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William Burns Kelly
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Birth: 1846
Carroll County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Aug. 26, 1870
DeWitt County
Texas, USA

Killed in Sutton-Taylor Feud
William and brother Henry Kelly were killed August 26 1870 by the State Police. They were just about 250 yards from Will and Lou Day's house when shot off the horses they sat on.

Probably what instigated
this murder plot, in part, was Henry and Wm had shot out the lights at a Circus prior to this and the police were fed up with the Taylor, Kelly and Smothers gang.

Most of the family were at Wm and Louisa Day's house getting ready to go visit at Sweet Home. After getting
in the buggy at the barn and on the rd to get the baby they were met by William Sutton and Jack Helms, the law
men. William Day had told Amanda to warn everyone to be on the lookout for the police. The Kelly group met up with Helms, Sutton and Doc White, John Meador and Simmons. They intermingled with the Kelly bunch. Soon Meador then White fell behind where White got a shot gun and caught up with Simmons who was following Henry Kelly. I guess Delilah and Amanda felt something foreboding and were uneasy. When they
got to a turn in the road that led through the brush to the Day house, the law went that way and Delilah and Amanda took the turn to go get the baby at the house the other way. They had but gone a short distance when Amanda got out of the buggy to make her way up the hill and saw the lawmen and her Kelly bunch. Her husband Henry Kelly was sitting on his horse near Doc White and William Kelly was on his horse near Sutton cutting a plug of tobacco to fill his pipe. Kelly got off and bent over to strike a match. Delilah went on to the house in the buggy, got out and went to the kitchen to light her own pipe when she heard gun shots and
Amanda scream! She ran toward the screams and found Amanda at Henry's body. William was lying on his face 15 feet away. Delilah turned him over and put out the fire on his coat with her bare hands and found his pipe freshly filled, a match near by. Amanda then told her William was shot by Sutton as he was about to strike the match to light his pipe; and Henry was shot off his horse by White followed by a volley of more shots and the lawmen riding off into the brush. Delilah and Amanda drug the bodies of Henry and William out of the sun to the shade of a tree. The Days then came, Louisa with her 2 sons, William and F K Hawks. Louisa went and got a wagon at the house to haul Henry and William to Sweet Home. Delilah helped to load the bodies of her sons to take them back to 'Sweet Home' in Lavaca Co. Her neighbors gave no assistance or help as they feared
to moved so stark was the terror!

William and Elizabeth had one daughter, Wilhemena 'Will' md Aug 1890 Florentino Nunez/2 kids, Lizzie, Florentino Jr. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Robert Burns Kelly (1814 - 1857)
  Delilah Oldham Kelly (1818 - 1882)
 
 Spouses:
  Elizabeth Jane Day Kelly (1836 - 1887)*
  Elizabeth Jane Day Bennett (1836 - 1887)*
 
 Children:
  Wilhemena Louise Kelly Nunez (1870 - 1896)*
 
 Siblings:
  Franklin Columbus Kelly (1835 - 1871)*
  Louise Kelly Day (1839 - 1913)*
  Wiley Thomas Kelly (1844 - 1931)*
  William Burns Kelly (1846 - 1870)
  Henry Peter Kelly (1848 - 1870)*
  Mary Elizabeth Kelly Butler (1854 - 1924)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Unmarked Grave
 
Burial:
Taylor Cemetery
Cuero
DeWitt County
Texas, USA
 
Maintained by: Nena Smothers
Originally Created by: P Fazzini
Record added: Sep 05, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76011530
 

RIP after your turmoilius life
- Nena Smothers
 Added: May. 16, 2015
In remembrance!
- Emma (Shrum) Butler Duke
 Added: Sep. 8, 2011
 
 
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