Sunday, March 8, 2015

Ellen Elizabeth (Kelley) Horsley

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Ellen Elizabeth Kelley was the daughter of Frost John and Emily (Lee)Kelley. She was born in Utica, Hinds County, Mississippi.

4 ---1880, Dist. 111, Gilmer, Upshur Co., TX, p. 4:

Horsley, R.G. W M 34 School teacher GA GA GA
---E.E. W F  31 Wife MS MS MS
---A.E. W F    5 Dau TX GA MS

4 June 1900, 1-WD, Greenville, Hunt Co., TX, p. 72:

Horsely, Robert G. Head W M Apr 1846 54 M-26   GA   GA GA
---Ella E. Wife  W  F Dec 1850 49 M-26 5-3 MS  SC  SC
---Annie Dau   W  F Dec 1874 S         TX   GA   MS
---William J. Son   W M July 1880 19 S TX   GA   MS
---Hallie B. Dau   W  F Dec 1883 16 S TX   GA   MS

Ellen Elizabeth Kelley Horsely’s death record from the Coker-Mathews Funeral Home of Greenville, Texas, book 3, page 264:

Father:  T.F. Kelley [sic] His birthplace: S. Car.
Mother:  Omelia Curlee Her birthplace: Miss
Date of birth:  Dec 30 1849
Birthplace:  Miss
Religion:  Baptist
Residence:  Greenville  Tex
Martial status:  widow
Date of death:   Aug 26 1825
Cause of death:   Senility
Place of death:  Greenville  Tex
Age at death:  75 years 7 months 26 days
Funeral date:  Aug 17 1925
Place of burial:  Forest Park Cemetery
Charged to:  D.N. King
Other notation: Funeral Services at First Baptist Church

[Source: Hunt County, Texas, Funeral Home Records Coker-Mathews Funeral Home May 1921 - December 1926  Greenville, Texas , vol. 2, p.189.]

The informant for the funeral home record of Ellen Elizabeth Horsely is not given.  Clearly, the information that Emily Curlee was her mother is in error since Ellen was born during the marriage of Frost and Emily (Lee) Kelly. This is a garbling of the names of Frost Kelley‘s two wives. D.N. King, who paid for the funeral was Ellen Elizabeth (Kelley) Horsely‘s son-in-law.

Obituary of Ellen Elizabeth (Kelley) Horsley published in the Greenville Morning Herald, Thurs. 27 Aug 1925:

Funeral Mrs. Horsely Today - Services - Pioneer Resident First Baptist Church 4:00 This Afternoon - Mrs. R.G. Horsley, aged 65, years, 7 months, and 26 days, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Douglas N. King, at 3331 Washington Street Wednesday afternoon at 2:25 o’clock after a protracted illness.
Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church her this (Thurs.) afternoon at 4:00 o’clock conducted by the Pastor Dr. A.A. Duncan, assisted by Rev. H.B. Pender, after which the remains will be interred in Forest Park Cemetery.
Active pall bearers: Lee M. Pool, E.H. Cashell, Howard G. Decker, L.N. Breeding, Walter Bean, J.F. Daniels. Honorary - J.M. Gee, J.B. Griffin, W.H. Bush, C.E. Arrant, Jim Webb, Dr. J.F. Clark, Jim T. Ellis, Dr. E.P.Becton, W.D. Nichols, Sam B. Brooks, E.A. Jones, John Mitchell, B.Q. Evans, Capt. W.M. Arnold, C.E. Dinkle, Deacons of the First Baptist Church, Confederate Veterans.

Ellen Elizabeth Kelley was born in Utica, Mississippi Dec 30, 1849, and was brought to Texas at the age of seven years by her parents, the family settling in Smith County, near Tyler. She was united in marriage to Robert Green Horsley at Mt. Pleasant, Titus County, Feb 15, 1874.

Mr. and Mrs. Horsley removed to Greenville in 1896 since which time she has been a resident of this city. Throughout her years of residence here she made a wide circle of friends, her kind and motherly disposition, her charitable deeds and thoughtful consideration of others at all times winning for her the love and admiration of all.
Deceased was converted at the age of 10 years and united with the Baptist church. She was consistent and earnest in her daily Christian life and during her active years she took a prominent part in church work, being a regular attendant at religious services.
Mrs. Horsley was the mother of five children, two of whom survive: Mrs. Douglas N. King of this city and W.J. Horsley of Ft. Worth. She is also survived by three grandchildren: Jack and Donlay Garner, and Madell Horsley, and one sister Mrs. Henry B. Christian of Ft. Worth, all of whom have the sympathy of many friends.
[Source: Morning Herald, Greenville, TX, Thurs., 27 Aug 1925]

Ellen’s marriage to Horsley in Titus Co., TX in 1874 indicates that the Kelley family was living in Titus County, Texas as early as 1874 and lends support to the claim that her father Frost Kelley died there., At the age of 10, when Ellen joined the Baptist church, the family was probably living in Smith County.

Obituary of Robert Green Horsley published in Greenville, TX:  The Morning Herald, Tues., 17 Feb 1920:

Prof. R.G. Horsley Died on Sunday - Was Prominent Man and Educator for Several Years - Prof. Robert G. Horsley passed away Sunday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Douglas King, after an illness of several days. The funeral was held at the First Baptist Church at 4 o’clock Monday afternoon, and was conducted by Rev. A.A. Duncan, pastor of the church, and burial was in East Mount Cemetery.
The pallbearers were W.A. Bean, L.N. Breeding, H.G. Decker, S.B. Brooks, W.B. McCormick and T.J. Daniel.
Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Joseph E. Johnston Camp of the United Confederate Veterans of which the deceased was a member.
Prof. Horsley is survived by his wife of 2309 Henderson St, a daughter Mrs. Douglas King, of this city and a son W.J. Horsley of Ft. Worth.
Born at Antioch, Georgia in 1847, Mr. Horsley served throughout the Civil War with one of the Georgia regiments and on many occasions he distinguished himself in battle. He came with his parents at an early age and before moving to Greenville in 1897 he lived at several places in this state including Queen City. He was a graduate of Baylor University, holding several degrees from that institution and during his life he enjoyed wide renown as a mathematician, being regarded as an authority on several phases of that science. He was one of the early professors of Burleson College, and also taught in the Greenville public schools.
A prominent teacher himself, there are many citizens of this county who had the privilege to attending school under his tutelage and many a pleasant recollection will come to mind regarding the school work of this much loved gentleman.

Horsley marriages in Hunt Co., TX:
Annie E. Horsley married E.M. Gardner 13 Dec 1903, Bk. L. p. 579.
Hallie B. Horsley married Douglas N. King 23 Jun 1904, Bk M, p. 95
[Source: Hunt County, Texas Marriages 1846 - 1911 by the Hunt County Genealogical Society]

Census records for daughter, Hallie (Horsley) King:

19 & 20 Jan 1920, Dist 124, Greenville, Hunt Co., TX:

3331 Washington St.
King, Virginia A. Head F W 63 Wd b. TX fb. VA mb. KY
---Douglas N. Son M W 36 M b. TX fb. TX mb. TX
---Hallie D-in-l F  W 31 M b. TX fb. GA  mb. MS
Gardner, Donley boarder M W 14 S  b. TX fb. TN mb. TX
[Notation: Donley Gardner is Hallie King’s nephew.--kdd]

8 Apr 1930, Dist 3, Greenville, Hunt Co., TX:

3331 Washington St.
King, Douglas N. Head M W 45 M-21 b. TX fb. TX mb. TX
---, Hallie B. Wife F  W 42 M-17 b. TX mb. GA fb. MS
---, Virginia A. Mother F W 78 Wd-19 b. TX fb. KY mb. KY

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