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 Able Kelly Hall

Able Kelly Hall

Dearborn County, Indiana, USA
Death 29 Jun 1893 (aged 57)
Parsons, Labette County, Kansas, USA
Burial Devon, Bourbon County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 81144012 · View Source
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1870 census
Able must have been a fairly wealthy farmer his net worth jumped from 300 in the 1860 census to 800 in the 1865 census to 13,000 in 1870. Able states that his father and mother were both born in Maine but doesn't say where. He also states he was born in Indiana and his wife in Ohio

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Robert Gordon Wrote:
The 1860 census how that Abel was born in Kentucky, but other census records as well as his obituary says that he was born in Southeast Indiana. The name Kelly which might lead one to think that he was Irish, but there is no proof of that. He served in the 10th Kansas infantry during the Civil War. His children by his first wife Lillie and Susie and two sons, Frances and William were all born in Kansas. In 1870 he was converted to the Baptist Church where according to his obituary he still held his membership until the dreadful disease "ate away his life". His pension records showed his wife's name was Julia Herrington. She was born in New York and her parents Mr. and Mrs. JT Herrington were born in Maine. J.T. Herrington owned a homestead 3 miles east of Abel in northwest Bourbon County, Kansas.

Abel was born in Dearborn, Southeast Indiana and died in Bourbon County of cancer of the face at the age of 57. He came and settled in Marmation Township, Bourbon, Kansas in 1858. Census records show that his parents were from Maine and it is thought that Kelly lived at least briefly in Illinois before moving to Kansas. At that time the country was wild and plenty of Indians and wild game abounded.

According to his enlistment papers he was dark complexion and was a mason by occupation, he had brown hair and hazel eyes and was 5'5" tall. Pension records show that he was a Corporal. He was honorably discharged at Leavenworth, Kansas on August 18, 1864. Sadly enough he left the service in very poor health. On a declaration for invalid pension based on his service record dated April 15 1891 he indicated he was partially unable to earn support by manual labor by reason of chronic diarrhea resulting in piles, rheumatism and malignant cancer in the lower lip. He had support documents submitted by his physician and as shown by one of the two obituaries that lists his cause of death to be cancer of the face.

The pension application alleged that while on duty at Cane Hill Arkansas on or about the fall of 1862 he was disabled by camp diarrhea twice at or near Fayetteville, Ark part of the winter and spring of 1863. He also had yellow jaundice at the same time caused by exposure having to wade streams several times a day, poor food and only one meal a day.

In the Homestead Act of 1862 a land patent for the family was recorded on Mar 17, 1774 at his death he owned 54 acres of land having given away the rest to various relatives. It is also notable that the northwestern most portion of Township Twenty Four is Centerville the birthplace of Edith Hall. A Cemetery appears to be on his property and that may be one reason he sold some of his land. A United Brethren Church was across the street as was a school. 46 which is probably the school where Edith Hall attended before her family moved to Ft. Scott after her fathers death.

Fort Scott at that time was called Eastwood. Margaret Blair This was written by Edith Edna Hall Margaret's daughter. "I have been asked by my persistent son, Robert H Gordon to provide valuable information concerning my paternal and maternal grandparents. This will be a difficult task because I saw the former only once or twice at the most and the latter I never did meet. Abel was a smoker , he was a neighbor of Margaret Blair for 33 to 36 years. He completed a affidavit for Margaret Blair so she could get his pension after he died. He also said he was at the funerals of Joel Moore, Margaret Blair's first husband and Julia Herrington.

He was a respected citizen and a loyal church member. His obituary further states" "By his death is removed one of the few remaining links that binds the present to the early settlement of this country. He bore his suffering bravely and manfully for two long years and never gave up the battle for life until a few moments before he breathed his last. He bade his family farewell and said 'I am not afraid to die'

About 4 o clock on Friday Jun 30 the deceased was taken to the Centerville church followed by a very large concourse of relatives and friends, where a very impressive discourse was given by Rev. H L Dizmang of Mound City from Rev 14:3 'Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord' The body was then borne to its final resting place in Centerville cemetery so calm and peacefully sleeping."

Ft. Scott Weekly Monitor July 13 1893:
Died at his home in Mill Creek township, Thursday A K Hall aged 57 years after long suffering with the deadly malady, cancer of the face. He was an old resident of that part of the county and stood high in the esteem of his neighbors.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 81144012
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Able Kelly Hall (15 Jan 1836–29 Jun 1893), Find A Grave Memorial no. 81144012, citing Centerville Cemetery, Devon, Bourbon County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Eileen Bremner (contributor 47661512) .