For a long period Dr. Adeline D. H. Kelsey did effective work as a medical missionary in the Orient,
but now resides upon a farm near Westdale, giving her attention to its supervision. She was born in Florence, on
the 26th of January, 1844, her parents being Asa and Amanda (Higbee) Kelsey. Her father's birth occurred in Litchfield,
Connecticut, January 20, 1801, and her mother was a native of the town of Florence, Oneida county, born April 20,
1810. Asa Kelsey made farming his life work and when about three years of age was brought to Florence by his father,
Joseph Kelsey, who in 1804 purchased the farm upon which Dr. Kelsey now resides. It had formerly been the property
of Garrett Smith and was one of the early settled places of the community. All his life Joseph Kelsey followed
agricultural pursuits and died when his son Asa was quite young. The latter also made farming his life work and
each year was busily engaged with the tilling of the soil until his death, which occurred May 23, 1897. He had
for a long period survived his wife, who passed away January 26, 1871. While his business interests occupied the
greater part of his time he yet found opportunity for cooperation in public affairs. He voted with the republican
party and held membership in the Con. gregational church, to which his wife also belonged. In his family were six
children of whom Emily, Sarah and Marinda are now deceased. The others are Samuel, of Fairport, New York; Dr. Kelsey,
of this review; and Josephine, the wife of O. P. Clarke, who is an attorney and also custodian of the cottage at
Mount McGregor where President Grant died.
Dr. Kelsey was educated in Mount Holyoke College from which she graduated with the class of 1868. She afterward
engaged in teaching school in Coe College of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for two years, and then studied medicine at the
Woman's Medical College of the New York Infirmary of New York city, completing her course with the class of 1875.
After spending two years as resident physician at Mount Holyoke she went to China, as medical missionary and re
mained four years in that country, after which, on account of Ill health, she returned home. Her health improved
under the changed conditions and in 1885 she again went to the Orient, this time to Japan, as medical missionary,
remaining in that country twenty two years. In 1907 she returned and is now living retired on the old farm to which
she gives her personal supervision, having a Japanese family with her to care for the property and the household.
She has one hundred and fifty acres of land utilized for general farming purposes. Her life has been fraught with
many good deeds and high purposes and in her professional capacity she did a splendid work in the east not only
healing the body but stimulating the spiritual growth of the people to whom she ministered.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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