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the william kelly &
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WILLIAM KELLY (1823-1904) (Parents Unknown)
BRIDGET WALSH (1836-1918) (Parents Unknown)

Both William and his wife Bridget appear to have been natives of County Mayo Ireland. They were married in 1852, but it is not clear whether or not they were still in Ireland at the time. It is known that their first known child was born in Wheeling (West) Virginia in 1854 and that they remained in that state until 1855. In that year they came to Minnesota and eventually took up a farm in Eureka Twp. in Dakota Co.


Mary (1854-1943) Walter Gibbons ( ) All Saints Cem. Lakeville
Ann (1855-1942) All Saints Cem. Lakeville
Michael J. (1857-1921) Bridget Durham (1884) All Saints Cem. Lakeville
Ellen (1860-1903) John Moran (1885) (St.Josephs Rosemount ?)
Margaret (1861-1946) ?? (All Saints Cem. Lakeville )
John F. (1862-1937) Elizabeth Meyers (1896) All Saints Cem. Lakeville
William B. (1865-1943) Mary Gibbons (1912) All Saints Cem. Lakeville
Edward F. (1867-1915) ?? ( ) All Saints Cem Lakeville
Patrick (1869-1953) Ann L. Alton ? ( ) All Saints Cem. Lakeville

Ann worked in St. Paul for a time as a dressmaker and eventually ran a dress shop in Lakeville. No information is currently available regarding Margaret. Edward F was a district manager for International Harvester Co.. H died of appendicitis in Aberdeen ND in 1915. His obituary states that he was survived by a wife. However no information is available.

MICHAEL J. KELLY (1857-1921) Son of William Kelly & Bridget Walsh
BRIDGET DURHAM (1859-1922) Dau. of Bernard Durham

Bridget was born in Wheatland Twp. in Rice Co. MN and was raised in Faribault MN.


Rose (1885-1907) All Saints Cem. Lakeville
William (1887- ) (Living in Montana 1932)
Bernard (1890-1890) All Saints Cem. Lakeville
Edward C. (1898-1898) (Died in infancy )
John A. (1900- ) (Watertown ND 1932)
Frank (1891- ) (Crystal Falls Mich. 1932)
Walter (1891- ) (Wisconsin Rapids WI 1932)

Michael died in november of 1921 at the result injuries received falling into a gas engine. His wife died a year later. There is a marriage in 1911 of a Mary Kelly to a John Grady witnessed by Walter Kelly. This Mary may be related somehow.

WILLIAM D. KELLY (1865-1943) Son of William Kelly & Bridget Walsh
MARY GIBBONS (1866-1939) Dau.of Patrick Gibbons & Mary Nolan

William was born on the family farm in Eureka . He married late in life after renewing an old childhood romance . William's Wife Margaret was born in in Rosemount in 1866. She was left orphan at a young age and went to live with her uncle Gibbons. Before her marriage in 1913, she spent 14 years as a clerk in the Minnesota State Auditors office. In fact she was prominent in political circles from about 1882 to 1912. William died 12-23-1943 on the same day that his sister Mary Gibbons died.

JOHN F. KELLY (1862-1937) Son of William Kelly & Bridget Walsh
ELIZABETH MEYERS (1867-1949) Dau.of James Meyers & Mary Byrnes

John was born in Eureka MN and resided here until about 1917 when he and his wife moved to Minneapolis.


Joseph (1900-1914)
Mary (1902-1984) ??? Longton All Saints Lakeville MN
Helen ( - _ ??? Callahan (Minneapolis 1937)

John died about April 15, 1937 after being hit by a car while walking to church in Minneapolis.

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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