Biography of William L. Kelley
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Kelley, William Laban, jeweler, is the son of Charles and Judith B. (Paddock) Kelley, and a grandson of John Wing Kelley, and was born in Sidney, Me., November 16, 1839. His mother's father, Peter Paddock, was one of the first sea captains out of Nantucket. His paternal great grandfather and grandfather were both natives of Dennis, Cape Cod, the latter moving from there into Maine. Mr. Kelley was educated in his native State, first in the common schools and afterward at Oak Grove Seminary, which was conducted by the Society of Friends. He is a birthright Quaker, as were his ancestors. When twenty one years old he came to New Bedford to learn the jewelry business with Ezra Kelley. On August 21, 1862, he enlisted in Co. A, 3d Mass. Cav., and served nearly three years, being on detached duty as clerk in the quartermaster's department most of the time. Returning to New Bedford after receiving an honorable discharge he again entered Ezra Kelley's jewelry store, at 106 Union street, and three years later succeeded to the business, which he has ever since conducted, moving it to the present location on the corner of Purchase and Union streets about 1878. Mr. Kelley is a thirty second degree Mason, belonging to Rural Lodge of Sidney, Me., to the Chapter and Commandery in New Bedford, and to the Consistory of Boston. In 1867 he married Rebecca C., daughter of Charles H. Clark of Nantucket.

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