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Deacon Daniel Kelly
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Birth: 1748
Bucks County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jan. 19, 1834
Livingston County
New York, USA

Age 85 Years.

My 5th Great Grandfather.
Sarah, daughter of Butterfly~Kisses


Son of John & Margaret (Armour) Kelly.

Both parents born and died in Pennsylvania.


Daniel Kelly's Revolutionary service was in the Pennsylvania Militia.


I am a direct bloodline descendent of Daniel & Elizabeth (Baxter) Kelly.

Sarah, daughter of Butterfly~Kisses AND I live here.


A tid bit of information from our local history about my 5th great grandfather:

The arrival of my 5th great grandfather to the "Genesee Valley".

Early in September of 1794, Daniel Kelly, John Jones, John Harrison, all of whom were afterwards notable farmers of Groveland, and all became deacons in the same church, left their Pennsylvania home, on the north branch of the Susquahannah, for a visit to the Genesee country by way of the Williamson road, "which was without bridges over creeks, or crossways in bad places, the underbrush and logs being removed a rod wide", says Mr. Harrison. William Ryans was also of the party. They had two horses between the four, riding and walking in couples by turn. The party on horseback would trot on far ahead, and hitching the horses beside the road, would start forward on foot, leaving their companions to come up and resume the saddle. A journey of eight days brought them to Williamsburgh, where, on the 13th of September 1794, they put up at William Lemon's tavern, a small frame house, and the first frame house built in Groveland. Ryans was displeased with the country, and home-sick, and started back the following morning, taking with him one of the horse. The three others went to Geneseo to purchase lands of the Wadsworth's, who were then laying the cellar wall of their homestead. James Wadsworth at once saw that they were good judges of farming lands, and advised them to look at some lots lying along the road leading to the foot of Conesus lake, describing the lands minutely to them, and specifying particular parcels on either side of the highway. They at once took the path up the hill, over the route now traversed by South street, just as a cold, drizzling rain began to fall. Daniel Kelly selected a lot of over 100 acres on which the present graveyard is now located, and John Harrison selected the farm lying directly east of it, across the main road. This done they went down to Peter Steelís tavern, a little log cabin situated in Upper Lakeville, where Robert Masten's house now stands. They reached there drenched to the skin, and John Harrison no sooner got to the fire than a chill seized him, which was so sever that it droce him almost int the heap of smouldering coals. The first salutation that met his ear was the unwelcome remark of an old root doctor from a neighboring settlement, "You've got the aget, stranger, fast enough". After an hour spent here, they returned to Geneseo. Kelly paid earnest money, but Mr. Harrison was sick and far from home, and it was therefore concluded that he had better not part with the little money he had. It was agreed, however, that he and Kelly should return by the first of the following May to complete the purchase of the lands selected by them (They did not get back, however until the 12th of May, and Mr. Wadsworth had by that time sold the lot selected by John Harrison. The latter then purchased in Groveland. Ezra Gray occupied a part of Mr. Harrison's first purchase.) They then went to Lemon's tavern for the night. Harrison's ague came on again, and a daughter of John Ewart, who resided at Williamsburgh, was also down with it. The Party were ready by daylight to return to Pennsylvania, and Mr. Harrison was weak, he took the saddle. In going down the hill leading to the inlet of Hemlock lake, Harrison began to shake, and calling to his companions to secure the horse, he threw himself off and started forward on the run, "shaking and stooping", he says, "as if I had my back broken. My companions laughed at my odd motions, but I felt too wretched to notice their jokes. Still, I liked the new country as well as my companions who had escaped that abomination of new settlements, the fever and ague, and we all three came back and located the following May, a step I have never regretted." Mr. Harrison says that Williamsburgh, at this, his first visit, contained, besides the frame tavern and a house occupied by John Ewart, some five or six log house built by Captain Williamson. On their way home they met person going toward the village they had just left, with cattle to exhibit at the approaching fair, and heard frequent mention of the races soon to come off, at which fourteen speed horses were entered for the fifty pound purse.

History of Livingston County New York
by Lockwood L. Doty
Printed by J. W. Clement - Printer
Geneseo, N. Y.

Pages 259, 260, 261 & 262.

Referenced from my mothers copy,
of Lockwood L. Doty's work.


The graveyard referenced in Lockwood L. Doty's history, did not exist in 1794 when Daniel Kelly purchased his 100 acres of land. Today it is known as, "Mt. Pleasant Cemetery", and was established when my 5th great grandfather, Daniel Kelly, gave the first acre to the Presbyterian Church for burial of church members. It was later extended for use by the whole community.

Daniel & Elizabeth are my 5th Great Grandparents and are both buried here, along with many of my other family members.

Sarah, daughter of Butterfly~Kisses

Family links: 
  Elizabeth Baxter Kelly (1750 - 1824)
  William Kelly (1776 - 1856)*
  Ann Kelly Bosley (1778 - 1849)*
  Margaret Kelly Jones (1780 - 1834)*
  Daniel Kelly (1782 - 1861)*
  Hannah Kelly Orton Avery (1790 - 1843)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Livingston County
New York, USA
Created by: Butterfly~Kisses
Record added: Jun 19, 2009
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Deacon Daniel Kelly
Added by: Butterfly~Kisses
Deacon Daniel Kelly
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Deacon Daniel Kelly
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Hello, my sincere greetings to you and a tribute to the late Deacon Daniel Kelly. I enjoyed reading the post about him. I believe he may be an ancestor. I am from the Philippines.
- May Limena
 Added: Sep. 28, 2015
In remembrance of my 5th Great Grandfather. With Honor and Respect, Thank You for your service and sacrifices. Rest in Peace, 5th Great Grandfather.
- Butterfly~Kisses
 Added: Sep. 22, 2014

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