a former County Judge, reliable citizen and popular garage owner of New Hampton, Missouri, was born in Gentry County, April 25, 1863, the son of Francis M. and Tabitha J. (Magee) Kelly, both deceased.
Francis M. Kelly was a native of Kentucky and his wife was born in Indiana. They were married in Harrison County, Missouri, and lived in the southwest corner of White Oak Township where they owned 107 acres of land. They improved their farm and lived on it for nineteen years. Francis M. Kelly died in 1880 and is buried in Caldwell, Kansas. His wife died a few years before and is buried in Foster Cemetery. To Francis M. and Tabitha J. (Magee) Kelly the following children were born: Catherine, now Mrs. Wallace Walton of Leedy, Oklahoma; J.M. the subject of this sketch; Martha, now Mrs. Rawley Clark of Denver, Colorado; William, a resident of Springfield, Missouri; and Tazwell F., of Butler Township.
J.M. Kelly came to Harrison County with his parents and has spent his life in Butler and White Oak townships. He owns a farm of 120 acres in Holt County, Missouri and also owns 480 acres in Custer County, Oklahoma. Mr. Kelly has lived in New Hampton the last fifteen years. For the last five years he has been in the garage business doing general repair work and keeping from three to five men employed all the time.
J.M. Kelly was married August 2, 1885 to Eva R. Walton, a daughter of T.F. Walton of Butler Township. Both her mother and father are deceased. To J.M. and Eva R. (Walton) Kelly the following children have been born: Delbert F., married Pearl Smith of Oklahoma, and now lives in New Hampton; Sylvia May, wife of Eugene Coster, living in St. Paul, Minnesota; Ray R., married Madge Taylor and lives in New Hampton; and Linnie E. at home. Ray R. Kelly is a World War veteran, having been of of the first of the Harrison County boys to go overseas. He was in France for sixteen months, attached to a French Division and serving as a mechanic.
J.M. Kelly and his sons are members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Ray R. is a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge and of the American Legion. Mr. Kelly was the constable and collector of Butler Township for eight years, justice of the peace of White Oak Township for two years, clerk and assissor for two years and served two term as county judge of Harrison County. These offices given him by the vote of his fellow citizens as well as the flourishing business which he conducts, indicate the very high reagard and respect in which he is held by the community.
Source: History of Harrison County, Missouri, by Geo. Wanamaker, 1921
Simon P. King
was born in Monogalia County, W.V., October 7, 1827, and is a son of William and Celia (Bailey) King, both natives of Greene County, Penn. The father came west to Iowa in the fall of 1853, and the following year located in Harrison County. Himself and wife are now residents of Bethany, aged, respectively eighty two and eighty four years. Of five sons and eight daughters born to them, four sons and five daughters are now living: Simon B.; Frances Marion; Hannah, wife of John Oxford; Irena, widow of Isaac Wheeler; Furtinna, wife of Matthew Hogan, and Elizabeth, wife of John Lark, are residents of Harrison county, MO.
The first named was reared to manhood on farms in Virgina and Ohio, and came west with his parents, wife and family in 1853. He first located upon a farm five miles north of Bethany, and in 1869 came to the town where he engaged in the grocery business until 1880. He was then elected treasurer of Harrison County, and after serving two terms of two years each in a faithful and efficient manner, returned to the grocery business. In September, 1886, he engaged in the retail meat business in his store one block east of the southeast corner of the public square, where he is doing well. In June, 1847 he married Ruhama Dunlap, also a native of Monongalia County, W. Va., by whom he has three children: Delilah, Wife of William J. Taylor; William J., and Mary J., wife of Alexander Jennings. Mr. King is a successful and reliable business man, and in politics is a Republican. Himself and wife belong to the Christian Church.
[Source: History of Harrison and Mercer Counties, Missouri, The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1888]