Biography of John R. Kelly
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Kelly, John Russell, is a son of George Kelly, born in Orange county in 1815, and is now living in Van Buren county, Mich. George came to the town of Carlton in 1842, where be resided until 1864, and then moved to Michigan, in which State he has since remained. His wife was Ellen Ostrander, born in Orange county in 1817, and died in 1859. The children of George and Ellen Kelly were as follows: Halsey, born in Orange county in 1834, died in Michigan in 1885; George B., born in Orange county in 1836, was killed at the battle of Mine Run, Va. in 1863; Margaret, born in Orange county in 1838, resides in Van Buren county, Mich.; John Russell, born in Orange county, November 13, 1841; Royce, born in Carlton November 13, 1845, resides in Michigan; Mary, born in Carlton in 1848, resides in Michigan; Charles, born in Carlton in 1854, resides in Michigan. John was educated in the common schools of Carlton, and his boyhood days were spent on a farm. At the age of seventeen he engaged as a sailor on the Great Lakes, which business he followed eleven years; for the last three of which he was a third owner in a vessel, of which he was second officer in command. In 1869 and 1870 he was employed by the government in building piers at Oak Orchard Harbor. In June, 1871, he was appointed keeper at Oak Orchard Light Station, Carlton, which position he still holds. Mr. Kelly married at Kendall, January 13, 1869, Emma A. Smith, born in Sand Lake, Rensselaer county, April 15, 1848, and they have one child, Genevra Abbie Ellen, born November 2, 1871, who married William G. Taylor of Albion, December 9, 1891.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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