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From: "Anita Cooper" <>
Subject: Re: [Sc-Ir] Favorite Scotch Irish Ancestor?
Date: Mon, 24 May 2004 17:06:35 -0500
Thanks for sharing a very interesting story! Isn't it wonderful to know
tidbits like this about our ancestors.
My Irish ancestor, Hugh Wilson, sailed from Belfast for the United States
and landed at Quebec, Canada and came to Black Rock, New York in August,
1818. He was about 60 years old. With him was his daughter, Elizabeth,
about 13 yrs old (my ancestor), and sons Hugh Jr. (21) and John (8). They
moved to Marietta, Washington County, Ohio shortly after arriving. Hugh
Jr. had just married Mary Clockey and made the trip to the USA on their
honeymoon. We have names of other children of Hugh Wilson but aren't sure
how they fit in. Hugh and family reportedly lived in County Down.
I read somewhere recently that the surname Wilson was part of a large body
of people who moved from England to Ireland in the 1700's.
My husband and I had a delightful visit to Marietta, Ohio last year and met
another Wilson descendant still living there. It is a beautiful town where
the Ohio and Muskegum Rivers merge. We did get quite a bit of information
on our Wilson's while there, among was Hugh's naturalization papers!
We are going to Ireland on June 6th for a 2 week tour. We won't have time
to do any research this trip. Hopefully, we will be able to go back for
research sometime soon.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Linda Merle" <>
Sent: Monday, May 24, 2004 2:12 PM
Subject: [Sc-Ir] Favorite Scotch Irish Ancestor?
> Hi folks,
> Maybe its time for a 'new thread'! How about your favorite Scotch Irish
ancestor?? Give us lots of details so perhaps someone else, today
> or 5 years from now, can connect in.
> I will start with Henry Kelly, my great great granddad. We know
> very little about him. He was apparently born in Pennsylvania
> around 1820 and died in I think 1853 in an accident, leaving a
> widow -- Mary Kelly -- and two small sons, James and Oliver.
> He died, and they lived in Indiana Twp, Allegheny Co, PA. That's
> just north of the Allegheny River. He is buried in Pine Creek
> Cemetery in what is now I think Fox Chapel. A witness to his
> will was a son of the Rev. John Black. I descend from the Rev.
> John's brother as well. This line were Covenantors, among the
> 2/3rds who left the mother church in the split in 1834. So
> apparently Henry Kelly was also involved with the Covenantors.
> We think Henry was raised in Indiana Twp in a family of poor
> Kellys. The father appears to be named Pegnum (early census).
> This family lost their 2 acres to several large neighbors
> in a series of law suits.
> A lot of work by my sister established that Mary Kelly's maiden
> name was Marshall and she was one of seven daughters of Isabella
> and Alexander Marshall, who left Tyrone in 1821 at ages 21 and 20.
> They had an estate of several thousand acres in Indiana Twp.
> Mary was disinherited for marrying poor Henry, though after Henry's
> death she had to go live with her mother as a servant. She later
> bought the land she was supposed to have inherited.
> Sons Oliver and James became successful meat merchants in Pittsburgh.
> Oliver, my great granddad, died in a collison between his horse
> and buggy and a train. James defrauded my great grandmother of her
> share of the property as the brothers had neglected to register
> the deed.
> We suspect the Indiana Twp Kellys are related to the Kelly family
> of early Wilkinsburg. That Kelly family were also Covenanter,
> but we haven't uncovered the link yet.
> Henry and his family are our favorite ancestors because they ....
> eh.... aren't very dead. James manifested in a dream of my sisters,
> threatening her life if she went to a court house to get evidence
> that he had defrauded his brother of his share of the family
> property. She went anyway. They are also our "Not Far Enough"
> story. You've seen "Far and Away"??? This family is "Not Far Enough".
> Henry Kelly did not get far enough away from the troubles of
> Ireland. His wife, the eldest daughter of a rich landowner, was
> disinherited for marrying him. His daughter in law would be
> disinherited by her family (they relieved his possible father of
> his two acres for debts) for marrying his son Oliver. We have
> a phone of Oliver Kelly -- a handsome man of course!
> In the 1860 census Mary Kelly was living with her mother as
> a servant with her two sons. Also there was another Kelly woman
> with two children named Isabella Kelly and Marshall Kelly. She
> is not another daughter of Isabella Kelly's so she must be a
> sister in law of Mary's. A William Kelly possibly. Perhaps Marshall
> Kelly went to Kentucky as I've seen traces of a man with that name
> in censuses. Ten years later the 2nd woman and her children are
> My grandmother (Henry's granddaughter) said that the Kellys
> came from County Down, but we fear we'll need DNA evidence to prove
> it. My grandmother was 'very irish' in culture, as opposed to
> my grandfather, 'very scotch-irish'. They fought for 60 years and
> it wasn't over religion. The Kellys come with a banshee and lots of
> Irish culture, making them far more colorful than the rest of the
> Anyone researching poor Presbyterian Kellys in Allegheny County??
> (We're willing to share the banshee!)
> Linda Merle
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