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The KELLY Family


This column is part of a feature series which focuses on a different Centre County family each week. Five new columns will be released each month unless some technical difficulty enters the picture.

This column's focus is on KELLY. An effort has been made to identify all persons carrying that name in the 1890 U.S. Census, using the Centre County business directory which was formed from a preliminary review of that census before the larger set of 1890 U.S. Census records was destroyed by fire. (Sadly, the postal directory does not typically provide the ages of females, but it's the best record we've got).

Two books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte apparently deal with the Kelly family. They are: Raymond Martin Bell's Eight Central Pennsylvania Families of the Tyrone Region: Buck, Crocker, Gates, Kelly, Laird, McFarland, Weston, Woodring and Raymond Martin Bell's The Story of James Kelly, Franklin County and His Sons William Kelly, Centre County, Samuel Kelly, Indiana County, Pennsylvania.

There are 18 different first-name entries for Kelly in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are many references to the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).

And, now, your ancestors' KELLY neighbors in 1890:

(All spelled "Kelly," unless otherwise noted.)

In BELLEFONTE Borough:

James Kelley, 50, gardener--22 West Logan
	Bridget
Jane Kelley--213 West High
Jennie Kelley--Bush's Addition
Julia Kelley--406 North Allegheny
Maggie Kelley--32 North Allegheny
Michael Kelley, 59, gardener--149 W. Beaver
	Mary D.
	Mary E.
	Rose G.
	Abbie
	Morris J. 14
Sallie J. Kelley
	William 17
	David J. 15

In BENNER Township:

Adam C. Kelley, 29, farmer--Bellefonte
	Jennie
	Adam C. Jr. 7 mos.
Jeremiah Kelley, 58, farmer--Fillmore
	Susan A.
	Samuel D. 20
	George W. 17
	Edgar N. 14
	John 22
John C. Kelley, 23, laborer--Bellefonte

In BOGGS Township:

John J., 43, farmer--Roland
	Elizabeth A.
	Camilla
	Owen K. 4
	Nancy A.
Owen, 78--Roland
	Michael 16
	Mary

In POTTER Township:

Margaret Kelley--Potters Mills

In RUSH Township:

Arthur Kelley, 26, miner--Sandy Ridge
John, 29, miner--Philipsburg
	Margaret H.
	Annie
	Herbert 3
	Michael 1

In SNOW SHOE Township:

Henry P., 33, operator--Snow Shoe
	Mary T.
	John 29
	Logan 6
	Thomas 4
	Paul 1
Mary--Snow Shoe
	Margaret
	John A. 24
	Joseph 20
	Michael 18
	Elizabeth
	Thomas 15
Mary L. Kelley--Snow Shoe
	Stella B.
Michael, 29, operator--Snow Shoe
	Sarah
	May
	James F. 2
	William P. 3 mos.
Peter, 68, miner--Snow Shoe
	Patrick 17
Sarah Kelley--Snow Shoe
	Catharine
	Malissa

In SPRING Township:

Emma S. Kelley--Bellefonte
James Kelley, 53, laborer--Axeman
	Mary
	John 17
	William 13
	Mary E.
	Harry H. 6
	Anna
Patrick J. Kelley, 46, laborer--Bellefonte
	Alice
Sarah Kelley--Bellefonte
William Kelley, 43, laborer--Bellefonte
	Emma M.
	William 14
	Mary M.
	Carrie C.
	Daniel 6
	Eleanor
	Annie J.

In UNION Township:

William J. Kwelley, 16--Fleming

In WALKER Township:

Dora M. Kelley--Zion

In WORTH Township:

George W. Kelley, 60, farmer--Port Matilda
	Lydia
	Benjamin 30
	John 20
	Eva
	Robert 13