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 William D Kelly

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William D Kelly

  • Birth 1831 County Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Death 31 Jan 1896 Nebraska, USA
  • Burial Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, USA
  • Memorial ID 11816455

KELLY, WILLIAM D., deceased, late of Lancaster county, Neb., was born in Johnstown County, Kilkenny, Ireland, son of Keron Kelly, and died January 31, 1896, aged sixty-five years. Mr. Kelly came to New York in 1850 and in 1852 was married at Boontown, N. Y., to Miss Mary Casey. They went to Elgin, Ill., where Mr. Kelly engaged on the Northwestern railroad and then went to St. Paul and Minneapolis, where he freighted over most of the state when J. J. Hill was also engaged in freighting. In 1872, he went over the plains from St. Paul to Walla Walla, then to Idaho and mined for two years, and then returned and took his family on the Captain Fisk expedition for the gold fields in Idaho. They met the Indians about where Deadwood now stands, and for safety the party came down the Missouri river to Omaha, where Mr. Kelly located and freighted to Denver and back until the Union Pacific began construction work, on which he was a contractor, and after its completion he went to Council Bluffs to reside, still contracting in Texas and other states until he retired and located on a farm in Lancaster county, Neb. Mr. and Mrs. Kelly were the parents of eight children: Mrs. John Fitzgerald (see sketch of John Fitzgerald in this volume); M. C. Kellly, of Greenwood, Cass county, Neb., stockman and farmer; Dan Kelly of Greenwood, Cass county, stockman; Mrs. Margaret Langdon, of Kansas City, widow of M. J. Langdon, formerly of Sarpy County; William D., Jr., deceased; Tom E. Kelly, of Kansas City, with the Morris Packing company; John Kelly of Carney, Okla., farmer; and Nellie, wife of O. E. Rector, of Lincoln, Neb, druggist.


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  • Created by: Susan Petersen
  • Added: 25 Sep 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11816455
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William D Kelly (1831–31 Jan 1896), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11816455, citing Calvary Cemetery, Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Susan Petersen (contributor 46605423) .