Biography of Charles Kelley
Yates County, NY Biographies





Kelley, Charles, the genial proprietor of the Central House in Penn Yan, was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1816, and in 1846 came to America with his father and stepmother, making the entire distance from his home to Penn Yan by water. He learned the painter's trade and worked at it several years, and afterward read law with A. V. Harpending for a time, but did not continue the study. In 186o he bought a part of the property now covered by his hotel and soon after made other purchases. In 1862 he helped to raise a company for the Rebellion, and was mustered in in October, 1862, he taking a commission as second lieutenant of Co. C, Forty fourth New York Volunteers, Infantry, "Ellsworth's Avengers" He was mustered out in 1864 with the rank of brevet captain. Returning from the service, Captain Kelly remodeled his Jacob street property and opened a hotel. The buildings were burned in 1872 and at once rebuilt. The Central House is one of the most popular hostelries of Penn Yan. In 1876 Mr. Kelly married Margaret A., daughter of Francis Graham, of Geneva. Four children have been born to them, three of whom are living.

From:
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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