Biography of Caleb Kelley
Hancock County, OH Biographies

CALEB KELLEY, farmer, P. 0. Shawtown, was born in Baltimore County, Md., January 24, 1806, son of Thomas and Axey (Tracy) Kelley, of Irish descent, the former a native of Pennsylvania, and the latter of Maryland. Their family consisted of fourteen children, of whom twelve grew to manhood and womanhood. Caleb, the youngest, was but a lad when his father, who was a farmer, came to Ohio and settled on a farm where our subject was reared to manhood, attending the log schoolhouse. He chose farming as his occupation, and in 1834 came to Hancock County, Ohio, settling three miles north of Findlay, where he entered forty acres of land. In 1843 he moved to his present farm, soon after the township was organized, entering forty acres of land which he cleared, and is now the owner of eighty acres of well improved land. Mr. Kelley has been blessed with good health, is remarkably well preserved for his years, and does not look to be over sixty years of age. He was married, March 7, 1833, to Elizabeth, daughter of Michael and Elizabeth (Hamel) Croser. Her father was a farmer of German origin. To this union were born thirteen children, of whom seven survive: Samantha, wife of William F. Taylor, a farmer in Iowa; Sarah A., widow of Jacob Priest, who was killed by falling from a church on which he was working, in 1884; Elizabeth, wife of Andrew Kesler, of Michigan; Margaret Ellen, wife of Wesley Vanscoyoe, of Kansas; Alonzo, at home; Francis M., married and farming in this township; Samuel, also a farmer. One son, Thomas Milton, was a member of the Ninety ninth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and gave his life in defense of his country during the late civil war. Alonzo was born in Pleasant Township, this county, and educated in the district schools. He has made farming his life business and now owns forty acres of improved land. In politics he is a Republican. Caleb Kelley lost his life companion in 1880; she was a member of the Baptist Church in which Mr. Kelley is a deacon. In politics he has been a Republican since the organization of the party.

History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886

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