Biography of Dennis Kelley
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Kelley, Dennis, was born in Lansing November 92, 1830, a son of John Kelley, also of Lansing, born January 9, 1795. His wife was Elizabeth Osbourne, of Lansing, born in 1802, a daughter of William and Margaret (Toane) Osbourne. They had seven children: William, Jane, John F., Mariette, Clarinda, Dennis and Lewis. The grandfather of our subject was John Kelley, a native of Orange county, who came to Lansing about 1793. Our subject lost his father when he was but eight years of age, and he then lived with his sisters for a time. At the age of twenty four he married Sarah, daughter of Jacob and Christiana (Ormun) Shoemaker, who had filled the place of parents to him from his boyhood. Mr. and Mrs. Kelley then went to farming on a small place of thirty acres belonging to Mrs. Kelley, and in 1860 he purchased fifty seven acres more. In 1865 he sold this farm and removed to Michigan where he bought a farm, sold it the same year, and returned to Lansing with his family, with team and wagon. He bought another farm a year later, sold and purchased the North Lansing hotel, which he conducted about four years. This he sold and bought another farm of 130 acres, which he still owns. Since 1890 he has leased his farm and devoted much time to carpentry. For many years he dealt in farm machinery, etc. Mr. Kelley is a Republican, and has served as constable and assessor. Mr. and Mrs. Kelley have had three children: D. M., born March 12, 1855, a practicing physician in Brookston, Ind.; Alma C., born August 1, 1857, wife of Daniel A. Tarbell; and Clarence W., born May 8, 1861. Mrs. Kelley died October 25, 1890, in her fifty sixth year.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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