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Darlene E. Kelley
donkeyskid@webtv.net
April 29, 1999
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Historical Collections of Ohio                    
The Kelley Family Book
compiled by Hermon Alfred Kelley  1897    
And Then They Went West by D. Kelley  1998     (Part 10)
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Women

The women of
Kelley"s Island, had to be of admirable quality stock.  Not only being a
mother of, sometimes large families, but ready to accept the
responsibilities of not only caring for them in domestic ways, but ready
to help in the fields, and caring for their neighbors. They had to be
doctors and midwives. Able to accept isolation and oft time taking over
in the absences of their of their husbands.  Winter times were
especially hard as Lake Erie was only passable on ice, and they had to
depend on what had been preserved during the summer or late fall.   Sara
(Dean) Kelley moved to the island in 1837.  She was Datus Kelley' s
wife, whose hard work had more than been supplimented by that of her
husband, who from her lifelong habit of motherly charity and constant
attendance at the sick bed of every member of the community, bore and
deserved that good name of " Aunt " amongst all the people of the
Island.  She was the daughter of Samuel and Mary (Weller) Dean of
Martinsburg, New York.  The Dean family is a very old family from
England whose names appear after the Conquest, frequently and in the
reigns of Edward l, and Edward ll. There were many distinguished Knights
of the name, five who bore Coats of Arms.  The first Deans in America
were Stephen and Rachel, of Plymouth, Stephen was one of the pilgrims,
having arrived in 1621 in the second vessel, the " Fortune ."  Sara
(Dean) Kelley was the third child of ten children of Samuel Dean and
Mary (Weller). She was born April 5, 1789, at Westfield, Massachusetts
and later removed to Martinsburg, New York.  It was there in New York,
she met Datus Kelley and on August 21,1811, they were married.  At first
they traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, where Datus had already established
himself.  They soon bought a farm in Rockport, where all their children
were born. Sara's brothers; Chester and Joseph soon followed and
purchased part of their property in Rockport and removed there.  Soon
her father joined them and on April 2, 1840 died at their home. Sara and
Datus lived in Rockport nearly twenty five years, establishing
themselves as prominent citizens of the community.  They bore nine
children all at Rockport. In 1843, after the building of their home,
they moved to the island to set up perminent residence.There too, she
was fondly thought of as " Aunt Sara "to all the island except to those
who were privileged to call her " Grandma Kelley." Women on the island
showed their husbands much respect, always in their subjection as they
were raised to do.  However, they had to be able to be independant if
the need was there. News of the outside world was depended upon others
who had left or come to the island. They were dependant on the ships who
frequented who brought the mails and supplies from the mainland.  The "
Islander " was a great source of information and all, including the
women, looked forward to meeting at the Hall for the outside news. Sara
was very fond of this as it brought her news of her friends she had made
while in Rockport.  As the island grew and her children married, she
gradually had more and more interest. I am sure she did not lack for
things to do as she was constantly helping in some way.  Oh yes,
including to help raise houses and building docks, planting grapes,fruit
trees, and whatever she was needed to do.  All the islanders claimed her
as an amazing woman. Always helpful in advise and knowledgeable, even
though her education was rather poor. A true believer in God, she turned
to the bible for her sense of strength. She died at the Island house
March 21,1864, almost two years before her husband, Datus Kelley.  Ann
Marrilla (Millard) Kelley was Addison  Kelley's wife, the daughter of
Royal and Anna (Francis) Millard, of Rockport, Ohio. They were married
October 31,1895 and lived in the large stone house which is still a
landmark on the south shore of Kelley's Island.  She and Sara Kelley,
Addison Kelley,s mother, were great friends and did many things
together. Anna was born at Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Jan21,1818.   She
was the mother of five children, and died on the Island September 3,
1885. The children were;  1--Fredrick--Bn; July 20. 1838, M; Angeline
(Woodford), daughter of Jesse E Woodford and Harriet (Titus) of Kelley's
Island, Jan.,22,1863. D; April 24, 1864.  2-- Sterling Hermon-- Bn;  May
15, 1841, D; Jan.,21,1844.  3--Edward Datus--Bn;Feb. 26,1843. d;
Feb.1,1857.  4--Francis Millard--Bn; Aug. 5,1844.  M; Mary Dunlevy
(Boake) daughter of Robert and Lucy(Ringdon) Boake of Straban,Ireland
and Hamilton, Ohio, Nov.22,1882.  Lived at Kelley's Island in Addisons
home.  5--Everett Clapp--bn; July 21,1846. d; Nov. 5, 1875. Never
married. They all attended school on the Island, in one of the first
schools.    Mary Adams(Hitchcock) Kelley, was Julius Kelley's wife. She
was a lovely girl and was the daughter of Samuel Miller and Mary (
Adams) Hitchcock.  They were married March 9,1836.  They lived on
Kelley,s Island in the stone house just west of the "Tiber". They had 4
children.    1-- Samuel Herber--bn;Oct 9,1837. d; June 18,1852.  2--Mary
Caroline-- bn;June 10,1839. m;William L. Mott, son of Joseph Prior and
Betsey Maria (Bostwick) Mott, June 11,1863. He died Sept.,9,1883.  3--
Douglas Ottinger--bn;Jan.28,1844. m; Annie Amelia (Fletcher), daughter
of Stephen and Caroline (Wood) Fletcher, April20,1874. Father was a
Episcopal clergyman.  4--Zina Hitchcock--bn; June 10,1847.  Moved to
California. d;unknown  Emeline (Kelley) Huntington, daughter of Sara and
Datus Kelley. bn; June 10,1819 in Rockport, Ohio. Met George Cabot
Huntington in Cleveland and they were married there. He was the son of
Erastus and Abigail (Hyde) Huntington of Norwich, Connecticut. He was
married before and had two children who had died there in Cleveland.
Emeline and George were married Nov.7,1837 and they moved to the Island
where George bought land on the island and built a beautiful home.  They
had 4 children. 1-- Erastus--bn; Aug.15,1838.  m;Elzina (Hamilton)
daughter of James and Sabra(Titus) Hamilton of Kelleys Island,
Sept.16,1863.  2--Simon--bn;Dec.15,1839.  d; Jan. 19,1863 from wounds
received at Battle of Stone River Dec.30,1862. Never married.  3--
Daniel K--bn; Mar; 28,1845. m; Emma  (Farr) Huntington daughter of
Aurelius and Louisa M.(Follett) Farr of Rockport, Ohio. Lived at
Kelley's Island and then removed to Olmstead, Ohio.  4--Joseph A. bn;
Feb. 10,1850. m; Theophania (Haynes) Huntington, May28,1877.  She died
soon after childbirth, Jan. 20,1880 in Denver.     Caroline(Kelley)
Carpenter--2nd daughter of Datus and Sara Kelley, was born in Rockport,
Ohio, April 15, 1821. She married Charles Carpenter, son of Gardner and
Mary (Huntington) Carpenter, of Norwich,Conn.,Nov. 7,1844. Their
marriage was the first to be celebrated in the new home of Sara and
Datus Kelley, on Kelley's Island. Charles Carpenter had helped to build
this house. He purchased property on the island and much of the success
in fruit culture, is devoted to him. They had 4 children all born on the
island.  1--Lester--bn;April 7,1846. m; Jessie Christie(Robertson)
daughter of Peter and Isabella (Christie) Robertson.,Feb 1891 They
resided on Kelley's Island.  2--Alida J--b;Apr18,1848. M; David Seton,
son of John and Jane (Drysdale) Seton, Nov. 7,1870. David died in
Kansas.  3--Mary H.--bn; Oct.25,1854. m; Thomas F. Ward, Aug 22,1877.
Thomas died in Colorado. 4--Sara Dean-- bn;Oct 9,1859. m; David Moysey,
son of Robert Rosling and Sarah (Dennison) Moysey, April 24,1883.Lived
on the island. Betsey (Kelley) Webb-- Sara and Datus Kelley's third
daughter. bn; Dec. 18, 1823 at Rockport, Ohio. m; William S. Webb (who
was born June 16,1823, was a captain of volunteers during the
rebellion), was the son of Joseph L and Isabella (Ball) Webb of
Delaware, Ohio, Sept. 16, 1845. Lived at Kelley's Island and later at
Larned, Kansas. They had three children.  1-- Sara--bn;June 18,1846. M;
Jacob Rush, June 18,1868. Lived on the Island.  2--Isabella Ball--bn;
May 9,1854. m; Rev. Edward L. Parks, son of George Hamline and Julia
Ann( Hollister) Parks, July 30,1879. Lived at Kelley's Island, Iowa, and
Atlanta, Georgia.  3--Charles Chamberlain bn; Aug 16,1858. m; Julia M
(Taskett),daughter of Henry and Pamelia (Alton) Taskett, of Bloomfield
Township, Polk Co.,Iowa, Sept 11,1890. Lived at Kelley's Island, Kansas,
and Iowa.             Hannah ( Farr) Kelley-- daughter of Aurelius and
Louisa M. (Follett) Farr, of Rockport, Ohio.,May 21,1857; (she was born
at Rockport, Aug 9,1837; d; at Detroit, Mich.,Feb.4,1889) They lived at
Kelley's Island till the death of Sara;then they moved to Cleveland.
They had one son. -- Hermon Alfred Kelley--bn;May 15, 1859.  He was the
compiler of the History of The Kelley Family Book and a great historian.
We owe much of our records to him.----Marcella (Dean) Kelley, daughter
of Chester and Abigail (Taylor) Dean, of Rockport, Ohio. m; William Dean
Kelley, son of Datus and Sara Kelley, Mar 20,1856.  They lived at
Kelley's Island.  They had two  children.  1--Irving Washington--bn
Jan3,1857.  m; Anna Eliza (McEldowney) daughter of Thomas and Anna
(Bates) McEldowney, of Chicago Heights, Ill.,July 13,1882. Lived in
Minneapolis, Minn and Chicago, Ill. 2-- William Datus, bn; May 11,1859.
m; Isabelle (Silver) of Tarrytown, New ork, June 18,1894.   These are
the beginings of many important women who lived on Kelley's Island. All
the women who lived there sired many important children who brought
honar and integrity to the Kelley name. For those we are indeed greatful
and proud.      

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