Ancestry of James Murphy DUNN Jr.

Seventh Generation

64. David DUNN was born in Virgina.


82. Thomas CUMMINGS was born 1777 in Virgina. He married Mary GOODWIN OR BOWERS on Dec 18 1804 in Jonesboro, Washington Co., Tennessee.

Thomas Cummings was among the early settlers in the valley at Mountain and his children later took up large holdings in Lookout Valley. The most famous Cummings of them all was "Will" Cummings, who was a powerful county judge who helped erect the Chief John Ross (Market Street) Bridge, Chickamauga Dam and a highway around the base of Lookout Mountain.

From "Hamilton County Pioneers" by John Wilson

83. Mary GOODWIN OR BOWERS was born 1785 in Virgina.


88. Joel KELLEY was born about 1775 in South Carolina. He died about 1862 in Kelley Family Cem, Cleveland TN. Joel married Letta DARLTON about 1798 in South Carolina.


1. Matthew Kelley, born April 1, 1799

2. William Kelley, born July 7, 1802

3. Richard Kelley, born March 15, 1804

4. Mary Kelley, born May 20, 1806

5. John Kelley, born ______ 1808

6. Nathan Kelley, born Dec. 1, 1810

7. Elisha Kelley, born Dec. 24, 1812

8. Susan Kelley, born March 1, 1814

9. Joel Kelley, born May 18, 1816

10. Nancy Kelley, born May 16, 1818

11. Elijah Kelley, born Nov. 23, 1820

12. Washington Kelley, born Nov. 23, 1822

Authority: Above names and birth dates copied from Dailey Kelley's Bible by Louise Davis Brock of
Chattanooga, Tenn., great-great-granddaughter of Joel Kelley.

Our numbering system starts with the children of Joel and Letta Kelley.

JOEL KELLEY, our ancestor, was born circa 1775 in South Carolina. His wife's name was Letta (Darlton?), born ca. 1781 in South Carolina. They died ca. 1862 and are buried in the Kelley family cemetery on the old Kelley farm located on Kelley Lane in Bradley County, 8 miles south of Cleveland, Tn. Courthouse and three miles south of Blackfox on the Tunnel Hill Rd. A marker was placed on their graves May 1984 by family members.

The traditional story passed down from generation to generation in the Kelley family was that two brothers came to America from Ire­land, coming into the state of Virginia. Geraldine Martin Allen (1919 - ____ ) remembers her grandfather, William "Will" Perry Kelley (1852-1946) telling this story to his children and grandchildren. Will also told his children and family members that his grandmother, Letta Kelley, was a Darlton before she married. Louise Brock (1909­ - ____) remembers hearing this from her Uncle Will. We were unable to establish that Letta's maiden name was Darlton.

In the 1790 Fairfield County, S. C. Census (T-498-3) we find the following Kelley listings:
Joseph Kelley page 224; Joel Kelley page 225; John Kelley page 225. At the time of the 1790 census our Joel Kelley would have been approx. 15 years old and probably living in his father's household. Since Joel and John Kelley are listed consecutively on the 1790 census, they were living next door to one another..

At the time of the 1800 Fairfield County, S. C. census Joel and Letta were married and had a young male child. The census listed Joel thus:
          Joel Kelley - 10100 - 00010 - 00
This indicates Joel was between 16 and 26 years of age with a male child under ten years of age (Matthew born April 1, 1799), and a female (Letta) in the household between 26 and 45 years of age. Letta may have already had her 26th birthday at the time the census was taken, but we believe this to be a census taker's error. In 1850 Letta's age was given as 69, therefore, she was born circa 1781 and would have been 19 in 1800.

On the 1800 Fairfield County, S.C. census we find the following Kelley’s listed. Whether or not they were kin we could not determine, but they may have been:
         Sarah Kelley page 222 John Kelley page 224
         Abraham Kelley page 222 Joel Kelley page 224
         Joseph Kelley page 223 Vinney Kelley page 224
         Thos. Kelley page 224

On Aug. 22, 1981 the following comment was received from Mrs. Rebecca Starr, Genealogical Researcher, Columbia, S. C.:

"The 1800 Fairfield County, S. C. census shows the following families in the same neighborhood: Samuel Lochridge, James Seal, Enoch Seal, Anthony Seal, Thomas Trapp, John Kelly, Joel Kelly, Vinney Kelly, Moses Outen (Wooten), Robert McCants, Elijah Seal, Daniel Seal, Judith Frost. The Frosts, Seals and Kellys/Kelleys, John and Joel, lived on Sawney's Creek which flows into the west side of the Wateree River."

Joel had an older brother William Kelley (July 11, 1758- Dec. 27, 1837) who was a veteran of the Revolutionary War and filed for a pension. Joel Kelley signed William's pension application June 6, 1833 in McMinn County, Tenn. on his pension application William stated he was born in 96th Dist. Union County, S.C. July 11, 1758. William and Joel had a cousin, John Kelly, who was a Revolutionary War veteran. William Kelley served a tour of 3 months under his cousin, Captain John Kelly/Kelley and Col. Warford in Rutherford County, N. C. At the conclusion of the Rev. War John Kelley went to the state of Virginia and resided several years before returning to Greenville District, S. C. where he made his application for pension. Perhaps he went to Virginia because he had relatives living there. (See William's and John's applications for Revolutionary War pension at the' end of this chapter).

Joel Kelley moved his family from S. C. to McMinn County, Tenn. before 1804. His third child, Richard Kelley, was born 1804 in Tenn. (1850 Bradley County, Tenn. census).

On Sep. 20,1814 at Fayetteville, Tenn., at the age of 39, Joel Kelley was drafted as a private soldier in Captain Asahel Raines Co., 2nd Regiment, West Tenn. Militia commanded by Col. Lowry and Lt. Col. Hammons in the War with Great Britain declared by the United States on the 18th day of June A.D. 1812. He was honorably discharged the 20th day of April A.D. 1815 at Big Springs, McMinn County, Tenn. The Muster Roll of Dec. 31, 1814 reported Joel Kelley absent because he was sick at Ft. Montgomery. He served 7 months for $8.00 per month, or a total of $56.00, as stated on the Company Pay Roll, April 20, 1815. (From Joel Kelley's applications for Bounty Land in Bradley County, Tenn. dated March 22, 1851 and Apr. 11, 1855 and from Muster Rolls and Pay Roll of 2nd Reg. West Tenn. Militia dated Sep. 20, 1814 and Apr. 20, 1815).

Since the 1810 and 1820 Tenn. census records are lost (Union soldiers burned the Bradley County, Tenn. courthouse during the time of the Civil War), we cannot trace with certainty the movements of Joel Kelley during this period. The nearly complete destruction of all Bradley County records has also seriously hampered the search in the period following.

The 1830 McMinn County, Tenn. census lists Joel Kelley. Also shown on this census in McMinn County were John Kelly, Jonathan Kelly, Matthew Kelly, Sr., Nathan Kelly, Richard Kelly, Squire R. Kelly, Wm. Kelly, Sr. and Wm. Kelly, Jr. Some of the above named could have been Joel's sons: Matthew would have been 31 years old in 1830; Richard would have been 26 years old; John would have been 22 years old; Nathan would have been 20 years old; Elisha 18 years old was probably living at home; Elijah age 10, living at home.

1840 Tennessee census records Joel Kelly, age 65, living in Bradley County with one male younger than he and two females. The younger male was probably Elijah who married circa 1845. The two females probably were his wife, Letta, and his daughter Nancy, age 22, who never married.
1850 Fed. Census, Tenn. records Joel Kelley, age 75, living in Bradley County, 12th Dist., with wife, Letta, age 69 and daughter, Nancy, age 31. Joel and letta indicated they were born in S. C.
On Sep. 15, 1850 40 acres land, first granted to Richard Kelley was transferred to Joel Kelley: "40 acres - land location: Davidson County, 2 miles N.E. of Nashville, Hwy 41A 9 miles S.W. of Cleveland and West Tunnel Hill Rd. Holder of original grant Richard Kelley: Grant #2030 April 18, 184o.,, (The land location described above is the same as that now held by the Kelley family in Bradley County indicating the name of the county has been changed).

March 22, 1851. Joel Kelley applied for a land grant under an Act of Congress passed Sep. 28, 1850 whereby soldiers and officers who had served in the U. S. Military could make additional applications for bounty lands. (This Act not approved until March 3, 1855). In forwarding Joel's application to Mr. J. E. Heath, Commissioner, on April 1, 1851, James Mitchell describes Joel Kelley thus: "Cleveland, Tenn. April 1, 1851 Mr. J. E. Heath, Commissioner, Dear Sir, I inclose to you the Declaration of Joel Kelley, a very aged and infirm man so much so that I had to get the services of the Justice to go several miles to his house to qualify him having lost his discharge and his memory so bad that I was compelled to make it out very informal though I hope there is enough said to enable you to identify him on the role. He is said to be a very honest man and I believe all that he has said in his declaration he believes to be true. Yours with respect, James Mitchell." (Joel was 76 years old at that time),

Warranty 28-553 was issued Jan- 30, 1852, Vol. 95, page 94, signed by James Mitchell, Cleveland, Tenn. approving 80 acres bounty land for Joel Kelley. This action apparently did not take effect because the Act of 1850 had not yet been approved. (Approved March 3, 1855).

Joel Kelley's second application for the above 80 acres, dated April 11, 1855, was accompanied by an affidavit signed by his son, Elijah Kelley, and Amos Potts, a neighbor farmer. The application was approved and 80 acres of land in Bradley County, Tn. granted to Joel Kelley Oct. 19, 1855 when Warrant 28.553 was reissued Oct 26, 1855 as Warrant #9881, signed by A. P. Miller, Cleveland, Tn. (A. P. Miller was Joel's son-in-law, husband of Joel's daughter, Susan Kelley. Received this information from David S. Johnson, Cleveland, Tenn. great-grandson of Andrew P. Miller, Feb. 24, 1982).

1860 Fed. Census, Bradley County, Tenn., page 118, records Joel Kelley, age 85, living with his son, Elijah Kelley: "Elijah Kelley 36, farmer, born Tenn. Value of real estate $4ooo. Value of personal estate $800. Wife Julia 36, born Tenn. Children: All born in Tenn. Jane 13, Stuart 12, Joel 10, Wm. 8, Hiram 7, John 5, Polly 2. Joel 88 male, born S. C., Letta 77 female born S. C., Nancy 42 female born Tenn." -This census taken June 30, 1860 by James Donoho, Ass't. Marshal.

Also on page 118 of the 1860 Bradley County, Tenn. census is Joel's friend, Amos Potts, who signed the Affidavit in 1855 with Elijah when Joel applied for 80 acres of bounty land for his service in War of 1812:

"Amos Potts 65, farmer, born Tenn. Value of real estate $6000. Value personal estate $2000. Rachel Potts 64, born Tenn., Albert Potts 24 born Tenn." (You will notice later in this chapter that the Kelly/Kelley families and Potts families were neighbors in Union County, S. C. in 1776).

1870 Fed. Census, Bradley County, Tenn. records Elijah Kelley and his family. Joel, Letta and Nancy are not listed. We assume Joel and Letta had died and Nancy was living with other members of the family. From the census records: "Bradley County, 12th Dist, page 168, Elijah Kelley 50, Julia F. 48, Stewart 21, Joseph 20, William 18, Hiram 16, John 14, Nathan 12, Elijah 5." We see that all of Elijah's children were living at home at the time the 1870 census was taken except his eldest child, Elizabeth "Lizzie" who was called "Jane" above in the 1860 census. Lizzie married circa 1868.

No will or other legal document could be found which proved name of the father of Joel Kelley (1775-ca. 1862). We believe he may have been Richard Kelley who was living in 96th Dist. Union County, S.C. at the time of William Kelley's birth in 1758 (Rev. War veteran). Richard Kelley applied for land grant as early as 1755 in 96th Dist. S.C.: LAND GRANTS, Columbia, S. C. Archives: "The Petition of Richard Kelly for land by virtue of his Family Right. Read the petition of Richard Kelly humbly setting forth that the Petitioner had a wife and one child for whom and himself he never had warrant of survey or grant of land in the Province. Therefore, humbly prayed his Excellency and Honours order to the Surveyor General to lay out or cause to be laid out One Hundred & Fifty Acres of land on waters of Santee and that he might have a grant for same. Dated July 4, 1755. Signed: Richard Kelly." S. C. Land Grants, v.9, p. 68: "Richard Kelly, Precept Aug 5, 1755. 150 acres on Broad River."

Comment from Mrs. Rebecca Starr: "A person wishing a land grant in S. C. had to first petition the S. C. Council for a warrant of survey. The date of his petition is the "precept" date. The land was then surveyed by a deputy surveyor, then a copy was made in the official plat book and certified on that date. A "return of survey" was also prepared which the petitioner kept along with the original plat. The settler then showed his certified plat plus return to the secretary of the province who drew up a sealed grant which was signed and recorded. During the Royal period the headright system was the most common means of obtaining land. It is based on family rights of 50 acres per settler. Richard Kelly acquired his 150 acres on this system, claiming himself, his wife, and one child. Before the Revolution all land was granted by the Crown, and a tax had to be paid on it. The owner went to Charleston, presented his title or grant, paid his tax, and a record was mad e of it. This record is called a memorial, and the owner was the memorialist. After the Revolution, memorial taxes were no longer paid, but the process for obtaining land remained the same, with the state of S. C. being the land grantor.

Oct. 1, 1767:
Reference: S. C. Archives - Memorials, Vol. 9, P. 337: First paragraph on page. "A Memorial exhibited by Richard Kelly to be reg'd. in the Auditors Office of a plantation or tract of land containing 150 acres situated in Berkley County on a branch of Broad River called Enoree River bounded to the S. W. by said river on all other sides by vacant land. Survey certified the 3rd Dec. 1766 and granted the 26th day August 1767 ... In witness whereof he hath hereunto set his hand the 1st day of Oct. 1767. John Hamilton, D.S. Deputy Auditor for the Memorialist Paul Townsend."

Edwards, Crozer MS, PP- 38, 39: Furman MS, p. 41: "Richard Kelly had two surveys, one of 150 acres on Enoree (Collins) River in 1756, the other of 350 acres on Padgetts Creek in 1769. (Plats, ix, 68, ivii, 41o). He probably lived on the latter."

v. 17, p. 410, Richard Kelly Precept, 6 Nov. 1769 350 acres in Craven County on Padget's Creek a branch of the Tygar River adj. NE & NW on Brian White, NW on Cooper, SE on Cannady, other vacant. Cert. 24, Nov. 1769. (Note from Rebecca Starr: "A Paul Townsend presented Richard Kelly's 1767 Memorial Apr. 30, 1770. A neighbor often paid taxes as representative for several others so only one person would have t o make the long trip to Charleston, S. C.).

From Spartanburg County, S. C. Minutes of the County Court, 1785 - 1799; Holcomb, Brent: P- 303: "Ordered that James Turner, Alexand­er Walker, Micheal Miller and John Redmond view the nearest and best way for a road from Kelley's Mill on Enoree to or near the forks of the Pacelot extending to Bridges Ferry on Broad River and report thereon to the next Court. 10 April 1798."

(Note from Alba & Paul: There is a community named Kelly on Hwy 176 between Spartanburg, S. C. and Union S. C. in Union County).

v. 17, p. 409 - "Mathew Kelly precept 3 Apr. 1770 200 acres between fork of the Broad and Saluda Rivers on a small-branch of the Tygar River called Padgets Creek adjacent Andrew Campbell and vacant land on the SE and William Cooper and vacant land on the NE, NW on John Townsend. Cert. (Note from Rebecca Starr: "Paul Townsend paid Richard Kelly's 1767 Memorial April 30, 1770 as mentioned above. They were probably neighbors).

From: Charleston, S. C. Deeds QQ 355: "John Portman, planter and wife Sarah Portman to John Liles, both of Berkeley County 29/30 Apr. 1753 L 200 300 acres in Lea's Ford on S.W. side of Broad River, original grant 3 Aug. 1753. Witnessed: Wm McClure, Wm. Craddock, Richard Kelly, John Fairchild." (Rebecca Starr's note: "Lea's Ford was located in Fairfield County on the Broad River about 2 miles above the mouth of the Enoree River. It was later called Liles Ford and was a connecting point between Fairfield and Newberry Counties").

The following information is from A History of Union County, S. C. by the Union County Historical Society, published 1977 by Attic Press, page 18: "Lt. (later Capt.) Ellis Fowler is buried in the Kelly cemetery near Kelton (Kelton is a corruption of Kellytown)." Kelton is in NE Union County, S. C. Page 21: "Persons receiving payment for duty done in Col. Brandon's regiment during the Rev. War" ... lists William Kelly. Page 25: Reference to Richard Kelly as itinerate Baptist minister, later to be ordained. Page 44: "Padgets Creek Baptist Church membership list from church books 1784-1804 ... John Kelly, Susanna Kelly (wife of Joseph Kelly). Before its formation in 1784 members worshiped at the Fairforest Church on Dining Creek nearby. Other members were Nathaniel Jackson and Richard Mayfield."

In Leah Townsend's History of South Carolina Baptists, Florence, S. C., 1935, page 128: she mentions Richard Kelly as assistant pastor at Thickety Branch Baptist Church (a branch of Fairforest Baptist Church whose pastor was Rev. Philip Mulkey). "Thickety Branch, said to have been 29 miles N. E. of Fairforest" ... "Here in 1772 Richard Kelly preached as Rev. Philip Mulkey's assistant, and was soon to be ordained. The story is told of how he recovered from fever in the very hour of being anointed. How long Mr. Kelly served the church or when it was constituted is not known; it was probably greatly disturbed by the Revolutionary struggle."

From: The Old Iron District: A Study of the Development of Cherokee County, S. C. 1750 - 1897: "Cherokee County was originally part of Union County, S. C.

Page 28: "Fowler family history: "Ellis Fowler, a Revolutionary soldier from Albemarle County, Va. settled in Union County after the war in the Pea Ridge section. He had three sons, Waymac, Mark and Godfrey Ellis. Godfrey Ellis Fowler married his cousin Nannie Kelly who bore him nine children."

Page 129: "Thickety Branch Baptist Church was the first Baptist Church in Cherokee County, S. C. In 1772 Richard Kelly preached in the church as Rev. Philip Mulkey's assistant."

These plats may be in Union County, S. C.:
v. 17, p. 407: James Kelly precept 5 Dec. 1769 20 acres in Berkley County in fork of Broad and Saluda Rivers on a small branch of Enoree River called Dunkin's Creek adjacent S.E. Capt. John Pearson, E. on Margaret Kennedy and other sides vacant. Cert. 23 Feb. 1770.
v. 17, p. 405: George Kelly precept 6 Nov. 1771 100 acres fork of Broad and Saluda Rivers, adj. SW. Andrew Kelly, other vacant. Cert. 9 Nov. 1771.
v. 17, p. 402. Andrew Kelly, 5 Nov. 1771 100 acres Fork of the Broad and Saluda Rivers. All sides vacant. Cert. 9, Nov. 1771.
v. 17, p. 401: Andrew Kelly 3 Feb. 1773 100 acres on waters of Saluda River. All sides vacant. Bounty land. Cert. 10 Mar. 1773.
A Joseph Kelly received a grant of land in Union County 1769.

On the "Whitmire Land Grant Map 3, Laurens/Newberry Counties, S. C." Union County Historical Foundation MB24, Folder 2, we find a Richard Kelly - 350 acres 1776; nearby is George Potts, 200 acres granted 1776. East of George Potts is George Little, 200 acres.

Union County, S. C. Deed L-150; Andrew Kelly to Benj. Haile in 1805: Land on SW Tygar River, originally granted to George Little. Jesse Potts named in the deed as having adjacent land is probably George Potts' heir. This puts Andrew Kelly in same neighborhood as Richard Kelly and likely kin. (Note: Amos Potts signed Joel Kelley's (1775-ca. 1862) petition for land grant in Bradley County, Tenn. April 11, 1855. Amos may have been descended from Jesse and George Potts of S. C.).

Comments from Mrs. Rebecca Starr, Genealogical Researcher, dated July 18, 1982: "Relatives of Richard Kelley who were living in Union County, S. C. by 1770 included Mathew Kelley, probably his brother, and father to John (cousin of William and Joel Kelley). Mathew's land grant was close to Richard's on Padgett Creek. The compilers of Whitmire Land Grant Map 3 (mentioned above) missed it, but his land was adjacent to the grant of Robert Watkins (west of Richard Kelley) according to Watkins memorial tax statement (Memorials, v. 12, p. 200). Other probable kin was James Kelley on Lower Dunkin Creek near Dunkin (or Duncan) Creek. We think the evidence indicates that the father of Joel (and William) Kelley was named Richard Kelley and that he came to S. C. around 1755 when he filed a petition for land in what is presently Union County, S. C. This is the same year of the famous Braddock's defeat in Virginia, after which the Virginia back country was left undefended and exposed to Indian attack. This spurred a flow of migration out of Virginia and into the back country of N. C. and S. C. We know that Joel and William Kelley's cousin John Kelley went to Virginia for several years after the Revolution, and it is likely he had kin there.,,

On Nov. 2, 1982 the authors wrote to Mrs. Kathleen Neill, Irish Genealogical Association, 162A Kingsway, Dumurry, Belfast BT17 9AD Northern Ireland. She responded Nov. 10, 1982. We quote her reply in part: "I very much regret that you do not have sufficient information to institute genealogical research here. The name Kelly/Kelley is one of the most wide spread and prolific of names in Ireland. There was no official record kept of emigrants from Ireland during the period in which you are interested. If Joel Kelley and his brother William are recorded on a ships passenger list, finding it would be more a matter of luck than skill as such records are rare and fragmentary. It is extremely doubtful that you will find the Kelley's origin in Ireland official records - it is more likely that another descendant in the U. S. would be able to provide that information. The best advice I can give you in the circumstances would be to recommend you to join this Association as a supporting member and use our magazine, "Family Links - Past and Present" and the annual "Member's Directory" to help publicize your search."

Although we have not proven without a doubt who Joel Kelley's parents were, we hope the information in this Chapter will inspire a younger member of the family to continue the search for the early Kelley ancestors and from whence they came in Ireland.


In Order to Obtain the Benefit of the Act of Congress passed
June 7, 1832
On this 6th day of June 1833 personally appeared in open Court, before the Justices of the County Court of said county, William Kelley, a resident of said county and state, aged about 75 years, who being first duly sworn according to lawt doth, on his oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress, passed June 7, 1832. That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated. That he entered the service of the United States in Union County in the State of South Carolina some time he thinks in the spring of the year 1775 as a volunteer in a foot company to march against the Cherokee Indians. His officers were Lt. John Covis, Capt. James Stein, Col. John Thomas and General Williamson. Marched to Keowee River in the Cherokee Nation, had a skirmish with the Indians on the head waters of Keowee. Marched to an old fort on Keowee River near which place had another skirmish with the Indians then marched to a place called the Sunken Towns, from there to the head of Little Tennessee River where they met with the North Carolina troops. Left them and marched to mouth of Valley River. Met with the Indians and fought a battle with them on a creek, the name of it not recollected. Marched to a place called Frog Town. From there returned home and was dismissed by his Capt. James Stein but got no discharge after having been in service six months.

Some time in the summer or fall of the year 1776 he was drafted in Union County, State of South Carolina, his officers were Capt. James Stein and Col. John Thomas. Marched into the frontiers of Georgia for the purpose of surprising the Creek Indians. Returned into South Carolina home and was dismissed by his Capt. Stein but got no discharge after having served one month and ten days.

Some time in spring of 1779 he was drafted for three months in Union County South Carolina his officers were Capt. James Stein, Lt. Col. Wm. Warford. Joined the North Carolina troops under General Lincoln. Marched to Stone where they had a battle with the British. Was dismissed by his Capt. James Stein. Got no discharge after having been in active service marching through different parts of the states for three months and twenty days.

Some time he thinks in the fall of the year 1781 he was drafted in Rutherford County, State of North Carolina, his officers were Capt. Jacob Vinsant and Col. Porter. Was stationed on the frontiers of North Carolina where Col. Eustis took the command. Remained there three months guarding the frontiers and was dismissed by his officer but got no discharge.

He served four times as above stated under the officers above named, the first time six months, the 2nd one month and ten days, the 3rd three months 'and twenty days and the 4th three months. All the different terms he was a private foot soldier.

"He was acquainted with General Lincoln and Williamson and Henderson and with the officers he has named in his declaration above. He was not acquainted with any of the regular officers, never having served with any regular troops except at the battle of Stone when and where he had not time to become acquainted with the officers of the revolution. He was born in Ninety Six District afterward called Union County in South Carolina where he lived until after he had served three tours in the revolution then moved to Rutherford County North Carolina where he lived when he served his fourth term after that moved to Spartanburg County South Carolina then to Pendleton S. Carolina from there to McMinn County, Tenn. where he now resides and has resided for nine years. He was born on the 11th day of July 1758. He has seen a record of his age in an old family Bible belonging to his father which is lost. He states that he has no documentary evidence nor does he know of any person whose testimony he could procure who can testify to his service in the revolutionary war. He is not acquainted with any clergyman (now living in his neighborhood) nor is there any living in the county with whom he is acquainted well enough to certify as to his character favorably and his belief of his services as a soldier of the revolution. He is acquainted in his present neighborhood with Joel Kelley and Jessi Mayfield who can certify as to his character favorably and their belief of his services as a soldier of the revolution.

He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present, and declares that his name is not on the Pension Roll of the Agency of any state.

Sworn to and subscribed the 6th day of June 1833.
                                                                                            (signed): William Kelley

We Joel Kelley residing in the county and state aforesaid, and Jessi Mayfield residing as aforesaid, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with William Kelley who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration; and we believe him to be 75 years of age; that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides, to have been a soldier of the Revolution, and that we concur in that opinion. Sworn to and subscribed the 6thday of June 1833.
                                                                                             (signed): Jessi Mayfield
                                                                                            Joel Kelley"

"And the Court do hereby declare their opinion, after investigating the matter, and putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department, that the above applicant was a revolutionary soldier, and served as he states. And the Court further certifies, that it appears to them that Joel Kelley who has signed the preceding certificate, that he and Jessi Mayfield who has also signed it, are resident as they therein state, and that their statement is entitled to credit. (signed): A. C. Robeson, J. McMullin, Sam Workman, justices of the Court."

On this 28th day of April 1843 personally appeared before me William Shoemake one of the acting Justices of the peace in and for the County aforesaid Elizabeth Kelley a resident of the County of Smith and State of Tennessee, aged seventy nine years, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the Act of Congress passed July 7, 1838. That she is the widow of William Kelley who was a Pensioner of the United States at the rate of Forty Six Dollars and Sixty Six Cents per annum and drew his Pension at Knoxville East Tennessee. She further declares that she was married to the said William Kelley on or about the 1st Nov., Seventeen Hundred and Eighty Two. Her husband the said William Kelley served a tour of three months after their marriage in the War of the Revolution under Captain Wood as well as she recollects the Tories were very troublesome and Capt. Wood was afterwards killed by the Tories. He served one other tour of three months under Capt. John Kelley, a cousin of Declarant’s husband, and was marched to Rutherford County, they were under Colonel Warford she thinks was the Colonel's name. Her said husband had served under Capt. James Stein in a company of Infantry. That her husband the said William Kelley died on the 27th day of December 1837 and that she the said Elizabeth Kelley has remained a widow ever since that period as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed after the draw of Pension was due him he moved with his family from McMinn County (Tenn.) where he then resided to the new part of Georgia where he died so there are arrears of Pension due this declarant from the date of the last payment up to the 27th December 1837 the day of his death. After the death of her said husband William Kelley, this declarant moved with some of her children to Smith County Tennessee in the latter part of last year 1842. This Declarant  further states that she would have made her Declaration under Act of 4th July 1836 but could not recollect at this time who she could procure that is now living by whom she could prove the service of her husband after the marriage. She further declares that the annexed record of the ages of her children is the genuine record kept by her husband in his life time. Joshua Kelley is or was the oldest child born after the marriage to wit 14th of August 1783 and so on to Samuel Kelley the 8th child which will be seen by reference to the record is recorded in two places a part of one of the records being lost. The last two names on the other side of the record to wit Lewis and Emeline born in 1831 and 1834 are grandchildren. She was married by a preacher. Sworn to and subscribed the day and year first above written before me: William Shoemake, J. P.
                                                                                             (signed); Elizabeth Kelley
                                                                                            Her mark: x

Justice of the Peace
Attest Franklin Shoemake
State of Tennessee, Smith County: I William Shumake one of the acting Justices of the peace in and for the county aforesaid do hereby certify that I am somewhat acquainted with Elizabeth Kelley who has this day made oath to the foregoing declaration and that from old age and bodily infirmity she cannot appear in court in order to make this declaration in open court. I further  certify that the annexed records containing the ages of the children of William and Elizabeth Kelley and also the remnant of a previous record mentioning them as the sons of William Kelley and Elizabeth his wife were taken from the old papers in her possession in my presence and made a part of this declaration. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal this 28th day of April 1843
William Shumaket Justice of the Peace."

Annexed Record: Children of William and Elizabeth Kelly/Kelley:
Joshua Kelley born Aug. 14, 1783
Rachel Kelley born Sep. 2, 1785
Nancy Kelley born May 14, 1787
Easter Kelley born July 11, 178_
Jane Kelley born May 17, 1791
Judiah Kelley born Nov. 14, 1793
Dinah Kelley born Oct. 249 1795
Daniel Kelley born Oct. 30, 1798
William Kelley born June 9, 1802
Richard Kelley born Nov. 21, 1805
Elizabeth Kelley born May 1, 1807
Alcey or Alsey Kelley born  July 16, 18_
John Kelley 38 in 1852
Samuel Kelley Age not given
Luice or Lewis Kelley, born Nov. 30, 1831
Emmeline Kelley born Dec. 23, 1834


From S. C. Dept. of Archives and History
AA 4208, Roll 82:
To the Honorable Speaker and members of the House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina:

The petition of John Kelley of Greenville District humbly showith that your petitioner at the conclusion of the Revolutionary War went to the State of Virginia and resided several years and consequently was not in this state when there was an opportunity of rendering his claims against the state for services performed and losses sustained during the war. Your petitioner further showith that on his return to this state he made an effort to gain compensation for his services by petitioning the Legislature for the same but was rejected and was informed that his claim was barred by an Act of the Legislature. Your petitioner has since been informed that a number of persons lately have obtained payment for their claims by petitioning the legislature. This information, together with the hard hand of poverty that bears heavily on his feeble body and almost exhausted constitution has induced him once more to call on the clemency and justice of the Legislature of his country for relief.

Your petitioner will now state to your Honorable body the services for which he prays payment as nearly as recollection will enable him having lost most of the vouchers for the same. In the year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Six he served six months in the expedition against the Cherokees. In the year 1777 he served three months at Col. Thomas' guarding the public stores lodged there. In the same year he served three months at Whitehall and Ninety Six all under the command of Capt. James Stein of Col. Thomas' Regiment. In the year 1778 he served three months at Liberty Hill near Augusta under Captain Jeffreys of Col. Stein's Regiment. He served five months in the Floriday expedition under Captain Lusk. He served three months in the year 1781 under Capt. Ward Roebuck's Regiment for which he has his Captains Certificate. Your petitioner may be mistaken in the dates being almost an illiterate man, but there is no mistake in the length of time and places where the services were performed. Your Petitioner prays your Honorable body to grant him soldier's pay for the time above mentioned, being two years and two months, or such other relief as you in your wisdom may deem just and right and your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray. (signed); John Kelley"

November 10, 1820. "To certify that John Kelly did three months duty under me in 1781 given under my hand this 16th day of April 1801." (signed): Moses Wood."

Located eight miles south of the Cleveland Tenn. Courthouse and three miles south of Blackfox on the Tunnel Hill Rd. Turn right on Kelley Lane for 5/10th of a mile to the Kelley farm.

Kelley, Joel Zn Kelley, Elijah H.
1775 - Ca. 1864 Jan. 31, 1888  
Sept. 11, 1899
Kelley, Letta
1781 - ca. 1865 Kelley, Arthur N.
May 13, 1903
Kelley, Elijah Apr. 7, 1904
Nov. 23, 1820
Dec. 23, 1875 Kelley, L. C.  
son of Leo & Charles
Kelley, Julia F. Aug- 30, 1911
Feb. 16, 1822 Jan. 14, 1912
Feb. 16, 1901  
Kelley, Eva
Kelley, John F. Apr. 19, 1890
1856 - 1945 Oct. 20, 1890

Kelley, Ida M. Kelley, Laura
1871 - 1929 Sept. 20, 1891  
May l0, 1894
Kelley, Stewart R.
May 23, 1848 Kelley, Susan J.
Nov. 10, 1924 Mar. 20, 1864  
Mar. 6, 1897
Kelley, Charlie C.
(Stewart's wife) Kelley, McCallister
Apr. 6, 1866 Nov. 20, 1929
Sept. 13, 1905 aged 58 yrs. 7 mo. 16 days

Kelley, Susan R.                Kelley, Julia Cornelia
June 24, 1899 June 9, 1886
Feb. 19, 1905 Aug. 14, 1886

Kelley, Nathan L.                Kelley, Velma L.
Aug. 1, 1860 June 8, 1905
Mar. 28, 1949 Aug. 1, 1907

Kelley, Rosa Geneva Indian servant of
Oct. 11, 1911 Elijah Kelley - name
Oct. 25, 1911 not known.

Kelley, May Lavenia
Oct. 24, 1915
Oct. 13, 1916
Poolev Henry
Jan. 16, 1926
Jan. 19, 1926

89. Letta DARLTON was born about 1774. She died about 1862 in Cleveland TN. and was buried in Kelley Family Cem, Cleveland TN.


94. Samuel BELL was born Sep 26 1783 in Botetourt, VA. He died Dec 1 1839 in Jefferson Co., TN. Samuel married Elizabeth CRIDER about 1804. [Parents]

95. Elizabeth CRIDER was born Jan 15 1787 in VA. She died Jun 24 1856 in Jefferson Co., TN.


120. Daniel BRAND was born 1787 in Edgecomb, NC. He died about 1834 in Gwinnette Co., GA. Daniel married Mary Polly RAWLINS on May 15 1824 in Gwinnette Co., GA. [Parents]

The information on Daniel Brand, Son of William W. Brand, is provided
by a copy of "Brand family", which was collected and compiled by Mrs.
Floyd Oliver, 219 West St., Ada, Oklahoma, 74820. The copy of this
information was given to me by Mrs. Jean Brand who received if from
Mrs. Mildred Moore Medford of Tiftton, GA, which in turn was given to
her by Mrs. Betty Brand Baxter of Poteau, Oklahoma. Parts of it are
reproduced here as information only, without documentation.

Quote". Daniel Brand's mother was Sarah Bryant Brand, daughter of Gail
and Elizabeth Bryant, Edgcomb Co., NC. There are wills in NC to the
effect that Elizabeth Bryant died 1 Mar. 1797; her sister, Eulah
Bryant, called "Edey" was married to Joseph Jordon. Edey died  14
Mar., 1797.

Daniel Brand (1787-1834) MD. Elizabeth Liner 15 Apr., 1824; amd Md
Mary Polly Rawlins ca 1826. Children: Sophia Luellen, Francis Marion,
Elizabeth Frances Arie, james Samuel and William B.

Daniel Brand, 10th. child of William and Sarah Brand didn't, marry
until around 35 years of age. Little is known about him except the
estate settlement filed in Walton Co. Ga in 1836 shows that he was a
successful planter and owned his own farm. Daniel's wife, Mary
(Rawlins) was born in 1808 SC. The 1840 census shows Mary Brand and 3
sons under 16 yrs. of age, one daughter between 15 and 20 yrs. An
elderly woman between 60 and 70 lived in their household. Mary owned 7

The 1850 Gwinnett Co., Ga., house No. 463: Mary Brand, 43, widow
farmer, property valuation $750; B. SC; Marion Brand, age 21, farmer,
Elizabeth Brand, age 19; James Samuel, age 16; William B. Brand, Age
10 - all born in Georgia.
Mary Polly Brand remarried to William Anderson and is listed as his
wife in the 1860 Walker Co., GA, P.O. Cedar Cove, Upper Cove District.
In the 1870 Census, same county, she was living with her eldest son,
Marion Brand. In 1880, she was listed in Johnson County, Texas census
as living with son, Sam Brand.
In April, 1973, when this writer visted with members of the Sam Brown
family in Claborne, Texas, She was told Mary had separated from
William Anderson,  that she came to live at Sam Brand's home after his
wife, Mary had died in 1877 and stayed through 1880. She was homesick
for Georgia, didn't like the mud, and wouldn't stay. After age 92 she
fell and died on Lookout Mountain (her feet were in a creek).
Presumably, she died in Walker Co.. GA.

121. Mary Polly RAWLINS was born about 1808 in Scott Co. AK. She died about 1900 in Walker Co., GA.


122. Dennis BAKER married Amanda.

123. Amanda.


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