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William Washington Jones Kelly Timeline
1814 to 1878

Contributed by: Russell James



1814        Apr 07    born in Wilmington, North Carolina to Hanson and Susan Clark Kelly

                                Some sources say 1791 or 1792, but they are wrong.  Another William Kelly in

                                                Escambia County who was alive at time of this William was the

                                                one who was born in 1792.

                                                Source (bad):  gravestone marker put up by SCV says 1792

Source (bad):  http://www.familysearch.org

                                Hanson was a port authority police officer in Wilmington and an importer/exporter.

 

182?        Kelly family moves to Pensacola.

 

1830        Census, population schedule, Escambia County, West of Escambia River, page 61, line 14

                                Kelley, Hanson

                                                3 males 5-10?

                                                1 male 50-60?

                                                2 females 10-15

                                                3 females 15-20

                                                1 female  30-40

                                                2 slave males 0-10

                                                1 slave male 24-36

                                                2 slave females 0-10

                                                1 slave female 24-36

                               

1832        Nov 11  admitted to the Bar in Escambia County

                                                Source:  Kelly family papers, Historical Resource Center, Pensacola, FL

 

1834        Jul 5        Mary Ella Smith born in Coosahatchie, Beauford District, South Carolina

                                                Source:  Confederate application of Mary Ella Kelly, A-12312

 

1835        Appointed auctioneer for Escambia County by Territorial governor

                                                Source: Territorial papers

 

                14 Nov   Kelly began serving as clerk of the superior court of Escambia County until 1842

                                                Source:  Pensacola Gazette, 9 Jan 1836, p. 1   listed for first time as court clerk with the date of notice given as 14 Nov 1835.

                                                Source:  Pensacola Gazette, 4 Dec 1841, p. 3

                                                Source:  Pensacola Gazette, 25 Dec 1841, p. 3

                                                Source:  Pensacola Gazette, Jan 1842

 

1836        Kelly listed as master in chancery for the superior court

                                                Source:  Pensacola Gazette, 18 June 1836, p. 2

 

1837        Jan 23     Signed a petition to Congress asking for the establishment of a steamboat mail

                route from Pensacola to Mobile.

                                                Source:  Territorial papers

 

1840        Census, Florida, Escambia County, page 19, line 20

               

                Found in the census in the household of his father Hanson Kelly

                Hanson Kelly had one son 5-10, one son 15-20, two sons 20-30, one daughter 0-5,

                Two daughters 20-30, and a wife 40-50.  He also owned 3 male slaves 0-10, one

                Male slave 36-55, 1 female slave 0-10, 2 female slaves 24-36, and one female

                Slave 36-55.

                                                Source:  1840 U.S. Census, population schedule, Florida, Escambia County, page 19, line 20.

                               

1841        Feb 10  nominated to be justice of the peace for Escambia County by governor Reid and

                                served in this capacity until the 1850s.

                                        Source:  The Territorial Papers of the United States. Vol. XXVI.  Page 259.

                                        Source:  Marriage Books C & D, Escambia County, Florida show that Kelly

                                                        married couples well into the late antebellum period.

                       

                Dec         Secretary of a public meeting that asked the Postmaster General to establish a steam

                                ship mail route from Mobile to Pensacola.  Hanson also attended this meeting.  Benjamin

                                D. Wright was the chairman of this public meeting.

                                                Source:  Pensacola Gazette, 11 Dec 1841, p. 2

 

1842        Mar 10    re-appointed justice of the peace for Escambia County

Source:  Register of Appointments, 1841-1845, Territorial Secretary of  State, Florida State Archives, Tallahassee, Florida.

 

                Kelly ran for senator for western district of Florida

                                                Source:  Pensacola Gazette, 8 Aug 1842, p. 3

                                                Source:   Pensacola Gazette, 8 October 1842, p. 2

                                                                article about him from Apalachicola Journal

                                                Source:  Pensacola Gazette, 15 Oct 1842, p. 2

                                                                lost election

 

1843        Was the curator for the estate of Ann S. Drake

                                                Source:  Pensacola Gazette, 15 April 1843, p. 4

 

                Re-appointed justice of the peace for Escambia County

                                                Source:  Register of Appointments, 1841-1845, Territorial Secretary of State, Florida State Archives, Tallahassee, Florida

               

1844        Sep         Served as secretary of a public meeting called to express feelings toward the death of

                                Commodore Alexander J. Dallas.

                                                Source:  Pensacola Gazette, 14 Sep 1844, p. 2

 

                Elected to the Florida territorial senate from Escambia County

                                                Source:  Pensacola Gazette, 28 Sep 1844, p. 1  add in favor of Kelly

                                                Source:  Pensacola Gazette, 9 Nov 1844, p. 2

                                                                announcement of victory.                 

                                                Source:  Pensacola Gazette, 21 Dec 1844 p. 2

                               

1845        Listed as an eligible voter in the 1st statewide election from Escambia County.

                                                Source:  Statewide Election Returns, RG 156, S486, Florida State Archives.

 

                Re-appointed justice of the peace for Escambia County

                                                Source:  Register of Appointments, 1841-1845, Territorial Secretary of the

                                                                State, Florida State Archives, Tallahassee, Florida

 

                May 26   elected to first Florida State House of Representatives from Escambia and Santa Rosa

                counties as a Whig

                                                Source:  Pensacola Gazette, 4 May 1845, p. 3.  Endorsed Kelly as Whig candidate.

                                                Source:  Pensacola Gazette, 31 May 1845, p. 2.  Announces election victory.

                                                                Legislature met in November and January at this time.

 

1846        6 Apr      Elected alderman for Pensacola

                                                Source:  “Some Officials of the City Government of Pensacola.”  Florida Historical Quarterly 3, no. 3 (January 1925), 32.

                                                Served his term as Alderman concurrent with his term as state representative.

 

                01 May   Served as secretary of a public meeting called to form a company from Escambia and

                                Santa Rosa County to go serve in the Mexican War.

                                                Source:  Pensacola Free Democrat, 6 May 1846, p. 3.

 

                Was Secretary of the Escambia Lodge No. 15 F & AM of the Masonic Order

                                                Source:  Pensacola Free Democrat, 01 Jul 1846 p.1 advertisement

                                                Source:  Escambia Lodge No. 14 F & AM

                                                                Was a member of this lodge’s “Christian” section until his death.

                                                Source:  Gene ???, secretary, Escambia Lodge NO. 14 F&AM, upon

                                                                viewing the gravestone marker of Kelly.

 

                Elected to the Florida state senate from Escambia County

                                                Source:  Pensacola Gazette 10 Oct 1846 p. 2

                                                Source:  Pensacola Gazette 24 Oct 1846, p. 2.

                                                Source:  Tallahassee Floridian 21 Nov 1846, p. 2.

                                                                Legislature met in November and January at this time.

 

                Was nominated by fellow senators to become the president of the Senate, but lost after a few

                                votes.

 

1847        Captain of Company A, Florida Volunteers, Mexican-American War

 To                          training at Ft. Pickens

 

                Apr         Served as commanding officer of Ft. Pickens for one month

                                                Source:  Letter, Whiting to Totten, 22 Apr 1847.

 

1848        Mar         Service in Mexico, mustered out in New Orleans

                Source:  Davis, T. Frederick.  “Florida’s Role in the War with Mexico.”  Florida

                                Historical Quarterly (1945).

                Source:  James, Russell D.  “Florida Volunteers In the Mexican War, 1846-1848”  Thesis, University of West Florida, 2002.

                Source:  James, Russell D.  Too Late For Blood:  Florida Volunteers in the Mexican War.  Milton, FL:  Cantadora Press, 2002.

 

1850        Census:    page 127, household 81 Escambia County

KELLY   Hansen                  73            port master            NC

                Hannah                  60                                            NC   should be Susan

                W.W.I.                   34            lawyer                    NC   should be W. W. J.

                Frederick                29                                            NC

                Blakely                   23                                            NC   probably Hanson, Jr.

 

1850        Elected Worshipful Master of the Escambia Lodge No. 15 F & AM

                                Photograph is in the Escambia Lodge No. 15 F & AM

 

1851        Jan 2       received bounty land warrant No. 50-160-1293.

 

Dec 30  married Pauline Virginia Mitchell

                                Source:  Marriage Book C, page 68, Escambia County, Florida

                Source:  LDS website

                Source:  Pensacola Gazette  01/03/1852 page 3, says “purser Kelly”

                Source:  http://searches1.rootsweb.com/usgenweb/archives/fl/escambia/vitals/marriages/18521854.txt

 

                Re-elected Worshipful Master of the Escambia Lodge No. 15 F & AM

 

                Jan 2       Granted bounty land warrant No. 50-160-8036 for his service in the Mexican War.

 

1852 Daughter Pauline Virginia was born.

 

                Mar 19    Used Mexican War bounty land warrant to locate land at the land office at Tallahassee

                                Land Office, Tallahassee, Florida.  E1/2 of E1/2, Section 14, Township 2 North, Range 27 West in Santa Rosa County.

 

April  5 joined the Corps of Pursers of the United States Navy

                                Source:  Confederate parole application letter  LDS  1578753

                                Source:  General Register of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, page 402

                                Source:  National Archives.  Military Service Records of W. W. J. Kelly as

                                purser in the U.S. Navy, 1852-1861.

 

May 21 ordered to sea service with the U.S.S. Perry

                                Source:  Kelly family papers.  “Chronological Biography of William Washington Jones Kelly, A. D. 1814-1878.”

                                                Not clear when he joined the Navy but was given a rank of “major," one unique to the Purser Corps.  Navy officers usually don’t have this                                                    rank.

 

Re-elected Worshipful Master of the Escambia Lodge No. 15 F & AM

 

1853       Sep   wife Pauline Virginia Mitchell Kelly dies of yellow fever.

                Source:  Obituary in Pensacola Gazette 09/10/1853 page 3

                Source:  Kelly Mexican War Pension application says she died of yellow fever.

 

1855        Apr  03   returned to duty as the purser aboard the U.S.S. Perry

                                While he was in Navy, his daughter was cared for by family, probably a sister or

                                his parents.

               

1856        May 18  Marries Mary Ella Smith in Pensacola

                                Married by Rev. Dr. Sparrow of the Presbyterian Church

                                                Source:  Mexican War pension application of Mary Ella Kelly, 15 January 1889.

                                                Source: No record in Escambia County marriage books            

                                                Source: Pensacola Gazette, 24 May 1846, p. 3.  Says “Major Kelly.”

               

                Jul 18   Detached to settle accounts in Pensacola

                                                Source: Kelly Family Papers

 

                Sep 03  returned to duty at the Pensacola Navy Yard

                                                Source:  Kelly family papers

 

1856            Sep 23 detached from service at Pensacola Navy Yard to serve as purser on the U.S.S. Preble

                Source:  Kelly family papers.  “Chronological Biography of William Washington Jones Kelly, A. D. 1814-1878”

 

1857            Sep 23  appointed to act as purser for the U.S.S. Preble

 

Oct 25  appointed to act as purser for the U.S.S. Southern Star as well as the Preble

                Source:  Kelly family papers.  “Chronological Biography of William Washington Jones Kelly, A. D. 1814-1878”

                Source:  A letter to his sister from Rio De Janeiro laments his father’s passing and talks about the state of affairs aboard ship.  The ship he was on is                                                not enumerated in the letter.

                                               

1860        Census:  Escambia County, page 16, household 368

KELLY   W. W. J.                 45                            U.S.N.     $1000      $10000    NC

                Mary Ella               26                                                                            SC

                Pauline V.                8                                                                            FL

                Mary S.                    3                                                                            FL

                W. W.                      2                                                                            FL

                Fedrick                                                                                                   NC          insane

 

Kelly was probably the legal guardian of his brother.

 

Slaves    1              38            F              Mul

                1              30            F              Black

                1              19            F              Black

                1              31            F              Black

                1              28            M            Black

                1              19            M            Black

                1              4              M            Black

                1              2              M            Black

                1              1              M            Black

 

                Jun 7       buys lots 21 & 22, Sq. 26, Section 19, Township 2S Range 30W in Pensacola.

                                                Source:  Deed book P, page 130, Clerk of the Court Official Records Division,

                                                                Escambia County, Florida.

 

1861        Jan 21     Kelly resigned his commission as a purser in the U.S. Navy

                                                Source:  Confederate parole application and letter. LDS 1578753

                                                Source:  General Register of the United States Navy and Marine Corps,               

                                                                page 402.

                                                Source:  Biographical Rosters of Florida’s Confederate and Union Soldiers,

                                                                pg. 1998.

 

                ???          Agreed to pay $20 toward the raising of two companies from Escambia County for 12

                                months service.

                                                Source:  “Secession in Florida—Pensacola on Its Own Documents, Letters, and

                                                                Other Papers.”  Florida Historical Quarterly 16, no. 4 (April 1848), 283.

 

                Mar 26    joins Confederate Navy and commissioned a paymaster with no regular rank.

 

1862       Oct 23   appointed as C.S.A. Navy paymaster at Savannah Station until 20 December 1864.

                                                Source:  Confederate parole application and letter LDS  1578753

                                                Source:  http://www.csnavy.org/csn64register.htm

                                                Source:  Florida a Hundred Years Ago, page ???

 

                                Family lived in Augusta, Georgia at this time.

                                                Source:  Confederate pension application A-12312

 

1864        Served in the Mobile Squadron of the Confederate Navy.

                                                Source:  Paybook, William W. J. Kelly, Confederate Paymaster,

                                                                Archives division, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Escambia

                                                                County, Pensacola, Florida.

 

                Was captured as a prisoner of war in the summer of 1864.

 

                Oct 20  received as a Confederate prisoner of war at Washington, D. C.

                                        Source:  Kelly Family Papers. 

                       

1865            May 04 surrendered to the Union forces at Mobile

                Source:  Confederate parole application and letter LDS  1578753

                                                Source:  Biographical Rosters of Florida’s Confederate and Union Soldiers.

 

                May 10  took oath of allegiance to the Union and was paroled in Mobile

                                                Source:  Biographical Rosters of Florida’s Confederate and Union Soldiers

                                                Source:  Confederate parole application and letter LDS 1578753

 

                Jun 30     Returned to Pensacola and wrote a letter to his sister on the state of the city, homes.

                                                Source:  Letter, 30 June 1865, Pensacola Historical Society, Pensacola, Florida.

 

Sep 11    Took the Amnesty Oath for Confederate Pardon

                                Source:  Confederate parole application and letter LDS  1578753

 

Oct 28-Nov 7    Delegate from Escambia County for Florida Constitutional Convention.  Served

on the Committees of:  Executive Department; Right of Suffrage and Qualification of Officers; and Finance, Accounts and State Liabilities.

                                                Source:   Shofner, Jerrell H.  Nor Is It Over Yet:  Florida in the Era of

                                                                Reconstruction, 1863-1877.  Gainesville:  The University Presses

                                                                of Florida, 1974

                               

                                Was a signer of the Reconstruction Constitution of Florida, representing Escambia Cnty.

 

Nov 19  elected 1st Lieutenant Governor of Florida

                                Source:  http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/kelly9.html#RYA014WWQ

                                                Source:  Shofner, Jerrell H.  Nor Is It Over Yet:  Florida in the Era of

                                                                Reconstruction, 1863-1877.  Gainesville:  The University Presses

                                                                of Florida, 1974

                                                Source:  Shofner, Jerrell H.  Nor Is It Over Yet:  Florida in the Era of

                                                                Reconstruction, 1863-1877.  Gainesville:  The University Presses

                                                                of Florida, 1974.

                                                Source: Guide to the Records of the Florida State Archives.  Tallahassee:

                                                                Florida Department of State, 1988.  pg. 299.

                                                                This source says that there are no records of the first set of

                                                                lieutenant governors of Florida.

                                                Source:  Kelly Family Papers, Pensacola Historical Resource Center

                                                Source:  The Florida Handbook, 1995-1996.

 

                                His only constitutional duty as lieutenant governor was to preside over the Senate.

 

                Dec 20    takes oath of office as lieutenant governor

                                Not clear why he didn’t earlier, as the legislature was in session in November.  He

                                did not preside over the Reconstruction Senate until the January term.

                                                Source:  Kelly Family Papers, Pensacola Historical Resource Center

 

1869        Accepts mortgage of property in lots 1, 2, & 3, square 37, city of Pensacola from James Brown,

                                who owed Kelly $150.

                                                Source:  Deed book R, page 446, Clerk of the Court Official Records Division,

                                                                Escambia County, Florida.

 

1870        Census, Escambia County, Pensacola, page 13, household 93, family 87

               

                KELLY, Wm. W. J.               57            City Clerk               $1000      NC

                                Mary E.                  45            Keeping house                     SC

                                Pauline E. (?)         15                                                            FL

                                Mary S.                  13                                                            FL

                                Annie P.                 11                                                            FL

                                Wm. W. J.                9                                                            FL

                                Aaron S.                                  7                                                            GA

                                Eliza P.                      5                                                            FL

                               

                                His son Aaron S. Kelly was obviously born while the Kelly family was in George, when

                                Kelly was serving in the Savannah Squadron of the CSA.

 

                Purchased land from Thomas Harrod in lots 6 & 7 Sq. 38, Pensacola.

                                                Source:  Deed book S, page 263, Clerk of the Court official records division,

                                                                Escambia County, Florida.

 

1871        Served as circuit court judge for the First Circuit of Florida

  to                                          Source:  Memoirs of Florida

1874                                        Source:  Confirmations of County Elections in Florida Senate Journals

                Source:  “Judges for Escambia County.”  Archives Division, Clerk of the

                                Circuit Court, Escambia County, Florida

 

1873        Elected representative from Escambia County

                                This is the first time he served a two-year term.

                                                Source:  People of Lawmaking in Florida

 

1875        Jan 14     received a quit claim deed from Nancy M. Gregory for lot 173, Sq. 25, Pensacola.

                                                Source:  Deed book U, page 258, Clerk of the Court official records division,

                                                                Escambia County, Florida.

 

1878        Sep 03 died  in Pensacola, Florida

                                                Source:  Confederate pension application of Mary Ella Kelly

                                                Source:  Mexican War pension application of Mary Ella Kelly

 

Sep 08 buried in St. John’s Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida

                Source:  St. John’s Cemetery plot books, book 1, page 14, section 1, lot 28, grave 9.  Grave is at NE corner grave of NE corner lot of NE corner                                                      section of cemetery This lot in the cemetery is designated “Masonic” in the plot book.

                                                This position of the NE is important to the Masonic order.  He probably

                                                                was well respected as a member and was thus given this plot.

                                Source:  http://www.dataline.net.au/~tfoen/personnel.html

 


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