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Samuel Kelly

  • Birth 2 Aug 1787 Northwood, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA
  • Death 22 Apr 1885 Calais, Washington County, Maine, USA
  • Burial Calais, Washington County, Maine, USA
  • Memorial ID 78864421


"88 years 8 months 2 days"

Mrs. Lidia R. KELLEY widow of Deacon Samuel KELLEY, died at her residence on Germain St., Calais on Friday, age 81 years. Her remains were taken to Bay Side (Charlotte Co.) for interment alongside her first husband, the late Rev. Duncan THOMPSON, - 'Advertiser'. (St. Croix Courier, August 15, 1889)

d. Calais, Me., 22nd April, Samuel KELLEY, age 88 years 8 mos. (Bay Pilot, April 30, 1885)

Calais Affairs - The funeral of Samuel KELLY, jr., the victim of the terrible tragedy Tuesday eve., took place at the home of his father Sunday afternoon half past 1 o'clock. The deceased was the youngest and only s/o Deacon Samuel Kelly. He was lately engaged in the lumber business in the firm Wadsworth, Kelley & Murchie. Later he controlled the Kelly Grist Mill, age 46. (St. Croix Courier, March 29, 1883)

In the 1880 U.S. Census, farmer Samuel Kelly, 83, born N.H., parents born N.H., was living in Calais, Maine, with Lydia R., 70, born Canada, father born Canada, mother born Maine; daughter Emma I., 36, born Canada; servant Maria Turner, 22, born Canada; farm worker Frederick Baker, 20, born Maine; and stepdaughter Elizabeth Thompson, 25, born Canada, parents born Canada.

m. 22nd inst., at residence of bride's son, St. Stephen (Charlotte Co.), by Rev. J.E. Hopper, A.M., Deacon Samuel KELLY, Calais, Maine / Lydia R. THOMPSON widow of Rev. A.D. THOMPSON, St. Andrews. (Christian Visitor, November 30, 1871)

In the 1870 U.S. Census, Samuel Kelly, 75, born N.H., "lumbering", was living in Ward 4, Calais, Maine, with Emma S., 28; and Hannah D., 26, both born in Maine. Also living there was grandson Danford Dyer, 10, born Maine, "at school".

On Sunday night about half past 11 o'clock, William JEWETT of Woodstock (Carleton Co.) was shot near a house in this town (Calais, Maine) belonging to Samuel KELLY, Esq. The house is occupied by Joseph McNALLY whose wife is an aunt of JEWETT. JEWETT came to Calais Thursday afternoon. (The Morning Freeman, August 8, 1864)

In the 1860 U.S. Census, Samuel Kelley, 63, born N.H., was living in Ward 4, Calais, Maine with Charles H., 34; Anna M., 24; Emma, 19; and Hannah D., 16; Samuel, 22; Frederick A.P., 20, all born in Maine.

Samuel Kelly of Calais, Maine, was on the board of directors of te Lewy's Island Railroad during 1859 and 1860.

In 1853, Deacon Samuel Kelley of Calais gave $10 toward the colonization of Liberia.

In the 1850 U.S. Census, farmer Samuel Kelly, 51, born N.H., was living in Calais, Maine with Mary, 50; trader Charles H., 22; Evangeline D., 20; student Benjamin F., 19; Ann M, 16; Susan A., 14; Samuel Jr., 13; Frederick A.P., 11; Emma Sophia, 9; and Hannah D., 7, all born in Maine; and Jane Russell, 21, born N.B.

In March, previous to the organization of the church in May, 1832, Samuel Kelley, a present deacon of the church, and resident at "Salt-water",together with some others, attended a quarterly conference held by the Baptists in Charlotte. "At this meeting", says deacon Kelley. "I became very much impressed with the duty in aiding in the formation of a Baptist church in Calais, and named the subject to two of my Baptist brethren who were from Calais; but they gave it as their opinion that we could not build the house for want of timber." Deacon Kelley was not, however, discouraged by their unbelief. He says, "I became more and more anxious, and in conference with some of my brethren of the meeting, I received encouragement to go on. At the close of this meeting, I returned home happy at the anticipation of a church in Calais. I arrive home and while taking some refreshment, and refreshing the pious heart of my companion, who also was a Baptist, by and acount of the meeting, I remarked, how thankful I should be to have some Baptist brother come in, with whom I could converse upon the things of the kingdom. I was then informed that a man in the other room desired to see me. I rose from the table and said to my wife, 'My request is granted - a Baptist has come.'"
The following conversation then followed between deacon Kelley and the stranger - 'Are you a Christian?' 'I hope I am.' 'Are you a Baptist?' 'I am.' 'Then' said deac. Kelley. 'God has sent you to me.' This man soon moved into town and became one of the original members of the church.
'Soon after this,' says Deacon Kelley. 'I was met in the street by one who inquired for dea. Kelley. Having introduced myself, he said that he understood that we desired to organize a church, and he recommended a young minister in the Province, by the name of Robinson, who would be of great service to us. The stranger left me and I have never seen him since. I wrote immediately to Mr. Robinson and he came. At the close of the first service, two persons, and members of the English Methodist church, rose, witnessed to the truth, and desired to unite with the Baptists in forming a church. (A History of the Baptists in Maine)

The First Congregational Church of Calais was founded in 1825...."A large commodious meeting house was erected. The lot of land and the avenue leading to it were given in equal shares by Dea. Samuel Kelley and Jones Dyer, Esq.
....(When the house was dedicated in 1826) the highest prices for the pews were paid by Samuel Kelley and Asa Pond. Only three of the original purchasers are now living - Samuel Kelley, Matthew Hastings and Seth Emerson; and it is a curious fact that, at present, the first is a Baptist, the second a Methodist and the third a Universalist. (Annals of Calais, Maine....)

KELLEY, BENJAMIN, M. D., of Gilmanton, N. H., married Mary, daughter of Maj. Gile of Epping, N.H. Their son Samuel was born in Northwood, N. H., Aug. 2, 1797: at the age of twenty went to St. George, N. B ;-came in 1821, to Calais; engaged in trade in company with Gorham and Stearns Kimball; two years after, bought a farm embracing the land now occupied by the southern half of the village: settled for life, and engaged in farming, trading in land and lumbering; in 1824, married Mary Danford of Wiscasset, by whom he had ten children, viz -Charles H. d; Mrs. Mary Dyer, George, d.; Mrs. Emeline King, Geo. G.; Benjamin F.; Susan, d.; Mrs. Ann M. Wadsworth, L. L., of Boston; Samuel; Frederic P. d. ; Emma S. : Hannah D. d.
(Calais, Maine, Families: They Came and They Went)

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