Source: New Mexico Baptisms of Santa Fe Parish of Francis of Assisi vol. I 5 Sept. 1747-17 July 1791 by Margaret Windham]

Victoria's parents married two years before her birth:

26 July 1757 - Manuel Thenorio de Alba y Corona married Dona Polonia Sandoval, both single. Witnesses: Phelippe Tafoya and the Sargent Reformo Cristoval Martin
[Source: New Mexico Marriages Santa Fe - St. Francis Parish and Military Chapel of Out Lady of Light 1728 - 1857 compiled by Margaret Leonard Windham]

Regrettably, neither of these records reveals the parents of Manuel Thenorio or Apolonia Sandoval.

By 1760, Apolonia Sandoval was widowed and was remarrying. That record revealed her parentage:

1760, Nov. 29 (no. 5), Santa Fe or Santa Cruz. Jose Salvador Garcia (33) of Santa Cruz, widowed of Da. Maria Martin, son of Capt. Don Juan Esteban Garcia de Noriega and Da. Luisa Gomez del Castillo, and Da. Apolonia Sandoval of Santa Fe, widow of Manuel Tenorio, daughter of Don Antonio Sandoval and Da. Josefa Duran y Chaves.  Witnesses: Felipe Tafoya, Santa Fe notary. Manuel de Arteage, Santa Cruz notary; Antonio Dominguez (48), Jose Fresquis (49).
[Source: New Mexico LTC, vol. p. 595]

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Rachel Brown

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

In the early 1970s, my family went to Camden, South Carolina during a family vacation. While we were there, my mother managed to make the acquaintance of our cousin, Stephen Kelly. He drove us around to several family locations. After hearing my mother's account of our family's story of Pink Kelley's war time adventures, Steve arranged for us to meet English Brown, the son of the slave woman who saved Pink's life. 

English Brown regaled us with the story of how the Kelly's acquired his mother. It seems two brothers were working on the battery at Charleston. Each day they noticed a group of slave children at play in the evening. They determined to take one home to Camden with them. On the day they were leaving, they hung a red ribbon from a tree limb and then hid themselves nearby. The children came out to play like always. Then a woman called them in for the evening. One little girl, however, had spied the ribbon, but told no one about it. She was determined to have the ribbon for herself. She slipped back out, unnoticed, to get the ribbon. That's when the brothers nabbed her and took her back home with them. "And that's how they came to have my momma," said English.

I did not know it then, but that was the moment that would inspire me to conduct genealogy research. When we left Camden, we did not know the name of English's mother. Decades later, I was able to research English Brown through census records to learn the name of his mother: Rachel. That is when I realized that she was only a teenage girl when she saved Pink's life. In 1892, Rachel's son English was present with the group that was gathered to see Pink Kelley and others off to Texas. A little over 80 years later, English kept marveling that "Mr. Pink's children" had returned. And we were equally awestruck to meet him.

Census Records of Rachel Brown, former slave of the Kelley family:

13 July 1870, Flat Rock Twp., Kershaw Co., SC, p. 217:

Brown, Jeremiah 26 M B Farmer b. SC
---Rachel  22 F B Keeps house  b. SC
---Caroline 2 F B  b. SC

28 June 1880, West Flat Rock Twp., Kershaw Co., SC, Dist. 73:

Brown, Jerry B M 37  Farmer b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---Rachel B F 35 Wife    Keeps house b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---Sallie B F 15 Dau  b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---Cora B F 12 Dau b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---Foster B M 10  b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---Minty B F  8 b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---James  B M 6 b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---Louisa  B F 4  b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---William  B M 2 b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
 ---Rosa B F 2/12 Apr  Dau b. SC fb. SC mb. SC

21 June 1900, Flat Rock Twp., Kershaw Co., SC, p. 185:

334 - 334 
Brown, Jerry/Jessie?  Head B M Jan 1837 63 M  b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---Rachel  Wife  B  F Apr 1851 50 M b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---Nancy Dau   B  F Mar 1875 25 S b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---Louisa Dau   B  F Apr 1877 23 S  b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---Willie Son  B M Jan 1878  21 S b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---Rosalie Dau  B  F Feb  1881 19 S b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---English Son  B M Jan  1883 17 S b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---Kate Dau  B  F Jan  1885  15 S b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---Hattie Dau  B  F Mar 1887  13 F b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---Florence Dau  B F  Apr  1888 12 F b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---Daisy Dau  B F  Jan  1891   9 S b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
???, Lilly Grd  B  F Apr  1893   7 S b. SC fb. SC mb. SC

2 May 1910, Pleasant Hill Twp., Lancaster Co., SC, p. 233:

Brown, English Head M B 25 M-4 b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---Lizzie Wife  F  B 23 M-4   2-2 b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---Rachel Dau   F  B    2 S b. SC fb. SC mb. SC  
---Oland Son  M B 1 6/12 S b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
 ---Estill Cou  F  B  10 S b. SC fb. SC mb. SC

8 Jan 1920, Flat Rock, Kershaw Co., SC, p. 194:

9 - 10  
Brown, English Head M B 38 M b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---, Lizzie Wife  F  B 33 M b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---, Rachel Dau F  B 13 S b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---, Nannie Dau F  B 11 S b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---, William Son M B   6 S b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---, Rosa Dau F  B   4 S  b. SC fb. SC mb. SC

14 Jan 1920, Flat Rock, Kershaw Co., SC, p. 196:

Brown, Rachel Head   F  B 80 Wd b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---, Kate Dau F  B 30 S b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
Scott, Louise Grd F  B 10 S b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---, Annie May Grd  F  B   8 S b. SC fb. SC mb. SC  

Rachel Brown died in Kershaw Co.,SC on 21 May 1920. Her parents were Joseph Kennedy and Lucy Kelly. 
[Source: death certificate]

English Brown died May 1975 in Kershaw Co., SC. He was born 4 Jul 1881 and would have been about 8 or 9 years old when Pink Kelley and family left South Carolina.