Patrick Kelly and daughters.
Patrick Kelly at Kelly Lake in 1903, shortly before he died.
Mike Killian Collection
(great grandson of Mary Jane Kelly)
Patrick Kelly and Family (unidentified) in 1903 at Kelly Lake
Mike Killian Collection
(great grandson of Mary Jane Kelly)
John Kelly 1895
John Kelly age 45 in 1895. Gentleman with John is unidentified. John Kelly was Pat Kelly's son and is buried in Hickory Cemetery
Mike Killian Collection
(great grandson of Mary Jane Kelly)
|Livinia Kelly (wife of John Kelly) with daughter Mary Jane Kelly
Mary Jane Kelly, age 2, was the daughter of John Kelly and Levina Piggott Kelly.
Mike Killian Collection
(great grandson of Mary Jane Kelly)
|Patrick Kelly was
born March 21, 1815 in Ireland to John Kelly and Ann McKenna.
He died November 15, 1903 in Maple Valley, Oconto Co., WI and was
buried in the Kelly Family Cemetery, Maple Valley, Oconto Co.,
Margaret (Peggy) Moore was born in 1822 and died September 3, 1896 in Hickory, Oconto Co., WI.
John Kelly was born April 10, 1849 in New York. Married Levena Piggott August 8, 1895. Died February 20, 1895.
Mary Jane Kelly was born August 12, 1852 in Milwaukee Co., WI. Married John Caravagh Gilligan September 29, 1874. Died December 19, 1918.
James Kelly was born August 21, 1853 in Oconto Co., WI. Died July 15 1857.
Rose Anna "Annie" Kelly was born April 6, 1856 in Oconto Co., Wi. Married Gustave Yance August 15, 1872. Died November 30, 1892.
Margaret "Little Maggie" Kelly was born September 4, 1858 in Oconto Co., WI and died in 1858 as a baby.
Isabelle Kelly was born August 17, 1860 in Oconto Co., WI. Married William James Sloan October 12, 1892. Died September 5, 1927.
Emily Kelly was born July 1863 in Oconto Co., WI. Married John Kammer July 6, 1888. Died May 31, 1894.
Margaret Elizabeth Kelly was born May 13, 1867 in Oconto Co., WI. Married Charles Chamberlain August 26, 1891. Died November 14, 1891.
Information supplied by Maria Gilligan.
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Gustave Yance who was married to Pat Kelly's daughter, Rose Anna Kelly
|The Rose Anna "Annie" Kelly and Gustave Yance family lived first in Maple Valley and later in Spruce, Oconto County, Wisconsin.
Rose Anna "Annie" Kelly - born April 6, 1856 in Oconto County., Wisconsin. Died November 30, 1892. Married Gustave Yance, August 15, 1872
Gustave Yance - born 1848 in Germany, immigrated in 1854.
John Yance - born 1874
William Yance - born 1877
Rosa Ann Yance (Frank Warner) - born July 1878
Paul Yance - born July 1881
Emma Yance - born October 1883
Maggie Yance - born February 1886
Charles Yance - born July 1887
LillyYance - born May 1890
Eddie Yance - born October 1892
George, Tom, Mag, Lil, Rose, Larry Gilligan
|Rose, Larry, Lillian Gilligan|
Mary Jane Kelly Gilligan
Louisa Beekman & Liz Gilligan
Margaret Gilligan & Dan McDonnell
Liz & Tom Gilligan
Tom Gilligan Family
|The Gilligan family lived in Maple Valley, Oconto County, Wisconsin. The couple had 9 children.
Mary Jane Kelly - was born August 12, 1852 in Milwaukee Co., WI. Died December 19, 1918. Married John Caravagh Gilligan September 29, 1874. .
John Gilligan -Husband of Mary Jane Kelly, was born October 1841 in Ireland, immigrated 1868
George Gilligan - born 1875
Thomas Gilligan - born 1877
John Gilligan - born 1879
Margaret E Gilligan - born November 1881
Mary E. Gilligan - born February 1884
Bridget G. Gilligan - born March 1886
Lillian E. Gilligan - born August 1888
Rose E. Gilligan - born January 1891
Daniel L. Gilligan - born March 1893
30, 1985 The following is a copy of a handwritten letter from Hugh
KELLY in East Maitland, Australia, to his brother Patrick KELLY, Maple
Valley, Oconto County, Wisconsin, USA dated 6 September 1874.
The letter is written on lined note pad type paper similar to the old
tablet pad paper which many of us used as children. There are
three pages and each page is written on both sides. Because
of its age, it is very fragile, broken and torn in many
places. It was necessary to assemble it almost as a jigsaw
puzzle to copy it. To the best of our belief, it is in the
correct order, but the pages were not numbered. We think it
is really only one letter, although at times it might appear that this
is not true. There is only one letter ending and only one
signature. The letter contains practically no punctuation, or
indentation, in its format. I have indicated the three pages
by designating them as Page A, B, and C. A question mark
surrounding a word indicates handwriting which is difficult to
decipher. Dots . . . (torn) . . . indicate torn parts of
pages. I have attempted to copy the letter exactly as
written. The letter was assembled by Lois Gilligan and copied
by Maria Gilligan on 17 October 1985, and is in the possession of Lois
Gilligan, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Assembled by: Lois Gilligan Copied by: Maria Gilligan
1. Letter from Hugh Kelly, Australia to Patrick Kelly, WI, USA.
East Maitland September the 6th 1874
My dear Brother and Family I received your letter dated April 29 it gave us great Pleasure to hear of yous all well a blessing which I hope will continue with yous I am sorry to hear of my unfortunate Brother James I knew he would never do any good for himself but I never knew him to be given after women I suppose he will be exiled for the crime in this country he would be hanged for it I never read that Part of him or Mary to my wife I would not like her to know that my sister was a turn coat or give her soul to the devil for the sake of Man
Dear Mary Jane Couzens Neice be careful of your Company do not do anything of that kind without your Fathers opinion of it and God will bless your undertakings I wish I could sit down amongst yous just for one week and John my nephew look out while your young for that is the time and not when you are old I Dreamt last night I was among yous but mistaken when I woke I thought Mary Jane we were talking all night I thought it was daytime I thought you were smiling but could not mind your complexion . . . (torn). . . the morning and sorry . . . (torn)
Reverse side of page A
Dear Brother you wish me to go that country Dear I am afraid being so long in this colony the cold of your climate would not agree with my health the children so small to go to sea all that I am worth would be spent going there so I would be afraid of my family being in misery if anything happened to me God knows what is to be
You asked me to give yous a descripsion of this country along the river sides is aluvial soil fit to grow anything corn tobacco sugar cane millet or any other crop twice in one year one in the winter and one in the summer that is Brush land Forest land lays back full of large gum trees Iron bark ceder in some parts rose wood box pine Forest soil is only grazing ground You wish to know what the houses is built of large Town or even Common Towns are Principaly Brick some with stone coins some few with stone altogether Settlers houses are D . . (torn). . . ber with a few exceptions My house is two rooms I first built of wood and I put two more and a kitchen of brick and galvanized iron roof only for the floods last year I would had the first two rooms of Bricks also I have the Bricks in the yard this Season robbed for ever it rained all this year Ro . . s Bad and feeding a calamitous Price everything was against us
Dear Brother I knowed . . (torn) . . . town this year he brought Lucerne Hay on . . . (torn) . . . orn to the amount of L 300 at L 2 per ton corn at S 2 per Bushel he sold the hay for L 6 and the corn at SD 5-6 Per Bushel if you could come into Maitland with L 500 you would never have to work another day in your life if you thought of coming your family would have come also never part your Dear girls nor leave them behind oh to heaven that we were all standing together in George Street this night I never saw ice thicker than the blade of a knife and only frost to sunrise yet it is cold to those used in the Climate it is very hot in Summer but Patt I don't know what your ?money? is but I think your money is earned where you are Dear Brother why not write to me when I was in Ireland I had no view of friends in America only Ann She was a kind sister always may the Lord comfort her you wish to know where I first saw my wife I saw her in . . . (torn) . . . t Maitland the first night that I was in Maitland I met a shipmate of mine as I was coming into Maitland and left Dungog I being there ? 4 ? years he told me stop at the Currancy ? Lass ? Hotel and would come to spend the night . . . (torn) . . . so he did he asked me to go out to another House in Rose St to see a Mrs. Kelly 89 years the first that just come of that day we went I was not long there when the House was full
Reverse side of Page B
I was . . . (torn) . . . to another young woman She came in and . . . (torn) . . . t down on the other side of the girl I new she was to be my wife the first look I had saw her in my dream the night before She commenced poking fun at me about the other girl I told her I meant herself she was wild I laughed at her and told her she was bound to be my wife she did not like it but in six months she got out of her temper and we got married She has no friends in this colony her people is all at home but herself She came to this against the consent of her Parents so I expect it was her fate She has one brother and two sisters married and one sister and 2 Brothers not married the girl is 17 years old I believe she is a fine looking girl Hannah says if you come to this Country she will give her to your John There is any amount of girls in this country but if this Summer is hot they will ?stink? with pride if they get sweethearts They are ?not? enough to fly like kites They are humble uncouth white no person looks after them Dear Brother I am sorry about your married daugther Dear Brother don't deny her while you are . . . (torn). . . if he does not keep her comfortable keep . . . (torn) . . . as well as the rest and don't allow him near your Place the longer the worse . . . (torn) . . . account mothers name I remember but th . . . is just all the Lord have mercy on her soul
This is Sunday am ink is greasy as shops not open Dear Brother Read this letter to your daughters
Dear Neices my stomach is full of sorrow to think you lost your Dear Mother if she was alive all would be well Patt You did not tell me who Mrs. Kelly was or what was her name I hope your daughter got married to a Roman Catholic Dear Girls and Brother also if yous was in this Colony yous would do well Pat your girls would get well married in this Colony Peasant girls gets good husbands in this country there is no such thing as a fortune in this Country Dear Pat you could do well in this town many ways By Keeping a Store or a Public House and many other ways My house is at the Markitt ? . . . ? where ? only for the want of money after I built my House and the best Horses in Maitland got killed I would been well off today I was always well Respected in Business think for the best but your work is to sore in the turn of your age if you come here you can get comfortable living without Bursting your self I don't like you to be bursting yourself write soon and let me know what your intention is Dear Mary Jane you and your sisters . . . (torn). . . a letter Each of yous send me a fe . . . (torn) . . . that is the first thing the . . . (torn) . . . yous have to say
Reverse side of page C
Aunt Hannah wishes Mary Jane to send her likeness to her and the children enclose it in your letter Mary Jane I will get you a good match Don't you get married to Yankee come to Australia and get a Corn Stalk That is what the call the natives your little cousin is all ill with the whooping cough I had to write this letter at Mary Anns bedside to her cousins thank God they said when they your letter their Mother told them the stamps was uncle Patt the turned to kissing of it
Your letter was 5 months coming to us You could do well enough here without killing yourself It is a fine country for girls there has been great floods in Pensylvenia great loss of life I am afraid we have lost Plenty of our friends in it write Soon and let us know you getting along We all join in sending our Best Respects to you . . . (torn) . . . family no more at P . . . (torn) . . . Your Brother Hugh . . . (torn). . .
from the Hugh KELLY letter of 6 September 1874
By: Maria Gilligan and Lois Gilligan
At the time the letter was written he lived in East Maitland, Australia; he had also lived in Dungog for ?4? years.
Mentions Brother James KELLY - involved in a serious crime Sister Mary KELLY - a "turn coat" Sister Ann - kind always His wife is Hannah (apparently from Ireland; she had 3 brothers and 3 sisters and parents in Ireland. She came alone to Australia against consent of her parents)
He has a daughter Mary Ann (with whooping cough)
He also has other young children "children so small."
He mentions Rose St., George St., Currancy ? Lass? Hotel
He received letter from Patrick KELLY dated April 29, 1874, by 6 September 1874 Said it took 5 months. So probably it was mailed by Pat Kelly to Hugh Kelly in April 1874. If this letter of Hugh to Pat Kelly dated 6 September 1874 took the same amount of time, then we could assume that Patrick received it sometime in February 1875.
flood in Pensylvenia. "The" Johnstown, PA., USA, flood
occurred in 1889, but there have always been floods there. Is
he talking about Pennsylvania, USA? Or could there be such a
place in Australia? How would he have "friends who
were lost" in this flood in USA? (Of course, many Irish
emigrants settled in Pa., USA) I will check this out in the
WORLD GAZETEER next time I'm in the library. I checked and
there is only one Pennsylvania in the World Gazeteer so the friends may
have been friends in Ireland who emigrated to Pa. At the time
Hugh Kelly's letter was written, 6 Sept. 1874, Pat Kelly's children
John 25 years
Mary Jane 22 (married John Gilligan 29 Sept. 1874)
Rosa Anna 18? 20? (married Gus Yance 15 Aug 1872)
Margaret Elizabeth 7
We do not know when or at what age James and "Little" Maggie died; we could not find death records at the Oconto Co. Courthouse for them. (We might guess that they may have been born between Rosa Anna and Isabel, and between Emily and Margaret Elizabeth - only because of the span of years between these births . . . but then we might be wrong!)
Some facts on the KELLY family which would have bearing on the letter from Hugh KELLY (Australia) 6 September 1874:
The following are the children of Patrick KELLY and Margaret MOORE along with their marriage, birth and death dates:
John, b. 10 April 1849, d. 2 Feb. 1896, m. Levena PIGGOTT 8 August 1895 at his age 46
Mary Jane, b. 12 Aug 1852, d. 19 Dec 1918, m. John GILLIGAN 29 Sept 1874 at her age 22
Rosa Anna, b. 1856 - Death cert says born 15 April 1857 d. 30 Nov 1892 m. Gustave YANCE 15 August 1872 at her age 16 Isabell, b. 17 Aug 1860, d. 5 Sep 1927 m. William James SLOAN 12 October 1892 at her age 32
Emily, b. 1863 d. 31 May 1894 m.John KAMMER 6 July 1888, at her age 25
Margaret Elizabeth b. 13 May 1867 d. 14 Nov 1891 m. Charley CHAMBERLAIN 26 Aug 1891 at her age 24 (therefore at the date of this letter, only one child of Patrick Kelly had married: Rosa Anna to Gustave YANCE)
KELLY (sister of Patrick and Hugh KELLY) born in Ireland, married John
PARKER (born in Ireland) on 7 Nov 1861 in Perth County, Ontario,
Canada. The 1871 Ontario Census lists the following children:
John, 9 years
the 1881 Census adds
Hugh Parker emigrated to the U.S. in 1887; Ann and John PARKER emigrated to the U.S. in 1888
The Patrick KELLY court cases involving his indebtedness begin (or rather, we have record of) beginning 26 April 1874; his possessions were seized by Gustave Yance, Sheriff, on 17 Sep 1874
The Margaret KELLY vs. Supervisors of Town of Maple Valley court Case apparently began 19 July 1886.
Margaret KELLY, wife of Patrick KELLY, died at age 74, on 3 Sep 1896, according to her death certificate. Family tradition says that she suffered from tuberculosis and isolated herself from her family during her last years to try to prevent infecting other family members.
There has to have been some misunderstanding about her "death" referred to in the letter, because she was still alive in 1874 (date of letter)
Pat Kelly Family Cemetery History
The Pat Kelly Family Cemetery was located on land shown in the 1898 Maple Valley , Oconto County Plat book on land owned by the Gilligan brothers, who were the son’s of Thomas and Mary Kelly (Pat Kelly’s daughter) Gilligan. The 1912 Oconto County Maple Valley Plat book, Township 29 N., Range 18 E, Section 12, shows that parcel of land being owned by George Gilligan, who was the oldest son of Thomas & Mary Kelly Gilligan. The 1946 Oconto County Plat book shows the parcel of land being owned by Ed Smoot. Family members state Ed Smoot mowed and maintained the cemetery for many years. In the late 1940’s or early 1950’s, Clarence and Betty Ankerson purchased the property. Their son, Clarence, currently farms the land. The Ankerson’s removed the fence surrounding the cemetery, removed the apple orchard, and the graves were plowed up and the land farmed. It is also thought the Ankerson’s removed the “Witness Tree.” The story is told that as a Justice of the Peace Mr. Kelly was not perturbed by the lack of two witnesses to a marriage ceremony. Joining hands of the bride and groom, he took them to a large elm tree which was a witness tree on a section corner and intoned, "Under this witness tree what Pat Kelly and God Almighty has joined together, let no man put asunder. The couple’s initals were then carved in the tree.
The head stones were removed and deposited into a ditch near the Kelly Brook Cemetery . Family member, Clifford Rice of Green Bay retrieved the stones, cleaned, and stored them in his garage for many years and has since placed them in the Kelly Brook Cemetery . The actual family remains, however, remain in the plowed Cemetery on the original Pat Kelly farmland.
Attempts to have Leslie Eisenberg of the State Historical Society Burial Sites Preservation Program intervene, inspect and stop the plowing of the cemetery as provided by The Burial Rights Preservation Program , have proven fruitless.
would like to be registered as an interested party of the Pat Kelly
Family Cemetery as provided by the Burial Sites Preservation
Program-Wisconsin Statute 157.70, please email Leslie D. Eisenberg at
email address above and encourage the Burial Sites Preservation Program
Coordinator to investigate, identify, and record the Pat Kelly Family
Cemetery in the catalog of burial sites in the State of
Wisconsin. Interested parties would like to see the Pat Kelly
Family Cemetery restored to provide the dignity and respect that all
human life should have, as provided for in the Burial Sites
Graves Site Information:
Following is a diagram of the Pat Kelly Family Cemetery as described to William Clifford “Bill”
Sloan in 1978 by Ellen Gilligan Ludeman of Laona, Leola "Dolly" Gilligan Baccus of Fond du lac,
Elizabeth "Betty" Gilligan Conley of Laona, Evelyn “Toots” Gilligan Kesler of Kelly Lake,
and Bernard "Bun" Gilligan of Hickory Corners, who were great grandchildren of Pat Kelly.
They grew up on the Tom and Mary Kelly Gilligan farm just ½ mile north of the Hickory Corners,
and visited the cemetery not far from their home many times.
---------------------> Walk East to Ankerson house
Pat Kellly Family Cemetery
Members of family buried in Pat Kelly Family Cemetery include:
Margaret Elizabeth Kelly Chamberlain 18671891
(Pat Kelly’s daughter)
Margaret Jane Sloan 1893-1894 James Kelly 1853-1857
(Isabele Kelly Sloan's Baby) (Pat Kelly’s son)
Mary Isabelle Sloan 1895-1895 Margaret "Little Maggie" Kelly 1858-1858
(Isabelle Kelly Sloan's Baby) (Pat Kellys baby died in infancy)
Patrick Kelly 1815-1903 Emily Kelly Kammer 1863-1894
(Pat Kelly’s daughter)
Margaret Moore Kelly 1822-1896 George Kammer
(Pat Kelly's wife) (Infant son of Emily Kelly Kammer)
Rolyn "Lee" Gilligan and Lyle Gilligan, son's of Bernard Gilligan,
ive in Hickory Corners. Lee states that Tommy Gilligan and Howard
Gilligan, infant son's of his grandfather Thomas Gilligan, are also
located in the cemetery. Lee and Lyle also visited the cemetery as
children and have knowledge of where the cemetery was located.
Kelly Brook Cemetery :
Stones mentioned above are now located in the Kelly Brook Cemetery . They can be found in the
north east corner near the Ann R. Yance, Wife of Gustave Yance, head stone. Anna Yance was
Pat Kelly’s daughter, Rose Anna Kelly. The stones appear to have been hand made from concrete,
are about 2” thick by 6” wide and 12-14” long. They
are placed flat in the ground to the right of
Anna Yance’s headstone. They have the following initials etched in them:
Emily Kelly Kammer
M.K. for Margaret Kelly
M.C. for Maggie Kelly Chamberlain
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