|Birth: ||Nov., 1807|
County Donegal, Ireland
|Death: ||Jul. 13, 1901|
Birthdate taken from the 1900 Census - Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma. Listed he immigrated to America in 1825.
The following biography taken from the book "First 100 Years of Alva, Oklahoma" pages 309-310, giving the history of James Alexander Cellan, written by Bessie Cellan:
James Alexander was born November 14, 1808, 1:30 p.m., Saturday in County Denogal, Ireland. He was a short and stubby man, and was a Cumberland Presbyterian.
James came to America at the age of 14 years with his widowed mother. They landed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The next year they went back to Ireland. He left his mother there and worked his way across as a cabin boy in New York City.
At the age of 19 he was married to Jane Russell and to this union three children were born:
* Mary Jane Cellan, born October 14, 1838, at Philadelphia, PA. Mary Jane married Nathaniel Abbott. Mary died June 27, 1898 and is buried in the Chelsea Cemetery in Fillmore County Nebraska.
* Thomas Cellan was born October 16, 1849 [sic, born 1840]. In September 1, 1867, he married Mary Elizabeth (Hubbartt). Thomas died on May 22, 1914, at Geneva, Fillmore County, Nebraska.
* James Cellan was born on May 21, 1844, in Iowa. He married Martha (Burtom) on November 18, 1877, and he died on June 1, 1927.
James Alexander & Jane moved from Philadelphia to Washington County, Illinois in the year 1937 [sic, 1837?] and lived there until 1841 when they moved to Louisa County, Iowa. James lost his first wife June 7, 1844.
Fourteen months later he married Elizabeth Ann Pearson on August 25, 1845 in Glen County, [sic, Des Moines County], Iowa. Elizabeth Ann Pearson was of English descent and she was very religious. At the age of 85 she died at the home of her daughter Anna Devlin in 1905 or 1906. Her funeral was held on a Friday April 26, in the Presbyterian Church and was laid to rest in the AOUW Cemetery at Alva, Oklahoma.
James Alexander Cellan and his family moved from Louisa County, Iowa to Schuyler County, Missouri in the year of 1865 and resided there until 1900, when they moved to Oklahoma.
Ten children were born to the union of James Alexander and Elizabeth, 3 girls and 7 boys.
* William "Billy" Cellan was born November 16, 1850 and he married Margaret Ann Faglesong on December 11, 1875. Billy died on March 22, 1926.
* Anna Cellan was married to Mike Devlin.
* Benjamin D. Cellan was born January 29, 1863 at Davis County, Iowa, and he married Mary Belle Gorman on April 12, 1890. Benjamin died January 30, 1944, at Billings, Montana. Mary Belle (Gorman) Cellan was born on November 14, 1874, Scotland County, Missouri and she died on November 3, 1967 at Billings, Montana. Benjamin and Mary Belle had 12 children.
*Wiley Robinson Cellan, was born December 19, 1856, in Schuyler County, Missouri and he married Rosa Garman. Wiley died on June 26, 1951 at Alva, Oklahoma. His wife Rosa was born on August 12, 1868, and she died on January 12, 1946. They had 9 children: James Elbert, married (1) Elsie Leona Secrest, (2) Elverta Grubb; Emma Ann, married John Hunt; Maudie Isabella, married Edgar Endsley; Elpha Edith, married Mountford C. Dugan; Sylvia Alice married Thomas Martin; Samuel Oscar, married Delois Jordon; Minnie Ada, married (1) Russell Dugan, (2) Lloyd Severns; Cecil Ray married Mary Norine Endsley; and Lyle Edgar, married Helen June Oakley.
* Samuel Cellan, 5th child of James Alexander and Elizabeth was born August 9, 1869 in Schuyler County, Missouri, and he died June 20, 1944 and is buried in the Alva AOUW Cemetery.
James Alexander Cellan died the year following his arrival to Alva on July 13, 1901 and is buried in the Alva AOUW Cemetery. He and his family were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Alva.
Jane Russell Cellan (1811 - 1844)*
Elizabeth Ann Pearson Cellan (1826 - 1906)*
Mary Jane Cellan Abbott (1839 - 1898)*
Thomas Cellan (1840 - 1914)*
James Alexander Cellan (1844 - 1924)*
Eliza Isabel Cellan Morehead (1846 - 1933)*
Jacob Cellan (1847 - 1865)*
Jacob Cellan (1847 - 1865)*
William John Cellan (1850 - 1926)*
Anna Cellan Devlin (1852 - 1917)*
Wiley R. Cellan (1856 - 1951)*
Benjamin D. Cellan (1863 - 1944)*
Emily Cellan (1865 - 1883)*
Samuel Cellan (1869 - 1944)*
Alva Municipal Cemetery
Maintained by: CMR
Originally Created by: Carrol S.
Record added: Oct 01, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42602946
This was my 3rd great grandfather and my mother had a moss agate stone in a ring that she had made from a watchbob that was said to have come from Ireland. Rest in Peace.|
Added: Aug. 23, 2014
4X Great Grandfather of mine.|
Added: Mar. 29, 2013
Added: Aug. 2, 2010