Edward Ashworth “Pap” Kelly

Edward Ashworth “Pap” Kelly

Chatham County, North Carolina, USA
Death 8 Nov 1947 (aged 109)
Thurmond, Fayette County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Summers County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 44989483 · View Source
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Edward Ashworth Kelly was born 07 May 1838 in North Carolina. Mr. Kelly said in a news article that he was born in Chatham County, N.C. Another source says he was born in Winston-Salem, N.C., which is in Forsyth County.

He came to West Virginia during the Civil War. Mr. Kelly died in on 08 Nov 1947 in Fayette County, W.Va., at 109.*

Mr. Kelly married Martha Adeline Vest, daughter of Jackson Vest and wife Nancy Lilly, in December 1874.**

A 1944 newspaper article*** about Edward Kelly said he was "inducted into the Confederate army at the age the age of 21." Later he worked on railroads and "was hired for some time on a steamboat in Charleston."

After he married Martha Vest, her parents "gave them land and they built a log cabin 18 by 20 feet. They had 13 children, six girls and seven sons. His wife died at this place, at the top of White Oak mountain." The 13 children may include Edward's two children with his second wife. According to a Kelly researcher, Edward had 11 children with Martha and two children by his second wife Mary.

His second wife's maiden name was Mary Josephine Wallace. Mary was previously married to Berry Adkins and James Floyd Cadle. (See Mary's Find a Grave page for more information.)

* Edward Kelly, 109, Dies at Thurmond, Charleston Gazette, W.Va., 10 Nov 1947, Page 9.

** Marriage record online at http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcdetail.aspx?Id=11569084 Edward Kelly, 23, of North Carolina and Adline Vest, 15, Mercer County, W.Va., married 24 Dec 1874, Summers County, W.Va.

*** Lester Man Says He Served In The Civil War, Raleigh Register, Beckley, W.Va., 03 Dec 1944, Page 3.

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  • Maintained by: E.M. Smith
  • Originally Created by: D. Mack
  • Added: 1 Dec 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 44989483
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Ashworth “Pap” Kelly (7 May 1838–8 Nov 1947), Find A Grave Memorial no. 44989483, citing Anderson Vest Cemetery, Summers County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by E.M. Smith (contributor 47134804) .