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Subject: Re: [OKELLEY] Thomas and James O'Kelly
Date: Thu, 08 Apr 2010 16:16:06 -0000
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I started a rather lengthy reply to your note, but lost it somewhere out there in cyberspace before I even finished it. I'll try again!!
Your information regarding Ed O'Kelley is only partially correct. Ed O'Kelley murdered Bob Ford in a silver-mining camp in Creede, Colorado on June 4, 1892. He was found guilty of the murder and sentenced to life in prison, but was released in 1902. Ed was shot to death by an officer of the law in the streets of Oklahoma City in 1904 and was buried in a pauper's grave that has never been found.
After I wrote my book, Ed O'Kelley: The Man Who Murdered Jesse James' Murderer, I used most of the proceeds of the book to have a marker created and erected near the O'Kelley family plot in the cemetery in Patton, Missouri. That is probably the marker you mentioned in your note. A photo of the marker was placed on the Find-A-Grave site by someone, but I don't know who. The story about WHY the marker is "near the O'Kelley family plot" is hilarious, but I won't go into it here because the story is kind of lengthy and convoluted.
I think I may have mentioned in an earlier note that I am currently in the process of revising and updating a Knowles/O'Kelley book that I wrote several years ago. The bible pages were included in the earlier book and will also be included in this revision. Before you even ask, the earlier book is out of print and is no longer available.
I took a moment to look at your site and in so doing, I noticed that you are a nephew of Kathleen O'Kelley, one of the "Arkansas O'Kelleys," not to be confused with we "Missouri O'Kelleys." I have attempted to contact your aunt many, many times, but she never responds to my notes. This past fall I was also emailing back and forth with someone whose first was was, I believe, Brian or Bryan, who said that he, too, was related to Kathleen O'Kelley. He was going to get back to me after he finished working at some county fair or something but didn't. I sent him another note several months ago but, to date, I've heard nothing more from him.
I have always been aware of the importance of the O'Kelley bible pages as they related to my own heritage, but they are now becoming more so because of their increasingly significance to historical research.
I would expect to be credited with anything you post regarding information obtained from me.
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