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I am hoping that some kind soul will be able to help me, please. I am
needing a lookup for probate papers for a Thomas Bynum FERRELL/FERRILL,
died betw. 1860-1870, at the home of his grandson, by the same name,
in Fulton Co., KY
This THOMAS BYNUM FERRILL was b. abt. 1786.
Would be happy to pay expenses or do a lookup in return. I do have
access to the Revolutionary War Index records and Pension files, as
well as the Civil War roster books.
Thanks for any help and consideration.
Lanita Sconce Miller
I'm always late. My ancestors arrived on the JUNE Flower.
My friends -
I am continuing with my visit to the JP region, having been in Carlisle and
Ballard counties today. I expect to leave and return home on Friday.
Today's biographical posting continues to be drawn from the "Memorial
Record of Western Kentucky". Our subject for this posting is Richard E.
Kelly of Fulton County.
I probably should point out again that caution should be exercised in
determining the credibility of information contained in these biographies
from early histories, or "mug books" as they are known in the genealogical
community. The information can be unreliable, since errors may occur in the
printing process, or the information itself may be incorrect, although
thought to be accurate by the informant. This cannot be stressed enough.
For example, my great-grandfather Utterback, who was born in 1845, always
believed that the family was founded in American by "three brothers" who
came over from Germany in 1770(the famous "three[sometimes two or four]
brothers" that many families seemed to have in their family legend as the
immigrant ancestors). Yet nothing could have been further from the truth,
as my family's common ancestors came to American in 1734, and were not
"three brothers". However, had someone representing a company publishing a
biographical history of Calloway County interviewed him, he would have
repeated what he believed to be true. The "Memorial Record of Western
Kentucky", for reasons which are not clear to me, seems to contain more
errors than other early biographical histories.
Tomorrow, we will have a bio from Calloway County.
Memorial Record of Western Kentucky, Lewis Publishing Company, 1904, pp
"Richard E. Kelly, who has been prominent in the farming interests of
Fulton county, Kentucky, for nearly a quarter of a century, is a native
Kentuckian and a gentleman of all the graces and genial characteristics of
the typical men of that Blue Grass commonwealth. In his younger years he
was engaged in business in the state, but since has been a prosperous
representative of the agricultural interests. The success which has come to
him has been well deserved, for he began the battle of life early and has
hard worker ever since. In his relations with his fellow men he has gained
the reputation for solid integrity and unimpeachable honesty that are the
best adornments for any man's life. While the best years and efforts of his
career have been devoted to gaining an honorable place in the world and a
fair degree of material prosperity, he has also been attentive to the
public welfare, and his ballot and influence have been cast on the side of
progress and civic good. In his home, which is for all men the source of
their best life and for whose welfare they give their best efforts, he has
also good reason to be proud, for he has a family of bright young men and
women, several of whom are already equipped, through their parents' care
and wise provision, for the battle of life and give promise of useful and
honorable careers. R. E. Kelly was born in Calloway county, Kentucky,
January 28, 1850. His father, R. T. Kelly, was a native of Virginia; came
to Kentucky in early life, was one of a family of thirteen, seven sons and
six daughters, who settled in Warren county, Kentucky, near Bowling Green
and engaged in farming. He was married to a Miss Price at Russellville,
Kentucky, and lived there several years. He had three daughters by that
union: Annie E., Martha F. and Mary J. Annie E. was married to W. L.
Harding, lived in St. Louis and Kansas City, where Mr. Harding died, and
lives now in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Martha F. married W. G. Wilson, of
Russellville, and Mary J. married a farmer in Logan county, Kentucky. After
the death of his first wife R. T. Kelly came, in 1847, to Wadesboro in
Calloway county and engaged in the mercantile business and buying tobacco.
He was married to R. E. Kelly's mother, in that year. She was a widow at
that time. She had married a Mr. Thompson and had one daughter by Henry
Brown, who was also a native of Virginia; and had settled near Bowling
Green, Kentucky, where he married, then moved to a farm near Wadesboro in
Calloway county, at which place Mr. Kelly's mother was born. Mr. Brown
reared eight children, four sons and four daughters, and died in 1849. His
wife, Mrs. Sallie Brown, was a daughter of Edmund Card, who was the
government land agent for the Kentucky Purchase, with his office at old
Wadesboro, where he lived until the land was taken up and the county
divided into several smaller counties, after which he settled in the town
of Murray, where he died. He was one of the very first settlers in western
Kentucky, owned large tracts of land -- over one hundred quarter sections
according to the original entry, one of which is now Mr. Kelly's home, and
which has never passed out of the family, but has been handed down from one
generation to another. Mr. Kelly's mother was married to Mr. C. Owen, of
New Concord, Kentucky, in 1856, and they had five children. All died but
two, William C. and J. E., who are now merchants at Murray, Kentucky, and
Buffalo, Kentucky. Both are married and have families, three children each.
His mother died in 1892 at the age of sixty-five. Mr. Kelly enjoyed the
educational advantages offered by the schools of Murray, Kentucky, and of
Eastman's Commercial College at Poughkeepsie, New York. After leaving
school he became a clerk in the dry-goods store of his step-father at New
Concord, Kentucky. He remained at that occupation two years, was in the
lumber business one year, was a tobacco salesman in the state of
Mississippi three years, and leaving that state returned to New Concord,
the old home, and went into the dry-goods business at that place for two
years. He closed that out and turned his attention to farming, near New
Concord and remained in Fulton county, Kentucky, which has been his home
since that time, nearly a quarter of a century.
March 31, 1874, Mr. Kelly was married to Miss Almeda A. Guerrant, daughter
of Peter M. and Maria L. Guerrant, formerly of Danville, Virginia, but
later a farmer near Fulton, Kentucky. Mr. Guerrant died in July, 1903. Mr.
Kelly and his wife have seven children: Edward O. Guerrant, the oldest, is
a student at Kentucky State College at Lexington, Kentucky; William Cobb
Kelly was a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New
York, in 1902, and is now finishing his education at Lexington, Kentucky;
Richard Henry is taking the mechanical engineering course at the State
College at Lexington; Mary L., Ed Brown, John Porter, and Carl D. are being
educated in the Fulton schools. The family are all members of the Methodist
Episcopal church, South, and are stanch Democrats."
Record of Western Kentucky
Lewis Publishing Co., 1904