Sunday, March 8, 2015

Obadiah K. Kelly

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

OBADIAH K. KELLEY, son of John Kelly of Fairfield District, South Carolina, died 5 Dec 1848 and is buried in Utica Town Cemetery, Utica, Hinds County, Mississippi.  His tombstone does not give a birth date but says that he was the “husband of Adelia.”

Obadiah K. Kelley married Adelia Moore on 8 Sept 1847 in Hinds Co., MS. She was born 25 May 1829 and died 19 Apr 1855. She is buried in Leonard R. Fletcher Cemetery in Hinds County, Mississippi.  She was the daughter of Alfred and Frances Moore.

They probably had no children since his will does not name any in his will and leaves his property to his nephew Obadiah Sistrunk upon wife Adelia’s death.

Will of Obadiah K. Kelley, page 235, dated 5 Dec 1848; probated 11 Jan 1849 in Hinds Co., MS.  Wife: Adelia Kelly, all estate and at her death to nephew Obadiah Sistrunk.  Ex:  George W. Mimms, A. P. Weeks.  Wit:  J.W. Pittman, Ransom Warner, Robt. White.

Know all men by their presents that I Obadiah K. Kelly of the county of Hinds and State of Mississippi do will and give and bequeath unto my wife Adelia Kelly all of my presonal property viz: six slaves Benjamin, Prince, Elihu, Sally, Jimmy, and Boy Jesse Five horses and buggy a good saddle horse and four fine mules and waggon, and the tract of land on which I reside I wish to be sold to pay the debts that I owe and all above discharging my debts to be paid over to my wife. Also I gtive unto her my good watch all property of mine whether mentioned or not I give to her and after her death to go to my nephew John Obadiah Seastrunk and I further appoint Geo. w. Mimmes and A. B. Weekes my lawful Executors done this 5th day of Dec. one thousand and eight hundred and forty eight.
In the presence and signed and sealed. O.K. Kelly
J. W. Pittman
Ransom Warner
Robt White
will proven 11 Jan 1849
[Source: Wills 1832-1917, Hinds Co., MS, p. 235]

The 1850 census for Adelia and Leonard Fletcher indicates that they had married after the cut off for the 1850 census as she is called Adelia Kelly, and he is called Leonard Fletcher:

12 Nov 1850 Hinds Co., MS p. 178

Adelia Kelly 21 F Farmer  $1300 b. MS
Frances Moore 60 F  b. SC
Alfred Moore 9 M b. MS
John Sistrunk 21 M b. SC
Leonard Fletcher 22 M b. MS

The Hinds County Gazette  of Raymond, Mississippi ran the following nonresident heirs notice for the estate of Obadiah Kelly on 18 Dec 1851, naming:

“John Douglass, Ella Douglass, Wallis Seastrunk, Geo W. Mimms, Exec.
[Source: Newspaper Notices of Mississipians 1820 - 1860  by The Mississippi Genealogical Society, 1960]

Children of Adelia (Moore) Kelley and Leonard R. Fletcher:

1. Leonard Fletcher b. 28 Sep 1853 d. 1853--Leonard R. Fletcher cem.
2. Frances Adelia Fletcher b. 14 Feb 1855 d. 8 Oct 1856-Leonard R. Fletcher cem. 

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