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THE KELLEY FAMILY

      Charles Kelley was born on 27 October 1821 in Hunterdon, now Mercer County, New Jersey. He settled in Pine Bluff, Arkansas where he married Elizabeth Jane Henry on 2 June 1842. They came to Texas about 1844.

      Charles and Elizabeth Kelley had three or four children. Three are known to have reached adulthood. The 1850 census of Gonzales County, Texas, shows a son James, age 10. That would make him older than the marriage. No other record of such a child has been found. That census also does not show Charles and Elizabeth's second son, Robert, who would have been 5 years old by then.

      The children of Charles Kelley and Elizabeth Jane Henry were:
James Kelleyb 1840 d young?found only in 1850 census
Thomas Elwood Kelleyb 1843 d 1915m Sylbert Anna Foreman,
Robert Polk Kelleyb 1845 d 1935m Texana Foreman,
Mary Jane Kelleyb 1848 d 1899m William Wiley Carpenter

James Kelley

      James Kelley is found in the 1850 census of Gonzales County, Texas. He is listed as age 10, born in Texas, with Charles 35, Jane 25, Thomas 8 and Mary 1. Robert P. Kelley is not listed in that census. It is possible that the son shown as James was actually Robert, recorded by the wrong name and age.


Thomas Elwood Kelley

      Thomas Elwood Kelley was born 9 March 1843 in Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, Arkansas. He died 4 April 1915 in Caldwell County, Texas. He is buried in the Clark's Chapel Cemetery in that county. Thomas was married 1 January 1868 to Sylbert Anna Foreman. She reportedly had a long string of names, but probably used Sylbert. She was born 8 October 1842 and died 6 July 1891. Her parents were James Jackson Foreman and Priscilla Fuller.

Top Row Standing (Left to Right) James Edward "Bud"        Mary Ella        Robert Lafayette
Seated (Left to Right)  Minnie   Thomas Elwood (Father)   Elizabeth "Lizzie" Pricilla    Sylbert Foreman (Mother)   William Walter
Kneeling (Left) Wiley
See a later picture of the Thomas E. Kelley family.
The children of Tom and Sylbert Kelley were:
Mary Ella Kelley1870-1951 [see a picture of Mary Ella Kelley Kirksey]m Thomas Jackson Kirksey
Charles Edward Kelley1872-1873was a twin
James Jesse "Bud" Kelley1872-1938m Lola Rozelle Magee
Robert Lafayette Kelley1874-1944 [see a picture of Robert L Kelley]m Mary Etta Clark
William Walter Kelley1877-1962m Ida Hinton Jolley
Minnie Kelley1879-1916 [see a picture of Minnie and Wiley Kelley]did not marry
Wiley Kelley1881-1955m Willie Ann Burditt
Lizzie Priscilla Kelley1885-?m John Johnson

Robert Polk Kelley

      Robert Polk Kelley was born 10 March 1845 in Gonzales County, Texas, and died 17 December 1935. He was married on 18 January 1871 to Texana Foreman, a sister to Sylbert Foreman, wife of Tom Kelley, Robert's brother.

      One Kelley family researcher gives the children of Robert and Texana Kelley as:
Sylbert Anna Liza Kelley1873-1905
William Jesse Kelley18 April 1875 - 26 Jan 1901 [see a picture of Jesse]
Ida Ora Kelley3 Dec 1881 - 25 Feb 1958
Ada Azzielle Kelley March 1882 - 26 Jan 1900
Lela Gertrune Kelley Feb 1885 - ?
Bessie Bula Kelleyb 3 Aug 1885 d 20 Feb 1920

Mary Jane Kelley

      Mary Jane Kelley was born 11 July 1849 in Gonzales County, Texas. She died 14 July 1899. She was married 21 May 1868 to William Wiley Carpenter, a son of Mary Long and William Shook Carpenter. The children of Mary Jane Kelley and Wiley Carpenter were:
Mary1869-1886
Sallie Vida1871-?
Lou Etta1874-1935
Charles William1876-1943
Wiley Marvin1879-1954
Albert Franklin1882-?


Second Marriage

      After Elizabeth Henry Kelley died in 1856, Charles married Nancy Catherine Cardwell. They had eight children.

Third Marriage

      Nancy Cardwell Kelley died in 1873 and Charles married Emma Antoinette Bowen. Charles and Emma had seven children.

They were
Samuel Jackson KELLEY b: 14 DEC 1876m Lucy L ?
Ferdinand DeSota KELLEY b: 29 DEC 1878 d: 18 AUG 1951m Selma Thenia
Louisa KELLEY b: 6 MAR 1881 d: 31 AUG 1961m Eugene Barton MEDARIS
William A. KELLEY b: FEB 1884m Sophia SCHMIDT
John B KELLEY b: 23 MAR 1885 d: 31 JUL 1974m Bessie Elizabeth/Evergreen HERRON b: 1889 d: 1966
Walter C KELLEY b: 22 MAR 1887 d: 4 MAY 1950m Valley SEELIGER
Edward KELLEY b: 23 OCT 1890m Ida YEAGER

      A Kelley family picture includes Emma and "Uncle Wiley Carpenter".

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