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Kelley Family

(Of the surviving Kelley Family)
provided by Christine Walters (Genealogy Trails)

The Kelley family had for many, many years, resided in Iron County MO. I believe Louis C. Kelley may be the head of the Kelley's in this county. He is first found on the 1860 census age 38 born in KY, married to Dorcas. All their children were born in MO - they were Cilas B., Josephine, William O and Lee B. I didn't find any of them in 1870 but I believe the census taker just missed them for some reason because in 1880 I find Lee Kelly age 25 working in the Saw Mill and married to Frances was was 21 at that time from Arkansas. They only had one child in 1880 - this was William Jasper who was 3.

The 1900 Census in Iron Co MO
Lee Kelley 46 born Sept. 1853
Fannie 41 born Sept 1858
Jasper 22 born July 1877
Bradfield 15 born Feb 1885
Cicero 10 born Aug 1889
Oscero 10 born Aug 1889
Lusien 06 born May 1894

By 1910 Lee Kelley has died and Frances is listed as a widow with her 3 youngest children still at home.. Cicero and Oscero are now 18 and Lucien is 15. Bradfield is out on his own with a wife Mary as is Jasper with his wife who is also named Mary.

In 1920 we find Frances has now moved in with her son Cicero Kelly who is 28 married to Jane and they have two childen, Opal age 6 and Carl who is just a month old. Lucian is married to Anna and they have three children - Virgil, Hattie and Osra. Bradfield has a wife named Laura on this census with 3 children - Ruby, Olive and Carl. Jasper is listed with is wife but still no children.

The 1930 census find Frances age 70, still a widow and living alone. Lucien and his wife have children, Virgil Lee, Hattie, Orso, James L., Alva, Norma and Gracie. Joseph Bradfield's family has also grown - Ruby, Olive (born 30 Jun 1916), Carl, Laura and George. Joseph Bradfield and Laura White (born 7 December 1887) were married 1 March 1914 so I'm assuming that his first wife Mary has died or they divorced. Cicero and Mattie Jane are the parents of Freda, the writer of the above story. They are listed with children, Opal 16, Carl 11, Freda V. 9, Jewel 2 and Herbert nearly age 1.

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