Biography of Charles A. Kelsey


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Kelsey, Charles A., was born in Antwerp, May 3, 1833, a son of Abel and Wealthy (Wicks) Kelsey. Abel Kelsey was born in Massachusetts and came to Leray with his parents. He was a farmer and in politics a Whig then a Democrat, and was elected justice of the peace in Antwerp and served four years. His wife, Wealthy Wicks, was a daughter of Benjamin Wicks, who came to Antwerp at an early day, taking up 500 acres of land and here lived and died. Charles A Kelsey was educated in the common schools and at Theresa High School and Wesleyan Seminary, where he prepared for college. He taught school at Antwerp, Alexandria Bay, Clayton, Three Mile Bay, Chaumont, select school at Lafargeville and Theresa. He entered the study of law with David Bearup of Theresa and afterwards entered the office of Levi H. Brown and Allen C. Beach, at that time the leading law firm of Watertown, N. Y., from which office he was admitted to the bar April 5, 1866; and on January 20, 1875, was admitted to practice in the United States District and Circuit Courts for Northern New York. Soon after being admited to the bar he was elected school commissioner of the Third Commissioner District of Jefferson county and served three years. He began his law practice at Three Mile Bay and soon went to Watertown, where he continued the practice for about seven years and then moved to Theresa, where he also has had a successful practice. Mr. Kelsey has one of the best farms in Theresa of 140 acres, and also a house and three acres of land in the village. He has always taken an active interest in geology, mineralogy and paleontology and has a very choice selection of specimens. In 1858 he married Harriet Calhoun, and they had one son, Charles H., born in 1869, educated in Theresa and Ives Seminary. Mr Kelsey while in Watertown was a member of the fire department for five years and one of the directors for two years. He is a member of Theresa Grange P. of H. No. 660, also of Pomona Grange and was master of Theresa Grange one term. Mr. Kelsey's wife was a teacher at Three Mile Bay several years and one of her pupils went to Minneapolis, Minn., and afterwards named two small lakes and a street in honor of his former teacher, calling one Lake Harriet and the other Lake Calhoun and the street Calhoun Street.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898