JAMES KELLY (deceased) was a son of William Kelly, who was born in Ireland and received a good common-school education. William Kelly was married to Martha McCourtney, who bore him the following children: Mary (Mrs. Richard Mounts), Jane (wife of John Mounts), Sarah (Mr. Robert Marshall), Elizabeth (Mrs. William Montgomery), John and James (all of whom are now deceased). After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Kelly immigrated to America, locating in Shippensburgh, Penn., where he died November 1, 1779, and was followed to the grave by his wife January 2, 1827. The sons, John and James, then moved to Washington county, Penn., where they invested extensively in farm land.
James Kelly was born March 1, 1779, in Shippensburgh, Penn., and passed his boyhood on his father's farm. He received a good education, and after removing to Washington County was elected to several offices of trust, the duties oŁ which he filled to the satisfaction of all. He was an enthusiastic and prominent member of the Democratic party. He married Catherine, daughter of Andrew and Mary (Duncan) Rogers, and their children were Martha; Mary, Catherine, Elizabeth, Sarah A., Ellen, William, Jackson and James. Of the above family the living members are Jackson (living in Pittsburgh, Penn.), Catherine and Sarah A. (wife of John W. Exline, living on the old home farm on the National Pike in Buffalo township), Ellen (wife of James C. Stewart, of Buffalo township) and Martha (who died May 18, 1891, at the age of seventy years).
Text taken from page 631 of:
Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893).
Transcribed March 1997 by Judy and Lee Schaeffer of Pittsburgh, PA as part of the Beers Project.
Published March 1997 on the Washington County, PA USGenWeb pages at http://www.chartiers.com/.
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