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the thomas & ann kelly family

THOMAS KELLY ( - ) (Parents Unknown)
ANN ( - ) (Parents Unknown)

Nothing much is known about Thomas and Ann except that they were from somewhere in Co. Mayo Ireland. All of their known children where born in Co. Mayo so it is assumed that they were married there. It is not known for certain whether or not they ever came to the United States. There was a Thomas and Ann Kelly living for a time in Eagan MN living near the Catherine Devitt farm. This family disappeared from the records in the 1880s and it is not known what happened to them. In any case, the connection is unsupported at this time.


CATHERINE (1822-1909) Patrick Devitt ( ) St.Patricks Inver Grove MN
JOHN (1834-1904) Mary McGrath ( ) Highland Cem. Lakeville MN
THOMAS (1835-1914) Catherine ( ) Calvary Cem. Morris MN

There may have been more children from this marriage, but these are the only children for which there is any evidence at this time.

JOHN KELLY (1834-1904) Son of Thomas Kelly & Ann
MARY McGRATH (1834-1903) (Parents Unknown)

John was born somewhere in County Mayo Ireland but it is not known exactly when he came to this country or where he resided before coming to Minnesota. He may have lived for a time in Clinton Mass. as this is where his sister came from. It is not known when or where he was married but their first child was apparently born out east in 1860. This family eventually came to Minnesota and in 1868, John purchased a farm in Lebanon Twp. in Dakota County Minnesota. His wife Mary had a sister by the name of Hannah. Hannah was married to James Haverty in St. Paul in 1870. Both James and Hannah died while their children were young. John and Mary Kelly raised the Haverty children along with their own. John also had a sister who settled in Eagan in the mid 1850s.


Hannah E. (1860- ) Arthur H. Pelcher (1883) (Moved to St. Paul MN ?)
Catherine (1862- ) Thomas P. Martin (1888) (Moved to St. Paul MN)
Mary (1865-1938) St. Joseph's Rosemount MN
William (1868-1942) Ellen Moran (1903) St. Joseph's Rosemount MN
Sarah (1869- ) Thomas Hogan (1893) (Moved to Minneapolis ??)
Joseph (1870-1928) Mary Hogan (1909) St. Joseph's Rosemount MN
Margaret (1875-1957) St. Joseph's Rosemount MN

John and Mary remained on the family farm until their respective deaths. They are both buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Rosemount. It is not clear what happened to the oldest daughters but the rest of the family appears to have remained in the area. Hannah, Catherine and Sarah were all apparently dead by 1942.

THOMAS KELLY (1835-1914) Son of  Thomas Kelly & Ann
CATHERINE (1837-1920) (Parents Unknown)

Nothing is known about Thomas prior to the early 1870s when he settled on a farm in Syness Twp. in Stevens County Minnesota. He is known to have been born in Ireland but it is not certain where he and his wife were living prior to this time. At least two of their children were born prior to their arrival in Stevens County. Nothing is known about his wife's background.


Catherine (1868- ) ?? Forest (1893) (No information available)
Mary A. (1870-1927) ???? Horrigan ( ) Calvary Cem. Morris MN
Elizabeth (1872-1934) Calvary Cem. Morris MN
John H. (1874- ) (No information available)
Ellen (1876- ) (No information available)
Thomas J. (1878- ) (No information available)
George ( - ) ?? (No information available)

Nothing is known about this family after the turn of the century. Thomas and Catherine are buried at Morris MN.

WILLIAM KELLY (1868-1942) Son of John Kelly & Mary McGrath
ELLEN MORAN (1868-1954) Dau.of Patrick Moran &


Rose E. (1905-1977) St. Joseph's Rosemount MN
William (1907-1909) St. Joseph's Rosemount MN
John F. (1909- ) Julia ?? ( ) (No information available)
Edward L. (1911- ) (No information available)

JOSEPH J. KELLY (1870-1928) Son of John Kelly & Mary McGrath
MARY HOGAN ( - ) Dau.of Thomas Hogan & Mary Ryan


Joseph J. (1911- ) Marcella Holzemer (1933) (Married in Mpls. ??)
Catherine (1913- ) (No Information available)
Arthur F. (1914- ) Emma Knopp (1945) (No information available)
Eileen G. (1917-1925) St. Joseph's Rosemount MN
Thomas E. (1923- ) Marjorie Eakind (1945) (No information available)

Joseph died May 28, 1929 of Brights disease and was buried in Rosemount.

This family file contains the research notes of Mr. Kevin Geraghty as of March 1999. Mr. Geraghty is researching the families and descendants of those buried at the Highland Cemetery. For more information or to contribute to Mr. Geraghty's research, please send him e-mail at

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