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Rev Charles Rice Kellam
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Birth: May 11, 1809
Death: Apr. 4, 1854

Founder of Charleston, Arkansas
Rev. Charles R. Kellam, was bornn in Vermont, (per census), and appeared in the southern part of Franklin Co. AR, via way of North Carolina, at least by 1846. In that year, he served as post-master for the area and opened the Post Office for Charleston on Aug. 10, 1846 (David Joslin, author of "The Arkansas State Association," , Randall House Pub, 1976).
Rev. Kellam married his wife, Susan, in N.C. and they had two children, Charles and Edward P., both bn AR, in 1850 census (by 1860, they had added Mary B.) Rev. Kellam exerted a significant influence and the commuity was named Charles Towne--later, Charleston.
Rev. Kellam organized a *FreeWill Baptist church in 1846, the same year he opened the post office. He remained its pastor until 1850. His work may have been brief but it was here the Arkansas District Association was organized in 1869.
*The church he organized was later referred to by "Goodspeed's Hist of NW AR", as a Missionary Baptist Church, but the church changed hands a number of times, and probably was a M.B. Church by the time Goodspeed's was published in 1889. After Kellam's ministry ended there in 1850, the church remained w/o a pastor until 1857. It was later reorganized and numerous churches worshipped in the same 'meeting house,' and so confusion was not uncommon. Nevertheless, Rev. Charles Kellam did good work and his name is found in old records and is noted here for it.
He died at 45 years of age...unknown as to cause of death.
Susan and her two younger children were still in Franklin Co. in the 1860 census.
Parks Cemetery
Franklin County
Arkansas, USA
Created by: bill sullivan
Record added: Dec 26, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102662318
Rev Charles Rice Kellam
Added by: bill sullivan
Rev Charles Rice Kellam
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With love and respect. Rest in peace <3
- Mysticalminded
 Added: Nov. 9, 2013
Came to the Arkansas territory or state, from Vermont, via way of N.C.A Freewill Baptist minister.
- wvy
 Added: Jul. 1, 2013

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